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27 April 2009 @ 10:59 pm
Terminator: SCC Drabble: Haunted (PG)  
Title: Haunted
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Derek, Cameron (Gen, Drabble)
Rating: PG
Summary: When Derek looks at her, he sees a ghost.
Author's Notes: Drabble Meme offering for miss_mandy, whom I hope will think the spirit of this matches the request. Some speculation based on the finale and 2x04, "Allison From Palmdale."


When Derek looks at her, he sees a ghost.

He knows how John Connor felt about her, understands not wanting to let go. But projecting a real woman onto a machine… it's just wrong.

He knew Allison before John did, loved her first. The robot isn't Allison.

Derek's relieved when John sends Cameron into the past. No memories revived and destroyed around every corner, no pangs at the firelight shining through her hair.

When John sends him back, Derek knows what's waiting.

Her eyes are almost real.

But his name flattens in her mouth like nothing more than passing data.

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b.: pic#88270707whereupon on April 30th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Oh, this is excellent. Such a delicious possibility -- haunting and perfect.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 30th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I loved the finale for S2 (and I hope the series gets renewed, but moreover I loved all the interesting threads and hints that showed up in the second season, not to mention the increased complexity of the storytelling style.

The "Allison From Palmdale" episode was a real surprise, and the appearance of what seemed to be Allison in the finale raised up all sorts of possibilities.

Thanks for reading! I look forward to your Ellison one. I'm torn between which I enjoy more: simply listening to his voice (calm smoothness) in conversation with Catharine Weaver's Scottish lilt, or the unwinding of his fascinating conversations with John Henry. In the end, I thought the latter had more to offer as a story. *is full of anticipation*
b.whereupon on April 30th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
moreover I loved all the interesting threads and hints that showed up in the second season

Very much, that! I'm loving it even more the second time around -- there's so much that takes on increased significance in light of the finale. (Which I, too, am hoping is the season finale, rather than the series finale.)

Thank you! Some of my favorite scenes are the interactions between Ellison and Weaver -- I'm just not sure if I like them more than those between Ellison and John Henry, so . . . yes. Thank you for the awesome prompt!

(And again, I loved this story -- thank you for writing it!)