Genre/Verse: Science Fiction, Stargate Atlantis
Length/Rating: 100 words, PG, Gen
Originally Posted: Aug. 25th, 2006 / April 3, 2017
Summary: Some things are worth the price.
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Elizabeth leaned on the railing, cup of not-coffee in hand, looking out over a world that had become home. Each wave seeped in rust-colored memories of that transition– survival against unimaginable odds, bought with the souls of their best and brightest.
But for every bad memory, there were three good. Every name carved in memoriam, worn faint by wind and wave, was balanced by new friends, new lives, new connections made and cherished. Blood and tears wove foundations for years of peace.
Standing on a city that would live forever, she looked back through the decades and smiled.
I ended up rewriting this while I was updating the archive. I liked the idea for the drabble, but not the execution. For fun, here’s the version from 2006!
She leaned against the railing, cup of not-coffee in hand, looking out over a world that had become home. Looking back through rust-colored memories at how they’d gotten here, now, still alive against unimaginable odds. And yet… For every bad memory, there were three good. For every loss and heartache there were handfuls of new friends, new lives, new connections made and cherished. For every terrifying moment in those first frantic months, there were years of peace that followed. Standing on the deck of a city that would live forever, Elizabeth looked back through the decades and smiled.