A/N: Sorry, I just got this idea and it wouldn't go away! Again, still learning about SGA so NO FLAMES PLEASE!
Chapter One: Children
"So what happened?"
"For the last time, we don't know!"
"Well something bloody did! She's five!"
Teyla shushed the fighting doctor and scientist. She pointed to the little girl with an oversized red shirt on who was sleeping on one of the medical cots.
"Do you want to wake her up?" She asked in a hushed tone. The little girl shuffled in her sleep.
"Well, if she does, she can tell us what happened and Carson can shut up about it." Rodney snapped. He'd been called away in a mission this morning and had yet to have his eleven cups of coffee.
"I wouldn't count on it Rodney," Beckett said as he picked up an x-ray they'd taken earlier. "her brain has regressed, she thinks she's five as well. As far as she knows, she's just a kid."
"This is why we don't take her with us, why did Sheppard even ask her to come?"
"Rodney, it's not his fault. We need to forget about that right now and worry about her."
A small gasp made the three adults turn to the cot. The little girl was sitting up, her short, curly brown hair was tangled and a mess. Her eyes were wide with fear.
"Wh…where am I?" She asked in a quiet tone. Beckett leaned next to the cot.
"Your on Atlantis, does that ring any bells?" He said trying to see if even a small part of her adult brain was left.
"Didn't Atlantis sink?" She asked as she turned her head to the right. Beckett smiled at her.
"It did, but it came back up."
The little girl thought about it for a moment, the grinned.
The doctor laughed. "Yes, in a way, magic."
"Who are you?" She asked after she stopped giggling.
"Doctor Carson Beckett." He said as he held out a hand to her. She grinned and shook it.
"Elizabeth Weir, but everybody calls me Lizzie."
Teyla walked up to her and crouched.
"Hello Dr. We- Lizzie, my name is Teyla Emmagan."
"Hi Teyla! That's a pretty name…Teyla…"
The little girl continued to repeat the name. Beckett and Teyla stood up.
"Rodney, keep an eye on her, we'll be right back." the doctor said as he and Teyla left.
"Wait, what!? I hate kids!"
He turned to see Elizabeth staring at him wide eyed with tears starting to form.
The Athosian and doctor walked down the hall and into the science lab. Colonel Sheppard and Dr. Zelenka were talking.
"Colonel," Beckett said to get his attention. Sheppard turned to face them.
"So, how's our little friend doing?"
"She's awake…but we have an issue…" Beckett trailed off as he handed the x-rays to Sheppard.
"Uh, Carson, what am I supposed to see here?"
"Her brain capacity has been reduced. As far as she's concerned, she's five."
"And where is she right now?"
"With Rodney." Teyla said.
As if on cue, a high-pitched scream came from the hall and Elizabeth, holding up her shirt so she could run, came scrabbling out. She ran over and clung onto Beckett.
He ignored the snickers.
"What's wrong Elizabeth?"
"That man! Rodney! He tried to pick me up!"
Just then, there was panting as Rodney entered the room.
"She asked…" He sat on the floor. "to go…to the bath…room and I tried to…pick her…up because she's…too short to…get out of the cot." The man continued to pant.
"How did she get away exactly?" Zelenka asked. Rodney glared.
"She bit me."
There was a silence, then the entire room (minus Rodney) broke out in laughter.
"You got bit by Weir? Oh god…" Zelenka grinned.
"Its not funny! I think she drew blood!"
The group laughed harder.
"You had it coming!" Elizabeth yelled. She hid behind Beckett's leg.
"He's a mean man, isn't he?" Sheppard said. Elizabeth turned to him and smiled.
"Hi, I'm Lizzie. Who are you?" She said as she stuck out her hand (although it was just a nub in the red sleeve).
"John Sheppard." He said as he shook her hand.
"Carson, can I talk to you for a second?" Rodney asked. Beckett nodded and followed him into the hall.
"You're going to fix this, right? I mean, lets face it, the military and the IOA are not going to let us keep a five year old in the middle of a war."
The doctor looked back into the lab where the young Elizabeth was now chatting with Zelenka.
"I don't know Rodney, I honestly don't know."