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#1 Lt Eliana McKenna

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Posted Star Date 22104.19 @ 13:53 (01:53 PM)

If there was one thing that Eliana enjoyed more than her job, it was getting the opportunity to spend time with those she loved. It didn't matter where it was as long as she was able to put her normal life to one side and make the most of her down time. One such favourite activity was taking William to the holodeck, to let him experience different things without having to leave the ship. Of course she rarely did that alone as it had become a family thing with Liam.

Having the kind of family life that she had always envisioned had been made possible since her and Liam had become more than friends. Every moment had been so fulfilling and when their shifts sometimes made it impossible to see each other. They made up for it and their relationship was one of the most rewarding that she had ever gotten to experience.

Even the thought of the handsome Irish doctor made her smile as she picked up a very wriggly William and placed him in his playpen so she could finish getting everything ready for their trip to the beach. Besides it was the safest place for him especially now that he could walk, crawl and get into everything. Not that she didn't relish the experience and yet was grateful that she wasn't the only one getting to see all of this.

She was lucky indeed and as William played happily with his toys, smiling as he shouted and talked as she packed the picnic. "Picnic's almost ready, then we just need the blankets as the toys are already under the stroller" she said, hoping that Liam had heard her, before adjusting the strap on the blue summer dress that she had chosen to wear over her bikini.

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Posted Star Date 22104.24 @ 00:39 (12:39 AM)

== NRC – Dr. Liam McConnelly – Suave Irish Doctor and Family Man Extraordinaire ==

 

Aruba, Jamaica, oh I want to take ya t'a…” Liam danced toward Eliana, whose back was to him.

 

“…Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama. Key Largo, Montego, baby why don't we go.

 

He stopped and wrapped his arms around Ella, gently swaying with her for a moment while continuing to hum the song.

 

“No bother, a mhuirnín, I already put the blankets in the pack to bring along. C’mere to me.”

 

After waiting for her to be done with any items in hand, Liam turned the gorgeous woman about. He couldn’t help but notice that the young William had been placed in the pen, and was still happily babbling and playing there. But what it really meant was that he could be a little more carefree in his movements, his attempt at dancing that is, without worrying about trampling the lad. Not that it was normally an issue, but the boy was an adventurer to be sure, and so it took a careful pair of eyes to keep up with him.

 

Still rocking to and fro, he brought Ella out to arms length and paused, giving her a moment to get a good look at him; Liam waited a beat for a reaction. His top was a bright turquoise linen short sleeve button up, with colorful pink flamingos and bright green and gold palm tree prints adorning the thing. Below that was a pair of khaki shorts, from which stemmed a set of rather high albedo legs, with honey-brown sandals finishing the look. Well, that wasn’t all that finished the look, at least in Liam’s mind. It was the pair of highly mirrored aviators the rested atop his head that ‘finished’ the look.

 

“Jaysus, yer a ride love!” he said as he took in Eliana’s outfit too.

 

“We make a pair! Though I have to say, it’s been donkey’s years since these stumps o’mine have seen a good day for drying. Glad ya planned this for us,” pulling Ella in, he gave her a gentle kiss… which was then interrupted by William making a raspberry sound, as If to scorn their affection. A quick glance over to the pen countered that assumption, as it was just the youngin’ making noise. Liam chuckled and turned back to look at Ella.

 

“Are we ready to craic on, then?” he beamed back toward her, clearly excited for an adventure.


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#3 Lt Eliana McKenna

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Posted Star Date 22104.24 @ 09:40 (09:40 AM)

Hearing Liam sing was always a good indicator as to what kind of mood he was in. Those dulcet Irish tones never failed to get a reaction from her, especially when it was one of her favourite songs. It also wasn't difficult to get distracted and become caught up in the moment as Liam wrapped his arms around her and started to gently sway with her. Kokomo may be a centuries old song from Earth but it brought out memories of the beach and a smile that shared her Boyfriend's good mood.

Even as he continued to hum, Eliana thought about teasing him slightly before he answered her. Smiling again as he used that particular term of endearment and asked her to come to him. " How can I say no to that, especially after you sang one of my favourites" she responded, her tone playful as he turned her to face him.

Having William in the playpen certainly ruled out any chance of accidents as her and Liam danced, fully immersing herself in moving with him. Noticing what he was wearing with his deliberate pause and grinned at what he was doing. Not that Eli didn't appreciate his choice of attire, liking the print of the shirt and the khaki shorts that complimented it. Liam McConnelly certainly knew how to dress and this was no exception, right down to the mirrored aviators atop his head.

" So are you" she replied, returning the compliment that he then gave her, before smiling at what he said next. " I agree we do and I'm glad that I did". When he then pulled her close and kissed her, Eli immediately reciprocated, trying not to laugh at William's well timed raspberry and Liam's chuckle.

"Yes I'd say that we are" she said as Liam looked at her and asked if they were ready to get moving. Escaping Liam's grasp with a wink, Eli picked up William and secured him into the stroller. Letting Liam take over pushing if he wanted too as she grabbed the picnic basket and diaper bag.

Then it was time to leave and travel the short distance to the holodecks.

== Holodeck ==

Once outside the holodeck that she had booked, Eli activated the programme, then returned to Liam and William's side. As the doors opened to reveal what was inside, Liam would see a beach that stretched out for miles. A beach bar, sun loungers and a couple of beach huts, then the resort just behind it with shops, restaurants and a small funfair. It had everything they could possibly need as Eli then looked to him, in order to gauge his reaction.
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Posted Star Date 22105.02 @ 19:40 (07:40 PM)

== NRC – Dr. Liam McConnelly – Suave Irish Doctor, Family Man Extraordinaire, Dresser for Successer ==

 

The walk to the holodecks had seemed short, and not just because the distance had been small. Time seemed to move differently when he was with Ella and William, his perception changed by the awesome memories he was creating. It was a nice change of pace, especially from some of the things he had to deal with as a physician. The plan for this small vacation had been weeks in the making, and Liam was truly glad to be able to get to spend some family time.

 

“My word,” he said under his breath, before lifting the shades up.

 

The initial view of the beach took him straight back to home; or rather, at least somewhere near home. It was never very far to travel to get to a beach, at least in his home County of Kerry where Liam grew up. There was a flood of memories that came back to McConnelly just then, some of them good, and some of them less so. The person that he had become was borne from interactions with the sea. A specific recollection even had Liam tasting the salt-water in his mouth, the sound the air made along with the crashing of the waves. However, the holodeck was bright, sunny. His memory had been of a storm, and looking out onto everything before him, there was nary a chance of that happening. Instead, it was easy to shift focus as the smell of food from the vendors beyond wafted through the air to his nose. Taking a deep breath in, he settled and smiled.

