Expectations, The Red Shirt Always Dies

Series Expectations
Adventure Fourteen: The Red Shirt Always Dies Part 3 of 5
Author: Aquariuslover
Pairings: KyuWook, Yunjae, WooGyu, Various
Rating: R
Genre: Crossover, Romance, Science Fiction, Adventure
Length: Chaptered
Beta: tahoeturquoise

A/N: This story is inspired by Star Trek and the Kpop community.

Summary: Lives are put at risk when the captain makes a reckless decision. The away team struggles to survive a perilous journey. New heroes emerge while old heroes are lost.

Author’s Note: Insignias will now be referred to as combadges. I really wanted to reply to my comments, and I thought I could find time to reply today but it just didn’t work out for me. I want to thank everyone who commented. I love and appreciate you so much!

Prior Adventures

“I hate away missions,” Ensign Jonghyun whispered to Ensign Eunhyuk, who was huddled up next to him. The two ensigns were on night watch. The four members of the away team that were venturing up the mountain towards the Fortress of Snow were settled together in a dome shaped environmental shelter that was generated by a small portable force field.

“Isn’t this your first one?”

“Yes, but I hate it.”

“What is there not to love?” Eunhyuk asked sarcastically.

“We are on the side of a mountain…in a blizzard.”

“It’s not a blizzard.”

“It’s snowing…really hard.”

“At least we are warm in here,” Eunhyuk pointed out, trying to sound optimistic. His normal need to complain was being suppressed momentarily by his need to sound experienced and optimistic for the younger ensign. “It could be worse.”

“Yeah, we could be dead.”

Eunhyuk looked accusingly at the younger man. “I thought you were going to stop with the negativity?”

Jonghyun shrugged. “I am trying, but it’s just creepy here.”

“Think about something else.”

Ensign Jonghyun looked down at Ensign SungGyu and Doctor Nam, who appeared to be sleeping soundly. “I wish I was like Ensign SungGyu. He fell asleep instantly…like there was nothing at all to be worried about.”

Eunhyuk followed Jonghyun’s gaze and agreed, “Yeah, he didn’t have any trouble falling asleep.”

Jonghyun leaned into Eunhyuk and asked in a whisper, “So…do you think they are lovers?”

Eunhyuk leaned his head away from Jonghyun, gave him a dirty look and stated, “I don’t know.”

“They seem very close.”

“They really don’t,” Eunhyuk disagreed. “I haven’t seen anything romantic going on between them. They have been very professional.”

“No…but they seem close.”

“You said yourself they were best friends,” the older ensign reminded the transporter tech. “Best friends are close. I don’t know about you but I don’t have sex with my best friends.”

“Yeah…maybe they are like Kirk and McCoy; best friends for life…space brothers.”

Eunhyuk groaned. “You did not just compare them to Kirk and McCoy? Are you delusional?”

“No, but just think about it. Doctor Nam betrayed his home world in order to save the away team on Kanzi…it just seems like destiny…like some epic tale that has just begun.”

“Junsu was also there.”

“Maybe Junsu is going to be their Sulu?” Jonghyun suggested and then eagerly added, “And I bet SooYoung will be Mr. Spock.”

“Are you high?”

“No, Lieutenant SooYoung really likes SungGyu and she barely acknowledges the rest of the men on the ship. I wonder if they are the real item,” Jonghyun speculated with his eyes widening in excitement. “He’s so lucky...damn.”

“Stop gossiping,” Eunhyuk ordered.

“Excuse me…you said to think of something else,” Jonghyun reminded Eunhyuk.

Ensign Eunhyuk leaned into Ensign Jonghyun and advised him, “If you are going to gossip about people…don’t do it while they are sleeping less than half a meter away from you.”

“True,” the younger man conceded. “I will stop.”


Both ensigns sat there in silence until the quiet was disturbed by a loud howl.

Jonghyun eyes widened. “Was that a wolf?”


“It wasn’t a mountain goat!”

The howl returned, louder this time.

