by:  tayryn 

June 17, 2000



WARNING:   okay, unlike Stellar Love, which actually should have been rated “R”, this one is definitely rated NC-17!!  So, you all know the deal… don’t read this unless you’re legal to do so!  Thanks!


NOTE:  this particular story takes place immediately after Stellar Love.  In fact, it starts where Stellar Love left off.



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John stepped into the open hatch of the Eagle and glanced around at his people, busy setting up temporary shelters on their new home.


“Tony!”  He called, finally spotting his second in command helping the Frasers set up their shelter.  “Can you give me a hand in here?”


“Sure thing, John.”  Tony called back.  “Just let me finish with this.”


John nodded and just as he moved to go back into the eagle, he spotted Helena across the way, unloading boxes and instructing her staff where to put everything in the medical tent.


“God she’s beautiful.”  He thought, watching her hair shine in the sunlight.  He sent up a silent prayer, thanking whomever or whatever had seen fit to grant them this second chance at a life together.


Helena lifted her head and turned as she felt John’s eyes on her.  She smiled as her eyes locked with his across the small distance.  John smiled back and Helena felt her heart begin to beat faster as she could read the desire in his blue eyes, even from where he was standing.




John reluctantly tore his gaze away from his wife and turned to look at Tony, who was now standing in the open hatch with him.


Tony glanced over to where John had been looking and smiled and nodded as he looked back at John.


“Did I interrupt something?”  Tony asked and then grinned.  “Again?”


John chuckled and glanced back at Helena, who flashed him another quick smile and went back to her work.  John turned back to Tony.


“No.  You didn’t interrupt anything.”  John said.  “We were just playing eye-tag.”  He paused and a grin came to his face.  He clapped Tony on the shoulder as he led him into the eagle.  “Tony, I’ve just had a wonderful idea.  And you get to help me with it.”


“It’s not something I’m gonna regret is it?”  Tony asked with a smile.


“Nope.  But you’ll help make Helena and I very happy.”  John said and smiled.  “Again.”


Tony nodded.  “Okay, lay it on me.”


“Thanks, Tony.”  John said and outlined his plan.



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Helena made her way through what some of the Alphans were calling ‘Camp Alpha’, looking for her husband.  The sun was slowly beginning to set and she had no idea where their shelter had been put up.  Not only that, she couldn’t seem to find any of their belongings.


As she was walking, she spotted Tony and Maya standing arm in arm at the edge of the encampment and made her way towards them when a young blond woman intercepted her.


“Doctor Rus… I mean Koenig.”  The young woman gave a lightly embarrassed smile.  “Sorry.”


“It’s all right, Annie.”  Helena smiled.  “You’re not the first one to do it and I’m sure you won’t be the last.  So, what can I do for you?”


“I found these,” Annie said, holding up a small box so Helena could look into it.  “On an eagle.  Do they belong in your section?”


“As a matter of fact they do.”  Helena said.  “Would you be a dear and bring them over to the medical tent and give them to Doctor Mathias?”


“Sure.”  Annie said and moved to go.


“Oh, Annie?”  Helena said.  “You haven’t seen John around have you?”


Annie shook her head.  “The last time I saw the Commander he was talking with Tony, Maya and Alan.”


“Okay.  Thanks.”  Helena said and turned to head for Tony and Maya.


“Doctor Koenig.”  Helena looked back at Annie.  “Congratulations on your marriage.”


Helena smiled.  “Thanks, Annie.”


Annie smiled and walked away.  Helena watched her for a moment and then resumed her search for her husband.


“Tony.  Maya.”  She called out a greeting as she approached the couple.


Helena.”  Tony smiled.  “Everything sorted out with medical?”


“Yes.”  Helena said.  “Although a few small instruments are missing.  But I’m sure we’ll find them.”  She paused and glanced around.  “I’m trying to find my husband.”  She said, her eyes lighting up as she said it.  “Have either of you seen him?”


Tony looked at Maya then back at Helena.  “He was here about fifteen minutes ago.  But I don’t know where he went.”


“Have you tried calling him on his commlock?”  Maya asked.


Helena nodded.  “The signal’s not getting through for some reason.”


“Well, I’m sure he’s around here somewhere.”  Tony said.


“I’m sure he is too.”  Helena said, unconsciously twisting her wedding band.  She gave them a small sheepish smile.  “I don’t know where he had them put up our shelter or where our things are.”


Tony and Maya exchanged glances.


“Why don’t we walk around the camp and see if we can’t locate your belongings.”  Maya suggested.  “Tony was just saying that he wanted to look around and see how everything was coming along.”


“Yeah, Helena.  Walk with us.”  Tony said.  “We might even bump into John in our travels.”


Helena nodded and the three of them walked back towards the camp.



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“This looks like a good spot.”  John said, slowing the moon buggy down in front of a small grove of trees.  He looked over at Alan.  “What do you think?”


“It is a nice spot.”  Alan agreed.  “Shall we take a look around for just the right spot?”


John nodded and they climbed out of the buggy and headed for the trees.


“I’ll go this way.”  John indicated to his right.  “You go that way.”


“Right.”  Alan said and headed out.


John headed towards the trees, which were situated in front of a small mountain.  He slowly made his way through the tress and stopped suddenly when he came upon a clearing.


“Alan!”  He grabbed his commlock.  “I found the perfect spot.”


“I’ll be right there.”  Alan said.


“Meet me at the moon buggy.”  John said.  “I want to hurry up and get that shelter up and get back to camp before Tony and Maya run out of ways to distract Helena.”


Alan chuckled.  “I’m heading back now.”


John looked around the clearing with a delighted smile, and then headed back the way he came.  “I’m heading back too.”


They met at the moon buggy and both men climbed in.


“There’s a clearing right through those trees.”  John said, pointing straight ahead.  “We should be able to get the moon buggy through.”


Alan nodded as John started up the buggy and headed for the trees.  When they entered the clearing, Alan gave a low whistle.


“Wow!”  Alan said.


“Exactly what I thought when I saw it.”  John said with a smile as he brought the moon buggy to a stop.  He leaned forward, resting his elbows on his knees, then looked over at his old friend.  “I’m going to build mine and Helena’s house here.”


Alan looked at his friend and thought he’d never seen John look so happy.  It made him smile.


John caught the look Alan was giving him.  “What?”


“I was just thinking that I don’t recall ever seeing you so happy.”  Alan admitted.


John grinned.  “I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy.”  He admitted.  “We’ve finally found a planet Alan.  And more importantly, Helena and I are finally married.”


A comfortable silence hung between the two friends for a moment before John slapped Alan on the shoulder and climbed out of the moon buggy.


