Just Another Routine Mission By Furina
Title: Just Another Routine Mission. (6/?).
Characters: John, Rodney, Teyla, Ronon, Elizabeth Weir.
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis.
Spoilers: General S2 references.
Summary: "I like plans, McKay,” Sheppard said, “Let’s hear it.”Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5
I apologize for the delay. Hopefully I haven't derailed the community.
Finally. Took you long enough, McKay" John ground out. "For a super genius you can be very slow sometimes."
"Genius is not a synonym for speed, Colonel. Are you on your way, or not?" Demanded McKay.
Of course, Sheppard was on his way, his eyes swiveling back and forth the whole way, searching for more ghosts? Entities? He didn't know what to call them yet. Hopefully McKay did. He rounded the final corner into the control room without incident. "And you accuse me of being slow?" McKay half questioned and half spat. "Considering that you are not the only one in danger here I would have assumed that your fancy military training would have dictated that the use of speed would not be inappropriate at this juncture." McKay was visibly shaken, whatever he found, it was not good.
"Just tell me what you know," Sheppard replied, refusing to rise to the bait.
"Well, with Teyla's help I have figured out what this place was used for. It was not a prison like we originally thought. I think that this base was where the Ancients did some of their more advanced work on ascension. This place was kind of like a lab, but instead of running computer simulations, they tested different....well I'm not 100% sure about what they tested, but they tested it on each other"
"I already explained to people more than once that I don't want to ascend yet," Sheppard said, clearly annoyed.
"You won't. This facility was abandoned because the research didn't work and it was uncontrollable. The beam we were hit with was part of it." McKay said, pacing around the room. It finally occurred to Sheppard for the first time that he was not the only one affected by whatever it was that was happening. It was time to put all his cards on the table.
"I keep seeing ghosts, Rodney." Sheppard said. "In the hall, there is a woman. She keeps waiving at me. "
"Of course there is a woman following you and making come hither gestures. You really should be used to that by now. But she is not, as far as I can tell, a ghost. The beam we were hit with is, for lack of a better term, transferring us into another dimension. Which I feel pretty safe in assuming is the same one that your new, not really ascended girlfriend is waiting for us in. That is why the ATA gene has stopped working."
"Huh" Sheppard grunted. "So what you're saying is..." he trailed off waiting for McKay to finish.
McKay rolled his eyes, "Well, as we become out of phaze with the technology, it can't recognize our ATA genes."
"Can you fix it?" Sheppard demanded. Being transferred bit by bit into an alternate dimension was almost as unwelcome as ascension.
"No. The way I figure it, you have maybe an hour, two if we are lucky before you transfer. Because I was not hit full on, I may have a bit longer, but I know I don't have nearly enough time to work through this. But I have a plan"
"I like plans, McKay,” Sheppard said, “Let’s hear it.”
You and I are going to stay here and begin to work on the problem. Ronon and Teyla are going to return to the jumper and try to contact Atlantis. Tell them what is going on. Have them send a second jumper. Make sure that the pilot knows about the autopilot and not to leave the jumper. Tell Elizabeth to send Zelenka. Hopefully he will be able to pick up where I leave off. Have her send...I don't know one of the linguists. One that doesn't cry easily, I'll probably still be here when they arrive, and anybody else she can think of who may be able to help, provided that they do not have the ATA gene. We don't want this to happen to anybody else if we can possibly avoid it." Nobody moved or even drew breath for several seconds.
"Well, what are you waiting for?" McKay demanded.
"Just wanted to make sure you were done, Rodney" Sheppard said in that infuriatingly slow manner of his. "You heard the man, Ronon, Teyla, go make some calls. McKay, what do you need me to do?"