Expectations: The Planet of the Mad Vampires Part 5/5

Title: Expectations
Adventure Three: The Planet of the Mad Vampires Part 4 of 5
Author: Aquariuslover
Pairings: Yunjae, KyuWook
Rating: R
Genre: Crossover, Science Fiction, Humor, Adventure
Beta: Unicornsinger

A/N: This story is inspired by Star Trek. The crew of the Expectations will be made up of members of DBSK and Super Junior. Instead of chapters the story will be broken up in adventures.

Summary: Captain Yunho in an attempt to reward his crew for all their hard work gives them shore leave on what appears to be a safe planet. That illusion is soon broken when crew members start disappearing and fictional creatures straight out of Earth’s horror stories are to blame.

Special Thanks First off to Amy with her unwavering support...and for never telling me to get lost. Also thanks to all the wonderful readers that give me the only thing I ask for...comments!

Prior Adventures

The others followed Yunho as he climbed the stairs behind the vampire. The vampire named Grendel stopped at the second floor and turned around to study them. “I am surprised that it didn’t take one of you getting crushed before you followed my instructions,” the vampire said before she turned back around and moved down the hallway. Yunho reached the second floor with Jaejoong in his arms and tentatively continued to follow the vampire.

“We are full of surprises,” Yunho told her.

“We will see,” Grendel replied. “There are ten bedrooms on this floor.”

“We will be staying together in one,” Yunho informed her again.

“Kinky,” Grendel told him with a smirk. She then turned and walked down the hallway away from them.

“The force field is completely enclosed around this level now. We are trapped,” Jaejoong explained from his spot in Yunho’s arms.

“Well, that’s just great,” Yunho said as Kangin opened a door to a bedroom, and he followed Kangin inside.

“I am starting to suspect that they were somehow able to access the Expectations’ archives. This room is exactly what one would find in a castle on ancient European Earth,” Changmin said as he eyed the bedroom with its large canopy bed, silk bedding and curtains.

“Could be worse,” Eunhyuk said as he and Ryeowook deposited Kyuhyun on the bed.

“Very true,” Ryeowook agreed as he grabbed a pillow and elevated Kyuhyun’s leg on it.

“I personally don’t like the idea of them being in the ship’s computers,” Yunho responded as he gently placed Jaejoong on the bed and then walked toward a large window in the room on the other side of the bed.

“Me either,” Kyuhyun agreed and turned to Jaejoong. “Do you sense anything right now? Are they up to anything at the moment?”

Jaejoong, whose breathing had increased the instant Yunho had left him, replied, “No, nothing at the moment.”

“Yoochun does me proud,” Yunho said with a smile as he looked out the window and saw a steady beam of phaser fire hitting the shield. The ship was far above them in orbit and out of sight.

“He might be a sexual predator, but he does have his moments,” Junsu agreed as he stood beside Yunho, looking out the window and up at the sky.

“That’s a little harsh,” Yunho said, looking at Junsu uncomfortably.

Changmin stepped up between them. “If your buttocks had been groped, pinched and coveted as much as Ensign Junsu’s, you would not say so.”

“I’d throw him in the brig for his behavior, but the ship would probably breakdown,” Yunho admitted with a tinge of guilt.

“For the ship’s sake, I will continue to suffer then,” Junsu said full of gloom.

“A true martyr,” Eunhyuk said, wrapping an arm around his friend.

“Just kick his ass next time,” Kangin told Junsu as he shut the door to the bedroom, locking it.

“He’s my senior officer-”

“The odds of Ensign Junsu winning a fight against Commander Yoochun are extremely small,” Changmin responded, interrupting Junsu.

“You could have Sungmin do it for you…well, once he’s out of sickbay,” Eunhyuk offered helpfully, and then turned to look at Kyuhyun. “What’s the use in him having all those martial arts skills if he can’t use them on somebody…worthy?”

“There will be no fighting aboard the ship, is that understood?” Yunho ordered as he sensed the good-natured ribbing turning into something else.

“Understood,” Junsu agreed reluctantly, because the fear of Sungmin kicking his ass might actually make Commander Yoochun behave himself.

Ryeowook rolled his eyes at all of them and moved to Jaejoong’s side, resting a hand against his forehead. Ryeowook could tell that Jaejoong was in obvious distress. “Your breathing is now affected, and your body temperature is increasing. You need to heal yourself.”

“No, I will be fine as soon as Yunho returns to me,” Jaejoong answered, eyeing Yunho, who was on the other side of the room, with longing.

Yunho turned to face Jaejoong. “No, I want you to heal yourself. My presence only makes you put it off longer.”

