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BSG fic: Standing in the Mud (pg) - Just Because
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BSG fic: Standing in the Mud (pg)
This is an off-the-top-of-my-head ficlet written for ingridmatthews's Gaeta ficlet challenge. The instant I read the title of the song from the BSG s2 soundtrack, this popped into my head. It's unbetaed, so I'm sorry about the lack of refinement, but Felix didn't seem to mind so... ;)

Title: Standing in the Mud
Author: me
Rating: PG ('cause of Gaius)
Word count: 222
Spoilers: Lay Down Your Burdens 2
Disclaimer: I only wish they were mine. I won't harm them. Much. And I certainly won't make a profit.


Gods, how did I ever sink so low? Feeling as though he were mired in clinging muck, Felix waited, forcing himself to remain calm as three sets of eyes stared at him from the couch in the President’s office. In spite of the fact he had just burst into the room shouting for Gaius, walking the fine line between panic and urgency, Gaius and his “companions” were barely awake and aware. What the frak was I thinking? I should have let President Roslin steal the election. The room reeked of stale cigar smoke, stale sex, and things even less pleasant.

Finally, Gaius’ red eyes showed a glimmer of intelligence. “Yeah, what is it?” Felix wished that it were more than just a glimmer.

“The Cylons just jumped into orbit and the fleet’s jumped away.” The screams of the Raiders as they descended into New Caprica’s atmosphere and flew low overhead sent a chill down Felix’s spine, even as the walls of what was once Colonial One shuddered.

He had hoped that such news might prompt the President to… well, to act like the President, but instead Gaius made his way to a window to watch the wheeling Raiders and then looked over his shoulder at the Presidential desk.

Felix shook his head, despair sinking into his gut as he thought, Judgment day…


Feedback is love, even for such a tiny thing as this. ;)

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fahrbotdrusilla From: fahrbotdrusilla Date: July 5th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gaius and his “companions” were barely awake and aware.

Ha!

I don't know how to leave feedback for fic, but i liked this. Good POV with Geata.
sabaceanbabe From: sabaceanbabe Date: July 5th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee. You just did. :P

Thank you! *squee*
ingridmatthews From: ingridmatthews Date: July 5th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's a busload of awesome.

I *really* loved Gaeta thinking he should have let Roslin steal the election (aww, and HA!) *and* his unconscious echo of Six's snarky aside "Judgement day ...".

Which makes me ponder? Is the Cylon collective putting that in his pretty lil' Cylon head? Hmmm.

YAY FOR FICLETS! Thank you for it!
sabaceanbabe From: sabaceanbabe Date: July 5th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Gaeta was soooooo betrayed by the people he trusted. :(

And hee. Sometimes I think he's a Cylon and sometimes I think he's just an awesome human. I just can't decide! But either way, he's Felix Gaeta, and that's really all he has to be. ;)

Thank you for the prompt that sparked it.
ana_grrl From: ana_grrl Date: July 5th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice! I've been thinking lately about whether Gaeta might be kicking himself re: the election. I like this snapshot of his thoughts at this point. And I also like the idea of the Cylon raiders as screaming.
sabaceanbabe From: sabaceanbabe Date: July 5th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! :D

Gaeta is another one who always seems to strive to do the right thing.
ana_grrl From: ana_grrl Date: July 7th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's so straight-laced, and I like those little moments when he shows a little annoyance at the way things are going around him. I'm trying to write a Gaeta POV fic right now, and it's pretty challenging.


wendywoowho From: wendywoowho Date: July 5th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
sent a chill down Felix’s spine

Do you mean "sent a chill down Felix’s [SOMETIMES GLOWING BRIGHT RED] spine"?

:D

I like this. Favorite turn of phrase: "and things even less pleasant."
sabaceanbabe From: sabaceanbabe Date: July 5th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

Hee. We totally need to see whether or not the boys have the same fun as the girls. :P
rap541 From: rap541 Date: July 5th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Poor Felix... he tries so hard to do the right thing.
sabaceanbabe From: sabaceanbabe Date: July 5th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
*nods*

If he grew up on Earth, he'd be an Eagle scout (albeit one with a kickass tat).
weissman From: weissman Date: July 5th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
There goes Roslyn again, bad decisions for good reasons. Loved the view from Felix's eyes, very cool.\

Helo/Sharon? :)

Big Hug

Bob
sabaceanbabe From: sabaceanbabe Date: July 5th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Bob.

And yes, there's a Helo/Sharon coming. The first part is in beta now, and then it's up to Jeff whether or not it gets shared, since he paid for it. I'm pretty sure he'll share, though...
weissman From: weissman Date: July 5th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you heard from him lately, I miss corrsponding with him. I also miss reading his stuff. Its like I lost a best friend. If you hear from please pass on my regards.

Speaking of FICS keep me informed, I want to bid on one also!!

Bob
raincitygirl From: raincitygirl Date: July 5th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor, poor Gaeta.
sabaceanbabe From: sabaceanbabe Date: July 6th, 2006 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yet another good and honorable man caught in a distasteful situation. *sigh*
vipersweb From: vipersweb Date: July 5th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely! Gaeta gets such little love.

Speaking of the title, do you know what episode that song is from? Despite watching all of Season 1 and 2.0 dvds over the weekend, I couldn't finger it.
sabaceanbabe From: sabaceanbabe Date: July 6th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

According to the CD, Standing in the Mud is from Black Market. :)
vipersweb From: vipersweb Date: July 6th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess that's why I couldn't figure out where it was from! Black Market is one of the eps I've not seen, since it's from the second half of season 2.

I do like the soundtrack though!
From: pangea_maru Date: July 5th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
What the frak was I thinking? I should have let President Roslin steal the election.

*snicker* I imagine Felix has this thought quite a bit now. :-) Still, you can't fault the guy for being a cylon honest. I really hope we see more of him in season 3; until then, thank you for the Gaeta ficlet! *hugs*
sabaceanbabe From: sabaceanbabe Date: July 6th, 2006 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee. Hindsight is 20/20 and all that, yeah.
From: thekatebeyond Date: July 5th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
This rings true! Everyone was likely to be questioning their decisions in that moment, but him most of all.
sabaceanbabe From: sabaceanbabe Date: July 6th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.

I don't have a clue whether the poor guy is cylon or human, but either way, dealing with this situation just goes totally against his nature.
koalathebear From: koalathebear Date: July 6th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I love this! I have to admit at the end of the season I was wondering how on earth Gaeta ended up with that job. I mean, standing up for the sanctity of the voting process is one thing but ending up the 2IC to Gaius is another. Much as I like Gaeta, it's nice to see him reaping what he sowed and all. Thank so much for sharing. It's wonderful.
sabaceanbabe From: sabaceanbabe Date: July 6th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much!

As I think I said (or at least meant to say) in the author's notes, as soon as I saw the title on the prompt list, this popped into my head almost full-blown.
williwawz From: williwawz Date: July 11th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I like your tiny fic. Poor Gaeta-he let his need to worship some hero blind him to the reality of Balter. You illustrate his realization quite well.
nice.
sabaceanbabe From: sabaceanbabe Date: July 11th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! :D
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