S02 Ep04: When Realities Collide (Incidentals)
Location: Paul's Office- USS Tomcat
Timeline: Mission 4 Day 59 to 65-7
Lauren sat behind her desk when she noticed Paul walking into his office, She said," Sir, Are you allowed back here?" she asked rising from her chair and began looking at the artificial left arm of her boss. Paul looked back at her and gave a slight smile and had been told by Shakram that Lauren had been worried sick about him also she had told him that Lauren might have a crush on him. but at least he knew that she cared about him and that she was pleased to see him up and about.
He replied," I'm fine Lauren, I am on limited duties, However I am grounded for good," as he still had not come to terms with that bit of news, He continued," However; I have been transferred into intelligence due to the data we obtained from the freighter," he smiled back as he finished "And don't worry yourself about if I leave you behind, Because I won't"
"What do you mean Intelligence," replied Lauren looking back at Paul, She continued, "your the Air group commander, what is going to happen to me and the rest of the flight?" as she started to worry about her job. as she started to wonder if she had done something wrong or had upset him in any way. she asked " Have I done something wrong Sir to be drummed out of the service?" as a tear started to trickle down her face. as Paul could see the distress this news was for her.
He replied ," Lauren, you have done nothing wrong," looking back at her, He continued, "It is the fallout from this," as he raised the arm, He finished," I still want the investigation into my Crash to continue and find out why my throttle opened like it did," as he watched Lauren wipe the tear from her eyes "and if I do end up with the Chief intel spot, you are to remain at my side and so will Shakram,"
"You will?" asked Lauren as she knew that Paul had seen that she had stayed by his side after the operation and helped relay Messages back to his pilots on his status and well being, Now he had to repay that kindness by making sure that she was not put off this ship. She also knew that Paul would do his damn hardest to keep her in her position in some way.
"I will Lauren, Even if I have to threaten to get back in a fighter," as he knew that would be foolhardy but he didn't want to lose her," but I will speak to the Captain about your role," He continued, looking back at her, He finished "So why don't you go and get yourself some lunch," as he moved towards her and finished, "and take some time to freshen up,"
She looked back at him and replied," Thank you Sir, I won't forget this," as she turned to exit the room, She asked," Sir, Does the new arm hurt?" as she wanted to know in case of an emergency, As she watched Paul flex the Prosthesis limb as she could see that he was getting used to it now. she was glad that he was and made her smile at that news, as she thought to herself oO Good for him Oo as she looked back at her commander.
Paul replied," No Lauren it doesn't hurt as much as it once did," giving her a smile, he continued," I did meet two friendly dogs, one is called Luuna and the Other is called Sombra,"
"Oh," replied Lauren looking back at him, "So they are helping you are they?" she asked as she could see the change within him from the grumpy man he had been when he had lost his arm to how he was before the accident.
He replied," Yes they are," as he gave her a smile, he said," I want the control to keep their eyes peeled for anything that comes our way," as he knew that things could get wild until they got back home.
"Understood sir, " as she went back to her desk and sent the message to the flight control, she finished," Message sent sir," as she knew that Paul was keeping everyone on their toes and knew the best tactics were vigilance.
"Thanks, Lauren," replied Paul as he looked back at her and knew that she knew her job, He said," I'll be in my Office reading the Intel manuals," as he knew that he had to start learning this new trade now before they got back home. as he entered his office, Paul hoped that this was going to be the help that he needed to take his mind off the new arm.
Lieutenant Paul Winchester
Ensign Lauren Jordan [PNPC: Winchester]
Aide to CAG