Hawk's Fight with Buck
(Alternative version of the fight scene from "Time of the Hawk")
had been busy teaching Hawk about the various functions of the ship,
Searcher. Even though Hawk
showed some enthusiasm for handling the vessel, there was a slight sadness
almost a longing for something lost.
Buck had a pretty good idea just what was bothering Hawk.
making some inquiries, Buck decided it was time to take Hawk to the hangar
bay on the pretext of teaching him how to fly one of the starfighters.
"You did very well with handling the Searcher, Hawk.
Now let's see how you handle a starfighter.
You seen one before, remember?" Buck reminded him.
As I recall, you flew one with great skill," Hawk replied.
few meters from the hangar bay, Buck decided it was time to spring his
surprise on Hawk. A surprise
he knew that Hawk would definitely be happy to have.
I have some good news. You
remember you were forced to make a controlled crash landing in the
jungle," Buck said to him.
I remember. My ship was
damaged in the crash as was yours," Hawk replied.
any more," Buck said.
The Warhawk has been repaired?
How?" Hawks asked.
they all went to the hangar bay where Hawk's ship, the Warhawk, was
sitting. Hawk went over the
ship and found that it was back to being fully functional. The necessary repairs and upgrades made to his ship had been
started just after his trial was over, but not completed until a week
what do you think?" Buck asked with a grin.
... nice," Hawk replied in a voice so low that Buck could barely hear
turned to look at Hawk and found him looking at his ship, but not really
seeing it. It was then that
Buck realized there still were some bad memories connected to Hawk's ship
that could not be erased within a few weeks.
don't have to go out and fly your ship right now, Hawk.
Maybe later, when you feel better," Buck said compassionately.
let out a sigh from deep within himself.
"I must fly my ship or I will never be able to fly
understand," Buck said placing a comforting hand on Hawk's shoulder.
"Do want me to accompany you?"
to look at Buck, Hawk could only nod.
There still were some painful memories connected to his ship, but
Hawk knew he would have to face them sooner or later. Soon as he found his voice, he asked. "Yes ... please. I
would not mind your company."
a bird-shaped ship and a starfighter flew out together from the Searcher's
hangar bay into the void of space. Once
free of the larger ship, Hawk put his ship though a series of tests to see
just how well the repairs had been done.
Buck watched the Warhawk go through its maneuvers like the fully
operational ship it appeared to be.
your ship operating within all its parameters, Hawk? Were all the repairs successful?" Buck asked as Hawk
pulled his ship along side Buck's.
Hawk replied. "I want to
thank you, Buck."
what?" Buck asked.
helping me deal with my pain. I
thought it would be impossible for me to fly once again, but you being
here helped. You did not
force me to fly, instead you let me make my own choice as to when I would
fly," Hawk replied.
is what friends are for; to help each other when they need help,"
Buck said, happy that he was able to help Hawk.
I like the sound of that," Hawk said, feeling that he was no
to the hangar bay, both ships landed in their respective places that had
been assigned to them. Both
Hawk and Buck headed for the door leading out of the bay.
turned to Buck. "At
first, I didn't believe that any human would show any compassion.
I was wrong. I understand now why you, Buck, wanted to save me.
You are an honorable man. You
have shown me that not all humans are dishonorable and I can see that in
time I will be able to trust you."
know that it will take time, Hawk, but we all promise to help you adjust
to life here on the Searcher and to find the rest of your people,"
Buck said with a smile.
the hangar bay together, Hawk felt that he now had a reason to live.
He had a friend who would be there for him, Buck Rogers.
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