That night, after I separated from Todd, I headed to the cafeteria to grab some food, because I was absolutely starving. Todd had to go to one of the labs and help Rodney out with some power situation. I tried to offer my help but both of them told me they didn't need it and I should go spend time with my friends. When I walked into the cafeteria, it was busier then I had ever seen it. As soon as I strolled in, everyone stopped talking. After a few moments, applause erupted from every corner of the cafeteria. I looked around and saw all my friends clapping, whistling with smiles on their faces. The sight brought tears to my eyes. This was my family and I didn't know where I would be without them.
After everyone settled down, I heard Major Lorne calling me over to his table, where he, John and his team, minus Rodney, were sitting. I sat down in the space between Evan and John. Ronon slid a cup of coffee across the table to me. I caught it and lifted it to my mouth to take a sip. "Thanks." I say, giving a slight smile. Evan put his arm across my shoulders and pulled me into him. "It's good to have you back, Amanda." He said, smiling down at me. "It is good to be back. I missed you guys." I reply.
"Well before you settle in too much, we got a gift for you." John said, getting up. I turned my head and gave him a confused look. "You guys shouldn't have." I start but before I could continue, Teyla interrupted me. "You almost died, I deem that worthy of a gift." she said, getting up and smiled. "Thats where Todd, Rodney and Elizabeth are, isn't it?" I inquire. John gave a sly grin and said "No, Rodney and Todd are actually in the lab but Elizabeth is there." And with that, John took my hand and led me out of the cafeteria, followed by the rest of the group. They led me to the control-room, explaining on the way there that they invited four people to come to the city. They were people I knew and SG-1 immediately came to my mind and a smile swept across my face. I couldn't wait to see my old team again.
John led me into the control-room and when we got to the top of the stairs, he let go of my hand and I looked down to the spot in front of the gate where five people stood. I knew one of them was Elizabeth and I could tell the other four were not SG-1. Three of them were male and the fourth was a female and they were looking around the city in awe. I saw Elizabeth look up at me and she gestured for me to come down. I slowly walked down the stairs. I stopped a few feet away when I realized who the people were. It was my sister, Tanya, my brother Eric and William and Ian.
"Why did you bring them here?" I state, my voice going cold. "What do you mean?" Elizabeth questioned. "Why did you let them come here?" I ask again, never taking my eyes off any of them. "We heard you were dying and we were all worried." Tanya said, her voice soft. "Oh now your worried. You haven't talked to me in fifteen years. None of you have. But once I am on my death bed, it's okay to come back into my life. That makes perfect sense." I go off. "Amanda..." William says, his voice warning me. "You have no right to talk to me." I say. And at that, I leave, leaving everyone in a stunned silence.
I storm to my room, as fast as I can with a limp and a cane, and go the the balcony that leads off of my room. I look over the city and out into the setting sun, getting my feelings under control. About an hour later, the sun had set and I was still on my balcony. I heard a knock on my door. I sighed and yelled back "Come in." I heard the door open and footsteps walk in. "Amanda..." I heard a voice, Evan, say. I sighed and my head sunk. "I am sorry I went off on everyone. You guys didn't know." I say. Evan came up next to me. "What happened between them and you?" He inquired. "Will, the really tall guy with fluffy brown hair that covers his eyes, he lead me on and broke my heart, eventually leaving me for my sister, Tanya. Thats why I can't deal with them. Ian, the tall muscular guy, also lead me on, eventually leaving me for his ex-girlfriend, Olivia, breaking my heart again. My brother just hasn't talked to me since our father died. He hasn't even checked in every so often, like an older brother should. I might be able to forgive Eric but the other three...I just don't know." I say. I felt my shoulders relax, glad to finally get all that off my shoulders. "Well Will and Ian have nothing on Todd, when it comes to height. Now looks is a whole other topic." I let out a laugh and gave Evan a punch in the arm. "Ow! That's gonna leave a bruise!" He complained, jokingly. I chuckled. "Don't be such a baby." I chortle. We talked for a few more minutes before he asked "You feeling a little bit better now?" I smiled and nodded. He wrapped me in a huge bear hug and said "That's good. My friends aren't allowed to be angry for more then an hour. Now come on, I hear they are having Jello for dessert so we better get down there before Rodney takes it all." I laugh and follow the Major out of my room.
