After standing on the balcony for a few minutes, she heard a noise coming from the balcony next to her. It was Jean Luc, who had the same idea. She walked over to the edge of the balcony closest to his.
“Hey, it looks like you have a lot on your mind,” she said getting his attention.
“Aria, are you okay?” he asked getting as close to her as possible on his balcony.
“How could I be any better? I am on a beautiful, tropical planet and staying in an amazing suite and have just returned from the best date I have ever had.”
“I am glad you are enjoying your stay here,” he said with a smile of satisfaction.
“How about you? Are you okay with all of this?”
“Darling, Aria, this has been one of the best days of my life. Last night I thought I had scared you off forever. I was scared that you were not coming back to me and that I had ruined our friendship as well. When you showed up at my door this morning, I was able to cast aside all of the questions I had been pondering all night.”
“It did take me all night to weigh my decision, but I know I made the right choice. I wish we never had to leave here. I am scared of how things will change when we return to reality.”
“Try not to worry about that.”
“I know. We still have five days and four nights here to enjoy.”
“Yes, and I want to make them the most amazing five days and four nights you have ever had.”
“So what do you have in store for us?”
“You’ll find out.”
“It sounds like you aren’t quite sure yet. Am I right?”
“You know me too well. But I do think we will find things to do.”
“I could lie on the beach or wonder the market the rest of our time here and be happy.”
“I know. I just want to be able to show you a good time before we had to go back to our regular life with no sun or beach.”
“How could our life on the Enterprise be regular? Even before Malrata?”
“You’ve seen nothing yet.”
“Jean Luc, this is silly. Come over here and we will just talk. I’ll order us some tea and we can enjoy the night together, without having the rest of the hotel hear our conversation.”
He thought for a moment and then told her he would be right over. She called down to room service for the tea. Just as she finished placing her order, there was a knock at the door. She went to answer it. Her jaw dropped when she saw who was standing there.
“Scott, what are you doing here?”
“Happy to see you too. Mind if I come in? I would like to talk to you.”
“Yes, I do mind, but come in any way. We can’t talk in the hallway,” she let him in unsure of his intentions.
“I wanted to know why you came to my room so early this morning.”
“I already told you that I am not the woman for you. I really did enjoy the time we spent together, but I need more than either one of us are able to give.” Just then there was another knock at her door. She really hoped it was not Jean Luc. Aria opened the door and saw Jean Luc standing there, waiting for her.
“Jean Luc, I …”
“What’s the matter? You look so surprised to see me,” he said as he kissed her on her cheek. She stood there, not moving, not knowing what to do. Looking over at Aria’s visitor, Jean Luc asked, “And who are you?”
“This is Commander Scott McKinney, second officer of the Intrepid. Scott, this is Captain Jean Luc Picard, of the Enterprise,” she said as she introduced the two men to each other.
“You’re the reason then, Sir,” Scott said to the Captain of the Enterprise.
“The reason for what?” Jean Luc replied staring him down, knowing exactly what the Commander was speaking about.
“The reason why Aria showed up at my door early this morning, in tears, telling me why she would not see me anymore.”
“That choice was Aria’s to make.”
“And the fact that you are her commanding officer had no weight on the matter.”
“I do not like what you are insinuating about Lieutenant Swenson. What she does on her own time is completely her decision. I think you have taken up enough of her time. Good evening Commander.”
“Like you said, what she does on her own time is her own decision.” Scott turned to Aria and said, “Do you want me to leave?”
“Yes, Scott. Our business is done. We never had a future together and we never will. I think we both knew that from the beginning. Now I would like you to leave,” she replied as she opened the door for him.
“I never thought that you were this weak,” Scott said as he began to leave.
“Scott, you are the weak one. I made the decision, now be a man and accept it. Good night.”
“Good night Aria. You know where I am staying when you come to your senses,” Scott replied. Aria shut the door in his face with a dramatic slam.
“I am so sorry about that,” Aria said to her invited guest.
“Don’t be. This Commander McKinney was making an attempt to win you back, that’s all. I would of fought for you much harder if you had chosen him over me.”
“I am so glad that you showed up when you did. Thank you for being here with me,” she told him as she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him. He kissed her back as he held her against him, as if he was afraid to let her go. The kissing became more passionate and their bodies grew hotter. The way her body molded to his, it was like were meant to be a matched set. Aria thought that everything with Jean Luc was so right as if it was her destiny to be with him. She wanted him so badly, to feel his warmth inside of her, to know his intimate touch.