In Need of Some Guidance
Location: Counselor's Office, USS Defiant
Timeline: A Day or So After Defiant's Return
The wispy white clouds of the upper atmosphere moved lazily beneath her as Captain Reynolds gazed out of the viewport. She'd been mulling over things for too long, wasting valuable time which she could have spent off the ship. Eventually, she decided she wasn't getting very far within her own head.
Still gazing out the window, she pulled the communicator from her belt and flipped it open with a flick of her wrist. "Reynolds to O'Donoghue," she said, allowing the device to make the connection for a second. "You don't happen to be aboard Defiant do you?"
"I am, Captain," Niamh said from just outside the now opened entrance to her office. With a smile she crossed the threshold, depositing her handbag by the entrance, "how can I help you?" she asked as she closed the distance. Since her shore leave had begun, the Chief Counselor had been back and forth from Defiant to administer essential sessions here and there.
“Oh wow, that’s some impressive timing,” Charlotte said flipping the communicator shut. She saw the same whiplashed look on Niamh that she felt. Constantly switching between official business and relaxation. “I actually was hoping I might be able to speak with you a bit. Regarding myself. I’ve...got some things weighing on me. If you don’t have time, I totally understand.” She finished quickly, half hoping for an out. She knew she needed this counselling, but that didn’t make her more eager.
"I was already heading here," Niamh admitted, "I'm considering a trip down to Earth for some fresh food if you'd like to join me? Or, we can stay here? It's unconventional, but I may be able to provide some whisky. Lord knows we deserve a tipple after what we've just been through" Niamh offered, being sure to offer options so Charlotte didn't feel pressured.
Charlotte gave her an amused smile at the mention of her alcohol of choice. "You've spoken my language. I'll be glad to tag along. I could seriously use a drink...or several."
Niamh smirked, "Fantastic, anywhere, in particular, you would like to go if you had the chance? I was considering pub grub. Nice homely food with access to all the alcohol we would need" her mouth almost watered at the thought of a mixed grill and a couple of G&T's.
Charlotte thought for a moment. "I don't know that it's the most exciting choice in the world, but there's a pretty great seaside grill a few miles from Starfleet Academy. Used to go there back in the day. I think it'll suit us quite nicely.”