When we got there, I spotted Elizabeth, John and Teyla sitting at a table across the room. I also saw my sister, my brother, Ian and Will sitting at table close to them. I followed Major, grabbed a green Jello and went over to sit with my friends. After I sat down, I looked up at Elizabeth. "I would like to apologize for snapping at you. You did not know." I say. She smiled and replied "Apology accepted. I have one question though. Will you be able to forgive any of them?" I sighed and tried to think of the best reply for that question. "I suppose I could try." I say. And with that, I looked over at the table where my sister, brother, Will and Ian were sitting and invited them over. They accepted and they came and sat down at our table. We talked, laughed and ate, but everyone could still feel the tension in the air. After about twenty minutes of this, I noticed a familiar, leather-clad Wraith, standing on one of the balconies, overlooking the southern pier. Teyla saw where I was looking and gestured her head, telling me to go over to him. I smiled and got up, heading to the balcony where my Wraith was standing, alone as usual staring out at the dark, starry night.
The door opened with a hiss and I walked out, feeling a cool breeze touch my skin. I walked up next to him, not saying a word. "I heard what happened today." He growled simply. I let out a small laugh. "It seems like everyone has."
"They are the ones that hurt you, correct?" He grumbled, implying Ian, Will and Tanya. I sighed, feeling my chest beginning to hurt with the memories. "Yes." I whisper. I shivered, realizing I forgot my jacket.
Todd looked over and saw her shivering. He put his arm out, encircling her and pulling her into his side. "Well, the will not hurt you any more, my Amanda. You are mine now, and I will not let anyone hurt you anymore." Todd rumbled.
I looked up at him and asked "Oh, I am yours, now am I?" He looked down at me, his golden eyes meeting mine and he replied "Yes you are." I smiled to myself and pressed myself back into his side, saying "I have no problem with that." Todd looked back up at the familiar stars above his head and smiled for the first time in ages. He had her officially and he vowed to himself to never let her go.
Tanya looked outside and saw her sister, leaning into the side of a tall figure, clad in leather. He had long wispy white hair that went a few inches past his shoulders. He was muscular, but thin. "That is Todd." John said, seeing Tanya looking out at her sister. "Are they...you know...together?" Tanya asked, a little afraid of the answer. "I guess you could say that." the Colonel said, letting out a sigh. "He is..human right?" She asked, suddenly feeling very protective of her sister. "Umm... He is half human, if that counts for anything." Sheppard said. "What do you mean, half human?" Ian asked from a few seats down. "It is kinda hard to explain." John said, starting to get a little agitated.
Back outside, I looked down at my watch and saw it was about 9:00 at night. I let out a yawn and pulled away from Todd. He looked down at me as I turned to go inside. "I have a gift for you, if you are willing to escort me to my room." I say, holding out my hand for him to grab. He paused for a second and then slowly reached out and grabbed my hand. I weaved my fingers in between his and pulled him, making him twist around and walk inside.
The being that Tanya, Ian, Will and Eric saw, made all of them gasp. He had green skin, golden cat-like eyes and a star-burst tattoo surrounding his left eye. He definitely wasn't all the way human. "You let my sister be with a creature like that?" Eric screeched. "Your sister started out with you two.." Elizabeth started, gesturing to Will and Ian "And look where it got her. A broken heart and a closed off personality. Look at her now. That 'creature' makes her happy." All of them looked at Amanda and Todd, as they walked in, hand in hand, Amanda grinning from ear to ear. Evan let out a suggestive whistle and Amanda looked over at him, giving him a glare as her face turned beat red. They left the cafeteria, leaving Amanda's friends behind.
I dragged Todd behind me, taking him towards my room. I finally stopped blushing, after Evan's suggestive whistle. When we got to my room, I waved my hand in front of the console outside my room. There was a beep and my door scraped open, leaving me to drag Todd into my room. The door closed behind us, and I let go of the Wraith's hand, turning on a light as I headed to a book shelf in the back corner of my room. As I looked for the book I was going to give him, Todd walked farther in, taking a good look around. I saw the book and grabbed it off the shelf, turning to Todd and I walked up to him. He looked down at me as I held the book out. "I remember you showing an interest in human history while we were...captured and I remembered I had this book and I thought it would be in better use in your hands." I say as he takes the book out of my hand. He looked at the cover and then looked down at me. "Thank you." He says, a small sparkle running through his eyes. He turns and sets the hard-cover book on the desk, right by the lone lamp that light the room. He, then, turns back to me and I stare up at him, meeting his eyes, looking down at his chest after a few moments, my cheeks going a little red. I heard a raspy chuckle and looked back up at him, my eyes going a little wider. "What?" I demand, smiling. "You are thinking about what your Major meant by his actions back in the cafeteria." He says simply. I opened my mouth to say something but decided against it. I nodded and looked back down at his chest. I heard him chuckle again and then there was silence. Todd stepped a little closer and put his right hand up and placed it on my cheek. I sighed, closed my eyes and pressed my cheek into his hand, placing my left hand over his.
