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Story [Dark Matter] It Just Is (Two, Three, parallel universe Derrick/Catherine)

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  1. Tarsier

    Tarsier Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Registered:
    Jul 31, 2005
    Title: It Just Is

    Fandom: Dark Matter

    Characters: Two, Three, Parallel Universe Derrick Moss, Parallel Universe Catherine Moss, Five

    Timeframe: Season 2, Episode 8: "Stuff to Steal, People to Kill."

    Summary: Two and Three have dinner with parallel universe Derrick and Catherine Moss. This takes place during Season 2, Episode 8, if Two and Three had had time to explore the parallel universe a bit more. Serious and comedic by turns.

    Very Brief Background: Two and Three are in a parallel universe, where alternate versions of themselves, known as Portia Lin and Marcus Boone, are infamous mercenaries. Two and Three used to have a crewmate named One, who was killed. The alternate version of One in this universe is Derrick Moss, a businessman with a different face.

    Notes: (1) This was perhaps partially inspired by the Seinfeld episode "The Seven." (Script here.)
    (2) Contrary to Season Two canon, for purposes of this story, Titch is One.
    (3) There is a sequel to this story: Off the Radar

    Word Count: ~2,150

    Other stories in this fandom: Season 1 Drabbles, Season 2 AU Drabbles, Meant to be a Lie



    They should have been laying low.

    “It’ll be fine. No one’s gonna believe Portia Lin and Marcus Boone would just be causally wandering around town.”

    “It’s not worth the risk.”

    “You aren’t a little bit curious what this universe has to offer?”

    Two still couldn’t believe she’d let Three talk her into this. She was just about to drag Three back to the ship when she felt a hand on her shoulder. Her instinct to grab the hand and throw the body connected to it to the ground kicked in, but somehow Three was faster. His left hand, already holding her right hand, tightened its grip and he pulled her closer to himself. His right arm wrapped around her and in a half-hug, half-spin, and she soon found herself facing the owner of the wayward hand.

    She stood slack-jawed for a moment. It was too much, too suddenly, to process at once. She knew the face. Not that it was familiar, exactly. It was not the one that had shared her ship—and her bed—but she’d seen it before. She knew exactly who he was.

    The words he’d spoken while carelessly invading her space processed a few seconds later. “Won’t you join us?” But the words didn’t make sense—she knew him; he did not know her.

    “What?”

    “They said,” Three looked more embarrassed than confused, and she hated him for it, “If we’re willing to sit with another couple, we can get seated right away. Otherwise, we’re in for a long wait. What to do say, honey? They seem like nice people. We can spend a meal with them, right?” His grip was still tight around her hand.

    Three turned to the other man. “You’ll have to excuse her. She doesn’t get out much. Gets a little overwhelmed when she meets a celebrity.”

    “Oh, we’re hardly celebrities.” A woman joined the man, putting her arm through his.

    “You—you’re alive.” Two didn’t mean to say it out loud. She just really wasn’t prepared to see her. Them. To see him.

    “Should I not be?”

    “She must be confused. I’m sure she’s thinking of… some other CEO’s wife who recently bit the dust. She spends way too much time reading the tabloids. It’s starting to scramble her brain.” Three looked at Two with an expression that clearly suggested she needed to pull herself together.

    “About the table?” That voice. His voice was exactly the same. So it was startling all over again to look up and see his just-barely-recognizable face.

    “Sure,” she finally managed.

    “Excellent!” His face lit up in a way that was almost, but not quite, familiar. She’d meant to say no, but somehow she didn’t regret triggering that expression.

    The waiter led them to a table. He sat first, then his wife beside him. Two slid into the booth across from him; lastly, Three sat beside her.

    “My apologies, we haven’t even introduced ourselves. I’m Derrick Moss, and this is my wife, Catherine Moss.”

    The introduction from that side of the table was obviously unnecessary, but meant to elicit an introduction from her and Three. Two didn’t speak fast enough.

    “Name’s… Titch. And this is… Becky.”

    Two threw a glare at Three, but it was quickly interrupted as Derrick Moss half-stood and reached for her hand. “Pleasure to meet you, Becky.”

    “Titch?” Catherine smiled brightly as she stood and shook hands with Three. “That’s so funny—that was Derrick’s nickname when he was young!”

    “And a fine name it is.” Derrick smiled as he reached over Catherine’s arm to shake Three’s hand, while Catherine shook Two’s hand.

    “Derrick! Catherine!” someone called from across the restaurant.

