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Cloak and Dagger

Cloak and Dagger
Author: enigmaticblue
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters. Too bad, so sad.
Spoilers: 4.01, “Founder’s Day”
Pairings/Characters: Gen: Jack Carter, Allison Blake, Henry Deacon, Jo Lupo, Douglas Fargo
Summary: Carter had started calling their little group “cloak and dagger,” because they’d kept the meetings quiet, and held them away from everyone else in town. Jo had smiled, more because of Carter’s hopeful expression than at the humor. It was the first time she’d smiled in days.

Carter had started calling their little group “cloak and dagger,” because they’d kept the meetings quiet, and held them away from everyone else in town. Jo had smiled, more because of Carter’s hopeful expression than at the humor. It was the first time she’d smiled in days.

They’d met first out of necessity, trying to piece together a picture of the changes they’d wrought. Between the five of them, they had access to nearly every document Eureka had ever generated. Carter brought arrest records and incident reports; Henry purloined historical documents and old newspaper clippings. Fargo brought information from Global’s archives.

Jo provided the place to meet; she didn’t feel capable of doing much more than that right now.

After the first meeting, however, they continued to get together, usually at Jo’s house, mostly because no one else understood. No one else in town knew Eureka as it had been, and it was a relief to let their guard down.

For Jo, it was a relief to be around people who didn’t expect her to be happy, who knew that she wasn’t supposed to be happy.

She’d lost Zane. Jo hadn’t known it would hurt this much.

When Jo opened the front door in response to the knock, Carter greeted her with a smile and a six-pack of beer. “I thought we could use a drink.”

“Come on in,” Jo replied. “Henry just got here.”

She watched as the men greeted each other with handshakes that turned into hugs. “Grace let you go?” Jack asked.

Henry shrugged. “She thinks I’m hanging out with you, letting you convert me to a baseball fan.”

“We can put a game on in the background,” Jack offered, his tone eager.

Henry laughed. “It’s Jo’s TV.”

Jo found the game when Jack directed her to the right channel, and then let Fargo and finally Allison inside. Fargo offered a nervous smile, and Allison gave her a hug, which Jo returned stiffly.

Carter and Henry sat across from each other at the kitchen table, while Allison sat so close to the sheriff that Jo could see no space between them. Fargo took his papers and spread them out on the living room floor, and Jo took the couch. She sipped her beer and listened as Carter asked, “How are Kevin and Jenna?”

“Good.” Allison’s smile was only slightly forced. “I still haven’t quite gotten used to Kevin being so…”

“Normal?” Jack suggested.

Allison smiled. “Yeah, I guess so. I’ve never had to deal with a teenage boy.”

“If you have any questions, feel free to ask,” Jack offered. “I vaguely recall what that was like.”

“Same here,” Henry put in. “Although probably even more vaguely than Jack.”

“Uh, I don’t know if I can help, but you could ask me, too,” Fargo offered from the living room.

Allison smiled, and Jo thought she caught the sheen of tears in Allison’s eyes. “Thank you.” She cleared her throat. “How’s Grace, Henry?”

“Fine.” Henry threw down his pen and leaned back in his chair. “I can glean information from these records, but it still doesn’t tell me how I proposed, or what made me fall in love with her in the first place.”

Jo suspected that Henry’s outburst was only the tip of the iceberg. They had all returned to the present day to find that certain key relationships had been completely changed. In this world, Tess Fontana had never moved to Australia, Kevin had never been autistic, and Fargo had never been a screw-up.

In this world, Zane had never proven himself, and had never fallen in love with Jo, and so had never had proposed marriage.

Jo hadn’t known it was possible for her heart to break so completely.

“How’s Tess?”

“Wondering what’s wrong with me,” Carter replied to Allison’s question, keeping his voice low. Jo pretended to be engrossed in her incident reports. “I keep—I don’t know.”

“Jack,” Henry said quietly.

Jo glanced up to meet Fargo’s eyes; he appeared equally freaked out by the conversation, and Jo suddenly remembered that Julia had never come to Eureka. Fargo had never met her, so they’d never been together.

She wasn’t the only one struggling; Jo tried to remember that.

“I’m trying to figure out how to break up with her,” Carter admitted in a low voice, and Jo knew that he didn’t want her to overhear. “I don’t even know why we’re still together right now—but she does.”

“I’m sorry, Jack.” Jo glanced up in time to see Allison put a hand over Carter’s, for Henry to clap Carter on the shoulder.

