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BSG 2003 Fic: Rebellion, Chapter 14/?

Title: Rebellion
Author: jatnj 
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Lee/Kara with child, ensemble
Spoilers: Set around LDYB, but is pretty A/U

Disclaimers - C'mon.  The way I write?  Who'd pay me? 

Summary: Life on New Caprica is interrupted by a Cylon invasion and no one leaves unscathed.

Previous chapters 
 

Karl poked his head through the flap of Kara and Thea’s quarters.  “Knock, knock.”

Kara looked up from her sketch pad and smiled.  It had only been a few days since they had been settled in what came to be called Dogville, but she already looked forward to the daily visits from Captain Agathon who, despite her initial cold reception, was determined to befriend her.   He certainly made sure that the two of them had everything they needed to make themselves comfortable in their new home. 

“Hey.”  She whispered, nodding her head towards Thea who was sleeping soundly in a small crib. “She’s been fussy today, so I decided to put her down for her nap early.”

 Karl smiled at the child then turned his full attention on Kara.  “I can’t stay, but I came across this today.”  He pulled a cigar box out from behind his back and handed it to her.  “It’s some stuff I thought you might want to have.  It might help you um..adjust…to things here.”  He ignored her confused look and smiled as he turned to leave.  “I’ll check in on you later.”

Kara stared at the box for a long time, turning it over in her hands, but never opening it.  It had a familiar look and feel to it though she couldn’t recall owning anything like it before. 

She set it down carefully on the bed next to her and ran her hand over it in slow circles. 

She was afraid to open it.

“Don’t be stupid.”  She mumbled to herself, but her hand wouldn’t move to open the box.

“It’s just a box, right?”  She nodded in agreement with herself, turned to face the box head on, put both hands on the lid, took a deep breath and flipped it open.

The first thing she pulled out was a photograph of a painting on a wall - a circular pattern of colors that swirled downward into a spiral.  Surprisingly, it was the very same pattern she had been drawing on her sketch pad before Karl had shown up.  Confused, she put the photograph aside and reached into the box for the next item.  It was a mild enough – a deck of Triad cards, followed by a cigar in a tin case and a set of military pins denoting the rank of lieutenant. 

Next was a set of dog tags bearing her name on a chain with a man’s silver wedding ring.  She turned it so she could read the inscription inside. “Love Kara.”   

Her heart was starting to beat faster.  Was it possible that in her life before New Caprica, she had been in the military?  The dog tags certainly pointed to that.  And who’s ring was this?  Not Leoben’s.  She knew that.   Had she been married before?

There was still one more thing in the box and with a shaking hand, she took it out, hoping – and yet afraid – it would answer her questions.

It was another photograph.  This one was folded in half so that the half facing her showed a much younger and smiling version of her in the affectionate embrace of a young, handsome, dark-haired man.  They were wearing similar outfits of tank tops – the same kind she had seen some of the crew of Galactica wearing - and shorts.  Slowly, she unfolded the picture to reveal another person standing next to them and she recognized him immediately. 

Hurriedly, she threw everything back into the box, closed it and slid it under her bed.  She drew her knees up and pressed her back against the wall. 

Lee Adama, your husband.  Karl’s comment from their first meeting rang in her head.  It didn’t explain why she had her arms around that other man, but she had obviously known Lee before.

“What am I going to do?”  She asked herself, but Thea’s sudden cries put off any immediate decisions she had to make about Lee Adama.

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Lee woke up slowly.  The antiseptic smells, bright lights and muffled conversations gradually revealing to him that he was in sickbay.  He had no idea how long he’d been here, but it was the last place he needed to be.  

“Four days.”  Cottle’s gravelly voice cut through the haze.

“What?”  Lee asked groggily.

“You’ve been here for four days.  I just assumed you were going to ask me.  It’s usually everyone’s first question when they wake up here.”

Lee pushed himself up but Cottle’s deceptively strong hands pushed him back down.  “No you don’t.”  Cottle said.  He nodded his head towards the intravenous bag behind him.  “You need to be on that antibiotic for a few more days.  You have a nasty infection from that gunshot wound in your shoulder.  And if you were going to look for Captain Thrace, she’s  two beds over .”

Lee looked at him inquisitively.

“She brought Thea in last night.”  He waved his hand dismissively at the concern that crept over his patient’s face.  “Just a fever from teething.  She’s fine. But when I called Kara ‘Captain Thrace,’ she looked at me like I had three heads.  It seems she has some holes in her memory.”

“Yeah, I know.”  Lee replied and explained to the doctor what he knew of her captivity.

“I’ve run some tests on her.”  The doctor continued.  “Told her it was standard procedure for anyone staying aboard Galactica.”

Lee smiled, grateful for the good doctor’s conspiracy.  “So, they’re staying here.”

