AU. Angst. Humour.
in Antarctica and is meddling with his cousin's life - much to the
annoyance of said cousin!
Thank you to Jayne Perry for the beta-reading.
An Annoying Cousin
By Leesa Perrie
When Rodney McKay was asked to go to the Ancient outpost in Antarctica,
he didn’t hesitate. Sure, it would be cold, but
done cold before, and this, this was something big, and he wanted to be
a part of it. And if it just so happened that his cousin had
sent to McMurdo, in disgrace, then that was just an added
They were rarely in the same country these days and this offered him a
chance to see him from time to time, as well as a chance to get his
cousin’s side of the story, because he knew John Sheppard was
a man who disobeyed orders on a whim. No, there had to have
some reason, and a damn a good one, for him to do that.
And if his ‘little cousin’ as Sheppard insisted on
him could, perhaps, just maybe, find a way to make him a part of the
Stargate Programme, then so be it. Call it nepotism, of
call it knowing the right people, but he was damned if John was going
to be pushed to one side and ignored; made into a glorified taxi driver
on the southern most continent for the rest of his career.
was no way that was going to happen.
Not if he had anything to do with it.
Unfortunately, he was rushed through the base at McMurdo and out to the
Ancient outpost before he had time to find his cousin, or to even let
him know he was there. Still, he managed to get a message
later, but because it had to go through official channels, he had kept
it simple. Just a ‘hi, John, I’m at the
research base in Antarctica, maybe I’ll get a chance to catch
with you next time at McMurdo.’ John had replied to
would be happy to see him when he was able to arrange it.
And that had pretty much been it for the first few weeks. The
work at the outpost kept him too busy to think about much else, and
when Jackson found the location of Atlantis, the work just
intensified. Now they had to learn as much as they could
relocating to Cheyenne Mountain in a month’s time and then
heading to another galaxy, on a potentially one way trip, in the near
When Beckett, the man who he had shared a cell with a year ago and who
seemed determined to befriend him against all odds, had discovered the
ATA gene and a way to test for it, the testing had highlighted just how
few people already signed onto the expedition had the gene.
McKay suggested testing the people at McMurdo, as they were near by and
already part of the military, and therefore good candidates for joining
He had wanted to go to McMurdo for the testing, so that he could talk
to John, but had been unable to find a good reason for him to do
so. He was getting frustrated as he knew time was running out
he had yet to find a way to help John’s career problems.
If he could find a way to get John into the Stargate Programme, it
would surely help him. And maybe he wouldn’t have
behind his only relative and friend on Earth when he left for
Atlantis. He decided, reluctantly, to approach Elizabeth and
if she could, as a personal favour, find a way to bring Major Sheppard
into the know. He at the very least wanted John to know where
was going and why, even if he didn’t come with him.
Of course, the chances that anyone on McMurdo base, let alone John,
would have the gene were slim, so he was surprised, not to mention
intensely jealous, to discover that not only had his flyboy cousin got
the gene, but that it was the strongest they had come across so far,
other than General O’Neill’s. Which was
just so, so
O’Neill and Elizabeth had given John clearance to come to the
outpost, and had also given him a lesson in ‘Stargate
and all things alien. They had even managed to convince him
come to the outpost to help with testing the technology and he was due
to arrive tomorrow, but they had failed to convince Sheppard to join
Rodney knew it was his turn to step in and convince his
He knew no one had realised the family connection as yet, though
presumably that would be picked up at some point; it wasn’t
it was a big secret or anything.
He headed for Elizabeth’s office at a brisk pace, already
plotting out in his mind what he would say to John.
“Elizabeth,” Rodney found her in the room she was
her office. “Have you had any success convincing
Sheppard to join the expedition?”
“No. It looks like we’ll have to get by
without his gene.”
“Well, it might help if I talk to him.
He’s coming over tomorrow, isn’t he?”
