Reunion - Discovery
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were finally going well for everyone on Moya. D'Argo was beginning
to forgive Chiana, Jool was quieter and more helpful, Stark
was more at peace, or more to the point, less freaked out, John
and Aeryn were more open with each other, John was not stepping
in so much dren, and Rygel was, well, Rygel. They were bored.
They had money. They went shopping.
shopping for a couple of arns, John and Aeryn decided to go
to a street side cafe to have some refreshments and look at
some of the things they bought. Once seated, they talked about
nothing in particular when John became aware of some music,
'... You are too beautiful for one man alone ....' "Aeryn!
Do you hear that?"
'... When there are other men with eyes of their own to see
with ..." That's from Earth, I'm sure!" John looks
directly into Aeryn's eyes and sings with the background music,
"You are too beautiful, and I am a fool for beauty."
John took Aeryn's hands in his and said, "I have that album.
Can't you hear, he's singing in English. I'd know John Coltrane
and Johnny Hartman anywhere. I've got to find who has the album."
John caught the proprietor's attention and inquired about the
is your name?" The proprietor asked.
Crichton, where did you get the music? Where can I get a copy?"
with me." The proprietor walked to the back of the café
with John and Aeryn following. They found themselves in a small
got this from some Sebaceans from Ormaan, that we've done business
with. There is someone they know on Ormaan who is looking for
his son. Let's see, his name is .."
Crichton!" John didn't give the proprietor time to finish
the sentence. "My god, my Dad's here! Do you have the coordinates
for Ormaan? And can I get a copy of the music?"
Reunion - Going to Ormaan
the hezmana does John want to go?" D'Argo was stomping
around. It looked like a prelude to a hyper-rage. "He's
not searching for wormholes again, is he?"
John thinks his father is here, or at least on Ormaan. He heard
Earth music, and it was left for John to find." Aeryn said.
do we know this isn't a trap, how do we know it isn't Scorpius
after John again?" D'Argo asked.
have to go D'Argo. How many times has he put his life on the
line for us? You didn't see his reaction, I did. It means so
much to him. I won't let you or Moya be in danger, we can get
close and I'll go with him in the prowler." Aeryn said.
how do you think your father got here? This could be a trap.
Maybe it's Scorpius, not your father." Aeryn said.
thought of that. But to me the music is too complete and too
true for Scorpius to produce it, even if he did get it from
the neural chip." And I'm recognizing voices that I doubt
he could reproduce. I don't think he could copy Louis Armstrong,
or Ella Fitzgerald, or Billy Holiday this accurately. It looks
like my Dad, or whomever he's with, distributed my entire collection.
I'll be careful. As to how he got here, I can't answer that."
John shrugged as he said the last.
be careful." Aeryn said.
Crichton, we are at Ormaan and we are being contacted."
Pilot signaled John over the com.
in command now, put me through, Pilot."
Reunion - Getting the News
is John Crichton. I was told I can find Jack Crichton here."
John spoke to the image Pilot projected in Command. He saw a
confused look cross the controller's face and added, "Are
we at Ormaan? These are the coordinates we were given."
controller turned aside before responding, "You are at
Ormaan. Please land here in one of your transport pods. I'm
sorry for the confusion."
are not going alone. I will go with you. Something's not right,
but I don't know what it is." Aeryn said as they walked
to the pod.
doesn't look like they are Peace Keepers, wouldn't they be in
uniform?" John asked.
but don't get too far from the Pod, I'll cover your back, as
exited the pod as a man and a woman walked into the area. They
were unarmed, but his father wasn't there.
"Where is my Dad, Jack Crichton?"
stepped forward and spoke, "I have news for you, which
I think might be bad. Three weeks ago, two people showed up
claiming to be working with you and that you asked them to bring
your father back to you. It is obvious to me that they lied,
were their names?" John was dreading the answer.
spoke for the first time, "Lt. Braca and Scorpius".
hearing this, John staggered back as Aeryn came out of the pod.
