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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:35 pm 
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Caleb hadn't actually met anyone that seemed to be as happy about his relationship being good for him as Ruth, normally he just got the good natured ribbing, or the comments of wondering when he was going to be putting a ring on her to make it official. Not that he hadn't already married Claire in his own way of course, but no one at the SGC actually knew that, names hadn't changed there had been no piece of paper that had needed to be signed.

So it was a surprise when someone was as nice about his relationship as what Ruth was being, he smiled at her softly, an actual true smile not the usual one he'd put on, “Thanks, never been a role model for that kind of thing before.”

It was true he wouldn't exactly say he had the makings to be a good role model, sure he was good with children when he was around them, could offer a friendly shoulder for friends to lean on and in his own way offer advice when advice needed to be given. But he had never thought of himself as role model before, he had always been too much the player, too much the womaniser to ever consider himself in that role.

He watched carefully as Ruth put the two pieces back together again with minimal difficulty, but then again the first part of putting a gun back together was always easy. Just two parts sliding into one, it was easy enough, it was as they'd move on that it would get a bit more complicated.

Caleb couldn't help smiling as she seemed to let out a small squeak at her own triumphant, “You did well, really well, you'll be as fast as me by the time we've finished putting this back together.” He said, taking the piece she had assembled and looking it over.

Ruth was a good study, she had actually listened to what he'd said and although there had been a small fumble, he'd resisted the urge to step in and show her again. He was impressed she had fitted the two parts together, he smiled up at her, he was all for praise when something was done correctly.

“Well that's the easy part, of course if you find it doesn't always slide together easy enough, just raise the end slightly,” he offered, he had picked out the easiest gun there was, one that had been worked enough times that no one would have trouble with it.

But if you got stuck somewhere, where the weapon you were using wasn't as well maintained then it was going to cause problems. Always.

“So next, you need to take the recoil spring and add it in, this might not be as easy this time,” he instructed, letting her take the items up.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:40 pm 
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It pleased Ruth to see Caleb so happy about her take on his relationship with Claire. It was always good to see when two people, who were so obviously right for one another, made things work, despite all the odds. Caleb's reputation as a player would have put most women off, so the fact that the two of them had managed eighteen months or so now spoke volumes.

"Don't go getting all big headed there, hon," chuckled Ruth. "I wouldn't say you've hit the role model stage yet. That comes after about... five years and a couple of rugrats running around, I think!" Still, it was good to see anyway, and it would certainly keep life interesting on the Beta site.

Ruth was inordinately pleased with herself at slotting the first two pieces together without much trouble, and blushed as she realised that that was the really, really easy part. "I'm sorry, I just... get excited sometimes," she admitted, casting her eyes down in embarrassment. It was one of her personality traits that seemed to get on peoples' nerves sometimes, and it had been something she had been trying to rein in.

Still, times like this were a reason to celebrate, and her eyes sparkled, even as Caleb told her to pick up a spring of some sort. She cast her eyes over the pieces arrayed in front of her, and pointed to the most likely candidate. "That," she asked, glancing up at her tutor. "And where does that go?" She could hazard a guess, but wouldn't like to mess things up.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:10 pm 
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Caleb laughed as Ruth told him not to get a big head, he wondered why women were always telling him that, he couldn't help it. It was the first time he had spoken of his relationship with Claire to someone and hadn't gotten the lewd the comments in return. Which is mostly what he got from some of the other blokes in his team, especially his team on Atlantis who had taken to not only ribbing him but Claire as well. It was just they tended to do it less with Claire because she had access to pointy objects.

“I'll try to refrain from getting too big headed. After all these doors are not that big,” he said, offering her a smile and a wink. It was nice to do some friendly flirting – as he called it – with someone, he hadn't really done such a thing since he got back from Atlantis.

It had all been rush there, rush here, someone's forgotten something now, and then someone had broken something. It was a bit like running a day centre for grown ups half the time and he wasn't the one running the show.

“We'll pass on the children,” he said, “Think there's enough of them on base, don't you?” and he was referring to a actual children either.

“Don't be sorry, nothing wrong with being pleased with yourself,” he said, picking up on her embarrassment. If he had been closer to Ruth he would have asked her about it, pointed it out that she didn't need to be embarrassed over them kind of things, but he kept the opinion to himself.

It was true nothing made a better marksman than someone who had confidence and conviction to pull that trigger. He himself had that conviction, he knew he would have made top marks, but he'd been more interested in taking the damn things apart to see how they worked than firing them.

He didn't like that Ruth got embarrassed over accomplishing something, he never understood people who would tread on someone's enthusiasm for whatever reason. Sure the military broke you down, but they also raised you back up with confidence to spare. He wasn't known to be a charmer for nothing, after all and some of that came from his training.

Caleb was amused when he saw the sparkle in her eyes, if there was one thing the SGC was full of, it was people with the thirst and drive to learn. The eagerness from half the staff never seemed to fade or get old, it was intoxicating to the person doing the teaching of that he was certain.

As Ruth pointed out the spring he wanted her to pick up, he nodded his head, she was on the right track, learning quickly. That was something else about the people on base, they learnt damn quickly.

