A favour requested
Posted on Wednesday, 17 March 2021 - 3:05pm by Lieutenant JG Maximus Mackenzie & Lieutenant Haru Hernandez & Lieutenant T'Lanna Vali
Operation: Trail of Tears
Location: Counselor Vali's Quarters | USS Standing Bear
Timeline: 2394 MD 09
Mac found himself outside Vali's quarters. He debated back and forth a few minutes if he should intrude on her time off but he was desperate. He was beyond desperate and she was a psychologist. He sighed and hit the chime at her door.
Having had a restful nap to catch up on all the sleep she’d lost T’Lanna was in the nursery preparing for Jayce’s arrival, she wanted the room to be just right for her son. Hearing the chime she walked out of the room and over to the door to answer it. As the door opened she smiled warmly. “Lieutenant MacKenzie, please come in.” She stepped aside to allow Mac inside.
He stepped in reluctantly. "I'm sorry to disturb you. If you wish I could come back at a later time."
“No it’s fine” T’Lanna smiled warmly. “I was mostly done sorting the nursery anyway. Please take a seat, would you like something to drink?”
"What's the strongest thing you have?"
“Hmm ...” T’Lanna ducked into the kitchen and rattled around in the cupboard. “How’s about this” she grabbed a glass and placed a bottle of Romulan ale in front of Mac. “This is kept for those who need it the most, and I think you could use a glass.”
He gave a nod. "Yeah that will do," he said miserably.
Pouring out some of it into a glass T’Lanna sat and looked at Mac. “What’s happened?”
"I don't know...I'm...lost, worried, tired, I just..." He shook his head as he downed the ale.
T’Lanna nodded “I’ve recently been all the above and more” she offered a smile. “How’s Haru doing? I hope your relationship is going well? The two of you are bonded correct?”
"Yeah we are but he's not doing too well." He sighed. "That's why I'm here. I could use your advice and help."
“Of course” T’Lanna nodded. “Anything I can do to help you both. Haru has been through quite a trauma, his recovery is going to take time.”
"It is but he won't give himself a chance. He's stuck on the fact that when he was injured his crew just stranded him at that station. He's lost faith in the fleet and himself and I feel like he's with me but so far away, almost to a place I cannot reach."
T’Lanna nodded. “I understand. Perhaps what’s needed is to remind him of what he has here. He has you, the love of his life. Have you asked him about this at all?”
"Yeah...we fight a lot. We have moments where he almost seems like himself and then he'll erupt and I'll yell and...." He shrugged. "I don't know, maybe I'm being more difficult."
“Your relationship is under a lot of strain, but the love the two of you share is more than capable of surviving this. It sounds like you’re both getting frustrated and angry, which is making you bounce off each other. How would you feel about having a counselling session together?”
"I'm alright with it but Haru... he won't hear of it. I just don't know what to do. I'm...thinking of leaving." He admitted with great shame.
T’Lanna shook her head. “Don’t give up just yet Mac, give me a chance to talk to Haru. If I drop in on the off chance to see him I might be able to talk to him about his fears.”
"Okay. It's not that want to leave but everything I say or do to help triggers him, and his nightmares..." He shrugged.
“It may seem like it’s you causing it, but it’s most likely not, especially where nightmares are concerned.” T’Lanna offered a reassuring smile. “I definitely need to see Haru.”
He gave a nod.
“Haru will have to be willing for me to help him if I’m going to be able to do anything for him.” She paused. “Don’t worry I will try my upmost.”
"How about you come by tomorrow night."
“Tomorrow night it is” T’Lanna nodded. “Hopefully Haru will accept my help.”
"Counselor, thank you."
“Don’t thank me yet Mac” T’Lanna smiled warmly. “The hard work is just beginning.”