Carter muses on being in charge while helping a hurt Chuck.
Written for the sgahcchallenges
Last Fanfic Writer Stranding competition, Round One.
Word count: 500
max. Not one word over.
Choose any from the following – Teyla, Lorne, Radek, Woolsey,
Chuck and Sam
from two to all characters from the list and write a story in which
there is no dialogue at all. There must be social interaction, but you
can’t write any dialogue. No other characters allowed, but
I struggled with this challenge and don't think this is my
best work. Sorry.
Thank you to Jayne Perry for the beta-reading.
Not Chuck’s Day
When she’d taken command of Atlantis she’d known it
going to be a difficult task, but it was an honour to be considered for
the job and a challenge she felt she was ready to take on, even with
the potential problem of McKay.
By Leesa Perrie
It certainly was a heavy responsibility what with all the lives that
relied on her leadership, but she coped and in time began to feel like
she was home, though Earth would always be more of a home to her than
here. Something she knew wasn’t the case for many
Atlantis, especially those who’d been here from the beginning.
Like Chuck, who was currently bleeding profusely from a wound in his
leg. She applied pressure, smiling at him reassuringly as she
so, telling him it wasn’t as bad as it looked and that the
medical team would be there shortly so he wasn’t to worry.
He didn’t seem to be buying it, but then she could hardly
him. He was nothing if not smart and knew that with the
transporters down, due to an unexpected glitch, it would take several
minutes for the team to reach them out here on the North
She’d wandered down here looking for a few minutes peace and
quiet, not expecting to run into anyone. Chuck said
come down to check out a power fluctuation, but she knew better, and
decided that it was about time she organised an official bar on
Atlantis and put an end to the stills. Not one of the
expedition’s most successful secrets, and indeed it was quite
clear that Elizabeth had known about them and turned a blind
She had said as much in her notes, the ones she’d left on her
computer for whoever took over should something happen to
Sam had her own similar file.
So Chuck had come down to check on his stills and fallen over some
debris onto a metal pipe. She’d heard his cry and
in a growing pool of blood, and that was when the technical glitch
occurred, making Chuck’s day even worse. And hers.
She sucked at the whole comfort thing, at least with people she
didn’t know well, but she tried to keep him calm, distracting
with questions about his family and where in Canada did he grow up,
joking about McKay breaking the friendly Canadian stereotype completely
and giving them all a bad name.
The bleeding slowed, and then stopped.
Ten minutes later, the transporters were back online and a medical team
arrived to take over.
She slumped down in relief, before following them back to the city hub
and radioing Chuck’s partner in crime, Dr Mallozzi, to inform
that Chuck had been injured. She had no doubt Mallozzi would
checking on the stills within the hour.
Maybe she’d try a glass of moonshine herself. After
all, she deserved it after this.
1) Dr Mallozzi is mentioned in the Season 3 episode
‘Sunday’ by Radek, who wins Dr Mallozzi’s
collection during the chess tournament. Whether he was an original
member or not is open for interpretation.
2) Not related to the
story but of interest to fannish nerds like myself, in the SG1 Season 4
episode ‘Window of Opportunity’, the Latin book (see
here for photo)
that appears in it is written by Joseph Mallozzi, PhD.
is the same guy who is on Atlantis or not is, again, open for
Added Note: It would seem (from reviews) that it's
not clear from above that I do know who the real Joe Mallozzi is
(Executive Producer of SGA for the last 2 seasons, writer etc, etc), so
I'm clearing that up now. Of course, just because it's an
in-joke between the
writers etc doesn't alter the fact that this character (or characters)
is now part of canon.