"Hey." John smiled as Jennifer's door slid open.
"Hi." The doctor replied warmly.
"Carter said you were back."
"A little. After what happened I assumed you'd want to stay away."
"It crossed my mind." Jennifer confessed.
"So why are you here?"
"I've never really fitted anywhere. But here, it was starting to feel like I belonged. When we were in that cell you had so much faith in your team, that they'd come and get us. That trust is special and unique and I don't want to leave the chance of having something like that because of a bad experience."
"Well I'm glad you're back."
"Thanks." Jennifer said before an awkward silence descended. It was Jennifer who broke it by saying. "So my dad told me you came to visit him."
"Yeah about that. It was a stupid idea and I'm sorry if I made things worse." John said sheepishly.
"Worse? Why would you think that?"
"Well I didn't really think it through and I thought it was a good idea right up until I started speaking. I shouldn't have gone."
"You didn't make anything worse." Jennifer said. "I think it helped my dad worry less about the fact I chose to come back."
"Really? Because I thought he seemed a lot more worried after I spoke to him."
"Confused maybe." Jennifer conceded. "But he liked you."
"He did." Jennifer confirmed before asking. "So how are you doing?"
"Getting there. Ronon's keeping me on the straight and narrow."
"Does that mean you're overworking my infirmary?"
"I view it as contributing to their training." John smiled before asking. "How about you? You handling everything okay?"
"Better than I was. After you left I had a couple of weeks on intensive therapy sessions, which helped."
"I thought you were going back to Chippewa Falls?"
"I did. The Apollo was in orbit getting repaired so I beamed up there everyday to meet Dr Munroe. I was cleared to return last week after that I spent some time soul searching and chose to come back a couple of days ago. I'm not saying I don't have bad days, but the good ones are more frequent."
"That's good. Just remember the offer is still there. I'm here any time you need to talk." John offered.
"Thank you." Jennifer said sincerely, although John wasn't convinced she would take him up on the offer. The two stood in silence for a moment before John asked.
"So how are the ribs?"
"Getting there slowly. Still a while off going through the gate again. Which, is probably a good thing."
"You can't avoid it forever." John pointed out.
"I know, but I'll take two weeks."
"Fair enough. So can you walk around now?"
"As long as I go slow."
"Good. In that case are you coming?"
"Movie night. The whole team is going to be there." John said, sensing her reluctance he went on. "There's chocolate and popcorn and we won't keep you out too late."
"I don't want to intrude."
"You won't be. Besides you're part of the team. I'm not leaving without you." John said.
"Colonel, I –"
"Doc," John said. "Seeing how we are off duty and all and seeing how much we've been through together recently, you think you can use my name rather than my rank?"
"Fine, Sheppard I-"
"I meant John, but baby steps." The Colonel interrupted again.
"John," Jennifer said, "I appreciate the offer b-"
"Excellent. Let's go." John smiled.
"You're not giving up are you?" Jennifer asked.
"Fine, I'll come." Jennifer conceded, giving up arguing.
"That's my girl." John replied stepping away from the door so Jennifer could step out of her quarters.
As they walked slowly down the corridor Jennifer said.
"Co- John, I know I said this on Earth, but thank you for sticking by me and being there for me, it meant a lot to me. If it weren't for you I wouldn't be here."
Stopping John placed his hands on Jennifer and gently turned her to face him. "There's no need to thank me. And you are strong enough to come through every challenge you face, with or without help. And if anyone here should be doing the thanking it's me. Despite what you'd been through you were more concerned with helping me and getting me back on the right track." John stared down at the doctor, beginning to feel a real connection. He was about to say something when the door behind Jennifer opened.
"You're here. At last. What took you so long?" Rodney exclaimed. "My blood sugar levels are dropping dangerously low."
"Good thing we have a doctor then." John said glaring at Rodney. "Not to mention all the chocolate in the room."
"Ronon said I couldn't start it until you were back. But here you are so let's get it started." Rodney said moving back inside John's quarters. Noticing John and Jennifer not moving he asked. "Aren't you coming?"
"Yes Rodney, we're coming." John said, taking his hands off Jennifer.
"Welcome back by the way." Rodney said to Jennifer as he moved further into the room.
"Shall we?" John asked gesturing to the room. As Jennifer started to turn he added. "I really am glad you came back." With that the pair walked into John's quarters.
A/N: Thank you for reading and reviewing. I hope you enjoyed it.