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Your Call is Very Important to Me

Posted on 18 Jul 2021 @ 2:44pm by Lieutenant Commander Warren Paige
Edited on on 18 Jul 2021 @ 3:06pm

Mission: The Happy Wanderer
Location: Captain's Quarters
Timeline: Current

In a cabin on Minerva a message was waiting to be heard, a lone verdant flashing light the only indicator in the partially darkened room. The room befitted the rank of its current occupant being larger than most other living spaces on the ship. Its functional walls decorated with a vaguely nautical design aesthetic, that sort of thing floated his boat. The suite wasn’t messy, that sort of thing was frowned upon, but rather lived in: a spare pair of boots lying where they were dropped, the rumpled bed – made, but sat upon -, a sturdy drinking cup sat on the small writing desk, used and not yet recycled.

Had anyone been there to press the blinking light to the play the message, they would have heard this:

“Oh, you’re not there” Ceilea said pouting at the screen. Long black curls framed her face nicely complementing her current rich tan. Warren would have been lying if he had said that he did not find her attractive, she certainly made a dive suit look good. But Warren appreciated her science brains too. Since their chance meeting back on Earth, he had spent a lot of his last leave with her and were continuing to stay in touch.

“You’re probably discussing diplomatic relations with interstellar squid people. Speaking of squid, I’m attaching some photos of some normal from a recent morning dive. He was very colourful, but I think he was in a mood, so we left him be.”

If Warren had been there he would have seen Ceilea perched in front of the comm unit in her small one bedroom with the last vestiges of sunset rapidly fading through a window behind her. The view from the window wasn’t storybook tropical, just a portion of the neighbours house and in the distance, a scrap of beach.

“I’ve been pulling a lot of long hours at the Institute with the survey deadline coming up here, so I’ve not done much except eat, sleep, and work. I’ve only managed the one dive in the last month, but this morning I said enough was enough and squeezed in a dawn snorkel.” She said emphatically.

“You would have found the water too cold, being as you’re part lizard.” Ceilea added grinning for the camera.

“Anyway, enough rambling from me. I’ll call back later when I might actually get to talk to you. HINT HINT. Bye.”


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