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06 April 2011 @ 10:10 am
Terminator, SCC: "Now Scattered To The Winds" (John Connor, PG-13)  
Title: Now Scattered To The Winds
Fandom: Terminator: SCC
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: John Connor (Gen)
Rating: PG-13 (language)
Summary: John Connor never expected to meet his future quite so soon.
Author's Notes: Written for tvnetwork1_las and the prompt of "Stranded."
Also for writers_choice, this is "neither here nor there".


John Connor never expected to meet his future quite so soon.

He and Mom (and later, Cameron) had jumped dozens of times, but they'd been careful not to go too far into the future or the past. Both were too unfamiliar, too risky. Asking questions about obvious things would single them out, and make it easier for the machines (the terminators) to find them.

This time, John hadn't jumped. Instead, he'd been pushed through time by Cromartie or Catherine Weaver—at least, he thought that was what had happened. There'd been so much confusion at the end, with the authorities lying in wait for them. One moment, he and Cameron had been headed to the basement, and the next, Cameron and Cromartie had been fighting. John remembered that there'd been fire, and a huge explosion.

Now, he was here.

Mom was still back in the past he'd left. She'd pushed him to run toward the possibility of escape—sacrificed herself to keep him safe. It was the final goodbye, and he'd missed it, without ever telling her that he was grateful. All of the upheaval that had kept him alive over the years had cost her just as much as it had him, but he'd been too focused on his emo bullshit to ever say that.

The police would have arrested her by now. She was still paying the price for him, and he wished she had someone to help her face what was coming. With the problems she'd had sleeping, and Cameron's cryptic comments about her weight, John worried that something was seriously wrong. There'd always been the shadowy hint of an early death in his mother's future… The idea that he wouldn't be there if that happened had never even occurred to him, and he'd never felt so fucking helpless.

He was trapped in the future, with no idea how to get out. Thanks to some random manifestation of irony, he was also surrounded by people who looked familiar but were strangers all the same.

This Derek was still alive, but he didn't know that John was his nephew, which made his friendliness and warmth all the more painful. The woman who looked like Cameron was named Allison, and she was human—and also Derek's girlfriend. John couldn't guess why his future self had modeled a robot after her. That seemed not only wrong, but a little bit sad.

John's father was also alive, here in the future. Kyle Reese wasn't what John had expected, not from the way Mom had talked about him, but maybe no one could have ever really lived up to that image.

John didn't tell Kyle who he was—he didn't tell anyone. Whether or not the older John Connor existed yet, revealing his name seemed like a bad idea, like something with the potential to unmake the past.

Or worse, to possibly unmake him.

So, as far as everyone knew, John was just another kid trying to survive the war with the machines.

The fact that it all seemed hopeless (and God, what he struggled to learn when no-one was watching) was a reminder of how hard Mom had tried to prepare him, and how bitterly he'd complained about things that all seemed so trivial now.

He was fairly certain he didn't belong here, but the chance of him being rescued back to his own time was so small that he honestly couldn't begin to hope for it.

All of the times he'd torn up his roots and moved had been hard, but they didn't begin to compare to now.

This, by far, was the loneliest John had ever been.

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that kind of girl: [SCC] Castalphabet26 on April 6th, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
Loved this! So great to see a SCC fic. Poor John, you captured his isolation really well.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Random Fandomhalfshellvenus on April 7th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I never expect to write more SCC fic, but sometimes the challenge prompt seem to pic the setting for you. With "stranded" as the prompt, that so perfectly seemed to describe the aftermath of the S2 finale and where John found himself.

Trapped in the future isn't something you expect to ever happen, even with the life John had growing up.

Thanks for reading!
Mark Hunter: Bookozma914 on April 8th, 2011 09:45 am (UTC)
Great story! Poor John.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Random Fandomhalfshellvenus on April 8th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I've written his mother's side of the "aftermath," but the prompt for the Last Author Standing challenge really brought John's situation to mind more than anything-- including out of a fairly large choice of fandoms.

After all the traveling he's done, jumping through time and time again, it was never supposed to end where he found himself in the show's finale. And how can he possibly hope to go back without revealing who he is, and risking everyone's future along with his own?
Mark Hunter: This is unacceptableozma914 on April 9th, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)
I can't believe they canceled the show with such a cliffhanger ... *sob*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on April 11th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Me either-- and all the talk about low ratings became laughable when the network renewed Dollhouse practically in the same breath.

The finale did answer many of the lingering questions the show had raised, such as what Catherine Weaver was really up to, or why Cameron had that period where she thought she was someone named Allison.

But it also opened the door to so many interesting new possibilities, and I so badly wanted to see where they would go. For awhile, I harbored the fantasy that a cable network might pick up this show (and "Reaper," which was cancelled in the same year). But sadly... no.

Sometimes, the more unusual the show and the better the writing, the less audiences and its own sponsors understand it. :(

Mark Hunterozma914 on April 14th, 2011 07:34 am (UTC)
Reaper! *more sobs* I loved that cast. I kept hoping when the Devil finally appeared on Supernatural he'd be wearing that natty suit and gleeful attitude.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on April 14th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
Me too-- Ray Wise was born to play that role! And how it hurt to have to give up my denial when Sock, Demon Nina, and now Reaper Sam got their own shows. :(

My husband's always clamoring for Supernatural/Reaper crossovers, but I keep telling him they're harder than he thinks. The two shows' views of the Afterlife are fairly incompatible! Though I did manage to write this crossover with the Reaper Devil and the Yellow-Eyed Demon. Sometimes skewering those incompatibilities is the best way to deal with them!

I still want to know what happened with the Church of Steve, and Demon Tony and the baby, and (of course) Demon Gladys. :)
Mark Hunterozma914 on April 15th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
Ah, but at least Reaper Sam's new show is really fun.

Emily and I actually discussed doing a Supernatural/Reaper crossover, but I just haven't had the time. I'm okay with diving into incompatible.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Psycho Penguinhalfshellvenus on April 15th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
Is Emily your wife?

I always tell my husband that if he likes the SPN/Reaper idea so much, HE should write it. But he doesn't write fiction at all, so he's all about the demanding suggestions rather than actually helping along those lines.

I see you have a book that just came out, so I can imagine that random fanfiction pursuits might take a backseat to professional writing. :)

Mark Hunter: fan writers!ozma914 on April 15th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, sorry! Emily's my fiancee. I tell people she's my mid-life crisis trophy wife, because of our age difference; we met on fanfiction.net, although neither of us has had time to write any fanfic for awhile.

As you say -- the career writing is taking all my time at the moment. In addition to the novel, I just set an anthology of short stories set in the same universe, and I have three other complete novels I'm shopping around. Just the same, I want to dive back in and do some fanfic every now and then, just to have some fun and keep my hand in it.