River of Stars Ch 8 bit – Breakfast with escape plans

“You really think Kanzeon edits what her kids remember?” Gojyo said thoughtfully. “Thought that genetic memory was what the whole species thinks makes ‘em special. Why cut bits of it out?”

“For the best reason of all,” Hakkai mused. “For wonder. How can you be curious about anything, if you think you already know everything?” He shook his head. “Gonou was never curious. And change – frightened him. When he felt me becoming other, and knew he could not escape….”

Goku surged in and wrapped arms around the man, hugging tight. “He’s gone. You’re okay. You’re going to be okay, Hakkai.”

“What the monkey said,” Gojyo grinned.

“Who’s the monkey, cockroach?”

Hakkai caught forks, then a plate, then two bouncing cups, handing each off in turn to Sanzo as their younger pair tried to wrestle each other into submission. Gave them a look over to make sure they didn’t roll too close to the counter where Hakuryuu was snacking on roasted bird, and sighed. “I suppose we are back to normal, at that.”

“No, you’re not,” Sanzo said bluntly, taking advantage of the chaos to grab a few more of the peach slices. “Gojyo probably knows more than I do about post-trauma and rape treatment back on Earth. I know enough of what Koumyou taught me here to know you are not fine.” He shrugged, carefully casual. “None of us are fine. But right now you’re a little more messed up than usual. So you damn well come to me if you feel like unraveling, before you go slaughter a couple dozen people who probably deserved it. Because I want to kill something too, and leaving me out is not sharing, Hakkai.”

“Of course.”

Was that a :giggle: behind that quiet smile? Hakkai had damn well better not be giggling. He meant every word of it.

“Hah!” Gojyo pinned Goku to the floor, panting hard. “Still don’t know everything yet, kid.”

“Oh yeah? Wait ‘til I-”

“Now, now,” Hakkai chuckled. “You remember what happened the last time you brought out youkai weapons in the kitchen, don’t you?”

From the way the two idiots froze, and pasted on nervous smiles, they definitely did.

Sanzo sipped his coffee. “Finish up. We’ll be heading out too soon.”

“With the floorplans?” Gojyo scrambled up off the floor and grabbed for his plate-

And stopped, at Hakkai’s wounded look, and washed his hands again first.

“Yes, with the plans,” Sanzo said grimly. “Kanzeon can always plug holes in security after they get out. The Merciful Goddess pushes people to their breaking point, you know that – and we can deal, but the SGC? The Tok’ra have done a lot of damage. One more push might be one too far. So. Let’s give them an out. Kanzeon wants to push, let her push. Just as long as she doesn’t push them into a corner. We know how Ra went up, and I’m not letting Shangri-La get hit the same way.”

“And?” Hakkai said quietly.

Right. Because of course Hakkai could read him well enough to figure out there was an and. “The SGC helped the Asgard smash Replicators. They’re wiping out System Lords. They’ve pulled the Tollans into an alliance. They’ve even gotten the Nox talking – the biggest isolationist pacifists in the galaxy. And they’ve done all that in just a few years. Kanzeon’s plans for the future might not have as much give in them as she thinks.”

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22 thoughts on “River of Stars Ch 8 bit – Breakfast with escape plans

  1. Sanzo knows never to underestimate SG-1 now matter how annoying he finds them which is probably one of the reasons he never gave in to stress and used them for target practice. When the team gets backed into a corner things tend to go boom ( on both sides). We never see Kanzeon other then mildly annoyed in canon and I’m kinda hoping it stays that way. She is related to Sanzo no matter how you account for the complications.

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  2. >“For the best reason of all,” Hakkai mused. “For wonder. How can you be curious about anything, if you think you already know everything?” He shook his head. “Gonou was never curious. And change – frightened him. When he felt me becoming other, and knew he could not escape….”>
    Kanzeon is sounding more and more like a Djehuty equivalent who managed to find a cure to the Goa’uld’s condition.

    >Kanzeon’s plans for the future might not have as much give in them as she thinks.”>
    Or at least what Sanzo thinks about her plans. Considering how much this lady has managed to pull off, I suspect that she has already modified her plans to account for the SGC’s butterflies.

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    1. >Heh. Sanzo worries. Someone has to!>
      And he’d love it if somebody would do some of the worrying for him for a change. Give him a break.

      But then he’d start worrying that they aren’t worried enough about the things that he worries about.

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  3. It is always good to remember that SG-1 can and will go Ragnarok on people’s behinds when backed into a corner.

    Also that they are living monkey wrenches, the embodiment of “the plans of mice and men.”

    Plus it is the ikoku. Sanzo knows darn well that SOMETHING usually goes pear-shaped around them so best to be as prepared as possible.

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  4. >> “None of us are fine. But right now you’re a little more messed up than usual. So you damn well come to me if you feel like unraveling, before you go slaughter a couple dozen people who probably deserved it. Because I want to kill something too, and leaving me out is not sharing, Hakkai.”

    Ah, the Saiyuki version of warm and fuzziness. Feel the love deep, deeeep under the sarcasm, promises of gratuitous violence, and corpses.

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  5. “Because I want to kill something too, and leaving me out is not sharing, Hakkai.”

    I recall several different variations on the differences between good friends and best friends. And I’m gonna die laughing as I put Sanzo in any of those roles.

    A good friend will bail you out of jail (Sanzo’s Been There, Done That). A BEST friend will be in the cell next to you, saying ‘Damn that was fun!’ (or ‘That Bastard deserved it’).

    A good friend will hold you back from killing someone. A BEST friend will be skipping (walking) along beside you singing (snarling) ‘Someone’s gonna get it’.

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  6. *grins* Ya know, I just got the notification that you posted Chapter 7 on AO3, and as soon as I got done reading it, I had to race over here to see what else you’ve posted.

    *smirks* Maybe Kanzeon’s modified her plans for the SG1 butterfly effect, but I bet as soon as she hears about them touching down, she was doing her best to modify them.

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    1. >>…I hate to think what Kougaiji’s going to make of the whole mess.😉
      I suspect that as long as the people he cares about are alright at the end of it, he won’t mind too much. It’s just more Sanzo-crew related insanity after all. Though if that greying human points a gun at Lirin again, he’s going to take said firearm and make the human eat it.

      Also from what I can tell he wouldn’t shed too many tears if Gyokumen Koushu bit it.

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      1. Well, it’s true, after all. By both Jack and Kougaiji’s definitions, they are insane!

        Someone else might beg to differ. After all, if it’s insane and it works, it isn’t insane. 😉

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      2. >>Jiroshin: Ah, you picked these four for this quest for some greater purpose…
        Kanzeon: Nah, they were just there.>>
        Kanzeon: And if I hadn’t picked them, they probably would have done all this anyway.

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