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LtCmdr. Shayne: Home Is Where The Hearts Are

2020-05-13 12:30:23


((Shayne and MacKenna's Quarters, USS Juneau))=20

Shayne: Have you ever thought about=E2=80=A6 settling down somewhere? Don=
't- don't take that the wrong way. I'm just=E2=80=
=A6 I'm just curious about what you want. You spend so much time co=
unseling me, guiding me=E2=80=A6 standing with me.

It was strange to be a barrier and a column all at once. He was a part of w=
hat they'd made together, naturally, but he felt like he was standi=
ng in the way of his own mission. He wanted to be the best partner he could=
be to MacKenna, and that, he was confident, involved taking his wants and =
desires out of the picture.=20

MacKenna: Maybe that is where I want to be...

He was afraid she'd say something like that. He smiled slightly, bu=
t his heart felt like it had been plucked by an inexperienced guitarist. He=
'd made a similar feeling known back on Columbia- he'd left=
her for his career. It was more than that, of course- he was his work, and=
he'd never be content offering it to any other service. But he beg=
an to understand. This was an inkling of what he'd done to her.=20

MacKenna: I mean...yes.=20

Shayne: You don't have to explain to me.

His words were soft, understanding. With others, he would pry. Others were =
a threat, a distraction, a liability. Only those close to him were free fro=
m that sort of inspection. MacKenna was the most prevalent among them. What=
ever she wanted, he would provide as best as he could. She was beyond repro=
ach. Beyond explanation.=20

MacKenna: Yes, I've thought about it. Yes, it's something I'd maybe want to=

He could feel the ill-found fog of the future beginning to clear away, reve=
aling something that promised more traceable shores. But the image wasn=E2=
=80=99t complete. Was it to be craggy? Or wood? Would it be surrounded by s=
teel? Hidden from the world?=20

Shayne: Where should we begin?

Her eyes were downcast, in that shy way of hers. He had become extremely fa=
miliar with her scalp, and the gorgeous locks of red hair that flowed from =
it. He didn't mind, not at all. It just made the moments when he ag=
ain looked into her flashing eyes all the more memorable and meaningful.=20

MacKenna: I don't believe that home is a place.=20

She graced him with her gaze again, and there was a subtle certainty in her=

MacKenna: Home is a feeling. Home, it's...wherever you and I are...that's h=

Simple words. Powerful words. Brought together, much like them; naturally. =
It was a moment of transition for the first officer, for places were no lon=
ger stationary objects in space. It was difficult to describe, but they wer=
e not based on descriptions. It transcended their quarters, the ship, even =
time. It didn't matter where they were, or what they did, or how fa=
r apart they might be. They were within each other, separately and together=
. It was the most powerful feeling Shayne had ever experienced. He intertwi=
ned his hand in hers affectionately.=20

Shayne: I can't remember the last time I was this happy to be=E2=80=
=A6 home.

MacKenna: Response


Lieutenant Commander Randal Shayne
First Officer
USS Juneau
NX 99801

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