“If they have killer spiders on this planet, can you imagine what their wolves are like?” Jonghyun questioned. “I wonder if they can also fly.”

The howling increased, putting them both on edge.

Eunhyuk pulled out his phaser and clutched it. “We…we…we…have phasers.”

“God above!” Doctor Nam exclaimed, sitting up and flapping his arms. “It’s not a wolf! It’s the wind! It’s the wind! You two go to sleep, now! The both of you constantly prattling on and on…how is a normal person supposed to sleep?”

Both ensigns immediately lay down and closed their eyes tightly. They knew better than to argue with the grumpy doctor.

“Oh, and not that it is any of your business, but we are not lovers,” WooHyun hissed. “And neither are Ensign SungGyu and Lieutenant SooYoung for that matter!”

WooHyun watched the two other ensigns as they pretended to be asleep at first, only to fall quickly to sleep not minutes later. How Star Fleet officers could sleep so easily was beyond WooHyun’s understanding. He had not slept at all. Did Star Fleet cadets receive special training or was it just a natural ability that all Earth humans shared?

He stared down at SungGyu, who was sleeping like a baby in his mother’s arms. SungGyu had not even stirred and WooHyun felt extremely annoyed by this. Out of spite he smacked SungGyu on the ass. “You get up. If I can’t sleep, you can’t sleep either.”

SungGyu’s eyes opened and he was instantly awake. “Has it stopped snowing?”

“I don’t know,” WooHyun grumbled. “I just thought we would send the kids to bed and share this watch. I couldn’t sleep.”

“I was sleeping with ease,” SungGyu stated, sitting up and stretching his arms out above his head. “Also Ensign Eunhyuk is older than both of us and Ensign Jonghyun is older than you. To refer to them as kids is highly inappropriate.”

WooHyun shook his head. “You are so weird.”

“I am merely stating a fact.”

“I was just commenting on how you go from being sound asleep to wide awake in an instance. It’s unnatural.”

“It is natural for me. You know once I am awake…I am wide awake,” SungGyu reminded him. “However, I do still have the tendency to sleep through a lot.”

“Yeah, like endless jabbering.”

“But not swift slaps to the ass.”

“No, but I must admit you are close to winning the soundly sleeping award away from Sulli.”

“Lieutenant SooYoung’s cousin?”

“Yes, she never stirs from her sleep, so for right now she has you beat.”

“Is she not in stasis?”

“She is.”

“Then she does not awaken because she is all but dead.”

“She is not dead, her stasis setting are very low…it’s like she is in a deep sleep.”

“I was not aware of that.”

“SooYoung thinks she will wake up soon.”


“Yes, once Jaejoong’s baby is born.”

SungGyu narrowed his gaze and did not bother to hide his skepticism. “Why would Changmin’s birth herald her awakening?”

“SooYoung believes they are bonded.”

“That makes no sense…why would his being born make her wake up then?”

“Because he will be alive.”

“WooHyun, surely as a doctor you realize he is alive now,” SungGyu pointed out. “He has brain capacity.”

“I may not be a Star Fleet doctor but I am aware of this.”

“I am curious; did she require less life support as Jaejoong’s pregnancy progressed?”

“No, she has always required the same amount.”

“Then I believe Lieutenant’s SooYoung’s theory to be flawed.”

“I highly doubt that,” WooHyun insisted. “She is very attentive to her cousin. She and Minho both are. They visit her regularly.”

“Perhaps her emotional sentiment has tarnished her usually sound judgment.”

“No,” WooHyun protested. “Her theory is that while the baby is inside Jaejoong…the bond is completely blocked by Jaejoong’s superior mental abilities, but once he is born she should awaken.”

“Has she told anyone else this theory?”

“I don’t know…Minho knows, of course.”

“It’s highly illogical.”

“Well, I will have to disagree with you. SooYoung and Minho are both smart and they both agree on this theory.”

“Very true…they are extremely intelligent,” SungGyu conceded as he grabbed a light and got up. “But now is not the time to ponder the highly unlikely theories of the Choi siblings.”