“Yunho,” Jaejoong cried out, realizing what his mate was doing by abandoning him to the pain.

“You said yourself they were not up to anything at the moment,” Yunho reminded him.

“That could change at any second,” Jaejoong whined, reaching out across the bed for Yunho.

Yunho sighed and walked back toward the bed. “How long will it take you to heal yourself?”

“I can’t be sure for certain. I don’t know the extent of the damage. It could be hours,” Jaejoong said with a whimper, still reaching for Yunho and the comfort his presence would bring.

“Can you not wake from a healing sleep?” Yunho asked as he approached Jaejoong and gave him his hand.

Relief flooded Jaejoong as he clung to Yunho’s hand. “I…I can’t say for certain.”

“There is a chance then?” Yunho said as he climbed into the bed beside Jaejoong.

Sitting beside Yunho was not enough for Jaejoong, who gingerly crawled into Yunho’s arms, seeking the comfort that Yunho’s full touch provided. “A chance,” Jaejoong admitted.

Yunho pulled Jaejoong closer to him. “Go to sleep, and heal yourself. I am the captain, and I’m ordering you to do so.”

“No,” Jaejoong mumbled as his eyes closed and his breathing eased.

Ryeowook, who was watching them, whispered to Yunho, “I am pretty sure you keep holding him like that, and he will be asleep in minutes.”

“No, I won’t…” Jaejoong muttered as he drifted off to sleep. Yunho smiled at Ryeowook knowingly.


A couple hours later, Kyuhyun eyed Ryeowook, who was sitting on the end of the bed, leaning up against a bedpost. “You could rest up here with us. The bed is huge. There is plenty of room.”

“I don’t think so,” Ryeowook answered, not bothering to look at Kyuhyun.

Kyuhyun turned to look around the room and frowned as he saw Eunhyuk and Junsu turn their heads away quickly, while Kangin just stared back at him with a sour look of disapproval. The room was large, but not large enough to keep everybody from hearing everything that was being said. “Lieutenant Jung, how’s it going?”

Changmin, who had been working on the insignia, trying to find a way to bypass the shield, looked up at Kyuhyun from his spot on the floor. “Commander, I might need your assistance confirming some calculations later.”

Yunho, who had been listening to them, smiled. It was very rare that Changmin asked anybody for help, but Kyuhyun’s excellence in the math field was no secret. “It’s dark now,” Yunho said, leaning his head back against the headboard of the bed, waiting for Jaejoong to awaken from his healing sleep.

Kangin, who was looking out the window, said, “The light show the Expectations is putting on is very impressive.”

“Phaser fire at night,” Yunho said with a grin. “My kind of light show.”

Jaejoong awoke at Yunho’s words and pulled away from the embrace of his bondmate reluctantly. Jaejoong turned to look at Yunho with a sleepy smile. “You cheated.”

“I can’t say I’m sorry,” Yunho said, reaching out a hand to caress Jaejoong’s face.

Jaejoong inhaled a deep breath and continued to smile at his lover. “I am better now.”

Ryeowook crawled across the bed to Jaejoong and pulled up Jaejoong’s shirt, showing a body free of any wound. “It’s a remarkable ability you have there.”

“I am very grateful for it,” Jaejoong replied as he scooted farther away from Yunho. “Go already,” he told his mate who wanted desperately to get up out of bed and check on Changmin’s progress. Yunho quickly got up out of bed and headed toward Changmin and the others. Jaejoong just smiled and stretched out yawning.

“Do you sense anything?” Kyuhyun asked Jaejoong.

Jaejoong shook his head yes. “Dr. Cho isn’t very happy with you……oh wait, you mean vampires. I can feel them lurking, but they are not close by,” Jaejoong told Kyuhyun, with a mischievous glint in his eyes.

Kyuhyun gave Jaejoong a long suffering look. “Thanks, but I kinda already knew Dr. Cho wasn’t happy with me. He’s not exactly subtle about it.”

“No, he’s not,” Ryeowook agreed from the end of the bed where he had returned.

Yunho, who was hovering over Changmin, made a mental note that the Chos would not be going on away missions together ‘til they had learned to play nice. “Changmin, how close ‘til you have something?”

“Much closer, but I may require a conductive metal,” Changmin told him from the floor, where he had pieces of his insignia scattered as he worked to change its calibrations.

“How much closer?” Yunho couldn’t help but ask.

“I am uncertain, or I would have given an approximate estimate,” Changmin answered without looking up to face his father and captain.

Jaejoong was suddenly beside Yunho, wrapping an arm around him and dragging him toward the window. “Don’t hover over him. Let’s look outside at your ship’s light show.”

