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1. Introduction.

He knew her inside and out; better than anyone else she'd ever known. But he'd never actually met her.
Okay, technically he'd met her physically. But he'd never met her psychologically. He knew her every quirk, button and switch; but he didn't know why she worked that way.
He'd told her everything about his life, and yet she'd told him so little about hers, even when he'd been there.
Now she lay, head in his lap, with him stroking her hair and it was their honeymoon. She wanted tonight to be special. She cleared her throat and he looked down at her. He smiled.
"What is it Taz?"
She almost stopped herself. Almost. She took a deep breath and told him everything.


9. Cut.

Not all cuts leave scars. But if they're deep enough, they will. Up knew every scar on Taz's body, better than the scars on his own. But he didn't worry about those; they showed his girl could take care of herself. He worried about the scars he didn't know, the ones on her heart. Where the words of others, or her own, had cut her deep. Because those words stopped her from being able to interact calmly with those around her, causing her to keep them away in case they tried to cut her as well. But slowly, with the help of Bug and the rest of the squad, those scars were beginning to fade. Sometimes he wished he could do more to help her.
He just never realised how many more scars there'd be if it weren't for him.


29. Urban.

Taz had a secret.
She hated the outdoors. She was raised indoors and being outside had been a novelty for a time. But it was dirty, you couldn't control the temperature, wind blew your hair everywhere and people didn't know who you were so they got in your way or knocked you out of theirs. Sure she spent some time training outside, but only because she had to. She preferred the gym. Clean, climate controlled, the only wind you got was a light breeze from the air conditioning and people knew who she was and her reputation so they stayed the hell out of her way.

So when Up suggested the Squad spend their extended shore leave camping, to build trust and form bonds, she'd almost hit him. But she had a reputation as a 'tough bitch' to keep, Specs wouldn't go without her and Up had given her that damn big eyed weepy look he knew she couldn't resist. So here she was, sweating and almost out of breath as they trekked long distance up the mountain. Being bitten to death by mosquitoes and unable to swat them because she was walking in front of Bug and didn't want to offend the kid. In the damp heat the sun beat down on them. She hoped their tent was sound proof, because Up was going to have to make this up to her somehow.
Krayonder, walking directly in front of her, pushed a tree branch out his way and let it fall back naturally; slapping Taz in the face, giving her a mouthful of pine needles, and knocking her backwards into Bug who barely caught her.
That man was going to have to make it up to her big time.


40. 4:29PM.

Up stared at the ceiling that night, his arm around Taz who was sleeping soundly.
4:29PM
The time would seem insignificant to anyone else. But to him it now meant everything.
4:29PM
Other men went out of their way for it. Tickets to fancy events, wine and expensive food, usually family and friends would be involved somehow.
But it wasn't their style.
Throw on The Karate Kid, a couple of beers and some popcorn, just the two of them cuddling on the couch watching the movie. Then it had happened.
4:29PM
Up grinned at the ceiling; He was the man. He picked Taz's hand off of his chest and rubbed the top with his thumb.
Her engagement ring sparkled in the moonlight.


46. Drop.

The ledge they were standing on was so thin when he looked down he couldn't see it. He pressed himself back against the cliff face and edged himself along. The rock behind him helped very little to stop the sensation of being in the air. Ever since Qo'noS he'd been terrified of heights. No one could blame him. Up felt like he was going to be sick. Suddenly a hand slid into his. He looked across in surprise at Taz. But she was deliberately not looking at him, her cheeks bright red. He smiled. He felt better already.


49. Preservatives.

"Love is the preservative of a solid relationship. Despite what all the 'informative texts' that say you need more than love. Because love should be a driving force. It should be able to keep you together. Yes, you at the back."
"Will love be able to stop de car as it hits jour partner? Or when de bank robber shoots dem, will it stop de bullet?"
"Taz, stop being difficult, you're upsetting the speaker."
"Why are we even here? We don' need dis shit?"
"Because you need ta' be able to express your feelin's without..."
"Dis is sandeces I'm out'a here."
"Taz! I'm sorry about this. Taz come back here!"
"Usted me toca con aún uno de sus manos y yo le haré desea que estuviera muerto!"
"Now Taz don't be like that."
The speaker stared after them.
"What the hell?"


54. Tower.

When Up was young his Aunt used to read him stories about Princesses who'd been locked away in a tower by fate or circumstance, and how a brave knight in shining armour would save her and they'd fall madly in love. He used to dream about it. Storming the castle and saving the princess.
As he stared at her Taz looked over the top of her book of fairytales and rolled her eyes.
He'd never expected his princess would save herself and then help him kick the bad guy's ass. It was more awesome than anything he could have dreamed up.


