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#1 Mary Rose

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 05:04 PM

I know.  No one cares about Andromeda fic anymore and no one is going to read this or if they do they aren't going to bother leaving a comment.  But I wrote this and I like this and I'm going to post it here because I still love to read about Beka.  And this is a shipper fic of her and Dylan, the right one, so hey, at least it hits all the right notes for me, if no one else.  So, here it is.




Chapter 1




Captain Dylan Hunt was driving himself crazy.  He couldn't stop thinking about Beka Valentine.  It made no sense at all.  She was his first officer and best friend, a captain in her own right.  And Commonwealth protocol precluded any kind of romantic relationship between crewmembers.

Except that things were different.  It was over 300 years later and none of the regulations meant anything anymore.  He started thinking about the woman he admitted to himself that he was interested in.

At the moment she was piloting them through slipstream to another meeting.  She was very beautiful but also so much more than that.  Beka was the best pilot he'd ever come across in all his 300 plus years of life.  And she was a good and loyal friend.  Too bad she couldn't see herself as he saw her.  This meant she probably had no interest in him whatsoever.

"We're there," she suddenly announced.  "Another long, boring and probably formal meeting."

"It's all for a good cause, the restoration of the Commonwealth," he pointed out to her.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah.  Whatever.  It still really, really bites."

And Dylan had to laugh.  Another quality of hers he found endearing was this sarcastic and biting side.
********************************************************************************It was just as Beka had feared.  Another long, boring dinner.  At the end the Zordans signed the charter.  That was good because it made Dylan happy.  Dylan.  That man.  So exasperatingly idealistic.  So different from any of the other men she'd known in her life.  So he was too good for the likes of her.  He would never, ever be interested in her the way that she was interested in him.  She'd just have to find a way to live with that.
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#2 Elara

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 02:06 AM

And? :)
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#3 MikeJaffa

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 11:17 AM

Hey, I read it!  Cute scene(s).  And maybe nobody cares, but that's not going to stop me from [shamless plug]finishing my Burst Angel/Andromeda crossover on fan fiction.net.[/shameless plug]  Yes, I'm talking about Angels Ascendant.  I added more chapters to it, but didn't get around to putting them here.  https://www.fanficti...ngels-Ascendant

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#4 Duke Jr

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 06:54 PM

I like it so far. Good beginning!

Now, will those 2 ever realize that they both have feelings about each other?????  {shakes head} Probably not.
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#5 Mary Rose

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 07:01 PM

Wow!!!!!   I actually got reviews.  You mean there are still people that care about Andromeda fanfiction?  That's great because I still care too.  I love to read and write it as much as ever and sorely miss the more active days.  But anyway, here is more of the story.




Chapter 2



Harper was down in Machine Shop 1 working hard as usual when Rommie appeared.  "Harper."

"Whoa, Rom-Doll, what's the idea?  You nearly gave me a heart attack.  Don't ever disturb a genius at work."

"I'm sorry but I need your help."

"Sure.  You got it.  Whatever it is, I'll help."

"First off, I don't know if you're aware of how Dylan and Beka look at each other when they think no one is watching them.  Especially if they think the object of their scrutiny isn't looking."

"Yeah, it's kind of hard not to notice.  I think even Rev's aware of it and you know how oblivious he is to those kinds of things.  But what's any of this got to do with me?"

"I'm thinking that we should maybe nudge those two towards each other."

Harper frowned thoughtfully.  "That's not going to be easy.  Beka hasn't had the greatest luck with relationships.  I can't see her running headlong toward another one.  And doesn't Dylan have issues with propriety and protocol?  After all, I don't want to push Beka towards heartbreak."

Rommie rolled her eyes.  "I don't either.  Dylan's a great guy.  He'd never hurt her.  And I do think he'd throw out all the rules and regulations for her."

"All right then.  I'm game.  What do we do?"
********************************************************************************Harper enlisted Trance's help.  When he told her what he and Rommie had in mind she was enchanted.  "Yes, I'll do what I can.  This will be so perfect."

In the meantime, Harper and Rommie would take care of their respective assignments-Rommie-Dylan and Harper-Beka.  The plans were underway.
********************************************************************************Holo-Rommie popped up in Dylan's office.  "Something the matter?"  Dylan looked up from his work.

"No, I just wanted to show my appreciation of you as a captain by inviting you to dinner on the Obs Deck tonight.  Seven o'clock."

Dylan smiled.  "That's not necessary."

"I know but I'd really like it if you would come.  I'll prepare a nice dinner."

"But Andromeda, you don't eat."

"I know.  I'll just keep you company.  Please."

"All right.  You talked me into it."

