Chapter 7: Worse News
: end of SGU season 2Where
Cam had been told about the rash of attacks on Destiny when they went to get supplies or recharge Destiny with a sun. Then Young had needed to come over for a debriefing, because apparently they were all going into stasis pods. He hadn't been able to get too many more details beyond that since time was sensitive. So, he would go and ask TJ. Switching over, he walked into TJ's room where she seemed to be packing, though for a stasis pod, you wouldn't need clothes.
"What’s going on? What do they mean you're going into a pod? What if it doesn't work and you and Hope die?" he demanded, feeling as helpless as he always did.
TJ turned around when she heard him. "Cam," she said, a small smile appearing on her face as she rushed over and hugged him.
"We're not going to die. The stasis pods are perfectly safe. Rush and Eli both examined them thoroughly," she told him, while holding on to him, as if she feared that he might disappear and slip away from her forever. And he might... if things went wrong, if Eli's calculations were even a tiny bit incorrect they would not make it to the next Galaxy in 3 years, as planned. If things went wrong they would lose power, come out of FTL early and drift the rest of the way to the next galaxy, making their journey about a thousand years. It wouldn't affect them in their stasis pods. They would have enough power left for them, but by the time they woke up everyone they knew on Earth would be long dead and gone, including Cam. She might lose him forever. The thought scared her more than anything ever did. Now she knew how he felt when he found out about her ALS. But at least he would get to live a healthy life on Earth, not die a horrible death like she was still facing, especially since leaving this Galaxy behind also meant leaving behind the only people they knew had a cure for ALS.
She sighed, trying to push away all negative thoughts. She could still sulk after Cam left.
"We are attempting an early jump to the next Galaxy, which is rather far away. We are going into FTL in a few days, which means there will be no more stops for supplies. Destiny can make it to the next Galaxy, but we wouldn't be able to. So we are going into Stasis pods," she summed it all up briefly.
"We'll reach the next Galaxy in 3 years..." Or a thousand
, she added in thoughts, not sure if she should tell him that, but she knew she had to. He would find out eventually anyway. Homeworld Command knew. "...if everything goes as planned."
"If everything goes as planned.... that sounds so reassuring!" he yelled, lying through his teeth.
He sighed and sat down. "If not, what? You wake up a lot later and I'm already dead? Well, nothing better go wrong then."
TJ sighed. She knew how he felt, knew that it was not reassuring at all. The whole situation sucked, just like always. She wished she could say or do something to make him feel better, but she couldn't. There was nothing that would make this better.
"I'm afraid so," she said silently. He had figured that out all by himself. She wasn't really surprised. He worked for the SGC; he knew how things like that were. If someone calculated something wrong in their line of work it usually didn't result in small consequences, it ended in huge ones.
"Yeah, nothing better go wrong," she agreed. She wasn't ready to lose him. As hard as everything had been since she came to Destiny, she knew it would be way harder without Cam.
"You better still be around when we wake up," she said, then looked up at him. "We kinda need you."
He smiled at her suddenly. "I kinda need you too," he said with a wink. Then he went over to their daughter, who was sleeping, and stroked his finger down her cheek.