Jo had always known that Carter was more approachable, but Jo hadn’t known what she was missing until she’d lost Zane.

Zane had been the first to touch her in a long time, and Jo missed that more than she could say.

“Hey.”

Jo glanced up, meeting Fargo’s eyes. He offered a sympathetic grimace and a shrug, and Jo smiled, wondering what the hell had happened to make her feel so close to Fargo of all people.

“Hey, Jo,” Carter called, after the silence had gone on for a few minutes. “I’ve decided to release Zane. Do you want to be the one to deliver the good news?”

Jo hesitated, and then managed a smile. “Yeah. Is tomorrow soon enough?”

“Sure thing.”

And maybe this was cloak and dagger, Jo thought. Maybe these were the only people in the world who understood, but at least they were good people.

It could have been worse.

Comments

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going_not_gone
Jul. 14th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
I think this is very true to the show---they're all going to have to work together as they figure out how to deal with the differences, and they are the only ones who remember the other Eureka, and understand what they're going through.

I wonder if Henry will tell Jack about the other other timeline, where Jack & Allison got married?
enigmatic_blue
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I wanted this to fit into the timeline as best as I could make it, without getting Joss'd too badly. It might still be totally Joss'd, but I'm glad you think it stays true to the characters.
jedibuttercup
Jul. 14th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
I don't really trust the show to be this sensitive about it; but this does feel very true to what the characters will be going through. It'll be interesting to see this season play out. And I agree with the previous commenter-- if ever there's a time for Henry to tell Jack about the other other future, it's now.
enigmatic_blue
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much. I don't know that the show will deal with it sensitively; Eureka tends to go for the laughs. But I'm excited about the new season nonetheless, and I can't wait to see what they do with it.
kaitlia777
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
This was lovely!

They really do only have each other now, as they've taken a figurative step out of synch from the rest of the town. I really like the idea of all of them gathering to pool what they've learned and offer support.

Great job!
enigmatic_blue
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
fai_dust
Jul. 15th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
Very nice. I'm not entirely sure I trust Henry not to just mind-wipe everyone like he did to Jack the first tyime (although he can't possably blame only them for this, so maybe), but this is a great look at the support group they'd need to handle their new daily life. It was sweet.
enigmatic_blue
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I don't think that Henry will have the choice to mind-wipe people. After all, what memories would he replace them with? Unlike the last time, where Jack lost four years, but wound right back up where he started, their whole lives may be different.
fai_dust
Jul. 17th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well, Eureka isn't beyond having him tweak the device somehow. ^_^ ButI hope not, I just want them to fix it.
vipersweb
Jul. 16th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
Lovely. I really like how you got into the characters here and provided some lovely insight. Poor Jo...
enigmatic_blue
Jul. 16th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Poor Jo, indeed. *sniffs*
conspiratorsb
Jul. 16th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
This was very nice. I like how they are all "clinging" to each other for support.
enigmatic_blue
Jul. 22nd, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
sheepfairy
Jul. 18th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
I really liked this! I think it's really natural they'd build a tight-knit group like this, after all their shared experiences that they can't so much as talk about with outsiders, and I like the insight here. I especially like it being from Jo's POV, with her issues with letting people get too close.
enigmatic_blue
Jul. 22nd, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think that shared experience, particularly those that others can't understand, is what really binds a group together. I'm glad you liked Jo's POV, too.
enmuse
Jul. 18th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
I like the Jo introspection because although this new verse is definitely difficult for everyone to adjust to, I feel a bit (at least at this point) that she might have lost the most. Her relationship with Zane was something they had to really work for and it was definitely a life-changing element for her. I like that you've got her connecting better with Fargo, too. :3 After all, Fargo seems like he was very different in this universe and there's something about that... "loss" of self that seems like it could connect them.

(P.S. thanks again for talking a look at my story.)
enigmatic_blue
Jul. 22nd, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I agree that Jo seems to have lost more than she's gained. Everyone has been put in a situation where their lives aren't entirely comfortable, but Jo does seem to have lost the most.

(And anytime!)
justwriter2
Mar. 21st, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
This is meaningful AND cute. ^-^
enigmatic_blue
Apr. 6th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it!
afteriwake
May. 2nd, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was wonderful. I'm going through old old posts I have saved up in my LJ inbox and I'm glad I read this one.
enigmatic_blue
May. 3rd, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
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