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Fic: [SGA] The Daedalus Ascension

Title: The Daedalus Ascension
Author: skinscript
Rating: G
Spoilers: 5.04 Daedalus Variations
Wordcount: 1000
Posted to: sga_episodefic, story_lottery
Prompt: #24 - space
Summary: The other team has a happy ending.

A/N: I wrote several stories about this ep, and all of them were pretty grim. But you know, there was a way for the team to have a happy ending.

The Daedalus Ascension

Rodney glanced around the Daedalus' storage bay. He hated this place, now. After several weeks and untold jumps, they were out of food and out of options. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath. Those thoughts were counter-productive. He needed to be calm, and he needed to find that internal peaceful place.

He needed wide blue skies, which were in terribly short supply on this ship, hanging as she was, dead in space.

"All right, Rodney. You ready?" John strode in, tired and gaunt but still in fighting spirit. It was a truth about John that Rodney had only realised on this unexpected trip with its many hours of contemplation time. John could take damned near anything, as long as his team was still with him.

"No," he answered honestly.

"Great," John nodded and tapped his radio. "Teyla, Ronon? We're ready to go."

"We're here, John." Teyla shot him a strained smile as she eased past him to take her position on the floor. Ronon followed silently, even more haggard than John. He sat down on the deck before speaking.

"You really think this will work, Sheppard?"

"You got a better idea?" John sat down, then stretched out full length. "I say we try this, if it works, great, if not, we aren't any worse off than before."

"Oh, thanks. That really helps set the mood." Rodney sat down with an irritated huff, setting the tablet beside him and bracing his shoulders against the bulkhead. He looked at the three expectant faces of his team and sighed again. "Relax," he said. "I've turned down the lights and the environmentals. The cold will help slow our body processes."

Ronon grunted but shifted until his coat was more comfortably arranged beneath him, and open across his chest. "At least if the cold gets us we'll die comfortable," he muttered.

"I thought you only wanted to go out fighting," John smirked and wriggled a little, until he apparently found a degree of comfort. He closed his eyes.

"Can I ascend while I'm fighting?" Ronon sounded intrigued.

"No," Teyla told him firmly. Her eyes were closed and her face serene as she focussed on sinking into her medidative state.

"Then this is as good as it gets." Ronon straightened his shoulders a little and relaxed with a deep breath.

Rodney checked his readouts. They were all clearly awake and aware, but their numbers were falling as they each began to fall into the calm state that they hoped would lead one of them to ascend.

For himself, Rodney was betting on Teyla to do it. Of all of them, she had the best head start, with her medidation experience and innate spirituality. She really was the most...


"Right!" Rodney leaned back and closed his eyes, trying to avoid sneaking a peek at the screen. "Wide blue skies," he said out loud, and concentrated on releasing his burdens into the heavens. The sound of the deep breathing of his team around him was incredibly comforting, and he let his own respirations change to match theirs.

Without meaning to, he fell asleep.

He awoke in space, floating between the stars and facing an expanse of blackness and light that made his heart swell at its beauty. The vista was so stunning that it took him a moment to realise he was bodiless.

It worked, Rodney. A warm presence nearby wafted closer. He thought it might be Teyla.

It did. He echoed dumbly, aware vaguely of surprise. Who did it?

Dunno, another presence chimed in. Ronon, he figured. Glad it worked. Let's go back now.

It figured as well that Ronon would be the one to keep his eye on the ball. John?


OK, then. Rodney tried to ignore all the secrets of the universe tapping at the edges of his mind. He really, really wanted to look. What was the point of being ascended if he couldn't make use of anything while he was here?

Take us home, Rodney. John said.

Right. Going home. He really, really wanted to go home. He concentrated hard, focussing on drawing together all the elements of inter-dimensional physics he knew, and some he made up, and drew himself a map back to their dimension and time. Going now, he said, gathering his team close and feeling them wrap themselves around him in return. Hold on.

The universe disappeared in a flash of darkness.

"Holy shit, McKay! You did it!" Rodney came awake to hands on his arm, shaking him wildly. "We're back!" He opened his eyes blearily.

"Jesus Christ, I'm naked!" He jerked away from John's hands on his arm and covered himself with his hands.

They were in the middle of the gateroom, with Woolsey, Lorne, and Zelenka staring at them in blank wonder. Lorne regained his composure quickest and gallantly offered Teyla his jacket, which she took with a grateful murmur.

"You're back," Zelenka said, still shocked.

"Indeed. And, naked." Rodney took a long step to Zelenka's side and started physically stripping him. "I forgot that when you de-ascend this happens."

