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Benzi Secrets

Posted on 09 Jul 2018 @ 9:57pm by Rear Admiral Benjamin Bahe & Lieutenant Commander Franziska Ekke MD

Mission: Mission 0: The Healy Returns
Location: Bahe Quarters

At the end of the day, Franzi walked slowly back to her quarters, stopping several times to rest her feet. The gigantic child she was carrying made her tired and ravenous, and her ankles were swollen. On the walk, her mind drifted to the other child, though. Ben's other child.

What would happen when she got home to her shared quarters with the captain?

On the one hand, she couldn't betray the confidence of a patient. On the other, would this be something she could keep from Ben? Would it be something he could see if they meditated together with the canar?

She frowned. This was a lot... and she was hungry.

When the doors to their quarters hushed open, Franzi was surprised to find that Ben was already home. "Heeeey!" she said, hearing her voice suddenly higher pitched than usual. "You're home early."

"I figured you should be home and I wanted to spend time with you," he said, an eyebrow arched at the sound of her voice. "Everything okay?" he asked, he moved from his recliner to the doorway to greet her.

She threw her arms around Ben's shoulders and lifted up on her toes to kiss him. "Mhm."

"Alright," he said, after the kiss. "Why don't we get you out of that uniform and comfortable?" he suggested. "A nice bath and a snack?"

"It's like you read my mind," she answered with a broad grin. "Both of our minds." Franzi patted her grumbling belly.

"I know my girls," he said, with a kiss to her forehead and his hand joining hers on her belly.

As he touched the rounded curve of Franzi's abdomen, it kicked back at him as if to tell him to bring food now. Franzi laughed. "She's been active."

"Good," he said, rubbing the spot where he was kicked. "I missed you today little one. You and Mommy go get in the bath and Daddy will get you your snack."

Franzi didn't need to be told twice. She gave Ben another quick kiss and waddled toward the bathroom.

"How was your day? Any intense captaining?" she called as she undressed.

"Well you know how exciting starbase is," he said, as he changed from his own uniform and into civilian clothes.

"Exciting? Did someone get a paper cut?"

"Yes, I hope sickbay can handle it."

Sinking into the bath, Franzi sighed happily then said, "The new staff seem capable. I'm 90 percent sure they wouldn't amputate your finger."

"How could I succumb to a silly paper cut?" he asked, moving to her and holding up all of his fingers.

"I've seen men succumb to lesser things," she answered, smirking.

"Canars hurt when you get hit in the head by them," he teased.

Franzi pouted. "I don't need another one broken."

"Anything interesting happen at work today?" he asked, sitting down on the edge of the tub.

"Oh, new crew. You know the drill," she replied, brushing over the whole thing. I met your daughter, she thought, still bemused by the whole situation. No, not the one displacing my internal organs. "A whole bunch of patient records to become familiar with."

"Sounds boring... but if it makes you feel better I have to read everyone's other files. It is definitely on the list of thing that I wish I didn't have to do as part of my job. I mean getting to know them is one thing but... you know paperwork," he said, shuddering.

"Trust me," she said, sinking deeper into the bubbles until she was nearly submerged. "I know."

"Something on your mind?" he asked, his head tilting to the side slightly.

The visible topknot of dark curls shook from side to side then said, "Nope. Just relaxing. Relaxing in this amazing bath that the amazing captain made for me."

"You deserve it," he said, simply. "Do you want your canar?"

No, no... the potential telepathic bond that would result would not be conducive to keeping a sensitive secret. "Not right now," she answered, popping back up out of the bubbles. "Thank you, though!"

"Okay," he said, he still felt like something was off but he was starting to tell himself he was just imagining it. "Is there anything else I can get for you?" he asked, reaching out for her hand.

She shook her head, and a mischievous smile crossed her lips as she took Ben's hand. "No, but... you can join me!"

"Make room," he said, before undressing.


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