“Why are you getting up?”

SungGyu looked down at the doctor and informed him, “Now that I have fulfilled my forth life’s motto, I am eager to fulfill my first one.”

“Not to get killed,” WooHyun responded, repeating the motto.

“Exactly,” SungGyu confirmed as he activated the force field controls and an opening appeared. “It’s still dark and it’s windy, but the snow has stopped.”


“We can continue on our journey,” SungGyu answered as he stepped outside. “Waiting serves no purpose.”

WooHyun whined as he got up and followed SungGyu outside. “Are you serious?”

“I am.”

“It’s dark.”

“We have lights.”

“To say it is freezing is an understatement.”

“Our clothing both insulates us and provides heat.”

“We are on the side of a mountain.”

“We need to be at the mountain’s peak.”

WooHyun just whimpered knowing he would not be able to talk the other man out of leaving.

“Doctor Nam, put on your supportive face, the other two will do enough whining on your behalf.”

“I will,” WooHyun groaned. “Sometimes…”

SungGyu flashed the light on the disgruntled doctor. “Sometimes what?”

WooHyun frowned.

“Do you regret your decision to give up the life you knew to follow me so blindly?”

“I do not follow you blindly,” WooHyun protested. “I am well aware of where I am going and I do not regret my choices.”

“Good,” SungGyu told him as he reentered the force field and ordered, “Ensign Eunhyuk and Ensign Jonghyun, get up. We have a mission to complete.”

Woohyun waited outside as SungGyu woke the others and mumbled under his breath, “I do regret the total lack of sex, however.”


“Kyuhyun, please don’t do anything stupid,” Ryeowook blurted out as he rushed into Kyuhyun’s quarters. Captain Leeteuk’s unlikely choices for the team to make up the rescue mission were spreading across the ship at a rapid speed. Ryeowook knew Yunho would never stand for sending such inexperienced boys on a rescue mission and he feared Kyuhyun would support him.

“Ryeowook,” Kyuhyun admonished from inside the bedroom. “What happened to knocking?”

“At a time like this normal pleasantries can’t be followed.”

“You are the one that insisted we have separate living quarters.”

“I did but—don’t distract me! I am worried about you.”

“Don’t be,” Kyuhyun replied from inside the bedroom.

“How can I not be?” Ryeowook asked as he hurried to the bedroom door but stopped before entering. He inhaled a deep breath, slowly let it out, and tried to sound calmer. “Just promise me…not to do anything stupid.”

Kyuhyun emerged from the bedroom, fully dressed, and gave his estranged husband a disapproving look. “It isn’t stupid.”

“It is reckless.”

“I will do what is required of me.”

“Let Yunho handle it…Yunho can handle it. Yunho is great at handling things. Yunho was born to handle these kinds of things.”

“You want me to just stand back and not do anything?”


“No,” Kyuhyun insisted, shaking his head. “Maybe you can turn a blind eye to what the captain is doing, but I can’t.”

Ryeowook clenched his hands in front of him, his anxiety growing by leaps and bounds. “I know they are young…and untested, but…but this is how people learn. It kinda makes sense.”

A look of total disappointment showed on Kyuhyun’s face. “Who are you?”


“You heard me…who the hell are you? Do I even know you anymore?”

“Of course you know me.”

“No, I don’t think I do…actually, I can’t recognize a lot of people lately, not since Leeteuk returned to his senses…or lack of senses and took over command of this ship.”

“Kyuhyun, you have always known me…I am the same as I have always been…I am just worried for you.”

“It’s not me who you need to worry about.”

“I can’t help but worry about you,” Ryeowook explained. “The away team will be safe in the shuttle, much safer than the ones on the planet’s surface.”

Kyuhyun look strained as he reminded the other man, “You do recall it was your captain who put the first away team at risk…against strong objections.”

“He is your captain, too.”

“He isn’t fit to command anything, much less this ship. If we were still in Federation space I would use every means at my disposal, including nepotism, to have him removed from command.”

