Rating: PG-13 (for a little violence and some swearing)
Disclaimer: Baltar, Capirca, Lee, Helo, Sharon, Hera, Cottle, Tigh, Ellen, Adama, Jeanne, Derrick, Paula, Roslin, the concept of the Centurions, skinjobs, Cylons in general, and the Galactica all belong to Ronald D Moore & David Eick/SyFy/SkyOne/Universal Television.
Note: Please see Chapter One, linked in the description after the story, for summary, spoilers, pairing info, warnings, etc.
Chapter 5: Up and At 'Em
At first, there was nothing.
Then came a low buzz, like cicadas but oddly pleasant. As time went on, the sound grew in volume and clarity, the buzzing seeming on the verge of resolving into words.
After sound came sensation faint, like he was receiving the firings of the nerves of someone far away, rather than his own. And they conflicted: warm yet cold. Stifling yet drafty. Sharp pinpricks that came and went, washed away by waves of a more subtle, aching pain.
Next came smells. Clean, sterile antisep