A while later Robert Jackson toed Davrina gently in her side before helping her up from the carpeted floor and on to her feet.
"Davrina, take Valdara to her mother so i may get some rest, if you would please." Jackson said as he fell on his bed and fell, just as fast, to sleep this time.
"Valdara, your mother is going to kill me." Davrina said as she took Valdara by the hand.
"Don't pass out on us again Aunt Davrina, alright?" she asked.
"All these years, and you pick right now of all times to speak." Davrina said as she led Valdara from the room.
"He knew, and he told me that i was his daughter. I didn't have to tell him, because he knew Aunt Davrina, he knew." Valdara told her aunt.
"And later this morning, so will everyone else." Davrina said nervously under her breath as they left Robert Jackson's quarters.
****Much Later That Morning ****
Robert Jackson was sitting in his ready room reading the crew roster when a name arose from the transcribe unit and slapped him squarely in the face.
"Victoria Dawn Buckingham!" he said aloud from behind his desk.
"It can't be the Tori Buckingham that i know." he added as he looked up from the transcribe.
"Who?" Davrina asked from a couch along side the wall.
"A red headed friend of mine from back home, on Earth. Or at least she use to be." Jackson answered as Donald April came flying low through his oval shaped office door without an invitation.
"Jay, Admiral sir, there's a certain hot tempered, red headed female acquaintance of yours that just about ripped---
"Tori Buckingham!" Jackson boomed, as he flew up and out of his chair, interrupting his best friend at the same time.
"Yeah, that's right, Tori Bucking ... whatever," Donald April said as he stopped short, by the couch.
"She about tore Sathrana's head off when the two of them met." he continued on.
"She's peed off big time about being here. I stopped Sathrana short of throwing her in the brig. It wasn't easy. Man, can that girl ever fight. I told Sathrana that she and you were very close," Donald said as he fell onto the couch in a sweat beside Davrina.
"I was just thinking about ... just ... how ... close ... did you say?"Jackson asked very slowly.
"Crap, i've got to divert her here before she tangles with Davadra!" Robert Jackson thundered as he raised his left wrist to his mouth.
"Donald, you hail for her to report to my---
"I'll do it, sir," Davrina said as she raised her vid-com watch to her mouth, noticing that Donald April was nearly out of breath.
"Security, see to it that a Victoria Dawn Buckingham reports to the admiral's ready room immediately, Counselor Adriakar, out." Davrina ordered, before lowering her arm.
"Alright!" Jackson said in a panic. "Out with the both of you, and keep Davadra and Sathrana away from here!
"I'm leaving it up to the both of you as to how you do it, and i don't care how, just ... get it ... done!" he rattled on as Donald quickly got up from the couch.
"You don't have to tell me twice. Come on Davrina, we've got some serious work to do, and fast." Donald April said as he grabbed Davrina Adriakar by the arm and led her out of Robert's office.
Jackson lowered the lights to near darkness then swung around in his chair, now facing an alien painting on the wall that he could barely see, and awaited her arrival, which didn't take long.
"Admiral, it, or i meant to say, she's here." said Lieutenant Commander, Lektan Tholari as he stood in the oval shaped doorway.
"Send her in and see to it that no one bothers us until further notice, and i do mean ... no one." Jackson ordered as Tholari left to escort her to Jackson's ready room.
Tori Buckingham marched herself right into his office and stopped very quickly, just inside the doorway.
"What the hell is this?" she asked as she let her eyes adjust to the dark.
"Have a seat, or stand, your choice." Jackson said, barely above a whisper.
"I think that i'll ... stay right here ... where i'm at, thank you." Tori said, a little nervously.
"Have it your way." Jackson said, continuing to speak at just above a whisper.
If not for the fact that Tori had crashed out because she was on a weekend drunk when she arrived on the Orion, well, Jackson would have been her's for the killing yesterday evening. He would not have seen a morning after. The rest of the crew would not be advised as to who was who, and what was what, until around eleven o’clock today. It was only a few minutes after nine a.m..
"You requested to see me?" she asked as he smiled and thought to himself. Good, or bad, she doesn't know yet.
"Yes, i did." he said.
"You started a fight with the captain of this ship, and that's your first, if not your biggest mistake. I'm really surprised that you’re not in the brig and facing court martial." he informed her, still above a whisper.
"In all actuality, we were stopped short and ... ship, did i hear you say sh---
"She let you go?" he asked, interrupting her.
"It wasn't as easy as that. This officer stopped us and i had no idea who in the hell they both were, or where in the---
"If not for Commander April, you would be in the brig. If not for me intercepting a run in with Davadra Adriakar, you'd most likely be taken directly to the brig, no questions asked." he told her, having interrupted her once more.
"I can't even get on a drunk without being dragged off some---. Where ... in the hell ... am i?" she asked cutting her own self short as her knees began shaking.
"Where do you think you are?" Jackson asked, still yet, above a whisper.
"I remember being thrown into this big ass taxi," Buckingham began. "The next thing that i remember is waking up in this strange looking bed."
"I then find myself in this outrageously huge motel corridor where it looks as if this Halloween party is going on. Then i think to myself, it's no where near friggen October." she continued on with her story.
"Buckingham, you have no idea at all where you are, do you?" he asked as he shook his head in disbelief.
"Not ... really. " she said as she collapsed, while shaking nervously, on to the couch by the wall.
"Issac, lights slowly to full." Robert Jackson said in his normal tone of voice as he swung back around to face Victoria Dawn Buckingham.
"You son of a bitch!" she stormed heatedly.
"Admiral my ass!" she blasted, as Robert stood up in his full dress uniform. Though however and at this point in time, it made no difference to her at all.
"Scare the hell out of me why don't you, Robert Andrew Jackson!" she yelled.
"Not yet," Jackson replied. "That's coming shortly."
"That is, if your still sober after today, Tori." he said as he came out from behind his desk, which was his fatal mistake. Tori arose from the couch to walk over and slap him as about as hard as he had ever been slapped before in his life.
"I deserved that." he told her calmly, but red faced, as he ran his fingers lightly over his throbbing left cheek.
"Damned you, Robert Jackson, take me home, now!" she thundered out of control, in his face.
"It's not going to be as easy as you might---
"Don't make me slap you again, Robert. You’re going to take me home or else!" she thundered once again, interrupting him as he raised his wrist unit to his mouth.
"Admiral Jackson to the Bridge," he said into his vid-com watch.
"Captain Celane here, Admiral." said her voice as Robert witnessed the look on his hot tempered, red headed female acquaintance.
"I have a certain acquaintance of mine in my ready room at this time," he began.
"She has put in a rather forceful request to be returned to her home, immediately." Jackson informed the captain.
"Admiral, may i speak candidly and freely, sir?" Sathrana said over his wrist unit as Tori unbelievingly, listened in.
"What's on your mind, Captain?" Jackson asked as he glanced over at Tori while she stood there with both hands on her hips, waiting impatiently.
"I mean no disrespect to you personally sir," the captain said, from the safety of her seat on the bridge.
"If i were you, which i'm not, i would send your friend out the nearest air lock and fry her ... aft engines at maximum phase." Sathrana said very freely.
"Captain, my office, nowww!" he ordered, growling like a lion.
"On my way ... sir." she said as Jackson slowly lowered his arm.
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