“Kyuhyun, you don’t mean that,” Ryeowook gasped, and took a step back. “You would never dream of using your connections.”

“Oh, yes I would. He…he…I can’t even begin to describe the callous disregard he has shown for the safety and lives of others.”

Ryeowook attempted to control his increasing anxiety. “I know it looks bad…but you have to let Yunho deal with it. Yunho can handle this.”

“I will do whatever Yunho requires of me,” Kyuhyun informed his husband. “I have made it clear on repeated occasions that my loyalty is to him.”

“Even if…even if…it’s mutiny?”

Kyuhyun nodded his head.

“No,” Ryeowook gasped. “There is no coming back from mutiny. Please, don’t do something you can’t take back. Captain Leeteuk has Sungmin and all of security firmly behind him…you will end up in the brig. I don’t want you in the brig.”

“What does it matter if I am in the brig? We aren’t together anymore. We live apart and are married in name only.”

“But…we have been working—”

“For over a year we have been working on it…working and working on it and never accomplishing anything.”

Ryeowook gently reminded his husband, “You are the one that is no longer attracted to me.”

Kyuhyun closed his eyes, sat down on the sofa, and corrected his old lover, “Ryeowook, that wasn’t always true.”

“It’s true now.”

“But for a long time it wasn’t true. Before…before I was taken I wanted nothing more than to be with you. I was so happy you were alive, and I wanted nothing more than to be with you again. I did everything to earn your forgiveness, but you never gave it.”

“I had a reason to be angry at you,” Ryeowook reminded his husband as he sat down beside him.

“Yes, you always seem to have some reason to be disappointed or angry with me. Poor Ryeowook, married to lousy Kyuhyun with all his faults. It’s always my fault.”

“No, that isn’t what I am saying…I am not blaming you,” Ryeowook said soothingly as he reached out and squeezed Kyuhyun’s knee. “I know we are both at fault…I should be more forgiving…I just…I’d miss you if you were in the brig.”

Kyuhyun opened his eyes, turned to face his husband, and covered Ryeowook’s hand with is own. “Don’t you see…that even if we found that perfect, strong love we once shared…I would still have to stand with Yunho?”

Ryeowook fought against the urge to break down in tears. “It’s still strong…it is.”

“Ah, but it stopped being perfect a long time ago…it’s only about anger, punishment, and guilt now.”

“No…no it isn’t.”

“I will always love you…I know this. I don’t ever want to hurt you again…but I have to do what my conscience dictates. If I get thrown in the brig…then I will have at least acted in what I believe to be the best interest of this ship and crew. I may have once been a bully…but no longer. I want to protect those weaker than me…you helped to teach me this. I am the son of two of Star Fleet’s greatest admirals, and at times that has been a huge burden…but I am their child. I will stand by my Star Fleet oath.”

Tears rolled down Ryeowook’s face, realizing he could not change the other man’s mind. “I just wish…things were different….I miss you so much.”

“I feel like I have been missing you for years…for years, but I couldn’t live with myself if I stood by and sent mere children to the slaughter.”

“Please, don’t say it like that.”

“It’s the truth.”

“Maybe he…maybe he is testing us. Maybe it is a test to see how far he can push…maybe he wants to see how loyal the crew is to him?” Ryeowook suggested, grasping at straws. “It could just be a test.”

Kyuhyun squeezed Ryeowook’s hand. “Ryeowook, what is it about Leeteuk that makes normally intelligent people completely stupid? A test, really?”

Ryeowook jerked his hand away. “I am not stupid…I just…he wasn’t always like this. He wasn’t!”

“Well, he is now,” Kyuhyun responded, standing up to put distance between them. “If putting twelve lives at risk is how he performs his tests then he should not be a teacher, much less a captain of a star ship.”

“What are you going to do?”

“Something…I am not going to sit here and wring my hands. I can’t just—” the door chimed alerting them that someone wanted in. “Enter,” Kyuhyun ordered.

Commander Jung walked into the room. “Kyuhyun, I need to speak with you.”

