Only Love Survives

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Title: Only Love Survives
Author(s): Quercus
Date(s): 2004
Length: 85kb
Genre: slash and het
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
External Links: online here

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Only Love Survives is a Jack/Daniel Teal'c/Sam story by Quercus.

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SG-1 were trying to negotiate a treaty with a world when they were locked in together in a large, comfortable room. They are fed regularly and treated well but are not allowed to leave – and they dream endlessly...

I ran down the stairs and into the streets, where the people were screaming and weeping. "Jack!" I bellowed, racing toward our quarters. I tripped over goods left in the street, caroming off others racing past me. The vibration filled the world; I couldn't hear anything but the throb of the monstrous ships. In the distance I could see the silver gleam of the stargate disappear in a white-hot explosion and then suddenly Jack had me.

"They're taking the land," I shouted at him, but he couldn't hear me. Around us the bombs fell, and I could feel the heat and smell the destruction. We held onto each other, staring into each other's eyes, and in his brown eyes I saw reflected the fiery maelstrom swelling around us. Soot and ashes settled on us and the air became hotter, harder to breathe. I hugged him tighter and reached up to kiss him.

He kissed me back, passionately, and I knew then that he'd wanted what I had all along, and that now, as we were dying, only now could we admit it, to ourselves and to each other. I kissed him as the heat swelled, and sweat poured off our bodies and the air throbbed like a broken heart, and I wept at the loss of everything I loved, and he wept with me....

Kiss now. Love now. Because the end is coming, and we are, in important ways, already dead.

This is a very interesting, although complicated, story and the writing, as can be seen from the excerpt above, is fabulous. The dreams they dream in their captivity are legion and go to strange places - but there is meaning and purpose in the end which makes sense of their ordeal and, despite the melancholy, there is a sweetness to this story that captures me every time I re-read it. [1]


  1. Madrigal's Fanfiction Recs: Stargate., Archived version (2005)