Title: Harry's Holiday Angel
Part: NEW 5 / 9
Please see Part 1 for summary, disclaimers, and warning.
When he woke up from the nap he took after eating, Tom felt better physically, but as the memory of the doctor's questions returned, he groaned and wished he'd never awakened. Harry's soft voice greeted him, "Tom?"
Tom saw his lover staring down at him, concern on that familiar face. "Harry. . . I'm sorry, Harry."
"It's all right, Tom. Listen, the doctor says you can go back to your quarters now. You'll have to come back here in a few hours for some kind of treatment the doctor wants to do. But, how about it? We can talk at your place?"
As he checked himself, Tom realized that all the tubes were gone, but that under the sickbay blanket he didn't have much on. "Um . . . clothes?"
Harry grinned. "I brought you some." As Tom swung up on the biobed, Harry placed a neatly folded stack of clothes next to the sitting patient. "How do you feel?"
"I'm okay, Harry."
Tom seemed subdued and preoccupied. Harry could guess and tried to reassure his lover. "It'll be all right, you'll see."
A half-hearted grin was all he received in reply. Seeing his lover's hands fumbling to get his clothes on, Harry wordlessly offered his help. He pulled Tom's shorts up to his waist, again noticing the lack of hair on his chest as well as around his genitals. The effect of that sight was to take his breath away. Harry couldn't help noticing the slight redness from the now absent catheter. He wanted to kiss Tom's penis as if to make it better, and while he was at it, he wanted to turn Tom around and check his anus for lingering signs of injury, but this wasn't the place for that. Instead, he tried to concentrate on helping Tom pull on the remaining clothes, the soft sweat pants, the t-shirt. But as he pulled the t-shirt down Tom's smooth chest, the palm of his hand couldn't help paving the way. Harry marveled at the skin that felt like satin. "Uh . . .Harry?" Tom's voice interrupted his reverie.
He looked up to see Tom's sardonic grin. In as normal a voice as possible, he replied, "Yes, Tom?"
"I thought you were helping me to get out of here."
"I am," Harry asserted with a grin of his own.
"Funny, I thought you were engaging in a little foreplay. I'm not sure the doctor needs anything more to stimulate his imagination."
"He's in his office," Harry pointed out.
"Yeah." Sliding into a pair of slippers, Tom indicated, "I'm ready. Let's get out of here."
Once in his room, Tom flopped on the couch, the short trip taking most of his energy. Harry seemed to be bustling around as if avoiding him. There was something Tom needed to know. Taking a deep breath, he said, "Harry. I need your help with something."
"Sure. What can I do?"
Unable to look at Harry, Tom told the floor, "The doctor said something clawed me open. I want you to look. I'd do it, but I can't exactly see into that location myself."
"Yeah. Tell me I still have an asshole."
"That's easy," Harry joked. "Who needs to look?" Tom glared at him, then shared a rueful grin with his lover. Harry told him, "Okay, lie down."
Tom swung himself so that he was on his back on the couch, his hands laced together under his head.
Harry grumbled. "I get to do all the work here, huh?"
"I thought you'd like this job," Tom protested.
"Got me. I almost turned you over the biobed to check you out before we even left sickbay."
As they bantered back and forth, Harry pulled off Tom's pants and shorts, once again hit with a wave of arousal in his groin at the sight of Tom's hairless body. Recovering quickly, he placed Tom's legs up over his shoulders, then pulled his bottom up to where he could easily view Tom's anus. He reported, "Looks okay."
"You can touch it, Harry."
Harry licked his index finger and poked at the darker hued pucker that vibrated so nicely at his touch. He pushed the wet finger inside just a short distance and felt the familiar resistence. He was able to detect only faint healed lines that spoke of the earlier trauma. "Everything looks fine. How does it feel?"
"Okay. Just sort of weird to have you looking at it."
"I know, sweetheart. I'm so sorry you got hurt."
Harry leaned down and planted a kiss on Tom's anus, sucking slightly, pushing his tongue gently against the healed flesh.
Tom moaned and Harry stopped. He landed a light kiss on Tom's semi-soft penis, then lowered the slim legs off his shoulders to the couch. Tom complained, "Why'd you stop?"
"Cause you just got out of sickbay. The doctor'd kill me if he knew I touched his latest miracle so soon after release. Besides, we need to talk."
Harry reached for Tom's shorts and pulled them up the long legs, fitting them carefully over the soft genitals. Then he dressed Tom in his sweat pants. At his touch, Tom lifted his hips and Harry pulled the clothes all the way on up to his waist. "There."
"Now we can talk, is that it?" Tom asked knowingly. "You didn't think we could do that with my legs on your shoulders, my ass in your face? Huh, Harry?"
"Asshole," Harry chided with a gentle laugh. He paced a little beside the couch.
Tom sighed, "Harry. Please, sit down. If we have to talk, then . . . let's get it over with."
Harry took a seat on a chair pulled up at a slight angle to Tom. "Okay. The doctor grilled me pretty good."
"I think he's going to talk to Tuvok."
"Shit! This is all my fault!"
"Hold on there. I'm a big part of this. I'm the one who's been hitting you."
"But I want you to," Tom moaned.
"What do you mean?"
"I think B'Elanna's guessed. She told me about rumors on the ship."
Tom thought back to his conversation with her on the planet. The little dig, the statement that Harry seemed to have him wrapped around his little finger. "Yeah, she hinted at something like that with me." Tom buried his face in his hands. "What do we do?"
Straightfaced, Harry said, "Next time we're on the bridge, I guess I should just throw you down across the conn, pull down your pants, and paddle you in front of everyone, followed by a good fucking, of course. Neelix could be tipped off to show it ship wide."
Startled blue eyes flew open. "No! Harry don't . . . " then he saw the huge grin that creased his lover's face and smiled at the spoof on himself. "Oh, gods, Harry, don't even joke about it."
Tom turned serious for a moment. "Harry, I told the doctor that what we were doing wasn't hurting anyone and he asked me if I was sure. I thought I was, but now I'm wondering . . . does doing this . . .you know, spanking me . . . does it hurt you to do it?"
"No," Harry assured him quickly.
"Are *you* sure?"
Harry gave it some thought. Sometimes his hand felt sore, but he knew Tom wasn't asking about that. At length, he answered, "What would hurt me would be if you somehow didn't let me know what you needed. I don't . . . I don't want you to go to someone else for what you need. No. Not because I'd be jealous, but because I love you. Perhaps someone else could do what I do, but if he didn't love you, he'd be using you. I don't want that for you."
Wow, thought Tom, does Harry love me that much? Then, because he never could leave anything good alone for long, he wondered if Harry was really so sure of himself. But all he said was, "Thanks, Harry."
Harry asked, "What about you, Tom? Is any of this hurting you?"
Before Tom could respond, the comm chimed and Tuvok's voice announced that he planned to visit them. Tom looked about the room wildly, as if seeking a place to hide. Harry placed a hand on his shoulder, "Easy, Tom."
"How can things get worse?"
When Tuvok arrived, Tom was sure that things had indeed gotten worse. Tuvok's face was as impassive and as unreadable as ever. He took a chair behind the table that separated them from him. Placing his hands calmly on the table, he reported, "The doctor has informed me of the possibility of abuse. I will need to question each of you separately. Mr. Kim, please wait outside."
Casting Tom a helpless look, Harry stepped out the door of the cabin. Tom tried to straighten himself on the couch, to look professional, to look Starfleet. He was sure he failed in managing to look anything but extremely embarrassed.
"Mr. Paris, please explain to me how you came to sustain the injuries on your buttocks which the doctor reported to me." Before Tom could speak, Tuvok held up his hand. "Do not try to charm your way out of this, Mr. Paris."
Tom's embarrassment deepened at that warning. He had been about to try talking his way out of this interrogation. He was going to say that nothing really bad had occurred and surely the security chief was too busy to look into such a small matter between friends. He realized the anger he'd unleashed on the doctor also wouldn't get him anywhere with the patient Vulcan. Defeated, he knew he had no choice but to just tell the truth, no matter how humiliating. "Harry and I are in a relationship." He looked up at Tuvok, hopeful that would be enough. With dismay, he realized that it was not. Quietly, he admitted, "We're lovers."
Tuvok said nothing. Tom's bright pink coloring did not escape his notice. Interesting, he thought. At the same time, he could relate to the young man's embarrassment. Discussing Pon Farr was extremely difficult for a Vulcan. "Please tell me about the alleged abuse."
"It isn't abuse, Tuvok. It's more like . . . like a part of how we enjoy having sex with each other."
"I do not understand."
No, Tom sighed, I guess you don't. "Okay. Let me try this." Tom reached inside of himself to locate the words that might help Tuvok understand. "I hide behind a lot of masks. I hide from other people that way. And even though I've had years of practice, it takes a lot of energy to keep them up. I've also done things in my life that I regret. Sometimes I hurt Harry with my thoughtlessness. When he . . . when he punishes me, I'm free."
"Yes. I'm free from having to wear masks. They're gone, stripped away. I'm free from the pile-up of guilt. And there's a . . . a kind of release in . . .in my spirit. . .When my butt's on fire, I know I'm alive. I *feel* something." Frustrated, he added, "I don't know how else to describe this. I think another part of the whole thing is that with Harry in charge I don't have to make too many choices. I've made a lifetime of bad choices. This way Harry gets to plan things. I just sort of go along. So, again, I'm free. Does this make any sense?"
"You're doing very well."
"Yes. I believe I understand. There are many rituals which act in such a way as to focus attention, heighten awareness, expiate guilt."
Oh, thought Tom.
"Although I believe I understand some of what you are saying, I do not believe that your participation in these activities is without cost."
