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Trapped (4)

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 3
Trapped Masterlist



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Everett looked from his position at the upper end of the stairs down to the assembled refugees in the 'Gateroom and leaned on the banister with one hand. The Stargate was throwing a shadow at the back wall. Deactivated, it was nothing more than an impressively big ring. Nothing suggested that, activated, other planets were only a step away. Scott, Greer, James and TJ joined them, still in full equipment, and some of the civilians cast questioning looks at each other and started to whisper. Everett waited until Scott confirmed that they hadn't found anything on their way back either with a shake of his head, then he said loudly, “I think that everyone here is aware by now that we’re looking for Eli Wallace.“

The group quieted down.

“As far as we know, he left the group sometime this morning. But he hasn't been seen since yesterday.“

A young soldier with raven black short hair raised his hand. “Uh … Colonel Young, sir, I saw him this morning.“

“Airman Jennings, right?“ Young asked.

The soldier nodded. “I’m assigned to the mess. Wallace brought in some empty bowls. That was …“ He checked his watch and calculated. “Well, about eight hours ago, sir.“

Airman Becker – responsible for everything concerning the mess – nodded. “Right. But he didn’t tell us where he was headed.“

“He seemed to be excited,“ Jennings said, “And he had a Kino with him, sir.“

“Has anybody seen him since then?“ Everett asked. He looked around but everyone seemed to be at a loss. Everett waited a moment then he looked at Rush. “Well, then I’m officially declaring Eli a missing person. We’ll start a systematic search now that everyone will support. We’ll start with the inhabited part of the ship and the shuttles. Miss Wray has formed teams. We’ll search in groups of two to three people.“

Adam Brody asked, “And if we can’t find him?“

“We’ll spread the search to the uninhabited parts of the ship.“

A murmur was spreading and rising in volume and Everett raised his hands. “No one – I repeat, no one – is allowed to roam the ship on his own until we find Eli and find out what caused this situation. We don’t know what happened. I don’t want another person vanishing. With your help, we’ll find the kid in no time. Miss Wray is going to read out the teams now and Dr. Rush will tell you which sector you’ll search. If you can’t find him, report back to the ’Gate room. If you find him or a hint where he could have gone, use the radio we’ll hand out to each group.“

Camile nodded and stepped next to Everett with Rush in tow.

“Thank you!“ Everett said and left his place. While Camile started to call out names and the teams assembled in front of her and Rush, Everett joined TJ and Scott. “Nobody goes missing without a reason,“ he said softly.

Scott nodded. “Yes, sir.“

“TJ, keep ready in the infirmary. Lieutenant James will help you.“

She nodded and turned away to head for the infirmary with Vanessa.

Greer stepped closer to Everett and Scott. “Sir, what are we gonna do if we can’t find Eli?“

“The kid has to be somewhere,“ Everett answered. “We haven't left FTL for three days. The ’Gate couldn’t have been dialed.“

“Well, as you already said, sir, nobody goes just missing,“ Greer answered. “I'm just sayin',“ he added a little softer, “maybe we should get used to the idea that there's somebody else involved.“

Everett noticed Scott looking over to Spencer and followed his eyes. Spencer was staring back at Scott with a mocking grin and raised eyebrows.

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It was cold enough for him to see his breath and Eli was reminded of past winters, when he was out in the cold with his parents, playing in the snow. And then he realized that he had no idea where he was. He raised a hand to his head and felt dried blood in his hair. He'd been unconscious. That had to be the reason why he was lying on the floor but it didn't explain why he was in this room or how he came to be here. Eli sat up cautiously and zipped his hoodie closed. He pulled his cell from his jeans pocket and activated the torch app. The bright light hurt his eyes and he closed them for a moment. Then he took a look around. The room was empty, like many others on this ship, and the door was closed. The light was bright enough for Eli to see that the door's mechanism had been destroyed. “Oh!“ he said. “Great. How did I manage that?“ He got up cautiously. The room swayed dangerously and Eli stumbled against one of the walls and clamped a hand over his mouth. The nausea stopped after a few seconds. Eli swallowed thickly and supported himself against the wall while he made his way to the door to have a look at the mechanism. He held the cell in his left hand and pulled his right sleeve over his other hand to touch the splintered surface of the mechanism. Then he slipped his hand inside and tried to activate it. It didn't work. “Damn, that's …“ He stared at the closed door and kicked it. “Another perfect day on the Destiny.“ He crossed his arms, shaking. “Why's it so cold here?“ He checked his watch. “Crap!“ He kicked the door a second time. Then he hit it with his fists. “Hey! Hello!“ He tried to hear something on the other side but either the material was too thick or there was nobody there. “Help!“ He didn't know how he'd ended up here but slowly, he started to remember that he'd been awake at least once before. Those blurred memories vanished when he tried to hold on to them.

But one thing was for sure. When he'd been awake the last time, he hadn't been alone.


Chapter 5
Trapped Masterlist

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