SPD The End: Doggie & Isinia
Last Revised: January 10, 2006
Summary: In response to the challenge on spdrangers of livejournal, Finally together after years of being apart, the Cruger's have some peace and quiet.
AN: Thanks to Chrissy for getting me involved! This is the last of the ones I'm gonna write for this challenge, cause I think I covered all my favorite characters…should have done one of Sam, but I didn't really like him much…sorry!
As she walked through the halls, any and every cadet or office she passed, saluted her as if she were actually a member of SPD instead of the High Commander Of Earth's wife. Shaking her head, she headed for their quarters, knowing her brooding husband was hiding inside.
For the millionth time, she thought about the passage of time, and the differences it had made on her and her husband. Granted, their love was still as strong, still as passionate as ever, but they had both changed in the twenty or more years they had been separated by Gruumm.
While she knew she hadn't changed all that much, except for the fact that she could take the long spans of being by herself much better now, time hadn't been as kind to Doggie.
Where he had been open, passionate, and talkative before, now he was quiet, pensive, brooding, and gruff in ways she couldn't have ever imagined. Deep down, his heart was still the same, but he would carry the guilt, the rage, the fear, and the loneliness he'd felt at having thought she was dead.
Shaking her head, Isinia Cruger entered her and Doggie's quarters without a word. She found him standing by the row of windows in their living room, his hands behind his back, staring out at the city that spread out before the Academy.
He'd been extra quiet the last few days, and she had a feeling she knew what was bothering him. Jack had come for a visit with his young friend Ally, and had stirred the others up a bit. Isinia knew that Doggie had over heard conversations between Sydney and Sky, Bridge and Z, Kat and Boom, and even Jack talking to the others, about how different things were now that the war with Gruumm was over.
"Brooding isn't good for the digestive system," she teased, coming to stand next to him. She was only mildly perturbed that he didn't respond like he once would have. "Doggie, they're fine. They're going to be alright, because if they can't get through something as simple as going back to a normal life and having learned from their time at war, then they aren't half the people you believe them to be."
He turned his head toward her then, his eyes saying everything he wasn't. She knew he believed they'd be alright, that his Rangers would adjust to being normal people again without much fuss, and yet, he still worried.
Carefully, she threaded her arm through his and leaned her head against his shoulder. "Talk to me."
A smile crept onto his face. "I love you."
Three little words; three simple words, that made her heart soar. Who would have thought the tough as nails Commander Anubis Cruger could say three little words and sound so romantic and loving when he said them. "I love you too. What's wrong? What is upsetting you, my love?"
"Did I do the right things? Did I make the right decisions?"
She had known right along with wondering about his Rangers, he'd been questioning himself.
"There is nothing else you could have done that you didn't do, trust me. Those kids, and Kat and Boom, and everyone here at SPD followed your every move, they believed in you enough to put aside their fear and follow you, no questions asked."
"Was it enough?"
She smiled. "You prevented, here on Earth, what you weren't prepared to prevent on Sirius. You saved an entire planet, a planet you've adopted as your own. You are as much an Earthling now as any person or being born to this planet. I'd say it was more than enough."
He leaned over and touched their heads together even as he slipped his arm out of hers and wrapped it around her. "There've been so many changes this year, and I know there are more to come, and yet, I know not all of them were bad, but all of them were necessary, weren't they?"
Isinia nodded. "If you hadn't done, what you did, to prepare the five of them to do the job they had to do, they'd have failed. You picked five outstanding individuals that you can be proud of."
Doggie smiled. "I'm so happy to have you back by my side, my beloved. I've missed you so."
Smiling, Isinia turned her head and pecked a kiss to his cheek. "And I you. Now, what are you going to do about Bridge and Z, and Sky and Syd?" she asked, pointedly showing her opinion on the matter. While SPD frowned upon officers dating other officers, this was one time where she honestly could say he'd better bend the rules.
"We'll wait and see what happens, and go from there."
Light laughter sounded from Isinia, causing Doggie to smile. "Finally! You know, you tend to over plan and over analyze things, I'm glad you're not going to do that this time."
"Well, it's time for a change, isn't it?"
"And if I recall correctly, a wise woman I knew once told me that every ending was also a beginning."
"A wise woman indeed," Isinia smiled brightly.