"You mean apart from the obvious?" The Vulcan's locked fingers provided a focal point for Tom's attention. When Tuvok remained still and so very quiet, Tom realized he would have to answer. The security chief's question was eerily like Harry's unanswered one. "I guess . . . sometimes I wonder . . . um. . . sometimes I feel embarrassed. I'm a lieutenant, I tell myself. What the hell am I doing getting hit like some little kid? I guess I ask myself that sometimes."
Tuvok said nothing, merely gazed levelly at him, the dark eyes unblinking, unreadable. With a shrug, Tom continued, "I'm not much for looking into myself. When I do, I don't particularly like what I find. I just don't have answers for you. But Harry said something before you got here. He said he loved me and was glad I wasn't with someone who didn't love me, who'd use me."
"Would you find someone else to meet your needs if they were not met by Mr. Kim?"
"Would I?" Tom parried, buying a little time. Then he admitted, "I have in the past, why would now be any different? I'm just grateful I'm with Harry. Actually, I'm really one hell of a lucky guy."
"Indeed," Tuvok reflected. Then he surprised Tom by saying, "I have been aware of your activities."
That got Tom's attention. Shit. "Uh. . . you have?"
"Yes. My hearing is more acute than that of a human's."
"Oh," Tom muttered, his ears turning an intense shade of red.
"I wish to speak with Mr. Kim now. Are you well enough to remain outside for a few moments?" At Tom's nod, he asked, "Would you excuse yourself and send him in?"
Wordlessly, Tom pushed himself to his feet. Stiffly, he crossed the room and sent Harry inside, trying to signal with a waggled hand that things were sort of all right.
The minutes while Harry was inside with Tuvok seemed to crawl by. Tom leaned against the wall for a time. When that felt uncomfortable, he sat down, his back supported against the wall, his knees up, his head resting against them. Wouldn't you know it, Chakotay took that moment to come walking along his corridor?
Warily, Tom greeted the former Maquis. "Commander?"
"I thought you'd been released from sickbay to rest in your quarters. What are you doing out here?"
Good question. With his luck, Tuvok would pop his head out about now saying something like, 'Lt. Paris, let's talk some more about the spankings Harry's been giving you.' He could just imagine the huge grin that would put on the big commander's face. No doubt Chakotay would want to be next in line to deliver a blow of his own. Fortunately, Tuvok remained inside with Harry. "Uh. Waiting."
Chakotay cocked his head as if Tom's answer were lacking in details. Furious about the blush that was beginning to spread across his face, Tom told him, "Harry's doing something inside."
"Oh." Chakotay tried to figure out what to say next. Tom looked very uncomfortable sitting on the floor. "Would you like to wait for him with me in the mess hall? I'm heading there after I've checked out these decks."
"No, sir. Thanks just the same. It'll only be a minute or two more." I hope, Tom finished the thought in his head.
Chakotay smiled down at the younger man, nodded, and continued on his way. Once the Commander was around the curve in the corridor, Tom sighed in relief . He hoped the two people in his cabin wouldn't be much longer. His butt was sore, but he was also kind of tired and didn't really want to stand up anymore. At last. Tuvok signaled that he could return. Scrambling to his feet, Tom realized his butt really was sore, not just from being sat upon, but deep inside. Must be the injury the description of which had half scared him out of his wits.
Inside his quarters, Tuvok motioned him to the couch and apologized for keeping him waiting. Tom looked carefully at Harry but gained no clues as to their fate from that quarter. Tuvok seemed to quietly gather himself together. "Lt., Ensign. I believe your activities are entirely voluntary, that no coercion is involved. And I will so report this finding to the doctor. It will go no further. However, I also believe that you both could use better judgment. It is not appropriate for Mr. Paris to be on duty still suffering from the effects of these activities. Make sure that this does not happen again."
"Yes, sir," Harry promised. "Thank you, sir."
Tom's pale face acknowledged the Commander's words with a slight nod. He swallowed hard, almost not trusting himself to speak. When Tuvok looked pointedly at him, Tom managed to say, "Uh, yes, sir. We'll be sure to . . . to keep your words in mind."
"You would be advised to do more than keep them in mind."
"Yes, sir. I will."
Tuvok turned his attention to Harry Kim. "Ensign. This tree seeking expedition of Lt. Paris' should not go unpunished. My recommended form of discipline is a flogging."
Both young men looked stunned. On that note, the Vulcan rose and exited the room. Tom slumped back into the couch and Harry left his chair to take a seat next to his stricken lover. "He didn't mean that, did he?" Tom gasped.
"He couldn't have. But . . .do Vulcans have a sense of humor?"
Harry realized that any serious discussion with Tom concerning their future activities would have to wait. Tom looked worn out. Harry quietly got up, retrieved a blanket and pillow, and tucked Tom in on the couch. For his efforts, he was rewarded with a soft smile. Harry kissed Tom on the cheek and left his side so that Tom could fall asleep.
Tuvok reported to the doctor in the sickbay office. "Doctor. I have spoken with both Lt. Paris and Ensign Kim. As I thought, the situation is entirely voluntary on both their parts."
"You told me you feared that it was escalating."
"And it was. They both confirmed that the last few discipline sessions involved a paddle applied to the lieutenant's bare buttocks. As I told you, my concern was that this behavior might escalate to involve more harmful activities which could detract from the lieutenant's job performance, particularly should an emergency occur. I believe your intervention as well as my own has helped them to slow down. Furthermore, when Lt. Paris was waiting in the corridor during my interview with Mr. Kim, Commander Chakotay happened to walk by. I was able to partially overhear their conversation and I believe it is safe to say that the lieutenant was made quite uncomfortable by the exchange."
"Very good, Mr. Tuvok. I see enough of Lt. Paris as a patient when he hasn't volunteered for it. He will be undergoing a rather invasive medical procedure in, oh, a few hours."
"And what is the purpose of this procedure?"
"It will help to destroy any bacteria that my earlier treatments failed to eliminate. There is the potential for a threatening build-up of such bacteria. The creatures that attacked him carried germs I hadn't seen before."
Tuvok tried to read between the lines. "I assumed that the lieutenant was healed from his injuries."
The doctor elaborated, "There's a six percent chance that the bacteria weren't all killed and will infect the lieutenant with its unknown properties."
Tuvok pressed the doctor a little more, "Just six percent?"
"That six percent could multiply enough to kill him. In my lab, I was able to kill 76 percent of the bacteria with hypospray procedures. However, 98 percent were killed on contact by an antibacterial ointment I developed. It needs to be reapplied periodically to prevent reinfection from the surviving bacteria."
A quirk of Tuvok's eyebrow greeted that declaration followed by his departure from sickbay. Tuvok was satisfied that problems with the young pilot might actually diminish in number and frequency in the upcoming months.
End Part 5
Title: Harry's Holiday Angel
Part: NEW 6 / 9
Please see Part 1 for summary, disclaimers, and warning.
The comm went off in Paris' cabin. With Tom asleep on the couch, Harry answered it, turning his attention from the PADD report on the planet's creatures. "Kim here."
It was the doctor. "Ensign. It is past time for Lt. Paris to report for his treatment."
"Sorry, doctor. He's asleep."
There was silence for a moment. "Ensign, would you report to sickbay? Perhaps I can instruct you on administering the treatment."
When Harry returned to the room, Tom was still sleeping on the couch, his face drawn and tired. Harry placed the items he'd received in a bag on the table and went to kneel by his friend and lover. Regretfully, he placed a hand on Tom's shoulder and gently shook him. "Tom? Tom?"
Tom stirred but didn't open his eyes. Harry tried again. "Tom. You need to wake up."
Blue eyes blinked and seemed to register Harry's presence. Then they closed again. Harry leaned close to his ear and spoke to him, "I hate to do this to you, Tom. But you really should be awake."
"What?" demanded a weak, irritated voice, eyes finally open.
"Listen to me, Tom. The doctor wants me to do this and it'll save you a trip to sickbay. But I could use a little help from you."
Confused, Tom asked, "Huh?"
"Remember how the doctor told you about the injury to your . . . uh . . . backside?"
How could he forget that one? According to the doc, his asshole had been torn apart. "Yeah. So?"
"He wants me to put some medicine inside you."
Suddenly, Tom was wide awake and sitting bolt upright. "What?"
"He doesn't want to take any chances with infection. He said a lot of bacteria was let loose when you were injured, that the hyposprays and all aren't enough. This . . .procedure is supposed to kill any bugs on contact. Remember, he told you that you needed to do this every six hours?"
"Uh-huh. I thought he was talking about a hypospray or something. Just what are you supposed to do?"
"Put it inside you," was Kim's abashed response, "spread an ointment in you were hurt."
"I don't think so," came Tom's determined statement. "End of discussion."
Kim commed the doctor. "Doctor, Tom doesn't want me to do it."
"Very well," came the doctor's voice, "send him here. I'll take care of it."
Tom shook his head. No way, no how. "No!"
"Tom says 'no'," Harry reported.
"He either allows you to do it or he will be beamed to sickbay immediately."
"Shit," was Tom's ungracious comment in defeat. "You do it, Harry."
Harry let the doctor know that the situation was under control.
"Just what I wanted for Christmas Eve, Harry. How do I get so lucky?"
"The doctor said you might want a tranquilizer to help you get through it." Harry thought Tom had sounded a little hysterical. He lifted a hypospray.
"No-o, I think I better know what's going on." Tom stood up and looked at the bag on the table. "So, what's the procedure?"
"It's not much different from preparing you for sex."
"Apart from the sex, how is it different?" Tom's gaze alternated between the table and Harry.
"The doctor showed me a holovid on how to proceed."
