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Disclaimer: The characters of Star Trek: Enterprise are the intellectual property of CBS/Paramount. No profit is being made.

This takes place late in the mission to the Delphic Expanse, after the episode "Damage". This is Jonathan's voice; he and Malcolm have an established relationship. The summary is from the song "Impossibly Beautiful" - Note for a Child.

My thanks to bluetiger for inspiration provided by her lovely Season 3 Archer/Reed drawing.

I expected that this would be a lonely job. A friend and a dog – I told myself it would be enough… given the stars. I never imagined that I’d find a lover, a partner, someone who filled all the empty places.

Now, in the Expanse, I need him more than ever… my compass, my conscience. But I fear I’m losing that forever. I’ve strayed too far from who I was, walked too far down this dark road.

I barely recognize myself in what I’ve become… why should he?

But somehow he does.

“Come to bed, Jon… you’re not alone here.”

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