“I don’t hover,” Yunho protested.

Eunhyuk, who was standing by the window, moved over to give them room. “I’m just hoping its only vampires on this planet, and not werewolves, too.”

“Do not even think of jinxing us…not with that moon,” Junsu groaned from beside him.

“Moon?” Yunho said, frowning as he looked out the window and saw a full moon in the sky. “This planet doesn’t have-”

“A moon,” Changmin finished for him as he got up after gathering pieces of the insignia in his hand. “Our scans of the planet did not show any sign of a moon.”

“Why would they hide a moon?” Jaejoong asked as he sensed his lover and son’s interest in the full moon.

“Why indeed?” Kyuhyun asked from the bed.

Yunho’s eyes had a new twinkle in them. “It’s in a very low orbit-”

“Much too low for a real moon; it must be an artificial one,” Changmin finished for Yunho as he stared up at the moon also.

“I have a feeling we just found the power source,” Yunho said proudly. “Unfortunately, it’s beyond our grasp.”

“Not beyond the Expectations, though. The shield has to be weakened. Yoochun hasn’t let up on it,” Kangin said as the sky continued to light up with the ship’s phaser assault on the shield.

“It must have its own protective shielding around it, or the ships sensors would have detected it. If we could somehow alert the ship to it - ” Yunho replied as Changmin started searching around the room.

“What are you looking for?” Eunhyuk asked Changmin.

“A conductive metal…preferably silver or copper,” Changmin answered as he continued to search the room. “If this castle is modeled after Earth castles perhaps they used similar metals in its construction and decoration.”

Without being ordered, suddenly everybody but Kyuhyun was searching the room for anything that might be made of either metal. “My grandma has antique copper eating utensils,” Ryeowook informed them.

“Too bad you didn’t bring them with you,” Junsu said as he searched under the bed.

“You don’t mess with my grandma’s stuff,” Ryeowook said fondly as he went through a dresser that was in the room.

Kyuhyun chuckled at the memory of Ryeowook’s short, little grandma. “She once knocked me on the head with a loaf of bread for trying to sneak a cookie.”

“She should have used a frying pan,” Ryeowook grumbled, not turning around to look at his husband.

“She wouldn’t hurt me for the world…she loves me,” Kyuhyun responded, eyeing Ryeowook’s back.

“She loves everybody,” Ryeowook said as he closed a dresser drawer and opened another.

Changmin tried to hide his disappointment as the search came up empty. “We need to find a bathroom-”

“Boy, do we ever! I have been holding it for hours now,” Junsu proclaimed, interrupting Changmin.

Changmin closed his eyes slowly and opened them, attempting to ignore Junsu’s outburst. “A bathroom would be more likely to have copper substances.”

Yunho tried to hide his smile, and he turned to Jaejoong. “Would it be safe if we separated into teams?”

“No,” Jaejoong answered honestly. “They are still lurking around, and if they find out we separated, they might attack.”

“We have swords now,” Kangin pointed out.

“If one of us gets in trouble, wouldn’t you know?” Kyuhyun asked Jaejoong.

Jaejoong sighed and shook his head. “I would know, but I can’t promise I will know in time.”

“Changmin, how long will it take you to get the insignia working once you have the conductive metal?” Yunho asked.

Changmin walked over to Kyuhyun and answered the captain, “Once Commander Cho confirms my calculations, and we have the copper or silver, I would now approximate five minutes or less.”

“Then I say we break up into teams of two,” Yunho said as Changmin told Kyuhyun his calculations.

Jaejoong, who looked nervous, added, “I can only injure them if they are attacking Yunho or about to attack Yunho.”

“Or your child,” Kangin added. “You sure you don’t want to adopt us all?”

Jaejoong smiled at Kangin. “I don’t think it works that way.”

“If I put us in separate teams…you wouldn’t do it, would you?” Yunho asked Jaejoong.

Jaejoong just smiled at him. “Absolutely not.”

“I figured as much,” Yunho said, frowning. “Okay teams of two, Junsu is with Changmin, Eunhyuk is with Kangin, Jae is with me, and Ryeowook will stay here with Kyuhyun,” Yunho ordered.

“Take this; I have no interest in sword play,” Changmin said, handing Ryeowook his sword after Kyuhyun confirmed his calculations.

“Changmin,” Yunho said in a voice full of warning.

“Captain, I assure you, I will be fine. I will be with Ensign Junsu, who I’m sure is as loud mentally as he is vocally. I am sure Jae will be alerted instantly if anything should transpire,” Changmin explained.

“He is very loud. It takes great effort not to read his mind. He practically broadcasts it,” Jaejoong told Yunho mentally.