Kyuhyun looked down at Ryeowook and with a voice tinged with sadness he stated, “You need to leave.”

“Kyuhyun,” Ryeowook pleaded. “Don’t do something…something you can’t take back.”

“Go,” Kyuhyun ordered firmly.

“I don’t want to go,” Ryeowook said fearfully as he stood up.

“You have to…I can’t trust you to be here.”

Ryeowook flinched as if he had been slapped across the face. “You can’t trust me? Just because I disagree doesn’t mean I would ever betray you.”

Kyuhyun shook his head. “It goes deeper than that. I don’t even know…who you are anymore…the man I used to love…he’d never stand for what Captain Leeteuk is doing. You would be up there on the bridge chewing him out and declaring him insane. You used to know right from wrong.”

“I know he is wrong! Okay! I know it! It isn’t my place to declare him insane! Only Heechul can do it!” Ryeowook exclaimed. “I just feel sorry for him…he wasn’t always like this! He isn’t a bad man!”

Kyuhyun just continued to shake his head.

Yunho stepped up to Ryeowook and laid his hands on the doctor’s shoulder. “Ryeowook, it is probably best that you aren’t here…for your own sake.”

Ryeowook nodded his head but he couldn’t take his eyes off of his husband who looked so disappointed in him. “Kyuhyun, you know I wouldn’t…you know I would never betray you?”

Kyuhyun sighed and asked, “Can you promise that?”

“Yes!” Ryeowook pledged. “Of course I can promise that!”

“Even if you thought that by betraying me you were helping me?” Kyuhyun asked, with a sad knowing look. “If you thought betraying me…meant saving me?”

Ryeowook broke eye contact between them…he knew and hated that Kyuhyun was right. “I will go now.”

Kyuhyun closed his eyes as Ryeowook left the room.

“Commander, as much as I would like to give you time to mull over what just happened, we don’t have time to spare,” Yunho told him. “We have somebody we must talk to.”

“Who?” Kyuhyun asked opening his eyes to look at Yunho.



Commanders Cho and Jung walked down the corridor toward the space trader’s quarters, both taking long strides. Yunho asked, “When was the last time you talked to him?”

“It’s been awhile.”

Yunho frowned, coming to a disturbing realization. “I haven’t seen him in weeks.”

“Nor have I. I tried to get him to come and eat dinner with me and Ryeowook a few days ago but he declined,” Kyuhyun explained. “I have tried to keep in close contact with him due…”

“I understand.” Yunho quickly answered after hearing the other man’s uncomfortable pause. Yunho could only imagine the horrors that Kyuhyun and Shindong had shared together while they had been held hostage by the Warlord ZhouMi. He knew Shindong had returned without his tongue or his legs, and he knew Kyuhyun’s scars went very deep.

“He hasn’t even agreed to have coffee with me in weeks. In truth, I don’t remember the last time I saw him. I have only spoken with him over the combadge. Lately he insists he is consumed with the holodecks and doesn’t have time for chit chat.”

Yunho frowned. “The holodecks can be very addictive.”


“I have been doing frequent patrols of the ship and I have never seen him…coming or going from the holosuites.”

“That seems odd.”

“It does seem highly unlikely.”

“Do you think something has happened to him?”

“I sincerely hope not,” Yunho told the other commander as they approached the door to Shindong’s quarters.

The door did not automatically open.

“Shindong, this is Commander Jung; I need to speak with you.”

The door remained shut and Shindong’s voice from inside his quarters quickly replied, “No, I can’t see you. I am in the middle of something.”

“In the middle of what?” Kyuhyun questioned.

“Just something…something private.”

“Shindong, we must speak with you,” Kyuhyun insisted.

“I can’t…I can’t…” Shindong pleaded from the other side of the door. “Go away.”

Yunho, sensing something in the trader’s voice, ordered, “Open.”

Yunho frowned when the doors remained shut.

“That’s odd,” Kyuhyun stated, feeling his own anxiety growing.

