Everything Under the Stars 19
Chapter 19: Afterglow
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Neelix glanced over at Heather from across the room.
She sat on the edge of the bed, legs crossed and head tilted downward. Her fingers fumbled nervously at her ipod and he could see that she was lost, deep in thought.
The walk back home had been long and silent. After the initial shock of what had happened at the club, had passed, everything was just.. a blur.
He wanted to say something to her, anything, but her silence indicated to him that she needed to be alone, so he had let her be... hopeful that, when she was ready, she would speak to him.
But she hadn't...
The anticipation had built within him to the point that it had become unbearable, and Neelix finally stood from the kitchen table. He noticed Heather turn her head slightly to glance at him... only to then lower her gaze back down at her hands and grip her ipod tightly as he approached.
He didn't say a word as he slowly sat himself down beside her, but when he saw her ey
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Heather wrapped a towel around herself before she pressed a button to shut off an opaque force field; it hummed softly as it dispersed and she stepped carefully out of Neelix's shower.
As she began to dry herself off, she noticed her reflection in a large mirror that was placed on the wall. She stared at herself for awhile in thought... and let out a deep sigh...
There was so much on her mind that left her feeling pressured and confused as to what to do. She missed home. Things use to be so simple... Now everything was a confused mess of emotions. She wondered what her parents were doing... what they thought. If they had been able to move on... That thought hurt. She didn't want to feel as though she had been forgotten.. but she knew her family loved her so she felt that she had no reason to think such things, but she also didn't want to think of how much pain they were in, either. Not knowing what had happened to their daughter...
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The following morning, Neelix wasted no time getting back to the workshop.
His haste helped him to keep his mind off of what had happened the night before.. which only brought up more questions than answers. Unsettling feelings that left him feeling confused. After what had happened, he assumed he was not alone in his feelings anymore, and had a strong intuition that something, anything, was there inside Heather, as well. A tiny spark of hope. The thought warmed him inside...
But, like Heather, he needed to be sure... which, unfortunately, only time would allow. When Heather was ready.. if she really was feeling something for him, she needed time to slowly open up to him. At least, he hoped...
As Neelix and Heather entered the workshop, they were both startled by a loud commotion. They turned their attention in the direction of the chaos and Heather was both stunned and intrigued by what she saw: All the
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Heather didn't remember falling asleep.
She woke to that familiar beeping to find herself nestled in Neelix's arms, still fully clothed; he too was still wearing his clothing from the night before.
She stretched out her arm which caused Neelix to stir; his ear flinched at the annoying sound as if it were an obnoxious fly attempting to land, but instead of tending to it, he rolled to his side to face Heather, and wrapped his free arm around her before he nuzzled against the pillow, far too comfortable to concern himself with whatever unimportant affairs were calling for him.
"Neelix, get your ass out of bed."
Neelix's eyes shot open. He got out of bed so fast, it felt as though his stomach was trying to catch up. He lurched over the console as he caught his bearings, staring directly into the sharp poised eyes of Muora.
"Muora..." Neelix tried to catch his breath, "How did you... Nevermind. I don't want to know."
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She could hear his soft voice in her dreams...
And it slowly pulled her from them...
Heather roused and opened her eyes to a blurred silhouette above her.. Until her eyes adjusted and his face slowly came into focus.
"Neelix...?" She said his name curiously as she stretched out her arms lazily and yawned deeply. He smiled at her and leaned in to gently kiss her forehead. He lowered his head down and nuzzled along the side of her face before he pulled up, away from her. "Heather..." He whispered to her again, "I have a surprise for you today."
She cocked her head slightly in response, still groggy from just waking... but she was curious for him to tell her.
"What is it...?" She asked but he just smiled down at her. "It wouldn't be much of a surprise if I told you now.." He replied and she squinted her eyes and smile
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As Neelix slowly woke and parted his eyes, a wave of panic shot through him as the bed beside him was empty. He sat up quickly, eyes darting across the room, but she was no where in sight.
"Heather...?" He called out to her as he stood and rounded the wall to look in the back of his quarters... and breathed deep with relief. Heather looked at him with dismal eyes before turning her head back to continue staring out into space...
Neelix lowered his head, hesitant to approach her but at the same time, a strong urge forced him forward. He slowly walked to her and gently slipped his arms around her from behind, hugging her softly, but she didn't even acknowledge him or stir at his touch. He felt broken from her.. and it hurt. He had tried so hard to preserve their fragile bond... only to have it all come crashing down once the truth came out? He didn't even really know what was hurting her more: Never being able to go home, or being
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Neelix and Heather were already at the workshop for a while when Gale shouted from the back office to get Neelix's attention. He sighed, annoyed and set his tool down as he lifted his goggles and began to walk towards the back.
"Neelix, you have a message." Gale informed him as he entered.
"Oh..?" Neelix replied, interested but felt his gut lurch. As much as he wanted to speak to Muora, it made him extremely anxious. He looked over at Heather who was sitting up on the counter across from him. She was playing with Gale's game again and shared the same look of worry as he did, when their eyes met.