She pointed a pulse rifle at Andrea, and then Velorek. As she
focused on Velorek and he on her, they simultaneously said,
"Velorek" "Aeryn" Aeryn lowered the rifle
and said in a barely audible voice, "I-I thought you were
Reunion - Hostage
looked at Aeryn, confusion and pain showing in his face. "Aeryn,
John could finish or Aeryn answer, Velorek put his hand on John's
shoulder and said, "We should go inside and talk. You are
with friends. Andrea came here with your father; she is from
Earth." Andrea nodded as Velorek spoke.
could you let him go with them? You said you knew Braca, know
what he is." John still could not accept the turn of events.
did try to stop him, caution him. But he wouldn't listen. All
he could think about was finding you. We will do what we can
to help you get your father back. Because of him and Andrea
we have access to wormholes and we are able to communicate with
Earth. Before we do anything else, there are some letters Jack
brought for you and some messages you should listen to."
one exception, John wanted to believe everything Velorek and
Andrea had said, but he had to make sure he wasn't being duped
once again. "Andrea, tell me something I don't know. Tell
me who won the Super Bowl."
found John staring at the letters his father brought, tears
were in his eyes. "John, what do you want to do? I want
to help you anyway I can."
don't know. Scorpius wants me again. His wormhole project must
be failing. He must have found my father the same way we found
Velorek. I'm afraid to go to Scorpius, and I'm very afraid for
my Dad. I don't think he can survive the chair even if he doesn't
you think he's dead already? I don't mean to be cruel, but why
put your life in danger if it's too late?" Aeryn's words
were a knife through John's heart.
you don't kill hostages, you keep them alive until you get what
you want." John said this more to convince himself than
Reunion - Scorpius
don't understand why you stopped using the Aurora Chair on Jack
Crichton. He must have the wormhole technology to have gotten
here." Braca was beginning to think he should disengage
himself from Scorpius. Problem was, he had made a lot of enemies
within his own ranks, and alliances were difficult to build.
didn't bother explaining himself to Braca; the man was an idiot.
It should have been as obvious to him as everyone else that
Colonel Crichton wasn't holding anything back, he simply didn't
know, and any further use of the chair would kill him. He barely
survived it the first and only time. Scorpius needed Crichton's
son, and he needed Jack alive. Still, Braca was right about
the project. Time was running out and Peace Keeper command would
soon stop the project, ending his quest for power. "Braca,
prepare the scout ship, you are going to Ormaan."
his training had not prepared Jack for the Aurora Chair, or
Scorpius. He realized how fortunate it was for him, Andrea,
and Earth they were found by Velorek and not the Peace Keepers.
He now despaired for John. Scorpius knew him which could only
mean he received the same or worse treatment. *But John had
to be alive! Was he well? John, please don't come here to find
me. Why didn't he listen to Velorek? What's done; is done. I
can't let John find me here!* Jack's thoughts were interrupted
by a guard entering his cell. "Come with me, NOW."
When Jack struggled to stand, the guard grabbed him roughly
by the elbow and shoved him forward causing him to stumble and
fall. Jack managed to get to his feet before the guard could
punish him more. He was led down a maze of corridors to Scorpius,
but not the chair. He braced himself for whatever Scorpius was
about to deal him, but wondered if he'd be able to withstand
dismissed the guard and turned to Jack, "Tell me Colonel
Crichton, how widely did Velorek's troops distribute the Earth
music? That was really quite a clever thing to do."
so clever, you found me."
me!" Scorpius was now threatening Jack, his voice a growl.
really don't know, I suppose it could be a lot considering I've
been here three months, um monens, and Velorek helped me from
the beginning." Jack didn't like divulging any information,
but he couldn't see how this would make any difference.
because I want John to find you. Stand here and tell your son
you are alive and with me. Start when I give the signal."
Scorpius stood next to Jack and nodded to an unseen assistant.
