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Destiny
 Posted: Oct 9 2017, 09:20 PM
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One moment, Destiny had been twitching her fingers, trying to master the motor skills needed to use her new body, the next moment was the sudden terror that comes from the feeling of free-fall – usually reserved for that semi-conscious state dreams that leave you bolted upright in bed in a near panic. Except this wasn’t a dream, and Destiny could only watch as the ceiling of the room grew further away, her blue eyes open, her mouth finally working open in a scream as she watched the swirling mass of purple closed before her, feeling air rush by her body, as she was seeing sunlit sky, paled turquoise one of the first sights she witnessed through actual eyes, nebulous clouds of puffy white drifting across that field, before the pain of slamming into water pushed what breath she had managed to pull down free from her parted lips, her eyes not even closing as the blue black of the bay closed up around her. Destiny watched helplessly as she sank below the surface, her mind automatically racing to stop herself from breathing down lungfuls of water as she tried to move her limbs, her fingers twitching helplessly as she started to lose sight of the beautiful light she had just seen.

Pain was a new, entirely unpleasant, sensation, radiating through her back and finally out through her limbs, ever nerve-ending seemingly on fire as she strained to move, trying to force those unresponsive limbs to move, anything, as her lungs started to burn from the lack of oxygen. Destiny started to see spots in her vision, her fingers finally curling into fists as she finally breathed out, eyes alight with an equal mix of terror and delight as the dancing sway of bubbles returning to the surface to escape their liquid prison. She started to struggle finally, the pain mixing with the feeling of cold, numbing her naked skin forcing her to react finally as connections started to spark, allowing her to move.

Swimming was not something she thought to think about when loading up what she may or may not need in this new life.

She struggled to reach a hand back towards the surface, kicking her legs as much as possible, trying desperately to save herself as fast as she could, her brain screaming at her to fight to live. Destiny didn’t know how her body knew to do it, that wasn’t something she put into the data… the memories in her new brain, but she did, she fought in the water, her limbs getting colder and colder as her body screamed so many warnings in her head to take a breath, that she was going to pass out, things she had never experienced as an AI, all things that she was trying to figure out, all while trying to stay alive and failing miserably. A thought crossed her mind, that at least she got to see the sky for real first, before she started to feel the traces of consciousness fade from her mind, her mouth falling open as her body reflexively gasped for breath, drawing down a healthy measure of water.

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Tc Callahan
 Posted: Oct 10 2017, 08:36 PM
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TC was out for a run. He had other things to do – like clean up his apartment, do grocery shopping, sleep, for example – and he had a day off from work. Days off should be spent taking care of everything he could not get done while at work. But no, he was out running. Doing anything at his little apartment in Storybrooke was a big no no for him. When he was home, trying to clean up or trying to eat or trying to shower or trying to eat, he ended up flashing back to that day at San Antonio Memorial or the day he lost his older brother, Thad. Then he gets panicky and sweaty and nervous and he can’t focus. So staying home was not an option – not in the least – and he did not feel like eating at Granny’s (not hungry) or going grocery shopping. That left exercise. Exercise always left him feeling better. So he ran and ran and ran and ended up at the dock.

He stopped running at the docks though. He just stopped and started. “Bloody,” he whispered, under his breath as he watched the woman fall from the sky as if out of nowhere. Of course it was not out of nowhere because there was one of those weird portal things in the sky. She had fallen out of it. She had fallen out of it and had fallen into the ocean with a mighty splash and a scream.

As he stripped off his shoes, socks, t-shirt, and sweatpants (he had taken a run in those), he darted towards the water wearing only his boxer shorts. He did not want his clothes to get wet. Wet clothes meant that he’d be pulled under and could drown. That would be a very bad thing, too. At the edge of the water, he dove in with hands over his head and back arched.

He dove and swam and dove deeper. Feeling the need for some air, he broke the surface. Wiping the salt water from his eyes, he searched for the newcomer before he dove again. He lasted a minute, maybe two, before having to come up for another lung full of air. He then saw it – a hand. Swimming over to where TC saw the person, he dove and spying the young woman, the doctor wrapped his arms around her chest.

