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Hard Science
Fandom: Fringe
Rated: PG
Category: Ficlet. Peter angst.
Season: Two. Set during Jacksonville. Post-lab, pre-house.
Spoilers: Jacksonville.
Summary: A scientist has to follow the data, no matter where it leads.
Word Count: 136

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Peter had never bought into his mother’s theory.

She’d told him he was special, and though he’d smiled politely, he’d called BS from day one.

But now? Now he knows he was wrong.

Because Olivia was scared.

He shakes his head, disgusted.

With everything they saw on a daily basis, she never blinked. Monsters, alternate realities, kidnapping, whatever; even shooting her “partner” barely ruffled her feathers.

And yet, she was afraid of him.

Peter snorts, realizing this is par for the course in his life.

He is a scientist, after all, and he knows that in order to establish the truth, you have to test the theory.

He’d done so, unintentionally and despite the personal cost, and he’d proven his mother right.

He was unique, and it hurt like hell.

The scientific method was a bitch.

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lemonpiefirefly
Feb. 10th, 2015 09:12 pm (UTC)
Caught up to this episode just now. I am conflicted on exactly what scared her. I don't think she was scared *of* him, exactly [though after the predictable reveal it's another story]. Though with Peter's cynicism, I could see how he could interpret it that way. I really like the progression through the eps of "you'd tell me if you were sacred, right?" to "that's why you have people in your life, to tell them when you're scared" (big fat paraphrase there; the one where Peter ends up with the vasculitis thing), to then she *can't* be scared, then this. Commenting in part for discussion and part for remembering plot bunny.

But dear god that moment....
lemonpiefirefly
Feb. 11th, 2015 02:29 am (UTC)
...that said, I think that he *could* scare her, in a couple ways, especially given what he'd done "under the influence" an ep or 2 ago - though she didn't play it like that. Hmm. Need a rewatch or 10.
jackwabbit
Feb. 11th, 2015 09:13 am (UTC)
"Need a rewatch or 10."

Yup. Damn good show, no?

Also, because I have to:

"You weren't yourself."

"It's lucky for me that you were."

That is all.
lemonpiefirefly
Feb. 11th, 2015 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yeahhhhhh, that was great.
jackwabbit
Feb. 11th, 2015 09:10 am (UTC)
Oh, but I think she's terrified of him, and nothing will convince me otherwise. Not Peter per se, but what he represents/what he is becoming. Intimacy. Cliche, but true. Olivia Dunham doesn't need anyone, right? She tried that once, and look how that turned out. So she's better off alone, right? And certainly she doesn't want to go down the work partner road again, right? And yet...she does want to. And now, maybe so does he, so it's a potentially real thing instead of just theoretical. Etc, etc, etc. I think she's scared of him. And even if she's not, he thinks she is. His whispered "don't be" proves it to me. (GUUUUUUUUH!)

I have to get back to work and I can't really put this into written words regardless, but suffice to say...

*drooling idiot on the floor in the corner over this episode*
lemonpiefirefly
Feb. 11th, 2015 08:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes - this - the situation and what he represents/ intimacy was the crux there, not exactly fear *of* him, but "him" in that way. But yeah, the part about what she can do being unique... turnabout's fair effing play, yeah?
jackwabbit
Feb. 12th, 2015 06:41 am (UTC)
Valid. Point.
jackwabbit
Feb. 11th, 2015 09:11 am (UTC)
Also, this typo?

"you'd tell me if you were sacred, right?"

Best. Thing. Ever.

Because reasons. So many reasons.
lemonpiefirefly
Feb. 11th, 2015 08:33 pm (UTC)
Whoops!

But yeah/no/yeah....

Not gonna fix that
jackwabbit
Feb. 12th, 2015 06:39 am (UTC)
Nor should you.

Because fucking reasons, that's why!

I believe that might be...wait for it...Shankcrosanct.
jackwabbit
Feb. 11th, 2015 09:13 am (UTC)
And just one more:

"But dear god that moment....:

Fucking BROKEN, I tell you. BROKEN into a million fucking pieces, even now.
lemonpiefirefly
Feb. 11th, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Agreed.

*gutted*

Ached for them. And For them. With them. About them.

Yeah.
Need a rewatch and a cap squee rehash.
jackwabbit
Feb. 12th, 2015 06:37 am (UTC)
Oh, there's no squee there...just the pain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dOsbsuhYGQ
lemonpiefirefly
Feb. 12th, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC)
Squee in the sense of "excited discussion of show with way too much 'just the right amount' of detail being rehashed verbally with friend" ... but no, certainly no "squee"-squee.

HOLY CRAP!!! I was going to write back to "just the pain" the following ... "but it hurts so good" - then I decided to open your vid in another window to finish replying in this box. The tab popped up and said "John Mell-" and I started laughing my ass off just now as the song started playing in the background.
You motherfuckin' complete me.
*BWAHAHAHHAHA*
jackwabbit
Feb. 13th, 2015 07:48 am (UTC)
I had you at The Phantom Menace, Tim? ;)
lemonpiefirefly
Feb. 13th, 2015 12:10 pm (UTC)
Yes. Yes, You Did.

PS: <3 icon choice.
I need to expand my icon choices at some point now that I am on this bad boy more again.
jackwabbit
Feb. 14th, 2015 05:58 am (UTC)
I try...
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