ByUncaD, writer at Creators.co

Agents of Shield Fan Fiction

"Return Tripp" Pt. 2

(it's been forty minutes since their meeting with Coulson. forty, quiet, minutes. over that time, the lab slowly emptied out until they were finally alone. they sat at the lab counter for another fifteen minutes just watching the cylinder of goo, that could be Tripp, swirl violently in its container. Simmons spoke first...)

"You don't think we should do it."

"I don't think we should play...God."

" I agree, but, if it is...Tripp in there, don't we owe it to him to at least try?"

(Fitz slammed his hands on the counter and abruptly stood, one hand on his hip, the other running through his hair...)

"Of course we owe it to him to try, Jemma, but is this what Tripp would have wanted ?"

"what do you mean ? Tripp was a good man and he deserves to live..."

"I'm not saying that...and..I know...he was a good man...I just think..."

"...that we...can't...bring him back."

"No, that's not what I'm saying. We could probably bring him back. If the...DNA markers in that goo do match his, then all we'd have to do is splice in a sample of his blood, which we have, and then use Dr' Chos' cradle to reanimate the bone and cell structure...according to a theory called "blood memory", it could be possible that he will retain his appearance and memories...."

"Fitz, that's brilliant ! It would take but a few hours and he'd be fully regenerated and...."

"...and it's all a theory. What if...whatever that goo is...what if it's NOT Tripp. Look...we already know that when Mack went into that city... "something"...possed...him when he touched the floor. Some type of alien bio-germ that took over him. What if it's this...goo...that did it ?"

"Coulson said it had DNA markers that matched Tripps...."

"...Coulson also said they found the goo..."inside"... the husk that was Tripps. Isn't it possible...that the goo was in the chamber already. Skye had said he was sitting...petrified...on the floor when she..."

".....emerged..."

"...yea, right, so...what if...Tripp was infected...by the bio-germ...as he was petrified. The...goo...could be the result and would explain..."

"...why it has Tripps DNA."

"Exactly...but that's the simple part."

(he looked up at her with tears welling in his eyes...trembling a little. she walked over to him and placed her hand on his shoulder...calming him)

"Jemma, you remember what we read in Coulsons "Death and Recovery" file. He wanted to die. Not because he was... crazy, but...because it's what he signed up to do. What we all signed up to do. To give our lives in-order to be the shield that protects everyone. Coulson was the embodiment of that. I believe...the reason why Coulson can seem...sad...at times...is because..."

"...he feels cheated of his sacrifice..."

"...yea. I know because I feel the same way sometimes. When we were at the bottom of the ocean, I thought...it was the last chance to tell you how I felt...then I would die and..."

"...did you really expect me to just...leave you there ? "

"uhm...well no, but I was going to say...that... you'd be safe. When I woke up...and you were sitting there, smiling at me. I thought I failed in proving how much I cared for you. I felt cheated. If we...by some miracle, bring him back..."

"...we'd be robbing him of the sacrifice he willingly made for Skye..."

"What gives us the right to do that ?"

(he walked back over to the lab counter where the container of goo had settled down to a slow yet steady swirl. she stood next to him, shoulder to shoulder and whispered to him...)

"... I love you, Fitz. I guess I always have...but it wasn't sacrifice that made me aware...it was that you never gave up on me...or anyone you care about..."

"I know, but..."

"...but, I agree with you. This isn't Skye laying on a gurney or me a galaxy away...this is death. What right DO we have to tamper with it ?"

(there was movement behind them and as they spun around they found Coulson, smiling.)

"Sorry...didn't mean to startle you. I had came down to talk with you about possible consequences...of...well...this. I...overheard...most of your discussion, and...I agree. Tripp was a good man and he earned his death and deserves his peace. What ever this..."

(he picks up the now very slow moving goo container and stares at it...)

"...is...I'll see that it gets taken care of."

(he looks up into the visibly relieved faces of Fitz and Simmons...)

"Both of you...on your own...are amazing individuals...together...I, truly believe there is nothing you can't accomplish. I...shouldn't have asked this of you...but I wanted to be sure...if bringing him back would be the right thing to do. I get so wrapped up in saving everyone that now...it's like I want to bring back everyone. Some deaths should stay. Mines didn't...but Tripp earned his. Thank you."

(he turns around and walks away, looking down at the container in his hand. Fitz and Simmons stood still until he was out of ear shot...Fitz exhales...)

"Bloody hell..."

"How long was he standing there ?"

(he turned to her and said..)

"Long enough."

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