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eyes flared, "GOD DAMN IT!!!!!!!!!" He threw his head
back. "Why didn't they tell me?"
walked behind John, brushing his hand across John's shoulders, forcing
a shiver. John's hair stood on end. "Would it really have
mattered, JohnŠyou would have gone to her anyway." John looked
unconvinced at Scopius who moved within an inch of his face. "Come
on, John. You know I'm right." John held the stare as long
as he could then lowered his gaze. "MmmmŠthat's what I thought.
You know," he placed his index finger under John's chin and
raised it, "She is your Weakness."
You're full of it. She is my strength!" John rebutted.
John. WellŠ" Scorpius circled behind John, "What if I
start to, describe her. She is quite an attractive Sebacean.
Her body is magnificent."
nodded, "Oh, and here I thought you liked her for her mind."
continued, "Her leather attire contours her body to perfection:
her shoulders, hips, breasts, and waist all flawless proportion,
when did you become poetic?" John said.
stood nose to nose with John, "Since I knew it could break
you." Scorpius tilted his head to the right, "Stop resisting,
squeezed his eyes shut, trying to dispel the arising fantasy. "I
grinned, "No, John." He paused. "I don't think you
saw Aeryn standing in front of a pure white background. Raven tresses
flowed free around her neck; her steel gray eyes bore passion that
could cut lead. Those ocean blue eyes that John drowned in. She
flashed a radiant smile and John was captivated, hypnotized by the
wonder before him. He lived for these moments when her Peacekeeper
shields were down and only Aeryn stood before him.
was not what John previously found attractive in women, the complete
opposite of Alex. But now he cannot picture any creature more graceful,
more powerful, more beautiful. The black hair felt like Chinese
silk in his hand. Those gray eyes set into that flawless alabaster
skin that stretched taut over her figure, magnifying the beauty
of her curves. If ever there was a doubt for continuing to fight,
Aeryn quickly vanquished the thought from his mind. She was his
epitome of everything beautiful, powerful, courageous, and mystical.
mind flashed and he stood on a dark street corner. A lone street
lamp shone on the opposite corner. Scorpy walked out of the shadows
wearing a long leather trench coat, adorned in gold, a large hat,
sunglasses, and an oversized super cell phone. He led Aeryn into
the light. Now she wore a short black skirt, thigh high leather
boots, and a red mesh top. John squinted to get a closer look. Makeup.
Was that Makeup she was wearing? The same crap that enhanced the
looks back on Earth stripped Aeryn of all of hers. This was no longer
his Aeryn. He could still see the remnants of courage and fire,
but they were now hiddenŠburied deep in the eyes of this shell standing
grinned, "Oh and by the way, John, I do charge by the hour
and she has an appointment in," Scorpy looked at his watch.
"An arn and a half with Crais so --"
shook his head hard breaking the torturous visions. "NO!"
John sweated profusely and his breath quickened. He bowed submissively.
grinned and raised John's eyes to meet his, "Weakness."
Scorpius dropped John's chin and his head fell limply. Scorpius
turned his back and walked away from John. He quickly spun around
and inhaled deeply, "And I will use her as suchŠyour breaking
point." Scorpius paused. "How would you feel," Scorpius
tilted his head, "if Aeryn Sun has a close encounter with my
head shot up as he uselessly pulled at the chains, wanting desperately
to wrap his hands around his tormentor's neck."Frell you, you
frelling rat bastard son of a BITCH!" John shook his head
rabidly and spat, "You touch herŠŠŠIŠŠŠI'll kill you."
grinned, "Good, John. Although you are in no position to make
threats, a gallant effort nonetheless. I knew someday I would find
the catalyst to spark you."
growled and looked to the never ending ceiling trying to regain
some sanity. He was not going to let Scorpius win this one. He had
to calm down. Immediately his thoughts involuntarily wandered to
Aeryn. She stood in front of him in the cell and ran her slender
fingers over his furrowed brow, whispering calmly, soothingly. ŒShhh,
John. Resist him.' She brushed her hand over his cheek and he leaned
into her palm. He relaxed at the thought of her presence. Even if
the real Aeryn would never make such a gesture, his fantasy certainly
could. Her gray eyes stared deeply into his, caring, serious, and
stepped through the image and she disappeared. "Composed, John?
She seems to help immensely, but also hinder fatally. You see, unlike
the Scarran, I know exactly what I want. And I know how to get
licked his lips. "Uh huh. Uh huh. Your little clone saves
me from the acid trip and for what?" He shifted his weight.
