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TITLE: New Life in New Dakara 1/1
AUTHOR: [livejournal.com profile] campylobacter
BETA-READERS: [livejournal.com profile] shakespherical, [livejournal.com profile] magnavox_23
RATING: PG/Kids
WARNING: so sugary, will cause instant tooth decay
CATEGORY: fluff, babyfic
WORD COUNT: 388
CHARACTERS: Vala Mal Doran, Daniel Jackson
SPOILERS/TIMELINE: post-Continuum
ALTERNATE ARCHIVE: at AO3
SUMMARY/PREMISE: That feeling you get when you wake up thinking someone you love is gone, but it was just a bad dream. Written for the [livejournal.com profile] daniel_vala 2012 Month of Love.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: I'm really wrecked over what happened to Dakara in 10x7 Counterstrike, so I wanna see it rebuilt. (There's also a mediocre illustrative photo manip from a much better screengrab snurched from the MS Screen Cap Site by [livejournal.com profile] dankriss. The inspiration for the vignette came from an article about co-sleeping & bed-sharing.)

Her arms are empty when she wakes in a room bathed with the silvery twilight of early evening, or perhaps early morning. She can't tell, and knows only that her breasts ache with the urge to feed an infant gone missing. This familiar nightmare fades as she hears the slow, deep breaths of the man beside her.

When she rolls over she sees him lying flat on his back, their two-month old son huddled on his father's chest, riding the swell of Daniel's ribcage with each inhalation. A hand rests lightly on the baby's back, keeping a semi-conscious vigil of warmth, comfort and protection. Vala smiles at how naturally he eased into fatherhood after nine months of spoken and unspoken fretfulness.

Overhearing him tell Jack "I'm scared" had one day changed to telling him "I can't wait". And now they share a higher purpose unique to the both of them, as important as saving galaxies, as intimate as the ecstasy that created new life.

She'd exhausted her last reserves of energy re-settling war refugees from Tegalus who'd been relocated to this New Dakara village, the extra weight of the baby strapped to her back. She suddenly recalls the homeless family sleeping in the next room of their cottage, remembers what she'd said to Daniel: "My mother used to say it's bad luck to sleep with a baby if one is dead tired, sick, or drunk, so here you go, darling." The squirming bundle had just been nursed and in need of burping, and she hadn't cared if the kid spat up all over Pappa; she was effectively asleep before falling onto the pallet.

Gazing all the while at how similar their faces are in sleep, she refrains from removing her son from his perch. He has her nose, his father's pout, and a fuzzy thatch of sandy blond hair not nearly as pale or golden as her mother's had been. Daniel's unshaven scruff doesn't seem to bother the little one tucked under his chin. It's all she can do to resist covering both their faces in kisses. Instead, she scoots into Daniel's side, snuggling into the warmth. He shifts, half-asleep, still balancing the baby on his chest, and wraps an arm around her with the instinctive ease of a man more than content to be a husband again.

Fatherhood

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Date: 2012-02-01 11:36 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] dankriss.livejournal.com

Oh so cute! big lump in throat and the manip is brilliant!

Kriss :)

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Date: 2012-02-01 06:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
Thanks bb!

I had such problems previewing & posting this last night, so please forgive me for not immediately crediting your site as one of the photo sources.

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Date: 2012-02-01 06:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] dankriss.livejournal.com

That is ok...hugs

Kriss :)

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Date: 2012-02-01 11:45 am (UTC)

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Date: 2012-02-01 06:40 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (fruitcake)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
Thanks for your help last night with the final beta, as it were. (Trouble with the switch from writing military action/adventure to a domestic vignette is the result of fic deadlines within days of each other.)

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Date: 2012-02-01 01:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sg-wonderland.livejournal.com
I'm a fool for MS and a baby. The scenes from Maternal Instinct still melt my heart especially when the baby latches on to his T-shirt as if to say 'hey, where you going?'

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Date: 2012-02-01 06:42 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (fruitcake)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
GOSH YES. A man's appeal factor skyrockets when he's behaving paternally. (It's also overlap squee for me knowing that MS has cuddled 3 babies of his own.)

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Date: 2012-02-01 07:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sg-wonderland.livejournal.com
I went OFF on a poster on another site who suggested MS was a poor father because RDA had quit to spend more time with his daughter whereas Shanks had quit over creative differences so he clearly wasn't coughing up child support. I basically told him that unless you are the mother of one of those children, it's none of your business how and when child support is paid.

PS. I just noticed your music...was you listening to the soundtrack of Oh Brother...?
Edited Date: 2012-02-01 07:15 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2012-02-01 07:25 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (wtf)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
WHAT EVEN? I've never read or seen any evidence of MS being an irresponsible deadbeat dad, given the way he manages his career as a businessman. Besides, how does one draw such an egregiously non sequitur conclusion from the S5 douchebaggery of Wright & Mallozzi?

PS: YES I was listening to that very soundtrack, although just that song for this story. (I picture Musetta Vander on that river rock, too, and think of Shau'nac.)
Edited Date: 2012-02-01 07:27 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2012-02-01 07:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sg-wonderland.livejournal.com
I played that CD so many times that it actually got a hole in it and I had to toss it!

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Date: 2012-02-01 07:53 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (iz-ded)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
LMAO (https://twitter.com/#!/campyspornshack/status/164508711681925121)

Hope you ripped it to iTunes Library before it died.

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Date: 2012-02-01 10:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sg-wonderland.livejournal.com
Fraid not. I'm a techno idiot so I don't really know how to do that kind of stuff....