"Yeah... from... the Overseer." Gale replied. He seemed both confused and nervous by this.
"The Overseer? What would he want? We're catching up at a good pace.. I can't imagine he'd be receiving any complaints." Neelix replied, "What did he say?"
"Just says he wants to meet with you as soon as possible.. Damn I hope we're not in troubl
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Heather sat quietly on Neelix's bed as another random object went zipping across the room. She sighed out her nose as she made a face.
"I can't believe what I've gotten myself into... this is insane! He's going to ask me to do something crazy.. I just know it! What else could possibly be worth it to him if it wasn't something insane, huh?! What was I thinking to take your advice!"
Veeno didn't answer. He was leaning against the door frame of the main entrance to Neelix's quarters with his arms crossed. He continued to watch as Neelix tore apart his quarters in frustration and looked over at Heather. They both shrugged at one another as they turned their attention back to yet another item being tossed across the room.
"It's not all that bad..." Veeno finally said, "I mean, you are getting his protection after all."
"Yeah and at what price, huh?! Not all that bad..." Neelix repeated Veeno's sentence, mocking him
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Chapter 13: Unsure
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Continuation of Chapter Twelve
Later that evening, Neelix and Heather had finally settled down for the night.
Several minutes of silence had passed as Heather stared across at Neelix as they both laid together in bed. The way Heather was staring at him reminded Neelix of that moment when she had explored his face, touching him... examining him. It was like her eyes were studying his features, taking in his appearance.
He caught himself doing the same. It was hard not to when someone was gazing at you for so long without a word...
He noticed movement out of the corner of his eye as she slowly extending her arm out. He moved only his eyes down to watch as she brought her hand over to his. He didn't move; curious to see what she was doing
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Heather sat at the kitchen table once again while Neelix was busy preparing a tray full of several different types of food items for her. Because Neelix didn't want to waste too much, he decided to prepare small sample portions and only a few at a time. He also included some of his own favorites so that if she didn't like it, he'd be more than happy to finish it for her.
She watched him curiously as he set the tray down in front of her and looked down at it with a slight disappointed look on her face; nothing on the tray even looked remotely familiar to her. She looked to him as he sat down beside her, seeing her expression and slanted his mouth in response. There was nothing more he could do and he was trying his best...
Neelix moved his arm around her and gave her a soft hug to encourage her to try and she slowly reached up to the tray and picked out an item that
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Neelix roused to a soft repetitive beeping. It was the following day and he was happy that after Heather had rested the previous afternoon, that he was able to prepare her an evening meal which she not only enjoyed, but was able to keep down.
It wasn't that Heather wasn't able to consume any alien foods, she already had, so this was obviously not the case. It's just that some of them are a risk to anyone if that individual hadn't built up an immunity to the alien bacteria that can sometimes still be present in certain foods.
Neelix sat up, seeing Heather beside him. She rolled from her side to her stomach, seemingly annoyed, and shoved her face against the pillow. It was obvious she was still tired and didn't appreciate the annoying sound. He smiled and stood, moving to the back of his quarters towards his console. He knew exactly what the sound represented; a message. He pressed a button to play it, expecting it to be Ve
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It was dark and quiet. The only light came from the soft violet pulse of the plasma energy conduits as they hummed along the walls of Neelix's quarters.
For several minutes, Heather had stirred in her sleep. She twitched and whimpered lightly against the pillow.. and then began to toss and turn which caused her to entangle herself within the sheets. It wasn't until she cried out, that Neelix finally woke.
Her cry had startled him awake so suddenly, that he could feel the fast pounding of his heart thud rapidly up into his throat. His eyes darted about as his tired, shaken mind tried to make sense of the sudden confusion and he could feel his body tremble from an instant spike of adrenaline that now coursed through his veins.
Without even thinking, Neelix reached out to her and grasped her firmly as her cries became screams. He pulled her to himself, dragging her along the bed which freed her upper body from the tangled
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Neelix turned on the lights as he entered his quarters. As usual, the place was a mess. Thick wires were sprawled about along with crates and tools. It was obvious he was a mechanic.. and a bachelor. Both for a very long time. The girl was limp in his arms as he carried her inside, carefully moving between the crates and over the wires, to his bed.. or really, a large mattress like padding that laid on the floor in a far corner of the room. He knelt down with her beside the mattress, delicately pulling the fabric from around her body and quickly shoved it aside. He then carefully laid her down onto his bed.
She groggily opened her eyes, looking up at him. He smiled at her and ran a hand along her face, "It's ok.." he whispered, but she just weakly stared at him. He lowered his gaze down to the end of the bed and grabbed at his wrinkled and disarrayed sheets, pulling them up and over her as she continued to watch him through tired
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Chapter Three: For the first time
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A couple hours later...
For several minutes she had laid there in silence. She tried to open her eyes but they felt sticky, heavy, and her vision was blurred. Every muscle in her body ached and she felt like she'd be sick.
What had happened to her? Her mind raced.
The last thing she remembered were bright lights.. she couldn't even remember what had caused them... and then, there was nothing.