"Enlighten me," was Tom's bitter comment.
Harry opened the bag and placed the sealed objects on the table. Latex gloves. A large tube of ointment, sealed packets of sterile wipes. "I put on the gloves, clean your exterior, smear the gloves up with the ointment, and then work my hand inside of you."
"If that doesn't work, then it's plan B."
"The doctor does it, not me."
"I'm so relieved," Tom mocked him.
"Tom, this should work. It's not that different."
"Keep telling yourself that, Harry."
"Don't make this so hard, Tom."
"Do I look hard?"
"I didn't mean it like that," Harry pleaded. "Please, help me here."
"It isn't your asshole that's getting reamed."
Harry gave up. "Let's go to the bedroom."
His body rigid, Tom stalked into the bedroom. At the bed, he crossed his arms across his chest and glared at Harry.
"Undo your pants and lie down."
Still rigid, Tom loosened his sweat pants and lay down on his back. Harry had the gloves and ointment in his hands along with the wipes. He placed these on the bedside table. He put the pillow in the center of the bed. "Roll over, Tom."
His face a stiff mask, Tom rolled over onto his stomach, the pillow under his hips. He felt Harry pull his sweats and then his shorts all the way down to his ankles and he knew his face had ignited to a bright red. Not wanting to see, he turned away from Harry. At the same time, Harry couldn't see the tears that threatened to spill from Tom's eyes.
Harry placed his hands on the inside of Tom's exposed thighs and spread his legs widely apart. Tom felt the cool wipe cleaning the cleft between his buttocks, then his anus. He clenched his fists, one fist by his face.
"Please, Tom, try to relax." Harry didn't hear Tom's response if there was one. "I'm putting the cream on my hand now."
Tom felt a gloved hand spreading his cheeks apart. He heard Harry say that he was going to enter him with one finger. Unable to relax, still rigid with humiliation, Tom gasped when the finger probed at his anus. Even as slicked up as the finger was, it hurt when the finger encountered a resistant opening. Then it went in and Tom instinctively clamped down on it. Harry pulled out.
He didn't know what to do to help his friend and lover. "Tom, this isn't going to work if you can't relax for me. Should I get the hypospray?"
As he looked down at Tom, he realized the pilot was weeping silently, his shoulders shaking. Harry bent over Tom, half lying on the bed to be closer to him. "What is it, Tom? What's wrong?"
He listened for any words from his lover. "I can't, I can't," Tom seemed to be saying.
"Could you pretend we're simply getting ready for sex?"
"Tom, if you won't let me do this, you know the doctor will."
Tom turned his head, one hand coming up to grab Harry. "No!!!"
Harry could see the tears that wet Tom's face and believed he was as unhappy and as miserable as he looked. Harry leaned down further to that sad face and kissed him. "I love you, Tom. I love you. Please help me."
Tom tried to conquer his fear. This was Harry, this was today, not someone from sometime in his past. Harry wouldn't hurt him. He told himself that again. Harry wouldn't hurt him. He nodded. He would try. He whispered, "I'm sorry, Harry, I'll do my best."
Harry kissed him again on the lips, then on each wet eyelid. "Thank you, love."
Once more, Tom felt one gloved hand brace his cheeks open. Then one slick, gloved finger traced a ring around his anus as Harry crooned to him, "You're so beautiful, Tom. Do you know how much I love looking at this beautiful sight?"
Tom relaxed fractionally and Harry was able to slip in the first finger. Tom felt it easing deeper and deeper until it broke past the tight sphincter. Now he felt the increasing length of Harry's finger stroking inside him in gentle motions. Harry kept up an almost constant murmur of appreciation of Tom and his sweet ass. Harry warned him of the second finger and Tom felt himself initially resist, then, as he consciously tried to relax, the two fingers slid inside him. As they worked into him, he let himself feel the gentleness of Harry's ministrations.
Although tears still leaked from his eyes, he knew he wasn't as tight as he had been just moments before. And he had to admit, when he could remember that this was Harry, his lover's very gentle touch inside him felt good, that the soothing rhythm to the strokes of his fingers felt almost . . . erotic.
Harry took his time, soothing his lover with his words and with his touch. Once Tom seemed to be accustomed to the two fingers deep inside of him and to the necessary stretching, Harry pulled them out. He smeared on a great deal more of the ointment and began the slow process of inserting three fingers inside Tom's still very tight hole. "It's all right now, love, your ass is okay with this, it likes these love strokes inside of you. Let it happen. Your lovely asshole is easing open now. It's just three fingers, nothing you haven't felt before. There, Tom, there love, you'll be okay now."
Tom's resistance to the three fingers wasn't easy to give up. He tensed, yet tried not to tighten up entirely. Harry's words calmed him and, although it hurt a little, he was able to let him in. Harry went very slowly, the three fingers probing and stretching in millimeters. Then the second knuckles worked past the guardian to his rectum and the longer interior fingers massaged the slick walls found there. Patiently, Harry worked him, at times using the other hand to add more ointment to the anus, swirling it around the fingers buried deep inside Tom, easing the stretched opening.
Then the fingers were pulled out and more ointment was spread on the almost painfully revealed anus. "Just breathe evenly, Tom, deep breaths now. Remember how much I love you, how beautiful I think you are. We're going for four fingers now, it's going to be all right. Easy, baby, easy."
When the four fingertips pressed against him, Tom went still, his body fighting the invasion. But Harry just rested the tips of his fingers at the opening and left them in place until Tom gained more control of himself. Tom took a deep shuddering breath, muttered, "Okay."
Hearing that faint sound of acquiescence and seeing the slight unclenching of Tom's ass muscles, Harry pressed the fingers against the opening and slid along the already opened beginning. Once he began to press beyond the initial stages, Tom signaled with his tightening his growing distress. Again, Harry stopped in place and crooned to him, then he brushed his lips against Tom's back, kissing down the t-shirted back now soaked with Tom's sweat. Once again, Tom began to relax and Harry pressed the advantage, sluicing all four fingers into him as smoothly as possible. Tom gasped, feeling so stretched he wondered if a shuttle couldn't fly through.
Harry's fingers and thumb were now as deep as the third knuckles that remained just outside the straining ring. In short, smooth strokes, Harry pushed and pushed, easing Tom open far wider than before, far wider than Harry had ever stretched him. Finally, the anus was stretched tautly around the widest part of the hand and Harry pushed through. Intent on getting inside, Harry didn't notice the erection that poked out from underneath Tom's body.
Quickly, Harry followed the doctor's instructions to smear the entire interior surface of the rectum with the ointment. Tom jumped against his hand when he brushed the prostate. He penetrated as deeply as possible, his wrist now settled at the opening of Tom's anus. He continued smoothing ointment deeply inside his partner. Through the thin gloves he felt the slick rectal walls, the rougher lines where the tears had been regenerated. Gently, Harry rubbed as much of the ointment as he could on those healing places. He penetrated as far up the curve in the colon as he could, his arm sliding in as deeply as needed, his hand rotating, smearing ointment as it went.
Satisfied that there was no more to be done, Harry gradually began to pull out. When the widest part of his hand was ready to stretch apart Tom's reddened anus one more time, he asked Tom to push outward and the knuckles popped free. He slid out and covered the sore opening with large amounts of the ointment. Done at last, he ungloved his hand and rested his hand on Tom's rounded buttock.
"I'm done. It's over."
Feeling as if he'd been cored open, felt up, and impaled beyond his most horrific nightmares, Tom curled his legs up toward his chest, crying softly. Even his body had betrayed him when he felt the stirrings of desire that still confused him. Feeling debased and humiliated, Tom covered his head with his hands. Harry lifted him up under the arms and held him to his chest, one hand behind Tom's head.
"It's all over, now, it's over, Tom. You did fine, baby, just fine. Easy now, easy."
Tom was almost limp in his arms as Harry swept kisses across his wet face. The kisses, the mixed messages from his ass and his cock, Harry's warmth, all broke through his barriers and he flung his arms around his lover, resting his head in the haven of Harry's shoulder. An ungloved hand ran itself up and down Tom's back under the t-shirt and down across his slick buttocks to his bare thighs then back up again. As the exhausted man in his arms seemed to give in to the fatigue engendered by the last tense half hour, Harry let Tom's torso down gently onto the bed. He tossed the pillow aside and set Tom on his back.
Harry sat close, one hand on the side of Tom's face. Tom's eyes were closed, his facial muscles still reflecting his tension. Harry glanced down the long length of his lover, noting the strangely smooth skin around his cock and balls where normally there was a tangle of tawny pubic hair. The long legs stretched out below in a slightly open V. Although there was only the faintest sign of arousal left in that now quiescent cock, Harry himself inhaled sharply at the sight. He recognized how turned on he himself had become from being so deeply inside of Tom, so in control of his lover's body. In his mind, he recalled how his whole hand had disappeared into that once small puckered opening. He remembered clearly how the anus fit around his wrist and arm like an old fashioned condom. If only Tom had been able to overcome the fear that had so seized his slim body. He worried about the cause of Tom's fear. Had it been him?
Harry's eyes returned to the softly mounded cock and balls of his lover as they lay against his groin, breathing in time with Tom's inhalations and exhalations. Tom was so beautiful, this absence of hair making him so close to the fantasy he'd had of Tom as an angel. He brushed his hand along Tom's cheek, "Sleep, baby. It's okay now."
As Tom drifted off to sleep, he was aware of Harry's gentle caresses and sensed the man's eyes on his body. He realized that Harry was turned on by interpreting the sound of his lover's breathing. But Tom was too tired to do anything to help Harry at this point. Before he let himself go, he momentarily remembered that this whole unpleasant procedure was supposed to be repeated in just six hours. He couldn't think about it now, he was too tired.
