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Title: You’re Welcome
Fandom: Angel/BSG
Characters: Kara Thrace, Cordelia Chase
Spoilers: Daybreak (BSG), You’re Welcome (Angel)
Words: 1466
Rating: PG
Summary: Kara Thrace is a genuine, bone-fide, real McCoy Champion for the Powers that Be
A/N: I have this really strange equiverse thing going on. I’ve references all of Joss’s TV shows and two others. Cookies if you find them.

Suddenly she could see.

She didn’t just see Lee as he stood in the field, held in the arms of the wind with the sun beaming down on him as he found himself alone. In the same instant, she saw him fall off his bike at age three, and climbing a mountain at age forty-six, and defending his brother from a bully in middle school, and breaking the heart of a woman pregnant with his child.

She saw herself for the first time in uniform, and a young brunette screaming in the rain, and a weakened young woman struggling to hold on to life as her lover held her, and a man kneeling beside his sister. She saw fires and swirls of dust and bullets and swords.

She saw Kobol and gods and humans and sacrifices. She saw lovers and demons and rocket launchers and friendships, a thousand hearts calling out in pain and a thousand souls singing with joy.

She saw the patterns and felt like she was about to lose her mind.

She also saw another figure in the white light that surrounded her. “Hey there, Kara,” the figure said with a smile.

“I’m pretty sure I never told you my name,” she replied with some amount of skepticism, but no real accusation. After all, she was dead now, what more could happen to her now?

“Yeah, well you’re kind of a big deal around here,” the woman replied with a bit of a sway in her hips. “You are a genuine, bone-fide, real McCoy Champion for the Powers that Be, Kara Thrace.”

“Oh gods,” Kara replied as she rolled her eyes. “More of this destiny crap? I did my part already; lead the human race to its end and all that.”

The other woman wrinkled her nose at the thought. “Prophecies. Cryptic crossword puzzles of ‘sucks-to-be-you.’ They never give you the big picture. I had this… friend, a vampire, and there was this whole big to do about how he was going to play a major part in the apocalypse and then he was gonna get to be human. Didn’t tell him what side of the apocalypse he was gonna be on or that getting turned human meant he was gonna get stuck working for the FBI with this crazy-“

“Okay, okay!” Kara threw up her hands. “I get it; you understand this mystical stuff. But who are you and what are you doing here and while we’re on the subject where is here?”

“Let’s work backwards. The world isn’t just the world. There are all these layers, dimensions, universes, all pressing against each other or around each other. We happen to be on one of the higher planes where the big mystical forces who like to screw with us reside. The universe is pretty much always in danger of getting royally screwed up so it’s up to people like us to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

“So… you make history go the way it’s supposed to?” Kara asked, folding her arms over her chest.

“Not exactly. There’s some Doctor guy who’s responsible for that. No, there’s always this big cosmic good versus evil thing going on, trying to keep the universe in balance and that’s pretty much what we do. So, we played our parts down there and now we play our parts up here.” The woman must have noticed Kara rolling her eyes at the notion, because her speech became very pointed at this juncture. “The Powers thought you might have a hard time adjusting to all this crazy, so they sent me to help you out. Time also doesn’t have the same meaning up here as it did down there, as you could probably tell by the Surround Sound vision. I actually died about… 150,000 years after you did, but the Powers thought I’d be a good guide, which brings me to ‘Hi, I’m Cordelia Chase, it’s nice to meet you Kara.’” Eagerly the brunette extended a hand.

Kara eyed her tentatively. Everything about her was so honest, but sort of in the way that getting hit in the head with a pyramid ball is honest- a very plain, simple, blunt event. From the sparkle in her eyes to the ease of her smile, there was nothing about Cordelia that was deceitful. Allowing herself a smile, Kara reached out and shook her hand. “Nice to meet you, Cordelia.”

She waved off the words with her free hand. “Call me Cordy. All my friends do.”

“Okay… Cordy.” Kara broke eye contact with her and looked out at herself in a prison cell designed to look like a home and a group of young adults, slaves in a prison that looked like a spa. “Why did they think you’d be a good guide for me? I mean do we have anything in common? Were you military or something?”