Kicking his legs, he went to the surface of the water and started to swim towards the shore. “Hey. Hey. Can you hear me? Can you hear me? Just blink if you can, okay?” he instructed, leaning her against him in order to keep her head up. “My name is TC Callahan. I’m a doctor. You’ll be fine. Just stay with me.” He kicked his legs fast and furious and swam to shore with one arm. The other arm was wrapped around the young woman. He held tight to the person. There was no way TC would lose her.


The water was getting shallower. Thank goodness. But he still had to tread to keep both of their head’s above water. “Just a little bit more,” he assured her. “We’re almost there. Just stay with me, okay? Can you hear me?” He would just keep talking. Talking usually kept people awake a little and he needed her to stay semi-conscious at least.

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 Posted: Oct 12 2017, 06:55 PM
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Destiny felt something grab her, her limbs having gone still, she was more dead-weight than help as she felt herself dragged to the surface with what little bit of consciousness she still had command of. Air hit her face, and she could hear a voice, a male voice, speaking to her. Her body reflexively started to cough up the water she had swallowed down, massive, body spasming coughs that hurt almost as bad as the pain that was radiating through her still from her crash landing. Her arms flailed once, going to grip on to the arm that was keeping her above water – she didn’t know why, there was no logic behind it. The male had a strong grip on her, but she instinctively reached out, clung to the arm holding her as if her life depended on it. She felt the water move against her hyper-sensitive skin, overloading her brain even more as she tried to process all the new sensations – pain, fear, relief, dread, air on part of her skin, water on other parts, strings of hair in her face, tickling her nose, the sting of salt water in her eyes. Buoyancy – that was a new sensation, but not one completely unknown – it was akin to the weightlessness of space, almost welcome in a way because it was something familiar.

She understood the words being spoken to her, blinking rapidly to try and clear her eyes of the sting of salt as she felt the heels of her feet start to scrape across sand – not unpleasant or pleasant either. Her nerve endings were already overloaded from the new sensations that this one barely registered right away. Destiny continued to cough, spitting up water still as she felt the ratio of air and water start to shift – she was more in air now than water, and that logically had to be a good thing. She decided it was. She moved slightly, holding to her rescuer still, her breathing starting to clear the spots from her eyes as she went to focus. Colors came back first, the blue of the sky, the greenish color of the water, light, and finally through tears, she focused on her rescuer - browns and peaches coming into focus into a face – definitely male, based off the features. He reminded her slightly of Eli, with his hair. She felt her lips curve into a smile as she let her eyes close back, the stinging sensation starting to fade.

”Thank you…” she breathed, not even registering that the words weren’t in English, nor any human language that she knew – of the several she did know at least. She repeated herself once again, her voice dry, crackly, the sound of a person who probably hadn’t talked in a very long time, if ever. The words felt strange in her mouth, her tongue too large, her teeth in the way. She sounded slurred to herself – why did being alive had to pose such a challenge? Destiny flexed her fingers, forcing herself to speak, clearer, concentrating on the way her mouth should move, the way her tongue should touch first the back of her teeth up top, then drop to her lower jaw. ”Thaaank you” she finally managed, but the concentration and the effort it took was enough to exhaust her almost immediately.

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 Posted: Dec 23 2017, 09:21 PM
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TC was thankful for being a good swimmer. If he hadn’t been things might have gone a whole lot different. The two of them might have needed saving – or worse have become fish food. The former would have been very embarrassing. The latter would have been very tragic. TC did not want to be either things; he did not want to be an embarrassment and he didn’t want to be a tragedy. Granted, if this had happened prior to his stint in Afghanistan the two of them might not have made it out of the water in one piece. Thankfully the Army taught him that (among other things) and the two of them got to shore safely and alive. Why the woman had fallen from the sky and into the ocean TC didn’t really know. He hadn’t seen or heard an air plane so she had not been skydiving. There were no cliffs to jump off. Maybe one of those portal things brought her to Storybrooke’s oceans? That seemed likely and quite possible. But what would have brought her here? Was there a purpose to the bringing? It all seemed a bit random, at best. Maybe they are brought here for a second or third or fortieth chance? He did not understand these portals. He probably was never going to. It hurt his brain trying to figure it all out.


