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Ficlet: Prior Preparation (Pike/One)

Sorry about all the posts lately! I wrote a lot for my picture prompt meme, and since I am so OCD about my tagging system, I cannot stand to put stories about different characters/ships in one post. It will be over soon, I promise!

Title: Prior Preparation
Rating: PG
Relationships: Pike/One
Summary: No matter how hard he tries, Pike's new first officer always seems to be one up on him.

Pike doesn't like to admit it, but he's more than a little afraid of his first officer.

“It's good for you,” Admiral April had told him when he'd confessed one night over a poker game on Starbase 14. “She'll keep you honest.”

That much was true, although Pike doesn't like to admit that either. He cares about his job; that's unquestionable. He would have stayed up late after his ship to read mission briefings and personnel files and old captain's logs anyway. But he works just a little bit harder because he's so damned terrified that his perfect first officer will notice something he didn't. He wonders if she notices the dark circles under his eyes, and whether she would consider them an attractive measure of his work ethic if she did. He brushes the last thought aside; it doesn't do to think of his first officer that way, especially when he respects her as much as he does.

“We'll beam down in ten minutes,” he tells her. She's walking beside him, matching his pace perfectly, as always. “I'm taking Boyce and Tyler with me. I need you up here in case of an emergency.”

“Aye, sir, and do you have the supplies you need?”

“Two phaser rifles, a smart grenade, and a ceremonial pig.”

“Very good, sir. I believe you may want to consider one additional thing.”

She's standing in front of him now, looking slightly bemused. He likes the way it softens the sharp lines of her face.

“And what is that?” he asks. He hasn't missed anything. He's sure of it.

“You might want to zip your fly before you go.”
Thank you for the encouragement! I was worried that I was being annoying posting all these ficlets in separate posts every day.
Thank You so much. It's been awhile since I've seen any new Pike and One. I love them and the ficlet is great--and I thank you.