“Computer, this is Commander Jung; open the doors to these quarters immediately.”

“Commander Jung, you do not have proper authorization to enter these quarters,” the computer promptly answered.

“I don’t,” Yunho responded in disbelief but quickly added, “Who does have proper authority?”

The computer punctually replied, “Captain Leeteuk, Dr. Kim Heechul, Commander Ji-Hoon.”

Yunho frowned and hit his insignia. “Commander Yoochun.”

“You called?” was Yoochun’s immediate response from engineering.

“The captain has Shindong sealed behind locked doors in his quarters and I am forbidden entrance…I need them to open.”

“Understood,” Yoochun replied and the doors immediately opened.

Yunho and Kyuhyun walked in to find Shindong lounging on his bed in his underwear. He jumped off the bed and proclaimed, “Thank God! I am free at last!”

“Why were you being held in here?” Yunho demanded, looking around the quarters that were in total disarray.

“How long have you been locked up?” Kyuhyun asked, looking at the state of his friend.

Shindong, who was so happy to see new faces, walked up and hugged Commander Cho tightly. “For too freaking long…I think it’s been three weeks, now.”

“For three weeks you have been held…did you have a trial that I was not aware of?” Yunho demanded.

“Hell, no!” Shindong exclaimed, letting go of Kyuhyun. “I am not even sure what I did wrong.”

Yunho, who was looking more displeased by the second, questioned, “Nobody explained to you why you were being held prisoner?”

“Nope,” Shindong answered. “That new captain is a piece of work. He just let me know if I told anybody about my imprisonment…I’d find myself back in ZhouMi’s hands.”

Kyuhyun stilled, horrified.

Yunho exhaled slowly and asked, “Do you have any idea why he locked you away? Did you say something? Did you see something?”

Shindong nodded his head. “I might have asked him why we kept visiting planets known for having lost Joong artifacts on them. I wasn’t accusing him of anything…I was merely curious.”

Relief washed over Yunho’s face as the missing pieces to the puzzle fell into place for him. “The planets that the captain says we are randomly visiting…they are known to have Joong artifacts on them?”

“Yep,” Shindong eagerly agreed. “Of course, people have been trying to collect them for centuries.”

“I knew it,” Yunho proclaimed. “I knew he was searching for something.”

“You were right,” Kyuhyun told him. “But why does Captain Leeteuk want Joong artifacts?”

“Because everybody does…they are ancient Joong artifacts…they are like the necklace and the stones. They were made long ago and have mysterious powers,” Shindong explained.

“Do you know what the artifacts are capable of?” Yunho asked.

“Just rumors…nobody knows for sure…well, your mate might if he was shown one, but I doubt it. They were made and lost long before he was born and there are a lot of them,” Shindong explained.

“What do the rumors say they do?” Yunho questioned.

“Just crazy stuff.”

“Give me an example,” Yunho insisted. “I need examples.”

“The kind of stuff that could make you invisible, transport you anywhere in the universe, turn you into animals, give you the ability to fly, and destroy planets and stars.”

Yunho was unable to hide his surprise. “Stars?”

“Like I said, it was crazy stuff…why would anyone want to destroy a star? It would be suicidal,” Shindong stated.

“Not if you could transport anywhere in the universe,” Yunho reminded him. “Do you not recall that three stars went supernova on the outskirts of our universe not too long ago?”

Shindong paled. “Now that you mention it…”

“Jaejoong once said that not all Joong were peace lovers in the past…that some had to be controlled,” Yunho stated. “That is the reason he gave for the necklaces even existing.”

“Why would the captain be looking for ancient weapons that could possibly have belonged to rogue Joongs?” Kyuhyun asked, quickly catching on.

Yunho looked at the two men and said confidently, “I believe that once we discover the answer to that question, everything will become clear.”

“But how would he even know where to look? Shindong asked, looking at Yunho. “He’s human, like you…actually, not like you. You are at least bonded to a Joong. I highly doubt he’s ever seen another Joong. How would a human from your galaxy even know where to look?”

