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Oct. 6th, 2006
07:19 am - Fanfic: Homeworld, Epilogue
Sharon dug her spoon deep into the carton of 'Chunky Monkey' ice-cream for another scoop, as a number Three model Cylon walked into the basestar cafeteria.
"You're up late." The number Three commented.
Sharon held up her hand as she finished swallowing the frozen treat. "I needed a little comfort food," she finally said.
"I find 'Cherry Garcia' is a good post-breakup flavor," the Three suggested.
"I've never had that one," Sharon admitted.
"Oh, you should try it next, then."
"I will," Sharon said while looking in her half-eaten container. "I have a feeling that getting over Chief Tyrol will require more than one quart anyway."
"Do you mind if I join you?" the Three asked as she examined the contents of the refrigerator.
"Sure," Sharon said, shrugging, "Grab a spoon and a bowl if you want some ice-cream."
"That Chief Tyrol is the one missing out," the Three offered as she sat down across the table from Sharon. "You can do better than him, anyway."
"Yeah, I keep telling myself that," Sharon said before putting another spoonful in her mouth.
The Three did not answer, but instead took the offered carton and spooned a couple of ice-cream scoops into her bowl.
"It hasn't helped any, yet." Sharon concluded after swallowing.
"You just need to get back on that horse and start dating again," the Three suggested as she handed the carton back. "What are you going to do when you get back to the Homeworld?"
"I'm not sure," Sharon answered. "I did some advertising endorsements and photo-shoots before I left, and that was kind of fun. I was thinking I might get into modeling full time."
"No, no," the Three said, "I meant socially. What about the men in Vancouver? Were there any you really liked?"
"Oh well, now that you mention it there is this one guy I kind of liked. He wanted to go out, but... you know... I was so sure that I was going to get back together with Galen and start a family..." Sharon interrupted her answer to stick another spoonful in her mouth.
"So what's this guy back home like?"
"mmm..." Sharon purred as she licked the remainder of ice-cream off her spoon. "His name is Phil; he's a number Nine. He does something with real estate, I don't know the specifics."
The Three halted her spoon in mid arc and asked "You going for a Nine? I wouldn't have expected that."
"Oh, I know," Sharon admitted as she scraped 'Chunky Monkey' off the bottom of the container. "I never thought I'd consider dating a Nine, but Phil is so different from the others. He really is a wonderful guy." Sharon paused to relish another bite of ice cream and then said, "I wonder if he'd still be interested..."
"You should definitely call him up!" the Three assured her. "As soon as we get back. You never know," she said with a smile. "He could be 'the one'. Even if he's not it'll give you a great excuse to buy a new wardrobe."
"Now you sound like Aunt E3! Although... a new wardrobe does sound like a great idea," Sharon admitted. She frowned at the empty container in front of her and said. "Maybe, I should go easier on the ice-cream."
"The calories don't count for the first quart after a breakup," the Three said authoritatively.
"So, what are you going to do when we get back to Terra?" Sharon asked her table-mate.
"I'll go back to New Zealand. I want to be an actress," the Three said as she picked at the ice cream in her bowl. "I hear that they're going to do a remake of that warrior princess show, and I'm hoping we'll make it back in time for me to audition."
"That's the one about the two lesbians in mythological Greece isn't it?" Sharon asked.
"They're not lesbians," the Three asserted.
"Are you sure? Because I really got the impression..."
"Not. Lesbians." the Three said with a cold look.
"Okay, they're not lesbians." Sharon replied. "Just what the world needs anyway: another remake of a classic TV show. Why can't writers come up with anything original anymore? It seems like every time you turn around they're remaking or reimagining or regurgitating some old classic TV program."
"People love the Golden Age culture," the Three said. "They want to experience how things were before The Flu."
"But if people want to watch the old TV shows then they can always watch the originals on disk," Sharon pointed out. "Writers should come up with new settings. Or if they're going to borrow the settings, at least they should have the decency to invent new characters to write about instead of ruining everyone's fond memories of the originals. What could be less imaginative than writing about someone else's characters in someone else's setting?"
"Reality TV." the Three pointed out just before she ate an especially chunky spoonful.
"Okay, you've got me there," Sharon said with a grin "And I admit that acting does sound even cooler than being a model."
"You wanna ditch Vancouver and come to New Zealand?" the Three offered. "You could audition to be the sidekick."
"I... don't think so." Sharon said shaking her head. "I'm going to stay in Vancouver for a while. I'll tell you what, though... As much as I've bad-mouthed those TV remakes, there is one show that I'd audition for in a heartbeat if they ever redo it."
"Which one is that?" the Three asked as she pushed her spoon around the bottom of the bowl to get the last of her ice-cream.
"Oh, it's that big science fiction program that comes on every Friday night." Sharon said with a smile. "I just loved that show... and if they ever get around to making more episodes for it I just know I'd make the perfect Samatha Carter!"
Author's Note: Okay, this was just really, really fun to write. The dessert at the end of the meal, as it were. It looks like Boomer may have found Mr. Right. Not the Chief... or Helo... but a real-estate developer from Vancouver. Who could have guessed? I did have to tie up one loose end in this that bothered me: "Why don't the Cylons know that their Homeworld is Earth?" I have Sharon refer to it here as "Terra" as a simple explaination.
The Colonials speak English in the TV show, but they probably have not had contact with Earth since modern English has been a language. It makes sense that their name for the Thirteenth Colony might not be recognizable to us. Whatever language they really would speak would not be familiar to our ears... but that would hurt ratings a lot. Considering the ancient references in the show (such as names), the Colonial name for the 13th Colony might sound a lot more like the old Greek "Terra" than the modern word "Earth." Since the TV show established the use of "Earth" by the Colonials, I had the Cylons be the ones to use "Terra." That does bring up the "Starbucks" joke from the 1st chapter. I assume that the similarity in pronunciation of Kara's callsign and the coffee chain are pure coincidence.
06:59 am - Fanfic: Homeworld 4/4
Title: Homeworld, Part 4 of 4
Word Count: 3748
Characters: Sharon, Tyrol, Kara, Sam, Lee
Date Posted: 10/6/06
Story Timeline: Shortly after the end of the last episode of the 2nd
Part 4 of 4
With brisk, purposeful strides Sharon strode down the sidewalk along Market Street in New Caprica City. Heavily loaded transports roared overhead as work crews hurried to strip any useful fixtures from the few intact buildings remaining on New Caprica. The air was filled with smell of tyllium exhaust and a fine white concrete dust that settled into a film on every horizontal surface. Sharon marveled at how quickly the contents of New Caprica had been first built and now disassembled for use in the rebuilt transport fleet. Even fully buttoned, her dress grey coat did little to stop the frigid wind that gusted across New Caprica City's now emptied marketplace.
Sharon carefully approached a large pit dug in the sidewalk that a work crew was hoisting a massive transformer out of. She snuck up behind the supervisor, whose attention was focused on the labor taking place in the hole below, and then asked sharply, "Why the frak isn't this thing out yet?"
"Damn it, this is delicate work..." Chief Tyrol started to say as he spun around, but then stopped in mid-sentence when he saw Sharon standing there grinning at him. "Boomer!" he exclaimed with a smile. Then he looked around and asked, "What are you doing on this side of the demarcation line unescorted?"
"Rank has its privileges," Sharon answered as she indicated the lieutenant pin on her uniform. "Well, that and Sgt. Fischer is in charge of the northern checkpoint. I'm the one that snuck his squad through security on the basestar to snatch the former President and First Lady. It wasn't too hard to convince him that I ought to be over here today."
"I'm glad you came to say goodbye in person," Tyrol said.
"How did you know I wasn't leaving with the Fleet?" Sharon asked.
Tyrol shrugged. "I just know you too well," he said. Sharon stepped close to him and wrapped her arms around him in a hug. He embraced her back. "Have a good life," he told her softly.
"You too," she replied, "and take good care of that family of yours." Instead of stepping away, though, Sharon hugged him tighter. "I'm sorry," she whispered to him. "I didn't want to make a scene... I just... I can't believe I'm never going to see you again... that I'll never know..." Sharon could not finish her sentence, and buried her face against his shoulder.
"That's okay," Tyrol assured her as he gave her a gentle squeeze in his arms. "You don't have to worry about me, Boomer, I can handle myself."
"I know," she said as she pulled away from him and wiped her cheek. "When your children are old enough to understand this," Sharon implored him, "Please don't... please tell them that I was a good person at heart."
"Don't worry about that, either," Tyrol said. "If Prosna Tyrol gets a little sister, you don't think I'd tell them bad things about her namesake do you?"