"Speak now, Colonel Crichton."
you see I am with Scorpius, and obviously alive as I'm speaking
to you now. Do not try to save me. It is enough for me that
you are ..." Scorpius cut Jack off and spoke, "Johnny,
we are at my new Gammak Base. I will let your father go unharmed,
and you can take him back if you come for him. There are some
technicalities I need to review with you. Know this, if you
do not come within one monen, your father's safety will not
be assured. This recording will have my coordinates." After
Scorpius signaled the assistant he turned to Jack, "That
was stupid and I don't think you are a stupid man. Do not try
anything like that again if you want you and your son to come
out of this alive."
Reunion - Origins
do you even know where to go?" Aeryn tried to reason with
John. She knew he had to find his father, but they didn't know
where he was. Scorpius didn't divulge the location of the Gammak
base. He couldn't risk a second destruction, even with Talyn
incapacitated. They suspected Scorpius was behind Talyn's injuries,
but they didn't have evidence.
come for me. I have to be ready." John looked grim when
he spoke. He didn't want to ever see Scorpius again, but now
he had no choice.
wanted to talk to someone about the Leviathan. She just returned
from Moya, and was very excited about what she had seen. Ordinarily,
she would talk to Jack. Not only was he her commanding officer,
he had become a second father to her. Their relationship felt
special, and even though he was reserved, she was sure he felt
more for her than her superior. She decided to find John, in
spite of what had just occurred. She met Aeryn in the hallway.
"Oh, hi, I was going to talk to John. I want to talk to
him about Moya. I'd like it if you were there too." Andrea
could see the strong bond between John and Aeryn, but she also
wanted Aeryn there for another reason.
in there," Aeryn said pointing to a doorway, "but
I don't think he wants to talk. And I was going to ...."
put he hand on Aeryn's arm, interrupting her, "I think
it's important. And I think you should be present."
presented the research she and Quonn had done when she first
arrived. "There were too many similarities between Humans
and Sebaceans for it to be coincidence. After you left Earth,
we completed mapping the Human genome and I brought the data
with me. The map shows conclusively Humans are closely linked
to all living things on Earth. We share 50% of our genes with
a banana! (John explains banana to Aeryn). Quonn and I compared
the Human genome to the Sebacean genome and found them to be
99.4% compatible. Quonn then told me that their scientists have
never been able to link Sebaceans to any other species on any
planet, not even their home planet. We theorized Sebaceans and
Humans have the same origin on Earth, thousands of years, um
cycles, ago. We're not sure, but it could be as much as twenty
thousand. But there are some holes in this theory. Why do we
diverge as much as point six percent when all humans diverge
only point one percent from each other. And how could Sebaceans
get here without technology?"
stood up, interrupting Andrea, "My god! Moya!"
continued, "Yes. Aeryn there is an Earth legend about someone
being swallowed by a whale and surviving to tell about it. On
Earth, Leviathan and whale are interchangeable. We are completely
guessing here, only after seeing Moya, I think it's more than
guessing. We think an ancient culture came to Earth through
a wormhole on a Leviathan and captured several hundred humans.
Humans were rather primitive then, and the only way they could
handle it psychologically, was to describe someone being swallowed
by a whale. The ancients took the humans and genetically engineered
them to what we know now as Sebaceans. Unlike Humans, Sebaceans
can have offspring with other species. Humans can't mate with
our closest relative, the Chimpanzee. Sebaceans can and do have
offspring with unlike species such as Luxan's. We will probably
never know what the Ancient's motivation was for doing this.
But Aeryn, it looks like you and every other Sebacean is mostly
Reunion - Regrets
your sister would be thrilled to hear you voice. And you should
talk to DK too. We have regular communication between here and
Earth. Earth is setting up diplomatic relations with Ormaan,
and there is a delegation from Earth here, now."
right, Velorek, but how do I tell my sisters that Dad is being
held hostage by my enemy?" John knew he would have to make
the recordings, and he desperately wanted to talk to his sisters,
and to DK. *Why did it have to be so hard?* He thought.
really should talk to Velorek, clear the air." John could
see Aeryn carefully avoid all contact with Velorek, especially
if no one else was there. "I like him. He's a very decent
person. Not what I'd expect from a Peace Keeper, even an ex-Peace
Keeper. He was different even when you knew him before. Do you
want me to go with you?"
but you are right. I will talk to him."
may I come in?" Aeryn was more unsure of herself than ever.
