Expectations: The Passing of Days Part Two


Sorry for all the mistakes, it will be beta'd before I release it to the masses.

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

“That it is, but many more were lost completely; Buried in space, never to see home again,” Dr. Cho replied as he walked through the room that held the crewmembers that were in stasis. “Most in the stasis chambers would die instantly if they were removed.”


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

“But they could breathe on their own?”

Dr. Cho nodded his head. “Yes, but that is all they could accomplish.”

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. “The majority of the people in stasis are the few that were nearing thirty. Once Yunho took command of the ship and realized what was happening he immediately started putting the survivors in stasis.”

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

Dr. Cho let out a breath of air. “It had to be a living nightmare.”

WooHyun looked sadly at the people in 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.”

“Is he more like Heechul?”

“Umm, I wouldn’t say that. 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. shrugged and explained, “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 could 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 don’t’ want you to have my balls for not telling you.”

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 Ensign DongWoo was going to perform the evaluation?”

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

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

“You do?” Kangin asked, surprised.

“I wonder what Kyuhyun did to evoke such a response from Sungmin?” Ryeowook said 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 eyes widened, 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 said, 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 out of his mouth.


“I just want to kick the damn thing!” Yoochun spat angrily while eyeing the Guardian of Time with 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 Council that were standing in the background. “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. Where does the damn energy come from?”

“That is what we have been trying to figure out for the past 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.

“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.”

“Is this really necessary?” The captain asked.

“Yes, it’s necessary. We spent two weeks trying to get permission to examine it and another week trying to figure out its energy source and as you know…we have squat 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 help.”

“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 cannot,” 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.”


“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 protested, “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,” Yunho told his mate.

“I can be rude…I am a Joong,” Jaejoong stated.

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 of Time they serve 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.

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 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 for the particular piece of equipment.

“Here doctor,” Heechul declared as he pranced into the room with the equipment 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 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 his mouth, when he realized he didn’t even know how to turn the tissue rejuvenator on.

Heechul subtly took the tissue rejuvenator from WooHyun 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.”

“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.”

“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 that was growing angrier and angrier.

“I am…I am going to…I have an appointment I need to get to,” WooHyun uttered as he fled the exam 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,” Kyuhyun told Heechul, who seemed to be channeling his old self.

“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 cautioned.

“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 it.”

“I don’t…I just need for Ryeowook to be more open minded.”

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


“So did you like them?” Sungmin asked Woohyun as they stood outside the quarters the lieutenant had 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 if you 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 chuckle from behind them had Lieutenant Sungmin and WooHyun turning around quickly to find Jaejoong watching them amused. Jaejoong was on his way back to his quarters. “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 as 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 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 now,” 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? You manipulated the lieutenant’s mind?” WooHyun said, 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 advised.

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

Jaejoong smiled. “Good and I will continue to keep your secret for you.”

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 backwards wave of his hand, “Yes, he did. I suggest you be the best roommate you can be.”


“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.



“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 heterosexuals, 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 about anything?”

“Don’t be like that.”

“First he got promoted and did you know he got moved to the same floor as the officers? What he 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. “Jealously doesn’t look nice on you. 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.”

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 in the world, 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 woman, I mean you really prefer woman. You like all kinds of woman, even woman with—”

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

“I am just saying that maybe you are bisexual? Maybe we all are. Maybe the space anomaly that sent us here did something to us?”

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


“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 either,” Eunhyuk admitted.


Eunhyuk covered his face with the palms of his hands. “I hate all his boyfriends.”

“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 either,” 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.


“Jaejoong,” Yunho called out telepathically for his mate as he entered their quaters.

“Go away.”


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

Yunho walked through the quarters following his instincts that were leading him to the large bathroom. “I was teasing.”

“It wasn’t funny.”

“You were purposely hindered our efforts to study the Guardian,”
Yunho explained as he opened the door to the bathroom and found Jaejoong sprawled out in the large, oval, golden tub.

“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.

Jaejoong, who opened his eyes and told his lover, “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 again. “Don’t bother looking so pathetic, I am not giving in. I refuse to be controlled by your…your finer endowments.”

Yunho beamed a smile of joy down at his mate.

“Stop directing so much love towards me…it annoying,” Jaejoong commanding, 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, and 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?”


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’m 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 subjects 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 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.

“Till 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.”


