Law of Attraction
Baptism by Fire
It had been two days since her night with Nathaniel. She thought of him every day, and dreamed of him at night, but she'd been so busy making sure everything was set up in the department and all her supplies were accounted for and properly stored, that she had little time for anything else. She ate in her office and only managed to fall into bed long after her shift ended. The job should have started three days before her arrival, but with the delay and subsequent replacement of the Chief, she was behind and hurrying to catch up. Fortunately, the rest of her department was willing to step in and help get the work done.
By the end of the day, they would be back on track and she could think about talking to Nathaniel. She felt bad that she didn't contact him the next morning, but he hadn't contacted her, either, and with each passing day she grew more unsure of his feelings for her.
Nathaniel hadn't heard from Vanessa in over 2 days, after the 1st one he was starting to wonder. So he decided late on the 2nd day to stop by and see her in her office. He stopped by the door and rang the chime.
"Come in," she called. She was sitting on the floor, sorting through a crate of odds and ends. When she saw Nathaniel, she got up and hugged him.
Nathaniel stepped into the office looking around, he hugged her in return then looked at her "Why haven't I heard from you? Kinda feels like I have done something wrong."
"I'm sorry. I've been working double shifts to get everything up and running. Since the previous Chief was transferred before ever getting here, we're behind." She hesitated a moment, then looked up at him. "And I wasn't sure if you wanted me to call, or what to say..."
"We all have been working a little bit extra to get things moving around here." Nathaniel looked at her "Why wouldn't I? I just don't let anyone take one of my shirts and leave. Say what you feel or think right now."
It was a blunt request, but cut right through any obfuscation, and she appreciated getting right to the point. "I'm glad you don't let just anyone walk off in one of your shirts." She grinned impishly. "You're welcome to come take it back. Just give me advanced warning so I can put it on." . Then she sobered and put a hand on his chest. "In all seriousness, you're different than other men I've met. I'm strongly attracted to you as a person. I want to spend time with you and get to know you." She leaned forward and kissed him. "I want to be with you."
"As fun as that sounds, you are welcome to keep the shirt." He smiled at her "How am I different from other men?" Nathaniel kissed her back "I want to be with you as well."
"You're like an anchor," she said. "I feel safe with you." She cocked her head to one side. "Did you know that pheromones are a big part of attraction? How we smell to each other often determines how we pair up." She smiled. "I like sleeping in your shirt. It smells like you."
"I am glad to hear that you feel safe with me." He chuckled a little "Well good to know that I don't smell bad then." Nathaniel placed an arm around her waist.
"And what about you?" she asked. It had been a long three days. "I've laid my heart at your feet and all you can say is you're glad you don't smell bad?" she teased.
He looked at her "I want to be with you as well like I said, I want to see what could happen between us, I am interested in what type of journey that we could take." Nathaniel looked into her eyes "I am sure the boys will get use to you."
Vanessa smiled. "I guess the only question now is, when do you want to get together? I'm free as soon as I finish this crate."
Nathaniel smiled at her "Would tonight work for you?"
She smiled back. "Tonight would be perfect." She leaned up and kissed him again. "And tomorrow night." Nathaniel was not something she expected to find, but she definitely wanted to see where this relationship led. "Just tell me when and where."
Nathaniel kissed her back "Oh yeah? Tomorrow night also huh?" He thought for a moment "How about tonight at 1800 at my place? You can have dinner with me and my boys, we can inform them about the relationship."
"Sounds perfect. Can I bring something to help with dinner?" She knew she had to make a halfway decent impression, but she didn't want to appear to be trying too hard.
"Sure you can bring something for desert if you want."
She smiled. "I'd like that. What sort of dessert do you and your boys like? I can bring pie or cake or some sort of pastry."
Nathaniel chuckled "I have two 6 year old boys, they will eat anything that is sweet." He smiled "Surprise us."
She smiled, she was looking forward to the evening. "Okay. And then, maybe I can surprise you later?" Being with him now made her realize how much she'd missed him over the past two days.
"I look forward to tonight." Nathaniel then grabbed hold of her pulling her to him to give her a long hard deep kiss
The kiss made her legs feel weak and she held on to him for several seconds after the kiss ended. "Cariño, I can hardly wait for tonight."
Nathaniel gave her a curios look "What does Carino mean?
"It's a Spanish endearment that means Sweetie," she said, suddenly shy. "I grew up in South America."
He smiled at her "I like it. I myself grew up in Hawaii. My Alofagia, which means darling in Samoan."
"I like it." She smiled back. "Mi amado, or my beloved." Her eyes met his for a long moment. "This is going to be a wonderful journey."
He looked at her and smiled "Yes that it will be." Nathaniel blew out a breath "Well I better get back to the bridge and finish my shift."
She smiled again. She was smiling an awful lot around him. "See you tonight."
Lieutenant Commander Nathaniel Pike
Lieutenant Vanessa Jackson
Chief Science Officer