"You have got to be frakin' kidding me," Sharon said as she shook her head. "There is no way Cally will let you name a daughter of hers after me."
"A lot of people realize now that not all the Cylons are bad," Tyrol explained. "Even Cally."
"That's not what I'm talking about," Sharon replied with a grin. "I'm your frakin' ex-girlfriend! No woman... Human or Cylon... is going to let her daughter be named after her husband's old flame."
"I guess you're right," Tyrol admitted. "But I sure don't want a kid named after her beloved grandmother Eunice."
"You know," Sharon said. "I always thought the name Margaret was very pretty."
"Yeah," Tyrol said as he nodded slightly. "It is. I think Cally would go along with that, too."
Sharon pulled herself up ramrod straight and looked around authoritatively. "Everything appears to be order here, Chief," she barked. "Carry on."
"Aye, Aye, Lieutenant," he replied with a crisp salute and a smile. Sharon smiled as well, matched his salute, spun on her heel, and walked away.
Sharon spent the rest of the morning standing beside the mostly-disassembled water tower, using its bulk to shelter her from the wind. She watched as the last human residents of New Caprica loaded cargo ships with all the useful salvage they could carry and then boarded them in turn. The Colonial government was on schedule to meet its self-imposed deadline and have the last Human off of the planet before the end of the day. Sharon jumped in surprise when she heard the crunch of boots on gravel behind her and then an instant later felt the impact of a slap on her shoulder.
"Sam! Look who's here." Kara called out to her husband and motioned for him to join her and Sharon in the lee of the tower. Sam hobbled over with a cast on his left foot and a pair of crutches. "I told Sam you'd stay with the Fleet," she said to Sharon.
"I'm afraid not," Sharon replied, "I'm just over here to make my goodbyes to everyone. I'll be going back to the Homeworld with the rest of the Cylons. You'll have to look after Sam yourself."
"Yeah, I guess that's three I owe you," Sam admitted.
"Four," corrected Sharon. "I also stopped them from shelling you into oblivion on Caprica. I'm glad I got to see the two of you again before you left."
"Are you sure you don't want to go find Earth with us?" Kara prodded.
"Part of me wants to," Sharon admitted and then jerked her thumb towards the other side of the Cylon-Human demarcation line. "But if I left then everything over there would fall apart. I'm the only fraking one of 'em who does any real work, you know."
"Well, don't do anything I wouldn't do." Kara advised as she shook Sharon's hand firmly.
"I think I can manage that," Sharon answered.
"Keep on the right side of the foul line," Sam said as he took his turn to shake Sharon's hand.
"Look who's talking." Sharon joked. She then turned to Kara and added, "If you see Admiral Adama today, tell him I've got something for him."
"We will," Sam answered quickly as the pair started to walk away.
"Hey, wait a second," Sharon called out. "Aren't you forgetting something?"
Kara and Sam looked at each other with confused expressions.
"You still owe me 100 cubits," Sharon explained. "You weren't going to leave without paying were you?"
"I thought you were joking about that," Sam replied as he pulled out his wallet and inspected its contents. "All I have to my name is eighty cubits. What do you need cubits for anyway?"
"If eighty's all you've got, then guess I'll have to take it," Sharon said as she did.
After an awkward silence for a moment, Kara said "Well... so long, Boomer."
"Goodbye, Starbuck." Sharon called back. Then she was alone again, standing beside a stripped, rusting tower and watching the rest of the Colonials leave her behind.
It was early afternoon by the time Sharon saw Admiral Adama walking through the remnants of New Caprica City and looking around. She stepped out of the shadow of the tower and waved to get his attention.
"Admiral Adama, sir!" Sharon called out and saluted smartly as he approached.
"Lieutenant Valerii," Lee Adama replied as he returned the salute. "Kara said you weren't coming with the fleet. Is that true?"
"Yes sir," Sharon replied as she pulled an envelope out of her jacket pocket and handed it to Lee. "I'm resigning my commission."
Lee opened the envelope and quickly looked over the short letter inside. "Are you sure about this, Sharon?" He asked. "We are very short on both pilots and experts in Cylon technology. Tigh has already recommended you for a promotion and commendation if you stay."
Sharon looked past Lee and across the open marketplace to where Chief Tyrol was busy directing the disassembly of a pumping station. "I'm sorry, sir," she answered. "I hope you find the Thirteenth Colony. I really do... but I don't think there'll be anything for me there."
Lee followed Sharon's gaze and then nodded as he looked back into her eyes. "I understand." he said.
"Besides, I heard you had a spare Sharon anyway," Sharon joked.
"Well, yes we do," Lee admitted, "but thanks to Comander Agathon's affections I'm afraid she's off of flight status for the next nine months." Lee then dug into his pocket and pulled out a pair of gold coins. "These were in your personal effects. My father wanted you to have them back," He said as he handed the coins to Sharon.
She turned the two precious medallions over in her hand and examined them. One one face they each had the Colonial seal. On the obverse one had the seal of the Colonial Fleet Academy. The other was struck with a recreation of the Galactica's Raptor Squadron patch. Sharon squeezed the two coins tight and felt the reassuring weigh of them in her hand. "Thank you, sir," she told Lee. "I... I wish I could have told your father how much he meant to me... how sorry I was for what happened." She slipped the coins in her pocket and added, "Please tell him for me, and let him know that I hope he is acquitted."
"I have a personal promise from the President-Pro-Tem that he'll be released," Lee assured her, "but only after he has spent more time in the brig than she had to. You don't have to call me 'sir' anymore now. Just 'Lee' is fine."
"That's right! In that case, Lee," she said with a grin. "What happened to you? You didn't use to be so... big."
"Well, I'm afraid that's Dee's fault," he answered.
"Really?" Sharon gently reached out as if to touch Lee's protruding gut. "I didn't know humans worked that way. Is it a boy or a girl?" Then she giggled as she winked mischievously at him.
"No." Lee responded with mock defensiveness as he brushed Sharon's hand away. "It's her pies! Dee is an amazing cook." Lee smiled and claimed "Although, I am working on filling her out that way."
"Well, good luck," Sharon offered, "I'm sure you two will be great parents. There is one other thing I needed to bring up before I go. I believe the Colonial government owes me a considerable amount of back-pay. Apparently it is easier to get a presidential pardon than to convince the quartermaster that you're not really dead."
"Oh... I see how that could be a problem," Lee admitted, "If I had known I'd have... " He paused and looked at Sharon skeptically. "Is this really a problem? Do the Cylons even use cubits?"
"All I need is twenty cubits to tide me over," Sharon admitted, "If you could just spot me a twenty then..."
"No problem," Lee said as he interrupted Sharon with a wave of his hand and reached for his wallet. He pulled a crisp bill from it and handed it to Sharon. "Take care of yourself, Boomer," Lee concluded as he held out his hand to her.
"You too, Apollo," Sharon replied as she shook Lee's hand. "Good hunting."
It was late afternoon, and the sun was just hanging above the horizon when the last tents were folded and the last equipment had been loaded onto the transports. Sharon watched as one more Raptor waited for the last two Marine checkpoint guards to pull down the flag. With only two Marines there would still be passenger space available. As the Marines boarded the craft, Sharon stepped out into the sunlight and raised her hand. The door to the Raptor had closed, but she waved goodbye anyway. The Raptor lifted of vertically, and then accelerated up and forward rapidly. As it passed overhead it waggled its wings side to side before standing on its tail and lighting its afterburners with a loud roar.
Sharon stood alone in the remains of New Caprica City and watched it ascend until it vanished into the distance. The rumble of the Raptor's engines were gone and the only sound was the eerie whistling of the wind through the gutted structure of the water tower beside her. She watched the empty sky for a few more seconds, and then turned and walked across the barren streets towards the edge of town. Most of the buildings had been disassembled, leaving only flat concrete slabs and a few girder skeletons behind. Scraps of plastic, rusted wire, paper, and other trash that was not even worth the effort to salvage littered the ground. Sharon pushed her hands into her coat pockets as the cold evening wind blew unobstructed through the ruins.
At the edge of town Sharon walked into a grassy field that was decorated with rows of posts, scattered flowers, burned out candles, and trinkets. At the end of one of the rows was the post bearing Margaret Edmonson's ID tags. Around it were several bouquets of flowers, a photograph of the old Galactica Raptor Squadron, and the short stub of a candle.