“Come on, let’s get to work.  Otherwise, I’ll be spending my wedding night in the medical tent.”


Alan laughed and then they got down to work.



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“Well. We’ve been over the entire camp.”  Helena said an hour later.  “And we still haven’t found him.”


“More than likely we just kept missing each other.”  Tony said as they approached his and Maya’s shelter.


“Tony’s right, Helena.”  Maya said.  “The Commander’s around here somewhere.”


Helena sighed.  “You’re probably right Maya.”  She paused and reached for her commlock, missing the smiles that came to Tony and Maya’s faces as they looked over her shoulder.  “I think I’m going to try his commlock again.”


She pressed the button and seconds later John’s smiling face appeared on the small viewer.


“John!”  Helena smiled.  “Honey, where are you?”


“Right behind you beautiful.”


Helena spun around and found herself caught up in his arms.  He gave her a quick kiss.


“Where have you been?”  She demanded, stepping out of his arms and pinning him with a stern look.  “I’ve been looking everywhere for you.”


“Sorry if I worried you, Doc.”  John said and gestured to Alan.  “Alan and I were putting up our shelter.”


Helena gave him a look.  “Tony, Maya and I have been all over this camp, we didn’t see you.  Where did you set it up?”


“It’s a surprise.”  John said and held up his hand to stop her from interrupting.  “It’s a surprise Helena.  And trust me, you’re gonna love it.  Right, Alan?”  He looked over at Alan who smiled.


“You’re going to love it Helena.”  Alan said, moving to stand next to Tony and Maya.


“I take it you guys found a suitable location?”  Tony asked.


“Oh yeah.”  Alan said.


Helena turned to look at her friends.  “You were all in on this?”


“Of course they were.”  John said, stepping beside her and slipping his arm around her waist.  He looked at Tony.  “Tony, would you gather everyone together by the medical tent.  I’d like to speak to them.”


“Right, John.”  Tony said, grabbing Maya’s hand.  “Come on.  You can help.”


Alan watched them go then looked over at John and Helena.  “I think I’ll help them.”  He said with a smile.


Helena watched him walk away until she felt John slip his other arm around her waist and draw her close against him.  She looked up at him.


“I am sorry if I worried you, Helena.”  He said seriously.  “That wasn’t my intention.”


“I know.”  She said as she brushed her fingers over his lips and cupped his cheek, smiling up at him.  “I’ll admit though, that I was beginning to get worried.  Especially when I couldn’t reach you on your commlock.”


“What do you mean you couldn’t rea…?”  He paused as he realized.  “Alan grabbed my commlock before we left and again before we got back.  He must have jammed the signal somehow.”


“It doesn’t matter now.”  Helena said giving him a loving squeeze.  She glanced over her shoulder to see the Alphans gathering by the medical tent.  “Looks like everyone’s there.”


John nodded and gave her a quick kiss before moving to stand beside her, leaving his one arm around her waist.  “We’d better get over there.  The sooner I talk to them, the sooner I get you all to myself.”


She smiled.  “I like the sound of that.”  She said, her arm sliding around his waist.  “And exactly what do you have in mind for us, Commander Koenig?”


John looked down at her with a sly smile as they walked towards the others.  “You’ll just have to wait and see, Doctor Koenig.”


Helena laughed and cut her eyes at him.  “Make it a quick speech, John.”


He heard the need in her voice and feeling the same way, quickened his step. 


When they reached the gathered Alphans, John let go of Helena and stepped up on the crate Tony had placed in front of the medial tent so that everyone could see him.  He took a moment to look out over all the familiar faces of his people.


“We’ve all been through a lot in the last thirty-six hours.  Losing the only home we’ve known for the last six years and colonizing a new world.”  John began.  “I’m very proud of the work you’ve done here today setting up the camp.  And I know you’re all aware of how much more work we still have to do in order to really make this world our home.”  He paused and looked at Helena who smiled at him.  “However, I want all of you to call it quits for tonight.  It’s getting late and by the looks of it, the sun will be set soon.  We’re all tired, so relax for the rest of the evening and we’ll resume making this planet our home tomorrow.”


He stopped as an appreciative murmur went up from the Alphans.  He held his hand up to quiet them back down.


“So with that said, enjoy the rest of your evening and I want to see everyone back here tomorrow morning at ten hundred hours lunar time.”


John stepped off the crate and walked over to Helena who was standing with Tony, Maya and Alan and draped his arm over her shoulders.


“Nice speech, John.”  Tony said.


“Yeah.”  Alan agreed.  “I think it helped make everyone feel better about being here.”


“Thanks you two.”  John said then leaned towards Helena.  “Ready to go?”


She looked up at him and nodded.


“Now remember, Tony.”  John said, fixing a serious look on the younger man.  “No calls for either of us unless it’s a life or death emergency.”


“Right, John.”  Tony said.  “We’ll see you both in the morning.”


John nodded and led Helena towards the moon buggy he’d left just off of Tony and Maya’s shelter.  The others followed at a discreet distance.


“Your chariot awaits my beloved.”  He said with a sweeping bow.  “Please, climb in and I will take you to your new home.”


“You do mean our new home, don’t you?”  She asked with a grin as she climbed into the seat.


“Our new home.”  He amended giving her a quick kiss as he climbed into his seat beside her.


He started up the moon buggy and drove off.


“Now there goes the happiest couple I’ve ever seen.”  Alan commented as he, Maya and Tony watched John and Helena drive away.


“I couldn’t agree more.”  Tony said.  He placed his hand on Alan’s shoulder.  “What do you say we go toast our new home with a nice cold glass of delicious beer?”


“Do you have any delicious beer, Tony?”  Alan asked with a laugh.


“No he doesn’t.”  Maya quipped.  “But to be fair, this last batch isn’t as bad as the others.”


They all laughed and walked over to Maya and Tony’s shelter.



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“How much farther?”  Helena asked, moving her hand to John’s thigh and caressing it.


“Just up there.”  He pointed.  “Where those trees are.”


“Why so far from the camp?”  She asked, her caress growing bolder.


John groaned as her fingers brushed against his growing erection.  “Because the shelters aren’t soundproof and my wife happens to be deliciously vocal when we’re making love.”


Helena responded with a throaty laugh, patting his thigh.  “As is my husband.”


John glanced at her, grinning.  “Now you know why I put our shelter up out here.”


A moment later they came upon the grove of trees and John slowed the moon buggy down as he drove into them.  He stopped the buggy a few feet from the clearing.


“Don’t move.”  He told her, climbing out of the buggy and quickly moving around to her side.  “Okay, you can climb out now.”


As soon as she was out of the moon buggy, John suddenly scooped her up into his arms.


