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with a start, realizing immediately that he was not in the cold
stone cell anymore. Alarmed, John discovered he was strapped back
in the Aurora Chair. He tried to remember arriving at this place
but everything was in bits and pieces. His entire body ached and
John laid his head back in the chair. He glanced around to see that
he was all alone in the darkly lit room. It was similar to the one
on the Gammak Base but there were no guards·not even Scorpius was
parading around him this time.
Come on, pal." John stated in a playful voice. He whistled
as if whistling for a dog and moved his head around to try to see
if Scorpius was behind him. "Where are you boy? I miss you
starburst out of the area, John pondered. He paused, almost waiting
for the chip to respond. He then remembered that the chip had somehow
failed. John laughed psychotically.
I haven't forgotten you. Things are a little hectic at the moment.
But, I do know you will be here so I don't need to keep an eye on
you·for now." Scorpius stated, his head hovering slightly to
the right of John's John swung his eyes towards the direction of
Scorpius' voice and smiled.
You didn't leave me! Oh I missed you!" John stated. He laughed
some more. Scorpius turned to face John head on.
you must keep focused. I need your attention here. If you decide
to lose your mind now, that information could be lost forever. And
we can't have that now can we?" Scorpius stated with a smile.
He then walked away and exited the room. John's smile slowly wore
off his face as he realized he had a chance to escape.
memories passing through John's mind began to make sense to him.
He realized something he had overlooked. He had left his comms on
the entire time. Now that the chip was no longer controlling his
thoughts or emotions, John could easily contact Moya·if she were
John whispered frantically. He closed his eyes for a moment, feeling
dizzy from the stress his body was undergoing. There was no answer.
John stated slightly louder the second time.
She probably starburst the hell out of here arns ago." John
muttered. At least had have a record of the chats between him and
Scorpius if he ever made it back to Moya. He was sure everything
they had said had been recorded.
to feel extremely exhausted again, realizing that this entire ordeal
was beginning to take its toll. If he couldn't hang on for much
longer, he would be of no use to anyone.
Zhaan's voice whispered in John's mind. John blinked several times.
He thought for a moment that Zhaan was talking to him via the comms.
He was almost afraid to acknowledge her voice, fearing he was just
hallucinating again. Then he remembered she had contacted him earlier
John stated in a hushed voice.
goddess, are you all right?" Zhaan responded with relief.
be better. Zhaan, are you guys safe? You've got to get out of here
now." John stated.
We won't leave without you. They're attempting to place a control
collar on Moya. Talyn's here but he's fighting more than he can
handle. There's no way we can avoid the PeaceKeepers."
Scorpius planted some kind of chip in my head. Somehow, it failed.
I don't know what he's up to but I can only hold his attention for
so long." John stated and paused, feeling another rush of pain
sweep through his body.
Are you all right?" Zhaan asked, sensing his pain. John cleared
his head once more and smiled.
listen to me, you have to get out of there now. They're going to
kill you. Forget about me. I'd rather die than give Scorpius what
he wants." John stated bravely.
I will not let you die." Zhaan stated. John felt a sudden rush
of energy flow into his body.
what was that?" John asked. No response. "Zhaan?"
to yourself?" Scorpius asked. He entered John's view and cocked
his head at John.
to you Scorpius." John stated wryly.
we must depart this planetary system immediately. There are some
intense solar flares that would do quite the damage on my equipment
if we were to stay. Thankfully, we are already on the Marauder."
his brow. Now he realized they had been moving slowly for quite
some time. He had thought it was because the way he was feeling.
you should be paying more attention to those solar flares. They
are an ingredient in creating a wormhole, you know." John stated.
Scorpius peered at him in wonder and stepped forward to read the
you be telling me this? Unless·you are willing to die. The information
you give me is incorrect. The only way I can be sure is to probe
your mind." Scorpius smiled.
realized things were going from bad to worse.
What would they be doing here?" Chiana asked.
the oncoming fleet of Scarren battleships heading towards them.
The PeaceKeepers had noticed as well, sending all of their prowlers
towards the Scarren fleet. The control collar was abandoned at the
moment, hovering uncomfortably close to Moya.
are headed into battle with the PeaceKeepers. Pilot! Now's our chance.