“You are just rude, but I will protect you,” Junsu told Changmin fearlessly as he held up his sword.

“I feel so safe,” Changmin said in a dull tone with an expressionless face.

“You have my permission to read both their thoughts. I want to know if they see so much as a bug,” Yunho informed Jaejoong mentally.

“Yes, I agree.”

“Okay, let’s get moving,” Yunho ordered aloud. “Let’s search all the rooms. Quicker we can find the metal, the faster we are out of here.”


“Well, it looks like it’s just the two of us…finally,” Kyuhyun told Ryeowook with a flirtatious wink.

Ryeowook, who was shutting the door and locking it after the last of the crew left in search of copper or silver, turned and frowned at Kyuhyun, annoyed. “Unlucky me.”

“Lucky me, though, because we really need to talk,” Kyuhyun said earnestly from his position on the bed, as he watched Ryeowook lean up against the closed door.

Ryeowook’s eyes hardened, and he walked over to the bed and snatched the sword that Changmin had left him. “Do you really want to talk to me about how it only took you eight days to jump into bed with Sungmin?”

Kyuhyun closed his eyes regretfully, then slowly reopened them. “I didn’t even know how soon it was. It’s not like it’s a day worth remembering…it’s not exactly an anniversary date I hold sacred in my heart. It’s nothing to me. Ask me when we first kissed, when we first made love; those dates I know. I used Sungmin for easy sex.”

Ryeowook shook his head at Kyuhyun in disbelief. “You are such a jackass! If I were still Sungmin’s friend…I would be humiliated for him.”

“Why? I never promised him anything! The few times he got clingy with me, I shoved him away. I made it more than clear that what he and I shared was nothing but sex. He knew that I couldn’t give him more, and he still kept coming back.”

“Do you even hear the words coming out of your mouth, Kyuhyun? You sound just like that jerk that I first met at the academy all those years ago,” Ryeowook accused, giving Kyuhyun a look of scorn.

“Because he’s the survivor in me…he survives neglectful parents, kidnappings, rape, and losing you…..he’s what survives when everything else is dead inside,” Kyuhyun explained, cursing the wetness in his eyes.

Ryeowook turned his gaze away from Kyuhyun and said in a much softer voice, “We can’t be having this conversation here. I mean…we just can’t. We have to focus on the mission.”

“October 31st,” Kyuhyun said, refusing to follow Ryeowook’s instructions.

“That’s too easy.”

Kyuhyun smiled at him and said in a wistful voice, “The setting is kinda reminiscent, though, isn’t it?”

“A little.”

“December 18-”

“Stop it! I am serious now. I don’t need a trip down memory lane. I remember every moment of our lives spent together,” Ryeowook told Kyuhyun angrily as he started pacing back and forth in the room.

Kyuhyun’s eyes tracked Ryeowook moving back and forth in the room. “Well, so do I, but I don’t think you realize that.”

“I know that you were busy having sex with Sungmin, while I was stuck on a planet, hoping for nothing more than to see you again,” Ryeowook told Kyuhyun in a voice full of blame and hurt.

“I might not have your hope, but it doesn’t mean I loved you less.”

Ryeowook stopped pacing and glared at Kyuhyun. “We need to concentrate on the mission…this can wait.”

“I can’t concentrate on anything but you! Don’t you see that!”

“Just stop!”

“You speak of all this hope you had…how you never gave up hope, but you refuse to give me any hope,” Kyuhyun accused, refusing to be quieted.

Ryeowook gave Kyuhyun a doubtful look. “You want me to lie? You want me to give you false hope?”

Kyuhyun shook his head. “No, I want you to tell me what I have to do to get you back. There has to be something I can do. Tell me.”

“You can’t be serious,” Ryeowook said his jaw dropping.

“I am serious. I know you love me, and I know I love you. I also know I hurt you…even though it was never my intention. You tell me what I need to do to get you back and I will do it,” Kyuhyun insisted, his face full of promise. “I just need a chance.”

Ryeowook’s eyes narrowed and really looked at his husband. “Go a year without sex, and I will give you your chance.”

“What!” Kyuhyun said, jumping up in bed, forgetting about his leg, causing himself to cringe as he reached for his broken leg.

Ryeowook fought his instincts to run toward Kyuhyun. “I am serious. If you want me back, you have to go a year without sex.”

Kyuhyun didn’t know if he was more shocked or hurt. His leg was throbbing, but he couldn’t take his eyes off Ryeowook. “Seriously…you are being serious?”

