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[USS Churchill]S1:E1-We meet again

Posted on Sun Jan 6th, 2019 @ 2:01pm by Lieutenant Ellie Kees-Stewart
Edited on on Tue Jul 16th, 2019 @ 10:44pm

Mission: Churchill's First adventure
Location: Crew Lounge
Timeline: MD004-20:00hrs 20/04/2392

Ellie and Fae were sitting together in the crew lounge, after work Ellie liked to spend as much time with her daughter as possible before Ellie headed to work and going out of their quarters to the crew lounge gave Fae a chance to interact with the crew rather than being coupes away in their quarters. She was enjoying an ice cream milkshake when a familiar figure approached their table.

On a starship the only thing that travels faster than maximum warp were rumours. Once someone got wind of the fact one of the crew was a genetically enhanced relic from the Eugenics Wars it wouldn't be long before people started worrying they were serving with the next Khan Noonien Singh. Bill wasn't worried though. In his experience the best antidote to that kind of thinking was camaraderie, which is how he'd found himself in the crew lounge indulging people's curiosity with some impromptu arm wrestling matches. After defeating the combined might of two marines and in turn being bested by a trio from the science department he'd stepped away from the group at the bar for a little while.

"Dinner with the top brass?" He asked, indicating Fae as he raised his glass, an oversized stein currently a quarter full of an amber liquid, in greeting.

"Indeed" Ellie grinned. "William meet my daughter Fae" She looked at Fae who offered a little wave as she drank her ice cream milkshake. "I see you're enjoying yourself, how many did you win and how many did you let win?"

"Permission to sit down, Ma'am?" Bill asked Fae, snapping off a crisp salute to the youngster, before he turned to her mother. "William is off the clock, so, Bill." He placed his stein on the table and smiled broadly. "I haven't let any of them win. It'd cheapen it for 'em. Beat three before they came up with the idea of ganging up on me, then they just added more people until I lost." Apparently he couldn't be happier about it.

"Well as long as you're happy that's what matters!" Ellie grinned. "Why don't you have a seat with us. The more the merrier as they say!"

"Still going to need the brass's permission." Bill looked to Fae for her assent before taking a seat.

Fae grinned and nodded, looking to William. "Are you my mummy's friend?" She looked at her mother then back at William. "Did you know my daddy is the Captain?"

Ellie almost choked on her drink as Fae brought up her father, she wasn't sure if anyone else knew yet and here was Fae blurting out in a room full of crew. "Fae...let's not be talking about that here, okay sweetheart?" She looked apologetically at William.

A small note of surprise escaped Bill's mouth which he quickly drowned behind his glass. "I did not know that, no. An, yeah, your mom and I are friends." He's able to keep the uncertainty out of his voice, but not his thoughts.

"Sorry!" Ellie looked at William. "James and's a long story better for a more private area not here." She looked around noticing a few heads had turned and now there was discussion going on no doubt about her and James. "Would to accompany us home? I feel I owe you an explanation and there's a few too many heads turning here now."

oO Sure you want to get drawn into this one, Buck?" Oo Bill hesitated slightly before replying. He'd been about whether or not he and Ellie were actually friends, and that she was willing to discuss such an issue with him suggested that they were, but he had to admit that things were taking a turn for the uncomfortable. "Uh, sure." He said in spite of his reservations.

"If you're uncomfortable with my suggestion you don't have to come back with us" Ellie looked up at him as she stood ready to leave giving Fae a moment to finish her milkshake before they left.

Bill shook his head. "No, no, it's fine. Just a long time since anyone's asked me that." Frederick Douglass-Smith, geological specialist on the Pinta mission. He'd invited the whole mission crew to have dinner with his wife and kids the night before launch. His pod was the third to fail - micrometeorite strike.

"I'm sorry" Ellie looked at him as they set off it didn't take long for them to get back to her quarters. Fae dashed off to play with her things while Ellie looked to William. "I'm sorry that must have been really embarrassing for you. No one else besides James, the Lieutenant Commander and you know about Fae, at least they didn't until now!" She sighed. "I guess it's going to be out all over the ship now."

"Nothing to worry about." Bill replied with a shrug. "Were you planning to keeping Fae's parentage a secret from the rest of the ship? She does sorta look like the captain."

"I guess she does in a way" Ellie grinned. "James and I met at the academy but it wasn't until six years after we both left Academy when our ships were both on the same mission that we fell in love. I found out I was pregnant a few months after we parted." She smiled at Fae, "I wouldn't change a thing though she's my guiding light, I'd be lost without her. She's a Human, Trill, Betazoid mix and I'm half Trill and half Betazoid."

"Betazoid?" Bill thought for a second. "Those are the telepathic ones, right? That get addicted to chocolate?" He chuckled. "When you said you and the captain was 'a long story ' I thought you meant something that would take at least a quarter of an hour to tell."

"No not that long and yes we do like Chocolate!" She grinned. "I'm an empath and telepath which means I can feel your emotions but I won't read your thoughts it's against rules to do that without your consent so don't worry about that."

"That's good to know. But I guess that means you felt all that stuff I had going on back at the lounge, huh?" He rubbed the back of his neck and looked chagrined. "Guess I owe you an explanation."

"You don't owe me anything William" She smiled warmly. "I think I'd be a bit perplexed if the tables were turned but if you want to tell me then feel free. It'll stay between us."

"I told you back at the lounge, it's Bill." He shot a look of stern reproach at the counsellor before bursting into a wide grin which quickly faded once the talk turned to more serious matters. "Your offer caught me by surprise, and I'm several hundred years out of practice when it comes to this kind of thing. Weren't a lot of families at the Academy, and none at all on the DTI ships, you know?"

"I can imagine that it must be strange Bill" she smiled warmly. "I think we're one of very few families aboard, at least with children Fae's age anyway. If you're willing I'd like for us to be friends and I'm sure Fae would like that too, we don't have many friends here yet."

"I think, uh, yeah. That'd be nice." He looked over towards Fae. "Better clear it with the brass first."

"Sure!" Fae smiled. "You can come play with me." She grinned as she looked at Bill. "Would that be okay mummy?"

Ellie grinned. "That would be fine by me sweetheart!" She couldn't help but laugh as she looked at Bill. "Is that good for you Bill?"

Bill laughed. "Can't refuse an order from the brass, Ellie. You know that."

"Indeed" Ellie laughed. A few moments later a message arrived about a staff briefing. "How's about we go together in the morning? I just have to drop off Fae first."

"Sure thing."

"Wonderful" Ellie smiled warmly. "So how's about I grab some drinks and you tell me more about you?" She grinned as she stood up and headed for the replicator.


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