Disclaimer: I don't own any part of Terra Nova. End of story.
Author's Note: Considering the fact that Skye gets interned to Elisabeth Shannon, is in love with her son, and no longer has any family in Terra Nova, I felt like she and Elisabeth could have developed a pretty special bond. Unfortunately they got next to no screen time together. So I've set out to remedy that. :) This fic will be a handful of scenes I think Skye and Elisabeth should have had over the course of the season. The main title comes from a song by Michelle Branch and I plan to include small quotes from the song at the beginning of each piece. This one takes place early in the season and was primarily inspired by the look on Skye's face as she watches Josh reunite with his parents at the end of the pilot episode. Enjoy!
Outside Looking In
"I didn't know that it was so cold and
you needed someone to show you the way."
It's late afternoon when the work crew Josh is with frantically radios in that they've been ambushed by a pack of slashers. They had to make a run for it and now they're pinned down somewhere in the middle of the woods with a lot of wounded, several of whom are members of the security team sent out with them that morning. Gunfire is exploding in the background of the call. Taylor immediately gathers a squad to go look for them. Elisabeth was within earshot when Wash delivered the message to him and she immediately runs to the infirmary and grabs a medical kit.
"What are you doing here?" Jim asks as she approaches the waiting rovers.
"What does it look like?" she asks.
"Dr. Shannon!" Commander Taylor calls. Elisabeth turns as he comes up to them. "I need you to stay here."
"Commander-" she protests. Taylor cuts her off.
"I don't want both parents in danger at the same time," he says firmly. "If something happens at least one of you should be here with your children."
"One of my children is out there," she reminds him.
"I know that. And we'll bring him home safe." He opens the door to the rover and gets in. "I need you to prep the infirmary. It sounds like there may be some heavy injuries."
"We'll bring him back, I promise," Jim assures her. She forces herself to nod and take a step back.
"Be careful," she calls as Jim climbs into a rover. He nods.
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Terra Nova waits and waits. It's long after dark and Elisabeth is on the porch of the command center with Wash when a shout goes up from one of the guard towers. The two women exchange a look and then run down the stairs two at a time.
The rovers have already rolled in and the work crew is staggering through the gates by the time Elisabeth and Wash get there. It takes Elisabeth mere seconds to spot her son.
She runs forward and hugs him tightly. Josh hugs her back. Jim is behind him, a tired smile on his face. Elisabeth steps back and places her hands on her son's shoulders.
"Are you okay?" she asks. Josh nods.
"I'm fine, Mom." He has a few scrapes on his face and arms and his shirt is torn, but otherwise he looks okay.
Zoe comes running out of somewhere and leaps into her big brother's arms. Maddy is right behind her. Elisabeth steps back and watches her children hug each other tightly. Jim comes over and slips an arm around her shoulders. They exchange a kiss as all three siblings begin to talk at once.
Elisabeth's eyes drift over the plaza as the rest of the work crew is reunited with their family members. There are many small injuries, but aside from several broken bones the group is remarkably unscathed. Amid the hugs and joyous cries, however, Elisabeth notices one figure standing alone. Skye. Usually so adventurous and independent, she suddenly looks very small and lonely. There are no worried family members running towards her, no one checking to make sure she's okay. Wash lays a hand on her shoulder and says something, to which Skye nods, but then the Lieutenant is hurrying off after Taylor and Skye is left alone again.
Elisabeth sees Skye's gaze land on the Shannon children hugging each other and chattering happily. There's a tremendous sadness and loneliness in her face as she turns away and begins to walk off alone towards the house where she and her friends stay. No one else seems to notice her leaving. Somehow that bothers Elisabeth. She finds that she feels a strange protectiveness of her new intern. Maybe because she knows no one else will.
"Go," Jim says, seeing where she's looking. Elisabeth looks up at him and he nods. After a glance at her own children, who are happily oblivious to the world around them, Elisabeth gives her husband's cheek a quick kiss.
"I'll be right back," she says.
She moves through the crowd and across the square. Skye is already starting down the dark street between the two rows of houses when Elisabeth reaches the edge of the plaza.
"Skye!" she calls. The girl turns, surprise written across her face.
"Dr. Shannon," Skye says. She stops and waits for Elisabeth to catch up. "Is everything okay?"
"Yeah, everything's fine," Elisabeth says. "I just wanted to see if you were okay."
"Uhm, yeah. I'm fine." Skye looks confused for a moment, but then she sticks her hands in her pockets and tilts her head as a smile tugs at her mouth. "Thanks for asking."
A loud laugh causes them both to look back toward the square where Zoe has found her way onto Jim's shoulder and he's spinning her around as Maddy and Josh look on. All four of them are smiling happily.
"I guess you should get back to your family," Skye says, a hint of sadness in her voice.
"You know," Elisabeth says suddenly, "we haven't eaten dinner yet. I was holding it for Jim and Josh. But you're more than welcome to join us."
"I wouldn't want to intrude," Skye says quickly, shaking her head. But Elisabeth can see in her eyes how badly she wants to accept.
"We would love to have you," Elisabeth assures her.
"Well, if you're sure you don't mind..." Skye says slowly.
"Not at all," Elisabeth says, smiling. Skye smiles back gratefully. "Come on."
She slips her arm around Skye's shoulders and together they walk back to the rest of the Shannons. Jim puts Zoe down as they approach.
"Skye is going to be joining us for dinner," Elisabeth tells them.
"Great," Josh says, grinning at his friend. Maddy too has a smile on her face.
"Yay!" Zoe cries. She catches hold of Skye's hand and begins to pull her in the direction of the house. "I can show you my toy dinosaurs."
"Okay," Skye says, laughter in her voice. Josh and Maddy hurry after them. Jim and Elisabeth follow behind at a more leisurely pace.
"I think you just made her day," Jim says as they make their way toward the house.
"I think I did," Elisabeth agrees.
As she watches Skye laughing with her three children she decides it's something she needs to do more often.
Please review and let me know how I did. And for those of you reading my "Moments in Time" fic, don't worry, this won't distract me from working on that. In fact it should have another chapter by tomorrow.