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Trapped (5)

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 4
Trapped Masterlist



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5.



The search in the inhabited part of the ship was unsuccessful. Camile checked that all teams were back before she shook her head at Everett. He looked at Rush. “So?“

“I've divided the ship into twenty-four sectors. We can't access eight of them at the moment.“ He glanced at the crew and added, “I also took the liberty of putting all the Kinos in search mode. That was three hours ago. Most of them are back. I need help with analyzing the footage.“

“Okay, people to help you watch the Kino footage, search teams, TJ and James are in the infirmary waiting for us to find him,“ Everett concluded. “Is there anything else you can think of?“

Rush frowned. “I'm working on getting the thermal image scanners online. But it looks as if they belong to the systems we can only access with the master code.“

“You'll keep trying?“

Rush nodded.

For a moment, Everett enjoyed the momentary peace between him an Rush. “Let's get started.“

***

The mess hall was crowded, all military personnel had gathered there while the civilians were in the 'Gateroom. Scott was standing in front of the soldiers, Nicholas just one step behind him. He was letting Scott take the lead since the soldiers respected him more.

“We're going to search the uninhabited areas of the ship. At least those we have access to,“ Scott explained. “We have to be careful, though. We don't know a thing about Destiny yet. That's why we're searching those parts instead of the civilians.“ He took a step back, coming to stand beside Nicholas. “Dr. Rush and I are leading this mission. That means …,“ and he was throwing Greer a warning glance, “… that you're going to take orders from both of us. I think we all know that this is not the time for power plays.“

***

“Eli's been missing for approximately fourteen hours now,“ Young explained to the civilians who had gathered in the 'Gateroom, “We'll broaden our search area and include the uninhabited parts of the ship. The soldiers are searching that area, led by Dr. Rush and Lt. Scott. Miss Wray and myself are your team leaders.“

Camile, standing next to him on the stairs, nodded.

“We need people to watch the Kino footage we gathered in the last few hours and people who evaluate the Kino footage the search teams will make. We need some people to help Dr. Rush getting the thermal image cameras online. We need people ready to join the search team if there should be a technical problem.“

***

“Dr. Rush will explain to you how the Kinos work,“ Matt said. “They should make searching easier.“ Matt paused for a moment, then he said, “Please be aware that this is serious. We think that something may have happened to Eli.“

***

“What if we can't find him?“ Dale Volker asked.

Camile shook her head. “Let's look for him first and face that question later on.“

***

“That's a waste of time,“ Spencer said and Ronald turned his head to face him like everybody else. Spencer was leaning against the wall in a corner of the mess hall, his arms crossed lazily.

“What?“ Rush asked in disbelief.

Spencer shrugged. “Who knows where the little rat's at. Maybe he touched something and now he's floating through space while we're looking for him.“

Ronald stepped up to him. “I knew it.“

Matt intercepted him and put a hand on his shoulder. “Don't.“

Ronald shrugged him off. “It was that bastard.“

Spencer took a step forward and glared at him. “Dear God, Greer. I didn't know that you had feelings for the little rat.“

Ronald charged forward but Matt and Jennings held onto him.

Matt yelled, “Enough! Stop it, man.“ Ronald pushed him away. Matt kept an eye on him. “Spencer, you're with Jennings.“

Airman Jennings didn't look too happy about that but he nodded. While Rush started to assign the teams, Matt joined Ronald at the far end of the mess. “What's gotten into you?“

“Don't you get it?“ Ronald asked.

Matt's lips thinned. “You have to stop that. Wray's already against you, if she hears-“

“It was him,“ Ronald said determinedly.

Matt crossed his arms. “Do you have proof?“

“I saw him attack Eli yesterday.“

Matt brushed a hand through his dark hair. “That doesn't mean anything.“

Ronald ducked his head. “If you say so, sir,“ he muttered. He stared at the floor, then he said, “I can't stand guys like Spencer. Bullying people who've done nothing wrong.“

Matt nodded slowly. “Okay. I agree.“ He sighed deeply. “But you have to control your temper. Or do you wanna give Wray a reason to lock you up?“

Ronald shook his head.

“Okay, then go and report to Rush.“

“Yes, sir,“ Ronald answered reluctantly.

Matt looked after him and breathed a sigh of relief. Then he joined Spencer and Jennings who were getting ready to leave. He sent Jennings away with a nod and then addressed Spencer. “When was the last time you saw Eli?“

Spencer stared at Matt and grinned. “Yesterday. After lunch.“

“When you attacked him?“

Spencer shrugged and focused on closing his vest. “I don't know anything about an attack.“

Matt put a hand on Spencer's chest, preventing him from closing the zip. He waited for Spencer to look at him. “If I hear that you have anything to do with this …“

“What, fly boy?“ Spencer laughed. “You Air Force boys. You're all talk.“ He nodded at Jennings. “I have to go. Wallace could be hurt, right? Time's running out.“ With that, he turned away and left with Jennings.

