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TITLE: A Nudge in the Right Direction
AUTHOR: squidgiepdx
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
PAIRINGS: Sheppard/McKay, Parrish/Lorne, Weir/Zelenka
CHARACTERS: Atlantis.  All other characters secondary
PROMPT: SGA Saturday’s prompt, “Sign”
RATING: PG
WORDS: 715
NOTES: This came up at Squee Weekend, and we all decided to pick a character and try and write a story with the prompt.  My character of choice was Atlantis herself, and this story unfolded in my head.
WARNINGS: NOT BETAED!
SUMMARY: Atlantis hasn’t had humans roam her halls for thousands of years, and has missed them.  She decides that, when couples need a helping nudge to get together, that she can do that for them, and is generally pleased with her results.

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Atlantis watches as the newcomers wander her halls.  Though she was sure the Major could sense her viewing them from the time he walked through the Stargate, she doesn’t think anyone else on the expedition is able to, which makes her job all that much easier.

Having humans inside the city after so long was definitely a treat, but what Atlantis really missed was the love that she could almost tangibly feel coming off of couples that she housed within her walls.  And beyond that, the joyous laughter of children that often came from the new couples; it was something that she had been deprived of for thousands of years, and wanted a way to remedy.

When there was no movement over the first year between the new settlers (beyond casual dates here and there), Atlantis decides to take action herself, gently guiding those who traveled separate paths, to ones with an intertwined destiny.  Some couples were easy; the scientist Zelenka and the leader Weir for example.  She sensed from both of them the desire for something real, something permanent, and did what she could to get them together, in any way that she could.  Atlantis was sentient, though she couldn’t just hold up a sign saying, “You two are destined to be together”.  Instead, she invented creative malfunctions to the benefit of the couples.  Radek, always the early one to meetings, would go into Elizabeth’s office, and Atlantis would lock the doors shut behind him.  She’d only meant for it to go on for half an hour or so, but let them stay locked up together even longer, until they decided to start talking about life on Atlantis and began opening up to each other.

From there, it was an easy malfunction of a few transporters that even the mighty Rodney McKay couldn’t figure it out.  But after the third time being trapped together in the confined space, and a gentle nudge to Zelenka’s shoulder from a “malfunctioning panel” causing the man to lose balance and lean into Elizabeth, the smiles finally became infectious.  Zelenka finally asks Elizabeth to share a meal as Atlantis lowers the lighting in the transporter ever so slightly.  As far as first kisses go, Atlantis figures it goes well (if increased heart rates and pheromone excretion is any indication), as the pair linger in each others embrace until the door finally pops open, a nosey Doctor Rodney McKay bursting in.

There were others on the expedition that Atlantis helped guide, some easy, and some not so easy.  She locks Major Lorne’s team in Gateship 4 and waits for Lorne and Parrish to be in the same compartment, alone, before she separates them from the other team members, then slowly lowers the temperature until the men are huddled together for warmth.  She makes sure no harm comes of either man, but nearly pulses with pride when, after she lets them out, the two join hands in Lorne’s quarters later that evening, demurely redirecting her attention to other details of the city when Parrish ghosts his lips across Lorne’s as the pair fall into bed.

Major Sheppard, now Colonel since rejoining the city after an expedition to where even Atlantis could not determine his whereabouts, was much harder to understand.  The man was quiet, usually found in his quarters by himself, enjoying his solitude.  She knew that the expedition’s lead scientist, the quick thinking, acerbic-tongued man named McKay, often called out Sheppard’s name at night; sometimes in his sleep, and sometimes as he pleasured himself, but wasn’t sure of Sheppard’s interest until McKay disappeared in a Gateship beneath the surface of the ocean.  Sheppard’s pleas of “Help me find him,” rang off of her walls, the man having no way of knowing that Atlantis had already started the search, and helped guide him and the scientist Zelenka to Rodney’s shuttle with the help of the planet’s giant Flagisalis creatures, to the stricken ship.

Much later that evening, Atlantis again diverts her attention away from the Colonel and the Scientist when she finds the pair in Sheppard’s quarters sharing a quiet moment.  She dims her sensors in the Colonel’s quarters and turns to the nourishment gathering hall, where she ponders which couple to lend a helping nudge to next.

