"He Said"
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Setting: USS PARADOX, Jefferies Tube Leading to Environmental Controls
Stardate: 63073.1945

The sound of footsteps on the other side of the bulkhead had halted Adam's progress, the last thing he needed was to be discovered. Granted the odds that those on the other side of the wall could and would hear him crawling around had been exceptionally small, but there had been no reason for the Ensign to take those kinds of risks.  There had been too much at stake.

To avoid his impatience from getting the better of him, Adam took a deep breath and forced his thoughts to travel back to a time when things were simpler, happier.

Setting: EARTH, San Francisco, Starfleet Academy (Alternate reality)
Stardate: 50006.1215

Still feeling the excitement of having been accepted at Starfleet Academy, Adam had stepped out into the gardens after his first class of the day, his head filled with facts about so many new races that he had problems keeping them all straight.  The next four years would be challenging, and Cadet Russell felt nervous, but he had made it to where he had wanted to be.

As he stepped onto the perfectly manicured grass, Adam caught from the corner of his eye another Cadet, one that he quickly recognized has having been in his class.  It had been hard to not notice the 5'7", azure blue eyed, blonde haired woman and now he would have the opportunity to introduce himself to her.

"Hello," the man said, his chest stuck out like some sort of animal trying to impress a potential mate.  "I'm Cadet Russell, but you can call me Adam.  We're in the same Alien civilizations class."  The Cadets' gazes locked for a moment as each thought about the possible outcome of this encounter.

[[Wow, she's gorgeous,]] Adam thought as a beaming smile appeared on his lips.  [[I guess the next four years aren't going to be as difficult as I thought.]]

Setting: EARTH, San Fransisco, Starfleet Academy (Alternate reality)
Stardate: 53359.2245

Graduation day!  The last four years had gone by in the blink of an eye and now Adam faced the rest of his life as a Starfleet Officer.  Ensign Russell smiled at the woman sitting next to him knowing that without Lea as a study partner he would have likely never made it through the Academy.

Now he had been granted a position of Runabout Pilot on DS6, an assignment that he truly looked forward to except for one very important detail, Lea would not be there by his side.

"Lea," Adam began as he nervously reached for the woman's hand.  "I need to ask you something, something very important.  I know that you are thrilled with your assignment and that it is what you had wanted, but I would like for you to come with me to DS6," Ensign Russell said.

The request made by Adam triggered a lengthy silence between them that was filled with thoughts about what had just been said.  [[Please don't think that I am joking.  I need you.  I love you.]]

The silence continued until Adam finally spoke once again.  "Please answer me."

Lea wet her dried lips and smiled. "I'll ask for the transfer first thing in the morning," she replied before leaning into his arms.

Setting: USS PARADOX, Jefferies Tube Leading to Environmental Controls
Stardate: 63073.1950

Adam wiped the tears from his eyes.  That single decision had shaped the rest of his life and made him the happiest man in the galaxy. Together they had created a family, traveled the galaxy and even made a home on NEW EARTH.

As bad as things had gotten, Adam could not imagine what his life would have been had she said no.

William Reeve (altrealityman@gmail.com)

Ensign Adam Russell
(in another reality)
Flight Control Officer