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Aringa Rossa

Posted on Sat Mar 23rd, 2019 @ 10:07pm by Lieutenant Christine Descharmes & Erich Kirkland
Edited on on Sat Mar 23rd, 2019 @ 11:06pm

Mission: Between the Pages
Location: Seppala
Timeline: after "Children"

ON:

"Christine."

A warm smile followed the easy way he spoke her name. It was his nature, she realized. It was something she had come to expect from the Administrator of Golovin after she worked closely with him over the last little bit. He was seated with his family as was pointed out earlier to her, his granddaughter Charlotte sat on his knee. Audrey and her husband sat nearby. Although, she noted, not in the exact spot as she was led to believe.

"You're a hard man to track down, Erich," she replied with a smile of her own, "But I guess with three thousand of your people on this station, it's to be expected."

"It comes with the job," Erich replied. "No sense in having everyone in a panic. I understand there was a child lost?"

"Little Alex Brash. Returned safely to her mother after a bit of panic," Christine replied and then held up the PADD she carried. She handed the device over to him as she sat across from the older man.

"Ah, Hisa’s daughter,” Erich said as he scrolled through the list. “Have you spoken to Hisa?”

“No,” Christine said as she shook her head. “Only met her briefly as we were evacuating the colony.”

“Hmmm,” he said as he finished reading and handed the device back to Christine. “She arrived when you were on Cyen so she hasn’t been here that long. Keeps to herself mostly. Have you mentioned what we last talked about to Captain Sun?”

Christine shook her head, a few bits and pieces of her blonde hair fell out of her side braid and joined the strands that had already come loose. She tucked the lock of hair that framed her face behind her ear. “Ensign Jiang was overseeing putting the curriculum together. In the long run, having some basic psychology would be beneficial.” She silently noted the usual list of patients that wanted to see her when she returned from the mission to Cyen. Having the colony’s medical staff trained to handle less serious matters while she was away would be for the best in the long run.

“How are they doing?” she gave a wave of her hand indicating the crowds of people.

“Unsure," Erich said and let out a sigh, "We don’t have to be empaths to sense the general tension on the station. We don't know when we will be able to go back but we know the Captain is doing her best. I’ve been reassuring them of that. If you and your people need any assistance, please come and ask me. They know me.”

She nodded, satisfied with the answer. There was silence for a few minutes. Christine looked to Audrey and her husband as they moved out of earshot. She turned back to Erich. "Thank you," she said quietly and leaned in, a slight smile on her face. "For your help. With everything."

It was then Charlotte squirmed on her granddad's lap and jumped down. She crossed the short distance and sat beside Christine. With one slender arm around her waist, the curly-haired girl made a motion as if she had something to tell her. The counselor bent her head close to hear.

"You were so pretty," Charlotte whispered, her mouth close to Christine's ear before she pulled away to climb back on Erich's lap. A smile formed on her round face.

He gave Christine a warm smile and a nod. "You're welcome," he answered. Erich gave a wave with his free hand, the other holding Charlotte. "I understand, of course. These things happen. I'm glad I could be there for you. However," there was a slight pause as he mused over something, "Are you sure you want to give up your house by the bay? It's a prime location."

"That might be for the best," she answered with a tilt of her head. Christine crossed her legs, leaned her elbows on her knees and rested her chin on her right hand. "When we first came to Golovin, it suited me just fine. Even though I mostly chose to sleep in the office you provided me. It's a single unit, for one person. A bit small and not a family-sized dwelling. I think it will start feeling a bit cramped in the future with more than one person." A smirk followed a quiet laugh.

"If that's what you want," Erich said. "When we get to back to the colony, I'll see what's available."

"Thanks," she said, "I'm sure he won't mind."

“Lieutenant Descharmes?”

It was a quiet voice, caught in the sea of voices on Seppala and she ignored it at first. Christine realized someone needed her attention and she let out a sigh. I really want to change that, she thought as she turned around to see who had called her name and saw Ensign Jiang a short distance off. She smiled at the junior counselor who held two white mugs in her hands.

Christine turned back to Erich and gave him a smile as she stood to leave. “When this is all settled, our breakfasts will have to resume again,” she said.

“Of course,” Erich said and gave her a wink, “I understand if you are too busy for an old man.”

Jiang closed the distance and handed one of the mugs to Christine. “The coffee you wanted,” the younger woman said.

Christine took a sip of the hot drink, her left hand in the pocket of her skirt. “Thanks,” she said, a backward glance towards Kirkland. “Again.” She gave him a smile and a nod of her head before she followed Jiang back through the corridors of Seppala.

:OFF

Lieutenant Christine Descharmes
Chief Counselor, USS Shanghai-A

Erich Kirkland
Administrator, Golovin Colony

 

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