Authors Note: This fiction was inspired by an episode of Andromeda called 'The Vault of the Heavens'. Just FYI, this episode was written by Gordon Michael Woolvett, who is the actor who plays Seamus Harper. It makes me think that maybe Gordon thinks Harper needs a spanking too. LOL. Written - August 24, 2003
Disclaimer: I do not own any of these characters, and I am not making any money from these stories.
Warning: Non consensual disciplinary spanking of an adult by an authority figure.

Recap of the beginning of the episode

Harper was alone on the command deck. It was his turn to do the night shift. He thought, 'Now this is the life. The whole ship to myself, to do whatever I want with.' His thoughts were interrupted as Andromeda informed him, "Another ship is approaching, and hailing us."

"Really? On screen."

A man appeared on the screen, and Harper said, "Agio?"

"Harper? What are you doing on that ship? Did you and Becka steal it?"

Harper gave a short laugh and said, "No, we're part of the crew. Looks like you're still stuck in that same junk heap you like to call a ship."

"At least I have a ship. What happened to the Maru?"

"We still have it. We just like to ride in style now."

Harper was so busy talking to Agio he didn't notice Trance walking onto the command deck.

Agio said, "Bet I could still beat you."

"Oh please. There's no way your ship is faster than the Andromeda. It's like ten times the ship yours is."

"Care to make a wager on that?"

"You're on! We can…"

Trance interrupted Harper with, "I thought it might be nice to come up and see if you wanted any company, and to see if you were getting into any trouble, and apparently you are."

Harper gestured to the screen and said, "Trance, you remember Agio."

Trance said, "Oh, Signa's Drift. A group of Nietzscheans who like to rule their corner of the universe like a gang of criminals."

Agio said, "At least we rule our corner."

Harper said, "See! He's such a bonehead! Don't you want to see me beat him just once? Just to the next slip point. That will be it."

Trance looked mischievous and said, "Dylan's gonna kill us."

Harper looked sure of himself when he said, "Dylan won't know a thing, and Andromeda can't even hear us. She's off on a ship wide diagnostic."

Andromeda appeared on screen next to Agio and said, "The Commonwealth has issued cautions when dealing with anyone from Signa's Drift. Their numbers are growing." Then she looked directly at Harper and said in a firm voice, "I can ALWAYS hear you Harper."

Harper sounded like a ten-year-old when he said, "Yeah? Well I'm in Command! Dylan said! And I command we give Snobby (gesturing to Agio) a dose of Harper's Afterburner. Trance, shut the AP cylanoid valve, pretty please with a whole lot of love on top."

Trance said, "Closing the AP cylanoid valves."

Harper said, "Super injecting more antiprotons into the accelerator tanks."

Andromeda said, "The mouths of the tank are radically swelling. They are approaching capacity."

Agio said condescendingly, "What are you trying to pull child?"

Harper was smug when he said, "That's Stallion to you, and in answer to your question Agio, the sudden jump of mass pouring into our core, under super pressure will give us a super burst of super speed!"

Andromeda said, "Exceeding capacity."

Harper yelled, "Eat our protons! Trance, open the valve now."

Trance looked kind of nervous and pushed the button. The ship lurched forward making everyone fall backwards.

Dylan, who had been in bed asleep, woke up with the movement, and then rolled over and tried to get back to sleep.

Harper started to pilot the ship in slipstream and gave victory yell. He said, "Agio is space dust! Harper's Afterburner- otherwise know as HA! Take that ya looser!"

Harper heard Andromeda's warning alarm. He said, "What the…?"

Trance said in a worried voice, "The valve is wide open."

Harper looked kind of scared, "What!? But it's supposed to automatically close to regulate the flow!"

"Well, it's not. It's WIDE OPEN. And if the spill over is spilling over right back into the tanks…"

Harper said more to himself than to Trance, "If the fusion spills back over into the tanks, we're gonna spill into the great wide beyond."

He looked reluctant and said to Trance, "Somebody has to wake up Dylan."

Trance whispered, "I'm not waking Dylan!"

Harper called, "Andromeda…."

Andromeda said in an irritated voice, "Don't bother, I'm sure he's already awake."

Harper pleaded, "Andromeda, please, you gotta do something."

Andromeda made herself come out of slipstream with a jolt.

Back in Dylan's room, Dylan was tossed out of his bed and onto the floor.

Dylan said, "Andromeda, what's going on?"

Andromeda's voice said, "Fusion from the core is beginning to spill over into the accelerator tanks."

Then in a less than happy tone she continued with, "Harper is in command with Trance."

Dylan looked extra tired and climbed back on the bed. He said, "All right, Cancel the monthly ship wide diagnostic, and report."

Dylan looked to the ceiling for guidance and said to himself, "Harper, it's a simple night shift."

