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Fic: Easy Targets
Length: 717 words
Rating: PG-13
Written for [ profile] bsg_epics shipping wars
Warning: talk of rape (this is a revised cut scene from my last fic, Breathing Room)

Kara fires her last round into the cylon. Right through the heart

With a satisfied smirk, she lays her weapon down and presses the button. As the paper target automatically draws closer, she can see five neat holes lined up from brain to chest. Next to her, Smokescreen shoots her a dirty look, yanks his own target down, but not before Kara notices his shots went so wide one merely clipped the edge of the paper.

She grins triumphantly as he scowls and turns, heading for the hatch. When it swings shut and quiet descends, Kara drops the target and starts moving toward the Pegasus shooting range’s only remaining occupant. She’s been trying to catch him alone all day.

Lee yanks his headphones off and meets her halfway. “You heard?” he asks in a low voice.

“Yeah,” she says, her tone equally hushed, like even admitting it might land her in the brig too. Kara huffs a breath, her voice strained. “Gods, Lee. They’re not even gonna get a real trial!"

His jaw clenches and he shakes his head. “You know, I spent so many nights on Galactica just-- just wishing that I was somewhere else. Anywhere. Sometimes,” Lee's voice crackles like he’s breathing gravel instead of air, “sometimes I even wished I’d been planetside when the bombs hit."

Her head snaps up at that because she needs to see his eyes, but the expression in them, so flat and hopeless, chills Kara. An ugly smirk twists his lips. “And now I spend every night wishing I was back on Galactica. How’s that for irony, huh?”

“Lee,” she breathes, but she doesn’t know what to say next. There’s nothing to say.

His eyes go dark and sad, then his hand lifts to her face, his fingers barely grazing her skin as he smoothes a lock of hair off her face. “What happened to Sharon, and to that other prisoner in the brig-- What if that’s not the end of it, Kara? What if-- ” he pauses, his voice choked with emotion, and his hand drifts away. “What if they try to hurt you?"

“Lee,” Kara tries again, and stops again, still lacking for words. She can’t disagree, can’t assure him that won’t happen--not when it’s been lurking in the back of her mind too. But she tries anyway. “They won’t. Alright? Sharon and-- they’re cylons.” It’s a weak defense, and using it makes Kara’s gut clench, as if that somehow gives those sick frakkers permission to do what they did

“Yeah, sure,” He says bitterly, “and what about when they decide that doesn’t matter anymore? When they’re just looking for someone--anyone--to hate? You heard what my father said when he gave us our papers. They’re gunning for us. And we’re easy targets."

He’s right, she knows it, and it scares Kara more than she’s willing to admit. “No.” She shakes her head resolutely. “Those bastards are dead. Karl and Chief killed them.” A wave of nausea sweeps through her at the thought that if Cain has her way—and she’s the Admiral, so she will—her friends will meet the same fate.

Lee doesn’t argue, just shakes his head and rubs a hand over his jaw. “And I’m glad. So help me, but I am. I am."

She stares, surprised. “You are?” It’s not what she expects from him somehow. She expects Lee to frown and say something about two wrongs not making a right, or violence not being the answer to violence. Hell, she’s kinda pissed at Karl herself for getting into this predicament in the first place falling for a damn cylon. “They’re gonna-” her voice breaks and Kara bites her lip and has to start over. “She’ll airlock them for this!”

For a long moment, Lee doesn’t answer, just stares down at the floor. Then he reaches out and grasps her hands. He lifts his head finally and his eyes flash darkly, locked on hers. “I know, but if it had been me…and that had happened to you?" His fingers squeeze tightly around hers. "I would’ve killed them all too, Kara."

She stares, speechless, unable to think of a single thing to say. So she doesn’t say anything at all. Kara just tips her face up to Lee's and kisses him.

Date: 2013-01-13 09:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yum, pilots. I have to say that I am suddenly enjoying these two again! Clearly I am now far enough away from the events of the finale that I can gloss over it in my mind and just enjoy these two together again, and I'm pretty sure that you're a big part of that! I really enjoyed this.

Date: 2013-01-13 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay! I was going to cajole you to join in the fun at the Valentine's Day fic exchange but...erm, I forgot. Lol. Sorry! Oxoniensis porn battle starts prompting today you could write pilots for that. ;)

Thanks bb, glad I could bring some enjoyment to them for you again! <3

Date: 2013-01-13 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hahaha! I sort of remembered you mentioning it and then I totally forgot too. I still have so many things to write that I don't even know where to start and I'm slightly worried about biting off more than I can chew! But I did see that the porn battle prompt post was up. Last year was my first time writing anything at all for it (mostly because I actively loathe most of the words that are unavoidable when writing explicit scenes) but I'm keen to have another crack at it this year. I might even manage to get my ass into gear in time to write some actual prompts!

You surely do bring the enjoyment. I've got your fic masterlist open in a tab somewhere and am gradually going through them, so expect random comments on some older fic!

Date: 2013-01-14 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I checked the prompt posts last night and a few people have posted a bunch of K/L ones. Maybe I'll repost them here.

Ooh random comments are so delightful! **seal claps** I shall look forward to them! :)

Date: 2013-01-13 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Tough subject, but love these two together in almost any situation :)

Date: 2013-01-14 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's a cut scene from the long fic I posted where they were stationed on Pegasus for a few weeks before everything went down with Helo and Chief. Angsty business! :P

Date: 2013-01-14 11:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lovely piece. It's so nice to see them so close together, sharing their thoughts and feelings like that. I particularly liked that we had a glimpse at Lee's future depression and I loved that he shared this with her and that she was such a huge part of what enabled him to keep those feelings at bay.

Date: 2013-01-14 01:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks lady! I think I cut it from the piece originally partially because it felt a little too plainspoken/needy for Lee to reveal that. I wasn't sure he would and it seemed a bit melodramatic for them and maybe unnecessary in the moment it was in. I'm still not sure, heh! But when there are ship wars to fight, you must use everything in your arsenal--even the melodramatic OTT stuff! ;)

Date: 2013-01-14 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I liked it a lot and I wouldn't go as far as calling it melodramatic (I guess, lol). Anyway, I guess it liked it because Lee was on the verge of depression and the show never really portrayed how he got there but the whole atmosphere you described on the Pegasus would have played a huge part in that. Besides, depression makes people more vulnerable and they were completely isolated from anybody else (not that Lee had a lot of people to confide in to begin with). I'd like to have seen something like this. I still remember how shocked I was when he let it slip to Kara that he didn't want to live. Now, maybe the "I'd have killed them too if they had touched you" was a little OTT for Lee but I still enjoyed it a lot.

Date: 2013-01-14 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Maybe that's not the right word, I just felt like it was maybe too much for the scene (which had already had them arguing and talking for most of the first half) and too much of a change from the sort of quiet physical bubble they were in where they just melted into each other. Thought maybe words and big declarations like this might have ruined it a little and I should be more subtle. ( hard for me!)

And yeah, that last bit kind of took it over the top maybe. Heh. (That's me, always wanting Lee to kill for Kara. ;)

Date: 2013-01-14 01:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh! Interesting addition to the longer piece. I love both her surprise and his certainty :)

Date: 2013-01-14 01:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! It originally was the match to strike the fire between them (taking place in their gym rather than the gun range) but it felt a little too dramatic for the mood, so I cut all the talking and just had them GET ON WITH IT. :P

Date: 2013-01-15 01:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Interesting! No matter what, I can always see Lee and Kara having each other's backs and anyone's from Galactica.

Date: 2013-01-15 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
:) I still wish we could have seen Lee physically save Kara once in canon. It's fun to explore in fic.


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