    “It’s Earl,” Catherine said to Derrick. “We should say hi.”

    “If you don’t mind, this will only take a minute.”

    “No prob.” Three reached for his menu.

    Two tried to hide the relief in her voice as she replied, “Please, take your time.”

    Once Derrick and Catherine were gone, Two leaned toward Three, holding a menu up as a shield to the rest of the restaurant. “Becky?! What the hell are you thinking? And Titch?!”

    “Staring at his face, it’s the only name I could think of. And, well, Becky’s better than Rebecca, right?”

    “Not much.”

    “That means it is a little bit.”

    “Just let me do the talking.”

    “You gotta open your mouth if you got something to say.”

    “Just—shut up,” Two hissed as Derrick and Catherine returned.

    “I have to be honest,” Catherine began as she took her seat, “You two look a bit famous yourselves. I could almost swear you were Portia Lin and Marcus Boone. I guess you must get that a lot.”

    “Just one of those faces,” Two muttered while sinking behind the menu she held in front of her.

    “Ol’ Marcus doesn’t have this wicked cool scar.” Three pointed to his cheek.

    Derrick laughed. “I’m not too worried. Becky and Titch hardly sound like names of ruthless mercenaries.”

    “They don’t, do they?” Three asked, looking meaningfully at Two.

    - * -​

    “You look warm. Maybe you should take your jacket off.” Derrick looked genuinely concerned.

    Two’s first thought—that Derrick was hitting on her—was quickly nullified when Catherine added, “It’s okay. They won’t mind. You’re with us.”

    Catherine’s words also anticipated Two’s second thought—that her backless top with plunging neckline, by itself, was not appropriate for the fancy restaurant.

    Her third thought was that she must have been sweating pretty significantly for Derrick to have said something. She wanted to believe the restaurant was overheated, but Three looked perfectly comfortable in his leather jacket. She couldn’t believe how flustered she’d gotten, but she was determined to regain her composure.

    Not sure what else to do, but very aware that Derrick and Catherine continued to look at her with concern, she stood and shrugged her way out of the jacket. As she did so, something fell out of the pocket. She sat quickly, but wasn’t fast enough to prevent the rest of the table from seeing what she’d dropped.

    Seeming to forget himself, Derrick reached for the fallen item, a small photograph.

    “Is this your daughter?” he asked.

    Two often kept the photo of Five with her. If Five ever failed to return from a trip off-ship, she wanted something to identify her, to help in tracking her down.

    Figuring she wasn’t likely to come up with a better explanation on the fly, Two simply responded, “Yes.”

    Catherine leaned into Derrick, to get a better look at the photo. “She’s adorable. What’s her name?”

    Two glanced at Three. “Emily.”

    “You must be very proud.” Derrick handed the photo back.

    Three intercepted the photo. “She’s adopted.”

    Titch,” Two admonished.

    “It’s true.”

    “You don’t have to tell everyone that.”

    “We’re too young to have a teenage daughter. I don’t want them thinking I got you pregnant in high school.” Three turned toward Derrick and Catherine. “We love her just the same as we would a normal kid.”

    Derrick beamed at Catherine. “They’re parents. We have to tell them now.”

    Catherine, seeming amused by her husband’s excitement, nodded. “Okay.”

    “We’re pregnant! We just found out today. That’s what we’re here celebrating. We don’t want everyone to know right away, but it’s too much to keep just between us.”

    Two stared blankly. “…Congratulations.”

    There was silence as Derrick and Catherine gazed adoringly at one another.

    Three finally spoke, breaking the spell between the soon-to-be parents. “What are ya gonna name it?”

    “It’s all still very new. We haven’t given that much thought yet.”

    Two placed her hand on Three’s wrist. “Let’s not pester them about it.”

    “Oh, we’re happy to talk about it! You’ve been parents so much longer than we have, we’d love any advice you have.” Derrick took Catherine’s hand and she nodded as he spoke.

    Don’t, Two mouthed to Three. Of course he ignored her.

    “Well, you know, our little bundle of joy was half-grown when we got her, so you kinda already blew my first bit of advice—get ‘em older, after someone else has already dealt with all that diaper and potty-training mess. I mean, who’s got time for that crap?”

    Derrick and Catherine looked a bit taken aback. Two dug her nails into Three’s wrist. “He’s joking, of course. We’re just sad that we didn’t get to know Emily from the very beginning. Right, Titch?”

    “Of course, sweetheart.” Three gave Two a toothy grin before turning toward the others. “And it was a little disappointing, not getting to pick a name.”