The look of astonishment on Kyuhyun’s face had Ryeowook grinning as he stepped closer to the bed. “Completely. If you prove to me that you could have waited a year for me, then our marriage will resume…no hard feelings.”

Kyuhyun’s mouth was hanging open as he watched Ryeowook pull out his hypospray and inject it into his leg, decreasing his pain instantly. “If you can’t do it…just tell me. We will divorce, and hopefully we can become amicable exes.”

“No! I mean…I was shocked. I don’t want us to become amicable…I want us to be so much more than that…when you say a year…you don’t mean…what if we have sex?” Kyuhyun asked, stuttering, trying to make sense of the outrageous offer he had been given.

Ryeowook sat on the end of the bed and folded his arms. “I have no intention of having sex with you before the year is up.”

“A year,” Kyuhyun repeated.

Ryeowook sighed, exasperated at his husband. “You asked how you could fix it. That’s the only way. I realize that you are incapable of doing-”

“No, I’ll do it,” Kyuhyun vowed.

Ryeowook furrowed his brow and responded in a voice full of skepticism, “We will see. We will see.”


“Wow, this room is much nicer,” Junsu said as Changmin and he entered another bedroom to explore.

Changmin starred at the room that had pink curtains, and pink bedding. “I find it very implausible that they got all of this information from the ship’s archives. The technology that would be required to recreate all of this-”

“Maybe vampires were real all along, and they came from Earth,” Junsu said, interrupting Changmin.

“I highly-”

“Nothing is impossible. Maybe we were not the only beings that traveled through the black hole,” Junsu said, interrupting Changmin again.

Changmin shook his head at Junsu and walked toward a vanity in the room, giving up on finishing a line of thought.

Junsu searched the other side of the room with his sword out. “I can’t believe the captain sent you with me. I figured he would only trust you with Kangin…well, if you weren’t with him.”

Changmin exhaled as he searched the top of the vanity for something made of silver or copper. “I assure you, Jae is listening to our every thought.”

Junsu’s eyes widened. “Jae is really cool. I wish I was a Joong. I think telepathy is an awesome skill…if you, like, keep people’s secrets to yourself.”

Changmin opened a drawer and fought against the urge to call Junsu an idiot. “Ensign, you know he’s telepathic, which makes talking obsolete. It would be rather…and this would be copper.”

“You found something?” Junsu said, full of excitement, as he hurried toward the vanity.

“I did,” Changmin informed him, not turning around, as he looked down at the coin. “This should work perfectly.”

“That’s wonderful. We should-” Junsu paused as he felt a gentle tap on his right shoulder. Junsu turned around quickly to find the queen standing behind him. Junsu raised his sword, but never had time to strike, as the queen grabbed him by the neck and flung him against the wall head first with brutal force before he even had time to scream.

Changmin looked into the vanity’s mirror to see behind him. He saw Junsu go flying across the room. Changmin turned around quickly, listening to Junsu’s neck snap from the force of the blow against the wall. The queen gave him a small smile with cold, deadly, red eyes as she reached out for him. Changmin had no time to move before her hand was around his throat, cutting off his airway.

“Nothing quite as sweet as fresh blood,” the queen told him as she tightened her grip on his neck and reached down to bite into him.

Changmin kicked her as hard as he could, but she didn’t even budge. He felt her breath on his neck as his lungs cried out for oxygen. His thinking slowed, and he waited for the inevitable - when she stopped. The queen let go of him, let out a scream of agony and fell to her knees in pain.

Changmin gasped for air, while trying to keep his balance, as he tried to focus his blurry thoughts. He looked behind the queen and saw Jaejoong standing there. Jaejoong had saved him. Jaejoong’s eyes met his as Changmin labored to catch his breath, and Changmin knew in that moment that Jaejoong had always been lying to him. There was a reason Jaejoong could save him. There was a reason why he had been able to sense Kyuhyun. His father would never have had a child with anybody who was not his bondmate. His father would never betray anybody he loved. He would never have a child with anybody else. Jaejoong was his other parent, and Changmin knew this for certain.

Changmin pulled his eyes away from Jaejoong’s and looked down at the queen, who now had blood pouring out of her eyes, mouth, nose, and ears. The power of Jaejoong’s mind to completely rip this creature’s brain apart must be massive. Changmin looked back up at Jaejoong and knew that he must have been manipulated all along. How could he not know that Jaejoong was his parent? How could they all not know?

“Come to me; she isn’t dead till her head is removed…and Junsu needs us,” Jaejoong said, reaching out his hand.

“Junsu?” Changmin repeated back to him in shock. “His neck…I heard it snap,” Changmin said, refusing the offered hand as he moved away from the queen and toward Junsu.

