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Title: Under Her Fingers
Author: esteefee
Category: gen
Words: 295
Summary: Set during the Siege. Teyla is here for a reason.

Under Her Fingers

by esteefee

The fires of the Wraith weapons bloom over Atlantis' shield like the petals of fardas in full fruiting, gold and red and deep, deep orange, just as deadly as the poisonous but beautiful flowers that so fascinated Teyla in her youth. Her mother always had to warn her tiny hands away.

But now Teyla stares up and wonders at this sight, equally fascinated, but for a different reason, because though the minds of the Wraith both draw and repel her, it is the cool blue sizzle of the Ancient technology holding back the orange fire that pulls her. It drew her to this City, and to the Lanteans—the promise so forbidden for so many centuries by the dictates of the elders who put away higher learning and sealed away all technological knowledge.

For the good of the people, so we might survive, it was always said every time Teyla asked, returning from one of her illicit trips to the ruins, the pieces of some broken, rusted thing secreted in her clothing, and she would bear her punishment in silence and hide in her tent and rub the orange rust from the metal and wonder to herself, What did this do? trying to fit the pieces together again and see if she could perceive its purpose from their motion. Curious, always curious, and wishing, and wondering.

And now she stands tall and does not regret joining the Lanteans, though tomorrow or the next day or the next might mean her future's end, because she has beheld wonders, and killed many Wraith, made hive ships burn, and seen clever human hands do unbelievable things.

Teyla lifts her fingers to the farda's bloom, the gold and red and orange dying against a shield of clear blue.



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Jun. 24th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
I just logged to LJ and saw you had posted.

This is lovely...quiet, understated, and very lyrical, a nice tribute to Teyla's resolve to protect her people.

well done...

Jun. 24th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
thank you! I love her so...
Jun. 24th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
This is so very beautiful.
Jun. 24th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
<3 thank you!
Jun. 24th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
that was lovely! And I can't help but wonder if it's a hint at a universe in which Teyla gives in to that thirst for knowledge and learns. She has so many great teachers on Atlantis!

I really liked the descriptions in this, and the natural curiosity of Teyla as a child, even her emerging leadership qualities: curiosity, exploration, and acceptance of the consequences...
Jun. 24th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
She would've been a real handful. :))))

And yes! I would love to see that universe!
Jun. 24th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
This was just gorgeous.
Jun. 24th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
thank you so much! <3
Jun. 24th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
This is the Teyla I wish they'd have shown us. Thank you!
Jun. 24th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
oh, me too! thank you.
Jun. 24th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
I love this glimpse into her childhood, and the curiosity that drove her. Really beautiful writing, here!
Jun. 24th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
eee! ^-^ thank you, mezzo! that means a lot.
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Yes, of course. This side of Teyla is too often neglected, but it's right there in "Rising" when she says, "I believe" the cullings happen over and over again, as if to suggest that she's been pondering it in a different way than those around her.

*wishes I had my "Teyla in a space suit" icon uploaded for use*
Jun. 25th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)

oh, yay! you know she's thought about it a great deal, our Teyla, and yearned for solutions she could provide. she was so ready when she met John.
Jun. 25th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
Teyla! I love the thought of her crawling through the ruins and searching for technology, being punished for it, and still so curious about the pieces she's found.
Jun. 25th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
\o/ wee Teyla!!
Jun. 25th, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
AWESOME. Love this small insight into Teyla!
Jun. 25th, 2011 04:59 am (UTC)
thank you! that's our girl. :)
Jun. 25th, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
Ok, first, this is gorgeous and I'm going to reread when I'm working on more sleep because I love the petals of fardas and the orange of broken ancient technology and she has beheld wonders, and killed many wraith, made hive ships burn is just asd';lsad good.

And I love that we you took one of my favorite images from all of SGA and made it about Teyla and the contrast of the blue of Atlantis and orange of weapons fire because that is TOTALLY what I was thinking and hoping for when I thought up this prompt (well, that and citrus angst, but you know), and you just made it so gorgeous and wonderful.
Jun. 25th, 2011 07:27 am (UTC)

and yes, because it's always Rodney and John under the light show, and I wanted it to be Teyla. :)))
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Jun. 25th, 2011 10:19 am (UTC)
A wonderful Teyla vignette. Love the contrasting blue and orange imagery.
Jun. 25th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
thank you...it's one of my favorite scenes from the show, visually. so horrifyingly beautiful.
Jun. 25th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
Sorry to leave my comment here but I didn't know where else to put it,
I am about a page away from being ready to post my orange story..plus a read thru to check it's okay, maybe 40 minutes will i be too late?
Jun. 25th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Help!!
hey: sorry, I just got this. Obviously, you weren't too late. :))) We don't close the prompt until noon pacific time...which is UTC-7 at this point. But if you ever are in a bind, please feel free to email me (my email is in my profile) and we'll work something out, okay?
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Re: Help!! - esteefee - Jun. 25th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jun. 25th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
Wow! This is beautiful!

Thank you!
Jun. 25th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! and for the rec!
Jun. 26th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
This was so well written it was poetic. Loved it so, so much.

Thank you.
Jul. 27th, 2011 09:34 am (UTC)
thank you!
Jun. 26th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
Teyla! It's so lovely to see her point of view. <333
Jul. 27th, 2011 09:36 am (UTC)
thanks, it was refreshing to write from it. I don't know why I tend to be more masculine in my perspective, but there you go. :)
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