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Fic: Good Medicine G, Prompt Orange

Title: Good Medicine
Author: Rubygirl29
Rating: G
Characters: John Sheppard, Evan Lorne
Prompt: Orange

Summary: Lorne is miserable and John is looking for a cure.

The Pegasus Galaxy has viruses all of its own. The Ancestors, the Gate builders, had failed to address the issue of immunity. That was no surprise to John, but he would have thought that the cure for the common cold might have a slightly higher priority than rearranging the genetic code to make it easier for the spiritually challenged to ascend.

Lorne was sitting at a table in the mess, well-removed from everybody. His eyes were red, his shoulders shook with suppressed coughing, he was clutching a cup of tea like it was a lifesaver, and he looked completely miserable.

John slid in the chair opposite him. "You look terrible. Maybe you should see Beckett."

"Been there." He coughed hoarsely and grimaced. "He gave me zinc lozenges, cold meds, and sent me on my way. "It's just a cold, sir."

"It's a streaming, highly contagious cold. I'm relieving you from duty. Go get some rest."

Lorne sneezed. "Thank you, sir."

"Anything I can do for you?"

Lorne shook his head. "Not unless you have a source for black market orange juice. My mom always said that was the best. Then she'd give me a toddy, an aspirin, and send me off to bed. I don't know if it did anything, but ... Sir, you don't want to hear that."

John looked at him, "Sure I do. But you should really go to bed. Seriously. I need a functional SiC. Go."

"Yes, sir." Another tearing cough. Lorne wiped his eyes and wandered out of the mess. The crowds parted like he had the bubonic plague.


Teyla was drinking tea at her own table, reading something. She looked up and smiled at John when he sat across from her. "I saw you sitting next to Major Lorne. Clearly, he is not feeling well."

"He's got a cold. He's miserable. He tilted his head. "Looks like a shopping list."

"Sergeant Stackhouse is accompanying me to the Athosian Colony. They are requesting some provisions until they can be self-sufficient, which will be very soon."

John chewed on his lip. "What do you take when you have a cold?"

"A herbal tea called misa, tava bean soup, and the juice of a fruit, which Rodney says reminds him of a citrus fruit called an orange."

"Can you bring some back with you?"

"Yes, of course. It might not be the same."

"Hey, it's the thought that counts."

"Yes, it is." She patted his hand and rose. "I will be back in a few hours."


John waited outside Lorne's quarters. "Lorne?"


John heard a faint shuffle and then the door slid open. If anything, Lorne looked worse. Pale, exhausted, his nose starting to show telltale chafing. He blinked at John. "Sir?"

"Teyla thought this might help you sleep." He held out a tray. A glass of a pale orange liquid, a bottle of aspirin, and a mug, whose contents sent up a cloud of whiskey-scented steam. "And I added a few more things."

"Wow ... umm, I mean, thank you, sir."

"Can I come in?"

Lorne stepped aside. The only disorder in his quarters was the rumpled coverings on the bed. John set the tray down. "Try this. Teyla says the Athosians swear by it. And I tasted it. It's pretty good."

Lorne took a sip. "I can't taste anything, so I'll just pretend it's orange juice."

"Now you tell me." John grinned. "Enjoy. And I expect to see you back on duty on Monday."

"A day off?"

"A Sunday off."

"Yes, sir. And, thank you."

"My motives are entirely selfish," John grinned. They weren't, and Lorne probably knew it, but they would never admit to that He backed out of the door and the panel slid shut.


Lorne reported for duty on Monday, clear-eyed, well-rested and miraculously cured.

The End


( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 19th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
This is so sweet! The Sheppard - Lorne dynamic can be so interesting, and I like how you portrayed them here.

I also love the idea that there's some other orange-like fruit out there.
Jun. 19th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
Rodney does ask if what he's eating as citrus in it, and I doubt they brought it with them, so I just figured it was a local fruit. And the prompt "orange" just fit that. so well.
Jun. 19th, 2011 09:26 am (UTC)
Nice one hon! I really like Sheppard and Lorne together....and here you showed a nice friendship despite the rank between them. Love Sheppard taking care of him and putting it down to selfish reasons.....which they both know is false as they know each other. Lovely!!
Jun. 19th, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Yes, I love Lorne and Sheppard as friends, but professional enough to respect their ranks. Off duty, I can see them playing poker together, having a beer, playing with their r/c cars. Just guys being friends.
Jun. 19th, 2011 10:34 am (UTC)
Every body knows just how miserable a cold is, even people in other glaxies! And it was very sweet the way John wanted to make Lorne feel better, because in my mind, in most SGA universes it's mostly Lorne taking care of John, like the amazingly efficient and loyal Xo he is... I have a realy soft spot for Lorne ;-)

Edited at 2011-06-19 10:35 am (UTC)
Jun. 19th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I clearly have a soft spot for Lorne, too. I like the idea of Lorne needing a little TLC once in a while. I also like John taking care of his team.

Edited at 2011-06-19 01:20 pm (UTC)
Jun. 19th, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
I love John and Evan fics and this one is great!

Thank you! :)
Jun. 19th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading!
Jun. 19th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
Great job, there aren't enough of Shep/Lorne stories. Nice team TLC.
Jun. 19th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
Even though I didn't write this as Shep/Lorne, it can certainly be read that way. :-) It's primarily friendship and totally h/c. Thank you!
Jun. 19th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
Make that another soft spot for Lorne and a great story. Loved it. I've always known that Sheppard was a softie!! I love the dynamic between these two characters, and I love both reading and writing them. Very well done!
Jun. 19th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Yes, I can write their friendship easily. I wish they had given Lorne a bigger role in the series. He was a great character.
Jun. 24th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
oh, I love their relationship! thank you for this slice (no pun intended.)
Jun. 26th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I think they have a great friendship. And the pretty is amazing. :-)
Jun. 25th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
A nice little window into Sheppard and Lorne. John would totally look after him without acknowledging it.
Jun. 26th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Yes, that is very much like I imagine John. Clearly, he cares about the men he commands, and Lorne is a friends as well as his SiC.
Jun. 26th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
Aw, I love that John tried to emulate what Lorne's mom might have done - such layered comfort. Also I liked the detail that excepting the bedclothes, Lorne's quarters were neat & tidy, a nice bit of characterization worked in there.
Jun. 26th, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I think John would take care of him. Lorne obviously has the kind of family that John doesn't. And Lorne, being military and In my mind, having served overseas in some capacity, would keep thinks neat. He just seems to be like that.
Sep. 4th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this. John taking care of someone who's NOT RODNEY. (Of course I love it when he takes care of Rodney, too...) This had a very team/family vibe to it that I just adored. Great use of prompt and yay! for Lorne's recovery!
Sep. 5th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I like to think that Lorne and Sheppard have a friendship outside of their professional relationship. I think you can see a lot of mutual concern in the series.
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