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27 January 2010 @ 05:25 pm
The Seer [BSG; Adama/Roslin]  
TITLE: The Seer
FANDOM: Battlestar Galactica
PAIRING: Adama/Roslin
SPOILERS: Season three speculation, post-'Unfinished Business'
RATING: PG
SUMMARY: Saul Tigh sees more than Roslin and Adama give him credit for. He's aware of the irony of that, but he chooses not to acknowledge it.
AUTHOR'S NOTES: I started writing this before I reached the season three finale (which blew my mind and literally made my hands shake with adrenaline, btw), so it was before I knew about Tigh. It will be set within that canon. Also, I am now just finishing up with "The Oath," so again if possible, no spoilers beyond that episode in the comments, please and thanks. Enjoy!


*****

Something's going on between them. He knows it. He can tell. Saul Tigh sees more than Roslin and Adama give him credit for. He's aware of the irony of that, but he chooses not to acknowledge it. But whether it's something he sees or something in the air he can sense... he knows something between them has shifted. Whether or not they know is the big question.

He first noticed something on the day of the ground-breaking ceremony on New Caprica. He saw them in small doses that day, but when he did, they were always together.

"Colonel!"

Tigh flinches at the sound, having just been sneaking a bottle of whiskey from behind the bar. He hides it behind his back as he spins toward the source of the Admiral's voice, and he supposes he should be surprised to find Laura Roslin at his side. Strangely, though, he's not. Bill's always had an unconventional relationship with their former president.

At the onset, Bill made it clear he couldn't stand the woman. She was the thorn in his side, and he was positive she would do nothing but hover around Galactica, ask a thousand pointless questions, and generally frak things up. So imagine his surprise when Bill not only started willingly inviting her to debriefings in which she didn't necessarily need to be included, but actively seeking her counsel. It was as if he enjoyed her company. He just wouldn't admit it. Though Tigh never exactly asked.

"Admiral! Sorry, I was uh..."

Bill chuckles, and for a moment Tigh is confused; he seems so relaxed. So at ease.

"At ease, Saul," Bill chuckles again, and Tigh relaxes. "We're not on duty, just enjoying the day."

Laura smiles at him. "Hello, Colonel Tigh," and he tips his head at her courteously.

"Madam President." Though she's not technically their leader anymore, she still is in his mind. He refuses to accept that mad scientist as the new leader of the Colonies.

"Can I get one of those?" she nods at the bottle in his hands, and the left corner of her lips quirks upward.

Whether Bill's aware of his feelings for the woman or not, Tigh has to admit to himself that he's got good taste. If he didn't have Ellen he thinks perhaps he'd have a soft spot for Roslin, too. She's a beautiful woman, of course. All that thick red hair, the playful green eyes, the enigmatic smile...

Yes. She's lovely. He'd be a little confused if Bill
wasn't smitten with her.

He pours her a drink and soon Bill asks for the same; the three of them raise their glasses in a silent toast and clink them together. Bill laughs when she takes her first drink and coughs from the liquor's strength. Tigh watches as Bill reaches out and takes her arm, asking if she's okay. She nods and begins to giggle, covering her mouth with her free hand in embarrassment.

"Wasn't expecting that," she coughs. "It's good. Strong, but good."

Tigh smirks at her, then turns his eyes back to Bill -- more specifically, his hand. He watches as his thumb rubs back and forth on her arm lightly for a moment before letting go. He then flicks his eyes up to Bill's, still finding them centered on the redhead.

He smiles to himself then, into his glass, as he looks at the tents around them, feeling like he's just discovered a long-kept secret. If he's right, he owes Ellen some money.


They weren't at the celebration that night, and he remembers having looked for them. He figured they'd at least be dancing, as they did back on Colonial Day. But they were nowhere to be found. The next time he'd seen them had been the next morning.

Tigh furrows his brow as he watches Kara Thrace, dragging that boyfriend of hers up from the sand as his mind goes over what she's just told him. He's not surprised, really -- not at what she told him. Just that she told him at all.

A giggle in the distance draws his attention, and he glances over his shoulder to find Roslin and Adama walking together. She has her hand to her mouth, trying to suppress her giggles as she hooks her hand around his arm. He's smiling and leaning in close, saying something in her ear. Jokes, maybe. Quite possibly of the inside sort.

