This is a story that i started during season two of Atlantis. It is a series of episode tags and missing scenes that add more John and Teyla to each episode. Each new chapter assumes that what I have written in previous chapters happened. So it is one story, but each chapter takes place in a different episode of season two. I will add one to Lost boys and the hive once I actually see the hive in January.
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Tag to "The Intruder" so major spoilers to this episode
"Ladies." John Sheppard's words echoed in the back of Teyla'a mind as she wandered the corridors. She closed her eyes and remembered the earthy smell of him as he had leaned in close over her shoulder. His smell always reminded her of her home world, he smelled like the forests she had played in as a child. After trying to coax Dr. Weir into conversation she had left the room and headed toward the sparring room where she and John had spent so much time of late together training. But it didn't appear he would be joining her today, she couldn't help but feel a little hurt. You wouldthink he would at least have wanted to talk to me, we have not seen each other in over a month. Perhaps he did not miss me as I have missed him. He hadn't seemed to interested in engaging her in conversation, only wanted his damn report.
Not that she couldn't sympathize, she too was worried about Lt. Ford. But still….she could have sworn when their eyes had connected briefly before she presented it to him, she had glimpsed the same love and longing in his eyes that she knew were in hers. Then he had taken the information, and she wasn't sure if what she saw was real or if she imagined it. Still it would have been nice if he had spent more than ten seconds in my presence before running off to bury himself in his work again.
She looked up to find herself standing outside the training room door. This is not where I want to be,……damn him," Teyla thought as he leaned against the wall and ran her fingers through her long hair. Slamming her palm against the metal she made her decision. She turned and strode with purpose all the way to John's office door, raised her hand…..and stopped. All of her confidence seemed to melt away. What were those butterflies doing in her stomach anyway. She took a deep breath and forced herself to push his door chime.
"I'm busy," was the curt reply she received.
Despite herself Teyla felt the moisture well up in her brown eyes. She swallowed and managed to calmly reply, "I am sorry, Ma, I mean Colonel Sheppard. I will return at a more convenient time." Teyla turned and walked three steps in the opposite direction when the door flew open, followed by a very rushed looking Colonel. She stared in stunned silence as he almost tripped over his own feet in his hurry.
"Teyla," he tried to sound casual, but it came out more breathless. He began ringing his hands as he continued, "I didn't mean… I mean I thought…., he took a deep breath and met her eyes. "I'm sorry, I thought you were another young kiss ass military brat wanting to congratulate me on my promotion."
She rewarded him with a smile, "It must be terrible to have so many people look up to you," she teased.
"Yeah," he laughed, "There must have been at least thirty people by so far."
"They are just proud of you, as I am."
"Thanks Teyla, it's nice to here that from someone I know actually means it."
"You deserve it."
His smile faded, "You know if I'd known it was you, I never would have…..this is silly, why don't you come in my office. We look kinda strange standing out here in the hall."
She nodded and followed him into the room. He pulled out the chair in front of his desk for her, and then took his seat behind it. "Soooo, what are you doing here by the way," he prompted.
"Well, I just wanted to talk to you Colonel," she replied honestly.
"Please call me either Sheppard or John, I haven't gotten used to that Colonel thing yet."
Her eyes narrowed.
He raised his hands up in defense, "Alright, alright, I love being called Colonel, but it's just you don't have to be so formal with me all the time you know. Your not like that with Dr. Weir. In fact you two seemed pretty deep in conversation when I last saw you."
Teyla's eyes widened. "Correct me if I am mistaken, but had you not left to study the report on Lt. Ford when I engaged Dr. Weir in conversation.."
John ducked his head and began to drum his fingers on the desk. A few awkward moments passed. When he looked up there was a sadness in his eyes. "Well, I started to leave, then I thought of something, but I saw you and Elizabeth together, and well I didn't want to interrupt, so I came here." he managed to get out.
It took a moment for her to take in everything he'd just blurted out, she watched as he made circles on his desk with his finger. "I am sorry, I am not sure I followed all of that," she looked at him questioningly.
"Uhh, yeah,' he whispered and began to rub his eyes with the palms of his hands. "It was nothing really, we'd just been gone over a month and …. God this is stupid, Just say it John.. "I was coming back to talk to you." There that wasn't hard at all.
There's those butterflies again. Teyla smiled. "Well I am here now, what did you want to talk to me about?"
"Wasn't important. I should probably just get back to my work," John bent over the file.
Oh no you do not. "John."
His head shot up and he stared at her with wide eyes. Teyla had his attention.
"Do you not want to know why I wanted to talk to you/"
He blinked, "Talk to me. Oh yeah, that's right, I guess I forgot.". Probably just wants to add something to the report. "Is it about Ford?"
"No, it has nothing to do with him," Choosing her words carefully she added. "I just wanted to see how you have been."
"How I've been," he repeated in shock.
"Yes, you have been on Earth for over a month now."
John felt a strange warmth inside, "Well, what did you want to know?"
Damn the butterflies. Now was as good a time as any to try out that human tactic she had observed. "Perhaps you should tell me what you wanted to talk about first."
John blanched and seemed to find a pen sitting on his desk fascinating. "Nothing major, but like you said, we've been gone a month."
Teyla blurted, "And we have not had any contact in that time."
"Exactly!" So how are things? Meet anyone new, save the world at all, or just business as usual?"
"Nothing quite as exciting as your adventures on the Daedalus. What about you, how was Earth?"
"Oh quite boring actually, signed some papers, had some briefings, got promoted," his voice lowered so much Teyla had to strain to hear the rest. "I just wanted to get back to Atlantis, missed it here….missed….. "People"." he said while passing the pen back and forth between his hands.
She leaned over the desk, "I know what you mean. I too missed….."people"."
"You did," he met her eyes.
"Yes it is lonely without "people" to talk to. She smiled "It has been hard to find a worthy sparring partner."
"Yeah I know what you mean. There certainly wasn't anyone on Earth who could kick my ass. And there wasn't anyone I could talk to, not like with yo…I mean "people", John stammered and began to play with the pen again.
Teyla felt tingles travel up and down her spine. She waited until his eyes returned to her face and smiled warmly at him.
Her smile filled him with courage. "Elizabeth asked me on the ship if I missed Atlantis. I told her yes, I couldn't wait to get back. That was the truth, but I mainly wanted to get back because I missed having someone to talk to and spar with and well, I know it's stupid, but I missed you Tey…'
"I missed you too John," she interrupted.
They just sat there smiling at each other for a moment.
"I'm glad your back," she whispered shyly.
"So am I," he said while standing. "I'm outta practice," he gestured toward her bag on the floor next to her chair which contained her fighting sticks.
Smiling she watched him begin to stretch as she bent over to retrieve her bag. His arms were wide open and he playfully did what he called arm circles, apparently he used to do these in something called gym class. Before she lost her nerve she stood and wrapped her arms around him. He tensed for a second, but then she felt his strong arms encircle her waist and he pulled her closer. She buried her face in his chest and inhaled his earthy scent. Breathing deeply she thought, I'm home.