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14 July 2005 @ 04:27 pm
by your command, imperious leader  
meyerlemon commanded that very short ficlets be written with our guesses for what scene would open the new BSG season. Laa, here's mine.

No spoilers, just speculation.


"I didn't do it!" Sharon finally gets words out, a complete sentence, but she has no idea how. She's been kicked in the ribs so soundly -- apparently in an attempt to subdue her -- that she can't breathe.

The soldier is cursing at her, spitting to shut the frak up right in her ear. The spittle mixes with blood already on her face from where she was slammed into a bulkhead.

Sharon remembers that. She doesn't remember anything else, only coming on board, being summoned to see Adama for congratulations, and then screaming screaming screaming...

She has no clear memory of shooting Comander Adama, but knows just as surely that she did, just like the hatch, the sensor readings, the bombs...

"I didn't do it," she whimpers, shielding her face. Her hands are bound together. "I'm not-" ... not a Cylon, the familiar words sound rotely in her head. Strangely, the fact that she is a Cylon is now her only defense against mutiny and treason (and once, she recalls, those were the most horrible crimes she could even have conceived of...)

She's shoved back against the bulkhead again, a pistol shoved so hard against her windpipe that she chokes and sputters in spite of herself. She's still sobbing airlessly no, no, no, squeezing her eyes closed, but she prays hard and fast that he'll pull the trigger and kill her quickly.

She doesn't want to live through this.

Just when bright spots begin to cloud behind her eyelids from lack of air, she's shoved onto the floor of her cell. She coughs, tastes blood, and makes no move to get up.

Terror grips her -- she didn't think she could feel any more terror -- and she stops pleading her innocence. "Do it!"

For the first time, she wishes she was a Cylon, through and through. She doesn't think they feel fear.

"You're not that lucky," one of the six guards watching her grits out. "If Commander Adama survives, he'll want to kill you himself."
 
 
 
Human Collaborator Flunkie Pool!fic Muse: Apollo - batteredjoyfulfeather on July 14th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
*loves you* This is incredible, and spot-on-perfect for a scene in Galactica. I love Boomer, and I feel so bad for her. Her predicament is just heart-wrenching.
Little Red: bsg - wet boomer - ehab_itmylittleredgirl on July 14th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
I HATE THAT BOOMER'S LIFE (LIVES) SUCK(S) SO MUCH!! :( *snuggles the defective cylon*

This is why I can't get too into BSG -- I'll become too attached to characters who are all doomed to feel great pain right before dying horribly. *rolls eyes*
Human Collaborator Flunkie Pool!fic Muse: Apollo - batteredjoyfulfeather on July 14th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
Well... yeah, there's always the possibility of someone dying. Anyone, at any time. But if they don't, they get to beat the odds and do some really cool, heroic stuff. I mean, sure, Boomer's lives suck, but when she manages to defy her programming, you've just gotta cheer.
Little Red: bsg - wet boomer - ehab_itmylittleredgirl on July 14th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
Yes! And cheer I do. This, and fear of a friendslist revolt, keeps me watching, even though the show is totally personified by that damned GLEEE-SEEKING MISSILE of last season.

*wraps Boomer up and hides her in the linen closet so she is not killed*
Karen T: boomerpoohmusings on July 14th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
For the first time, she wishes she was a Cylon, through and through. She doesn't think they feel fear.

Oooh, very, very nice, m'dear. So gripping and compelling and POOR BOOMER WAH. *sniffle*
Little Red: bsg - wet boomer - ehab_itmylittleredgirl on July 14th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
noooo boomer nooooooooo!!

I can't deal with this show. Really. *goes into a corner and sulks*
thekatebeyond on July 14th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
Intense! It makes me realize what a wonderful job the BSG writers have done to make us feel some sympathy for Boomer (as you have done here).
Little Red: bsg - starbuck girl - astropoetmylittleredgirl on July 15th, 2005 02:38 am (UTC)
Huh. I find her one of the *most* sympathetic characters. Linda Grace Park also plays "helpless and vulnerable" remarkably well, which goes a long way. Oddly, Boomer is far more sympathetic in her Cylon moments than in her I'm-just-being-a-bitch moments, which she also has. *snuggles her anyway*
thekatebeyond on July 15th, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
I agree, she is very sympathetic, and I think that took real talent to accomplish. After all, she blew up Galactica's water tanks, landed one of the Chief's men in hack, played Helo as part of The Cylon Master Plan, and shot the Commander. Taken without context, you wouldn't expect to find her sympathetic.
redbeardredbeard on July 14th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
Nice. I'm not watching it until sunday, but I'm SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Little Red: bsg - wet boomer - ehab_itmylittleredgirl on July 15th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
!!!! :) To be honest, I've never been that into BSG. Gira tried to watch it but gave up, but I'm hanging on and doing my best to psych myself up. YAY RELENTLESS ANGST!
NEXT TIME I'M IN CHURCH, PLEASE NO PHOTOS: {bsg}; the cylons are watchingdaygloparker on July 14th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
BOOOOOOOOMER! I really like that she can't remember. I'm putting money on that.
Little Red: bsg - wet boomer - ehab_itmylittleredgirl on July 15th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
*nods* It would be both a relief and a disappointment if she was totally Cylonized now. A relief just because it will suck to watch otherwise, but a disappointment because, COME ON, Galactica, it's not like you can wimp out now when it comes to kicking us in the chest a bit.

