Title: Until Next Time
Spoilers: none, really, if you know who Athena is
Athena never thinks of them, not if she can help it. Her brothers have names like Apollo and Narcho and Skulls. Her sisters are Racetrack, Showboat, and little Hardball. She loves them all.
She does not remember Leoben's horrid shirts and Cavil's constant jokey bullshit, Six's warm touch or D'Anna's endless lectures. She's forgotten quiet Simon, who gave her her very first hug, and noisy Doral, who gave her her very first mission.
Whenever she remembers them -- which she never does, not ever -- she winces, and growls, and locks the memory away in a little box inside her mind.
Do not open.
Title: Downstream, Upstream
Spoilers: 2x18, "Downloaded"
Cavil always does the boxing. Once, everyone took turns... but the others got religion, and Cavil got the leftovers.
This Leoben has a mental fault, but he's still afraid. When you wake up with Number One standing there, you know the deal. "Ssh, Brother, sleep now," Cavil says, kindly, and smoothly pulls the box before Leoben can scream.
He's had practice.
Next is a One, like him. He looks into his own eyes as he does it. Ones never struggle.
Leoben again, a new activation. His eyes, wide with wonder, reflect Cavil's face: the first thing he's ever seen, and, someday, the last.