Thanks all. Has it been donkey's years or is it just me? Tags for: @earlybird-obi-wan @Hazel @Mira_Jade @RX_Sith LOL Stone Jade's and EJF's fun banter is rubbing off, I am happy to say. _______ Debriefing Banter It was your typical post mission debriefing. McCoy was in a royal snit. "Did you have to be right, again?" He asked Spock rhetorically. "You're like the cloud instead of the silver lining." "I prefer to call it cautious optimism or a heavy dose of realism." Jim chimed in. "You, on the other hand, gripe even when there's no need." I laughed. "You just hate it when Spock's right." Speaking of whom, our hands were discreetly clasped under the table. He was stroking my fingers lightly, appreciating my witty comeback. "Harrumph, I'd expect you to take his part." The doctor retorted, but there was a twinkle in his eyes. I just grinned. *** Later I was making a clean dive into the pool as my love watched me from the side. I could feel his eyes on me, appreciating the smooth way I cut through the water in even, long strokes. My hair fanned out around me as I moved to the side and gripped the edge, looking up at him in laughing inquiry. "You looking at something in particular?" "Not at all." He replied. "Just observing your swimming technique." "Admit it. You like the way I look in this bathing outfit." I winked. It was low-cut and had a leopard print. The wetness of it just outlined my curves even more overtly than the snug fit already would, when dry. His eyes caressed me, as he leaned down to give me an affirming kiss. "You are more than welcome to join me." I invited. My darling heart was a thing of magnificent beauty in the water. His muscles rippled with each move, and it stirred my passion, like only one other thing could, watching a Suus Mahna routine. He declined but said he'd meet me later for dinner. "All right." I waved as he left. ** When I joined him, I found a single violet rose recumbent in a vase. It was my sister's wedding anniversary, and I always missed them very much on such occasions. I loved their love for one another, and this gentle acknowledgment of a romantic occasion touched me. Kashore had told me that if Dajan hadn't commed her, she would have looked him up and called him after their first date. She had to wait a whole week before he called her again. It was because she'd been laid up with the flu soon after their date. It had driven him as crazy as her to wait that long. I had laughed. My sister in love had been a joy to behold. Even with her more easygoing nature, she had been holding out for the real thing as had I. Thinking of her and Dajan now, I was glad all over again that my dear one hadn't gotten the attack of the "right thing" to do and become all elusive on me after our first impulsive kiss. Not that I would have let him. I wasn't going to let him get away!!! I shared this with him over our dinner, smilingly. "Now where would the logic be in that?" He replied. "In my forgoing all of what you had come to mean to me?" "You sweet darling." I smiled radiantly. *** "I had this made for you on our last stopover ..." He said as we cuddled after, handing me a package. I grinned, recalling the meeting just that morning, full of friendly teasing. The package held a beautiful woodcut of Luthien dancing in a glade. It was exquisite in detail. "It is gorgeous." I breathed. "There are two more, but they are not ready yet." He answered, squeezing me. "One is of she and Beren, and the final one is Tinuviel with the Silmaril." I crushed him in wonderment, as his hand lingered in a caress on my cheek, as he cupped it to kiss me long and fiercely. /My Tinuviel./ He murmured, as our minds and essences entwined, and my toes curled. A refrain of a lovely song flowed from me to him. /The vacancy in my heart is the space that you now hold. My Beren./ His tender answer filled in the rest of it: /Two reflections, into one./ /Into one, indeed, my love./ I answered. +++++ Melty sigh!!