Okay, this is actually something I've had on my mind for a very long time, and I have been waiting to write a story like this since I read the stories in this category like Fallen, Pale Blue Dot, Reunions are a Deleted, and This Should Never Have Happened. I've had a versus scenario in my head for about six months but my own RvB stories have just gotten my attention fixated on them for the longest time but with the RvB offseason really getting me dulled out on RvB for a little while I decided to try this on for size before I went for the big daddy "12 Colonies vs Earth Story" but if you guys think this story is promising I might throw a monkey wrench into the mix.
This will have OC's, one in particular that I'd like to explain first. What if Commander Adama had a daughter on the Galactica with him? And what if she went missing on…oh I don't know a planet that a certain planet uses as an Alpha Site? What then?
Now the setting, this will take place about three years after the events of SGU wrap up for the Stargate part of the story (No disclosure), and will be about a month or two before the events of the Cylon Attack on the Colonies, I probably won't even acknowledge the Cylons as major players until later.
That's what this story is about. Enjoy.
Location: Battlestar Galactica
Time: 1300 Lima
Date: (Earth Calendar) May 12, 2014
"Lieutenant Adama to the Ready Room, Lieutenant Adama to the Ready Room," the crackly speakers of the Battlestar Galactica droned out rhythmically.
Immediately the call was answered by the young pilot in question. Twenty year old Kelsey Adama had been waiting for her first mission for a very long time since being assigned to her father's old Battlestar, the Galactica. She had asked for this assignment so that she could serve under her father just once before he retired. She wasn't the most intimidating pilot on the Galactica's roster at barely five feet ten inches. Her light brunette hair was cut just above her shoulders and was still showing off the platinum blonde highlights the more veteran pilots had dyed into her bangs as a prank on the new rookie. Her thin frame was a meager hundred and forty-five pounds without her gear and flight suit. The young pilot scrambled into her flight suit and charged headlong out of her barracks and into the hall where dozens of other crewmembers were milling around, going to and from wherever it was they were supposed to be. Her own rather attractive features, coupled with the platinum highlights in her hair, drew attention as she ran full tilt into the hall.
"Headed somewhere rook?" one of the other pilots said as she charged by him.
"Yep! First mission!" Kelsey replied, throwing the information back to him as she rounded a few more corners.
It didn't take all that long before she was in the Ready Room where her ECO, Lt. Buck "Eyeball" Drew was standing in front of Galactica's CAG, getting briefed.
"Ah, there's the rook, you got here pretty quick Lightbulb," Eyeball called using her call sign (which she hated), smiling as the young officer panted and saluted the CAG.
"Lieutenant Adama reporting as ordered sir!" Kelsey said loudly, snapping off a crisp salute.
"At ease, this your first official mission Lieutenant?"
"Yes sir," Kelsey said.
"Well sorry to tell you this but it's not the high stakes do or die mission you might have been hoping for. We need you to fly your Raptor out to Caprica and pick up a few VIP's for the ceremony."
"What? Babysitting?!" Kelsey responded, sounding quite offended.
"Yes, babysitting. Unless you would like me to tell the Commander you're too good for picking up some of his old shipmates from the war?" Captain Spencer responded coolly.
"No sir, um…I just wanted to make sure what it was the mission entailed," Kelsey tried recovering from her outburst and to try and get the threat of her father's disappointment away from her neck.
"Very well Lieutenant, Eyeball here has all the particulars. Head on down to the starboard hanger deck and head out. Dismissed."
Both of them saluted the CAG and filed out, with a very unhappy Kelsey Adama in tow.
"It's not fair, not only do I get a Raptor as my first bird, a frakked of a call sign, and my hair looking like a frakking Caprican diva, but my first mission is a gods damned bus ride?!" the fiery tempered woman spouted off as they descended down into the hanger where they could see their Raptor being prepped and readied by a gang of knuckle draggers. Eyeball just chuckled at the rookies angry bitching as he opened the door into the hanger deck.
"We ready to go Chief?" Eyeball called out as he began inspecting his bird for himself as was customary.
"Yeah mostly, the fuel injectors into the FTL are acting up a little but nothing to worry about unless you plan to jump to the Red Line," Chief Tyrol replied.
"We're not going that far, just a quick trip to Caprica for some pizza and beer, want anything?" the older ECO replied as he started climbing up the wing to check his own equipment.
"Well if you're offering I'll take a large meat lover with side of cheesy sticks," the Chief sarcastically replied grinning at Eyeball's normal humorous ways.
