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Author: selenic76
Title: Whenever You Are Near (Also on AO3)
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay (pre-slash)
Characters: Elizabeth, Carson, John, Rodney
Rating: G
Word count: ~610
Warnings: None
Disclaimer:Don't own or profit from them

Summary: Odd malfunctions have been plagueing Atlantis, and Elizabeth thinks John could be linked to them.

Author's notes: A quick little something inspired by the prompt :) Unbetad, all mistakes are mine, all comments welcomed ^_^


Whenever You Are Near



Elizabeth sighed deeply. “John, will you please just lie down, and let Carson do his job.”

“Is this really necessary?” John groaned as he leaned back in the infirmary bed. He squirmed like a bug under a microscope, which Elizabeth suspected he felt like with the watchful eyes of both her and Carson on him. Probably even more so because he’d been forced to wear the hospital gown in order for all kinds of electrodes to be attached on his body.

“Almost done here, lad” Carson said soothingly, though he looked a bit worried. “We’ll keep you under observation for forty eight hours. With the current rate of anomalies appearing, that should be enough time to monitor you during an event.”

“I know you think that because the ATA gene is stronger in me I have some kind of... influence on Atlantis,” John continued to grumble. “But are you seriously suggesting that I’m somehow the cause of what’s been happening?”

“Until we figure out what’s going on, I’m not ruling out any alternative,” Elizabeth said calmly. “And you have to admit, it can hardly be a coincidence that all the malfunctions have so far happened in your presence.” Elizabeth knew Sheppard could hardly disagree with that, since it was the truth. They had investigated the matter for days, but still had no idea what was causing the power fluctuations, and they were increasing in strength as well as in frequency. The only certain thing was that they seemed to happen only in Sheppard’s immediate vicinity.

“Rodney was there too, every time as I recall,” he sullenly protested nevertheless as Carson placed the last electrode on his temple. Elizabeth had to admit that he was right; though not always in person, McKay had at least been in communication with Sheppard at the time.

“And that is why he will be joining us here shortly,” Elizabeth noted, and turned towards Carson. “Set up the next bed for Doctor McKay, he should be here—“

“Right now,” the sentence was finished in the even more than usually irritated tone of Rodney as he briskly walked up to them, hands crossed over his chest, and a displeased look on his face. “So here I am, as commanded, ready to be hooked up to machinery and pointlessly poked and probed when I could certainly get to the bottom of this if only I was given the opportunity to keep working on this problem instead of wasting my exceedingly precious time here.”

“Rodney, you’ve had four days to work on this, and have come up with nothing,” Elizabeth pointed out, unfazed by the disgruntled outburst. “For now, could you at least consider the possibility that this angle might be worth investigating.”

“If you seriously think that flyboy here is responsible for the energy spikes,” Rodney said and turned to look at the said aviator, smirking confidently—obviously having on his way here thought of a dozen reasons why the suggestion was completely ridiculous and utter nonsense—but he never had the chance to continue; the room was suddenly filled with noise from the various machines connected to John, and the lights in the room began to flicker.

