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was very worried. He was worried about what happened to Eleanor
Zhaan had gone to see where the girl had recoalsced. He felt
like he had
whatever powerful being had charged them with this duty. Pissing
worried him more was that he would have to tell John, then he'd
was snapped out of his reverie by Zhaan's frantic voice, "Stark..STARK!"
what is it?"
He has her!"
felt his throat tighten and his stomach turn. Oh gods, he thought,
Crichton was in the maintenance fiddling with his module, again.
nothing particularly wrong with it, except than, when compared to
here, it was a bucket of dren, so he couldn't have been said to
He was fiddling, adjusting his censors, adjusting them back again,
the drive, none of it was really necessary, he just needed to keep
he didn't he may start thinking of Zhaan.
sighed and put down his tools. It was his fault, everything. First
Aeryn, then begged Zhaan to kill him, prompting her to take that
risk, to exchange her life for Aeryn's. Then he just had to look
wormhole, instead of just going to the planet where Zhaan could
allowed himself to be fooled by Neeyala, almost killing everyone
sat down and put his forehead on his knees. God he missed her. While
to have Aeryn back, it was bittersweet. Zhaan was gone, and Aeryn
pushing him away.
had to be the most frustrating relationship he'd ever been in, and
forget about it, but he knew that would not happen. He loved her
dammit. So he was forced to just go through whatever emotional tortures
had in store for him, until such time as she wanted to settle down.
yeah that's gonna happen, he thought.
sighed and wished he had someone to talk to, but everyone else was
their own shit. What they needed, he realized, was to go somewhere
drunk. The problem was that wherever they went trouble followed.
to talk to....He found himself wondering about his sister, Eleanor.
something that had been nagging at him for a few arns, and he just
was his need for a confidante. Right now, he wasn't so sure. Little
were going off in his head, but he couldn't figure out why. He was
he told himself.
came into the bay and sat down next to him, "Hey..."
he replied. They were silent for a few microts when she said, "John,
sighed, "Yes it was, she shouldn't have died because of my
mistakes? John you did everything you could. *We* did everything
If anyone¹s at fault, it's me."
he said turning slightly to her, "don't tell me I did nothing
blame on yourself." He hung his head, "There may have
been things I could
done differently to save her, but with you she was the one who made
don't blame yourself for what you had no control over."
wrapped his arm around her and she leaned against him. They stayed
a few minutes in complete silence until John's comm went off.
It was Pilot. He tapped the comm, "Yeah, Pilot what's the matter?"
Stark, he's frantic. He's saying the Scorpius has 'her' and is demanding
you come down."
furrowed his brow, "Wait a microt, has who? Who does Scorpius
don't know he just says- hey!"
was a brief scuffle and then Stark's voice came on, "John he
has her! He'
and Aeryn had gotten up and were walking down the corridor towards
They past D'argo on the way, he saw they were in a hurry
"What's going on?"
looked at the huge Luxon and said, "It's Stark. He's frantic
isn't he?" he said irritably.
ignored him and was trying to calm Stark down over the comms. "Stark
Who does Scorpius have?"
Stark said, and John froze, "He's got your sister Crichton!"
started running down the hall.....
awoke with a splitting headache. She had passed out after Braca's
had left to run on an errand, though she couldn't say what. All
was that something had gone very wrong and she was exhausted.
her blurry senses cleared she became panicked. At first she didn't
she couldn't move. She found the cause of this was that she had
She managed to look around her for the first time.
was strapped to a chair, her legs and arms were restrained, and
against her head as well. A few feet in front of her was a circle
was displaying just a mirage of colors. The whole thing was resting
which, she realized, was spinning.
she noticed that there were other people in the room. By the entranceway,
were two guards. Next to the spinning platform there was a console
by a statuesque woman with dark hair and dead eyes. She reminded
of Acheran, and she shivered visibly.
woman saw her move with those dead eyes and said in an icy
"Scorpius, she's awake."
good." It was a slimy voice and Ellie turned her eyes towards
took all of her self-control not to flinch.
