Looks like I might do a few of these, but updates might be slow...if you haven't figured out, oneshots are kind of my strong point, consistancy not so much. Just some ideas on what various people did during their six weeks on Earth between The Return parts one and two. First up, Radek Zalenka!
Dr. Radek Zalenka was a genius. Really, he was. Fifteen scientists had been working for weeks on figuring out the problem he had just solved in ten minutes. Waving his arms distractedly, he muttered in the general direction of the man who was hovering just over his left shoulder. "The compression ratio! What if I just...yes, that would fix the power problems, but what about..." He trailed off and began hitting buttons on the nearest computer rapidly. "What if we rerouted the secondary systems to dilute the power outputs?"
The young scientist stared at him in awe. "Yes, we could do that, but...if you don't mind me asking, of course..." Radek nodded absently, waving at him to continue. "Why?"
Radek snapped back to attention as his shoulders dropped. Sighing, he turned to his new assistant. He had to remember to explain himself. Ever since he had returned from Atlantis, he was having a terrible time slowing down enough for his assistants to keep up.
Ten minutes later, his assistant's eyes lit up. "Oh! But the power requirement would be insane...can our systems handle that?"
Radek snapped impatiently, then stared at his hand in horror. Did he actually just use a patented Rodney McKay gesture? Obviously, Atlantis had managed to change him quite a bit.
"Yes. That is why we would have to reroute the subsystems." He tried with all his might to sound more patient than he was feeling as a dull pounding began in his head. True, his work in Atlantis had been scattered, and he had been forced to endure Rodney's egotistical tendencies, but it has been some of his best work, and at least he didn't have to stop and explain his every idea. Or work with new assistants who were utterly incapable of following even the simplest of instructions. Speaking of...
Zalenka was recalled to the present as his assistant started to enter an incorrect code into their experiment. "Stop! No! Just...stop." He muttered darkly in Czech before making a sincere effort to compose himself. "Why don't we both just take the rest of the day off and start work back up again tomorrow."
The now frightened assistant nodded and made a beeline for the door. Radek sighed and fished his phone out of his jacket pocket, automatically dialing the number that had burned itself into his memory just six weeks ago when he had been shipped back to Earth.
A cool female voice picked up on the second ring. "Stargate Command, how may I help you?"
"This is Dr. Zalenka, of the Atlantis Expedition? I would like to request a transfer."
"Again, Dr. Zalenka?"
"This is the last time, I promise."
"Very well, where would you like to go?"
"Area 51. Put me on whatever project Dr. McKay is working on...I am never going to hear the end of this," He grumbled, knowing as he did so that it would be completely worth it.
"I'm afraid that Dr. McKay is no longer working with either Area 51 or the SGC."
Radek blinked, staring at the phone in confusion. "I'm sorry...what?" There was a pause as he listened to the woman's explanation. " HE WENT WHERE? Without me? Who went with him?"
"Col. Sheppard, Dr. Wier, and Dr. Beckett."
"They took CARSON?" He muttered unhappily under his breath in Czech. "Never mind. Just...put me on the list of personnel to return to Atlantis."
"I'm sorry, Radek, but the SGC has no plans to re-occupy Atlantis, and Dr.'s Wier, Beckett, and McKay- not to mention Col. Sheppard- will be in quite a bit of trouble when and if they return."
Radek shook his head. "Just put me on that list." With a satisfied nod, Zalenka snapped his phone shut, suddenly much more cheerful. If he knew his team at all, he could be back in Atlantis before the end of the month.