"Old Friend" Lt. Sara Crusher The streets of the small town were slick from the morning rain but Sara didn’ t notice. She was lost in her thoughts and in her surroundings. She was seeing things and places for real that she had only known in flashes of memories and in her dreams. The small Irish town near the Morrigan home was just as it had been the last time she walked down it’s cobbled streets. Sara stopped on the corner near Sullivan’s Pub to look at the list Ms. Morrigan had given her to make sure she had gotten everything. She looked at the piece of paper with the hand written list and then in the cloth bag which held several brown paper packages. She had just rechecked the small bags of tea leaves to make sure Charlie Murphy wasn’t up to his old tricks when she heard a voice boom from behind her. "Jesus, Mary, Joseph! Tis you!" A young man shouted as he darted out the door of Sullivan‘s. Sara had barely turned around when the young man picked her up off the ground and had her locked into a huge bear hug. "I never thought I’d be seeing the likes of you in these parts again." He was about six foot, short blond hair, muscular, and he had the bluest eyes she’d ever seen and Sara knew right then who he was but she didn’t have time to say a word before the young man leaned in and kissed her. "Shamus O’Neil!" She shouted as she pushed him away. "What in the hell do you think your doing?!" She asked as she slapped him hard in the shoulder. Shamus just smiled, "You didn’t seem to mind the last time I did that." "The last time you did that I was twelve and you had no idea what you where doing." She teased. Sara had met Shamus Patrick O’Neil the very first summer she had spent in Ireland. She was eight and he was ten. He had lived down the road from the Morrigans and since they were the only kids around their ages they became best friends. "I’ve gotten better," Shamus teased back. Sara shrugged and waved it off as if they where kids and he had missed her mouth and kissed her nose again. Shamus acted hurt but then smiled. "So tell me what you’ve been up to for the past," Shamus paused as he relieved Sara of her packages, "How long has it been?" Sara smiled and allowed Shamus to take the bags since she knew he was now intent on walking her home. "About ten years." She answered as they headed for Ms. Morrigan’s. Shamus shook his head in disbelief. "Tis hard to believe that the Morrigans would let you stay away for so long." "It wasn’t by choice." She said as they walked. Shamus nodded. "Well come on.. It’s a long walk back and I wanna hear everything." He said as they turned onto a road that lead out of the town and into the country side. "Ms. Morrigan says your a doctor and in Starfleet just like Rhiannon. Says your even on her ship." "I am." That booming laugh Shamus had ripped though the quiet country side scaring the birds and making Sara jump a little. "How ironic. That must be really strange, the two of you on the same ship, although having you where she can keep an eye on you would make sense." Sara just smiled a little. "You have no idea." "So your a doctor on a starship what about other then that." He reached down and took hold of her left hand. "I notice there’s no ring on your finger." Well that caught her off guard but Sara smiled anyway. "Nice to see your eye sight hasn’t started to fade." She teased. "However, just because I’m not wearing a ring doesn’t mean you can kiss me again like you did back there." "Ah.. So I take it your taken." "Very much so." "Do I get details on who this lad is that stole you from me." "Stole me form you?" Sara said. "Whatever." Sara laughed and then smacked him again. "And it’s not a lad, she’s a lass.. And she’s wonderful. Her name is Cyanah and she’s the chief of science on the Banshee. We met about a year ago though we’ve only been a couple for a few months. She’s smart, and sweet, and funny and caring and she puts up with me even though I annoy her with stuff like getting up early to go jogging, and she loves me despite the fact that it’s well me, and she’s simply the most beautiful women alive, and.." Sara stopped when she realized she was going on and on, "And there’s absolutely no way you can tell that I’m in love with her." She added with a soft laugh. The Irish country side was beautiful and Sara couldn’t help but wish that Cyanah had come with her to see it. She would love the coast line and Sara made it a point to make sure that when she did get there they would talk a walk down by the cliffs. Her mind drifted a little as she wondered what Cyanah was doing. "Well it sounds like you found some one to really care for." Shamus said as he held open the garden gate for Sara. Sara smiled and nodded. "I think I have." Shamus carried the packages into the house and Sara asked him to stay for tea so they could get caught up on each others lives. Shamus told her all about his joining the police force and about his girlfriend Kelly and even invited her and Cyanah to his wedding. Sara told him about the Banshee, Cyanah, and Rhiannon. Then they started talking about the past some where around the third pot of tea and the last of the cookies. They had gone form picking on each other, to best friends, to Shamus being her first boyfriend and being the one to give her, her first really grown up kiss, once his aim approved that is. Then suddenly with out warning the mood in the air changed. "Sara," Shamus said as he picked up the tea cups and placed them in the sink, "there’s something I’ve been wanting to say to you since that day in the field." Sara looked confused and stopped washing up the tea pot. "What day? What is it, Shamus?" She said as she dried her hands on a dish towel. "I owe you an apology. If I hadn’t have been calling you a baby that day then you would have never..." "Shamus!" Kathryn shouted as she walked though the kitchen door. "Well isn’t the site of ye two wee ones sitting at me table a site for this tired old eyes." Sara smiled and sighed at the same time. Either Kathryn had a perfect sense of timing or a sick sense of humor. She stood there and watched as Shamus hugged Kathryn and then helped her carry in the things she had brought in from the garden. Even he knew what had happened that summer and whatever it was that had happened in the field next to the small barn, or at least that’s what made sense to her. Sara looked up at the tin tea can that sat on top of the cabinets where the key to the barn was and sighed before her attention was brought back to the others. "Then it’s settled. You and Kelly will join us for the little dinner party I’ m planning." Kathryn smiled brightly. Sara looked puzzled and more then a little worried. "Dinner party?" Kathryn looked at Sara as if she should have know what she was talking about. "Of course Beanie, when Rhiannon comes home with Cyanah and Jvan we’re going to have a little celebration." "Of course." Sara said with a vague smile. Something told her that this would not be going over well with a certain Star Fleet captain.