“Yes, he is, but I don’t want you trying to
browbeat anyone into this…”
“I won’t.” He paused at her sceptical
“Really, I won’t. No browbeating,
honour. Not that I was ever a scout,
sighed. “Look, you probably don’t know this yet,
is my cousin…”
“Major Sheppard is your cousin?”
Rodney smiled wryly, secretly amused at the incredulous look on
“Yes, my cousin. We’re actually quite
I’m sure once I point out to him the importance of this
expedition, not to mention the fact that I will be going,
change his mind. Well, maybe. He can be a stubborn
“Not like anyone else in the family, I’m
sure…” Elizabeth gently teased.
“Will the fact
you’re part of the expedition convince him?
sure it won’t make him even less likely to come?”
“Oh, please, Elizabeth, I know they are lots of people
who’ll no doubt be jumping for joy when they hear
heading to another galaxy, but John won’t be one of
In fact, I was trying to work out how to get him involved in all of
this anyway. The gene’s just made it easier for
“I see. You’re not about to change your
this expedition, if it means leaving your cousin behind?”
“No, no, I’m committed to this now.”
surprised by her suggestion. “But I’d
leave him behind. Look, I know he has a black mark on his
but he’s a decent guy. I’m sure that he
had a good
reason to disobey orders. It’s not something he
lightly. I know he’d be a good person to have
especially if we find trouble. Which, let’s face
always a possibility. Not to mention that his gene would come
handy, as well.”
“A gene that you don’t have.”
“Yes, thank you for reminding me of that, again,”
said snippily. “Typical. He must have got it from
father’s side, along with his love of flying. Life
unfair and does not take into account genius.”
Elizabeth smiled at the familiar whine.
“Alright, I’ll make sure you get a chance to spend
time with your cousin. I hope you can convince him to join
but no browbeating.”
“Trust me, Elizabeth, John is the last person I’d
to browbeat into doing something he doesn’t want to
He’s immune to me.”
“Definitely sounds like a person I want around
then.” She grinned.
There was a knock at the door and one of the scientists poked her head
“Oh, Dr McKay, there is a problem that needs your
attention. Dr Kavanagh…”
“Agh, that man…alright, I’m
muttered, turning back to Elizabeth briefly as he exited her office.
“Please tell me he isn’t
“I’m sorry, but he is one of the best in his
“Agh!” he said again and stormed off.
“And I need someone to keep you on your toes,”
Elizabeth said to herself with a small smile.
General O’Neill escorted a rather bemused looking Major
Sheppard through the outpost.
“I’m sure the eggheads here will be grateful for
you can give them with this techno mumbo-jumbo,”
said, waving vaguely around at the busy scientists.
“Just so long as they don’t expect me to go off to
another galaxy, sir.”
O’Neill ignored his comment.
“Dr Weir wants you to meet up with the boss egghead as soon
you arrive,” Jack said, guiding Sheppard towards a back lab
also doubled as McKay’s office. “Though
why she would
do that when she’s trying to convince you to join the
I have no idea.”
“Something wrong with the head geek, sir?”
“Just a total lack of interpersonal skills.”
They entered the back lab and John wasn’t all surprised to
find his cousin there, busily tapping away on a laptop.
“McKay,” O’Neill called, and when that
response from the engrossed scientist, he said a little more loudly,
“Hmm, busy,” Rodney muttered, not taking his eyes
laptop screen to see who had interrupted him. John smirked,
wandered casually over.
“Hey, Rodders, I think the General wants to say hi.”
Rodney stopped and turned to look at Sheppard, before glancing at
“Well, if it isn’t Johnny-boy,” Rodney
snidely, clearly annoyed with the ‘Rodders’ from
“So, you two know each other?” O’Neill
“Yes, sir. Rodney’s my cousin,”
“Oh. You have my sympathy,” Jack
deadpanned back at him.
“Oh, har-de-har,” McKay snapped. “Very
“So, you’re the boss egghead and head
geek?” John said.
Rodney narrowed his eyes at the General, and then turned his annoyed
look on Sheppard.
