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"John, let me help you with that –"
John narrowed his eyes at Teyla ferociously. Teyla rolled her eyes and took a step back, her hands up in defeat. "Fine, break you back," she said.
"Thanks, I will," said John, his voice strained. He staggered into the room under the weight of an enormous crate and dropped the thing on the low table. Teyla watched as he leant on the crate and took a couple of deep breaths, then slowly straightened up to look at her.
She knew exactly what he was going to say. He raised an accusing finger at her. "No heavy lifting," he said. Teyla mouthed the words along with him.
John scowled at her. "Okay missy, you just sit your heavily-pregnant wise-ass down," he said, pointing at the couch behind her.
Teyla rolled her eyes again but obediently lowered herself onto the couch – no mean feat these days, as she was eight months pregnant.
"I am pregnant, John," she said. "Not an invalid."
John was still scowling. "I know that," he said. "But no heavy lifting!"
"I was not going to take the crate off of you!" She said, exasperated. "I was just going to help!"
"I don't care. Now, you're just going to sit there until I've finished moving this stuff - to make sure you don't feel tempted to exert yourself," John said. He looked around the room. It had been cleaned from top to bottom, and the furniture that had been in there was arranged where they wanted it. But they had had to move in a lot of other furniture and of course all of their belongings.
"Only two more crates," he said.
Teyla watched him walk towards the closed door. "John, leave them for now," she said. "We should probably start unpacking these crates first." There were several already in the room, as well as several large bags containing clothes.
John paused. "I don't know," he said. "It's probably better to just get it all done now."
"John, you've been running around all day," Teyla said. "Come and sit down with me."
John smirked and leant one shoulder against the wall next to the door. "Really – why would I do that?" He asked.
Teyla raised an eyebrow. "It is a very comfortable couch," she said.
John shrugged. "Hmm… doesn't look that comfortable to me," he replied still smirking wickedly.
Teyla returned his smirk with one of her own. "You know, this is where it happens," she said.
"Where what happens?"
"This couch… four years from now," Teyla said.
John's eyes widened as he caught her meaning. "On a couch? How romantic," he said, his voice dripping with sarcasm.
Teyla just raised her eyebrow again and John pushed off from the wall and walked over to where she was sitting. He loomed over her and Teyla smirked up at him.
John smiled. "You know, there's no way I'm not going to know it's you," he said.
Teyla frowned. "What?"
"In the future," John explained. "I'll know it's you. I mean not you."
Teyla smiled knowingly. "You will not know," she said firmly.
John quirked an eyebrow. "Are you telling me that I am so dense I can't tell the difference between a you I've been married to for years, and a you who's just my friend?" He asked.
Teyla reached out and took his hand in hers. "I am afraid so, John," she said. She smiled teasingly. "But do not worry – I promise I will not be angry. I will still love you."
John shook his head. "I just don't believe that I could be that dense," he said.
Teyla just kept smiling. "We will see," she said.
John smirked at her. "Yes, we will," he said. He placed his hands on the couch behind her and leaned over her, his face inches from hers. "And by the way," he said, leaning in to kiss her, "I love you too."
Just over three years later.
Most of the giant plant had been disposed of by the time Teyla got back to Atlantis. Rodney was waiting for her in front of the gate but was really watching Katie, who was directing two marines pushing the last of it on a trolley.
"So, she – you – get home okay?" He asked as she got near.
Teyla smiled brightly and nodded. "Yes, thank you Rodney," she said, handing him the timer he had given her.
Rodney nodded. "Good good," he said. "So, that means that when you went back to your real time you knew about this giant plant fiasco?"
Teyla nodded again. "I also knew that Katie was pregnant," she said.
Rodney raised his eyebrows. "Well, thanks for not telling me," he said. Teyla knew he wasn't being sarcastic.
She patted him on the shoulder. "I had better go and find John," she said.
Rodney nodded. "Yeah, last I heard Casanova was by the botany lab," he said.
Teyla smiled again and hurried towards the botany labs. She was just about to step into a transporter when the doors opened and John stepped out.
His eyes widened when he saw her. "Teyla!"
Teyla smirked at him. "Casanova," she said teasingly.
John closed his eyes and shook his head in disbelief. "I really thought I'd know," he said.
Teyla smiled. "I told you that you wouldn't," she said.
John nodded. "Yeah, I know," he said. He looked at her for a moment and sighed. "I'm sorry. I just really missed you and you know I could never resist you when you're sitting in the sunlight and your hair –"
"Stop, stop!" Teyla said, laughing. "You do not have to explain yourself to me John. You did not do anything wrong."
"I should think not!" Said John, smirking. "After four years I'd like to think that I've got pretty-"
"John!" Teyla exclaimed, laughing again and swatting him on the arm.