“John!”  She exclaimed, wrapping her arms around his neck.


“Well, I don’t have a proper threshold to carry you over, but as this is where I plan on building our house, so it’ll have to do.”  He told her as he headed for the clearing.  “You’re going to love this.  Now close your eyes.”




“Just do it.”  He said.  She smiled and closed her eyes.  “Now keep them closed till I tell you.”


 She nodded and he continued into the clearing.  He walked a ways in then stopped.


“Okay, you can open them.”


He watched her face as she took in their surroundings.


“Oh, John!”  She gasped.  “It’s beautiful!”


“Welcome to our new home, Mrs. Koenig.”  He said softly.


John continued to hold her in his arms as she looked around the small meadow.  He’d fallen in love with it the moment he’d seen it.  It was completely surrounded by tall, straight trees that gave them privacy, but didn’t hinder the view of the sky.  The grass in the meadow was lush, green and incredibly soft.  But what had really caught John’s attention was…


“A hot spring!”  Helena murmured as John slowly lowered her to her feet.


“A hot spring.”  He confirmed, leading her over to the edge.  “And it’s all ours.  Alan’s been sworn to secrecy.”  He said, finally giving into the urge and kneeling down to remove his shoes and socks.


Helena looked down at him with a bemused smile.  “John.  We can’t keep this all to ourselves.”


“Why can’t we?”  He asked, standing and turning her to face him.  He undid her belt, letting it fall to the ground as he slipped his hands under her top.


“Because…” she moaned as his hands closed around her breasts.  “Because… it wouldn’t… John!”  She gasped as he slipped his hands inside her bra.  “It wouldn’t be…”


Helena.”  John interrupted in a husky voice.




“Stop talking.”  He told her, pulling his hands out of her bra and sliding them around her back to pull her closer to him as his mouth covered hers.


Her reply was lost in his mouth as his tongue moved against her lips, tracing their shape before slipping between them to taste the sweetness of her mouth.


Helena slid her hands up around his neck and into his thick dark hair as she deepened the kiss, her tongue moving around and caressing his.


John pulled his hands out from under her top and slowly worked it off her body.  He dropped the top at their feet, bringing his hands up once more to cup her lace covered breasts.


Mmm.”  She sighed happily as he circled her nipples with his thumbs, causing them to harden and strain against the lace.


She moved her hands to his waist and quickly removed his belt, his top following in an instant.  Helena ran her hands up his chest, her fingers combing through the soft hair to play over his nipples.


John moaned deep in his throat and unsnapped her bra, pushing it off her shoulders.  His hands immediately went to her breasts, supporting their weight before leaning down to take one of the rosy peaks in his mouth.


Helena moaned his name as his lips moved over the sensitive peak, sucking greedily at her nipple before moving to do the same to the other.  She slid her hands down his back and moved them around his waist and slowly began to push his pants down his hips.


John slowly kissed his way up her throat to capture her lips again under his while helping her to remove his pants and underwear.  He broke off the kiss as he stepped out of his clothes and slipped to his knees before her.  She placed her hands on his shoulders as he removed her boots and stockings.  He leaned forward and pressed a kiss to her bellybutton as he slowly removed her pants, hooking her panties with his fingers as he slid them down her long legs.


Helena stepped out of her pants and John sat back on his haunches for a moment and gazed up at his wife’s naked form.


“You are so beautiful Helena.”  He said softly, his hand reaching out to caress her thigh.  He ran his hand to the back of her thigh and urged her to step closer.  “So beautiful.”  He murmured again as the scent of her arousal washed over him.  He leaned forward and buried his nose and mouth in the blond curls between her thighs.


“Oh… John!”  Helena moaned as she felt his tongue slip between her folds to find the bundle of awakened nerves.  Mmm… oh god… John… oh yes!”  She moaned louder as he pulled the aroused bundle into his mouth, alternating between sucking and licking.


Her hands moved back to his shoulders as his other hand crept up her thigh and he slipped a finger inside her.  John smiled inwardly as he slipped a second finger in with the first and felt her tremble slightly as he began to slowly move them in and out of her, in perfect rhythm to the ministrations of his mouth and tongue.


Helena’s head fell back and she began to pant for air as she entangled one of her hands in his hair and held him against her, thrusting her hips forward, wanting more, which John gladly gave.  She felt the pleasure, centered where John was working his magic, begin to spread throughout her body and she moaned even louder.


Encouraged by the increasing volume of her moans, John began to move his fingers quicker inside her and intensified the pressure of his mouth on the pearl of her desire.


“Oh… god… John!”  She groaned loudly, the sensations shooting through her entire body.  Mmm… John… oh yes…”


John slid his free hand around to clasp her waist and hold her steady as he felt her inner muscles begin to contract around his fingers, indicating that she was close to her release.


“JOHN!!” Helena suddenly cried out, her hand clenching painfully in his hair as her orgasm surged through her body.  “OH GOD JOHN!”


John slipped his fingers out of her and replaced them with his mouth, hungrily lapping up her juices as she rode out her release.


A few moments later, he lifted his head as he felt her body relax.  She gave a deep, satisfying sigh and sank down to her knees, straddling his lap.


She wrapped her arms around his neck and rested her forehead against his for a moment before moving to kiss him passionately, tasting herself on his lips.  John’s hands moved up and down her back and along her sides, pulling her closer as their kiss deepened.  Helena moaned into his mouth as his hands slipped between their bodies and cupped her breasts massaging them gently.


Helena!”  He hissed against her lips as her hands moved down between them and her fingers wrapped around his rigid shaft, slowly beginning to stroke him.  “Helena… baby that feels good!”


“That’s funny.”  She whispered huskily in his ear as she nibbled on his earlobe.  “It’s supposed to.”


John’s response was to grab her face in his hands and kiss her fiercely, his tongue foraging deep in her mouth.  Helena returned the kiss with equal passion, her hands still stroking his length.


“John.”  She murmured against his lips as his one hand traveled down her body and found her hot center.  “I want you in me… now!”


John pulled back and grinned at her as he once again slid his fingers inside her, caressing her inner walls.


“Now!”  She repeated, shifting slightly in his lap, allowing his fingers to move deeper inside her.  Her hands ceased stroking him and she squeezed his throbbing member gently for emphasis.  “Now John!”


John nodded and removed his fingers to clasp her waist in his large hands as she guided him to her waiting entrance.  John thrust his hips forward a little, bringing the head of his shaft into her moist heat.


Helena moaned softly and placed her hands on his shoulders.  Then, locking her eyes with his, she slowly sank down on him until he filled her completely.


Helena!”  John moaned as he felt her slick walls surround and engulf his hard, hot flesh.


