Requested by anon:) Hope this is alright! Song is The Scientist by Coldplay! You didn’t leave a name so I tried to work around that bit!
Come up to meet you, tell you I’m sorry
You don’t know how lovely you are
Liam doesn’t hear the next words that tumble helplessly from his Alpha’s mouth, the dull roar in his ears choking all of his senses.
He doesn’t believe it at first. How could he? You were supposed to be invincible. You were made of steel, every bone a beautiful weapon, eyes made of pure lightning, fire instead of blood coursing through pale blue veins.
You weren’t supposed to be gone.
You were supposed to be right beside him, cracking some terrible joke about how Scott owed you a new pair of shoes, and he was supposed to be laughing, because he’d be damned if that infectious laugh of yours didn’t make him break out into fits of giggles every time.
But he wasn’t laughing, and you weren’t beside him, your lilac perfume not masking the scent of ash around him.
In fact, the last thing he wanted to do was laugh.
What reason did he have?
I had to find you
Tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart
Bloody crescents marked his palms all throughout the pack meeting, his control slipping as the one thing that kept him grounded became the topic of discussion.
The scientists had you somewhere, anywhere, and at the moment, there was nothing Liam could do but scream.
He could’ve laughed at the irony of it all. You’d wanted to be a scientist someday, the exact field slipping from his memory. He’d been too entranced by your smile throughout that specific conversation to pay attention to all of the details.
After this, he doubted he’d ever be able to stomach another science class without feeling the need to throw up.
What were they doing to you?
You’d been experimented on as a kid, resulting in your powers. You had the power to turn invisible and create force fields- earning you the nickname of Sue Storm, which you’d constantly roll your eyes at- but it hadn’t been enough to save you. They’d bombed the school, catching you all by surprise, and before Liam knew it, you were gone.
The only thing left was one scorched scarlet heel- you were Lydia’s best friend, after all. The pack tried it for a scent, but the tracks left off in the middle of the woods.
One dead end after another.
Tell me your secrets
And ask me your questions
Oh, let’s go back to the start
Derek was out of his mind with worry, even reluctantly calling in your older sister Cora for assistance. No one messed with the Hales.
She’d arrived within twenty four hours, storming into the loft with an untamed fury in her eyes that would not be softened until you were in her arms and all the scientists laid dead.
Liam shared her sense of anger. You were his. No one was to ever lay a hand on you. He knew well enough that you were more than capable of handling yourself, but he’d always been rather protective over you. You were his anchor, his best friend, his girlfriend…
He loved you more than anyone would ever be able to comprehend, and it broke the poor beta’s heart to know you were in danger. To know that you were out there somewhere, hurting and alone, while he was in the dark about it all.
He hated feeling helpless.
They’d all been careful to keep an eye on Liam, knowing how broken the beta was over your disappearance.
The pack was all in a state of disarray, clueless without the glue they’d come to depend on. You were the mother hen, the shoulder to cry on, the calm one in mass panic…
Without you, they were all hopelessly lost.
Just the way the scientists wanted them to be…
Running in circles
Coming up tails
Heads on a science apart
You were silent in your cell, too proud to scream and cry. You wouldn’t break, no matter how many needles they prodded you with or knives they cut you open with.
You were a Hale, the daughter of Talia Hale and you were not about to let some pitiful people who wished to play God destroy you.
Shouts and cries echoed throughout wherever they were holding you, but you’d tuned it all out. You focused on your breathing, on the way your heart beat steadily against your chest. There was hope as long as you remained calm.
You’d only tried it once before, establishing a mental connection with the pack. It was possible, but you’d used it to track them down the last time. You were unsure as to whether or not it would work the other way around, but you had to try.
You had to have faith that it would work, that they’d be able to find you.
You gritted your teeth, focusing clearly on Lydia’s face, on Liam’s, on Scott’s… you envisioned the entire pack, all connected by an invisible string. You concentrated on that string, watching as it grew brighter and brighter, pictured it as real as you possibly could until you felt a tug on your wrists.
You kept your eyes shut tight as you heard dull whispers invade your mind. Your strongest connection was to Liam, so it was only natural that you were drawn to his mind first…
“They have me… I’m not sure where. I can’t keep up this connection for long, but tell Scott… tell Scott they are worse than any of us could have imagined. Please, please be careful. I don’t know if I can speak to you again, but Liam… I love you.”
