I big huge thank you to
sg_fignewton for the beta and for creating the Vala Alphabet Soup ficathon and Gen Fic Day.
G for Gen. :D
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Vala's immediate mind was a mess of memories as she clung tightly to Daniel's jacket. He was silent and watchful, his eyes never leaving her face. She averted her gaze and looked out the window. The trees were green and greener and went too fast for her to see. She felt dizzy and squinted against the light. It was dull and white and too, too bright, the sky a suffocating blanket of grey. It was pressing down on her, pushing her out as it pushed itself in, mocking and heavy and silent
"Hey." Vala jumped as Daniel's voice pulled her back to her body. "You're safe now."
"Yes," she said and tried to breathe. Her breath caught and she gasped. Their concern was like a weight. Pressing, cloying. She didn't want it, didn't need it. She tried to imagine herself part of the landscape going by. It was no good. She was anchored to the present. To the stuffy air and plush seats and the people crowding in. Vala said nothing more the whole way back to the mountain.
They traded grey sky for grey walls and ceilings and corridors of buzzing light. The humming of electricity, activity. She knew this. She knew the smell and sense of weight and urgency, emergency. The lights flashed. Incoming off-world activation. People rushed by or walked past. Guns and clipboards, green and black, white and blue. The movement made her dizzy. She was flanked every step of the way. Daniel by her side. Teal'c at her back. Sam just near enough to touch, and Cameron led the way. Down, down, down in the elevator, the numbers blurred together.
She panicked when Dr. Lam told her to lie down.
"I'm fine, really," she said, her hands shaking. "I just need a moment."
Daniel tried to hold her. She pushed him away and cried, silently. He let her go and she was free and falling and the floor was cool. She breathed in, she breathed out. She was herself. No one else. No one else. And she was sheltered. Because Daniel was terse and Cam was blunt and Teal'c was a tower and Sam sat down and held her hand and the nurse went away. And Dr. Lam, eventually, shook her head and let them be.
Vala woke, breathing hard. She heard the dull thud of footsteps, the beep of some machine, people talking. She opened her eyes.
"Hey," Daniel said. He stood at the end of her bed. Sam stood to his right and Teal'c next to Sam. Cam sat in a chair next to her.
"About ten hours," Daniel said.
"We were getting worried," Sam said.
"I'm glad you're ok," Daniel said.
Vala frowned. "I'm sorry about your arm," she said.
He waved off her apology. "Not your fault. I'm just glad you're alright. Besides, you patched me up."
Cam glared at her. "Would you let that go?"
Sam shook her head, grinning.
"What?" said Vala.
Cam was not amused. "It was twice! Geez."
Vala considered the golden opportunity before her. "When was the first time?"
Cam groaned. "Oh, no," he said.
"Long story short, alternate versions of ourselves started showing up through the gate," Daniel said as he sat down on the empty bed next to hers.
"It was a most surreal experience." said Teal'c.
"Yeah," said Sam, "Even for us."