"Why don't you look for the Robinsons instead? I mean, at least
they know HOW they did the inter-space travel thing." John
struggled against his restraints. "Hey waitŠŠŠhow did you know
about the Scarran? That wasn't that so long ago."
smirked, "You're top priority to High Command, John. We have
contacts stationed everywhere. How do you think the Enforcer knew
where you were?" John's stunned face stared blankly back at
Scorpius. "John, John." Scorpius shook his head. "You
didn't think I would let you go that easily, did you?"
relaxed. "NopeŠbut a guy can dream, can't he?"
what nowŠŠŠback to the show?"
rummaged through the few personal items the Sebacean owned. "Hey.
What ya doin' Ryg?" Rygel spun around to see Chiana leaning
seductively in the doorway.
Maybe I should ask you the same question." Rygel grumped.
walked closer to Rygel. "You know, she's not even dead yet,
you miserable cold hearted sack of green dren. You owe a lot to
Aeryn. We all do." She looked to the door and thought, ŒAnyway,
I wasn't going to take anything -- at least not yet.'
hovered to the confrontational Nebari, "So...you little trelk,
when did you get such a change of heart? And who are you to tell
a DOMINOR what to do? I wasn't taking anything. Merely, assessing
stared back, "I know I'm not the most selfless person on this
ship, but Aeryn is the last person who deserves to die. Not this
way." She backed out the room and headed down the hall leaving
Rygel to his "Assessment."
heat was steadily increasing as John made his way through the labyrinth
of corridors to Aeryn's quarters. He wiped his brow and flung the
sweat to the floor. He turned a corner and stopped abruptly at the
sight of Scorpy. John put his hands on his waist and leaned into
his right hip, "Ok Harvey, what now? You gonna break into song
again, quote the poems of Lord Byron, what?"
crossed his arms, "No. But if you insistŠŠŠ" John exhaled
impatiently and walked away. Scorpy followed, and cleared his throat,
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place."
Byron. She Walks in Beauty)
Shut up!" John interrupted. "I don't have time for this."
grinned, "What's wrong, John. Did something hit close to home?"
stopped and faced the hybrid, "Yeah. Whatever. Now what do
you really want?"
was simply going to inform you that it's getting warmer by the minute."
Scorpy replied. "And with the docking bay doors malfunctioning,
Aeryn cannot leave."
impatiently answered, "I know."
grinned, "She won't survive with four arns until temperature
glared back in hatred, "Yes she will." He shoved
Scorpy out of the way and continued down the corridor where he was
almost bumped by an exiting Chiana. His eyes followed her down the
hall; he turned and entered Aeryn's quarters.
saw the Hynerian digging and grabbed the back of his throne, hurling
it against the wall. Rygel jerked on impact. John asked annoyed
but playful, "Hiya Sparky. How the frell are ya? What ya doin?"
looked, confused. "I am not taking anything -- simply assessing."
looked intently at the little Hynerian, "Oh, I get it. You
were just WINDOW SHOPPING. Well just so you know, this store is
WAAYYY outta your price range. So maybe you should just move along."
His tone now threatening. "Before I help you."
watched as Rygel hovered out of her quarters. John then left and
headed back down the corridor. He looked over his shoulder, up then
down. "HEY, HARVEY! You makin' yourself scarce?" He looked
down the hall. "All right. So if I were Aeryn, I would beŠŠŠ"
trailed behind, "Oh Johnny. If I were Aeryn, I would be with
Harvey. I'm going to the Terrace."
ran onto the Terrace to see Aeryn huddled on the floor. He raced
to her side and knelt down. John rolled her into his arms; her eyes
were closed and she wasn't moving. She was soaked from head to toe;
her sports bra clung to her body as the surrounding skin glistened.
John looked out to the vastness of space at the stars and closest
sun. He then looked down at Aeryn and brushed the hair away from
tried desperately to revive her, but could not. She was still alive
and he prayed he wasn't too late, "Oh God, NoŠŠŠCome on, Baby.