looked like he'd been dead for about a year and then dug up and
leather. He had scaly skin, sharp teeth, and a sadistic, evil look
feeling better?" She didn't answer, not out of defiance, but
He moved in and put his face close to hers, she started shaking.
he said, "our scans say you're human, very interesting. How
here?" Silence. He waited a full minute, his eyes boring into
"Don't want to talk? Never mind, we'll find out what we need,
your help." He stood up and signaled to the woman, who moved
felt like her mind was being ripped apart. All at once, her entire
before her eyes and she was convinced she was going to die here
the circle in front of her images began popping up, and she realized
were her memories, albeit jumbled together.
a haze of pain she saw Scorpius watching the images with passing
Suddenly he raised his hand, "Stop! Freeze that!" The
more movements and the pain stopped, the chair also stopped moving.
tried to clear her senses and get her breathing under control. She
with sweat and her eyes were streaming with tears. She wasn't sure
but she knew it wasn't typical of a first date. "Hold tight,"
said, "this won't last long, he just wants information. I won't
she thought sourly.
was staring avidly at the image on the screen. When she looked at
saw it was her eighteenth birthday. She was holding the necklace
given her. It was an amethyst in the shape of a crescent moon, now
piece of jewelry. She became aware of it, hanging from her neck
wasn't interested in the necklace, he fixed his gaze on John handing
"Well, well," he said turning towards her, "you know
stopped in front of her and looked down on her. "How?"
"how do you know him?"
didn't answer, she knew that if this obviously evil guy knew her
with John, it would be bad. Scorpius knew her brother, and hated
that much was evident.
stared at her, and she met his gaze defiantly. He cocked his head
side, "No matter," he said, "I don't even need the
Aurora chair to know
you are a relative. His sister I'd say."
her puzzled expression he said, "You look like him, the resemblance
Also your genetic makeup is similar." He moved his face mere
from hers, "Thank you, now I have a way of getting him. I find
his knowledge of wormholes is.....indispensable. Makes me wish I'd
when I had the chance."
reached forward, grabbed the necklace and ripped it off her. "I'm
a lot to have you safe and sound."
Sun was walking along the corridors in Moya looking for John. He'd
upset at Stark's news, that his sister was in Scorpius' hands. Stark
very evasive of how and why he brought the girl to the Uncharted
This made them doubt Stark's story. Particularly where he was
after Zhaan's death.
scowled, I could just wring his neck, she thought. Now John was
good reason. Stark had confirmed some things about the girl that
have known, prompting them to at least go and investigate the planet
the Gammak base was supposedly located.
couldn't find him, and was getting frustrated. "Pilot?"
Crichton is currently on the terrace."
course," she thought. She thanked Pilot and went up to the
standing there, staring up at the stars. He didn't look at her but
you think Stark's full of dren, Aeryn?"
moved up next to him, "I don't know. You said he was accurate
about her. But I wish he'd stop being so evasive."
he said quietly, "me too."
sighed and wrapped an arm around her shoulders, and she wrapped
waist. They stood in silence staring at the stars. She looked up
and flinched. He looked incredibly sad. "John," she said,
"if he really
have her, we'll get her back."
know, it's just-" he looked pained.
he hurts her....she's my little sister, when he finds that out.."
moved in front of him and took his head in her hands, "We *will*
and we'll check her so we
won't get any....surprises." He knew what she
The though of another neuro chip in Ellie's head made him shiver.
there are any...just another excuse to kill him slowly."
didn't say anything but kissed him gently, and then hugged him.
smiled, "I never told you about my sister, did I?"
she said grinning, "you didn't."
he said sitting down and pulling her into their familiar position,
tell you 'bout Ellie...."
Crichton lay in her cell, feeling exhausted and sick. After Scorpius
her identity, he'd ripped through her mind to find out anything
about John. The voice advised her to allow him to probe freely,
find anything and if she resisted it would mean more pain for nothing.
need strength later..." it said now, "sleep......"
blackened room had a distant burning smell, as if the fire had been
Ellie stood at its center, as always in these dreams clad in black
armed with the sword. She was alone, "Zhaan? Where are you?"
