Episode 16: A New Dawn
Mathias stood as Admiral Adama came through the hatch of the brig aboard Pegasus
. He saluted, but Adama just glared at him, and then turned to the guards. “Out,” he ordered.
The two guards left quietly and closed the hatch behind them and the two men—one inside the locked cell and the other outside—stood there.
“You’ve put me between a rock and a hard place, Commander Lorne,” Adama growled. “What you did was unacceptable—and by all rights I should have you stripped of your rank, your commission, and sentenced to hard labor.”
“I wonder how that will play among the Fleet—the guilty parties aboard Pegasus
get a pass for their crimes, while I am broken for punching the President who kidnapped a child,” Mathias said with a narrow smile on his face.
“By the Gods, you just want to push this don’t you?”
“What I want, Admiral, is justice
,” answered Mathias.
“What you want will tear this Fleet apart—and with the Guardians out there chasing us down, and the Thirteenth Tribe being so very different than some had hoped,” Adama said, “I cannot let that happen.”
Adama walked up to the control board and he unlocked the cell. Mathias raised an eyebrow and he stood there.
“So that’s it? No trial, no real punishment; just everything swept under the rug again?”
“Oh, you are going to receive a sentence, Commander Lorne—one that you will despise. Lee has given me his resignation—apparently because you put the idea in his head that he might make a good politician. That means that I need a Commander for Pegasus
. . . Commander.”
“Now, just a damn minute, Admiral,” Mathias snarled.
“Save it. You don’t like how I’ve handled Pegasus
and her crew? Fine. She’s yours
. I am putting you in command of her effective today. Since you are likely to jettison Major Shaw from an airlock, I am sending Samantha Caldwell aboard as your XO with a promotion to Colonel, and transferring over the remaining three hundred and fifty-five officers and men from Cerberus Anchorage—you will still be undermanned, but not quite as much. You have a problem with Pegasus
and her crew, Commander? Now it will be your
responsibility to solve that problem.”
“What about Anubis
“I am promoting Colonel Jayne to Commander,” Adama smiled grimly. “I thought of giving him Shaw as his XO, but then he
wasn’t the one who punched the President in the jaw . . . and Shaw is likely to suffer an accident
onboard either Scorpia
; she’s going to Galactica
. Instead, I am putting Elias Thorean in as the commanding officer aboard Anubis
“And if I refuse this transfer?” asked Mathias?
“Then you can rot in this cell, Commander!” Adama snapped. Then he released a deep exhale of air and his shoulders fell. “Mathias, I need you here—we may have done the Thirteenth Tribe a grave disservice by leading the Guardians to their doorstep. And for the moment, I need my best officers leading—not sitting on their ass in hack.”
“Permission to make a few transfers from Scorpia
—with Commander Jayne’s approval—of course?”
“Within reason, Commander,” Adama answered.
“And I will have a free hand in ridding this Battlestar of the shame she has brought upon herself?”
“Once again, within reason, Commander,” Adama said with a sigh. “Now, if you will come with me to CIC, Commander Adama and Colonel Caldwell are waiting for the hand-over. I had Jayne box up and ship over all of your belongings, so you can start your job on this ship immediately.”