Don't you leave me." John pulled her completely into his arms
and stood, cradling her against his chest. "Come on, just hold
on for me, ok." He walked from the Terrace, trying to get
her to the showers as quickly as he could. "The cold water
can wake her."
raced into Pilot's den. John had told her that whenever something
was wrong, talking to Zhaan always helped him. Maybe it would help
her too. Zhaan stood in front of Pilot. "Zhaan?" The
blue Delvian turned her gaze from Pilot to the little Nebari. Chiana
slowly walked closer as if she was a frightened child. "Zhaan,
can I uhŠŠŠtalk to you?"
smiled, "Why of course, my child. What seems to be troubling
you?" Chiana shifted nervously and pulled Zhaan out of the
den into Command.
cocked her head, her voice squeaked with unspoken fear, "Zhaan
rested a hand on Chiana's shoulder. "Come now. It is fine.
Tell me. Is it D'Argo?"
shook her head, "No, not D'Argo. ItŠŠŠit's Aeryn."
face morphed to concern, "What. What seems to be the problem
with Aeryn?" She feared that Chiana had chosen the worst time
to pick a fight with the near death Sebacean.
snapped, "In case you hadn't noticed, Aeryn is dying and we
can't do a thing about it."
relaxed but inside she jolted at Chiana's harsh reality, "I
know Chiana. But D'Argo and Pilot will fix everything before that
stomped a foot and cocked her head, "No, Zhaan. Stop lying
to yourself -- and to me." Zhaan frowned and wrinkled her brow.
"Aeryn's going to die. And there's nothing we can do."
spoke soothingly, "We all care deeply for Aeryn. None of us
want to lose her. Everything will be fine. The Goddess will take
care of her."
," Chiana paused then gathered her courage. "I don't want
her to die, Zhaan. I mean she didn't have to come after me back
on that planet. She could have just taken her prowler and left --
but she didn't. She and Crichton both came after me. I meanŠwell,
I belong. I have grown to love the entire crew. But Aeryn is different."
She shrugged away Zhaan's hand and wiped the tear from her eye.
"If anyone deserves to live, it's Aeryn. She can't go down
like this. She can't. I've already lost a brother. I don't want
to lose her too."
tried to comfort, her maternal instinct taking over, "Chiana,
Aeryn is dying where she is happiest: here with usŠ her family.
Do not fear for her. She knows how you feel. You are right. She
would not have stayed on that planet for you if she did not return
your affection, no matter what John said. She knows what she means
to all of us and is at peace with that. The Goddess always takes
the good before their time. All that we can do is cherish the time
we do have with themŠand immortalize them by never forgetting."
Zhaan looked directly into Chiana's eyes, wiping another tear from
her now stained face. "And we will never forget."
ran into the shower stall and quickly laid her on the floor. He
pulled the head off and turned the water to cold. He sat beneath
her, cradling her, and poured the water over her sweating body.
He laid the showerhead on her chest and removed her pants. Her Calvins
and bra clung to her body as John desperately tried to cool her
down. He brought the cold water to her face then down her torso
to her legs. "Oh GawdŠŠŠBaby come on. Wake upŠŠŠplease."
He laid her on the floor and knelt at her right side. He poured
the water, which was only slightly cold, over her chest then moved
back down to her legs. He focused on cooling her lower half when
Aeryn's eyes fluttered open. "Aeryn, please."
ran her fingers through John's short hair. He turned to meet her
half-open eyes. "John." Aeryn's voice and breath were
weak and labored.
gasped. "Oh God, Aeryn." He pulled her back into his lap
still letting the cold-water stream over them both. He looked down
at her, the whites of his eyes red and tortured.
grabbed her hand and entwined his fingers through hers. Aeryn looked
into his eyes as he brushed the wet curls from her face. "ShhhŠŠŠJohn."
Aeryn swallowed hard. "IŠŠŠI'm sorry." Aeryn coughed harshly,
"ForŠŠŠfor not telling you before how much I care for you.
I'm sorryŠŠŠfor never showing you. Thank youŠŠŠfor letting me be
more." She closed her eyes as a sharp pain fired through her
BabyŠŠŠI have been waiting so long to tell you." John swallowed
attempting to steady his voice and caressed her cheek. "Aeryn,
I love you so much. No one has ever made me feel this way before."
He brushed his fingers through her wet hair entwining wrapping it
around his fingers. "God Baby, you're everything to me. PleaseŠŠŠPlease
Aeryn. Don't you give up on me. I need you here. I couldn't have
come this far without you." John's pleas became sobs. "IŠI
can't live without you. I need you." John bowed his head. "You're
my reason for living. God BabyŠŠŠNo!" He buried his face in
her stomach and cried into her trembling body.
slid her fingers through his hair and slowly raised his eyes to
meet hers. She brushed his lower lip; her mouth curled up as tears
built in the corners of her eyes. John held her against him, kissing
her gently. She wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling herself
closer. She deepened the kiss, taking as much comfort as she could.