Tigh tilts his head as he watches Laura trip on a small sand dune, and Bill reaches out to catch her, grabbing onto one arm while his other braces her around the waist. She's still giggling and this time he laughs at her, shaking his head. "Boy, you are toasted," he hears Bill say as they pass by him, not seeing him.

"Yeah, and you're a toaster," she smacks his chest.

Bill just chuckles and shakes his head, patting the small of her back. She's gained her footing again now, and Tigh watches him start to let go.

But then, he just reaches down and takes her hand, laces their fingers together; they turn to each other as they continue walking into the distance and share a smile as Laura reaches over with her free hand to clutch his arm. Tigh glances down, to see if maybe Ellen had caught that as well, but she's still passed out in his lap.

He sighs and takes another swig from the bottle, narrowing his eyes at the pair that gets smaller and smaller in the distance.


There have been so many other signs along the way, since that day, that he's starting to take into consideration as he forms his theories about Roslin and Adama. Yes, she's president of the Colonies again, and as such would not be likely to just enter into a relationship with a subordinate... unless she was already in one.

Tigh wonders if there's some sort of executive loophole there for the two of them, or if, providing his suspicions are correct and they are in a relationship, they would have to keep it under wraps. Either way, there are questions needing answers. There are too many signs to ignore now.

First, there's the fact that she seems to always visit Galactica; more specifically, the Admiral's quarters. In the beginning, when the two of them needed to meet, more often than not, it was on Colonial One, and meetings were conducted with a professional, polite air. Now, the more meetings Tigh sits in on with the two of them, the more he begins to notice that the atmosphere of the meetings has become much more relaxed.

Laura lounges in Bill's chairs as they go over details and strategies. If it's been a long night, sometimes she'll take her shoes off and bury her toes in the carpeting, and Bill doesn't even react -- as if this is nothing out of the ordinary for her to do. Sometimes she'll even commandeer his desk and he doesn't make so much as a sound in protest. And of course there's the way they use each other's first names now; occasionally they'll revert back to being 'Admiral' and 'Madam President' if the discussion gets heated, or if they're in a group of people, but otherwise they're just 'Bill' and 'Laura.' They dropped those pretenses in front of him by the third meeting he joined them in, in Bill's quarters.

Next, there's the moment he walked in on, unseen, just moments ago:

The door to his quarters had been left ajar, just by a few inches, enough to allow him a view of the inside. Their voices carry, though he has to strain to make out what they're saying.

They're discussing Baltar; Bill's asking her what they were going to do next. Tigh can't help but chuckle to himself at that. Hell, if it were up to him, there would've been a bullet between Baltar's eyes long ago. Or he would've sent him for a little one-way trip out the airlock. Both, quite possibly.

But that's moot. Laura is telling him that he had to have a trial, and Bill makes a grunt of agreement. Under any other circumstance, Tigh is certain that the Admiral would've balked at that assessment. He knows the man is filled with bile for the mad scientist. So his easy acquiescence can obviously be attributed to the redhead.

And then that's when he sees them: she's laying on the Admiral's bed, and Bill is seated beside her. She looks quite comfortable there, at home almost, as does Bill. Her hand reaches out, strokes the Admiral's arm. Not long after, he takes her hand and presses a kiss to her knuckles. And that's when Tigh turns on his heel, and goes back the way he came.


Yes, he sees quite a bit happening there. Whether or not they're aware of what's transpiring is left to be seen. And as he glances down at his wedding ring and twists it on his finger, thinking of Ellen, he just hopes Bill and Laura can figure it out before it's too late.



FIN


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{x-posted to adama_roslin}
 
 
 
missbevcrusher: angiescully roslin adama bsgmissbevcrusher on January 28th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
♥ That was a lovely read. Thank you for sharing. :-)
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! :)
Little Miss Magic: A/R: A day in the life aka kiss her damnsamcasey on January 28th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
YAY I love it!!!

Stories when someone else notices thier relationship (espcially Tigh) are a favorite of mine!!!!

If he's right, he owes Ellen some money.
Even better :)

Great Job!!
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I've always loved writing those "outside" points of view on relationships, so I'm glad you enjoyed reading :D
The Motherfrakkin' Quabble: NC Snuggly Smiles Nightlonglivelaura on January 28th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
I love the evolving relationship from Saul's perspective, which is basically our perspective, as we also read the signs as the show progressed.

