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08 November 2009 @ 02:35 pm
Previously on... Not All That We Are...  
For those who might need a short refresher on the events of Not All That We Are and At the Labyrinth Gates before the The Thread of Ariadne goes up in a few days, I have some Previouslies.



.... For one moment, when Sam was on the championship team for Virgon, that niggling restlessness fell silent. ...

.... The instant he saw one of the Centurions, it was as if a switch flipped in his brain and he knew. He was a Cylon....

.... He took the small bottle out of his duffle and held it in his hand. But the desire - the need - for them wasn't there anymore, overcome by what he knew, the anger, and the battle for survival. He tipped the bottle over and watched the small white hexagonal pills tumble into the toilet....

.... Leoben's eyes were shining and he seemed to believe every word. "The first time I saw you I read your pattern to the end, and I knew you would eclipse everyone else on this world."

.... Kara wasn't one of them. He knew that before he touched her -- he knew it looking into her bright eyes when they were holding guns on each other. When he was with her, all the questions and fear inside him went away. She was so enthusiastic, so physical, so unlike anyone he'd ever known, he couldn't get enough....

.... As his hand closed around Kara's dog tag, he wondered at this moment - Cylons helping him even though they thought he was human. "Thank you," he said. Then he licked his lips and offered, "I don't want this. I don't want to kill Cylons. I wish there was another way."

The Six smiled and his heart caught at how beautiful she was. "We need a new way to live in God's love. Our people need someone to show them the way. Someone like two heroes of the Cylon." ....

.... Kara was coming. Sam spoke to his team, mouth giving shape to something unexpected. "Look, I just know, okay? We're about to leave this rock. I don't know why I know this, or why it just hit me, but it did." He stalked away, rubbing at his face and raking his hands through his hair, trying to scrub it out of his head. But the feeling remained, some new awareness pushing up through his body....

.... An awful, sickening feeling tightened up in his gut and clutched cold hands around his heart again. He slid away from Kara and stood up, looking away as if he could peer through all the bulkheads to where the ballot counting was going on. "No. Not Baltar. Not settlement. Not New Caprica. I know if people settle this mud ball, it's going to go terribly wrong. We need to find Earth. Earth is where we need to go, not this hole." ....

.... "Then I think you should learn to fly." Kara grinned. "You wanna be my wingman, Sammy?"....

.... he grabbed chamalla between his fingers and put it on his tongue. His sight went black then filled with images of things that he had never seen before: Earth. A battle in space. Dying Cylons. A pit full of human bodies. A vast and ancient temple...

....Kara snickered. "You seem to need rescuing a lot."
"Someday I'll save you again," he promised....

.... "Sam! Oh Gods, you idiot, what did you do?" Kara knelt on the cold tile of the floor of the head and shook Sam's shoulder. He was out cold, though, and only let out a grunt heavy with alcohol fumes in response. He was curled up not far from the toilet, as if he'd come in here to throw up and then passed out. She'd heard him try to persuade Tyrol to stay on the ship, but Chief returned something sharp about how his mother had only two correct prophecies her entire life as an oracle and walked away....

.... She shook off her moment of horror. "Galactica, Starbuck. We have multiple Cylon contacts...."

.... Sam said to her, "This isn't the end, Kara." A new warning light appeared on his Viper's instrument panel - an engine core temperature spike. He was wrong - this was an end. The other engines were about to explode. "Oh, frak me. Punching!"....

.... When he opened his eyes, a Raider was there, right in front of him. ... He folded to let his legs take most of the impact, and hit to one side of the front intake, below the sensor slit. "Oh frak!"....

.... The Cylons all seemed stunned by his voluntary disarmament, watching the gun come to rest not far from a Centurion's foot. Then their eyes swung back to him, confusion and a little wonder creeping in to their faces. "Something doesn't want me dead," Sam explained. "And I'm not here to hurt anyone. This is where I'm supposed to be."

... He'd been afraid of something terrible happening on New Caprica for so long - to have it completely upended like this was hard to grasp. The Cylons had come in peace. No, it was better than peace: they had come to help....

...."Then it's decided," Caprica said with a bright smile, as if cutting off any other possible dissent. "Our plan of helping the humans and bringing them the word of God remains in effect."

Sam stirred, parted his lips to tell them this was the wrong choice, but he shut his mouth. It was happening again -- he warned them and warned them and nobody listened. What good was it to know the future if no one would heed him?...

...They believed him, he realized. They thought he was human and they still believed him. It was what he had wanted, and yet suddenly he thought he could handle torture much better than this. Their belief felt oppressive, too heavy to carry, and panic welled up in his throat. He wanted to shout at the Gods that he was just a frakking pyramid player, and they should leave him alone.....

..."God brought you here to be our oracle, I know that," Thea said. "But I can't help wondering if he brought you to me."...

... Kara felt that if she erased his name, she would be erasing the last tiny hope of his survival, too. As if the Gods would see her lack of faith and punish her by taking him away. Even though she knew he was already gone....

...""The future -- it changed. It's not what I saw before. That means the others don't have to die. We can save them."....

