Title: Fragile: A Countdown
Author: Shenandoah Risu
: NC-17
Content Flags: adult situations
Spoilers: SGU Season 1
Characters: TJ/ Young
Author's Notes: Written for Challenge 17 "Countdown" at the LJ Comm sgu_challenge.
Disclaimer: I don't own SGU. I wouldn't know what to do with it. Now, Young... Young I'd know what to do with. ;-)
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Fragile: A Countdown

She hasn't done this in a while; he's big, and it hurts a little. She touches his face as he moves inside her, and he smiles, bends down and kisses her gently.

She missed her chance. A few more days, and she would have been gone, to get over the pain of the breakup. As he struggles to live she tends to his injuries. She's scared.

He puts her in charge. She's grateful that he doesn't treat her any differently, after everything that's happened. She doesn't get her period again.

It's difficult, for her, to do his routine physical, or his psych eval. The silence between them is screaming in her ears. His loneliness pains her.

Her pants are getting tighter every day, and still she's losing weight.

He looks so lost, seeing her off. Her heart feels like it might explode. If he'd asked, she would have stayed.

She pukes her guts out, and despite the misery she's happy, on the new planet. Finally, something normal. She wants to stay.

Of course she returns to the ship. She knows he wants her there but he puts the crew first. He always does. So she goes. Not for him, but because she's so much like him.

She tells him. His features soften. He kisses her hands. She feels his tears on her skin.

The baby shower brings many surprises. His gift comes later: a quiet moment. He offers to hold her, she places his hand on her belly. The baby moves.

The bullet strikes her in the abdomen. She gasps at the sharp pain, the instant nausea and lightheadedness, and she thinks of him as the darkness comes.