Well done. And keep 'em coming (:o)

And OMG, The Oath! Yay for you! I'd love to talk to you and find out what you're thinking and how you're feeling about what you've seen so far.

And thank God you're moving through the series so quickly - I'd have a hard time picking out icons that wouldn't spoil you.

a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed this. :)

And I am now done with the series -- I finished it within one week, and yeah - I'm feeling so many things, I don't even know how to properly categorize them. I'm sad for the way Bill and Laura ended, though at the same time it was lovely and poignant, and I don't think I've ever seen a love story like that, like, ever.

I was just saying on my LJ yesterday that, I hate to even say it, but they might have surpassed even my top OTP. Which I didn't think could be done. So, that's saying something.

But yes, feel free to use as many spoilery icons as you want, now, lol. I've seen it all :)
nicole: bsg; cast - it's always better whenwickdstarcrunch on January 28th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
Gorgeousss.
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
:)
Laura: bsg; enjoy thislaricina on January 28th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
&hearts&hearts

I really love this! I will never get enough of fics referencing Unfinished Business. I also particularly enjoy being an outsider looking into their relationship, and noticing all of the subtle signs of progression. It's even better that it's from Saul's perspective, hehe. Your descriptions were wonderful.

Also I ADORE that scene at the end, it's actually one of my favorites, I would have loved to notice that moment like Saul did ;)
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I, too, have been reading as many Unfinished-Business-related fics as possible. That episode may just be my favorite :D

I'm so glad you enjoyed this! More to come soon :)
We don't need no hateration in this dancery: fanfic roslin/adamarachg82 on January 28th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
But then, he just reaches down and takes her hand, laces their fingers together

Awww! I can so see that in my mind. They are so freaking sweet I sometimes just can't even take it.

Also, welcome to the fandom! I love your fic so far. :-)
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I really appreciate that. :)
Avery: bsg: ar ogleaverita on January 28th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Again, simply lovely. I liked having Tigh's perspective on the relationship (and I laughed at this: He'd be a little confused if Bill wasn't</i> smitten with her.</i> - all the boys love Laura!)

The moments you chose were very sweet and not overtly telling in and of themselves, but come together to make a poignant and loving relationship.

I hope you're enjoying 4.5!
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Hehe! Of course all the boys love Laura - she's Laura! :D

I'm so glad you enjoyed this -- and yes, I very much enjoyed the rest of the series. Sad to see their story end, but it was poignant all the same.
lauramayw: Marylauramayw on January 28th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
This was a beautiful story! I look forward to reading more BSG fics from you. You have really captured the A/R relationship.
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
a.: liar liar pants on firea_celeste on January 28th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
You are such a whhhhore. I am now expecting a Sheldon/Penny fic with heavy A/R undertones.

I am smiling like such a fool in class, this is so sweet: She's still giggling and this time he laughs at her, shaking his head. "Boy, you are toasted," he hears Bill say as they pass by him, not seeing him. "Yeah, and you're a toaster," she smacks his chest.

Btw, you get 1+ for Tigh's perspective, he's one of my favourite.
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
You are the one who is a whhhhhore. LOL. You can absolutely expect an S/P fic with Adama/Roslin undertones. Because you know Penny would go gaga for them, lol.

Btw, you get 1+ for Tigh's perspective, he's one of my favourite. Haha, thanks! I love Tigh. And I think, aside from Lee, he would be one of the first ones to notice the change in their relationship.
aussiegirl: newcapricabsg_aussiegirl on January 28th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Lovely fic.

And glad to see you're flying through the eps now.
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
aka_plynnaka_plynn on January 28th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
Love this! Aside from our Fearless Leaders, Saul's my favorite character on the show, and I love it when he gets "screen time" in fic like this. I love your take on his observations. Also, high-and-stumbly Laura and Bill are adorable.
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I do so much enjoy Tigh, so I felt compelled to give him some screen time. :D
SMAsomadanne on January 28th, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
I loved watching Saul watch Roslin and Adama.

Loved your closing line:

he just hopes Bill and Laura can figure it out before it's too late.


And wow, you're mowing through the series like crazy.
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really enjoyed writing this from Saul's perspective, so I'm happy to hear you liked the turnout! :)

And yeah, I ended up plowing through the series in exactly one week. Started the miniseries on January 20th, and cried at the end of Daybreak Part II on the 27th.

