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The Summer Is Ending Soon
Meh. 'Tis very hard to find a story plot when one decides to write about an Xbox. Consider this Atlantis badfic and posted because the idea needed to be born.


Title: First Encounter
Rating: G
Category: Sheppard/Weir. General
Spoilers: None
Disclaimer: No money. Period.



McKay and Zelenka differed in their opinions on the exact length of time it took Rodney to connect the Xbox to Atlantis, but by her best approximation – or really, by John's – it had taken six months.

Granted, the problems with the Wraith were keeping him busy, and his being a member of what the base referred to as "Sheppard's Expedition Team" usually conflicted with the normal weekend hours others held in order to accomplish their lesser tasks.

Of course no one mentioned these, and were daily torn between cheering on McKay despite his insufferable gloating now that he was finally finished, or supporting Zelenka in mocking the fact that it had actually taken Rodney that long.

Three days after the successful installation and Ford had already taught her the finer points of flying a Banshee in Halo.

It took little effort for Rodney to rig an incredible amount of extra harddrive space into the system, and based on the number of people that were often crowding the room at night – she'd put Ford in charge of creating a schedule – almost everyone had a profile saved.

She even had a game – third level – going with John. He'd been insistent that she get more familiar with the controls so she could beat her opponents while in multiplayer mode – again, on his team.

Everyone called the Flood the Wraith, and though she meant to discuss it with John, somehow it was fitting, and she let it go.


She had one of the highest death rates – she tried not to think of it as an omen – but was, without question, the most accurate shot of anyone. And by the way John would boast, he was fiercely proud of that fact.

He taught her to shoot a real gun after that, pulling her away from glass walls and electronic reports to the make-shift firing range on the mainland. He had stepped in behind her only once to fix her grip – too tight - and her aim – too high. There was no fanfare, no hesitation, and she was unsettled by the flush that crept to her cheeks when she recognized her disappointment with his clinical teachings.

Six months of celibacy, and she thought she'd gone crazy.

You have a habit of tensing before you fire, he had said, explaining why her shots were high and why her shoulders were tight and painful after an hour of typing away at the laptop. He told her this almost brusquely, as though he was angry she wasn't good enough, and it reminded her that she was learning this for her life.


With only four controllers, Halo battles were short, fierce and memorable. When the "ShepnWeir" team beat "Ford's Army" – a name Teyla refused to endorse – for the third time, it was legend.

He had kissed her then, two steps into the hallway, whispering "I'm sorry" against her lips, and she felt the words before she heard them.

For winning, Ford presented her with her own sidearm. It was dark, gleaming, weighty in her hand, and she found it beautiful. Someone had hung a handdrawn target from the outside balcony, so she took aim and fired.

It was a clean shot, only a slight edge off center. She had a reputation for being a dead shot, at least on Xbox, and only John was surprised. If he were to look at the weapons log now he'd find only he requisitioned guns for target practice more than she did.


He did look, and they'd set a date for the P-90.


I should stick with writing the other stuff. ::coughs::

So I totally missed this the first, third, and twentieth time around, but why is it that in "Rising" John wears the Atlantis uniform instead of the military? And based on the way he followed Weir around, and she gave him permission (that Sumner didn't (couldn't?) contest) to go on that first mission... was he there originally for the "civilian side"?

But hee, he waves to her as he goes through the gate. So cute. Am in love.

Okay, random real life stuff...

A few nights back someone came down my street and slashed two tires each on a bunch of cars... and my roommate's car was one of them (feels so guilty has the garage this month). Gotta love LA.

Watched "The Village" again 'cause Netflix brought it for the roommate, and really liked it on this second viewing. The imagery in the film is incredible.

I'm sure there's more, but the caring to report it is at very nominal interest level. Probably because anything that has happened has been of very nominal interest. ;)

feeling: productive productive
listening to: white houses // vanessa carlton

4 whispers :: tell me a secret
anr From: anr Date: March 5th, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
If this is what you call badfic, then I can't wait to see what you think goodfic is because this is awesome! I think you really nailed Weir's character and the interactions between her and John were just lovely. I loved him teaching her guns in a clinical way and I adored the kiss.

phrenitis From: phrenitis Date: March 5th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well that definitely made me feel better. :D I just kept thinking it was too... I don't know, not pretty? ::blinks::

Ooh and glad you liked the kiss! 'twas definitely my favorite part. ;)
oxymauran From: oxymauran Date: March 5th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I'm sorry about your neighbors car. I guess it's good yours was inside since some weirdo thought slashing tires was fun.

That's a really great fic. I don't know the characters though, but good writing.
phrenitis From: phrenitis Date: March 5th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's weird is that, according to my landlord, this happens on our street a lot. Usually my roommate has the garage 'cause she works really late, so I'm always on the street... and in a year and a half not only has it never happened to me, but I never even knew it was happening to others.

I've been very lucky, methinks.

Aw, and thanks for reading and commenting on the minific even though you don't know the show! LOL! Although, you know, I could introduce you to it... ::wiggles eyebrows:: :D
4 whispers :: tell me a secret