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Note from Author (fyd818): A short little piece for the episode Siege, pt. III. I hope you enjoy, and thank you so much for reading!


Breathe

fyd818


I materialized in the Gateroom of Atlantis with a bunch of Marines. I remembered none of their names.

All I remembered were bits and pieces of heart-pounding, gut-clenching excitement and danger. With panic overshadowing nearly every memory I have, maybe I've gone into one too many dangerous situations and officially gone off my rocker. Oh, won't the bigwigs at the Air Force have a field day with this!

Or maybe I wasn't crazy, just tired. That seems likely: every bone in my body felt ten times heavier than the last time I bothered to do a body check. My head ached, my eyelids weighted down, my throat scratchy. I wanted to go fall facedown somewhere and sleep myself out. Unfortunately, there was far too much left to do.

"I'm home!" I announced to the room at large. I remembered those terrible moments on the Daedalus, when I'd thought Atlantis had been destroyed. I frantically scanned the room. Though my brain was scolding me horribly, telling me duh, you dope, Atlantis is still here!, my heart thumped and sputtered frantically in my chest. I floated somewhere between a dream and nightmare – surely another sign of insanity?

Then I saw her. Elizabeth Weir looked at home on the grand staircase, as if she'd been born and raised in Atlantis: graceful, confident, in charge of everything and everyone. I honestly believed she hadn't lost her cool even once during these last few hectic hours.

I opened my mouth to say something more – I'm not even sure what. But then she smiled, stepping swiftly forward to wrap me in the circle of her arms. She clung to me like a drowning woman; like – for just a brief moment – her cool confidence was wavering.

At first, I had no clue what to do. Should I hug her back? Push her away? The Gateroom is a very public place, after all, I thought wryly.

But my body refused to comply with the orders I gave it. Instead, my arms wrapped awkwardly around her, and I allowed myself to relax slightly into her embrace. I've never been an overtly affectionate person, and doubt I ever will be. But, at that moment, I wanted to be.

So I closed my eyes, hugged her back, and simply breathed.

-The End-