Mason was definitely surprised when Taylor moved over and sat on the bed, and hugged him. He was entirely still for a few moments before slowly reaching around her with one arm to give her a small hug back before she pulled away. He met her gaze for a few seconds before looking down at the floor between his feet. As much as he really appreciated her sympathy on the matter, he wished he hadn't made her worry so much. Going through what he had was certainly difficult, but still, he didn't want her upset over this on his and Vakleth's behalf.
When she moved across the room and sat, he looked up at her again, and he shook his head a bit, shrugging faintly. "It's okay, you didn't know. And at least Vakleth and I had each other, so it's not like either of us was totally alone," he told her, wanting to put her mind at ease a bit, "Like I said, it wasn't easy, but... we've managed. I mean, it's not something that ever goes away, exactly, but we're honestly both doing okay. Vakleth has been through this all before, and while it never really gets easier, he's come to accept it, in a sense. He says that they had nearly two hundred years together, and he's glad they had that time..."
"Anyway, I just... I didn't want to keep it from you, so..." he finished, letting the thought trail off, silence taking over. He kept his eyes on her, though, as he thought. With that in the open between them now, he wondered if it would change anything, but quickly decided that it didn't have to... at least not if they didn't let it. He wasn't exactly sure what to say next, either. There wasn't much left for him to say on the matter, since he didn't want to delve too deeply into it. Keeping emotions buried wasn't healthy, but he and Vakleth had been admitting those emotions to themselves and working through them. What it came down to now was compartmentalization, because that feeling of loss wasn't just going to go away, and there was work to be done.
Mason looked away from Taylor again suddenly, this time his eyes went to the folder sitting next to him, and he picked up it. "We should get started on this... want to have time to talk to Marshall and Vahn before the briefing tomorrow, right?" he said, looking to her once more. He shifted how he was sitting, swinging his legs onto the bed and moving back until he was up against the wall. Holding the folder's spine in one hand, he flipped it open with the other, and his eyes started to skim over the information within. It didn't take long for his eyes to widen a little in surprise, a little smile forming on his lips.
"Huh, looks like we're moving up in the world, Major... a mission to a planet with an advanced civilization..." he noted as he glanced back over at her. The team's missions were usually to planets that either showed no signs of civilization around the Stargate, or ones where they were behind Earth in terms of technology. That did account for a great deal of the gates in the network, of course, but it seemed there was still at least this one exception to that rule left. "Of course, this means that the usual game plan isn't really going to apply. Good thing you pushed to get us this info early..."