“Dude, this is so cool! 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! Why aren’t you more excited?”

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

SungGyu, who has been totally taken aback upon returning from the planet to discover 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 the excited ensign.

“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 had no luck. I’m mentally exhausted, so I’m going to sleep.”

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

SungGyu managed to give L 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 am doing tonight. I have lost five minutes of sleep just by talking to you,” SungGyu informed them. “Good Night.”

L took DongWoo by the arm and reminded his friend, “Come on, and 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 sat 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 called on 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 a 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 carefully 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 lovely roommate, but I don’t want one…and I specially 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 face.

“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 going on?”

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 sex 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 than 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, 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?”

“The sofa is fine,” WooHyun insisted.

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

“You are going to bed now,” A surprised WooHyun asked.


“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 had 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 the ship are jealous of me, right now…and I hope he isn’t one of them.’

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

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


SungGyu laid 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 forth one is: Always sleep, whenever you can.”

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

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


“Try to think of something brilliant,” a very irritated Commander Yoochun ordered, before tapping his insignia. “Beam me up.”

Ensigns Henry and SungGyu watched as the testy engineer was transported away. For two weeks they had attempted to study the Guardian with no success. After a month in orbit around Eternity the captain had ordered that all aboard the ship would get one day of shore leave starting tomorrow and then the ship would start making the long journey for Trysor.

Ensign Henry looked at the stone monument that rested inside the mountain basin and shook his head. “What does he expect? We have used our most sophisticated equipment and still all the tests show…that it is just a huge stone.”

“A huge stone that defies the laws of gravity by having water pooling vertically inside it,” SungGyu added.

Henry turned around to eye the monks that were watching him. “They still look pissed at me.”

“They are not going to do anything to you…they are monks,” SungGyu assured the other ensign. “Plus, Prince Siwon is soothing everything over…and Ensign Kangin is here along with the rest of the security team.”

“I feel like I should apologize for distracting them,” Henry said guilty as he watched the Prince and Kangin try to make nice with the monks.

“You didn’t know Commander Yoochun was going to kick it.”

“I should have known,” Henry replied with sigh. “I should have known.”

SungGyu stared at the Guardian. “If you don’t figure out something fast we are going to spend three months stuck in engineering with a very aggravated Commander Yoochun.”

“Why do I have to figure it out?”

“You are the engineering prodigy,” SungGyu pointed out.

“What do you propose, I do?”

SungGyu, who was still staring at the Guardian, suggested, “Ask it nicely?”

“We have already done that.”

“We did that with Commander Yoochun on the planet, and if it knows everything…it knew he was going to kick it.”

Henry frowned. “So you think the Guardian that is known for only talking to Joongs…didn’t talk to us, because it doesn’t like Commander Yoochun?”

SungGyu shrugged. “He did kick it.”

Henry sighed and then made a point to give an embellished bow to the Guardian and asked in a voice full of reverence, “Magnificent Guardian of Time, portal of endless wonders, would you be so kind to communicate with us mere mortals from the planet Earth.”

“Humans of Earth, it is not meant for you to know the secrets of my origin or the source of my power,” a booming voice announced, emerging from the Guardian.

All the Expectations crewmembers froze with their mouths gaping open, as the monks began to pray.

SungGyu tried his best to master his astonishment there was one question that SungGyu had been interested about since he had first heard of the Guardian of Time. “Guardian of Time, can you take us home?”

The Siwon, Henry, and the security team all turned to look at Ensign SungGyu surprised by his question.

“Do you seek to return home?” The Guardian asked.

“Yes,” SungGyu quickly answered. “I believe it is a desire that I share with many of my comrades.”

“I can transport you anywhere and to any point in time, if I choose. I do not choose to return you to Earth,” the Guardian responded, “Be careful what you seek young, earthling. In the current time you exist in Earth is much changed.”

“What does that mean? Did the anomaly transport us far in the future or far in the past?” A curious SungGyu asked.

“In time your questions shall be answered.”

Henry found his nerve and asked, “Why are you communicating with us?”

“I can speak with the humans of Earth if and when I choose,” came the Guardian’s sharp response.

“You said you would not transport us to Earth…would you transport elsewhere?” SungGyu asked. “We seek a powerful crystal that will power our ship.”

“Dilithium,” Ensign Henry clarified.

“I know what it is you seek,” the booming voice of the Guardian told them as the blue waters inside it began to swirl and it pulled the two ensigns inside it.


