Yeah, my 'regular posting schedule' once again failed. But I am determined to finish this project!

As always, huge thanks for the reviews! Please, please do send more, not least because I can then distract myself from the work I'm supposed to be doing in order to reply to them! ;)


Arm yourself, because no one else here will save you
The odds will betray you.

~ Chris Cornell, 'You Know My Name'

There is a moment, with the cold triangles of metal pressed against his sweat-slick palms, when he doesn't think, just feels complete and absolute euphoria.

At that moment, high over Atlantis, a Jumper explodes in a fireball, and Markham and Smith blink out of existence; flame, sparks, ash, gone.

At that moment, three hives wing through hyperspace, and across a scanner screen.

At that moment, Teyla's foot trembles on the handle of a grenade.

And at that moment, just that one, John Sheppard knows he is still alive, and, now, that's everything.

Then that moment passes.

And the rest start.