Chapter 1: First Meeting
It’s Far From Over: Difficult Times Co-Author:
needtakehave on ljRating:
romance, drama, het, AUFandoms:
Stargate SG-1 & UniverseCharacters:
Cameron Mitchell, Tamara Johansen, mentions of othersPairings:
After an amazing one-night stand TJ disappears from Cam’s life. Just when he was ready to accept that he would never see her again she shows up again. Unfortunately she is in someone elses body, using the ancient stones to communicate from the Destiny in a far away galaxy. Will they give love a chance anyway?Author notes:
This was written in an rpg, but I decided to use it as a backstory for my Crossover fic and post it as a story. It can be read on its own, but will have as much of an ending as SGU did. Setting:
The story is set shortly before and during SGU, but is AU. It shows some scenes in the lives of TJ & Cam.Word count::
We don’t own any of the characters or fandoms. If we did this would be canon. *g* We don’t make any money with this! We’re just writing the story for fun and hope someone else will enjoy it, too.Spoiler Warnings:
to be safe for all of SG-1 & SGUOther Warnings:
This was written in rpg format. I’ll try to turn it into more of a story format, but it might not read like a real fanfic anyway.
Thank you to my beta landiana24 on lj for betaing this! :-)When
: pre SGUWhere
: Earth, a bar
TJ took a sip from her drink and glanced around the pub. There weren't many people there, probably because it was still early. But she had needed a drink badly. Tomorrow she had to go back to Icarus and see him again. Their affair was over, but it still hurt a lot. She really didn't want to see him again, but he was her commanding officer, Colonel Everett Young. She had officially quit the Stargate Program a few days ago so she wouldn't have to deal with him again, but she still had one last mission before she could start her new life. She could hardly wait, even if she really had loved to work for the Stargate Program. It was an amazing job. You saw what very few people even dared to dream of. She loved it and it was the opportunity of a lifetime, but she had ruined it all by falling for her commanding officer, and he had ruined it, too, by getting involved with her, even though he was married.
TJ sighed, pushed away the thought and emptied her drink. She was about to order another one when the bartender already placed one in front of her. She looked up and the bartender gestured to her right, where a guy was coming towards her, ready to take the seat next to her. Ugh, she really wasn't in the mood for men, and besides, this one so wasn't her type. Yes, he was rather good looking, but he basically radiated that ‘I’m a god-sent gift to all women’ attitude.
"No, thanks," she said and pushed the drink away.
"Oh, come on, just one drink," he said smiling at her sweetly, but it looked extremely fake. TJ frowned. She really wasn't in the mood for this.
"I believe the lady said she wasn't interested," Cam said, walking up behind the man sitting next to the pretty blonde at the bar. He'd been watching her for the good part of an hour when he had finally decided either it was time to do something about it and go talk to her or get his ass back to Stargate Command. Not being a coward and getting precious little away time, he'd opted for doing something. So he'd gotten up and gone over to her when he had seen some jerk scoot up beside her.
Cam was about to back away when he'd heard their quick exchange. One thing you could count on with Cam was him being a gentleman and a man to help a damsel in distress.
TJ turned slightly when she heard a new voice. A man had joined them and was standing up for her. Not that she needed it, she was pretty sure that she could take the idiot down if she had to, but it was a nice gesture anyway. And she had to admit to herself that the newcomer was pretty hot. Luckily her unwanted admirer backed off pretty quickly, leaving her alone with her 'rescuer'.
"Thanks for the help. I appreciate it," she said with a smile while looking up at him.
"You're more than welcome. Sometimes guys like that just need a little hint. You have to give the man credit though, he obviously did have good taste in women," Cameron replied, tipping his head in her direction while taking a swallow of the beer from the glass in his hand.
TJ's smile widened at his words and she blushed slightly. She really had needed an ego boost tonight, and maybe some male company was what she needed after all.
"Want to sit down?" she asked. "And thanks," she added.
"I would, thank you," Cam said, taking the seat at the bar next to her.
"I'm TJ," she introduced herself, deciding to leave it informal. Tonight she would just be TJ, no rank, nothing. Tonight she would see how it felt to be a civilian.
