Chapter Seven

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Chapter Seven

“I’m in love with you...”

At first, Kate wasn’t sure she heard right. She thought her brain was still a little foggy from the mind-blowing kiss. She shook her head as Jim scrambled off her, and she sat up. He’s in love with me? What in the hell?

He lay by her side and averted his eyes. After a long moment, he got up off the bed and started pacing. “I’m sorry, Kate. I’m sorry. It just kinda slipped out.” He stopped and held his head in his hands. He didn’t even try to look at her.

From her vantage point on the bed, she could see his shoulders shaking. “Oh, God, Jamie.” She got up from the bed and rushed over to him. She put his arms around him and led him back to the bed. Easing him down, she sat next to him with her arms still around his waist. “Shh... shh... It’s okay. It’s not too soon.”

He calmed down a little bit, and looked at her. Her eyes were shining, wet with tears. “Kit-Kat, what are you saying?”

She took a deep breath and tried to gather her thoughts together. “I’ve been in love with you for a year. I’m in love with you now. We’ve been through something so intense, and at first I thought it was because of that experience. But now, I can see that it’s not. It’s because of you. You’re the one that cared about me.” She took another breath, forcing him to look at her. “You’re the person who thought I was worth the trouble. Jim Kirk, I’ve fallen for you, hard.”

His mouth dropped open as he looked at her incredulously. “You have?”

“Yeah.”

She leaned forward, capturing his lips in a soft, sweet kiss. “I love you,” she whispered.

He smiled and murmured, “I love you, too.” He pressed back against her and deepened the kiss, leaving them both breathless.

Jim laid them back on the bed as they exchanged kisses and small caresses. They laid there for a long moment, enjoying each other’s embrace before Jim pulled back and shook his head in disbelief.

“What?” Kate asked.

“Just wondering how I got so lucky,” he said, pulling her closer.

“Lucky?” she questioned. “How so?”

“Well,” he started, brushing his lips against her forehead. “I survive Tarsus, find an extraordinary girl who doesn’t care who I’m related to, and loves me for me. I would say that that makes me a pretty lucky guy.”

Kate laughed. “Yeah, well, I guess that makes me pretty lucky, too. It takes almost dying to find the guy that’s perfect for me. Jeez, what a universe,” she replied, pecking him on the lips.

The computer chimed with the reminder that Jim had set. They looked at each other. “Oh, shit!” exclaimed Kate. “We’re going to be really unlucky if Commander Pike sees us like this.”

“Yeah, we better get a move on.”

They got up and smoothed the wrinkles from their clothes. Kate straightened out her bed, so that it didn’t look like they had been laying on it. She walked into the bathroom, and took a look at herself in the mirror. Her lips were fuller, and there was a brightness to her eyes that hadn’t been there before. “Oh, my God,” she whispered.

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