Title: Five things which Eli really wants to ask Chloe
Author: Shenandoah Risu
: G
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Spoilers: SGU Season 2 "Pathogen"
Characters: Eli Wallace
Author's Notes: Written for prompt set #112 at the LJ Comm sg1_five_things
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Five things which Eli really wants to ask Chloe

Who her favorite character on "Wormhole X-Treme" is.

Being a total sci-fi geek meant of course faithfully collecting everything there was to collect about the schlocky TV series "Wormhole X-Treme". When he was little, he and his friends would pretend they'd be the show's characters and really ham it up with amazing adventures in the back yard. Somehow he thinks she'd go for Colonel Danning. That's ok with him, since as a kid Eli always ended up playing Stacey Monroe, the science geek. They could have so much fun, sneaking through Destiny's hallways and pretending to be great explorers. Of course, Lisa Park would be Dr. Levant and Adam Brody would be perfect as Grell the Robot.

What her favorite ice cream flavor is.

He imagines it would be something utterly refined, like Blue Curacao ice cream with mandarin orange bits in it. Or Stracciatella. Or organic pistachio with white mocha. Eli himself is a vanilla kinda guy. For him, it's a staple of life, and like bread or water you can never really get tired of it. That said, he's actually never had any ice cream he didn't like. Even when Becker tried out the Purple Sweet Potato ice cream recipe he found he could eat it without gagging. Even so, he still likes vanilla best. But he imagines she would say "Shade-grown cacao with Cointreau" and he would respond "You're kidding! Me too!"

Whether he should let Becker cut his hair.

He can't figure out for the life of his how she manages to keep her hair so good-looking. At home, his Mom used to cut his hair, to save money, and over the years she had done a decent job. Short and easy to care for, but just enough to have a few curlies, for some character. Now it seems to want to take over the world. He looks at Matt, and how good the buzz cut looks with his chiseled features. He wishes he had chiseled features, too. Then he'd go to Becker for a good military-style shearing. But since he's still on the pudgy side, and especially now that they have better food, he's just not sure. If she said yes, he'd do it in a heartbeat – even if only to make her smile again.

Where she learned to do yoga like that.

He's sure the answer is a long litany of classes, dedicated teachers imported from India, and hours and hours of muscle-stretching exercises that would leave a lesser body feeling like a strip of uncooked bacon. When Eli was younger he used to love watching dancers, and one time he remembered his mom took him to see the Nutcracker Ballet. He talked about it for months. Now, he sometimes listens to the music and imagines Chloe dancing every single part, in a yoga-style meditative flow of movement. It's just a mental image, but it mesmerizes him as if it were real.

When she discovered she liked hydroponic mini-tomatoes.

He well remembers her confusion at how different the tomatoes tasted at first. They've all gotten used to it eventually, but he isn't sure whether that's what happened to her, too, or whether the alien within her told her one day to eat it and like it. It scares him more than he can put into words. Losing her to Matt was bad enough. But now, losing her to some – thing – inside her? It's like the virus that's slowly killing his mom. He would give anything to save either one of them.