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Amber the Afterthought Strikes Again

Posted on Fri Jun 2nd, 2017 @ 3:45pm by Lieutenant JG Amber Zuzan & Petty Officer 1st Class Laena

Mission: S2E1 - Secrets
Location: Amber's Quarters
Timeline: Mission Day 87; 07:30

Laena took a deep breath, trying her best to calm her mind and her heart which was pounding against her chest a mile a minute. This was probably the worst idea she'd ever had, but she was in the middle of a meltdown and this was the only person she could think would even remotely understand.

She pressed her finger to the chime and waited.

Amber heard a chime echo around her quarters. She wasn't expecting any guests that morning but nevertheless she decided to see who it was. After finishing pouring herself a cup of tea Amber called out to whoever was waiting on the other side of her door.

"Come in!" Amber called.

The doors opened and Laena took a single step into the room, barely enough to allow the door to close behind her. She pulled at the sleeves of the jacket she was wearing as she wrapped her arms around herself. "Hey," she said, her voice soft and meek.

Amber was surprised to see Laena had come to visit her - especially at that time of day. Amber's interactions with the half Orion Science Officer had been very limited - but based on those Amber felt they got on well enough. Sipping her cup of tea and then keeping it in her hand Amber looked back up at Laena.

"I'm surprised to see you here Petty Officer. What can I do for you at this time of the morning?" Amber asked.

"I..." Laena did her best to swallow the tears that threatened to fall. "I needed to talk to someone about something personal. And this is probably the most horrible thing I'll ever do in my life, but I'm hoping you can forgive the harm I'm about to do to you in the process. But I'm freaking out and I think you're the only one who could understand."

Amber patted the seat next to her to give Laena somewhere to sit down. Despite what she was about to say being the truth Amber was beginning to wonder what Laena was going to say. Amber had no idea what Laena could have done that could hurt her.

"I'm here if you want to talk - but I assure it takes a lot to hurt me. I'm as tough as old boots like my dad" Amber replied.

Laena did her best to give a laugh to the woman's joke, but it came out sad and pathetic. She slowly moved to the seat offered and sat down. "I was with Akiva last night," she said, pausing for the expected eruption of anger and hatred.

Amber was displeased and angered by what had just been said. She reached over to the table and placed her cup of tea on it gently but firmly - doing her best to keep control of her temper. Managing to do so Amber looked straight ahead at the wall - and with all the words she wanted to say only two of them managed to escape.

"I see" Amber replied.

"We shared a romantic event at which point he told me about what happened yesterday... We argued slightly over it and I told him it was over. But he stopped me." The scene played over in Laena's mind, a scene she wouldn't soon forget. "He told me that if I promised to marry him someday, he would commit to me. And I told him that I couldn't make such promises. But..." Laena's words faltered. "I don't honestly know what came over me. I stopped thinking. He was saying the sweetest things. And I gave in. I sold my independence to a man who has demanded me to conform to his culture without question. And..." Laena couldn't stop the tears now. "And I don't think there's a way I can get out of this mess. I think I'm stuck."

Amber listened but she drifted in and out as she began to wonder what to do or say. Nobody had ever offered her marriage and now she wasn't so sure she wanted to be. Her feelings had been hurt - even more because Akiva hadn't told her himself - but even so Amber still didn't know how she could help Laena. She didn't even know if she wanted to.

"You'll have to forgive me but my knowledge of what to suggest or my desire to help isn't very strong" Amber said.

"I'm sorry." Laena looked up at Amber. "This is entirely cruel. And I hate that I've put you in this position. I'm just..." she shook her head. "I'm sorry, I shouldn't have come." Laena stood to leave.

"What does it matter that you're sorry? I know I'm tough but this isn't fair - I haven't been told anything and now you're here telling me you spent the night with a man I am...or was...trying to be in a relationship with. I'm sorry but am I just an afterthought in all of this?" Amber replied.

"I can't answer that," Laena said, feeling too ashamed to even look at the woman. "It just happened so fast."

"It always does. I'm going to have a word with him as soon as I get back from my away mission later - maybe he can answer that question for me. Maybe I should tell him that I know about his little secret beforehand..." Amber replied.

Laena simply nodded. She couldn't blame Amber for being upset, she would be in her situation.

"So what are you going to do about it?" Amber asked.

"I'm not exactly sure," Laena said. She wiped her eyes with the sleeve of her jacket. "But I do think I've made a mistake."

"You've made your bed - lie in it. I have no idea why you have the audacity to come to my quarters at this time of a morning to tell me you slept with a man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. Amber the Afterthought strikes again" Amber snapped.

The Orion woman's shoulders slumped in disgrace and embarrassment. "You're right," she simply said, as she walked out the door.

 

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