She sat down on the remains of the bed with a sigh. Perhaps Zhaan
had given up on her. If that was the case, she hoped they wouldn't
Scorpius had told her about John and how he was once in the Aurora
she was afraid he'd do something crazy to get her, and she was no
be dead by the time he got here.
Scorpius wouldn't kill someone as valuable as you." It was
the voice, only
wasn't in her head, it was behind her. She got up and spun around,
the first time, the owner of the voice which she had heard since
she was a
was a woman, it had never occurred to her if the voice was male
woman was beautiful, she had red hair, piled on top of her head,
green eyes. She was taller than Ellie, which was tall, and was wearing
dress and cloak made of velvet.
was just glad to know that the voice was a figment of her imagination,
a sign of insanity. The woman came forward and embraced her, which
gratefully. This was the woman who'd protected her all her life
was overjoyed to finally meet her.
separated, but they still were holding each others arms. Ellie found
to speak at first, and it was a minute before she found her
"Where is Zhaan?"
with Stark, we don't have much time, Moya is already in orbit
Already, how did he-"
told your brother, you didn't think we'd abandon you did you?"
smiled, "No I suppose not," she paused for a moment, "Who
woman looked amused for a moment, "No, not yet."
you at least have a name?"
looked distant for a moment then shook her head, "There is
no time right
She sighed, "Ellie, you will have to face Acheran, soon, and
I fear you
not ready. But there is nothing I can do to help."
Ellie was chilled to the bone, facing Acheran, without help.
am forbidden to interfere. You do not need to win, just survive..."
pulled away from Eleanor and everything blurred and became dark.
cried, but she knew the woman was gone. She felt like she was falling
she heard Acheran's laugh all around her, but when Ellie looked,
are we going *to* a peacekeeper base, shouldn't we be moving away?"
as she followed Chiana down the corridor. The nebari did her best
her, but Jool's voice was grating her nerves.
she said, rounding angrily on the pain, "I told you, we're
get Crichton's sister."
suicide though, the girl's as good as dead, you kn- OW!"
had given her heavy slap, "Shut up! We're going down there
and if you
like it, TOUGH!"
turned and stormed angrily down the hall leaving Jool and her wailing
stood on command, looking down on the planet. The tingling in his
It wasn't the fear of a base, or Scorpius, it was the awareness
when he was on Earth. The awareness of her, his sister. He'd been
he had thought it gone, but now that they were close again, it was
was down there, and he was going to get her back, no matter what....
sat in his quarters, holding up the amethyst crescent he'd pulled
His newest assistant, Charon, was busy making the Aurora Chair for
and Stark. He grinned at the thought of getting them both back in
He'd already decided to kill the others, they were mere nuisances.
sent out message beacons throughout the uncharted territories with
messenges for Cricton, basically telling him the situation. He grinned
wishing he could see John's face when he saw it.
at the thought, he got up and went down to the interrogation room,
his beautiful Aurora Chair resided, humming the tune he'd heard
the depository. Techs were running around, frantically obeying Charon's
orders, while eyeing her with fear and hate.
liked his new assistant, he knew she was perfect when he first saw
All the other candidates were cowering away from her and she had
gaze head-on with her own dead eyes. Only he wasn't afraid of her,
else including, he thought with amusement, Braca.
came over to her, "Well, my dear, how is work progressing?"
whispered, she never spoke above a harsh whisper, "Nearly done
be ready for the human when we get him."
He stood beside her overseeing the work. Then he regarded Charon,
stood perfectly still facing forward. She was tall, and very beautiful,
pale skin and jet black hair. Her most startling attribute were
very rare among peacekeepers, which were at once piercing and dead.
came in, surrounded by his usual air of superiority. He came up
who was pleased to see him also eying Charon with fear, and
"Scorpius, our censors have detected the Leviathan entering
was soon, Scorpius thought, but he said out loud, "Excellent,
to them, I want to chat with John! Fetch the girl."
ordered about a few of the techs and guards, while Scorpius took
in front of the portal. One of the techs announced transmission
Scorpius gazed at the screen as Cricton and his friends appeared
John!" he said pleasantly....