It'd be nice for them to somehow work out how to keep both Boomers around this season. I can think of a few possible scenarios, but, eh, it doesn't seem to do a lot of good to second-guess Galactica! Unless it's to say "THERE WILL BE ANGST AND PAIN AND PROBABLY DEATH," in which case, yep. I'd put money on that, too. ;)
NEXT TIME I'M IN CHURCH, PLEASE NO PHOTOSdaygloparker on July 15th, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
Maybe they'll try to turn her. Make her Cyclontasticness work for THEM.
Little Red: bsg - wet boomer - ehab_itmylittleredgirl on July 15th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
That was one option. My personal favorite. She'd beg for rehabilitation or something, since she's not all Cylonized, and BAD BAD TORTUROUS SHIT happens to her but they keep her around for general experimenting and attempts to turn.

I suppose if Caprica!Boomer is obviously pregnant, that would be distinguishing enough, even if they're both kind of rotting in the brig. However, it seems more likely that, if they're both going to survive and continue to be on the show (which, seriously, wtf if they kill Caprica!Boomer after the million-year-build-up to this damned baby), one or the other of them will end up back in the hands of the Cylons.
elliejane: beautyelliejane on July 14th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
See! See! THAT is what I feel about Farscape! The whole "Argghhh! Wahhhh! Noooo!" vibe. My beloved Farscape, which put us through the wringer sooo many times, that I STILL haven't seen 2 episodes as they are TOO TRAUMATIC! Sigh....such wonderful shows.

And hoping not to fall in love with BSG for fear of trembling behind cushions whilst watching. But Starbuck! Boomer! And (though he is such a straight jacket and to be honest I think the girls kick better ass) Lee!

Will be avoiding (or ravenously consuming) all spoilers til I see it for myself.

Oh, great fic, btw!! Hee. I really enjoy your writing...Rings so utterly true...isn't Boomer a GREAT character?
Little Red: bsg - starbuck girl - astropoetmylittleredgirl on July 15th, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
The trick to BSG, which w0lfstar and I discovered, is to also get ahold of the 1978 version, which is just as far off center into the HAPPY RANDOM FUN! side of the balance as new-skool Galactica is on the side of angst and doom. We found that intersecting random episodes of ridiculous 70s hair and costuming into the mix really helped us stay sane.

Boomer is fantastic. She rocks my world.

And thanks! :)
tarkheena lizzeeen: bsg - sixliminalliz on July 14th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
MEEEP! ::clings::
Little Red: bsg - starbuck girl - astropoetmylittleredgirl on July 14th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
Meyerlemon should've challenged us to write what we wanted to have happen. In which case there would've been more spontaneous discoveries of the wayback machine. *wibbles*
spacefiend: Who Are You?spacefiend on July 15th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC)
*adores* Wow, that's perfect. Absolutely something I could see happening. Poor Boomer!
Little Red: bsg - wet boomer - ehab_itmylittleredgirl on July 15th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
*snuggles her close* If they do plan to kill her, I can even imagine them killing her right away, just for shock value. But I hope they drag it on don't.
w0lfstarw0lfstar on July 15th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
La! When I saw that challenge before reading your ficlet, that was totally the type of scene I thought of as the first scene. I was debating between an interrogation scene of Galactica!Sharon and a getting off the planet type of scene over on Capricia. But this is TOTALLY something that I could see happening as the first scene.

*loves*
Little Red: bsg - starbuck girl - astropoetmylittleredgirl on July 15th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
Clearly, you should write that other one!

But do you really think they'd get off Caprica that quickly? Come on! We have all those totally useful sets there!
w0lfstarw0lfstar on July 15th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
I never said they wouldn't go back *grins* (or that there wouldn't be Cylon scenes or something there. I mean, such pretty sets. There HAVE to be some Cylon scenes on them!) But, I figure they would be high-tailing it out of there after the Six ass-kicking stuff.
w0lfstarw0lfstar on July 15th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
Damn you! I wrote it, because I couldn't stop myself. (ok, maybe I'm not actually mad, but still! I can't believe I'm this easily convinced *grins*)
rogue equestrian: BSG:: Bamber smileelvinborn on July 15th, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)
have I mentioned lately how much I love you?? cause yeah.
you just get Boomer and her constant struggle with being a cylon except not. (a statement that explains why I read fanfic rather than write it) ;)
fyca: DRR the endfyca on July 15th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hm...I know nothing about nothing when it comes to your BSG show. But, I do know that it is one of your current obsessions, and when I saw that my local weekly wrote about it in the tv section, I thought I should let you know. Nothing deep or meaningful...just entertainment of a lesser variety.

http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=22163