"Captain, the away team's succeeded," Chakotay reported to Janeway in her ready room.
"What's the news?"
"The creatures on the planet regard their trees as sacred objects. When Tom tried to take one, they didn't understand anything but the fact that one of their trees had been injured and severed from its life force. In their cultures, no one does that to the trees. Apparently, they will harvest old and diseased trees, but only after the life force has left the tree. So, they swiftly went after the tree to restore it to its life force before it was too late. In their haste, they didn't pay any attention to Tom. They say they regret injuring our pilot."
"Do they understand why we wanted the tree?"
"Yes, when it was explained that the tree was to be used for a sacred ritual in our culture, they understood. In fact," Chakotay grinned, "they have invited us to choose from among one of the trees that has lost its life force. In deference to the difference in 'real' Christmas trees as discussed by Harry and Tom, we have permission to take two such trees. They'll guide us to the proper ones."
Janeway stood up, a huge smile on her face. Clapping her hands, she said, "This is good news. Would you tell Harry and Tom? I think they should be allowed to pick out the trees. You and they can beam down whenever you're all ready." After a thoughtful moment, she added, "You know, I wouldn't mind going down there myself."
Chakotay grinned at her, his dimples making his face seem ten years younger. He held out his arm for her and, once she hooked it, proceeded out of the ready room.
Virtually the entire senior staff beamed down to the planet surface's, Tom and Harry, Kathryn and Chakotay, Tuvok and B'Elanna. If Tuvok felt uneasy about the make-up of the away team, he held himself in check. After all, the away team who established communications reported the native creatures to be friendly and nonthreatening. Depending on the species, they had no weapons save their teeth, claws and hooves.
Janeway snatched surreptitious glances at the pilot, carefully assessing his well being. Apart from a pinched look of fatigue about his eyes, he seemed all right. She was glad that he would have the opportunity to go back to the planet and put to rest any nightmares he might incur due to the earlier attack. If he did retain any lingering effects, Harry had placed himself at the pilot's elbow, ready to help if needed. She wondered at the seeming strain between both of them and the security chief.
The group had selected a private location for the beam down and followed the directions of the earlier away team to the forest and the waiting natives. Janeway noticed that Tom seemed to flinch when he saw the large group of natives, his body language preparing him to flee if necessary. However, when they reached the natives, it was clear from their body language that they meant no harm. Two creatures came forward to greet the away team, a large, horse-like native and a small tiger-like creature. The grey-green 'horse' sat on its haunches before Tom and the 'tiger' rubbed itself against Tom's legs emitting a purr-like sound.
Tom's apprehension, hell, his downright fear, vanished when the tiger began to purr against his leg. He smiled shyly at Harry and asked Chakotay, "What's okay here?"
The horse emitted noises that the universal translator clarified, "We are sad that you were hurt. We did not want to hurt you. We did not know what you were, that you were a creature, too."
"Oh. Okay. Look, I'm sorry about hurting your tree."
The tiger rose up on its rear legs and placed its soft paws against Tom's chest. The purrs were translated as, "You love trees, too. It will be well. Come. We have some trees whose life force has left them for you to use in your worship."
Almost without thinking, Tom stroked the head of the green and yellow striped creature now rubbing its ear against his chest. The creature's purr increased in intensity. Tom asked, "Is this okay?"
"This humble *merckle* likes your action," the creature said with an untranslatable word a part of its statement. From the context, Tom and the others deduced that *merckle* was either its species or its name.
Tom scratched its ears before the creature returned to all fours. The horse observed the proceedings with an expression that seemed to convey satisfaction.
"Shall we go?" Janeway encouraged.
End Part 6
Title: Harry's Holiday Angel
Part: NEW 7/ 9
Please see Part 1 for summary, disclaimers, and warning.
The horse and tiger led them to places in the forest where a long needled tree, not as vibrantly colored as its surrounding trees, was pointed out to them. Since this was Harry's favorite kind of tree the young ensign was invited to critically inspect the find. He pronounced it completely satisfactory and the horse and tiger in a coordinated action that was almost a blur, detached the tree from its home and presented it to Harry.
"Thank you," Harry told them solemnly. From the incredible speed of their actions, Harry realized how easy a target Tom had been when they'd come after the earlier tree. He also realized how effective their hooves and claws were in bringing down the tree in moments.
Tom, too, appreciated the speed and potential deadliness of these natives. He realized how lucky he was to be alive. Maybe he'd forgive the doctor the medical treatment Harry had performed. From his sickbay duties he knew too well the difficulty in treating injuries sustained on new worlds with new sources of potential infection. Only a few years before both Janeway and Chakotay had been suspended in stasis chambers and then left on a planet because of an unknown virus they had not been able to cure. A nudge from Harry snapped him out of his reverie. The tiger, who seemed to like him, was once again rubbing against his leg and purring. It was telling him they could go look for the next tree. Shrugging, Tom smiled at Harry, his first smile since the procedure several hours earlier. "Let's go. Can't have the wrong Christmas tree on Voyager."
"We have the right tree," Harry corrected.
"Not in my book."
"Boys," Janeway warned.
With an unrepentant Tom Paris smile, the pilot grinned at her and said, "Sorry, Captain."
A few minutes later a short needled tree was pointed out to Tom. He walked around it, gave it a careful appraisal, then nodded. "Looks good."
In a repeat blur, the creatures had the tree ready for Tom in under a minute.
"Thanks," Tom told them.
The horse snuffled and said, "We are curious about your ceremony."
Janeway and Chakotay exchanged glances. "It's Christmas Eve," she told him.
"Yes, it is."
Four sets of eyes rested on the security chief, with B'Elanna simply looking on in bemused silence. Tuvok asked the Captain, "I take it you are asking about bringing more of the crew down to have a celebration here on this planet?"
"I was wondering about that, yes."
"As long as the natives agree, I see no security reason that would prevent it."
The trees were set up in the clearing, bases provided and self-powered tiny lights wound around each tree from base to top. Tom brought down the decorations he'd been hiding and began decorating *his*tree along with others who thought his tree was the correct tree for the occasion. On the other hand, Harry had a few decorations of his own and brought them down for *his* tree. Just as some of the crew thought Tom had the correct tree, others considered Harry's tree perfect and decorated it with their balls, ribbons, bells, and other reminders of Alpha Quadrant holidays. Tom's tree had a star on its top. Harry's tree was topped by an angel.
As dusk descended, Neelix organized a holiday meal down on the surface, the natives invited to participate along with the starship crew. On one table sat a large menorah with white candles set in place, the table offering smaller candles in burn-proof flat holders. These candles were to be lit and held in the darkness. One by one the crew picked up a candle and had it lit by the person just ahead. Candle light and the lights on the trees cast eerie shadows on the alien planet. A guitar and a flute played ancient carols in the background.
The crew surrounded the now laden trees with at least ten different species of native creatures intermingled in their midst. Once all crew members were seated on the ground, each holding a lit, glowing candle, into the solemn silence little Naomi asked, "Why do we light this candle?"
The answers to her question came from different traditions, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Eastern Orthodox, and so on around the globe of old earth and then around the settled planets of the Alpha Quadrant represented by Voyager's crew. As the old stories were retold, the native creatures listened with care, hearing messages of hope and redemption, peace and serenity.
Then the music increased in volume and very old songs were sung. One traditional song, in particular, touched the natives with its references to 'friendly beasts'.
In a strong bass, Harry led off:
'Jesus, our brother, kind and good, was humbly born in a stable of wood
And the friendly beasts around him stood, Jesus our brother kind and good
B'Elanna's serious alto continued:
I, said the donkey shaggy and brown, I carried his mother up hill and down
I carried her safely to Bethlehem town, I said the donkey shaggy and brown
And I said the cow all white and red, I gave him my manger for a bed
I gave him my hay for to pillow his head, I said the cow all white and red
I said the sheep with a curly horn, I gave him my wool for his blanket warm
And he wore my coat on that Christmas morn, I said the sheep with a curly horn
Tom (leaning back on Harry):
I said the dove from the rafters high, I cooed him to sleep that he should not cry
We cooed him to sleep my love and I, I said the dove from the rafters high
And I said the camel all yellow and black, over the desert upon my back
I brought him a gift in the wise men's pack, I said the camel yellow and black
Thus every beast remembering it well, in the stable dark was so proud to tell
Of the gifts that they gave Emmanuel, the gifts that they gave Emmanuel
Seven (remembering the collective):
(repeat first verse)
Jesus our brother kind and good, was humbly born in a stable of wood
And the friendly beasts around him stood, Jesus our brother kind and good'
As the notes of the music died away on the evening breeze, Harry looked down to find Tom nearly asleep, his head rested against Harry's chest, one hand loosely upon the tiger lying next to him, its muzzle on Tom's thigh. "Hey," Harry whispered, "I think it may be time for bed."
Warm and at peace, Tom gazed up at his lover's face that glowed hazily in the candlelight. "Hmm. Don't want to move."
Surreptitiously, the doctor walked over and took a tricorder reading on his most troublesome patient. He leaned down and smiled at Tom. If Tom hadn't been so suffused with a sleepy warmth, he wouldn't have believed it possible that the doctor smiled at him. So, he smiled back, a dreamy look on his face.
Harry told the doctor, "I hate to disturb him to put him to bed."
"I think we can call this a medical beam-up." To Tom, the doctor said, "Say good-night to your friend there, it's time for you to go home."
A little more awake, Tom knew when he'd been outvoted and outmaneuvered. Turning to the tiger and to the horse who was not much farther away, he told them, "Thanks for the trees. And . . .well, it's been a memorable Christmas Eve."