Helena moaned loudly at the completeness of their joining and held still, allowing the sensations of him throbbing inside her to wash over her.  She leaned in close and kissed him.  John ran his hands up her back and entangled them in her blond locks, deepening their kiss.


Very slowly, Helena began to move on him, undulating her hips in tiny circles, causing them to moan into each other’s mouths.


John’s mouth left hers to blaze a trail of kisses down her throat.  Pausing to nibble on her shoulder, his eyes fell on the hot spring.  He slowly kissed his way back to her lips, kissing her passionately before breaking off the kiss.


Helena.”  He said hoarsely, his hands gripping her hips, stilling her movements.  “Wrap your legs around me and hold on.”


“John?”  She asked, but doing as he asked.


“Trust me.”  He said with a grin.


“With my life.”  She replied, her arms winding around his neck.


“I’ve been thinking about this,  he began, slowly raising himself to his knees, his hands supporting and holding her against him as he inched them closer to the hot spring.  “From the moment I saw the spring.”


“Is that so?”  Helena laughed, knowing it was the first thought to enter her mind when she’d seen it.


“Oh yes!”  He replied as he leisurely slipped into the steaming water.


They both half-moaned, half-sighed as the hot water surrounded and caressed their already aroused flesh.


John turned slowly in the chest high water, his hand reaching out to feel the rocky side.  Feeling that it was smooth, John stepped closer to it, pinning Helena between him and it.  The moment she felt the smooth, warm rock against her back, Helena thrust her hips against him.


John groaned deep in his throat as he brought his lips down on hers for a lustful kiss, plundering her mouth with his tongue.  He pulled his mouth from hers and gazed into her passion-filled green eyes, words no longer necessary as he gradually began to thrust into her.


“Oh…”  Helena sighed as she felt him move inside her, matching her movements to his.  Her hands clenched his shoulders.  Mmm… John!  Mmm… that feels… so… won… wonderful!”


John just smiled at her and continued to press himself into her with slow, steady strokes, one hand moving to caress her breasts, causing her to moan and arch into his hands.


Helena’s hands moved from his shoulders to stretch out on either side, gripping the long grass on the spring’s edge for support as she felt the pressure in her loins building and start spreading through her body.


John’s hands slipped below the water to clasp her waist as he withdrew almost completely from her and held still, leaving only the head of his shaft inside her.


“John.”  Helena whimpered, tightening her legs around him and trying to pull him back into her.  “John… please!”


John’s hands glided over her belly to where their bodies were joined, his fingers finding and stroking her sensitive flesh.


“JOHN!”  She cried out, her body shuddering as the pleasurable feelings shot through her body.  She tried once again with her legs to draw his length back inside her and succeeded, moaning his name again as he slid back inside her, his fingers still stroking her.


Feeling her inner muscles start to throb around him, John moaned and moved his hand back to her waist and resumed moving inside her.


“Oh… oh god!  John!”  She panted, her head falling back against the grassy ledge, as his thrusts grew longer, moving deeper inside her.  Mmm… yes… oh yes… John!”


John knew Helena was again close to her release and could feel his own nearing as well and began to drive himself into her with quicker, shorter strokes.


Helena!”  He groaned loudly as he felt her tighten her inner walls around him with each thrust.  Helena… baby… yes!”


All of a sudden, her body tensed and her inner muscles clamped around him as she was consumed by her orgasm.


“JOHN!!”  She screamed, her body now convulsing wildly against him as the dam burst and a torrent of highly pleasurable sensations washed over and through her body.  She screamed his name again, repeating it over and over as he continued to thrust into her, prolonging her release.


HELENA!!”  He cried out moments later, thrusting into her a final time and shuddering violently as his orgasm overwhelmed him and he slumped against her, pushing her harder against the rock, his head falling on her shoulder.


Helena moaned his name again softly as his release triggered another, smaller orgasm, once again bringing her over the edge.


A few moments later, she lifted her head and kissed his temple as she let go of the grass to wind her arms around his neck.  John raised his head and kissed her before resting his head against hers.


“God I love you!”  He whispered hoarsely, his breath caressing her lips.


“I love you too.”  She replied just as soft.



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The dark amber liquid swirled around in the glass.


“This is definitely one of your better batches.”  Alan said, taking another swig.


“Definitely.”  Tony echoed, taking a drink as well before holding the glass up.  “So, what’ll we toast to this time?”


“Well, let’s see.”  Alan said holding out his glass.  “We’ve toasted to survival and the new planet.”  He paused as he looked past Tony’s shelter to where he could just make out the glade of trees in front of the mountain.  He looked back at Tony.  “Why don’t we drink a toast to John and Helena?”


“Good idea!”  Nodded Tony, looking over at Maya who smiled.  “To John and Helena.  May they have a long and happy marriage.


“To John and Helena.”  Maya echoed, bringing her glass forward to theirs and then drinking.  “I’ve been thinking.”  She said.  “What are we going to name this planet?”


“We were wondering the same thing.”


The three of them turned to see Bill and Annette Fraser and a few others standing behind them.


“How’s this batch?”  Bill asked Alan.


“His best so far.”  Alan replied.  “Pull up a crate and join us.”


“Yes please.”  Said Maya and then looked at Tony.  “Have you enough to go around?”


“Of course.”  Tony said jumping up to get everyone a glass.


“We were talking about a name for the planet.”  Bill was saying, taking his glass from Tony.  “And we thought we’d run them past you three and the commander and doctor.”  He paused and looked around.  “But I see they’re not here.”


“Did you really expect them to be?”  Alan asked with a smile.  “Think about it, Bill.  This is their wedding night after all.”


“We looked all over the camp.  We couldn’t find their shelter.”  Sandra said.


“That’s because it’s not in the camp.”  Tony said with a smile.  “John wanted a little privacy for him and Helena.”


“That’s right.”  Maya said.  “So let’s stop talking about them and get back to thinking up names for our new home.”


Everyone nodded and the discussion began.



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Helena sighed happily as she floated back against John’s chest, sliding her hands along his arms to lace her fingers with his where they rested on her stomach.  John smiled when he heard her sigh and tightened his arms around her, pulling her back against him to nuzzle her neck.  She shivered in his arms.


“Penny for your thoughts.”  He said a few moments later, still nuzzling her neck.


“I was just thinking.”  Helena said as she turned in his arms and wrapped hers around his neck.  “I don’t know if it’s being on this planet or just the fact that we’re finally married, but making love with you just then was simply incredible.”  She paused and smiled, a small chuckle bubbling out of her.  Not that making love to you isn’t always wonderful, it’s just…”


“I know.”  He said.  “I know exactly what you mean.”


