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"Incresco" [May. 22nd, 2007|10:34 am]
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Title: Incresco
Author: kellifer_fic
Rating: Adult themes
Word Count: 1,623
Spoilers: None
Disclaimer: Don't own, don't sue, no offense, no money.
Notes: Thanks to my beta misskatieleigh. Written for sd_ficathon
Recipient: zorb
Prompt:The Stargate Program goes public. Fallout ensues, and it's not (all) good.



“Don’t I know you?”

Daniel claps the motel clerk on the shoulder, maybe a little too hard because he stumbles sideways with the impact. Daniel says, “Yeah, sure. I look just like your cousin.”

The clerk recovers and rubs his chin, eyes going foggy. “Just like Eddie,” he muses, nodding. “Spitting image, I swear.”

“I get that all the time,” Daniel says and grabs the keys off the desk.

000


“This one?”

Daniel feels Sam’s fingers walk the line of a scar at his temple. She’s been mapping the various scars he’s accumulated for the last few days. They’re both sick to death of television and she’s read the bible cover to cover so he supposes she has to do something.

“First assassination attempt,” Daniel says. He has his head pillowed on her thigh and her hand has moved up and into his hair, dragging strands between her fingers. It had been while he was doing the talk show circuit, trying to put a friendly face on the Stargate program. He remembers someone screaming collaborator and then a bullet had grazed his forehead.

He watched a fifteen year old girl bleeding out on the ground not two feet in front of him while his ‘minders’ held him down as they tried to get the crowd under control.

He woke up in the hospital to Jack’s stern, ”No more. I’m not risking any of you anymore.”

Daniel trembles with the memory and he feels Sam’s hands go still.

000


They try every third day at two o’clock in the afternoon. Sam has a hand-held radio with parts and wires hanging off it that she’d managed to rig to have a strong enough signal. If anyone opens the ‘gate they’ll be able to hear the transmission.

They leave the radio on for only half an hour and then shut it off. The only way to get a signal strong enough is to use a power pack from a staff weapon and they only have two so they try to be sparing in their use. Who knows how long they will have to keep trying?

They sit, shoulder to shoulder, thigh to thigh, waiting.

Daniel’s not sure when he gave up hoping to hear something and he wonders if Sam’s seemingly endless faith is enough for both of them.

000


It went so well to begin with.

The news spread and people were excited. Everyone looked to the stars again with hope.

Then came the Vyne and that all changed. After all the time fighting the Goa’uld, it was almost funny that Earth would be jeopardised by a parasite.

Just not the one they’d learned to be afraid of.

000


Captain Eric Danson came back from his first offworld mission with a busted kneecap and carrying the Vyne. No one knew what to look for in the beginning and the bluish freckles at the base of his spine went unnoticed. Danson went home and infected his wife and daughters. His wife went shopping the next day and infected the guy at the Dunkin’ Donut and the girl who adjusted her straps when she was trying on a dress.

A rousing game of tag had the daughter’s school infected in under half an hour.

Danson came to be known as Patient Zero.

Ten days after he returned from P6G-909, he was also dead.

000


He knows it’s a distraction.

Sam climbs into his bed after another expected half hour of radio silence and pulls, tugs and cajoles until they are both naked and twined around each other.

You’re all I have, she says with hands and teeth and motion.

That’s all I need, he replies.

000


“It’ll give them a fighting chance.”

The Vyne spread too fast for the military to maintain even the illusion of control and people watched family members and friends wither and die with no apparent explanation. Someone in the offworld botany division had hypothesised that the Vyne were more plant than animal, a sort of intelligent strangler vine that targeted fauna rather than flora.

Sam looked at pictures on the internet of the aftermath of these types of plants, the trees choked of life reduced to a husk within the cloying embrace.

“We need to warn them,” she had said to Daniel, positioned over her shoulder.

Daniel didn’t have to voice his agreement. She already knew.

000


Daniel wakes to find Sam gone from the bed, sitting by the window and watching the world go by.

“It’s quieter these days,” she muses, toying with a pen in one hand and a half cup of water sitting by the other. He can’t remember the last time he saw her eat. He can’t remember the last time he ate either.

“Less people to make noise,” Daniel responds. He watches the way the dawning sun highlights her face, erasing the lines and wear the past few years have pressed in deep. She’s coloured her hair brown and he’s grown in his beard but they still get recognised.

He finds that funny because he hardly knows the man he looks at in the mirror anymore.

000


He had tried to find a way to communicate at first.

Jack watched his attempts with a kind of weary patience, as if obliging a child at some fruitless task that would ultimately fail. He didn’t actually ever say it to Daniel and Daniel was grateful for small mercies. He had to find out on his own that it was useless.

He sat at the bedside of dozens of victims, trying everything. He watched people vanish beneath the choking grasp of their infection, eyes wide and uncomprehending. Teal’c, Jack and Sam would take it in turns ghosting him, waiting for the moment he would realise that it wasn’t going to work.

Waiting for the break.

“They must want something,” Daniel insisted, three months after Danson came home. Sam was in the corner, laptop balanced across her knees but she was up in one swift move and crossing to him.

