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Lost fic - pre-finale WTF, eh?

Title: Necessity
Summary: Can they do what needs to be done?
Spoilers: Up through "Three Minutes." Rest is pure spec and not at all likely to happen.
Rating: Let's say ... R
Note: I really don't know about this one. First of all, I'm nuts writing anything on the eve (morn?) of the finale but this morbid little bunny bit me and started chewing on my brain. I should probably stop writing fic in the middle of the night, eh?


"Hell, doc, you know you can't do it." Sawyer leaned against the steel door, eyeing Jack as he nervously paced back and forth. He snapped the barrel of the gun open and closed and then open again, his index finger running over the smooth ends of the bullets.

Jack's gaze was stony. "It has to be done," he said, voice hollow. "We can't just ..."

"You don't have what it takes," Sawyer said with deliberate cruelty and Jack blanched, reacting as if he'd been hit.

"Oh no?" He was shouting now, right in Sawyer's face. "Last time you took it on yourself to end someone's life, I had to go clean up the mess."

Sawyer blinked. "He was dyin'," he said softly. "You know I was just tryin' to help. And someone had to do somethin.'" When Jack didn't answer, he yelled back, "You weren't gonna do anything!"

Jack gave him a look of pure disgust, just as he had that night and Sawyer thought he was just inches from belting him. He met Jack's stare with his own hard gaze. "It should be me," he said, thrusting his jaw out. "I can't let you do it."

It was the only thing Sawyer could offer. He could save Jack from having to do this, from having to kill a man. They'd all voted and, in the end, they agreed that this was the only way. No one had been happy about it. But happiness wasn't exactly a thing anyone had a right to anymore.

It had been right here Michael had shot them, right here where he'd lied to them all and swore they could get Walt back without a fight. Now he'd taken the place of the prisoner he'd freed, of the man he killed for. It was just luck that more of them hadn't died because of Michael.

"It has to be me," Sawyer continued, speaking slowly even though his heart was racing so fast he was sure Jack could see it beating through his shirt. "One more black mark on my soul, don't matter much."

Jack shook his head, furious and sorrowful at once, his face wrenched with emotion. He looked up at the ceiling, and then back at Sawyer. "You were his friend too. You got shot trying to save Walt. Are you telling me you can go in there and shoot him and look Walt in the eye afterward?"

"Yeah," Sawyer lied, shrugging. "I've done worse things, doc."

"Have you?" And that flicker of doubt in Jack's eyes hurt almost worse than the disgust. Because Sawyer didn't want Jack thinking he was the kind of guy who couldn't pull the trigger. Didn't want Jack thinking there was any part of him that would lose any sleep over a thing like this.

"Yeah," he said again, this time just in a whisper, his grip tightening on the gun. "I have."

"I don't believe you." Jack's mouth was set in firm lines. "This is some kind of stupid pissing contest for you and if you win, you lose, Sawyer. I can't let you do it."

He put his hand over Sawyer's and wordlessly took the gun from him, Sawyer's hand opening to Jack of its own accord. Sawyer's head fell forward in defeat and neither moved.

"How sweet."

They both turned, oblivious to Kate's entrance. She stood there, regarding them both with a smile half amused, half bitter. "I knew you two would be busy, each trying to be the big man, see who could be the most noble." Her eyes were bright, like she was excited. She held up a bottle of water and cocked her head to look at it.

"The same poison I gave Michael before," she said, staring at it as if she could see something besides plain water.

"So that was you!" Sawyer spat out, making a move towards her. "You little ..."

"But this is a stronger dose," she continued as if Sawyer hadn't said anything. "I'm going to walk in there. And I'm going to hand this to him. I'm going to tell him exactly what it is and that he'll be doing us all a favor if he drinks it."

"Kate..." Jack began. He walked over to her but she just gave him that hard stare.

"You can't do this, either of you," she said, glancing from him to Sawyer. "But I can," she added. "It's all right. Really."

Jack ran his hand over his face and then dropped his head. He nodded almost imperceptibly. "OK."

She motioned to Sawyer and he moved away from the door. She pulled the gun out of the back of her jeans and he opened the door for her.

"Hello, Michael," they heard her say.

END

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astra2104
May. 24th, 2006 07:22 am (UTC)
Now THAT would be a finale worth watching. Don't think it's gonna happen, though *sigh*
And oh, you've mentioned the marshall; at least for me that was where that whole Jack/ Sawyer thing started, so ...I just really miss those days.
It was the only thing Sawyer could offer. He could save Jack from having to do this, from having to kill a man.
*loves*
halfdutch
May. 24th, 2006 07:24 am (UTC)
;-) Aww, I agree, that was a great moment and pretty much the inspiration for this -- what would they do now if they were almost in the same position, but this time, more or less, friends? And it wasn't a mercy killing but an execution?