“Chief of Science,” he corrected.
“I’ll leave you two to it,” Jack said.
I’m tempted to stay and watch the show, it certainly looks
it could be entertaining. Tag Team Geek
“Oh please. Just go bother someone else,
I’m sure Elizabeth has some things she’d like to
“Be nice, McKay, or I’ll have Sam send Felgar down
join you. Hmm, now that’s an idea, maybe we could
off to Atlantis too…”
“No way,” McKay said with a shudder, “And
wouldn’t be that mean to me.” He paused for a
sighing, “Then again, I wouldn’t put it past
“I’ll see you later, Major.”
Jack left the lab, smiling. He had a feeling that Major John
Sheppard was about to change his mind about joining the expedition.
“So,” John started, “Head of the
“Yes,” Rodney sighed, rolling his eyes.
“Head of the
geeks, as you put it. And the person to put your ATA gene to
“You don’t have the gene?”
“No, and just how unfair is that? Chief Scientist,
can’t use most of this technology, and yet you, the flyboy,
the gene! So not fair!”
“You’re jealous.” John smiled.
“Green doesn’t suit you, Rodney.”
“So? Let me have my moment of jealous
“Okay, moment over,” John said with a grin.
“Fine. We’ll start with the Control
Chair.” Rodney got up.
“Just a thought,” John said, looking serious.
you’re the Chief Scientist, does that mean you’re
“To another galaxy? Yes, it does.”
“Crap, McKay, what the hell are you thinking?” John
“That the technology will be bigger and better than anything
outpost has to offer. That I’ll get to make
breakthroughs I could only dream of on Earth. That
a part of something big, and hopefully something that could save Earth
from all those aliens out there that want to destroy or conquer
“It’s dangerous,” John said flatly.
dangerous, and…damn it, Rodney, you could die out
Not to mention this could be a one way trip! You
“Oh, I’m serious,” Rodney said quietly.
serious. You think I don’t know it could be
dangerous? Or that I might never be able to return to
Earth? I’m painfully aware of that! But
isn’t exactly the safest place in the universe.
lost count of the times we’ve been on the verge of
invasion. This expedition is important.
about an Ancient city! Not just some scattered bits of
technology, or a small outpost, but an entire city! They
even be Ancients there, and maybe they could help us. Either
we have to go. I
have to go. They need me, and I’m not going to let
or insecurities stop me,” Rodney paused for a brief
“Look, I’ll admit, I’m scared shitless at
I think about what I’m about to do, but I have to do
It’s important…and I’m needed.
a long time since I’ve been needed.”
“I don’t want you to go,” John said.
“You’re the only family I have left now.”
“I know.” Rodney calmed down. “I
think I want to leave you behind, not knowing if I’ll ever be
able to see you again? Believe me, that would be the suckiest
thing of all.” He huffed out a laugh.
trying to find a way to get you clearance, so that I could at least
tell you the truth about what I was doing, where I was going.
Damn gene sorted that out for me, which is something, I
But the truth is, I want you to come with us. Join the
“I’m not sure if I’m ready to do
that. And with my record…”
“You should see General O’Neill’s
He’s been known to usurp authority, admittedly usually to
Earth, but also to save someone left behind. I’ve
“You have?” John looked surprised.
“Yes, hacked into the relevant computer system. You
back to rescue some people, because you don’t believe in
people behind. Something O’Neill believes
Something that saved me from…well, I’ll tell you
that some other time. Anyway, this is a chance for a new
start.” McKay shrugged and looked away. “Of course,
you’re too afraid…”
“Tell me that isn’t it, John. Because I
know you; you
do what needs to be done, and fear be damned.
You’re one of
the bravest people I know, and I know quite a few of them
Tell me you’re not afraid to go through the stargate, and
I’ll believe you.”
“Damn it…yes, of course, I’m
afraid. Only an
idiot wouldn’t be. But that’s not the
don’t want to go.”