 

“Looks wonderful,” Liam smiled and gave Ella a peck. Then, he lowered his shades and started wheeling the wean forward.

 

There were plenty of spots for them to pull up to. Part of Liam was drawn to the beach bar, and his mouth watered at the idea of getting a margarita…

 

Or even some Sex on the Beach, an impish grin came and went from his lips.

 

“So, my beor, where is it we should setup shop? The loungers look like a grand spot to settle.”

 

Liam looked around a bit more, seeing the funfair not far from them, which would be a perfect place for William to enjoy. Though he did consider that it might be an option for later once the lad wanted something more than playing in the water and sand.

 

“Ah, and it wouldn’t go amiss to be near the watering hole,” he gestured with his chin toward the bar, and grinned.


Edited by Lt (JG) Nathan Ramius, Star Date 22105.02 @ 19:46 (07:46 PM).

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Posted Star Date 22105.03 @ 10:18 (10:18 AM)

Having been together for almost a year, it wasn't difficult for Eliana to guess as to how Liam was reacting to the small slice of paradise that awaited them inside. Sometimes it was just a look rather than words, although did smile as he uttered something under his breath before he lifted his shades up. Eli knew that Liam had grown up within travelling distance of a beach as opposed to her only getting to appreciate such things once she got to Earth. So for her, it was definitely special to recreate that via the holodeck until they could visit a real beach.

When Liam did speak and told her that it looked wonderful, she knew that she had chosen well as he then gave her a quick peck. " I'm glad that you like it" [/color] she replied as they entered and she walked alongside Liam and the stroller.

At his question as to where they should set up their things and suggested the loungers. Eli took a moment to contemplate his idea and decided that it would be perfect with comfortable seats and plenty of room for William to play. Although had to grin as he then pointed out their close proximity to the beach bar.

"That's very true so the loungers it is" she agreed with some slight amusement, liking his way of thinking.
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Posted Star Date 22105.10 @ 02:28 (02:28 AM)

== NRC – Dr. Liam McConnelly – Suave Irish Doctor, Family Man Extraordinaire, Dresser for Successer, Sand Castellan ==

 

When Eliana agreed to the loungers, it made Liam smile. Pushing the stroller along, he was glad that they had picked a design that had bigger wheels than most models, as it made moving through the sand easier than it would have been. Not that it would have been an issue in truth, but still, it made Liam feel better for the safety of the occupant.

 

Once they arrived to their chosen seats, he helped Eliana unpack and also setup what they had brought along with them. There was plenty that they had in order to make their beach party magical, but Liam decided to focus on the essentials first. Already, the feeling of the sun was warming him right up, which was a pleasant and welcomed feeling. It was blissful really. It also made McConnelly realize then just how much he had missed home.

 

The doctor didn’t often look back. Things on the Artemis were far too busy for him to be nostalgic, especially with his surgery schedule when the Pathfinder ships were sortied together; often, he was called over to the Phlox in order to assist the hospital ship with their schedule. When he wasn’t doing that though, William kept him plenty busy too. Which meant that any other spare time was dedicated to Ella.

 

Blankets laid out, cooler set underneath the giant beach umbrella that was anchored between a pair of loungers, and William situated, it was time for Liam to get out the other imperative items.

 

“Ah ha! Here they are!” Liam yanked out a netting-style bag that contained an assortment of polymer shaped items.

 

Excitedly, like a kid again, he emptied them onto the ground at the feet of the chairs. With William right there, Liam started organizing the items like he might his tray during work. There was a mini shovel, a bucket, and a blunted triangular topped orange sand wall sculptor.

 

“We’ll make the grandest sand castle won’t we?” he asked Will, before smiling back to Eliana, inviting her over with an eyebrow waggle.

 

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Posted Star Date 22105.10 @ 08:11 (08:11 AM)

Now that they had found the perfect spot in which to enjoy everything that the beach had to offer. Eli was definitely glad that they hadn't encountered any issues with the stroller. Although judging by William's reaction to it all, it wouldn't of mattered how they had gotten him inside as he giggled and looked around excitedly. That never failed to make her smile as Liam then helped her with the unpacking and set up, before getting out the net bag filled with all the essentials you could possibly need in order to build a sandcastle.

Noting the way he laid them out as if he was at work and smiled at how his surgeon side never truly left him. That was something that she had always admired about her boyfriend and appreciated at the same time,as well as the excited was that came with being here. Even William was a fan as he became engrossed in watching Liam and seemed to be particularly interested in the orange shovel.

" Looks like that's a yes" she remarked as William reached for it, after Liam had spoken to him. When Liam then waggled his eyebrows at her and smiled. Eli smiled back at him, knowing that he wanted her to join them. But before she did, Eli took off her dress revealing the bikini underneath after deciding to take advantage of the sun plus not having her dress covered in sand.

She may not be as toned as she once was and bore several stretchmarks that had now turned silver on her stomach. However she wasn't embarrassed to stay covered up completely or hide her body, as she was proud to show what her body had gone through to have William. Then she placed the dress on the lounger and moved over to join her boys. Sitting just behind William so as not to get smacked in the face as he began to wave the shovel around.

" I think someone prefers the shovel to the sand" she said with a grin as she looked over to Liam.

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Posted Star Date 22105.20 @ 23:09 (11:09 PM)

== NRC – Dr. Liam McConnelly – Suave Irish Doctor, Family Man Extraordinaire, Dresser for Successer, Sand Castellan, Lucky Lad ==

 

As Liam turned his attention back toward William, he couldn’t but help catch a view of his wetser of a girlfriend from the corner of his eyes. Of course, the view necessitated the occasional glancing, though as furtively as possible. Plus, he didn’t want to get smacked in the face with a shovel either, as William seemed more than interested in the orange tool. Thankfully, through years of practice and training, the doctor was more than good enough to multitask.

 

" I think someone prefers the shovel to the sand" Ella had said with a grin after joining the boys in the sand.

 

“Aye, looks like engineering may be in the future for the lad.”

 

For a several minutes, Liam did nothing more than just sit in the sand and enjoy time with both William and Ella. There was a permanent grin attached to his face, as he interacted, pushing sand toward the toddler. It was nice. A wonderful view. And then another wonderful view. The warm sun. And the ambient noise from the busy beach helped to create a reassuring atmosphere for the little slice of heaven that they had found in that moment. Almost immediately, Liam felt his internal batteries starting to recharge.

