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Title: Somewhere Better
Fandom(s): Kings, Stargate Atlantis, Gundam Wing
Pairing: unrequited Jack/David, past Jack/Joseph, David/Michelle, unrequited Jack/Evan for now
Rating: FRAO
Warnings: implied/referenced non-con (canonical to Kings)
Word count: ~58,000
Summary: Jack Benjamin gets a second chance - on Atlantis. Written on LJ in parts but posted to AO3 as chapters of one story.
Link to fic: On AO3

Fallen from the sky, locked up in darkness, cursed for eternity, seeping out the light, walking the ash.
- Jack was locked up in darkness when they put prisoners in the cell next to his, prisoners who talked like they were from another planet.

author's choice, author's choice,
I swear your pride will be the death of us all
Beware, it goeth before the fall
- Jack has to swallow his pride and say goodbye to the last of Prince Jack.

any. any.
"Your smile reminded me of-"
"I always remind people of..."
- Lorne's smile reminds Jack of David.

author's choice, author's choice, hidden royalty
- Jack goes through debriefing and carefully leaves out one fact about his identity.

any, any, first time cooking
- Jack cooks with Evan.

Any, Any,
And you think you're a guest, you're a tourist at best
Peering into the corners of my dark life
(Elvis Costello with Brian Eno)
- Kate Heightmeyer tries to figure out Jack Benjamin.

Any team/group, any combo, A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes
- Jack Benjamin's AR-7 is a bunch of lonesome heroes, and they tackle their first SAR mission to rescue Lorne's AR-3

author's choice, anyone regularly beaten down by canon, I Shall Rise
- Jack's done being beaten down, and finally he works to rise up

author's choice, author's choice, hidden/long-lost royalty
- Jack has words appended to his name that he never thought he'd hear again: Crown Prince

You were what I wanted
I gave what I gave
I'm not sorry I met you
I'm not sorry it's over
I'm not sorry there's nothing to say
- Jack and AR-7 plus Lorne and Maxwell meet with David and the Underground in Gath

Any, Any, family secret brought to light
- David Shepherd feels like an outsider while planning his own coup

author's choice, author's choice, insurrection
- Phase One of the Coup begins

author's choice, author's choice, Sometimes, bad guys make the best good guys.
- Phase One of the Coup continues

Any, any, This time will be different.
- Jack and David meet with Helen

Any, Any,
Seven devils all around you
Seven devils in your house
- Seven Devils, Florence + the Machine
- the team goes forward with their plan and breaks into the palace

any, any, your daily dose of breakfast angst
- Michelle's morning routine is disrupted

author's choice, author's choice, Always remember that the crowd that applauds your coronation is the same crowd that will applaud your beheading. People like a show.
- David's first day as king

Any, Any, Tell me why we never cared to do this when we still had time
- the Benjamin-Shepherd family has a moment, and then Jack and Evan have a moment

Any, Any, last words.
- the denouement


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