Matt didn't hear Rush coming up beside him and startled when he said, “I can't blame Sgt. Greer for thinking that Sgt. Spencer is involved.“

Matt looked around him and noticed that they were alone. “Could he be right? Spencer, I mean. That Eli touched something and-“

“The ship,“ Rush interrupted him, “would have told us if a door leading into space or to an unpressurized area had been opened. We'd know if Eli had opened the wrong door by accident. He has to be somewhere on this ship.“

Matt crossed his arms. “I hope you're right.“

***

An hour later, Camile and Colonel Young joined Rush and Lt. Scott in the control room at one of the control units. Scattered about the circular room, civilians were sitting and watching Kino footage. Everyone was staring at various laptop screens, talking softly.

Rush pointed something on the screen out to Scott. “Here.“

“Progress?“ Camile asked, causing Rush and Scott to turn around and face her.

“Unfortunately, nothing so far,“ Rush answered and turned back to the screen.

Scott explained, “One of the Kinos caught Eli leaving the mess this morning, but it didn't follow him.“

Young asked, “What about the search teams?“

Scott shook his head.

Rush turned back around to them and crossed his arms. “But Sgt. Greer seems to be rather certain that Lt. Spencer is responsible for Eli's absence.“

Young pulled a face, cursing softly, and Camile glanced at him questioningly.

Scott seemed to make an effort to stay neutral. “But Greer and Spencer aren't exactly friends.“

“Colonel?“ Camile asked when Young shook his head.

Rush stared at the floor. “Maybe you were right after all, Colonel,“ he said calmly.

Camile put her hands on her hips and pinned Young with a determined look. “I want to know what he's talking about, Colonel. Now.“

Young glanced at the civilians around them who were busy evaluating the Kino footage on their laptops and the unoccupied control units, then he said softly, “Not here.“ He left the control room and Camile was forced to follow him. She heard Scott and Rush behind her and left it to them to close the door of the small cargo room they entered. Young turned around to them. “Lt. Spencer attacked Dr. Franklin a few days ago.“

Camile gasped in shock, then she asked angrily, “Why wasn't I told sooner?“

“I interrupted him. I assured Franklin that I'd take care of it.“

Rush leaned against the wall, his arms still crossed. “But you didn't. Even though Sgt. Spencer didn't stop harassing people.“

Camile felt left out. “How do you know about this?“

Rush shrugged. “Colonel Young told me a few days ago.“

Scott raised a hand to stop further arguments. “I think we're losing sight of the topic at hand. We can't prove that Spencer's involved.“

Young nodded. “Besides, we should focus on more important things right now and find Eli.“ He glared warningly at Rush and Camile. “We'll talk again later.“

***

From afar, Ronald could see Chloe waiting beside the door leading to the mess hall and he looked pointedly at Airman Rennie who was walking beside him. Chloe met them halfway down the hall. “Well?“ she asked. Ronald didn't even hesitate to believe that she was standing here waiting for every single team to come back, asking the same question again and again.

“Nothing, Miss. Sorry,“ he answered and stopped beside her while Rennie joined Airman Becker. Chloe seemed crushed and Ronald continued in a calming voice, “There are still teams out there looking for him, Miss Armstrong.“

She looked at him thankfully. Sergeant Spencer, standing not too far away from them, snorted in disgust.

Ronald thinned his lips, trying to stay calm. Chloe didn't seem to have the same restraint since she whirled around to face him. “Where is he?“

Spencer snorted again. “No idea, Miss.“

“Of course you have. Everyone here believes that you did it. I'm going to make Colonel Young arrest you.“

Spencer's eyes flashed dangerously and he gripped Chloe's arm. “Listen, girl, you won't make him do a thing, you …“

Ronald's fist hit his chin and he stumbled backwards.

“Ron!“ Airman Jennings cried out while Greer pushed Chloe behind him to shield her from Spencer who was wiping blood from his chin.

Ronald smiled cynically. “Just give me a reason.“

Spencer lunged towards him but Becker and Rennie grabbed his arms while Jennings pushed Ronald back. “Enough,“ he said.

“Let me go, Airman,“ Ronald ordered.

“That's asking for trouble,“ Jennings warned.

Ronald shook his head. “He deserves it.“

Chloe's hand closed around the material of Ronald's jacket, just above the elbow. “It's alright,“ she said softly. Spencer turned away, leaving the mess in an angry huff.

Becker called after him, “We aren't allowed to wander around alone!“

There was no answer.

Jennings sighed, “I'll go get him.“ He left.

Ronald looked over his shoulder to Chloe. “Are you okay, Miss?“

She nodded. “Yes. Thank you.“

The sound of fast steps let Ronald look towards the door just when Rush entered, focused on the laptop in his hands. “Doctor,“ Ronald said and Rush raised his head to look at him, obviously surprised by the way Ronald was addressing him. Ronald knew that he and Rush were at odds every other day but he wanted to forget that for the moment. He would never have admitted to it but he liked Eli. Even though he was like those boys he and his friends had beat up quite regularly a long time ago … before he'd realized how stupid they were by doing it.

“Sergeant,“ Rush replied.

“Rennie and I didn't find anything. Some of the doors were sealed shut and they had chalk marks on them.“

“Yes, we explored that part of the ship. A few weeks ago. The hull's damaged. That's why some of the doors won't open.“

“We searched the rooms we could access. Nothing. It's damn cold down there.“

“Yes, the heating system keeps acting up.“ He had a map of the ship on his laptop screen and marked Ronald's sector red. “Thank you, Sergeant,“ he said and turned to another team that was just returning from the search.


Chapter 6
Trapped Masterlist

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