A Glimpse into the Future
By Major Dork
Summary: He went to bed in his own room alone, he woke up with a wife, three kids… and a screwed up future.
A/N: It's the very last chapter! Yay! Hope you enjoyed the story! I MIGHT do a sequel, but don't hold me to it! I have lots of other ideas that I'm thinking of doing first… we'll see. REVIEW! Tell me what you thought of this story!
Part Eight "The Morning After The Days Before"
He had no idea if they'd been seen, or why the heck they hadn't been able to control themselves as they'd rushed together toward his room. They hadn't been able to keep their hands off each other, kissing passionately as they walked together through Atlantis, in too much of a hurry to care who saw them. Just as soon as they'd been inside, he'd taken her shirt off, then her pants, stripping her naked. It was in that moment that he realized what was happening as he looked at her, seeing her in all her wonderful glory… god was he a lucky man.
He quickly stripped off his own clothes and pulled her over to the bed, his eyes never leaving hers. "I can't believe we're doing this," he whispered to her.
"I must be insane," she muttered in between kisses.
"If that's the case… crazy suits you," he mumbled teasingly before pulling her onto the bed.
He'd never really had much going for him. Playing around in school until he'd realized he had to do something with his life… only to realize his laid back lifestyle through school had pretty much ruined his chances of getting the job he'd always wanted… well he'd never much expected any real success in his life… nor had anyone else for that matter. He was never serious enough, never cared enough to do anything useful. That had been what his teachers would say, what his father would say, what his commanders would say. But he'd been a damn good pilot… the gift had gotten him by in the Air Force, his father's title keeping him in when everyone wanted him out. When he'd been exiled to Antarctica, he'd known his future was even dimmer now than it had been before… but that all changed the moment he was assigned to fly General Jack O'Neill to a base no one was supposed to know even existed.
Suddenly he found himself in a glowing chair, signaling a gift he'd never known was there, one moment in time that had catapulted him to wonders beyond his imagination. Atlantis, John knew, had saved him from the expectations everyone seemed to have of the disobedient officer. Elizabeth had always seen something in him that he'd never thought was there. It had been rough in the beginning as his true colors had shown once again, his need to protect everyone getting in the way of his duty to follow orders, Elizabeth's orders. Yet somehow Elizabeth had changed him. For the first time in his life, he'd learned to trust someone other than himself. For the first time in his life he was given second chances for more than his father's sake. For the first time in his life he'd made a friend he could be truly honest and comfortable with in every way possible.
She truly was the love of his life… perhaps since the day they'd met. John Sheppard sighed; opening his eyes as he lay in bed with her, not wanting to sleep for fear that it would end. He didn't want to go back to the way things were in his time. He didn't want to just be a friend… he wanted to be with her in every way… he wanted to stay whole. Elizabeth opened her own eyes, connecting with his. "John… sleep."
"I don't want to lose this… I don't want to go back to the way things used to be."
"John, you've seen the future, your future. You know there will be a time when I will be more to you, when you'll be more to me. And now you know that even when things get rocky… that it won't destroy us. You have me John… you'll always have me."
John moved closer to her on the bed, resting his forehead on hers. "How can I go back to just being your friend after tonight?"
Elizabeth smiled, moving to kiss his lips tenderly before she put something in his hand. John looked down to see a silver necklace…. "What's this for?"
"You gave it to me… it was anniversary gift… our first anniversary gift. You told me that necklace was supposed to be a reminder."
"A reminder of what?"
"That no matter what happens… we'll always have the memories we made for ourselves. You'll always have this night, John."
John couldn't keep his eyes off her as he held the necklace in one hand, while the other took her hand in his. "I love you, Doctor Elizabeth Sheppard.
"I love you, Colonel John Weir," she teased.
John laughed, kissing her once more before he closed his eyes, ready to finally sleep.
The recorder Doctor McKay had hooked up to the device Janus had made as a time machine had recorded no power for days until one moment in the night when all was quiet. The machine suddenly began to collect power, light growing and growing with every second. The light suddenly became blinding, filling the entire room with its light just before it cut off and darkness once again returned… the recorder once again showing no signs of power.
Jason groaned, opening his eyes slowly to see he was still in the large room filled with projectors, Ani lying asleep in his arms. "Ani!" He tried to shake her, trying to get her up. "Anika!"
Anika groaned, slowly opening her eyes before she finally sat up, getting off of Jason. "We must have fallen asleep."
"Yeah," he agreed, rubbing his shoulder and neck for a second. "What time is it?"
"I just got up, how should I know?"
