When Jamie realized how close to Earth they would be having the Ship repaired at Jupiter Station, he had a wonderful idea so he called Heather “Ensign Devroe this is Commander O'Connell, I need to talk to you....can I swing by your quarters”
Then came the reply “Actually I'm not far away, why don't I just drop by your quarters instead”
“Sounds good” he said.
It couldn't have been five minutes when the door chime went off and Jamie answered the door “Hi sweetheart, please come in” then Jamie kissed her as soon as she was inside.
“Hi to you too” Heather responded “I was wondering why I hadn't heard from you yet today.”
“Sorry but I've been busy finishing up a few things before starting shore leave” Jamie explained “And I suppose your wondering what I wanted to talk to you about.”
“Ya....the thought had crossed my mind” she responded with a smile.
“Please have a seat and I'll explain” Jamie replied, so Heather sat being very interested in what Jamie had to say “Since we are so close to Earth I feel that I should go and visit my family because I haven't seen them in about nine years; we should have enough time at Jupiter Station so that a few days can be spent on Earth even with the travel time.”
Heather just looked at Jamie “That sounds so nice for you...and yes you should go and visit your family...only I'll miss you while your gone that's all” she replied with a sad tone.
Jamie looked at Heather with a smile “Miss me.....sweetheart I want you to go with me....I love you so much and I really want you to meet my family” he explained.
Heather sat for a few moments rather in shock, then “I would love to meet your family....but isn't that an awfully big step in our relationship” she asked.
Jamie wasted no time in answering “Yes....I suppose it is a big step....but I may not get this way in the galaxy again for a very long time. Besides you are the love of my life and I want my family to meet the gorgeous, sweet, and intelligent women that I fell in love with” he concluded.
Heather leaned in and gave Jamie a long kiss “I would love to meet your family” she answered “So when do we leave.”
“We're scheduled to leave tomorrow at eleven hundred which should get us to my family's farm about twelve hundred; it's about an hours trip from here to Earth” Jamie replied “Pack enough for two days; that's about all the time we'll have.”
A very excited Heather said “Well then I better get going.....I have to figure out what to take.”
“Remember we'll be on a farm so nothing too fancy.....think comfort instead” Jamie replied.
“Alright I'll see what I can do; so see you in the morning then....I'll swing by here then we can go to the shuttle bay together” she responded.
“Sounds like a plan; I'll see you in the morning” Jamie replied then gave her a a kiss at the door.
Jamie had already cleared his shore leave with Mystery, only because he would be off Station, and had arranged for a Pilot and shuttle for transport so now the only thing left was to pack some stuff in his duffle.
Jamie and Heather walked into the Shuttle Bay with each carrying their own duffle bags as he approached the shuttle Pilot “Good Morning Ensign, are we all set to leave soon” Jamie asked.
“Yes Commander we are.....here let be get those bags for you both and please step inside and take a seat....we should be ready to leave in five” the Pilot replied.
Soon everyone was in the shuttle strapped in and ready to go “Independence this shuttle zero two requesting departure” the Pilot instructed.
Heather leaned in and whispered “This should be fun; I can't wait to meet your family” she said.
“ We'll see what you say after you meet them” Jamie replied with a chuckle and a smile.
“Shuttle zero two your cleared for departure....have a safe trip” came the reply. Turning to the couple ”We'll be traveling at warp one so we should reach earth in about hour....so sit back and enjoy the ride” the Pilot said.
So the couple sat and talked for the duration of the trip, each looking forward to their time together and of course meeting Jamie's family.