He pulled back from the embrace, completely breathless and locked
in her gaze. "Aeryn, you kissed me likeŠŠŠlike it would be
our last. But it won't cuz D'Argo, yeah D'Argo will fix everything.
Just hang in there. Ok, Baby?"
wrapped his arms tightly around her, refusing to let go. A tear
fell as she reached for the dagger at John's side. She brought
the blade within his sight, but he quickly turned away. "John
look at meŠŠŠplease."
looked back into her eyes. His ice blue eyes filled with hurt and
anger, "How, Aeryn? how can I. It'sŠŠŠI couldn't bring myself
toŠŠŠoh God, Aeryn, No."
eyes begged back. "Please John." She arched her back
in a wave of pain. John held her close wishing he could take this
agony for her. She relaxed as the pain subsided. "John."
Her breath quickened as she felt a pang in her lower back. "You
promised so long agoŠŠŠas my friend, my family. AhhhhŠŠŠ."
John bowed his head unable to see her suffer through another wave
of pain and unsure if he could actually keep his promise. "IŠŠŠI
know what it is to ask. But please, John end my painŠŠŠas my love.
I love you, John Crichton. I always have. And no matter whatŠŠŠ"
she clenched her teeth, attempting to hold the intensity and not
cave to the pain. "I'll never leave you. Even in death."
She placed the dagger in his hands slowly wrapping his fingers around
mind raced. Could he do it? Could he kill the woman he loved? John
took the dagger and nodded. He closed his eyes and tilted his head
back. She reached up turning off the water, almost reading the thoughts
of his discomfort and turmoil. Tears fell down his cheek. "John."
He nodded in acknowledgment. "John, look at meŠŠŠI'm not going
to say ŒGoodbye'."
lowered his chin to look in his eyes. John opened his eyes and two
tears dropped onto her face. He held her palm to his cheek and looked
her up and down, memorizing every curve, every crevice, every part
of her being. He spoke slowly, brushing her cheek, "Aeryn,
I love you so much and I'll never let you down. YouŠŠŠyou're the
missing piece to my heart." John brought his forehead to Aeryn's
but never left her eyes. "Aeryn, you complete me. I'll never
be whole until I'm with you again." John paused. "I'll
never forget you. I'll always love you."
eyes glassed over and John kissed her as passionately as he could.
She responded, forever sealing the covenant each made. John pulled
back again. Aeryn slightly tensed in his arms. He pierced the tip
of her finger with the dagger. Without breaking their stare, John
brought her finger to his lips. He then placed the same hand over
the Rabbi stood at Aeryn's feet. "I thought this was a bris.
But I can do funerals too." Scorpy began to issue the Hebrew
Kaddish. John ignored the insult. Aeryn tried to speak, tears flooding
her eyes, but no sound past through her lips. She only mouthed
pulled her up again, kissing her deeply. She gasped into John's
mouth; he felt her arch violently in his arms. John tried to pull
away; but with her last bit of strength, she wrapped her arms around
his neck and pulled him closer. John yielded to her last request.
He pulled her tense body as close as he could and continued their
final embrace. He ran his hand through her hair and cradled her
head. Aeryn convulsed again and went limp in his arms. John slowed
the kiss but did not remove his lips from hers until her arms fell
from around his neck.
broke away and stared at the creature in his arms. Her glassy eyes
were open, staring into his. John wailed and winced in this new
affliction. He could not see past her haunting gaze, could not
see the woman he loved, only saw pain and suffering. He buried his
face in her hair inhaling as much of her scent as he could, the
familiar scent that was uniquely Aeryn and was forever engrained
in him. He mumbled into her ear, "Aeryn, ILove you."
His tears flowed freely. "Forgive me." John raised his
head. Aeryn's body bucked as the last wave of pain raced through
lay unmoving in his arms staring out blankly. He squeezed his eyes
shut, wiped away the tears, opened them. He looked into her eyes
as he gripped the dagger. He gently kissed her one last time then
slid the dagger between her ribs. She gasped as the warm blood flowed
over her chest, onto his hands, and seeped through his shirt. He
closed his eyes and screamed.
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