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Letters From Home

Posted on Tue Apr 4th, 2017 @ 4:00am by
Edited on on Wed Apr 5th, 2017 @ 3:05am

Mission: S1E5 - Unknown Territory
Location: Laena's Quarters - USS Vindex
Timeline: Mission Day 73 - 2142 hours

The computer screen in Laena’s room chirped to life, indicating she was receiving a call. An odd occasion, as she really didn’t know anyone outside of the Vindex. Her only thought could be that this was important. She pulled on a blouse, having just recently gotten out of the shower, and sat down in front of the computer.

A few moments passed while the connection was created. The Starfleet logo spun on the screen for a bit until finally the face of a Trill man appeared. A face she hadn’t seen in a long time. A face she hadn’t expected.

“...Hi,” he said, rather sheepishly.

“Hi, Apaxi” she simply said back, returning the smile.

A dry swallow cleared Apaxi’s throat. “Hey, sorry. I didn’t expect a live connection.” He smiled sheepishly. “How are you?”

Laena sat back, running her fingers through her hair. She had just recently taken a shower and her hair was still a bit wet. “I’m doing alright,” she finally said, deciding to keep the recent events on the Vindex from her ex-boyfriend. “How’re you?”

“Just home, and exhausted.” Apaxi answered. He glanced down on his PADD and back up again. He was silent for a few moments. “I actually have some news…” he started, feeling very awkwardly.

“Alright, let’s hear it,” she said, pulling her legs into the chair with her.

“I’m pregnant, and the baby is yours…” The slightest hint of a smirk appeared on his face.

Laena’s jaw dropped open, her hands trembled as they lay flat on the desk. “That’s impossible, we were safe!” she said before a smile spread over her face as well.

Apaxi smiled relaxed a bit. “I had this entire message planned out.” He shrugged slightly, “So, I got a promotion and going to be shuffled off of Stormfront.”

“Finally,” Laena said, smiling. “Nothing interesting ever happens on Stormfront,” she said, her mind going back to the times they had on Deep Space 10 when his ship was docked there. “Where are you going?”

“I’m heading off to the Skylark. It’s one of the emergency response ships. I’m excited for the adventure.” His smile slowly turned dour, “It does mean I won’t be in the area next time you find yourself on DS10.”

Laena nodded in understanding, “I don’t know if I’m ok with that,” she said, frankly. “When I’m in town, I expect you to be there waiting for me. So you’re just going to have to refuse the orders.” She smiled at the man, a man she cared for so deeply at one time. A man she still cared for, if she was honest with herself, but honesty wasn’t exactly a luxury you had in some situations. “But in all seriousness, that’s amazing news, Paxi. Congratulations.”

“Thank you.” He said, relieved. His heart relaxed as his mind processed the situation. At some level he hadn’t let go of her, and him moving on and her well wishes signified the true end. “I have some celebratory drinking to do, so I gotta run. Let me know when you’re in my corner of the galaxy again, okay?”

“No,” she said, her eyebrows furrowed in concern. “Pax, I know when you’re lying. I know it’s been a while but I would like to think I still know that. And I’m getting the sense you’re keeping something from me.” She sat there, waiting for the man to fess up.

Another sigh, another averting of the eyes. “I didn’t really want to talk about this.” He saw her face get more worried, “It’s nothing bad. It’s just awkward to talk to my ex-girlfriend, you know.” He smiled a bit more awkward. “I met someone…”

Laena smiled, “Why should you feel awkward about that?” she asked, brushing her hair back behind her ear. “We’ve dated other people since we broke up. You almost got married to one of them. I think we’re past the point of being jealous.”

He shrugged it away, “You know how I am, awkward to the last minute.” He glanced down again and back up, “But I really do have to run and get drunk. Otherwise they’re going to pick me up, and nobody wants that.”

The woman nodded, “Have fun at your party, Pax. And I hope it works out with your someone.”

Laena sat back in her chair, the screen having just gone to black. A lump appeared in her stomach, as it always did when she thought of Apaxi. He was the one man she ever let in, the one man who had made her feel safe and protected. The one man she’d been able to give herself to. The end of their relationship was a hard blow to handle, but their trists aboard DS10 were always there to remind her of how good the times were.

It was sweet of him to call. That was something she always loved about him, how sweet and considerate he was. If she was honest with herself, she wasn’t over him. She would love him, as you do with your first love, for the rest of her life. But he had moved on a long time ago, and she was doing the same. All they shared now were the memories of a time when they were both so happy.


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