Quite a ride.
f e r r i: [bsg] → adama/roslin: unintendedalex_kingston on January 28th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)
Oooh bb how did you find the time to write this awesome fic?!!!!
I love the first line so much! Freaking made me LOL so hard!

I also love that Tigh notices the little things and that you added in how they call each other Bill and Laura more often now and don't hide it anymore. And aww he kisses her knuckles <3
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks sweetie! Glad ya liked it :)

I also love that Tigh notices the little things and that you added in how they call each other Bill and Laura more often now and don't hide it anymore. I LOVED the progression from them being 'Commander'/'Admiral' and 'Madam President' to being just plain 'Bill' and 'Laura.' I thought that was very telling.
A: bsg » roslin/adama » all i havevulcanicity on January 28th, 2010 08:57 am (UTC)
Seriously, it's insane how I can't get over you writing BSG fic, lol!

But still...that is so fantastic! I love it when the others (esp. Tigh) notice their r'ship xD
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Haha! It's insanity, I know. Can't help it, though. When I fell for these two, I fell hard.

Glad you liked this! :)
Avulcanicity on January 29th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
Well, they are extremely easy to fall for.
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
That they are. If you don't fall in love with them just by listening to their theme itself, then you're a lost cause. LOL. I've been playing that instrumental piece endlessly the past couple days. That, and 'All Along the Watchtower' :D :D :D
Avulcanicity on January 29th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
I completely agree. Especially when it's integrated into their last 2 themes....*cries* Hehe, the soundtrack is AMAZING, omg.
a.regalish on January 30th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
Yep, it is.
redrockcanredrockcan on January 28th, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
This was really nice and I love it from Tigh's pov. Looking at his through his eyes just makes it all the more interesting. Glad you are making it through the series, now that you mentioned "The Oath", I may just have to go watch it again. Great work!
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed this, because I really enjoyed writing it from Tigh's perspective. I always figured if anyone was going to notice their relationship starting to evolve, it would be either him or Lee.
pandj1958: forsheiswhatiampandj1958 on January 28th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
I love fics that take on the observational view of another character, and if that other character is Tigh and he is observing Bill and Laura then you've pretty much got the makings of a winner in my book.

Wow you're really flying through the series, its awesome isn't it, i'm still sad its over.

Thanks for sharing this, I will continue to look forward to more from you :)
a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I really enjoy those observation fics too, and with all the speculating I was doing while I'd been watching season three, I figured I'd turn that speculation over to one of the other characters. And of course it had to be Tigh :D

I really did fly through the series, it's insane. One week - 1/20-1/27 exactly. I'm sad about the ending, even though it was poignant in the way of Bill/Laura, but the series as a whole was amazing.

More fics to come soon! :)
xtoothfairy: Mary McHalfxtoothfairy on January 29th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
I love the Tigh POV.

My favourite parts:

"Madam President." Though she's not technically their leader anymore, she still is in his mind. He refuses to accept that mad scientist as the new leader of the Colonies.

And:
A giggle in the distance draws his attention, and he glances over his shoulder to find Roslin and Adama walking together. She has her hand to her mouth, trying to suppress her giggles as she hooks her hand around his arm. He's smiling and leaning in close, saying something in her ear. Jokes, maybe. Quite possibly of the inside sort.

And:
But then, he just reaches down and takes her hand, laces their fingers together; they turn to each other as they continue walking into the distance and share a smile as Laura reaches over with her free hand to clutch his arm. Tigh glances down, to see if maybe Ellen had caught that as well, but she's still passed out in his lap.

I'm so glad to have another writer in our little fandom! :)

a.regalish on January 29th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed this. More fics will be on their way shortly :) :)
mascaretmascaret on February 3rd, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Love the little moments and the Saul pov.
a.regalish on February 3rd, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much! :)
csiAngel: bsg side by sidecsiangel on February 18th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Aww I love Tigh's observations. You've captured his character well here too :)

I'm so excited that you're writing Adama/Roslin :D
a.regalish on February 18th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! To be honest, I kinda didn't like Tigh in the beginning, but he has since endeared himself to me. That, and you gotta love his epic bromance with Adama, lol. ;D