She wished she were fighting an entire army by herself instead.
Velorek nodded. Before she could lose her nerve, Aeryn spoke,
"I know what I did was wrong and completely self serving.
I'm glad you are alive and whole. You tried to change me, but
I didn't understand. I didn't understand my feelings, I was
afraid of them. It took John two cycles teach me. I love him
very much, and I understand what love is."
can see that Aeryn. I accept your apology, and I forgive you.
I was lucky and I managed to escape. Can you forgive yourself?"
Velorek watched Aeryn cry as he asked her the last. "Aeryn,
don't be so hard on yourself. You didn't know what you were
doing then, not really. And if John is anything like his father,
you are very lucky to have found him. How did you two get together?"
took a deep breath and dried her eyes. "It all started
over two cycles ago when John Crichton appeared in space near
Moya and Crais's brother crashed....."
Reunion - Harvey Makes a Deal
well John. Your father seems to be in some trouble."
Aeryn talked with Velorek, John tried to collect his thoughts.
He doubted that either he or his father could escape Scorpius
now. He needed a plan. Every plan he came up with lately turned
to s**t. At this moment Harvey made his appearance. "Harvey,
as far as I'm concerned it's dumpster time."
some faith. I'm not Scorpy's clone anymore. Besides, I still
want my own existence, and you want me out of your head. Yes?"
John found it interesting that Harvey picked the terrace on
Moya for this discussion. Harvey continued after John nodded
in agreement. "You will have to go to Scorpius alone. I
am surprised he hasn't sent someone to get you already. He won't
risk the Gammak Base, you know. You will agree to go, and you
will go alone."
just a minute, Harvey. I know once Scorpius has my father and
me he won't let us go. Why should I agree?"
doesn't want your father, he wants you. If you don't go, he'll
kill your father. But back to my plan. Once we arrive at the
Gammak Base, you will let me take over your body. It will only
be for a short time. I cannot tell you more because Scorpius
will sense it in you, and for us to be successful, you cannot
know the details."
reluctantly accepted Harvey's offer, partly because he had no
plan, and partly because any plan he could think of ended in
don't frelling believe this! You're going along with that clone.
You've really lost you mind this time!" Aeryn was wild.
She knew from John's look he was determined to go to Scorpius
alone, his only companion the Scorpy clone in his head.
I know it's hard for you to understand, but he isn't a clone
anymore. His identity changed. Now he really is Harvey. Please
stay here with Velorek and wait..." Velorek entered the
room and interrupted John, "Braca is here. He wants you
to leave with him alone. I will support whatever decision you
Reunion - Waiting
was not good at waiting, and that was exactly the position she
was in. Since John had left on his mission she was sure he would
not come back. Aeryn was in a foul mood as she walked into the
lab where Andrea was working with Quonn. "Andrea, I can't
stand waiting like this. John shouldn't have gone, but how could
I stop him? And now Moya is leaving for Talyn, D'Argo says they'll
be back, but I don't know. It feels like I'm going to be stranded
here." Aeryn paced around the lab as she talked.
probably how Jack felt when John left, only he disappeared.
We've received some messages from Earth, and there is one for
you." Andrea said.
Aeryn. You don't know me, but I heard your voice with John's
message. I'm his kid sister, Emma. Please come to Earth to meet
us. I'm dying to meet you. I always meet John's girl friends.
And we'll be able to talk. They sent a bunch of translator microbes
here, and we're growing them. Soon, every adult who wants and
can afford to will be able to get them. We expect most people
will want them, except maybe some language snobs. We won't need
subtitles anymore, and the dubbing really stinks...oh for our
movies. Uh, DK wants to say something. Please, please come,
I want to meet you."
