"Mooning Over Malcolm"
Sequel to: Damn
Author: Kathy Rose
Summary: Trip wonders what's taking Malcolm so long...
and finds out
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a lot more clout does. And there's no way I'm making any money.
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Sitting at his station on the bridge, Trip watched Malcolm. The tactical
officer was absorbed in his work, his attention glued to the readouts on his
console as he ran system checks. That one unruly lock of hair had flipped
forward onto his forehead, Trip saw, but Malcolm was so wrapped up in what he
was doing that he didn't notice the dark strand hanging down.
It had been two days since Trip had kissed Malcolm unexpectedly, walking away
before the other man could react. He had wanted to give Malcolm time to think
about it and consider the possibilities. Now he wasn't sure he could wait much
longer for Malcolm to make the next move -- whatever that might turn out to
Since that brief kiss in the corridor, they hadn't spent any time alone
together. They'd both been busy, and although they had shared a couple of meals
together, someone was always with them. Trip's frustration mounted as he
recalled breakfast that morning. He had seen Malcolm sitting by himself, but no
sooner had he sat down at the table with him when Travis joined them. There had
been no chance for any conversation of a personal nature.
He had tensely watched Malcolm during breakfast, and twice thought he had
seen a glimmer of sardonic amusement in the lieutenant's grey-blue eyes. Trip
wondered if it was his anxiety that was amusing Malcolm. Not that he regretted
kissing the man. Just the opposite -- he wanted more. But not knowing what
Malcolm thought about it was driving him crazy.
What if Malcolm thought the kiss was a joke? Or worse, maybe Malcolm thought
less of him because of it. The Brit was pretty straitlaced, and he still held to
some old-fashioned ideas.
Trip finished his business on the bridge and called for a relief to replace
him. There were still things in engineering that needed to be done. Most of the
devastating damage from the attack a few days earlier had been corrected but, in
the meantime, routine maintenance had fallen behind. The sooner he and his staff
could get caught up, the happier he'd be.
It would also probably be a good idea if he didn't spend his entire shift
mooning over Malcolm in such close proximity to the man. It wasn't like he was
going to have a chance to talk to him about anything other than ship's business
while on the bridge.
"I'm goin' down to engineering for a while," he told Jon as he headed for the
"Thought you had everything fixed?" the captain asked.
"There's always somethin' to do," Trip replied.
He entered the turbolift and turned to the control panel only to find Malcolm
right behind him. Damn, the man could move like a silent wraith when he wanted
to. He swallowed his surprise as Malcolm moved to stand in a relaxed stance next
to him, his hands clasped behind his back. Trip pushed the button and the lift
"So, ya headin' down to the armory?" he asked, glancing over at Malcolm.
Malcolm nodded. His appraising look, coupled with a small smile, made Trip
Trying to cover his uneasiness, Trip asked, "Got everything straightened out
in your department after that attack?"
Once again Malcolm nodded.
This wasn't getting him anywhere, Trip realized. He needed to ask questions
that couldn't be answered with just a yes or a no or a nod. "So, what are ya
goin' to the armory for, then?"
"The usual?" Trip repeated.
As Malcolm nodded his head yet again, Trip blew out a frustrated breath. This
was worse than pulling teeth, the engineer thought. He was becoming irritated,
almost certain that Malcolm was toying with him.
The turbolift door opened and Trip stepped forward to leave, but Malcolm put
out an arm to block his exit. The tactical officer used his other hand to press
the button to close the lift door, then hit the emergency lockout tab. Once they
were securely locked in the lift, he crossed his arms and turned to Trip. There
was no smile on his face now.
Trip stared in puzzlement at him, but Malcolm didn't speak. The silence
stretched out, and Trip began to worry. Oh, Lord! Maybe Malcolm had decided he
didn't like being kissed by him. No one would be able to rescue him quickly
enough from the locked turbolift -- Malcolm would have more than ample time to
kill him, or at least seriously maim him.
Trip screwed up his courage and squeaked, "Wha... What'd ya stop the lift
Malcolm took one slow step toward him. Although the security officer's
expression hadn't changed, Trip could see a light in the shorter man's eyes.
Standing toe to toe, Malcolm uncrossed his arms, and it was all Trip could do
to keep from flinching. He just knew Malcolm was going to smack him, and he
closed his eyes in anticipation of the blow.
So keyed up was Trip that the feather-light touch on his cheek made him jump,
and his eyes snapped open. Malcolm was grinning at him, one hand still raised to
where he had stroked Trip's face.
Trip gulped. "Wha--"
"Sssh." Malcolm held his finger to his lips. Without warning, he grabbed the
engineer, pulling the taller man's head down so their lips could meet. Whereas
Trip's kiss two days earlier had been a caress, a mere touch of butterfly wings,
Malcolm's kiss conveyed the ferocity of a tiger going for the kill, brutally
pushing against Trip's lips and seeking to dominate them.
As quickly as it had started, it was over. Malcolm broke away, taking a step
back. Trip, thrown off balance by the sudden move, slumped back against the lift
wall. Malcolm punched the control panel and, as the door whooshed open, licked
his lips once, gave Trip a naughty smile, and stepped out.
"Wow!" murmured Trip as the door slid shut. He'd gotten Malcolm's reply and
Brushing one hand distractedly through his hair, he reached with the other
for the control panel, his movement causing a crackling sound at his breast
pocket. Looking down, he saw the pocket's zipper was open and a piece of paper
was sticking out.
Trip didn't know how Malcolm had managed it in that brief, intense encounter,
but he had tucked a note in his pocket. Trip hastily unfolded it and read the
neatly written words: "Meet me in the observation bubble at 2200 tonight."
A buzzer sounded, bringing Trip back to reality. Someone was calling for the
lift, which was still in the halt mode. He hurriedly punched in his deck and, as
it began to move, carefully folded the piece of paper and returned it to his
Crewman Dillard was waiting for the lift when the door opened. "Anything
wrong, sir? The lift was held up," he said.
"No," Trip said, patting his pocket. "In fact, everything's all
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Half a dozen of you have made
Lol. Great job on this series. Loved how Malcom toyed with Trip-and how
Trip knew it.
Delightful work. Will there be another, or is this the end? I
hope its not the end, I never liked those.
yey, devious malcolm. Very clever, what they gonna do in the obs
Yes, there will be another story, Phaser Lady. I'm working on it now.
Thanks for the feedback, everyone. Makes a writer work harder.
Yey Sequal, cant w8, :D
Just read this series and love it! Especially Malcolm's reaction. Eagerly
awaiting the next part. Hmm, what will they get up to next!
Marvellous! Mar-vel-lous!!!!!! Can't wait for the next