There was a clicking sound somewhere next to him. Erratic, with changing rhythms but the same clicking noise over and over again. Than finally voices started to filter through the fog.

"Well not everyone's got the time to just sit around and wait for Sheppard to wake up. My work is important, so I'm working here now."

A deep rumbling voice answered. "If it's so important, why are you here?"

"Because I don't need to be in a lab for this and also here I won't be bothered by my incompetent colleagues."

"Rodney, please keep it down. The Colonel is supposed to rest."

"'m, awake." He mumbled. It took a few seconds for him to adjust to the bright light, but then he was able to make out Teyla next to him.

"John, it is good to see you awake. How do you feel?"

"Completely tired of waking up in here."

Gratefully he took the glass of water that Teyla offered him. He took a sip then relaxed back against the pillows. "Ok, so how does it look? How long will I have to stay?"

"Oh no! Colonel you can't be serious." A rather upset Dr. Beckett appeared at his bedside. "As long as ya still having a fever you're going to stay in this bed right where I can see you. Do you understand me?"

John knew it was in vain to argue with the Doctor, so he raised his hands in defeat. "Got it, Doc." Maybe if he played the model patient, Carson would let him out of here sooner after all.

"I'll be watching ya." Carson said, before he left the team.

Rodney chuckled.

"What is so funny, McKay?" John asked.

"It almost seems like Colonel John Sheppard is afraid of Carson.

"I heard that Rodney! And if I'm right you're still missing your Behlh-pox vaccination. I could arrange that now, but you won't be able to sit for a while."

Rodney slammed his laptop shut and got up. "I think I gotta go, there's this important thing at the lab that can't wait."

John couldn't quite remember when he had seen McKay walk that fast lately. He grinned.

"I'll go, too. Got some training to do." Ronon got up.

"Can't sit still that long, huh?" John remarked.

The warrior shrugged. "Sorry, Sheppard."

"It's ok, you're gonna need the training for when I'm back on my feet again."

The Satedan actually smiled, then waved his hand goodbye.

With a sight John sunk deeper into the pillows and closed his eyes. He heard Teyla shift in her seat trying to get comfortable. "You don't have to stay you know?"

"I know, but I would like to keep you company. Also I don't need training to, as you would phrase it, kick your butt", she said smirking.

He raised one eyebrow. "Oh, really?"

"Yes, I believe so."

"Yeah, I guess you're right." He said then stretched under the covers until he felt more comfortable.

Teyla was watching him carefully. "Do you need anything, John?"

He looked around the quiet infirmary. Everything was ok. Atlantis was safe.

"No, I'm fine."


And that's it... I hope you enjoyed it.

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