Starburst immediately!" D'Argo ordered.
Moya won't starburst. She doesn't want to be separated from Talyn
any more." Pilot stated in a worried tone.
can starburst the yotz out of here as well! Let's get out of here!"
Rygel squealed from his hiding place inside a crate in the cargo
can't leave John!" Zhaan stated, finally joining with the rest
of the crew on the current situation.
has come back aboard Moya. Talyn is preparing for starburst·and
so is Moya." Pilot reported anxiously.
not want to be caught in a battle between the PeaceKeepers and the
Scarrens. Crichton was a good friend to us all. But he frelled up
and now we have to save ourselves!" Rygel grunted over the
John is our shipmate. He didn't abandon you when you decided to
betray us last time!" Zhaan scolded. She was referring to the
time when Rygel had gone to Scorpius to save his own eema and give
up his shipmates.
The crew fell
silent for a moment. Moya was about ready to starburst. They were
quickly running out of options.
trick. John realized as he struggled to get out of the chair.
There was no way he could pry through the metal cuffs holding down
his arms and legs. The whole bit about solar flares was an attempt
to get information out of him and it had worked. John grew angry
with himself. He could not believe the situation he had gotten himself
at the controls, preparing to zap John's brain. Without warning,
he turned the machine on. John screamed in pain as a wave of electricity
jolted his mind. The jolt was more intense than he had ever felt
in the chair before. He clasped his hands down on the arms of the
chair, digging his fingertips into the cool metal. John gasped for
a few extra breaths and blinked his eyes. Nothing had shown on the
screen. John wondered if the jolt hadn't just been a warning shot.
No, not Scorpius' style.
His body was
beginning to fail him as he was continually subjected to jolts of
electricity. His own memories began to flash onto the projection
screen in front of him. His eyesight was fading as he watched new
memories of being tortured by the Scarren. He didn't feel like reliving
those moments again. But he could not look away, nor was his body
strong enough to. Every muscle in his body ached. John realized
he wouldn't be able to hold onto consciousness for much longer.
Finally he allowed the darkness to overcome him and he closed his
you mustn't give in now, we've only just begun!" Scorpius hissed.
John did not respond. Scorpius sent another jolt of electricity
through John's body but John remained unconscious. Scorpius sneered
and walked up to the chair to peer down into John's face. He then
unlocked John's arms and legs from the constraints and walked away
to tier 17. I want his brain dissected." Scorpius ordered into
his comms. He turned to John. "I'll just have to tear you apart
to find what I need. Even in death, you can't elude me, John Crichton!"
He snarled once again at John's limp body and then stalked out of
A few moments
passed before John took his first gasp of air. Wincing, he slowly
began to move from his position and flopped to the floor beside
the chair. John curled up for a moment, feeling the intense physical
pain of the torture he had been through. Breathing hard, John straightened
and held onto the chair to support him as he stood up. What a
fool. I can't believe Scorpius unstrapped me! He smiled weakly.
shook violently for a moment, sending John back to the floor with
a thud. He groaned and used his weak arms to pull himself up. The
ship shook again and an alarm began to go off.
warning. Evacuation warning. John smiled and laughed hysterically.
He stood up with all the strength left in his body and headed slowly
out of the room.
the ship was under attack. By whom, he didn't even care at the moment.
All he knew was that he could still make it if he tried. He desperately
wanted to get back to Moya, and in one piece. A terrible feeling
of guilt was burrowing in his stomach as he thought of his actions
aboard Moya. Hopefully, the rest of the crew would forgive him.
once passing by a single PeaceKeeper, John entered an area with
a few Prowlers still waiting to be taken out to battle. He didn't
care why there seemed to be no PeaceKeepers around. He only cared
to get as far away from this place as soon as possible.
