Title: Don’t Tell Me Goodbye Fandom: The Expanse Characters: James Holden/Naomi Nagata Genre: Angsty fluff. I mean, it gets really fluffy. Maybe OOC fluffy. (I don’t know that I have Naomi’s voice yet, I can’t hear her as well as Holden.) AU because this isn’t how the conversations went, especially the second one. Spoilers: I'd say pretty small ones, no major plot points, at least not that you'd know if you don't already know. TImeline: Season 2.13- Caliban's War. Notes: For the OTP Things You Said Challenge. I used two, but they are combined right at 500 words. This may become a series with the challenge prompts because I love them so much. Please see the little primer if you're not familiar with the show: Spoiler: Non-Spoiler Primer for stories This takes place on a space ship. Holden is pinned in the cargo-bay by a large container with very strong magnets (see gif below). There's something in the cargo-bay they have to get out and can't risk getting to him. The idea to get the the thing out of the ship is to raise the pressure in that part of the ship to blow it out (the airlock is already compromised so they can't just blow that), which would kill Holden too, even with his suit on. Holden and Naomi are talking through comms. Holden, Naomi, Alex, and Amos all are the crew of a ship called the Rocinante. Things you said right before you said goodbye “Naomi, listen to me.” “No.” “If you have to blow the cargo-bay…” “I said no, Holden. We’re not going to do it, we’ll find another way. A way that doesn’t kill you.” “Naomi, please.” “Holden. Jim… I can’t do this right now. I can’t do this at all.” “You can and you will. You are so much better than I am.” “That’s not true.” “It is. You’ve been our conscience this whole time. Don’t… don’t stop trusting that instinct.” “You’re one to talk, mister ‘answer a distress call in secret against the captain’s orders.’” “We wouldn’t be in this mess... if I’d have just left well enough alone.... our old crew would be alive.” “But then millions of people on Earth would have died. You are a hero James Holden whether you want to be or not.” “It’s been all I can do... to just hang on.” “Well keep hanging on and we’ll find a way out of this.” “But if we don’t..” “No. I’m not going to give Amos that order, I can’t do that.” “Then I’ll ask him to do it without you.” “Please don’t do this, we’ll find a way, we always do.” “If we don’t I want to say it’s all been worth it... to have done it with you. I wouldn’t... give up this time we’ve had for anything.” “Shut up.” “I mean it… my only regret is that we don’t have more time.” “No. I’m going to get us all out of this, now shut up and let me think.” Things you said right after hello "Hey..." “Jim, ámolof mi, you're awake.” “So you didn’t have to blow up my ship?” “Your ship? This is Alex’s baby, don’t let him hear you say that.” “I’d never…” “How do you feel?” “Hmm…. like my leg was crushed.” "It was so that holds up.” “Are you okay?” “Am I okay? You’re the one who almost died.” “Naomi, you had to make the decision on how to save our crew, which could have killed me. I know that’s not an easy thing to do.” “I told you we’d find a way that didn’t involve killing you.” “You did. Thank you.” “You asked Amos to do it if I couldn’t.” “I did. It had to be done. I wasn’t going to let that…. thing kill you all. ” “That’s not acceptable. You aren’t expendable. Not to me, not to Alex, not to Amos.” “I will do what I have to do to save you all.” “I know. But you better know we’ll do all we can to save you from yourself.” “...” “Jim, I’m not going to let you go and kill yourself if there’s any way I can prevent it.” “And I’ll do what I have to do to protect you. All of you, Alex and Amos included.” “I knew who you were before I fell in love with you, I just don’t want you to risk your life unnecessarily.” “I’ll do my best.” “That’s all I ask.” - - - - - - ámolof mi - "my love" in Lang Belta which is the Belter language. Naomi is a Belter.