Aeryn, like Emma said, you are welcome anytime. John's my best
bud, and any friend of his is a friend of mine. I already have
the microbes, so I can understand what you and the others are
saying. Gosh, I don't know what to say. (Emma, be quiet, we'll
send another message soon.) I'll just end it with an open invitation
to visit anytime." Aeryn heard Emma giggling in the background
and thought, *Now I know where John gets some of his ideas things
what's a kid sister and what's a snob?" Aeryn was trying
to piece Emma's message together. Mostly it didn't make sense
to her. "Also, what are movies?"
what Jack has told me, Emma is a kidder. I guess she can't be
serious about much of anything. I'd love to have that attitude.
Anyway, kid sister means she's a lot younger than John, so I
guess she learned it from him, not his father. Jack is reserved;
I've never seen him joke. A snob is someone who thinks they
are better than anyone else. You'll learn about movies when
you visit Earth." Andrea said.
Reunion - Talyn
found Aeryn standing in a small garden staring at nothing. "You're
worried about John, aren't you?"
course! I'm sure he's going to die. I never told you what Scorpius
did to John. He put a neural implant inside John's head to get
at his wormhole technology and controlled John. Even after the
chip was removed, his clone remained in John's head. It doesn't
seem to control John, and John says Harvey's not a Scorpy clone.
Harvey is John's name for the thing in his head. I don't know
what to think. Scorpius is evil. I am afraid, and I can't do
anything." Aeryn sat down on a bench and put her head in
have no words that can comfort you, and I'm sorry. We have a
more immediate concern, however. What can you tell me about
Talyn? That was your father's name, wasn't it?" Velorek
you know Moya is the same Leviathan whose pilot you replaced? I didn't. We accidentally freed a control device that was preventing
her from conceiving. She gave birth to an armed son. Moya asked
me to name him; I named him after my father. Why do you ask?"
and Talyn are here." Velorek said.
need to know something else. Bialar Crais is Talyn's pilot.
Crais is no longer Peace Keeper." Aeryn told Velorek about
Crais and Talyn as they went to the landing area.
and Velorek faced each other by Talyn's transport pod. Velorek
was surprised by Crais' appearance. He remembered an arrogant
commander in the prime of his health. Crais was obviously suffering
from illness or injuries, and he seemed somewhat humble. Crais
spoke. "You may be surprised to hear me say this, but I
am glad my orders did not get executed. I am not the commander
you once knew."
has told me. But forgive me if I am skeptical. The very thing
I was trying to prevent has happened, and now you are its commander.
Are you wise enough?" Velorek said.
do not know. Talyn choose me, I could not be doing this if Talyn
didn't want me to be his mentor. I can only guide him. He is
very strong willed and makes his own decisions. I am no longer
Peace Keeper, and Talyn never was. He is a weapon, and he will
never submit to the Peace Keepers." Crais spoke with conviction,
but there was doubt in his eyes.
Crichton, your son will be here within the arn. You are not
to do anything. If he doesn't cooperate you will both die painfully."
Scorpius spoke to Jack in a cheerful voice. Jack was not cheered.
you think the chair will make him cooperate?" Jack dreaded
the moment of John's arrival.
Reunion - End Game
I think it's too dangerous for you to wait until after you see
gotta know if he's okay, Harvey. Then you can take over. I promise."
John, you won't be quick enough. If we are to overpower Scorpius,
he must not suspect. I need to be in charge." John couldn't
argue with Harvey's logic. Besides, since the neural chip was
removed, Harvey had become more like him, and he did keep to
the rules they agreed upon.
Harvey, do your best."
