Author's Note: This is the final chapter for 'Halloween Dance'. Mainly it was a prequel to fill in a number of open holes in 'Left Behind Stargate Atlantis' that I didn't go into detail about. The stories in order: 'Near Seduction', 'Christmas Stargate Style', 'Christmas Stargate Altantis Style', 'Halloween Dance', 'The Christmas Trip' and 'Left Behind Stargate Atlantis' & 'Left Behind SG1' by Christian Gate Fan and me. I will be completing the latter with CGF's permission.
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**STRONG CHRISTIAN THEME**
Dragonlots aka Dana Bell
Thanksgiving was right around the corner and Corporal Henry contacted the Genii about providing some of the vegetables and fruit for the celebration. He'd arranged to have it delivered via a mutual brother in Christ. Dr. Weir would never know where the supplies came from. He also hoped the Deadalus would arrive with the turkeys he'd ordered. Fish just wasn't a good substitute for an American tradition.
The sweet scent of fresh bread filled the kitchen and he knew it probably drifted over to cafeteria. He'd caught a few people sneaking glances. Larry hummed a worship tune as he set out the makings for pie crusts. He had a lot of work to do over the next few days and didn't want to feel rushed.
As he mixed the dough and rolled it into shapes that were sort of round he had an odd feeling. It was almost bitter sweet and yet there was such a strong sense of peace in his heart.
Not really understanding what the Lord had just told him because sometimes it was just like that, he continued to work to bless the people under his spiritual leadership.
"So," Mac asked Matt as they rode up the elevator to Peter Thornton's office. "What do you want for Christmas?"
The boy threw a funny look in his direction. "I already got what I wanted."
There was a brief silence as MacGyver digested Matt's comment. "Anything else?"
Self consciously Matt looked down at his too short jeans. "Well, maybe some new clothes."
"I think that can be arranged." His new charge didn't seem to want anything fun. Mac would just have to use his imagination and come up with something.
The elevator stopped and they got out. Mac waved at various people he knew before he knocked on Pete's door.
"Come in," his old friend invited.
Mac did. Matt trailed behind. He stopped short at the woman just rising to leave.
"MacGyver, I'd like you to meet Dr. Jeanie Miller. This is MacGyver. He's an old friend."
"Hello," she greeted with a touch an accent. He suspected she was Canadian.
"Dr. Miller is part of our new projects department."
Pete's way of saying she was part of the Stargate research staff. He knew he wasn't supposed to know about it so he just nodded. "Nice to meet you."
"And you." She glanced at Thornton. "May I get started now?"
"Go right ahead. I've already told you what level."
"Thank you." She left closing the door behind her.
"I'm guessing she's brilliant in her field."
"Quite." Pete's attention turned toward the young boy. "Who's this?"
"This is Matthew. He's going to be staying with me for awhile."
"I'm Pete Thornton," his old friend introduced himself. "Please, sit down." They all did. "What brings you here today, Mac?"
"Couple of things." He settled into the chair. "First, I'd like to know if I can borrow one of the Foundations lawyers. Legal mumbo jumbo is beyond me."
"Not a problem. Second?"
Mac smiled. "I want to tell you about an experience I had during Halloween." His friend's face registered interest. "See, I found God…"
Jeanie got off at the sub-level Pete told her to. She knocked lightly on the door and an oddly high pitched voice answered, "Come in."
The door slid open like one of those turbo lift ones on Star Trek. She took a deep breath and smiled as she entered. "Hi, I'm Dr. Jeanie Miller."
A slight figure turned to look at her. Two large black eyes blinked in a bland gray face. "I am Tiez."
"You're an Asgard." Thornton had briefed her and even her brother had told her something about these ancient aliens.
Tiez nodded. "I am." Her slender fingers indicated the items on the table. "Are you ready to begin?"
She hesitated. "You were told I would do most of my work via the computer."
"I was. But you are here now. Allow me to brief you."
Several hours passed and Jeanie decided she liked the little gray alien. Granted, the fact Tiez was naked was at first disconcerting, but after awhile she got to used to it and just forgot about it. Also, the female was friendly and curious and seemed much more comfortable with humans than most. Her brother had complained they acted superior to them.
"I believe," Tiez said, "we will work well together."
"I agree." Jeanie was very happy she'd made the choice she had. She'd have the best of both worlds, her family and her work.
Susanna personally dropped off the package for her brother at Cheyenne Mountain. General Landry greeted her and offered her a chair in his office. She smiled as she sat down. "Thank you."
