Title: DIY Starbucks
Author: Shenandoah Risu
Rating:
PG-13
Content Flags: the f-word
Spoilers: Season 1 "Faith"
Characters: Ronald Greer, Darren Becker, Chloe Armstrong, Robert Caine, Dr. Morrison, Matthew Scott
Word Count: 302
Summary: "The only thing that's missing now is a good cup of coffee."
Author's Notes: Written for the Heroes challenge at the LJ Comm Stargateland. Bonus points were available for using the words dare, sunset, coffee and travel, which I did.
Disclaimer: I don't own SGU. I wouldn't know what to do with it. Now, Young... Young I'd know what to do with...
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DIY Starbucks

It's sunset on New Eden, and the temporary settlers gather for the evening meal. As usual, Darren Becker has managed to throw together an amazingly tasty stew with the roots and veggies they have foraged on their travels the day before.

"Thank you, Darren," Chloe swoons, "That was utterly delish."

"I agree," Scott concurs and burps pleasantly. "The only thing that's missing now is a good cup of coffee."

"Actually, coffee isn't that hard to make," Greer pipes up. Everyone stares at him.

"Yeah – if you got the fuckin' beans," Morrison grumps under his breath.

"Not necessarily," Caine points out. "People have been making coffee with all sorts of stuff when actual coffee beans were unavailable."

"My grandma used roasted chicory root and acorns," Greer smiles. "I remember when I was a kid, I got to have some 'cause there ain't no caffeine in it."

Becker tosses him a small sack. "I double-dog dare you," he grins at Greer.

Greer unties the bag and nods.

"Looks like acorns, don't it. Well, let's give it a try."

The whole camp springs into action, carefully roasting the acorns, shelling and grinding them, and a few short hours later they actually manage to brew a dark brown liquid that smells amazingly good.

Greer takes a tiny sip.

"Mmhmm... a little bitter... has a bite to it... but I can taste a little caramel there... a hint of smoke... a touch of kiwi..."

"Kiwi?" Chloe echoes.

Becker grabs the mug. "Let me try."

Everyone watches as he slurps, then nods contentedly. "Move over, Starbucks," he quips, passing the mug on to Morrison.

And lo and behold – nobody thought it was even possible – but Morrison actually smiles.

Acorn coffee becomes a nightly ritual at the camp, and Greer is an instant hero.

No pun intended.

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