Preface

Ship-of-the-month weekly prompt "Déjà Vu" Boost/Sinker /collections/Clone_Haven_Ship_of_the_Month faq

Ship: Boost/Sinker

Something borrowed, something blue? Star Wars, Trek, Gate, same same but somewhat different, so don't try me sue!

Old jokes, totally similar incidents, happenings from the distant past, perhaps even a time loop or then simply, Déjà Vu? Who knew?

But the important thing here is, that it was all experienced, together.

Set somewhere in the world of The Clone Wars, non-canonically but of course! Always! So, timeline - what timeline? It's all happening in the odd space-time continuum anyways!

Part of the Boost/Sinker series

Did we just get stuck in a time loop or something similar?

'Some call it the ability of warping time itself, while others say it is simply an old memory resurfacing then repeating in the brain, just because. But, most of us call it simply, Déjà Vu. Why? Because it's French and sounds so totally cool, right!'

"Did you have a good nap?"

Sinker greeted Boost with a soft smile, seeing his partner looking still somewhat sleepy from the brief respite he had just had.

"Sure did! I am so feeling like taking on the whole galaxy!"

Boost let out a small laugh, rubbing his eyes, the sleep leaving his body gradually.

"So, what's up? Are we in trouble?"

As if sensing something was wrong, Boost looked through the viewport, seeing not the excepted hyperspace corridor rather normal space. And then glancing back at his parter at the helm, seemingly emerged in something important as Sinker had never really looked up from the consoles. So, it must have been serious.

"I have been detecting large amounts of neutrino emissions emanating from the port side of the ship for last hour or so."

Sinker was as reading the navigational scanner output. Having been keeping a vigilant eye on the readings ever since they had first emerged, simply out of nowhere after their shuttle craft had popped out of hyperspace without an explainable reason.

"It's like something is there, but it really isn't, because the equipment cannot explain it."

Sinker finally looked up and at Boost, his face looking rather worried at this point in time.

Sinker and Boost had been on their way back from a covert mission they had been assigned to do. Their Commander, Wolffe, had sent the two, knowing they would deliver the goods.

Having been rather successful at that too, picking up the needed information from their enemy without being detected in the first place, the dynamic duo had headed back home as quickly as possible. With the good intel of the separatists plans to take over two systems in the Outer Rim in the next few months time, Sinker and Boost had made sure to head home to deliver it to their commanders for them to plan counter actions to quell the enemy's plans.

Only now, their journey had been cut short as when closing in on Kamino, somewhat half way though their route, their vessel had been thrown out of the fast speed suddenly mid flight and then, the odd readings had appeared out of the blue.

"What do you mean something which is not there?"

Boost had joined his partner, seated at the helm now.

After waking up from the nap, as they had agreed on alternating shifts at the helm despite the autopilot but as this was a spy mission, doing so for the long journey back in trying to save their energy while doing so.

As Boost had woken and was about to relieve Sinker of watch duty, he had noticed Sinker busy with monitoring something neither of them had excepted to encounter. After all, they had gotten away scot-free after their successful mission from enemy territory, only to have been stopped by… some kind of space anomaly?

At least, that was what it sounded like to Boost as Sinker was listing the facts to him.

"Well, I am not really sure what it is as it is not there. Not really."

Sinker had not yet found the explanation for the anomalous readings as according to the various instruments, there was nothing there. But having dropped out of the faster than light speed sooner than planned had caused concerns and then the readings had appeared. And now, they were simply hovering in place.

"We are in normal space?"

Boost was still a tad groggy from his sleep but seeing the stars around them clearly was indication they were out of the hyperspace corridor. And despite the engine's hum, they did not seem to be moving forward.

"Yes, and have been for a while now. We are not moving, not fast at least. And, there is really no reason for any of this to be happening as our hyperdrive is in working order."

Sinker glanced at Boost again.

"I ran several scans to check them. Everything on this ship is in working order and there is no reason for any of this to be happening."

Sinker tried to explain their status to Boost. Sounding rather frustrated at that.

Boost was also glaring at the many instruments in front of him. But as Sinker had just told him, all readings were normal. On the green as it were without any blinking lights for errors.

"But if there is nothing there, how can the scanner detect it?"

Boost was still clueless as to why the nav scanner readings were telling a completely different story than any other instruments were. But still, Sinker was sure there was something wrong, so he had to believe it too.