"I really wish you'd reconsider and join the Atlantis Mission." Landry waited expectantly on the other side of his cluttered oak desk.
"Thank you, General, but I made my decision a long time ago." She didn't add that her husband's death and the birth of her son now made that option impossible.
"Your brother is doing a good job. I hear a lot of good things about him from Dr. Weir."
"Larry always wanted to go into space. I simply helped arrange it."
"No second thoughts?"
She sensed he was fishing. For what she wasn't certain. "No. I'm happy with my life."
"You'll let me know if you change your mind?"
"I won't." She got up. "Just make sure my brother's package is loaded on the Deadalus."
"I'll take care of it personally."
"Thank you, General Landry." Susanna left the office and headed for the elevators. On the way she passed Dr. Jackson. She didn't actually know the man other than by reputation. On impulse she turned to speak to him. "Excuse me,"
Dr. Jackson lowered the book he was looking at and replied, "Do I know you?"
"No." She introduced herself. His puzzled expression cleared when he heard her name.
"You turned down a chance to go to Atlantis." He sounded curious.
"I had good reasons." The Holy Spirit urged her on. "I don't know what your beliefs are Dr. Jackson,"
"Daniel, but I wanted you to know God loves you."
"I don't believe in God."
"That's okay." She gave him a warm sisterly smile. "He believes in you."
Rodney worked in his lab with Zelenka laboring next to him. The two of them had been trying to figure out a new device which had been found and nothing in Ancients data base seemed to be helping.
Finally, Radek pushed it aside. "We need to take a break."
"We need to keep working."
"No. We need to take a rest." The Chec got up and paced. McKay watched the other's lips moves although he couldn't hear what he was saying.
"That's very annoying," the Canadian groused.
"It's how I," the other stopped, "it helps me."
McKay rolled his eyes. "We need to get back to work."
"I think we need to take a break."
"We'll never get this figured out if we stop."
"We won't if we don't get away from it." Zelenka marched up to him. "I feel very strongly about this. It is the right thing to do."
"How do you know?" The other's attitude was troubling. Radek wasn't arguing with him. He just seemed very sure of himself.
"Because I," he stopped. "I just know."
"Go ahead if you want. I'll stay and figure it out."
"No, Rodney." Radek reached passed him, hit save and powered down the lap top. "We stop now and begin tomorrow after we've slept and eaten."
His stomach growled and Rodney realized he'd missed dinner. No wonder his thinking seemed a bit fuzzy. "You're right."
"It does happen." Now the other scientist sounded more like his normal self. "Shall we go?"
The two left the lab and headed for the cafeteria. Rodney grabbed a snack while Zelenka stopped to take to Corporal Henry. He didn't think anything of it since the cook was friendly to everyone. Both men looked in his direction before Radek joined him at the table.
"What was that about?"
"Nothing." Radek sipped his coffee. "How are things with Katie?"
"I noticed you two went to the Halloween Dance together."
Rodney felt his face burn. "We did. So?"
"I think it is good you found someone."
"We're just dating."
"She's good for you, Rodney."
"I," there was a part of him that wanted to get married. Seeing his sister Jeanie so happy had convinced him it was a good thing. But he was scared.
"I think," Radek continued, "when the time comes, you'll ask."
"I'm not so sure of that."
"I am." The other got a far away look in his eyes. "I just suspect I won't be around when you do."
"Hey!" He glared at Zelenka. "Don't talk like that!"
"You just said you wouldn't be around when I asked."
Radek gazed over at Corporal Henry who was putting up orange and brown paper chains. "Change is coming, Rodney. None of us will be able to stop it." He looked back at McKay. "And it won't be a bad thing." He got up. "I'm going to get some sleep."
Rodney frowned as he watched the scientist leave. Whatever had Zelenka meant by that and why didn't it seem to upset him? A cold shiver ran up his back and he pushed the sudden fear away. Radek was just tired. It would all be different in the morning.
Larry glanced around the cafeteria after he finished decorating. Thanksgiving was tomorrow. Several scientists were eating breakfast and a couple where playing chess. Dr. Weir came in and got her usual tea along with some fruit and left for office. Colonel Sheppard stumbled in, with Teyla and Ronan not far behind. McKay waved at them as he left.
Such a normal scene and yet, there lingered the sense of everything about to change. It wouldn't bad, at least not for him and the believers in his care, yet it would alter the lives of everyone in Atlantis. He just prayed they all saw the truth before that time came.