“Oh, he is grabbing his little feet,” a spellbound Yunho said as he watched the baby on the sickbay examination screen.

“Least the webbed feet are gone, not to mention the tail,” Jaejoong said, trying his best to appear unmoved.

“It wasn’t a tail,” Yunho mumbled, mesmerized by the sight in front of him as he rubbed Jaejoong’s tummy at the same time.

Ryeowook watching the affectionate couple and explained, “Although Jaejoong is only four weeks along, the baby is exactly how a human child of twelve weeks would appear.”

Yunho turned to beam proudly at Dr. Cho. “He’s a fast grower.”

“For now,” Jaejoong added, looking up at the screen. “Joong babies are known to slow down their development whenever it suits them.”

“He’s only half Joong,” Yunho reminded Jaejoong as he looked lovingly down at his mate.

“Quit being so gooey…I am still mad at you,” Jaejoong told his mate, trying to sound gruff. “Remember Ryeowook is having a hard time, stop being so loving…it’s rude considering what he is going through.”

“I can’t help it,” Yunho replied, telepathically to his mate. “Yes, I know and I understand…but we are going to have a baby, and that baby is going to grow up to be the most perfect, smartest boy in the whole universe.”

Jaejoong fought the urge to smile. “You might be little bias.”

“A little,” Yunho admitted, while continuing to rub Jaejoong’s tummy. “I can tell you are just as happy as I am…don’t fight it. This is exciting. Embrace the joy of it.”

“No.” Jaejoong folded his arms across his chest and bit the inside of his cheeks to keep from smiling. “Stop rubbing my tummy, you are—”

Yunho’s insignia went off interrupting Jaejoong, Yunho immediately reached up to tap it, “Captain, here.”

“Sir,” came the immediate reply of Ensign Kangin. “The Guardian just swallowed Ensigns SungGyu and Henry.”

“Swallowed them…it swallowed them, explain?” an alarmed Yunho ordered.

“It sucked them up inside it, after it talked to them.”

Jaejoong sat up quickly and said full of surprise, “It talked to them…the Guardian addressed them?”

“It did,” Kangin responded. “It talked to both of them.”

“We will be right down,” Yunho informed the ensign.

Dr. Cho watched wordlessly as the captain and Jaejoong hurried from the exam room and headed for the transporter room.


Jaejoong and Yunho materialized inside the mountain basin that was home to the Guardian of Time. They found the monks forming a circle around the Guardian while they prayed and the away team staring at the Guardian severely perplexed.

“Guardian, what did you do to the members of our crew?” Jaejoong demanded as he stormed toward the great portal, ignoring the away team and breaking through the monks circle.

Yunho smiled. “Our crew.”

Jaejoong swung his head around to smile back at his mate. “Our crew.”

“It ate them,” Kangin informed him.

“It did not eat them…The Guardian of Time does not eat people,” Jaejoong explained, looking sternly at the portal that had not responded to him.

“Why isn’t it answering you?” Yunho questioned as he walked up beside his mate.

“I do not know,” Jaejoong responded. “Earlier I told it not to respond…” Jaejoong paused, looking sheepishly back at his mate.

“Like I didn’t know that.”

Jaejoong gave his mate a weak smile. “I am not mad at you anymore.”

“My turn to be mad.’


Yunho shook his head focusing back on the problem at hand. “Great Guardian of Time, if any of us have offended you by being disrespectful or commanding you then I apologize.”

“Are you apologizing for me?” Jaejoong asked, offended.

“You and anybody else that might have offended it, including myself,” Yunho replied and then turned to Kangin and Prince Siwon. “What did the ensigns say to the Guardian?”

“Your pet asked if could take us back to Earth,” Kangin quickly told Yunho.

“He did?” Yunho replied surprised. “What did it say?”

Siwon started to explain, “It said it would not return you to your planet—”

“It said Earth was greatly changed…the kid asked if we were in the past or the future, but the thing wouldn’t tell him,” Kangin added, interrupted Siwon.

“It isn’t a thing…it is the Guardian of Time,” Jaejoong hissed as he eyed the portal that was still ignoring him.

Siwon added, “It also said that it would respond to the humans of Earth whenever it liked.”

“Yeah, it likes Earthlings apparently,” Kangin quickly confirmed.