 

Though those minutes were a long time for the usually active doctor to stay put. Eventually, Liam grabbed the bucket and started to rise from his position.

 

“Be right back a mhuirnín,” he dodged William to give Ella a quick peck before striding over to the water.

 

Surprisingly, the water was warmer than he had thought it would be. Still cool, but nothing as cold as the Atlantic could be at times. Not wanting to get soaked just at that moment, Liam stepped in just to ankle level to gather water. Once the bucket was filled, he came back and plopped it down between him and William.

 

“I love days like this,” Liam said sort of absentmindedly, the words slipping out in a tone that reflected his contented state.

 

“I miss days like this,” he added, looking back out onto the water.

 

“I don’t know if I ever said so,” there was a contemplative pause, “but mo teaghlach didn’t do much of this sort of thing after Ciara’s incident. Don’t know if I ever told you about that either.”

 

Slowly, his eyes drifted back to Eliana’s. There was a hint of some bittersweet reminiscences behind Liam’s sapphire eyes. Not sad, but not entirely happy either, despite him still seeming as relaxed as he was before.


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Posted Star Date 22105.21 @ 07:21 (07:21 AM)

Ella's grin didn't leave her features as Liam concurred with her about the comment that she had made about William. Of course it was possible that her son could have a knack for Engineering like his real sorry excuse for a Father. However it also could easily be a trait from her own family or just as simply him being a curious baby, testing it all out. Not that she had to be concerned in any way, except keeping out of his line of fire. Although Liam was on hand should there be any bruises, if she wasn't quick enough to get out of the way.

" It could be" Ella agreed, liking the permanent grin on her other half's face as he pushed the sand towards William, who would either squash it with his free hand or bash the shovel against it. It was wonderful to witness as they helped him or Ella would speak words of encouragement as William explored.

When Liam then picked up the bucket and dodged William's shovel filled hand to give her a light kiss, after telling her that he would be right back. Ella smiled and nodded, watching him as he approached the water and showed William where he had gone. The Blonde had an idea what he was up too and it wasn't long before he returned with a full bucket of water.

William loved water so immediately put his hand in and started playing with it whilst shouting excitedly as Liam commented about he loved days like this. " Me too" Ella replied, before he continued and lost a little of his usual sparkle. She knew it wasn't always easy for him to talk about his family and yes he had told her some things. However didn't think any less of him, because he hadn't spoken about this incident.

Looking at him with love and reassurance in her eyes as she reached over and touched his arm gently. " You haven't but at the same time, I understand if you don't want to get into it now and tell me later".

Her words were soft and filled with understanding, leaving it up to Liam to tell her in his own time, whether that was now or later when they were back at home. She wasn't one to demand or insist that he do so as relationships like their's was built on a more solid and trusting foundation.

Edited by Lt Eliana McKenna, Star Date 22105.21 @ 07:22 (07:22 AM).

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Posted Star Date 22105.24 @ 04:40 (04:40 AM)

== NRC – Dr. Liam McConnelly – Suave Irish Doctor, Family Man Extraordinaire, Dresser for Successer, Sand Castellan, Lucky Lad, One Happy Clam  ==

 

There was a little bit of feeling of electricity from Ella’s touch, and it caused Liam to immediately look to her and grin. Nodding at her words, his face softened. It probably wasn’t something to talk about in the moment that they all were sharing. There were a lot of emotions that went along with the story, and the memories associated with it all, and while it had a happy ending, it was tumultuous nonetheless. Reaching up with a spare hand, Liam touched Ella’s arm in return.

 

“Thank you, and of course. I’m just surprised it hadn’t come up before, but now isn’t the time. Not while we are enjoying ourselves,” the words were punctuated as William dipped his hand into the water again, and slushed the fluid about.

 

Gently, he took Eliana’s hand up in his, and brought it to his lips where he gave it a kiss with a wink. Just then, William knocked the whole bucket of water forward, soaking the sand between the lad and Liam. McConnelly responded with a laugh, and William responded with one of his own.

 

“Hold that thought,” he said to Ella, before grabbing the bucket again.

 

It didn’t take long as he whisked off to grab some more water and return to the pair. Setting the bucket down near William again, the doctor situated himself slightly closer to Ella. Though, his focus was on what the toddler was doing for a moment, and Liam grabbed up one of the other pieces of plastic that allowed for molding sand castle walls.

 

“Time to build us a castle,” Liam smirked at Ella, and started to fill the plastic with some of the wetted sand.

 

“Did the colony on Luna, did it have recreational decks with beaches like this?” he asked, waiting to hear of any stories that Ella might have on the subject.

 

Afterwards, he started up again,

 

“One of these days…” he paused for a moment; a glint in his eye, and a broad smile forming on his lips.

 

“…one of these days, we’ll have to take a trip back to Luna. So that I can ‘meet the parents’.”

 

There was another wink there, and his tone playful, suggesting a hidden meaning.


Edited by Lt (JG) Nathan Ramius, Star Date 22105.24 @ 04:43 (04:43 AM).

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Posted Star Date 22105.24 @ 09:29 (09:29 AM)

There was that instant electricity between them again as Liam reacted to her gentle and reassuring touch. Seeing his grin and the way his demeanour instantly change as a result of her touch and words, gave her an enough insight to know that it had worked. Smiling as he then returned the gesture with his spare hand and thanked her, before admitting his surprise and agreeing why this wasn't the right time. " I'm always here for you and agreed, we can talk about it later" Eliana replied softly as William continued to amuse himself with the water.

Sighing happily as Liam then kissed her hand, basking in the blissful feeling that it gave her, until the sound of water spilling and the sound of laughter, brought her back to the present. William had found the whole thing highly amusing and Eli was surprised that the bucket had remained upright for this long.

The main thing was that her son was enjoying himself as Liam rushed off to refill the now empty bucket. William was content enough to explore the wet sand, until Liam returned and sat a little more closer to her. William then became fascinated with what Liam did next as her boyfriend declared that it was now time to build the castle.

" Good idea, before William spills more water" she quipped as William tried to help Liam. When asked about Luna and the colony where she had grown up. Ella started to think, being careful not to get too caught up in reminiscing and not answer the question.

" I don't remember any beaches as such, there was a park and other activities as we spent a lot of time with our grandparents whilst Mum and Dad worked. Then I took up karate and began competing so I never got to experience my first real beach until I went to the Academy".

Even now, she had never felt as though she had missed out or regretted anything despite what had happened. So getting to tell Liam only felt natural, before he became playful. Recognising that glint and the look he often used as he spoke about going to Luna so he could meet the parents. Her parents knew about Liam and their relationship but there was something about how he had said it, that would make that trip a lot more meaningful.

