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Back from the brink part 1

Posted on Mon Sep 12th, 2016 @ 9:06am by Commander Mercia Kavi & Commander Khelev ch'Koro [Halan]
Edited on on Mon Sep 12th, 2016 @ 9:07am

Mission: Homecoming (Reborn)
Location: Kavi House - MI

Mercia pressed her toe into the grass and pushed, her swinging bench swaying back and forth as she read a report on a tablet. The sun was out, and the ocean breeze kept the heat from being stifling. Molli was bouncing around in a hover walker that let her wander around the yard, safe, and controlled. The girl was hardly crawling, but she had strong kicking legs, and she loved being outside.

Mercia glanced up at her and then back down at the tablet after the girl squealed at a harmless bug that flew by her. She shook her head and sighed, glad that Molli was wearing herself out. Bed time was soon and the girl liked to fight it unless she was well worn out.

Khelev had found Mercia’s house easily enough, he was having a hard time with the way he walked away but he really felt like it was the way things had to be. She was in no position to help him and it would have ended her career. Now, however, he was standing out front because his ship was in orbit and he wanted to visit. He’d gone as far as he could in the last two years and it was time to change course.

The moment of indecision had him going back and forth before he finally walked up to the door and hit the chime. He hadn’t seen her since the ceremony back on earth and now he was here.

Mercia frowned hearing the chime up front. She tapped a control on Mollis walking to ensure it wouldn’t move, Molli would just be able to spin around and bounce, while Mercia was out of sight. She got up from her swing and moved along side of the house, “Back here!” she called to whoever it was.

Khelev climbed down the steps and moved around the corner of the house and spotted Merci waiting for whoever it was that had come to her home, “Sorry I came unannounced, I’m not exactly the most popular man in the galaxy right now.”

Mercia’s eyes widened and she ran forward and jumped on him, truly happy to see him alive. She honestly thought she would never see him again. “Big Blue! You’re here!” she squealed in a manner which harkened to her days before her capture, where she reacted with a lack of decorum to most any thing that made her happy.

Khelev wrapped her up and laughed for the first time in a very long time, his antenna touched her head as he felt a genuine warmth from her. “Yeah, I’m here. I’m gonna be here for a while, I’m coming in from the cold.”

Mercia pulled back just enough to see his eyes, “Really?” she asked. She tightened her grip around his neck, her legs still wrapped around him. “You’ve no idea how happy I am to see you alive.” she said. She dropped her legs and grabbed his hand, “Come on, Molli’s back here.” she said pulling him around the corner to the backyard.

The baby let out a bit of a screech seeing Mercia again, and bounced in her seat, giving her what for, for being out of sight.

“You’ll find she’s a perfect mix of Kavi and Tiamet… Sassy and bold.” Mercia said as she approached the walker and pulled Molli out, putting her on her hip and turning to Khelev. “Molli, this is Khelev.” she said. The little girl's eyes got wide as she looked up at his antenna, bravely mesmerized, but unaffected by the blue skin and height of the andorian.

Khelev chose not to comment on the Tiamet part of that statement, it wasn’t his place even if he’d never gotten along with the man and considering how things went down, there was nothing that needed to be said and this little girl wasn’t him. “Hello Molli,” Khelev smiled at the little girl. “Has she seen an Andorian before?”

Mercia shook her head, “I don’t think so.” she said. “Ok, back in the walker with you, you’ve got to run out your energy, you’re going to bed really soon.” she said, even though the sun was hardly going down. Due to Mercia’s normally early schedule, even when Mercia had the following day off she had to keep the kid on a consistent sleep pattern, so that meant an early bedtime, and a holo nanny when she woke up if Mercia wasn’t ready to get up yet. She turned and set Molli back in the walker and moved back to her swing, picking up the tablet, and turning off the locks.

She sat down and patted the seat next to her, a smile on her face again, “Come sit with me Big Blue, tell me everything.” she said watching as he came towards her, and Molli followed in his wake, babbling on in her baby talk and squeals

Khelev arched one of his brows, before he walked over to her and sat down next to her on the swing and leaned back with a deep breath. “After I left you and the crew at earth, things didn’t get any better. I realized how much I missed you. We hit a couple of ships and a small safe house but they’ve scattered, gone to ground. Figured it’s time to turn over my intel and let Starfleet try and finish them up, maybe see you before I get tossed in a penal colony.”

Mercia watched Molli for a long moment, not exactly certain how to take his sentiments of missing her and wanting to see her again. Of course she’d missed him deeply, been scared she’d never see him again, but for him to feel that way too made her wonder about things she likely shouldn’t wonder about. She turned and looked up at him again, “I’m going to fight anyone who tries to arrest you. David will too you know.” she said firmly. “I’m sure we can figure something out, with my connection to Graysons programs, we will find a way to prevent that.” she vowed and naturally grabbed his hand, gripping it.

“Just make sure you fight legally, I’m not interested in actually fighting anymore,” Khelev turned and looked at her as his antenna curved towards her slightly. “I don’t want any of you risking your butts for me, I’m perfectly fine doing my time for what I did. The Klingons and the Romulans are going to want blood but they’ll abide by a Federation punishment.”

Mercia scowled, “They’re not getting blood from you, there are islands on this planet you could live and they’d never find you.” she told him. “If they throw charges at you, then I’ll get Hawkins to name you as an intelligence asset, and for you to be put in MIA Refits custody, which would transfer to me and Hawkins, and we can take you back on Gladiator or keep you here.” she said. She glanced, “I’ve given it thought already, hoping you’d come back eventually.”

“You make me sound like I’m your pet,” Khelev arched one of his brows as his antenna turned inwards towards each other and he couldn’t help but smile. “If you desire to have me in your clutches just assault me like any warrior would.”

“Oh you tempt me.” Mercia smirked at him, “I still owe you for breaking my arm a few years ago.” she grinned. She naturally glanced away to see Molli who was chasing another bug in her bouncy walker. She was already moving slower. Good. Maybe bedtime wouldn’t be a fight this time, and Mercia wanted it to go smoothly. This surprise appearance made her want to give her attention to Khelev. Maybe she should call Lyla to take the baby for the evening.

“Oh you owe me for a lot of things,” Khelev said softly. “I think we can just leave it at that.” His eyes fell on the little girl as he followed Mercia’s gaze. Her life had changed so much and yet she was still open to him.

Mercia chuckled a bit. “Hey, it’s near her bedtime. But I’m thinking maybe I should take her to Lylas and put her to bed there, so we can catch up.” she suggested. “What do you think about that? We can go to Sids and get some dinner?”

“Why don’t I cook? There was a store not far away, that’ll give you the time to get her packed up and over there,” Khelev said softly, giving Mercia a knowing smile. The tone of her voice changed, it was subtle enough he caught it with the vibrations in his antenna not in what he actually heard. “And maybe you should see if she can stay there for a few days.”


tbc...

 

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