Title: Fight to Win
Fandoms/Genre: SGA/SG1, Covert Affairs and Pacific Rim
Relationships: Evan Lorne/Auggie Anderson (eventually), John Sheppard/Rodney McKay (eventually), maybe some other minor pairings as the story is written
Content Rating for this section: R
Warning for this section: Angst, off screen violence (IED explosion), a person talking about their blindness and dealing with it
Word Count: 2, 473/50,000
Auggie was trying to wait patiently in his doctor’s office, awaiting the latest results on his eyes. Auggie’s life had changed in the blink of the eye. One minute he was with his Special Forces team in Afghanistan, on leave from the CIA, trying to disarm an IED when it went off. He lost his eyesight and the rest of his team members. Due to the blindness, he was honorably discharged from the Force but was able to keep his job at the CIA as a tech operative.
When he arrived back home, he distanced himself from his friends and family, feeling like they couldn’t understand what happened or how it felt to go from being at the top of your game to where you couldn’t figure out if someone was trailing you or if the person in front of you was friend or foe. Auggie had to relearn how to move and interact with people and it took a lot of time for him to adjust.
He had been seeing his optometrist, Dr. Higgins, for the past 6 months, on a monthly basis so they could determine the amount of damage that happened to his eyes and whether or not he could undergo some new treatment to at least gain some of his sight back. He didn’t realize how much he relied on it, until it was gone. He has learned new ways to see, feel, and interact with the world around him.
“How have you been, Auggie?”
Due to the constant appointments with his doctor, they have become good friends with each other.
“As well as can be expected, Dr. Higgins. I’m hoping that the results of the test will show that there might be some hope for my eyesight.”
“Unfortunately not, Auggie.”
“Well, thank you for your time and effort. It does mean a lot, even though you can’t do much for it.”
“I do greatly admire your will and determination to keep living like you have before.”
“Is there anything else?”
“Are you still seeing Dr. Heightmeyer?”
“Yes. The CIA requires that I see a psychiatrist for at least a year after the event to make sure that I’m coping with everything.”
“Very well. At this point, why don’t you come see me every other month?”
“Sounds good.” Getting up, Auggie reached out his hand, waiting for the doctor to slide his hand into his to shake it.
“See you in two months, Auggie. If anything happens, please feel free to call me or my office.” The doctor took Auggie’s hand to shake it.
“Thank you. See you around.”
Auggie pulls out his walking stick, even though he knows the halls of the doctor’s office fairly well. Once he gets outside, he hears the driver call him over to the car. The CIA arranged for a car service to take him to and from the doctor appointments for the ease and convenience. Over the time of going to the appointments, Auggie has gotten to know his driver.
After being in his office for a few hours, trying not to think about the doctor’s appointment, he hears the sliding doors to his office being opened. Upon smelling the perfume, he knows it’s his boss, Joan Campbell.
Pulling off his headphones that he uses for some of his work programs, he says, “Joan, what can I do for you?”
“Auggie, do you have a few minutes?”
“Sure. What’s up?”
“There is something I want to talk to you about,” she says as she closes the door to his office. Auggie braces himself because it’s usually not good when she attempts privacy in his office.
“What is it?” Auggie tries to say in a calm voice. No use showing anger or annoyance before knowing what the problem is.
“I am assigning you the new asset, Annie Walker. I expect you to mentor and handle any issues she might have while on assignment.”
“When is she due?”
“Within the hour.”
“What’s her first assignment?”
“I’ll send you the details. I expect you to handle all of your duties.”
“I’ll bring her by your office when I give her a tour of the section.”
“I’ll be here.”
“See you later.” Without waiting for a response, she turns on her heels and heads back to her own office, at the front of the section.
Needing to figure out the assignment and his new asset, he puts his headphones back on and peruse the database in Langley.
A little over an hour later, he hears the sliding door to his office open and smells Joan’s perfume. Instead of saying anything, he waits for Joan to introduce them.
“Auggie, I would like you to meet your new asset, Annie Walker. Annie, Auggie will be your handler.”
Auggie leans up and pushes away his chair. He turns and holds out his hand, waiting for Annie to grab his hand. Feeling a soft, thin fingered hand slip into his, Auggie says, “It’s nice to meet you, Annie.”
“It’s nice to meet you too, Auggie.”
Due to the inflections in her voice, he could tell that she was a bit surprised to see that he was blind.
“I hope this won’t be a problem.” He says while vaguely waving towards his eyes.
“Oh, no, it’s fine. I was just…”
“Soon, you’ll won’t even notice it.”
“Auggie, I was going to talk to Annie in my office. Afterwards, I’ll send her to your office before she goes off on her assignment.”
“I’ll get things set-up.”
“See you soon.”
Once hearing the door closed, he sat back in his chair. He had a feeling in his gut that Annie would prove to be a very faithful and dedicated asset, even a friend. He looked forward to working with her. He just hoped that none of her assignments brought her close to those enormous monsters that kept attacking Earth. It was shortly after the monster attacked San Francisco when he lost his eyesight. He knew how impressively large and strong those beings were. They did not look like anything of this world. He just hoped that they would be beaten soon and stopped causing so much destruction around the world.
Knowing he couldn’t solve the issue with a click of his fingers, he went back to work, waiting for Annie