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Ficlet: Running in Place (Olivia) 
25th-Sep-2010 09:11 pm
Title: Running in Place
Fandom: Fringe
Author: [personal profile] chichuri
Character: Olivia
Word Count: 594
Rating: PG
Summary: All Olivia wants to do is get home. Takes place during "Olivia".
Spoilers: Through episode 3.1, "Olivia".
Disclaimer: I don't own Fringe or its characters.

Running in Place

A few tears, some choking, and the scientists scramble to help. She's done this before: tearing away the straps that hold her down, taking out all who try to stop her, escaping through unknown halls that lead to freedom if only she can find the way. But this time, there's no help a phone call away. And if her captors catch her, they'll keep trying to break her.

They'll succeed.

When she hits the edge of the island, with the Statue of Liberty overhead and no place else to go, she barely hesitates. She'll make it across the harbor, and then she'll make it home.

Failure is not an option.


Her hope of escaping, of slipping back to where she belongs, freezes into amber in front of her. Familiar amber, and another piece of the puzzle she may never solve. If she'd been a little bit faster, a little bit better, she would already be home. Now she's just looking for another place to run.

She should be used to her world falling apart just as everything seemed to be falling into place.


Her mind racing, she jams the restroom door closed, trapping Lincoln inside. Lincoln, who's either a damned good actor or believes she's his Olivia. Either way, it suggests his Olivia is gone.

Peter and Walter and Bell left. But not without her. Just not with the right one. They have a traitor in their midst and she has to let them know.

Time to grasp at one last straw.


Her chest aches as she stands in the middle of a memorial park that might have been the site of the most powerful corporation in the world. An airship drifts overhead, just another sign that she's not where she's supposed to be.

All her options are gone. She can't go home.

She needs somewhere to go to ground and regroup, somewhere where she has the time to figure out her next move. And somehow, with that in mind, she knows just the place.


She has less time than she thought.

The name Frank tastes the same on her lips as Peter. And shots like the one that blew up the gas tank only succeed in the movies or when an Olympic-caliber marksman is pulling the trigger. She's losing control of her memories. Again.

Her mind rejected John because he didn't belong. But Olivia, the other Olivia, is her but for a butterfly flapping its wings. Will the similarities anchor the differences, or will the differences be enough to yank her free?

Will she even realize if her past is overwhelmed by memories of a life she never lived?


More and more, as her eyes flick from pictures to knick-knacks to her mother, her memories are paralleled. The differences should be the most jarring, but slip in almost without notice; the similarities might as well have been there all along. Sister who lived, sister who died. Blissfully happy childhood, childhood cut short by pain and loss. Determination and drive and science fiction movies and paint colors, until she doesn't know which memories are hers and which are hers. There's nowhere left to run, not even in her own head.

No matter how risky it might be, survival is ceding this battle to Walternate. But she still has a chance to win the war.

She lets the memories overtake her. She lets the memories rewrite her. This house, this mother, this universe is home.

And all that's left of the Olivia who would know any different is a memory.

This entry was originally posted at http://chichuri-fic.dreamwidth.org/22819.html.
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26th-Sep-2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it, and thought the style worked.
27th-Sep-2010 12:00 am (UTC)
;__; Oliviaaaa
27th-Sep-2010 12:05 am (UTC)
I know.
27th-Sep-2010 12:06 am (UTC)
27th-Sep-2010 12:08 am (UTC)

But think of all the awesome places this could go!
27th-Sep-2010 12:12 am (UTC)
This is true.

I just might be able to finish that fic after all.

27th-Sep-2010 12:16 am (UTC)
Finish and write more!
27th-Sep-2010 12:19 am (UTC)
Heh. Novel is killing me, bro. I'll have to do one at a time. D:
28th-Sep-2010 05:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
11th-Oct-2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oh this is lovely!! Heartbreaking of course, but given Olivia's situation in that episode, it couldn't be happy :(( it was really well written, very much in character...and too short!! Yes, I always wat more when I read great fics XD

Thank you!!!
11th-Oct-2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it. And yeah, poor Olivia. I have faith she'll eventually win through, though.

I don't know what it is about this fandom, but so much of the fic I write are these short little things.
11th-Oct-2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
OH! I'm most definitely going to read more of your stories then! And you know, I actually don't mind the 'shortness', if it's always that yummy ♥

I'm trying to catch up with the fandom, I've been 'out' the whole 2nd season, until last week (when I watched it all in 6 days and ended up bawling at the end, completely in love with the show and with Olivia/Peter XD) I know I have a serious case of fangirling when I crave for fanfics (I adore fanfics, but I just can't read them with some fandoms, that's the weirdest thing O_o).

I'm rambling, sorry! But I'm just so over-excited to be in a fandom again!

You'll be hearing (or reading XD) from me soon ;ppp
12th-Oct-2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Hey, all rambling is totally welcome here! Especially when it's fandom squee.

And I know what you mean about not being able to read fanfic for some fandoms; there are things that I love that I have no interest in searching out fanfic for, and others that I fall head over heels for.

Second season must have been great to see in such a short time, especially the last half. You didn't have to wait out all the hiatuses with the rest of us. The seven week hiatus after "Jacksonville" was a killer.
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