“It likes Earthlings…” Jaejoong began, but than paused to kneel down in front of the portal. “Great Guardian of Time, I apologize if I was disrespectful and I only seek your infinite wisdom and guidance. What is it that binds the humans of earth, the Joong race, and your magnificence together?”

“Prince of Joong, you ask the question that I have waited eons for and yet it can not be answered so easily. The answer you seek will come to you in time,” came the booming reply of the Guardian.

“Can you not tell us more?” Jaejoong pleaded, still kneeling.

“I will not,” the Guardian answered.

“But what of our people?” Yunho quickly asked as he knelt down beside Jaejoong. “What has become of them?”

“The time for them to appear approaches, Young Captain,” The Guardian told Yunho as the waters inside it began to swirl and SungGyu and Henry shot through the portal.

Yunho and Jaejoong quickly stood up as Kangin and the security team pulled the two ensigns to their unsteady feet. They were both unshaven, filthy, and they both had bags tossed over their shoulders.

“Captain,” Ensign Henry exclaimed happily upon seeing the captain.

“What happened,” Yunho asked the two disheveled ensigns.

SungGyu and Henry laughed in relief as they both pulled out crystals from the bags they were carrying. “I think the Guardian sent us shopping,” Ensign SungGyu answered.

Yunho pulled Jaejoong back and quickly stepped in front of him. “That’s pure dilithium!”

“Yeah,” Henry nodded his head and confirmed. “It’s a very high grade, too. We have been exposed to massive amounts of radiation in the mines…but I honestly I don’t feel that bad.”

“Me either,” SungGyu agreed, running his hand through his hair. “Although, Ensign Henry says my hair is turning red.”

Yunho tapped his insignia, “Beam Ensigns SungGyu and Henry immediately to a decontamination chamber. They have been exposed to raw dilithium. Also notify Commander Yoochun of the arrival of the dilithium.”

They all watched as the ensigns were transported away to the ship.

Yunho turned to Siwon. “The monks will have to be tested for exposure to radiation, along with all of us.”

“Yes, Sir,” Siwon responded.

“We are fine,” Jaejoong mumbled still studying the Guardian. “It transported them to where they needed to be…just like it would a Joong.”

Yunho frowned. “We already suspected there was something special about being from Earth.”

“But to have it confirmed,” Jaejoong replied, still stunned by what he had learned.

Yunho reached out and took Jaejoong’s hand. “We need to get back to the ship.”

“I just don’t know what to think,” Jaejoong confessed.

“Feeling less special?”


Yunho smiled and tapped his insignia. “Beam us up.”

“Aye Aye, Sir,” Lieutenant Donghae replied.


“So you have made up your mind?” Dr. Cho asked as he walked into the quarters to find his husband packing up his belongings.

“I am still…I haven’t decided anything yet,” Kyuhyun admitted as he gazed down at a book he was holding.

“You are moving out though?”

Kyuhyun shrugged. “I thought you might be sick of sleeping in sickbay.”

“It doesn’t matter to me,” Ryeowook admitted. “At least I am wanted in sickbay.”

Kyuhyun looked up from the book to gaze upon his husband. “This isn’t about not wanting you.”

“Really,” Ryeowook said, incredulously. “What is it about then?”

“It’s about lust…undeniable, uncontrollable lust.”

“No, it’s about you being mentally ill, and refusing the get the help you need,’ Ryeowook corrected.

Kyuhyun placed the book in the box with his other belongs. “No, that is your opinion…based on your beliefs. I changed once for you, and I wish you would change for me this time…or just try to understand.”

Ryeowook shook his head sadly as Kyuhyun rewrote their history. “We both changed for each other.”

“I am not going to change this time, I can’t stop thinking about…I need to do this.”

“When you say this? Do you mean cheat on me?”

Kyuhyun closed his eyes. “I mean having sex with someone other than you.”

“Can I at least know their name? I would hate to accidentally save their life one day.”

“You don’t mean that.”

“I mean it right now,” Ryeowook told Kyuhyun, unable to hide the hurt in his voice. “I need to know who…other than you thinks so little of me.”

Kyuhyun winced. “I don’t think little of you…I think the world of you.”

“Don’t tell me lies; just tell me who it is.”

Kyuhyun squeezed his eyes shut. “He is from Eternity. He’s a council member. The ship will leave tomorrow and I’ll never see him again. Today’s my last chance…with him.”