The tiger purred, a little drool dribbling on to Tom's thigh, and said, "We wish you peace, Tom Paris."
Almost as if it were shy, the horse snuffled his head against Tom's shoulder and wickered its soft nose against Tom's cheek. Tom raised an arm to pet its long head. "You, too," Tom told them.
Harry helped Tom to his feet, and, as with a few others, disappeared to where they could beam up privately without the natives realizing exactly what had transpired. The doctor dogged their path and rematerialized in Tom's room, standing beside the two lovers.
Harry wasn't surprised, but Tom did a double take. "Uh, doctor, this isn't sickbay."
"I'm making a house call, Lt." The doctor directed Tom to lie down on his bed. Too tired to argue, Tom did as asked while Harry hovered just behind the doctor.
After scanning Tom much as he had done on the surface, the doctor turned to Harry and both moved away out of Tom's earshot. "Doctor?"
"Ensign. I'm afraid he may have overdone it. His temperature is elevated and his blood pressure is lower than it was before he left sickbay this morning."
"I put the ointment in, doctor," Harry assured the doctor, fearing he was being criticized for not taking good enough care of his lover. "And it wasn't easy."
"How do you mean?"
"I thought it'd be . . .you know . . . like getting ready for sex. He reacted almost as if I were planning to rape him."
"That kind of reaction wouldn't have surprised me had I done it, but to react like that to you . . ."
"Yeah. I didn't understand it then. I'll tell you, doctor, I'd do almost anything to avoid having to do that again."
"Ensign, his fever . . ."
Harry interrupted, "Maybe it isn't a build-up of the bacteria, but just . . . overdoing it."
"No, there's definitely a bacteriological cause. I hate to spoil the evening, but you're going to have do it again. I had figured that three times spaced six hours apart would kill any efforts on the part of the bacteria to grow. Since he's only had the one treatment and there's signs of infection, I have to believe that the original protocol was correct. Unfortunately, the gut is a perfect environment for infection: dark, warm, moist. With hyposprays I had him protected against the usual bacteria found there, but this is an alien one. The only really effective treatment is that ointment topically applied."
"Doctor, please." Harry was upset with the dilemma the doctor presented. On the one hand, he would have to hurt his friend and lover one more time and perhaps even twice more, on the other hand, he couldn't let Tom succumb to an invasion of alien bacteria. "I don't know if I can. You didn't see . . . "
"I know I could give him a sedative to put him under, but having this procedure done while he was unconscious . . ."
"Yeah. That might be worse. You don't understand."
"What did he tell you?"
Looking a bit chagrined, Harry made sure that Tom wouldn't overhear them. "He told me this goes back to when he was in prison. He was so apologetic."
"I still don't know what you're saying, Ensign."
Harry took a deep breath, knowing it would be difficult to reveal Tom's secret, but the doctor really did need to understand the situation. "The . . . uh. . . first time Tom was raped, he went to the prison infirmary for treatment. The doctor there insisted on doing a full internal exam, manually. Tom said the doctor claimed he couldn't use any lubricant because it might destroy the evidence. Tom said he felt raped all over again."
The doctor winced at the ensign's description. "I understand." Pausing for a moment to pay respect to the Lt.'s bravery, the doctor returned to the problem at hand, and asked, "How long since you put in the ointment?"
Harry checked the time. "Seven hours, forty minutes. Look, couldn't the next treatment wait until morning? Tom's exhausted."
The doctor shook his head. "No. I don't dare risk waiting. I'm sorry, Ensign. I'll stay and help however I can."
The sleeping area was only at 20 percent illumination but, when they returned to the bed, they could make out Tom turned on his side away from them. His legs were brought up, his breathing was even. Light snores indicated that he was asleep.
"Oh, shit," Harry exclaimed, the word as soft as it was uncharacteristic. Harry sat on the bed next to his lover's curled up body. When he placed his hand on Tom's forehead, he could feel the fever that signaled the onset of infection. Sighing deeply, Harry stroked his finger along Tom's cheek. "Sweetheart? It's me, I'm sorry to wake you up, but . . .but it's time."
A few more finger strokes, a few more words, and Tom finally opened his eyes. What was Harry thinking, waking him up like this? He just wanted to sleep. But Harry wouldn't stop talking. "What?"
Tom heard the word 'treatment' and shuddered. Not again. Not another humiliating and confusing invasion. "No," he protested. "No, Harry, please."
"I'm so sorry, love. You've got a fever and the doctor insists."
The doctor? Tom's eyes flew open and he rolled onto his back. Sure enough, there was the holographic doctor standing near his bed. Scared and angry, Tom demanded, "Why's he still here? He wants to watch? Not enough action in sickbay?"
"Sh-h, Tom. He's here 'cause he's worried about you."
Tom snorted, "Yeah, right."
"Lt., I'm the one who patched you up to begin with. There is nothing to be embarrassed about."
"Fine. We'll trade places."
Harry stepped in, trying to soothe, "Tom, please, I know this bothers you. But you're running a fever." Harry put an edge to his voice, "We've got to kill the bugs. Now. The doc here can help you through this."
Oh, gods, Tom thought, this can't be happening. Now there was to be a witness. "No. I don't think so. Please, doc, just go. Please?"
Hearing the lieutenant beg him was a surprise for the doctor. This must be very important to the young pilot. "I'll get the materials and then I'll go over to the couch. I'll be available if needed, but I won't be here watching."
Once the doctor had left the ointment, gloves, and wipes on the night stand and moved away, Harry asked Tom, "Is there any way to make this easier?"
"No," Tom admitted, miserable by thoughts of the whole ordeal that lay ahead. "Just . . . just stay close to me."
Looking down on his huddled friend, Harry wondered something. He began to remove his own pants and noted the question in Tom's eyes.
"We'll be even." He managed a grin for the puzzled man on the bed. "You won't have on pants, then neither will I."
"Oh," a small voice said.
Dilated pupils watched as Harry removed first his trousers and then his shorts, his muscular thighs glinting in the dim light. Harry moved on to the bed and lay next to Tom bringing his hand up to Tom's face. "It's going to be all right, love. It will."
Trust and fear vied for dominance and finally stood apart in wary truce as Tom struggled to deal with his feelings. He nodded and Harry's hand went to his pants, opening the waist, unbuttoning the soft trousers. With a kiss to Tom's dry lips, Harry pulled the pants down, stopping only to remove Tom's shoes and socks. Despite the knowledge of what was to come, Harry couldn't help appreciating the long legs that disappeared into the white of Tom's shorts. He ran a hand along the length of the thigh, over the light fabric to Tom's waist and down again. As Harry's eyes tracked the movement of his hand, Tom's eyes fastened on to Harry's face and fixed there.
Harry lay down next to Tom, one hand on Tom's waist, the other stroking over the white cloth from Tom's waist to his thigh and back again, his hand moving ever slightly more backward until it smoothed across a rounded buttock, slowly moving there up and down in a steady rhythm. "It's okay, love," Harry whispered. "It's all right."
Tom felt his lover's hand as a caress, light, soft, nonthreatening. It felt good, calming his fears so that trust had a chance. He nodded again, his eyes never leaving Harry's face until Harry leaned in to kiss him. It was a kiss like an unremembered dream, almost there, but not quite real. Tom closed his eyes and allowed Harry to pull his shorts down, both of his lover's hands lifting the waistband, then easily bringing them over cooperating hips. Tom felt the cloth, the fingers, all move down his legs to his ankles and then the shorts were gone. He remained in place, eyes closed, waiting for directions from Harry.
There was a wait during which he could hear the snap of gloves as these were put in place, the tear of the wrapping that covered the wipes. He could smell the antiseptic odor of the wipes, then felt Harry gently roll him to his side, his back to Harry. His top leg was pushed up and away and Tom began to tense, thinking the invasion was about to start. Instead, a gloved hand caressed his flank, a soft voice crooned words of reassurance and he allowed himself to relax a little.
He started at the feel of the cool wipe against his backside, a hand pushing his cheeks apart, the wipe leaving its trail of wet antiseptic down his cleft, stopping to wipe and push against his puckered anus. Tom took in a deep breath and held it as the gloved hand pushed the wipe more and more insistently against him. The pressure and wipe disappeared and he let out his breath. A hand rested on his shoulder for a moment. He heard Harry's voice, low and soft, murmuring that he was doing fine. He tried not to shudder, knowing what was to come next.
Harry leaned across him, brushed his hair out of his face, and again lightly kissed him. Tom brought up his hand and gripped Harry's gloved one briefly. Harry squeezed Tom's hand and moistened Tom's face with his light kisses. "I have to get some ointment on my fingers now. It's all right, you're going to be all right."
A slight tremor passed through Tom as he fought against the fear. However, trust remained in ascendance. Harry moved away enough to do what he had to do. Briefly, Tom understood that trust had practice in recent months and knew Harry would stop if he absolutely could stand no more. In a way, Harry had trained him to allow liberties that no one else could take.
In another moment, Harry's hand once again pushed at the back of his leg trying to widen the distance between Tom's legs. Tom was able to move his leg higher up and grabbed the knee with his own hand, holding himself as open to Harry as he could. With his other hand, Tom grasped the pillow under his head.
The next thing he felt was the gloved hand spreading his cheeks far apart and Harry's finger pressed against his opening. The ointment slicked that wrinkled flesh so that the finger could slide in following the curve of Tom's sphincter. Harry worked the finger gently in to the first knuckle, then the second knuckle. Finally, he went all the way in to the third knuckle, Harry's thumb resting on the delicate, bare landscape between his anus and his balls. Harry's finger thrust in and out, sliding along the only slightly resisting internal walls. Pulling the finger out to the first knuckle, Harry worked the index finger in next to it and pushed both inside as if they were one finger.
