Adrienne Barnes and Penny Ridgewood stood on the other side of the portal to greet him as he made his way into the forest.
"Adrienne, it's been forever since i've---
"Shut up, and follow us." Adrienne said as Penny came out from behind a tree and stepped onto the rock inlaid pathway.
"I take it that your apart of the us that i'm to follow." Jackson said as Adrienne took him by the left arm with her right while Penny followed close behind as the two of them led him deeper into the forest.
"We saw you kissing Valakadria Tawn in the command section like it was nothing at all." Penny informed him as Candy Simmons slipped out from behind another tree to follow along side Penny.
"Don't think that we don't keep a close watch over you big brother." Candy told him as they walked off the path and into a more secluded area.
"You too!" Robert Jackson boomed at his sister.
"We understand whole heartedly, your attraction to, and relationship with Valakadria Tawn, but why not in the privacy of your own quarters?" Adrienne asked. "Not out here in the open for all to---
"Is that what this friendly reunion is all about, her and i?" Jackson said interrupting Adrienne as she led him to a boulder where the two of them could sit while the others found places of their own.
"How stupid can the two of you be, Robert Andrew?" his sister Candy asked as Adrienne sat down beside him for the first time in years.
"Right now sis, we need Valakadria Tawn on our side of the galactic fence whenever we reach planet Glammadren within a few hours, and if kissing her in front of the crew gets the job done, then i'll be damned if i'm going to let a little embarrassment get in the way of putting one more Zaleen battle cruiser out of commission!" he thundered, as Adrienne slipped off the boulder that the two of them shared.
"Ohhhhhh really now!" Davadra Adriakar stormed, as she came from around the back of the boulder to help Adrienne retake her seat.
"Why did i have the gut feeling that you'd be here too?" Robert Jackson asked.
"Because of me Bro." Commander David Jackson said as he came from around the other side of the boulder.
"You told Davadra about Valakadria?" Robert asked as his eyes darted between the two of them.
"When it comes to Valakadria and your well being big brother, you had better believe it," David Jackson said as he picked a spot on the grassy forest floor and sat down.
"Well Admiral, what are Valakadria Tawn's true intentions at this point in time?" she asked as Davrina and Sathrana walked up and out of the thick jungle growth.
"I mean, after all, if anyone could, or would, be able to find out about Valakadria, that anyone is none other than you." she added as Davrina sat down beside David while Sathrana leaned up against a tree.
"Personally, if you should ask me, and you haven't, i believe that we should all be kissing her booty." Victoria Dawn Buckingham said from up above them, as she sat in one of the branches of the tree that Sathrana was leaning against.
"Buckingham!" Captain Celane yelled out as she turned and began shaking the tree hard enough for Tori to fall out.
"Sathrana, that will be enough!" Robert Jackson also yelled as the captain moved off to find another spot while the cadet starvette pilot slid down and out of the tree.
"Aren't you supposed to be in training, Buckingham?" David Jackson asked as he gazed inquisitively over at her.
"I'm sick." Tori told him as she sat down on the grass.
"I'll vouch for that, in any way that i possibly can to help you out." David replied.
"No, seriously, i'm not feeling very---
"Alright already, don't get your panties in a bunch!" he told her as Robert gazed and looked sadly at both of them.
"Tori, i respect your judgment on this matter, whole heartedly," Robert Jackson stated so that the others would know that he placed a lot of trust, and his very life, in the hands of Victoria Dawn Buckingham. "So, give us your input about Commodora Tawn." he ordered as everyone turned to face the red headed bombshell from earth.
"You asked, so, i'm not going to withhold any thing." Tori replied. "If anyone has ever loved Robert Andrew Jackson more than Valakadria Tawn they would both be married and living happily ever after, and i don't believe that anyone for the past six hundred and umpteen years has ever done what Robert Jackson has done for her."
"Tori, just what have i done for her?" Robert Jackson asked as everyone sat or stood there silently.
"All that Valakadria Tawn ever knew was war, death and destruction, then you came along and showed her what you have shown me in the past, and that is, that she doesn't have to be, nor is she, the witch that David Jackson and everyone else believes her to be." Tori told him and the others straight from her heart.
"At least not a wicked witch, but if Robert Jackson turns his back on her, then i dread knowing what she, or the outcome, will be." she added.
"Like i said before Bro, she's your puppy, not mine, so you take care of her, because your the one that let her out of her cage on our last exciting vacation into space together." David Jackson said right before Davadra Adriakar turned to run down the pathway and Robert Jackson's eyes followed her every step.
"If my puppy, as you so call her, needs to be recaged, then i will see to it personally, myself, but, i have reasons to believe that she's going to be the least of our worries and woes." Robert told his brother David as he turned around to follow the path that Davadra had taken.
"You know," he said as he turned back to face everyone that had gathered nearby. "We're all at the great risk of loosing our lives from pure stupidity, if we, as a crew, do not take this mission seriously."
"I know that we're all uptight and afraid, and it may very well be one of the reasons why we are acting the way we do, in order to mask the fears of what lies ahead of us." he continued.
"The time has almost passed us by and we haven't been acting at all like professionals, but who am i to say as to whether or not we truly are." the admiral finished in saying as he left everyone to ponder over what he had just told them.
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