On the bridge Andromeda said, "Containing spill over in the accelerator tanks."

Once the emergency was over, Andromeda looked at Harper, and raised her voice when she said, "Harper what were you thinking racing me out here far from known Commonwealth space!"

Harper looked ashamed and stammered, "Uh,….Well…"

But before he could say anything else Andromeda said, "You two are lucky I don't…"

Andromeda was distracted. She stopped talking in mid sentence, and then said, "I'm getting a signal. That's odd."

Trance said, "What?"

"According to my readings, this message should be over a thousand years old, but it's only a couple of hours old."

Harper, glad to have something else to talk about, said, "How can that be?"


As Dylan was lying in bed wondering what to do with Harper and Trance, he heard a woman's voice telling him to come to her. He got up and told Andromeda to get everyone assembled in the conference room.

Once everyone was sitting around the conference table with Dylan standing at the head, Andromeda said, "The spill over is contained. The core is back to normal."

Rommie said, "We're picking up clicks."

Dylan said, "I'm hearing a voice."

Rommie said, "Well, these would be clicks. It's a signal probably coming from here."

Rommie brought up a small hologram of a particular area of space.

Dylan said in an exasperated tone, "No. This is a woman's voice."

Harper smirked and said, "Does she sound hot?"

Dylan gave Harper a look, and everyone was silent for a second.

Rommie said, "That globular cluster is located in an area nearly beyond known space."

Harper getting loud said, "That cluster is huge! Who knows what could be there!"

He stood to make his point and said, "I say we don't go!"

Dylan looked at Harper and cleared his throat.

Harper looked kind of embarrassed and sat back down as he said, "Maybe I'll just take a back seat to the decision making today."

Becka looked at Harper with tolerance and affection.

Andromeda said, "It will take four hours and many slipstreams to get there."

Becka said, "It will take even longer to find the one planet that the signal is coming from."

Tyr said, "And it takes us right through Nietzschean patrolled space."

Dylan said, "Who is curious about this voice?"

Trance said sincerely, "I'm always curious when I hear voices."

Harper said in a sarcastic voice, "Finally I'm not the only one hearing voices."
Harper laughed at his own joke. Dylan put his hands on his hips and gave Harper a look that said 'I've had just about enough of you today'.

Harper was embarrassed and said, "Sorry."

Dylan tried to talk everyone into going, and with the help of the woman's voice in his head, he was able to pin point the planet that had sent the signal. Finally he said, "Who's with me?"

Everyone was silent. Dylan said, "Okay we'll vote. Everyone against?"

Everyone at the table raised their hands except Dylan. He looked at Rommie until she put her hand down. Then he said, "Everyone for?"

Everyone put their hands down as Dylan raised his. He again looked at Rommie until she put her hand up too. He said, "I love democracy."

Dylan walked out to set a course for the planet.

My fiction

After the meeting, Tyr went back to sleep. Rommie went back to work on some of the diagnostic checks. Becka went to grab a bite to eat before the ship got to the first slipstream point. Harper and Trance went back to command. About five minutes later Dylan came in. Harper said nervously, "Umm… Hi, Boss. I thought you went back to bed."

Dylan said, "No, I had a little talk with Andromeda. Trance, walk with me."

With that statement, Dylan walked out the door.

Trance looked a little nervous too now, and Harper said, "That's not good."

Trance whispered, "Thanks a lot Harper."

"What did I do?"

Trance glared at him, and walked out to meet Dylan.

Dylan started walking and Trance followed him. She said, "What did you want to see me about?"

Dylan stopped and crossed his arms. He looked at her and said, "I can't believe you went with Harper's plan. I know Harper is impulsive, and even though we're working on it, he may never stop to think about the consequences before he acts. But I really expect better from you."

Trance looked down and turned slightly more golden than usual. She said in a sincere voice, "I'm sorry Dylan. I…. I guess I just got caught up in the moment. I really don't have a good excuse."

Dylan said, "I know Harper is your friend, and he's a very good engineer, but when he comes up with a plan to do something that you think might not be the best idea, I expect you to try and stop him, not to go along with it."

Trance looked close to tears and said, "Okay."

Dylan said, "All right Trance, we're done. I want you to take over the rest of the night shift for Harper. I need to have a talk with him."

Trance nodded and they headed back to command.

Harper was getting even more nervous, and was close to having a panic attack. Dylan had spanked him on more than one occasion, and Harper was desperately hoping that it was not going to be the case with this incident. He could imagine Dylan talking about a 'lack of judgement', and 'endangering himself and others'. He heard the door to command open, and he saw a very repentant Trance coming in with Dylan right behind her. Harper gulped, and Dylan crooked his finger at Harper beckoning him towards the door. "Mr. Harper, walk with me please."

