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January 11th, 2007

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03:35 pm - Ficlet offer/request: deathfics

I have a feeling that NO ONE is going to take me up on this, but I am bored out of my skull right now, so I might as well ask. :-)

Give me a character, and a cause-of-death (anything from dagger to poison to illnes to old age to another character), and I will write you a little ficlet. Yes, I am in a slightly odd mood.

No promises made as to the seriousness (or hilarity) of said death. I like to switch things up.

Allowable fandoms include anything on my interests (except LotR). I'll make a stab at others, if you know I've seen some episodes (for instance, Law&Order:CI, or Supernatural).
Current Location: work, where else?
Current Mood: boredbored

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Date:January 12th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)

Fire & Water, redux

note: okay, you asked for it.


The wave of heat and the scream hit him both at once. Between running steps, Jack trips as the rocks beneath him shift--he’s turned one-eighty before he hits the ground, ready to bound back to his feet and give Carter a hand up.

The damn heat is fire, a sheet of searing yellow-white leaping from a chasm in the path they just crossed.

The scream is Carter’s, desperate, inhuman, all her words dissolved in pain.

Her clothes and hair have already caught, but he’s close enough to see the flames sweep her pale skin into darkness.

She’s nothing but a shadow swarming with light, and she’s still screaming.

His eyes are stinging, tearing from the heat. He doesn’t think about that, just lunges forward, for the one hand that might be within reach.

A grip on his upper arm pulls him back. “O’Neill!”

An attempt to wrench his arm away doesn’t work, and another set of hands grabs his other arm, tugging him up the tunnel. “Jack.” Daniel’s voice is rough, breaking. “We have to go.”

He’s crying, Jack can tell, but that’s only because Danny’s never been on this side of it before. Jack has, and he’s not going through this again. “We are not leaving her behind." The air catches in his throat, wheezing. "You got that?” He plants his feet, though trying to resist Teal’c is like trying reign in a lion.

“It is too late.” Teal’c keeps moving, dragging Jack with him.

Jack turns in his grip, seeing the light reflected against Teal’c sweat-polished skin. “It’s a trick. Like with Daniel. We can’t leave her here!”

Teal’c seems to hesitate. Jack finds himself listening, straining to hear the screams. They've stopped. That doesn’t mean anything, though, because that’s what happened last time, when they didn’t figure this out till fucking days later.

“It is not a trick.” Teal’c hauls him up the tunnel, Daniel stumbling alongside.

If he doesn’t move, he’ll fall, so he goes with them. Go back, go back, go back, is the rhythm of his feet against the stone. The heat roars at his back. The air scorches his lungs, his skin, and all he can see ahead of them is shadows fleeing from the blinding light.

No matter how he blinks, he still sees Carter’s face haloed in flame. He’ll be seeing it for a while, he knows.

Till they realize he's right, dammit.

Till he comes back here, and finds her whole.


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Date:January 12th, 2007 09:14 am (UTC)

Re: Fire & Water, redux


Yes, it does make it difficult to accept the probable, doesn't it?
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Date:January 12th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)

Re: Fire & Water, redux

Yeah, poor Jack. I didn't even realize what was going to happen in this fic till he simply wouldn't leave... "Fire and Water" kind of made an impression in my fannish brain, I guess.
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Date:January 12th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)

Re: Fire & Water, redux

I've never followed Stargate, but I can recognise quality when I see it - that is good. :)
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Date:January 12th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)

Re: Fire & Water, redux

Oh, thank you! :-) That makes me very happy, since half the effectiveness of this ficlet (I thought) should be in its referencing a first-season episode.
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Date:January 14th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)

Re: Fire & Water, redux

*wince* Yep, I asked for it. Excellently written, though.

All the times Jack's had his team members die and come back together, collectively or individually? Yeah, some part of him is never going to believe it this time.

As much affection as I have for the New SG-1, I really miss version 1.0.
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Date:January 14th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Fire & Water, redux

Thank you--glad you, er, liked it.

(Your icon made me giggle and wince at once--imagining Sam reading her own deathfic.)

And word about version 1.0; I like Cam, and Vala + Daniel = great amusement; but I always reach the end of a New SG-1 episode missing Jack, and the old dynamic. I'm sure that's why this fic had to be with them--it wouldn't mean enough to the others (sorry, Cam, it's true).

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