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Joy to be Claimed, Chapter Seven

Author: wild_force71
Fic Title: Joy to be Claimed
Rating: 15
Fandoms: JF/Heroes/SG1/SGA

Mohinder stepped carefully around Peter and joined Nathan at the desk. “He hasn’t gone into a trance,” he observed quietly.

“No. He usually doesn’t,” Nathan agreed. “Why is this guy manifesting? You said the second sequence should block it.”

“It should, and according to the blood sample on file, it is. I’d need a more up to date sample to find out what’s happening to him.”

“I don’t think you’re likely to get it,” Nathan told him. “The kids there were very protective of him.”

Mohinder nodded. “Possibly some of his employees? Here…”

He pulled up employment records and Nathan nodded. “Yeah. Those four. Are any of them…?”

“No samples on record for three of them, and the fourth…you said Fran?”

“That’s what they called her.”

“She has neither the Meta mutation nor the new sequence.” Mohinder pulled RJ’s results back up. “Without a new sample, Nathan, there’s little more I can do.”

Nathan nodded, straightening to look at Peter. “You got anything?”

“No.” Peter laid the pad aside. “Just the same thing again. And the…what they’re fighting.”

“Oh?” Mohinder looked from Nathan to Peter and back. “What’s this?”

Peter tossed the pad to him. “What they’re fighting, in the city on the water.”

Mohinder studied the picture for a moment, looking up to meet Nathan’s gaze. “I see,” he said quietly, lowering the pad.

“Yeah, Nathan thinks I’m crazy too.” Peter said it without any bitterness.

“I didn’t say that,” Nathan protested.

“I don’t think you’re crazy,” Mohinder added before the conversation could degenerate. “But I can tell you, creatures such as the ones you’ve drawn here do not exist.”

“Not here,” Peter said again.

Nathan rubbed the bridge of his nose. “He thinks the city’s on another planet,” he explained.

“Still think I’m not crazy?”

“I believe you’re not crazy. But if the city is on another planet, I don’t see how we are to get there.” He studied Peter. “Can you teleport that far?”

“I need to know where I’m going. But I don’t think the distance would matter.”

“Alright, enough. This is insane. Tell me you’re not actually thinking of teleporting to another planet, to a city that might not even exist!”

“It does exist. But no. I can’t teleport to it unless I know where it is.”

“Good! Peter…tell me you realise how crazy this is.”

“I know how it sounds,” Peter agreed quietly. “But it’s going to happen. Mohinder, who is that?”

Mohinder glanced back at his screen; RJ’s records were still up. “RJ.”

“That’s RJ?” Peter laughed softly. “That’s the man from my dream.”

“From last night?” Nathan asked.

“Yeah. He turned into a wolf.”

“You said his power has something to do with a wolf?” Mohinder asked.

“Yeah, but I couldn’t tell what. Everyone was very confused.”

Mohinder’s phone rang and he pulled it out, studying the display with a frown. “I left your number with RJ,” Nathan told him.

“Oh. How kind of you. Hello? Yes, this is Doctor Suresh…we weren’t planning anything…I can explain, if you’ll let me…”

He held the phone away, wincing. “The young man is not happy about your visit,” he told Nathan.

Peter took the phone from him. “Who is this? Dominic, my name is Peter Petrelli. I need you to listen very carefully.”

Daniel tapped on Jack’s door, leaning in around the frame. “Jack, you wanna get out of here for a while?”

“Where are we going?”

“Sam’s found the FBI agent who’s been investigating the other murders that match Joe’s. General Landry thought you’d like to come meet her with us.”

“Sounds like fun,” Jack agreed.

“I’ll buy you coffee,” Daniel offered. “There’ll be actual sky.”

“I’m sold. Let’s go.”

Teal’c and Sam joined them in the parking lot. Jack glanced around, frowning. “Where are Mitchell and Vala?”

“Vala’s restricted to base at the moment,” Daniel said.

“And Cam had paperwork,” Sam added. “Plus, he thought you might enjoy going out with the old standards. So to speak.”

“No escort?”

“We have Teal’c,” Daniel pointed out.

“This is true.”

“Anyone wishing to harm you must first go through me, O’Neill,” Teal’c told him solemnly.