“Hey. Hey. Nice and easy breaths. Take it slow. Don’t rush it, okay? Going from air to water to air again can be hard. If you swallowed any water, too, it can be harder. Just breathe easy. In through your nose and out through your mouth,” he instructed in a soft and gentle voice. He’d learned that tone years ago from Topher. It was the one that helped get him through panicked moments and uncertain moments. Topher swore he never learned anything from him, but he had learned that. “Your lungs will calm down with normal breaths. Don’t worry. I got you. Just relax.” She seemed to be better. At least he hoped so. The beach was not the best place for an examination and it sure was not the worst. But he had been in worse settings that were far more dangerous. The only real snafu was that he did not have any of his supplies on hand and would have to look her over using his ears and eyes and fingers to check for pulse and eye movement. If worse came to worse they could always go to the hospital.


The woman spoke. He didn’t understand. Wonder where she was from? He tried to place the general area, but he was at a loss. “Uh, I’m sorry, I don’t understand,” he replied. It seemed the woman didn’t know much, if any English. “Here, let me show you a sign that can help while you learn? Do you understand English at all? Ah, it seems you do a little. You answered my question. You’re welcome. It was nothing, really. I was just doing my job. I’m a doctor. Dr. TC Callahan, but don’t worry about that.” He noticed she was drifting off and shook her lightly. Falling asleep would be very bad right now. She could dry-drown or she could have a concussion. He needed the woman to stay awake. “Do you have a name? Of course you do. That was a stupid question. I ask stupid questions sometimes.”

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 Posted: Dec 29 2017, 09:27 AM
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Destiny’s mind was busy translating and feeding back what was being said to her, as she tried to do what the male asked, breath and relax. She watched him as he spoke, blue eyes taking in each of his movements, words coming quicker to her now. The crew had used the same language, and it was coming back to her easier as she occasionally coughed up some more water, a trickle running down the edge of her jaw as she continued to breath. A doctor, like Nicholas then. Probably not the same as Nicholas as she processed the data – a doctor like Tamara, even if the young woman hadn’t actually been a doctor, she had been the closest to what the crew would have while aboard her… or rather… about the other her. Oh, this was going to be difficult to parse in a way that others would explain.

No stranger to portal like travel – the Stargates themselves were portals in a way – Destiny quickly worked out what had happened – she had traveled from her shipself to another location. One she didn’t recognize immediately, but at least she was found by a native inhabitant that spoke the same language as her crew. One blond brow raised on her face as she continued to take deep breaths in through her nose, letting the air trickle out of her mouth, the sting of the salt water starting to lessen finally. There was no way that this portal had taken her back to Terra. The probability of that happening was so astronomical that it took her several seconds to actually compute the answer. Many of the crew would be upset had they known that what they called an Einstein-Rosen bridge might have been lurking in her this entire time – of course that was statistically improbable as well – this had to be something outside of what the known physics of even the Ancients were capable of understanding. Was this the work of the Intelligent being that had been sending them messages from the center of the Universe all along? Destiny couldn’t think of another possible answer at this time – but she didn’t know about the town’s “magic” yet.

”I, I am…” she managed through rough shaky breaths, her chest still burning from the lack of air for as long as she had been without, and then the subsequent burn of salt water burning the soft tissues of her nose, throat, lungs, and her eyes. It was way too difficult being alive, she finally decided, knowing that her computer form had been the far superior housing for her – this experiment into a living body was not going as her calculations had predicted. ”Designated as Destiny.” She finally managed, between those rasping breaths, her arms still jerking about as she tried to move. She noted with some dismay that he was still unable to control her legs at all – all mental commands for them to move had them sitting inertly in the ground silicate… sand… below her. She groaned as she tried to use those spasmatic arms of hers to sit herself up, the black body suit itchy on her new skin, senses overloading again at the feel of sand on her palms in relation to the wet fabric on skin. With a huff, she fell back to the sand, eyes closing, a pained breath forced from her. Everything hurt, everything in this body was hurting so badly that it was sheer force of will keeping her focused on trying to communicate. ”Legs,” she rolled her head over to the male, now designated as TC Callahan. ”They won’t move.” At least language was coming to her quicker now – more out of necessity than real desire. No, right now, she had the uncontrollable urge just to sleep.

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