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Oasis - Ch. 7/??

Title: Oasis - Ch. 7/??
Author: [info]shirleyann66
Character: Major Edward Beck
Prompt: Table 6, #21 - Treason
Fandom: Jericho
Rating: R - for some bad language, some of which may be more offensive than others. 
Warnings : Major, major spoilage within for basically everything in the last 2 episodes of season 2.
Word count: 1,102
Summary: A day in the life...
Disclaimer/Claimer: I do not own nor am I affiliated with Jericho or CBS or any of the other PTB in relation to the show. No infringement is intended. I'm just taking the characters out to play, and will do my best to show them a very, VERY good time. ;)

A/N1: Words in red are Beck's thoughts as he's writing; not what was actually sent.
A/N2: Sadly, I don't think this will make much sense if you haven't seen the series.
A/N3: Wow! This is a long time between updates! Sorry about that. Things will go more quickly now, I think.

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July 1, 2007

Jeff:

She told me she couldn't tell the difference between me and Phil Constantino. She couldn't tell the difference between that monster – and me.


During our conversation, I looked at the picture in my helmet – my only picture of Georgette and Abbey - to try and get my bearings, to remind myself of who I am and why I do what I do. But I couldn't stand letting her see them; it was too...personal. And I didn't want our conversation to be personal. So I turned the helmet over, to hide them from her sight. They're mine, and that picture is all I have left of them.


 And I don't want her pity.


Why can't Heather understand that this government will not tolerate insurrection – and Jake's stubbornness and the Rangers' rebellion is making a dangerous situation even worse. I tried to convince her to speak with Jake – to try and stop this escalation with the Rangers. It was time for me to use her influence with The Guy to get what I needed to bring stability back to this town.


Any weapon available, right? That's the rule – right?


Well, the weapon misfired.


I told her Jake was responsible for what was happening.


She told me it was me.


And she wouldn't speak to Jake.


The truly shitty part is - she's right. Well, not about my resemblance to Phil Constantino. I'm not a monster, I'm not power mad and I'm not just plain crazy.


But she's right about one thing: I mishandled the situation from the moment I took Jake into custody. I should have – well. It doesn't matter what I should have done. What matters is what is, right now.


I need to find a way out of this situation – before it gets much worse...(and I think I have an idea...)


July 2, 2007


Sarah Mason is dead – has been for months. Hawkins is the terrorist; he's had me chasing my tail all along – I can't believe I listened to him – I can't believe I trusted him - I can't believe I liked him.


It was true – all of it – everything that my Mystery Informant told me – Hawkins had one of the bombs. We have the bomb now – but we don't have Hawkins. And we don't have Jake. Yes, Jake and Russell are no longer in my custody; the Rangers came and “rescued” them tonight, while we were trying to keep the peace and half my troops were out chasing Hawkins down. Hawkins was on the run to God knows where – with the bomb.


And now here I sit, with one nuclear bomb on the way to Cheyenne, one terrorist on the run, a half dozen people in hiding and two escaped prisoners (I should have waited before letting them be rescued, damn it! If I had only known - ).


How much does Jake know? Did Jake
know that Hawkins was one of the bastards who blew up our country (murdered my family)? I need to find Jake – and find out what he knows.


How? HOW? How had that fucking bomb escaped detection after the aerial search? It should have revealed the bomb! That report was secure in my office - I read every damn page of that fucking report and -


Heather.


Later, July 2, 2007:


She betrayed me. Betrayed my trust.


Called me a coward. Stood there and told me that I refused to see the truth. That Hawkins had told her the government was corrupt and had lied, and she believed him.


I had her arrested. She's in jail right now – and I could have her shot. I may have to have her shot. If Cheyenne finds out about this, I won't be able to protect her – to save her from her naiveté and folly.


Jesus God - I don't know what's true and what's not. I don't know who to trust! I need a source of information that I know hasn't been...staged...for my benefit. I need a source of information that I can trust to be true!


Later, July 2, 2007:


Jeff.


I'm exhausted. And sick to my soul.


