Serala: :: leaning down to speak softly enough for his acute hearing, even sharper than her own, to hear her. :: I don’t know whether to hug you or break your neck. Or both. I can’t seem to lock myself down onto one emotion regarding you, right now.
Raga: Right now, if you broke my neck I doubt I'd feel it. And everyone went through so much trouble to get me back, they might take offence. :: He tried to chuckle, but it just caused him to cough painfully ::
Serala: Of course I am glad you’re alive and safe. I put the mission together to rescue you. With Commander Williams’ assistance, of course. I would do anything to rescue someone under my charge as Head of Security on this ship. Even more so for my friends. And you are still my best friend, even if part of me wants to kill you right now.
Raga: I'm sorry, Serala. I didn't want anyone else to suffer for my choices.
Serala: We’ll talk about that later, when you’re more recuperated. For now, I am glad you are safe and alive. I do want to know one thing, though.
Raga: What? You want to know why I did what I did.
Serala: Correct. Was any part of your actions influenced by what I told you about my oath? Did I drive you to do this reckless thing?
:: A long pause ensued before he replied, and she knew he was trying to decide what to tell her. And that meant the answer...the real answer...was yes. At least part of his actions had been motivated by her revelation. She had suspected it. If she was truthful with herself, she had allowed her innate Romulan nature to slip and had used that information to manipulate him into doing something like this. And for that, she felt shame. That was not how one was supposed to treat their best friend. ::
Raga: Your oath? :: She could tell that he was pretending to act confused :: Oh, no. The Captain was taken. As Mission Specialist I serve the ship in whatever way safeguards it the most. I saw an opportunity with little time to react and did what I did. If it served to satisfy anyone's oath then all the better.
oO And there’s the lie. Guess I deserve it. Oo
Serala: Toryn. You’re not a very good liar. :: Pausing briefly to get ahold of her emotions :: Fvadt, Toryn. Why? No, nevermind. I know why. I just didn’t expect you to go this far. And :: pauses again, while trying to figure out how to say the next part. When she spoke again, she spoke so low only he would be able to hear her. :: And, I think I need to apologize. I let my Romulan nature slip through in my desperation and I manipulated your emotions. I really didn’t think you would do this, but that is no excuse. Friends don’t treat friends that way. I am sorry, and I will understand if you don’t ever want anything to do with me again.