60. Desert.

They lay in each other's arms on the desert sand and stared at the stars and moons.
"It beautiful isn't it?"
"It'd be more beautiful if we weren't out in de middle of de damn desert wid no fuel, waiting for de drop pod to come save us, because jou forgot to check de fuel gauge before we left."
"Yeah, but it's still beautiful right?"
She gave an exasperated sigh " Up, es muy hermoso."


62. Voodoo.

Taz held up the little wax effigy of Staff Sergeant Zack and raised an eyebrow. Up didn't meet her eyes and blushed.
"I've seen the way he looks at you, I'm just being careful. 'T's'not like you're any better."
She rolled her eyes and made a note to find a better place to hide her effigy of Up's southern belle of a physical therapist.


70. 67%.

It was the first time they'd been back to the apartment in years. The place was a mess. Up had made a face and Taz had dropped her bags and immediately left to get cleaning supplies. The pair of clean freaks had spent their first week back on Earth spring cleaning. At the end of a particularly hard day they were lying back together on the couch and having a quick drink before bed. As they were finishing, Up suddenly poked her in the arm.
"Oh Taz guess what I found."
Taz scrunched up her face. "I' wasn't anot'er dead cat was it? 'Cause I don' wanna see dat again." Up chuckled and tossed a book that had been sitting on the coffee table into her lap. Taz took one look at the book and groaned, covering her face with her hands.
It was her old Calculus text book.
"Why didn't jou throw that thing out de window?"
"I don't know Taz. It wasn't all that bad was it?"
"Yes." Up rolled his eyes at her.
"C'mon, we got to spend some quality time together because o' that." She elbowed him in the stomach.
"Anciano escalofriante."
"I'm not that old! And anyway, it was still nice wasn't it. Just you and me, just like it was the first year we met. You remember."
Taz smiled fondly at the memory of her first year with Up. "Yeah, I remember."
"And then with night after night after night of studying you were finally ready for that final test! And you passed it! ... With the lowest passing grade in your class! Your parents would've been so proud."
Taz hit him in the face with a pillow.


71. Obsession.

She lay on her stomach, chin on her hands, and stared at it. She was pretty sure she obsessed with the damn thing. She couldn't help herself. She loved the feel of it, the texture and the way it tickled. She had to have it. Carefully she reached up and peeled the moustache off his face. She darted across the room to the mirror and put it on. She examined herself and then made it twitch. Up gave a snort and shot up. Taz whirled around. They looked at each other. Up shook his head at her and went back to sleep. He honestly didn't understand that girl sometimes.


72. Mislead.

All day she'd been worse than usual. Either ignoring him completely or been rude and insubordinate. On any other day he'd have been able to deal with it, but not today. Up rubbed his eyes as tears threatened to fall. He couldn't believe she'd forgotten. He gave a shaky sigh and slid open the doors to his quarters. He needed some time alone. He frowned; he could've sworn he'd left the lights on. He clapped and the lights came on.
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY COMMANDER!"
Up blinked and stumbled back at the sudden noise. The whole squad was there; and not just his current squad, many of his old squad members too as well as a few of his new friends.
Up beamed. "Aw shucks you guys."
It wasn't until deep into the party that Specs told him that this party wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for Taz. He looked over to where his Lieutenant was seemingly sulking in the corner. She looked up at him and raised her glass. He grinned, nodded at her and mouthed 'Thank you.' She hunched up her shoulders and scuffed the floor with her boots; looking down to hide her grin, and her blush.


76. Broken.

The covering had come away in the fall, leaving the right side of his body exposed; it was a twisted metal wreck.
Even with her limited medical and mechanical training she could tell he was likely to die without assistance. While she'd sent up a flair, which hovered in the air above giving everything beneath it a hellish red gleam, there was no way to contact the recovery squad and inform them of his state. She couldn't help him. Oh she knew what to do to help him. But she was leaning against the rocks shaking, not able to come any closer to the robot lying a few feet away from her. The man she loved was about to die because she was too scared and weak to help him. He made a noise and pulled his head up. Their eyes met. Tears formed in her eyes and she opened her mouth to explain. He shook his head and he smiled at her, an understanding smile, a reassuring smile, a forgiving smile.
He lay back down and tears slid down her cheeks. She couldn't stand it. She had nearly lost him once, she'd be damned if she was going to lose him now.
Slowly she crawled away from the rock to his side. Her hands shaking uncontrollably. She clenched them into fists and took a deep breath. Slightly calmer she reached into the inner mechanics of his left side and got to work.


