Expectations: The Passing of Days Part Two A

Series: Expectations
Adventure Twelve: The Passing of Days Part 2 of 2
Author: Aquariuslover
Pairings: Yunjae, KyuWook, WooGyu
Rating: R
Genre: Crossover, Science Fiction, Adventure, Romance
Length: Chaptered
Beta: tahoeturquoise


A/N: This story is inspired by Star Trek and the Kpop community; the storyline is my own. Characters resembling members of TVXQ, Super Junior, Infinite and other Kpop groups can be found in this story.

Summary: New love takes birth, timeless love grows stronger, and old love is bent to the breaking point.

Prior Adventures

WooHyun stood transfixed as he looked upon the stasis chambers filled with crewmembers. “It’s…tragic.”

“That it is,” Dr. Cho replied as he walked through the room that held the crewmembers that were in stasis. “Most would die instantly if they were removed from the protection of the stasis chambers.”

“Most?”

“There were some crewmembers that could be kept alive if we provided nutrition and an airway, but their minds are so far gone they wouldn’t be able to move or think.”

WooHyun peered closer at the stasis chambers. “I thought all the women died?”

“No, some of them were in sickbay at the time and the emergency sickbay systems kicked in and placed them in stasis. Even though I was able to save Sulli and SooYoung on the planet…if I removed these women from the stasis chambers they would die instantly. The affects of the space anomaly hit the ship the hardest.”

“I suppose the older people in stasis were also in sickbay at the time of the disaster?”

“Yes, everybody who was older than thirty that wasn’t in sickbay died instantly,” Doctor Cho explained. “Most of the people in stasis are those that were nearing thirty. Once Yunho took command of the ship and realized what was happening he immediately started putting the dying in stasis.”

“I just can’t imagine what it was like…to be on the ship back then.”

Dr. Cho let out a huff of air. “It had to be a living nightmare. These people are caught in an existence where they are neither alive nor dead…just gone.”

WooHyun looked sadly at the chambers. “I wonder if they wouldn’t rather be dead.”

“That’s not for us to decide. A cure might still be found someday.”

“I hope it is.”

Dr. Cho placed his hand on WooHyun’s shoulder and led him out of the room. “Now, it is time for you to become acquainted with Commander Leeteuk.”

“Isn’t he more like Heechul?”

“Umm, not exactly; the great mind that Heechul used to possess is able to break though at times and Heechul is completely capable of taking care of himself…whereas Commander Leeteuk is a special case.”

“How so?”

Dr. Cho shrugged and explained, “He was in the shuttle during the disaster so like SooYoung and Sulli he was able to survive. If he had been aboard the ship his age would have meant his instant death. He has to be under constant supervision…I would describe him as a happy toddler—who refuses to wear any kind of clothing.”

WooHyun couldn’t keep from smiling as they walked down the corridor. “So none of his real personality breaks through?”

“Commander Leeteuk was a very capable commander. He outranked Yunho…he was years older, but he could also be very—”

“Doc!” Kangin hollered, meeting up with WooHyun and Ryeowook as they neared the room where security watched over Leeteuk.

“Kangin?” Ryeowook asked, concerned.

“Your hubby just had the shit beat out of him. He is insisting he is fine…but I knew you would want to know.”

Ryeowook’s face went deathly still. “During his recertification?”

Kangin slowed as he reached them. “Yep, Lieutenant Lee started off the evaluation himself and…well, he kicked Kyuhyun’s ass.”

“I thought he was going to be tested by Ensign DongWoo.”

“Sungmin switched it up at the last minute,” Kangin explained.

“Lieutenant Sungmin is completely capable of defeating someone without inflicting serious bodily harm,” Ryeowook explained with a glint in his eye. “I do wish I could have seen it though.”

“You do?” Kangin asked, taken aback.

“I wonder what Kyuhyun did to evoke such a response from Sungmin?” Ryeowook pondered aloud.

“We thought it was just repressed rage from a year ago.”