"Wonderful."  She blinked out and reappeared in Engineering.  "I've done my part.  I've got Dylan committed.  It's your turn now.  You've got to get Beka to go.  I made it for seven o'clock."

"All right, Rom-Doll.  I'm on my way."  He left and headed for Command, where Beka was on duty.  "Hey, boss, what's shaking?"

"Not much.  It's pretty quiet and boring for once."

"Great!  Then it's a perfect opportunity."

"For what?"  She was looking at him suspiciously.

"For me to invite you to dinner."

Beka rolled her eyes.  "Is this another come on, Harper?  Please don't make me kill you."

"No, no!  Look, I just want to do something nice for you."  That was true.  It didn't matter that he had something totally different in mind from what he was saying.  "I just want you to have dinner on the Obs Deck tonight with me.  Seven o'clock.  It would be totally innocent."

"Really?"  She raised her eyebrows.

"Yes.  Look, just come.  What can it hurt?  If I misbehave you can even throw me out and have dinner by yourself.  Come on, Beka."

"All right, all right.  I'll come.  Now get out of here.  You're starting to annoy me."

"Only just starting.  I'm slipping."

"You!"

"See you later."  As Harper left he reflected that Rommie had probably had an easier time with Dylan than he'd had with Beka.
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#6 Duke Jr

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 12:14 PM

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It would be totally innocent

Harper? ... Innocent?? :laugh:

Great Start, Mary Rose! I can't wait to see what's next.
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#7 Mary Rose

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Posted 02 March 2018 - 08:44 PM




Chapter 3



Dylan approached the Obs Deck shortly before seven and was stunned.  There, on a table with candles, was a veritable feast.  There was also a bottle of wine chilling on ice.  He was stymied and couldn't figure out the purpose.  Then he heard footsteps behind him and whirled around to see Beka.  "Hey, Dylan, what's going on?  What are you doing here?"

"Rommie invited me to a dinner here at seven o'clock."

"That's funny.  Harper invited me here too for the same thing at the same time."  They both looked towards the table.  "What in the world is up with those two?"

Dylan was starting to get the idea and he was seriously considering killing Harper and disassembling Rommie.  But it was only a fleeting thought and it went away.  "They went to a lot of trouble to get us here.  Maybe we shouldn't let their hard work go to waste."

"A-all right."  Beka was somewhat flustered.  "You mean have dinner together?"

"Yes.  Why not?"

Beka could think of some reasons.  She remembered her last dinner here with a crewmember had ended disastrously.  But that had been Tyr.  This was Dylan.  This brought up a whole new set of problems.  She should say no and avoid disaster.  Instead she heard herself saying, "All right."  

They moved toward the table and Dylan poured some wine.  "What shall we drink to?"

"How about meddling friends?"

"Sounds good to me."  They both laughed.  The dinner was good.  

"So why do you suppose they went to all this trouble to get us here?"  Beka wondered.  It couldn't be what she thought.

"I don't know.  It was a nice gesture."  He actually had some thoughts on why but he was afraid to say anything.

Beka felt disappointed, which was crazy.  Her feelings for him were crazy.  Having them and being here were courting disaster.  It would be the worst thing in the world for them to get romantically involved.  She was starting to really think that that was what Harper and Rommie had in mind.  And she was going to kill Harper and disassemble Rommie, even if Andromeda wasn't her ship.  She should probably say something to diffuse the situation, which was rapidly making her more and more uncomfortable.  "Well maybe it was a nice gesture but a bit pointless in the end.  What is the point, after all?"  She winced when she saw the look on his face.  She sounded just like Tyr.  He had insulted her and now she'd just gone and done the same thing to Dylan.  "I'm sorry, Dylan.  I didn't mean it like that."

"How did you mean it, Beka?"  He asked softly.  

"I-I, uh.  I don't know.  Listen Dylan; this whole thing is a mistake.  I'm going to go kill Harper now.  Hopefully you'll take care of Rommie."  She jumped up.  

"Wait.  Don't go." She stopped and turned around.  As she waited expectantly Dylan was at a loss as to what to say.  He risked rejection if he came right out and told her of his feelings for her.  He couldn't do that, could he?  Maybe he should.  "Beka, I want to tell you something but it's not easy for me."

She came and sat back down, interested in spite of herself.  "Go on.  You can
tell me anything.  After all, we are best friends."  She smiled at him, that dazzling smile.  

"All right.  I have feelings for you and would like to be more than just best friends with you.  There.  I said it.  Now you are free to tell me to get lost."  He stared at the floor.  