And I love me some noble Sawyer. But no, I don't think they'd ever go this dark on the show!
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inthekeyofd
May. 24th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
Now that would be a great ending!!

You know, I don't think that Sawyer is anywhere near the cold-blooded can kill on a whim guy--that marshall was the perfect example, he was trying to help him, and even then, he didn't shoot him where he should have, a cold blooded killer would have done it and done it right. Sawyer's pissed and after what they all have been through..that can turn anyone into someone that wants to kill.

And I love that he doesn't want Jack to be the one to do it, that he doesn't want Jack to pretty much soil himself, everyone thinks that Sawyer is no good anyway, so he feels he should do it, just another nail in the proverbial coffin.

But Kate, I can totally see her doing it, and the way you described, only not telling Michael what it is.
halfdutch
May. 24th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
I agree, Sawyer's not as cold blooded as he thinks. Weren't we talking the other day that Kate might be the one to protest any attempt to carry out a death sentence? But then I got to thinking -- she can be so much colder than Jack or Sawyer! Although, really, I think the job would fall to Sayid. And i think he would be able to do it, for the greater good. But I wanted to think about Jack and Sawyer each trying to stop each other from being the one to pull the trigger.

And yes, I wondered if Kate would say something to Michael or just let him drink the water. I liked the idea of him knowing what he was doing, I guess. That he had to choose his own death, in a way.

Thaks for reading! ;-)
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ellel
May. 24th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)
That kind of scene would make jaws drop all over the world!
Coldblooded killer Kate is creepy and made me shudder.But I agree,she can do that,she can kill Mikey and that is a gloomy and dark possible finale-though,we all know that won't happen.And I'm glad:)
Love Sawyer,trying to take the burden of murder and guilt away from Jack-that what friends are for:)
halfdutch
May. 24th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
I did like the idea of Kate being the only one capable of carrying this out, and for Jack and Sawyer to want to stop the other one from shouldering the burden. But yeah, we're not going to see this on the show! The main characters need to be more likable than this! Also, not nearly dramatic enough, LOL.
foxxcub
May. 24th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
This isn't pirate!fic! LOL ;)

Wow, that would be awesome, but alas, I'm thinking it's to cerebral and subtle to be in the finale. It's totally canon-like, though. But Damon and Carlton are too proud of their Sooper Awesome Canon Creation Abilities to ever make something that cool. :P

Yay for new fic on finale day!!
halfdutch
May. 24th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
No, it isn't pirate fic, LOL! That's still in the works. But funny how one idea can just take hold when you're busy trying to get something else written.

And agreed, this isn't nearly dramatic enough for the show. Nothing blowing up! No one shouting or holding a gun to anyone else's head! And the show would never let Kate go this dark, despite her whole 'I killed my father just because I didn't like him' thing. Funny how they had her *not* be abused, at least not officially. It just made her more of a psychopath instead of a victim. *is still figuring that one out*

And woo, glad you liked this! I always love a good moral dilemma! Esp. if it involves any Jack/Sawyer touching of any kind. ;-)
ficangel
May. 24th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
Oooh. That creeped me out. I think that might be the most noble thing that Kate's ever done, actually.
halfdutch
May. 24th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I do think she would be capable of dispatching Michael without great moral dilemma, especially since she had a bloodless way to do it. In thinking about this earlier, I thought Kate would be the first to protest any sort of death sentence, but looking at her life pre-island, I think she's possibly the darkest of them all. Of course, the show always tries to have it both ways with her.

I think that this kind of job would ultimately fall to Sayid.
demonqueen666
May. 24th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
Wow. And I could totally see this happening too, particularly with Sawyer and Jack wanting to keep each other from having to be the one...assuming the writers were any good at keeping the same characterization constant and were willing to go as dark as the show should be. So in other words, it won't happen.

But maybe it should.
halfdutch
May. 24th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Wow! Thank you for the kind words! ;-) I do sometimes feel like we fic writers know the characters better than they do. Or, at least we're not as easily distracted by shiny plot devices! And I love the show when it's dark -- like Confidence Man and Outlaws. Or Solitary or Do No Harm. I could do without all the cutesiness, LOL, but I guess they think they need a balance? Anyway, let's hope the finale is good. *crosses fingers*
eponine119
May. 24th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
Whoa. Dark. I like it!