“No, it wouldn’t be that,” Ryeowook informed him. “Sungmin was over that. Maybe Kyuhyun hit on him or something.”

Both Kangin and WooHyun’s jaws dropped, and the ensign blurted out, “Why would you say that?”

Ryeowook’s clinched his fists. “I don’t want to discuss it, but if you were worried enough to inform me of the beat down I better have him checked out.”

“He’s probably fine,” Kangin replied, his sympathy for the commander diminishing by the second.

Ryeowook shook his head and tapped his insignia. “Commander Cho, you are to report to sickbay now. That is an order.’

“Yes, Sir,” came the immediate reply.

Ryeowook turned to WooHyun. “You better get back to sickbay, your first patient is about to arrive…try not to kill him.”

“Okay.” A startled WooHyun barely managed to get it out of his mouth.


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“I just want to kick the damn thing!” Yoochun spat out angrily while eyeing the Guardian of Time with growing frustration.

Lieutenant SooYoung, who was standing beside the Chief Engineer, replied calmly, “I doubt that would help, Commander.”

“It would make me feel better, though.”

SooYoung turned to look behind her, and smiled at the members of Eternity’s Council that were standing in the background observing them. “It would probably get us thrown off the planet though.”

Yoochun sighed. “Every test shows that the blasted thing is just a big rock…with blue water inside it…just standing there defying the laws of gravity and physics. Where does the damn energy come from?”

“That is what we have been trying to figure out for the last week.”

“If Jaejoong would come down here and get the thing to talk to him, maybe then we could find out where the energy comes from.”

“Unfortunately, he is most adamant about not doing any such thing,” Lieutenant SooYoung reminded the Chief Engineer.

Commander Yoochun stared at the Guardian. “It won’t respond to us, it has never responded to any of the people of Eternity, and it didn’t respond to Changmin.”

“Changmin never addressed it,” SooYoung reminded the commander. “We do not know if it would have responded to him or not.”

“I am about to be an insensitive lout,” Yoochun warned as he tapped his insignia, “Captain, I need your help.”

“I highly doubt it will respond to me,” came the captain’s voice over the link, knowing instinctively what the commander would want.

“It has in the past.”

“Probably only because Jaejoong was with me.”

“Well, we all know Jaejoong won’t allow you to come down to the planet without him, so maybe his presence will make it talkative.”

“Or it will do the exact opposite.”

“We have to try.”

“Is this really necessary?” the captain asked.

“Yes, it’s necessary. We spent two weeks trying to get to examine it and another week trying to figure out its energy source and as you know…we have squat to show for all our efforts. If we don’t figure out something soon we are going to have to start crawling toward Trysor.”

“One week,” Yunho replied. “I will give you one more week and if you haven’t figured something out by then, we leave for Trysor.”

Yoochun frowned but relented, “Agreed.”

“Good,” Yunho’s voice could suddenly be heard saying from behind Commander Yoochun and Lieutenant SooYoung.

Yoochun spun around and smiled at the captain. “That was fast.”

The captain smiled back at his old friend. “I am actually surprised it took you so long to ask for my assistance.”

“I have been trying to be on my best behavior,” Yoochun explained as he eyed the annoyed looking Joong that was standing beside the captain. “I guess we can’t expect any help from you.”

“No, you can not,” Jaejoong informed the Chief Engineer as he telepathically commanded the Guardian to ignore any of Yunho’s requests.

Yunho shook his head and stepped forward, until he was standing in front of the Guardian. He looked back at Jaejoong. “Do I just start off with a hello?”

Jaejoong folded his arms. “I don’t recall.”

“You won’t even help me a little?” Yunho questioned his mate.

“No,” Jaejoong answered.

Yunho looked back at the Guardian and greeted it, “Hello, I am sorry to bother you. My ship has a little crisis—”

“It is not a crisis,” Jaejoong said, interrupting the captain. “Nobody is in danger. It just means you can’t be speeding around the galaxy at warp speed. Maybe it would be nice for the crew to take a nice three month journey…without almost dying everyday. It would be a nice, healthy break. I am pregnant, so I am all in favor of boring.”

