After she felt human again, she slowly made it over to the replicator and ordered a ham and cheese sandwich and potato chips. Very slowly, she made it over to her couch and put the dish down. She untied her robe and sat down on the couch. Aria devoured the sandwich. It felt so good to finally have a full stomach without knowing she would be wrenching it back up. Although she had been through a very traumatic event, she was beginning to feel okay.
Once her plate was taken care of, she got a cup of tea and settled down, reclining on the couch and opened a book she had been meaning to get to before she had even began celebrating the Enterprise’s anniversary. Before she had finished the first page, she realized that for the first time in weeks, she was all alone. It was a weird feeling. She was really starting to get sad and lonely. That’s when her door chime rang. She had a feeling she knew who it was as she called for the door to open. It was the Captain, who somewhat hurried in.
“How are you? Wow, you look amazing,” he said as the sight of her stopped him dead in his tracks.
“Better, a shower and a good meal helped,” she replied putting her book down. “It’s nice to be home.”
“Yes, I know what you mean. By the way, you really do look terrific, expecting someone?”
“Not really, but I was hoping a friend would be stopping by,” she said jokingly.
“Anyone special?” he asked as he put a bag on the floor and sat near her on the couch.
“I hope so,” she replied as she gazed into his eyes.
After a few seconds, Jean Luc broke the silence and reached for the bag he carried in. “I brought you something. I hope you like it,” he said as he pulled a bouquet of flowers and a book out of his bag and sat at the edge of the couch, closer to Aria. He handed her a bouquet of white roses. They were as white as snow and each one was completely perfect.
“Thank you Jean Luc. They are lovely,”
“I hope they make your recovery a bit easier. It was the least I could do,” he said as he kissed her softly on her cheek. Aria touched his face with one hand. He was warm and welcomed her touch. As she stroked his jaw, Jean Luc held her hand and kissed it over and over again. Soon, he leaned closer to her and kissed her on the lips, just as gently as their first night they spent together. His gentle kisses sent sparks through her. Aria was wondering where this was going to end up. Jean Luc gently touched her face as he continued to kiss her, kisses that grew more and more intense. Aria’s sore muscles quickly disappeared as his hands began to move from her face to lower destinations, when all of a sudden Aria’s communicator went off.
“Lieutenant Swenson, are you okay?” the Doctor asked.
Aria and Jean Luc quickly looked at each other as she stifled a laugh. “Yes, doctor. I was just…uh…walking around a little bit, I guess too much. I’m sorry.”
“You need to keep off your feet for the next few days. If you don’t, I’ll have to bring you back to sick bay.”
“I’m sorry Doctor. It won’t happen again.”
“It better not. I will see you in an hour.”
“Thank you,” Aria said and clicked off the communicator. The two laughed at the situation. It was quite funny to both of them.
Jean Luc sat up a bit and asked, “Are you really okay?”
“Yes, I will be,” she responded.
“Again, I am so sorry that you had to go through all of this. I feel so guilty.”
“Don’t be. It was not your fault that we were captured.”
“But I should have protected you more, you and your baby.”
“If you had, who knows what would have happened to us. We are lucky to be home. Your strength kept me going. I always had faith that we would make it and here we are.”
“You are amazing. Every time I think I have you figured out, you surprise me,” he said as he pushed a few strands of hair away from her face. Jean Luc admired her for a bit. “I am so proud of you for getting everything and I am grateful to you for saving me, twice.”
“I did do that, didn’t I,” she said with a big smile. “But you did save mine, remember.”
“Yes, I did,” he said pretending to be serious.
“Yes, you did,” she said setting a more serious tone. “And I can never thank you enough for that.”
“We have been through a lot. But I have to know. The child you lost, it was mine as well, wasn’t it?”
“Jean Luc, you are the only man I have ever been with, so yes, it was yours. I am sorry.” She looked so sad as she held back her tears. Her barriers that had been in place for so long had finally begun to crumble.
“It is not your fault, it is the Romulans. They took it away from us. Why didn’t you tell me you were pregnant?”
“I wasn’t completely sure, but I didn’t want to give up that. I should have protected him better. The doctor told me it was a boy.” Her eyes welled up with tears. “Our little boy, who we will never meet, never hold, never watch grow up.” Tears began to fall freely from her eyes.
Jean Luc’s heart was breaking, for all of them. He had never come so close to fatherhood before and he was sad that this chance was taken away from him. He reached out for her and held her. They both wept for their loss, holding each other for a long time. Eventually, they loosened their grip on each other and wiped their tears away.
“Aria, I want to tell you something,” he said after a very long time, looking very serious.
Just as he said that, Aria’s door chime went off. She knew it was the doctor, coming to check on her as promised. Jean Luc took his book and went into Aria’s bedroom. Aria tied up her robe and let the doctor in.