John hid behind
a column support and observed several PeaceKeepers guarding the
area. Another couple were racing frantically towards their Prowlers,
preparing to head out to battle. John scanned the scene and smiled
when he saw what he was looking for. An abandoned Prowler with quite
a chunk blown off the side of it was sitting in a corner. He figured
it had been damaged in the battle, for the smoldered metal was still
smoking. No one was near that Prowler. John decided he would have
to risk all by taking that Prowler. There was no other way out.
walked amongst the shadows of the hanger, vigilantly keeping an
eye out on the guards on the far side of the room. He came up to
the Prowler and looked the damage. The gaping hole in the metal
would cause some problems, but John only needed the ship to get
him to Moya. Analyzing the damage, John found his luck was beginning
to shine through. He laughed insanely and walked his way around
the ship to get into the cockpit. He stopped cold when he felt the
cold nuzzle of a weapon pointing into his back. John frowned. He
turned around slowly, his arms in the air. He came face to face
with Scorpius. Anger grew within John. He was growing tired of this
you didn't honestly think I would have given up that easily, do
you?" Scorpius smiled. He held the pulse rifle securely at
John. Time was running out and John knew it. He eyed the tubes used
to fix the Prowler hanging down from the ceiling to his left.
of this real?" John asked, glancing around at the Prowler and
the guards who seemed not to notice them.
depends on who you ask." Scorpius stated, confusing John even
Why can't you find some other dog to train? I will never give you
anything and I surely would rather die before I let you capture
me again!" John exclaimed. Scorpius paused in confusion, trying
to translate John's statement about the dog. At that moment, John
swung a tube into Scorpius, sending the pulse rifle flying. Scorpius
swung his arm at John, hitting him square in the jaw. John bent
over, holding his jaw sorely. He was about to bounce back when Scorpius
slammed his foot into John's ribs. John fell to the ground with
a grunt. Moaning, he grabbed his aching side. Scorpius swung his
foot at John once more. This time, John was prepared. He grabbed
hold of Scorpius' foot and threw him to the ground. Scorpius snarled
and struggled to get up. John wiggled over to the pulse rifle resting
near his head and pointed it at Scorpius. Scorpius paused and stayed
down. John stood up slowly and placed his foot down on Scorpius'
stomach. John leaned over his knee to look down at Scorpius with
a satisfied grin. His eyes portrayed a look of hatred that Scorpius
already under my influence. Tell me John, exactly how many souls
have you killed this cycle alone?" Scorpius snickered. John
straightened and stared at Scorpius with even more anger. He tightened
his grip on the pulse rifle and raised it to Scorpius' head. Everything
in his body wanted so badly for this creature's life to end. A wave
of memories of the torture Scorpius had caused swept through his
mind. John prepared to end Scorpius' life.
shook violently as the Scarrens shot it once more. John shifted
backwards, holding tight to his weapon but losing a hold of Scorpius.
Steam began to pour out of the tubes around them and hissed loudly,
cutting down on the visibility. Scorpius rolled out of his reach
and stood to face John. He wore a tight but sly smile. The heat
of the steam would surely begin to affect him at any moment. John
grinded his teeth in frustration as Scorpius stepped closer with
no problems regarding the heat.
never escape me, John. I will always be with you in one way or another.
The only way for that to stop is for you to give me the wormhole
technology." Scorpius stated in a calm voice, stepping forward.
John held up the pulse rifle to Scorpius' head. Scorpius stopped.
time, your chip can't stop me." John stated and pulled the
trigger on the pulse rifle. A blast of energy shot out of the rifle
just as the ship began to swerve violently. Scorpius flew backwards
and disappeared from view. John shouted in anger. The ship swayed
once more. John swallowed hard, trying to keep his footing and peered
into the steam, trying to see if he had truly hit Scorpius. John
looked down and then noticed the dark bluish colored pool of blood
near where Scorpius had been standing. John smiled slightly, though
still not satisfied that Scorpius was gone. He lowered his weapon
and his shoulders as he realized how willing he was to kill now.
He looked at the pulse rifle, took a deep breath and threw it to
The steam swirled
around him as he walked up to the Prowler. Was this all an illusion?
Was he still strapped in the chair? The ship began to shake once
again, sending John into the side of the ship.
his eyes to see he was lying on the stone cell floor he had been
in once before. He squinted in the red glowing light. Scorpius was
circling him and grinning. John shook his head. What is this?
his fist on the floor and suddenly, everything began to crumble
around him. The illusions began to fade and John was left in darkness.