    “I can understand that.” Derrick’s expression was pleasant, though perhaps a bit wary. “Names are important. We probably should start thinking about it.”

    “Yes…names…” Catherine glanced around, probably looking for the waiter. Two guessed she was regretting sharing their news.

    “I got one,” Three declared with a look Two knew meant trouble. “You should name the kid Seven.”

    “Seven? You want us to name our baby Seven?” Catherine asked.

    “Yeah! It’s a wonderful name. It could work for a boy or a girl.”

    Derrick narrowed his eyes. “Seven? As in, the number seven?”

    “Exactly.”

    “I suppose it does have a certain ring to it…”

    “I mean, a lot of numbers could work. Two, Three… Five. Just not One. Unless you want him to be a total dweeb.”

    Derrick frowned as he sounded out the word. “Ssseeveenn. Seh-vahn. Se-ven. Actually, that’s not bad.”

    “We’ll think about it,” Catherine said. Then, waving to the passing waiter: “Check, please.”

    - * -​

    “She’s the difference. Catherine.”

    Three looked up from his plate. They’d gotten dessert to go—he wasn’t about to not get dessert when CoreLactic Industries was paying, despite Catherine’s sudden insistence on getting a good night’s sleep—and Two and Three were currently alone in the mess. Three was sitting at the table, Two was pacing the floor.

    “Catherine isn’t murdered, Derrick Moss doesn’t impersonate Jace Corso, so we space Five, kill Six, and never lose our memories.”

    “So you’re saying this jacked-up universe is my fault?”

    “No. Not you. But…”

    “So I don’t kill someone, and that makes everything worse?”

    “We don’t know for sure that you—Marcus Boone—killed Catherine at all. He was just a suspect. But even if he did, Marcus may not be the difference. Maybe he wasn’t hired. Maybe Catherine, or Derrick, didn’t do something to piss someone off in this universe.”

    “Still, Catherine lives, so Five and Six die, and we’re still terrible people. Doesn’t seem fair.”

    “And One lives,” Two adds quietly. “He and Catherine have a baby.”

    “ ‘Cept he’s not One.”

    “No. There is no One. Or Two, Three, Four, Five, or Six.”

    “Is this making you feel good?”

    “Of course not.”

    “Then why are we doing it?”

    “Just... trying to make sense of it.”

    “It don’t make sense. It just is.”

    Five entered the mess and sat down across from Three. “Are you guys okay? You were gone for a while.” She grabbed a spoon and took a bite of Two’s dessert.

    Two sat down beside Five. “It’s nothing. Just discussing Three’s attempts to collapse the universe by suggesting a couple name their baby Seven.”

    Three, finished with his dessert, reached his fork across the table for Two’s. “Not meant to collapse anything. Just a tribute, to what could have been.”

    “In their universe, or ours?” Two asked.

    Three shrugged. “Does it matter?”

    Five didn’t seem to hear, distracted by the dessert that she hurriedly scooped up and shoved into her mouth, trying to finish before Three could get to it.

    Once the dessert was annihilated, Five looked up. “Hey, that’s kind of a cute name! Why couldn’t I have been Seven?”
     
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  2. Tarsier

    Tarsier Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Registered:
    Jul 31, 2005
    Author Note: I thought the story was finished, but then this popped into my head...



    Postscript

    “I hope you know that’s the last time I let you invite random strangers to a dinner date.” Catherine Moss leaned toward the vanity mirror as she removed her earrings.

    Derrick Moss took off his suit jacket and folded it over the back of a chair. “They weren’t that bad.”

    “Portia Lin and Marcus Boone would have had better parenting advice.”

    “Now you’re just exaggerating.” Derrick moved behind Catherine and put his arms around her. “They did give us a pretty good name.”

    Catherine turned to face Derrick. “You aren’t seriously considering naming our baby Seven.”

    For a moment he just looked at her, his eyes glittering in the reflected light. Finally, he smiled. “Since we know she’s going to be a girl, how about Emily?”

    Catherine thought back to the photograph she’d seen earlier in the evening. The girl’s turquoise hair and brightly mismatched clothing indicated confidence and independence. And, though it was hard to judge from a single photo, her eyes had seemed both intelligent and kind. All qualities Catherine wished for their daughter. Not to mention, the girl in the photo must have been very special to have survived being raised by those maniacs.

    Catherine rested her head on Derrick’s shoulder. “I could work with Emily.”
     
