People's dreams do not die... no, no dream ever dies. Dreams go into stasis...they hibernate until such a time that they can come to light and be given new life. Dreams are the wishes of the heart unrealized and unspoken...things that no one dares to talk about.

But dreams have the tendency to reassert themselves at the most inopportune times. Rodney McKay found that a long dormant dream of that he'd thought he'd forgotten about completely, resurfaced.

The piano.

Granted, what he found in the equivlant of an ancient music room wan't exactly a piano...but it wasn't a control console, either. Rather than the small noises that the other control panels around the base made, this one was clearly a musical instrument of some sort. The keys weren't arranged in the same manner of those on a piano from Earth, but with a little bit of trial and error, he figured it out.

He figured it out and fiddled with it a little bit, telling himself he was only trying to find out what this thing's true purpose was.

After all, he was a scientist, not a pianist.


Chopin was the first thing to come back to him.

He merely tried a few keys and found himself playing a song he'd learned long ago.

One he'd thought he'd forgotten.

After Chopin, Beethovan...then Mozart..some of them rustier than others.

But the one he'd always known...the one he'd actually played with a fair amount of success when he was still taking lessons...

That one he could play almost flawlessly now.

Just like riding a bike...

It was Moonlight Sonata that brought Teyla to that music room...though she didn't know the name of the melody...

It was Moonlight Sonata that caused him to blush when she entered and asked what he'd been playing.

It was Moonlight Sonata that he offered to teach her.

And it was Moonlight Sonata that played at their wedding three years later.


A/N: I seem to be a sucker for McKeyla lately and I DON'T KNOW WHY. Gah!

Written in response to the one hundred first sentences challenge on the When Plot Bunnies Attack forum, Number thirty four: "People's dreams do not die"