— lackadaisicalLimpet [LL] opened memo on board HIVE OF LOVING REPRIMAND —
LL: yO GALLEY AND BEL
LL: thnks for cleaninggup my poor boat
LL: I owwe you big
LL: i hearby fuckken declar that bel aint captain no more souou gusy can be geting your smooch on with out
LL: brakeing protocoll or whqt ever
LL: im captain again n shit
LL: hoo fuckin ray
LL: lords above my head hurts
LL: whatthehelll else am i suppost to evvensay
LL: nnnnh so uh
LL: whaat did the sign at the drug rehab hive say
LL: KEEPE OFF TEH GRASS haahahaha
LL: cause you know its grass you smoke it
LL: but they wanna keep yuo off th lawnring adn shit too
LL: im gonna go lay downn
CH: * You don’t owe me anything, Elusca. We’re a team. This is, as they say, how I roll.
CH: * I don’t think we’ll get underway on this tide, but the Carla doesn’t seem to have taken any real damage, so once you and Enkidi are rested up we can go at your convenience.
CH: * I’ll look into the weather conditions and make sure.
CH: * But first
CH: * Oh yes, officialness: I am relieved, you have the watch. Or apparently the conn, since we’re on the water.
CH: * And now I am going to see if I can get the conn to quit sleeping on the stairs so I can tuck him in somewhere more comfortable.
- crossfireHurricane [CH] left the memo -
You heave a huge sigh of relief as you let the weight of responsibility slip from your shoulders. You’re still going to be working just as hard, and it’s still probably completely up to you to decide when to leave and plot a safe course and get everyone coordinated and whatnot… but it’s different when the others aren’t obligated to follow your orders.
Especially Enkidi. He took it all so seriously. You’re going to have to make sure you don’t end up in a long-term command position over him, or your relationship’s going to go down in flames. He gave you such a weird look when you scolded him for lying about his fatigue. You couldn’t even tell if he was mad at you.
You go to where he’s sleeping on the steps just below the main hatch, and sit down beside him to give his shoulder a gentle shake. You don’t want to just start acting all flushed before he knows you’re not the boss of him anymore.
“Enkidi. Wouldn’t you rather sleep in your block?”