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Alone in the Dark (TeamFic!)

Title: Alone in the Dark
Author: lilyfarfalla
Rating: PG for language?
Prompt: Tunnel
Words: ~300+
Pairings: TEAM! (But, not romantically, sorry.)
Summary: The lights go out.
Notes: YAY, writing!  (WHOOPS, forgot the LJ cut.  It's clearly been too long.  Sorry everyone!)

When the lights went out, Ronon stopped walking.

McKay stood up abruptly, but since he’d been crouching under an outcrop of rock, that meant he banged his head, lost his balance, and if the Ronon was translating that thump correctly, had fallen backwards onto his ass.

“Oww, my HEAD, my ASS,” said McKay.

Ronon smirked.

“What the hell happened, did the generators go out, I knew I should have checked them before we went in, but oh no, we put our faith in you, oh wise natives.”

Ronon rolled his eyes while McKay continued to mumble to himself.

“McKay, flashlight.”

“OH, right, which pocket—”

“Top left.”

“Well,” said McKay, digging into his pocket and switching the light on. “It’s creepy that you know that, but very useful.”

The light illuminated the walls of the cave, more of a narrow tunnel than cavern, unfortunately. Ronon had been feeling a bit claustrophobic before the lights went out—but with the light shining on the walls, moving around constantly like a peek into McKay’s brain, he was starting to get dizzy.

Ronon crouched down next to McKay. “Mind giving me the light?”

“Sure sure,” said McKay. “Just no running off and leaving me behind in the dark if you suddenly feel the need to kill something and/or save the day.”

“No promises, McKay,” Ronon grinned.

McKay rolled his eyes. “Yeah yeah, give me a hand up, and maybe we can get out of here.”

Ronon did, and he and Rodney slowly started making their way out of the cave.

The Miraja had told them that the caves were used as a means to quickly travel between towns, and to hide from the Wraith. Hollowed out over hundreds of years by the peoples living on this planet, the caves had only recently been electrified, and, as McKay put, it clearly lacked the hand of a quality engineer.

McKay went on talking and talking, and though Ronon was on alert, trying to see holes in the floor, and remember their route without all of the landmarks visible, he found that the consistent drone of McKay’s voice was a comfort, in the dark.

Not that he would ever mention that fact out loud to anyone. Ever.

And after the fifth time McKay had stumbled into a wall, Ronon figured he might as well do something about it.

“McKay! Half a step behind me, left hand on my shoulder.”

McKay grumbled, but did as he asked, and Ronon picked up the pace until they were out and out of the caves.

Back home the next morning, Ronon joined John and Teyla for an early breakfast.

“Thanks for taking care of McKay, buddy,” John said. “I imagine he’d still be wandering around in the dark if not for you.”

Ronon grunted, and John clapped him on the shoulder.

Teyla gazed for a moment at Ronon. He avoided eye contact, but he could tell she was trying to repress a smile.

“Yes,” said Teyla. “I would have thought being stranded in the dark in an enclosed space would have been a situation that resulted in more panic than it did. I am glad the two of you were not alone.”

Ronon paused in his eating, and attempted to glare at her over the table. Teyla, as usual, remained impervious.

“Well, it’s team,” Ronon said, clenching his jaw. “Have to stick together.”

John and Teyla grinned at him for that, if for different reasons, and Ronon took a moment to appreciate that none of the Earthings could read Teyla when she was being subtle.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 21st, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
eee, omg so brilliant. \o/ I love your Ronon to pieces.
Oct. 21st, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
* hugs you*
Oct. 21st, 2012 04:12 am (UTC)
Sweet - a lovely dose of teaminess with Ronon and Rodney
Oct. 21st, 2012 09:13 am (UTC)
Lovely ficlet!
Oct. 21st, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
That was awesome! :)
Oct. 22nd, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
Oct. 22nd, 2012 09:08 am (UTC)
I love that even Ronon can get a little claustrophobic and finds Rodney's voice comforting. Nice!
Sep. 8th, 2013 04:43 am (UTC)
Adore this Rodney and Ronon moment! They don't get nearly enough time together in canon or ficcage so every piece is a joy. The fact that the voices are superb and the writing top notch are icing on the cake. :)
Sep. 9th, 2013 05:54 am (UTC)
Aww, what a sweet comment, thanks! And yes, Rodney/Ronon friendship FOREVER!
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