<USS Banshee> "A Bridge over Troubled Waters"
- From: "Brad Ruder" <GroundZero@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: ussbanshee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2003 01:53:24 -0700
?A Bridge over Troubled Waters?
Lieutenant Joshua Asper
& Lieutenant Sara
Sickbay had been bustling all day,
which had added to the amount of work placed on the staff. Patients
came and went in unebbing tides, research information passed through
the medical mainframe, and paper work had backed up.
hated being short staffed since it added to the amount of time and
work she demanded from not only her staff but also herself, but there
was nothing she could do about it until they got back to a Starbase.
Finally a break in the rush of the day. The bay was empty except for
Jenny and a few other nurses so Sara took the chance to grab a cup
off coffee and look over her notes on Ju Ju III. The soft hum of the
equipment around her lulled her into a pleasant state of relaxation.
Then came the next wave.
Telsia had been working her tail off
in Engineering and Josh was allowed to slump into his day of leisure
before he was thrust head on into the whirl of a two-week hell. It
was all right though, Josh surmised, because of Cameron. There was
something new in the aura of the boy now. Whether it be their
newfound connection or the truth that Cameron was Josh's own
offspring, he didn't know, but it was for the better nonetheless. He
was just overwhelmed.
He hoisted the small child off the
ground and onto his shoulders. Cameron giggled playfully as they
walked out into the corridor. Josh was over the turned heads and the
perked eyebrows ? Cameron was his son and he was damn proud. Hissing
open, the doors to sickbay didn't reveal a calm and serene room of
peace; instead, a blunt blow of work came rushing at him and the
lively chatter rang in his ears. There was no tranquillity, only
Sara finished with a young ensign from science with an
odd bite mark, her second of the day, and turned at the sound of the
doors opening. She was more then a little surprised at what she saw.
Not that seeing Josh in sickbay was anything new, but the small boy
in his arms was definitely new. Sara quickly pocketed her tricorder
and waved off a crewman who was approaching Josh.
With a smile
? for the child?s sake ? Sara walked up to Josh and in a soft tone
greeted him. "Hello Lieutenant, what can I do for
"Lieutenant?" Josh perked an eyebrow and grinned,
"Sounds so official. I was just wondering what you were doing for
lunch. I know we haven't been that civil as of late - I figured you'd
join me and Cameron here." Josh motioned to the dirty blonde-haired
kid playing with Josh's ears on his perch atop Josh's shoulders. He
smiled at Sara and pointed and spewed a mash of inaudible words that
Her smile brightened as Sara looked up at
the child. "It's nice to meet you, Cameron." She reached up and
nearly laughed when the child took her hand. Then she looked at Josh.
"I had planned on working though lunch. But I've been reminded on
almost a daily basis that that's not a good thing to do, so I guess
you've lucked out."
"You hear that, buddy?" Josh hopped a bit
and Cameron giggled again, "We get to go to lunch with Sara. I was
just thinking the crew lounge, that OK with you?"
fine." Sara replied before looking over her shoulder to tell Jenny
where she was heading. Jenny nodded and shooed them away as she took
Sara's lab coat. Sara turned and smiled at Cameron again. "So it's
true. Captain Morrigan allowed a child on board."
"Yeah, came as a surprise to me as well. He's the coolest kid in the
world though." Josh wasn't sure whether revealing to Sara that the
kid was his was a good idea or not, so he stifled it as they walked.
He looked over at Sara with a smile that he hadn't used with her in a
long time, "So, how have you been?"
"Overworked, stressed out,
frustrated to no end, but happier then I ever thought I was allowed
to be." Sara returned Josh's warm smile as she followed him into a
turbolift. "What about you? It would appear you've found something to
be happy about."
Nodding ever so slightly, Josh looked at
Sara, "Let's just say that I've found an extension of myself. Allow
me to introduce my son, Cameron." He was waiting for the 'what the
hell did you just say' look to appear. He smiled and looked straight
ahead as the turbolift hummed and shuddered to life. "Cameron,
Cameron, Cameron..." The child laughed as Josh pulled his hair from
the toddler's grip.
If she hadn't have been leaning against
the wall already, Sara would have surely fallen into it. Her mind
quickly reviewed the files she'd read as she wondered if she'd
somehow missed that small fact. Finally she found her voice. "You
never told me you had a son."
"Well, I didn't know I had one
until last night. I couldn't be happier and Telsia is such a
wonderful woman. I'm glad that we've been reunited. I haven't
missed much, so I can still be an influential part of his life." He
looked down and then walked out as the doors slid open revealing the
desolate corridor beyond - it was like a different world on every
deck. "Now the hard part is dealing with the fact of whether to stay
The past reviles itself when it's ready and not a
moment sooner. The words that Kathryn had spoken to her over and over
again during the last few months kept playing in Sara's mind as she
walked with Josh and his?his son towards the lounge. It was all she
could do not to laugh out loud. Then Josh's words registered with
her. "What do you mean stay or go?"
Letting out an exasperated
sigh, Josh turned. "You know the rules about children onboard. As
Telsia has told me, this is only a temporary assignment for her. We
don't know whether she's leaving or not. Then again, since Eric isn't
all he appears to be, things are just in a huge jumble." Josh was
afraid he'd have to tell her the entire story, which he wouldn't
actually mind doing, but he'd had enough being through it
Sara nodded. "I know the rule," She said simply as she
took her seat across from Josh. "and I know that it must be a tough
choice to have to make. I've had a fair share of officers pass though
my sick bay who are no longer with us because of the rules." Sara
smiled at Cameron and the asked, "So I get who Telsia is but who's
Eric? Don't tell me you have twins."
"No," Josh laughed as he
sat down Cameron in a booster seat that he had had specially
replicated, "Eric is Telsia's husband - soon to be ex-husband. Let's
just say that it involves spousal and child abuse." Josh just shook
his head, but soothed his tormented soul as he looked down at the
pure innocence that was his son. He smiled and looked at Sara in the
Not wanting to scare Cameron Sara kept her voice in a
soft tone, but her true feelings blazed in her eyes. "This happened
here? Does the Captain know? Joe? Why wasn't medical
Shaking his head, Josh motioned for her to just be
calm, "Sara, if you knew what they'd been through then you'd know too
why they wanted to keep it silent. I handled the situation with my
usual flare and charm." His eyes circled the room real quick to make
sure that no one was on to what they were talking about, and Cameron
was happily content to play with the PADD on the table. "It's
Sara shook her head and sighed. "Which means you
fought the guy. That's all well and good Josh but this man belongs on
the other side of an article thirty-two and a prison
"Do you see me disagreeing with you? No, but I
want to keep Telsia's interest at heart here. It's for the best that
they're soon to be divorced and out of his house. They're staying
with me for now." He ran a hand through the boy's hair that was still
intently looking at the PADD. It brought a smile to his face, but
when dealing with Cameron he was always smiling.
nodded. It amazed her still that people like this man were out there
and that women like Josh's girl and his son were still paying the
price for it. "Well, just let her know that the courts and the crew
would be on her side."
Josh nodded and he was determined to
change the subject, "I'm sure she'll appreciate that. Sara, I know
that we haven't been the best of friends and as nice as we could be
to each other, but I want that all to change. I've realized, in the
last week or so, that life is too short to squander friendships and
turn against the ones you love for they may not be there when you
need them. You mean too much to me, friends should be
"There's a lot of rough water under that bridge,
Josh." Sara's voice broke it's cheerful overtones as she tucked a
strand of hair behind her ear. "But you?re not the only one who's
learned a few things lately."
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