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Talking it out

Posted on Sat Nov 13th, 2021 @ 10:21am by Lieutenant Callie Raven-Grayson & Commander Jonathan Grayson & Commander Samantha Howard

Mission: Breen in Paradise
Location: Bridge
Timeline: Just Prior to away team return

{ON}

Her night with Jon gone by, Callie was feeling more reassured about her relationship with him now. They were still a married couple, and she liked that. Having spoken with Samantha about what Dex had shown her, she needed to keep Jon appraised of the situation as well.

Arriving on the bridge she smiled warmly as she found Samantha on the bridge as well. “Commander” she offered Jon a polite smile. “May I talk with you?”

Jon smiled at Callie as she approached. He was in the center seat with Sam to his right in the XO's chair. He was still dealing with the fact they were married which he didn't mind at all but it felt like he was cheating on Essie and that bothered him greatly. He would need to talk to Sam. In the mean time Callie was here and wanting to talk to him. "Counselor." He greeted her, "Certainly, we'll use the Captain's Ready Room." He turned to Sam, "You have the bridge Sam." With that he rose and headed for the Ready Room.

Sam nodded as Callie and Jon left for the ready room, her mind still confused as to their relationship. During their dinner she had felt an attraction to him but to find he was apparently still married to someone else - her new friend even was messing with her mind. Still - he was her best friend and she would respect whatever decisions he made.

Walking into the ready room Callie waited for her husband to sit before taking a seat herself. “There’s something you need to know” she took a deep breath. “I was assisting Sam with Lieutenant Dex, during the course of which Dex awoke a memory of a mind meld I don’t remember happening.” She nervously fiddled with her hands. “I don’t know how, or why but it seems I was the victim of a mental violation.”

Jon stared at Callie before he spoke, "WHAT!? What do you mean you were a victim of a mental violation Callie?" Jon protective nature coming to the forefront. "Do you have any specifics?"

Callie shook her head. “Not really, Dex is doing what she can to help me, and I’m also making a point of seeing someone about it.” She sighed. “Sam is helping too.” She offered a brief smile. “Jon I...I’m sorry! We’ve just started to get back together and now I go and offload this on you.”

Jon shook his head, "Don't apologize Callie. I'm here to help you. You will get some great help with Sam and Dex. Is there anything I can do other than being here for you?" He asked.

Callie shrugged her shoulders. “I honestly don’t know Jon. I’m trying not to dwell on it too much, if I do I swear I’ll go insane!” She offered an apologetic smile. “No secrets this time Jon, I promise I won’t hold anything back.”

Jon didn't smile at Callie as he spoke. He spoke as the XO not her husband. " No more secrets Callie. I don't want to be taken by surprise anymore. It isn't fair to me and it could endanger the ship and crew and I won't stand for that."

Callie was taken by surprise at first but she soon recovered. “Of course Sir. I would never do anything to endanger the ship. This is purely a personal matter, it doesn’t affect the ship.”

"Oh calm down Callie and stop the sir crap. I'm not reading you the riot act. Just no more secrets, no more holding back. please?" Jon asked her.

Callie nodded. “I promise Jon, besides this isn’t something I’ve been holding back from you. This is something I only just found out myself.”

"Then I apologize Callie. If you find out anything more about this please let me know. Is there anything I can do to help you?" He asked.

Callie offered a brief smile, “Just be there for me? I don’t know where this is going or what it’s leading to, that scares me!”

"Callie, I will be with you every step of the way. I'll be right by your side. We'll face this together." Jon assured her.

Nodding Callie offered a more relaxed smile. “Thank you Jon. I appreciate that. With your permission I’d still like to carry on with my duties? I’ve always found that helping others helps me.”

"Of course Callie. Whatever helps you deal with this, do it as long as it doesn't affect your job performance." Jon said with a smile.

“It won’t, that I promise you!” Callie smiled warmly. “Thank you Jon.”

Jon answered with a smile of his own. "You are welcome Callie. Just remember that you aren't alone in this. I'm here to help, support you any way I can any way you need.''

Callie nodded and headed for the door. She needed to get on with her duties, her own problems could wait.

{OFF}



 

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