"I don't know Boost. But there is something there and it is really close too. It, whatever it is, simply keeps hanging out there, right in the same position according to the nav console even if we move forward."

Boost was thinking for a moment before making his suggestion.

"What if we try to turn the shuttle and see what it is, if it's even visible for the naked eye?"

Sinker simply nodded.

Because now that Boost was up too, it was better to do things together. Facing the unknown and all that. Sinker then took the autopilot offline and took manual control of the helm simply manoeuvring the small craft just so, that they were facing the whatever was causing the readings to pop-up on their scanners.

But as the shuttle turned and was hovering in the spot where the cause of the readings should have been, with the viewport directly facing the exact location of the anomalous readings, there was nothing there except empty space to be seen.

"Nothing?!

Boost looked surprised at Sinker who could only shake his head in bewilderment.

After all, readings of something did not suddenly appear without a source causing them. But there was nothing there except darkness. A perfect pitch black wall as it turned out to be, right in from of them. With the nav scanners bilking of the same findings, just like before.

"Nothing."

Sinker sounded as disappointed as Boost looked.

The two for them glared at the viewport. At the empty space right in front of them for a moment longer. Their eyes checking the nav console readings every so often. It took a moment longer, but then, they both realised what it was there they were seeing. Or rather what it was that was missing from the view. Almost at the same time.

"The stars…"

Sinker started.

"Are missing!"

Boost finished the sentence for him.

They exchanged glances and then, before they could do or say anything more, they could see something forming there. Right in front of their very eyes. A vortex of sorts.

"What the kriff, is that?"

Boost looked at the viewport and back at Sinker.

Both of them shocked to see the formation in the supposedly empty space. And then, before they could utter another word, the vortex had reached the shuttle and engulfed it with its two passengers in it.

"The neutrino emissions, are coming this way. And they are going right through us!"

Was all Sinker managed to utter. And then, they were gone… Ship, Boost and Sinker, from the known space they had been in.

The nintendos are going right through us!

'Technobabble! Technobabble? Can you please speak in galactic standard, so the rest of us can follow what you are on about, please? Thanks!'

Somewhere else, but not space… In the safety of their own bed, where the dynamic duo had ended up in and right smack in the middle of…well, a most heated moment…

"I'm almost there Sinker! Please, faster!"

Boost was panting heavily laying under his lover, with Sinker hovering over him.

"I'm working on it."

Sinker's breathy voice told his lover, sweat beading his forehead, working hard trying to get Boost off, as it was a command given to follow rather than having passionate sex with each other.

"I need you! Now! Please! Deeper!"

Boost kept giving the orders, like a wolf in heat, wanting his release, now!

"Honey, I am doing my best here! You are simply being too impatient."

Sinker was hastening his pace though. After all, it had been a while and they were both needy and greedy too. Wanting it all to happen right now. Hanging on the precipice with the release pending.

And then, they were back in the shuttle, in a blink of an eye, without realising they had been away…

"Did you have a good nap?"

Sinker greeted Boost with a soft smile, seeing his partner looking still somewhat sleepy from his sleep.

"Sure did! I am so feeling like taking on the whole galaxy!"

Boost let out a small laugh, rubbing his eyes, the sleep leaving his body as he was gaining his bearings.

"What's up?"

Boost glanced at his parter at the helm, seemingly emerged in something very important.

"I have been detecting large amounts of neutrino emissions emanating from the port side of the ship for last hour or so."

"Neutrino emissions… Wait a minute, didn't you just tell me that a moment ago?"

"Yes, just now I did."

"No, I mean before. Earlier."

"No, just now. You were sleeping and I detected them while you were in your bunk."

"No, no. I distinctly remember you telling me about the readings. Before."

Boost was trying hard to remember the happenings, which he seemed to be recollecting.

"What do you mean, before?"

Sinker was at a loss of what Boost was on about.

"The anomaly, the readings, we were there. Just now."

Boost was adamant as he was clearly remembering things different from Sinker.

"Inside the anomaly?"

"Yeah, I mean, in the past, our past. But not here."

Boost was trying hard to explain what he was remembering.

"You sound, um, confusing."

Sinker was worried Boost might have hit his head while they had escaped from the enemy base as they had slipped and slid down a small hill while running fast to reach their ship to avoid detection.

