<USS Banshee> "Good Faces, Bad Souls"
- From: "Brad Ruder" <GroundZero@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: ussbanshee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 00:53:53 -0700
?Good Faces, Bad Souls?
He wondered if she was tired.
There was something about her running through his mind all
day that made him smile. Even in the shadow of the near drowning of
her son, Josh still managed to see past her tears and see her smiling
face and the light radiating off her hair. Her aura was nothing but
positive and the shield she had up to hide the pain was exemplary.
Telsia?s strength, no matter where it was lying in wait, was
something he admired ? had always admired ? and it was one of her
Josh compared her to Atlas, the mythical
tyrant that held up the world because of his hand in attempting to
overthrow the Gods. Telsia, on the other hand, didn?t lead a brutal
revolution with the Titans on her heels, but she still seemed to
carry an undeniable burden that didn?t seem fair. What she had to
deal with ? who knows how many times in a day ? was something that no
man or woman should face. He felt for her and sympathized with her
situation, but deep down he knew that she didn?t want his
How could a man, a Starfleet Officer, hurt an innocent
woman? Josh?s mind tried time and time again to decipher the answer
to that question. There was no logic or reasoning that could justify
such actions, but the actions themselves happened anyway. The more
and more he thought about, the more and more his mind imagined the
hand lashing out from the man?s body and striking the lovely face of
his lost love, the more he wished there was something he could do
It brought him to the point of insanity. His
eyebrows furrowed and the small hairs on the back of his neck
bristled with extreme agitation. It defied all logic! It defied
everything that was orderly in the universe and it was something that
went against all the morals he?d fought so hard to build and sustain.
What an atrocious man, Josh thought as he began to pace, but then
again Josh couldn?t even bring himself to call Lieutenant JG Eric
Moore a man at all.
A soft chime slowly rang and the soothing
repetition brought Josh out of his hostile thoughts. He looked about
and shouted enter to no one in particular. His roaming mind had left
him oblivious and set apart from the world around him; it took him
almost ten minutes to find out what the chiming was. It was time for
his meeting with Telsia on the holodeck.
seemed unusually empty at this time in the day between the changing
of the shifts. Normally there would be throngs of people emptying
out from all the rooms on the shifts and the turbolifts would have
lines stretching from their doors, but that all was absent from
today. Of course Josh wasn?t complaining, he didn?t like big crowds
to begin with.
As he rounded the second to last corner before
her quarters something changed in the air. There was an added noise
he hadn?t heard before. It was like standing across a crowded room
where the noise blended together into a cacophony of complete chaos,
but melted into nothing. Then, above all that, a soft sound could be
picked up across the fray.
It slowly grew louder as he
quickened his gait. For some reason unknown he increased his gait
and marched down the corridor. The sound shifted into more shouting,
which turned into more audible and distinguished voices. The words
slowly took form from a blurred rumble to a sharp precise canter.
Josh almost past right by it until he realized it was slowly
He took a few steps back searching for the source,
but there was not a soul in the hallway. Josh began straining to
hear as he pressed his ears to the bulkhead ? which drew suspicious
and chastising eyes from the few passing crewmen that he saw. Josh
shrugged them off and continued his ?ear on the train track? hunt.
Finally he found it as his ears touched the coldness of a durasteel
doors. He looked up.
would have jumped to conclusions and ran in without thinking about
what that might accomplish, or what that might hinder. He was
satisfied ? for now ? to be content with just overhearing the
conversation. Unfortunately, it seemed as if that conversation was
starting to transform into an argument.
?What do you mean
you?re meeting with an old boyfriend??
?He?s just a friend,
someone that I went to the academy with.?
Anger filled the
man?s voice, ?I forbid you to see him again!?
Josh could here
the astonishment in Telsia?s voice as a short silence filled the area
behind the metal walls. She took a deep breath, obviously
formulating a response. ?Excuse me??
?I forbid you to see him
?You don?t dictate who I see!?
It?s your legal oath to stay faithful to me and Cameron and not
gallivant with some Starfleet Lieutenant Flyboy!? Several loud
thumps followed his words ? their quarters were receiving a furniture
move care of the intense anger in Eric?s moves.
Josh could see
Telsia shaking her head, ?It?s not like that! We?re just
?Friends with benefits!?
Josh could only make out an enraged yell, a surprised groan from
Eric, and the shattering of glass followed by a loud roar from a
blatantly injured man. He itched to override the security protocols
and rush into the room. He hesitated knowing that if he went in at
the wrong time he?d be in the wrong and nothing would be
?You bitch!? The snooping tactical officer
could hear the shattered glass, no doubt the shards lodged in Eric?s
uniform and hair, cascade off his body and clatter against the other
pieces on the floor. His feet crunched across them and Telsia
screamed before the obvious sound of a slap echoed in Josh?s ears.