“Oh, hell no. The uniforms, ick no.” Kara considered feeling offended for a moment, but decided there was no point to it, especially as Cordelia barreled on in her speech. “I was a cheerleader and then a demon fighter. No it was the whole… ‘going back and making everything right’ deal. I mean, you died Kara, pretty nasty death. But the Powers gave you a get out of jail free card; they gave you a chance to go back and make sure you got humanity back on track. And you got months, I only got a day.”

“What could you do in a day?” Kara asked.

“My… friend… Player in the Apocalypse Guy, he was breaking down, giving up, big dummy. I gave him the key he’d need to keep the scales tipped in the good guys’ favor.” Cordelia said eyes starting to look a bit distant, about to zone out into her own world before she snapped right back to her perky attitude. “Like I said, he’s FBI guy now, so, must’ve done something right. Aaand since we existed in the first place, you must’ve done something right.” She gave Kara a light nudge in the ribs with her elbow. “Enough about me, tell me about the cutie I saw you with before the poof!”

Kara edged away from her with an eyebrow raised. This had moved from frakked up mystical crap to frakked up girl talk crap, and Kara thought she’d prefer to go back to talking about prophecies. “I don’t want to talk about it.”

Cordelia shrugged her shoulders. “Well I could just… you know… look. You saw it too, you can see everything here, all that there was, all that will be, all that jazz. I just figured I’d give you the chance to tell me yourself.”

Kara heaved a sigh and her shoulders dropped slightly. “There’s no way out of here is there?”

Cordelia smirked. “Sorry, sweetie. You’re stuck with me.”

“Frak,” Kara groaned running her fingers through her hair. “Okay… okay… Lee’s… he’s uh… a friend.”

“A friend, huh?” Cordelia said; her voice dropped and a knowing glint lit up her eyes. “A pat-you-on-the-back, how-was-your-day, shoe-shopping-at-the-mall friend or a love-you-more-than-anything-but-we-missed-our-moment-so-I’ll-just-call-you-a-friend friend?”

Kara snorted a sorrowful laugh. “It seems like you already know.”

“Been there, loved that,” Cordy confessed.

“Apocalypse guy?”

“Pretty obvious, isn’t it?”

“Yeah. Can we stop the girltalk now? I’m just… not good with girltalk.” Kara looked at Cordelia and then around at the blinding whiteness of this… realm… dimension… whatever and yet another truth hit her. “It gets really frakking boring around here, doesn’t it?”

“Why do you think I took the job of coming to hang out with you?” Cordy asked and answered herself. “It’s pretty much the most boring place ever, with the white and the watching.”

“Shit,” Kara kissed and bit her thumb. “What the hell do you do when there’s no huge battle against evil?”

“Ever felt like the universe was fucking with you?” Cordelia asked. “It’s usually because someone’s really bored up here. So… anyone you wanna mess with? Maybe a certain friend you left behind?”

A devious smirk crossed Kara’s face. “How about a pigeon? It can just follow him around for a while. Maybe take a crap on his shoulder.”

“Sounds a little evil,” Cordy said, smiling as well. “I like it.”

“And… we’re Champions for the forces of good… playing cosmic practical jokes with pigeons,” Kara mused. “The universe is a really frakked up place.”

“Truer words have never been spoken,” Cordy replied. “I should know, I can see everything from here. Why a pigeon, though?”

“I guess… I guess I wanna let him know I’m still watching him,” she said. “Always looking out for his ass.”

“Very nice ass.”

“Yeah,” Kara agreed with a laugh. “It really is. I don’t know… I think I just wanna say ‘Found a planet for you, you’re welcome.’”

Comments

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rayruz
May. 2nd, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I was worried about the Cordy voice, I haven't watched Angel in a while. Glad you liked it. :D
scarfman
May. 2nd, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)

I caught the two others and all the Josses but one: I didn't see any Firefly allusion.

rayruz
May. 2nd, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
The man and his sister, Simon and River.
brendanm720
May. 2nd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
[snerk]

Very nice. I can just see Cordy taking a meet and greet assignment just because she's bored.
rayruz
May. 2nd, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
falconsoko
May. 2nd, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Hee! Caught the Bones and Doctor Who references!
rayruz
May. 2nd, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
:D
zahdahe
May. 2nd, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Oh yess! This is so Cordy! Her voice, her boredom of the big high up here and aren't we special place is just so on the button. They are going to cause HAVOC!
I'm sorta looking forward to possibly YAY MORE! cos well the arse watching pigdeon is just... Cackling!
andacus
May. 2nd, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Awwww, cute. I totally thought about Cordy when Kara disappeared, too. And I laughed out loud at the working for the FBI part. So, so funny.