O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack

Date: 2012-02-02 05:34 am (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (Voldykins)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
http://www.mediafire.com/?5wt3rkmc5xkq7rz

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Date: 2012-02-01 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jgem612.livejournal.com
Stories like this show what a versatile writer you are. You can write the porniest of porn, and then the sweetest of baby fics! Love it! :)

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Date: 2012-02-01 06:51 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (fruitcake)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
Awwww gurl, you know how to flatter me.

The story was inspired by a Tweet to a link to a co-sleeping article (http://neuroanthropology.net/2008/12/21/cosleeping-and-biological-imperatives-why-human-babies-do-not-and-should-not-sleep-alone/), and it just BEGGED to be fandomized in babyfic.

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Date: 2012-02-01 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dannysgirlsg1.livejournal.com
Babeh!!! <3

I love fics like this...I think even more than the naughty ones. These ones give me warm feelings...and today, really in need of the warm fuzzies!

This was excellent. Short and perfect and... *happy sigh*

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Date: 2012-02-01 06:58 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (fruitcake)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
Thanks sweetie! (I almost scrapped it at the last minute, so thank [livejournal.com profile] magnavox_23 for persuading me that not everything has to be fast-paced military action or raunchy pr0nz. )

Hope your day's getting better & that there's enough warm fuzzies along the way to see you through it.

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Date: 2012-02-01 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
That is a beautifully written story and the accompaning pic is fabulous/adorable. I love this so much. What a great way to start out the Month of Love ~b (spacegypsy1)

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Date: 2012-02-01 07:11 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (fruitcake)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
Thank you dear! Sometimes ya just gotta set the baby cannons to maximum and let 'em shoot out hearts & flowers & rainbows and glitter.

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Date: 2012-02-02 05:44 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bkwurm1.livejournal.com
Ack! That was sooo moving! I got a big, wonderful, warm slash weepy feeling. Honestly so lovely!

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Date: 2012-02-02 07:18 am (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (fruitcake)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
Yay, glad you were moved! Every once in a while, I get the urge to write the comfort fic equivalent of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

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Date: 2012-02-02 07:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ami-ven.livejournal.com
Very nice! I love how you mixed Vala's issues with/about Adria with warm-fuzzies of Daniel-and-baby *g*

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Date: 2012-02-02 07:19 am (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (fruitcake)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for commenting on that!

My heart breaks every time in Crusade when Vala begs to hold the newborn taken away from her forever.

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Date: 2012-02-02 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anna-sg1.livejournal.com
You fooled me with the first paragraph, but I love that it's there. Gives a nice contrast to the rest of the fic. ♥ And the scene you describe with Daniel and a baby is so adorable!! *squishes* I definitely understand Vala's urge to shower both of them with kisses! :D

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Date: 2012-02-04 02:53 am (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (fruitcake)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
Thanks!

I feel Vala deserves a better husband than Tomin was, and Daniel deserves a happy family ending after seeing loved ones destroyed by what his enemies did.

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Date: 2012-02-02 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lc59.livejournal.com
Lovely. Great start to the month.

I think I like this line best:

"...wraps an arm around her with the instinctive ease of a man more than content to be a husband again."

It's what he's been trying to recover all along.

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Date: 2012-02-04 03:12 am (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (fruitcake)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Yes, it's nice to paint a picture where Daniel realizes that personal happiness doesn't have to get in the way of saving the galaxy. :D

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Date: 2012-02-03 11:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eilidh17.livejournal.com
I heart this story... and the image of Daniel sleeping with his child on his chest is just so darn sweet!

Aww, shucks... my muse just looked over my shoulder and smiled! (maybe she'll make a comeback) XX

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Date: 2012-02-04 03:24 am (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (fruitcake)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
Thank you. :D

And please do feel free to have that muse help you manip a better image of Daniel/Vala or Jack/Daniel baby squee than I did! Or even write babyfic, because there's really never enough.

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Date: 2012-02-03 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cleothemuse.livejournal.com
Awwwwwwwwwwww! Sleepy snuggling babies are hard to put down.

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Date: 2012-02-04 03:39 am (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (fruitcake)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
Hee! Freaken tiny things & their lethal cuteness. ;)

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Date: 2012-02-04 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evrymeeveryyou.livejournal.com
The layers of the reasons why this is brilliant are many:

1) Squeeing sweetness

2) In contrast to what you normally tend to right, which is generally anything but innocent, this resonates with a genuine innocence that makes me want to go run and hug Logan AND Ismael. :)

3) The momentary reminder of the heartache of Adria is spot on.

4) Daniel + Baby is always a win.

5) That final line is perfection. Both of them found exactly what they were looking for. A second chance at happiness.

Thank you for this! :)

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Date: 2012-02-04 04:13 am (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (fruitcake)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
Thank you so much. Feedback like this means a lot coming from a mom, because the only experience I have with co-sleeping and bed-sharing are impressions on my memory from my own babyhood. There's something pure & primal about simple parent-child moments such as naptime.

(As for my usual pornish tendencies... I'm pretty sure my parents Did It while I was sharing their bed as an infant, because growing up, I was always somehow certain that adults enjoyed physical intimacy in the nude. :D )

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Date: 2012-02-05 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yessikg.livejournal.com
This is so good! Gotta love the super fluffy fluff <3

And you brought back Dakara, thank you for that :)

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Date: 2012-02-05 07:20 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (fruitcake)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
Thank you <3

KILLING every. living. thing. on an entire planet is beyond tragic. (But a good setting for a terraforming story...) Plus, war refugees from the episodes 'Icon' & 'Ethon' need a place to resettle.

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