The old familiar aching headache he had been experiencing in the
past few solar days returned. John struggled to stand but found
that gravity was fighting hard against him.
is real. There's no new psychotic therapy ward for me to go crazy
in. This is real." John pondered out loud into the darkness.
beneath him began to shake and tremble. Suddenly, the lighting around
John began to brighten and reveal to him his true surroundings.
He found himself to be back in the hanger. There was no sign of
Scorpius·except for that small pool of blood·
his fingers and lifted himself off the ground slowly. He realized
that the aurora chair had been another mind trick. Somehow, he had
escaped wherever he had been and made it to this Prowler. He did
not care how. He just wanted to get away from this nightmare as
quickly as possible.
With no time
to waste, John jumped into the cockpit of the Prowler and started
up the engines. At least the ship still works, John thought.
He maneuvered the ship towards the doors leading out into space.
The faster he got out of this place, the better.
longer before Moya is ready to starburst?" Aeryn asked anxiously.
She had joined the rest of the crew in the Command bay.
almost there!" Pilot reported.
The view screen
in front of the saddened crew displayed a mighty war beginning to
take place. Several large blasts and explosions plaguing the Marauder
were creating shock waves and shaking Moya. Tens of thousands of
Prowlers and Scarren ships were firing at each other amongst the
space between the Marauder and the large Scarren base ship approaching.
starburst out of view. Aeryn sadly looked on through the view screen.
She wondered silently if she would ever see him again·as did Moya.
Is that a Prowler headed towards us?" Chiana asked with fear
rising in her voice. She pointed to a smoking Prowler, shakily headed
straight for Moya. "It looks like it's going to crash!"
how much longer till we starburst?" D'Argo asked anxiously.
has stopped. She feels she must stay here until Crichton is safe
with us." Pilot stated in surprise.
Zhaan asked in surprise.
receiving some kind of energy wave from the Prowler. She believes
it's Crichton!" Pilot exclaimed. "I'm allowing the ship
The crew watched
silently as the ship passed by the view screen. The smoke was billowing
out of it at an alarming rate and the ship was no longer flying
smoothly. The crew raced to the docking bay, fearing a trap but
at the same time, hoping it would be Crichton.
get the DRDs down there. We'll need all the back up we can get!"
Aeryn ordered. She charged up her rifle as she ran. D'Argo readied
his weapon as well.
landing in here? Pilot, close the outer doors now! Is Moya crazy?"
Rygel's frightened voice ordered from within the crate. The crate
shook and rattled for a moment and Rygel wiggled his way out. He
ran across the floor of the cargo bay and headed the opposite direction
of the docking bay. He ran smack into D'Argo
If I had the time, I would·" D'Argo started, holding Rygel
by the neck. He then dropped Rygel and watched the damaged Prowler
enter the docking bay. The outer doors closed swiftly behind it
and the docking bay began to cloud with smoke. Moya immediately
charged up for starburst.
We are about to starburst in three microts!" Pilot stated over
the comms. The crew had little time to prepare themselves. They
needed to see who was in the Prowler but at the same time, needed
to hold onto something during starburst. There was no time. The
ship suddenly shot into starburst, sending everyone into a heap
on the floor.
All was silent
for a few moments. The smoke had begun to clear in the docking bay.
The crew moaned and began to untangle themselves from the heap.
Aeryn and D'Argo immediately rushed up to the damaged Prowler, pointing
their weapons up at the cockpit and waiting for the person inside
now safely out of range of the battle." Pilot announced.
you Pilot." Zhaan replied shortly, with a sense of tension
in her voice. She, Chiana, and Rygel watched from a distance as
the Prowler's cockpit began to open. Haze shadowed the figure's
face for a moment. A few coughs came from the figure and he emerged
from the cockpit, weak and confused.
D'Argo stated in alarm. He helped his friend out of the cockpit.
