Title: The Sun Broke Free of the Clouds
Spoilers: BSG all the way through Daybreak
Disclaimer: The characters aren't mine, I'm just playing with them. ;)
Word Count: about 1500
AN: Thanks to hayjbsg for being a great beta!
Summary: This is my take on a continuation of the "field scene". This takes the scene to a new place, one that I hope brings some peace and happiness to shippers. Italicized dialouge is straight from the ep.
“You know my very earliest memory of my father was him, flying away on a big plane, and wondering when he was coming back.” He looks at Kara, “He’s not coming back this time,” Lee says.
“No, he’s not,” she says, a look of heartbreak etched on her face. “Neither am I.”
He stares at her, uncomprehending, “Where are you going?”
“I don’t know. I just know that I am done here.” She says, “I’ve completed my journey,” looking across the open field, “and it feels good.”
Lee blinks at her, looking as young as he did the first day she met him. But the despair on his face is more reminiscent of the second time she saw him, at Zak’s funeral.
“So what about you?” she says, glancing away, trying to keep her feelings in check. “What are you going to do?” she smiles, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life, Lee.”
Lee stops for a moment, thrown by how different her teasing is from the woman she used to be. The Kara Thrace, scratch that, Starbuck that he’d known and loved and lusted after for five years was now barely recognizable in this woman she’d become.
“Well, I always thought when this was all done I would, um, kick back,” Lee said, stuffing his hands into his pockets, “relax. Spend the rest of my days doing the absolute minimum humanly possible.”
Kara felt the ghost of a smile on her lips, “And now that you're here?”
Lee felt excitement bubble up unexpectedly inside him. “I want to explore!” he grinned. “I wanna climb the mountains.” He turned to look at a set of mountains just visible on the edge of the horizon. “I wanna cross the oceans. I wanna, Gods I can't believe I'm saying this, it sounds so exhausting, I must be cra...” Lee turned back to look at Kara, wanting to share his excitement with her, but Kara was gone. He turned, looking this way and that, fear crawling up and burrowing itself in his chest. He knew she was leaving, he could read it in her eyes, but he thought he’d at least have a chance to fight for her. But in true Kara fashion, she wouldn’t let him. There one moment, poof, gone the next, just as it had always been between the two of them. So Lee did the only thing he could do for her now, make sure that her worst fear would never come true.
“Goodbye Kara. You won't be forgotten.”
He heard a giggle from somewhere a few feet away from him. It sounded like it was coming from the ground. “Kara?” He asked, stunned.
Another giggle, then there she was, his Kara, getting to her feet brushing grass out of her hair. "You bet your frakkin' ass I won't be forgotten.” She grinned, not a Kara grin, a Starbuck grin. The kind of grin that used to melt his heart and turn him into a mumbling idiot. “You're not getting rid of me that easily flyboy, I'm not leaving right this second. Gods, a girl hides in the grass for ten seconds and..."
Kara was cut off by the force of Lee's hug. "Don't leave me Kara." Lee said voice muffled in Kara's neck. He’d been given yet another chance with her, and he was going to make it count by fighting tooth and nail for this woman. "You're not done here. You know why?" he asked grabbing her face and looking in her eyes, "Because I need you. You hear me? I need you Kara Thrace.” He touched his forehead to hers. “How am I supposed to get through this without you? You're all I have left.” He stepped back just enough to stare at her with imploring eyes. “Look up, Kara, look all around you, this is our Bright Shiny Future."
“No, Lee, I don’t think it is.” Kara said, stepping out of his grasp. “I mean, I don’t know what I was thinking, I should have stayed on the Galactica with Sam,” she sighed “Literally fly off into the sunset together. It’s the only place that I ever was a part of something, ever respected. It was a true home, and I loved it. And then I just left it.” She stopped, recognition dawning on her face of another time she’d done that exact same thing. On New Caprica with Lee, they’d made love, and professed their love for each other, and the next day she just walked away from it.
Lee, recognizing why she stopped and where her mind went thought that he wasn’t going to just let her walk away from him this time. “No.” he said, surprising himself with the tone of finality in that one syllable word. “That was not your destiny Kara. I don’t believe that, not for one second.” He crossed the distance between them. “We have both gone through way too frakkin’ much for it to end like that. What ever either of us thought the future would hold doesn’t matter now.” He said, grabbing her hands. “All that matters is that we are both here, right now; right this second. We’re here Kara, on this new foreign planet, where you brought us.” He looked around and she followed his gaze, “It’s this beautiful, exciting, wonderful planet. We are going to rebuild humanity here. You and me and the others.”
“Lee.” Kara started.
“No.” Lee interrupted, “The Gods owe us Kara. We’ve been through hell and back.” He let her go, arms rising in frustration, “Frak, we’ve both died and nearly died and came back more times than we can count. I mean, three years ago neither one of us really expected to be alive today. You remember?” he asked, clutching her hands in his, “You said it, that one day some raider is going catch us on a bad day and just blow us away. But somehow we both made it right here to this very spot and that has to mean something. I believe it in my bones Kara. This is it. You are all I want, I’m all in. It’s either we both stay here and stick it out together, or, or we’ll go get the last raptor from the old man and set a course for the sun.” He brought her hands up to his chest, thankful that she wasn’t pulling away. “Only one thing is certain, and that is that I’m not doing this without you.”
“Lee,” she said nearly getting her hands out of his grasp, sighing when he wouldn’t let them go, “I don’t know if I can do this. But I do love you Lee, you know that right?” she asked, wildly looking up into his eyes.
“Yeah, I know, Kara.” Lee said, bringing one of his hands up to her cheek.
“But I can’t help but feel that I’m not supposed to be here any longer.”
“Frak that.” He cursed. “Yes, Kara, yes you are. And if you, or the Gods for that matter, think that I am just going to let you go, then you better think again. Because I lost you once, and I am not going to let that happen again.”
It was at this point that Lee decided that words weren’t quite enough to convince Kara to stay, so letting her hands go, he brought both of his up to frame her face. Kara closed her eyes trying to memorize the feel of them. She could swear that she actually felt the love radiating out from each of his fingers. She felt him take a step forward and opened her eyes just in time to see his face inching closer to hers. Lee poured everything he had into this kiss; he knew it was his last chance to change her mind. He said silent prayers to the Gods for letting him meet this woman that became his world. She made his brother happy until the day he died, and she got his father through the death of one son and the estrangement of the other. She unknowingly taught him how to love and care for his children. She’d saved his ass on more than one occasion, and she’d brought the whole rest of humanity to its’ new home. If this was his last day, hour, moment with her, then he’d come out of it with no regrets. If after this she still decided to leave, then he’d follow her. He’d follow her whether that meant literally following after her wherever she went on this world, or follow her into the afterlife. He didn’t care which, because he knew that her place was by his side.
It was him who started to slow the kiss down until he was placing light kisses all over her face. Her forehead, her nose, her cheeks, and each eye in turn, both still closed. He placed one more tender kiss upon her lips and she opened her eyes, a slow grin coming to her face.
“You always were a stubborn jackass. Okay, Lee. Let’s try it.”
AN 2: I have started a continuation of this story. I hope to have it posted soon. :) I don't post fic very often, so comments are very appreciated!! ♥ ♥
Dedicated to my sad sad heartbroken shippers. ((((smooshes))))