Two Hundred and Thirty Six Pieces

Spoilers: Kobol's Last Gleaming parts 1 and 2 (and a deleted scene for KLG pt. 1)
Rating: K+
Summary: Each minute she's gone, he dies a little inside.
Disclaimer: No, I don't own them. I only hope that someday, someone will buy them for me. I do own this story and all ideas contained within.


For each minute she's gone, he dies a little inside. She's not there and he needs her, more than ever, more than he's ever needed her before. She's always a presence in his life, even when she's annoying or angry or sleeping with men who aren't him, even when they aren't speaking. He still knows she's there if he needs her, but now he needs her and she isn't there and he can barely stand everything going on around him.

They let him stay with his father until he's whisked away to surgery, and then he's escorted to the brig, and she's not there to wait impatiently for his father in his place. Tigh looks almost apologetic for taking him away, and he hates Tigh more than ever. She's not there to argue with Tigh. His cell is next to Roslin's, and she tries to talk to him. He answers in short words. The longest answer he gives is to her question, "You blame me for Lt. Thrace leaving, don't you?" He says, "Yes, I do." The only question he doesn't answers is, "Do you love her?" It's none of Roslin's business whether he loves her or not. She's not there to visit him in hack.

They let him out almost three hours later, after 172 pieces of him have died, and she isn't there to come and escort him to Life Station. His father looks nearly dead, his eyes are closed, his face is pale, and he's connected to a million pieces of blinking and beeping machinery. She isn't there to sit next to him and maybe hold his hand, she isn't there to share the pain. He can't stay there without her and he goes to visit the thing he once called Sharon, the thing he wished he had a whole squadron of. He doesn't say anything, just stares, and it doesn't try to make excuses, just stares back. She isn't there to yell at it for him. He goes back to Life Station and 190 pieces have died. He wonders how many are left. He just sits there silently with his silent father and counts the minutes and the pieces, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200.

By the time he falls asleep and she isn't there to fall asleep with him or watch over his father in his stead, there are 236 pieces of Lee that are dead.


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