Title: First Watch
Author: Shenandoah Risu
Rating
: G
Content Flags: canon character death
Spoilers: Season 2 "Epilogue"
Characters: Camile Wray, Everett Young, other SGU characters
Prompt: 07- SGU, Everett Young & Camille Wray, being friends
Word Count: 511
Summary: She counts herself among the few lucky ones who knew him as a friend.
Author's Notes
: Written for Theme Week Day 5 at the LJ Comm Stargateland
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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First Watch

"I'm putting him under suicide watch."

A dozen pairs of eyes snap up to stare at Camile. For several long moments, there is only stunned silence at the post-funeral gathering.

Then Greer shakes his head, looking angry.

"You don't really think the Colonel would do himself some harm, do you?"

Lisa takes his hand, massaging his fingers. "There are many ways of killing yourself, Ronald. Not all of them require a weapon."

Camile wipes her eyes on her sleeve.

"I know what it's like to lose your soul mate. But for me… Sharon is still alive. I can't begin to imagine what a dark place he's in right now, after all they've been through."

Varro squeezes Vanessa's hand. "We'll take Stephen and Sarah for a while. At least during the day, longer if he's ok with it."

Camile smiles a little. "That's great, you guys – thank you. Grieving is hard work. We need to give him time."

"We all need that time," Chloe pipes up, her voice shaky. "We all lost her. We all lost a friend…"

She curls up into Matt's shoulder.

Camile gets up.

"I'll take first watch."

The others nod.

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She spends the better part of a year with him.

She keeps her distance, gives him space for his despair, his rage, his anger.

She gives him time, allows him to feel the loneliness.

She helps him cook and clean, and when things get really bad she cleans him up, too.

She cries with Stephen and Sarah, she urges them to be with their father, she tells them stories of their mother.

She's always there when they need her.

She holds him when he cries, she tends to the flowers on the grave with him, she gives him work to do.

She misses his smile.

Years later she remembers how she used to hate him, how she always thought of him as a brute dictator, a soulless leader. She shakes her head at those memories.

Camile had never known Everett Young until TJ died. Then she discovered the man behind the tough exterior, the pain he was capable of feeling, his loyalty, his tenderness, the love he had in his heart for his soul mate, his children, his people.

And she counts herself among the few lucky ones who knew him as a friend.

He changed her, too.

His suffering opened her heart and eased her own pain. He was the hand that guided their lives on Novus, and she was the heart. They remained close during all those years, until his death.

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"I'm putting her under suicide watch."

A dozen pairs of eyes snap up to stare at Chloe. For several long moments, there is only stunned silence at the post-funeral gathering.

Then Eli shakes his head, looking angry.

"You don't really think Camile would do herself some harm, do you?"

Chloe takes his hand. "There are many ways of killing yourself, Eli. Not all of them require a weapon."

Eli sighs and gets up.

"I'll take first watch."

The others nod.

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