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Title: 5 Modes of Transportation in the Pegasus Galaxy
Author: lilyfarfalla
Rating: R, language.
Pairing/Characters: Mostly gen (TEAM), with a hint of John/Rodney.
Prompt: Transportation
Words: 600
Warnings: Hints at a reference to bondage.
Summary: Not as literal as it was meant to be.
Notes: Five drabbles, except for Rodney, who gets a double drabble. Thanks to David Hewlett for saying he missed chatty missions. I MISS CHATTY MISSIONS TOO, DAVID HEWLETT. And just for context, my rabbit kept trying to eat a house plant as I wrote this. NO, bunny, NO.

1. Silently
‘Runner’ wasn’t exactly the right term. There were times when he ran, was literally chased down. And hunting and being hunted often required a quick foot. But ‘Runner’ was what the Wraith called him. And so that was what he was. But it wasn’t what he did.

What he did, was travel quickly and quietly. He set traps and made weapons and left them behind. He memorized gate address after gate address. He moved between worlds and avoided people as much as possible. He survived, and for a time, forgot to do anything else.

But eventually, he’ll make noise again.

2. Starlight

Stars shining bright above you.

Elizabeth had always fought to survive, but in lifetime after lifetime, she kept putting the survival of Atlantis above her own.

So when she stepped out of the Stargate and into the cold and the dark of empty space, she wasn’t surprised. She didn’t hesitate to call the all clear to the Asurans following behind her.

The surprise was feeling a soft warm glow, instead of a stab of icy cold pain. Feeling the universe stretch out around her, and realizing she could travel along, in the starlight.

Stars fading
but I linger on

3. Tied up
Hands behind his back, arms by his sides, blindfolded, hogtied, tied to a chair, yoked by his neck to a giant fucking pole. John travels through the Pegasus galaxy, and on at least half of his trips, he is literally tied down with ropes. This should be hot, John thinks. But it’s really really not.*

The fact that the other half of his trips take place in a spaceship he controls with his mind helps. So does his team.

*He tells this to Rodney one day. Rodney threatens to tie him down if he ever rhymes again. John considers it.

4. Carrying a whole people in your heart
Teyla was accustomed to representing others when she traveled. Her father taught her early on that trading partnerships were 95% about showcasing the best of the Athosian people and 5% about the goods themselves.

But with her people lost (kidnapped, murdered, all gone, prisoners, waiting), Teyla did more than represent. She carried them on her back, in her heart, even as a new person grew in her belly, and her shoulders grew weary, her feet tired. She saw her team do the same, John and Ronon and Rodney, all of Atlantis, and it gave her strength. It gave her hope.

5. On foot
Rodney had never associated the theoretical prospect of intergalactic travel with walking. But readjusting expectations was a constant state of being on Atlantis in the early days, so Rodney watched his feet blister, and felt the blisters burst, and eventually his feet formed a respectable layer of calluses, and life went on.

Rodney still liked to complain about it sometimes. “Travel to far off galaxies!” he would joke. “Great hikes!”

But secretly, he enjoyed the missions that involved a walk. His team was chattier on foot, and walking a mile was more than worth making Ronon laugh, deep rumbling guffaws mixed with the occasional snort. And two miles was nothing compared to hearing John share a childhood memory.

Rodney sometimes talked through his problems from the lab, assisted by a pointed question from Teyla or Ronon, or a crazy math genius moment from John.

And after she had Torren and became a little bit sleep deprived, Teyla would sometimes talk and talk and talk, a veritable waterfall of miscellaneous thoughts and worries and observations that, after they stopped being worried about the seemingly un-Teyla like behavior, made Rodney and John and Ronon exchange glances brimming over with a joyous mirth.


( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 18th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
I really love the Rodney one! Great idea :D
Feb. 18th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And oh Rodney, he couldn't keep it to 100 words...
Feb. 18th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
This was great! I particularly liked Elizabeth's, it gave me chills.
Feb. 18th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad Elizabeth's worked for you, I wasn't sure it I got my idea across.
Feb. 18th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
the elizabeth one made me wibble. the ronon one made me worried for him all over again! the Rodney one made me smile for Teyla, oh *Teyla*! :D The John one made me hope Rodney would, um.

Feb. 18th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, THANK YOU! It's so funny, I really set out to write about five modes of transportation, but then it got all metaphorical or something. Fun though!
Feb. 18th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
What an imaginative way to fill the prompt! You found very fitting and absolutely credible "modes" for each of them. I really like it.

>>This should be hot, John thinks. But it’s really really not.<<

Yes, that. *g* Once something is part of your job, chances are good, that it loses it's (potential) appeal for amusement.
Feb. 19th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, what a lovely comment.
Feb. 19th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC)
Oh, I really love all of these. Elizabeth's gave me chills, and Rodney's just makes me ridiculously happy. Team!
Feb. 19th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
<3!!! Yay, thank you for the lovely comment.
Feb. 20th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, also, just noticed your icon. SO appropriate. ;)
Feb. 19th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
Oh Team, oh Team, oh Team! ♥

I love them all - Thank you so very much! =)
Feb. 19th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
oh YAY, thank you for the super lovely comment.
Feb. 19th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
These are great. As much as I adore Rodney, here I like Teyla's moments best!
Feb. 20th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Aw, that's great to hear, because I wasn't sure I'd done what I wanted to with Teyla. Thanks!
Feb. 20th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
Enjoyed all the different takes on the prompt.
Feb. 20th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Mar. 13th, 2012 06:39 am (UTC)
I liked this. I think Ronon's was my favorite, but I love the teaminess of Rodney's, too.
Mar. 13th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! And I'm so glad you liked Ronon's.
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