D'argo stood on command, watching as Scorpius' image came up on
He saw john visibly shiver at the half-breed's cheerful greeting.
Sun!" he went on, "so nice to see you've recovered."
said nothing, John stepped forward, "Cut the crap Scorpy, you
grinned and said, "Of course, you came for your sister,"
he held up a
with what looked like a purple, crescent-shaped stone. D'argo noticed
John paled considerably when he saw it, so he had to assume it belonged
recovered, "What do you want?"
lowered the necklace and turned the full force of his glare onto
"I want your services, Crichton. To help with the research.
I also want
back, as he is also necessary to other research."
chuckled briefly, "You already have the damn chip, what more
do you want
I have the chip, but I find it more complicated than I had anticipated.
knows more about wormholes than you do. So I propose a trade, you
here, alone and willingly-"
spoke up, "I do not think so."
ignored him, "or I kill her, slowly in the Aurora chair."
paled even further, "and if I do give myself up, what happens
grinned, "I give her up to your friends and Moya, and they're
considered for a moment, "I want to see her."
that moment there was a ruckus behind him, and he half-turned so
what was going on.
ME DOWN!" Two guards were practically carrying the girl, as
she kicked and
trying to break free. D'argo had to admit, she was doing a great
as one peacekeeper fell back into a heap. She got back onto her
the other one a nice kick to the mid-section.
Braca tried to grab her, but she gave him a quick elbow to the nose
flipped him over her shoulder. "Oh my," he heard Rygel
say. D'argo had to
he was very amused that this mere human girl was doing so well against
peacekeepers, even Aeryn looked pleased..
the excitement ended as one of the guards managed to get a hold
and put a gun to her head. Another handcuffed her hands behind her
to Scorpius who put a hand on her arm. She struggled but to no avail.
was struck by how much she looked like Crichton. Her hair and eye
exactly like his. It was only that she was female, younger and had
that made a difference.
must admit, John," Scorpius said eyeing her, "she's almost
too much trouble."
ignored him and said, "Hey bright eyes, you ok?"
yeah," she said sarcastically, "I'm great, this place
is so wonderful, I
I'll give it four stars." She added, "Minus one for service,"
break free from Scorpius' grasp, then she added quickly, "Don't
fall for it,
he plans to blow your friends out of sky-MPH!" A hand was quickly
her mouth, and Scorpius released her to a medic who injected her
She passed out and crumpled on the floor.
regarded her as she was picked up by the guard and taken away,
by his assistant. He then turned to them, "I will give you
to consider," and ended the transmition.
said instantly, "John there is no way you and Stark are going
looked up at him, "I can't just let him kill my sister. Not
like that," he
put a hand on his shoulder, "He's going to kill her anyways,
we all heard
warning. But," she said looking to D'argo, "we can't leave
sighed, "we need a plan....a good one."
awoke back in her cell, her head feeling like it weighed a ton and
She tried to rub her eyes, only to find that her hands were still
behind her. She tried to remember what had happened, but it came
waves. She figured that she must have been either hit or drugged.
stood out in her mind, she had known what Scorpius had planned to
and John's friends once he and Stark were in custody.
had to have heard her warning before she passed out. Hopefully he
hell out of there. She squeezed her eyes shut as a full blown migraine
Must be nerves, she told herself, Oh please let him just go, he
know better than that, my dear."
eyes snapped open at that voice, which sent instinctive chills down
body. The low whisper inspired within her hundreds of memories of
nightmare's, only now it wasn't in her head.
rolled over and saw who it belonged to. Scorpius' assistant, Charon
the shadows. Now that she had Ellie's attention she moved forward,
becoming like liquid as her green eyes started to glow....
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