Helena leaned forward and gave him an affectionate kiss.  “And as much as I love being in this water with you, perhaps we should get out before we turn into a couple of prunes.”


John chuckled and nodded.  “Good idea.  Besides I seem to have developed an appetite.”


“I don’t know why.”  She chuckled.


They made their way to the edge of the spring and John climbed out, offering her his hand to Helena and helping her out.  He reached out and grabbed one of the towels he’d placed there earlier and handed it to her.


John quickly dried off and then secured the towel around his waist as he moved over and gathered up their clothes.


“What have we got to eat?”  Helena asked as he walked back to her.  “Survival rations?”


“I’m afraid so.”  John said shrugging.  “Not the most romantic meal for a wedding night.”


“But they’ll do.”  Helena said, heading for the shelter.


John watched her walk away, wrapped in the small towel, with an appreciative smile on his face and followed her.  “Have I told you yet today, just how very much I love you?”


She turned to look at him with an impish smile and nodded.  “You’ve mentioned it a few times.  But you can tell me again.  I never tire of hearing it.”


He walked over to her and placed his hands on her shoulders.  She lifted her face to look into his loving eyes.


“I love you, Helena Koenig.”  He said passionately.


Helena slipped her arms around his waist as her impish smile grew into a loving one. 


“I love you too, John Koenig.”  She replied just as passionate, rising up on her toes to brush a kiss against his lips.


They gazed at each other for a moment and then Helena gave him another quick kiss before slipping from his arms to find their food.


John sat on one of the crates as Helena brought the food over.  He pulled her into his lap and they began to eat while discussing plans for their new home.


“Have you thought of a name for our new planet?”  Helena asked, nibbling on a cracker.


John shook his head.  “No.  I figure it’s a decision we should all make.”


“Sounds fair.”  Helena said, moving out of his lap and starting to gather up the empty ration packages.


“I thought so.”  He said, running his eyes admiringly over her towel-clad body.  He watched the muscles play in her long legs as she walked away from him and felt himself becoming aroused, remembering all the times he’d had them wrapped around him.




He snapped out of his musings and looked up to see her standing by the shelter’s entrance.


“Yes, my love?”


“You didn’t hear a single word I just said, did you?”  She asked, catching both the look in his eye and the growing bulge in his towel.


“Medical should be the first building up.”  He said distractedly.  “I heard you and I agree.”  He stood and slowly walked towards her.  “But I don’t want to talk about any of that right now.”


“Oh?  And just what do you want to talk about?”  She teased, the blatant look of desire on his face sending warm shivers through her body.


“I was thinking more along the lines of letting our bodies do all the talking.”  He said, flashing her a lustful grin.


“Is that so?”  She asked and then gave a squeal of laughter and ducked into the shelter as he reached out for her.


John glanced down at the towel in his hand then looked into the shelter to see Helena standing there naked, with a playful smile on her lips.


“Yes it is.”  He growled playfully as he suddenly dove into the shelter, catching her in his arms.


Helena laughed happily as they tumbled onto the mattress on the floor of the shelter and then sighed contentedly when she felt him remove his towel and settle his naked body against hers.  She looked up at him, still smiling.


“You’re a minx.”  He growled softly, smiling down at her.


She ran her hands up the sides of his body and wound her legs about his thighs.  “Ah, but you love me anyway.”  She chuckled, lifting her head to place a kiss against his jaw.


John gazed at her as she laid her head back on the pillow.  As it did and always had since the first time he’d laid eyes on her, John’s heart skipped a beat.  He smiled and nodded. 


“With all my heart.”  He answered, still grinning at her.


Helena’s hands moved into John’s hair and slowly pulled his face closer to hers.  “Make love to me again, John.”  She murmured against his lips.


John replied by kissing her passionately as he shifted his body and slid into her, beginning another round of lovemaking.



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“Well,” Alan said, swallowing the last of his beer.  “It’s late.  I should go and let you two get some sleep.”


Tony and Maya nodded.  The others had left about an hour earlier, after finally settling on two possible names for the planet.


“What do you think John’ll say about us choosing some names?”  Tony asked standing.


“I honestly don’t think he’s given it any thought.”  Alan said with a grin as he stood.  “He had other things on his mind tonight.”


Tony laughed.


“You two are terrible.”  Maya said with a smile.


“But we’re honest.”  Alan said, leaning over to kiss Maya on the cheek.  He straightened up and clapped Tony on the shoulder.  “See you both in the morning.”


“Goodnight, Alan.”  Maya said as he walked away.  She stood and reached out to grab Tony’s hand.  “Let’s go to bed.”


“You tired?”


“No.”  She answered, cutting her eyes at him.


Tony smiled at her and then chased her into the shelter.



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He smiled, as he lay propped up on his elbow, watching her sleep peacefully beside him.  With a small sigh, she rolled over onto her side facing him, still sleeping.  He reached his hand out and gently lifted a lock of blond hair from her face, tucking it behind her ear.


“Even sleeping she’s still the most beautiful woman in the universe.”  He thought, still smiling as the memory of the first time he woke up beside her flashed through his mind.  His smile then turned into a grin as he also remembered the first time they’d made love.  He sighed.  “That’s a night I’ll never forget.  Even if the circumstances leading up to it weren’t all that great.”


It’d been right after the incident with Luke Ferro at the planet Arkadia



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“Ah, John.”  Victor called out as he spotted the younger man striding towards him.  “I was just on my way to see you.”


“I can’t talk right now Victor.”  John said, moving to side step his old friend.  “I’m on my way…”


“To see Helena.”  Victor nodded, grasping John’s arm and stopping him.  He gave John a serious look.  “I wouldn’t if I were you.”


“Why not?”  John asked, giving Victor a quizzical look.


“She’s ah… in a bit of a mood.”  Victor said.  “I just stopped by myself, but she wouldn’t let me in.”


“That’s not like her.”


“I think this might have a little something to do with it.”  Victor said, holding up a report.


“The supply inventory.”  John nodded.  He’d seen it already himself.  “She’s seen it then?”


“I’m afraid so.”  Victor said, running his hand over his balding head.  “I think she’s blaming herself for what happened with Luke and Anna.”


John glanced down the hall towards Helena’s quarters and sighed.


“She shouldn’t blame herself.”  He said.  “It was my decision.”


“That’s true John.  It was your decision.”  Victor began.  “But your reasons for making that decision…”


“Are my own!”  John snapped.  He closed his eyes briefly, and then continued, his voice calm.  “Sorry, Victor.  I didn’t mean to snap.  It’s just been a long day.


“I understand.”


“Thank you.”  John said then made a move to leave.  “I’m going to check on Helena.”


