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All I Want.........

Posted on Thu Dec 6th, 2018 @ 1:28am by Commander Gary Taylor

Mission: MISSION 0 - History Speaks
Location: Holodeck 1
Timeline: Current

Gary was in a funk. Not that you would know from seeing or speaking to him but he was. He had a ready smile and an encouraging word to all he encountered. However it was just a mask hiding his emptiness. It was the holiday season and he felt decidedly not in the holiday spirit. Ever since their knowing of their 'twins' in a alternate reality he had felt out of step, out of touch, baseless just going through the motions but not really living and he was at a loss as to why. He was the executive officer on the fleet's best starship. He was happy in his posting. He liked Phoenix as a friend and respected her as a Captain, she truly had the right stuff to be Captain. He had friends, close ones among the crew to be sure, (some closer than others) Lia, Liselle, Matias, the Doc, Tate, Arri, The Klingon diplomat Toran, the new Vulcan in security Turak as well as Hertz, and her companion in zaniness Norris. As well as Hoffman and Brett to name a few. He should be on top of the world but he wasn't. He missed Catlin, he always missed her but the holidays were the worst and this year he was missing her more than ever. A sad smile came to his face as he remembered the absolute joy she got from the holidays. She was like a child and it was a joy to watch. How she would decorate the apartment, hanging mistletoe,hanging decorations spray incense all over the place and cooking up a storm. Nothing replicated, honest to goodness real cooked food that filled the apartment with wonderful aromas that stayed for days. All for family and friends. She would put on Christmas carols and they would fill the apartment with a warmth and peace that wrapped any who entered like a heavy wool blanket. That kept you warm, safe and protected. Or she would playfully pester him to sing some carols for and to her and he would, he could never refuse Catlin anything. At night they would sit on the couch not talking just holding each other, filling the warmth of each other's body, looking out at the lights of the city and sharing a wonderful magical moment. A moment that they wanted to last for an eternity but was over far too soon.

He had gone to the holodeck in the hopes of catching the holiday spirit. He didn't want anyone to think he was another Ebenezer Scrooge. He recreated the nightclub where he and Liselle had talked and then he had sung. Only this time there was no Lia or Liselle just a club made up of faceless customers who were waiting for him to sing. The MC was introducing him, "Once again Ladies and Gentleman back by popular demand,
Mr. Gary Taylor!" He bowed to the crowd, "Thank you. thank you very much Ladies and Gentlemen. The song I'm about to sing is one of my favorites. I hope you like it as well especially if your missing that special someone." He took the mic in his hands , the music started and few people clapped as they recognized the music. He started to sing, pouring emotion, his very soul into the song.

I don't want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don't care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree

I don't need to hang my stocking
There upon the fireplace
Santa Claus won't make me happy
With a toy on Christmas Day

I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you
You baby

Oh I won't ask for much this Christmas
I won't even wish for snow
And I'm just gonna keep on waiting
Underneath the mistletoe

I won't make a list and send it
To the North Pole for Saint Nick
I won't even stay awake to
Hear those magic reindeer click

'Cause I just want you here tonight
Holding on to me so tight
What more can I do?
Baby all I want for Christmas is you

You you you baby
Oh all the lights are shining
So brightly everywhere
And the sound of children's
Laughter fills the air
And everyone is singing

I hear those sleigh bells ringing
Santa won't you bring me the one I really need?
Won't you please bring my baby to me?
Oh I don't want a lot for Christmas
This is all I'm asking for

I just want to see my baby
Standing right outside my door
Oh I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
Oh, baby all I want for Christmas is
You baby

All I want for Christmas is you baby
All I want for Christmas is you baby
All I want for Christmas is you baby
All I want for Christmas is you baby

He finished, there was a moment of silence then a thunderous ovation broke out as the customers began to clap and clap. A few whistles were thrown in for good measure. He looked heavenward, blew a kiss before bowing to the crowd. Maybe just maybe this would jump start him and get him back on the path of holiday cheer. To be thankful for the friends and family he had and the wonderful times they made and cherish them as treasures just as he cherished those with Catlin. As he stood there, he could swear he heard Catlin whispering in his ear. " Bravo Gary. Well done. That's my favorite Christmas song. But you know that. Thank you sweetie for singing it. Now as for you. I'm here Gary. I'm right inside your heart. You're never alone my love." His hand rose to his cheek as he imagined her kiss smiling at the warm and wonderful memory.


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