88. Pain.

So many times she'd felt the pain of losing someone she loved. But this time it was so much worse. She sat curled up next to his empty bed and openly wept. Not caring who was watching her. She didn't think she could bear it this time. It would end her. She felt a hand on her shoulder and on her knee. Her children, their children, were holding and supporting her. She pulled them in close. Thanks to him, she didn't have to bear it alone. Together, with what he'd taught them, they could handle their pain.


91. Drown.

Taz lounged on the couch and watched Up as he filled out paperwork.
He had the most amazing blue eyes. She could lie there all day and just stare into them.
She could drown in those eyes.
For a summary of this project & links to more chapters please follow this shiny link : [link] .


I would like to thank :iconfluffy-spindleshanks: for being my Beta reader, & :iconmooncatrose: should be reading this over & getting back to me with revisions later so this will probably be updated.


29. Urban:
The next day Taz will enlist Tootsie in helping her to throw Krayonder in the lake.


62. Voodoo:
I watched Little White Lie this week. :D


70. 67%:
Because Calculus is tough. :)


71. Obsession:
Yeah, a bit OOC I know but it was adorable. ~:heart:
I think this is because of watching LWL, it feels more Tanya-ish that Taz-ish to me. ^^;


72. Mislead:
Becuase Taz can do nice things too.


76. Broken:
Kind of ties in with 'For Us' from Lt. Lopez Installment 6. Because it takes more than one night to overcome a fear like I imagine Taz has.


Starship & all related characters are property of Starkid productions.
Original Characters however are mine.
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AssasinQueen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
XD Thanks.

Favourite part?
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EmBean96 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
either 4:29 or 67%, that one cracked me up!
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AssasinQueen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Cheers. :)
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EmBean96 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
=) :la:
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RivkAnn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Can't decide on my favorite... they're all great, as usual! :D
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AssasinQueen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Awwww thanks Ducky. :)
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mooncatrose Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
OH MY DEAD GOD I LOVE YOU FOREVER JUST BECAUSE OF THE QO'NOS REFRENCE! :heart:
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AssasinQueen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Like you didn't already. :D I kid I kid.
But at what reference point do you love me for it. :D
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mooncatrose Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
i think it was "drop" or something rather... :D
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AssasinQueen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh I know it was in drop. :D
I was just wondering whether it was because it was a Star Trek reference or a Learning to Dance reference, cause it's technically both. :XD:
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mooncatrose Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
O_O I has forgotten, both maybe? :D
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AssasinQueen Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
XD
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MonochromeMemory Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:'D; <333
These were so great to read! And aww ;u; Some of them were adorable and heartbreaking.
But enjoyable non the less! <333

(And I need to watch Little White Lie xD! I've only seen a little bit of it |D )

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AssasinQueen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Cheers. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)
You must! It's awesome!
(Which of these prompts would you say was your favourite m'dear?)
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MonochromeMemory Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
asljdflk I can't choose my favorite one!
I love them all! And the way that you write just makes everyone in character and perfect and I can't choose one! I love them all C:!

But I have to say the angsty ones are more to my taste C: <333
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AssasinQueen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. :blush:

Everyone loves a good bit of angst, Taz & Up have pools of it. XD
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MonochromeMemory Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome ;D <33

Angst is my guilty pleasure.
And their relationship/dynamic is great and so angst-worthy while being adorable and awesome at the same time ;D
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roman-rain Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
I was just wondering- Qo'noS? Do I see a 'Learning to Dance' reference there? ;D

Seriously though, nice. my favourite is the engagement one. I'm a sucker for TUp fluff.
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AssasinQueen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
More putting blind faith that the Author knew what they were talking about. XD Quick google search shows that they most likey did. XD

Cheers. :)
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roman-rain Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
I'm confused... I mean the TUp fic 'Learning to Dance' :s

You're welcome! :D
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AssasinQueen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh I know. :D
Learning to Dance's author said that Qo'noS was the Klingon (Star Trek) homeworld, I put blind faith in that & turns out it was right. :D They just made a connection I hadn't & I trusted it. :) :)
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roman-rain Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Oh XD I thought that you meant Qo'noS had been mentioned in Starship, and I was like, WHUT?!
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AssasinQueen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
...It has [link] I give you the quote:
"Qo'noS is the Klingon homeworld, also known as Kronos."
Also known as the cannon location of the last battle. :D :D
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roman-rain Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
WAIT WHUT.
When does Bug/Taz/Up say that? BECAUSE I HAVE TO WATCH IT.
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AssasinQueen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm pretty sure Up says it during his big scene with Bug. Just a second ... Yup, found it :D
[link]
"...The last push in the assault of Qo'noS..." -4:06, it's like a second of dialogue.
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