"Robert, are you awake?" Valakadria asked as she stepped lightly into his room.
"For you, yes i'm awake, but don't press your luck because i'm really bushed." he answered her as he pulled the covers back to let her lay down beside him.
"I'm in worse shape for rest and relaxation than i thought i was." he added as she snuggled up next to him.
"Robert, i know how tired you are." Valakadria replied as he slipped his arms around her.
"Tell me what you know about this wild Buckingham creature that you are acquainted with back on planet Earth?" Valakadria asked as she lay in Robert Jackson's arms.
"Wow, don't tell me that you've had a run in with Tori Buckingham, Val?" Robert asked as he pulled the sheet up and over her shoulders.
"Not exactly." Valakadria answered as she slipped her arms around Robert as well.
"Val, it's best to stay on Tori's good side," Robert Jackson said quiet seriously." And please dear friend, believe me when i tell you, that Victoria Dawn Buckingham does have a good side."
"So, what's with this earthling female that has everybody running to give her aid?" Valakadria sighed.
"My goodness, Val, where were you when she got into a fight with Captain Celane and myself?" Robert Jackkson boomed. "Oh yes, that's right, you were aboard your ship, please forgive me."
"Buckingham ... fought ... with Sathrana?" Valakadria asked in deep thought as she glanced up and gazed into Robert Jackson's face.
"She smacked me a good one while i was in my ready room too ." he explained to her as he glanced down and gazed in to her eyes.
"The witch hit you as well?" Valakadria asked, just to make sure that she had heard right.
"Valakadria, you have no knowledge what so ever, in that cute little raven-haired head of yours about Tori Dawn Buckingham, but i'll tell you this," Robert thought a second before continuing.
"If i were lost in space, and Tori was with me, i would feel safe and secure in my greatest time of need because she would be there at my side, win, loose or draw."
"No doubt." Doctor Henderson said unexpectedly, as she came in on the two of them unawares.
"Barbara, i'm having a private conversation with Val at this time, so if you don't mind leav---
"Robert, if the two of you don't get some sleep then i will have the two of you separated by force," Henderson told the two of them as she turned to exit the room. "Private conversation or not."
"Understood, Doctor." Jackson replied before she left.
"Sleep Val." he commanded and looked down to find that she had drifted off already.
**** Much Later ****
"I'm telling you Doc, that all i remember is telling Valakadria that we ought to be getting to sleep right before you left, and now your telling us that we need to be getting up." Jackson said as he threw his legs out of bed first.
"The night goes by fast, Admiral." Henderson told him as Valakadria Tawn sat up in bed.
"It had better not be the morning of the next day!" Jackson thundered, and the doctor shook her head yes.
"Oh my!" he replied.
"I feel much better, thank you Doctor Henderson." Valakadria said as she got up and out of the bed and stretched.
"We've got to reach the fleet sometime today," Jackson replied as he to stood up and stretched.
"You know, it's against rules and regulations that patients share the same bed together, but ..." said Henderson, cutting herself short.
"But what Doctor Henderson?" Valakadria asked.
"I don't know." she answered. "It just seemed like proper therapy at the time"
"Doc, are you going to release us now, so that we can return to duty?" Jackson asked.
"Yes, get out of here, and Robert, i do believe that this belongs to you." Henderson said handing him his transcribe.
"What's this?" he asked as he read it.
"If you do as i've prescribed then you'll slowly return to your old, sorry, new self," she told him as she exited the room.
"Care to join me and whoever else shows up for breakfast at the Round Forest River Galley?" Jackson asked Commodora Tawn.
"Sure, let me find Keletivia." she answered as the two of them prepared to leave the med-bay.
Robert Jackson found Eric, Amber, Valdara and Davrina and they all headed for breakfast at the Round Forest River Galley. They picked up Rhea and Sabrina Warner along the way. They were also joined by others who were slowly making their trek to the forest floor and down the pathway that led them to their favorite place to eat on the ship. There were other places to eat, but this particular galley was their pick, just as was the one makeshift briefing room on forward view deck pylon A that attached to the outer three mile long engine nacelle, their favorite place to meet while in planetary orbit. Today they were not in planetary orbit and at near and above light speed the view decks were closed tight and sealed shut.
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