“Jae…”

“What is wrong with boring? Why can’t we just all chill and celebrate the fact that Changmin no longer has a tail?”

“Changmin had a tail?” a confused Yoochun asked.

“No,” Yunho replied, turning around to look at his mate and protesting, “It wasn’t a tail.”

“Yes, it was and now it is gone,” Jaejoong insisted.

The captain turned back around to face the Guardian. “With all due respect I know that you are a telepathic being of immense power, so if you are going to respond could you do it already, please?”

“Yunho, that was kinda rude,” Jaejoong chastised from behind his mate.

The Guardian did not respond.

“I have heard you be a lot ruder—and I wasn’t rude.”

“I can be rude…I am a Joong…a royal Joong at that,” Jaejoong stated hotly.

SooYoung, who had been watching quietly from beside Yoochun, announced, “I doubt the captain is going to have any luck.”

“Why so negative?” Yoochun groaned.

“From the little I know about Guardians they serve only the Joong. With Jaejoong’s continued hostility regarding our investigating the Guardian’s energy supply…it is extremely unlikely the Guardian will go against his wishes,” SooYoung pointed out to them.

“I still don’t like you, but you’re not stupid,” Jaejoong admitted to SooYoung. “I’ll give you that.”

Yoochun frowned and whined to Yunho, “Could you not have left him on the ship?”

“I could have…” Yunho said, pausing. “It would have meant forcing the necklace on him and throwing him in the brig, though.”

“That isn’t even funny, Yunho!” Jaejoong complained.

“I was just joking—”

“Well, you are not funny!”

***************

“Do you even know how the bed works?” Commander Cho asked the very nervous looking WooHyun.

“I am not depending on the bed. I was a doctor long before I arrived on this magnificent ship,” WooHyun told the commander, trying to sound confident.

Commander Cho arched his eyebrows as the young doctor examined him. “I suppose.”

“You seem fine, you will have a few a bruises—bruises I can heal with the tissue rejuvenator,” WooHyun said as he looked around the room for the particular piece of equipment in question.

“Here doctor,” Heechul declared as he pranced into the room with the rejuvenator in his hand.

“Thanks,” WooHyun said, taking the tissue rejuvenator from Heechul.

“No problem,” Heechul told WooHyun with a smile. “I am a nurse that is here and ready to serve you.”

“Thanks…” WooHyun repeated to the eccentric Heechul.

“And I am also here to torment Commander Cho,” Heechul said with a devilish laugh as he slithered up next to the commander. “What did you do now? He is in a truly foul mood today.”

Commander Cho glared at Heechul. “That is none of your business.”

“He has been so worried about you, but now he is letting Doctor Nam practice on you. You must have done something spectacularly awful.”

WooHyun opened his mouth to deny that he was practicing but then closed it when he realized he didn’t even know how to turn on the tissue rejuvenator.

Heechul subtly took the tissue rejuvenator from WooHyun, turned it on and started running it over Kyuhyun’s bruised body. “Sungmin must know what you did, but why would the good doctor confide in him and not me? I’m his best nurse and I’ve never let you screw me.”

“Thank God,” Kyuhyun said with a roll of his eyes.

“I am much too feminine for you. When you are in your destructive whoring state it’s only men that represent—”

“Shut up,” Commander Cho warned.

Heechul’s eyes twinkled with keen intelligence. “Oh, is that it? Did you make the moves on Sungmin? That doesn’t seem right though. Although he is with my darling prince…he’d probably drop him in second for another go at you, so he wouldn’t be spurred to violence by your advances.”

“Be quiet,” Commander Cho ordered.

“No, that was cruel of me…Sungmin wouldn’t hurt Ryeowook again, but you would—wouldn’t you?” Heechul asked, unbothered by the commander who was growing angrier by the second.

“I am…I am going to…I have an appointment I need to get to,” WooHyun uttered as he fled the room.

Heechul turned to watch WooHyun hurry away. “Was it something I said?”

