What We Leave Behind

Posted on Mon Feb 19th, 2018 @ 7:53am by Captain Logan Barrett
Edited on on Mon Mar 5th, 2018 @ 7:06am

Mission: Mission 0 - Leaving the Blue Marble
Location: Deck 1 - Ready Room
Timeline: Day 1 0900 Hours

"Why do you have to go back to deal with the Romulans?" asked Chris on the LCARS monitor sitting on the desk. Logan winced slightly as he tried to form the words that his son would best understand. "You know that's part of the obligation I have for wearing this uniform, Chris. I go where I'm needed most. And right now, I'm needed right where we came from." He decided to change the direction of his argument. "At least while you and Emma are on Earth with grandma and grandpa you'll be safe. And you get to spend quality time with them. They are thrilled to take you both to see the Grand Canyon before school starts."

Chris' brow furrowed as he thought about that last statement, his eyes looking around the camera as he searched for words. "Yeah, that'd be really fun, dad. I just wish you were coming with us."

Logan nodded before sighing. He wanted to experience that with Chris and Emma very much. There would be other trips and experiences that he'd miss along the way. Such was the sacrifice for the greater good. It was one thing to be far away from everything you knew, out in deep space. However, adding the separation from loved ones, especially one's own children definitely put a bigger weight on the burden. "I promise that I'll be back as soon as I can. We'll go camping at your favorite site in Colville Forest and I'll bring extra marshmallows for smores this time."

Chris' expression changed to include a smirk as he recalled the last camping trip the family had gone on. "That forest is so big!"

"It sure is..." Logan recalled how camping had helped his kids deal with the disappearance of their mother. They'd never be the same but at least he could try to improve the situation where possible. Although, it was difficult to improve things from several hundred lightyears away. He tugged down on his uniform tunic before picking up one of the many PADDs cluttering his desk and pointed to it in view of the screen. "Alright, Chris. Dad's gotta get going. I still have several boring command things to do still before we leave Earth's orbit."

Chris nodded with an understanding beyond his years. "Okay dad. I love you," he said with genuine conviction.

"I love you too, son. I'll send a message as soon as I can." Logan hit the button on his computer and the face of his son faded to black, only to be replaced by the Federation insigna. He let out another sigh, this one longer than the last. He swiveled in his chair to face the viewport, the image of his beautifully blue homeworld visible at an angle. It was a sight he took in eagerly, knowing that it would be replaced soon with only stars.

Lieutenant Commander Logan Barrett
Commanding Officer, USS Orion