Boost shook his head though. But not really grasping what he was really experiencing either. Then a thought occurred to him. But before he could say anything, Sinker was already ahead of him.

"We should turn to see what it is which are causing the readings.

Sinker said and just then, steered the shuttle towards the whatever it was out there and then…

They were right smack in the middle of the same event Boost had had a slight recollection of…

"I'm almost there Sinker! Please, faster!"

Boost was panting heavily laying under his lover, with Sinker hovering over him.

"I'm working on it."

"Did you have a good nap hon?"

Sinker heard his own words fall from his lips and just then as he looked at Boost glaring back at him it dawned on him.

"We've been here before."

"I know."

Boost took the seat next to Sinker, his eyes wide as was his partners. That of surprise written all over their faces.

"What is the last thing you remember?"

Sinker asked, already sure he knew the answer to his question.

"I was, um, trying to… come."

Boost glanced at his partner again.

"Yeah. I remember that quite clearly actually now. And before it happened, we were right here. In the cockpit of the shuttle."

Sinker was reminded of the happenings too, still fresh in his mind.

"We tried to turn towards the anomaly. To look at what it was causing the readings."

Sinker was remembering it all now too, just like Boost had, before.

"It seems we are stuck in some kind of a repeating loop."

"So, whatever we did before, is causing us to remain inside of it?"

Boost was sure it was the case as they were both

"It seems that way. I mean, we both remember the repeating… event. From our past."

"Yeah, but we never get to the good part there though."

Boost let out a nervous laugh as it surely seemed that way though.

"Yeah, that, is not good. We need to break this cycle. Try something else for a change."

Sinker was stating the obvious.

"What if this time, we try to engage the hyper drive?"

Boost suggested another approach, thinking it was the turning towards the anomaly causing the loop.

"Exactly! As in not do the same thing, which I assume we did before. Several times, most likely."

Whatever had happened to them was still unclear, but it seemed obvious they were repeating the same thing all over and now they were both remembering it too.

Boost gulped audibly. feeling uncomfortable as he was reminded of the fact that he had been hanging at the very edge of his release, the sensations still fresh in his mind of said event, sending tingling sensations through his body even now. But, if they were going to end up in there again, he was somewhat prepared. Boost simply nodded his response to his partner.

"Well, here goes nothing."

Sinker pushed the lever on the hyperdrive engines and then…

Flashing back to the past again…

"I'm almost there Sinker! Please, faster!"

Boost was panting heavily laying under his lover, with Sinker hovering over him.

"I'm working on it."

Back in the shuttle. Again.

"What the kriff?"

"Yeah… so this isn't good!"

Boost glanced at Sinker, his eyes and then lower too, seeing his partner in the same jam as he himself was.

Sinker and Boost were seated in the cockpit again. Uncomfortably so though.

Having been thrown back from the, well, event, from their past. Both of them still feeling the effects of the encounter on their bodies. The electricity of their passion, the heat of the moment, the smells and sounds, the arousal from their sex hanging between them.

"No, we are back again. From the same event from before. Our bedroom, when we were having sex. Only it isn't as it happened. Not really."

Sinker knew they had followed through, so why were they stuck in that same torturous loop where neither was finding their release and now, as they were back in real time… if this was even that, as Sinker was beginning to think they were going mad… why show them the events wrong? If that was what was happening here.

"Yeah, but how? Was it something about the nintendos going right through us?"

"Neutrinos."

"Whatever! I was never really good with space warps, time travel or any of those things."

"Time loops."

"Yeah, those. How long do you think we have been repeating this, all of this?"

"I've lost count. But clearly we are doing something wrong as we are there and then end up back here again. And it is not like it happened to us."

"No, it is not. So now what?"

"Maybe this time we do nothing, just what it out?"

"Can't hurt to try. Right?"

"No, well, maybe it could? I mean, what if the anomaly or whatever it is, decides to put us somewhere more, harmful?"

Sinker had a horrid feeling about that now.

"Like some battle?"

Boost sounded worried too.

"Yeah."

"No, we need to end this. And now. This is not good for either of us, having this, unfulfilling sex scene hanging over us!"

Boost really had no intention of going back there again.

"Okay, here goes nothing. I guess."

Sinker simply sat in his chair and did nothing. Not to steer the vessel nor trying to figure some other moves for them to make either.

