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The God Particle
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“Is it time for spring cleaning already?”
Wenera turned to find DeMara Deen leaning casually against the bulkhead.
“Dee, I didn’t see you there.”
The Tenarian smirked. It wasn’t very often that she could go unnoticed amongst a crowd. She enjoyed her rare inconspicuous moments. “No wonder,” she said, “you were too busy spinning your people’s heads.”
Wenera took a step closer to the operations manager, concern now edged on her face. “You don’t think I was too hard on them, do you?”
She shook her head and stood away from the wall. “No, I just think you’re confusing the hell out them,” she said. “And after watching a nice relaxing play that is.”
She smiled. “You were fabulous, I really mean it.”
“You liked the play?”
Wenera nodded eagerly. “It’s one of my all-time favorites.”
Deen shot her a suspicious look.
“I thought I remember you saying that before.”
“Maybe I mentioned it once,” she said and then stepped away and began removing equipment from one of the cabinets in preparation to have them all re-ordered.
Deen followed. “It’s a bit suspicious that we are suddenly putting on your favorite play, don’t you think?”
She shook her head. “Don’t be silly. The crew was in dire need for some relaxation. The fact that it’s my favorite play is a mere coincidence,” she said and moved on to the next cabinet.
“Sure. And then, all of a sudden you get your entire sickbay reorganized. Oh and of course there is that senior staff dinner the captain has so conveniently scheduled for this evening. I suppose those are all coincidences as well.”
Wenera didn’t say anything to this.
The golden-haired Tenerian stepped closer to the doctor. “Not to mention those subtle mood changes I’ve been observing lately,” she said. “And you look, I don’t know, fuller, I guess. But it’s not weight gain. It’s something else.”
The doctor froze.
“You want to know what I think?”
Wenera shot the younger woman a sharp look. “Come with me,” she said and then turned to head into her office. She closed the doors behind Deen and then walked to her desk.
“I think you are with child, Doctor,” said Deen with a wide grin on her face now. “I think the captain knows about it and has been putting up this whole –“
“I’m leaving Eagle
, Dee,” said Wenera after she had sat down in her chair.
That smile dropped off her face. “Say what now?”
“Tonight,” she added. “I’m making the announcement at the dinner this evening.”
This Fall in
The Star Eagle Adventures V:
Shadows In The Haze