"Between You and Me"
[Previous post: "Common Ground", written by the free flying Marissa]

Setting: USS ANUBIS, CMO's Office
Stardate: 63073.1545

"Would you like a cup of coffee?" Lea asked of Ensign Dalziel who had followed the CMO into her office.  Eve had been told to follow, and had done so with a certain sense of trepidation. When someone asked to see the ship's CNS alone, it was never a good sign.

"Thank you," Eve replied. "I'll take it double strong, double sweet, double cream." The Ensigns eyes scanned the room for a hint as to what this might have been all about. The only thing the CNS found was a steaming cup of coffee waiting for her on the corner of the CMO's desk.

"Sit, drink, relax," Lea said more as a command than a suggestion. Although Eve suspected that this had not been the way she had meant it, the CNS still complied.

"Something on your mind?" The surgically altered woman asked, the question usually being enough to get people talking. Instead though Lea just stood behind her desk, her attention fixed on the main treatment area. After having taken a sip of her drink Eve shifted slightly to her right to see what the CMO had been looking at. A faint smile formed as she saw Ensign Lopez and Fanggot chatting together.

"You shouldn't worry about either one of them," Eve forwarded. The odds had been good that the CMO had been concerned about either or both of the officers in her sickbay. All that the CNS had to do now had been to discover why.

"I'm not worried," Lea said, the smile on her lips echoed in her words. "Adriana has already proven herself to be a very capable medical officer. Hex, from what I have seen and heard, as done the same in her field. I know that they have issues. We all do."

[[Here it comes,]] Eve thought certain that Lea had been on the verge of revealing what had been troubling her.

"I just wanted to let you know that if you need someone to talk to, I am here for you." The CMO said almost causing Eve to chock on the sip she had just taken.

"Trying to steal my job?" the CNS asked in a rather faked amused way.

"Oh no," Lea replied as she quickly turned to face the sitting Ensign. "Adriana is better qualified than me. Actually I would suspect that the biobeds are more qualified than me in that matter. I was just offering you a shoulder to lean on and a friendly ear if you need to talk."

"Forgive the bluntness of my question," Eve began as she put the half empty coffee cup down. "Have I been sending out any signs that I am in such a need?"

"Not at all," the CMO quickly said to clarify the situation. "As a member of my team it is my responsibility to make certain that you have someone to go to. As the ANUBIS' CNS I know that you will have your hands full. This crew has more than its share of personal issues and ghosts waiting to pop out. I just wanted you to know that you are not alone. I will not claim to try and counsel the counselor, but something just having a sympathetic ear can help."

"Thank you," Eve said with a smile that lit up the room. "Your offer is much appreciated."

"Before I let you go," Lea said as she lowered herself into her seat. "I wanted to say something. It's about Elan. Actually it would be more accurate to say that it's about me and Elan."

Eve quietly sighed. [[It was too good to last.]]

Tiffany Rose (lady.tiffany.rose@gmail.com)

Lt. Lea Summers
Chief Medical Officer