“I doubt very much that she’ll let you in, John.”


“We’ll see about that.”  John said and then grinned, patting his commlock.  “There are some advantages to being Commander.”


Victor nodded as he watched John walk away.


Helena sat on her couch, hugging her knees tightly to her chest as she stared out her window at the barren lunar landscape.




She didn’t respond.


Helena?  Can I come in?”


She reached out blindly and pressed a button on her commlock.


“I’m not in the mood for company right now, John.”  She said quietly.  “So please, just go.”


“Not until I see you.”


“Then you’ll be standing there all night.”  She replied and pressed the button again, closing the line.


Her head whipped around suddenly when she heard her door slide open.


“What do you think you’re doing?”  She asked angrily as he entered her quarters.


“Making sure you’re all right.”  He replied, nonplussed at her outburst.  He aimed his commlock at the door and closed it.


“As you can see, I’m fine.”  She said.  “Now please leave.”


John shook his head and walked over to the couch.  As he sat down beside her, he noticed a copy of the report on her coffee table.


Helena.”  He began.  “About the report…”


“Oh yes!  Let’s talk about the report.”  She interrupted as she suddenly jumped up and took up John’s habit of pacing.  “And how, because of me, we’re lucky if we have enough supplies to last us six months.  Yes please, John, let’s talk about that shall we?”


John watched her pace and could see that the day’s events were starting to take their toll on her.


Helena.  It’s not your fault.”  He said calmly.  “You’re not to blame.  It was my decision.”


She stopped pacing to look at him, fighting like hell to keep the tears in her eyes from spilling down her cheeks.  “And we both know why you made that decision.”  She said, her voice only slightly calmer.


John didn’t say a word as he looked up at her.  His heart had leapt into his throat when Ferro had grabbed Helena and held his laser on her.  And when her eyes had locked with his across Main Mission and he’d seen the fear flash in their green depths, John knew he’d give Ferro anything he wanted.


“You know as well as I do,” she continued when he didn’t say anything.  “If Luke had taken anyone else hostage, you wouldn’t have given in to him.”


“You’re right.”  He said quietly, lifting his eyes to hers and holding her gaze.  “I wouldn’t have.  When Luke grabbed you, it felt as if an icy hand taken hold of my heart and was squeezing the life out of it.  In that moment I knew… I knew that I would give or do anything he asked if it meant insuring your safety.”


Fresh tears came to her eyes at his admission, but she continued.  “John, the safety of Alpha…”


“Is paramount.  Yes, I know.”  He said, standing and walking over to her.  “And for the first time in two years, I was being selfish.”


“Selfish?”  She gave him a questioning look.


“Yes, selfish.”  He said.  “I put my own wants and needs before those of everyone on Alpha.”  He paused to clasp her arms, just below her shoulders and looked deep into her eyes.  “My wanting to protect you and keep you safe. And my need to have you in my life.”


“John.”  She whispered, the tears beginning to trickle down her cheeks, knowing she felt the same way.


“For the last two years, you and I have put our lives on hold.  Not allowing ourselves to give in to what’s obviously between us.”  John said quietly, bringing his hand up to wipe the tears from her cheeks.  “I don’t want to live like this anymore, Helena… pretending that what I feel for you is nothing more than the concern of a friend and commander.”  He paused and framed her face in his large hands, lifting her face so that he could look into her eyes.  “I love you, Helena.  And I want to be free to love you.”


With the tears now flowing freely down her cheeks, John leaned closer and brushed his lips softly against hers.  As he straightened up, Helena gave him a soft smile before suddenly collapsing in his arms crying uncontrollably.


John’s arms went around her and he held her tight against him until he felt her body begin to sag against him.  He stooped slightly and lifted her in his arms.  He carried her over to the couch and slowly sank down into the cushions, cradling her in his lap.


“John.”  Her cry was muffled against his chest as she clutched him tighter, her body trembling.


“I’m here, sweetheart.  I’m not going anywhere.”  He said soothingly, stroking her hair as she cried.  “Just let it out.  Let it all out.”


Helena cried for over thirty minutes, massive, wracking sobs that shook her entire body.  John knew that the day had finally caught up with her and that she was reacting to and experiencing all the emotions she’d held back while Luke had been holding her hostage.  So he held her.  Whispering soothing words against her ear and continuing to stroke her hair.  Eventually her sobs became soft whimpers until they too, finally stopped.


“I got your shirt all wet.”  She sniffled as she raised her head to look at him.


“Doesn’t matter.”  He said with a soft smile.  “Are you feeling a little better?”


She nodded.  “A little.  Having you here helped.”


“I’ll always be here for you Helena.”  He vowed, his hand coming up to cup her cheek.  “Always.”


“I know.”  She said with a small smile, turning her face into his hand.  She closed her eyes and brought her hand up to cover his and hold it against her cheek.  She sighed.  “Do you want to know what frightened me the most?”  She asked quietly, her eyes still closed.  “It wasn’t Luke holding his laser on me and threatening to kill me.  I mean, yes, that did scare me.”  She paused and opened her eyes to look at him.  “But what scared the hell out of me the most was the thought that Luke wouldn’t keep his word and let me go.  That he’d take me down to Arkadia with him and Anna and that I… I’d never see you again.”


John nodded his head understandingly, a tear slipping down his cheek.  “That scared the hell out of me too.”


Helena smiled softly at him as she gazed into his eyes, seeing the truth of his statement and also his love for her in his blue depths.  She lifted her hand and wiped the tear from his cheek, before cupping his cheek in her hand.


“I love you, John.”  She whispered passionately, resting her forehead against his.  “I love you so much.”


John released the breath he didn’t know he’d been holding as he moved his hands into her hair.  He gently pulled her head back and smiled at her, his eyes welling with fresh tears, much like hers were.


He leaned in and brushed his lips against hers gently, pulling back slightly only to lean in and kiss her again and again, each kiss growing a little longer, until Helena slid her hand up behind his head and held his mouth against hers.  They moaned softly into each other’s mouths as their tongues met for the first time, exploring and tasting.


As their kiss deepened and lengthened, Helena slowly moved to lie back on the couch, pulling John with her.


After what seemed like an eternity, John broke off the kiss and smiled down at her, asking breathlessly.  “Do you have any idea how long I’ve wanted to kiss you like that?” 


“I have a pretty good idea.”  Helena responded just as breathless, smiling sensuously at him before pulling him down for another soul-searing kiss.


John went willingly into the kiss, sliding his hand down her side to caress her thighs, which were still in his lap.  Helena moaned and shifted her body, twisting closer to him.


