Instinct

Chapter 11: Sacrifice

"Guess you never saw this coming." Dimitri taunted Sheppard with a sickening smile. The Atlantis team had been taken underground and put in separate prison-like cells. Stripped of their weapons and gear, not only were they unable to contact Atlantis, they were vulnerable and completely at the control of the Genii. Dimitri took the liberty of locking Sheppard up, presumably so he could gloat over that fact that his scheme was successful.

"Guess not." John grimaced, "You knew what would happen to her."

"Elizabeth was an unfortunate casualty."

"Her name is Dr. Weir." John corrected sternly.

"That's not what you call her." Sheppard tensed at the tone of Dimitri's voice. He was playing on his emotions; John knew he couldn't let it get to him, but it was hard to keep straight face.

"I seem to have hit a nerve." Dimitri observed casually, "I know this isn't important, but I'm curious, how is she?"

"She's dying."

"I think you know what I mean."

"How would I know?" John asked calmly, though inside he felt like a raging river. He couldn't believe what Dimitri was doing.

"Oh, come on, Sheppard. You expect me to believe that you two haven't…"

"No, we haven't." John cut him off with an angry glare.

"That's too bad. Maybe I should've added a little more time for fun."

"She never would've done that."

"Maybe you don't know her as well as you think."

"What's the point of all this?" Sheppard broke, unable to handle Dimitri's insinuating speech. He needed to change the subject and as much as it hurt, get Elizabeth off his mind.

"This, this is nothing. The bigger plan that you played into, quite easily I might add; that is unfolding as we speak."

"I never trusted you."

"I didn't need you to trust me. I just needed you to listen."

The day went by slower than ever. John sat in his cell thinking of escape plans, none of them seeming like they would work. It was his fault…everything. Shaking his head, he sighed. He had to make it right and he would, if he ever got out of here. A door opening caught his attention. The man stopping in front of his cell surprised him.

"Hey, Sheppard," He said; hardly any energy in him.

"Lorne, what's going on?"

"They're letting me go. To negotiate a trade."

"A trade for what?" John asked excited, walking towards the bars.

"John, they have an antidote. They can save Dr. Weir."

John's mouth dropped. An antidote. Saved. Was this possible or was it another trick? It had to be real, they were letting Lorne go. He was overjoyed that one of men was being freed, but it brought on more questions. Why would they just let him go? What would the trade be for? What could they possibly want that they didn't already have? Though, in an instant it hit him. They did have what they want.

"Lorne, the trade, it's for me, isn't it?"

"According to Logan, if they get to keep you, then they'll send the antidote. I'm sorry; I tired to make them choose me instead…"

"I know. You did everything you could. But this is way it has to be. Now I'm ordering you, go to Atlantis and make Caldwell take the deal."

"Are you serious, you're giving in, just like that? You know what they'll do to you?"

"It doesn't matter. What does is the fact that Elizabeth will live."

"Yeah, without you. How do you think she's going to take that?"

"She's strong, she'll move on. She knows I'd do anything for her, even this."

"I can't do this." Lorne muttered.

"Yes, you can and you will. I made it an order. And you damn well better follow them, especially if they're going to be my last."

"Yes, sir." Lorne answered with a strict face before walking away. Shooting one last sympathetic look at Sheppard.

John heard the door close and sat back down. He knew what he was doing, it was the right thing. Elizabeth would live because of it. That was worth everything. When he joined this expedition he never thought he'd make the ultimate sacrifice, especially for a woman….a woman he loved. He didn't regret what he just said to Lorne. He intended to follow through. There was only one thing he did regret; that he couldn't hold Elizabeth at this very moment and tell her exactly what he felt.

a/n: Sorry for the wait guys! Been really busy. Thanks for all the reviews, I love them! Hope you enjoyed this, I know it's short. I've got to get ready for school again, so a lot of other things are on my mind right now. That sucks.