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Trapped (2)

Artist: easytheregenius
Word Count: ~ 22.100
Summary: When a member of the crew goes missing, most of the stranded point their fingers at the obvious suspect who keeps claiming to be innocent. The crew is forced to work together and surprising alliances are forged to get Eli back.
Characters: Eli Wallace, Nicholas Rush, Everett Young, Camile Wray, Ronald Greer, Matthew Scott, Tamara Johansen, Chloe Armstrong, Sgt. Spencer, Adam Brody, Vanessa James, Dale Volker, Jeremy Franklin, Lisa Park, Airman Becker, Marian Wallace, OCs
Pairing: Chloe/Matt
Rating: PG-13
Spoiler: Air, Darkness, Earth, Time, Life, Human
Setting: Season 1 – after Life
Warnings: Violence, language
Beta: elaiel, who took on the task of beta reading the English version of this. artemis_neith who looked at the very first German version of this years ago – thanks for that and for the criticism that made the story better than it was before.
Disclaimer: I’m not making money with this fanfic. The tv-show Stargate Universe and the characters appearing within it belong to their producers and creators. Any similarities to living or dead persons are purely coincidental and not intended.

Chapter 1
Trapped Masterlist



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Dr. Rush was staring the controls thoughtfully, frowning. “Do you see that?“

Eli, tired and standing with his chin propped on his hand at the control unit next to him, answered, “If you’re talking about the flashing Access Denied, yeah, I do.“

“I’m talking about this.“ Rush sent his data to Eli’s screen.

Eli yawned while he was looking at it. “A blueprint of the ship,“ he said, exhausted.

“Focus, please,“ Rush sighed and stopped next to him. He pointed at the ship’s rear end. “Look.“

A red flashing dot. “Strange,“ Eli muttered and rubbed the exhaustion from his eyes. “An energy source. That wasn’t there yesterday, was it?“

“No, it wasn’t,“ Rush answered, slightly irritated.

“It’s tiny. The readings are so low they’re almost not there.“

“We should take a closer look,“ Rush said and grabbed his radio. “Lt. Scott, this is Rush. Join me in the control room with Sgt. Greer, would you?“

There was a moment of silence, then Matt answered, “Sure, Doctor.“ He sounded restrained and polite like always when he was speaking with Rush or the other scientists on board. However, Eli suspected that he was rolling his eyes. And he suspected that it was going to be a long night again if they were to follow the energy signature now.

“What, now?“ he asked reluctantly. “I’m tired.“

“You should get more sleep.“

Eli raised his eyebrows and bit off the sharp remark waiting at the tip of his tongue. He couldn't have complained any further anyway, because Colonel Young entered the control room. “Eli, I need you.“

Rush crossed his arms. “Now? Immediately?“

“Now,“ Young nodded and clasped his hands on his back, in full command mode.

“We were just trying to solve a problem.“

“You’ll manage without Eli,“ Young answered with a false smile. Eli hated when that happened. Sometimes, he felt like a child whose divorced parents couldn't reach an agreement. If it wasn't Young wanting to know what Rush was doing, it was Rush needing him to do calculations or to help him map the ship.

Rush snorted. “Actually, that’s not the case, Colonel. I need Eli. And I think it’s a waste of time to assign him for duties that aren’t scientific at all.“

Eli supported his head with his hands and sighed deeply. He wanted to just disappear. His eyes wandered to the door which was located only few steps behind Young. And Young was blocking Rush's sight of the control unit Eli was leaning against … the decision was easily made. Eli fled.

***

Chloe breathed out deeply and pulled up her right leg, pushing the sole of her foot against her left knee, and pressed her palms together. She'd started with yoga when she'd started working for her father. A colleague had recommended it to her and during the training, Chloe found the peace which was missing in her hectic, political weekday.

Here – many light years away from Earth and her mother – it helped her to relax. She looked out the window of her quarters into the veils the FTL drive was building around the ship and closed her eyes. The knock at the door startled her. She put her fleece jacket on and padded over the cool floor, barefoot. She opened. “Eli,“ she said, surprised.

“Hey!“ His hands were shoved into the pockets of his gray jacket and he looked down the corridor. “Can I hide in here?“

“Sure.“ She stepped aside and let him in. The door closed obediently when Chloe touched the control. Eli stood in the middle of the room for a moment, undecided. He seemed tired. Dark shadows were under his eyes.

Chloe folded her arms. “Are you hiding from TJ? “

He looked at her in confusion.

“The psych evaluation,“ Chloe reminded him.

“No. I already did that.“

“Really?“ Chloe asked in surprise. “I thought you were trying to stay out of TJ’s sight.“

“She caught up with me yesterday after lunch.“

“How did it go?“ Chloe had done the evaluation a while ago. To her, it had been anything but pleasant to speak about her feelings concerning Destiny and Matt with TJ. She liked her but she'd never liked the idea of therapy. She didn't like to be so vulnerable to anyone – with the exception of her parents.

Eli grimaced and brushed a hand through his brown hair. “Not good.“ He pulled his radio from his jeans and dropped it on the bed before he sat down beside it.