“I really didn’t think it was. So what is
“I don’t want the responsibility. Sure, I
be the guy in charge, but I’ll still be responsible for a lot
people, most of whom will be civilians at that. I’m
ready for that, I don’t want it. Here, I have few
“Yes, here you’re a glorified taxi driver and
little else. Such a waste.”
“No, don’t ‘Rodney’
capable of so much more. And you know what the thing I hate
in this life is, well, other than incompetence and stupidity?
It’s someone wasting their talents. I never figured
you’d be one to do that.”
“You have no idea…”
“Of what it’s like to lose people under my
No, I don’t. I can imagine it sucks, big
how many people have you saved? And how many more might you
if you don’t give up. And that’s what you
John. You’ve given up.”
“You wouldn’t let me give up,” Rodney
quietly. “When you first met me, you found a way to
through my fears, my loneliness, my despair. You pulled me
through it. Sure, your parents helped too, but it was you who
first reached me. You wouldn’t give up on me and
wouldn’t let me give up on people, on life, and I’m
about to let you give up on yourself. Even if you
come on this expedition, you’re not staying here.”
“That McKay determination has set in, hasn’t
it?” John said ruefully.
“It has,” McKay confirmed with a grin.
“Alright, I’ll…think about it.
No promises, though.”
“That’s all I ask right now.”
“Yeah, right now. Later,
“Oh, well, later…”
They grinned at each other, the tension easing.
“Now, let me show you the Control Chair. We have a
lot of work to do…”
Two days had passed with Sheppard activating the Ancient
technology. The other scientists had noticed the banter
them, amazed that someone could get away with teasing and arguing with
McKay, but had soon found out that they were cousins.
It was now just after lunch, and Elizabeth, Carson and Rodney were in
the mess hall finishing their meal when John stomped into the room,
slapping a piece of paper down on the table in front of
Rodney merely glanced calmly at it and then looked into the face of his
“You…you have got to be the most annoying,
downright manipulative person I have ever had the misfortune to
meet,” John shouted.
“Major Sheppard…” Elizabeth started, but
shook his head at her, with a small grin. The Major ignored
anyway, focusing his attention solely on his cousin.
“I told you I was happy here and you go and pull a stunt like
this!” John pointed to the papers on the table.
“Like what?” Rodney asked, with a failed innocent
“You know damn well what! I’m being sent
to Colorado Springs, to join the SGC!”
Rodney said, as if just realising what John was going on about.
“Yes, McKay, that.
And don’t try to tell me you had nothing to do with
this. You’ve always been a lousy liar.”
Rodney just shrugged his shoulders and took another bite of his dessert.
“Damn it, you’re…argh!” John
turned away, and
started pacing. “What the hell are you doing,
“Like I told you, Major,
you’re wasting your talents here, and I do so hate
“Damn you, Rodney.” Sheppard pushed his hand though
hair, still pacing. “That still doesn’t give you
to manipulate my life. What did I do to deserve as
frustrating a cousin as you?”
“So,” McKay said quietly. “Are you coming
on the expedition or going to the SGC?”
Sheppard turned to look at him, with narrowed eyes.
“Oh no you don’t…You’re not
into anything.” He turned to leave the mess hall.
“I’ll just have to explain things to the
“Good luck,” Rodney called after him.
“But I think the General’s on my side in this, for
John made an obscene gesture and stomped back out.
“Rodney,” Elizabeth said, tilting her head
“I thought you’d agreed not to browbeat him into
“I’m not doing any browbeating,” he
before giving a sly grin. “Just giving him a few more options
than staying here.” He looked at her less than pleased
and sighed. “Look, he’s given up on himself and
that’s the one thing I never thought he’d
never gave up on me, never let me
give up on me, and there’s no way I’m letting him
on himself now. I’m just repaying the favour,
all. He’ll thank me one day.”
“I hope you know what you’re doing,” she
said with an exasperated sigh.