If Kate on the show was really that ballsy, I think I would have respect for her. And Jack's just like, "OK, Kate, you kill him."

This makes me wonder if any of them could really carry it out, if they decided Michael had to die. And what it might do to them if they did. Very, very good work.
halfdutch
May. 24th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Oh thank you! ;-) That means a lot! And I wasn't sure if that would be believable if Jack just gives in to Kate here but I like to think she had a better solution and the determination to do it that they were both lacking. That maybe he finally acknowledges what she's capable of?

I am very curious about that idea -- could any of them bring themselves to kill Michael for his crimes? Or would it be worse to let him go? I do think that in any sort of discussion they would appoint someone to do it and agree on the most humane method. I don't think it will come down to this on the show itself, a rational argument about who will kill him and how, but I can't help wonder how each character would react if it ever did. And that is what fic is for!
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fosfomifira
May. 24th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
I want to see this happening, I really do. It'd certainly be an improvement on Kate as a character. I like her better when I think that she is a murderer, when she's cold. She's more interesting, more independent, more of a player than a follower when she's cold.

I loved Sawyer trying to protect Jack, downplaying just how badly it would affect him, but not wanting to look weak at the same time.
halfdutch
May. 24th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
I liked that idea that it would be Kate in the end who wouldn't flinch at carrying out the sentence.

And I'm glad you liked my take on Sawyer here. I do think he tries to come off as tougher than he is. I can't help but think back to that moment we all first realized that, in Tabula Rasa, when he was so devastated after failing to kill the marshall. I was already intrigued by Sawyer, but that's when I really fell in love with him. And then his shaking hand in Outlaws when he didn't think he could do that either. In the last ep he was all gung-ho about killing someone but, well, we'll see!
melawen_c
May. 24th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
Love this... what a great finale it would make, too!! You wrote everyone perfectly in character (read: Kate is kinda scary) and I really like the 'power struggle' of sorts with Jack and Sawyer... even though they are each trying to protect the other.

Wonderful angst and drama. :)

halfdutch
May. 24th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you so much! I liked this idea a lot, what would each man do in this case, especially now that they are (kind of) friends? And Kate's darkness is something they bring up and then forget about it, but we know it's there!
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alliecat8
May. 24th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
LOVED this. Really, really loved it. Was it partly inspired by my babbling about how Jack would be responsible for meting out justice if Michael was judged and found guilty? I can't see him being capable of executing Michael cold-bloodedly (I was thinking more along the lines of Jack killing him in the heat of anger). I agree with you that under those circumstances that job would probably fall to Sayid. And Sawyer would posture and swagger and pretend he could do it, but really he doesn't have what it takes, either. I absolutely love it that here you let Kate be the executioner, because I DO think she's capable of it, though I'm not sure the writers quite "get" that about her. Sometimes I think we understand their characters better than they do.

I would pay a lot of money to see this in canon. Won't happen, but it SO should! ♥
halfdutch
May. 25th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks! That makes me very happy, this being a middle-of-the-night, get-it-done-before-the-finale kind of fic! ;)

*nods* Like you, I don't think Jack wouldn't be capable of cold-blooded execution, as much as he'd like to call the shots in such a serious situation. I do think Sayid has been in this situation before and would be able to pull the trigger, although we can't count out Eko, despite his newfound faith. He is a scary man when crossed.

And yes, we know Kate is this dark, because they've shonw us she can be! And then they want us to forget about that. But we know better. ;-)

I would pay a lot of money to see this in canon. Won't happen, but it SO should! ♥

*loves* As foxxcub said, I don't know if this would be dramatic enough for TV but I do love those thorny moral dilemmas, and this situation, with these characters? Too rich to pass up.

*goes back to waiting anxiously for finale*
belleimani
May. 31st, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
Oh I like that!
halfdutch
May. 31st, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon! ;-)
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themoononastick
Jun. 18th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
Even reading this so long after the finale (again, sorry about the length of time it has taken me to read this) and knowing that this is not at all how things went, it is still disturbingly plausible. The reasoning behind Jack and Sawyer's need to be the one to do the deed is perfectly in character for the pair of them and I like that it is Kate who cuts thru their posturing and actually does what "needs" to be done. Excellently realised idea, hon.
halfdutch
Jun. 24th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)
I'm glad it still plays, even with the show going in a completely different direction. Thanks for reading this one, being a Michael fan and all!

*snuggles*
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