?Don?t ever raise your hand to me again!?
?I could say the
same ? ? Another beating was issued and Telsia?s screams of terror
changed into whimpers of pain.
His hand couldn?t have slammed
into the chime any faster than it did at that moment.
?Computer, override security restrictions on this door.
Authorization Asper Sierra Epsilon Three.? The doors parted and a
twisted snarl wrapped its way across Eric?s features. It was a
perfect combination of anger, fear, and pain. It was apparent that
Telsia had slugged him because the ivory white of his teeth had been
saturated and tainted with the crimson depth of his own
Eric stepped up between Josh and his fallen damsel in
distress. He had hate in his eyes and a determination to make sure
that Telsia didn?t leave the ?safety? of their quarters. ?What do I
owe this unexpected visit, Lieutenant??
Do I need to take care of it?? Josh said through gritted teeth and
the addition strain from his clenched fists.
over, her cheek bruised from the assault just bestowed upon her,
?Josh, please, don?t??
Her husband spun on his heel and
deadened his gaze on Josh. ?So, you?re the one.?
?So, how many times have you slept together?? His
words cut Josh like a knife, but what struck Josh more was the tone.
In his many years of Starfleet service he?d learned how to pick
things out in the way people talked to each other. Josh knew that
Eric, even in his irrational behavior, believed that Joshua was
having an affair with his bruised bride. ?Five, ten??
his head, Josh took a step back. ?We haven?t been together since our
days at the academy. She?s changed, I?ve changed, she?s married, and
I?m not. Unfortunately for me our destinies have lied down different
paths. Paths that have never allowed the other to tread
?No! He?s telling the
?Shut up!? He raised his hand again, but Josh snagged
it and twisted it behind back with extreme force. ?Let go of
Josh was nearing the brink; ?If I ever see or hear that
you?ve touched Telsia in anyway unlovable way you can be damn sure
that I?ll be along shortly there after.?
Eric smiled as if
he?d heard a joke, ?Is that a threat??
He slammed Eric?s arm
up further than it normally would go and the groan brought a
satisfaction that he?d long missed, ?It?s a promise, Lieutenant, and
I?m always one to keep my promises. Don?t you raise your hand to her
ever again.? With a thought of regret he let the abusive man
Bad idea. Within moments the insane officer was on the
floor pummeling Josh. No matter which way he twisted or turned he
was countered and was at the mercy of the fists of terrible
slaughter. Blow after blow to the chest and a hook to the face drew
blood to Josh?s lip. He almost didn?t realize when the two hundred
pound man left him and slapped his wife again.
to his feet, Josh stared at Telsia. Her eyes pierced into his soul
with a look he?d not forget any time soon. It was a mixture of
helplessness and anger, but also had guilt and pain. To Telsia, Josh
figured, he?d been branded as her knight in shining armor and she was
the lone beautiful damsel awaiting her rescue in a tall tower. Too
bad that tower?s name was Eric Moore.
Cameron, little Cameron,
came running into the room screaming. Tears soaked his face and it
glistened like foil in the dim lighting in the corridors. His cheeks
were red from his tantrum, but he would be receiving no sympathy
today from his father.
?Stop crying! That?s all you ever
do!?Thanks Daddy, love you too.
Eric took one
step towards the small child and Josh was on his feet and slammed
Eric with a right hook that sent him spiraling over the table and
onto the floor below. Josh never felt so good. Telsia ran to her
child and lifted him into the air. The child stopped crying and
Telsia pulled Josh from the quarters, but Josh wasn?t going to be led
astray so easily.
?No, there?s something I have to do.? He
stepped into the quarters and looked around at the carnage and how
the entire room was in disarray. ?Eric, there?s a simple way out of
this. Filing for divorce with the Federation-Starfleet Marriage
Authority and this?ll go away. She?s not yours anymore.?
emerged back into the corridor back in control of his emotions ? or
what control he could muster after such a strenuous ordeal. Telsia
kissed him on the cheek as a token of her gratitude, but it wasn?t
what Josh was concerned with. ?Thank you, Josh, you don?t know how
much that means to me.?
?It was my duty. You?re more than
welcome to stay with me in my quarters until this can all be sorted
She brightened, ?That?s the nicest thing that anyone has
said to me ? given the circumstances.? They started walking back
towards his quarters. She ran a hand through her son?s hair and
wiped away the tears from his saddened face. ?He?s gone through so
much for someone of his restricted years. So much pain and agony for
such a little boy to take.?
?He?ll have to know who is father
is. You can?t keep Eric out of his life.?
frowned noticeably, ?Josh, there?s something I have to tell you about
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