Short Story-“Unexpected Loyalty”

Captain’s log, supplemental. I have received a serious complaint from one of the Vulcan security officers about a threat made to him by our Jem’Hadar first, Kara’Kar.

One Hour later

Byrnes was sitting quietly in his cell in the brig. Waiting on a decision by the Captain in regard to the incident.

Valor walked up, shut off the force field, stepped in, and re activated it from inside using a padd command,

She sat next to Byrnes.

“I’m sorry. I wish I had controlled myself better.” Byrnes said softly.

“Charles, the only reason you reacted the way you did was you are insecure. You worry that his words are true, or you would have been able to ignore them.” She softly responded.

“Why are you with me? I’m not an officer. I’m Human. I’m not an intellectual equal to you. What is it that makes you even continue to…?” he began to ask her.

Valor held a finger to his lips to quiet him before softly replying.

“Because I follow IDIC, Charles. Do you know what IDIC is?” she asked.

Byrnes shook his head.

“I’ve heard the word, but never bothered to look it up.”

“It means Infinite Diversities in Infinite Combinations” she explained.

“It’s a Vulcan philosophy. While we embrace control of our emotions, and logic, we also embrace allowing ourselves to learn from exposure to others who are not like us.

You have to understand Charles, we may control our emotions, but we HAVE emotions. There is a difference between control, and having them. I DO feel emotions. I simply keep them suppressed. I am not an android.

Being with you DOES affect me on an emotional level, you just cannot see it easily. KNOWING you, affects me. I think about you when we are not together. I enjoy BEING with you, and regret when I am NOT with you.

I am committed to being in a relationship with you. I enjoy it. I desire it. I would not choose to change it.

Byrnes looked at her, startled by her words. He had never heard such emotion come out of someone who did not express any.

“I’m in love with you, Valor.” He confessed.

“I know.” she replied.

They stared at one another, and she was about to speak, when Captain ANN D suddenly materialized his holographic form outside the cell.

“Sergeant Byrnes, if you pull another stunt like that again, you will be busted down in rank to Private and command of the Macos removed. Am I understood?”

“Yes sir. I won’t let it happen again, sir.” Byrnes replied.

“Good. I managed to convince Ensign Saron not to press formal charges. I recommend you stay out of his way for a while. Lt. Valor, you can release Byrnes at your leisure.”

He vanished.

“It seems the captain has left you to my control.” Valor said, sarcastically.

“Yep. Seems that way.” Byrnes replied, smiling.

“I think I will…keep you here for a bit longer.” She said, as she leaned in for a kiss.

“Sounds good to me.” Byrnes said.

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