She loved him and had envisioned a future that was more than the fake one that she had once been promised. This was definitely the real thing as she looked to Liam and grinned. " I'd love to take you there, so you can meet them properly".
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Posted Star Date 22106.02 @ 01:27 (01:27 AM)

== NRC – Dr. Liam McConnelly – Suave Irish Doctor, Family Man Extraordinaire, Dresser for Successer, Sand Castellan, Lucky Lad, One Happy Clam, Future Trip Planner  ==

 

“Good,” Liam said with a tone that started as playful but finished with an earnest touch, "as I need to meet them proper."

 

There was a break for just a moment as he focused on the task and having everything arranged to start fabricating sand walls. Though it was obvious that his giddy nature was increasing with the thought of planning a vacation back to the Sol system.

 

“We’d have to make a trip of it! Do a full tour!”

 

Liam held back his normally broad gesturing, not wanting to accidentally knock anything over, or tap anyone with a flailing arm. However, his voice did all the gesticulating his body couldn’t at the moment. It was a very delicate balance, and one that he had trained himself to control. He often was excited about many things, but being too spastic during an operation could, or often would, spell disaster. So, he redirected his energy to make his voice dance and move the way he might while speaking. All the while, his body focused on something completely different from what it normally would while he spoke. Gathering up sand, mixing it with a bit of water, forming it…

 

“Maybe stop in on Earth first. That way I can take you to the Land of Saints and Scholars, and stop off in ‘The Kingdom’, the gorgeous County Kerry! Oh, you’ll love it there. Mam and Da, well they know about you a fair bit already, so it won’t take long to do the introductions there. Though, once old Jack finds out about the visit, then it’ll be a mini-reunion. You’ll have to meet Jack, Alannah, Daniel, Ciara, and Sorcha. Plus, my best reprobate from way back, Cillian. Can't leave out my cousins, though maybe keep out a few rabblerousing uncles. Might as well just invite the County,” he genuinely laughed as he considered it.

 

Meanwhile, he already had worked with William to press the mould into the sand. Pulling it up and away, it revealed the first of many spired walls that they could use to build their sand castle.

 

“They are all going to want to meet you, and William. Do a little sightseeing and exploring while we are there. Then do a little more touring. The three of us, globetrotting. Then maybe stop off again at home, drop the ween off, so that you and I can do some destinations,” the last bit was said with a grin.

 

“Then up to Luna! Do another tour there. Oh, it sounds like I need to make an itinerary! Flexible though. Just in case. But so many things to see, people to meet, adventures to go on!”

 

William seemed to cheer with the raised pitch of Liam’s voice, though it did coincide with another sand wall being raised. Without even really thinking of it, he worked with the boy to continue to fill the mould, letting him splash some water in, and slam chunks of dirt with the trowel.

 

“If we could make a grand vacation of it all, do you have a few places you’d wish to go? A top three maybe of places to visit on Earth while we are there?”


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Posted Star Date 22106.02 @ 08:35 (08:35 AM)

" I know you do and I honestly look forward to that time when you can" Ella replied as Liam's tone changed slightly, showing her further proof that he wanted this as much as she did. Of course they didn't know when they would be able to go to Luna, especially with the Artemis being in the DQ. However it was nice to think of the possibility until they could make it a reality. Something that was obviously shared with her Boyfriend as she recognised that giddiness that often happened when he had his mind set on an idea.

He may of been concentrating on the construction of the sand castle walls but Ella found herself grinning at the prospect of them making the trip a full blown tour and getting the most out of their vacation. Even if Liam was somewhat restraining himself but that excitement was there and it was another reason why she loved him so much. Besides it sounded amazing with how he was selling the idea, especially meeting his family and him wanting to make a proper itinerary.

Not that she was going to stop him and for a moment, Ella let her imagination run wild as she listened to his plans, from what he wanted them to do on Earth, together as a family as a couple and more. Then of course up to Luna, to meet her side of the family and show him everything that the colony had to offer. " That sounds perfect as I would love to meet your family properly and we'd have such an awesome time, with the three of us and as a couple. Plus it'll be good for William to spend some time with his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins" she replied softly, smiling at both of her boys.

With William equally excited which could also be down to how the construction was going, as well as the opportunity to splash and make a mess. Ella thought it was wonderful to see him like that as she also agreed about the need to have a flexible itinerary.

" As for having a flexible itinerary, I agree so we can fit in as much as possible and hopefully not leave anything out" she added, before Liam asked if there were any places that she would like to go, if they could make a grand vacation of it all. Ella pondered the question for a few minutes as she narrowed it down to a top three.

"I've always wanted to visit Hawaii, maybe Venice and I think I'd also like to go back to San Francisco, where my new life really began when I joined the Academy".
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Posted Star Date 22106.13 @ 22:29 (10:29 PM)

== NRC – Dr. Liam McConnelly – Suave Irish Doctor, Family Man Extraordinaire, Dresser for Successer, Sand Castellan, Lucky Lad, One Happy Clam, Future Trip Planner, Irish Tour Guide  ==

 

Happy to hear about Ella’s agreeance on having an easy itinerary, Liam was also appreciative of how in tune they were with one another. They so often agreed, on a number of subjects. It was what made their relationship so incredibly easy. There were times where they did discuss things in a serious manner, though usually that was to communicate intentions, feelings, or the importance of something. If for some reason they couldn’t figure something out, they dropped it to come back to later with clearer heads.

 

"I've always wanted to visit Hawaii, maybe Venice and I think I'd also like to go back to San Francisco, where my new life really began when I joined the Academy".

 

“All wonderful picks!” Liam’s face was bright as the sun.

 

“Venice, ahhhhhhh, I can just see that now,” there was the hint of something mischievous in his tone, but he didn’t comment or go further than that.

 

“Hawaii is a good choice too, as is San Francisco. There is a bottle with a note in it somewhere on the Academy grounds that has my writing…” he made a bit of a sheepish face.

 

As if on cue, William slammed one of the walls with his shovel, flattening the top of it a bit. Liam nodded and laughed,

 

“Right you are, that one was far too tall, good job!”

 

Taking a moment, Liam then wondered to himself exactly where he wanted to go, if given the chance to do a tour with Ella. He’d thought about it before, and Ella herself had even mentioned one of the places that he had considered taking her: Venice. Though, in reality, he would take her throughout Italy if he had the chance.