“No, you are wrong. Today is your last chance with me,” Ryeowook said, walking over to the box and removing the book from it. “This book is the one I used to read to you, when your demons came to haunt you at night.”

“That’s why I want it.”

“It belongs to me,” Ryeowook told his husband, looking up at him unflinchingly. “It was the start of our love, and you can’t have it.”

Kyuhyun’s eyes swelled with tears. “I don’t want our love to end.”

Ryeowook let out a bitter laugh. “And yet you are the one ending it. You thought I was bad when I first returned to the ship…you haven’t seen anything yet.”

“Ryeowook,” Kyuhyun pleaded, reaching out for Ryeowook, but the doctor evaded his grasp.

“I am going to remove you from my life as if you were a cancerous growth. I will not spend time with you, and I will not speak with you. And I will never calm you when your nightmares come back to haunt you, and believe me they will,” a shaking Ryeowook informed his husband.


“Someday, you will regret this choice you made. You will probably seek me out, promise to get the help you need, and plead for my forgiveness…but I won’t forgive you. I will never forgive you for hurting me like this…because I will never trust you with my heart again.”

“Don’t say that.”

“It’s the truth,” Ryeowook told Kyuhyun as he headed toward the door.

Kyuhyun reached out and grabbed Ryeowook, stopping him. “Don’t say such things…why must you make it so hard? So impossible? This has nothing to do with us…I wish I could make you understand. I will always love you.”

Ryeowook yanked his arm away from Kyuhyun. “That’s a lie! If you loved me you wouldn’t do this to me, so don’t claim to love me when you are one destroying our love.”

“No, I didn’t destroy anything. Nothing is destroyed!”

“It’s already over, our love has already ended,” Ryeowook explained bitterly as he walked away.


Yunho sat down on the bed. “You seem to be in deep thought?”

“I am,” Jaejoong, who was sprawled out on their bed, answered.

Yunho reached out and felt of the fabric of the silk blue pajamas Jaejoong was wearing. “You haven’t worn these in awhile?”

“I plan on staying fully clothed tonight,” Jaejoong told Yunho as the other man crawled over to him in bed, resting his head against Jaejoong’s belly.

“I thought you weren’t mad anymore.”

“I am not really mad, but I feel...”

“Feel what?”

“Don’t you feel like our relationship is stronger?”

“I do.”

“It used to be all about sex…and now it’s deeper.”

“Ours is a timeless love,” Yunho teased. “I do enjoy the sex though.”

“As do I, but sometimes—”

“Sometimes it’s nice just to be together,” Yunho finished.

“Yes,” Jaejoong agreed, reaching out to run his hands through Yunho’s hair.

“We should enjoy these times while we can…before Changmin is born.”

“Or before he starts becoming aware of us.”

Yunho frowned. “Would he be aware of us…having sex?”

Jaejoong’s eyes twinkled in mischief. “He’ll know we are doing something.”

Yunho, whose head was still resting against Jaejoong’s stomach, asked, “When does that happen?

“It just depends…I just feel his presence now, he’s not sending out any thoughts yet.”

“You can sense him already?” Yunho practically shouted as he sat up.

Jaejoong nodded his head, unable to hide his joy. “Yeah, that’s what I was in deep thought about. I feel him now…it’s pretty wonderful.”

Yunho grinned widely as he swept Jaejoong up in his arms. “I thought you were in deep thought about the Guardian!”

Jaejoong wrapped his arms around his mate’s neck and looked him in the eye. “No, what we discovered today is amazing…but not nearly as amazing as feeling Changmin…like feeling him. Our bond…it’s not broken…it’s just forming.”

Tears welled up in Yunho’s eyes. “I am so happy for you…it must be—”

“Overwhelming,” Jaejoong admitted, his own eyes getting misty. “I kinda feel bad…for feeling so happy.”

“Why would you feel bad?”

“Ryeowook and Kyuhyun…they have fallen completely apart,” Jaejoong explained. “Kyuhyun is going to beam down to that blasted planet and…and…there is nothing I can do…nothing I should do. I feel bad for them, but I can’t help but feel happy. This bond I share with Changmin…this bond will only grow stronger.”

Yunho pulled Jaejoong in for a tight hug. “Like our love grows stronger with each passing day. Don’t feel bad, don’t you dare. I will take care of everything.”


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