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The Morning After

Posted on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 @ 9:14pm by
Edited on on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 @ 11:46pm

Mission: Episode 3: The Night The Light Went Out at Sigma Station
Location: Colonel Theriault's Quarters, USS Polaris
Timeline: Current

Jacques woke first. He immediately felt Shoniara's warm body nestled against his. He smiled as he watched her sleep for a moment. Then he moved to get out of bed to start his morning routine, but as he slid back he felt her grab his hand and pull it back to where it had been, around her waist. She moaned a bit, but then was soon breathing deeply again, back to sleep. He gently untangled his hand from hers and got out of bed, putting on a pair of shorts. He then began stretching. After about ten minutes of this he assumed the front leaning rest position and began doing pushups.

She woke slowly feeling rested and happy. They had spent the night making love and she felt satiated. Watching him move she felt another lightening bolt of lust move through her. She moved up onto her elbows her enhanced Vulcan sense of smell confirming how they had spent the night. “Now that makes me tired just watching.”

Never even slowing down, he replied, " I do this every morning. Helps me get the blood pumping every day. " he said, continuing to push.

“And I know something to keep the blood pumping.” She said. He laughed and looked at her, never stopping his morning pushup regimen.

"That you do, Mon Amour. My heart starts racing just looking at you. " he said.

After reaching a hundred, he stopped and stood. "I'm going to grab some coffee. Want a cup? " he asked.

She sighed ‘the day had to start somewhere and she had an early morning counselling session with Dr Pirek.’ “Yes, please Jacques, coffee would be wonderful. She pulled the tee shirt he had given her over her heard and walked out with him.

He watched as she gracefully crossed the room, heading for the door. She was more beautiful now than when they had first met. Her body was smooth, graceful, and she moved with the stride of a dancer.

Etienne came out of his bedroom, Duke at his side as always. THe first thing he saw was Shoniara, clad in one of his dad's tee shirts, standing at the replicator. He smiled mischievously as she turned and jumped when she noticed him.

"Good morning. " he said.

“Good morning Etienne, how are you feeling today, ready to go back to school?”

"I think so. " the boy replied. He noticed she looked a lot more relaxed.

"You look like you're feeling better. " he remarked.

“Yes I slept very well thank you.” She moved over to him.”I think this can come off now.” She removed the small cortical monitor that had been on his neck all night. “I am happy that you too are feeling well.” She bent down and kissed him on the cheek. Then stood to take a drink of the bitter black coffee Jacques had handed to her. “What did you think of the MASCAL excercise in the holodeck yesterday?” She said directing her question towards Jacques.

"I think it was going well. Too bad we didn't finish it. " he said.

“Well we will have to finish it so Captain Laque will have the stats and you and Marina will be able to pass on the knowledge to the rest of the Marines. She looked at Etienne. “Have you had breakfast yet?” She asked. “All boys need a good breakfast before school and, if you like I can take you to school today. I need to have a word with your teacher anyway I don’t want you running around today because of hitting your head yesterday. are you okay with that Etienne?” She smiled at him and realized just exactly how motherly she felt, it hit her suddenly that this might be like it is every morning.

Etienne looked at his father, who smiled and nodded. Etienne looked at Shoniara and said "I would like that. "

“What have you got today my shon-a-loc?” Maybe we can have lunch… “ she hesitated it sounded as though she were trying to hard. She had been going to mention trying to get Duke and Puss to meet but, again it seems too much to ask. She did not want to push either Jacques or Etienne into something they did not want. Maybe after their night together he might cool towards her. For all her self assuredness she felt very emotionally vulnerable.

Jacques could hear the apprehension in her voice. He stepped closer to her and said in a low voice, " Mon Amour, relax. I love you and want you and I'm not going anywhere. " he said.

He then walked over to the replicator. "Two orders of ham, eggs, and hash browns, one order of plomeek broth and a plate of gespar, and two more cups of coffee and a glass of water, cold. " he said.

She helped him carry the dishes over to the table serving Etienne with his food. They started eating. She paused looking at the plomeek broth.

"Isn't plomeek a traditional breakfast food on Vulcan? " he asked.

“Yes it is but I always preferred it as a supper dish,” she laughed, “no no don’t worry I am more than happy to have it and I love Gespar. I usually just have dela leaf tea of lots of coffee, I know it’s not ideal for breakfast and I am hungry this morning. I need to shower, feed Puss, meditate and I have an appointment at 0 9 hundred and, I can’t really take Etienne to school wearing this. I think an eyebrow or two would be raised.” Then she remembered that she had arrived the previous night in trousers and a shirt. She blushed knowing it was balled up over the side of the bed. “I have something I can wear to take Etienne to school.

“I also thought I might invite The Captain to dinner with us and also Dr Pirek and Lieutenant Chase. I think it would help Pirek to get to know people other than myself. His self confidence needs a boost and I think Lieutenant Chase is somewhat lonely.” She took a long draught of delight of the coffee he had given her. “I also thought we might try the meld you asked for few days ago?

Jacques nodded. "We can do that whenever you're ready, although you'll have to walk me through it. " he said.

“Etienne if you have finished your breakfast then maybe you could get ready for school? I will just get some clothes on and I will shower after. Let me know when you are ready?” She went into the bedroom retrieved her clothes and quickly put them on,

Etienne nodded and went to his room to get his school stuff, then returned to her a moment later. "Ready. " he chirped.

They walked out into the corridor. She didn’t know whether to offer him her hand so decided to leave it up to him. “Etienne, is there anything you want to ask me?”

