Summary: After accompanying Sheppard's team to a peaceful planet for negotiations, Elizabeth gets much more than she bargained for. Shweir, of course, though very angsty…

Category: Angst/romance, of course!

Disclaimer: I don't own Stargate Atlantis or any of the characters (except the ones I made up).

A/N: Wow! I didn't think I could actually do this, but here it is. My first Atlantis fic. This is also the first fic I've ever wrote that incorporates a character I made up. Pardon the cliché, but it looks like I've taken out two birds with one stone. Wait, this is also the first time I've had flashbacks in a fic. Well, this is just new all over, isn't it! Now, unlike the majority of my other fics, this is definitely not a one-shot. Oh, btw, if anyone wanted to know, I am currently trying to continue my SG-1 fic "Release", but it has proved to be a lot more challenging than I originally thought. So pass the word around!

A/N2: Sorry for the crappy summary and title, I really suck at thinking those up.


Chapter 1: The Beginning

It was late when Lt. Colonel John Sheppard walked up the stairs to Dr. Elizabeth Weir's office. Although it was around two in the morning, he didn't need to wonder whether or not she was in her office. She always was; especially when something was bothering her. The latter pertained to the recently passed situation. Just as he thought, he found her sitting at her desk, head titled and resting on top of her raised hand while starring at the computer screen. He smiled when he knocked on the glass before entering.

"Hey, what're you doing up still?" He asked, acting as if he didn't know. Though Elizabeth saw right through the act, she played along.

"Not tired." She answered casually.

"Really? After everything that's happened lately, I thought you'd be exhausted."

"You thought wrong." She said carefully.

3 days ago

The sun emerged through the clouds shining down on a dirt road. Two people walked slowly down the path surrounded only by flowers and sunshine.

"It's wonderful out here." Elizabeth said to her companion, smiling.

"Yes, but it's even more wonderful at night. It's so beautiful when the first stars appear, sometimes you can forget about where you are." He said grinning while turning to face her.

"I know what you mean. Sometimes when things are hectic in Atlantis I stand out on one of the balconies overlooking the ocean. Everything is so calm and peaceful out there that I can just get lost." Elizabeth laughed, "Dimitri, I can't believe I told you that."

Blonde haired and blue eyed, Dimitri Logan was a native of the planet they were currently visiting. He was also "the ruler" of the small colony, so Elizabeth immediately connected with him.

Continuing she added, "The only other person who knows is…" She was interrupted when a shout was heard in the distance. As the calling came closer she recognized the voice and figure as it emerged from the tree line a short distance away.

"Elizabeth!" The man called again as he spotted her, before quickly jogging over to where she and Dimitri were standing. "Jeez, there you are. I've been looking all over for you." He stated, a bit annoyed as he looked over Dimitri. Elizabeth turned to Atlantis' Military leader looking quizzically, "Is there a problem John?"

"Ah, no, not really. I just wanted to discuss something with you." He caught and kept Elizabeth's glance before continuing, "But, apparently it can wait." John ended smugly, with a noticeable nod toward Dimitri.

"Actually, I think I'd better start heading back now." Dimitri retorted, though smiled sweetly at Elizabeth.

"Elizabeth," Dimitri bade farewell as he turned and walked slowly up towards the village, angrily. Elizabeth couldn't help but frown a bit. She had clearly seen the uneasiness between John and Dimitri from the moment they met. And it hadn't worried her, until now.

"Hey. Hey," John said placing a firm hand on her shoulder to shake her a bit. "You ok?" He added when he finally got her attention.

"Hmm? Oh, sorry. Yeah, I'm fine." Elizabeth answered giving a fake smile. Unfortunately, John noticed and continued to question her.

"What's bothering you?" He asked bluntly, his hand unmoved from its position. Elizabeth knew she couldn't get out of this one; though part of her didn't want to. She made a quick glance over the surrounding area before looking up at John. "Care to take a walk?" She was so dazed; she hadn't even noticed his hand on her shoulder.

A short while later they found themselves on the established balcony. "Their" balcony, as it had unofficially been named by many Atlantis personnel (a/n: aka, the Shweir fans!). The wind blew slightly and refreshingly. Elizabeth placed both hands on the silver railing and gripped the metal tightly while slowing breathing. After a second she turned to face John, keeping one hand on the rail. She flashed a small smile before opening the conversation. "You remember Dimitri, right?" Of course he remembered him, Elizabeth knew, but it seemed there was no other easy way for her to start.

John could have been sarcastic in his reply, but all he said was, "Yeah."

"You also remember that he contacted me earlier?" It was more of a statement than a question, but John replied anyway.

"Yeah, you didn't tell me what he said." By now he had an idea of what this was about, and he didn't like it.

"He wants me to come back." Elizabeth said plainly, looking up at the purple and pink sky to avoid his gaze. John shifted his weight turning from her to face the horizon. It was his turn to grip the railing. He, in no way, wanted to return to that planet, though he asked, "When do we have to leave?"

"I meant alone." She said simply, making a sideways glance towards him.

"Well, you do seem to make an impression on people." He attempted to joke. Elizabeth didn't find it humorous.

"John," She said firmly. "I know that you don't like him, but we can't have an alliance with his these people…"

"Elizabeth," He said cutting her off. "This isn't about making an alliance, it's about you. You just said it, obviously this visitis just for him." John stared straight at her.

"And I won't let you go."

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