During this invasion, Tom attempted to control his breathing, mentally telling himself to trust Harry, Harry wouldn't hurt him, Harry was trying to help him. The thoughts became almost a chant to accompany his breathing, to keep himself calm.
Harry slid the third finger inside like a swept wing parallel to the first finger, as the index finger took the role of a fuselage. The three fingers stretched him open, the sphincter loosening finally until Harry was able to add the fourth finger. Tom felt the phalanx of the third knuckles like an ungainly shuttle intruding on shuttle bay doors. Harry spread ointment liberally around the waiting the opening, coating the outside and inside, as well as the remaining part of his hand and thumb that were yet to gain entrance to Tom's inner passageway.
Harry's whispered guidance told him to relax, relax. And trust opened the gateway, allowing Harry's hand inside once again, up to his wrist. Clenching his jaw, Tom recognized the feeling of fullness that was so much greater than when Harry's engorged cock resided there. The fingers moved up and down those interior walls, circling the rectum first one way and then the other. The soft strokes across his prostate tightened his body in reaction, his cock jumped, swelled. Tom moaned at the confusion in his body and mind.
At some point Harry's hand inside of him stopped, then moved back, moved away, moved back again. "Sweetheart, there's something here, I need to call the doctor over."
What? "No-o, please no." Tom couldn't bear to have the doctor see him with Harry's hand in his ass. Almost automatically, his body clenched down on Harry's hand.
"Easy, baby, easy. It's almost over. Please, sweetheart, just a few more minutes."
Screwing his eyes closed tighter than before, Tom tried to relax his sphincter's grip on Harry's wrist. Harry gave him more encouragement but Tom finally gave in to the knowledge that fear had returned to thumb its nose at trust. He would try to pretend that this wasn't happening, that the doctor wasn't leaning over the bed, wasn't looking at Harry's arm coring open his ass.
End Part 7
Title: Harry's Holiday Angel
Part: NEW 8 / 9
Please see Part 1 for summary, disclaimers, and warning.
Harry and the doctor discussed something in low tones. Tom felt Harry's finger point to a place externally on his buttock, corresponding to the place where Harry's internal fingers rested against the rectal wall. The doctor murmured something and he could tell a tricorder was scanning the place very closely. He could almost feel the slight shift of air as the instrument in the doctor's hands went back and forth over his bare buttocks, over Harry's arm with its hand still buried deeply inside of him. Tom gripped the pillow under his head tightly, waiting with held breath for this ordeal to be over.
Thank the gods, Harry was pulling his hand out. He could hear the soft plop as the sphincter released the invader and he could hear himself release his own breath. The now empty chamber felt strange; if sentient, it might wonder where the fullness had gone. Then Harry lay down next to him, Harry's chest against his back, Harry's arms wrapped around him coming to join ungloved fingers together across Tom's chest. "You need to stay in position, Tom. I'm sorry, but the doctor has to go inside."
A cry went out and Tom stiffened in Harry's arm. Tom shook his head side to side, his grip on the pillow became so rigid he thought he might never again be able to move his fingers. Tom realized that although Harry's chest held his back to him, Harry hadn't fully spooned around his body. From the waist down, Harry was apart from him. Tom jumped when he felt the doctor's hand on his hip. Trying to stop the coming invasion, Tom tried to close his legs, but Harry told him no and moved his hand to pull Tom's leg back up. "Tom, Tom, please don't do this. Please, baby, trust me. It'll be all over in a minute, I promise."
Tom lay rigidly still, Harry griping his leg underneath his knee, the doctor's hands on his ass. In a fast, smooth motion, the doctor's ointment covered fingers slid inside. Tom felt the fingers move to the same place where Harry's fingers had stopped, the same place Harry had pointed to on his backside The doctor probed gently but very firmly and Tom realized there was some kind of bulge there inside of him. Oh, gods. Tom's fears kayoed trust out of the ring, and a sob caught in his throat. He almost didn't hear Harry's voice in his ear, pushing soft sounds at his uncomprehending consciousness. Then the doctor pulled out and as if in a nightmare, Tom heard him announce, "It's all over, Lt. You can relax now."
"I'll be right with you, sweetheart. You did fine."
Harry pulled a sheet over Tom's shaking form and reluctantly left the bed. After pulling on his pants, Harry joined the doctor knowing they had to talk.
Tom shook with tremors and buried his face further into the pillow. That hadn't happened, that couldn't have happened. He should have just bled to death on that planet. Never been revived, never had to face this assault on his dignity. Hadn't he left such situations behind in New Zealand? He cried into the pillow trying to remain as quiet as possible so as not to disturb his lover. Harry had tried so hard to help him get through this, he didn't deserve such a sniveling wreck of a lover. Harry deserved so much better than him.
Whatever was inside of him, in that most private of places, maybe it'd kill him and the shame and pain would finally stop. He heard them return to the side of the bed but remained with his head buried under the pillow. No such luck. Harry was telling him they had to talk, that it was important. Through the dampening of the pillow he could hear the concern in his lover's voice.
"Tom. The doctor says there's some infection inside you, where the skin healed over. It's the alien bacteria. He says its serious."
Tom gave up hiding. He pulled the pillow off his head and turned over, wincing when his sore bottom hit the bed. "What happens now? More drilling and excavation?"
The doctor ignored his sarcasm. "Identify the exact coordinates of site, transport out the infection, load up the site with the antibacterial cream."
Tom blanched. It was worse than he thought. "If you're talking about the *site* you just explored, I think I'd rather die."
"Tom. No!" Harry implored. "Please. I know . . . look, I know how embarrassing this is, but you really will die unless the doctor treats you."
"Fine." Tom's mind was made up. He could already feel the increasing temperature that accompanied the infection. He felt the ache in his bones and joints. Maybe it would be swift, maybe he wouldn't hurt too much while the infection claimed him.
"Don't do this, Tom. Don't close yourself off from me! Don't be so stubborn and selfish that you'd leave me alone without you. Don't!"
Tom stared up at Harry's pinched face. This was real anger. His lover's eyes were so dark that they threatened to overwhelm everything else.
"What? If I die, you'll spank me?"
Harry looked angry enough to strike Tom. "You think I won't? Come on, I'll haul your bare ass over my knee right now. Let's do it!"
Tom cringed back from Harry's anger. "Let me go, Harry. Just let me go."
"You've given up, haven't you? How dare you give up just because the way to save your life involves some indignities? How dare you?"
Tom rolled over, the sheets entangling in his legs as he pulled the pillow defiantly over his head. But Harry grabbed the pillow and threw it across the room. He pushed Tom back over onto his back and kneeled on the bed, his angry face in Tom's defeated one.
"I won't let you give up. Do you hear me, Tom? I love you and I will fight for you. If I have to have you declared incompetent and make this decision for you, you are going to live, godammit, do you understand me?"
"Jeez, if it means that much to you," Tom conceded sullenly.
"No. *It* doesn't mean that much to me. *You* do."
"A sucker bet, Harry."
"Not for me."
Tom realized he wasn't going to change Harry's mind. He hated what was going to happen to him, hated his helplessness and the alien bug that had invaded his body. Grimacing tightly, Tom nodded. His voice flat, he capitulated, "All right. Do it."
The doctor hovered nearby, letting the two deal with the lack of choices open to the lieutenant. He stepped forward at this point and directed, "We'll need to leave. If you feel up to putting some pants on, we can get started."
Tom glared at the doctor while Harry retrieved a soft pair of sweat pants. Moving to the edge of the bed, the pilot pulled them on. Harry gave him a pair of slippers that Tom slipped onto his feet. But when Tom stood up, he winced. There were no sexually induced endorphins floating around to dull the ache in his ass. The sensation of having a hand up his ass was still with him as he took a few awkward steps away from the bed. He felt lightheaded as well, probably from the growing fever. "Doc, I don't think I'm going to make it."
Harry grabbed him around the waist before Tom's legs gave out. As Tom struggled to stand up, the doctor called for a site to site transport to sickbay.
Once in his own domain, the doctor quickly settled Tom in a biobed. He set up an IV drip and prepared for the brief surgery. This time Harry was allowed to hold Tom's hand. After the doctor administered a brief local anesthetic, he removed Tom's pants and draped him appropriately for the surgery, applying additional antibacterial cream around and in Tom's anus and rectum. He sent a nanoprobe in to the site of infection, marked it carefully, then transported out the bulk of the infection to a waiting sterile tube. Lancing the site, the doctor used his hand to manually apply generous amounts of the cream to every area where the infection had been or might have been.
A tricorder scan confirmed that the doctor had captured and covered ninety-seven percent of the internally located alien bacteria. He completed his scan by running the tricorder over Tom. There were traces of the alien bacteria all over Tom's body, everywhere that hadn't been covered with the doctor's cream. Fortunately, these external bacteria were benign, unable to reproduce or survive for long on Tom's skin. There was one spot on his thigh that had no residue of the bacteria at all. The doctor was puzzled, but filed away the observation as just another oddity in the Delta Quadrant. He didn't remember any cream being applied there, but perhaps some had landed on Tom's thigh by accident. Finished with his work, he lowered the drape and covered Tom's lower body.
"How are you feeling, Lt.?"
"Yes. But I want you to spend the night here to monitor your situation."
"Doc. It's Christmas Eve."
"I'm sorry, Lt. Although it's too soon to expect your fever to drop, I want you here in case it doesn't."
Harry placed his hand on Tom's cheek and gently stroked his face. "We want you well for tomorrow, right?"