He looked up at her as they walked. "Are you going to be my mom now? " he asked.

She was surprised by the question momentarily and stopped walking. She faced him and knelt down to his level “Goodness that is a big question, and one that I do not have the answer to at the moment. “I love your dad and you very much but there are still a lot of things to sort out. Grown ups take some time as life is very complicated. Besides your dad has not asked me to be your mom yet.” She paused brushing that stubborn lock of hair out of his eyes. “Do you want me to be your new mom?”

Etienne nodded. He knew the doctor made his father happier than he'd seen him in a long time.

“Sometimes grown ups try to do everything they want to do, but sometimes it’s not that easy. I love your dad very much and I love you too Etienne, but I don’t know you as well as I know your dad so I don’t know if I could make you happy.” They reached the school, “try not to run around too much and if you feel sick or dizzy have them call me, I will be in sick bay. Have a good day Etienne.

"Okay. " he promised.

After she had spoken to the teacher she left and decided to go back to their quarters. She pressed the chime.

"Come! " Jacques called out.

“One young man safely delivered to school. I spoke to the teacher about him not running about today and I would like to see him in sickbay after school for another check. That was a hard fall he took. Mind if I have another coffee before I go back to my quarters to shower and feed Puss?” She did not wait for the answer and walked over to the replicator. “Coffee, black hot.” The beverage appeared and she blew on the top and sat down.” She suddenly felt embarrassed not knowing why. Their intimacy had been so all encompassing yet at that moment she felt as though she barely knew him.

“What are your plans for today?” She asked sipping the scalding liquid. She really did not want to leave yet she knew she had to. They both had their duties and Sigma Station was not far away. She felt herself draw back and she wondered if she really was that scared of comittement. To her love was all or nothing, she knew she loved him and wanted to spend her life with him and Etienne yet her life had become so settled. ‘Everyone I love dies’ she thought, ‘maybe that is what I am scared of. She watched the man she loved clear the breakfast dishes back into the replicator and waited for him to say something.

"Work, as usual. Kerrigan and I have a lot of admin stuff to handle before we reach Sigma. " he replied.

“I need to know if this was just a conquest for you?. She frowned and bent her head. “If you tell me you love me and want to spend the rest of your life with me then I will know how to respond?” She finished her coffee and put the cup down with finality. She stood. The silence was deafening. “Last night was the closest I have ever been to anyone, even Mark. You discovered something in me that can never be put back inside. Jacques whatever you say to me now know that I will always love you with every emotion of my Riasan being and every thought of my Vulcan heart.” She moved to the door and looked at him.

"I don't do conquests, mon amour. I love you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. " he said, parroting her statement.

She walked to him and took his hands in hers. “Then I want to spend the rest of my life with you and have it all. Life with you and Etienne, To go to bed with you and wake up with you in the morning, to be a mother to our boy, and still my career ln Medicine. and….’oh Surak’ she thought “Puss and Duke how on earth would that work.?” She kissed him softly on the lips her Vulcan sense of smell filling her whole being with his scent. Her eyes turned silver “I would like to be able to do this more often.”

"Me too. You saying you want to move in together? " he asked, grinning.

“I think that is what I am saying, I have spent so many years with just Puss as company and I did not expect to loose my heart so completely. Logistically it seems so impossible. There is Etienne to think about. What will he think? It is okay for him to see me occasionally but eventually I will need to act as his mother, he may not like me so much on occasion. Then there is Puss and Duke, we will need bigger quarters also. So much to work through.” She walked to the replicator. Coffee, black, extra hot.” She held the steaming mug and sipped. “ Dr Pirek thinks I am drinking far too much coffee AND I think I am beginning to agree with him.” She paused, “Jacques there is so much we don’t know about each other, are we ready for this……and ….” She laughed…” and I don’t even know if YOU want us to move in together?” She went quiet and waited.

"One day soon, yes, I want you to move in. As for Etienne, well, the little booger set this whole thing up, so I'm sure he's ready for it, but we shouldn't rush it too much. I'm not saying we have to wait long, but we should at least ask him. And these are family quarters. More than enough room for the five of us. Duke's well trained. He's used to being around other animals, even cats. He and Puss may not get along at first, but they'll get used to each other. In the event that we find ourselves working on another little one or two we'll revisit the quarter situation but this place will work for the time being. You did say you wanted a tribe running around? " he asked, smiling.

“I agree about the not rushing it. We both have our jobs to do on this ship and I want to be the best CMO there is. I thought I did not want to be in a relationship with you because I did not want to have to worry about someone I love, but now that no longer matters because even if our relationship went no further I already worry about you and Etienne. So, yes I want to take this further and yes I do want a ‘tribe’ running round …. In the future.” She put her arms on his chest and came close enough to feel his breath on her face. “Trouble is Jacques Theriault I don’t think I can wait very long to start our ‘tribe’. I only have to come near you” she kissed him gently. “I love you. Don’t wait too long”.

"Hey, we can start that tribe whenever you want. I'll talk to Etienne when he gets home from school. We can talk to him together, if you want. " he said.

“ so I have To go feed Puss and start my day. I think you need to talk to Etienne on your own, at least this time. He may be more responsive to you. He has told me that he wants this for you, he has never mentioned what he wants. I’ll see you later?”

"Yes, mon amour. " he said, pulling her to him and kissing her.

"Have a good day. " he said.

“You too” she whispered. She reluctantly pulled herself apart and walked out not looking back.


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