Silence, except for two people’s labored breathing.
“Please, just let me go.”
“Not gonna happen.”
A rough cough from below, followed by a grunt of pain from above.
“Stubborn son of a –“
“Yes, you are.”
A huff of air followed by another cough. The hand from above grips the hand from below even tighter.
Another grunt. “Don’t . . . move.”
“Sorry. Trying . . . not to.”
Two droplets of sweat follow each other down, striking the head below.
“You can’t . . . do this . . . forever.” The voice is fainter. “Save yourself, Jack—let me go.”
“No, Daniel, they’ll get here. Don’t you . . . dare . . . give up on me.”
Jack shifts, slides, pebbles cascading down upon Daniel’s head.
Daniel’s head lifts and bright, blue eyes look into determined brown ones. “Never, Jack.”
They hold each other’s gaze, unspoken words passing between them, until Jack looks away. “Besides, we’ve got . . . hockey tickets . . . for tonight. You’re not . . . getting out of it.”
“Damn.” Another cough racks Daniel’s body. Another grunt from Jack follows. One hand grips Daniel’s, the other the scrubby tree at the edge of the cliff.
Daniel’s broken arm dangles as his other one tries to hang on to Jack’s. He feels it getting weaker, strengthens his resolve, and hangs on.
Seconds tick by. The sound of feet moving quickly across the rock strewn cliff echoes around them. “Major Carter, they are here!”
Daniel looks up at Jack and smiles. Never, Jack.
|Genres:||Angst, Challenge, Hurt/Comfort, Vignette|
|Summary:||Never give up.|
Response to a challenge on the Alpha Gate list.