"Keep your eyes closed. It is my turn to give you a gift." he rumbled as he took his hand away. I kept my eyes closed, even though it went against everything my brain was screaming at me at that moment. I was following my heart and it scared me. "Todd..." I said, wanting to know he was still there. "Trust me, my Amanda." I heard him say.
I squeezed my eyes a little tighter, feeling afraid but I knew I needed to give him my complete trust. He promised to never hurt me. But all of them had said that. Will. Ian. All of them. But Todd was different. So I relaxed. Just a little, giving him the benefit of the doubt. I felt his hands on my cheeks, and a moment later, I felt his mouth cover mine, gently kissing me. My heart swelled inside my chest and I wrapped my arms around his neck, running my hands through his hair. He moved his hands down to my waist, wrapping his arms around my waist and he stood up at his full height, making my feet leave the ground. He tasted like honey and perfection and I never wanted to let go. He started walking me towards the bed, holding me to him. His tongue fought for entrance into my mouth and I let him in. We separated and he lay me gently down on the bed and climbed on top, looking down at me. I looked up at him as a tear slid down me face. "I-I don't think I am ready for this yet." I said, fear tinting my voice.
Todd looked down at Amanda, his Amanda, with total devotion. Now he knew she was his forever, Their bond was complete, their lived connected. As long as she was alive, he would live and she would live as long as he was alive. She was his Queen and that would never change. He had her.
"Just stay with me tonight?" I ask. "Of course. I will wait forever for you." Todd growled. And he meant that. Both of us slide back and we slipped under the blanket. I moved close to him, feeling his body and his warmth against me. I looked up at Todd, my Commander. I craned my neck up and gave him a light, passionate kiss before closing my eyes against him. Before I slipped off into sleep, I murmured "What do Wraith say when they love someone?" There was silence and then Todd answered. "We do not necessarily say 'I love you', we show our devotion to that one female that has taken out hearts. But most Wraith do not mate for love so not much devotion is shown between two Wraith." He explains. "Okay." I murmur. "Well since you do not have a term for what I am feeling, I guess I will just say this. I think I am falling in love with you." And at that, Amanda fell asleep.
Todd smiled to himself, looking down at his beloved.
She loved him and that is all that matters.
John Sheppard was overlooking the city from a balcony, sinking deep into his thoughts about what has happened over the past few months. He heard the door behind him hiss open and heard footsteps come up on his left. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw that it was Todd Junior. There was silence and suddenly T.J. Stated "My sire really does care for that Amanda." Sheppard nodded. "I can see that. I am still confused over the fact." he said, shaking his head a little bit. "Maybe I can clear a few things up for you. From the first time they met, there has been a mental bond between the two of them. As it grew, they began to feel what the other was feeling. The other's pain. The other's happiness. At this stage in their bonding, their lives are now connected. As long as Todd stays alive, Amanda will live and the same goes for Todd. If Amanda dies, he will eventually die too. But their bond is not complete. It can still be broken. There needs to be a physical part of it too." T.J. Explained. John understood a little better now. For their bond to be complete, Todd and Amanda needed to mate. "Could I send him a message with my mind?" John inquired suddenly. "Reach out with your mind, find his mind and think what you want him to hear. He may or may not let you in but you might as well try."
John closed his eyes and reached out, searching for Todd's mind. Once he found it, he said what he wanted to say.
"You better take good care of her. If you don't, I will find you and you will wish you hadn't caused her pain."
Todd felt a consciousness try and enter his mind. He recognized it as Sheppard and let him in. After he heard Sheppard's message, he chuckled and looked down at Amanda's sleeping face. She was so beautiful. And magnificent. She would make a good Queen one day. He sighed and closed his eyes, the last feeling he felt that night was the feeling of his mate in his arms.
And that is pure bliss.
A/N: It is the end! But do not worry, there will, at some point be a sequel. So please read, review and enjoy! I will start a new story soon!