Cottle nodded.  “In Dogville. Captain Agathon is keeping an eye on them.”

“And these tests..?”  Lee asked.

“She said she can’t remember a lot from her past because of a head injury she suffered after a fall.” Cottle replied.  “I couldn’t find any evidence a head injury, but I’m pretty sure that even if there was one, it wouldn’t have caused her memory loss.  It was most likely caused by the drugs they were feeding her.”

“Drugs?”  Lee echoed.

“A fine cocktail of tranquilizers and hallucinogens.   Just enough to keep her confused and complacent. ”

“So when the drugs are out of her system, she’ll get her memory back?”  Lee asked hopefully.

Cottle shrugged.  “It’s hard to say.  I didn’t see any damage to her brain on the scans, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any.  It’s likely that she’ll remember some things and possibly everything.  How much and how fast, I don’t know.

“You’re right not to force it, though.  Give her subtle clues and fill in the holes when she does remember something.”

Cottle patted Lee on the shoulder.  “Get some rest.”  He made one last adjustment to the IV drip and left.

Lee lay quietly until the sounds of nurses and aides running busily about their duties diminished.  He wasn’t able to sleep knowing that Kara and Thea were here.  He wanted to see them.

He got up slowly, fighting the nausea the medication was no doubt causing and eased himself onto the floor.  Pulling the IV bag on its pole beside him, he made way over to Kara’s bed.  The curtains were drawn around it, but through a gap he could see that she was sleeping.  He watched her for a little while; her chest rising and falling in the steady rhythm of sleep.  He fought the urge to wake her with a kiss like he used to and sighed deeply at the desperate feeling that came over him.  “I love you, Kara.”  He said softly.  He pulled the curtain tighter and went in search of their daughter

Thea was wide awake when he got to her crib and she squealed delightfully when she saw him.

Lee smiled.  “At least one of my girls still remembers me.”  He ran a finger lovingly down her cheek and she giggled, exposing one tiny white tooth poking through the center of her bottom gum. 

“Hey.  There’s the trouble maker.”  He said tickling her chin.  “First you get teeth, then you start walking.  Soon you’ll be driving, talking back to me and bringing boys home.”  Lee’s eyes grew dark with emotion.  “No.  No boys.  And no driving.  No growing up at all for that matter.  I like you just like this.”

Thea reached her arms up, determined to break her father’s sudden melancholy.  “Uh!” She demanded.

Lee reached in obediently and picked his daughter up, carefully cradling her with his good arm.  He kissed her nose and she blew a raspberry at him.  Lee laughed.  “You didn’t like that?”

Thea slapped both hands against his chest in response then reached into the collar of his hospital gown to pull out his dog tags.  She jingled them wildly for a second or two before holding them to her face to study them more closely.  “Dat?”  She asked, holding the chain out to Lee.

“These are dog tags.”  He explained.  “Daddy wears them for his job.”

“Dee!” Thea squealed and threw her arms around his neck in a hug.

Lee held her tight.  “I missed you too, Pumpkin.  I’m sorry I let the Cylons get you.  I should have..I should have…”  he swallowed a lump in his throat.  “I should have done a better job of protecting you and mommy. “

He kissed her cheek and laid her gently back down into her crib.  “Daddy should go before Doctor Cottle finds me and yells at me.”  He scrunched his face into his best crotchety old man expression. 

Thea giggled.  “Deee.” She said, reaching for his hand which was leaning on the side of the crib.

“What?” Lee asked, holding his hand out to her.  She grabbed his finger and Lee understood.  “Oh.  You want to play?  Ok.  But just one.”

Lee raised his arm high into the air and twirled his finger around in circles, continuously lowering his hand and finally reaching her belly and tickling it.  Thea kicked her legs and giggled uncontrollably until Lee finally let up.  “That’s it short stuff.  Now go to sleep.  I’ll see you soon.”  He leaned in and gave her a kiss on her forehead.  “I love you.” He whispered.

Chapter 15

 

Comments

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jatnj
Jul. 28th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Karl's a good guy to have around. He's always useful for getting subborn pilots back together. :)

Lee's waited a long time for Kara. I think he's got the patient thing down to a science by now. ;) I just hope Kara's learned some as well.

Thanks for reading. I appreciate it.
starbuck042786
Jul. 28th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
I was so excited to see this up! YAY!

Another lovely chapter. Great job!!
jatnj
Jul. 28th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Slowly but surely I'll get to the end of the story. Thanks for sticking with it.
rjsteamboat76
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
great chapter sis! i liked the way Karl decided to jog her memeory without pushing her(possibly into a rage lol).

i feel sorry for Lee. truly i do. it has to be horrible for him.

looking forward to more. =)
jatnj
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks little brother. I liked using Karl to sort of nudge Kara along.

