Trojan Horse #141&142 - "Acts of Desperation"


Hannah dried her hair as she stepped out of the bathroom, a towel wrapped around her. She took a seat on the bed, smiling. It felt good to finally get some time off, and she felt safe in Evans' quarters.

Ryylar walked down the corridor, phaser belt strapped on his side with the phaser in the holster. He tapped the chime to see if anyone was inside.

"Coming!" Hannah called. She checked herself to make sure she was decent. <Close enough. Just hope it's somebody I know> She grinned. She went to the door, and opened it.

Ryylar stood there and cocked an eyebrow at her. "Hannah.... arrrrrrrrre you allrrrrrrrrright? I hope I didn't interrrrrrrrupt anything." He said.

"No, I just finished in the shower. Sorry about my appearance" She smiled cheekily at him, "although I'm sure you're not complaining."

"Uh no I uh... I came to make surrrrrrre you arrrrrrre ok." He said.

"Yeah, I'm fine." She smiled. "You wanna come in?"

Thank you." Ryylar said, accepting the invitation. "Afterrrrrr talking with Lieutenant Black and yourrrrrrssssssself, I decccccided it would be bessssssst to guarrrrrrrd you in cassssssse Ssssssulan doesssssss trrrrrrry ssssssomething." Ryylar said.

"Oh, ok." Hannah said, touched. She walked into the bedroom area, and disrobed, not bothering to close the door into the main room. "Do you really think she's that dangerous?"

Ryylar blinked at the sight of her rather nude form and looked away quickly. "I've fought herrrrrrr beforrrrre when she trrrrrried to bite Krrrrrrissssstiana'ssssss thrrrrrroat out. Sssssso yesssss, I think she'ssssss that dangerrrrrrroussssss. I wouldn't be herrrrrre if I didn't think she wasssssss a thrrrrreat." Ryylar told her.

Hannah nodded. "I guess you're right." She sighed. "I really wanted to love her, Ry." She said, picking out some underwear, and pulling it on.

"I think you jusssssst rrrrrrreally wanted to love ssssssomeone... and she wassssss sssssssomeone you carrrrrred forrrrr." Ryylar said, giving her his opinion.

"That's kinda cold, Ry." Hannah said, her smile disappearing suddenly.

"I didn't sssssay you werrrrrrre wrrrrrrong forrrrrr it. I applaud you forrrrrr trrrrrrrying, but obviousssssly she wasssssn't the one you need to fall in love with." Ryylar said, trying to make his meaning more plain.

Hannah finished dressing, and came out into the main room. "Do you really think there is someone for me?"

"I'm cccccerrrrrtain." He said with a smile as he looked at her. "You look prrrrrretty." He said, complimenting his friend.

"You're just saying that 'cause you saw me naked." Hannah blushed.

"No. I think you'rrrrrre verrrrrry prrrrrrretty Hannah." He said, shaking his head. "And I didn't rrrrrreally sssssee you naked. I looked away." He told her.

"So I don't look good naked?" Hannah said, with a perfectly straight face.

"You do. Frrrrrrom what I ssssssaw." He said, trying to both compliment her and show that he did indeed look away.

"So you were staring?"

"No... I jusssssst sssssaw forrrrr about two sssssecondsssss." He said.

"Was it worth it?" Hannah grinned

"Uhhhh..." Ryylar said, looking away, trying to stay innocent.

Hannah burst out laughing. "Thanks Ry, I needed that."

"You rrrrrreally arrrrrre prrrrrretty." Ryylar said softly, trying to just save himself from the trap Hannah had so expertly put him in.

"Keep digging, Ry." Hannah laughed happily, heading to the replicator. "we could always do with another hull breach." She tapped a few commands into the console. "You want anything?"

"No... " He said sheepishly, sitting down in one of the chairs in the rooom.

She ordered up a hot chocolate, and curled up in one of the easy chairs, cradling it to her chest. "So, what's up?"

"Nothing much. I'm jusssssst trrrrrrrying to keep on going. I hope we manage to get operrrrrational sssssssoon. I'd rrrrrrreally enjoy putting back to a Sssssstarrrrrrbassssse." Ryylar said.

"I guess." Hannah shrugged. "I don't know what I'll do while we refit. It's not like I have anywhere to go - all my friends are here."

"Sssssame herrrrrrre. I don't rrrrrrrreally have any plansssssss." Ryylar said with a slow nod.

"You're not hanging out with Commander Petrova?" Hannah said, somewhat surprised.

"I prrrrrrobably will." He said with a nod. "Though I think she may want to be alone forrrrrr a while." Ryylar said with a nod.

"Is she OK?"

"She'sssss fine... but she hasssss ssssssome prrrrrivate matterrrrrssssss she needsssss to attend to. I'm not ssssssurrrrrre if she'll want me therrrrrre orrrrrr not." Ryylar said.

"Of course she does." Hannah says. "She needs someone. That much is obvious."

