Be Safe, Please
Posted on Fri May 10th, 2019 @ 3:12pm by Lieutenant JG Natalie Cross
Episode 5: Better Angels
Location: Morgan's House
Timeline: Early during Shore Leave
[San Francisco - Earth]
"You still act like a child." Morgan called in frustration from behind the kitchen island.
Natalie didn't respond right away. She had heard all of this before so instead she continued to dig through her bag. She was more concerned that she had everything she needed packed prior to leaving. As she became satisfied with her bag she closed the zipper and turned to look at her aunt. A warm friendly smile formed on her face.
"I'm just saying there is nothing wrong with taking an opportunity here on Earth. It's much safer." Her aunt added with a look of concern on her face.
The warm friendly smile that had graced her face a second earlier vanished as Natalie made her way around the island and stood in front of her aunt. "You worry too much" She said gently wrapping her arms around her aunt in a warm embrace.
Morgan let out a soft sigh returning the embrace. "One of us has to worry for both of us."
A younger and less wiser Natalie would have taken those words as a challenge and stated an argument but instead she just simply nodded pulling her aunt deeper into her arms and into the embrace. Neither of them said anything for a few seconds before Natalie started to pull away. "I've got to go..." She said looking at the clock that hung on the wall in the kitchen.
"Promise me you will be careful?" Her aunt placed her hands on Natalie's shoulders looking her in the eyes.
Natalie smiled and nodded. "You know, I will." She replied placing her hands on top of Morgan's. She gently lifted them off her shoulders holding her hands. "Promise you'll call?"
"I always call you." Morgan replied shocked that Natalie would imply that she doesn't.
Natalie didn't say anything. She simply gave her a look that said it all. More often then not her aunt had a habit of putting work first before anything else. There were numerous times she would skip a meal, forget to drink some water, or even use the bathroom. She was a workaholic and both of them knew it.
Morgan this time let out a loud sigh and nodded. "Okay, I get it. We both have our own issues."
"Don't we both know it." Natalie simply responded and squeezed her aunt's hands before releasing them. She headed around the island and to her bag. The bag was light. Not one to travel heavy. She carried necessities and anything else she needed she would acquire as needed.
Morgan at this point followed up behind Natalie. "Have anything you need?"
A simply nod answered the question and both women walked out of the kitchen and down the hallway towards the main entrance. Natalie grabbed the door knob, turned it and opened the door. A soft breeze greeted them. There was a slight overcast. But no rain, just another beautiful day. Natalie stepped out looking around the neighborhood. She would miss it but she would also go stir crazy if she stayed. She turned around looking at her aunt who stood there with a sad look on her face.
Natalie sighed. "Don't do that." She said then embraced her aunt in another hug. The two held the hug for a few seconds.
"I really have to go now." Natalie protested and attempted to pull away.
Morgan held on for a moment longer before releasing her. "Bye..." Morgan said with a forced smile.
"Bye" Natalie waved to her aunt then turned and headed away from the house. How things have changed she thought to herself as she walked. Thinking back to the days of when she first arrived on Earth and all the struggles that both of them dealt with because of each other. She was glad that both of them were able to get over the past and build a relationship. It was something that both of them needed desperately.
As she was about 200 meters away from the house Natalie looked back. Her aunt still standing in the doorway. Natalie smiled and waved to Morgan. Morgan returned the wave. Natalie swallowed hard then turned around continuing down her path.