"Right." Jason sighed, getting to his feet, then turned and helped Anika up. "We better head back to Dad's. He's probably wondering what happened to us."
"I can't believe it's already morning… wow. Yeah, we better hurry up. Maybe Dad is feeling a little better now… we could come up with another plan to get Mom back."
"One thing at a time, Ani… let's just get home."
It was the moan that really awoke him from the deep sleep he'd fallen into. John groaned, a little disoriented at first, trying to get his bearings. It had to have been a dream… he was sure of it. Talk about out of body experiences. He was sure it was a dream… there was no way. When he realized a hand was holding his, he opened his eyes, expecting to see Carrie, but instead seeing another woman… beautiful, awaking from her own sleep. "Good morning John," she mumbled, still half asleep.
What the hell! "Elizabeth!" Sheppard was out of bed a second later, grabbing the covers with him as he tried to wrap his mind around what he knew had to be true. Could it have all been real? Maybe it hadn't just been a dream.
Elizabeth finally opened her eyes, smiling at first as she saw him. "John, come back to bed… it's still early."
"I uh… but… what the… how…" he stuttered, unsure as to what to say to all this. He was confused, the things coming to his mind still so foggy… not a dream… how was that possible?
Suddenly Elizabeth frowned. "John? Is that you? Are you back?"
"Then it wasn't a dream?" he finally asked, his memory slowly becoming more and more clear, yet the memories almost seemed to come, not from him, but someone else… his own, yet not.
Elizabeth moved the sheet to cover herself. "Maybe I should go," she finally said, getting out of bed and moving to collect her things. John just watched her get dressed, unable to believe what he was seeing, the memories he was recalling. Could it be?
Finally she was completely dressed, her hesitation clear as she began to walk toward the door. Snapping out of the haze he'd been in, he quickly grabbed her arm. "It all really happened… didn't it?" he asked her, his eyes begging for an answer.
Elizabeth just stared at him for a moment, and then nodded. "It all happened."
Suddenly John was smiling, his heart thudding in his chest as he realized what it all meant. "I love you too," he told her, pulling her to him to give her the most passionate kiss he possibly could. Elizabeth melted in his touch, kissing him back before the need for air finally took over.
John grinned, resting his forehead against hers. "It's good to be back… I can't believe you're actually here."
"You can thank yourself for that one," she said, laughing just before she kissed him once more.
"OH MY GOD!" Jason gasped as he watched his father kissing his mother.
Ani grinned, pulling her shocked and frozen stiff brother out of the room, their parents to into each other to hear Jason. "So… breakfast?" she finally asked him when they were back outside.
Jason's shocked look, quickly changed to an expression of excitement. "You know what this means right!"
"He fought for her," he told his sister. "We gotta tell Noah and Ian!"
Anika laughed, pulling her brother along. "See… I told you… I knew it'd be okay."
Doctor Carson Beckett sighed sadly as he sat on the stool at his desk, watching Elizabeth still by Sheppard's side, holding his hand. Still no change. John was literally surviving by life support alone now. Carson had done everything he could to keep Colonel Sheppard alive, but he feared it wasn't much of a life considering the state the man was in. At first Sheppard had only been in a deep coma, and then suddenly his body had begun to seizer…. Beckett had no idea what was going on. Slowly the Doctor walked over to Doctor Weir, putting a hand on her shoulder for comfort. Elizabeth moved her own hand to cover his, but her eyes continued to watch over John. "Elizabeth… as I mentioned before… John's living will clearly states-"
"I don't give a damn what it says… not yet," she said sternly and without hesitation.
Carson sighed, knowing how she felt, but also aware of what Sheppard saw as important. "Elizabeth, it's your decision… in his will you are to make the choice, but you and I both know the reason he chose you is because you know him better than anyone. You know what he would wish. There's little chance that he'll get out of this."
"Give him more time, Carson. Let Rodney figure out what happened… why this happened to John. McKay is pretty sure one of the last things John touched before this happened is responsible. He's sure of it."
"Rodney believed the device Colonel Sheppard did this?"
Elizabeth nodded, turning back to look at John. "It has to be… there's no other way to explain how this could have happened. One of the devices… works much like the time ship SG-1 found. It could be responsible."
"But wouldn't that mean the Colonel was somewhere in time?"
"That's why we have to wait."
"I thought that device had no power."
"It doesn't… we don't know how it works though… we're still working on it."
Suddenly Elizabeth froze, looking back down at John as the hand she'd been holding tightened around her. John's eyes opened slowly, his eyes focusing straight on her. "Elizabeth," he breathed before passing out, a strange silver necklace sitting in his other hand….