You let out a breath you didn’t know you were holding as you felt the string snap, leaving you feeling more alone than ever.
At least I got through, you thought to yourself as you slipped back into a fitful sleep, riddled with horrors you weren’t sure were nightmares or reality.
At least I told Liam I loved him.
Nobody said it was easy
It’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard
“I was able to pick up on the connection too, but she didn’t speak to me. What did she say?” Scott asked Liam quietly, placing a comforting hand on the young beta’s shoulders.
Liam steeled himself to speak, looking wistfully at the picture of the two of you laughing from over the summer in his hands. He drew in a shaky breath, whispering the next words.
“She told me to tell you that they are worse than we could have ever imagined, that they have her somewhere she can’t identify. Scott… her mind, the way she was talking… What are they doing to her?” Liam dropped the photo on his lap, running his hands through his hair in frustration.
“What are they doing to her!” He screamed, standing up furiously as he felt his control slip, the claws piercing his palms as they had for over a week now without you to calm him down.
Scott slammed him to the ground, pinning his arms above his head with a reluctant sigh. He understood what the beta was going through, how he was feeling. It hurt him to see Liam this way, hell, Scott was torn up about your kidnapping too.
He was supposed to protect you. You were like his little sister, the only thing that kept him sane after Allison’s death and one of the reasons behind his smile. You’d always cared more for others than yourself, and Scott was honored to be one of those people you’d chosen to care about.
“Liam, snap out of it. She wouldn’t want to see you like this. We have to find her, she needs you to find her, and you’re not helping by losing control every thirty minutes. She needs you.” Liam’s eyes flickered yellow for a brief moment, fading back to their natural blue before he went slack against the hard wood floor.
He broke down in his alpha’s arms for the first time in a long time, unable to contain the tidal wave of emotions that he’d been trying his best to hold back.
Scott would tell him when he calmed down that they’d been able to pick up on your scent…
Oh, take me back to the start
I was just guessing
At numbers and figures
Pulling the puzzles apart
You bit down on your bottom lip so hard you were sure you drew blood, the throbbing pain in your skull distracting you from the pain you felt elsewhere. You didn’t know how long they’d been holding you captive, no sense of time or direction in the blackened cell they had you in.
They tested on you mercilessly, your mind flickering in and out of consciousness regularly. You no longer felt any pain, tuning out all senses that did not involve your escape.
You felt it deep in your bones, an echo in your mind.
The pack was on its way, and they’d brought friends. Who? You did not know. You hardly even cared. You only wanted out of the hellhole they’d put you in, you wanted Liam’s arms wrapped around you, your friends by your side…
Hell, you’d even sit through hours of Lydia’s fashion and boys advice if it meant you got to hear her voice again. You’d let Scott beat you at connect four and you’d even tell Stiles he was smarter than you, if you could only see your family again.
Apack, as you once told Liam, is a family, a pyramid built on the support of one another. If one part crashed, they all did. And it was a lonely thing indeed to be a pyramid standing on it’s own.
It was silent, it was an ache, it was a hurting in your heart so deep it took your breath away.
But you did not scream, you did not cry nor whimper. You were somuch stronger than the scientists, and they would not break you.
You were not alone, you were still pack. You had the support of everyone you had come to love so fiercely, all you had to do was look inside yourself.
Liam’s kiss, Kira’s hug, Malia’s blunt yet kind words, Stiles’ sarcastic and oddly affectionate jokes, Scott’s smile, Lydia’s laugh, Derek’s overprotective nature, Cora’s smirk, hell, even Isaac’s kisses on the forehead.
They were all still there, all of them.
And they were coming to get you out.
Questions of science
Science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart
“You know where they have her?” Lydia asked, a facade of calm in place. Jordan looped an arm around her waist, and Liam smiled sadly.
You’d been trying to get the two of them together for ages.
“I have her scent, ends at a warehouse just north of here. We’re not exactly sure what we’re getting into, but we need to get her out, and fast.” Cora declared, eyeing Satomi’s pack. They’d agreed to help, as you’d been good friends with Satomi and much of her pack. While Cora was initially wary of them, she was immensely grateful for the added numbers.
“While we are still unsure, our main plan is the rescue mission. Our goal here is not to destroy the scientists, but to get our girl out as fast as we possibly can, then fall back. As soon as we get her, I don’t care what you’re doing, you get with the group and we get out of there.” Isaac added, frowning slightly. He’d gotten the call from Scott three days ago, and he’d flown in as soon as he could. Whoever dared to hurt you would regret it when he got his claws on them.