She pulled back from the kiss, her hand sliding from his hair to his cheek before speaking quietly.  “Make love to me, John.”


“Are you sure?”  He asked softly.  “I don’t want to rush you.”


“I’m sure.”  She replied, brushing her thumb over his lips.  “I’ve never been more sure of anything in my life.  I want to be with you, John.”


John looked deep into her face and saw the desire and want swimming in the brilliant green depths of her eyes.  “I want you too, Helena.”  He replied, his voice growing husky with his own need.


He lowered his lips back to hers for a hungry kiss, sitting them up.  He slipped his arms behind her knees and back and then stood up.  Still kissing, he slowly made his way towards her bed, moving past the partition that separated it from the main living area.


At the foot of her bed, he let her down.  He gave her a slow kiss before stepping out of her arms.  He walked over and placed his commlock on the nightstand then returned to her, placing his hands on her shoulders.


“You’re really sure about this, Helena?”  He asked her again.


Helena smiled up at him as her hands moved to his belt.  “Yes, John.  I’m really sure.”


His belt fell to the floor, followed quickly by hers. 


Slowly they undressed each other, both growing more aroused as more of their bodies were revealed.  When they were both naked, John took a step back, allowing his gaze to travel over her body.


“You’re even more exquisite than in my dreams.”  He told her softly.  His words caused her to blush, her whole body coloring under his gaze.  John noticed this and smiled as he moved to step back to her.


“Not yet.”  She told him, placing her hand on his chest, stopping him.  “My turn.”


John remained still as her eyes roamed over his body.  As his doctor, she’d already seen him in next to nothing.  But she wasn’t looking at him as his doctor now and he watched her face as her eyes moved over his chest, following the trail of chest hair down to his groin.  Her eyes widened at the sight of his engorged member standing tall proud in the forest of black curls between his thighs.


“Oh my!”  She gasped, bringing her eyes back to his, smiling at him as she stepped closer to him.  “You have a magnificent body, John.  But then, I’ve always thought so.”


John grinned; his hands gripping her waist and pulling her naked body flush with his.  He captured her lips with his, probing her mouth deeply with his tongue.  Helena moaned, responding to his ardent kiss.


Little by little, they lowered themselves to her bed, John’s body pressing hers into the mattress.  He broke off the kiss and looked down at her. 


“Last chance.”  He said with a smile, feeling the need to tease her a little, but also to give her the chance to change her mind.


“John, shut up and make love to me!”  She commanded, sliding her legs up along his.


“Yes, ma’am!”  He quipped, as he dipped his head and caught one of her nipples in his mouth.


Mmm!”  She gasped, arching into him as his tongue swirled around the hardening peak.  Mmm…oh…” she moaned again as he did the same to the other nipple.


As he suckled her breast, John ran his hands down the sides of her body, garnering her reactions to his touch.  She moaned again, writhing under him.  When he slipped his hand between their bodies to cover her mound, she moaned his name and then arched into him as his finger slid between her folds to stroke the tiny bundle of nerves.


“John!”  She moaned louder, the sensations coursing through her body, driving her crazy.


Barely able to think, Helena reached down and wrapped her small hand around his stiff manhood and began to stroke him, causing him to inhale sharply.  As she continued to move her hand on him, John slipped a finger inside her.


“Oh god!”  She gasped breathlessly, opening her thighs a little more to grant him better access.


Feeling her tight walls surround and contract around his finger, coupled with the stimulation of her hand on him, John knew he couldn’t wait much longer to bury himself inside her.  He kissed her passionately as he withdrew his finger from her, eliciting a whimper of protest from her.  He stilled and removed her hand from him and moved to kneel between her thighs.


Helena looked up at him, his blue eyes dark with hungry passion.  She ran her hands up his chest to rest on his shoulders, telling him with her eyes that she was ready.


Steadying himself on one hand, John grasped his aching manhood and brought it to her waiting entrance, teasing her by moving it up and down her slick folds.


“John.”  She moaned impatiently, arching towards him, clutching his shoulders.  “Please, John… now!”


Very slowly, so as to not hurt her, knowing it’d been a long time for her, John eased the head of his shaft inside her and held still, allowing her body to adjust.


Mmm!”  She moaned.  “All of you, John.  I want all of you.  Now!”


John nodded, knowing he couldn’t take much more of this himself.  “Okay.”  He managed to say.  “But slowly, I don’t want to hurt you.”


Helena smiled at his concern and moved her legs up to wind about his hips, urging him on.  “You could never hurt me.”


He smiled and pressed himself into her gradually.  She cried out his name, a small orgasm surging though her body as he filled her completely.


John groaned her name and had to use all of his self-control to hold himself still as he felt her body tremble under and around him with her small release.  A moment later, she looked up at him with a luxurious smile, her green eyes sparkling bright with her desire.  John returned her smile and began to move within her.  Helena moaned and moved with him, matching her rhythm to his. 


As John continued to thrust into her, he bent low and took one of her nipples into his mouth, nipping the stiff peak gently with his teeth, then swirling his tongue over it, her moans of pleasure making him smile against her breast.


Helena writhed beneath him, her mind in a fog.  She’d never felt sensations, like the ones she was feeling course through her body, so intense before.  Her hands fell from his shoulders to grip the sheet on the bed, her knuckles turning white.  She arched into him again; her legs tightening around him as she felt the beginnings of her orgasm start to take hold of her.


“Oh… god… John!!”  She moaned loudly.  “I… I… oh god… I can’t…”


John released her breast and lifted his head to glance down at her.  He could feel her body beginning to quiver and by the look on her face, he knew she was near her release.  He began to drive himself inside her faster, being close to his own release and wanting to share it with her.


“OH GOD JOHN!!”  She suddenly cried out, her body tensing then shuddering wildly beneath him, her orgasm exploding like a volcano, sending lava hot tingles surging through her body.  “John!  John!  John!”  She repeated his name over and over as her inner walls closed like a vice around his throbbing member.


“GOD… HELENA!!”  He groaned loudly and thrust into her a final time, his body quaking forcefully as his orgasm shot through his body, leaving him too weak to support himself.  He collapsed on top of her.


Neither of them moved for some time as they rode out the waves of their shared release, soaring high above Alpha on a cloud of sexual bliss.  When he could finally move, John slipped out of her and rolled over onto his side, pulling her tight against him.


Helena laid her head on his chest and pressed herself tight against him as she sighed happily.


“I love you.”  He whispered softly against her hair.


“I love you too.”  She whispered back.


They lay together, not speaking, for an undetermined amount of time before Helena lifted her head to look at him.


“John.”  She began.  “I’m sorry.”


“For what?”  He asked, looking confused.


