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Stargate Universe: Daughter (Fanfiction)

Daughter

Series: Destiny's Faces (Masterlist)
Companion Piece: Daughter (no need to know it to understand this story)
Word Count: 1.012
Summary: ”You're planning … a mutiny?” Chloe asked in disbelief.
Characters: Chloe Armstrong, Nicholas Rush
Pairing: Chloe/Matt (hinted)
Rating: PG
Spoiler: Justice, Space, Divided
Setting: just before Divided
Author's Note: Written for the sgu_challenge  prompt #17 – Count Down.
Feedback: Can’t breathe without it.
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.

Destiny's Faces Masterlist

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She knew that it wasn't real. There was a voice inside her head telling her that she was free, on board the Destiny, with Matt. Nevertheless, Chloe Armstrong woke up bathed in sweat every night, a scream on her lips and tears in her eyes. Sometimes Matt startled awake too.

Sometimes, like tonight, he didn't. Chloe got dressed and left her quarters. It didn't really matter, Matt was always telling her the same either way. She was fed up with his words of reassurance.

“You're back. Everything's alright. They're gone.”

She knew that she was back on board the Destiny. Nothing was alright. And they weren't gone.

Chloe knew instinctively that the aliens were still there. It was like she saw them out of the corner of her eye. They were just outside the range of Destiny's sensors. Waiting.

She found Rush in the mess hall, like every night. His hands were wrapped around a mug filled with water. Maybe he was imagining that there was coffee in it warming his hands. Chloe did sometimes.

She sat down opposite him and he raised his head. Pale, exhausted and shaken. ”The same dream?” he asked. Chloe nodded. He sighed. ”Yes. Me too.” His eyes were dark, haunted.

Suddenly, Chloe knew that her instincts were right. ”It's not over yet, is it?” She wondered when she'd become Rush's ally. She wondered when she'd started to feel safe on board the Destiny. But she only knew when that feeling of safety had been torn away.

”No,” Rush answered. His answer made everything a bit more real. Rush wasn't the kind of guy who was easily intimidated by a gut instinct or a hunch.

Chloe was curious though. ”Why do you say that?”

He grimaced, squinted and massaged his forehead. ”They implanted me with a tracking device.”

Chloe stared at him, not understanding what he was saying. He put a hand on his chest and smiled helplessly. ”They tagged me.”

Chloe looked at his chest and when she finally understood what his words meant for all of them, she cried out, ”We have to tell the colonel!”

”Sh!” he answered and grabbed er arm. ”Miss Armstrong-”

”They're gonna find us.”

”I'm already trying to find a solution.”

”The colonel-”

”Young won't give me a chance, Chloe.”

She shook her head – not understanding what he was implying. ”What?”

Rush let her go and folded his hands. “There wasn't a rockslide. He left me behind.”

Chloe shook her head in disbelief. Not Young. That wasn't true. She trusted the colonel. He was the one who was boosting the crew's morale and he was doing everything in his might to get them home.

Rush shrugged. ”I knew that Eli wouldn't tell anybody.”

”Eli knew?” Chloe asked numbly. Her best friend – gentle, friendly and sweet – knew that …

”Not before it happened, no,” Rush said hastily. ”Young told everyone the same lie but I'm pretty sure that Eli connected the dots after Young returned alone.”

”Why would the colonel do that?” Chloe asked. Rush shrugged. It wasn't a secret that the men couldn't stand each other and, until now, Chloe had always been on Young's side. But if he really …

”Miss Armstrong,” Rush said and his voice got soft and insistent, ”Miss Wray, myself and some of the others think that things should change.”

Chloe looked at him. She frowned. ”What?”

”The civilians should have the command … you are an educated intelligent young lady. You have to know that military dictatorships never end well.”

”What are you going to do?” Chloe asked – curious but sceptical.

Rush looked at her attentively as if he wanted to gauge her reaction to his next words carefully. “We'll take the ship.”

Chloe opened her mouth but no words were coming forth. He nodded as if to confirm his words.

”You're planning … a mutiny?” Chloe asked in disbelief. ”The colonel won't let that happen.”

”We're taking measures to ensure that he's got no other choice. It can't go on like it is now,” Rush answered. ”You can't tell me that you're happy.”

Chloe hesitated.

”We don't want to hurt anybody. We just want to be more than the military's guests on board. I mean, we are the ones who fix the Destiny, repair the damages and explore the ship,” Rush said and Chloe could see his point. ”We're going to transfer control to another room. We need your help,” Rush continued.

”I'm not a scientist,” Chloe said hesitantly. “I'm sure Eli-“

”Eli,” Rush said. ”He's dangerous.”

Chloe laughed. ”Eli?”

”He's Young's little soldier. We need you to stop the boy from interfering with our plan.”

”What do you want me to do?” Chloe asked. Eli meant a lot to her. She didn't want to hurt or betray him.

Rush shrugged. ”We don't know when we'll get the opportunity to take over the controls. But you have to stop him from fighting us.”

Chloe crossed her arms. ”You want me to distract him.”

”I want you to spend time with him.”

That, she could do, Chloe thought. If she would do it at all. She was still hesitating, feeling like a traitor.

”Did he really leave you behind?” she asked. Rush nodded. Chloe bit her lip. She didn't know what to do. Her head told her to report Rush but her heart told her that she was frowning about the dismissive way the soldiers handled the civilians for some time now. ”Nobody will get hurt?”

”Promise.”

”Okay,” she said slowly. If Rush should break his promise, if something would go wrong, she figured that she could still do something about it.

”When?”

Rush leant back in his chair. ”I don't know yet.” He smiled. ”But the countdown's running.”


END
08/10

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Comments

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mgsmurf
Aug. 12th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
This is a nice coda piece to the episode. I'm not sure Chloe took Rush's side, as much as realized she didn't want to support Young's. You do a good job of making her choice believable.
jolinarjackson
Aug. 12th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :) It's pretty hard to decide who took which side for what reason. And Chloe's decision to help Rush was a surprise.
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