Everyone glanced cautiously at Liam, who was leaning against the doorway with a worried frown on his face. His hair was a mess, clothes rumpled in a way that Lydia would have rolled her eyes at had she not been so distraught, eyes wild… He was a complete mess but couldn’t bring himself to care, too caught up in his own thoughts.
She’s gone she’s gone she’s gone.
He bit viciously at his nails, palms riddled with bloody crescents and shoes with worn down soles from tapping them too hard. Derek and Scott sympathized with the boy, knowing how hard it was to deal with the potential loss of a lover and anchor. While they were not overly fond of the relationship sprouting between the two of you at first, they’d ultimately decided to put your happiness first, leaving Liam with a warning of the pain to come if he hurt you.
Liam felt his control along with his sanity slip even further as he looked into Derek’s eyes, the same shade of green as your own. He held it together (for you, always for you) and raised his chin defiantly towards the monster inside of him.
“I’ll see if I can tap into that mind connection again. If not, we continue on with the set up as planned. If I can find the exact place, you all follow me. We have roughly ten minutes to get in and out of there, and I want her out of there in less than five. Got it?” Liam stood tall as he spoke to the two packs, his words firm yet worried.
There was a nervous edge to everything he did that wouldn’t go away until you were back and safe in his arms.
“Then lets head out. Time to get our girl back.” Scott announced, eyes flickering a dangerous shade of red for a moment.
Nobody hurt his pack.
Tell me you love me
Come back and haunt me
Oh, and I rush to the start
There was a crash from somewhere within the warehouse, but you were too tired to care. Loud noises were common, the shrieks and roars no longer fazing you.
Then you felt a tug at your wrists, and gathered enough energy to respond to it.
“We’re in the warehouse.” Liam’s voice echoed through your mind. “Don’t respond, just try to keep up the connection so we can track you.”
You nearly sighed in relief, but held yourself together so as not to alert your guards. You clenched your fists determinedly, straining yourself with the effort to reply back.
“Two guards in front of the cell. Sign that says west wing near the entry. Duck left when you enter, there’s a trip wire several steps ahead if you don’t. Don’t engage any of the scientists unless absolutely necessary.”
You wiped away tears, the strain too much.
And then you collapsed, nothing but blackness before your eyes as the shouts loudened around you.
Running in circles
Chasing our tails
Coming back as we are
You slowly peeked your eyes open, met with a dark hospital room and a chorus of snoring. You cracked a lazy smile as you saw your pack huddled together on the floor beside your bed, laughing lightly as you noticed Isaac’s curls and Cora’s dark mane somewhere within the mix.
There was a warmth in your palm, so you curiously looked for the source of it.
You grinned to yourself, squeezing just tightly enough to wake the beta up. You frowned as you noticed the dark bags under his eyes, sighing in relief as his blue eyes opened to find your own green ones.
He shot out of his chair immediately, swooping down and kissing you full on the lips. You gasped in surprise, smiling into the kiss as you pulled him closer.
He pulled away first, reluctantly. “I can’t believe you’re awake. I can’t believe you’re safe.” He whispered, face just inches away from yours.
You caressed his face lightly, smiling at the boy who you had missed more than anything.
“You can’t get rid of me that easy, Dunbar.” The corners of his mouth quirked up as he sat back down beside you, helping you to gently sit up.
“How long was I out?” You asked, wincing as a sharp pain branched through your ribcage.
“They had you for around a week and a half… and you were unconscious for three days.” He spoke sadly, looking at the floor.
You lifted his chin with your hand, thumb gently covering his lips. You smiled affectionately at the blue eyed boy, eyes trained on his.
“Hey, I’m alright, aren’t I? You saved me. I’m perfect. Admittedly, you haven’t kissed me nearly enough for my liking, but that’s an easy fix.” You winked, pecking him on the lips as you moved your thumb away.
Liam smiled warmly down at you. “Even when you’re in a hospital bed, you still try to make everyone else feel better.”
“I’m a goddamn saint, Dunbar. Now would you kiss me again?” You teased, pulling him in closer.
“Anythingyouwant.” He whispered lovingly, doubting you knew just how much he meant it.
But you knew, you’d always known. And you loved him all the more for it.