The radio made a noise, then Young’s voice was heard, “Eli, my quarters.“ After a moment of silence, he added, “Please.“

Eli turned off the radio.

“You’re hiding from Young?“ Chloe asked and grabbed her trousers from the bed. She stepped behind Eli and took off her tracksuit bottoms.

He covered his face with his hands. “From him and Rush.“

Chloe put on her trousers and changed her shirt. “What do they want from you?“ She opened her ponytail and brushed a hand through her long locks.

Eli shrugged. “It doesn’t matter, does it?“ Chloe stepped around the bed and sat down beside him. He looked at her miserably. “I’m just tired of standing between them.“ He sighed deeply. “Can I sleep here tonight?“

Chloe raised her eyebrows in surprise.

“In the chair,“ Eli added and nodded to the chair standing in a corner of Chloe’s quarters. Chloe hesitated for a moment and Eli closed his eyes, shaking his head. “No, sorry. That’s ridiculous. You have a date with Matt. I shouldn’t … I should go.“

He wanted to get up, but Chloe grabbed his arm. “Don’t be silly. Of course you can sleep here. Matt has something better to do, anyway.“

Eli breathed a sigh of relief. “Thanks. Sooner or later, one of them is gonna look for me in my quarters and I need some sleep.“

“You’re welcome,“ she answered. He looked exhausted. Chloe got up. “Why don’t I go and get our meal?“

He nodded. “Okay.“

***

Chloe had never been good at understanding people. Her former friends on Earth were living proof. The superficial life she'd had with them – the bars, the clubs, the parties – didn't matter anymore as soon as she'd moved to DC and worked with people who were more adult than her.

But she thought that she was understanding Eli pretty well. It wasn't hard. Even though there were topics he didn't like to talk about – Chloe had noticed that his mother was one of these topics – for the most part, he was wearing his heart on his sleeve. Chloe wasn't the only noticing that he seemed to be tired out. “I think we should do something,“ she said softly and took the two bowls Airman Becker handed her. TJ frowned thoughtfully and stepped aside to make room for the people waiting in line behind them. Chloe followed her. “Colonel Young and Dr. Rush are practically hogging all of Eli’s time. He’s looking at those Kino files half of the nights – he didn’t say, but Matt told me that he’s doing it for Young – and he has work to do throughout the days. He doesn’t say no. He’s exhausted.“

TJ stirred her soup. “Well, I can’t just go up to Colonel Young and tell him to leave Eli alone.“

“But you’re a doctor-“

“Medic,“ TJ interrupted her, shaking her head, and tucked a strand of blond hair that had escaped her carefully made hairstyle behind her ear.

“You’re a doctor,“ Chloe repeated stubbornly. “On this ship, you’re a doctor. Don’t you have some kind of special rights when you see that someone needs rest?“

TJ sighed. “I could make use of Eli’s psych evaluation.“

Chloe frowned in worry. “What? Why?“

TJ shrugged. “I can’t tell you anything but there’s something that’s been troubling him.“

“I think it’s his mom.“

“More than that.“ TJ shook her head. “Something on this ship. But he doesn’t talk about it.“

They were interrupted by Matt joining them and kissing Chloe's cheek with a happy grin. “Hey! I escaped Rush’s claws. Will we see each other later?“

Chloe shook her head. “Sorry. Can I have a rain check? I kind of promised Eli that we would spend some time together.“

Matt seemed disappointed but he nodded. “He’s with you? Colonel Young’s looking for him.“

“Yeah, well, don’t tell him that Eli’s with me, okay?“ Chloe pleaded.

Matt frowned and looked at TJ who nodded at him. The unconscious gesture bothered Chloe a little. As if Matt, as a soldier, needed the confirmation of another soldier to do her a favor. But she shook the feeling off. It was about hiding something from Matt's CO, after all, and he was taking his job very seriously. “Okay,“ he said hesitantly. “See you tomorrow?“

“Sure,“ Chloe answered. When he was gone, she looked back at TJ. “Maybe we’re overreacting. Maybe all he needs is some sleep.“ She smiled weakly and left the mess.

***

When Chloe arrived in her quarters, Eli was lying at the foot of the bed, his feet on the floor as if he'd been lying here to stare at the ceiling. He was sleeping. Chloe put his dinner on the small table next to the bed and took her iPod from her coat pocket. She settled into the armchair and listened to music while she was eating. Then she leaned back and closed her eyes to wait.

Before she knew it, she fell asleep.

***

When she woke up, Eli was gone and a blanket was covering her. The iPod was lying on the ground next to the chair and the two bowls were gone. Chloe rubbed her eyes and checked her watch. In half an hour, Airman Becker would begin to serve breakfast. She was getting hungry already. She got up and put the blanket back in its place on the bed. That was when she noticed the piece of paper on her bedside table. The paper had been torn out of a small memo pad. Eli's messy letters explained:

Gotta run. C U at breakfast. Thanks for the bed and the meal. Sorry for falling asleep.
P.S. If you don’t see me again, check Young or Rush’s quarters for my corpse and take revenge.


Chloe laughed softly. It sounded as if the night of sleep had actually been good for Eli.


Chapter 3
Trapped Masterlist

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