I feel bad for Lee too. At least Thea remembers him and doesn't seem to hold a grudge for the Cylons getting a hold of her. Hopefully, Kara will catch up soon.
shah_of_blah
Jul. 29th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
Helo to the rescue!
jatnj
Jul. 30th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Gotta love Helo. :D
artemis_90
Jul. 30th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
that scene with Lee and Thea - so cute! I hope you continue this, I really want to know when/how Kara gets her memory back.
jatnj
Jul. 30th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Oh, I'll continue it. I'm going to finish this story if it kills me!

Thanks for reading and for your lovely review.
gibgirl04
Jul. 31st, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Very excited about this, it rocked and I can't wait for the next chapter.
jatnj
Jul. 31st, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I'm working the next chapter out in my head. Getting it from my head to the computer is the tough part. :D
sdapp
Jul. 31st, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
I re read this tonight and got caught up in it all over again. Such a great story!
jatnj
Jul. 31st, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. That's just about the best compliment ever! I'm so glad you're enjoying the story.
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jatnj
Jul. 31st, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
I'm so horrible at updating, I know. Thanks so much for sticking with the story. I hope I can get the next chapter up soon.
ez_as_pi
Aug. 2nd, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Ack! I missed this while at Comic-Con!

Progress for pilots is slow, but I'm holding tight to you hope that Kara will remember....
jatnj
Aug. 2nd, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Of course pilots will find their way back to each other. Keep clinging. :D

And speaking of comic con - I didn't get a chance to reply to your posts regarding it. PILOTS KISS!!! WHOOT!

*hugs* Thanks for providing that ray of hope.
ez_as_pi
Aug. 5th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
I can cling with the best of them!

We were all stunned when we saw it.. I wanted to shout "GO BACK" I wanted to see it again... and again... and again.....
jatnj
Aug. 5th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
I haven't been on lj in a while, but I've been checking youtube. I'm waiting for someone to upload the video.
ez_as_pi
Aug. 5th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna be surprised if it never shows, cause there were 4000 people in that room... LOL
nodoubtrox715
Aug. 4th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
i found this story today, and read the entire thing; its spectacular! i usually don't read AU stuff, but i was curious, and i haven't stopped reading it since i started! i really hope you decide to update soon. your characters are spot on, and i adore lee and kara's interactions with thea. they're perfect :) anyways, write and post fast!!

~amanda
jatnj
Aug. 4th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
i found this story today, and read the entire thing; its spectacular! ~~Thank you so much!

i usually don't read AU stuff, but i was curious, and i haven't stopped reading it since i started!~~ I'm glad you let your curiosity get the better of you. ;)

your characters are spot on, ~ That's a wonderful compliment and probably the best compliment you can give a witer of fanfiction. I'm glad you think my characterizations are true to the show. Sometimes I worry if I romanticize them (especially Lee) a bit too much. :)

i adore lee and kara's interactions with thea. they're perfect ~~ Thank you! Thea's a clever little thing, isn't she? I have the feeling she's going to be quite the catalyst in getting Lee and Kara back together.

anyways, write and post fast!! ~~ I try, but you know what they say about the road that's paved with good intentions. :D I am determined to finish it though, so I hope you hang in there.

Thank you so much for taking a chance on my story. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and thank you for your beautiful feed back.
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jatnj
Aug. 5th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
my sister, nodoubtrox715 sent me this story and told me that it was a must-read. ~~ *hugs your sister*

so i read it, and i absolutely love it! ~~ *hugs you*

your characters are written amazingly--and your writing style is unique, and i love it! ~~ Thank you, thank you thank you. *blushes*

update really soon!!! ~~ I'm working on it. :D

Thank you so much for reading (getting through 14 chapters is a daunting task). I'm so glad you enjoyed it and thank you so much for your fabulous feed back.
anyareed
Aug. 5th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
Will be back soon to catch up! :)
jatnj
Aug. 5th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
I'll keep a light on for you. :D
anyareed
Aug. 15th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
I'm back! I finally had the chance to catch up with my reading. I enjoyed this chapter. I was glad to read that Helo has been watching out for Kara - good ol' Helo - you can always count on him. I was also glad that she is somewhat getting medical help now - I could see her character spending the rest of her life in Dogville. The scene with Lee and Thea was cute. Can't wait for more! :)
jatnj
Aug. 15th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
*waves* Welcome back!

I love Helo for that reason. He's such a good friend and a perfect support character for L/K shippers. :) I think between Helo and Thea, the pilots will find their ways back to each other.

Thanks so much for reading!
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jatnj
Sep. 12th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and for your lovely comment. I'm always pleased to hear that my characters come across like they would in canon.

I do intend to finish this....eventually. The next chapter is started, so hopefully I can get it up soon.
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