And while the baffled scientist and the worried doctor turned their eyes towards the equipment to look for clues, Elizabeth’s turned towards John. And all it took was one look at those flushed cheeks, the way John bit his lower lip, the widened pupils and the dreamy gaze aimed at Rodney, and the answer was clear. The cardiogram confirmed her hypothesis. Elizabeth smiled, and watched the lights flicker in the exact same excited rhythm as John Sheppard’s heart.


~~~ End ~~~


Comments

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squidgiepdx
Jun. 1st, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
EEEE!!!!
OMG, that was totally adorable! Poor smitten John, affecting Atlantis' electronics with his pining. ::snark:: So, so cute!!!
selenic76
Jun. 1st, 2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
Re: EEEE!!!!
Eeeeee! You liked the story! ^_^ I love doing adorable, and I'm happy to hear it showed in the fic and the feels came through. I was in the mood for something mushy and happy, so this happened :D

Thank you so much for the comment, has me smiling so wide right now ^_^
melagan
Jun. 1st, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
Best use of the ATA gene EVER!!!!
selenic76
Jun. 1st, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! ^_^ *hugs* I just keep wondering, how they solved the problem, and what effects that had on Atlantis :D (and also, if there are any fics with this angle on things, would be interesting to read...)

Thank you for commenting hun, means a lot to hear you liked this ^_^
melagan
Jun. 1st, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
I just keep wondering, how they solved the problem, and what effects that had on Atlantis

This sounds like an excellent topic to explore Squee Weekend!

(and I'm thrilled to see you writing again)
selenic76
Jun. 1st, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
This sounds like an excellent topic to explore Squee Weekend!

That would be awesome :D How John and Atlantis interact/influence each other is always interesting.

(and I'm thrilled to see you writing again)

(thank you, thrilled to be writing!)
melodysparks
Jun. 1st, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
Totally adorkable
selenic76
Jun. 1st, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
How sweet of you to say that! *hugs* They are such an adorkable pair, and I can't seem to help but write them so :D I love it when a prompt sparks up something like this in my head :)

Thanks for commenting, always love hearing from you ^_^
melodysparks
Jun. 1st, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
Youre welcome they are perfect together and you write them so well
trillingstar
Jun. 1st, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
Awwww, this is super cute! Made me grin. *G*
selenic76
Jun. 2nd, 2013 08:06 am (UTC)
I couldn't help it, they are so cute! :D

That's always the best compliment to hear, that a story made people happy in some way, because it makes me happy too ^_^ Thank you for commenting!
esteefee
Jun. 1st, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
awwwww, pupillary response for Rodney on a city-wide level. :D

very sweet, selenic!
selenic76
Jun. 2nd, 2013 08:13 am (UTC)
Thank you! ^_^ I've always been intrigued by the idea of John being able to affect Atlantis, have to write more on the subject some day, I bet there are some very interesting ideas waiting to be developed from this :D
popkin16
Jun. 2nd, 2013 08:43 am (UTC)
I love this. Especially the detail of the lights flickering in the same rhythm as John's heart <3 He is SO SMITTEN :D
selenic76
Jun. 2nd, 2013 08:53 am (UTC)
YES HE IS! :D I don't know why, but I sometimes feel the need to write him this way :) (Maybe because he's so awkward with feelings, poor John) This use of the ATA gene opens up a whole new angle on fic ideas for me :D

I'm so happy to hear you loved this, thank you! *hugs* Sorry your 'tied-up Rodney' story still remains on the waiting list, but I have been thinking about that too! It's too interesting to leave unwritten ^_^
popkin16
Jun. 2nd, 2013 08:58 am (UTC)
It's fun to mess with John, make him smitten and silly XD I never thought about how his emotions may influence his connection to Atlantis - that's a really clever idea :)

You're welcome, bb! *HUGS* No worries about my fic being on the waiting list; I'm not going anywhere! I'm glad you find it an interesting prompt :P
selenic76
Jun. 2nd, 2013 09:26 am (UTC)
I loved the idea too, though it was not really any innovative thinking on my part, at least consciously :D My subconscious has a mind of it's own, and fortunately provides me with these little insights every now and then :)

And oh my word, I didn't realize it until I crossposted on AO3, this is my 20th fic! O_O To me, that's an achievement! :D (Thanks for the kudos too!)
popkin16
Jun. 2nd, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
Congrats on writing 20 fics, bb! That's quite the achievement :D (Also, you're welcome *g*)
lazy_8s
Jun. 3rd, 2013 01:06 pm (UTC)

So cute! Atlantis was like John's very own love letter, proclaiming his feelings for Rodney as only She could. Loved it! :)
selenic76
Jun. 3rd, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
Too bad Rodney was so clueless he didn't know how to read the message :D But he got it eventually ^_^

Thank you so much for commenting, happy to hear you loved this little fic ^_^
outsideth3box
Jun. 4th, 2013 02:16 am (UTC)
I am overcome with aaaaaaaaaaw!
selenic76
Jun. 4th, 2013 05:38 am (UTC)
Well then I certainly did something right! ^_^ Happy to hear the story induced such a feeling, thank you for commenting!
lilyfarfalla
Jun. 5th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
AWW, oh John! I can just picture Rodney's increasing bafflement (is that a word?!) until it all comes together and he gets all blushy and shy. So lovely!
selenic76
Jun. 5th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
And on top of that, he will have to admit that Elizabeth was right! :D But he will forget the humiliation soon enough, once he and John find some nice quiet place to spend some time alone ^_^ (Hopefully far away from any important machinery :D)

Thank you for commenting, so happy to hear you liked! ^_^
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