Disclaimer: I do not own Stargate: Atlantis or the Lord of the Rings.

Author's Note: This is a sequel to 'The Steward and the Shieldmaiden', focusing more on the connection between Sheppard/Miko and Aragorn/Arwen. I know, weird pairing, but it works within the context. This may make more sense to people who have read the Appendices of Return of the King, as I use a few descriptions taken from there; however it is not a necessary prerequisite for understanding this fic.


Dr. Miko Kusanagi twisted a piece of hair around her finger as she stared up at the stars above her. She was lying in a field of small, gold and white flowers and tall trees, an open-air garden she had found the first year on Atlantis and had kept as her own secret from the rest of the expedition. All except one special person, the one who had found her here, once, walking beneath the birches and twilight.

She felt his presence as he lay next to her on the flowers, his left hand enfolding her right. "No moon tonight."

Miko turned her head. "No, but you are able to see the stars more clearly."

They lay in silence for a few moments before John spoke again. "How are things in the labs?"

Though he could not really see her, Miko still smiled. "Much better, now that Dr. McKay and Teyla are courting."

John let out a sharp laugh. Rodney and Teyla had finally admitted that they loved each other during the Christmas party five months before, and it had rather softened McKay's usually hard, snarky attitude. His friends figured they would give him a few more weeks of the dazed, honeymoon behavior before they had Ronon man-handle him to the infirmary for a head scan. "You know what McKay told me today at lunch?"

Miko moved her head so that it touched John's shoulder, the fabric of his t-shirt soft against her skin. "Hmm?"

"Apparently he and Teyla have assigned us all Lord of the Rings characters. I hear Zelenka and Becket are none too happy about being called hobbits."

She had to laugh at that. "And who are you supposed to be?"

John shifted slightly, and Miko sensed he was slightly uncomfortable. "King Aragorn or whoever he is."

Miko smiled snuggled closer to John's warm body. "I can understand that, indeed."

"And they assigned you Arwen, Aragorn's queen."

That got her attention. "Then they know?"

John kissed the top of her head. "Yah, but in a way, I'm glad. I get to brag to someone, now, that I have the most beautiful fiancée on Atlantis. Plus you don't have to give up immortality or whatever in order to marry me."

Miko sighed happily as she did whenever she heard John call her 'fiancée', but her voice held a slightly sad tone. John did not notice, though, and so she said, simply. "I am glad also."

And as they lay together, watching the stars, Miko tried not to think about the life she gave up for this. She remembered little, except the Others berating her for falling in love with a lesser being, and her punishment: descending from the higher plane of existence with only the faint hope that she could find the one she had protected from harm. Miko smiled in the starlight as she thought, 'I found him, we are happy, together we will fix the mistakes the Others made so long ago. And I regret nothing.'


And suddenly even as he sang he saw a maiden walking on a greensward among the white stems of the birches; and he halted amazed, thinking that he had strayed into a dream. – The Return of the King: Appendices by J.R.R. Tolkien