"Sure." Tom closed his eyes and gave in to the soothing feel of Harry's cool hand on his heated cheek. Although he hadn't felt anything, pain or pressure, from the doctor's surgery, he did feel the exhaustion that thoroughly drained him.
An hour later, Tom's fever had spiked dangerously. Harry was about to fetch the doctor when the hologram appeared out of his office. "Doc . . ."
"I saw the monitor, Ensign. Let's see what's going on." The doctor checked all the monitors and used his medical tricorder to scan Tom. A visual scan revealed a heat flushed patient verified by the tricorder readings. "Temp's at 104.4"
"Isn't that high?"
"Very high. Particularly in light of the expected decline that so far has not materialized."
Harry held Tom's hand, noting the clammy feel of his lover's palm. Tom slept restlessly, bothered by the increased sounds around his bed.
"I don't understand this. The infection was removed, any of it that remained should have been killed by the antibacterial cream. Unfortunately, it appears that the cream no longer is effective against the bacteria."
"What do the scans show you?" Harry asked, his anxiety showing.
"There's more infection now than there was before the surgery. Except for one thing."
Neither noticed that Tom's eyes were partly open, fever burning brightly.
"This place on the Lt.'s thigh." The doctor pulled back the sheet and pointed to a roughly circular area on the top of Tom's leg. "There's no bacteria traces there nor were there any present earlier."
"Merckle," Tom muttered. "Merckle."
"What's that?" the doctor asked Harry.
"Um, the tiger type of creature on the planet." Harry turned to Tom, brushing limp hair from Tom's forehead. "What about the merckle, Tom?"
"Drooled," Tom told him weakly.
"The tiger drooled on you? Is that what you're saying, Tom?"
"Yes." Tom closed his eyes, no longer able to keep them open. He shivered, his teeth beginning to chatter as chills shook his body.
The doctor knew he'd spent too many hours patching up the lieutenant to lose him now, but he wasn't sure what remained to do that might save the man. The doctor increased the temperature level of the biobed to warm up the lieutenant. That seemed to be about all he could do for now. If things became worse, he could give him powerful pain killers. Turning to Harry, the doctor asked, "What did the Lt. mean?"
"About the tiger? When we were on the surface, Tom was leaning against me, the tiger was by his side, his head on Tom's leg. I guess Tom means the tiger drooled on his leg. What do you think?"
"As good a hypothesis as any considering the paucity of facts. If that's true, then the tiger's drool may have properties that kill the bacteria completely and thoroughly." The doctor commed the captain whose answer sounded sleepy.
"What is it, doctor?"
"Mr. Paris has taken a turn for the worse. We believe help for him may be found on the planet in the form of the native who resembles a tiger. Apparently, drool from the tiger has killed some of the bacteria, at least on the surface of the lieutenant's skin."
There was silence from the captain. At length, her voice could be heard saying, "Very well, inform Commander Tuvok and we'll beam down in ten minutes. Meet us in the transporter room."
Harry was torn between going to the planet and staying with Tom. But when it came down to it, Harry couldn't leave Tom's side. His lover was still shivering, although the adjustments to the biobed seemed to be helping. Harry told the doctor, "Don't be gone long."
"I won't, Ensign." The doctor turned to the very sick pilot and asked him if he wanted any pain killers. Through chattering teeth, Tom managed to say no. He wanted to stay clear headed as long as possible. Taking a few last scans, the doctor reassured the anxious young man standing by his patient's side. "I'll be back before you know it."
The doctor carefully didn't voice any false promises. >From his own tests, he knew that unless this merckle had a bug killer handy, the lieutenant was going to die, perhaps in less than an hour.
Janeway, the doctor, Tuvok, and two security officers beamed down to the dark, empty meadow where earlier there had been over a hundred of the crew. With only the light from a half moon to light the planet's surface, the scene of the festivities hours earlier now seemed like a desolate, abandoned place. The decorated trees still stood, the tables remained in place, but the absence of people gave it the appearance of a ghostly village.
There were no signs of the native creatures. In pairs, the landing party fanned out hoping to locate one of the inhabitants.
On Voyager, Harry kept up his vigil by Tom's side. Although he couldn't read and understand all of the instruments, he could determine that Tom's temperature was raging. The shivering had been replaced by a dry, penetrating heat that left his lover limp, unnaturally flushed, and moaning. The doctor had shown him how to lower the biobed's heat setting and Harry did that, hoping that a little external cooling would help his desperately sick friend. Fevered eyes opened wide, fear clearly shining in Tom's face. "Harry? Harry?"
Harry couldn't believe how weakly his lover's voice had called his name. "I'm right here, Tom," Harry reassured him, holding Tom's burning hands together in his own cooler ones, careful not to tangle the IV line going to one of Tom's hands. "Can I get you anything?"
"Thirsty," Tom mumbled.
The normally blue eyes were dulled now by the fever, the face that could smile so beautifully was tight and drawn. It hurt to see Tom looking this sick. "I'll be right with you."
Although he was reluctant to leave Tom, Harry felt it best to give the sick man some water, especially since he'd asked for it. Returning with a glass of water with a straw in it, Harry held the glass with one hand and with his other arm, boosted Tom's head up to where he could sip from the straw. He couldn't get over how hot to the touch Tom's skin felt. Tom took a few sips and indicated he was done. Harry eased his head back on to the bed. "Better?"
"Sweetheart? What do you need?"
Tom's voice came out a weak whisper. "No regrets, Har. I love you. Thank you."
"What? What are you saying? Tom?" Harry bent close to Tom's face, able to feel the radiant heat that suffused Tom's entire body.
If anything, Tom thought he probably felt worse than he looked. The infection was like a hot poker that had visited his gut and decided to stay. He felt as if his whole groin was filled with it, he could feel a hot substance leaking from his rectum. It could be the cream, it could be something else, something like the suppurating infection inside him. Knowing he didn't have much time left, Tom wanted to say good-bye to Harry. Tears even hotter than his skin spilled from his eyes, "Har. I'm going. I'm sorry. You've been . . . everything to me. I love you so much."
"No, Tom. Hang on, sweetheart. The doctor's down on the surface now. He's trying to get a cure. I know he'll succeed, I know it. You've just got to hang on."
Tom grimaced, the fever making his joints ache with an internal pain that he couldn't will away. "It's all right, Harry. You . . .you find someone . . . after . . .promise me?"
Tom shuddered from the deeply painful infection in his body and the temperature that now soared higher than he could ever have imagined. He was unable to suppress the groan that escaped from his mouth and his fingers gripped Harry's hand with what little strength he had left.
"Tom. Stay with me, love, please. Stay with me. I need you," Harry told him, matching tears streaming from his own eyes. "I love you so much."
Hearing those words, Tom smiled weakly. He never thought he would die loved by anyone. But here was Harry, his lovely dark Harry, his rescuer from loneliness and self-hatred, telling him he loved him. Tears ran unchecked down his burning cheeks. He had to give Harry one last gift, just as Harry had given him so much. "I will be your angel, Harry, any time . . . any where . . ."
"Oh, gods, Tom, no, stay . . . please stay . . ." Harry pressed Tom's hands to his mouth, kissing the heated digits one by one as if this act would keep Tom tethered to the world of Voyager, to the sickbay, to the biobed, and most of all, to Harry, where Tom's lonely and battered spirit belonged.
But Harry realized that nothing he could do or say was going to halt the inexorable sequelae of the alien bacteria. It was killing Tom. He knew Tom had only minutes left. "I love you, Tom," he whispered against the burning tide ravaging his lover's body. "I love you, I love you."
Tom heard Harry's words, wanted to say more, couldn't. He was too weak, his systems were checking out one by one. His eyes shut, the pain began to leave him, and he hoped that if there were any gods at all that they would have mercy on him, that they would judge him by what he had tried to become, not by what he had been. Most of all he hoped that he would be able to keep his promise to Harry to come back as Harry's angel.
End Part 8
Title: Harry's Holiday Angel
Part: NEW 9 / 9
Please see Part 1 for summary, disclaimers, and warning.
It was late on Christmas Day and Harry slept in Tom's bed, exhausted by the long ordeal in sickbay. He stirred in his sleep, felt currents of air brush across his tired body, fought to stay asleep, couldn't. He opened his eyes wondering what strange events could be disturbing the air in the cabin.
"Hey," a soft voice told him. It sounded like Tom.
Harry struggled to fully awaken. He sat up and couldn't help but smile at the vision standing a few feet away towards the foot of the bed. It looked like Tom, tall, sandy haired, long legs, a dazzling grin on a pale face.
"Hey," the vision said again and twirled around. "How do I look?"
Breathtaking, thought Harry. The vision wore a draping, lustrous white robe of smooth silk, open to the waist over a hairless chest. A silk sash held the two sides of the robe together at the slender waist, then the robe fell away to the sides, revealing slim hips, a hairless groin, a pink semi-erect penis and heavy, clean shaven pink toned sacs between the legs. Those legs were spread ever so slightly apart, bare all the way down to the long feet that anchored the vision to the deck floor.
As the vision turned all the way around, the robe swirled outwards flying away and back. Barely revealed were smooth white buttocks as the robe swung away from the body and then back again, settling in place when Tom stopped turning. A very huge grin appeared on Tom's face. "Well?" he demanded.
"You are an angel," Harry told him seriously. "A very beautiful angel. My beautiful angel. Come here."
If at all possible, the grin widened. Tom picked up something on the end of the bed and stepped like a flowing apparition in the dim cabin light to where Harry sat on the bed, his back leaning against the headboard.
"You're beautiful," Harry whispered.
The apparition leaned down and kissed Harry on the lips, its lips warm and vibrant, its tongue exploring inside Harry's mouth. One hand stroked Harry's raven fall of gleaming hair, the other placed the object on the bed by one of Harry's hands. Breaking the kiss finally, Harry picked up the object and held it up. "What's this?"