“I do. Besides, he’ll get his own back at
“And that doesn’t worry you?” Carson
“It’s just the way we are. He pushes me,
him. Could make life interesting for you, Elizabeth, but I
you’re up to handling it,” McKay said.
try not to give you any grey hairs.”
“Thank you. I think.”
“If you’ll excuse me, I have work to do, and a
cousin to calm down…”
McKay left the mess hall.
“You sure you still want both of them?” Carson
“Somehow, I think it’s even more important to
Major to join us. I could use all the help I can get with
“Och, he’s not so bad, and you know it.”
“And just how long have you been trying to befriend
him?” she asked pointedly.
“About a year now, much to his annoyance.” He
grinned. “Good job I have a thick hide.”
“I’m surprised you haven’t given
“Aye, but I saw something in him when we were
He’s a good man, underneath the ego. The sort of
that would make a good friend if you can get past his
And I’ve always relished a challenge.”
“Like going to another galaxy?”
“Ach, I must be mad, lass.”
They shared a smile.
Rodney was waiting for his cousin after he had finished talking to
O’Neill. Judging from the scowl on John’s
General wasn’t taking no for an answer and the Major would be
shipping out to the SGC soon. The glare he threw
way when he spotted him didn’t phase him at all.
been on the receiving end of worst glares than that from his cousin in
“I’m not talking to you,” John growled,
turning to walk away.
“You just did,” Rodney pointed out with a smirk,
break through his cousin’s anger. John merely
glare at him, before continuing to walk away from him. Great,
John was really
pissed at him.
“I’m sorry,” he started, following after
cousin. John gave him a look that clearly showed he
believe him. “Okay, I’m not
just…” He threw his hands up in frustration.
you just stand still for a minute and listen to me!”
But John just ignored him and carried on walking away.
“Fine! Be like that. Go and sulk, lick
and curse me, if it’ll make you feel better. But
just do me
one thing, please.” McKay moved in front of John,
his path and thrusting out the laptop he was holding.
the reports I’ve left up on the laptop for you.”
John just looked at the laptop, not moving to take it. He
narrowed his eyes at Rodney, shook his head and moved to one side,
ready to carry on walking. McKay moved to the same side and
stopped him again.
“Please,” he said quietly. “Please,
Maybe it was the fact he was pleading or the look of desperation he
guessed was on his face, he didn’t know, but John took the
laptop. Rodney stepped out of his way.
“Thank you,” he said as John walked off, clearly
still not talking to him.
Rodney was busy typing away on another laptop in his office when John
walked in just over an hour later. McKay looked up,
in his eyes when he saw who had just entered.
John slapped the laptop Rodney had given him earlier down on
McKay’s desk and slumped into a chair with a heavy sigh.
“You never told me.” It was part
“I couldn’t, it was classified,” Rodney
said, glad that his cousin was talking to him again.
“You should have said something, Rodney. Even if
couldn’t tell me all the details, I should have
it, you were tortured!”
Rodney winced at the words. John suddenly stood back up and
reached over to grab Rodney’s left arm. McKay
at first, but then relented and allowed John to pull his sleeve up and
look at the scars left by the bracelet device Newman had used on him,
all those years ago.
“Oh crap,” John whispered, as there was no doubt to
truth of the reports left. Rodney pulled his arm away,
the sleeve back down.
“Yeah,” he muttered. “That about sums it
“And the other kidnapping, the alternate universe people,
that was all true as well, wasn’t it?”
“Yes. At least I didn’t get hurt that
“Why now? Why did you want me to know
now? If you
think I’m going to let you off interfering in my
“No, no, it wasn’t that, as such. More
like an explanation.”
Rodney sighed, looking at his hands.
“I’m alone, John, and that makes me
thought that pushing people away would keep me safe. No one
betray me or hurt me if I didn’t let them close.
