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!
Authors Note: Yes, I was watching SG1 when I decided to write this but hey I love that episode.
Loop in Time
If he had been any more bored he would probably have actually found out if people could really die from boredom. He was reduced to sitting in Rodney's lab annoying the scientist while he played with the latest Ancient toy to be found off world and brought back through the gate. He'd been at it for two days now and hadn't learnt a whole lot; he didn't know what it did or how to switch it on. The latter was probably a good thing until he figured out the first one, there were a dozen pieces of technology that he'd been forbidden from playing with because he'd switched them on not knowing what they did and then struggled to switch them back off again.
"So," John began "You figured out what it does yet?"
"Not since the last time you asked me," Rodney replied looking at his watch. "Which was 10 minutes ago."
John sighed and went quiet again, resisting the urge to complain once again about how unfairly bored he was. Why was it that everything bad had to happen all at the same time giving them no time to breathe at all and then the rest of the time nothing happened leaving them with two much time and nothing to do?
"You figured it out yet?" he questioned and Rodney sighed.
"If you're bored why don't you go annoy someone else, spar with Ronon or something?" Rodney suggested.
"Did that this morning, got my ass kicked as usual," he said subconsciously rubbing at the newly forming bruise on his ribcage. Sooner or later he was going to learn to stop sparring with Ronon and Teyla, he never won and he came out of it worse than when he went in. On the other hand his hand to hand combat had improved massively over the last few years, he might not be able to beat Ronon and Teyla but he could probably beat just about everyone else now.
"How hard can this be really?" John said more to wind Rodney up than actually believing it was easy. He stood up and picked up the device ignoring Rodney's protests and immediately put it back down when a light came on and the machine started powering up.
"What did you do?" Rodney questioned.
"I didn't do anything," John replied stepping back from the device.
"It must have been your gene," Rodney said and then started muttering to himself as he was fussing around the device.
"It's always the gene," John stated, at least he wasn't bored anymore. "Turn it off."
"I would but considering I didn't even know how to turn it on that's kind of difficult," Rodney replied in his usual panicking, agitated voice. The humming from the device was getting louder and louder until John could barely hear his own thoughts. There was a flash of light, so bright John had to cover his eyes.
John woke up in his bed, it took him longer than usual to come around and he turned to the side, the clock telling him he didn't need to be up for another hour. He wasn't tired enough to fall back to sleep though so he got up and headed for the bathroom showering and changing before going in search of something to do. He headed up to Elizabeth's office, always his first port of call on a morning and he wasn't surprised to find her already there buried in paperwork.
She looked up and brushed her hair out of her face, her gaze settling on the stargate for a moment before returning to her work. John got a very distinct feeling of déjà vu but he shrugged it off and went into the office dropping himself into the chair and waiting for her to look up at him.
"Up early aren't you?" she questioned with a smile.
"I could say the same about you," John replied and she raised an eyebrow at him, understanding the hidden meaning in his words.
"I have a lot of work to do," she told him and he nodded his head.
"Then I should probably let you get on with it, I'll see you for lunch later," he said, his way of making sure she actually left her work for ten minutes so that she could eat. The stargate activated, someone was dialling in but John knew no one was due back until that afternoon. He and Elizabeth headed through to the control room as Chuck informed them that he was receiving an IDC.
"It's Major Lorne," he announced.
There was no way; this had all happened already.
"One of them is injured," John said testing his own theory and getting a strange look from Elizabeth in response. "He fell and hit his head, pretty nastily too."
Elizabeth looked down into the gate room as Lorne appeared followed by the rest of his team, two of which were supporting the third. He had a bandage around his head, a patch of blood showing through it. Elizabeth snapped her head around to look at him before heading down to the gate room to meet Lorne. John followed her down more slowly; he'd already heard what had happened once he didn't need to hear it again. Lorne left with his team, heading down to the infirmary as Rodney came running passed him.
"I think something's wrong," Rodney said.
"What gave you that idea?" John replied sarcastically. "Could it be that this all happened already?"
"How did you know that?" Rodney questioned "Are you repeating the day too, well of course you are, everyone is, but you can actually remember it?"
"No Rodney," John said. "I just said it anyway, what do you mean repeating the day."
"What's going on?" Elizabeth asked.