"What does it look like?" the vision asked impudently.
"It looks like a hairbrush."
The vision beamed at him.
"Tom . . . Tom . . . uh . . . you know I like doing this, but you just got out of sickbay . . . uh . . ."
"Six hours ago, Harry. I'm fine. The merckle's drool, gross as that sounds, was all I needed to get rid of that damned infection." Tom twirled again, knowing the effect his barely concealed body was having on his lover.
Tom raised the skirt of the robe to Harry's face, rubbing the soft, sueded silk against his lover's face. "I need you now, love," Tom purred. "I need the sex, the heat, the surrender. I'm yours, Harry. This is your Christmas gift. I'm your angel."
Harry barely breathed, "Yes."
Tom's grin broke the spell that his words had worked. "Well, until I act like Tom Paris again."
Harry laughed at his irrepressible lover. "You are acting like Tom Paris, right at this very instant. You have no idea how glad I am to have you back."
"Show me," Tom dared. He danced back a few steps from the bed while one handedly pulling Harry off the bed. "Undress your present, Harry, and show me."
With a groan of pleasure, Harry advanced to his lover and placed his hands on Tom's shoulders. He leaned up and kissed those lips that now were a healthy, moist pink. He embraced the man who he had almost lost such a short time before. His hands went around Tom's shoulders and gripped his back. He rubbed the silky fabric of the robe, enjoying the smooth, soft properties of the glowing material.
Thoroughly kissing Tom's mouth, he slid his hands down Tom's back to the sweet rise of his bottom, cupping both cheeks, kneading the muscles through the silky second skin. He felt Tom's hands at their waists. Tom loosened the belt and the robe flowed open. Taking full advantage of this new arrangement, Harry's hands went under the fabric and once more found those muscled ass cheeks, this time working them skin on skin.
He broke off their kiss long enough to breathe, to tell Tom how much he loved him. He brought up one hand to cup Tom's face, to run his thumb along Tom's jaw line, along his straight nose, to fondle the cleft between his mouth and nose. All the while, he breathed both his love and his tongue into Tom's ear. Tom began to make those soft moaning noises that told Harry he liked what was being done to his face, to his body. The hand at Tom's ass ran itself smoothly up and down the satiny mounded skin, a thumb brushing in and out of the mysteriously heated canyon that separated the cheeks. A throbbing monument poked itself against Harry's waist and Harry began to maneuver Tom to the bed.
Harry sat down with Tom standing almost gasping in front of him, the robe a silken raiment on his tall frame. Harry knew what Tom wanted, needed, after all Tom had come to him bearing both the devil and the angel that represented at least two sides of his resurrected lover. He pulled Tom down across his lap and smoothed the robe over Tom, marveling at the way the silk molded itself to Tom's body, outlining his long back, presenting his rounded buttocks, wrapping itself whitely around his slender legs. As if in synch with each other, both groaned simultaneously.
Harry's erection strained against his shorts, but it was too late to pull them off. Harry released his cock, hoped that would be enough for now and gazed lovingly at the sight of his lover's submission across his lap. Sensory nirvana, thought Harry as he picked up the hairbrush. He brushed it against Tom's bottom, wrinkling the silk. With his hand, he smoothed the robe back into place, then hefted the hairbrush high. He brought it down hard knowing nothing less would satisfy his lover. And, being truthful to himself, he brought it down hard to deal with the fear and pain he'd had when he thought he'd lost Tom. "Don't ever leave me again, Tom." He smacked the hairbrush once more on the other cheek. Tom gasped out loud and his body bounced at the welcome pain that flowed through him like boiling rapids in a narrow canyon.
After Harry brought the back of the hairbrush down swiftly six times, the slapping sounds reverberated in the cabin. He decorated each ass cheek in three separate places, then stopped for a moment. Harry swept the robe aside and revealed Tom's alabaster body marked only by the pink residue of the hairbrush strokes. "I can't lose you, Tom."
Harry smacked Tom's bare ass and the tops of his thighs until the pink turned to red and the red to almost purple. The hard whacks of the hairbrush, Tom's moans and cries, all these sounds filled the cabin. When the tenor of Tom's sounds changed to broken sobs, Harry stopped, placed the hairbrush on the floor and rubbed his hands in a soothing pattern on Tom's unmarked back. He could feel Tom's erection like a rigid hammer against his own thigh and knew from Tom's movements that his lover needed greater contact, needed penetration to his core.
He lubed up his hand, pulled those flaming ass cheeks apart, and smiled at the surprise Tom had for him there. A generously sized butt plug was squeezed in place by the apple colored pucker. As he rimmed the plug with his lube slicked finger, the anus stretched easily for that roaming finger. Experimenting a little, Harry wondered how much wider that anus would stretch. He knew it had opened for his whole hand earlier and he pushed in three fingers between the plug and the anus.
From Tom's moans of pleasure, this time Harry knew his lover was getting off on the exquisite widening of this muscle to his inner chamber. It felt so powerful and wonderful at the same time to have Tom laid across his lap with Harry's own hand in his lover's ass giving pleasure. He eased the butt plug out and resumed his attentions to Tom's anus. Although Harry knew that Tom was prepared enough to allow entrance to his cock, still his lover conveyed through his motions on Harry's lap that he wanted more stimulation and more stretching first.
Harry applied additional lube to his hand and then thrust four fingers into that dark canyon sensing only token resistence. His thumb trailed outside, massaging the perineum. Tom moaned and gyrated his hips wildly around Harry's insistent presence. Harry pulled his thumb back to the anal opening and added it to the group already at home there. Harry let the part of his hand still outside move flush with the opening, pressing and pressing until the hand disappeared inside that now very tight channel. He lubed up the opening around his wrist, first one way and then the other, until his wrist slid easily, deeper and deeper inside his lover's body. Tom's cries were like the chirps of chicks welcoming home the one who belonged there.
Tom's ramrod cock grew even harder against Harry's thigh as Harry's hand penetrated deeply inside that crimson ass. Not yet lost himself in the hand fucking of his lover, Harry sensed that it was time for a shift. He pulled his hand out, feeling the suction of the anus finally letting go as the third knuckles widened it as far open as it had ever been and then they popped out. Tom cried as a bereft emptiness left him with only the burning of his ass to let him know where he was.
Harry moved out from under Tom and let Tom's whole body rest on the bed. He pulled off the robe that still encased Tom's arms and shoulders and swished it across Tom's back and reddened backside in a sensuous rhythm that set Tom's body to moving to his beat. Harry pushed down his shorts and let the robe and shorts drop simultaneously.
Harry covered his cock with lube and knelt on the bed between Tom's almost closed legs. With his arms he moved Tom's bottom upward, leaving Tom's head down on the bed resting on his forearms. He pushed Tom's thighs apart with his hands, positioning Tom's knees as far apart as they could go without toppling the other man. Looking down at the placement of his lover, Harry saw Tom bent over, his beautiful red ass the highest part of his body. He took in the closed-eye bliss on Tom's features and knew he couldn't hold himself back any longer.
His hands parted the dark cheeks, earning a hiss from Tom, then he pressed his full, hard cock to the waiting entrance to paradise. Tom thrust back at him and impaled himself on Harry's cock. Harry did the rest and worked himself deeper inside, sliding down that welcoming channel, coming home. He pulled back, almost to the head of his cock. As he did, he landed ever so light, cool kisses on Tom's burning ass cheeks. He sent one hand under Tom to play across that smooth chest, to find and flick against the hardening nipples he found there. Setting up an easy rhythm, Harry moved in and out, gently making love to his angel. By the tenor of Tom's moans he knew it was time to increase the tempo.
Harry sped up and increased the intensity. He slammed into Tom's backside, burying himself so deeply he almost thought his balls would disappear down that hot channel. He pulled back and slammed in again, hearing the satisfying slap of his balls against Tom's bottom. He kept it up, going faster and harder, faster and harder, then he felt Tom's cock pulse against his hand, felt the hot cum splash out and over Tom's chest, felt the internal muscles clench and pulse themselves against his engorged cock. He spurted deep, hot and long inside his lover, falling against Tom's reddened ass. They both collapsed onto the bed, Harry on Tom, still buried inside, a residual twitch indicating that somehow his cock yet lived.
Tom found something that resembled his voice. He turned his head toward the direction of Harry's face caught between his shoulder and neck. "I love you, Harry. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah."
"I love you, too, angel." As his softened cock slid out, Harry rolled to the side of his sated lover. He kissed Tom gently on the lips. "Thank you for coming back to me."
Tom's eyes blurred with tears. "You wanted me. How could I leave the only person in the universe who actually wanted me?" He kissed Harry back. Although craving a post-coital nap, Tom managed to ask, "We're going to be all right?"
"Yes, love. I will be so careful of you," Harry announced with a fierceness that surprised Tom.
"Hey, I won't break."
"And I won't break you." Harry kissed each blurry blue eye. "You're the best Christmas present I've ever had."
As they both began to let themselves slide into the sleep that rapidly began to claim them, Tom heard Harry whisper, "My angel."
Tom grinned, happy that he was able to be the corporeal angel of Harry's dreams. He was happy with how he felt: warmed, filled, and loved. Of them all, Tom cherished the knowledge that he was loved by this most beautiful of men, his Harry. For this man he would indeed be an angel, any time, any place.
Author's note: I placed the holidays of Christmas and Hanukkah together for this story. I think that by the 24th century we will know that celebrating different religious traditions enriches each and diminishes none.
The traditional song "Friendly Beasts" can be heard on Garth Brooks Christmas CD, Beyond the Season.