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13 March 2012 @ 05:05 pm
Two Anders ficlets  
For bsg_epics friendship and support.
Gen, PG.

Sam and Laura

Laura hears the coughing from outside the tent. It's a deep, choking sound that halts her steps with concern. It's a bit of a relief to be able to think of some other worry than the Cylons, and she pushes the flap aside.

The air inside is warm and humid from the pot of water simmering on the small stove, and she sees Sam sitting up in the bed but slumped over, head in his hands like his head weighs too much.

"Sam?" she asked softly, trying not to startle him. He twitches anyway, but when he lifts his head to look, he falls into another painful-sounding coughing fit. He tries to do it politely, coughing into his shoulder, while holding his chest with his other hand.

She moves to the bedside, wanting to help, and offers him the water cup off the box beside the bed. He takes it with a trembling hand, and his eyes are bloodshot.

"You should sleep," she advises softly.

"Can't." He shakes his head and looks down at the cup resting on the blanket over his lap. "Any word on Kara?" he asks.

"Not that I know of," she answers. His only overt reaction is to tighten his left hand into a fist and slowly unclench it. "We'll get her out, Sam. But first you have to get well." He nods reluctant agreement, and she looks around for some diversion.

There's a pile of triad cards on the box and she grabs them, settling on the edge of the bed and nudging his leg out of her way. "Let's play then, nice quiet cards. What's a good two-person game? Pearls on a string?"

"That's a kid's game," he says, but it's not a refusal, so she smiles and shuffles. If he's not asleep before the fifth turn, she'll be very surprised.

Sam and Jean.

By the time Sam gets the tea bag the flavor's been wrung out of it, so it's barely doing anything to the hot water. But he leaves the bag in hoping for a little more and brings the cup to Jean.

He hands it to her and slips to the ground at her side. "Hey. I heard Hillard got a deer with a frakking arrow. We'll have to stop getting on his case for his lousy aim."

She smiles faintly, and he leans back, satisfied.

"Nah. Beginner's luck," she says after a sip.

He smiles at that. "At least we'll eat well tonight." The smile fades. Food, ammo, meds: it's a litany in his head of those things they need constantly.

It's hard to believe that he and Jean once worried about which endorsement to take or what to wear to parties. Here in the ashes of that world, a party is any time they're not on watch.

He glances at Jean, to see her moodily staring toward the fire and he nudges her with his shoulder. "Come play? My arm's still tight, and could use some practice."

He casts it as a favor to him, knowing she won't agree if she thinks he's doing it for her. Her glance is suspicious, but she sees the bandage on his arm from where shrapnel hit it and nods. "Okay. I'll kick your ass if you want."

He stands and gives her hand up. "You can try."

Side by side, they head for the court. Sue-Shaun and Kripkey see where they're going and fall in to play, too. And for just a few precious minutes while they're playing, they can all forget the world beyond the lines and think only of the small ball in their hands.

embolalia: Sam/Kara - flirtingembolalia on March 14th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
I love this scene of the resistance! It must have been such a dark time for all of them, and you conjure that wonderfully :)
lizardbeth: Anders- fighterlizardbeth_j on March 14th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think being on Caprica must've really been awful for them. :(
patron saint of neglected female characters: jean-fiercerose_griffes on March 14th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
Ack, that first one! I love it, but ooh, sick Sam.

And Jean, of course. BFFs.
lizardbeth: Anders- fighterlizardbeth_j on March 14th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
BFFs totally. Looking out for each other. *nods*

semi-titled: laura roslin will be here all weekpocochina on March 14th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
oooh, I like these, especially Laura & Sam! BROS FOR LIFE.
lizardbeth: Anders with ciglizardbeth_j on March 14th, 2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
thank you!

I don't ship them, but I certainly love any friendship between Laura and Sam, and wish we'd seen more/any of it.
Galactic Cupcakelostinapapercup on March 14th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
I love all your great little details in the first one: the humidity in the tent, Sam's head in his hands like it weighs too much, how he coughs into his shoulder. I wouldn't have minded seeing a moment like that in canon.

And I love the second one even more, I think. Sam and Jean sound just right.
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on March 14th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)

It would've been so great to see Laura there coming to check on him (though I guess there was no place for it, really) but even just more of Sam with Laura in general.

thanks! :D
entertaining in a disturbing way: Anders sweetlyssie on April 1st, 2012 06:51 am (UTC)

I am always a sucker for early Caprica resistance (when it wasn't complicated for them, poor kids).

And Laura visiting a sick Sam! Hee.