I looked through the laptop we found in Hawkins' truck. It was the one piece of information that I knew would not have been doctored for my benefit. He wouldn't have deliberately left it behind – hell, he wouldn't have known we'd be after him so soon, or that we found out who he was.


I've gone through it.


Heather was right.


About everything.


About the ASA, about Hawkins and Jake, about me.


Cheyenne did lie about the origin of the bombs; they are a corrupt government.


I can no longer recognize their right to lead.


I'm leaving in a few minutes to tell my commanders my decision – and to let them see the evidence for themselves; give them Hawkins' laptop.


I'm then heading to the Richmond Ranch, where Stanley and the others are burying Bonnie. I need to tell them that – as far as I'm concerned – they're free to go on with their lives. All of them. That includes Hawkins and Jake.


And Heather.


I'm finishing this letter to you now, because I expect I'll be on my way to Cheyenne by the end of the day to face a court-martial for treason. The ASA deals with these cases quickly – I'll likely be executed by the end of the week.


I'm exhausted, Jeff, and sick to my soul. But there's nothing left for me to do now but to try to make right what I put wrong, and to face my fate like a man – to be the man you and everyone else would be proud to claim as your own.


I'm putting this – along with the other letters - in a sealed envelope. I'm leaving a note for Heather, with a request that she do her best to deliver the envelope to you - if there ever comes a time when East and West are reunited. Ironically, she's the only one I trust to at least try and honour my request.


I have nothing else to say, really. I have no property to bequeath – and noone let alive to receive it. Anyway, by the time you get this, it will be years past – if you get this at all.


Please know that regardless of what the Cheyenne histories may show – I did not betray our country. I stood up for what was right, and true. Believe that, even if you can't believe anything else.


Your brother,
Edward

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tanaquific
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
I really like the way this letter covers all the different kinds of treason we saw across the last two episodes. How you show Beck's ideas of what is treason and of who's committing it change over time, and give a sense of the shifting loyalties of all the participants.

She told me she couldn't tell the difference between me and Phil Constantino.

I think that accusation hurt more than anything, didn't it?

A great letter - thanks for sharing!
shirleyann66
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! :) Those last two episodes were full of pretty powerful/important stuff, especially as they related to Beck's fate, so I'm glad I managed to do this piece of the story well. :)

I think that accusation hurt more than anything, didn't it?

Yes, I think so - on a personal level. The "coward" comment, I think, hurt him in his honour (if that makes any sense). The two "insults" together, in my opinion, is what made him open that box of evidence (along with everything else that was going on, too, of course).

Thanks for commenting; more should be posted next week. :)

P.S. - I'm sorry I've been so late in commenting on yours and Scribbles' fics; I've been like the Tasmanian Devil with this thing, but I think I'm finally coming up for air...
phyllis629
Sep. 10th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oasis Chapter 7
First of all, very well done. Definitely worth the wait!! (Although I’m very glad to hear that the next chapters will go faster!)

I need to find a way out of this situation – before it gets much worse...(and I think I have an idea...)

You and I both agree that Beck let Jake be rescued by purposefully not having Gail followed. You letter does a very convincing job in showing his motivations for that act – specifically how he goes from “gung ho Gitmo” to facilitating Jake’s rescue.

She's in jail right now – and I could have her shot. I may have to have her shot. If Cheyenne finds out about this, I won't be able to protect her – to save her from her naiveté and folly.

Sorry – I still believe that he couldn’t and wouldn’t have her shot, even if he hadn’t defected. Yet, this internal dialogue within his head is very believable.

I expect I'll be on my way to Cheyenne by the end of the day to face a court-martial for treason. The ASA deals with these cases quickly – I'll likely be executed by the end of the week.

Even though I had hinted at this at the start of the 1st Chapter of Redemption, the way you describe his thoughts has a visceral effect on the reader. It really shows his character and determination to set things right, no matter what the cost.

Overall, very powerful. Great insight into his character.
shirleyann66
Sep. 11th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Oasis Chapter 7
First of all, very well done. Definitely worth the wait!! (Although I’m very glad to hear that the next chapters will go faster!)

