A little sibling time
Posted on Tue Jun 23rd, 2020 @ 4:33am by Commander Owen Nash & Lieutenant Krysia Kaleri-Smith
Edited on on Fri Jul 10th, 2020 @ 5:24pm
Death in Paradise
Location: Paradise Station
Having finished her hunt for the elusive children and finally got some free time from Cailus and her security detail, Krysia had been to see Aeryn for her scheduled check up, plus talked to James as well. That fine she'd headed for somewhere she could sit down and put her feet up for a few minutes to absorb the news she'd been given. She'd seen a few places throughout the marketplace so she made for one of them ordering herself a ginger drink to try and hold off morning sickness while ordering a light snack to go with it. She relaxed into a comfortable seat sighing at the pleasure of taking the weight off her feet, she was busy running her hand over her stomach taking note of the fact that she had a small bump starting to show as a shadow fell over her.
Aftr his conversation with Nyx, Owen had decided to take a visit to Paradise after being told the Pandora crew could take the time to have shore leave. Having heard some interesting stories, Owen decided to take a walk on the station and soon found a recognisable face sat in one of the marketplace restaurants. He made his way over to her.
"Dinner for two already?" he asked.
Krysia smiled as she looked up at Owen. "Something like that!" She grinned. "Grab a seat! I was just.....indulging in starting to have a bump!" She grinned. "After what we lost, or rather didn't really lose in the bubble..." She shrugged her shoulders. "It feels amazing to be having a baby!! with the exception of morning sickness, tiredness, mood swings and just about everything else that'll eventually go with it including an aching back and swollen ankles!"
Owen smiled as he took a seat at the table. "Well, its obvious that being pregnant seems to be working out well for you, you are positively glowing," he said, seeing how Krys' mood seemed to have improved after the recent Bubble Universe experience.
"I do feel a lot better than I did" She smiled warmly. "After everything it felt like we'd lost to have something like this pregnancy happen, it seems like a miracle."
Looking around the area they were sat in, he wondered about her thoughts on the station. "So, how are you finding Paradise?" He asked her.
"Uncomfortable!" Krysia frowned. "Having so many minds is hard enough to deal with but I get the feeling that there's more to the lower decks and the poorer areas than it seems. Punishment here can result in banishment from the station depending on what you've done, although I guess a station of this size needs punishment severe enough to put people off doing wrong to start with."
"I want to say that I understand, but I can't even hope to as I'm not blessed with your abilities," he explained, however he felt sorry for Krys. This was a new place and he could imagine that it could never be easy to try and adjust quickly.
"However I can understand if they have a strict policy of punishing offenders. Especially with this place being the only free haven as the Alrakis Pact are now moving to claim the Expanse as their own." He still had some doubts about being at Paradise Station however Owen knew that Nyx must have a good reason for being here and he trusted his friend and commanding officer.
"So when do you think you'll get to take me to visit our father now?" She offered a smile as she picked up her glass and took a sip of her drink. "I'm looking forward to breaking the news that I'm not only pregnant but engaged to be married as well."
"Well, that's been delayed a little longer than I planned, he explained. "The Maiden has been assigned to the Romulan border for now and that means that Dad is away for a while now." Owen was desperate for Dad to meet Krys as he knew what it would mean for him to know that he had another child out there, especially one who was carrying his first grandchild and due to be married.
"I'll be honest Krys, I wanted for you to meet Dad sooner, however recent events seem to be conspiring against us," he explained. "Trust me when I say that as soon as we have some downtime, I have a runabout booked in my name to take us both out to the Atlas and to go and meet him...he's going to be really happy about your news."
Owen gave her a comforting touch on the shoulder, wanting to be able to have them both meet sooner if he could.
"How goes the wedding preparation by the way?" he asked.
"Well plans are kind of on hold at the moment, James wants the Captain to marry us and that obviously won't be until we're away from Paradise and the ship is away from danger." She smiled. "I really want to be married before we're parents though, even if it means we get the Captain to do a quick service and do a repeat of it for everyone at a later date. Either way I want my big brother there with me." She smiled warmly. "Actually I was thinking....would you give me away? Seeing as dad won't be available I'd like you to do it for him."
Owen smiled before getting up and giving Krys a hug. "Absolutely, I'd love to give you away, it would be my honour," he said before sitting back down. "The next time I send Dad a comm, I'll let him know of the good news."
Actually....I have some extra news for you." She grinned. "I went to see Aeryn for my check up and latest blood tests. It seems my last scans weren't quite accurate." She paused for a moment mainly for dramatic effect. "It seems our family is increasing in size..." Her smile beamed. "I'm having twins!!"
Owen stopped for a second. "Twins? Your having twins??? Thats fantastic! When are they due?" he asked.
"Aeryn seems to think I'm around three months so around another 5-7 months but my due date could be a little...here or there. We won't know for sure the exact time until nearer the time, mainly due to my mix of heritage. There's a gap of a month or two between normal gestation times so it's just a case of seeing how it goes." She smiled. "So just be prepared to have two little ones calling you Uncle!"
Owen was smiling and he couldnt hide it. "Oh, I have no problem with that, they can happily call me Uncle Owen," he said, smiling. Whilst he'd not planned on having kids himself yet, the thought of being an Uncle made him feel good.
"So how does James feel about this?" He asked, curious to know what his future brother-in-law thought of this sudden growth in the family circle.
"He's thrilled!!" She grinned as she relaxed back in her seat. "I didn't think his smile could get any wider but he's proved me wrong yet again!! It's amazing but I don't know whether to be ecstatic or scared."
"Lets go with ecstatic for now, I think we all need some good news around here of late," he pointed out.
"I'm looking forward to getting back to Federation territory away from the danger we're currently in. I don't want to be giving birth out in the middle of nowhere facing who knows what Owen! James has had enough worry in his life with losing his wife and daughter, I don't want to be the cause of any more worry for him."
"I'm sure he feels the same...hell I feel the same way," Owen admitted. "It would be nice to be back in Federation Space and enjoying a slightly quieter life for a change. It might also allow me to keep up with Janet a little better."
"I'm sure once we completed our diplomatic mission here that we'll be underway and joining the rest of the Fleet outside of this sector... Then we'll have a chance to meet with Dad and give you a fighting chance at having the birth you want," he offered. Having a quieter life after recent events would make a nice change.
"I'll look forward to it Owen." Krysia grinned. "For now I'll just enjoy the feeling of still being able to fit in my uniform!" She laughed.
"That sounds like a good idea," he agreed. "So, whilst its quiet and we done have red alert klaxons going off or temporal issues to deal with, lets enjoy some food shall we?" He asked.
Krys nodded enthusiastically as they both settled down to enjoy some food.