Title: Fight to Win
Fandoms/Genre: SGA/SG1, Covert Affairs and Pacific Rim
Relationships: Evan Lorne/Auggie Anderson, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, maybe some other minor pairings as the story is written
Content Rating: R for language, monster attack (off screen) and death of family members (off screen)
Warning: Language, violence (monster attack (offscreen)), and death of the family members (off screen)
Word Count: 1,416/50,000
To this day, Daniel Jackson, similar to the rest of the population, remembered the day that the monsters, Kaiju, first started to attack Earth. The event is etched into his memory like his parent’s generation always knew where they were when J.F.K. was assassinated or when the space shuttle, Challenger, exploded. Daniel Jackson had only been at the SGC as the linguistic expert for a few months and was wrapping his mind around the idea of aliens and his theories about the pyramid being correct. When Daniel received an e-mail alert about the monster’s attack, he thought it was an April Fool’s joke or a prank that the SGC pulled on the newbie. Much to his chagrin, it was the truth when he saw the videos being uploaded to YouTube. Daniel immediately runs to his good friend, Jack O’Neill, to see if he had heard the news and to see what was being done about the situation.
When he reached Jack’s office, he knocked and entered when he heard “Come in” through the door.
“Did you hear the news?”
“The monster near San Francisco?”
“Yes. Do you have any details on how it got there or where it came from? I thought the aliens that SGC dealt with were the Goul’d and were smaller, snake-like, not Godzilla-like.”
“They are. It seems like we might have a new alien on the scene, which does not make a happy President and a very grumpy General Hammond.”
“Where is Major Lorne?”
Daniel had become very good friends with Evan Lorne when he first arrived and knew that Lorne’s family still lived in the San Francisco area.
“He’s on a mission. I haven’t called him back yet from his mission.”
“His mission to mine ore?”
“Yes. He is supplying the information about the drilling. He’s important.”
“It’s also important that he knows about his family and his hometown. Do you have an update on them?”
“They didn’t make it.”
“Christ, Jack. He definitely needs to be called back to mourn his family.”
“I was going to call him back soon. It was only confirmed a few minutes before you arrived that his family was killed due to the monster attacking San Francisco.”
“Was it all of his family?”
“Just his parents. Apparently, they were on the Golden Gate bridge, stuck in traffic, when the monster, or alien, decided to take a stroll through the bay.”
“It’s nice to know that you still have your sarcasm.”
“Daniel.” Taking a deep breath through his nose and out through his mouth, he continued, “When you’ve seen as much death and destruction as I have, you learn to distance yourself from the situation. I know it seems cold and uncaring but it’s better than being numb and not able to do my fucking job. I feel the pain of all of those people dead or badly injured. Trust me.”
After a few minutes of really looking at Jack’s face, he could see the tension and the pain in his eyes. Daniel knows that Jack does have a big heart that he has shielded due to the pain of the job, the divorce with his wife and the death of his son. Daniel often wondered how different Jack would be if his son hadn’t accidentally killed himself with a gun from Jack’s safe in the house.
“I do. Can you at least let me know when he arrives back? I want to be there for him. He will need someone to cry on, at least. At worst, someone to help him get to San Francisco and be the general background helper for him and his sister.”
“I’ll clear your time off with General Hammond.”
“Thank you, Jack. I’ll be in my office unless you need me for something else.”
“Not really, unless you happen to know where these aliens came from or happen to have a nuclear bomb hiding somewhere?”
“Isn’t that a bit extreme?”
“Maybe for now but I have a gut feeling that it wasn’t a fluke. We need to be better prepared, which would mean, better ways of beating it. Our military was only barely able to kill it. What will it take next time?”
“I don’t know. I leave the fighting up to you. Although this whole situation has reminded me of one of my favorite myths about Atlantis.”
“The Lost City with lots of naval power?”
“Yes or it’s believed to have it. No one knows for sure due to it being a myth. Some people believe that myths are born from some truths and the beliefs of the people of the time, so it may seem like a lot of naval power but it could be just for that time period. Also, with myths, you get different variations and usually they all hold a single piece of truth but when you put them together, they can create a bigger picture.”
“Do you have a point? Not that I don’t enjoy your lectures, especially in a time of crisis.”
“Sorry. One of the myths about Atlantis talks about a protector for the city. Specifically, a protector that seemed out of time and out of place. Many scholars have theorized what this protector is.”
“It’s a myth. I truly doubt there is any truth in it.”
“Maybe yes. Maybe no. If I can show you definite proof of the existence of Atlantis and the possible protector, would you and the SGC be willing to send a team to investigate it?”
“Give me the details and I’ll let you know.”
“I’ll let you know when I have worked through the various tales and figured things out.”
Two hours later, Daniel heads to the end of the ramp, awaiting for Evan to appear. Jack had talked to Evan’s commanding officer via the gate to let him know about the death in Evan’s family. Jack knows that he needs to update everyone about the current affairs in the US but he and Hammond were still working out the specifics.
General Hammond did send out a memo about it and put SGC on high alert since they did not know if another monster will appear and where. General Hammond didn’t want his men and women underneath him to be surprised by the news about the monster and the deaths in San Francisco.
Hearing the gate engaged, Daniel broke away from his thoughts about the events that had happened today.
“Daniel. What are you doing here?” Evan asked with a slight hitch to his voice. Evan knows that it’s usually bad news when someone is waiting for you at the end of the ramp.
“Why don’t we go and see Janet?”
“What’s going on? I heard that something has happened to my parents.”
Daniel remained quiet, wanting to completely inform Evan in a more isolated location.
“Can we go and see Janet now? I’ll tell you soon.”
“It’s bad, isn’t it? They’re dead, aren’t they?” As Evan talked, tears started to stream down his cheek and his eyes were filling with tears. Daniel wrapped his arm around Evan’s shoulders and guided him out of the gate room, directing him to the infirmary.
The examination went fast and found nothing wrong. Once Evan was cleared, Daniel led him back to his room at the SGC and brought his laptop with him.
Once the door is closed, Daniel made sure that Evan was sitting down before going into his prepared speech about the attack in San Francisco.
“How? Where did that monster come from? Is it alien?”
“Unfortunately, it’s only been a few hours since the attack. The military, including the SGC, are trying to gather intel on where the monster came from and it’s origins. I would guess, by the appearance alone, that the monster is alien.”
“Fuck. You’re sure that my parents’ are dead?”
“Yes. Jack confirmed the details. One of his friends went to inform your sister. She is heading to San Francisco.”
“I need to get there and be there for her. I need to help with the funeral arrangements. Fuck.”
Daniel went over to Evan and pulled him into a hug. Evan resisted at first and then pulled Daniel tight against him as he cried hard on his shoulder. Daniel kept reassuring him that everything will be alright and he will be by his side, helping with anything that he needed done.
That day, they understood the true meaning of their friendship and that they would have each others’ back forever.