“He’s dying,” Jaejoong said sadly as he went to his knees beside the young ensign.

Changmin fell to his knees on the other side of Junsu, feeling like he still couldn’t breathe. “Can you heal him?”

“No,” Jaejoong said, resting his hands over Junsu’s chest. “But we can help him.”

“How,” Changmin pleaded as he watched Junsu’s eyes dilate. What abilities did he have…abilities that he had no idea about, thanks to Jaejoong and his lying.

“Rest your hand over his chest. Talk to him, calm him, and offer him comfort,” Jaejoong advised. “He can hear us.”

“Dr. Cho…we need Dr. Cho,” Changmin insisted, still at a loss, as Jaejoong grabbed Changmin’s hand and placed it on Junsu’s chest.

“He is coming, but ‘til then, this is all we can do,” Jaejoong told Changmin as he placed his hand over Changmin’s and grasped it. “Talk to him, touch him. He’s thinks he’s dying, and he can’t move. He’s very scared.”

Changmin mind went blank at Jaejoong’s touch, and he felt memories and certainty slipping away from him. He tried to pull away from Jaejoong and the effects of his touch, but Jaejoong tightened his hold on him. “He isn’t dying. Ryeowook can fix this,” Changmin claimed as he found his strength and yanked himself free of Jaejoong. Changmin staggered to his feet. “I can’t help him. I don’t know how.”

Jaejoong looked up at Changmin with eyes full of sadness. “No, you can help him…you can be here for him. Comfort him, talk to him, and touch him.”

“I can’t,” Changmin said, stumbling backwards. “I just can’t.”

“Changmin…Junsu! What happened?” Yunho asked as he ran into the room at full speed.

Changmin blinked his eyes, trying to formulate his thoughts into words. He suddenly felt so confused, and the whole incident seemed like a blur to him. “Junsu isn’t dying…he’s not,” Changmin muttered to himself as he watched his father take his sword and cut the queen’s head off with one swift swing of his sword.

“Jae, where is Ryeowook?” the captain demanded as he hurried to Junsu’s side.

“He’s coming,” Jaejoong answered, with his hand resting on Junsu’s chest, but his eyes were on Changmin. “Be calm; he can hear us.”

“He’s not dying,” Changmin repeated as he watched his father take Junsu’s hand, so easily offering the comfort he couldn’t.

“No, of course he isn’t dying. Do you hear me, Junsu? You are going to be fine. Changmin will have the insignia working in no time, and we will be back aboard the ship. Ryeowook will have you fixed up in no time,” Yunho told Junsu, trying to soothe the younger man who laid there, motionless.

“Dear God,” Ryeowook exclaimed as he entered the room. “What happened?”

“The queen threw him against the wall…I heard his neck snap,” Changmin said as he unconsciously reached up and touched his own neck that was starting to bruise from where the queen had grabbed him so tightly.

Ryeowook quickly examined Junsu and turned to face the captain. “He needs to be on the ship now…and that might not be soon enough.”

The captain was up and moving toward Changmin instantly at Dr. Cho’s words. “Changmin, I need you to focus,” Yunho said, reaching for Changmin’s hand.

Changmin eagerly took his father’s hand and squeezed it, drawing strength from his father’s presence. “I found a copper coin.”

“Okay, I need you to fix the insignia, or tell me how to do it,” Yunho told him calmly as he watched his son try to gather his wits.

Changmin nodded his head. “Of course. I must do this right now,” Changmin stammered, pulling the insignia from his pocket.

“Sit down and just concentrate, okay,” Yunho ordered calmly as he moved Changmin toward the bed and motioned for him to sit down.

“Okay,” Changmin repeated as he sat down.

Yunho watched his son with worried eyes as Changmin’s hands shook. “Hey, it’s okay,” Yunho told him calmly as he rubbed Changmin’s back. “You are fine, and Junsu is going to be fine.”

“My mind…it feels… like I can’t concentrate,” Changmin tried to explain, but even as he spoke the words, he felt a calm wash over him.

Yunho continued to rub his back. “You want me and Commander Cho to help you?”

Changmin looked up, shocked to find that Kyuhyun was on the bed beside him. He looked around the room and noticed that they were all together now. He hadn’t even noticed them entering the room. “Your help would be most welcome.”

“What the hell is wrong with Changmin?” Kangin whispered as he stood over a fragile Eunhyuk. Eunhyuk was kneeling beside Junsu, clinging to his best friend’s hand.

Jaejoong, whose hand still rested on Junsu’s chest, tensed at the question but answered, “The queen had him by the throat. His airway might be compromised.”