Kyuhyun got off of the exam bed. “Yes, and now I will be leaving, too.”

“Leave, but know this…he won’t forgive you.”

Kyuhyun stopped at the doorway and turned to look at Heechul. “There isn’t anything to forgive.”

“Remember when you once told me that you would never stop loving him?”

“Yes, and it’s the truth.”

“People like Ryeowook…they don’t take hurt well…not at all. You both will be unhappy for a very long time, if you aren’t careful,” Heechul warned.

“I am trying.”

“You need therapy, lots of therapy...there are psychotherapy programs built into the holodeck. Talk to someone even if it is just a holodeck projection.”

“The holodeck is closed.”

Heechul sighed. “You are second in command of this ship, grant yourself special access.”

“I can’t do that.”

“You could do it, or talk to the captain. He would have them opened for you.”

“The ship is in an energy crisis…the holodecks are closed, and they need to stay closed.”

Heechul’s eyes narrowed in on Kyuhyun as he moved closer to the commander. “We can’t force you to seek help, if you don’t want to be helped.”

Kyuhyun took a step back, knowing Heechul was channeling his prior genius. “I don’t…I just need for Ryeowook to be more open minded.”

Heechul snorted and brushed past Kyuhyun as he left room. “Fat chance of that.”

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“So do you like them?” Sungmin asked Woohyun as they stood outside the quarters the lieutenant had just showed the young doctor.

WooHyun cast his eyes down the hallway. “Sure…they seem nice, but where…where are Ensign SungGyu’s quarters located?”

“Oh, they aren’t on this level. They are on level eight. Since you are a doctor I thought it best for you to be on the same floor as sickbay.”

“Yeah…that makes sense…it’s just…it’s just that…” WooHyun paused.

“Just what?”

“It’s nothing,” WooHyun said unable to hide his frown. He had been hoping to be rooming closer to SungGyu.

A snorting sound had Lieutenant Sungmin and WooHyun turning around quickly to find Jaejoong watching them closely. “So I see you are giving him my old quarters.”

“Yes, I thought it was important that he be near sickbay,” Sungmin explained.

WooHyun nodded his head. “Yes, it’s for the best.”

Jaejoong, who had already read the young doctor’s mind, added, “But wouldn’t it be nicer if you had somebody to share them with…somebody that could orientate you to the ways of the ship?”

WooHyun laughed nervously. “Dr. Cho is proving to be a wonderful help, and Ensign Junsu has showed me around some.”

“I am sure they are very helpful, but I think you need somebody else, don’t you agree Lieutenant Lee?” Jaejoong asked Sungmin.

Sungmin blinked several times and agreed, “Yes, that would be for the best.”

“It would?” WooHyun asked, confused. He had been assured earlier that there were plenty of quarters for everyone to have their own.

“Yes,” Sungmin continued, “I think we should have both you and Ensign SungGyu move into these quarters. That way he could help you become more familiar with the ship.”

“Really?” WooHyun blurted out, unable to hide his surprise.

“I totally agree,” Jaejoong said, winking at WooHyun. “It’s definitely for the best.”

“I shall go make the arrangements right this minute,” Sungmin told them and then hurried off.

WooHyun gave Jaejoong a dumfounded look. “I thought…I didn’t think…I don’t understand what just happened.”

“We are even now,” Jaejoong informed WooHyun. “My debt to you is paid.”

“What?” WooHyun exclaimed, realizing the Joong had intervened on his behalf, making the lieutenant room him with SungGyu.

Jaejoong pointed to the quarters. “They are much nicer than the one room quarters the ensigns are forced to live in. This way you will at least have two rooms…so when you two fight, and you will fight…one of you can sleep on the sofa.”

“You did this?” WooHyun asked, voicing his concerns aloud.

“Of course I did; although he is a little jealous of all the praise Ensign SungGyu has received for his role on Kanzi…he’d never force him to have a roommate.”

“Force him. I don’t want to force SungGyu into anything.”

“You will just have to warm him up to the idea, but it’s best that you don’t tell anybody of my role in this,” Jaejoong warned.

