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Oasis - Ch. 13/??

Title: Oasis - Ch. 13/??
Author: [info]shirleyann66
Character: Major Edward Beck
Prompt: Table 3, #73 - Forgiveness
Fandom: Jericho
Rating: PG
Warnings : Spoilers for pretty much everything that's ever happened in the series may lie within.
Word count: 811
Summary:  
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 (although if anybody has a Major Beck just kickin' around with nothing to do...send him my way!). 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.

 
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July 14, 2007

Heather - 
 
Your letter has caught up with me, surprisingly quickly. I see you wrote the same day I left Jericho. I guess there are some advantages to the military machine after all, aren't there?


I'm...surprised (to say the least) to hear from you, especially so soon. You told me that you're writing to me for no other reason than that you want me to keep in touch. Even after everything I did to Jericho – after everything I did to Jake (I'm sure Emily told you the details by now), you still want me to write to you?


I was awed by your forgiveness before I left Jericho – I'm doubly awed by your request. I certainly didn't expect you to want to keep in contact, to offer your friendship beyond my time in Jericho (although it's perhaps because you hope to receive my protection, if necessary, if – when - the war comes to Jericho's doorstep)(you didn't deserve that).


I'm not sure what I can tell you – what to tell you. (Funny – there was a point when I thought I could tell you anything – when I did tell you anything. But that already feels like decades ago.)


You've asked me to tell you about what happens to me and my men and the rest of the country. A part of me wants to only ever tell you some whitewashed version of events, a softened version of the truth. There is a core of innocence in you – still – that I don't want to damage or tarnish. On the other hand, you're not a child, and you've spoken truth even when it would have been safer or wiser to lie or to stay silent. I don't think you deserve anything less than the same respect and treatment in return. I just don't know if I should tell you what I truly do - have done – will do – if necessary. Jake and Jericho are nothing compared to what I've done in the past – nothing compared to what I will do in the future.


 That concern and dilemma are still in the future, however. At the moment, there's not much to tell you. We were only in San Antonio for three days. Even a defecting Major from the ASA army, along with eight hundred troops, doesn't really rate more than a “thanks for coming; get to work” these days. Not that there are massive defections from the ASA ranks – yet – it's just that going to war is a massive undertaking, and Texas just doesn't have the time for me. They immediately debriefed me upon my arrival, and those debriefing sessions were intense. They rung me dry of all the tactical knowledge I could give them as quickly as I could give it, before ordering me and my troops into the field.


 We arrived in New Mexico on July 9th.


Yes, New Mexico. We're not yet near Santa Fe, but we'll get there – eventually. I can't help but hope –


Well.


 At any rate, I'm here, in the same state where Georgette and Abbey were last seen; perhaps I'll find some sign of my family; some indication of where they've gone and what's happened to them.


 

We've been advancing steadily, but slowly, as we want to secure the communities behind us. We're also sharing Hawkins' information and getting the people on board with us rather than the ASA. We have met with no resistance so far – it's more like relief and (in some cases) joy that someone has finally shown up. It's a bit surprising, until you realize that the ASA have not yet made their presence well known in the smaller, more remote areas of the country – much like Jericho hadn't really known what was happening before our arrival, these towns are in the same situation.


But we haven't come face-to-face with any ASA troops.


So far.


The ASA is being kept busy elsewhere while we take New Mexico, but New Mexico has oilfields, so they won't be distracted for long.


I hope you're safe in Jericho; I hope it stays that way. Texas owes Jake and Hawkins, so they won't leave you undefended or vulnerable. And, I've said it before, but I'll say it again: Clark is a good man. A good soldier. He'll take care of you.


 

I'm sending this letter back to you the same way it arrived – by army messenger. Our supply lines are (so far) secure to Texas, so this should get to you fairly quickly. That won't always be the case. The further we get into former ASA territory, the worse things will be. And the more dangerous.


 I don't expect that we'll be able to receive – or send – mail regularly, but I'll write to you when I can.