"We'll sssssssee when the time comessssss." Ryylar nodded to her. "Ssssssso, wherrrrrre should I sssssstand guarrrrrrd? I think perrrrrrrhapssssss in herrrrrre would be bessssst." Ryylar said, trying to change the topic.

Hannah nodded. "Sounds like a plan. But...don't you have somewhere better to be?"

"Krrrrrrissssstiana isssssn't ssssssleeping. She'sssss only worrrrrking. Meaning that we'rrrrrrrre not rrrrrrreally sssssseeing much of each otherrrrrrr. Sssssssso the only otherrrrr placcccce I would be isssss the lounge. And lasssst I hearrrrrrd it got a majorrrrrr rrrrrenovation frrrrrrrom the Lantrrrrrree'sssss torrrrrrrpedoesssss." Ryylar said.

"Well, this means a lot to me." Hannah smiled happily. She crossed over and gave him a hug. "Thank you"

He hugged her back, putting his arms around her waist.

"You'rrrrrre the thirrrrrrd rrrrrreasssson I'm not going anywherrrrrre elssssse tonight. I don't want to ssssssee anything happen to you Hannah." Ryylar said.

"Also, you're hoping I get naked again, aren't you?" Hannah teased.

"Harrrrrr harrrrrrr." He smirked at her and then stuck out his tongue.

Hannah kissed him lightly on the forehead. "I have some work to do. Make yourself comfy." She grinned.

He nodded and sat back in his chair and rechecked the power cells on the phaser strapped to his waist.

annah got halfway across the room, and then turned. "Rylaar...when you said I looked pretty naked...did you really mean it?" She asked, joking left behind.

"Yessssss." He said with a bit of an uncomfortable nod.

She came back and sat next to him on the sofa. "It means a lot that you say that, y'know. I know I'm hot. I know I can make grown men cry when I bend over...but for you to say that I'm pretty...I guess I just have a hard time believing that men who aren't just overgrown penises can find me attractive."

"I'll take that asssss a compliment." Ryylar chuckled at her.

"'re a really nice guy, Rylaar." Hannah said, quietly.

"I like to think ssssssso." He smiled at her and gave her a gentle one armed hug.

Hannah snuggled into him. "Ry...sometimes I'm so scared that nobody will ever love me."

"Don't everrrrrr be afrrrrrraid of that." He said with a smile as he gave her a gentle hug.

"Therrrrrre arrrrrre a lot of people who like you and love you." He told her.

"Plenty of people like me." Hannah shrugged. "Who would want to love me?"

"Any man with a good head on hissssss shoulderrrrrsssss." Ryylar replied with a firm nod.

"Do you love me, Ry?" Hannah pleadingly.

He looked at her and blinked at the question.

"I carrrrrrre a lot about you." He told her softly with a nod.

Hannah looked at him desperately, her eyes starting to water. "You don't love me?"

"Hannah, I wouldn't be herrrrrre if I didn't." He told her.

Hannah moved smoothly upwards, her lips meeting his, her arms moving round his neck as her eyes closed and she fell into the kiss.

Ryylar was surprised and kissed back at first, then shaking his head and breaking the kiss.

"Hannah. we can't do thissssss." He said. He hesitated after he said that. His old self would have Hannah's shirt off by now, but not the new Ryylar.

"Please Rylaar..." Hannah begged, her hands moving his to her blouse. "I need this. I love you."

"Hannah we can't do thissssss. You'rrrrrrre upssssssset and not thinking clearrrrrrrrly." He said softly, shaking his head as he moved his hands away from her.

"Rylaar!" Hannah's eyes were desperate and wild. She surged forward to kiss him again.

He couldn't help this time but to kiss her back as she forced herself onto him.

"Rylaar" she moaned, as he kissed her. "This is what I need." She straddled his seated form, and her hands pulled his back to her shirt.

He grunted and moved her off of his lap.

"Hannah, no! We can't do thisssss! I love Krrrrrissssstiana and you know that." Ryylar said.

Hannah fell with a thump onto the floor. She looke up at Rylaar, utterly betrayed. "Get out." She hissed.

"Hannah... you know that thisssss can't happen." He said with a glare.

Hannah's eyes dropped. "Oh God...what am I doing?" she whispered to herself. She pulled herself into a ball. "Please...please go." she whispered to Rylaar as she started to cry.

Ryylar sighed and leaned down and put his arms around her.

"It'ssssss ok Hannah. I don't blame you... I'm not angrrrrrry with you." Ryylar said consolingly.

"Get away from me!" Hannah pushed him away.

Ryylar blinked and moved back a bit.

"All rrrrrrright Hannah." He said resignedly as he stood up and turned towards the door.

Hannah watched him leave without a word, her sobs the only sound.

Ryylar stood outside the doorway and sighed, crossing his arms over his chest as he stood mute sentinel for the evening.


Lieutenant Hannah O'Driscoll Chief Tactical Officer USS Pegasus

Warrant Officer Ryylar Acting Security Officer Morale Officer USS Pegasus