Beka was staring at Dylan.  Could this actually be real?  No, it couldn't be.  Surely he knew that to get involved with her was the worst thing.  She should do what he said and tell him to get lost.  It would be the best thing for both of them.  "I have feelings for you too and want the same thing," she said instead.  

He looked stunned.  "Are you sure?"

"Yeah.  I didn't want to feel this way about you because of a lot of things but I do.  Are you sure yourself?  I'm not the best person to become involved with."

"Shut up!"  Dylan jumped up from his seat, ran toward her and kissed her passionately.  

They kissed for what seemed like an eternity before Beka broke away.  "Whoa, boy!  You're sure jumping into things, aren't you?"

"I guess being frozen in time has that effect.  And I know you liked the kiss because you responded."

"Yeah, I did.  What are we doing?  This is going to change everything."

"For the better, I hope."

"Maybe."  Beka sounded doubtful.  

"We'll never know unless we try."  He embraced her and she hugged him back, ignoring the little stab of fear she felt.  
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#8 Elara

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 02:10 AM

Shoot! I missed the new chapter. Okay, I will be back tomor... later today to catch up!
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#9 Duke Jr

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 09:49 PM

It's about time those two got their act together. I hope those 2 get their act together (It does look like they are working on it :hearts:  ).
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#10 Mary Rose

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 08:30 PM

Chapter 4




And so they began their relationship.  "I'm glad you're happy, Boss."  Harper said to her soon after.

"Only because this means I won't kill you.  Whatever were you thinking, Harper?"

"Hey, it wasn't my idea.  It was Rommie's."

"You went along with it."

"Yeah, but only because you're so stubborn.  And you never would have gotten anywhere on your own.  And you deserve to be happy.  Aren't you?"

Beka sighed.  "Yeah, pretty much.  I still can't get over it.  He's actually interested in me."

"Why not?  I always thought you were pretty hot."  He leered at her.

She laughed.  "You'd better stop it or I'll rescind my order granting you life."

"Oh.  I'd better shut up then."  He beat a hasty retreat and she couldn't help but laugh again.  All the same it was very weird to be involved in a relationship that was actually good for her.  She mulled this over on her way to Command.

She entered Command and there he was.  Dylan looked at her and smiled.  It's good to see you."

"Good to see you too."

Tyr groaned.  "Must you two pollute the air with your love talk like that?"

"All we did was greet each other."  Dylan was very annoyed.

"It's not what you said, it's the way you said it.  You humans and your love issues."

"Gee, Tyr, jealous much?"  Beka asked him.

"Not at all.  I am much better off without all those emotions that you humans misguidedly place such value on. I must say that I am glad you two are now open about it at least.  Now your mutual attraction will no longer be a distraction."

"You mean you knew all this time."  Beka was horrified.

"The whole crew knew.  Even the Magog knew.  Why do you think Harper and Rommie went ahead with their matchmaking scheme?  They enlisted Trance's help with the set-up and they tried to enlist me but I wanted no part of it.  Now if you'll excuse me, my shift is over."  He exited.

Beka turned to Dylan.  Oh, no.  I had no idea."

Dylan didn't seem upset.  "Beka, it's all right.  All this means is that they really care about you and want you to be happy. Come over here." She walked over to him and he put his arms around her.  She sat down in his lap, put her head on his shoulder and sighed.  "Try not to worry so much.  It's actually a good thing, being involved."

"If you say so.  I know I really love you."

Dylan jerked away in shock.  "What did you say?"

"Nothing."  Beka looked upset.  Where had that come from?  Now everything was ruined.  "I've got to go."  The hell with her shift; she needed to get out of there right now.  Jumping off his lap, she ran for the exit.

"Don't go.  I love you too."

Beka froze in her tracks.  Slowly she turned back to look at him.  "Did you really just say what I thought you said?"  Her voice was barely above a whisper.

"Yes, I did.  I meant it too.  I hope you meant what you said."  He stood there with a sheepish smile on his face and a touch of fear as well.  His arms were wide open, inviting her back into his embrace.  It was too great a temptation.  Beka couldn't resist.  She ran back and threw herself into his embrace, sobbing and clinging to him as if she'd never let him go.  His arms encircled her.  "It's O.K. Beka.  It's going to be fine."

An eternity passed as they stood there hugging each other.  Gradually Beka's sobs subsided.  "What have we got ourselves into?" she asked him.

"Something wonderful.  Trust me on that."  And strangely enough she was inclined to do so.
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#11 Virgil Vox

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 08:04 PM

I just saw this. I quite liked it even though I was never a Dylan/Beka shipper. You captured the characters quite well, I thought. I could hear the actors speaking the lines, and that can be hard to do. Heck, some of the actual Andromeda books had authors that wrote the characters out of character.
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