Harper stammered, "But… I have to stay here. I have the night shift."

Dylan said, "Trance has graciously agreed to take over for you for the rest of the night. I'm not going to ask you nicely again, so you better start walking."

Harper got pretty red at the tone Dylan had used in front of Trance, but she didn't seem to notice. He started walking, and as he passed Dylan to go into the hall, he turned to make sure his front was to Dylan the whole time.

Dylan walked out and the door closed behind them. Harper stood there looking around on the floor. Dylan said, "My quarters please." And started walking that way.

Harper's stomach sank. Now he knew he was in for it. Dylan never told him to go to his quarters if he was just going to chew him out. Harper thought about running and hiding in an access tunnel, but he'd tried that once and didn't like the results. He'd been found by Rommie fairly quickly, and she had then taken him back to the captain's quarters where he had gotten two spankings instead of one.

He started to slowly walk towards the captain's room with his head down. Dylan looked back and saw Harper was slowly walking his way. Dylan was tired and impatient so he said, "Make it quick Mr. Harper."

Harper didn't look up, but he did increase his speed. His stomach was in knots and he was starting to sweat. He thought to himself, 'You don't have anyone to blame but yourself Harper. You just had to go racing with Agio. Stupid of me to think Dylan wouldn't find out. Andromeda and her big mouth are sure to tell Dylan anything he wants to know. And Rommie isn't any help either. I made her, and she still takes Dylan's side over mine. I bet Dylan wouldn't be so mad if the stupid valve had automatically closed like it was supposed to.'

Very soon he found himself at Dylan's door. Dylan was standing just inside the door waiting for Harper to come in. Harper walked in past Dylan who swatted him as he went by. Harper said, "Oww." And rubbed his butt. Dylan said, "Privacy mode."

Andromeda's voice said, "Privacy mode engaged."

Harper was feeling sorry for himself and said, "Why bother? She knows what you're gonna do."

Dylan didn't say anything and Harper muttered, "At least Tyr and Trance don't know."

Dylan pulled out a chair and went to get his hairbrush off his dresser. He sat down and said, "I'm tired let's get this over with."

"Or, you could just go to bed and forget about it."

Dylan had had it with Harper, so he stood up and grabbed Harper's arm and marched him back to the chair. He kept a hand on Harper as he said, "Pants down!"

Harper winced at the sharp order, and undid his pants. They fell to the floor and Dylan tugged Harper across his lap. He started spanking him right away. Harper was glad he got to keep his boxers on, but still yelped and grunted with each swat. He knew Dylan was really pissed, because he didn't even do his usual 'Why are you getting spanked?' routine. Very soon Harper was yelling, "I'm sorry. Ahh! Dylan, I'm sorryyyyyy."

Dylan said nothing, and just kept spanking him. Harper started to cry, and Dylan slowed down, but didn't stop. He started concentrating on Harper's sit spots. He said, "Seamus, you will not race the ship again. Have I made myself very clear?"


Dylan stopped the spanking and tossed the brush on his bed. He let Harper lay there for a minute and rubbed his back while he cried. Dylan helped Harper stand and said, "Fix your pants."

Harper sniffled and wiped his face with his arm. He put on his pants, and tried not to cry any more. Once Harper had his pants on he stood there looking pathetic. Dylan felt kind of bad that he had done things so abruptly, and pulled Harper into a hug. He said, "I'm sorry I was kind of short with you Harper. I'm just really tired, and waking up in the middle of the night doesn't do good things for my disposition. We'll talk more about this tomorrow after we're done at the planet, but for now I want you to try and get some sleep, and I'm going to too."

Harper nodded and felt Dylan letting him go. He turned and walked out the door and started the long walk back to his quarters. It always seemed much further when his butt was aching then it did on a normal day. He wasn't looking forward to talking more about the whole mess the next day with Dylan, but he wasn't surprised either. Dylan never let things go without making really sure Harper knew exactly what he did that was wrong, and what he should do in the future if faced with a similar situation. He could hear the long lecture already. He was very happy when he finally reached his own room and was able to lie down on his bed. He fell asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow.

Very abbreviated recap of the rest of the episode

They get to the planet, and find that the message came from the planet's moon. A queen and her people live on the moon, and have been in stases for a long time waiting. Every thousand years, when a special cloud collides with the moon, this queen needs a carbon-based male to procreate with. The queen tells Dylan that the cloud will collide with the moon in a couple of hours. When the cloud hits, the energy or life force from the queen and her mate will be sucked into the cloud, and will end up becoming millions of humans (or whatever species she procreates with I guess). Of course she chooses Dylan (Big surprise), and Dylan makes the 'sacrifice' and agrees to do it with her.

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