"Alright Chief, see ya in a few hours, let's go Lightbulb," the older Lieutenant called over as Kelsey latched her helmet on tightly and hopped the wing into the cabin to get into her seat.
"For frak's sakes stop calling me Lightbulb!" she said, although she knew it was futile, "We good?"
"Yeah we're fine kid let's go."
She grumbled unhappily to herself as she strapped into her seat next to Eyeball who was just humming an odd tune to himself that she was able to hear on her headset. But she didn't bother trying to make him stop, he knew that he was broadcasting that to her and wanted to mess around a bit, as usual. Kelsey began prepping the engines for start-up as their Raptor's unwieldy bulk was towed into the lift and sealed into the airlock. The whole craft shuddered as the powerful lift began to propel them up into the cavernous bay as Kelsey began to warm up the pair of powerful engines on the rear of the Raptor.
She still wasn't happy about going on a milk run but now her training was kicking in as she began to respond coolly and professionally to the Galactica flight officers.
"Raptor two-zero you are cleared for take-off vector zero-five-zero," the radio spoke calmly into their ears.
"Copy Galactica, vector zero-five-zero, beginning take off now."
"Your take off is good two-zero, you cleared for FTL jump. Gods' Speed."
"Thank you Galactica, be back before you know it," Eyeball replied, turning off the comm channel to the outside world and began spinning up the Raptor's FTL drive for their quick trip to Caprica, "Spooling up FTL, plugging in coordinates."
"Make sure you get them right Eyeball, I don't my first mission to end with us smashing into a Caprica City night club," Kelsey said as the experienced ECO carefully plugged in the coordinates.
"Ease up a little Lightbulb, you've got the best ECO in the fleet sitting next to you," he replied with a chuckle.
"I doubt that wise ass."
"Well then, let me prove it kid, coordinates plugged in, we're good to go."
"Finally, let's get this over with. Activating FTL now," Kelsey grumbled as she keyed in the appropriate command that would send the signal to the FTL drive to start drawing in the volatile fuel it needed to make the jump.
Under normal circumstances the drive should have activate instantly, but instead the monitors in the Raptor began buzzing with increased power output from the FTL as the whole bird began to vibrate and buzz. Static electricity began to stand her hair up and make everything metal charge with a shocking charge of electricity.
"Eyeball…why am I not seeing Caprica?" she hissed as she began to toy with the controls irritably.
"I have no idea, hold on let me check something," he replied uncertainly.
"If you're the best ECO in the fleet then Humanity doomed," she kidded him as he sat down and went through the computer checking to see if his suspicions were well founded.
"Our FTL isn't working," he said.
"Oh you don't say!"
Immediately a harsh alarm went off all over the cockpit as red lights began to flash into existence all around the Raptor's numerous flight consoles.
"Oh frak! Our fuel injectors, they're flooding the FTL Drive! It won't shut down! We're overloading the…"
A shower of sparks flooded from the flight controls as Kelsey looked back at her ECO to verify what it was he was saying. She held her hands up trying to block anything from striking her in the face out of sheer instinct and then a thundering crash resounded behind her and a wall of heat flew from the rear of the cabin. But when the glint of an expanding pool of dark red blood caught her eye she swung into action.
"Eyeball!" she screamed, seeing her ECO flat on the deck, a strip of steel protruding from his flight suit around his neck.
She pulled frantically out of her harness but then a small explosion of a fuel going up sent a small sliver of metal the size of her finger into her thigh. She collapsed to the deck as the piece of red hot steel burned and penetrated her lower thigh. The agony of the pain was unlike anything she'd ever felt before. But she saw that Eyeball was in dire straits, and crawled over to him.
"Eyeball hang on, you're gonna be okay pal," she yelled as she pulled at his helmet and ripped it off.
All that greeted her were a pair of lifeless unseeing eyes. He was dead. Kelsey dropped him to the deck and backed away, feeling the burning of the metal jabbed in her leg protesting painfully as she did so.
"No…no!" she screamed in a fit of complete helplessness.
But she still wasn't out of danger, smoke was filling the cabin as she tried to maneuver herself back into the pilot's seat. Her leg was still painfully protesting every movement she made, and the wet warm feeling of blood oozing from her wound was now a very unwelcome feeling. She tried peering through the smoke to try and get some manner of control back over her Raptor and managed to grab onto them just as a flash of light unlike anything she had ever seen before enveloped her craft.
"FRAK!" she tried holding her hands over eyes as the light blinded her to anything that might have been able to actually help her.