The weakened young woman in paragraph two - Fred? The man kneeling by his sister - Gunn?

Oh, and forgot to mention that Cordy's dialogue is pretty spot on and I love the idea of them being bored and fucking with people. :D

Edited at 2009-05-02 08:57 pm (UTC)
rayruz
May. 2nd, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
The man with this sister was actually Simon and River, but it could work for Gunn as well. Also the brunette in the rain is Faith.

Glad you liked this.
andacus
May. 2nd, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, poop. Well, at least I got the Fred one. And I really should have guessed Simon and River, duh.

Oh, and was the spa-like prison comment a reference to Dollhouse?
rayruz
May. 2nd, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Most definitely.

Hey I haven't seen you comment on the most recent OotB. Did you see it?
andacus
May. 2nd, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
I did see, but I haven't had a chance to read the last few updates yet. I've got them sitting here in a tab staring at me. lol
rayruz
May. 2nd, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
:D Hope you get the chance to soon... I'm planning on probably posting the final chapter tomorrow.
sleepismyfriend
May. 2nd, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
I loved Angel... I was so sad and then happy when Cordy died and then came back...

*grins* This is just plain awesome!
rayruz
May. 2nd, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
I was kind of doing a babble that I'm gonna be posting at the end of the last chapter of a fic I'm working on that essentially says I feel so much better about the BSG ending if I think of the Six!Angel and Gaius!Angel and the opera house visions and All Along the Watchtower were all orchestrated by The Powers That Be. I mean I was always okay with it, but I like to think that the PTB were behind it. And that's pretty much how this happened.

Edited at 2009-05-02 11:39 pm (UTC)
sleepismyfriend
May. 2nd, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
It's so weird, because I always thought of Kara that way... Like because she died, she got a chance to save them, ya know?

Remember, Doyle died too. I like to think that he's with Cordy. ;0)
rayruz
May. 2nd, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Actually Adama's speech in Daybreak part 1, made me think of Angel's speech in Power Play and I kinda freaked out a bit because we know how that one went. Actually the finales from the two shows have been the two series finales to make me cry like crazy.

Oh Doyle, sweetie. :( God... now I'm upset about Glenn Quinn and Andy Hallett all over again.
sleepismyfriend
May. 3rd, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
I know, right? DOYLE. OMG.

Andy Hallett was just heartbreaking. I mean, he was LORNE for crying out loud!

I thought Angel's finale made me sad, until Daybreak... Daybreak was far worse.
a_windsor
May. 3rd, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
You have no idea how much I love me some Cordy, and you have captured her perfectly. Now I must quote:

"Everything about her was so honest, but sort of in the way that getting hit in the head with a pyramid ball is honest- a very plain, simple, blunt event." HEEE!


“Been there, loved that,” HA!


So beautiful. And hilarious.
rayruz
May. 3rd, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked that. I love Cordy's brutal honesty, it's pretty much the one thing she has in common with her Shakespearean namesake.
billfl
May. 3rd, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
I liked this. Very funny, yet in its own way poignant.
inperfectpeace
May. 3rd, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Oh, Cordy, I love her so much. You nailed her! What a great idea for a fic. :)

Love your nudge toward the idea that Angel is now Booth. lol!
rayruz
May. 3rd, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Oh, it is my firm belief :) I have something in the tulipfic archive called Shanshu which is about that. Glad you like it!
kitty043
May. 9th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
A lovely story. I love the way you combined the two universes together. However, I do have a few questions though: In this omniverse of yours, is Echo (from Dollhouse) Faith (from Buffy)? If Faith is Echo, how she become a doll? Also, is the agent looking into the Dollhouse case Helo reincarnated?
rayruz
May. 9th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
XD No, Echo is not Faith unfortunately. Though I love the idea! I have a BSG/Dollhouse thing in the works because a lot of what they've done lately reminded me of stuff in Caprica. Paul Ballard, meet Head!Six
fai_dust
Dec. 18th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
cuteness!!
I love this! It's great. The concept was great and the voices were dead on. (I also got a real kick out of the bitching about Bones.) ^_~
rayruz
Dec. 24th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: cuteness!!
Wooow this is old. I haven't thought about this one in a while. I'm really glad you like it. :)
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