Disclaimer: I do not own Sea Patrol. I merely use the characters for my own enjoyment.

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Mike sat on the computer making use of the email to reply to his mum's numerous invitations to a 'get together'. His mum's excuse was that she hadn't had all her children together in so long, even going so far as to almost cry the last time he spoke to her over the phone. He knew though that he wouldn't be able to make it, knowing that in some way or another work would get in the way and so that's what he was telling her now. He had just hit send when the door opened and Kate walked in.

"Sir, I'm sorry. I didn't realise you were in here. I was looking for RO," she said quickly before turning to leave.

Mike shook his head just as the computer beeped indicating a new email. "Don't worry X, I was just leaving." He flicked open the inbox thinking the reply might be from his mum but saw it was for Kate. He quickly stopped her before she left.

"X, there is an email here for you," he called out.

She stuck her head back in and moved over to the computer. He stood up, allowing her to sit down to read it but wasn't willing to leave. He had seen that the subject of the email said 'reunion' and he was curious to know what it was. He stood back a bit, but watched as she opened the email and read the first line.

South Grafton State High School Reunion, Class of 1997

A smirk crossed his face. This was something Kate had never told him. He knew very little of her past. It was something they never talked about back when they were together. He drifted off, remembering all the good times they had when he heard someone talking to him. He focussed again to see Kate staring at him.

"Sorry X?"

She let out a frustrated sigh, "Do you have a habit of reading people's emails over their shoulders?"

"Ah, no. Sorry. I wasn't reading it. I was just… thinking," he quickly covered up, before taking a better look at the email.

"Excuse me," Kate said, before exiting out of it.

"Well, are you going to go?" Mike asked. He was going to see how much he could get out of her.

"Sorry?" She replied, confused.

He pointed to the computer, "To the reunion. Are you going to go?"

She glared at him, "I thought you didn't read it."

He gave her a sheepish grin, enjoying the playful banter between them. "Sprung."

She shook her head, trying to keep in a laugh, "No. I'm not going to. High school is a time I would rather forget. Actually my entire schooling years are something I would rather forget." She finished off in a mumble.

"Why? High school was a blast. I had heaps of fun," Mike said. "What's stopping you from going?"

"Look Mike… Sir. I wasn't exactly the most social person in school. I…" she stopped herself, not wanting to tell him of her past. "Look, basically I was considered a freak and no one spoke to me. So what's the point in going then."

He opened his mouth to answer but was stopped when RO walked in.

"Ah… Can I have my desk back?"

They both nodded before walking out. He turned to head for the bridge whilst she turned in the opposite direction to head for her cabin.

"X?" he called out to her.

She stopped and turned around.

"Maybe you should go. Let them see how well off you are. I doubt any of them knew you would become the strong, smart, beautiful woman you are today," he said.

She looked at him shocked and he suddenly realised what he just said. He opened his mouth to apologise but she beat him to it.

"Thankyou sir. I might consider going," she gave him a quick smile and turned to walk off.

He opened his mouth and the words came out before he could stop them, "If you want, I could come with you."

He swore in his head. 'Bad Mike. You can't do this,' he thought. But his thoughts were stopped at the smile on her face.

"Thanks. I'll think about it… Sir," she turned and walked off.

Mike couldn't help but grin goofily as he walked into the bridge. Nav looked at him strangely.

"Sir, are you OK?" she asked.

He smiled at her, "Fine Nav. I'm perfectly fine."