Sharon knelt down and picked up a fist-sized stone with one hand. She reached into her coat pocket with the other and pulled out one hundred cubits worth of bills. "I'm sorry it took so long," Sharon said as she sat the money down on the grave and weighted it with the stone to keep the wind from blowing the money away. "But I told you I'd pay up." Sharon pulled her rectangular chrome lighter out of her pocket, snapped the lid open, and moved the candle stub to where it was sheltered from the wind by one of the bouquets. As she re-lit the candle she shook her head and said, "If only you could have trusted me to go into that room first... they could have resurrected me in an hour... Why couldn't you have been just a little less brave, Maggie?" Sharon stood without receiving an answer. She looked around at the abandon field of posts and mementos that would remain untended on this soon-to-be uninhabited planet. "Goodbye, Racetrack," she said to her departed comrade, "Good Hunting."
The sun was already beginning to dip below the horizon by the time Sharon walked across the abandon checkpoint between the remnants of the city and the Cylon concession. She had to hurry to reach the last Cylon transport before darkness fell.
Doral, Leoben, Cavil, and Dianna Biers were waiting for her there beside the Heavy Raider. "I was beginning to think you had left with them," Biers said. "Did you say all your goodbyes?"
"Yes," Sharon answered, "I'm sorry you had to wait."
"I am surprised that the embarkation went as smoothly and quickly as it did," Doral stated.
"They were obviously in a quite a hurry to get back into space," Leoben added.
"I can understand that," Sharon said. "This place has too many bad memories. For them, the Thirteenth Colony is hope. Searching for it is an act of optimism and faith."
"More like an act of stupidity," Cavil interjected. "Even if this Thirteenth Colony existed once, who knows if it is still there? There is no way to know what they will find when they arrive. It is foolish to bet their race's entire future on getting help there. Their lost brothers could enslave them instead of welcoming them with open arms... or they could have regressed to barbaric stone-age tribes. They could have been killed off by some great cataclysm or disease. The planet might not even be habitable anymore. What would the Humans do then?"
"It seems so sad," Diana said. "We finally managed to build a society where Humans and Cylons could both have peace and liberty... and the first thing the humans do is vote to abandon us to go find their lost colony. Our new partnership had so much potential, and it barely lasted a month."
"It was a nice month, though." Leoben added.
"But it was over so soon." Diana responded. "Was this what God wanted? All that work to build bridges between our people, to forgive each other, to find ways to cooperate... Just so we could have a few weeks as allies, then go our separate ways and never see each other again? Was that really God's plan?"
"God moves in mysterious ways," Leoben concluded simply.
"Well, I don't know about you all," Doral said, "but I'm glad for the excuse to get off of this primitive mud-ball before winter sets in."
"This place isn't so bad," Sharon responded as she surveyed the landscape around them for the last time. "It sort of reminds me of Canada." As they headed into the spacecraft Sharon added, "Right now winter should be just starting back home in Vancouver, too."
Author's Note: This story idea came from a discussion with my brother about the Cylon Homeworld. After forty years of absence, the Cylons show up. Suddenly they look like us, they quote our scripture, they play baseball... what could explain these things? Okay, maybe we haven't seen 'em play baseball yet. The point is that maybe the Cylons don't look like Colonials. Maybe they look like people from Earth. The only reason they look like Colonials is that the Colonials also look like people from Earth. Very convinient for casting. It makes sense if you show up at a world where everything is built to "human scale" that if you want to use it then you'd better be "human scale" too. Originally we postulated that it would not be very useful to loot Macy's if you couldn't wear any of the clothes. It might be cheaper to retool the Cylons than to retool everything else to make things in Cylon sizes. In our discussion we considered that the humans might have been long dead by the time the Cylon's showed up, perhaps because of some mutation or disease that prevented us from reproducing (which would explain why the humano-cylons can't either). It was more fun to set the decline of humanity with the arrival of the Cylons for the story and have them provide a win-win solution to the population crash, because that let me make the "Starbucks" joke in the first chapter and the SG1 joke at the end. If you go back and read the other chapters again, there are a few more hints too. So now we know who the humano-cylons are, and what the Colonials will find when they reach Earth.
Sep. 17th, 2006
08:31 pm - Fanfic: Homeworld 3/4
Title: Homeworld Part 3 of 4*
Word Count: 3373
Characters: Sharon, Margaret
Date Posted: 9/17/06
Story Timeline: Shortly after the end of the last episode of the 2nd
Part 3 of 4
Lt. Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson made her way cautiously up the
steep, wooded incline. She reached the top and descended again a
few meters until the terrain leveled out to a broad ridge running at
least 10 meters above an outside turn in the river. Even though she
was still less than a mile from the outskirts of New Caprica, all
traces of civilization were hidden by the hillside behind her. The
vantage point of the ridge gave her a beautiful view of the river
running beneath and the evergreen wilderness stretching beyond the
other side. She looked around for the resistance contact Tigh had
instructed her to meet with, and discovered a number eight model
cylon. The machine was standing with its back to her, holding a
small stone in one hand and looking over the ridge. Racetrack's
hand went to the pistol hidden in her pack.
"You're late, Colonel," the Cylon said as it turned around. It
hesitated when it saw Margaret and then asked, "Maggie, what are you
doing up here?"
Margaret froze. It had seen her. Even if she shot it now, it would
report back to its superiors after they reanimated it.
"Maggie," The thing said in the voice of an old friend, "did the
Colonel send you?"
"I don't know what you're talking about," Margaret responded.
"Oh, yes," the Cylon said. "The weather certainly is strange today."
"Do you think I'm stupid?" Margaret asked.
"Who did you think you were going to meet?" it replied with its own
"If I met anyone, I would have expected them to be human." Maggie
answered. "Not some Toaster."
"At least I'm a Colonial Toaster," the Cylon claimed. "Its me,
Racetrack. I'm Boomer."
"You all look alike to me. You could be any of those Eights dressed
up with a flight jacket. How would I know the difference?"
"I'd say you could ask me something only I would remember," it
said, "but we both know Cylon memories can be copied so any fact
"What are the last two words of the Naval Hymn?" Margaret suddenly
The Cylon looked at her with a confused expression for a moment, and
then grinned. "Beat Army." Sharon said.
"That's right," Margaret said, nodding.
"The weather certainly is strange today."
"It rains too much now."
"Cylons hate the rain, you know."
"Maybe the rain is not so bad after all."
Sharon tossed the small stone in her hand over the ridge and it
splashed in the river below. She gestured towards a nearby log and
asked "Did you bring any drinks with you?" as she walked over
"Yeah, two jars." Margaret answered as she walked over to join
Sharon on the fallen tree trunk.
"Well, break them out." Sharon instructed as she reached into her
jacket pocket and produced a rectangular, chrome-plated cigarette
lighter. "What happened to the Colonel?"
"He pulled a muscle in his back 'rough-housing' with his wife."
Margaret answered as she sat the two jars down on the log.
Sharon grimaced and said "Don't tell me the details. That's an
image I don't want in my head." She opened one of the jars and
carefully poured a small amount of the liquor into the upturned
lid. With a flick of Sharon's wrist the top on her lighter swung
open with a peculiar sound that started with a snap but seemed to
end with the faint resonance of a tuning fork. Margaret watched
quietly as Sharon set the liquor on fire, then closed and pocketed
the alien lighter. "Yeah, that's good stuff," Sharon decreed after
examining the flame in the lid carefully.
"Did Tigh warn you to bring a cup?" Sharon asked as she reached
behind the log to pick up a small metal cup and black wooden box.
"He did, actually," Margaret answered, "But I'm not going to need
it. I was ordered to meet with our contact and report back, and
that's what I'm going to do. Nobody ordered me to socialize with
Toasters. Damned if I'll drink with one."
"Suit yourself," Sharon said as she filled her cup.
"It doesn't make any sense," Margaret said suddenly as Sharon took a
drink. "You're one of the leaders of the Cylon occupation. We're
the resistance to Cylon occupation. Your damn Centurions just shot
up two of our people yesterday. Now you're telling me that when you
get off of work you come have drinks and swap plans with the
opposition? That's just..." Margaret shook her head as she searched
for words to finish her sentence. "... it's fraked up."
"Why wouldn't I work with you?" Sharon asked. "We both want the
same things." Margaret looked at her skeptically as Sharon
continued. "We don't want anyone to get hurt. We want humanity to
survive so it can return to the Colonies. We want to stop the
Colonial government from sliding into tyranny, and preserve people's
liberties. It makes perfect sense." Sharon stopped to take another
drink. "And, for the record, I'm just the Military Advisor to the
Colonial President. Also, I had made arrangements for Burrell and
Kingston to get through security alright. If they hadn't gotten
ambitious and strayed off-mission then I don't think they'd have
"I really thought that for these last couple of months we were
risking our lives to drive the Cylons off New Caprica... I
understand now why Tigh wouldn't approve of any really ambitious
attacks, and why the Cylons never seemed to be able to find us.
