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Bridging The Gap
Episode 11 - Family Matters
Stardate 73834.3
MD005 0900 hrs

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Family Life

Posted on Wed Nov 8th, 2017 @ 2:48am by Captain Tyler Malbrooke & Lieutenant Commander Katherine Malbrooke
Edited on on Thu May 31st, 2018 @ 11:35am

Mission: Episode 1 - Pioneering Spirit
Location: Malbrooke Quarters - Habitat Ring - Empok Nor
Timeline: MD002 1930 Hrs
Tags: SD 71364.1930

Tyler had taken Monty's words to heart. Perhaps she was right, perhaps Kat was worried about him being out there in the big chair. However, Tyler was over the moon that he could actually see her be worried.

After his ride with Jax he cleaned himself up in his quarters aboard the Pioneer. He then put on his nicest pair of jeans, a plaid shirt, and his cowboy boots. He replicated himself a dozen roses and headed out for date night with his wife, and the look on his face was that of the cat who swallowed the canary. If Tyler judged by the looks that he got as walked through the station, it would appear that people had never seen a country boy from Oklahoma before.

Kat was in her quarters, no that wasn't right she thought, it was their quarters. For the first time in as long as she could remember they had quarters together. She was bustling getting dinner ready, she wanted to have it on the table by the time Tyler got there. Time was of the essence because if Kat had her way there would be other events that evening as well, and she knew better than most that either of them could be called away at a moments notice. She snapped her fingers, she had almost forgot to hide the brown wooden box that Santi had given her. Kat was to have the honor of giving her husband this promotion. One that she believed was well earned, even though this would mean he would out rank her.

"Honey I'm home..." he said as he walked in. He kept the flowers hidden behind his back.

"Welcome home my love." she said as she rushed into his arms and gave him a passionate kiss. When the kiss broke the two of them let out a satisfying breath and let their foreheads come together. It was a gesture they had done since they started dating and came second nature to them now.

"So what are we having?" Tyler handed his wife the rose. "These are for you..."

"We are having your favorite, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, and some red wine. What did I do to deserve these? Better what did you do?"

They both laughed in that way that only people who are truly in love and capable of teasing each other can. "Nothing just thought you deserved them." Tyler said as he sat down at the table. "So how is life on the station?"

"I have been acclimating well and I met Glen Paret, she seems nice enough. But, she is a stickler for regulations everything by the book. At times it is almost surprising that she is an engineer. I will tell you this though that ship of yours has everyone abuzz, and that worries me." Kat said as she placed the dishes of food on the table and poured the wine.

They both tucked into their meals as Kat continued. "The buzz is that your ship may be jinxed. They say that because of your beloved Voyager." She said Voyager with a little extra emphasis and a smirk. "I am worried that they might be right."

"Kat, are you really that superstitious? That is all just talk and that would be happening no matter what type of ship I had. Listen, my love I will continue to call you once a week while I am away from the station. No matter what I am doing nothing can keep me from you. When I return here you will be the first face I see, and I will tell you what while I am at station I will not stay on the ship I will be here with you. Where I am meant to be." He said and he kissed her hand.

She melted, he always had a way of making her melt. It was part of why she fell in love with him and married him. The two ate their dinners for a moment. "So tell me, how is the other woman, The Pioneer?" Kat said.

"Well if you really must know about my mistress. She is doing fine. The crew has reported in for the most part, I am still waiting on my Marine detachment, and my Chief Medical Officer. The latter of which Monty is working on." Kat practically spat out a bite of food with the mention of Patricia's nickname. She had forgotten all about the strange names that Patricia and Tyler had for each other.

"I really have a talented and young crew, some of the best officers in the fleet." He added. "They would have to be, you assembled them. Which reminds me, if the Pioneer is and Explorer what pray-tell would you possibly need with Marines. What exactly does the fleet have you doing" She replied.

"Baby, you know I can't discuss my mission. But as to the Marines they are part of standard compliment for the Intrepid Class. Voyager had to leave before they could report in." he responded.

When the meals were finished, she got up and cleared the dishes. Tyler helped her all the way, they were team and thought alike. "Tyler I need you to sit down, I have something very important to tell you." He went pale, in his world there were two things that your wife could follow that statement up with. The first was that she was leaving you and the second was that she was pregnant. The former was impossible and Tyler knew it. So that left the latter. He wanted kids but not now, oh god not now he thought. He sat down obediently.

Kat sneaked the wooden box out of it's hiding place and held it behind her back. "Tyler my love, my better half I have an addition for you..." "OH GOD YOU'RE PREGNANT..." he blurted out. "Pah, hell no talk about piss poor timing." she laughed and handed him the wooden box.

Tyler opened the wooden box and saw a gold pip nestled in red velvet. "Santi, said I could give you the news." Kat cleared her throat. "By order of Starfleet Command, and Captain Santiago Vela you are hereby promoted to the rank of Commander with all rights and privileges therein. He told me to say that... Now for what he didn't tell me to do." She winked at her husband and began to give him a lap dance complete with strip tease. "Promotions have their privileges..." She said as she stripped off her shirt.

At first he was only vaguely aware of what his wife was doing as the shock of the promotion was still working it's way through his system. However, Kat was woman who you could not disregard for long.

After she had stripped out of her uniform she led her husband by the hand into the bedroom. "Babe..." She pressed her finger to his lips and then fully quieted him as she kissed him passionately.

Kat threw her husband down on the bed "I need you to remember one thing, out there with the uniforms on. While you are sitting on the bridge of that ship you may hold rank and command over me. But in here I am in command..." She said.

As his wife worked her magic all Tyler could think was best promotion ever.

A Joint Post By:

Commander Tyler Malbrooke
Commanding Officer, USS Pioneer

Lieutenant Commander Katherine Malbrooke
Assistant Chief Engineer, Empok Nor


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