She raised an eyebrow at him. "Congratulate yourself all you want, but the truth is I have been gone for three days and you have yet to welcome me back properly."
John raised an eyebrow right back at her. "You're right, how terrible of me," he said.
He grinned wolfishly and leant in to kiss her, one hand cupping the back of her head, his fingers raking through her hair, and the other on her hip, holding her close to him. Teyla's hands ran over John's chest as his lips slid gently over hers, and his tongue gently nipped against her lower lip, a promise of more to come later.
Teyla smiled as he pulled back and rested his forehead against hers. "I missed you too," she said. John kissed her briefly again and then stepped back, though his arm went round her shoulders, keeping her close.
"I was just on my way to Jen's," he told her.
Teyla looked at her watch. It was 15.56. "We had better hurry," she said. "She is due in the infirmary in four minutes."
John nodded and they walked through the corridors, discussing Teyla's recent visit with the Athosians, their arms wrapped tightly around each other.
They did not have far to go, and soon stopped in front of a set of doors. John knocked and the doors slid open a moment later, revealing Jennifer Kellar, a baby balanced on one hip.
"Teyla, you're back!" She said, smiling happily.
"Hello, Jennifer, we are sorry we are late," she replied with a smile of her own.
"Yeah, sorry," said John as they walked into her quarters. He smiled at the baby in her arms. "Hey Junior," he said, pulling faces at him. The baby smiled at him.
"Dada!" He said in a high-pitched voice.
Jennifer and Teyla laughed. "He's calling everything that at the moment," said Jennifer. "Don't worry."
John pretended to wipe his brow. "Thank god, I thought for a moment there was something I didn't know," he said. "Again…"
Teyla elbowed him in the ribs, though she was grinning.
A knee-high blur ran at Teyla from the balcony and hugged her round the legs. Teyla grinned and bent down to pick up her three-year-old son. She hugged him close as he started talking a-mile-a-minute. Unlike little Ronon Junior, who could only say 'Dada', Tagan Sheppard had a word for everything. In several languages, thanks to the make-up of the Atlantis personnel.
The words did not always make much sense, but Teyla loved to listen to him.
"I draw a picture of a dog and dad said that he get me one and I draw picture of trex dad said I can't have one but Momma they funny and the dog will be lonely and needs a friend and Bel needs a pet too –"
Teyla raised an eyebrow at John. She highly doubted he had told their son that he could have a dog, and by the look on his face she knew she was right. She was glad he had said no to the T-Rex as well. Tagan had a fixation with dinosaurs.
John wandered over to the other side of the room to where a playpen had been set up. John bent over with a smile.
"Hey princess, come here," he said. He straightened up with their one-year-old daughter Isabella in his arms, and swung her through the air, making her laugh with delight. Teyla grinned. Isabella was such a Daddy's girl…
"Thanks for looking after them, Jennifer," said Teyla, smiling again at her friend. Jennifer nodded.
"It was my pleasure," she said. "I'd better get going though – I need to drop off this one with Laura, and then Ronon's picking him up in half an hour, after he's finished with the new recruits."
Teyla nodded. Childcare on Atlantis was often like a very complicated juggling routine.
Teyla kissed Isabella on the head as John came to stand next to her. "Alright, we'll catch up tomorrow," she said to the doctor. Jennifer nodded enthusiastically and she and John left her quarters.
Tagan squirmed in Teyla's arms and so she set him on the floor, his hand tight in hers as they walked towards their quarters.
"Sam is here, isn't she?" Said Teyla. "I will have to go and see her."
John looked at her sharply. "How did you know Sam was here?" He asked.
Teyla smirked at him. "You told me," she said. John laughed.
"Yeah, I guess I did," he said. "Is that how you knew that today was… you know? I mean you came running into our quarters like you knew what was going on – did Sam's being here tip you off?"
Teyla shook her head. "No, it was the giant plants," she said. "As soon as I saw them I knew that I was here, and I told Rodney. He went to research the next solar flare and I came to get… myself."
"Remind me to thank Rodney," John said.
Teyla smiled and looked down at Tagan, who was concentrating on not walking on any of the cracks in the floor, something he always did when walking anywhere.
"You know, from now on, we don't have a clue what's going to happen," said John. "It's a sobering thought."
Teyla raised an eyebrow at him, and waited for him to explain.
"Well, it's just that for four years we've known this day was going to happen, but from now on we don't know anything," he said.
Teyla smiled. "True," she said. "But I think we know more than enough."
John stopped walking and smiled at her, before leaning into kiss her. It was very short, just a brush of her lips, but enough to make Tagan exclaim "eeeewww!!" very loudly.
John and Teyla laughed at his reaction and started walking again. They definitely knew more than enough.