She looked away for a moment then turned back to him, her cheeks growing pink.  “For being so… so vocal.”  She answered quietly, tears welling in her eyes.


John’s eyes grew wide and he brought his hand up to her cheek to brush away the tears that had begun to slide down her face.  “Why would you apologize for that?”


She hesitated a moment.  “When I was with Lee,” she paused.  “He didn’t like it when I… well when I got loud.  He said… he said it was distracting.”


John shook his head.  “Oh, baby, don’t apologize for that.”  He smiled at her then.  “I didn’t find it distracting in the least.  As a matter of fact, I found it to be just the opposite.”  And he had.  His wife hadn’t been particularly vocal in their lovemaking, so he had never given it any thought.  But with Helena just now, he found that he really enjoyed hearing her sounds of pleasure.




“Really.”  He answered, pulling her face down close to his.  “Have I ever lied to you?”


“No.” she answered, starting to smile.


“And I never will.”  He stated, bringing her lips to his, sealing the promise with a kiss.  As their kiss deepened, John felt himself begin to harden once again.  He pulled her on top of him.


“Oh!”  She gasped against his lips as she felt his erection beneath her. She broke off the kiss to look down at him.  “John?”


“I want you again, Helena.”  He said huskily, his hands moving over her back. 


“Like this?”  She asked, glancing down uncertainly.  Lee had been a one-position man, and so with what John was suggesting she found herself unsure and told John as much.


“Oh yes, like this!”  John said, giving her a salacious grin.  “You’re in control now.  Make love to me, Helena.”


He watched as the uncertain look on her face gave way to one of pure lust and she straightened up on him.  She took his throbbing member in her hand and lifted her hips, raising herself up.  And then very slowly she sank down on him, taking his length completely inside her.


They moaned together and began a second round of passionate lovemaking.


John woke up the next morning before the alarm and turned to watch the sleeping beauty at his side.  He smiled and debated on whether or not to get out of bed and get some coffee, when she rolled over and snuggled up against him, murmuring his name.  His decision made, John slipped his arms around her and pulled her closer.




He blinked.




He blinked again then looked down into the smiling face of his wife.


“Good morning.”  He said, leaning down to give her a kiss.


“Good morning.”  She chuckled, returning his kiss.  “Where were you just now?  You looked like you were a million miles away.”


“I was on Alpha.”  He answered, settling back against the pillows and pulling her into his arms.  “I was just remembering the first time we made love.”


Helena smiled at him.  “That was an incredible night.”  She agreed.  “I don’t know how either of us made it through the next day on what little sleep we got.”


John laughed.  “I know what you mean.  As I recall, you were quite insatiable that night.”


“Me?”  She laughed.  “What about you?”


He grinned at her.  “After two years of waiting, what’d you expect?”


“Exactly what happened.  She winked at him and then sighed happily, pressing a kiss to his chest.  “What time is it?”


“Eight thirty.”  He answered.


“And how long have you been awake?” 


“About half an hour.”


“Watching me sleep no doubt.”  She smiled and shifted away from him slightly to prop herself up on her elbow to look at him.


“Of course.”  He grinned at her.


Helena laughed and shook her head.  “You’re crazy, John.”


“Only about you, sweetheart.”  He responded, getting up out of the bed.


“Where you going?”  She asked looking up at him.


“I thought that since we have a little time to kill before heading back to camp that we’d take another dip in the spring.”  He answered grinning at her while bending down and lifting her into his arms.


Helena laughed happily as she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed his cheek.  “That sounds like a wonderful way to start our day.”


“Just waking up beside you is a wonderful way to start the day.”  He said giving her a hungry kiss as he made his way out of the shelter and over to the spring.



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When John and Helena had arrived in camp, everyone was waiting for them and they immediately got down to business.  The first thing everyone wanted to do was discuss a name for their new planet.  They’d both been surprised when they discovered that the Alphans had already discussed possible names and had narrowed it down to two choices.  John decided to put it to a vote and the name was chosen. 


After that, discussion began on where and how they’d start building more permanent structures.  Everyone agreed that the most sensible option would be to make the buildings and houses out of wood as the planet had ample trees and to integrate what they could of the cannibalized Alpha.  Once that had been decided and agreed upon, work began on laying out a map of how to situate the structures.  With a layout designed, teams of Alphans went out and began to chop and mill the trees for construction.


“So I gather by the looks on yours and Helena’s faces when you arrived, that everything went all right last night?”  Alan asked as he and John took a little break.


John grinned and nodded.  “So great in fact, that we were almost late getting here this morning.”


Alan laughed.


“So, when do you think you’re going to find the right lady and settle down?”  John asked with a smile, teasing his old friend.


“Someday.”  Alan said and then smiled.  “When I find a woman as wonderful as Helena.”


“You’ll be waiting a long time then.”  John laughed.  “There’s no one as wonderful as Helena.  She’s a one of a kind lady.”


“Who’s a one of a kind lady?”  Came a feminine voice from behind them.


John turned and smiled as Helena moved into his outstretched arms.  He gave her a gentle kiss before answering.  “You are.  Taking a break?”


Helena smiled at him and nodded.  “Everything looks like it’s going along pretty smoothly.  The milling on the trees has started already.”  She said, looking around.  “How long do you think it’ll take to get all the houses and such built?”


“A few months at least.”  John answered.  “Depending on the weather.  And since we’re not sure what the weather patterns on this planet are like, the sooner we get everything up the better.”


“You know, John, it just occurred to me.”  Alan said.  “With all the talk about the houses, nothing’s been said about yours and Helena’s.”


John nodded.  “I know.  I plan on building it myself, out in the glade.”  He smiled and looked down at Helena.  “We discussed it a little last night.”


“Just a little.”  Helena said with a chuckle and a wink at her husband, who gave her an affectionate squeeze.


Alan smiled as he watched them.  “Would you two like to be alone?”


“We’d like to, yes.”  John said. 


“But unfortunately, we have work to do.”  Helena smiled and looked up at John.  “Speaking of which, I think we should all get back to it.”


“You’re absolutely right, Doctor Koenig.”  John said as he pulled her tighter in his arms.


“Of course I am, Commander Koenig.”


John laughed and kissed her.  She kissed him back then pulled herself from his arms.  John watched her with a happy smile on his face as she headed back to the medical tent.


“I’m a lucky man, Alan.”  He said, glancing over at Alan when he could no longer see Helena.


“Yes you are, John.”  Alan agreed.


John looked out over the camp at the busy Alphans and then turned back to the pilot.  “It’s not going to be easy at first, but I think that life is going to be very good here on New Alpha.”


They both looked around again then went back to work.


“Yes, very good.”  John thought.







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