 

“Venice is one we both agree on for sure. We would definitely have to make that a stop. Paris was also an option too. Though the one that might surprise you is that I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland. I feel like we could make a stop anywhere on Earth and have fun,” another wall was put up by Liam, and he watched as William cackled in glee.

 

Sitting back on his hands for a moment, he let the sun beat down on him some. Even if everything was a holodeck creation, it still felt real. Even the sun beams felt like they were soaking into his skin, like a gentle kiss that imparted a bit of warmth. He couldn’t help but let out a happy sort of sigh.


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Posted Star Date 22106.14 @ 07:22 (07:22 AM)

After sharing her top three places to visit with Liam, Ella took a moment to just appreciate him and the family that they had created together. Yes, William wasn't his blood but aside from biology he was in every other way and that's all that mattered. As for their relationship it was by the far the most rewarding and loving one that she had experienced and she loved him very much. When his face then brightened upon hearing her picks, Ella couldn't stop the smile from forming on her lips, even if it then turned into something more playful as he became mischievous about Venice.

He might not of elaborated further but he didn't need to as she had a keen idea as to what he might of suggested sublimely. "Me too" she replied, knowing that nothing else needed to be said, before he admitted somewhat sheepishly about a bottle in the Academy grounds. " You've got me curious now" Ella admitted as William gave them a well timed distraction by flattening the top of one of the castle walls.

As Liam answered him, William giggled and returned to bashing his shovel on the sand. Eli watched him for a moment, imagining what it would be like for them to be on a proper vacation. The places they would see and enjoy both as a couple and with the three of them. This trip to the beach was certainly a good substitute for now as Liam spoke of them making Venice a definite spot to visit, before mentioning Paris and his surprise choice of Iceland. Although if she really thought about it, anywhere with Liam would be worth it. A sentiment that was shared between them before Liam put up another sand wall which made William cackle.

" Iceland sounds good to me and exactly we can go anywhere and it would be fun as long as we're together".

As her beloved sat back for a moment, Eli smiled as she heard his happiness through the sigh. Loving this moment as William then decided to throw his shovel at her, along with some sand for good measure.

" I think he's done with castle building for the moment" she joked as she wiped the sand off her chest.
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Posted Star Date 22106.22 @ 02:26 (02:26 AM)

== NRC – Dr. Liam McConnelly – Suave Irish Doctor, Family Man Extraordinaire, Dresser for Successer, Sand Castellan, Lucky Lad, One Happy Clam, Future Trip Planner, Irish Tour Guide, Indecisive Beach Goer  ==

 

Looking at Ella when he had admitted to the ‘message in a bottle’, Liam knew that he had got her curiosity piqued. Though, she didn’t ask directly as William gave a timely distraction. Chuckling at his sudden good fortune, he continued and watched the young lad.

 

" Iceland sounds good to me and exactly we can go anywhere and it would be fun as long as we're together".

 

Nodding back, a wide smile played out on Liam’s lips just before William decided to launch the shovel, with some sand, at Ella. The grin drained away and Liam sat up, a more serious face about to appear. But once he heard her tone, and the joking sort of cadence to her words, he relaxed a bit again.

 

“Yes, probably best to move onto something else,” he directed his words as much to Ella as to William.

 

“There are plenty of options,” Liam looked around, wondering what it was that they should do next.

 

Looking beyond, the fair area looked active but not incredibly busy. Then there was the beach bar, which had Liam nearly licking his chops, wondering if a cold drink wouldn’t help both him and the lad. Though, William’s would obviously just some water, or perhaps juice. Whereas Liam could think of all sorts of synthahol cocktails that both he and Ella could enjoy. Particularly more than a few that were made blended with ice.

 

Then, the scent from something cooking caught his attention. The restaurants were also an option, and would provide food and drink should they need it. However, Liam found himself indecisive at that moment. He knew he could go for something refreshing, and he could eat, but neither were exactly strong feelings. He would be good either way.

 

“Hmmm, maybe too many options for me,” he said, looking back to Ella.

 

“I could go for anything at the moment. What are you feeling?”

 

Liam got up and dusted some sand off of himself. If they were to pack up and head off to their next destination, he was ready to help get the wean ready to go.


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Posted Star Date 22106.22 @ 07:46 (07:46 AM)

Despite her initial intrigue and curiosity over this message in the bottle story. Eliana decided to file it away for later and ask Liam about it when William was in bed. For now he had gotten a temporary reprieve from sharing that particular tale and no doubt it would be worth the wait to hear it. Assuming it wasn't something that he was embarrassed about and even then, he shouldn't of tantalised her imagination by mentioning it.

Curiosity put on the back burner for now, especially with William telling his parents that he had enough, thanks to his excellent shot with the shovel and sand. Any further conversation about future vacation plans or youthful tales were at an end, although Ella had enjoyed talking about it.

With Liam then agreeing that they should move onto something else and that they had plenty of options. Ella knew that he was right thanks to the programme that had been chosen, which would make any decision that more difficult. Then again they had all day thanks to saving up their holodeck time but that wouldn't help them much.

So when Liam told her that there were too many options for him and that he could go for anything. Ella felt the same way and yet they would be here forever if she didn't suggest something.

" There are.. hmmm I know we have the picnic, so how about we move to one of the picnic benches and get ourselves a drink from the bar?".

As tempting as the restaurants were, they could always come back rather than waste the already prepared food, plus they could still make use of the beach bar.
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Posted Star Date 22107.04 @ 12:30 (12:30 PM)

== NRC – Dr. Liam McConnelly – Suave Irish Doctor, Family Man Extraordinaire, Dresser for Successer, Sand Castellan, Lucky Lad, One Happy Clam, Future Trip Planner, Irish Tour Guide, Indecisive Beach Goer, First Mate  ==

 

" There are.. hmmm I know we have the picnic, so how about we move to one of the picnic benches and get ourselves a drink from the bar?".

 

Liam smiled at Ella’s statement twice. Once with the mention of the picnic, knowing that it was a fantastic idea, and it was something that was nostalgic at its roots. Going far back, he hadn’t had a picnic since he was a child. A very young, precocious child. Of course, his family had been gigantic in size, so his parents couldn’t exactly take all the kids out on an excursion even at the best of times. It just wasn’t feasible, or recommended with the energies that they all ran at. The second smile was more of a smirk though, as a sort of plan formulated in his head, the culmination of which was a boon for him in many ways.

 

“That is a fantastic idea a mhuirnín,” his intonation and lilt had a sweet, singsong quality to it, with the smirk still set upon his lips.

 

“I’ll take care of the rascal, and get us moved over to the benches, if you would be kind enough to grab us said libations?”

