AN: So I was re-reading all my writing, and I decided that this needed some cleaning up. I'm not getting rid of this for the sake of history, but this isn't anything new, I just cut up the chapters differently. Sorry.
Disclaimer: Nothing you recognize here is mine. I just play with them…
Man Of His Word
"You're siding with Sawyer? Taking his side?"
"I'm not taking anyone's side, Jack. I'm just trying to tell you that he isn't totally off base. You're being a hypocrite. When Sawyer was taking things off bodies, he was disgusting, but the moment he decided they were his, you suddenly wanted them to be the groups'. And now he has the guns, guns you wanted, guns only you had, and yet again, you're flying off the wall."
"Guns are a hell of a lot more dangerous than shaving cream, Kate. I was trying to keep everyone safe."
"By handing out a bunch of AK 47's to people who've never used a gun before? By trekking into the jungle with 20 uneducated arms handlers to chase after the Others on your Revolution? You aren't thinking, Jack."
"And you think Sawyer has the rationale to deny or provide someone with those guns?"
"Right now? With you and Locke at war, fighting for power and making rash decisions? And if we add Ana Lucia to the picture…right now I trust the one who saw what would happen if things stayed the way they were going." Her voice had been steadily rising as they moved out of the jungle and toward the camp, covered in shadow as the sunset in front of them. Now they had stopped, standing on opposite sides of a makeshift water well, speaking to each other in voices that traveled a fair distance.
"And what about Sun? Sawyer had something to do with that!"
"I was with him when we heard Sun! I was right next to him when we found her."
"So he got someone else to do it. But he used Sun. And he used you!" It was said as if she hadn't known it before, as if Jack was the one who had realized it first.
Kate sighed. "It's not exactly the first time Sun's been used to achieve someone else's means."
"What are you talking about?" He gave her a confused look, his voice ascending the crescendo it had been approaching.
"The poison. I was the one who suggested Sun poison Jin."
As she had expected, Jack recoiled slightly, looking like he'd been betrayed. "Kate…"
Despite the fact that she'd anticipated it, she was still upset at the wary way Jack was glancing at her. "This has nothing to do with your War, Jack. Nothing to do with the guns, or the Others."
"The Others attacked us. They took Walt—God knows what happened to either him or Michael—and then they took you! We have to fight back!"
"No, Jack! They promised to leave us alone as long as we did the same. Provoking them is suicide!"
"It doesn't matter. The guns are still the issue here. For all I know, Sawyer's bartering guns for bags of chips and candy bars."
Kate shook her head in something like shock. "Sawyer's an intelligent man. Just because he isn't you doesn't mean he's completely inept. His decision-making skills have been a lot clearer than yours lately."
"You're actually comparing me to him?"
For a moment, she was pulled back to her first days here, and she was trying to hide a smile as Sawyer made some disgusting comment, watching her anxiously check her watch every minute or so. She looked straight at Jack, trying to ignore the prying eyes of her fellow castaways. "You don't need Band-Aids and peroxide to run an island, Jack."
And with that, she brushed past him, walking briskly in the direction of her tent.