Two Weeks Later
It had taken John Sheppard a while to completely heal physically thanks to his experience, unfortunately, John's focus was else where as he stared at the silver necklace in his hand, hanging from his hand. "So… still foggy about what happened?" Rodney asked, walking over to sit beside him.
John looked up at Rodney, putting the necklace back in his pocket as he sat on the infirmary bed. "It's like my memories were ripped from me… I know I was thrown into the future… I remember certain details… little things here and there… strange faces, but nothing I can really piece together."
McKay nodded, still getting over the fact that he wouldn't be learning anything much about the machine from John. "Well Doctor Weir's convinced the thing is dangerous… I'm worried she wants to get rid of it. I heard you were getting out of here… maybe you could talk to her… for me?" Rodney asked.
John laughed at the scientist. "Don't worry about it… she won't be touching that thing. It should go into storage… we'll need it later."
"How do you know that?"
"No idea," John answered, shaking his head.
"There he is! You look good, Colonel."
John turned behind him to see Elizabeth Weir walk over to him and McKay. "Elizabeth… hope things went well while I was gone?"
Elizabeth hesitated, looking down as she thought of the horrible days now behind her. She'd never been so scared in her life. "Not really, I'm just glad you're doing okay. You really scared us there, John."
John just smiled, feeling something pull him to kiss her, it took everything he had to resist, knowing it wasn't time just yet… YET. "Yeah well… I may not know much of what happened, but I do know you gave me quite a scare where I was there for a while too."
Elizabeth frowned, confused. "Was I okay?"
John shrugged, jumping off the bed. "Yeah, just difficult… and don't ask me how… I have no clue what I'm saying half the time."
"It must be hard… knowing something happened, but having no idea what."
"Yeah well… when I get there I'll know… that's all that matters."
Elizabeth frowned, finding him more and more confusing by every second. McKay seemed to be having the same trouble. "Okay, what have you done with the real Colonel Sheppard?" he asked.
Sheppard just smiled, patting McKay's back. "Oh, by the way… I think I'm supposed to thank you for something," he told the now even more confused scientist before he walked out of the infirmary.
McKay and Weir shared a brief look before Doctor Weir decided to follow John out. "Are you sure you should be leaving just yet?"
"Don't worry… I'll be fine," he assured her. John paused as soon as they left the infirmary, looking over at her as suddenly a memory overtook him.
"That no matter what happens… we'll always have the memories we made for ourselves. You'll always have this night, John."
John couldn't keep his eyes off her as he held the necklace in one hand, while the other took her hand in his.
John frowned, his eyes staring at Elizabeth as he tried to assimilate the memory left in his mind, the only one that seemed to stay. Sheppard then looked down at the necklace, taking it out only for a second. "John?"
Colonel Sheppard looked back up at Elizabeth. "Sorry… I just… I could have sworn…" John tried to get out, shaking his head. Had they been in bed? Suddenly a smile grew on his face. "I was actually thinking of seeing a movie in my room, you know try to relax. Ever seen The Family Man?"
Elizabeth frowned, shaking her head. "Never heard of it."
"It's a great movie… kinda fitting really. You should come with me… we can watch it together. It's got Nicholas Cage in it… great storyline too. You'll like it."
She hesitated at first, then finally nodded, wanting to spend this time with him. She was starting to realize that who knew what the future had in store? She didn't want to lose him or herself without cherishing the moments that made her happy… and since those moments usually surrounded a certain handsome Colonel…. "Sounds like fun."
John grinned, his heart pumping just a little harder as he got the urge to kiss her once again. John settled for taking her hand, pulling her along with him. "Great."
When Elizabeth stopped, he turned around to look at her, wondering what was up. Elizabeth shifted, looking into his eyes. "So… any predictions for the future that I'd be interested in knowing?"
John laughed at the question… almost everyone had been asking him that question since he'd revealed he'd been taken to the future. "Only that… it's not as bad as I thought it would be. In fact," he began, pulling her once more toward his quarters. "It wasn't bad at all… but there is one thing you have to promise me."
"What?" she asked as they stopped in front of his quarters.
"If you ever get the urge to knock me out in the future… try to resist the urge, huh?"
Elizabeth laughed, following him in. "Sorry, that's one promise I can't agree to."
A/N: YAY! IT'S DONE! Tell me what you thought of it… ending and all! And thanks for all the reviews! Now like I said… I MAY do a sequel, cause I do have an idea for one, but I'm not sure… so just look out for it if I decide to do it.