You're staging it all. We get to think that we're heroic resistance
fighters, but it's all fake isn't it?"
"No," Sharon insisted, "it's not fake at all. You are resistance
fighters, but things are more complicated than that." Sharon paused
to take another swig of liquor. "Do you really think a handful of
resistance fighters with infantry weapons and some improvised
explosives could achieve a military victory against the Cylon forces
"It's not likely," Margaret admitted, "but we've got to try
"We are," Sharon claimed. "The key terrain to win on is not in
space or on New Caprica, though. It is in the minds of the key
decision makers of the government. You can't blow up enough Raiders
and Centurions to matter but if we can change the thinking of
Baltar, his administration, and the advisors that they listen to,
then we can achieve our goals without needing a military victory."
"How do you think blowing up a few tents or sniping at Centurion
patrols is going to get the government to agree with us?" Margaret
"They don't have to agree with our goals to do what we want," Sharon
suggested. "They can do it out of a combination of secret fear for
their security and a plausible excuse to let them believe their
cowardice is a sign of wisdom and fairness. They can do it because
we offer them a worse alternative and then let them believe they
have negotiated us into compromising at what we really wanted
anyway. They can do it because we blackmail or corrupt key
individuals within the power structure. The secret to any of these
is that there has to be some threat or punishment for the people
whose minds we are fighting to influence. There has to be a "stick"
to wield against them. That's what your resistance is," Sharon said
before pausing to finish her drink. "But the stick is only part of
the larger effort. We also need a 'carrot' of reward to lead them,
and some sedative to keep them from just lashing out with their
superior military force and breaking our stick or taking our carrot
before we're ready to give it to them. Prominent Colonials like
Brother Venner are part of the fight too. They help convince the
administration that your attacks are really the fault of their own
actions, and make them think that reprisals and counter attacks
would be unfair and counter-productive. As a trusted member of the
cabinet, I can give credibility to the idea that the resistance
should be dealt with through compromise instead of military force.
I can suggest that Baltar's administration do what we want, but
explain it as if it were to their benefit. If they behave properly
then Tigh reduces resistance activity for a little while to reward
them. If the administration doesn't listen to my warnings, then
Tigh arranges for some more attacks... just like I predicted would
happen in the cabinet meetings."
"But the attacks are always small enough so that Baltar and the new
First Lady aren't tempted to respond too harshly? That's why we
never do anything ambitious?" Margaret speculated.
"Exactly." Sharon confirmed. "And if they do try to ramp up
security with additional curfews and checkpoints and searches, our
sympathizers in the labor unions make sure that those security
measures are blamed for every supply shortage and infrastructure
failure. Then I can report in the next cabinet meeting how their
improved security is doing far more harm than good... just as I
predicted it would." Sharon smiled as she concluded her explanation
and poured herself some more of Chief Tyrol's moonshine. "In order
for that to work the resistance doesn't need to defeat the
Centurions, but they do have to keep key members of the government
worried about the safety and security of their own comfortable,
"Gods," Margaret said as she looked out at the river. "It's not a
resistance at all... Sharon, you and Tigh are running a terror
campaign. We're not street fighters anymore; we're street thugs."
"Do you think you'd have better luck ending tyranny by waging open
rebellion against a Cylon armored corps? Do you think you'd do a
better job preserving the next generation of humanity's liberty by
overthrowing the last vestiges of the Colonial government?"
"No," Margaret admitted. "With the forces we have, what you
describe appears to be the better option... But I still don't like
it. I guess it makes sense now that a Toaster would be involved.
This is exactly the sort of devious, underhanded scheming that you
Cylons are good at."
"Really?" Sharon asked, mildly surprised. "Because we pretty much
stole the whole idea from the worker's rights movement on
"Well..." Margaret looked away from Sharon and rubbed her
forehead. "Well, what am I supposed to tell the Colonel?"
Sharon handed a black, wooden box to Margaret. "Give him this,"
"Cigars?" Margaret asked when she opened the box to inspect it's
"Burrell and Kingston are both alive and being held in the new
detention facility." Sharon said, with the short, direct statements
of a military briefing. "The Gunny is fine, but Kingston took a
couple of bullets in the right leg and can't walk. At the bottom of
the cigar box are the plans for the detention facility, a schedule
for tomorrow, and a pair of EMP grenades. Tomorrow afternoon I'll
go to interrogate them. I'll have most of the facility guards
escorting me. I've marked a spot on the exterior wall of the
detention facility. Four or five people should be able to approach
that wall without setting off any alarms. At fourteen-hundred hours
I'll walk down the hall to their cell and pass that spot. I want
the resistance to detonate a bomb of at least ten kilograms at
exactly fourteen-hundred hours at the spot I've marked. I'll make
certain I'm on the other side of that wall when the bomb goes off.
The blast should kill me and my security escorts instantly. A
rescue team can then enter the breach and retrieve the prisoners.
There will probably be an additional pair of Centurions at the
entrance to the cell-block. That's what the EMP grenades are for.
It will all need to be done within ten minutes or Centurion
reinforcements will start showing up."
"You want us to blow you up as part of the rescue?" Margaret asked.
"Sure," Sharon answered. "I'll wake up in the resurrection vat a
few hours later. Baltar has begun to fear that there is a mole in
the government. Having the resistance 'murder' me so horribly will
keep me above suspicion. Just make sure the bomb is big enough and
goes of at exactly the right time. I want it to be over quickly
enough that I don't have to suffer. I'd appreciate it if Sam or
Galen handled the bombing. I know I can count on them."
"I'll tell Tigh," Margaret promised. "Is that it?"
"That's it," confirmed Sharon. "All the details are in the box
under the cigars."
Margaret picked up one of the dark brown cigars from the top of the
box. Examining the strange logo and unfamiliar lettering on the
band she asked "Are these Cylon cigars?"
"Yep," Sharon answered, "Nobody's making Colonial ones anymore."
"Funny," Margaret said, "I didn't imagine they'd grow tobacco on the
Cylon Homeworld. I wouldn't have thought there'd be anything green
"I know what you mean," Sharon responded. "When we left the
Colonies I was so nervous about what living on the Homeworld would
be like. I imagined it would be some giant factory world, or maybe
the whole thing would be an organic hive like the inside of a
"Yeah, I remember the one we blew up." Margaret interjected.
"It turned out that the Homeworld is not like that at all. There
are cities, some of them as big as Caprica City, but they weren't
standardized at all. I think I saw more variety in architecture and
culture there than on all Twelve colonies. And there are huge areas
of farms and nature preserves and wilderness." Sharon looked at the
river and the evergreen forest stretching to the horizon. "In fact,
I could almost imagine we were back there if the air weren't so
thin. That and the birds," Sharon said pointing at a pair of large-
winged carrion birds circling slowly over the forest. "We had to
kill off all the birds."
"Pff," Margaret exclaimed, "Us and the birds, eh. What did the
birds ever do to you?"
"Carry disease, apparently. They were spreading a plague when we
first arrived at the planet. It wound up wiping out all the
original Cylons," Sharon said. "We killed off the birds. Did what
we could to stop it." Sharon paused to take another
drink. "Apparently we were too late. It had already spread across
the globe by then."
Margaret looked at Sharon with a confused expression. "A bird
disease killed off the original Cylons? That doesn't make any
sense," she commented as she looked back and forth between the
circling birds and Sharon.
"Don't get any ideas." Sharon said, frowning. "I and the other new
versions were specifically engineered to be immune to such things."
Sharon reached into the box and pulled out one of the cigars and a
plastic cigar cutter. "Go ahead and try one," she told Margaret.
"No thanks, I don't know what you've put in there besides tobacco.
I'll let Kara take her chances with them if she wants to."
"You're never going to trust me again, are you?" Sharon asked
carefully trimming the end of her cigar.
"No," Margaret said. "Well, maybe if you snuck a nuke onto one of
those Cylon capital ships, blew it to smithereens, and killed
hundreds of Toasters, then I guess maybe I'd have to admit... oh
wait... you already did that and then you frakin' shot Commander
Adama right in front of me! So, no I'm never going to frakin' trust
you. You are programmed to look harmless, to act loyal for years if
necessary, and then betray people in the worst possible way. No
matter how trustworthy you seem, no matter how convincingly you
protest that you're our friend, that doesn't mean that you really
are. That only means that you are a very well programmed machine.