Thank you! :) And yes, the next chapters should start to go faster. With any luck, I'll be posting a "bundle" of them next week.

You and I both agree that Beck let Jake be rescued by purposefully not having Gail followed.

I was rewatching the last two eps the last few days (natch), and the more I watch them, the more convinced I am that this is exactly what he did.

1. They blindfold Gail, but don't really make any effort to hide their journey (no going around in circles, for example, to try and confuse her).

2. THEY'RE HOLDING JAKE ON A HOG FARM. Trust me - you know a hog farm when you smell it (which kinda defeats the whole purpose of the blindfold...). The realization made for a great comic moment with Jimmy and Bill, but seriously - dudes - Gail would have known where they were in about 3 seconds flat.

3. Beck let Gail go. Seriously, he'd just declared Jericho an open insurrection - why would he let her go? I would have taken her into custody, and used that fact to try and make Jake talk, and the Rangers surrender. (And then he also didn't have her followed...)

4. There were only 3 guards at the hog farm(apparently; don't know how many were in the house). The Rangers had captured a supply convoy; they're not going to make an attempt to rescue Jake?!

Given these facts, either Beck is too stupid to have survived this long, or he deliberately allowed Jake to be rescued.

Whoops - end rant. *cough* *looks sheepish* Sorry. Moving on... ;D

Sorry – I still believe that he couldn’t and wouldn’t have her shot, even if he hadn’t defected.

I believe that too - but at this particular moment in time, I don't think he would have known how far he would go to save her. (Look - over there! It's a cute little plot bunny with "Beck didn't defect - what happens with Heather?" written all over it... )

Even though I had hinted at this at the start of the 1st Chapter of Redemption, the way you describe his thoughts has a visceral effect on the reader. It really shows his character and determination to set things right, no matter what the cost.

*blush* Thank you! One of the things that always struck me about the last episode of season 2 what how absolutely...resigned he was to whatever happened next. He could have run - He could have been in Texas before anyone under his command or above him (or in Jericho)knew what he was doing.

Instead, he made a decision, took action to fix things as much as possible in relation to the Rangers and Heather, and then just...waited for his future to be decided. I think he was hoping his men would agree with him, but I don't think he was letting himself hope too much...

(oh, dear - I see another cute little plot bunny that has "Beck's thoughts during this time" written all over it...)

Overall, very powerful. Great insight into his character.

Thank you!! I'm so glad you liked it. :)
phyllis629
Oct. 13th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Oasis Chapter 7
I believe that too - but at this particular moment in time, I don't think he would have known how far he would go to save her. (Look - over there! It's a cute little plot bunny with "Beck didn't defect - what happens with Heather?" written all over it... )

Okay - it's officially your fault that this particular plot bunny took residence in my mind over this past weekend! I just posted a 2 chapter story that takes this bunny out to play. Please let me know what you think of it.
shirleyann66
Oct. 13th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Oasis Chapter 7
SCORE!! Yes!! Plotbunnies 'r' Us! LOL

I feel like I've officially turned someone to the dark side...and I love it! :D
ditte3
Sep. 11th, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
good work.
shirleyann66
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Ditte! Glad you liked it. :)
onceiwasaturtle
Sep. 12th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, my! Such strong emotions in this one. Very well written. ^^
shirleyann66
Sep. 14th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks! I'm glad the strong emotions came through. :)
falinemalfoy
Dec. 10th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
TOTALLY strong emotions; beautifully done.

I love the gradual progression of his absolute belief in his mission to the realization that he's been wrong for a long time.

One of the things I loved about Beck was Esai's ability to portray all of this so effectively and you have captured the thoughts and motives that influenced this. Good job :)
shirleyann66
Jan. 15th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
One of the things I loved about Beck was Esai's ability to portray all of this so effectively and you have captured the thoughts and motives that influenced this. Good job :)

*blush* Thank you! :) And I totally agree with you about Esai's ability to portray all of this. He broke my heart a little when he was telling Eric and the others what he had done and what his probable fate was going to be, and he broke my heart A LOT when he was sitting with Heather, waiting for the decision.

Damn, they killed this show too soon!!

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