A/N: It's done! It's been great.
(There are references at the end to episodes 1 and 2 of Season 2)


Chapter 7
- The Struggle Within

Rodney walked into the lab much later that night to find Radek still there, working on something that obviously wasn't Ancient.

"How you doing, Rodney?"

"I don't know. What do you have there?"

"Vinelle gave it to me, she found it in Jorus's pack on that planet. It's a rather…primitive recording device."

"Really?" Rodney sat down next to Zelenka and took a look at it. "I wonder where he found it."

"We'll have to wait until he wakes."


Jorus woke up screaming, his last dream consisted of the memory of cutting into Major Sheppard's throat. The others had been of the four days he spent under Kolya's torture.

He was lying in a small bed and felt the pain shooting up from his abdomen. He looked around the dimly lit room, unable to recognize it, or sit up for that matter. Then he saw Major Sheppard lying in a bed like his, a few beds away. A different man came in from some other part of the room.

"Jorus, I'm Dr. Beckett, how are you feeling?" He took out his pen light and checked his eyes.

Jorus mumbled, "Confused."

"I can help with that. For starters, you're in the infirmary in Atlantis and it is ten o'clock at night."

"Sheppard?" Jorus nodded over to the left of him.

"He's in recovery, as are you."

"This is where he's from?"

The memory of his last few conscious moments came back, he heard a gunshot and saw his stomach bleeding, and then Vinelle came…

"Aye, and your wife is in the guest quarters. I almost had to throw the young lass out of here to have her get some rest."

Jorus nodded, "She always was the doting type…" and fell back asleep.

--- ---

Major Sheppard forced his eyes open; the last thing he could recall was McKay talking to him about getting out of there. He looked up at the too familiar ceiling of the infirmary, wondering what time it was. It had to be sometime at night, the lights were almost off.

He hurt all over, any movement tended to send more pain shooting through his system, so he stopped trying. He could feel a very large bandage wrapped on the left side of his neck, and that his back had also been treated to.

"Major, you should be sleeping." Carson was next to him, checking the IV and the blood drip he had going for John.

"I can't help it if I woke up. So, will I live or is the verdict still out?"

Carson moved to the other side, to check the bandage on John's neck, "We have no jury, just the judge, and I say you'll make a full recovery."

"That's good." His eyes drifted over to a few feet past Carson and saw his attacker, extremely upsetting him. "What the hell is he doing here?" John struggled in the bed, and Carson had to settle him down.

"Go easy of you'll pull the dozens of stitches I had to put in you! He's here because he's my patient."

"Do you know that he did this to me?"

"Yes I know, we all know."

John noticed that Carson looked weary and asked him, "So what is going on here?"

Carson kept his voice lowered, "That young man was tortured by Kolya, who also threatened to kill his wife if he didn't kill you, and was planning to kill him after."

John started to piece it all together… the Genii handgun, the young man's clothes, the pain in his eyes…

"Tortured?"

"Aye. I found horrible burn marks on his chest. Who knows what else Kolya did that didn't leave visible scars."

John had heard enough, "That's it, let me up, I'm going to go shoot Kolya now."

Carson held him down, "I'm afraid Jorus's wife, Vinelle, has beaten you to it."

"What?" John couldn't believe it.

"Kolya was going to poison her, but she put a bullet through his head instead. Now, that is enough, back to sleep you go."

John became sleepy and supposed Carson had snuck more sedative into that IV, and drifted off to sleep.

--- ---

Jorus opened his eyes to a brighter infirmary and looked over at John, placed several beds away, who seemed to be awake. Both had their beds slightly tilted up.

"Major?"

John kept looking up at the ceiling, not wanting to risk turning his neck for fear of more pain.

"Jorus." He didn't say it rudely, just without much emotion.

Jorus took the response as a polite necessity in the small space and added, "I apologize."

"Well, the next time you try to kill me, at least finish the job, I hurt like hell." He rubbed his left shoulder.

Unused to John's personality, Jorus said, "There won't be a next time."

"That's good to hear. So, McKay shot you?"

"Was that his name?"

"Yep, how's that working out for you?" John was still staring at the ceiling.

"As you said, I hurt like hell." Jorus laid his head back on the pillow. "This is awkward."

"No… really?" It was, for both of them. One lying close to a man he almost killed, the other lying close to the man who almost killed him. "But it doesn't have to be. Doc told me what Kolya did to you and your wife… and what your wife did to him."

Jorus scrunched his face, "Kolya…is that the Commander?"

John corrected him, "Was the Commander."

"What!"

"Vinelle …disposed of him and escaped."

"Did she? That's… wow…" Jorus rubbed his forehead, "I knew she was good, she can take me out, but damn…"

"Hold on, she can beat you?"

"Mmhm."

"Ow, my head's spinning at the thought…" His head really was spinning.

Jorus looked around the infirmary, and decided he didn't want to stay, he'd rather track down Vinelle, "Is there any way out of here?" He attempted getting up, but pain shot through his abdomen, the pain that he had forgotten about whilst talking with Sheppard.

"A jailbreak so soon? Aren't you the ambitious one." John waved his hand at him.

"Jailbreak…?... Oh I get what you mean."

"I have tried on numerous other occasions. Beckett seems to have a knack for knowing about them."

Jorus asked, "You're here often?"

"Too often."

Jorus laid back, "Since neither of us are able to go anywhere, I am going back to sleep, and I advise you to do the same."

"I'll take that advice." They both closed their eyes.


Carson stopped Elizabeth and Vinelle before they walked into where the men were in the infirmary early in next morning. "Woah, before you two go in there I need to establish some base rules."

"Yes, Carson?" Elizabeth asked, while Vinelle stood silently dressed in military shirt and pants.

