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A New Family Member Arrives

Posted on Wed Dec 13th, 2023 @ 8:33am by Lieutenant Commander Callie Raven-Grayson & Commander Jonathan Grayson

Mission: Hard Earned Peace
Location: Jon & Callie's Quarters
Timeline: After A Surprise for the Family

It had taken some time, but the day had arrived. Jon stood in transporter room 2 awaiting the arrival of their newest family member. He and Callie had kept the news from Harry as they wanted this to be a surprise for their son.

There was a chirp from the transporter console and the tech announced, "Ready to transport sir."

Jon nodded, "Please do so."

The familiar whine of a Federation transporter greeted his ears along with a rainbow of colors. An instant later an animal travel case appeared on the transporter pad. Moving to it, Jon looked inside and smiled. There was a Maine Coon Cat, kitten inside and it was already bigger than a normal cat. *Callie and Harry are going to love this* He thought as he picked up the case. "Thanks Mr. Crane." He said as he left the room and headed for his, Callie and Harry's quarters. The cat was purring contently with only an occasional cry of annoyance coming from it. Reaching their quarters, he pressed the chime and waited for Callie to let him in.

Callie had already sensed Jon’s presence at the door, along with that of their furry surprise. Opening the door for him she let him in with a big smile. “Can I see?”

"Of course, you can Callie." Jon replied setting the travel case on the floor and opening the lid. "Take a look. What do you think? You think Harry is going to like this?"

“Ohh my...” Callie was immediately awe struck by the beautiful kitten, and it’s large size. Maine Coon cats were one of the biggest domestic cat breeds on Earth. “I think Harry will be amazed!”

"I hope so Callie." Jon replied as he looked down at the beautiful kitten. "He's going to be big, I think real big."

“He is indeed, Maine Coon cats are renowned for their size!” Callie smiled. “Does he have a name?”

"Not yet. So, let's give him a name before Harry gets home. No Fluffy. Muffy silly names. He needs a good name. A strong name. Like Bronze or Loki or Decker." Wyatt looked at Vi, "Do you have any suggestions?"

Hmm I’m not sure” Callie shrugged her shoulders. “I’m not very good with pet names. He’s a gorgeous colour, so hows about Silver or something like that?”

Jon shook his head. "No Callie. Maybe a human name. Like Max or Joe or Rocky."

Callie shrugged her shoulders, “I’ve absolutely no idea as yet, maybe Harry will come up with something appropriate.”

"Hmm. Wait what about Kirk?" Jon asked and the cat meowed. Reaching his huge paw up to touch Jon.

Callie smiled at that one. “Perfect! I love it!” She gently gave the gorgeous silvery coloured, thick haired kitten a stroke. “Just how do we stop Kirk here from escaping our quarters? It’s a big ship to get lost on.”

"Good. That is settled. Now as to him escaping. We seal him in the kitchen while we're on duty or maybe the bathroom. We need him to be where is litter box is."

“It seems a shame to have to confine him to a single room, but I guess if it keeps him safe.” Callie nodded.

"I agree Callie but I don't know what else to do. We don't want him getting out and getting lost or worse causing any trouble." Jon replied.

Callie nodded “I’m sure he’ll be fine, he’ll get used to being a part of our growing family. Now we just need to show Harry!”

"I hope so Callie and you are right. Now we wait for Harry to see the new addition to the family."

~ A few minutes later ~

The door opened to reveal Callie returning home with Harry, she’d been to collect him from a friend's quarters. “Honey we’re home!”

"My two favorite people!" Jon exclaimed happily. "Hey Harry, got something your mom and I want to show you." Jon said to their son while gesturing to the cat carrier.

“Go and have a look Harry” Callie motioned their son over to where Jon was standing.

"What is it Mummy, Daddy?" As bent down to look into the carrier. "It's big." He announced.

“This is a Maine Coon cat Harry” Callie smiled. “It’s one of Earth’s biggest domestic cat breeds. His name is Kirk, Do you want us to let him out?”

Harry nodded excitedly. "Oh yes Mummy! Please let him out. I want to see him."

Callie nodded to Jon, “Let Kirk free please Imzadi.”

Jon nodded, "As you wish love." he replied as he opened the cage. A moment later, Kirk ventured out. He was big for a kitten and was going to be a big cat. He sniffed at Harry and then began to purr contently. "What do you think Harry?" Jon asked their son.

"He's pretty Daddy and big!" Isn't he pretty Mummy and big." Harry asked Callie.

“He’s gorgeous Harry, we named him Kirk.” Callie smiled as she gently stroked the large kitten.

"What do you think Harry? Do you like him?" Jon asked as he was hopeful Harry like the newest addition to the Grayson family.

Harry nodded. “I love him Daddy!!” He gave the kitten a gentle stroke.

“Wonderful” Callie smiled, “We were hoping you would. We just have to set a few rules to keep Kirk safe, and make sure he doesn’t get out and get lost.”

"Mommy is right Harry. Kirk is a kitten, so we don't want him getting out. So, that means we all have to do our part to keep him safe. Okay?"

Harry nodded. “Okay. Can he sleep in my room? Please!!” He gave both his parents a pleading look.

Jon met Callie's look and they both smiled. "I think that will be alright Harry. Don't you Callie?"

Callie nodded. “I think Kirk would like that, we’ll set him up a pet bed in your room.” She smiled as she stroked the kitten gently.

"I think you are right Callie." Jon answered before he spoke to Harry. "Harry, you need to remember Kirk is a kitten, so you can't be rough with him. Petting him and normal playing is fine but no rough housing."

Harry nodded. “I promise Daddy.” He smiled warmly. “Can I go and make a space in my room?”

“Of course you can Harry” Callie nodded and smiled. “We’re glad you like him.” She gave their son a hug and a kiss on the head before letting him go, watching as the kitten playfully followed along behind him.

Jon turned to Callie as Harry and Kirk went into Harry's bedroom. "I think those two are going to be best buddies and I couldn't be happier."

“Likewise Imzadi” Callie smiled as she leant in and kissed Jon on the cheek. “You are wonderful you know that?”

"If I am it's because you set a wonderful example." Jon replied returning Callie's kiss.

“We could go round and round with compliments all day” Callie grinned as she sat down on the sofa. “My life is now complete, I have you, Harry, and our babies on the way. I’m happier than I’ve ever been.”

"Well, of course we could but what a fun topic to go round on." Jon said with a grin. He looped his arm around Callie's shoulder.
"I agree with you on being happy. Having you and Harry is a wonderful feeling. You being pregnant is icing on the cake and I could not be happier."

“I think ecstatic says it nicely in my case!” Aurora smiled. “It’s a miracle that I’m not going to take for granted.”

Jon smiled his biggest smile yet. Me neither sweetheart. Me neither.



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