“I wouldn’t…or I will try not too,” WooHyun quickly told the Joong.

Jaejoong smiled. “Good.”

WooHyun swallowed nervously. “Thanks.”

“Like I said, I owed you for helping Yunho,” Jaejoong explained as he started walking away toward his quarters. “Even if Yunho is pissing me off at the moment, I still owed you a debt.”

“But,” WooHyun said to the departing Joong, “SungGyu helped the captain, too.”

Jaejoong didn’t bother turning around to answer the young doctor; he just told him with a chuckle, “Yes, he did. I suggest you be the best roommate you can be.”

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“So on a scale of one to ten…how pissed off are you?” Junsu asked as he sat down across from his friend, who was sitting alone at a table in the mess hall.

“Fifty-seven.”

“Wow.”

“I am really mad,” Eunhyuk confirmed, not looking up from the bowl of soup he was continuously stirring.

Junsu looked around the mess hall to make sure nobody was eavesdropping on them, lowered his head, and whispered, “Do you think it might be true?”

Eunhyuk raised his head up, ready to deny the accusation, but something about the concerned look in Junsu’s eyes made him stop. “I don’t…know…I don’t think so…but I just don’t know.”

Junsu let out a breath he didn’t realize he was holding. “I totally understand.’

“You do?”

Junsu nodded his head.

Eunhyuk whispered, “But just last week you were preaching that you were the most heterosexual of the heterosexual…and glad you got raped by a woman.”

“I didn’t get raped…well, I did, but not by her,” Junsu explained, under his breath. “After talking to SungGyu I realized it was rape, because it wasn’t done with my consent.”

Eunhyuk sneered in dislike. “After talking to SungGyu; what does that little shit know?”

“Don’t be like that.”

“First he got promoted and did you know he got moved to the same floor as the officers? What the hell is with that? Our good captain is showing a tad bit too much favoritism if you ask me. What happened to you being Captain Yunho’s favorite? SungGyu’s a cadet—”

“I mean it; stop,” Junsu ordered. “He deserved the promotion.”

“Bullshit, you deserve it. You were on Kanzi, too. I bet you were running the entire show, and he gets all—”

“I was down there doing everything he told me to do. He was in total command,” Junsu interrupted to tell his friend.

“You were in command! You outranked him.”

“It wasn’t about rank, it was about staying alive. He’s good…I’d follow his orders any day,” Junsu said, with unflinching confidence. “He tricked a Joong.”

“It apparently wasn’t a very powerful Joong.”

“She handled me without any difficulty,” Junsu reminded Eunhyuk. “I wish you weren’t so jealous. It’s not very becoming.”

Eunhyuk dropped the spoon he had been stirring his soup with. “Why do you always have to be so nice?”

“I’m not always nice, but I’m not a bully.”

“Are you calling me a bully?”

“I just said I wasn’t one.”

“I am the nicest person on this ship, I will have you know!” Eunhyuk declared in his defense. “I am just talking to you privately. I am not bullying anyone.”

Junsu shrugged. “So you haven’t complained about him to anybody else? You haven’t spread your insecurities to others, inspiring others to dislike him?”

Eunhyuk paled. “Umm…point taken, so I might be gay and a bully. Just wonderful, I’m a gay bully!”

“I don’t think you are gay.”

“You don’t?”

“No, and I don’t think I am gay either.”

“Really?” Eunhyuk asked, brightening.

“I think…we just are attracted to certain people…and some of those people might be guys.”

Eunhyuk frowned. “So explain how we are not gay?”

“We prefer women; I mean you really prefer women. You like all kinds of women, even women with—”

“Do not bring up the frog lady,” Eunhyuk interrupted his friend with a big frown on his face.

“I am just saying that maybe you are bisexual. Maybe we all are. Don’t you think it’s possible that the space anomaly that sent us here did something to us?”

“Yeah,” Eunhyuk exclaimed. “That totally makes sense.”

“Except...”

“Except the only guy I am confused about is…”

“Commander Yoochun,” Eunhyuk finished for Junsu.

