This is the story I wrote for rarewomen 2012. It's the first time I've written Battlestar Galactica (1978), though I've loved the series since I was small.
My recipient, penknife, requested “any Cassiopeia story,” preferably “Cassiopeia and Athena bonding,” “Cassiopeia/Starbuck,” “characters drinking together, characters solving problems together,” and “relatively happy endings,” with Cassiopeia “not ashamed” of her past; I found it very challenging, but eventually a canon window opened to all the components. I'm curious how the piece may appear to someone properly in BSG'78 fandom (as I drift on the farthest fringes). If I write BSG again, what should I keep in mind?
My thanks to malinaldarose, wiliqueen, hearts_blood and skieswideopen for encouragement! Special thanks to Malinaldarose and Hearts-blood for beta-reading on a tight deadline!
||On the AO3
|| Cassiopeia, Athena, Starbuck; tiny cameos by Rigel, Omega
|| When a call to duty interrupts Cassiopeia's date with Starbuck, she unexpectedly finds herself counseling Athena.
|| “How did you feel when the computer first assigned you to be a med tech?”