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Playing Catchup

Posted on Fri Nov 10th, 2017 @ 3:39am by Commander Karsel`lyn Lylyl-Llytherraias & Lieutenant Christine Descharmes

Mission: Between the Pages
Timeline: current

OOC: thought we could to a JP in the meantime, even if it is just a short one :)

Christine didn't like chasing crew members, especially since they always seem to run when they hear her voice over the comm. There was someone though that she hadn't spoken to for a while. It was time to play catch up. =A= Descharmes to Commander Lyn, do you have a few minutes?=A=

"Certainly do, Lieutenant. The Captain doesn't need me for anything right yet, so I'm free until she does," Lyn responded. "What can I do you for?"

=A= Can you come to my office then?=A= she asked. =A=Just a few questions I need to ask you.=A=

"Of course, Counselor," Lyn smiled as she got up from the desk where she had been compiling departmental Tertiary Preparedness Survey (TPS) reports.

::Several Minutes Later::

The petite fighter pilot turned Yeoman slipped through the opening hatch. She looked to the reception desk, "Counselor DesCharmes called me down, Petty Officer."

"Of course, Commander," the woman behind the desk. "You may go in, she is expecting you."

"Thank you," the ever polite fighter pilot smiled at the receptionist. Stepping past, she tapped the call key at Christine's hatch and waited.

Christine was scrolling through pages of data. There were so much things to do before they made landfall with the colony. At the sound of the chime, she came back to the present, nearly forgetting that she had called the Commander to her office. She sat up and straightened her jacket, calling out, "Enter!"

Bidden to enter, she did, the pale green Commander glancing up and smiling upon seeing the beautiful blonde. That smile evolving into a wide grin, "Christine! It has been entirely too long, hon. How is my favorite Counselor?"

Christine half-smiled as she gestured to the stacks of PADDs on her desk. "Your guess is as good as mine. Please sit, Commander." She pointed to the chair on the other side of the desk. "It's not as comfortable a seat as it usually is, the couches are covered with the gifts the crew have been bringing by for the colonists. I have yet to organize it."

Lyn promptly sat and relaxed back into the chair that was comically oversized for the diminutive pilot. Grinning across at the Counselor, "Every chair is comfortable if you have learned how to go limp on command."

"You said that there were questions?" Lyn prompted.

Christine straightened in her chair, "Oh, right. That just completely fled my mind. You understand." The counselor sifted through several PADDs before picking one up. "My apologies, Commander." She inwardly cursed at being so disorganized. "It's not usually this bad." She fell quiet as she scrolled through her notes. "Mostly, I just wanted to touch base with you. How are you doing? I know you've been grounded for some time."

"I'm antsy to fly again," normally, she would have frowned, "But since we're here over this new world and we're looking at a new start, I proposed to the Captain last night!"

Now the perky little pilot was grinning like a fool, "And she said yes! Then we got to talk to her parents back on Earth."

"Oh and Colonel Bayushi let me know that she learned something interesting. She is actually my half-sister, so not only do I have a daughter and my fiancé's niece aboard, but a niece of my own. Reiko is an adorable little one that I love dearly, even before I knew she was related," Lyn was quite excited at all of this news. "I have a family again!"

Christine smiled at the woman's contagious enthusiasm. "Not all of us are so lucky to have family on this mission. Can I call you Lyn? I prefer to be on first name terms in my office." She smiled again. "So," she said. "I can't give you alcohol but I can get you a drink anyways." Christine walked towards her replicator, weaving her way around boxes and piles of things."Two glasses of sparkling apple juice." When they materialized, she returned the same way she came and passed one to the commander. She sat back down in her chair and raised her glass. "Congratulations, Commander."

Lyn watched the other woman and smiled as she was handed the sparkling juice, "Thank you, Christine."

She took a sip then set the wonderful concoction aside, "There's other news as well, that the Captain finally received clearance to share with me."

"I'm not yet sure what to think about it," Lyn paused. "But Intelligence has confirmed that my dead father is alive and well. And relatively nearby, heading up a trading concern."

"Unfortunately, he was forced into service with the Syndicate, and he had to lose everything to do so. His shipping company, his ship and his daughter, though I was sold instead of killed," Lyn concluded. "It has been a very tumultuous couple of days for me."

Christine took a long sip, letting the bubbles play around in her mouth before she swallowed. "I can only imagine what that would be like, Lyn," she said, sympathetically. "It's okay to take a while to process news like that. How did you feel when you heard?"

"I didn't feel anything at all, Christine," Lyn frowned. "Obviously I was stunned, but I didn't feel happy, or sad or even angry. I honestly don't know what I should be feeling yet."

"I don't even know if I want to see him," Lyn concluded before falling silent.

"That's okay, Lyn," Christine said softly. "It takes time to process things. It is a lot to take in, just take it slowly, one day at a time. Everyone processes in different ways. Ultimately, you are in charge. If you need to talk at any time, no matter the time of day or night, I'll be here. I always have an open door policy."

"I know, Christine," Lyn sighed. "You have your hands full with my family. The Captain with her incident on Earth a while ago. Me with the stuff we just talked about. Cai, well... she is a unique case. The Colonel, my sister, well that's a whole nother level of what the fuck. What little I do know is twisted. I also wanted to share with you that I have known Chiko for fifteen years and she hasn't been the same since her wife was murdered. She wouldn't even tell me what happened." It was apparent that Karsel'lyn was still functioning like the Second Officer she once was aboard this starship. Not to mention that she was concerned about her sister. "So I imagine that you will be seeing her soon, so I wanted to give you a little heads up."

"I appreciate the heads up, it is very obvious that you care a lot about your family. It's very commendable, and I will do the best I can to help you out," Christine nodded her head. It did sound like she would be using the depths of her training, but it was what she was here for. She gave Lyn a warm smile. "I look forward to getting to know her and the rest of your family better. It will make the next few months interesting."

Lyn nodded, "Thank you, Christine. I worry about Kachiko and I don't know why, which is what is bothering me right now. Otherwise, my life is wonderful."

"Oh and a forewarning?" Lyn shifted into an easy smile. "You're exactly Kachiko's type. Tall, blonde and cute. A lot like her late wife."

Christine finished off her glass and set it down. The corners of her mouth turned up in a half smile. "I'll try not to be a distraction," she said. "If I didn't know better, I'd say you are trying to set us up." She gave the green woman another smile.

"Who says I'm not?" Lyn's smile morphed into a wicked grin. "I know that Kachiko needs the companionship and that's something I can't offer her now, since I now know that we're sisters."

"Plus, like I said, you're definitely her type," Lyn concluded. "Hell, were I not so in love with Mei, I would have sought your attentions, because I think you're cute, too."

Lyn rose slowly, still babying her right arm, "It has been good, Christine. I needed to talk about things with someone other than Mei. She has enough stress already." The little pilot leaned over the seated Counselor and hugged her with her good arm. "Until later, hon."

"I'm quite sure I'm not exactly Kachiko's type, Lyn. My heart still belongs to someone else," Christine said, returning the hug. "But I thank you for the compliment." She pulled away, and gave the Orion a smile. "Door is open any time."

"And I greatly appreciate that, Christine," Lyn returned the woman's smile. "I have to go get my runabout prepared to head dirtside."

 

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