Junsu grimaced. “Yeah, once I started actually paying attention to therapy…I realized I might still harbor some…confusion when it comes to him.”

“Do you want to have sex with him?” Eunhyuk asked suggestively.

“No, I don’t think so…do you want to have sex with Sungmin?”

“No! It’s just that I don’t want anybody else to have sex with him either,” Eunhyuk admitted.

“Really?”

Eunhyuk covered his face with his hands. “I hate all his lovers.”

“I was really mad when you slept with Commander Yoochun,” Junsu blurted out. “It really made me mad…because I wanted to have sex with him so bad that night.”

“Then why didn’t you? He was an awesome woman, I must say.”

“I just…he was creeping me out.”

“Yeah, he can be creepy.”

Junsu sighed. “Totally.”

“So what are you going to do...?”

“What are you going to do?”

“Absolutely nothing,” Eunhyuk answered. “Nothing at all.”

“Me neither,” Junsu agreed.

“I am really glad I’m not attracted to you,” Eunhyuk told his friend, relieved.

Junsu let out a whistle. “Amen to that. That would be so weird.”

“Hey, what’s up guys?” Donghae asked as he sat his plate down at the table beside Eunhyuk.

“Nothing,” Junsu quickly replied.

“And it’s staying that way,” Eunhyuk vowed.

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“Jaejoong,” Yunho called out telepathically.

“Go away.”

“Baby.”


“Don’t baby me…you mentioned the fucking necklace.”

Yunho walked through their spacious quarters following his instincts to the large bathroom. “I was teasing.”

“It wasn’t funny.”


“You were purposely hindering our efforts to study the Guardian,” Yunho explained as he opened the door to the bathroom and found Jaejoong sprawled out in the marble oval tub that was lined with gold.

“Go away.”

“I can’t, the vision is too tempting,” Yunho said aloud with much appreciation. Jaejoong was leaning back against the tub, surrounded by bubbles, and looking breathtakingly beautiful.

“I know you think that I am easily controlled by sex—but not tonight.”

Yunho sat down on the side of the tub and gave Jaejoong his best sad puppy dog eyes.

Jaejoong gave Yunho a quick look and then closed his eyes. “Don’t bother looking so pathetic, I am not giving in. I refuse to be controlled by your…your finer endowments.”

Yunho repressed a chuckle, feeling immense love for his mate.

“Stop directing so much love towards me…it is annoying,” Jaejoong commanded, leaning his head back farther and keeping his eyes tightly shut. “I am trying to be angry here.”

“I can’t help it. I really love you.”

Jaejoong opened his eyes and peered up at Yunho. “You are the one that mentioned the necklace, not me.”

“I did; I will take my punishment, like a man.”

Jaejoong started moving his arms back and forth in the water, and asked a question that has been weighing heavily on his mind throughout the day. “Do you want to marry me?”

Yunho’s eyes widened. “Yes; I’d marry you in a second.”

“You would?”

“Definitely.”

Jaejoong smiled, cupped his hand together, scooped up bubbles, and blew the bubbles out over the water. “Why have you never asked me?”

“Honestly, I thought you would think it was beneath you.”

“Oh, because I am a Joong.”

“Yes, and not just any Joong, but the Royal Prince of Joong. I didn’t think you would be interested in a human custom…plus, you never showed any interest when the subject came up.”

“True,” Jaejoong agreed. “A bondmate is a hundred…thousand…a million times more extraordinary than any primitive human ritual that binds two people together.”

“Exactly what I thought you would say. This is why I have never asked you to marry me.”

Jaejoong pondered Yunho’s words. “Still, humans put great value on marriage.”

“They do.”

Jaejoong heaved a sigh. “But if you really…really wanted to marry me, I’d probably agree to it,” Jaejoong proclaimed, darting his eyes toward Yunho and adding, “If you really wanted to…if you really wanted to. I suppose I could respect your traditions…since we are having a child together.”

Yunho grinned down at his mate with a heart full of the purest of love. “Well, I most certainly want to.”