You can look at me like that all you want. I don't know what stunts
you've pulled to get Kara, Sam and even Col. Tigh to trust you, but
I remember what you are. You're the machine that spied on us for
years before the holocaust, pretending to be my friend. You let a
suicide bomber into our ship. You blew up our water supply. You've
seduced Helo away from me..."
"I'm not the Cylon that seduced Helo," Sharon interrupted. "Is that
what this is about?"
"No, that's not all this is about." Margaret said harshly. "This is
about all of my family being dead! It's about my friends being
dead! My comrades being dead, and one of the weapons that helped
kill them sitting here pretending like it's on our side and trying
to make me forget."
"I'm not trying to make you forget, Maggie. And I'm not a weapon,
I'm a person."
"Of course you say that." Margaret answered. "I don't know, maybe
somehow you even believe it. Maybe in that Toaster head of yours
you really think you're still one of us. Maybe you're convinced
that this time you aren't going to betray us. Maybe you didn't
think that you were going to betray us before, either. None of it
matters. Whether you are lying on purpose or just some deluded time-
bomb waiting to go off, I am not going to forget what you're capable
of. You are not my friend. You never were. And I am never going
to trust you again."
Sharon looked away from Margaret and towards the river snaking out
to the horizon. She pulled her strange rectangular lighter from her
pocket again, snapped it open, and used its flame to heat the tip of
her cigar while the pair sat in an uneasy quiet. She put the cigar
to her mouth, drew in on it as she lit it, and exhaled a puff of
smoke. "You're right." she finally said. "I wish I could tell you
it wasn't so. I wish I could tell you that I was absolutely certain
that this time I won't betray you all. I really believe I don't
have any hidden programming, but I trusted myself before and..."
Sharon's voice faded off without finishing her sentence as she
brought the cigar to her mouth again. After she exhaled she turned
again to face Margaret. "The Colonel was right to send you,
Racetrack. I need to be around people I can count on."
"Now I know there's something funny in those Cylon cigars," Margaret
said, "if you think you can count on me to do anything for you."
"I can count on you to kill me." Sharon said. "I can count on you
doing whatever you have to do to stop me if I become a danger
again. Maybe I can't trust myself anymore, Racetrack, but I can
trust you. You'll protect my friends, even if it's from me. Have
you ever thought about a career in government?"
"You've got to be frakin' kidding me?" Margaret responded. "You
want me to work for the occupation government?"
"Sure, I'll make you my assistant." Sharon answered. "Talk it over
with Tigh and see what he thinks. That way if something happens to
me the resistance will have a second mole in the government, and
you'll be in the perfect location to keep track of my loyalty. You
know what they say: keep your enemies close."
"Yeah," Margaret said suspiciously, "and which one of us is doing
"Hopefully, just you," Sharon answered, "but it'll be your job to
make sure it stays that way."
"I'll talk it over with Tigh," Margaret said as she picked up the
cigar box and stood to leave. "I have to admit, though," Margaret
added as an afterthought, "if the other Toasters were going to come
back anyway... I'm glad you came with them too."
"Really?" asked Sharon with an expression of pleasant surprise.
"Sure. Now maybe I'll finally get that hundred cubits you owe me."
Margaret said before turning her back on Sharon and heading over the
hill towards town.
Sharon looked out towards the river again, took a deep draw on her
cigar and exhaled slowly. "Frakin' C-bucks," she muttered to
herself as she reached for her metal cup.
Author's Note: Some hints now about the title "homeworld" in this chapter. I liked having Sharon bring the cigars because to me the tobacco brings to mind the interplay between the European colonists and the original Americans, and it seemed like a nice symmetry to use it here.
Aug. 30th, 2006
03:00 pm - Fanfic: Homeworld 2/4
Title: Homeworld Part 2 of 4
Word Count: 3763
Characters: Boomer, Tigh
Date Posted: 8/30/06
Story Timeline: Shortly after the end of the last episode of the 2nd
"What the frak are you doing up here?" Tigh asked her.
"The same thing you are, I guess."
"Really? What did Ellen do to piss you off?"
"It is," Tigh said, "Best thinking spot in the whole river valley." He looked at the jars in
"I know what you mean," Tigh said with a distant look in his eye. "And another thing don't..." He stopped in mid-sentence and cautiously eyed
"Yes sir," she said as she sat one of the jars down on the log beside her and examined the other in her hand. "He wasn't home, so I got them from Cally. I offered to buy them, but the bitch wouldn't take anything in trade. She 'felt sorry for me being all alone.'"
Tigh eyed the jar in
"What do you mean?"
"Damn rooks, don't know anything..." Tigh muttered. "Give me that."
He took the jar and lid from
"That's what you want. Don't take any that doesn't burn clean."
"Belay that." Tigh said sharply.
"Didn't you bring a cup?" he asked.
"Fill me up from that first," Tigh said as he held out his empty cup. “I guess you'll have to use that jar this time, but if you're going to keep coming up here you'll have to get your own cup. Nobody likes drinking backwash."
"Neither did I, but you've got to be prepared." Tigh said. Both he and Sharon drank in uncomfortable silence for a minute. Finally Tigh commented, "It's been a tough week, hasn't it?"
Tigh was staring back at her with a disinterested frown. "I was talking about the invasion." He said simply. "What made you think I'd care about that other crap?"
"I, just..." Tigh watched as
"For you, I'm sure," Tigh said between sips. "You lost more forces in that hanger accident than you did taking the whole planet."
"We didn't 'take' the planet from anybody."
"Really? What else could it have been?" Tigh asked with no trace of emotion. He brought his cup up to his lips for another drink.
"I think somebody siphoned out some of the tylium for use in making improvised munitions and then set the fire to cover their tracks. I figure it would take about four people."
"Sounds farfetched to me," Tigh said. "But, I suppose you're the leading expert on sabotage around here."
"Yeah, I guess I am."
"What did our illustrious leader say when you told him this?" Tigh asked.
Tigh turned to examine
After another couple of minutes of quiet drinking
"No." Tigh said. "Oh, wait... was he that smart mouthed little boy that you and
"Yeah, that's him,"
Tigh looked at the river and said "Cholera." He looked back at
"Cholera?! Nobody dies of cholera anymore. How? When?"
"We transferred him to the freighter Gemini shortly after Kobol." Tigh reported. “Foster parents or something like that. Those freighters weren't meant to house that many people. The Gemini’s water recycling system was just patched together, and nobody was maintaining it properly. It burned through the whole ship within just a couple of days. We quarantined her; did what we could. There just weren’t enough doctors to go around. It took about a quarter of the people onboard. I think the pilots and some of the deck crew held a service for him."
Tigh shook his head. "I don't know," he admitted. He picked up the next jar and twisted the cap off. He poured some if it into
"No, I've got another,"
"You know Chief Tyrol's a real stand-up guy," Tigh said as he poured out the last of the liquor from the second jar. "Career Navy, I know the type. He wasn't one of those spoiled Academy cadets, either. He started at the bottom and earned his stripes the hard way. Had a lot of time in-grade." Tigh looked into
"I don't think he blamed Cally for what happened."
"No," Tigh said as he paused to take a sip from his cup. "I don't think he blamed you either." He waited until
Tigh opened the third jar of liquor and topped off
"But there isn't anything he could have done,"
"I don't know," Tigh said. "All I know is that he almost worked himself to death after you were killed. It was like he was trying to punish himself for something." Tigh paused to take another drink. "The only person who got it worse was the Old Man. I don't know which took longer for him to recover from: the two bullets in his gut, or the fact that it was you who pulled the trigger."
"The Old Man suspected later that was what your pistol 'accident' was about. I wasn't sure. I've known a lot of Cylons. Seen them fight to the death. Killed some of them at close range, and they kept coming with every ounce of strength they had left. I saw a group of them in the first Cylon war... they had no chance... outnumbered... outgunned... they fought to the last machine. I just thought they were ignorant toasters at the time, but now..." Tigh held his cup up in the pantomime of a toast and said, "As much as I hate 'em, I've got to admit they were courageous," before taking a drink. Then he looked to
"That's right," Tigh said. "A suicide mission. You wanted the easy way out. When your true nature started to hurt the people around you, you suddenly wanted to quit the game. Give up. That way you didn't have to choose sides, to fight, to risk failure and live with the consequences. You just wanted to close your eyes and make it go away... let everyone else clean it up without you." Tigh looked hard into
"A *little* tough?"
"Bullshit!" Tigh exclaimed.
"You heard me," he said. "Bullshit. What a load of self-indulgent crap."
