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Fic: [SGA] Perspective (PG)

Title: Perspective
Author: skinscript
Rating: G
Genre: General
Spoilers: The Daedalus Variations (5.04)
Wordcount: ~450
Disclaimer: Seriously?
Posted at: sga_episodefic

Summary: The Daedalus Variations episode tag. An offhand comment from Lorne makes John suddenly understand what they left behind on the Daedalus.

Rodney as a father.

John shook his head, the grin he'd been fighting in the infirmary breaking free as he stepped through the main doors. It really was a terrifying thought, no matter how good a job he knew Rodney would do.

"Colonel Sheppard!"

John turned to see Lorne jogging towards him. "Major," he nodded. Lorne fell into step beside him.

"Doctor McKay going to be all right? That looked like a pretty nasty wound. Glad it was just a graze."

"He's fine. Bitching and complaining, but they're going to keep him overnight anyway." He and Lorne exchanged a look of shared amusement and pity for the nurses. John's grin widened as he realised Keller was on night shift. Maybe Rodney would go easy on her. They were actually kind of cute together, and he ignored the vague sinking feeling in his chest at that thought.

"That's real good. Kinda wish you'd been able to bring back one of those blasters though."

"You and me both, Major." John remembered the green glow and dripping plasma of the hit with avaricious regret.

"Ah, well. More important that we got *you* back, Colonel. Between you and Doctor McKay, not to mention Teyla and Ronon..." Lorne shook his head. "Just don't know what we would do without you." He smiled at John widely. "Good to have you home, sir." He waved a hand and peeled off at the next hallway, heading for the gyms.

John stopped dead in the hall, feeling his chest pull into a terrible tightness.

They'd left the other team on Daedalus, of course. The other team, all dead. *Them*. Himself, Ronon, McKay. Teyla.

That other team would never make it home. Their Atlantis would be forever without them.

Rodney had said it, had said "They're *us*, and they *failed*." He hadn't processed it, not really. Not the truth of it, the truth that raised up and choked off his breath now. God, given all the times the survival of Atlantis had hung on the actions of any one of them. How would their Atlantis cope with losing them all?

John turned on his heel and headed back to the infirmary, needing to immerse himself in the reassurance that they... *this* they, had made it home safely. He needed to see Teyla and Rodney, needed to touch them and prove they were real.

And if maybe, later, he raised a glass to the team who hadn't *failed*, damn it... they'd saved his life and the life of the only family that mattered, well. They deserved it.

The doors opened ahead of him, and John felt the ball of tension in his chest dissolve at the sound of Teyla's laughter and Rodney's deeper chuckle.

They were home, they were *fine*, and their Atlantis would be, too.



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 17th, 2008 09:27 am (UTC)
Lovely tag!
Aug. 17th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks! This one snuck up on me while I was trying to finish forming the one I originally had in mind. I keep thinking of the other Atlantis, and of how they must wonder, forever.
Aug. 17th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
Aug. 17th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (ooh pretty icon!)
Aug. 17th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
ah John, worrying about all Atlantises. Great tag.
Aug. 17th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)

Interesting you read it that way. I was thinking he's not so much worrying about the other Atlantis as suddenly realising how close a call it was for them, and how screwed their Atlantis would have been.
Aug. 17th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Aw. Very nice :D
Aug. 17th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Aug. 18th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
great tag!
Aug. 29th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
This rocks.

You are getting pretty good at getting into John's head, huh? :)

Many times when I read something of you, I find myself thinking "Oh yeah... it DOES make sense that this would be an issue!" even when I may not have necessarily thought of it before you brought it up. This is totally one of those times. Of COURSE it makes sense that John (and all of them, really) would be more affected by the other versions of themselves and their fates and how it relates to, and what it means for his own Atlantis than the actual show really gets across.

This feels real. Because damn... it *was* a near miss for them. Makes sense that it would hit them (especially John) at SOME point. I'm pretty glad they're *fine* too. :)

This also makes me sad for the other guys, though. :(

Thanks Skin. :)
Sep. 21st, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
I seem to live in John's head. In my version of John's head, John wants Rodney all the time. *laughs*

I thought they were pretty cavalier on the show about it, and it bothered me a bit. But! That's what fanfic is for.
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