One of the marine team trotted into the gateroom, carrying some blankets. John took one and handed another to Ronon. He tossed the third to Rodney, who let go of the now struggling Zelenka to catch it.

"What happened?" Woolsey found his voice.

"The Daedalus was universe-hopping," John said.

"We were quite trapped," Teyla added.

"There was no food left!" Rodney contributed.

"So we ascended to come home." Ronon shrugged. "I could eat," he said.

"We left our bodies onboard," John said. "As a warning. I hope no one else gets caught."

"You ascended," Woolsey said slowly. "All of you?"

They exchanged quick looks. "I'm pretty sure one of us helped the others," Rodney replied carefully. "But I don't remember enough of it to say."

"And then, you de-ascended and came back here." Woolsey blinked. "I really don't know what to say."

John wrapped the blanket more tightly around his shoulders. "How about, 'welcome home'?" he suggested.

Woolsey smiled. "Indeed," he agreed. "Welcome home."



( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 5th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
Oh, very cool concept! I'm glad they made it home.
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
After the long Daedalus Variations story I wrote and how angsty it was, I really *needed* a way for the team to make it home safely.

Apr. 5th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
Yeah team!
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Daedalus Ascension

I kind of like this positive, co-operative team too!
Apr. 5th, 2010 05:37 am (UTC)
Thank you for that. That part of the episode kind of haunted me, a lot.

But this makes it alllll better! *beams*
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
Daedalus Ascension
It drove me nuts for *weeks*. I wrote three ep tags on it, even!

Still, I wanted a way for them to have a happy ending. *hugs team*
Apr. 5th, 2010 06:53 am (UTC)
A resounding yay for happy endings! \o/
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
Daedalus Ascension
Sometimes a happy ending is just the right way to go!
Apr. 5th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
Yay team! Of course they'd be bounf together strongly enough that one could help the rest of them.
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
Daedalus Ascension
I think they made a pact. All, or none. :)

Turning off the environmentals was a pretty big motivator!

Thank you.
Apr. 5th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
That's DEFINITELY what happened. (nods). THANK YOU!
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
Daedalus Ascension
Thank YOU!

I kind of love coming up with ways of plausibly messing with canon.
Apr. 5th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
That was wonderful! ♥ and WIN, all in one. :-)
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Daedalus Ascension
Awww, thank you! I'm so glad you liked it!
Apr. 5th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
So as you know, I read this and squeed because of course it is wonderful and well written and could totally happen.

Then I read "Menace Of Eternity" today randomly... and wow I'm glad this fic is here to make me happy again.

I love your explanation, really wanted that team to have a happy ending, and am so glad you were able to give one to them. What a great idea! :)

Thank you, this totally makes it better. Yay Team! :)
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Daedalus Ascension
After I read this I went back and read Menace again, and ... yeah. I agree. This is a much pleasanter way for the team to end up there and dead than the other one.

Apr. 5th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Oh! That is the best Daedalus Variations tag ever. Have a cookie. Have the whole tin! They're chocolate chip. \o/
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Daedalus Ascension
Yum! *munches cookies*

Thank you!
Apr. 6th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
Aww! I like this tons!
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It is a much nicer way for this team to end up than my last tag was!
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:10 am (UTC)
Loved it! I agree with ms_jvh_shuh--I totally buy that Team is close enough to drag each other into Ascension.

I got the feeling this team either hasn't been together as long, or had a very different experience than ours, if Rodney doesn't know this John could take damned near anything, as long as his team was still with him by now. Made for a neat reminder that they're Team, they're just not our Team.
Apr. 6th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Daedalus Ascension
Thank you!

I hadn't considered Rodney's comment from that perspective. I'd been taking it not so much that he didn't know it, as that he'd never taken the time to think about it. I like your interpretation too!
Apr. 18th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Figured since I don't have an account I'd make the subject my signature ;-)
Interesting take. You know I always love that imagination of yours, and that you can take stuff, change the whole concept of what everyone who saw the show (including yourself) saw as a 'fact' and manage to twist it around and *still* make it canon.
Can you ascend and leave your bodies behind? All I remember from Daniel's first ascension is the lights, I can't remember the body. I am guessing it stays, if you wrote this. I do remember the first ascension we saw the body kind of disappeared, but of course I can't remember if that being was already ascended and in human form or ascended at that point. Probably the first.
Anyway, doesn't detract from a really interesting and *much* happier take on this team's fate.
Thanks for that!
Feb. 14th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
I've got to agree with a lot of the other commenters; I always felt sad for that other team who had gotten trapped and died. This is a very nice out for them. I love how close as a team they are that they pull each other along. Thanks for writing this happy ending for that other team. :)
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