"You fell in love and he broke your heart? Welcome to life. Get used to it. You're a poor little toaster with the weight of the worlds on your shoulders. Tough frakin' shit. You think no one else has their own problems... their own weaknesses and demons they have to fight with? If everybody else dealt with their failures by putting a pistol in their mouth then there wouldn't be enough people left man a cutter. Oh, I'll admit finding out you're a big wind-up doll instead of a real girl is certainly a new one. But you've got to do the same thing everybody else does. Suck it up and Do. Your. Fraking. Job."
"I'm not a..."
"So what if you're not the right person for the job. The job has to get done anyway. That's always the way it is in The Fleet. Never enough resources. Never enough time. Never the right people in the right place. So the wrong people just have to step up to the task and do the best with what they have until the right man shows up. If you take the easy way out, then you're just making it harder on the next guy. So you've got to wake up every morning and do the job, even if you can't. And when you fail, you pick yourself up and get back to work and figure out a way to do the job again." Tigh leaned forward and held his cup in both hands. "If you can't stand the weight of it all, then you just have to find a crutch. If you can't trust yourself, then you find people you can count on to catch your mistakes. If you have time to be afraid and feel sorry for yourself, then you aren't busy enough." He looked down at the almost empty cup and added, "And if you can't get rid of your demon then you just have to learn how to live with it... let it out when it's safe... keep it away from your friends... push it away when the hour comes..." Tigh brought the cup to his lips, threw his head back to finish the remaining liquor, and turned to face
"Frak," Tigh said and then sighed. "I guess this is where I'm supposed to say something reassuring." Instead Tigh reached for the half-empty jar and poured himself another drink. "If the Old Man were here he'd remind you how proud he was of you."
"I'm sure he would have before… now he'd probably want to choke the life out of me."
“No,” Tigh said. He brought the cup almost to his mouth and then continued, “Well, yeah actually he did for a while. But he’s still proud of you. It would have taken at least dozen battlestar groups to drive the Cylons from the Colonies. You freed the Colonies by yourself.”
“I had help.”
“It may take a generation before the radiation dies down enough for us to go back. But now we know we can. We just have to hold on that long. That’s an important victory...” Tigh’s voice trailed off and he took a long drink.
“Really, Lieutenant.” Tigh said simply as he nodded slightly.
“I guess I ha’n’t thought about it like that,”
“Hey!” Tigh shouted. “What did I say?”
Tigh leaned in close to
“You have to skip the next round.” Tigh announced with a grin, as he picked up the jar and poured half of its remaining contents into his cup.
“Frakin’ toaster!” Tigh yelled, “Don’t spill the booze!”
“You’re in a hole, you dumb Cylon.” Tigh announced as he grabbed
Tigh and Sharon looked out over the river and the woodlands stretching to the horizon. “It’s not what you expected to find is it?”
“Not at all,” Tigh said, patting
Author's Note: Boomer/Tigh? No, not quite. But it
took a while to write this because I really wanted to
get it right. I think that Boomer (the original
Sharon) and Tigh have a strange similarity that I
tried to explore here. If I said I was going to write
a fanfic about one of the main characters waking up in
a strange place, finding blood on their hands, not
remembering how they got there or what they did for
the past eight hours except for a vague fear that they
have killed somebody… who would be the main character
of that story? I think most people's first guess
would be Boomer, but there is one other character that
would make sense too: Col. Tigh. Probably Tigh would
have to be younger, but it would definitely fit his
life. In that way, Boomer became what Adama rescued
Tigh from being. If in the first season Boomer had
confessed suffering from missing time and waking up in
a strange place with blood on her hands, a lot of her
shipmates might have tried to help but they would not
have understood what she was going through. Tigh
would probably be no help to her at all, but he's the
only main character who could honestly have responded
to her confession with a nod of his head and the words
"Yeah, I know what that's like."
A/N (9/17): Someone said that at first they thought this would be a sequel to the Tigh-Sharon interrogation scene. This is my response: It is interesting that you say you thought it would be a sequel to the
interrogation scene between Tigh and Sharon in Scattered, because in a strange way it is. It is not
a sequel to the scene where he is smacking her around, rather it is a sequel to the
flashback for that scene that was cut from the show. You can view it online here:
Click on the center video scene "Flare-ups."
The other scene that inspired this conversation was from the same episode, where Tigh is
sitting on the floor with a bottle of lighter fluid and a cigarette lighter when two shore
patrolmen knock on his door with a chance of redemption courtesy of his friend, Adama.
01:59 pm - Fanfic: Homeworld 1/4
Title: Homeworld Part 1 of 4
Word Count: 3154
Characters: Boomer, Tyrol, Cally, Tigh, Kara
Date Posted: 8/10/06
Story Timeline: Shortly after the end of the last episode of the 2nd
With brisk, purposeful strides and a clipboard in her hand Sharon
strode down a worn dirt street of New Caprica. Raiders screamed
through the atmosphere overhead as humans scurried to their tents and
Centurion squads began taking up positions at strategic intersections
in the primitive town. The air was filled with smells of cooking
fires, raw sewage, and human beings crammed in close proximity.
Sharon wondered how long it would take her to get used to the odor.
She pulled her coat tighter against the chilly, thin air and turned
down a side street. As she walked she dodged mud puddles and
counted tents until she arrived at one with the name "Tyrol"
stenciled on the side with white capital letters.
Sharon ran her left hand quickly through her hair, took a deep
breath, then picked up a crude bell from a hook on the tentpole and
rang it vigorously.
"Yes, I'm..." Chief Tyrol's voice boomed from inside. He pulled back
the tent flap and stopped in mid-sentence when he saw Sharon standing
outside. "Sharon?" he asked quietly after a second's pause, while
stepping out of his tent towards her.
"Yes, Chief." She replied smiling.
"Honey, is that the Colonel?" Cally said as she pulled back the tent
flap and stepped out into the sunshine. The load roar of a Heavy
Raider flying low overhead drowned out all other sounds as Sharon,
Chief Tyrol, and Cally looked back and forth at each other. "... the
frack is that Cylon doing here?" Cally exclaimed.
"It's Boomer," Chief Tyrol said, as Cally and Sharon stared at each
"No frackin' kidding," Cally replied harshly, as she shielded her
swollen belly with her hands. "Go back to your fellow toasters,"
Cally exclaimed, "There's nothing for you here."
"This isn't a personal visit," Sharon responded, "I need the Chief's
"We're not helping you, traitor." Cally spat.
"I'm sorry," Chief Tyrol replied frowning as he pushed Cally gently
into the tent. "I'm sorry, please go," he repeated as he turned away
to step back inside.
"I'm afraid you don't have much of a choice, Chief." Sharon said
unemotionally, as she held out the clipboard to her former
lover. "You need to look at this."
Chief Tyrol hesitated, then took the clipboard from her hand.
"This is a list of equipment and supplies we have available for
humanitarian and development work here on New Caprica." Sharon
explained, "Based on my cursory examination I would have expected
that sanitation and housing are urgent needs, but the items
highlighted in blue are the ones that President Baltar has requested
we give priority to bringing down.
"An armored presidential groundcar?" Chief Tyrol asked as he flipped
through the pages. "A hot-tub?"
"I'm sure you can imagine why I'm not inclined to trust Baltar,"
Sharon said plainly. As Tyrol nodded silently she continued, "and
this list just proves that he is completely out of touch with reality
here. Our engineering units should have a large enough landing zone
cleared to start bringing down medium transports in less than two
hours, but I need a real priority list of New Caprica's needs to
decide what items should be shipped down first. I heard that you
were elected the head of the technical union, so I thought you would
know better than anyone else what your people need."
Chief Tyrol stopped flipping though the clipboard for a few seconds
and looked into Sharon's eyes. Sharon stared back, but betrayed no
sign of emotion. "Do you have a field hospital we could have?"
Chief Tyrol asked.
"Yes, of course." Sharon replied.
"Why don't you come inside," Tyrol said as he stepped to the side and
held the tent flap open.
When they got inside Cally grabbed Chief Tyrol's arm and pulled him
aside, "What are you doing?" she asked.
"I think Boomer wants to help," Tyrol answered. "It will be
alright." he said and then kissed Cally lightly. "Trust me on this,
Cally looked at Sharon, who stood just inside the tent watching them
with a blank, disinterested expression. "Fine." Cally said
curtly. "I'll get some drinks for our guest," and then headed
towards the other end of the tent.
By the time Cally returned Chief Tyrol and Sharon were having an
animated conversation while filling in a crudely drawn sketch of New
Caprica's outline and major features. "It looks like the long lead
items are going to be the power and water purification equipment, so
those parts need to come down first." Tyrol was saying.
