Yay, new one-shot! Just a funny situation I thought would be cute to write... sorry if it's crap, I kind of ran out of inspiration. Anyway, enjoy!

~Ani

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Space is cold.

It was common knowledge. Energy produces heat, and energy is something that is sorely lacking in the vast vacuum of outer space. It was even worse when a heat-producing star, a sun, was nowhere to be seen and most likely light-years away. It was a simple fact.

But everyone had forgotten just how cold space could really be.

Alaina Kirk lay in her bed, shivering inside three blankets that were piled on top of her. The first layer of blanket was electric, but she was still cold and had two more blankets on top and she finally started to stop shivering. But it wasn't lasting very long. She was starting to shiver again.

It had been like this for the last two days. The massive heater of the ship had suddenly worn down, and it was slowly getting colder every day. The crew was starting to wear their winter coats to work. Scotty and his small group of apprentice engineers were working on it day and night, but that didn't seem to be helping very much.

Fed up with the cold, Alaina slowly sat up and put her feet on the icy floor. She twirled in a circle, wrapping the three blankets around her so that it let in as little of the cold as possible and walked across the room to the door that connected her quarters to the Captain's. She hobbled through the door and entered Jim's room. She reached the light switch and flicked it on. Jim grunted at the sudden light, shielding his eyes with his forearm. She realized he'd already been awake.

She noticed him glance at the clock.

"Do you know what time it is?" He asked, obviously irritated at the interruption at his attempts to sleep.

"Do you know what the temperature is?" She snapped back.

"Cold," he answered.

"More like freezing!" She said.

"Well what do you want me to do about it?" He asked.

"Fix it!" She said.

"Scotty's working on it as fast as he can."

"In the meantime we'll all freeze," She said.

Jim sighed tiredly.

"Did you really come to my room at three o'clock in the morning to argue with me?"

"No," Alaina said timidly. "Sorry. Being cold makes me grumpy."

"I noticed."

Alaina bit her lip and continued to stare at him. Jim lifted his arm off of his eyes and saw her wrapped up in her blankets like a cocoon. He couldn't help but laugh at her appearance.

"Come on," he said, scooting over to the side of the bed. Alaina beamed, turned off the light, and ran over to the bedside. Unwrapping herself and scooting in close to Jim, a delightful warmth came over her. "Better?" He asked.

Alaina laughed. "Much better. Goodnight!"

Jim chuckled. "Night, Ally."

With warmth and Jim's arms surrounding her, it didn't take long for the both of them to fall fast asleep.