Colonel Crichton, you see I will keep my word. John is here
at the base, he will be entering in a microt." Scorpius
was looking forward to seeing the two Crichton's together. He
was also curious about the father and son dynamics he never
experienced. The neural chip had shown him some surprising things
wholly outside the wormhole data he sought. Mixed in with everything
else was information on John's family and his thoughts about
them. Scorpius could not understand the feelings between John
and his father, but he was ready to use it now.
are we at the chair? If you want him to cooperate shouldn't
we be in your lab?" Jack tried to stall for time, he needed
to think, but he could think of nothing that would save his
walked in with Lt. Braca before Scorpius could answer (not that
he was going to, but it was convenient). "Hello father,
we'll talk later when I'm done with Scorpius." Jack was
stunned at how calm his son looked and how grim he'd become.
dismissed Braca and motioned to John. Harvey walked over to
Scorpius and put his arm around his shoulder, "Scorpy,
Scorpy, Scorpy, it seems you win, again. How do I know you will
keep to your promise and let me and my father go?"
course I win John, was there ever any doubt? You have my word
I will let you both go once I get my information." Scorpius
was getting tired of the small talk and wanted to get on with
the heart of the matter. "The wormholes keep collapsing,
we cannot stabilize them. What are you holding back?" He
growled the last.
the neural chip got everything. How could I hold anything back?
It got information I didn't even know I had." While Harvey
was talking he grabbed the instrument to insert a chip and worked
around to inject it into Scorpius. He found his target before
Scorpius could react.
watched his son; his behavior was so unlike what he had remembered.
To his amazement, John placed a device on his head and held
Scorpius firmly. Scorpius was in shock, he didn't move. Then
John spoke to Scorpius. "Harvey, are you in control?"
John. Go now and take your father. I will instruct the guards
to let you go. You may take the scout ship you came in. Go quickly
and take the instrument with you. You can contact me through
Reunion - Father and Son
I will be busy for a while. Don't interrupt me." John instructed
his father to get into the scout ship while he worked with Harvey
to secure their exit. He also had to control the ship.
said nothing. He did as he was told. The change he saw in his
son was palpable. John had always been open and outgoing. The
man next to him was grim. Only his physical appearance told
Jack this is his son.
watched his son navigate past the Gammak Base and into free
space. He wanted to touch him, talk to him, anything but sit
there silently while John worked. After about fifteen minutes
he saw John remove the device from his head and turn toward
him. It was a transformation, his son, the one he remembered,
appeared. Suddenly, they were hugging each other and they were
both crying. "Dad, I thought..., I mean ..., oh god."
okay. I never gave up hope. I've dreamt of this moment, and
yet, I despaired it would happen. You should not have come for
me." They were still holding each other tightly as Jack
had to." John leaned back and both men looked at each other.
"I read the letters. Thank you for bringing them. It was
so good to hear from Emma, DK and Allison. And you, too. I've
got a lot of catching up to do. First, there is someone I'd
like you to meet waiting on Ormaan. Her name is Aeryn, my radiant
Aeryn Sun. She is, she is the love of my life."
happened when you came to the Gammak Base? You seemed different.
I would not have recognized you but for your appearance."
a very long story. I don't exactly know how to begin, so I'll
start with the ending, and then fill you in with the detail.
What you saw when I walked in was my body being controlled by
a neural being whom I've called Harvey. Harvey knows Scorpius
intimately, but he is not Scorpius. He maneuvered Scorpius so
that a neural chip was injected into his brain. The gear that
I brought enabled Harvey to transfer from my brain to Scorpy's
brain. I can now communicate with Harvey through this device.
I find it a sweet irony that Scorpius has a John Crichton clone
in his brain." John said.
would like to hear the entire story." Jack saw the pain
in John's eyes when he spoke. "Whatever it is, you will
always be my son, and I will always love you."
watched as Scorpius raged. He had seen him angry, but never
this out of control. It was time for him to find other allegiances,
fast. He hoped his request for transfer had reached its intended
destination and he would not have to wait long. He slipped out
of the room before Scorpius could see him.
are you? How did you get here? And where is here?" In his
minds eye, Scorpius could see an image of himself facing himself.
Scorpius, how nice of you to ask. My name is Harvey. You don't
know me by name, but I'm the one you abandoned in John Crichton's
mind six monens ago. You left me there; you broke your promise
to me. Well, I'm back. You will not easily get rid of me. Oh,
and where we are is not important, I picked a place John knows.
And one more thing, John has the device now. He has control."