Ryeowook’s eyes flew up to meet Jaejoong’s. “Then you should heal him, so he can think straight, and we can get Junsu to the ship.”

“I can’t heal him,” Jaejoong told Ryeowook, his eyes flashing with warning.

“Well, you just killed for him, and I thought that was impossible,” Kangin said, speaking up from behind them.

“Joong’s choose not to kill. It’s, like, embedded into our being, but to heal is different. I do not chose who I heal,” Jaejoong explained, looking away from Ryeowook’s accusing eyes and up at Kangin. “Since Changmin is Yunho’s child, your jokes about adoption…actually did apply to him.”

“Jae, Junsu is going to die if we don’t get him on the ship…and he still might. Even in this century, head and spinal cord injuries are serious business. I don’t have a magic wand to wave and make him better. I need Changmin thinking like Changmin,” Ryeowook warned Jaejoong, ready to spill all his secrets.

“Changmin is with his father. He will be perfectly fine,” Jaejoong hissed mentally to Ryeowook.

“We got it,” Kyuhyun proclaimed as Changmin handed the insignia to Yunho with hands that were growing steadier.

“Expectations? Commander Yoochun, come in,” Yunho said into the insignia. Yunho eyes grew worried as he waited for a response.

“Cap..tain…capt..ain…this…is…Expectations…the shielding…is still…up…but it is weakened,” Commander Yoochun’s voice sounded over the insignia, breaking up.

“Yoochun,” Yunho said full of relief. “If you can hear me, there is an artificial moon in a SSO orbit; we believe it’s the power source. Destroy it.”

“Captain, if this is all an illusion created by the power source…what’s going to happen to us when the Expectations destroys it?” Commander Cho asked.

Changmin, who was rubbing his throat while keeping both eyes on Junsu’s deathly still form, answered for the captain, “I do not believe the castle is illusion. I cannot explain it, but I believe the castle to be real.”

“Well, I hope you are right,” Kyuhyun told him.

Changmin turned to face Kyuhyun. “I also-” Changmin never finished his sentence as they were all suddenly beamed aboard the Expectations.

“Captain!” Lieutenant Donghae’s eager voice yelled out, welcoming them.

“Beam the doctor and Junsu directly to sick bay,” the captain ordered immediately.

Lieutenant Donghae instantly did as the captain ordered, and Dr. Cho and Junsu soon disappeared. “Captain, is he okay?”

“No, he isn’t,” Yunho said, coming down from the transporter platform. “It’s not good at all. We also need to get Kyuhyun and Changmin to Sickbay,” the captain said, taking Changmin by the arm.

“I am fine, Captain,” Changmin said, lying. He wasn’t fine. He felt terribly off balance.

“Like hell you are,” Yunho told him as Lieutenant Sungmin and Commander Yoochun hurried into the room.

Kangin grabbed Kyuhyun by an arm, pulling him up, as Donghae walked up and took Kyuhyun by the other arm. “Commander, we will have you fixed up in no time,” Lieutenant Donghae promised him.

“Captain?” Commander Yoochun asked at a loss, as he took in the sight in front of him.

Yunho, who had a tight grip on Changmin, just shook his head at Commander Yoochun. “It’s long story. We need to get to sickbay,” the captain told him, exiting the room with Changmin. Jaejoong and Eunhyuk were close behind them.

“Where is Ryeowook,” Sungmin asked, noticing the doctor’s absence as he stared at Kyuhyun, who avoided his gaze.

Kangin, who along with Donghae was helping Kyuhyun toward the door, paused and gave Sungmin a look of disdain. “Oh, he’s perfectly healthy; don’t get your hopes up.” Kyuhyun, who was being held up by Kangin and Donghae, said nothing, but just looked at the floor.

“That’s ‘oh, he is perfectly healthy; don’t get your hopes up, Lieutenant’ to you, Ensign,” Commander Yoochun snapped to Kangin in Sungmin’s defense.

“Yes, Sir,” Kangin said gruffly, saluting his old friend with his free hand before exiting the room with Kyuhyun and Donghae.

Sungmin swallowed, hating the tension. Hating everything. Hating how Kyuhyun had not even spared him a look. “Thank you, Commander.”

“There is a chain of command. If he is going to be an ensign under your department, then you better figure out a way to handle him,” Yoochun told Sungmin.

“Understood,” Sungmin said, nodding his head.

“Now, let’s go find out what the hell is going on.”


“So, Shindong actually helped you?” Yunho asked in disbelief. Yunho was in a large, soft chair in the Sickbay waiting room, with Jaejoong plastered to his side. Yoochun sat in a chair across from him. Yunho had sent everybody else who wasn’t in Sickbay as a patient back to their quarters to rest while they were waiting to hear word of Junsu’s condition.