“You need to add that to the barrel and slide part,” he said, gesturing to exactly what part of the gun he wanted her to put together.

He knew once they'd done that, the next few steps were going to be easy again, he also knew that she would hopefully go away with never forgetting this lesson and if anything happened to her off world, where a gun was needed she would be able to load it with ease. Once the gun was completely assembled they were going to move on to firing it, a part he knew she was going to ace, he had no doubts


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:22 pm 
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"Wow, a blast door wouldn't be big enough to contain this ego when inflated," joked Ruth, no flirtiness there at all. "Duly noted, hon." In truth, Caleb didn't seem to have much of an ego at all. He seemed like a nice enough guy, and it was obvious he was completely in love with Claire Te Atua. It was sweet.

Ruth twitched an eyebrow upwards as Caleb said he'd pass on the kids. She knew Claire well enough to know that she doted on children, and would love one of her own. "See, that surprises me," admitted Ruth. "Figured you two were so loved up, it was just a matter of time. Guess I was wrong. Sorry if I put my foot in it." She blushed lightly. Putting her foot in things was a regular occurrence.

However, she clearly hadn't annoyed him too much, as he seemed pleased with her progress on learning to put the gun back together. She wasn't someone who had an affinity with the more mechanical side of things, so all the encouragement she was getting bolstered her confidence.

Pleased that she had identified the correct part next, Ruth frowned as she concentrated, trying to figure out how the spring fitted into the barrel and slide. In the end, there was only one way it could realistically be done, and, despite taking her time, she slotted it home. She looked more serious this time, nodding in satisfaction as she checked her work, before glancing back to Caleb.

"That okay," she asked, before turning her eyes back to the array of pieces on the table. "What's next?"


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:43 am 
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“Well lets not inflate the ego then,” he replied smiling at her, “I'd hate for people to get jealous.”

He knew he didn't have an ego as such, sure he was good at his job, he knew what he was doing, had the skills behind him to know what he was doing and wasn't overly worried about offering an opinion if it was the right time. But it was his reputation that preceded him, more than any ego ever would.

Caleb rubbed at the back of his head as Ruth mentioned the children thing, it was something he had spoken with to Claire, they had discussed it in that abstract way of there's and he knew there were things he didn't think about because of what she had told him. So when ever people normally asked about them having children, he told them no, he wouldn't open up about what him and Claire had discussed.

He wouldn't let anyone know what Claire had told him, besides people might be speaking of him being in a committed relationship (half the time they were still shocked) when they mentioned children it was in that joking way, a way that he didn't put right, because half the people that spoke about him being a parent weren't always the most confident building comments one would hope to hear.

“You didn't put your foot in it,” reassured Caleb, he didn't want her going away thinking she had upset him. He offered up a shrug, “We like being us,” there he didn't think that was breaking any confidence he had. If Ruth wanted to know more, then she could definitely ask Claire about it, at least then that way if Claire wanted to tell Ruth she'd tell her and he wouldn't have to.

He turned his focus back to teaching her to put the gun together, he was watching her carefully, it wasn't exactly the hardest thing to actually teach someone to do. At the end of the day there was only one way a gun could go back together, if you put something in the wrong way or back to front you just wouldn't be able to move on to the next step.

So as the pieces slid into place for her, hearing the click as they actually went together – it was the one thing he tended to listen out for more than watching what he was doing nowadays – he couldn't help smiling proudly at her. It was actually quite a nice feeling to know that someone was learning something from him, he wasn't always given opportunities to teach someone , especially about something that he did so often.

There were only a couple of pieces left to assemble now, now that the barrel was put back together it was going to have to be fitted back to the gun it's self, once they were done he would take her over to the shooting area and let her take the actual part of the test. It had been nice talking to her as he had done, he hadn't ever really had chance to speak to Ruth that much, it had always been in passing, a hello there as they passed each other in the corridors, maybe the odd interaction when they'd been off world, which to be honest was far less than he had ever thought.

But then again he knew that not everyone actually liked stepping through the Stargate that often, he himself was like a junkie when it came to Gate travel, he always wanted to be stepping through it, see where it was going to lead him next.

Bringing his thoughts back to the present, to the job at hand, he said, “So you've put the barrel back together, we're heading the right direction with this. You realise next time we go off world together I expect you to be able to do this in your sleep,” he joked, smiling at her.

Caleb knew that although she'd probably remember this lesson, whether she'd actually keep up with it was another matter, but he didn't mind, he liked making sure that people knew these steps. If for whatever reason they got stuck and had to put the gun back together or anything like that, he felt better knowing people had at least a little knowledge on doing this. Hopefully it'd save a life at some point.

“Okay so next thing to do is attach everything you've put together back to the gun its self,” he said, indicating the rest of the gun to the side, “Again it's not loaded, so you don't have to worry about accidentally firing it.”

Not that she would, but he had, had a incident where when someone was putting one back together they had gripped it a certain way and had pulled the trigger. It had not been loaded at the time, but the person had panicked slightly, it had taken him over half an hour to calm said person down, make them realise mistakes happened and that was why he kept all guns unloaded when he was teaching this.


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