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Pain and Suffering

Posted on Thu Feb 24th, 2011 @ 2:04am by

Mission: Flawed. Season 2, Episode 3
Location: Various
Timeline: Current/ Recent Past


Deep Space Four

Brianna sat down in her secure office and was holding Mac in her arms. He was wide awake and smiling up at her, she returned a smile of her own as she grabbed a PADD. "Computer activate secure channel Winters Zero Alpha Zeta Three." The Computer beeped in compliance and she saw a familiar face on the screen.

"I have someone that would like to meet his grandparents." Brianna said to her parents and move Mac into view. "This is MacDougal Alexander Winters. Her mother started crying and her father beamed. "When are ye comin' back?" He asked.

Brianna shook her head. "I cannot. You know the danger that we are all in." She said without any trace of her normal accent.

"But Brianna..." Her mother started.

"No! You know what Craig did to Jeremy and he will get to you too. I am not being paranoid...he didn't die in the transport explosion. We all know that. When it is safe for us all to return can't stay in any place to long. I will contact you again when it is safe. I'm sorry I can't talk longer."

They each said their tearful goodbyes and her parents told her how proud they were that she had given birth to such a strong and healthy looking boy.

Brianna closed the secure channel and sighed. "One day my son...our lives will be normal again. I promise you that." She said looking into the young but intelligent eyes staring up at her.

"Come...let's go find your da."



Eight Months Ago...
Zarinn 2 Orbital Station

A beam of light illuminated the quarters Alex and Jadzia had been sharing for the past few days. The light dispersed leaving the battered forms of Alex and Jadzia lying on the floor. Alex groaned in pain as he laid back closing his eyes to take the moment to rest. Finally, he asked through strained breaths, "Are you alright Jadzia?"

Jadzia opened her mouth to respond but her voice wouldn't cooperate with her, she simply moaned in response. She had lost a lot of blood and was weak, using all her remaining strength to get them out of the situation they had found them in. Why hadn't she left him? It was in her nature afterall. Alex had treated her like a prisoner since she had come clean about her reasons on the Samurai and yet...

She had no reason to save him...Craig wanted him...Craig now probably wanted her dead too...Brianna had escaped his grasp. The three of them would pay dearly at Craig's hands if someone didn't stop him.

Alex opened his eyes and looked at her for moment, "We should get you cleaned up before that cut gets any worse." Slowly and painfully he sat up and eventually made it to his feet. He staggered over to the bed and pulled a small case out from under it setting it on the bed and opening it to reveal a number of first aid tools. "Come here and sit down."

"I can't move without the base spinning...are the dampners even working?" She finally asked finding her voice. Jadzia slowly counted to ten before attempting to sit up. She crawled her way to the bed before collasping face down in front of him. "Why do you do this to me? Beatings from Craig were...less intense." She mumbled into the carpet.

Alex breathed in a sigh and finally plopped down off the bed to the floor below. A sharp pain reminding him that he probably should have been a little more careful. However, he was too exhausted to care. He reached his hands under her arms and lifted with a cringe. Every muscle in his body ached and the more he exerted himself the more he was reminded why he hated fist fights. Eventually, he managed to get her sitting upright.

"This is going to sting," he warned as he brought a damp cloth up to her forehead and began to wipe away the blood.

Jadzia nearly screamed and somewhere she found the strength to wiggle away from him. For a moment she was back in the cellar where Craig had kept her when she had disobeyed her. "Craig stop!" She pleaded.


Deep Space Four

The moment he heard the doors swoosh open, Xander was on his feet and there to meet the woman he loved. A smile drew long across his face as he approached her to give her a quick kiss in the cheek. His eyes moved downward to the child in her arms and he found himself slowly stroking the forehead and newly grown hair of the baby. So soft. So delicate. "So did you get everything taken care of that you wanted?"

"My mother wants me to go home...not that she is home. We made sure that they knew the seriousness of the situation...but she wants to hold our son in her arms." Brianna replied sadly looking up at Xander. "I wish I allowed Michael to kill Craig...but I was trying to protect his career." She moved away from Xander when she mentioned Michael's name.

Michael had rescued her from Craig's clutches but he had left her after the threat to her was 'disposed of'. "We wouldn't be in this mess if I had agreed to..." She sighed and sat down on the couch.

Xander cringed at the mention of Michael's name. An anger boiled up inside of him threatening to erupt like a volcano. Yet, somehow he was able to keep his emotions simmering at a boil, "Michael was a fool and a joke. He may have been lucky enough to have found a way to overcome Craig, but the fact that he abandoned you after the incident speaks volumes about how much he could have cared less about you." Xander turned and stared out the window of their quarters, "I would never let anyone take you away from me. I would never leave you. We are destined to be together. Forever."

Brianna stared at his back suddenly frightened, she held Mac closer to her. Xander has something that Craig had said to her before she was rescued by Michael. She wasn't even aware of it being in any reports. "Xander? are scaring me." She said quietly.

Xander's features softened as he turned around to Brianna saying, "I'm sorry Brianna. The last thing I want is to scare you. I just get so worked up when I think back on those days." He slowly approached her with a warm smile full of kindness, "I'm so sorry. I love you Brianna."

"I love you too...just don't say things like that...Craig said that to me when I was taken. I do not want to relive those days."

"As you wish my love," Xander answered plainly as he moved forward and rested his forehead against hers, "I don't want to relive those days either. I don't want to relive those days."


One Year Ago...
Unknown location

Jadzia told Craig that Brianna had found someone Alex Winters, he was furious with her and began beating her before throwing her in the cellar and beating her again and again until she screamed. She tried to keep her screams from escaping from her throat but she couldn't, Craig had a way of making her scream even when she didn't want to show the pain she was was his speciality.

"CRAIG!!! PLEASE!!" She begged but the beating only continued. Jadzia had once loved the man that was currently whipping her. She knew he was getting off but couldn't help but scream.

Craig had nearly broken Brianna and would have succeeded had it not been for her then boss Michael Kingsley. Michael had rescued her from his clutches and Jadzia was jealous...there was no one that could save her from Craig. She let the blackness consume her, she would be cold when she woke up but for now...her body and mind would escape Craig...for now.


To Be Continued...


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