“There must be some way to tell them to stop.”

He didn’t see another patient. The last one had asked him who he was and he wasn’t sure how to explain that by opening the ‘gate in the first place, he was the one that had doomed them all.

000


The woman in the corner store has a hand up to her mouth and her eyes are wide. He moves forward, ditching the toothbrush and paste he had in his hand so he can grasp her arm firmly, just above the elbow.

“I look like your cousin,” he says, holding his grip until he sees her eyes slide away and up and then refocus on him.

“Just like Andy,” she says, shaking her head and chuckling a little, dots of colour high on her cheeks. As she moves away, Daniel slips the ring off his index finger and flips the catch. He frowns when he finds it empty.

“How much of the Roele chemical do we have left?” he asks Sam when he gets back to the room.

“None. You use the last dose?” she asks, not looking particularly perturbed. She’s not the one who was on all the news shows right before people started dying, a smile on her face and assuring the general public that everything would be fine.

“Yeah,” he sighs, rubbing a hand over the back of his head as he sits.

“Well, that was fun while it lasted,” she muses.

000


It’s the furtive absence of noise that has Daniel awake and blinking into the darkness. He knows that if it weren’t for the handful of sleeping pills, Sam would be conscious beside him. A hand grabs him across the mouth and nose and Daniel lets go the last of his air, elbowing Sam in the sternum, waking her despite the drugs.

She’s up on her knees with a gun pressed against their attacker’s temple when they both hear the voice they have been waiting for.

“Hey kids, didn’t mean to scare ya.”

Light floods the room and Daniel is let up slowly. He squints until his eyes adjust and then he rubs them because he can’t be seeing what he’s seeing.

Himself and Sam, standing on the other side of the room.

“What’s going on?” Daniel sputters and the other Daniel smiles wanly, rubbing a hand over his face. The Sam that’s beside him lowers her gun slowly, something grim on her face like she was expecting this all along.

“It’s going to be weird doing this to myself,” the Daniel by the door sighs and suddenly it makes a horrible kind of sense.

“I’m not really Daniel Jackson, am I?” the one on the bed asks.

“You mean you didn’t know?” Jack is looking at him with one eyebrow raised, probably sensing a trick of some kind, some desperate last ditch effort to prolong existence.

“Is that so hard to comprehend?” it asks, rising up onto its knees. The Sam beside it grasps its fingers. “You had a clone once. It had no idea it was a copy, a creation. We’re the Vyne aren’t we? A new step in the process of taking over.”

“Do we really have to…?” Sam by the door asks, gesturing towards the occupants of the bed and Jack sighs heavily.

“They’re play-acting at life, pretending to be us by rote. They’re not… real,” he says.

A parody of life.

Jack has pulled something from his back pocket. A small bottle and a lighter. The Daniel on the bed wonders if he will torch the whole motel, just to be sure.

“We’re sorry,” it says, its Sam pressing in beside it. “We didn’t know.”

Jack smiles tightly and nods.
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-22 03:07 am (UTC)
Thankyou so much!
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[User Picture]From: magnavox_23
2007-05-22 01:28 am (UTC)
Wow, that was great! Love the twist at the end :D
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-22 03:08 am (UTC)
Thankyou!!
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[User Picture]From: bratfarrar
2007-05-22 01:43 am (UTC)
Oh, nice twist at the end. Not quite a surprise (because I was wondering the whole time where the rest of sg-1 was, what had happened to them that their end wasn't referenced, even obliquely), but that moment where everything slides into place so you can see the whole picture clearly.

Very cool. But I feel sorry for the Vyne-Daniel and Vyne-Sam. (And for Jack, for having to destroy what looks like his team. Something to add to his nightmares, perhaps.)
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-22 03:08 am (UTC)
Hehehee... :D Thankyou!
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[User Picture]From: zorb
2007-05-22 02:21 am (UTC)

LJ, please let me post this!

Holy cow. I didn't see the twist coming at all! Vyne-copies or not, this:

You’re all I have, she says with hands and teeth and motion.

That’s all I need, he replies.


- is just how I see them, when push comes to apocalyptic shove. Speaking of which, I love how you set up the scenario. Daniel being the one to keep trying to find a reason why and make people understand, somehow, fits perfectly.

A tightly-woven, bleak and gripping tale. Thank you so much!
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-22 03:10 am (UTC)

Re: LJ, please let me post this!

Thankyou! I was very nervous because I know I skirted the prompt rather than making it the meat of the piece so I am *very* relieved that you liked this!
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[User Picture]From: tingler
2007-05-22 03:12 am (UTC)
Tuh-*wisty*, dude!!

But very cool.
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-22 03:37 am (UTC)
Hee... thankyou!
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[User Picture]From: macgyvergal
2007-05-22 03:23 am (UTC)
HOLY.... I did not see that coming! Eeep!
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-22 03:38 am (UTC)
I hope that was a good eep! :D
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[User Picture]From: aurora_novarum
2007-05-22 04:08 am (UTC)
I was enjoying this just geeking out at the Reol ring "you look like my cousin," hee!