John fell to the floor and spread his arms out, taking in one huge
breath. He coughed some more and looked up at his shipmates, all
gathering around to peer down at him with confused and somewhat
relieved faces. John smiled and held his eyes closed for a moment,
letting the dizziness he was feeling pass.
what the frell did you think you were doing?" Aeryn asked angrily,
she had not pointed her pulse rifle away from John yet.
know Aeryn. Scorpius had control over me for a while there. I couldn't
beat him." John explained. Zhaan knelt down beside him to check
him over for injuries.
help me get John to the med bay." Zhaan ordered. Before John
could argue, he lost consciousness.
been under a great deal of stress. I don't know much about humans
so I can't tell you if he'll be all right or not, I'm sorry Chiana."
Zhaan's worried voice stated in the distance.
to become aware of his surroundings once again. He could hear that
same old comforting hum of Moya so he knew he was in a safe place.
He struggled to open his eyes but found every single muscle in his
body ached terribly. His head was a whole other story. His mind
was numb. A dull ache was beginning to make its way to his frontal
lobe. John could feel his mind reeling from the overload of emotions
he had gone through in the past several arns.
stay with him." Another sweet voice stated, somewhere close
to John. John suddenly realized the voice was Aeryn's and that her
warm, comforting hand was clasped around his own.
sure you won't try to kill him?" Chiana asked sarcastically.
John could sense a hint of uneasiness in her voice. He felt it himself.
someone to be with him, Chiana." Aeryn explained. John could
also sense guilt in Aeryn's voice. He wondered why.
John let out
a slight moan as he tried to open his eyes; the dull light from
the room was enough to make his eyes hurt. He opened them halfway
to confirm Aeryn sitting next to him and Chiana and Zhaan slightly
further away. Each woman wore a look of worry. But John also noticed
they wore defensive expressions underneath. They were still not
sure if he was truly the John Crichton they knew.
to sit up, but his body would not allow it. The hard surface he
was laying on was uncomfortable but he could bear it. He looked
to Aeryn and the others and smiled briefly.
Are you feeling any better?" Zhaan asked. She stepped forward
and placed a hand on John's shoulder.
I don't think I could feel any worse. But don't worry, I'll get
better." John stated. He closed his eyes briefly to see a flash
of Scorpius' grinning face. He reopened his eyes. Aeryn had noticed
the disturbed look on his face.
I killed Scorpius." John stated slowly.
goddess forgive you. You did what you had to." Zhaan stated.
killed in cold blood, Zhaan." John said and let his eyes trail
off into the distance. Zhaan tilted her head at John's statement
and decided to question him later.
inform D'Argo and Rygel that you are awake." Zhaan stated in
Zhaan and Chiana
slowly retreated out of the med bay. Aeryn watched John closely.
She wasn't about to let down her PeaceKeeper guard and show John
emotion. Instead, she sternly watched him, making sure he would
be all right.
sorry." John stated, looking to Aeryn. His reddened eyes carried
a few tears. Aeryn bit her lip. She looked away for a moment and
then back to John.
worry, it's over now. It'll be okay." She tried to comfort
him but knew it wasn't working.
his weak arm and allowed a finger to trail across Aeryn's cheek
not. I put all of your lives in danger and nearly killed you and
D'Argo I'm surprised you guys didn't try to kill me when I arrived
in the Prowler." He lowered his arm. Tears were beginning to
form in Aeryn's eyes as well.
we would never·" Aeryn paused before continuing on. "Just
promise me that you'll tell me if things are wrong. If you had just
said something, we could have figured things out like we always
even I didn't know things were wrong. I had no control over my own
thoughts. Do you know how unsettling that is? To have had Scorpius
in my head like that? I'm glad I shot him." John stated, holding
his head up. Aeryn looked into John's eyes to see satisfaction taking
over the previous look of death. She didn't know whether to smile
at that or be concerned.
what exactly did Scorpius tell you to do?" Aeryn asked slowly,
unsure of how John would react. John looked into her eyes with question.
He lowered his head and gazed at the ceiling for a moment.
Aeryn. I've been tired for so long. I just want to sleep."