"I'm Cam," he said, sticking his hand out. He figured he'd go with short and simple, didn't want to scare her away. The last few dates he'd tried to go on usually went sour inside of an hour or two because they didn’t like him being a soldier, that he’d often have to leave for missions or that he had a dangerous job.
"Nice to meet you, Cam," she said. Then she bit her lip. She almost asked what he did for a living. It was the usual thing to ask when meeting someone, but honestly what did it matter? And she really didn't want to open the door to talk about her job. It would soon be over anyway.
"So, you often rescue women from unwanted admirers in your free time?" she asked instead before gesturing to the bartender for a refill.
Turning back to Cam her eyes lingered on his face. He really was handsome. She smiled, then glanced at his hand, checking for a ring. There was none, which of course didn't mean that he wasn't married, but it was a good start. Her need to check his marital status confirmed to her how much the affair had messed with her head.
Cam chuckled and a thoughtful look came over his face. Did he often rescue women in need of help? Hm, well, he helped lots of people but not specifically women, though some of them happened to be women.
"Sometimes I end up helping women. It just goes that way, but I don't set out to do it. I have to admit though, it's a nice feeling. Course, I don't have a lot of free time, very little in fact. How about you? Do you often have trails of men following you around like a puppy?" he asked smiling as he, too, signalled the bartender for another beer.
TJ smiled at his answer. He seemed genuine, not fake at all, like the man he had 'rescued' her from. She then laughed at his question.
"Not really," she admitted. She had been too busy working to have a lot of opportunities to meet men, well men outside the military, and most soldiers did follow the rules about no dating within the ranks. "I was too busy working, but that is going to change. I'm starting a new life," she told him, and for some reason she suddenly had the feeling that that new life could be amazing.
Cam laughed. "Sounds a lot like my life... too busy working… always the problem. Never enough time in a day is there? Starting a new life huh? How does that work? I've always wondered how people manage to do that. Personally, I can't imagine not doing what I do... That's not to say I didn't like my life before my job now of course, but it was nothing like this one... Why the change, if you don't mind my nosiness?" he asked, honestly curious to know more about her. She was interesting and different from the few women he had tried to date on his downtime. They often ended up just talking about themselves endlessly. Not that he minded that… but their choice of topics was insane. One woman talked about her 10 cats and their bathroom habits. Cameron was still traumatized over that date.
She liked his laugh. It sounded light-hearted.
"I don't mind," she assured him. She didn't really like to talk about it, but she didn't mind that he was interested enough to ask either.
"Bad choices involving a man," she admitted. "Never a good idea when you work together." She sighed slightly before pushing away the memories and concentrating on Cam.
"But that is past me. I am looking forward now," she stated. "And starting a new life isn't that hard. You just have to commit to it. I already quit my job and got a scholarship. I am going to be a doctor," she added, a smile back on her face.
“A doctor, wow. What made you decide that?” he asked.
TJ thought for a moment, then stated to tell him more about herself and her life.
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The next morning TJ woke up in bed, an arm around her. At first she was startled, then memories of the last night came back to her.
“Oh god,” she whispered. She had no idea how they had gotten from talking about her becoming a doctor to ending up at his place. Or maybe she did. Cam had been so nice, charming, cheerful and uncomplicated. That he was totally hot might have had something to do with it as well. And the alcohol, yes, she definitely blamed it on the alcohol! She didn’t have any regrets though. Being with Cam had been amazing. She had never felt like that when with a man. Not even Everett made her feel that way, and she really thought that she loved him. Maybe she hadn’t after all.
Turning slightly TJ glanced at Cam. He looked peaceful in his sleep. A smile appeared on her lips. She could get used to waking up next to him. Hopefully he felt the same way. She’d have to find out… after she got back from Icarus. Icarus! Oh god, she had to get to Stargate Command. What time was it anyway? She looked around and found a clock. She only had an hour to go back to her place, get her luggage and drive out to the SGC. Crap! Glancing at Cam she decided not to wake him. If he woke up while she got dressed okay, if not, well, she didn’t have much time anyway…
He didn’t wake up, so TJ wrote him a quick note that she would call him once she was back from her final job. She had told him about that, though not what it involved of course. That was classified. Placing the note on the bed she looked at him one last time before heading out.