 

Keep safe -


Beck

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tanaquific
Oct. 5th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
Awww... Beck's all surprised Heather would write to him so quickly and want to stay in touch. *g*

Nice bringing us up to date on the situation through the letter.

(And, hmm, I rememnber you saying you'd like it if people wrote some of the letters TO Beck. I could be tempted some day to write some of Heather's.... *sigh* Well, when my own plotbunnies are rather less vicious and demanding. *g*)
shirleyann66
Oct. 11th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Awww... Beck's all surprised Heather would write to him so quickly and want to stay in touch. *g*

It's been a rough/busy/worldview changing few weeks... LOL

I could be tempted some day to write some of Heather's.... *sigh* Well, when my own plotbunnies are rather less vicious and demanding. *g*

That would be awesome - although I know what you mean about vicious and demanding plot bunnies!! I've also discovered that you apparently can't post out of order in a community - which is too bad. :( If people do want to play, I may have to come up with something different...

Anyway, glad you liked it!! :)
ditte3
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you for updaring.Amazing az always.it made my day.Thank you.
shirleyann66
Oct. 11th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Ditte!

(I've been thinking of you as I've been watching the new season of NCIS. Have you been able to see anything from season 7 yet?)
phyllis629
Oct. 7th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
Great letter as usual.

I was awed by your forgiveness before I left Jericho – I'm doubly awed by your request. I certainly didn't expect you to want to keep in contact, to offer your friendship beyond my time in Jericho (although it's perhaps because you hope to receive my protection, if necessary, if – when - the war comes to Jericho's doorstep)(you didn't deserve that).

You can understand his cynicism given everything he's been through with the ASA. Given that, I love how he chastises himself for doubting Heather’s motivations.

I'm not sure what I can tell you – what to tell you. (Funny – there was a point when I thought I could tell you anything – when I did tell you anything. But that already feels like decades ago.)

This makes me feel so sad. It shows how human he is. That he can’t help feeling a bit betrayed by Heather, despite the rationale for her actions.

There is a core of innocence in you – still – that I don't want to damage or tarnish. On the other hand, you're not a child, and you've spoken truth even when it would have been safer or wiser to lie or to stay silent. I don't think you deserve anything less than the same respect and treatment in return.

I just don't know if I should tell you what I truly do - have done – will do – if necessary. Jake and Jericho are nothing compared to what I've done in the past – nothing compared to what I will do in the future.


His struggle with his internal demons (e.g. feels forced to make the ends justify the means) is part of what makes him such an interesting character.

Can't wait for the next chapter!!
shirleyann66
Oct. 11th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Great letter as usual.

Thank you! :)

You can understand his cynicism given everything he's been through with the ASA. Given that, I love how he chastises himself for doubting Heather’s motivations.

Thanks! He truly wants to believe he's forgiven, and that Heather is exactly what she appears...but he's been wrong before...

This makes me feel so sad. It shows how human he is. That he can’t help feeling a bit betrayed by Heather, despite the rationale for her actions.

*nods* Too much happened that last week for there not to be lingering doubts and feelings of betrayal and resentment - not just about Heather, but about...well, truly everything. It may be rather irrational, but - like you said - it is human. :)

His struggle with his internal demons (e.g. feels forced to make the ends justify the means) is part of what makes him such an interesting character.

And one of the reasons why I'm so looking forward to the comic book. I hope they do him justice (along with everybody else, of course. ;D )


rubberbisquit
Dec. 10th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
What a great letter for Heather! And with such quickness. I almost wish you'd share the letter she wrote, just because I'd like to read everything :)

I don't expect that we'll be able to receive – or send – mail regularly, but I'll write to you when I can.

awww :) yay
shirleyann66
Jan. 15th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
What a great letter for Heather! And with such quickness.

Thanks! :) In my mind, she wrote to him the second she finished reading his last letter. ;)

I almost wish you'd share the letter she wrote, just because I'd like to read everything :)

It is soooooo haaaarrrrddd not to write/share the scenes/letters in between. What's happening in my head is awesome (well, in my opinion of course LOL) but really, REALLY tough to get across only through one-sided letters. Which is part of the challenge I set myself, I guess. :D
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