Title: Too Late to Say Goodbye.

Author: Alia

Author's email: alia1999@hotmail.com

Author's URL: http://alia.slashcity.net/index.html

Rating: G

Disclaimer: Jon & Malcolm belong to each other and no one else, certainly not me.

Archive: Yes to Archers Enterprise, Reeds Armory, Enterprise Slash, & anyone else who wants it.

Warnings: None

Spoilers: Possible spoilers for anyone who has not seen Zero Hour.

Summary: Jon's thoughts as he leaves Malcolm for the last time. Authors notes: I have not seen Zero Hour (yet) but I have read some great fiction based on this episode, including MJ's A/R story "Not to reason Why" which inspired me to write this response.

Extra notes: While this snippet is set in the Enterprise time line created by Paramount it continues in the "Give & Take" universe I have been playing around with.

Beta: Thanks to MJ for betaing this for me and for providing the inspiration for me to write it in the first place.

Even though I am aware that others may resort to quoting protocol as a last ditch effort to cover their own backsides, I know Malcolm's intentions have always been purely selfless. This incident, with perhaps the exception that it will be the last, is no different from any other to him.

However, we do not have time to waste on a recitation of something we are both fully apprised of. No matter what Starfleet regulations state, I will not trade his life for my own and I will not listen while he offers to sacrifice himself in my place. I am the one to do this, and no one else.

The clock is ticking and I have to go. There is no time to say a proper goodbye. To regret the debt that I now know I will never have a chance to repay, or to tell him what I should have told him months ago.

He has what I have asked for and our eyes meet briefly while we make the exchange - as I take from him for the last time, and then turn away.



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