Another explosion emanated from her console and she felt another piercing pain envelop her shoulder as yet more shrapnel plowed through her thin flight suit. She now heard the unmistakable alarms of altitude loss, and there was only one place that the Raptor would have begun registering that, in a planet's atmosphere. She desperately tried reaching the controls but found shattered shards of metal instead that cut her hands deeply when she slapped her hands onto her flight control console blindly. She had no way of pulling her plummeting craft out of whatever dive or flat spin it was in and just decided on the last resort of any pilot, bail out.
"Come on!" she desperately tried reaching the handle that activated the Raptor's ejector seat for her side of the craft with one hand while he tried to strap in with the other.
Kelsey knew that if she didn't strap into the seat she would be jettisoned, just without a parachute. So she barely managed to clip the straps in and pulled down so hard on the tightening slack of the leather cord that she felt the metal in her shoulder dig ever deeper into her flesh. Blood now covered her arm and left leg, her visor was completely spider webbed with dozens of fractures that would give way and cut her face as well if another piece of shrapnel hit it. With one last energy sapped movement Kelsey reached down, weighed down heavily by negative G-Forces, and finally got a blood covered glove onto the right handle and pulled.
The rush of the jets underneath firing off felt like being lifted by the hands of Zeus as she was propelled out of her doomed air craft and into cold sky. She stopped moving straight up as the rocket motor ran out of fuel and finally quit and by design the sea itself detached from a parachute and survival kit strapped to Kelsey's back. Kelsey felt herself fall into a free dive and desperately pulled the cord for the parachute and was yanked up by the chute's opening and felt a tremendous amount of pain rush through all her wounds and flowed straight to her head.
Frak, some first mission, was the final thought her mind contemplated before she passed out.
Location: Earth Alpha Site at 20,000 Feet Above Sea Level
Time: 1830 Lima
"Holy shit! Look out!" came the very panicked call over the radio channel of Captain Jacob "Crossbow" Arrow's F-302.
"What the Hell was that?" his wingman hollered loudly, banking left along with Lucky as the formation of eight F-302's scattered to avoid the smoking craft that had suddenly appeared on their sensors.
"Okay which of you idiots shot yourself down?" Crossbow ordered over the radio, calling his section to be sure that what he saw wasn't a fellow 302.
"It's not one of us Captain," one of the other F-302's radioed.
"Okay stay on course, Bat-Two on me, we're following that bogey," Captain Nelson ordered.
"Copy that leader," Bat-Two replied, banking hard right to follow the lead F-302.
The scream of the F-302's thrusters were mere hums behind the buzzing noise of the fighter's inertial dampeners working overtime as the agile aircraft pulled 6 G's pulling in parallel with the trail of smoke from the damaged craft that had scattered their formation. The eight craft flight was on patrol over the northern spectrum of the Alpha Site with some new rookies from the UK when all of a sudden a bright flash surprised them all and the entire flight had broken formation to avoid being another pillar of debris and fire descending towards the snow covered ground. It was winter on the planet the Alpha Site was situated and boy it was a long one, five feet of snow had fallen within a few weeks, grounding most patrols and training flights, forcing a few bulldozers to shove the unwanted snow and ice off of the runway before the F-302's could fly off.
But a routine patrol had quickly turned into a long night of paperwork as the two F-302's followed the trail of smoke to its final conclusive ending point, a crater on the north ridge. But they saw something else as well, a single parachute, descending gently in the direction of the base's runway, which was visible a few miles away and was close enough for the gun crews manning a battery of rail guns to see the pilot's chute descending in their direction.
"You seeing this skipper?" Bat-two asked as they circled the descending pilot.
"Yeah, interesting, the chute is identical to ours but it doesn't look like the pilot's even trying to control it."
"KIA?" the wingman suggested.
"No, I doubt that," Crossbow said as they watched the figure hang limply as the parachute finally touched down not even a mile from the base's runway, "How would they have ejected?"
"Well looks like the ground pounders are going to be looking for themselves, Humvees are tearing down the pavement."
"Alright, let's join the formation, this isn't our cup of tea."
At that the two F-302's banked and started to climb back into the clouds where their formation was circling, still in their holding pattern waiting for orders.