“You do?” Jaejoong responded, smiling wide.

“I do.”

“Than we shall be married,” Jaejoong announced happily.

Yunho let out a chuckle and told his radiant mate, “I suppose Shindong could marry us.”

“What?” Jaejoong hollered, sitting up in the tub.

“It’s an old Earth tradition that only judges, religious leaders, or captains of ships can marry people.”

“That slimy trader is not marrying us! Plus, he doesn’t have a ship anymore!” Jaejoong declared, appalled.

Yunho leaned down and kissed Jaejoong on the cheek. “Okay, not Shindong then, but I still want this. We will find someone else…someone you approve of.”

“Good…but only someone I approve of,” Jaejoong agreed, leaning away from Yunho. “No kisses for you.”

“The Royal Prince of Joong just can’t have anybody officiating at his wedding,” Yunho teased, backing away.

“Exactly,” Jaejoong agreed, ignoring Yunho’s amusement.

“Until then we will just have to be bonded for life…for many lives.”

“Now, go away before I change my mind. I can’t lose all my self-respect.”

“Okay,” Yunho relented, standing up. “I will go walk the ship.”

Jaejoong slid back down in the tub getting comfortable. “Good, don’t trip or anything.”

Yunho laughed on his way out of the bathroom. “I will do my best not to.”

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“Dude, this is so awesome!” an excited DongWoo declared as he practically skipped down the corridor towards SungGyu’s new quarters. “Man, you are on the same floor as the officers! Same floor as the captain! Why aren’t you two more excited?”

L, who was walking beside SungGyu, sighed uncomfortably for his friend, and explained, “Now people will be even more jealous of him.”

SungGyu, who has been totally taken aback when he had returned from the planet to find out his quarters had been moved, just shrugged. “They can get over it.”

DongWoo hurried back to SungGyu and L, announcing, “We should have a party!”

“No,” SungGyu quickly informed his excited friend.

“Why not? We have to celebrate!” DongWoo insisted.

SungGyu walked up to the door to his new quarters, and then turned around to look at his friends. “I have been on Eternity all day with a very irritated Commander Yoochun trying to figure out the Guardian’s secrets…and we learned absolutely nothing. I’m mentally exhausted, so I’m going to sleep.”

“Listen to Grandpa, DongWoo,” L told the other ensign, smirking. “He is too tired to party.”

SungGyu managed to give the pilot a slight snarl to protest the use of his unflattering nickname. “Go away; both of you, now!”

A dejected DongWoo asked, “Aren’t you going to give us a tour of your new quarters?”

“Not tonight; sleeping is all I plan on doing tonight. I have lost five minutes of sleep just by talking to you two,” SungGyu informed them. “Good Night.”

L took DongWoo by the arm and reminded his friend, “Come on, don’t forget he outranks us now.”

DongWoo smiled. “That’s right! We will see you in the morning.”

“I doubt it.”

“Why?” L asked SungGyu.

Sunggyu exhaled and explained, “I have to be back on Eternity in less than five hours.”

“Oh,” DongWoo said, sympathizing. “Well, we will let you sleep then.”

SungGyu watched as his two friends walked away. He then turned around and entered his new quarters. The doors whooshed open and he walked in and immediately came to a sudden stop. “What are you doing in here?”

WooHyun, who had been sitting on the sofa with a computer tablet studying, looked up at SungGyu, smiling. “I live here now.”

SungGyu frowned. “Huh? I was told these are my new quarters.”

WooHyun set the computer tablet down. “We are sharing.”

“No, we are not…you must have misunderstood.”

“Umm…I am pretty sure I didn’t. Lieutenant Lee told me himself.”

SungGyu shook his head and immediately called for the ship’s computer. “Computer, who is assigned to these quarters?”

“Ensign SungGyu and Doctor Nam.”

WooHyun shrugged. “Told you.”

“Why? Why would they do that? There are hundreds of empty quarters on this ship? Why would they do this to me?”

“Lieutenant Lee said you could help me get oriented to the ship,” WooHyun helpfully explained.