Nobody said it was easy
Oh, it’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard
I’m going back to the start
You slumped against Liam as Scott droned on about potential plans on how to defeat the scientists, still too tired to process much. They’d released you from the hospital only yesterday, so you’d attended the pack meeting more so for support than actual contribution.
“Tired, sleeping beauty?” Liam chuckled, wrapping an arm around your waist as you cuddled into his side.
“Unbelievably so. Might just fall asleep on you.” You joked as he pressed a light kiss against your temple.
“Well, Prince Charming’s got you.” He teased, tucking your hair behind your ear and pulling a blanket over you.
“Prince Liam.” You muttered sleepily. “I like Prince Liam better.”
“I love you.” He whispered, kissing your temple again, “I know I’ve said it a thousand times in the past few days, but I’m just so happy to be able to say it again. When you were gone… I just want you to know how much I love you.” He gently ran a hand through your soft curls as he continued on.
“Astoundingly, I love you too. Even though you’re keeping me up.” You giggled drowsily, slumping even further into him.
He laughed as your heartbeat steadied, your even breathing an indication you had finally succumbed to sleep. You looked so peaceful when you slept, like the world was not falling to pieces around you.
And sometimes, when you held him close enough, he felt as if maybe it wasn’t.
Come up to meet you, tell you I’m sorry You don’t know how lovely you are I had to find you, tell you I need you Tell you I set you apart Tell me your secrets, and ask me your questions Oh let’s go back to the start Running in circles, coming in tails Heads are a science apart(Chorus)
Nobody said it was easy Oh it’s such a shame for us to part Nobody said it was easy No one ever said it would be so hard Oh take me back to the start
Questions of science Science and progress Do not speak as loud as my heart
Tell me you love me Come back and haunt me Oh, and I rush to the start
We have developed the ability to learn and we do not make much use of it. We humans still stagger as we develop our ability to stand erect and move forward into an era where we must understand so much with a tool most have used so little, our minds. Thought and study are not what people do best; availing oneself of one’s mind is not in everyone’s repertoire.
As we people struggle to understand, to this human endeavor add egregious intent by a powerful group to mislead people; add a pathetic omnipresent information system that is guided only by greed/advertising/idiocy/status quo and as a result, human beings can be reduced over time to ineffectual gullible vegetables. Remember the scene in “The Matrix” where the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar pulled Neo from his dream world: Neo represents most people in a “civilized” society; that is most people in America. We Americans are profoundly unaware of what goes on around us and great effort is put into keeping us that way, making us dumb, without scrutiny, draining our energy and our life, keeping us effectively at bay for all eternity. Most Americans are disenfranchised from the effective use of their most important tool for their survival, their minds.
Religion is the disease that defines the human race. Religion is a lie, as it offers that your heart and mind can be separated. Religion wishes to depict science as something alien to the human spirit. Humans have spirit and mind and heart and I had to think that, and that ability to think, basically is science. “Cogito ergo sum”, I think, therefore I am. Science is born of people; Science is not alien or harmful to people. Science itself is a belief and a faith that you can rely on your mind to figure things out. And with continued effort and study one might discover new things: doesn’t sound so evil.
So how does Science end up in opposition to religion? Science promotes thought. Your thought. Your free thought. Religion demands deference to a rambling fantasy. Religion is the antitheses to free thought and free will. Religion sounds bad to me. Religion demands one succumb and relent to the will of a mad man who believes in ghosts and goblins. Religion is perpetually (insanely) deferring to the mind of one you know to be somewhat slow. Religion is cowardice, pure and simple and I just thought that and that thinking is Science. The essence of Science is the mind of a human being. Science is more heartfelt, natural and spirited than all the religions of the world.
Science empowers people to solve their problems together. Believe and have faith in your own ability to struggle and learn and your heart will swell and your spirit will soar.
How do I take the first step to furthering my knowledge of astronomy? Can you suggest some good works for somewhat of a beginner?
I recommend both series of Cosmos, Stephen Hawking’s Brief History of Time, Tyson’s Death by Black Hole, Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot and a whole host of podcasts:
365 Days of Astronomy
Big Picture Science
Talk Nerdy to Me
The Infinite Monkey Cage
Star Talk Radio
… and also I recommend this blog :)
The next level, if you’re interested in becoming an astronomer, would be getting a degree (typically in physics but astronomy works too if it’s available as a Bachelors [obviously]). Generally this education requires a fundamental understanding of mathematics up to algebra, geometry and trigonometry. From there the classes should teach you what you need to know