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Posted on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 @ 4:28am by Lieutenant Commander Jael Steiger & Dutch Lowek
Edited on on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 @ 2:55am

Mission: Spoilt Settlers
Location: Jael's and Dutch's Shuttle
Timeline: Concurrent with 'Defiance', immediately after ‘Best Laid Plans’

Just to be safe Jazz gave the Centaurus one last scan before everyone’s transport over. His eyes widened slightly at the updated readings: shots fired.

“Steiger, might want to adjust some of your plans,” he turned around, maintaining the youthfully eager disposition he was known for. “Phaser fire in Engineering.”

Jael's and Dutch’s eyes immediately locked as they had just finished strapping on the last of their borrowed tactical gear. They had an immediate understanding, almost as if they could read each others’ minds. However, Jael needed to vocalize their thoughts to make sure everyone was on the same page. “Dutch, go with Big Mike and help him secure Engineering. Take them out, non-lethally or lethally. We cannot press our luck.”

Dutch nodded, already figuring he was going to lend his hands to the firefight. His blood was pumping in anticipation and with excitement. It had been far too long since he had been to battle but he always maintained the understanding that he may not come out of any mission alive. His looked over Jael once more, taking in every inch of her beautiful face and body. He had fought side by side with this woman more times than he could count on his fingers, but now that he was looking at Jael, his wife, and not Jael, his partner, he was more determined than ever to live to see the other side of this. Strapping his rifle behind his back, Dutch moved to pull Jael into a secluded part of the shuttle and away from the chaos of the final preparations.

As they stood there looking at each other with the dull buzzing of The Russian’s people away from them, Jael realized what he was doing: Dutch, her husband, was saying a goodbye to his wife as a just in case. Their bond developed a whole new meaning. The marriage license they had signed was no longer just a file in a computer in San Francisco. It had strengthened their mental connection. If she lost Dutch, she would lose a piece of herself. She would lose the new life and new meaning she had developed ever since their union. She was no longer just fighting for herself: she was fighting for him and his life. And this was under no obligation or duty. Jael had, for the very first time in her life, fallen in love.

The pair kept their eyes locked, feeling unable to pull apart. Who was going to say it first? Or did they have no need to verbally express what they both were thinking?

Dutch had done so much for her over the course of their relationship. He had already given himself to her when he gave her her wedding ring, the one she always kept close to her heart underneath her duty uniform. He had voluntarily strapped on the tactical gear to help rescue her Commander and her ship. He had dropped his entire life to follow her on this assignment. It was her turn.

Ich liebe dich, Dutch.” Jael said quietly as her lips tilted up slightly.

And that was it. That’s all she needed to say. Dutch watched her irises darken with passion, and love, and felt his own lips widen with relief. “J.J., ich bin so verliebt in dich. I have been since the moment I first saw you. I’m coming home to you. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” He leaned down and locked his lips with hers in a long, firm, wistful kiss. She gently cupped her jaw with her hands, inching up on her toes. It was as if they had never kissed before, even though they had hundreds of times before. This time it was in a different context. No matter how much they believed they were as far from normal people as they could be, they were actually like any other couple out there in the galaxy.

After numerous seconds that felt like minutes, Jael pulled herself back and looked at her husband one more time. “Now, let us go get our people back.”

Dutch nodded as he pressed his forehead against hers and running his thumb down her cheek one last time before he stepped out and made his way back over to Big Mike. Jael watched him longingly, feeling an excited tightness in the pit of her stomach. She was sending her husband straight into danger but it had to be done.

Dutch gave Jael a wide grin and a playful wink as he and Big Mike disappeared out of the shuttle and into the chaos. Jael gave him one more positive thought before she stuffed away her true feelings into the safe in her mind to make room for the mission she needed to complete.


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