“But…but I don’t want a room mate,” SungGyu protested.

“I’m sorry,” WooHyun weakly told the other man. “I’m really clean, and I don’t make any noises when I sleep. I am like a sleeping rock…or just a plain rock…I am really quiet.”

SungGyu held up his hands. “This can’t be happening; I am sure you are a perfectly lovely roommate, but I don’t want one…and I especially don’t want you.”

WooHyun, who had been ready to say something, shut his mouth quickly; his feelings immediately hurt.

“Don’t take that the wrong way,” SungGyu quickly stated, reading the other man’s facial expression.

“How can…how else can I take that?” WooHyun asked, standing up.

SungGyu waved his hands in front of him and quickly informed the other man, “We kinda had a thing…didn’t we kinda have a thing?”

WooHyun quickly nodded his head. “I was really hoping we had a thing going on.”

“Well, now we can’t have a thing?”

“Wha….why can’t we have a thing?” a confused WooHyun asked. “Wouldn’t being roommates…make a having a thing easier?”

“No,” SungGyu vehemently denied. “We can never have a thing now.”

WooHyun paled and sat back down on the sofa. “We can’t?”

SungGyu continued to wave his arms as he clarified, “I am not a cuddly person. I have sex with a person and then I leave. I am not interested in a relationship. I don’t even want a roommate. I like to sleep in my room. I sleep a lot.”

“Okay,” a puzzled looking WooHyun told the other man.

“Are you positive that Lieutenant Lee told you we were going to be roommates?”

“Yes, he showed me these quarters today.”

“Did he do it because we were on the planet together? If that is the case then maybe he could put you with Ensign Junsu…but no, Ensign Junsu is his friend so he wouldn’t give him a roommate,” SungGyu groaned as he headed toward the bedroom.

WooHyun bit his tongue to keep from telling the upset ensign that Jaejoong influenced the lieutenant’s decision; instead he was determined to show SungGyu that he could be a very good roommate. “I promise I won’t be any hassle, it will be like I am not even here.”

SungGyu, who was eyeing his new bedroom, asked, “But I thought I was supposed to orientate you to the ways of the ship?”

“Don’t worry too much about that, I don’t want to be a burden.”

“Okay, I won’t give it too much thought then, but we are not sleeping together,” SungGyu stated, looking at the bed. “You can have the sofa or the bed. Hurry and make up your mind, because I have to get some sleep.”

“I am fine with the sofa.”

“Are you sure? I can sleep anywhere, and I do mean anywhere.”

“The sofa is fine,” WooHyun insisted.

SungGyu sat down the bed. “Okay, good night.”

“Are you going to bed now?” a surprised WooHyun asked.

“Yep.”

“Shouldn’t we talk?”

“Nope, I have to be up in less than five hours, so I just want to sleep.”

A hurt WooHyun nodded his head, and agreed, “I will just go back to the living room…I am sorry this upsets you so much.”

“This doesn’t upset me…it might annoy me though. I don’t know why Lieutenant Lee has chosen to do this to me…when it has never been done before. It is rather odd.’

WooHyun’s guilt kept him quiet.

“A lot of people on this ship are envious of me…they think I get too much of the captain’s and Commander Yoochun’s attention and praise…I hope he isn’t one of them.’

“I am sure he isn’t,” WooHyun blurted out, but quickly remembered Jaejoong’s words. “Or rather, I doubt he did this to you because he was jealous.”

“I don’t think he would. If we are going to be roommates there are four things you should know about me.”

“Okay.”

SungGyu lay down on the bed and explained, “I guess you could say they are my life mottos.”

WooHyun brightened. “I can’t wait to hear them.”

“The first one is: Don’t get killed. The second one is: Always try your best. The third one is: Don’t over think. The fourth one is: Sleep as much as possible.”

WooHyun shook his head, amused. “I am going to let you get to the fourth one now.”

“Thanks,” SungGyu told WooHyun and then he fell instantly to sleep.
         
                         

Part  2 B

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