"Sounds a bit like the majority of the countryside in England to be honest with you," he said, smiling at her, he was glad to know he wasn't missing much by not having gone to the Alpha site yet. Caleb did appreciate the offer that she made though, he didn't 'know' a lot of people and any teams he went out on he had to make an impression, introduce himself once more. Not that he minded, making a first impression was right up there with his normal working skills. "Thanks, well if you ever need a weapons specialist or someone to fix something I'll be there. Generally I get sent out to either fix something or make up the numbers on teams." Not that he didn't like that, it was just, he didn't get to go off world for his specialist skill set.
He smiled at the conversation over adventure, "Well I found the Navy, then found this place, never once looked back to be honest," he said. Which wasn't strictly true, there was one point he looked back on, one moment in his past that he wondered 'What If' on if he was feeling melancholy that day. But it wasn't something that he was quite willing to share with Claire, he didn't need her to know how damaged he was over a stupid amicable break up.
Caleb couldn't help laughing, "If I remember correctly you didn't give me enough Morphine, I mean I was in pain and bleeding all over you. Besides also if I remember rightly you did get a close up view of my chest." Of course that had everything to do with the fact that he had, had to be shirtless so she could stitch him up, so of course she had seen his chest. But, well he couldn't help the tease, it was enjoyable to tease Claire, and he wondered how far the ribbing of each other would go in the future.
The smile slipped slightly as Claire commented on his one night stands, and the lack of him talking, he frowned, he knew people didn't agree with the choice he made of satisfying himself. There had been women and some blokes who had called him out on it, but honestly it had nothing to do with them, it was his decision to keep doing what he was doing. He never cheated, never took advantage of anyone and everyone always left satisfied.
Caleb sat forward, leaning on the table that was sat between them, it was time to be honest or as honest as he could ever make himself, "Look if the whole me sleeping with people the way I do upsets or offends you or anything, I can leave? But honestly, I don't want to do the talking, the women I take home," he was sharing more than he had with anyone before at the moment and the words were probably a little bit more harsher than he had intended them to come across. But it was one wall he hadn't stepped out from behind in a very long time, "They know the deal, they know what I want and I know what they want, no one gets hurt."
He wasn't sure why he had told her so much, why he had shared something that just...well he just hadn't really explained to anyone. His words seemed to dry up on him after he had said that, part of him almost scared that Claire would tell him to leave, tell him to just take his sordid ways and leave the office. Caleb was so use to actually having people tell him no, telling him to leave, telling him it wasn't him it was them, that he wouldn't actually argue with Claire if she said that right now.
As the topic of conversation seemed to flow back into a happier one, the cool words drifted back to lighter notes, happier topics of conversation. A tone of voice that basically meant that was the Caleb Williams everyone had to see and hear.
"It sounds like if we did it the other way, there would be less sparring," he answered with a quick shrug, he was trying to be funny, maybe trying too hard after the serious conversation a moment ago. "Actually it sounds like a plan, of course you realise now we are going to have to make sure out time off lines up, this means...." he paused for a moment, trying to make a dramatic statement. "You will actually have to make a date with me." He winked at her at that, knowing that he meant it more as a friend type of date and nothing else.
He smiled and nodded his head as he said, "Maybe a few will be acquired on duty, the rest I guess I will have to tend them to myself?" The smile was back, the cheekiness in the right place and the flirting back to how it was.
Leaning back in his chair, he put a hand to his chest, "You mean to say Dr Te Atua you would actually bet against me! I am shocked, truly I am, who knew a Doctor would gamble!" He managed to keep a straight face for all of two minutes until he broke into his own laughter. It was nice to be able to sit and joke with someone, he hadn't had that for a long time now.
Caleb was really glad that he had actually finished his drink a few moments ago, that the empty cup was sat to one side of the table, because he was sure that the way the conversation was heading - firmly down the dirt track - he was sure he would have ended up either choking on it or it would have ended up spilling over the rim. Honestly he knew a lot of sailors, a lot of submariners could talk - for lack of a better word - trash with each other, trying to one up the bloke before, but the woman in front of him could make most of them blush.
Thankfully he was made of stronger stuff and although yes she had caught him off guard at first, he was prepared the second time around. Prepared enough in fact that he couldn't help replying, "Would you like to try that saying out? I mean you've already had your hands on me once, what's one more time?" he teased, hands going to the top of his trousers. It was all a joke, a complete joke, a call back to the first time they had met as well, there was no way he would be doing much more than stripping off his shirt for her and that was only in medical circumstances as well.
As the laughter died down, he took a breath before answering her other question, "Well I would have suggested a shift swap for whoever looses, but well I don't think the higher ups would let me near a scalpel to be honest." he had to think, he hadn't actually planned that far ahead really, the three drinks was about as far as he got. "How about you be my wingwoman for the night if you loose and I'll be your whatever if I loose?"