"Both of them are weak, I had to give Major Sheppard five units of blood and Jorus three yesterday. Both of them shouldn't move but a little, or they could pull their stitches and we'll have to do this all over again."

"Is that all?" Vinelle was less than patient to see her husband.

"No, they are resting comfortably, and just a bit ago Major Sheppard, he requested to be moved closer to Jorus so they could talk. They are getting along."

"Now is that all?" Elizabeth was also a little impatient.

He waved his hand, "Yes, go on. But don't stay too long and don't wear them out."

Elizabeth and Vinelle walked through the infirmary, and saw John and Jorus's beds in the upright position. Jorus had his head tilted towards John who was moving his hands explaining something.

"Then the running-back has to-"

"Running-back?"

"Yeah, I told you what that is."

"Oh right."

John was about to continue when Elizabeth coughed, "Gentlemen."

The men turned their heads, "Jorus, we have visitors."

"Vinelle! Am I glad to see you."

"And I you." She walked over to her husband, threw her arms around his neck, and kissed him lightly.

"You'd better do better than that, I'm dying here."

"No, you're not," but she kissed him again anyway.

-

Elizabeth had walked over to John's left side, he didn't look too well, and gently grazed his arm, "How are you holding up?"

"I asked Carson if he thought I'll be getting out of here anytime soon, and he replied 'Not if you want to live' in a threatening way, so apparently, I'm worse for wear."

"I'm just glad you'll be on your feet again." She smiled slightly.

"It all turned out alright, including a certain Genii that will never bother us again."

"Yes," She looked over at Jorus and Vinelle who were smiling happily, "How old do you think they are?"

"Twenty-one, twenty-two."

She shook her head, "So young, and to already have been through so much."

John agreed, and had been thinking about something, "I want them to stay."

Elizabeth was taken aback at this, "In Atlantis? John, I don't think that would be the best idea." She crossed her arms.

"We have an impending Wraith attack in our future, and from what I've seen and heard of their fighting skills, they could really be an asset."

Elizabeth sighed, "Of course."

-

Jorus reached up and brushed back Vinelle's hair from her cheek and saw her neck, "Vinelle, what is this?" He was referring to the bruises on the side.

She reached up and held his hand, "Kolya's work when he held me against the wall. It's nothing to worry about now."

"If you hadn't taken care of it… I'd-"

"No one threatens to kill my husband but me. I didn't marry you to get that right taken away." She replied smirking and brought their hands down.

"Oh, is that right?" He reached out and brought her close for a kiss.

---

Outside the infirmary doors, Rodney was standing pondering whether or not to go in. He wanted to see Major Sheppard, but Jorus would also be in there. He didn't know how the man he had shot would react to his presence.

"You did what you had to. I would have done the same."

Rodney turned to his right to see Lt. Ford standing next to him. He never heard him walk up. He ran his hands through his hair, for once without a snide comment.

Ford himself was torn, eager to see his CO, but not so to see his assassin. He also had some guilt, being the one who deemed the planet safe. Everyone understood the dire situation Jorus had been in, but it was still a little odd.

"Are you two only going to stand out here and wait for weeks until he comes out, or are you going in?" Teyla commented in passing by them into the infirmary.

They looked at each other, and followed without a word. They walked in to see Elizabeth and Vinelle already there.

Jorus spoke first at the sight of the three newcomers, "I believe you are a popular man, Major."

"Seems that way doesn't it?" He replied.

Ford addressed John, "Major, how are you feeling?"

"Could be better. Keeping the city running smoothly?"

"Yes, sir. You don't have to worry about it."

"That's good." John answered.

"It's also good to see you awake, Major."

"Well, I don't stay this way for long, Teyla. Rodney… thank you for getting me back here."

"It was uh… no problem."

"Dr. McKay, can I have a word with you?" Jorus waved him over by himself and Vinelle.

"He won't bite you." John said hushed at seeing his hesitation.

"Are you positive?" Rodney said just as hushed as he moved over by Jorus.

"Did you see the recording device Vinelle gave Dr. Zelenka?" Jorus asked Rodney.

"Yes, where did you find it?"

"Oh, it was buried at the cave entrance. I figure Kolya had his men put it there."

"That would explain how he knew where the Major would be…"

Vinelle brought up a good point, "I expect he placed many more on many planets."

Rodney thought for a moment, "Yes… now that we have one it shouldn't be that difficult to make slight modifications to our equipment to detect them."

"That's good." Rodney started backing away, but Jorus snuck in another comment, "Dr. McKay, I understand why you shot me."

Before he could answer, Carson came storming in, "What is this, a bloody party? Let them rest now, all of you."

The assembly obeyed begrudgingly, saying their goodbyes to the two men. Carson continued to push them out, and once they had all gone, turned back to John and Jorus. "Well, I bet you are worn out now." He checked their IV's, carefully paying attention to their tired faces.

"I think it's safe to say we won't be going anywhere," Jorus replied, his eyes already closed.

John agreed, "Yes Doc, there will be no jailbreaks in the near future, you can go away assured." He closed his eyes.

"I'll remember you said near future. Get some rest you two."


Two and half Months Later

Jorus caught up with John in the hallway and asked jokingly, "Leaving on the Daedalus without saying goodbye?"

"No, just have some last minute details to go through. Make sure you take care of the city for me."

"I'm sure we will all be fine without the Senior Staff for a couple months, the Wraith shouldn't be bothering us." They walked down the hall.

"I won't tell Dr. Weir I saw Zelenka stock pilling some suspiciously party-esque supplies in the South supply store room." John grinned.

Jorus replied innocently as he could, "I have no idea what you are referring to Major Sheppard."

John laughed, "It's just too bad I'll have to miss it."

FIN


A/N: Well that would be it, I hope you all liked the ending, it was the longest chapter out of all of them!