We, the Sparky Army, decree 2008 to be the Year of the Spark. We pledge to post a new sparky story or chapter of a sparky story every day from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008. Though the Powers that Be have removed Elizabeth Weir from the regular cast of Stargate Atlantis, we feel that she remains an integral part of the show, and that the relationship between her and John Sheppard is too obvious to be ignored. We hope that you, and anyone might happen to read these works, agree.

And if that isn't official enough for you, we don't know what is. Seriously, guys, we're just trying to have some fun--and show TPTB that Sparky is the way to go. So sit back and enjoy the 366 stories coming your way!


By Hannah554

Chapter 5

John and the others had been on the new resistance base for almost 2 days. They'd had regular check-ins with Atlantis but so far there was no news on the alliance front. Elizabeth knew the IOA would drag their feet, take as much time as they could before coming to a decision. They seemed to really hate making decisions, terrified that if something backfired, if it turned out to be the wrong choice they'd take the blame.

"Can I come in?" John asked from outside her office startling Elizabeth out of her thoughts.

"I've never known you to ask for permission," she half joked with a small smile.

"That was on Atlantis," he replied more seriously and she nodded her head. She wasn't sure whether she should talk first or let him start, he made the decision for her. "I understand why you didn't contact us," he told her not making eye contact, it struck her then with full force just how much their relationship had been damaged, John had rarely not looked her in the eyes. "That doesn't mean I have to be happy about it."

"I wanted to contact you John, to let you all know that I was fine," she replied "But all it would have done is put everyone in more danger, it wouldn't have changed anything, I can never go back to Atlantis and I think you know that."

"Maybe not, but I wouldn't have had to spend months thinking you were dead, going through everything I could have done differently," he stated and there it was, she had known he would blame himself and she she'd wanted so much to be able to tell him that it wasn't his fault, that he hadn't failed her, now was he chance.

"None of this is your fault, you couldn't have changed what happened," she tried to tell him.

"I never should have left you behind," he almost cut her off angrily, the anger directed only at himself, now they were getting somewhere.

"I told you too, if you hadn't you and the others would have been captured as well and Atlantis probably wouldn't have made it," she explained but she knew it wouldn't be that easy, very little with John Sheppard ever was.

"It doesn't matter, it was my responsibility to protect you, I shouldn't have left you," he protested.

"John, I don't blame you," she began "You have never failed me."

John didn't look particularly convinced as he changed the subject. "I suppose you saw me talking to earth," he stated. "They're willing to work out an alliance."

That's great," she replied.

"They'll assign some people here, volunteers only, in return they want whatever information you have as and when we need it," he told her and she nodded her head slowly.

"I think that's acceptable,"" she said.

"I volunteered," he stated and Elizabeth blinked several times in surprise.

"What about Atlantis?" she questioned, it had always been his home as much as hers.

"It doesn't need a military commander while Sam is there; if she leaves they still have Lorne, he can do the job as well as I ever did," he replied, he'd obviously thought about this.

"And what about your team?" she asked.

"I spoke to them all this morning, told them I wasn't sure I wanted to go back to Atlantis," he told her. "Rodney's thinking about staying, whether he has the ancient gene or not you could use his brain but he's not sure yet. Ronan and Teyla are going back to Atlantis but they want visiting privileges."

"They'll have them," she said with a small smile. "John are you sure about this, Atlantis is your home?"

"Not so much anymore. I lost you once and I don't plan to do it again," he stated, that exposed look of something she always refused to identify was there again. Maybe it was time she gave it a name, maybe she should recognise it for what it was. One of her biggest regrets had never knowing what she and John had, what they could have had.

"Okay," she said knowing he still had time to change his mind if he wanted to.

"Now we just need to think of a name for this place," John said gesturing to the base around them.

"What is it with you and naming things?"

The deal was done, the base would be receiving its new personal in a week. Ronan and Teyla were returning to Atlantis, Rodney was going with them, for now at least. John was saying his goodbyes, it wouldn't be the last time he would see them, far from it comma, but it was the end of things as they knew them.

"Take care of yourself Sheppard," Ronan said pulling the man into a brief bear hug. "And her."

Teyla said goodbye to both Elizabeth and John in the usual Athosian way. As Rodney muttered goodbyes, shaking John's hand awkwardly as though he half wanted to hug him. Elizabeth didn't let him get away with it, she hugged him and after a moment he awkwardly hugged her back.

"See ya Doc," Ronan said "try not to go missing again."

Elizabeth smiled at the typical Ronan response aching a little more for things to go back to the way they used to be.

"I'll try," she replied as John moved to stand beside her, she had a feeling he wouldn't allow it anyway. With a final goodbye the team disappeared through the gate, leaving John and Elizabeth behind. They had a long way to go, they could never go back to the way they were but they could be something else, maybe something more. Not yet though, for now they had to rebuild, try to get something of that relationship back.

"So?" John began as they left the gate room. "Who's that woman that keeps glaring at me?"

"What woman?" She questioned.

"Brown hair, tall, oh there she is," John said pointing at the woman who was stood talking to another one of the Asurans.

"Talis?" she asked "she didn't like me contacting Atlantis, she'll get used to it."

"She'll have to, I'm not going anywhere," he told her stopping and turning to her, their eyes meeting, maybe they didn't so far to go after all.

"Me neither."