She tried to open her eyes again. She could barely see and everything was so blurry and bright. Her head was throbbing. She sluggishly sat up, her arm shaking as it tried to support her weight. She rubbed her forehead and blinked hard, hoping to clear her vision. The fuzziness was slowly fading and she could make out crude shapes of her surroundings.
Where the hell was she? She thought to herself. The room she was in was enclosed on all sides, however the wall directly across from her was different. It w
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"I'm not staying long..." Veeno said in a bothered tone as he followed Neelix and Heather into Neelix's private hanger. "Wish I had known before coming along with you that these were your plans for today.."
"Well that's what happens when you come around unannounced all the time and just assume I'm free." Neelix replied with an eye roll as he led Heather closer to the ship. Veeno just slipped his hands into his pockets and sighed as he kept at a slow, bored pace behind them.
Neelix was still highly stressed from the events earlier that day and was not in the mood for Veeno's usual carefree and smart ass attitude. Despite that, he was very anxious to get started with Heather; excitement rushed through him at the thought of her helping while he worked on his ship. He felt it was the only saving grace to turn this day around into a better one.
"I'm really excited to help." Heather said as she smiled up at him and he happi
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Chapter Two: Arrival to the space station
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Several months later...
Hundreds of light years away, an alien, by the name of Neelix, was occupied with welding the joint of a large pipe replacement. It was late in the afternoon and his co-workers were finishing up around him.
Goggles over his eyes and sparks spraying about, a hand touched his shoulder. He flinched and looked to his side. Veeno smiled at him. "Man, come on. Here you are, still working on shit and everyone else is..." Veeno watched as the last person walked out. "... Gone." He sighed. "It's only you here now, as usual. For once, lets go have some fun... Pleeeease?" Neelix sighed and smirked at his friend. "Fine." He cleaned himself and his work station up and a few moments later, they left the shop together.
They walked down a long hall towards an elevator and took it down to the lower districts of the station. Down here, people relaxed; had fun. Drinking, gambling, dancing, and sexual service
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"How did it go...?" Veeno asked, nervously. He had been waiting for the last couple hours in anticipation to hear from Neelix. "Were you able to find a buyer?"
Neelix nodded and tried to smile. It wasn't exactly easy turning over something so important to him. He didn't regret his choice, though, but that didn't alter the unsettling feeling lurking in his stomach. He tried to focus on why he had made this choice, thinking it would bring him comfort, but at that moment, it didn't. She wasn't his yet. His chances of having her were not guaranteed. It only made the knot in his stomach tighten.
"Because I haven't finished it, it will stay in my private hanger for now. I was lucky the buyer was willing to pay in advance. I guess he was worried I'd just take my business elsewhere... which I would have. He knew I was desperate, but... I think I have enough, If I'm lucky..." Neelix replied and Veeno nodded, "I wouldn't be too worried a
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Heather lay awake beside Neelix, staring up at the cracks along the ceiling of his quarters. She had been awake for the past hour while he slept beside her, unable to fall back asleep. She was still hungry but at least it wasn't so bad that she felt like her own stomach was eating itself.
She kept wondering why she wouldn't wake up. Why this dream wouldn't end. It was all too strange to be real so it had to be fake, right?
She turned her head to look at the strange creature called Neelix, watching his body moving up and down slowly with each breath. Even though she was afraid, he had been her only ray of hope through all of this and he was trying... even when she was frightened or a pain in the ass, he didn't give up on her. She tried to smile a little to herself as she watched him sleep but her smile faded as she wondered where exactly he came from or, really, where she had ended up. She hadn't seen any other human
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Near the doors, on the far end of the auction room, the other winners were finishing up exchanging information with Veeno's boss. He was grinning stupidly the whole time.
Neelix waited impatiently for the last of the auction attendees to leave, nervously fiddling with the rod in his hands... until Veeno took it from him. Veeno slipped the device into his pocket and grabbed Neelix by the hand. He pulled his friend over to the girl's crate, which had been lowered onto the trap door in the center of the room. The rest of the slaves that had been auctioned off would stay in the basement, beneath until they were shipped off to the winners later that day.
"Hold on just a moment, Neelix," Veeno said as he got down on his knees in front of the cage, "Unfortunately, there are a couple things I have to do before you can take her home... regulations." He sighed and Neelix nodded. Veeno then leaned forward and removed the force field
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Chapter One: Abduction
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A small alien spacecraft slipped undetected past a stationary marker buoy. This buoy is one of trillions that make up a grid that marks the border between known and unknown space. The two creatures within this craft belong to a society of many alien races known as the Concord. Every individual is forbidden from passing this border by law of this Concord. However, these two aliens will risk it for their goal is to explore uncharted worlds, beyond the borders to scavenge anything they can find to take back and sell in the black market. Technology, resources, even alien animals and people unknown to them.
Since the entire mission is illegal, they could face severe criminal charges if caught, but they must. It's within their nature. They're a pirating people. Their very race's survival depends upon their scavenging and profit skills. They're a sim