Pairing: Evan Lorne, Rory
Warnings: after part 2 of "Exsul" in the Ancient!John 'Verse
Summary: Tria at Midway
Notes: A start of part 3 of "Exsul" that wasn't. Again. This installment might kill me.
An Ancient!John Drabble
"Loneliness leads to nothing good, only detachment. And sometimes the people who most need to reach out are the people least capable of it."
― Joss Whedon
5 December, 2006 / 32 Days After The Second Exodus - Midway, The Void
/'Pas-tor?/ Rory asks, clearly curious about what he could find so strange about 'Tria', who's moored right where the Ancients abandoned her: three hundred kilometers from the incomplete Midway Station and a third of a mile off their bow. /Is some-thing wrong?/
Evan pushes himself out of the pilot's chair and moves closer to the viewscreen, examining the other ship more carefully. "Your sister doesn't look all that damaged, does she?" There aren't any gaping holes in her hull, no battle scars that haven't been long patched over. She's been through the wars, but not recently. "She looks a lot better than you did when the Colonel brought you home."
/'Pa-ter' says that Dan-el-i-a I-val Hel-i-a Nav-arch-a is a li-ar and a cow-ard. That she made our sis-ter a cow-ard as well when she or-dered 'Tri-a' a-way from bat-tle, leav-ing doz-ens of our sis-ters die when 'Ma-ter' need-ed us most./
"That's what we're here to find out. Can you run a full sensor sweep so I can get a better idea of the damage?"
Rory's song transitions briefly into a complicated, darting melody that could easily be called the audible equivalent of a peacock showing off its tail. /Of course,/ she tells him at the end of it.
'Aurora' hums happily for a moment before a wireframe diagram of the other ship appears on the viewscreen, rotating through several angles before settling into a standard cross-section. /The dam-age to 'Tri-a' is neg-lig-i-ble. Her hull is frac-tured in sev-er-al pla-ces, with most the dam-age con-cen-trat-ed a-round her en-gine com-part-ment./ The sections in question blink in blue on the screen. /Hy-per-drive en-gines are non-op-er-at-ion-al. Sub-light en-gines are at for-ty-one per-cent func-tion-al-it-y. Shields, life sup-port, and and nav-i-gat-ion systems are op-er-at-ion-al. We do no un-der-stand why she was left be-hind. A-lone, 'Mar-i-tus'. A-lone, in the cold and the dark. Why would they do that?/