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15 July 2006 @ 04:15 pm
SG-1 Ficlet: Teetering  
Title: Teetering
Author: Moonshayde
Season: SG-1 Season 10
Category: Drama, Angst, Episode Tag
Spoilers: Flesh and Blood
Pairing/Character: Sam and Daniel friendship (or can be read as ship if you want)
Summary: The war continues not only on the battlefield, but also within the soul.
Warnings: None
Rating: PG

Author's Notes: Tag for S10 "Flesh and Blood"

Disclaimer: Stargate, Stargate SG-1 and all of its characters, titles, names, and back-story are the property of MGM/UA, Double Secret Productions, Gekko Productions, SciFi Channel, and Showtime/Viacom. All other characters, the story idea and the story itself are the sole property of the author. This story cannot be printed anywhere without the sole permission of the author. Realize this is for entertainment purposes only; no financial gain or profit has been gained from this fiction. This story is not meant to be an infringement on the rights of the above-mentioned establishments


When she finally found him, she saw him teetering between the light and the darkness.

Daniel sat on a cool metal table in one of the supply rooms on the ship. Half in shadow, he remained still, tight-lipped and stiff, as he stared ahead.

Soundlessly, she crossed the floor and hopped onto the metal table next to him. He didn't say a word. He didn't move. He didn't even turn to acknowledge her. He just continued to stare into the dead air, his face as hard as stone.

But there was a flickering in his eyes, the only movement that reassured her that he was real. It was through this nearly imperceptible flash – this small window – that she could see through him, into him.

The war that waged in his eyes wasn't just the accumulation of stress and the terrible choices he had been faced with today. They also held an amalgamation of years of conflict; battles that not only had worn him physically, but also battles that had changed him, shaped him, and threatened to tear apart his soul.

Sam was no stranger to this war. No soldier was.

Quietly, she leaned into him, resting her head on his shoulder, allowing him the solace of silence and the support of her warmth.

It was only then that he bowed his head and let it go.
Current Mood: gloomygloomy
ayiana: Smileayiana on July 15th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)

Excellent portrayal of the mood and tension evoked by the episode. This is exactly the sort of scene I would imagine between the two of them after all that happened. Brava!
Working for the Mandroid: Numbmoonshayde on July 15th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) I am glad that you enjoyed it.
pellucid: Sam tiredpellucid on July 15th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
Nice! I wish there had been more of a sense in the ep itself of Daniel feeling divided or troubled--because it sure seemed like he ought to have felt that way. Hopefully the idea will be followed up, though; there was so much going on in the ep that there wasn't much time for emotional fallout. Not that SG-1 has been doing a great job with the emotional fallout in the past couple of seasons anyway...

But that's why there's fic, I suppose. And this hits just the right tone.
Working for the Mandroid: Boysmoonshayde on July 15th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
This was a hot button with me in the episode. Though, I do understand they can't cover everything. We'll see.

Thanks :)
pellucid: Daniel Idealistpellucid on July 15th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
I felt like it *should* have been a hot button for me in the ep--or at least should have been something that piqued my interest--but for some reason I was having a hard time caring one way or the other about Daniel. No idea why. *shrugs*
Working for the Mandroid: Corporalmoonshayde on July 15th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
I was rather indifferent to him for most of the episode--actually the parts he was in--and loving Vala and Sam so much that I didn't even miss his absence. (WHich makes me sad.)

But this just caused me to flip. Maybe because I am just trying desperately to still care and hold onto the character that brought me to the show.
pellucid: Daniel Idealistpellucid on July 15th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
Eeee, Sam and Vala!!! Weren't they both just fantastic? I'm trying to decide if it's just my bias towards both characters right now, or AT and CB's acting, or if--hope against hope--TPTB might finally be giving us good women. Definite highlights, both of them!

And it does make me sad that I'm not very enthusiastic about Daniel these days because I have always loved him so much. But right now I'm loving everyone else so much that I'm not feeling as disappointed in Daniel as I might otherwise be. We'll see how the season plays out.
Library Alterna-Chick ;): S10daniel - SGFluteGirljedishadowolf on July 16th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
Perfect. That describes the inner turmoil Daniel had to be facing perfectly and Sam would be the only one who could truly understand where he's coming from. His oldest friend in the program now and a balance of solider/scientist. Very cool.
Working for the Mandroid: Familymoonshayde on July 16th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And how are you? I know I haven't talked to you in a while. Things okay?
Library Alterna-Chick ;): Daniel - forcryinoutloudjedishadowolf on July 16th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
Welcome! Things are getting better, thanks. I start training at Staples tomorrow so I'll have some income while the job hunt continues. Otherwise I can't complain about anything. :) How's about with you?
Rowan Darkstar: Sam and Daniel - Patiencerowan_d on July 16th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
Lovely. Perfect tag. Like the use of light/dark.
Working for the Mandroid: Daniel and Sammoonshayde on July 16th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And yay for symbolism ;)
Jenn: sam and danielsurreallis on July 16th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
I actually read this yesterday but didn't have time to leave you a comment. It's so perfect though! I could really feel the mood of the piece, and even as short as it is it's just a perfect little add-on for Flesh and Blood. I love the thought of Daniel being able to just let go with Sam. *happy sigh*

Beautiful. :)
Working for the Mandroidmoonshayde on July 16th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)

It was actually nice to plot this and then write it because it helped me deal with some conflicted thoughts I had about the episode.

Now, I feel a little better and I'm going to revisit my opinion at a later date.