Comments

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melodysparks
Oct. 4th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
That was wonderful l like when Atlantis takes a hand in things
squidgiepdx
Oct. 8th, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I can definitely see Atlantis doing something like this.. :)
esteefee
Oct. 4th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
aww, this is so sweet. I love sentient Atlantis stories. I especially like how she demurely dims her sensors at the right time. :D
squidgiepdx
Oct. 8th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
With all that hanky panky, you *know* Atlantis would blush if she could! :) Thank you, sweets!
goddess47
Oct. 4th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
EEEEEEeeeeeeee!

I love the sentient Atlantis stories.... and that she works so hard to get couples together!

So very nice!
squidgiepdx
Oct. 8th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
I had a blast writing it, too! I'm glad this idea came up at Squee Weekend, and I thought of writing Atlantis! Thank you :)
helenkacan
Oct. 4th, 2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
This was really sweet. I, too, adore sentient Atlantis stories but only when she's acting like a Yenta! No HALs need apply. ::shudders::

I also think that Rodney would crow in delight (and remind John at every opportunity) that "Gateship" IS the proper name for a 'jumper.
squidgiepdx
Oct. 8th, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, could you imagine if Sentient!Atlantis went all HAL on Rodney? THAT would be something to see!

Thank you!
melagan
Oct. 5th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
I love matchmaker Atlantis. I needed a bit of cheer and this was perfect.
squidgiepdx
Oct. 8th, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
Awwwww ::hugs:: I hope you're doing okay! Miss you! And thank you!!!
melagan
Oct. 9th, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
Miss you too sweetie. Miss everyone.

I moved this past weekend and I've had some internet issues. Things are a better tonight and I expect things to smooth out by the end of the week.
squidgiepdx
Oct. 9th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)
Nice and smooth. Like John's tongue as it licks its way down Rodney's inner thigh... ::happy sigh::
melagan
Oct. 9th, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
Nnnnghhhhhhhhh
syble4
Oct. 5th, 2013 05:14 am (UTC)
Matchmaker Atlantis. Love it. :)
squidgiepdx
Oct. 8th, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
outsideth3box
Oct. 5th, 2013 05:56 am (UTC)
Aaaaaw! This is adorable!
squidgiepdx
Oct. 8th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was a lot of fun to write, too! :)
popkin16
Oct. 5th, 2013 06:04 am (UTC)
I really love the idea of Atlantis playing matchmaker :D Of course she'd be good at it!
squidgiepdx
Oct. 8th, 2013 11:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, she sees *everything* - so she's got to know everything, too! She's crafty - and is *really* fun to write, too! :) Thank you!
selenic76
Oct. 6th, 2013 10:03 am (UTC)
Such a sweet story, I'm so happy you picked Atlantis as a character! This I how I always see her, caring about the people who inhabit her, ♥.

And I don't think I've read anything with Radek/Elizabeth before, but it's always nice to have a pairing pointed out that I hadn't thought of. I think they might have things in common, they're ability to put up with Rodney for one :D (They're both very diplomatic and understanding in their own ways)

Thanks for sharing! ^_^
squidgiepdx
Oct. 8th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
Zelenka is one of those characters that is just really fun to write! And yep, I think he & Elizabeth would be perfect, if not only because of them both being able to put up with Rodney's ego.

Thank you!
ami_ven
Oct. 8th, 2013 05:52 am (UTC)
Very nice!
squidgiepdx
Oct. 8th, 2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
tangotabby
Oct. 9th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
EEEEEEEE, I love this! I've always thought of Atlantis as a sentient being, and you've done a lovely job of showing her as a character. I'm so glad you chose Atlantis for this prompt :-)
squidgiepdx
Oct. 9th, 2013 12:05 am (UTC)
Thank you!!! :) It was a lot of fun to write, though I will confess, it was a little harder than I thought it would be. I can get right into John or Rodney's head - but Atlantis' is a little more challenging! I'm glad it came through, though. :)
tangotabby
Oct. 11th, 2013 04:33 pm (UTC)
Maybe Atlantis is more complex? *ducks and runs*
fififolle
Oct. 10th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
Aw, that was wonderful! Naughty Atlantis, LOL, especially freezing Lorne and Parrish, hahaha. But so cute and sweet. I'll let her off *g*
squidgiepdx
Oct. 15th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
She can be a scamp - but she gets what she wants! :)

Thank you!
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