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Off to grandfather's house we go... [Sep. 15th, 2009|08:43 pm]



 ::trails out of own quarters with a grumble, grabbing a handful of candy out of dish on entrance table before doors can shut...Naomi's romantic little touches are worth something, at least::

::shoves mints into mouth in a quick gulp when realization suddenly strikes, reaching up to steady flailing cargo::

::readjusts chubby little legs over shoulders, grabbing hands next::

Hey, K, try this.

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands...

::after a few seconds of wrangling to free thumbs from
kelsie_wildman's clenched fists, flattens her hands out just enough to smack both palms together::

Like that, see? You're a natural.

K, K...if you're happy and you know it and you really want to show it...

[User Picture]From: linnis_paris
2009-09-16 06:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, I did...


She is. She really is.

Since you seem to be beaming from head to toe, I assume the answer was yes, so...

Congratulations. Really.

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[User Picture]From: ltcmdrtomparis
2009-09-16 06:28 pm (UTC)

::holds her eye for a minute, still not convinced...ah, well, a topic for later::

::shifts attention to other daughter::

No smart aleck remarks, sprite?
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[User Picture]From: jenay_paris
2009-09-16 06:31 pm (UTC)
::lifts shoulders in a shrug::

If it means you two can get over the over emotional honeymoon phase faster, by all means.
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[User Picture]From: lieutenantkim
2009-09-16 07:00 pm (UTC)
She has a point. I was getting ready to charge for all the advice you've been asking.

I don't see why you shouldn't go for it, especially if Seven can keep you in line and out of our hair.

::drops teasing, putting a note of warning in tone::

Just be sure, Paris. She's not the type of girl who would easily blow off any hurt caused by a split down the road. She deserves to be happy.
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[User Picture]From: ltcmdrtomparis
2009-09-16 08:42 pm (UTC)
I am sure, Harry. I've never...

::lets that one drop, hoping linnis_paris is too absorbed in her own sulking to finish the sentence ::


::glances back around, mildly embarrassed::

I just thought you all should know.
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[User Picture]From: andrewkim
2009-09-16 09:07 pm (UTC)
Well, we appreciate it. Especially those of us past our bedtime.

::reaches over to tug baby away from linnis_paris::

::she's no teddy bear, for Pete's sake::

I'm happy for you, but I'm not calling Seven gran. Probably get me assimilated anyhow.

::taking pilot's unspoken cue, nudges lieutenantkim with toe::

Speaking of which, you wanna tuck the princess in? She'll listen to you.
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[User Picture]From: jenay_paris
2009-09-16 09:16 pm (UTC)
I don't think you have anything to worry about. If the whole Collective couldn't be suffered to take you in, I doubt Seven alone would want the headache of a mini-link.

::climbs to feet as well, following them, after giving older sister another glare...if she needs all the attention, let her have it, then::
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[User Picture]From: ltcmdrtomparis
2009-09-16 09:30 pm (UTC)
::rolls neck, waiting patiently for gaggle of clowns to disperse::

::debates between former seat at desk and a less safe but closer proximity, finally plopping down on end of sofa nearest companion's seat::

::notes that she substituted a throw pillow for the baby::

Sweetheart, I haven't seen you sulk like this since you were five months old and Neelix permanently revoked kitchen privileges.

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[User Picture]From: linnis_paris
2009-09-16 10:14 pm (UTC)
::plucks thread::

It's still not funny.

::furrows brow, finding excellent angle of complaint::

Even at that time, I was still older than Seven was when she was assimilated.

You know, she really hasn't grown up all that much emotionally.

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[User Picture]From: ltcmdrtomparis
2009-09-16 10:29 pm (UTC)
...and you're in a ball on my sofa, pouting.

Your point?

::runs hand through hair...maybe that was mean::

What I'm trying to say, sweetheart, is that all of us are living on borrowed time. Seven might not be as emotionally stable as a normal human woman her age might be, but then again, she probably never will be. That's what happens when your childhood is robbed from you.

...if I can help her come to grips with this new adult world she's trying to assimilate into, I want to. I haven't tried to pressure her into being anything she isn't ready to be.
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[User Picture]From: linnis_paris
2009-09-16 10:51 pm (UTC)
I know that, I just...

::drops pillow, curling lip up in frustration...mostly directed inward::

This isn't even about Seven.
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[User Picture]From: ltcmdrtomparis
2009-09-16 11:13 pm (UTC)
I didn't really imagine it was.

::leans forward, dragging the pillow away and taking hands::

I'm sorry. I should have talked to you about this before anyone else. You've dealt so well with this whole mess with Jenay and her mother, I just assumed...I have a habit of assuming...you were fine with everything else as well.


::shifts gaze away briefly despite intention when bright blue eyes meet own, before forcing it back::

This is going to sound trite, but I guess some things can't be put any other way.

My relationship with your mother probably wasn't as perfect as I try to remember it. We didn't exactly have a fairy tale start...or end...but I loved her more than anything I had ever loved in my entire life. I guess a part of me still does. But do you know why I loved her? She saved me. After Torres died, I didn't want to live either. She made me mad as hell while she did it, but your mother stayed by my side and pushed and pushed until I decided to snap out of it and rejoin the living. She said she wouldn't be satisfied until I was happy again. I don't even know that she loved me the way I loved her...but it didn't really matter, because she genuinely cared. How many guys are lucky enough to find something like that?

When I asked her to marry me, her biggest concern was the future she couldn't give me. She foresaw every bit of the misery I eventually buried myself in. She only agreed to marry me after I promised to move on again after she left us.

I think I'm ready.

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[User Picture]From: linnis_paris
2009-09-17 12:32 am (UTC)
::prepares to tell him that nice as that slice of history was, he might have missed the point again...before realizing that maybe he didn't::

I know. I don't begrudge you that. I spent years telling you to move on.

It's just...I suppose the older I get, the more I realize I miss certain things...people. The good memories used to be so clear, I didn't feel I had lost much at all...but it gets harder and harder to hold onto them, and I'm just afraid...

::blows out breath again, annoyed by uncharacteristically fragmented thought process::

You can't forget Mother, because I'm depending on you to help me remember her.
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[User Picture]From: ltcmdrtomparis
2009-09-17 02:38 am (UTC)
I'm not going to forget your mother, sweetheart...not your mother or a second of our lives together. I couldn't if I wanted to.

::frees a hand, reaching over to tilt her chin up, examining::

::nothing but the usual workaholic insomniac tiredness there, but still...makes mental note to talk to the other doctor ASAP::

And if it's what you need, I'll tell Seven all bets are off. She'd understand.

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[User Picture]From: linnis_paris
2009-09-18 01:22 am (UTC)
::takes full advantage of freed hand, reaching over to offer a head thump...a hard one::

No she wouldn't. I swear, are you just not going to be satisfied until you've broken the heart of every single woman aboard?

::pulls back, settling against cushion and offering best look of disgust::


Does Jenny know about this?
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