And then that twist. Here I just thought it was a nonthinking parasite. I-the-what? I have to go read it again now. Tres cool!
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-22 04:31 am (UTC)
Heheheee... thankyou!
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[User Picture]From: stargazercmc
2007-05-22 05:46 am (UTC)
Oh, WOW. Tight piece of writing, this. And so, so good.
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-22 01:05 pm (UTC)
Thankyou so much hon!
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[User Picture]From: maevebran
2007-05-22 08:08 am (UTC)
Nice. I did not see that coming.=)
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-22 01:06 pm (UTC)
Thankyou!
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[User Picture]From: loriel_eris
2007-05-22 10:23 am (UTC)
*jawdrops*

That was... I don't know what it was, but it was pretty awesome. I have much love for apocafic and Stargate-goes-public so I dove straight in. The ending was completely unexpected both in terms of who Sam and Daniel were and in a general this-is-so-not-where-I-expect-an-apocafic-to-go! It was very cool tho.
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-22 01:07 pm (UTC)
Hee... thankyou! I've seen a lot of stargate goes public so my biggest hurdle was doing something that felt original to me... :)

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[User Picture]From: ladybirdness
2007-05-22 05:10 pm (UTC)
oy

that was a twist I didn't expect when I started reading
not at all...

damned well done though
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-22 11:52 pm (UTC)
Thankyou so much!
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[User Picture]From: groovekittie
2007-05-22 09:31 pm (UTC)
Ooers. I liked this a lot. Like everyone else, I totally didn't see the ending. Good work!
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-22 11:52 pm (UTC)
Thankyou!
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-22 11:56 pm (UTC)
Thankyou... :) I haven't seen 28 weeks later yet or the Heroes finale... not sure where this came from... mostly desperation I think to find a new way of doing Stargate going public... *grin*
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[User Picture]From: hoshi_reed
2007-05-23 04:21 am (UTC)
*Picks jaw off floor*
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-23 04:50 am (UTC)
*pats* :D
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[User Picture]From: crazedturkey
2007-05-23 01:01 pm (UTC)
Wow.

I think thats going to need another read through.

*blinks*
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-23 11:55 pm (UTC)
Hehehee.... :D
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[User Picture]From: rigel_7
2007-05-23 03:27 pm (UTC)
*jaw drops*

I think I'm going to have a hard time coming up with anything other than *bzuh*

You had me at apocafic... :P

Brilliant twist at the end there, and now that I look back I can see just how clever you were.
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-23 11:56 pm (UTC)
Daw... thanks honey!
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[User Picture]From: _minxy_
2007-05-24 07:08 am (UTC)
I love Daniel lying badly with the Roele ring--slapping to hard, moving to grip gracelessly... Love that they come together so hopelessly and yet so needfully. Love the respect in the conversations.

This was darkly, ouchily cool. Great idea and followthrough.
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-24 07:59 am (UTC)
Thankyou so much hon... :)
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[User Picture]From: infinimato
2007-05-26 02:55 am (UTC)
godDAMN that's creepy.

BRRRR.

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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-05-26 04:58 am (UTC)
:D
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[User Picture]From: advection
2007-06-03 02:21 pm (UTC)
This is totally awesome. What I love best is that they have to seem completely Them for the twist at the end to work (to trick the reader and to carry emotional weight), and they do, and it does. So so cool.
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-06-09 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thankyou so much hon! :)
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[User Picture]From: crayonbreakygal
2007-07-15 06:30 am (UTC)
OK, how did I miss this? I'm glad someone recc'd it, because I totally missed it.

The ending was totally not what I was expecting. This is really, really good work.
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-07-18 01:03 am (UTC)
Thankyou so much!
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[User Picture]From: shutthef_up
2007-07-15 02:06 pm (UTC)
Wow! You totally sucked me in. And I have no idea how I missed this first time round, but I'm glad I got to read it now.

So very... achy, hurty, but in a really good way.

And man, it's got to be weird to have to kill a version of yourself. Damn. Another layer of ouch!
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-07-18 01:04 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed... :)
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[User Picture]From: winterstar95
2007-07-18 12:56 am (UTC)
I knew something had to be up since Daniel didn't seem to get the disease --- but that was well done and well constructed. You hit every point and did it without extra junk. Well done!! <<>>

Winterstar
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-07-18 01:04 am (UTC)
Many thanks!
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[User Picture]From: centauri_
2007-09-07 01:29 pm (UTC)
Whoa. The twist at the end sneaked up to me and bit me in the ass. *applauds you for the excellent fic*
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[User Picture]From: zats_clear
2007-11-24 05:27 pm (UTC)
I am fascinated by how your mind works. this is tightly-written, rationing information with careful precision until you reach the stunning conclusion.
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[User Picture]From: kellifer_fic
2007-11-24 10:26 pm (UTC)
Thankyou!
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[User Picture]From: writinginct
2008-08-24 02:20 am (UTC)
This was really good. Absolutely awesome twist at the end.

(btw found my way here from stargateficrec)
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