"Shadow Dancing"

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"The others have gone to speak with their governments. They have authorized me to speak in their place. .. You will have all the ships we can spare, Delenn. I only hope that you are right, because it will cost us greatly, if you are wrong."
	-- Drazi council member to Delenn in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"We've got commander Ivanova on channel 4."
"Put her through."
	-- Lt. Corwin and Sheridan in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"We are ready to go, Captain. Any last minute instructions?"
"Beside from an old Egyptian blessing, I can't think of a thing."
"Then we'll see you .. when we see you."
	-- Ivanova and Sheridan in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"An old Egyptian blessing?"
"'May gods stand between you and harm in all the empty places where you must walk.'"
	-- Marcus and Ivanova in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"You know, I have just been thinking. He shouldn't be doing this. He shouldn't have to be doing this. I feel like I screwed up."
"Hey, come on Chief, it's not your fault. I heard what happened. You offered to help, he walked away."
"Yeah, I know, but the thing is: sometimes people walk away because they want to be alone, and sometimes they walk away because they want to see if you care enough to follow them into hell. I think I went the wrong way."
"Look, he's gotta get his head screwed on straight. You can't do that for him."
"Yeah, you are right. It's just.. I've had my own problems. I've been where he is. I've walked away from lot of things in my life. I just hope he can find his way back again."
	-- Garibaldi and Zack in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"Marcus. Marcus! Marcus!"
"What? I'm awake."
"It's your watch."
"Right. I knew that, I was just resting my eyes."
	-- Ivanova and Marcus in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"You seem to be pretty fluent in Minbari."
"You can't finish your training until you can speak and think in their language."
"I'm surprised. When they were training the Rangers I figured they would emphasize infiltration and combat techniques, not language skills."
"For them it's all the same thing."
	-- Ivanova and Marcus in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"I'll wake you in four hours."
"Thanks. That's assuming I can get any sleep in these. The Captain warned me about these things, but I had no idea.."
"They are wery restful, good for the back."
"Well, someday I want to be stationed in somewhere with big four-poster bed, canopy, and maybe a window with a view of a garden."
"I like gardens, .. and big four-poster beds. .. Right. See you in four hours."
	-- Marcus and Ivanova in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"John, we've been over this. I should be there, with you, and with the fleet. We are in this together. And .. afterward, when we are finished with this, we will spend the night together."
"?!"
"Not like that. You see, when Minbari become close, as we have become close, it is tradition that they spend three nights together. The male sleeps and the female watches."
"Watches what?"
"During the day, we all put on the face we think will do us the most good. But at certain point in your sleep, as you relax, your true face is revealed. If the female approves of his true face, she will stay two more nights and continue to observe."
"Hmm, what if she doesn't like what she sees?"
"Then they go their seperate ways. If he insists, she'll stay one more night. She can leave when he falls asleep, file a complaint with the elders, even cut off his .. his access to her family."
"Oh. What if she does like what she sees?"
"Later. History awaits."
	-- Delenn and Sheridan in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"Very stupid."
"Yeah. It was that, wasn't it. Always trying to be the hero. Never stopping to think first. Now, look where it got you."
"I must be going into shock."
"You said you had to keep walking until you met yourself. Well, here I am. So, if we are gonna talk, let's talk, because I don't think you have a lot of time."
	-- Franklin and Franklin in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"That's a lot of ships."
"That's a bloody awful lot of ships."
"Jump engines back on line yet?"
"No. If I signal the fleet, they just might pick it up. If they do, and we can't get away, .."
"Well, who wants to live forever?"
"I do, actually. But what the hell. Signal away."
	-- Ivanova and Marcus in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"You know what your problem is? All your life you've run away from everything. Home didn't work out, wouldn't talk to your father, so you just .. walked away. You didn't have the patience for a long internship back home, so you just ran out and started hitch-hiking on starships. You didn't want to turn over your precious notes on Minbari biology during the war, so you just burned them instead and walked away again. You used work to run away from your personal life and stims to run away from your work. And right now, you are running away from everything. Don't you die on me yet. I'm not through with you. You finally had it all, didn't you? You had a good job, people who cared about you and you messed it up! 'I have to leave before they fire me. I have to go find myself.' What a bunch of mealy-mouthed self-indulgent foundationist crap! Take responsibility for your actions, for crying out loud. You go in there and you fight for what matters to you, don't just walk away because it's easier. What did you say? Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot. You are too busy dying, aren't you? I guess that's a bit more important to you right now. Well, fine, you do what you want, because you and I, we parted ways a long time ago. So just go ahead and die, because I really don't care anymore."
	-- Franklin to Franklin in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"Blood-pressure is dropping faaast. You should be getting real cold right about now. That's shock and trauma, and the rest will follow soon. You know, so we can get this over with. I mean, you weren't that happy with your life at the first place, were you? I mean, this one has hardly been used."
"I .. I want.."
"You want what? I mean, what do you want? What could you possibly want?"
"I wanna.. I wanna.. do it all again."
"Why, you would just mess it up again. Where do you think you're going?"
"I wanna do it again. I wanna do it again."
"Is that right? Then get up off the damn floor. I don't care how much it hurts. Don't you go passing out on me, because that's just another kind of running away. Now, you take the reponsibility. Show me that you want it. Get up off the damn floor. That's it. Come on. Come on. Get up on your own two feet and stand up, you stand up."
"I wanna do it all over again."
	-- Franklin and Franklin in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"I say there's a big question. Now that we have shown that we can hurt them, how long until they come knocking on our front door?"
"That's what worries me."
	-- Garibaldi and Sheridan in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"You know, with all this, I just hope you found what you were looking for out there."
"I don't know. I guess I found what I .. what I needed, not what I wanted."
"Which was?"
"Short sharp kick to the head."
"Oh hell, I could've done that for you, all you had to do was ask."
"Well, you would've enjoyed it too much."
"So, you didn't .. meet yourself?"
"Yeah, I did. Found out I didn't like myself either."
"Well, as revelation go, I guess I have heard worse."
	-- Garibaldi and Franklin in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"Signs, portents, dreams, next thing we'll be reading tea leafs and chicken entrails. All we do know is that we are vulnerable now. I want squadrons on fly-by at all times. We should expect something to be coming our way sooner or later. The way our luck works, it will probably be sooner."
	-- Sheridan to Ivanova and Delenn in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"The job is waiting for you, if you want it."
"Are you sure you want to do this?"
"If you are sure you want to take it."
"I want it. I think now I can do better. I mean, that was the problem, the stims they .. they let me do more, but what I needed was to do better."
"I wish you'd come to talk to me before you made your decision to resign."
"I was running away. Same as I have always done. I didn't want to face how I'd feel if you fired me, so I just quit."
	-- Sheridan and Franklin in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"You had to find your own way?"
"I ran away. I realized that I always defined myself in terms what I wasn't. I wasn't a good soldier like my father, I wasn't .. the job.. I wasn't a good prospect for marriage or kids. Always what I wasn't, never what I was. But when you do that, you miss the moments. And the moments are all we've got. When I thought I was going to die, even after everything that's happened, I realized I didn't want to let go. I was willing to do it all over again and this time I could appreciate the moments. I can't go back, but I can appreciate what I have right now, and I can define myself by what I am, instead of what I'm not."
"And what are you?"
"Alive. Everything else is negotiable."
	-- Sheridan and Franklin in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"
"Hello. You must be Delenn. I'm Anna Sheridan, John's wife."
	-- Anna Sheridan to Delenn in Babylon 5:"Shadow Dancing"

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