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Title: What were you thinking?
Author: sharpes_hussy
Rating: G
Prompt: Tattoo
Summary: A slight smile curled the lip of Sheppard as he thought of McKay's reaction....

He always savored showering. As soon as they stepped out of the gate and the formalities were over, he would head to his quarters strip off his gear. . .his flight jacket, boots and BDUs, and head directly to the shower.

Showering meant getting rid of whatever he had picked up off world and sometimes it had even managed to get past the BDUs, something that made him grimace as he considered it now.

As he soaped down, he wondered idly if anyone realized he had acquired a tattoo? Hmmmmm. It brought a slight smile to his mouth when he thought of McKay, “That is so NOT in keeping with you status. I mean HELLO!! what were you thinking?” accompanied of course by a lot of histrionics.

His lip curled again in a slight smile in appreciation. The tat was relatively obscure, location wise. It was a spur of the moment, but he relished the thought of it each time he stripped down. It was unique. It was over the top and in keeping with his 'status'.

Sheppard had remembered when he was in flight training that there had been others who had them. Even though it was frowned on by those who stuck to the strict interpretation of what an officer does and does not do, it always peeked his interest to see them. One pilot had wings on his left shoulder; wings as in mythological type, not AF wings, as in pilot wears them over the left breast. He also remembered how unhappy the fight instructors were if they found out. It earned you an immediate summons to a private meeting where you were told how disappointed the AF was in your failure to recognize proper decorum. The interesting thing was it had never resulted in anyone being washed out.

Now he had one too.

As the water ran over his head and down over his shoulders Sheppard thought of how cold it had been off world. Even with his flight jacket it had chilled him to the bone.

Initially it was fine. They had stepped out of the gate into sunshine, but then fog began to roll in and the cold set in. It finally turned into WOXOF, which he guessed could be used to describe it, even though they were not in a flight status, but who cared? It was totally socked in in any case and cold to the bone.

Never mind that now as this was his relief from it all.

His enjoyment was interrupted by rapid and incessant pounding at the door with a lot of muffled shouting. No doubt McKay demanding to know why Sheppard was late for mess.


( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 15th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
OKay so i want to know what the tat is and where. and what's with the status? did you mean him as ranking officer on Atlantis? I can imagine Rodney all hysterical about needles and inks and infections and cheap tattoo parlours and stuff tho.

Edited at 2011-10-15 10:13 pm (UTC)
Oct. 15th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
'Status' refers to CO of military expedition for Atlantis

"..i want to know what the tat is and where..."

Your observations about McKay's reaction are what made Sheppard smile as he knows McKay only too well.............

Thanks for reading it and replying.
Oct. 15th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
I love that it's in an obscure place, very Sheppard.
Oct. 15th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
It was unique. It was over the top and in keeping with his 'status' And you're not going to tell us what it was, are you?

But we can try and guess.
My guess is.....

John had a tattoo of The Millenium Falcon.

Edited at 2011-10-15 11:30 pm (UTC)
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)

not only unique, but dignified.....and related to Atlantis

Oct. 16th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
A pegasus???????
Oct. 16th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
HHHmmm a dignified tattoo...

Okay 2nd guess
John has a nice dignified tattoo of the Atlantis Stargate around his belly-button. It's discrete too, because you can't see if for all the fur he has down there
Oct. 16th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
Well...I couldn't get the image of Sheppard taking a shower out of my head long enough to ponder the location of the unknown tat. Nice visual....

Again...you tease....I love it!
Oct. 16th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)

"...I couldn't get the image of Sheppard taking a shower out of my head..."

I know. Kind of difficult isn't it???

Thank for taking time to read it and for replying.
Oct. 16th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
Love this story! Reminds us just how John really got off on sticking it to the man.

I'm imagining the tat's in his armpit.
Oct. 16th, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
I could pass all Sunday here imagining Sheppard in the shower and also trying to guess and imagine where and what the tattoo is!! Mmmmm....delicious!! Thanks for giving me such a great way to spend my Sunday hon.
Really really good ficlet hon.
Oct. 16th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Pleased to meet your expectations
Thank you for reading it and replying...........
Oct. 19th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
It is wings but on his hip or inside his thigh maybe....because on Atlantis there is no obscure place to put anything...I hope the doctors and nurses keep quiet....and if the natives make him get naked, LOL.....So only John knows it's there and where .....for now, LOL...

Oct. 19th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
Another Sheppard fan, and a writer of ff, recommended I have him captured and when they cannot find out who he is, they
strip him down and seeing the tat, demand to know what it means which of course would be a direct security breach etc.
I told her she is so heartless....
Oct. 19th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
It is only a security breach if the tat means something pertaining to his military or Atlantis.....all things can be explained to seem real and it mean nothing more than the fact Clowns are scary and they keep coming.....

Oct. 19th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
it is related
Oct. 19th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
Then I will have to spank the idget and agree with Rodney when he yells and calls him a 'moron, what the hell where you thinking'.

Let me know cause I'm getting popcorn, LOL.

Kimber (who is giggling like a school girl wondering what it is)
Oct. 22nd, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
I really like the idea of this 'secret' tattoo, and how having it pleases John so much. Nice!
Oct. 23rd, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
Oh thanks so much for reading it.
Glad you enjoyed my take on Sheppard's special tat
Nov. 1st, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
I can just picture John in this, and the little secret freedom the tattoo gives him.
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