Title: A Stream of Consciousness
Rating: PG13
Author: MacGateFan
Disclaimers: All characters and the series are property of people who aren't me.
Notes: This was written for another SGA Secret Santa on LJ.

Elizabeth found John on the east pier, arms resting on the railing. If he knew she was there, he gave no indication. Two days ago, he and Rodney had set out into one of the unexplored sections of Atlantis and found trouble.

Go figure!

No matter where John Sheppard went, trouble followed. The pair found an Ancient lab with technology scattered all over the place. John's hand accidentally brushed against one of them and he immediately fell unconscious.

He woke up nearly three hours later, not remembering anything about what happened. Carson had released him with instructions to go directly to his quarters, but Elizabeth knew the man standing before her.

Before Elizabeth could say anything to him, John had turned around to face her. He immediately grabbed her wrist and squeezed hard. He didn't even flinch as she cried out in pain.

Elizabeth looked into his eyes, but saw nothing familiar within them, only hatred and anger.


"I'm leaving and you're coming with me."

"What?" she asked. "What are you talking about? John, you're hurting me!"

In response, John smacked her across the face. "Shut up!" he growled, pulling her back inside.

Elizabeth was too scared to respond to him. What was going on? What could have happened to make him act in such a way?

As John stopped in his quarters, rummaging around for various items, Elizabeth quickly tapped her earpiece and kept it in her hand. She sighed with relief when she saw that he didn't notice what she was doing.

"Where are we going, John?"

"We're just going to dial and go. Once we get there, you'll meet your fate."

Elizabeth didn't know how to respond to that. She just silently prayed that someone was listening in on their conversation.

"Where are we going, John?"

"We're just going to dial and go. Once we get there, you'll meet your fate."

Chuck glanced over at Radek. From the look of it, they were the only ones to hear the conversation going on.

"Why are you doing this?"

"You know why! I've told you a thousand times, your people will not be the cause of more deaths! It's your fault the Wraith were created. It's your fault our world was culled by them. You will pay, Serenity!"

"Who's Serenity?" Chuck mouthed to the Czech.

Radek shook his head, but he would find out. First, however, he needed to inform Major Lorne, Ronon, Teyla, and Rodney of the situation.

Rodney stood with Zelenka and Chuck in the control room while Lorne, Teyla, and Ronon stood to the left of the Stargate, waiting for John to appear with Elizabeth. They were each armed, Lorne and Teyla with a Wraith stunner and Ronon with his own weapon.

"Major," Rodney's voice filtered through his earpiece, "they should be coming around the corner in a few minutes. Their life signs are close together so it's possible you may have to shoot them both."

"Got it," Lorne replied, clearly not happy about having to shoot either of his bosses.

He didn't even get a chance to blink because the minute they stepped into view, Ronon fired. Amazingly he only hit John. Elizabeth stared at them in shock for a few minutes, and then shouted, "We need a medical team here now!"

Carson sighed as he finished his exam of John. He hated having to tell them that there didn't seem to be anything physically wrong with the man. True, they had to wait for the blood work...

"I've got it!" Rodney exclaimed, rushing into the infirmary.

"What is it, Rodney?" Elizabeth asked. Carson noted that her face seemed a little pale and her voice shaky. Not doubt still in shock over what happened.

Rodney presented her the laptop in his hands. "The Ancients were housing a consciousness in the device he touched."

"Bloody hell," Carson muttered. "Not again."

He heard the voices talking about his host as he carefully cracked opened his eyes. Glancing to his left was the one known as Carson Beckett, the physician.

To his right was Major Lorne and the man had a semi automatic weapon in the holster strapped to his leg. He could tell his host was surprised that he wasn't in restraints.

Without a word, he seamlessly got up from the bed, grabbed the weapon, smacking the Major in the mouth with his elbow and pointed the gun at Elizabeth Weir.

"Mynar, put the gun down," Rodney said. "We are not Ancients, we're peaceful explorers from another galaxy and we've been studying Atlantis and its technology. If you can read Colonel Sheppard's thoughts, you know this!"

Mynar glared at Rodney, albeit a little shocked the man knew his name, and shook his head. "No! I am ignoring his thoughts right now. I don't care about him and I don't care about any of you! I just want my revenge!"

He sensed someone coming behind him and before anyone could react, he fired the weapon. Ronon grabbed the gun and knocked him unconscious.

"Elizabeth!" Carson exclaimed rushing to her still body on the floor.

"Carson," she whispered in a scared voice.

He gently moved her hand from her stomach, watching in stunned silence as the dark red blood spread across her shirt. "Dear, God!"

Carson finally snapped out of his haze, barking out orders right and left. Rodney watched in horror as the medical team lifted Elizabeth and placed her on a gurney. The blood that remained on the floor made him feel weak at the knees.

"Rodney," a voice said softly. He looked up at Teyla and let her guide him to a chair. "Will you be all right?" she asked.

He nodded slowly. "I-I think so. I should probably figure out a way to help Sheppard since I can't… I can't do anything for Elizabeth right now."

"I am certain Colonel Sheppard would be grateful. We must learn more of this Mynar. Is the name of his people listed somewhere? Perhaps I can go to the mainland and ask about them."

"I didn't see a name yet, but I'll let you know when I do," he replied, looking up at Ronon. "Sheppard?"

"Major Lorne thought it would be best to keep him in restraints for now. Doc seemed to agree."

Rodney sighed. He did not relish the sight of his friend in restraints so; instead, he decided to grab Radek and head back to the lab where they first encountered that annoying piece of technology. "Call me when Carson's finished with Elizabeth or Mynar," he had a faint note of disgust when the name was said, "wakes up."

"We will be sure to, Rodney," Teyla told him.