<USS Banshee> "Amidst a Bubbling Bath"
- From: "Brad Ruder" <GroundZero@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: ussbanshee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 23:05:12 -0800
?Amidst a Bubbling Bath?
& Ensign Telsia Ehling
sighed in frustration and put the PADD down, life was getting to her.
She desperately wanted to talk to Josh about it all, but he had
enough to deal with as it was. Getting up she checked on Cameron one
more time before slipping into her and Josh's bedroom. She began to
remove her clothes and found a robe to wear. Going on the bathroom
she started a real bath, with hot water and bubbles. Once the tub
was filled she climbed in and felt herself relax a bit.
doors parted with their friendly hiss and the room opened up before
him. Cameron played quietly in his playpen across the room and the
sight of the stars and Cameron sitting brought the feeling of pure
innocence to the company of such disorganization. Things had been
better since Telsia and him had been reunited and blessed with a
family. Although, even that that time of love, there was chaos.
Time was fading on their relationship if she had to be transferred to
another ship, but Josh wasn't ready to let go.
through the quarters and towards the soothing sound of water rustling
about. He stopped in the doorway and looked at the plain bath that
Telsia was bathing in. "You know," Josh began, leaning against the
doorway nonchalantly, "candles and bubbles would make this so much
more peaceful and romantic."
Slightly startled by Josh's
sudden appearance, Telsia turned and looked at him. A seductive
smile spread across her face, "well you know, you could fix that and
do one better," she winked and went back to just laying in the hot
water, her eyes now closed again.
Josh disappeared for a
moment or two and returned with several lit candles and set them up
along the counters in the bathroom and dropped some beads into the
pool of water and they sizzled to life. He watched as they bubbled
around and a sweet smelling aroma drifted up into the air. He also
held a bottle of a cream colored liquid, which swirled and moved
fluidly in a glass bottle. "Vulcan Boretta Wine, thick and creamy -
but just as delicious. Aged 2312."
He smiled as he removed
his shirt and threw it helplessly to the floor before removing his
pants and Starfleet-issue boxers. After testing the water, as was
his custom, he climbed in next to her. He handed her a glass of the
liquid and its smelled mixed almost perfectly with that from the
bubbling effervescence of the water surrounding the duo. "I knew
there was a reason why I asked for a bigger tub."
giggled and moved so that Josh's arm was around her shoulder and she
laid her head against him, sipping the wine. "I'm glad you asked for
a bigger tub." She kissed the side of his neck before settling in
comfortably. "How has your day been so far?" she asked
"Well, went to the bridge. Stayed on the bridge.
Got blown off by the Commander and then came back here. Pretty much
a normal day," Josh said with a smirk as he took a quick mouthful of
the wine. He swished it in his mouth for a moment before swallowing
and indulging in the precious feeling it gave him, "What about
Sighing, she moved closer to him for comfort. "Nothing
really, Cameron has been an angel today and I was able to get some
work done, but that was it really," she finished off her glass,
feeling the need to have the alcohol in her to calm her down a bit
more. "I'm glad you?re home now," she whispered.
his head back to rest against the cool tile, "I've been thinking that
if you can't stay here that I'll go with you. I'm sure that there is
a spot somewhere that will take me as a tactical officer - at least a
fighter pilot." He ran a hand over his bare chest and set the glass
on the border of the tub next to Telsia's empty glass. He sighed
heavily kissed her lightly on the cheek.
"That is actually
something I wanted to talk to you about Josh," Telsia was slightly
nervous at how Josh was going to respond to what she had to say, but
she just had to say it. "I know you love this ship Josh, almost all
of your friends are here, and I know you don't want to leave. As
much as it hurts me to think this, it hurts me even more to say, if I
have to leave, I think you should stay here."
She rushed on
before he could say anything, tears brimming her eyes slightly, "now
I know you love me, just as much as I love you, but you also love
this ship and you fit in very well here, this is your home, I would
just feel so guilty for pulling you away from your home because you
felt obligated to leave with me and Cameron." Telsia sat there in
silence, looking down at the bottom of the tub, where her and Josh's
feet were, waiting for his response.
"No, I don't care
anymore. I've been on this ship for long enough without any
advancement. On a tiny ship like this there isn't that much room to
move on besides what you've got when you first get here. Command
structure and all of that, but it's all irrelevant now. I want to be
with you more than anything that I've ever wanted before and there is
no way that you can change that, there just isn't." Josh shifted
uneasily and tilted her head up before kissing her. "I don't just
want to go with you, I have to go. I couldn't think about not being
with you - with Cameron - when there's so much I've missed already."
A small smile appeared on her lips after hearing Josh say
that. She slipped her arms around his waist and kissed him back.
"Are you sure, Josh?" she asked, when she pulled back, "I don't want
you to end up regretting your decision or any kind of life you would
have with me and Cameron." Telsia just wanted to be with Josh for the
rest of her life, she knew that years ago but more then that, she
wanted Josh to be happy, and if that meant him leaving her and
Cameron again, or them leaving him, then so be it, as long as Josh
"Why do you say that I'll regret it? You know that
I love you, don't you?" Josh perked and eyebrow and looked at her
"I'm not saying your going to regret it, I have just
been thinking a lot is all and I don't want you to feel like you have
been forced into anything because of all that has happened," she
stopped right there and just let what she said hang in the air for a
moment. Quietly she spoke again, "I'm sorry Josh, I just don't want
to drag anyone down, especially you. More then anything in my life I
want you to be happy, with or without me and Cameron," Telsia sighed
heavily, "I'm sorry Josh, I'm making a mess of
Shaking his head he stood, lifted her out of the tub
and stepped out onto the floor. After carrying her back into the
bedroom Josh practically tossed her onto the bed, soaking wet, and
crawled into sheets next to her. Without a word he began caressing
her mouth with his own.
Completely startled at Josh's sudden
actions, Telsia was about to let out a squeal when Josh's mouth
covered her own. It took no time at all before she was kissing back
with just as much passion as Josh was using, if not more.
removed his mouth from hers before expressing his intentions, "I want
you to see how much I love you."
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