"Here is a little of our special reserve," Cally said, handing Sharon
a small open jar filled with a clear, potent liquid. She handed
another to Tyrol, then raised a glass of brightly colored
juice. "None for me though, of course," Cally stated with emphasis
as she patted her swollen belly and carefully eyed Sharon's reaction.
Tyrol flashed a quick frown at his wife, but Sharon did not give any
indication of feelings as she nodded and replied "Oh yes, I see you
two are breeding now." Sharon then turned to Tyrol again and
added "I'll find out from Doc Cottle where he wants his new facility
and get our engineering unit to lay a slab for it while your men get
the utilities set up. That way we'll be ready to erect the building
immediately after it arrives."
"Godsdamnit, Chief! They're all over the place. Where have you..."
Col. Tigh's voice boomed as he and Kara Thrace stormed into the tent.
"Colonel." Chief Tyrol and Sharon said in unison, as Sharon stood and
snapped a quick salute.
Tigh's hand went reflexively to his temple, but then he immediately
repeated "Godsdamnit! What is this thing doing here?"
"This is my home," Chief Tyrol started, but Sharon interrupted him.
"That's okay, Chief," she said as she picked up her clipboard. "I'm
sure your new guests are anxious to plan some trouble, and it would
be rude of me to stay and eavesdrop." As she walked past Kara,
Sharon handed her the clipboard and broke the uncomfortable
silence. "After you've decided what you're going to blow up, perhaps
you all can find some time to think about what we're going to need to
make this mudhole into a decent place to live."
After Sharon had exited, Tigh stuck his head outside the tent to make
certain that she was leaving. "What was she here about?" he asked
after Sharon was out of earshot.
"She brought us the Cylon cargo manifest," Tyrol responded. "She
wanted to know what items we needed."
As Tigh, Tyrol, and Cally debated whether Sharon's offer was genuine
or just an attempt to gather information, Kara stood quietly to the
side and flipped through the pages on the clipboard. "Oh Gods," Kara
said suddenly. "Where was Sharon going?"
"I think she was going to see Doc Cottle next." Tyrol answered. "Why?"
"I've got to find her," Kara answered as she tore one of the pages
from the clipboard. She then bolted out of the tent without further
Kara ran down the length of the main residential street in the
direction of Doc Cottle's tent, looking up and down the side streets
as she went. Finally she spotted Sharon, outside the edge of town
and walking briskly across an open field towards the nearby woods.
"Sharon!" Kara called out, but Sharon entered the woods without
turning around. Kara pushed her way through the chaotic crowd to the
end of the street. She paused for a moment as a squad of Cylon
Centurions walked passed without giving her any attention. After the
Centurions turned a corner to head into town, Kara sprinted across
the open field, up a gentle hillside, and into the woods where Sharon
As Kara pushed into the woods, the trees muffled the noise from the
nearby town and soon all that she could hear was the periodic scream
of a Raider engine overhead and the constant wind through the
treetops that sounded disturbingly like voices whispering in the
distance all around her. A shiver went down Kara's spine and she
reached behind her to pull her old service pistol from the holster at
the small of her back. She walked slowly through the woods in the
direction Sharon had been going, searched the ground for obvious
signs of Sharon's passage, and tried in vain to recall something of
the basics of tracking that she was supposed to have learned during
her Colonial escape and evasion training. Kara soon became aware of
a new sound besides the pine boughs and the Cylon engines. She
turned off her path and followed it to its source, where she
discovered Sharon sitting on the forest floor and sobbing
Kara quietly slipped her pistol's safety off. "Sharon, are you
alright?" she called out as she approached.
"Go away, Kara" Sharon replied as she turned to hide her
face. "Leave me alone... You shouldn't be here." She added while
trying to regain her composure.
"I can't do that, Sharon."
Sharon looked up to see Kara standing beside her with a pistol in
hand. "Did you come to kill me?" She asked. "To get back at me for
shooting The Old Man?"
"No." Kara answered, but before she could say anything else Sharon's
hand lashed out inhumanly fast to grab the pistol's slide and twist
it out of Kara's grip.
Kara stood carefully still as Sharon turned the gun over in her hand
and stared down the barrel. "It won't work," Sharon said. "I'd
just wake up back in the resurrection vat."
"Sharon, I think you should give me the gun back." Kara said slowly.
Sharon did not look up, she just stoked the side of the slide with
her thumb as she stared into the barrel. "I don't understand," She
said quietly. "He said he loved me. How could he be with her if he
loved me? She shot me, and now..."
"Boomer!" Kara yelled, "Snap out of it, soldier."
Sharon looked up and blinked her eyes. "I'm sorry, Starbuck." She
said as she lowered the gun to her lap. "I just wasn't... I...
You're right. I'm sorry." She took a deep breath and then swallowed
hard. "Please don't tell them." she said, pleading with
Kara. "Please don't tell them you saw me like this. I... I don't
want them to know I'm..."
"I won't tell anyone. It will be our secret." Kara assured her as
she sat down across from Sharon. "Now, I think you need to give me
my gun back."
"I didn't want to shoot him," Sharon said as she handed the pistol
back butt first. "I wasn't going to do anything."
"I know." Kara said as she put the pistol on 'safe' and slipped it
behind her back. "Sharon, I need to ask you for a favor."
"Sure," Sharon replied while wiping her hand across her tear-stained
cheeks, "anything. You know that."
Kara pulled a folded sheet of paper from her coat pocket and pointed
to one of the items on a long list of cargo. "Antibiotics," Kara
said. "I have to get some of these antibiotics right away."
"The first transport should be landing in about an hour. There are
half a dozen medkits onboard. I can grab a bottle of antibiotics
from one of them and bring it straight to you. Will that be soon
"Yes." Kara said smiling as she reached out and squeezed Sharon's
hand. "Thank you, yes."
"Who's sick?" Sharon asked.
Kara studied Sharon's face for a few seconds before answering, "My
"Oh. My. God." Sharon exclaimed, "Starbuck... The Starbuck... is
married?! Who is he? Please, tell me it isn't Lee."
"No, it isn't Lee." Kara assured her. "You will never guess who it
For the first time since Kara had seen her again, Sharon
smiled. "He'd have to be handsome."
"He'd have to be athletic, and a notorious party animal..." Kara
nodded as Sharon continued, "... but still a complete loser."
"Hey, careful now." Kara warned.
"Who was the over-rated forward that the C-bucks traded two prime
draft picks for a couple of years ago that cost us the championship
because he couldn't stop fouling?" Sharon said as she rubbed her
chin. "He's exactly the sort I imagine you winding up with."
"Samuel Anders. Yes, that's him." Kara said frowning. "How did you
know? We are completely infiltrated by Cylon agents, aren't we?"
"That's not it at all, Kara," Sharon responded. "I met him back on
Caprica. Do you remember that beautiful apartment I had?"
"The split level one? Yeah, I can't believe that was rent-
controlled. What does that have to do with him?"
"Your foul-happy husband blew it up. My wardrobe, my record
collection, all my photographs and mementos. I got trapped in the
parking garage with him after the cave-in."
"That was you? He told me he met another one of the Sharon Cylons,
but I just thought it was the same model. Or do you somehow
share..." Kara motioned at her head as she paused to search for the
"Nooo." Sharon said as she made a face that crinkled her
forehead. "I'm an individual the same as everybody else. That was
me in the flesh."
"I'm sorry about your apartment." Kara offered.
"Don't worry about it," Sharon said quietly as she looked down at the
forest floor, "The other Cylons took a lot more than that from me...
I managed to forgive them. One more building is nothing." Sharon
looked up at Kara again and added with a wry smile, "But when you
give him the antibiotics, tell Mr. Thrace that I expect him to repay
me the hundred cubits I lost betting on that championship game."
"I'll tell him," Kara said. "Thanks again for helping me get some."
"That's what friends are for." Sharon replied. "I really feel like
I should be the one thanking you."
"Why?" Kara asked.
"For this." Sharon answered. "For... just talking. Remembering.
Not... being all weird." She looked away for a moment and wiped her
eyes. "That means a lot to me right now. I really needed this
after... you know."
"I know." Kara answered, and then she looked away and was silent for
several seconds. She turned back to face Sharon and added
quietly, "That's what friends are for."
Sharon nodded and smiled. "We should be getting back to town," she
announced. "I have to find Doc Cottle and see where he wants his new
hospital before the transports start coming in." Sharon stood and
offered a hand to help Kara up. "I never expected you would be the
one to get married first. Is Margaret..."