...Four Centurions marched into the control center, followed by one each of the other human-form Cylon models: One, Three, Four, and Five. Two Centurions didn't stop and instead, came right toward Sam with deliberate intent. Heart leaping, Sam stood up but he was back against the station with nowhere to go... ""We took a vote. We four agreed that this human is a corrupting influence and must be removed immediately, for the good of the Cylon."

..."Hold him there," Cavil ordered the Centurions and stepped back. A translucent panel slid across the opening, leaving Sam alone with the two shiny Centurions in a glaring white room....

...But Doral was still there, watching him with a lip curled in disdain, and hatred in his dark eyes. "You're our prisoner, Sam Anders. There is only one of you, and many of us. The Centurions don't tire and they feel no mercy. You can't escape. You will break -- the only question is how long it will take and how much you'll suffer first."...

...Tucker took a breath. "When a man warns you your whole family could die, you listen. He saved us. And so, it seems only right that, since we lost Sam Anders, my son carry his name. This is Samuel Theseus Clellan."

Kara started at the name, and her hand grabbed for Helo's arm, clutching his sleeve. Her chest seized up, unwilling to draw breath...

...Cavil held his ground. "Anders managed to escape and got hold of a weapon. Two Centurions shot him. One of their shots hit a power conduit and he was caught in the electrical fire. We barely recovered this much," he nodded to the corpse on the table. "Don't look so distressed, Six; he was dead already."...

..."We're going back to rescue the ones we left behind," Adama said, as if trying to coax her, but the words hit her like a blow.

Her gaze snapped to his, abruptly furious. "Now you decide we should go back? Now? When it's too late?"

Adama narrowed his eyes at her, her words striking a defensive chord in him, too. His voice sharpened, "We're at war, Captain. People die in war. It's sad and it hurts, but if we're to save the human race, we don't have the luxury of indulging in grief. Anders understood that."...

...Kara's gaze was pulled unwillingly down. Her hands somehow knew what to do and brought the baby closer to her. He had a little round face and giant blue eyes that stared at her without fear. She looked back at this new life Sam had saved, so tiny and precious and fragile, and felt something deep inside crack. That little bit she had tried so hard to keep intact broke all the way through, and suddenly she was raw and bleeding...

...Leoben murmured, "She said, 'The seven will become two when one steps forth from the five...'"

...At first it didn't seem odd -- this was his fantasy so why shouldn't Kara be there, wearing a white bikini and stretched out on a chaise on his foredeck? Her hair was longer than he'd ever seen it and sun-streaked golden, and she was wearing sunglasses that reflected the sunlight back into his eyes as she sat up. "You're not Kara." "I never said I was.... You have your destiny, too, just as everyone else does."

"I'm not fulfilling it too well stuck in here!" The boat, sea and sun disappeared, leaving him standing in the middle of his filthy cell. But Kara was unchanged, gleaming as though the sun was still shining on her....

... A pair of Threes locked some sort of restraints over his arms and legs and across his chest until he was immobilized....The pain swept through him, fire from his hand, burning all through him. "I saw the lion. Follow the lion…" The same lion was sitting on the floor next to her....

...Simon stood up, suddenly seeming quite large in the room, and turned cold eyes on Cavil. "You lied to the consensus. You lied to us about the human. What else have you lied about, brothers?"...

..."Hotdog, you have Blue Squadron, escort the ships. Duck, follow me, we're going turkey hunting." She gave the order as she pulled her Viper into a climb, gritting her teeth as the ship pushed away from the planet and into space after the Heavy Raiders....

..."This is Sharon Valerii. I have Anders, he's alive," she explained hurriedly. "But if you don't pull back, Pegasus is going to take you out and us too, and he's not going to come back from that."... The Raider was hovering above the platform, weapons fully engaged and pointed at them, and its sensor swept back and forth swiftly in agitation.

"I don't think it wants us to take him away," Leoben observed, dryly....

..."Shhh, you're safe," Six murmured, fingers going to caress through his hair until he settled again. "We won't let them hurt you, not ever again."...

...Kara forced a smile at the cute girl with the mop of curls and big, staring eyes. She ushered Julia off the deck and into the crowded corridors beyond...

...His release broke through him, pleasure as the absence of pain, which was a gift after the last endless weeks of nothing else. Sinking down to the bed, cradled between her thighs, he felt her contentment as well, deepening his own sense of peace. Breathing slowing, he murmured the name he had called her in his head all these months, with his head pillowed on her breasts. "Thea..."

...His footsteps echoed on the stone as he rounded the central pillar to look at the far side. There was a carving of concentric circles, painted in bright colors. It drew his eyes and his hand, and he reached out to put his palm in the center. Another hand was there first, sliding underneath his, and he turned his head to see Kara....

... Kara couldn't grasp it. Sam was alive. After all these months, trying to convince herself that her tenuous hope was false and ridiculous, he was alive.... Helo added, "D'Anna also told Sharon he was telling the Cylons how to find Earth."

... It was her turn to rescue him and she had no idea how to even start....




And now, onto Part 3: The Thread of Ariadne --

Chapter One: Where the Lion Leads

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Merry F: sam andersivanolix on November 9th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
*shivers* Can't wait!