“Yeah. Back atcha.” He clapped his hands together. “Well! What say we go give them their shot, huh?”

Agent Hanson was waiting for them in a coffee shop in Colerado Springs; she stood when she saw them come in, but she didn’t seem especially worried.

“Agent Hanson?” Sam asked. “I’m Colonel Carter, this is General O’Neill, Dr Jackson and Murray.”

Hanson shook hands all around. “Nice to meet you. My supervisor said you wanted to know about the Sylar murders?”

“Sylar?” Daniel repeated, sitting down.

“Coffee?” Jack asked, interrupting her as she went to answer. “Daniel?”

“Thanks,” Daniel said absently.

“No, thank you,” Hanson said carefully.

Jack wandered up to the counter, followed by Teal’c. Sam sat beside Daniel. “You said Sylar?” she prompted the other woman.

“The third victim was still alive when emergency services reached him. ‘Sylar’ was his last word. We’ve been using it as an identifier for the killer.”

“No clues?”

Hanson shrugged tightly, eyes on her cup. “There’s no physical evidence left behind; he doesn’t touch anything, leave any trace. We haven’t been able to identify the weapon he uses. There’s no correlation between the victims that we can find.”

“There must be some evidence,” Sam protested.

“Neighbours never remember seeing anything. There’s no hair, no skin, no blood but the victim’s.”

“How does he freeze them?”

Another shrug. “There’s no sign of any equipment. There’s no nitrogen on the bodies. As far as our labs can tell it’s a natural freeze, induced in a fraction of a second.”

“That’s mutually exclusive,” Daniel pointed out quietly.

“No one expects me to solve these murders, Dr Jackson, that’s why I was given them.” She glanced up as Jack and Teal’c came back to the table. “You knew the newest victim?”

“Joe Spencer,” Sam confirmed.

“Yeah, I remember. His family were lucky.”

“Lucky?” Jack repeated incredulously.

“They weren’t there. Sylar’s left only one witness alive, and he tried to come back for her.”

“Who was she?” Sam asked.

“Little girl called Mollie Walker. But she won’t be able to tell you anything. She survived because she was hidden and Sylar never found her. She didn’t see anything.”

Sam glanced at Jack. “Think we should see her anyway?”

“Couldn’t hurt.”

“Why is the military interested anyway?” Hanson asked, looking from one to another of them. “No, let me guess. Sylar’s a terrorist, right?”

Sam started to answer, but Jack cut her off. “Joe and I were very close. I’m not trying to step on your toes here, Agent Hanson, we’re just trying to find answers.”

“Where is Mollie Walker now?” Daniel asked.

Hanson hesitated, studying them. “Call my commanding officer,” Jack suggested, pulling out his cell.

“No. I’m guessing you can find out anyway. I will be calling her guardian to warn him.”

“That’s fair enough,” Daniel agreed quickly.

“She went to a private medical facility for a while, and was then placed in the care of a geneticist named Mohinder Suresh.” She hesitated when Sam reacted, continuing more slowly, “He lives in New York; I’ll have to look for his address, but I’ll get it to you.”

“Thank you,” Daniel said quickly. “If we find out anything, we’ll pass it on.”

“Why a geneticist?” Jack asked.

“Mollie had a rare genetic disorder. Dr Suresh found the cure, and she was placed in his care in case it should reoccur.”

“What disorder?” Sam asked.

“I don’t think it has a name. Mollie’s one of two recorded cases, and the other girl died.”

“Mohinder Suresh.” Daniel made a show of writing it down, even though they all knew the name. “You’ll get me his details?”

“Soon as I get them,” she promised. “I’m sorry about your friend.”

“Yeah,” Jack agreed. “Alright, campers, let’s go.”



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Mar. 6th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
Lol, loved Dom taking action here and yay for the walking shield Teal'c (my fave SG char) As with the previous chapters this is a really interesting and enjoyable read and I can't wait till the next update :)
Mar. 6th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
There's a bit more Teal'c, and then I'm afraid he drops off the map...do you have a second favourite? (Crosses fingers and prays)

I'm glad you liked Dom taking charge. Next week, you can even hear what they're talking about! (So to speak) Like I said, I'd seen very little of him when I was writing this, so it's good to hear he's in character!

Icon love.
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