John replied coldly. Aeryn stalled for a moment. She then let go
of his hand.
your eyes, Crichton, let the sleep come." Aeryn coaxed. She
was surprised at herself for being soft. She slowly got up onto
the bed and made use of the small space between John and the edge
of the bed. She drew herself closer to his warm body and wrapped
her arms around John Îs shoulders.
giving up on you Crichton, remember that." Aeryn whispered
into his ear. John smiled lightly as his eyes drooped. He held onto
Aeryn's hand and rubbed it affectionately. Before he knew it, he
was fast asleep.
John was left alone admiring the stars. This time, he was in the
terrace. A place he had not been in quite a long time on Moya. He
stood tall, dressed in his usual PK leather, pondering over the
events that had played out in the past few solar days. His gaze
carried down to the pulse rifle securely fastened to his right thigh.
you are." Zhaan's soft voice said from behind Crichton. He
turned to see Zhaan pause several feet away, looking at him with
concern. He then looked back to the stars.
need me for something?" John asked emptily.
I just wanted to make sure you were all right." Zhaan stated.
She stepped forward. John turned abruptly, startling her for a moment.
please. I'm getting sick and tired of everyone having to check up
on me every frelling arn." John stated. He stopped when he
noticed Zhaan's hurtful expression. "Zhaan, I'm sorry, I don't
know what came over me...it's just...lately, I haven't been myself."
John. But I also understand that you are not healed."
am. I'm perfectly fine." John lied, holding out his arms and
speaking of his physical health.
you may be healed physically, I do not believe your mind has even
begun to heal. You are not the same John Crichton we have come to
know." Zhaan stated and stepped up to face John. John felt
uncomfortable under her inquiring gaze. Deep down, he knew exactly
what she was talking about.
Zhaan grasped her hands onto John's head and pulled him forward
to her own head. John struggled, but Zhaan's grip was too strong.
Suddenly, everything John had been pressing down into his soul began
to rush forward into his mind. He could hear Zhaan speaking to him
as he struggled.
of you fears. I can take away your pain if you let me." Her
soothing voice stated. John wanted so hard to believe her but he
knew these feelings, memories, and thoughts were there to haunt
him for the rest of his life. John fell to his knees. He was beginning
to crack under the pressure as Zhaan knelt down to be at his level.
She pressed on.
John saw his
mother crying out to him. He saw DK looking at him with disappointment
in his eyes. His father flashed through his mind with a strange
grin·was this his real father or the Ancients? Aeryn and the rest
of the crew flashed through his mind as well suffering through the
various events that had occurred since he had arrived on Moya. Images
of the beings John had killed trickled into the flash of memories.
Finally, the haunting image of Scorpius laughing down on him burned
into his mind.
vigorously with Zhaan this time. Zhaan had discovered his rage and
drew on it, realizing that it was radiating from the images of Scorpius
that she was witnessing. John suddenly began to feel a weight lift
off his shoulders. Renewed strength began to fill his body. John
wasted no time. He shoved himself out of Zhaan's grip, sending both
of them to the ground with a thud. Zhaan cried out and looked to
John as he was slowly raising himself from the ground. She could
not believe all that she had seen·nor the feelings of hatred she
had felt from within John. Only once before had she encountered
such hate·and that was within her savage side she had conquered
so long ago.
John sat up
with tearful eyes and watched as Zhaan helped herself up. He let
his gaze fall to the stars to his right and looked back down at
his pulse rifle. To Zhaan's surprise, he dismounted the pulse rifle
and held it up to her, offering for her to take it from him.
Zhaan asked in a shocked tone, taking the pulse rifle from his shaking
and faced her for a brief moment. She saw a look of hollowness in
the man who once displayed heroism and courage in his eyes.
enough blood on my hands·it stops here." He then began to walk
out of the terrace. Zhaan wasted little time wondering what another
one of John's earth sayings meant.
I sensed much conflict and pain within you. Please don't let it
consume your soul." Zhaan stated. John spun slowly around to
face Zhaan one last time. He gave her a brief smile.
thank you for your help. But it is much too late for that. I may
heal·someday. In the mean time, please, let me sort these things
out for myself." John said. He nodded to her and then left
the terrace to rest in his quarters.
him leave with sorrow spread across her face. She looked out to
the stars, wondering briefly why the human found such comfort in
them. She then turned and left the terrace.
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