"No, she's still on the prowl." Kara answered as the pair began
"I don't guess she'd want to going out carousing like old times
"No," Kara confirmed, "but there isn't much nightlife in New Caprica
"With Starbuck married, I would have guessed that. Maybe I can do
something about that once the basic infrastructure around here is
running." Sharon offered.
"Sharon," Kara said, "You can't just... We aren't going to just roll
over and give in to Cylon tyranny because you build us a new hospital
and a disco. You know that. The Old Man said you were the one who
convinced them to call off the occupation of the Colonies. Can't you
get them to leave here, too? Talk to them or..." Kara gestured
towards her head again as she spoke, "... what ever it is you do.
Can't you make them understand? You know this can't end well if they
"Maybe I could do that, if it's what you really want."
"You want us to just pack up and leave right now? Just fly away and
leave you here alone?" Sharon asked.
"Before you've gotten your antibiotics?" Sharon added.
Kara stared at the ground as the pair walked in silence for several
seconds. "No." Kara finally said.
"So we give you the antibiotics and then we leave?" Sharon
asked. "But don't you think Doc Cottle, and a lot of other sick
people, are going to want us to stay a little longer to offload that
field hospital? The Chief says he's running out of equipment to
cannibalize to keep the basic utilities running. I bet he's going to
want us to stay long enough to set up a way for him to manufacture
replacement parts. What was it like getting through the winter in
"We managed." Kara said
"Did anybody freeze to death?" Sharon asked.
Kara did not answer.
"We have a whole cargo bay full of modularized housing. I think a
lot of people are going to want us to stay long enough to set those
up for them, don't you?"
Kara bit her lower lip and looked at Sharon with a worried expression.
"Kara, we didn't bring any tyranny with us. We just brought
antibiotics," Sharon assured her, "If there's any tyranny here then
it is one you built for yourselves."
"Maybe," Kara answered, "Maybe you're right. But it doesn't matter.
This still isn't going to end well."
"It doesn't have to turn out bad," Sharon said, "As long as people
don't do anything stupid, this could be a great thing for both our
races." After a second of silence Sharon frowned and asked "You're
going to do something stupid, aren't you?"
"You aren't the only one who is a prisoner to your nature, Sharon."
Kara replied as they reached the edge of the open field between the
woods and the developed area of New Caprica.
"Do you want us to split up, so people won't think you're
collaborating with a Cylon?" Sharon asked.
"I haven't cared what anybody else thought before," Kara said with a
grin. "What makes you think I'd start now?"
"I don't know what I was thinking." Sharon answered as they stepped
out of the shade and into the bright sunlight. "So where do you want
me to bring the antibiotics?"
"Our tent is on the third street north of the market, right in the
"So is it The Thraces' or The Anders'?"
"Neither," Kara answered. "It's The Starbucks'."
Sharon stopped walking and began giggling. "So I just ask where The
Starbucks' is?" she said between laughs.
"What's so funny about that?"
"It's a coffeehouse chain!" Sharon replied with a wide smile. "On
the Cylon Homeworld..." She explained. "There's, like, one on every
city block. Frack, if we don't hurry there's likely to be one in New
Caprica by the time we get back."
"Seriously? There's a coffeehouse chain named after me on the Cylon
Homeworld?" Kara asked.
"No. I don't think they named it after you." Sharon answered. "But
you should get a franchise for one. That would be too cool. Oh...
they have these espresso brownie deserts that are just to die for."
Aug. 15th, 2006
03:20 am - Fanfic: A Barter Economy
Title: A Barter Economy
Author: C. Taylor
Word Count: 766
Characters: Boomer, Sharon, Kat, Hot Dog
Date Posted: 8/11/6
Story Timeline: Unknown
Warnings: Contains violence and sexual situations. May not
be appropriate for some readers.
Boomer paces the bars of her cell in the Galactica brig. Her boot
heels resound on the metal plating with each step. She stops at the
foot of the bed and runs her fingers through her long loose hair and
looks at the large mirror across from the cell. She takes off her
leather flight jacket, folds it over the metal railing at the foot
of the bed, and resumes pacing.
The outer door to the brig clangs and then opens. Two marines in
riot gear enter along with another type-eight Cylon. She is
barefoot, with her hair pulled into a pony tail. She is wearing
workout sweats and handcuffs. "Back away from the door" one of the
marines says unnecessarily to Boomer as they open the inner door and
prod the new Cylon into the cell. She turns around and, with a
practiced motion, presents her hands for the marines to remove her
handcuffs before they close the door.
Boomer eyes the other copy of herself skeptically as the marines
leave the room. "Who the frak are you?" She asks.
"I'm Sharon," The other Cylon answers.
"No. I'm Sharon." Boomer asserts.
Sharon tilts her head to the side and says "I'm a different Sharon."
"Yeah," Boomer says as she walks around her copy, looking it
carefully up and down. "I've heard of you. Honestly, I thought
they'd send in Kara with a bucket of water. You must be the warm-up
"They're not bad people, Sharon." Sharon says. "Give them another
"What the frak are you telling me this for?" Boomer asks as she
stops walking and faces Sharon. She shakes her head slightly and
looks at the outer door where the marines had exited. Boomer looks
back at Sharon and asks, "Is it true that you have my memories?"
"All of them?"
"No. Just up to when you shot yourself to try and…"
"But you remember everything up `till then?" Boomer asks with
emphasis. "You remember my training, my missions, shore-leave with
"Yes, all of it," Sharon answers.
Boomer steps into the punch and slams her fist hard into Sharon's
face, knocking her sprawling on the hard metal floor of the cell.
"Then that's for Margaret." Boomer spits the words out
angrily. "What the hell were you doing fraking Helo? You know how
she felt about him."
"Racetrack was your friend, not mine," Sharon explains as she dabs
at the blood coming from her nose with the bottom of her workout
shirt. "Besides, she could never have loved Helo like I do. It was
meant to be... True love... It has to be, we were able to have a
"Pff," Boomer exhales dismissively. "If love were what it took,
then I'd be popping out little Galens like there's no tomorrow.
They probably just gave you some kind of fertility therapy."
Sharon looks at the closed door to the brig as she
stands. "Speaking of Galen…" she says and closes her fist tight.
Sharon steps into the punch and the image freezes with her fist
inches away from Boomer's face.
Kat leaned back from the video control console in the navigation
planning room and turned to face Lt. Constanza. "That's all you get
for free, `Hot Dog,'" she said.
"How did you get that?" Constanza asked.
"You don't want to know," Kat answered. "Now do we have a deal or
"I'm not sure," he replied. "I was kind of hoping that they'd… you
know… get along better than that."
"You're a real piece of work, `Wiener Man,'" Kat said as she rolled
"I'm used to hearing that in a different tone," Constanza joked with
a sly grin and a half chewed toothpick sticking out of his mouth.
"It's fifteen minutes long." Kat said, "Trust me, it's worth it for
the imaginative Cylon insults alone."
Constanza looked at the image frozen on the video screen, scratched
his chin, opened his mouth wide and flipped the toothpick end over
end with his tongue.
"It took five marines in riot gear to get them off of each other at
the end." Kat offered, as she spun her chair around to face
Constanza and swung one of her legs up onto the console beside her.
Constanza flicked the toothpick into the trashbin beside the
console. "Okay, Kat, you've got a deal," he said kneeling in front
of Kat's chair and pushing her skirt up with both hands.
Kat leaned back in the chair, slid her hands into Constanza's hair,
and said "You know I don't give change," with a smile.
Author's note: I was intrigued by the idea that "Racetrack" had feelings for "Helo". It gave me the idea for this short fanfic. "Boomer" was very much in love with Chief Tyrol, as Sharon (Caprica Sharon) is likewise with "Helo." Is the difference in the subtle nature of the two characters? Is it just the order they met them? Maybe there’s something else at work. What if "Boomer" might have had feelings for "Helo," too, but out of loyalty to her friend put them away and did not give them a chance to grow, allowing her to meet and fall in love with Tyrol? Sharon had no such obstacle and therefore fell in love with "Helo" straight away. Also, I imagine that "Boomer" might hate some aspects of who she is and injuring Sharon is a way to not only punish Sharon for hurting "Racetrack" but also a way for her to symbolically punish herself for hurting her other friends. By this time Sharon presumably has come to develop her own friendships with some of the Galactica crew and likewise takes "Boomer's" betrayal of them very personally. My idea was only good enough for one scene, so I tacked the ending on as a way to get around having to continue the first part of the story any further. It was a cheap writer's trick, but I think it is fun in its own way. I toyed with the idea of renaming it "A Service Economy" for obvious reasons.