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What does the future hold?

Posted on Tue Aug 18th, 2020 @ 11:01am by Lieutenant JG Isabelle Veran PhD & Lieutenant Alexander Kolokotronis

Mission: Between the Pages
Location: Alexander's Quarters
Timeline: 2399

{ON}

It all seemed so surreal, Isabelle slowly walked up to Alexander's door her head full of questions with no answers. They were suddenly a whole ten years into their own future and she'd had surprising results to a search about her 2399 self. She paused and pressed the chime.

Alexander was at his desk, reading through some technical journals. He had a cup of coffee on the table and was leaned back in his chair. His doorbell rang, and he briskly headed for the door, pushing aside the viewscreen on his desk as he stood up. He opened it, pleased to see Isabelle in the doorway.

Isabelle smiled as Alexander appeared at the door. "Hi, do you have a minute? I really need someone to talk to and as you're in the same boat as me I figured that maybe you wouldn't mind?"

The Lieutenant smiled. "Absolutely. Come on in!" He stepped back to let her in and pulled out a chair for her opposite his desk. He motioned towards his replicator. "Would you like a drink, or anything to eat? I've got my coffee."

“A juice and some toast would go down a treat thank you” She offered a sheepish smile. “I kind of skipped breakfast earlier, I know I shouldn’t have but I did.” She sighed. “I looked up my current timeline self, the strange thing is she disappeared en route back to this ship just before we arrived! Simply vanished without a trace!”

Alexander waited for the replicator and walked over to his desk, placing the plate and glass in front of Isabelle. "That must be frustrating. Maybe we can look into that at some point. My current timeline self has a large gray area. The report on my own self was either unfinished or unknown, which I found quite dissatisfying. To be honest, I've been trying not to think about it." He paused and looked at the Counselor and leaned forward in his chair. "It's just...unsettling."

"I've been thinking about... your wife." Isabelle looked at Alexander. "What if the other me... What I mean is, what if she's traveled in time somehow..." She paused. "That would mean that I'm..." She shook her head and sighed before looking up at Alexander. "What if she is me? Just the me from this time frame?"

Alexander was immediately skeptical. "How can we ever know that? It was already so difficult..." He paused. "My apologies. If I may say, that was a bit abrupt."

“No, I’m sorry.” Isabelle sighed. “It’s just... what I saw in your mind, it’s stuck in my head and I can’t turn it off.” She took a deep breath and offered a calmer smile. “The Counsellor needs Counselling!”

The Lieutenant leaned forward in his chair and looked earnestly at the Counselor. "That doesn't mean we can't talk about it. And I have to mention, something definitely happened at our last meeting. I'd like to talk about that further if that's okay with you." Alexander wasn't exactly sure where to start but was trying to establish a jumping-off point. He was nervous, playing with his rings as he looked back up at Isabelle.

Isabelle nodded and smiled. "Please talk all you want about it, I need to hear it as much as you need to say it."

The Lieutenant sighed and pondered a moment. He sat back and gave the Counselor a warm look before speaking. "Our last meeting was...unexplainable. Not in a bad way, of course. And what you just said seems to make sense...emotionally. It's stuck in my head too, but it seems like such a stretch. Trying to forget what happened...I just don't what to do going forward."

Isabelle nodded. "I'll understand if you decide that you don't want to see me again for a while." She was hoping he wouldn't choose such a course of action. "I...would like to get to know you better, but I'll understand if you don't wish it."

"No. no." The Lieutenant stammered. "That's not what I meant to imply. I'd like to get to know you better too, but this transition has been difficult already." Alexander was quite flustered and was hoping he wasn't showing it. He sat up straight and held his head a bit higher.

Isabelle offered a smile. "It doesn't bother you that I'm pregnant?" She shook her head and cursed herself. "I'm sorry that's a silly question!"

Alexander shook his head. "No, it's not silly. Your personal history is none of my business, no matter how recent. It doesn't bother me."

Isabelle smiled warmly. “Thank you, Alexander. I guess my next silly question is where do we go from here? Maybe dinner? It’ll give us a chance to get to know each other better.”

The Lieutenant smiled softly. "That sounds nice, Isabelle. Would you like to take a holo-suite tomorrow night? I have a gorgeous dinner program, a small village restaurant off the coast of Santorini. The food is exquisite." He sat back, hoping he hadn't been too forward. He straightened himself and sat up.

Isabelle smiled the biggest smile yet. “I’d like that, very much indeed.”

Pulling his chair backward, Alexander sat up and nodded. "I look forward to it then. Shall we say, tomorrow night, 2030 hours?"

Isabelle nodded and smiled. "I'd like that very much."

Alexander stood up and straightened his uniform. He cleared the table quickly and stood towards Isabelle. He walked her to the door and looked at her earnestly. "Thank you for coming, really. I"m really glad you came by."

Isabelle smiled. “As am I” She stepped closer and gave him a brief friendly kiss on the cheek before smiling and heading on her way.

{OFF}

 

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