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  3. Idrelle_Miocovani

    Idrelle_Miocovani Jedi Master star 6

    Registered:
    Feb 5, 2005
    Ohh man, I need to catch up on the show. Parallel universe? What is this magic? I'M IN.

    I know you've mentioned before that you're hesitant about writing Two, but I think you have her spot on! Her aggressiveness, her complexity, her ability to see things from multiple angles. It's great. I really enjoyed her playing off of Three.

    “Name’s… Titch. And this is… Becky.”

    Oh. My. God. Three, you're killing me. [face_laugh]

    (I do like how it's a play off of her "real" name, Rebecca.)

    “You should name the kid Seven.”

    “Seven? You want us to name our baby Seven?” Catherine asked.

    “Yeah! It’s a wonderful name. It could work for a boy or a girl.”

    Derrick narrowed his eyes. “Seven? As in, the number seven?”

    “Exactly.”

    “I suppose it does have a certain ring to it…”

    “I mean, a lot of numbers could work. Two, Three… Five. Just not One. Unless you want him to be a total dweeb.”


    [face_laugh] [face_laugh] I'm dying. I love your humour in this piece, it's so great and so much fun!!

    “Catherine isn’t murdered, Derrick Moss doesn’t impersonate Jace Corso, so we space Five, kill Six, and never lose our memories.”

    Oooh. That really puts things sharply back into perspective and show just how much One really impacted the crew in the original timeline.

    Once the dessert was annihilated, Five looked up. “Hey, that’s kind of a cute name! Why couldn’t I have been Seven?”

    Lovely way to end it with Five--she always brightens things up. :)

    Wonderful job! =D=
     
  4. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The Fanfic Manager With The Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

    Registered:
    Jun 29, 2004
    Derrick laughed. “I’m not too worried. Becky and Titch hardly sound like names of ruthless mercenaries.”

    [face_laugh] The humor in your dialogue was just perfect! I seemed to be wincing or snorting in amusement with every other line; I heartily enjoyed it!

    I really need to give this show a go now - alternate universes. I'm in. :p

    The girl’s turquoise hair and brightly mismatched clothing indicated confidence and independence. And, though it was hard to judge from a single photo, her eyes had seemed both intelligent and kind. All qualities Catherine wished for their daughter. Not to mention, the girl in the photo must have been very special to have survived being raised by those maniacs.

    I really liked the warmth of her reflections here, and then the last line. That really just synched this for me.

    An excellent job, again! I am really enjoying your pieces in this fandom. =D=
     
  5. Tarsier

    Tarsier Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Registered:
    Jul 31, 2005
    Idrelle_Miocovani Ohh man, I need to catch up on the show. Parallel universe? What is this magic? I'M IN.
    Yes! They go to a parallel universe! (It's fun to try and guess who's going to be on the crew of the Raza there.) I enjoyed the second-half of the second season a lot more than the first few episodes. You should definitely catch up on the show! (Though I'll warn you the Season 2 finale ends on a ridiculous cliffhanger. But it has been renewed for a third season.)

    I know you've mentioned before that you're hesitant about writing Two, but I think you have her spot on! Her aggressiveness, her complexity, her ability to see things from multiple angles. It's great. I really enjoyed her playing off of Three.
    Thank you so much, I'm so thrilled to hear that! :D

    (I do like how it's a play off of her "real" name, Rebecca.)
    I don't think they ever actually say this on the show, but I get the feeling if you call her Portia, that's wrong, you'll annoy her (which is never a good idea) and she'll correct you. But if you call her Rebecca, you're going to lose a limb.

    I love your humour in this piece, it's so great and so much fun!!
    Aw, thank you! [face_blush] I like to write humor but I'm never sure if I can pull it off.

    Lovely way to end it with Five--she always brightens things up.
    Indeed she does. :)

    Thank so much for reading!!


    Mira_Jade The humor in your dialogue was just perfect! I seemed to be wincing or snorting in amusement with every other line; I heartily enjoyed it!
    Oh, thank you! It makes me so happy to hear that! :D

    I really need to give this show a go now - alternate universes. I'm in.
    Well, technically just the one alternate universe. :p As annoyed as I was with the early part of Season 2, there are some really good episodes later on. You should definitely give it a try!

    I really liked the warmth of her reflections here, and then the last line. That really just synched this for me.
    Thank you! Emily is in fact Five's "real" name, so I like to think Three got his tribute, even if it wasn't quite how he imagined. :)

    Thanks so much for reading, I'm sure that wasn't easy to follow without having seen the show!!
     
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