“Surprisingly, he proved very helpful.”

“And how exactly did you manage that?” Yunho asked, narrowing his eyes in suspicion. Commander Yoochun was one of his oldest friends, and he trusted him with his life, but they were very different men.

Yoochun just smiled at him. “Nobody was harmed.”

“On the ship, you mean. I have three in Sickbay, and if Jae couldn’t self heal himself and heal me, we would be in sickbay, too,” Yunho told Yoochun, completely exhausted.

“Yeah, but Kyuhyun and Changmin are fine. Heechul is just holding them hostage ‘til Ryeowook finishes with Junsu,” Yoochun reminded the captain. “So he can give them one final check over.”

“That’s true. They are fine,” Jaejoong agreed from Yunho’s side.

Yunho shook his head. “I’ve never seen Changmin that rattled. I should probably go sit with him.”

“He’s asleep,” Jaejoong replied, yawning.

“That doesn’t mean I can’t sit with him,” Yunho turned to face Jaejoong and responded testily.

“No, it doesn’t,” Jaejoong agreed.

“I see a problem arising in our near future,” Yoochun told the captain

Yunho turned back to Yoochun. “What?”

“Sungmin, Kyuhyun, and Ryeowook: that’s three senior officers entangled in some torrid love triangle that isn’t going away,” Yoochun explained.

Jaejoong rolled his eyes, annoyed. “Sungmin should bow out gracefully. The Chos never stopped loving each other, and they will eventually find their way back to each other.”

Yunho chuckled at Jaejoong and reached a hand up and ruffled his hair. “You are so sympathetic towards Sungmin.”

“I am not,” Jaejoong denied. “I am not the least bit sympathetic towards Sungmin. True love should not be trifled with.”

“That’s sickeningly romantic and all, but we do have a real problem. Kangin has zero respect for Sungmin. He disrespected him earlier, and Kyuhyun was right there and didn’t say a word. Kangin is one of my oldest and dearest friends, but that can’t be allowed, and Kyuhyun cannot condone it by keeping his silence. He is in second command of this ship,” Yoochun pointed out what he considered to be the real problem.

“Really? Says the molester of Junsu?” Jaejoong snapped back at Yoochun, shocking both Yoochun and Yunho. “How much mental anguish have you subjected that poor boy to?”

“That…that’s completely inno-”

“Innocent? No, it isn’t. I was in Junsu’s mind comforting him the whole time he was on that planet, thinking he was dying. You’ve made him very uncomfortable with your advances. When he says he doesn’t like it, he isn’t lying,” Jaejoong informed Yoochun with brutal honesty.

Yoochun looked totally taken aback by Jaejoong’s accusatory words. “I was just messing with him. It isn’t like I was ever going to force myself on him. I was just admiring his finer attributes. I never meant him any harm!”

“Let’s just stop this conversation for now. There is room for improvement on a whole…everywhere. I will talk with Kyuhyun, Sungmin, and Ryeowook…and Yoochun you need to lay off Junsu. I know you would never hurt him, but he doesn’t take your flirting well,” Yunho said, trying to put an end to the conversation.

Yoochun looked up at the ceiling and closed his eyes. “I know you are right. He turned around and followed Changmin into that castle because he didn’t want to be near me,” Yoochun admitted. “He might die because he wanted to avoid me.”

“He isn’t going to die,” Yunho told his friend.

“No, he isn’t,” Jaejoong agreed.

“You don’t know that,” Yoochun told them as he squeezed the back of his neck.

“Actually, I do know. Dr. Cho has finished with him, and he is in stable condition. It’s going to be a long recovery, but he should be fine,” Jaejoong informed them.

Yunho eyes lit up. “That’s wonderful!”

“Indeed it is,” Yoochun agreed, letting out a breath of air he didn’t realize he was holding.

Yunho got up from the chair, pulling Jaejoong with him. “Let’s go check on Changmin.”

“If you insist, but he is sleeping soundly,” Jaejoong grumbled as Yunho lead him toward the door. Jaejoong could not escape his guilt when he faced Changmin. He had temporally jumbled Changmin’s mind earlier when he had erased Changmin’s knowledge of their connection.

“Oh, and Jae.”


“Stop, reading people’s minds,” Yunho hissed.

“You gave me permission to read minds!” Jaejoong whined to Yunho.

“On the planet I did…when there were vampires after us. Privacy Jae! Privacy. You have to respect it,” Yunho preached, dragging Jaejoong along with him. Yoochun, who had followed them out of the waiting room, just shook his head at the very unusual couple.
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