Chapter 1: Mishap
Rodney had found yet another Ancient machine with an unknown purpose. This time he proceeded with caution, even though there were 2 very attractive female assistants with him and Radek, temping him to show off a little. The machine was a room, and was biological, and had to do with DNA. Teyla was with them to sense beforehand if there was any Wraith experiments.
They entered the smallish circle shaped room, Rodney looked for the main panel to turn power on safely, but had no luck.
"Hmm…" Rodney mumbled with a frown.
"Perhaps it only reacts to people with the gene of the Ancestors." Teyla said as she gently placed her hand on the main console.
"I have the gene." Rodney spat, insulted.
"Naturally," Anna Bennett said with a gentle, knowing expression. Anna was one of his favorite assistants, even though Rodney would never admit it. She was smart and could keep up with him reasonably well. She was the tallest female in the room at 5'7", had a soft curvy body, shortish dark brown hair with about 2 inches of blonde roots, and blue-green eyes that complimented her creamy complexion.
"Oh," he said stupidly then hastily tapped his ear piece. "Sheppard, where are you?"
"Having some down time with Ronon, why?" John asked suspiciously.
"Get to the floor under the east pier, there is a lab at the end of the hall, meet us there." Rodney said in his domineering voice and tapped his ear piece.
They continued to try and turn the room on, mostly because Rodney thought it would help them disperse the Ancient gene through the population and gain more control of the city. John and Ronon showed up 30 minutes later, dragging their feet, talking about the old times in the military.
"Finally," Rodney mumbled under his breath, which was useless since John and Ronon heard him anyway. John walked through the door way and everything lit up like the 4th of July.
"It's still weird when that happens." John said pointing at the lights.
"Uh huh," Rodney said not listening to what he was saying. "Bennett, Lopez what do you have?" he asked barely looking up from his laptop.
"It's definitely something with genetics." Rebecca Lopez, one of Radek's assistants said with a slight Spanish accent. She was short, only about 5'2", a slim figure from running with Laura Cadman daily, brown eyes and brown wild hair.
"There is nothing Wraith here." Teyla said with an assuring nod.
"That's good." Rodney said some relief.
"So what exactly is this place?" John asked walking to the most attractive looking panel.
"No idea actually." Rodney said with knitted brows.
"Oh well in that case, me and Ronon are off, Teyla would you like to join us?" John asked walking toward the door. Before Teyla could voice her response the door WHOOSHED shut. "Um Rodney…" John asked turning back toward the scientist.
"It wasn't me." Rodney said in a surly tone. Situations like this never ended well.
"Not us," Becka said holding one hand up. Anna shook her head when Rodney looked to her.
"It wasn't me, either." Radek said from one of the panels. Rodney let out a sigh and set his laptop down on the center panel.
"From what I can tell, half of the room deals with males and the other half deals with females." Anna said looking at the data on her laptop.
"Yes I can see that." Rodney said, getting snappier by the minute. Anna made a face at her boss and went back to work.
"How long is this going to take?" Ronon growled leaning against the wall on the male side of the room.
"I don't know." Rodney said in a whiny voice, one that rubbed Ronon the wrong way. John rolled his eyes and tried to, coolly, lean on the nearest panel only to find his hand almost glued to the grid looking panel.
"Uh, Rodney…" John said worryingly pulling on his hand.
"What?" Rodney snapped turning toward the Lieutenant Colonel. John nodded at his hand and Rodney sighed. "Must you touch everything?!" he yelled.
"I was leaning on it!" John yelled defensively.
Radek walked over to John, set his laptop on the panel and tried to help him pull his hand back. Ronon watched with a raised brow. Radek sighed and stopped for a minute and his hand was yanked to the panel. "Um… Rodney," Radek said as he and John shared a rather frightful look.
"Oh not you too?!" Rodney yelled incredulously.
"Dr. McKay," Anna called out.
"Yes?" Rodney snapped tiringly, turning to the other group.
"I think the room is acting on its own." Anna said fearfully.
"We need to turn it off." Becka said looking over her shoulder, her wild hair obscuring her view.
"Well then do it." Rodney said dryly.
"We are trying, Rodney." Teyla said firmly, looking away from the panel to Rodney giving him a stern look. He lost his snarky look and went back to working to turn the room off. Anna was right; the entire room was working on its own. Rodney tried to over-ride the commands but nothing was taking.
"Rodney!" Teyla called out. The four men looked to the panel directly across the room to see Teyla, Anna and Becka all stuck to the panel like Radek and John.
Ronon pushed himself off the wall with a scowl, the room could toy with John and Radek all it wanted but when it came to women, and someone close to him at that, that was when he drew the line. Just as he walked in front of the panel his hand was drawn to the panel on the other side of Radek.
"McKay" Ronon bellowed trying to pull his arm away from the panel.
"OW!" filled the room as all their hands, save Rodney, were pricked. Now Rodney was fearful.
A blinding light rose from the center panel and filled the entire room. They all tried to cover their eyes from the light, then with a small pop the light was gone and the 3 women were passed out on the floor, their hands detached from the panel.
"Teyla!" John called out worryingly, pulling harder at his hand coming close to ripping it from his wrist. Rodney rushed to the women, checking all their pulses. They were indeed alive. A moment later the 3 stuck men were released and were on the other side of the room in half a second.
"Their alive" Rodney said with a sigh. That didn't reassure the others. John crouched next to Teyla, keeping her pulse at his fingers at all times. Ronon was crouched at Teyla's head looking over all three women. Radek was on his knees next to Becka, while Rodney stood.
John tapped his ear piece. "Medical team to East pier."
"What happened?" Carson's Scottish accent filled John's ears.
"Bennett, Lopez and Teyla passed out." John said looking at the 2 others passed out on either side of Teyla.
"I'm on my way." Carson said calmly, which made John feel a bit better.
"Rodney, what just happened?" John asked with a tight jaw.
"I don't know." Rodney said defensively.
"Well maybe you should find out" John said softening his tone.
"Yeah," Rodney murmured holding up his finger and stumbling for his laptop.
"Rodney, open the damn door!" was heard from the other side of the sealed door a few minutes later.
Rodney made some adjustments on his laptop and the door WHOOSHED open. Carson stood with 2 bags in hand, with several nurses, and glided into the room and knelt next to Anna, checking her vitals immediately.
"What happened?" Carson asked, slightly angered.
"We're not quite sure." John said in a tired voice.
"No where near sure, actually." Rodney said from behind his laptop. John made a face then turned his attention back to Teyla.
"Get her back to the infirmary." Carson said to a male and female nurse. They carefully loaded Anna onto a stretcher and rolled her toward the infirmary.
Carson moved to Teyla, she was in the same condition as Anna. All 3 women were on their way to the infirmary within minutes.
"Well they look like they just fainted." Carson said with a sigh.
"Thanks Carson" John said with a weary smile.
"I'll be sure to contact you if I find anything else out" Carson said then jogged out of the room and for the infirmary.
"Alright Rodney," John said with a sigh, turning around to Rodney. Ronon was leaning against the wall watching the exchange. "What exactly happened here?" John said in a tone that told Rodney his patience was wearing thin, or non-existent.
"I'm still figuring that out." Rodney said painfully.