In A Moment

Briar Elwood

Summary: Kind of a journal of Daniel's of our favorite DV moments starting with Avalon Part II. Will be little A/Ns from me explaining my experiences with every scene.

Disclaimer: (sighs) If I owned, I wouldn't be here. You know that.

A/N: When I saw this part of the episode, oh so long ago, afterwards I turned to my mother and said, "Daniel likes her" and gained a very incredulous look. Over time, and with the help of Unending, I've managed to soften her more to that idea. But, at the time, I had never heard of anything like fanfiction so for a while I thought I might be crazy. But I still liked the idea. A lot.

Oh, also, I usually don't like Hillary Duff. But the lyrics of "Fly" fit really well so…

In a moment

Everything can change

-Hillary Duff, Fly

Quickly I pushed through the villagers, muttering apologies as I jostled them in my quest to reach the center.

"…battle of ages. He spoke to the sky and said: 'And the people shall deliver unto you the wicked for your divine judgment, where their sins shall be weighed in the balance of all that is just and true.'"

I frowned confusedly at the Administrator for a second before hearing another voice coming from the opposite direction.

"Let go of me! Get your hands off me!"

For some reason, I didn't think this was a new experience for her. The men who had a hold of her dragged her through the crowd and to the strange stone circle surrounded by all of us.

"Daniel!" she cried, catching sight of me.

"What happened?" I demanded. The villagers restraining Vala forced her to her knees and shackled her wrists to the low bench in the middle of the circle.

"It didn't go so well."

I resisted the urge to roll my eyes. "Yeah, I can see that." I pushed past the few men in front of me to try to help her. "Excuse me." However, the men grabbed my arms and shoulders. Surprised, I struggled, like Vala just had. Obviously Harrid wasn't as strong as I because my struggling did absolutely no good.

"Harrid, stand back," the Administrator instructed, his voice annoyingly stoic. "Sallis has been overcome."

Despite Harrid's lack of muscle, I continued to fight against the villagers' hold. "No, she hasn't. If you'll just let me explain—"

The Administrator kept his gaze on Vala, ignoring me. Now I was getting edgy.

"Listen to me!"

My efforts were useless: the villagers pulled me farther away from the Administrator, the stone formation…Vala…

"Fear not," the Administrator told everyone, looking pointedly at Vala who wore a tentative expression, "for the Ori see all, outside and within. If your heart is pure and your devotion unwavering, they will protect you. They will cleanse your being, and you'll be taken to be with them forever."

I caught Vala rolling her eyes, noting she didn't seem to be much into religion (not that that surprised me). However, I recognized what he wasn't saying…even if the 'Ori' saw pureness and whatever in her, which wasn't likely, she was going to die. Somehow. My question of how was answered by the Administrator's continuation.

"If not, may the fire burn you down to the ground and lay you in the dust."

Vala's cocky confidence disappeared and her eyes widened in shock.

"Fire?"

Oh crap.

The Administrator nodded at one of the citizens and the man dipped the lit torch in his hand into a bucket, the liquid inside bursting into flame.

"Hallowed are the Ori."

My eyes flicked back and forth between Vala, who actually looked scared, and the bucket, which was being tilted down to a stone channel, the flames quickly licking their way around the circular maze encompassing Vala. My efforts to break free renewed with more desperation.

"What the hell did you say?" I exclaimed, starting to panic. Vala glanced at me before turning her distressed gaze back to the fire rushing closer towards her.

"I think at first it's what I didn't say," she explained, voice fast and frightened. "You see, apparently there's a blessing you're supposed to recite over the leaves before you drink, which nobody warned me about. Then I think it's what I did say. I was trying to politely explain what was going on and then his" (she nodded at the Administrator who barely even twitched an eyebrow) "wife started screaming and accusing me of being overcome. At which point I believe I suggested she might want to think about procreation…"

I raised an eyebrow.

"…with herself."

A string of colorful, multi-lingual curses ran through my head. "Oh! Oh!" These people would not just let go would they? "Listen! Please! Listen to me! You have to believe me! This is not what it looks like." My mouth was talking way before my mind was thinking. My soul purpose was to get the Administrator to listen, to hear me and believe me and, ultimately, to save Vala's life.

"Sallis is not possessed, okay? Now this is going to crazy…" I made a cuckoo motion with a restrained hand, not even realizing they wouldn't get it. "Whoo-hoo! But we're from another galaxy. That's right, we're using communication technology that allows us to take over a body from very far away…and-and-and make us talk to you! We just want to talk to you!"

I could feel the citizens' nervousness but didn't really process it. My eyes were fixed on the Administrator who merely stared at me for a few seconds before turning his attention back to Vala. The fire was at the center of the circle now and Vala's skirt suddenly caught the flames.

"Daniel!" she yelled, voice terrified, wriggling as to back away from the flames licking her like an unfriendly dog. Despair started to leaden my stomach as I continued to struggle fiercely.

"Okay, listen to me!" I barked, fear for Vala directing my every move. "Listen to me! You have to believe me! You're killing an innocent person!" Okay, so, that wasn't entirely true, but there was nothing she had done to make her deserve to be burned alive!

"Daniel!" Vala cried, the fire surely charring flesh by now.

"Blessed are those that deliver us from evil," the Administrator recited, voice irritatingly calm and impassive. My fear momentarily morphed to anger and I struggled to reach him.

Then a horrid, pain-filled and terrified scream rang through the air and my head whipped around to see Vala almost completely engulfed in flame.

"No!" I bellowed, pushing all of Harrid's strength against the men restraining me though I knew it'd do no good by now. "NO!"

I could barely see her, an erect figure, immolated by the fire, screaming bone-chilling screams. An over-whelming feel of despair came over me and I fell limp, turning away as I was too unnerved to bear the sight. After her screams diminished, I chanced a glance only to see her body to still be burning. I heard an unnatural gust of wind blow by and, soon after, the villagers let go of their hold on me. My mind numbed and not really caring why I had been released, I treaded closer to Vala's charred corpse (I never realized how much I hated that word until then). I sank to my knees in despair, only the briefest thought registering that, because of the bracelets, I was going to die soon. The vast majority of my thoughts were focused on this horror in my arms, this hand that had been so lovely, so smooth, so soft and was now black, coarse and ugly. It shook my core with more force than I would've thought.

It was then that I realized I had loved her.

A/N: Next chapter: The Powers That Be.

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