Title: Risking Hope

Author: Mareel

Author's email: Mareel@earthlink.net

Author's URL: http://www.geocities.com/bdebpr


Fandom: Star Trek Enterprise

Category: Slash (m/m)

Rating: G

Status: Complete

Pairing: Archer/Reed

Archive: Permission to archive granted to EntSTCommunity, Archer's_Enterprise, Reed's Armory

Series: Just Yesterday

Previous story: Dichotomy

Next story: Foreplay

Number in series: 6

Spoilers: Twilight

Disclaimer: Of course they belong to Paramount, but that doesn't stop me from spending time with them.

Summary: Of hope glinting through the shadows.

Author's Notes: This is set during "Twilight" and is a sequel to Dichotomy, though chronologically there might be other stories set between the two stories. We'll call it 6/? anyway since I'm obviously not over this yet.

Nine years since I last set foot on Enterprise? It hardly seems possible. This is my ship…was my ship; I'm not even in uniform today.

She looks much the same, from a distance. Inside, there is a pall. Trip…Captain Charles Tucker…imagine that…says it's anti-matter conservation. It feels more like lingering defeat. Their loss is less raw than my own, but the scars are deep.

I caught three flashes of hope: a smile, if brittle, from Trip—for old times' sake. The warmth of Hoshi's hug, for friendship.

And the light in Malcolm's eyes. For love.

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