A look of complete understanding appeared on Yunho’s face, “I’ve been a fool. He isn’t—”

“Commanders!” Shindong exclaimed as Yunho and Kyuhyun were beamed away from his quarters.


“Welcome to the brig, fellow commanders,” Yoochun said, greeting Yunho and Kyuhyun after they materialized in front of him. “I apologize for the lack of refreshments.”

“The brig,” Yunho practically growled, while taking in his surroundings. The three of them were inside a small detention area aboard the ship.

“Yes, it appears we are under arrest…although, I don’t remember being arrested,” Yoochun told them.

“Neither do I,” Yunho told the engineer, looking more irritated by the second as he hit his insignia and got no response.

“Yeah, the combadges don’t work in here,” Yoochun reminded the captain.

“Did they beam you here also?” Kyuhyun asked Commander Yoochun.

“That they did,” Yoochun answered as he backed up against the wall and slowly slid down it to sit on the floor. “They didn’t even warn me…which was very smart of them.”

Yunho glared out through the force field that was holding them inside the cell and noticed a young ensign standing guard outside.

“Ensign DongWoo, come here,” Yunho ordered.

The young ensign quickly approached his former captain. “Yes, Sir…”

“Let me out of here, now!”


“Now!” Yunho commanded loudly and the ensign jumped and quickly headed to the control panel to release the prisoners.

“Stop!” Lieutenant Sungmin ordered from behind the young ensign before DongWoo could release the commanders. “Ensign DongWoo, return to your quarters.”

The young ensign turned to face the security chief. “But Sir…”

“Go to your quarters, ensign…I will handle this,” Sungmin said, directing the young ensign that was under his command. “You are dismissed.”

“Lieutenant, release us,” Yunho demanded.

Sungmin watched as DongWoo exited the security department before turning to face Yunho. “I can’t do that, Commander.”

“And why not?”

“The captain has ordered you be held here.”

“On what charges?”

“Commander Jung, I think you are well aware of what charges you are being held here for.”

“No, Lieutenant I do not. I have not been officially accused and I was brought here against my will. Do you want me to recite how many regulations have been broken in the last five minutes alone?”

“Sir, with all due respect, you broke into Shindong’s quarters, overriding several security measures,” Sungmin pointed out to the disgruntled former captain.

“And he is also being held unlawfully,” Yunho maintained. “Lieutenant Sungmin, I am ordering you to release me from this cell, now.”

Sungmin swallowed nervously and placed his hands behind his back. “Sir, I regretfully inform you…I can not.”

Yunho’s eyes drilled into the lieutenant and he questioned, “Are you deliberately disobeying me?”

“Sir, I do not wish to disobey you…believe me I do not, but I am following the captain’s orders.”

“Tell me Lieutenant Sungmin, have you always had so little personal integrity—a sense of justice that is so fleeting you can willingly break Federation laws on the whim of your commanders?” Yunho asked in cold voice.

Sungmin blinked.

“Answer me, Lieutenant!”

“Sir, that is…I am not doing that,” Sungmin replied, rubbing his hands together nervously behind his back.

Yunho glared at his former Security Chief and said with unflinching certainty, “That is exactly what you are doing, Lieutenant. This is the last time I will ask you to release us.”

“I…I can not.”

“Then you leave me no choice,” Yunho stated, looking away from Sungmin as if he found the sight of him distasteful, “Computer, this is Commander Jung of the Starship Expectations. I officially charge Captain Leeteuk and Lieutenant Sungmin with the wrongful imprisonment of myself, Commander Cho, Commander Yoochun, and Shindong. I also charge Captain Leeteuk with unlawful use of the transporters. I continue to charge Captain Leeteuk with violating Federation directive 17.5, directive, 45.4, and directive 78.4. I further charge Captain Leeteuk with the harassment of myself, Commander Cho, and Commander Yoochun. And finally I most adamantly charge Captain Leeteuk with reckless endangerment of the crew on repeated occasions. I demand a full Star Fleet hearing to be held in a neutral place of my choosing.”

