|Eh, I'm a poor college student who'd like a premium membership. It would make me happy. Not that I'm a particularly sad person, but... |
Hey, it's worth a shot, isn't it?
Of Ill Winds and Weathered Storms, Interlude 2Of Ill Winds and Weathered Storms, Interlude 2 by ~razzamatazz73
Interlude 2: The Moon
He had listened to Baxter on the phone, and it was like hearing every other word of a story; he got the general idea, but not the full picture. To be honest, deep down inside he knew that the distant shot he'd heard had been meant for his young friend, but it wasn't until he heard Baxter say the words "hurt," "unconscious," "sickbay," and "doctor" that he let himself believe that the bullet had actually hit its target.
The Captain now fully understood the odd heavy feeling that had been in the bottom of his stomach since this whole moon mess began—it was dread. Because something bad was going to happen, he just knew it. Tintin was hopeful and optimistic enough to trust that everything would go as planned, that everything would work out.
But Captain Haddock knew the truth. There were too many risks involved with this particular adventure. Too much that could go wrong. Too many variables that they just couldn't predict.
He'd never wanted to be proven wrong bef
Of Ill Winds and Weathered Storms, Chapter 6Of Ill Winds and Weathered Storms, Chapter 6 by ~razzamatazz73
6. In which Haddock shakes a hand
The Captain fought to hold back a chuckle as he watched Tintin scratch his nose. The young man shook his entire head, rubbing his nose against his finger. He obviously hadn't seen his older friend watching, or he probably would have been subtler about it.
Haddock watched him from the hallway, a wistful half-smile gracing his worn face. Though he often acted the part of a grown man, Tintin was still a child in so many ways, and part of the Captain hoped that he would never lose those innocent qualities. He had a vested interest in the lad, and while he was intrigued and excited to see how this bright teenage boy would grow into an even more brilliant young man, he knew that so many of Tintin's values and morals came from his ability to see the good in people. He hoped that Tintin wouldn't adopt the cynical skepticism so many men encountered as they aged, that the inevitable realization of the evil deeds people were capable of didn't change the journalis
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20. in which kevin learns
They couldn't wait around forever. Even though it killed them a little bit more inside each time they had to leave, there was much to be done. So they found themselves taking shifts at Ben's bedside during the day, and then hanging around as a group during the night.
When it was his turn, Kevin let himself look at Ben—really look at him. It felt too awkwardly personal in front of the others, so he hadn't really glanced at his friend other to make sure he was still breathing before. He wasn't sure how to look at Ben without getting some weird or mushy look on his face, so he tried not to look at him as much as possible.
It occurred to him that the entire situation just seemed wrong, especially the fact that Ben was so still. That was the thing with Tennyson—he was loud and constantly moving, even in his sleep. He was always humming or tapping his foot, or drumming his fingers on the table, sometimes all at once. And even though in re
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19. in which kevin learns about guilt
Ben had been hurt before, of course.
Kevin had seen him injured on several occasions, and usually, Ben kept fighting despite the breaks, bruises, and beatings. It came with the alien fighting territory, or maybe it was just the way Ben did things. He'd ended up in the hospital a few times; explosions and laser burns tended to be more than they could handle with the first aid kit they kept handy in the trunk of Kevin's car.
Usually, one of several things happened. Ben would whine and complain, annoying them all, which meant that he was going to be just fine and there wasn't anything seriously wrong. Other times, Ben would go on fighting, acting like there was nothing wrong. That's when they got worried—when he tried to hide things. But the worst was when Ben didn't even have the energy to pretend, and it was plain to see how bad things were. When that happened, they were terrified.
How many times did Kevin find himself speeding the entire way