But I left
myself open to other attacks, and I know that. If something
happened to me, other than you, no one would really care too
much. Well, maybe Carter and Jackson would feel some remorse,
Elizabeth and Carson as well maybe, but no one would really mourn me,
except you. My intellect would be missed, not much
else. And I can’t seem to
change.” He huffed a
short laugh. “Beckett, for some reason, seems determined to
befriend me. I think Elizabeth would like to be a friend as
but I don’t know how to…how to let them
I’m not sure I want to.”
“You’re afraid,” John stated calmly.
“Yes, I’m afraid. And with good
I’ve been burned too many times in the past. People
approached as friends and then either discarded me or betrayed
me. You, and your parents, were the only people who never
on me or turned me away. And now…I don’t
know how to
change, and I’m afraid to.”
He stood, pacing now, arms gesturing as he tried to explain.
“But I want what Sam has, what SG-1 have, what other SG teams
have. I want to know that someone would be looking for me if
got into trouble. That someone would come after me.
doesn’t believe in leaving people behind, like you
don’t. You’ll fit in there just fine,
once you get
over your annoyance with me. Of course, you know I want you
come on the expedition. I want you to come to
It’s selfish, I’ll admit it, but I want someone who
would never leave me behind, and also, I don’t want to leave
only person I trust and truly…like…
“Rodney,” John stood, placing his hands on his
cousin’s shoulders to stop his pacing, and looking him in the
eyes. “You…” he sighed.
“You’re a mess,
you know that, don’t you?”
Rodney laughed, a short, broken laugh.
“You shouldn’t be going to Atlantis,”
“But they need me. And, right now, I need to be
needed. It would be nice to be wanted as well, but
take being needed.”
There was a desperation in Rodney’s eyes that truly worried
“I…want you to stay on Earth.
You’re wanted here, by me.”
“I wish it was enough.” Rodney closed his eyes for
a moment, then pulled away from John and sat back down.
“But it isn’t, is it?”
“No,” he said, putting his head in his hands.
“I’m glad, that you want me here, you have no idea
that means to me, but…they do need me. Earth needs
go with this expedition, to find a way for us to return to Earth with
new technology, that will hopefully help us win the war against our
enemies, out there.” He waved a hand upwards distractedly.
“I have to do this. I need to do this. I
just wish I
didn’t need to be alone out there.”
“You won’t be alone.”
“Yes, yes, I will. Because I can’t let
can’t let them in. Because I may be needed, but
not sure I’m wanted. Because if something was to
me, if I needed someone to rescue me, I’m not sure anyone
come. Because I don’t have anyone I can trust,
except myself. And that makes me alone.”
“Damn it, this…I can’t be what you want,
Rodney. I don’t need the responsibility, I
it, not anymore. And you’ll be fine, I’m
it. I think you’re underestimating yourself and the
around you. You’ll do fine without me, probably be
off without me.”
“I’m sorry. I know I’m being
selfish. I’m sorry.” Rodney let out a
and then smiled. “And you’re right.
fine.” But he looked far from convinced.
I’m not sorry for getting you transferred to the
“Rodney,” John said in warning.
“Well, I’m not. I just hope you can
forgive me, some day.”
John rolled his eyes, and then sighed.
“Forgiven you already, you stubborn pain in
doesn’t mean I’m happy about it, or that
going to make you pay.”
Rodney looked at the wicked grin on John’s face and knew his
cousin was plotting something, and probably something embarrassing at
that, but he wasn’t going to worry about it…too
The next day Sheppard knocked on Elizabeth’s office door, and
“How can I help you, Major?”
“Well, you could hogtie McKay until he agrees to leave me
alone,” he muttered.
Elizabeth tried hard to stifle a grin, but failed when the Major
“Of course, that would only make him even more
he said with a sigh, shaking his head. “He’s one of
most stubborn people I’ve ever met. He also happens
“Right about what?” Elizabeth asked.
“About me wasting my talents,” he said with a
“And I’ve made a decision. I’ll
expedition to Atlantis, but on one condition; that you don’t
McKay. I want that particular pleasure for myself.”
