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Title: Beach Daze

Author: sharpes_hussy

Rating: G

Prompt: Driftwood photo

Summary: Sheppard just wanted some down time

Sheppard wanted some down time. He could have returned to his quarters and curled up with War and Peace, but somehow that did not sound as enticing as a few laps in real water and some down time alone.

Instead, he planned to hop in a jumper and look for a beach site.

He had gone to the galley and asked the cook for a sandwich and even some junk food that McKay would have been proud to own, and had headed down to the bay alone.

Running interference was not only Ronon, who offered to accompany him, but when Sheppard replied, “Not this time big guy,” had backed off. Then there was Teyla, who had also offered, and finally an insistent McKay, “And what will you do when you get to wherever you're going?” He had turned them all done.

As he spied the body of water, the jumper began to lose power.


He was not sure what was happening. It began to lose altitude next.

He tried to correct but it was a no go and it was happening quickly. Sheppard began to calculate if he could make it to the beach. No use scrubbing it in water.  After all he wasn't Navy, was he?

He figured he could radio for help as soon as he crashed, er, landed.

When he finally touched down it was not as bad as he thought it might be. Actually, kind of smooth due to the incredible sand that seemed to surround the body of water that from all appearances appeared quite placid.

He soon realized the only way to reach Atlantis was SOS......He had used morse before, and now was forced once more to do it. He just hoped that they would pick up on it; the only glitch being that they would not be looking for communication from him so soon as he was not overdue, at least not yet.

Having no clue as to how long it would take for rescue, he began picking up driftwood to build a beach hovel. When he had gone through survival school, they had been trained for this sort of thing hadn't they? But he had never realized it would come in handy in a galaxy far far away.

Then Sheppard smiled to himself as he continued to pick up beach debris for his shelter.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 28th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
Ahh. Alone at last! I'm surprised he didn't cobble together a surfboard!
Aug. 28th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
No just some laps, well until his jumper
malfunctioned and now a shoddy little driftwood hut........
Poor darlin'
I wonder if he has enough Power Bars on board?
Aug. 28th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
This is so very John. Thank you again for another story that just so beautifully evokes that oh so lovely, complicated, simple man,John Sheppard.
Aug. 28th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading it.
I try to capture some of what Sheppard is like in my mind.
Aug. 28th, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
Honestly, this man should never be allowed out alone!!!
Really nice insight to his thoughts hon as he starts his stint at playing Robinson Crusoe!
Short but very sweet as usual.
Aug. 28th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
**NODS*** a walking train wreck, as a doctor of mine used to say.
However, what would we do if he were any other way?
I mean what would WE write about??
Aug. 28th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
Love this...so Sheppard needing time alone, but needing his friends after all...great capture of Sheppard's psyche...

Very nicely done!

Aug. 28th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
Oh thanks so much and for reading it
I think he is very complex and despite his professionalism,
needs some down time where they cannot reach him
It has nothing to do with how much he cares about his friends, it has to do with regrouping.
His quarters are too easy in terms of intercom or somebody banging at the door demanding whatever.
I know that feeling. In my last job I took exotic vacations where they could NOT reach me.
I am not kidding.
Aug. 28th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
Love how easily he turns this into an opportunity--he was looking for some peace and quiet alone and now he has it! Nice!
Aug. 28th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
He just prepares and waits,
determined they will pick him up.......perhaps send Lorne
Aug. 29th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Very nice. As long as there are no hostile plants, bugs, animals etc on the planet (although given that is Sheppard, that might not be too likely) I could see him enjoying this time and having fun putting his skills to use as he waits.
Aug. 29th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading....

"As long as there are no hostile plants, bugs, animals etc on the planet..."

Surely you jest
This IS Sheppard after all.....
Aug. 29th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, what was I thinking? Must have lost my head there for a second. Of course the planet has all of the above and maybe a few nasty rogue Genii, too.
Aug. 29th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
***high fives*** you

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