“Charges noted and filed, Commander Jung,” the computer immediately replied.

Lieutenant Sungmin just stared at Yunho, speechless.

Yunho turned back to face the security chief his displeasure still easily seen. “Lieutenant Sungmin, get out of my sight!”

“Yes, Sir,” Sungmin jumped, obeying the former captain.


“You just had to go and wake him up early,” Ensign Jonghyun complained as he and Dr. Nam trailed behind Ensigns SungGyu and Eunhyuk as they followed a frozen stream up the mountain.

“Well, if you two had stopped gossiping for longer than five seconds I wouldn’t have been so irritated.”

“We weren’t gossiping.”

“Yes, you were.”

“Maybe a little.”

WooHyun looked at the frozen stream, deciding to change the topic. The stream was approximately six meters across and they had just arrived to what appeared to be a deep pool where a waterfall had once emptied into the stream before it had frozen over. “It looks like the stream froze instantly while it was busy rolling down the mountain. It’s a beautiful sight.”

“On Earth there are huge waterfalls that completely freeze over in the winter.”

“Where I grew up we didn’t have waterfalls.”

“You never saw a waterfall?”

“I lived in a really flat area on my home planet,” WooHyun explained, looking at the waterfall of ice. “I just never got around to checking one out on the other planets I’ve been to.”

Jonghyun looked up towards the top of the mountain that was getting nearer and nearer. “Earth has flat areas and great mountains. I am glad this mountain isn’t as tall as some of them on Earth.”

“It’s tall enough.”

“Yeah, but it could be like Mount Everest.”

WooHyun shook his head and reminded the ensign, “You realize I have no idea about Mount Everest or how tall it is.”

“It’s tall. It’s over 8800 meters tall.”

“Then I am also glad this mountain is not like it.”

SungGyu, who was getting farther and farther in front of them, turned around and yelled, “You two need to speed it up. The mountain is starting to get steep. We have to stay close. We can’t afford to be separated.”

“You couldn’t get rid of me if you tried,” WooHyun teased. He had purposely been going slowly, so as not to leave Ensign Jonghyun behind. The transporter ensign was really not in condition to hike up mountains.

SungGyu just shook his head and turned back around and continued on his journey.

“When I get back to the ship I am going to exercise more,” Jonghyun vowed.

“Do you not exercise now?” WooHyun asked curiously. He knew there was an exercise mandate for all crew members.

Jonghyun blushed and admitted, “I’ve been slacking lately. My physical is not due for another six weeks. I usually start brushing up a month before it is due.”

WooHyun grinned. “You do know you just admitted that to the wrong person?”

“Oh, c’mon,” Jonghyun pleased. “Don’t tell Dr. Cho or Dr. Kim…I thought we were pals.”

“We are friends, but I am a doctor first and foremost.”

Jonghyun pointed to Eunhyuk and SungGyu in front of him. “I can’t be like them. I mean, I am a transporter tech. I don’t like exercise. It was never my intention to go on away missions and climb snow covered mountains.”

“I assure you, Ensign SungGyu’s main hobby in life is sleeping. He doesn’t like exercise anymore than you do, but he does it…and so must you.”

“What about you?”

WooHyun smirked. “I could have been to the top of this mountain already. I am perfectly fit.”

“So why are you lagging back here with me?”

“Somebody had to,” the doctor told him. “Plus, I didn’t want you to be alone with your thoughts. I don’t want you to start thinking crazy thoughts like those red shirt thoughts you had—duck!”

“The Jex!” Jonghyun screamed out as WooHyun pushed him to the ground. A swarm of flying spiders the size of bats swarmed out from the surrounding rocks encircling them. Jonghyun reached for the phaser he had been issued with shaky, unsteady hands. The creatures were so thick they blocked the sunlight and he couldn’t see what he was doing. He jerked in fear as he felt them land on him. He manically swung his arms out knocking the Jex away.

And then he felt nothing…not fear…not anything.

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