 

Without giving voice to his ulterior motives, Liam began packing up the small camp that they had setup. Aside from the sand castle forms, there was little else to gather up, aside for one squirming, writhing, struggling mass of baby boy in the shape of William. It wasn’t an issue though, as Liam had experience, and knew a near precision balance of distraction, movement, speech, tone, and play to keep the ween from overreacting to a change. It didn’t always work, which sometimes caused Liam to question his delicately balanced routines with William. But it worked often enough for him to accept that small deviations from the norm was acceptable when it came to children. Even then, it was a idealistic outlook, as he had been told on more than one occasion by his own pediatric nurses.

 

“Alright, time for a change of pace ye scallywag,” he spoke to his charge with enthusiasm and a broad smile, which elicited a happy yelp from the pup.

 

“Good, off we go. You set the course Captain,” Liam started pushing the stroller, laden with their gear and provisions, in a madcap sort of way. Though it seemed like folly, McConnelly was generally pushing the stroller in whatever direction William was pointing. And, while he kept one eye on the road, he kept another locked on another target too.


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Posted Star Date 22107.04 @ 13:06 (01:06 PM)

The smile that blossomed on Liam's face once Eliana had answered him, told her that he had liked her suggestion, even before he began to speak. Coupled by the fact that it had resulted in a double smile, was proof enough that the next phase of their trip had been decided without the need for further discussion.

Then came the sweet songlike quality to his tone and the smirk that remained in place, hinted at something else. However Eli simply grinned as he offered to care of William and meet her at the picnic benches whilst she saw to getting them drinks from the beach bar. " I thought you might approve" she began, teasing him slightly before adding. " That works for me and I'll meet you both over there shortly".

With Liam packing up and ensuring that William was okay, Eli decided not to put her dress back on just yet and placed it under the stroller. Once they were all ready and William answered Liam with a happy yelp, that made Eli smile. The Blonde left them and casually walked over to the bar. Placing an order for two alcohol free cocktails. Grinning silently at her choice as she then thanked the bartender and started to carry them over.
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Posted Star Date 22107.11 @ 20:46 (08:46 PM)

== NRC – Dr. Liam McConnelly – Suave Irish Doctor, Family Man Extraordinaire, Dresser for Successer, Sand Castellan, Lucky Lad, One Happy Clam, Future Trip Planner, Irish Tour Guide, Indecisive Beach Goer, First Mate, Multitasker  ==

 

There was a blessing that the doctor had taken for granted in his life, and it was his ability to multitask. It helped so much while in the ER, OR, and even all the way back to his Academy life. But never would he have thought it’d help in other matters. So, even while he drove the stroller about making their way indirectly toward the picnic area, he kept his eyes attentive. A few thoughts ambled through his brain, though he didn’t linger on them particularly long.

 

As they arrived at the picnic area, his attention returned to the primary task at hand.

 

“Destination reached Captain William. The ship has been anchored, cargo secured, and your tender to shore awaits!”

 

Before unbuckling the cub from the stroller, Liam quickly grabbed one of the beach blankets and set it down underneath the large umbrella set near the picnic bench. Then, he unfastened the lad from the stroller, and carried him over to both shade and comfort.

 

“There ya are! You stay cool for a moment, while I begin transferring the cargo,” he spoke to William with a bit more of his natural accent that he usually did. The sound and tone of his voice caused the boy to reply with some babble of his own, while pointing in the direction of the stroller.

 

“Oh no no no no Captain! I’ll take care of everything sir, you should supervise as all good Captains do!” a smirk came and went from his commentary, playful in tenor and intent.

 

Then, Liam set about getting the rest of their picnic supplies out from the stroller. He didn’t open the basket, but McConnelly did move it over to the table for ease of access. By that time, Ella was already beginning to stroll back to their spot, and Liam again used his phenomenal multitasking abilities. It didn’t take long for her to return, though the sight was a welcome one.

 

“Ah yes! Cold drinks, beautiful company, and good food on a sunny day. What more could a family ask for?” Liam welcomed Ella back with a kiss, liberating one of the drinks from her hands.

 

“So, what’s in the box? Er, picnic basket?”


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Posted Star Date 22107.12 @ 10:43 (10:43 AM)

Carrying two drinks across the sand towards the picnic benches  without spilling a single drop was definitely a skill. Then again when you were around weaponry every day or multitasking with a squirming and energetic one year old, this was nothing compared to what she usually did. However Ella's grip was sturdy around both of the large colourful glasses, with their various fancy decorations that adorned each one. Although as she got nearer to where Liam was setting up the picnic, decided that she had definitely got the easiest job, by getting the drinks, even if she had suspected that Liam had done that on purpose.

Not that it was a bad thing as that was something he sometimes did and that was just who he was and gave her another reason to love him. Getting closer to her favourite boys and seeing William happily babbling and supervising Liam, Ella smiled, especially as Liam welcomed her back with his words and kiss.

" I should get the drinks more often, if that's how I'm going be welcomed back" she teased before adding. " Exactly, it's a perfect day".

When her boyfriend then asked what was in the picnic basket, Ella set her drink down on the bench and opened the basket. " We have a selection of sandwiches, a couple of different cheeses, fruit, salad, crackers, chips and some of that chocolate cherry cake that you like".

It was likely that she had packed a small feast but when it came to such outings and how often they got to enjoy them, she could be forgiven for going slightly overboard.
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Posted Star Date 22107.25 @ 19:22 (07:22 PM)

== NRC – Dr. Liam McConnelly – Suave Irish Doctor, Family Man Extraordinaire, Dresser for Successer, Sand Castellan, Lucky Lad, One Happy Clam, Future Trip Planner, Irish Tour Guide, Indecisive Beach Goer, First Mate, Multitasker, Lover of Decadence ==

 

" I should get the drinks more often, if that's how I'm going be welcomed back," Ella had quipped to him, which earned her another quick peck on the lips.

 

" Exactly, it's a perfect day".

 

And that it was. There was a slight breeze that seemed to pull in, taking off a small layer of heat that the sun had accumulated on their bodies. Yet it was never too hot, nor too cold. They were in the goldilocks zone of vacations, and Liam couldn’t be more happy with that. Both of them worked hard, and then worked harder when they got home to give time to William, and also to support one another. It was a balance, and removing the ever-changing sway of the scales was a welcome change.

 

Liam then found himself hanging on Ella’s every word as she described the contents of the picnic basket; she had gone all out, bringing a cornucopia of various snacks for them to enjoy. But it was the mention of the chocolate cherry cake that had him smiling the most. It was one of his absolute favorites. Whatever recipe that Ella had happened upon for it, it was decadently rich chocolate mixed with the wonderful, slightly sweet, slightly tart, cherry part. A couple of memories came back to him, but Liam didn’t linger on them long. There wasn’t any need to, as there was some cake directly in front of him.