Elizabeth saw an evil glint to his eyes and almost felt sorry for
Rodney for a moment. Almost. But her resident
brought whatever the Major was planning down on himself, so she
wasn’t going to waste her sympathy on him.
“That’s fine,” she said. “I
what you’re planning, but I need my Chief of Science in one
“Don’t worry, he’ll still be in one
“Good. I’m glad that you’ve
decided to join
us. What made you change your mind, if you don’t
“Rodney let me see the reports; about how he ended up working
at Area 51 and how he first met Dr Beckett.”
“Well, I’ve been thinking, why should he have all
living on another planet?” John said lightly, before adding,
“But seriously, he needs someone out there to watch his back,
someone he can trust.”
“And that someone would be you?” Elizabeth asked,
already knowing the answer.
“Yeah. He has trust issues, I’m sure
aware of that by now, but he trusts me. And right now, I
needs me around again. In fact, I’m probably doing
favour by coming, actually. I’m one person that
listen to, and believe me there aren’t many of those in this
world,” he paused, before amending, “Huh, universe,
“I’m well aware that Rodney has problems dealing
“Poor people skills,” John agreed. “But
it’s a wonder he interacts with the world at all, considering
childhood. Things could easily have gotten worse if my
hadn’t have stepped in and adopted him as a
“There is no information on his childhood in any of the
have on him,” Elizabeth said with a frown. “But
isn’t all that unusual.”
“No. Look, I’m not about to go into
Just believe me when I say he had a tough time of things and leave it
“Alright. It will be good to have someone along who
understands him as much as you obviously do. Though I have a
feeling the two of you are going to make my job more…
interesting,” she said wryly.
“And I have a feeling you’ll be able to handle us
fine. Look, it’s clear Rodney already respects you,
is quite a big thing to have achieved in the short time
known him. So if he respects you, then you’re
my respect as well.”
“Now, if you don’t mind, I’d like to find
cousin,” John said with a grin. “You might want to
Elizabeth felt a smile cross her face.
“Well, how could I resist an offer like that?”
McKay was busy berating one of his minions for an error in her
calculations when Elizabeth and John entered the main work
There were about ten scientists in the area, including Grodin and
Zelenka. She also noticed Carson entering the area just
“Hey, Rodney,” John said, sauntering up to his
“Oh, now that you’re here, I have something I want
you to turn on…”
“That can wait a moment. I have an announcement to
make,” John smiled.
“What?” Rodney looked confused, the other
scientists, sensing something interesting going on, listened in.
“You’ve won. I’m coming to
Atlantis with you, Dr Meredith
Rodney looked mortified, even more so when there were a few suppressed
titters from the onlookers.
“Oh, very good,” he said sarcastically, recovering
composure quickly. “Is that it? Your revenge is
people my first name? I expected better from you than
Really, I’m disappointed.”
“Oh, I haven’t finished yet.” John
his attention to the onlookers. “Hey, you want to
about how The Great McKay was foiled by a lowly household appliance,
the toaster from hell?”
“No, no, no, shut up!” Rodney looked around
“Don’t listen to him, he’s obviously
“Or how about that time…” John trailed
off as McKay slapped a hand over his mouth.
“What will it take to shut you up?” he asked,
hand at John’s glare, to which John grinned wickedly.
“How about an apology for being such a pain in the neck to
your wonderful cousin?”
“Okay, okay, I apologise.”
“Sorry, folks, guess that story will have to wait for another
day…” John smiled as everyone returned to their
work. “So, what is it you want me to
on</i>. And you do know how suggestive that
“Only to someone with a dirty mind like you.”
“Uh, oh, I feel a story coming on again…”
“Oh, great. Just what was I thinking, trying to get
join the expedition? Like I need this
pushed a small object into John’s hands.
“See if you
can make this work.”
Elizabeth smiled as she left them to it. She had a feeling
weren’t going to be boring with those two along.
suited her just fine.