<USS Banshee> "The Simplest Questions"
- From: "Brad Ruder" <GroundZero@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: ussbanshee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 23:25:20 -0700
?The Simplest Questions?
He had finally slipped into a
position of complete bliss. The sheets were cool to the touch and
were tangled comfortably about his body, and the pillow was tucked
ever so delicately behind his head. Total solitude and serenity had
overwhelmed him and he could feel the sleep tugging at his eyelids.
Peace was overrated. The loud beeping of his console
shattered the calm tranquillity that he?d gotten accustomed to. His
eyes fluttered open, adjusting again to the dim lighting, and his
elbows propped himself up. Scanning the room a shining red light
jumped off the black background of the darkened quarters like a
beacon in the night.
Shrugging and kicking his bare feet off
his bed and onto the floor, Josh stood and tried desperately to
remember just what a good night sleep was, and what all it entailed.
A smile tugged at his face as he pulled on his shirt that was draped
casually over the end of the bed.
Slumping in front of his
console he completed the transmission and the blinding face of his
brother, Jerrad popped up on the display. At the tender age of
nineteen the aura of innocent was powerful, but the determination
shining behind the inexperienced soul was amazing. It reminded Josh,
trying to be as humble as possible, about himself during his
glimmering time at the academy.
?Josh! Good to see
Josh?s face was less than welcoming. ?Do you have any
idea what time it is out here??
The color in his face drained
like water from a sieve. He stuttered around some words, phrases,
random sounds, and finally settled on the time-honored class phrase,
Waving a gingerly hand of brotherly love, Josh
wiped away what sleep had come to him into oblivion and stared at his
glowing brother. ?You look like you just stepped out of an
anti-matter explosion. Or, you were just nuked in a reenactment of
the bombing of Hiroshima.?
what?s on your mind, kid??
?I?m currently top in my class!
All of them I?m the reigning king!? Jerrad?s excitement was
profound, although it was completely misplaced.
bit, Josh leaned closer. ?What year are you now??
first year.? Jerrad?s grin would grow bigger, but if that happened
then his entire face would cease to exist. It would engulf his whole
head and the only thing left would be the unsightly view of teeth.
?Sorry to burst your bubble, Jerrad, but you have three more
years to go.?
?I know, but I?m confident that I can hold out.?
The enthusiasm alone would make Josh yearn to have his brother on the
Banshee. The dedication, though young and still unrefined, would
serve in and of itself as the deciding factor for promotions to duty
assignments. Yes, Josh though, Jerrad would be a fine officer one
day, but the skills would have to be honed first.
Josh continued, ?Just make sure your mind stays on the tasks at hand
and avoid letting things attract your attention. Alcohol, partying,
childish pranks?? Josh trailed off as his thoughts wandered to his
own academy days.
??and women?? Jerrad?s tone and topic
sparked Josh?s attention. The grin was growing and Josh couldn?t
stop it. Jerrad ran a hand through his hair, which was partially
slicked back like Josh liked his own to be, but there was an aura of
less innocent and more rebellion than he normally saw in his
?What was her name?? Josh had seen the look
?Jamie.? Jerrad?s eyes glazed over for a moment and
it seemed as if he?d slipped into some erotic fantasy that only
played in his head. ?I?ll tell you, she did some things that I?d
never imagined a woman could do. She did this thing with her
Enough of that, Josh thought. ?Jerrad, I?m your
brother. I don?t really care much to hear about your first sexual
experience. I?ve had my own. You keep the details of yours to
yourself, and I?ll keep the secrets that I hide kept in my own vault
Smiling warmly, Jerrad nodded, ?Sure thing. If you
ever need tips, you know who to call.? His brother winked at him and
perked his eyebrows a couple of times. ?If you know what I?m saying.
Speaking of which, how is that Heather chick??
thanks.? Josh obviously was withholding the truth about the fact
that she was slated to kill some Admiral and stop the spread of
trading and selling slaves. Josh knew, other than the minor
infractions of threatening to kill people and disturbing the peace
that she was just a normal person.
?How?s the Banshee
?Good, all things considering. We?re off to
pick up a Betazoid ambassador that wants us to have a ball ? Betazoid
style.? He fought the urge to roll his eyes, ?You know we just bend
over backwards for the people that apparently run the governments of
Jerrad shuffled around somewhere outside the
console?s view, but his eyes managed to stray casually back to the
screen several times. ?Well, you know that if the governments
weren?t the way they are then we?d all be living in escape pods and
being pillaged by space pirates. Then again, that does sound fun.?
?Well, it?s not that bad I guess. It is a party after
?You said Betazoid, right??
?Yes, why?? Josh
reached over and tapped a few buttons on the control pad to his
replicator and instantly there was a cup of coffee.
nodded again and that same sly grin drifted its way over his facial
features, ?That means that everyone is naked, huh??
teenage boy. Josh knew that he was the same way when he was a kid,
but it still seemed odd coming from someone of his own blood that
wasn?t him. He shook his head, a smile dancing its way across his
lips as well. ?Yes, Jerrad, naked.?
haven?t decided, but then again I don?t know if I?m even invited to
the damn thing.?
Jerrad snickered, ?Would you go
?If I had to, Jerrad, yes I would.? Josh almost
couldn?t believe the level of immaturity that his brother was
exhibiting. Taking into account that he?d just started the academy
and some of the most fundamental courses were still incomplete,
Jerrad was acting just like someone his age should act ?
He blushed, which took Josh by surprise, ?What
happens if you, or another other guy there, was to become ?excited?
by one of the female members??
Josh laughed out loud, ?Are you
?Well, I know what would happen, but how would you
His question his Josh and he opened his mouth to
reply, but he couldn?t determine an answer. His mouth stood there,
open, but without a response to the inquiry. Josh thought about it
for a moment, his eyes darting frantically about the room for an
answer, but none came. ?I don?t know?that?s a good
?Ask that hot red head you
?Yes, if I remember correct she was a
Betazoid and would know these things.? Jerrad seemed enthused to
figure out what would happen in a brief moment of ?excitement?.
?Well, you can contact me later. I?m due on bay patrol in two hours
and haven?t slept all night. Well, unconscious sleeping that is.?
He winked and closed the communiqué.
Josh rolled his eyes,
?Goodnight to you too.? Josh walked over and pulled off his shirt
again and draped it in its previous position. He rolled himself back
into the comfort of the pillows and sheets and closed his
They sprung open again. What would happen if some guy
at the party became ?excited??
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