By: Aesop

DISCLAIMER: I don't own "Surface" or any of the characters. No profit is earned through the writing of this.


AUTHOR'S NOTE: I enjoy the show, but I think the characters are a little naïve. It's understandable in a 14 year-old, but the Rich and Laura are a little annoying. This is a one-shot exploring a way the end of episode 14 could have gone after the fade to black.

Daughtery was lucky, Agent Lee reflected, to have him looking out for her. He watched as she made her none-to-stealthy escape from the complex. Without him to divert security, she would have been recaptured in moments. He sighed in relief when she was clear.

What he had told her was true. It was too late for her to do anything to stop what was coming. The first domino had already fallen. In fact, they had been falling for quite some time. It wasn't too late, though, for her well-intentioned meddling to turn the situation to his advantage.

She would keep poking her nose where it didn't belong and, probably sooner rather than later, she and her neanderthal sidekick would try to raise the alarm. The company was untouchable, but the man currently running the show wasn't. Soon the U.S. government and others across the globe would have their hands full dealing with the fallout of what the good doctor, his erstwhile employer, had done. There would be money to be made and power to be had for the man who could help to restore order and make sense of it all, and he fully intended to be that man.

He had been planning this for a long time, and Connelly and Daughtery were just the wild cards he needed. Lee smiled to himself. A clone. It wasn't a bad hypothesis given their limited evidence. It just didn't happen to be the right one. He glanced at the image frozen on the television monitor. It had been a shock when that footage had turned up. He hadn't had to fake that reaction. Still, thanks to Connelly and Daughtery's misguided assumptions, it had worked out to his advantage. What was the old joke? When you assume you make an ass out of U and ME.

He ran his hand over his head and wondered if it wasn't time to contemplate another change of name and appearance. After all, it would be inconvenient if someone guessed the truth. Once the doctor and a few others were out of the way, he could run the show himself. It would be difficult, but not impossible. After all, he smiled to himself, what they had discovered that day, and the secrets they had uncovered over the next 50 years hadn't made any of the expedition invulnerable, just the next best thing to immortal.