An hour had passed, then two. Boost and Sinker were still inside of the cockpit of the ship, without having been thrown back or anywhere else for that matter.

"We are still here."

Boost sounded relieved.

"No neutrino readings either. No nothing really."

Sinker was checking all the scans, which seemed to indicate no issue presently.

"Okay, let's try the the engines!"

Boost was only too eager to get back on their way home. After all, spending several times over in an event hanging on the precipice and not reaching satisfaction? Well, it was starting to get old, really really fast for him too.

"So far so good."

The ship was moving forward, without incident.

"Better try the hyperdrive next."

Sinker was already at the levers, ready to push them forward to jump to the hyperspace window.

"Hyperspace in three, two, one…"

The hyperspace window opened and the small craft was in fast speed space as soon as it entered there.

"We are on our way! No issues, no neutrinos, no nothing except smooth sailing ahead!"

Sinker informed Boost, having checked the readings once again to be sure.

"Home base in six hours."

Boost was reading the nav console. His face having a small smile present as clearly, their non action had finally ended up in the needed results of them getting out of the seemingly endless time loop.

Just after the allowed time, they dropped out of the hyperspace corridor and were back in normal space. As they were closing in on their home base, there was a beep on the communications console indicating an incoming message.

"Welcome back boys! It's been a while!"

Déjà Vu?

'Having been stuck in some kind of a time loop of a thingy? Well, hope you all enjoyed the ride while in there!'

"Welcome back boys! Did you take a little side tour there? We thought you were both goners for sure."

The familiar voice of Wolffe's came through the comms channel.

"No, no! We were having technical issues, is all!"

Sinker informed their Commander.

"Oh?"

Wolffe sounded rather surprised to hear this.

"Yeah, a time loop!"

Boost elaborated.

"What?"

Wolffe's tone was sharp as he clearly had suspected the duo having ran off for some time of their own. At least that was what the comment had suggested.

"It will all be in our report, Sir!"

Sinker was almost up from his seat saluting the man. After all, it was not good for any trooper gotten caught going MIA in the middle of a mission.

"Should make some interesting reading!"

Wolffe sounded amused again, as clearly, the brief explanation of the two clones had surprised him.

"Yes, Sir! It will be all in our report."

Sinker assured him, then realising something.

"How long were we gone?"

Wolffe was quiet for a moment, as if realising the duo were really on the level, and that they had no clue how long they had been en route back home.

"Almost two weeks. We excepted you back right after the mission, but well, thought you had gotten caught up with… something."

Wolffe could not berate the duo, as the mission had not had a strict schedule of completion. But still, having them disappear without any warning, had lead Wolffe to consider all options, also the fact that they had lost the two troopers to the enemy.

"Two weeks!"

Boost and Sinker stated in unison.

They had not realised the time passing by, as having been stuck in the repeating loop, well, there really was no telling time there at all.

"Yeah. Well, I am only glad you are well and back home."

Wolffe simply stated over the coms. Only too glad to have his friends back safe and sound.

"Happy landings!"

As the landing procedures were on their way, Sinker and Boost were thinking back to their adventure.

"Do we tell them real story? I mean what happened in the loop?"

Boost asked Sinker, sounding rather coy as looking back to it, it was, well, rather amusing even if somewhat of a torturous way of spending time.

"I still remember the first time. The real time that is. And it certainly did not last for three weeks, getting you off!"

Sinker too had to laugh a little now, as it was all so, absurd.

"Longest fuck ever!"

Boost laughed out loud.

"Sure was!"

Sinker joined in his partner's mirth.

"Still can't figure out why we were stuck in that scene, a distorted version of it."

Boost was trying to figure out the reasons behind it, but for himself there were none.

Sinker was quiet for a moment too, thinking of the same thing.

"I think we should keep it out, I mean, it is our business, not anyone else's."

"Yeah, tell them it was just something from the mission which kept on repeating."

"Agreed"

"Good!"

They were both quiet for another moment, clearly thinking of the event and what it might mean for them. Then again, guess it was just a reminder of what they needed to do, once they were back home. And on that note, as they felt the ship landing in the hangar bay.

"Now, let's get to the barracks and finish what we started! In the time loop!"

Both Sinker and Boost were laughing, but then quickly hurried out of the ship heading out of the hangar and the base, heading to their quarters to finish what indeed had been started in the time loop, despite or because of them. The reports could wait until the next day, after all!