 

“So. Snacks first then dessert I suppose?” he winked and grinned, making it obvious he’d prefer to jump straight into the cake.

 

Then, remembering he still held the glass in his hand, he took a sip. It was glorious. It was refreshing beyond what Liam thought it would be, though that was probably in part to him being so parched and not knowing it.

 

“These are good!” he motioned with his drink to Ella, “Just what was needed. Thank you for getting the drinks, and also for getting the basket together a mhuirnín. This is such a pleasant getaway.”

 

Finding a spot to set down his drink, McConnelly then started to crack into the basket before realizing he hadn’t asked what Ella had wanted.

 

“Anything I can get you while I’m in here? I know William will want his favorite biscuits that I see in here…” Liam grabbed one and immediately handed it off to the toddler.

 

A thought buzzed in his mind, and he looked up to Ella.

 

“You know, this is grand. A wonderful way to spend time with my two most favorite of people. Though, it might be fun to invite friends along a time or two, too. Especially if we were to do this more often. A few times just for us three, but then maybe a couple with another couple. Or two. It’s just too lovely really.”


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Posted Star Date 22107.26 @ 10:10 (10:10 AM)

Receiving a second kiss as a result of what she had said, was definitely a much welcomed bonus in Ella's eyes. Then again she always enjoyed it whenever he showed his love and affection. It was something that never failed to make her smile and feel loved, especially knowing that he felt the same way whenever she returned it. As such her smile brightened and stayed that way as he gave her his rapt attention. Her smile becoming more of a grin as he answered her and winked. Of course she knew that he had wanted to go straight for the cake and her including his ultimate favourite hadn't been just a coincidence.

" I know you want the cake" she began teasingly, liking this opportunity to be playful some more. " So up to you but I'll be having snacks first".

It would be interesting to see what Liam would do as she wasn't one to force an opinion or be controlling in any way. Besides this was day for enjoyment and relaxation so it didn't matter if Liam had cake first. Although when he took a sip of his drink, Ella watched his reaction, happy that she had chosen well when it came to their drinks. " They are and it was no trouble at all, it's a day for indulging and enjoying ourselves and I agree it is".

Then came his usual thoughtfulness as he asked her if he could get her anything, before seeking out and giving William one of his favourite biscuits. " Hmm one of the sandwiches please" she replied, refraining from what she had almost said. Applauding her restraint silently as William munched away happily and looked as content as usual.

It definitely couldn't get any better than this and to add to that, Liam then made a suggestion that definitely warranted some serious consideration. Not that she kept him waiting for long as she understood what he was getting at and how they could enjoy this as a family and with their friends. It would be fun to share this and create lots more memories in the process.

" It is and I think inviting people to share and enjoy this with us, is a great idea. Not only are we making memories for the three of us and getting to have this time together, but we'll be able to extend that by having our friends here".

In fact Ella was already thinking about who they could invite and it was certainly something to look forward too and have more reasons to use this programme.
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Posted Star Date 22108.03 @ 03:32 (03:32 AM)

== NRC – Dr. Liam McConnelly – Suave Irish Doctor, Family Man Extraordinaire, Dresser for Successer, Sand Castellan, Lucky Lad, One Happy Clam, Future Trip Planner, Irish Tour Guide, Indecisive Beach Goer, First Mate, Multitasker, Lover of Decadence, Thoughtful Guy ==

 

" I know you want the cake…” Ella had said, causing Liam to smile and give her a little bit of a sheepish look.

 

She knows me well.

 

" So up to you but I'll be having snacks first".

 

“Then I’ll be having snacks too,” he declared, giving up his love for sweets in order to join in on tasting the appetizers with Ella. It was much more fun, he knew, to share in something with someone else. And while the cake would be delicious, the interaction and discussion about the snacks would be a much better experience to share.

 

After Liam had thanked her for the drinks, Ella gave her usual selfless response; a trait of hers which he loved dearly. It was a day for indulging, and Liam nodded immediately after she had said so. They both deserved the getaway. Both needed it, in fact. Their schedules had been erratic and hectic, but finding moments like they were having made it all worthwhile.

 

Then there was a moment, directly after he had asked her what he could get her. It was a pause, brief, but detectable. His eyes shot up to hers, and there was just the hint of a smirk that played out on his lips. Liam wasn’t given to blushing often anymore, but in that moment he very nearly did.

 

" Hmm one of the sandwiches please,” she replied.

 

“Mhmm,” he nodded, stopping himself from chuckling as he grabbed one of the snacks after making sure William had his biscuit in hand. Liam also grabbed a second sandwich, and took it for himself.

 

" It is and I think inviting people to share and enjoy this with us, is a great idea. Not only are we making memories for the three of us and getting to have this time together, but we'll be able to extend that by having our friends here".

 

“I wonder if we could alter the program to have a nighttime beach party? Get a sitter for this rascal,” he winked at William before continuing, “then bring out a few friends? Have a fire right on the beach here, bring out some marshmallows for roasting. Music too. Do we know anyone who plays any instruments? You play guitar! We could turn it into a céilí, have a little trad-sesh!”

 

Liam hadn’t even opened the container that housed his sandwich yet, leaping up from his spot with a burst of energy. Finding a safe spot to place down his snack, he cleared William with a wide berth, then hopped over to Ella and offered her his hand. Waiting for her to take his offer, he started to sing.

 

“…And I ask you, friend, what’s a fella to do?” Liam sang and danced with her, though the latter was harder to do in the sand as he was trying not to kick anything up.

 

“‘Cause her hair was blonde and her eyes were blue,

And I knew right then, I’d be takin’ a whirl,

‘Down the Salthill Prom with a Luna girl…”

 

Liam smiled, changing the lyrics just slightly, before finishing with a bit of a flourish, and dipping Ella slightly.

 

“Oh, there’d be plenty of dancing to be done on a night like that,” bringing her back into his embrace, he stared into her eyes, getting lost in the azure seas within.


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Posted Star Date 22108.03 @ 11:10 (11:10 AM)

It was truly wonderful to have someone who understood her and vice versa, as Liam responded to her knowing comment with a smile and slightly sheepish look. Although it was her turn to smile when her boyfriend decided to forgo the cake for now in order to indulge in the snacks with her. " Good choice and the cake later will be worth it" she replied, liking how he had wanted to resist his sweet tooth to experience the more savoury fare on offer.