Location: Earth Alpha Site Infirmary
Time: 2140 Lima
The sound of a constant rhythmic beeping was the first thing that graced Lieutenant Kelsey Adama's ears as she started to stir in a soft hospital bed. She took a few minutes to gain her bearings before she moved her head from side to side. A groggy drug induced headache echoed the sentiment that her chest, shoulder, and leg were feeling at the moment. She felt constricted slightly by what sure to be an IV in her arm feeding morpha into her blood stream to dull down the pain that was sure to follow a series of nasty shrapnel wounds across her body. But she knew she was at least alive. There were no real noises except her own breathing and the beeping of a heart monitor.
She finally managed to force her eyelids up and make her eyes to earn their pay after a few minutes of fighting away slight nausea and the ever groggy headache ailing her. What she saw didn't look like any hospital room she'd ever been in, what her eyes were subject to was a basic concrete box. It was littered with an enormous amount of medical gear with a few homey touches like plants, paintings, and a few TV's. But it was nonetheless a box.
"Doctor!" a low serious voice called out from her side.
Kelsey immediately threw her head to see who had just called out and saw that she wasn't alone, in fact she was under guard. A big soldier in a set of gray digital fatigues wearing full gear, with a matching helmet, vest, and pants was standing attentively a few feet to the right of her by a wall where a seat and a table were set up with a few strange looking magazines on it. In his hands he held a black assault rifle with attached add-ons such as an ACOG sight, lazer, flashlight, and vertical grip. But the configuration was unlike anything she'd ever seen, and her eyes immediately went to study him further. There were a couple patches on his sleeve that she couldn't really get a good look at due to how he was facing her. But it immediately became apparent, he wasn't Colonial.
"Oh decided to return to the land of the living have we?" a woman walked up from the left holding a tablet with a smile on her face. She wore a white coat with a black knee length uniform skirt like any female doctors at military hospitals wore. Her hair was a very dark brown and she wore a thin pair of reading glasses.
"Where am I?" Kelsey immediately snapped, feeling very boxed in as another soldier wearing identical gear walked in behind the Doctor, "Who are you?"
"Well, you are in my infirmary. And as to who I am, I'm Doctor Elizabeth Fox, Chief Medical Officer of the Alpha Site," the woman pleasantly said as she went over a few minor things on her tablet before looking back at Kelsey, "Now, who might you be?"
"Lieutenant Kelsey Adama, call sign…Lightbulb, Colonial Fleet. Service Number 130-3456-123."
She couldn't help but scowl as even the soldiers smirked when they heard her goofy call sign. But the Doctor seemed to be attentive and listened well.
"Is that all?"
"Which of the Colonies am I on?"
"You're on a planet we call P4X-650, I honestly don't know where your Colonies are, but perhaps if you could tell us more we can help you."
Kelsey narrowed her eyes, sensing something odd going on around here. The soldiers guarding her weren't Colonial, this Doctor was asking for the location of her Home Worlds, and she was saying that they were at a make believe planet called P4X-whatever-whatever. Her overactive mind immediately came to one conclusion, it was a Cylon trick! They had captured her somehow and were milking her for information under the premise of being "aliens." Well that's not happening on my watch toaster. She crossed her arms and refused to look at the Doctor, and clamped her mouth shut.
"Kelsey? Is everything alright?" the 'Doctor' asked calmly.
"You won't get any information from me, toaster," Kelsey hissed threateningly, forcing an unconscious reaction from the soldiers in the room who moved their hands closer to the triggers.
The Doctor was a bit thrown off by the rather out-of-the-blue threat from the young woman and put her hand gently on her thigh trying to relax the agitated young pilot, "You don't have to say anything at all to me if you don't want to, but you do need to let me change the bandages from your crash, you took a nasty beating. We had to take more than ten pieces of steel out of you in the past few hours."
"Get your hands off of me!" Kelsey snapped, preparing to strike Dr. Fox.
In an instant the two troopers held their weapons aimed at her face. She stared back at them through angry eyes until she saw what was on the patch she had not been able to see until now. It read: Stargate Command, Earth! Her hands fell onto the bed as she stared, jaw hanging as she studied the words written in the exact same language that she'd grown up reading writing. The symbol of a triangle without its bottom line with the circle above it looked just like a symbol found in an ancient text supposedly describing Earth. The facts now started to come together in her mind, the lack of knowledge of the location of the Colonies, the fact they were human, the odd name of the planet, the subtle differences in the weapons, uniforms and mannerisms. Could it be?
"Are you…from Earth?"
Well, I hope I did alright with it. I've been wanting to put this out there, and this is just the beginning so please review and offer suggestions, hints, point out mistakes I might have made, etc. Hope you enjoyed.
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