* Twenty *
David Jackson took her gently by the arm, which in itself, was very unusual, and led her from the galley while all heads turned towards the admiral.
"I'm the one to blame for this." Doctor Henderson stated as all heads turned towards her.
"No, you're not, I am." Admiral Jackson replied, and all heads turned back towards him.
"Valakadria came to my room enquiring about Tori Buckingham---
"And Tori wanted to know about Valakadria." Candy Jackson Simmons said, having interrupted her brother and eyes now shifted towards her.
"So, my half sister slept with you to find out about Victoria Buckingham?" Davadra asked as she turned to face the admiral, who sighed and held his face in his hands, rubbing his next on coming headache with his fingers.
"For yours and everyone else's information," Jackson said calmly as everyone listened. "I don't feel like eating breakfast right now."
"And, all we did, was sleep." he told them as he shoved his chair back from the table in order to go find Valakadria.
"There's a briefing room on the backside of the command section," he stated as he looked out over the table.
"Everyone with enquiring minds will meet me there, in an hour, after I've contacted the fleet to rendezvous with us in the Glammadren star system." the admiral said as he left the galley.
"Doctor Henderson, explain?" asked Davadra as she bore her sights on her.
"Valakadria and Robert slept well." Henderson told them as she to, shoved her chair back in order to leave the galley.
"I've got a meeting to attend in an hour, so, I must get prepared." she added as she made her way across the galley floor while Amber gazed across the table at Davadra.
"Just tell me and I'll go away and leave you to cry the whole damned Round River full of tears!" David Jackson stormed as harshly as usual, though however, he did promise to go away and leave her be if she would answer his question truthfully.
"Aright, anything to get you to leave me alone!" Valakadria stormed back as Keletivia stood ready to attack Jackson, if only she could, for Alexander Scott held a ray pistol at her back.
"Ah ... ah ... ah ... ah, not anything woman, just the right thing." Commander Jackson told her as they stood near a tramway tower in Round Forest.
"Yes, David Jackson," Valakadria thundered in his face. "And I don't care what you, or anyone else on this one way trip into oblivion thinks about it!"
"That's all I wanted to know." Commander Jackson said as calmly as if he were talking to a child, while they stood nose to nose. "I'm going to go away and leave you alone now." David told her as he motioned for Alex to lower his weapon.
"I could kill the both of you if he wasn't---
"Stand down, Keletivia!" Valakadria commanded as she tried to control her own rage, interrupting her security officer.
"I don't doubt that, out of either one of you, in the least bit." Commander Jackson said as his brother Robert headed in their direction after having contacted the fleet just to find out that Davadra had already beaten him to the punch.
"I'll be seeing the both of you at the briefing, come along Alex." David Jackson ordered as he and Alex stepped through the oval door of the tower and on to the lift.
"What did he ask of you Commodora?" Keletivia asked, for she had arrived at the tower just after David Jackson asked her his question.
"He asked if I were in love with his brother Robert." Valakadria answered as he found her and Keletivia standing by the tramway tower.
"Val, are you alright?" he asked as he now stood before her.
"You are not a Zaleen, Admiral, address the Commodora by her---
"Keletivia, stand down, it's alright for him to address me in this way." Valakadria explained to her.
"I meant no offence, Kel." the admiral said, right before she decked him.
"Keletivia!" yelled Valakadria.
"It's quiet alright Val, I guess that I deserved that one." Jackson said as he slowly got up and went for Keleketvia's legs and bowled her to the ground.
"What the hell!" Donald April yelled as he made his right hand in to a fist.
"Shit!" was all Robert Jackson said as Keleketvia made a dive for April, after she got back to her feet.
"Keletivia, return to the Tawn!" Valakadria yelled her order as Commander April side stepped in time for a few other crew members to see the Zaleen security officer land in the shrubs.
"Enough!" Admiral Jackson stormed.
"We've got a meeting to attend to in half an hour, and I want us all there together, in one piece, peacefully," he added as Valakadria helped her security officer to her feet.
"To the ship with you!" Valakadria commanded forcefully.
"No, Commodora, she may stay, I had completely fogotten about the Zaleen femininity rite." Robert Jackson said as Donald April walked up beside him.
"Jay, I didn't know that I had interrupted a love spat between---
"Shut up!" Valakadria and Robert both said at the same time, having interrupted him.
"The only thing that you interrupted at all, was our own stupidity," Valakadria Tawn told Donald April as she grabbed Keletivia's arm and marched her to the tramway tower.
"You know Jay, I'm beginning to understand now." Commander April said as he and Admiral Jackson both watched the girls disappear into the lift as it's oval door slid shut behind them.
"What is it that you're beginning to understand, Donald?" Robert asked as Tori Buckingham came waltzing down the pathway towards them.
"I'm beginning to understand why you went into hiding for thirteen years, back on Earth." April answered.
"Robert, there you are." Tori said as Robert and Donald reluctantly awaited her arrival.
"It's too late for me to hide behind you now." Jackson said as Tori marched up to stand beside them.
"I'm not that fat!" Donald bellowed as Tori gave the two of them a weird once over stare before she laid her piece of mind on them.
"Somebody around here is lying out the teeth!" she thundered.
"Well, maybe I do need to lose a few more pounds here and---
"I'm not talking about your weight Commander April." Buckingham said. "Can we sit down somewhere around here more privately, like in one of our shuttles or something?"
"I think your not going to want to hear what I really wish that I didn't have to say, but, you know me," Tori rattled on as April and Jackson stood there with dumb looks on both their faces.
"Tori, are you alright?" Jackson asked as he reached up to feel her forehead.
"No, none of us are, that is, none of us will be." Tori answered as Robert Jackson took her by the arm and headed for the new briefing room with Donald April in tow.