Their's was an equal partnership with neither one of them being selfish in any way and getting to indulge and enjoy this picnic was definitely what they deserved. Time was precious thanks to their hectic lives so it was always a case of appreciating every opportunity that they got. Then there was the subtle looks, the double meanings and everything else that added to the atmosphere and showed just how well suited they were.

As Liam then grabbed them both a sandwich and ensured that William was happy, Ella took a cheeky sip of her drink before Liam came up with another suggestion about the programme. Altering the programme would be easy enough as it did come with different options. So turning it into a night beach party with a fire pit sounded like the perfect way to have some child free fun. Even with the idea of music and her playing the guitar, didn't put Ella off, although would have to practice a little before such an evening.

She had let that particular hobby slip slightly but it would be good to play again. " Shouldn't take too long to alter it as it comes with options and getting a sitter for William is easy enough" Ella began, confirming that she supported this idea.

" It would be fun to have music and sit around the fire toasting marshmallows, I'd just need to practice a little first as it's been a while".

The idea now planted, the logistics of planning it would happen later as Liam then surprised her with a sudden burst of energy. Him breaking out into song as he offered his hand to her, was something that she couldn't resist as she accepted and joined him on the sand. Dancing might of been a bit of a challenge but they used the sand to their advantage. Plus she wasn't going to let it get in the way of this moment as she listened to the lyrics and moved with him. William thought this was highly entertaining as he watched his parents dance and Ella became lost in the song as Liam altered the lyrics just for her.

The flourish at the end and being dipped, made Ella grin happily before Liam brought her back into his embrace and mentioned how there would be plenty of dancing at the party. " Oh most definitely" she agreed as he stared into her eyes. Her heart pounding in ecstasy as she moved her lips towards his.
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Posted Star Date 22108.16 @ 23:22 (11:22 PM)

== NRC – Dr. Liam McConnelly – Suave Irish Doctor, Family Man Extraordinaire, Dresser for Successer, Sand Castellan, Lucky Lad, One Happy Clam, Future Trip Planner, Irish Tour Guide, Indecisive Beach Goer, First Mate, Multitasker, Lover of Decadence, Thoughtful Guy, Big Dipper ==

 

Everything seemed to slow down as he held her in his arms, and Ella drew herself even closer; Liam closed the distance to meet her. It was a wonderful embrace, both tender and passionate. When they eventually pulled away from each other, he couldn’t help but stay lost in Ella’s eyes; the soul within beckoning him to stay in the shelter of those azure waters. Gently, Liam caressed her cheek with his hand, bringing her in for another quick peck.

 

There was a resounding applause soon after, and it caused Liam to chuckle. Small William hadn’t been paying attention at all, and the applause wasn’t for the display that took place between Ella and the doctor. No, the wean simply wanted more biscuits, and the clapping was the celebration of his final bite.

 

“Almost seemed like he was cheering for us,” Liam whispered, too close to Ella to use his full voice.

 

“I’m glad to get to spend this time with you. I’m a very lucky man,” he professed, not realizing that he was still keeping her close, “I love you, Ella. You’ve been the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Well, supposin’ that getting assigned to the Getty wasn’t the best thing that ever happened because that is how I met ya’ that is.”

 

Liam grinned widely, and shook his head at himself, a playfulness that started in his voice now permeating his body language.

 

“We make a great pair, and I couldn’t think of a better beach date than one Eliana McKenna.”

 

With no one else around, Liam knew he needn’t worry about a little extra PDA, and so brought in Ella for another round of snogging. Though, he knew to not linger too long. Despite there being no other crewmates about, there was still a precocious toddler with a schedule and designs all his own. Still, the moment held, which Liam was again grateful for.

 

“Hmmm, as I recall, you said you needed to practice some to get back to being ace at the guitar. I think we should arrange some family music nights. Guitar by Ella. Vocals by yours truly. Percussion by William.”

 

As if on cue, young Will started clapping again, signalling the desire for more food.

 

“Alright, alright,” Liam chuckled, and walked back over to their picnic with Ella.

 

Somehow Liam managed to get a hold of his drink again, taking a sip in between finding another biscuit for the wean. Then, he tucked into the sandwich that Ella had made. Liam almost smiled with food in his mouth, covering his lips with part of his arm.

 

Delicious,” the words were slightly mumbled from behind the still held up arm.


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#27 Lt Eliana McKenna

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Posted Star Date 22108.17 @ 11:26 (11:26 AM)

The symphony that was created by the sudden rush of euphoria as Liam moved in to close the distance between them, only seemed to get louder as his lips then met hers. Freezing the couple in that moment as if time itself had completely stood still. Not that she kept track of the seconds that ticked by, as she was too busy enjoying the affection and desire that they were sharing.

Even when they pulled away, Ella was left with a giddiness that she only experienced with her Doctor beau. A feeling that never failed to make her appreciate what they had and how he had been the only one to get that kind of reaction out of her. It wasn't only the physical aspects of their relationship either and as he kept hold of her and got lost in the azure sea of her eyes. Ella knew that nothing had to be said, smiling softly as Liam then gently caressed her cheek before kissing her again.

The quiet of such an act was only broken by the sound of clapping. A sound that Ella was all to familiar with as William often used it to indicate what he wanted. Her smile became a grin, chuckling slightly as Liam made the comment about the toddler.

" It was definitely well timed" Ella replied just as quietly, before Liam continued. The words and love that he professed, reverberated around her heart, adding to the symphony that they had created only a few minutes ago. Her future had been uncertain back then but despite all the unpleasantness that had followed, she had never forgotten their first meeting. Ella wasn't going to pretend that there had been a spark of interest hidden behind their increasingly close friendship until she was free to finally express it.

" I've never forgotten that moment or every moment that we've gotten to share since then" she began. " I love you so much Liam and I always treasure the time that we get together. You brought me out of the darkness and you and William are the best thing to happen to me".

His playfulness was intoxicating to Ella as Liam spoke about how they made a great pair and how she was his perfect beach date. Her response was temporarily forgotten as they then indulged in a little more PDA. This time the flurry of excitement was more noticeable as she became a tad more flushed as Liam suggested family music nights.

" I think that can definitely be arranged" Ella managed to say as William then made sure that he was heard again. Walking back over to him, Ella smiled warmly as he reacted to Liam. The toddler's focus now on the new biscuit that had been handed to him, before Liam tucked into his sandwich.

Sitting down next to William, Ella grinned at Liam's response to the food as she took the first bite of her own food. " Mmm you're right, compliments to the chef" she said, not taking herself seriously at all.
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