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Title: Hell-Met by Moonlight
Author: danceswithgary
Pairing: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Rating: PG
Warnings: Dark themes, suicidal thoughts, implied character deaths (not McKay/Sheppard)
Spoilers: None
Word Count: 600
Summary: Carson's retrovirus and Michael's pathogen prove a deadly combination years after everyone presumed they'd been eradicated.

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The changes had been glacially slow the second time in comparison to the first, and Rodney's counting on that continuing as he fights for their lives. Watching John leave had been agonizing, but Rodney had refused to consider the alternative. With Jennifer on Earth and Carson missing, Rodney's working their secret records, unable to trust the new administrator, parceling out tasks to an inexperienced staff. Tests confirm the blue tint glimpsed in Rodney's mirror no illusion, his judgment likely compromised.

In addition, John hadn't been celibate in the years before Rodney.

The tally of missing personnel is up to three.


Atlantis calls to him every time he nears a gate, a siren song pleading for his return, another torment in his self-imposed exile. It's an ordeal each time blue-scaled hands punch the symbols for anywhere else in the Pegasus galaxy, but he cannot remain long at any of the addresses programmed into his LSD. The temptation to remain as helpless prey versus careful hunter or to use his speed to race the vaporizing splash is always there. The animal instinct to survive and his human determination to keep his promise to Rodney prevent choosing a final option - for now.


Weird nightmares aside, Dr. Gregory Harrison thinks it's going to take some time before the excitement of waking up in a floating city fades, especially one located in another galaxy. Recalling the clear viscous liquid on his cheek and pillow isn't as pleasant. He doesn't need a more disgusting way to drool, especially since he hopes his next date with Lt. Maia Perkins will end with more than a kiss.

Scratching a sudden itch on the same cheek, he inserts the next batch into the sequencer, hoping Dr. McKay will be happier with the latest results on the alien pathogen.


Harrison and Perkins never wake, the first to sleep undiscovered for days. Their knowledge is invaluable to the biological invader when it comes to learning Atlantis' strengths and weaknesses.

The alien tentacles infiltrate with mocking ease, resistant to Carson's phage and bypassing quarantines. The changed walk free, recognized as part of the whole while the rest are absorbed as enemy. The inhuman are few, vulnerable to bullet and sword, and they are finally vanquished with losses Rodney grieves while he conceals his own change. With all hope lost of clearing the Ancient city of contagion, Earth regretfully sounds the retreat.


Dreaming about his last night on Atlantis, John wakes with a tortured shout, the bright heat of Rodney's blood a heavy memory in his mouth. Nausea rises, a familiar sensation since his dietary requirements changed. His mockery of 'Steve' lodges bitter in John's gorge, Wraith dentition no longer a mystery. An evolutionary throwback, John's new teeth are necessary since 'hand feeding' isn't part of the retrovirus package. John subsists on animals, moving to a new location whenever the hunger for more becomes agony to ignore.

Address after address he resists the call home - then terror bleeds through the plea.


Rodney battles the locked consoles in the control room, left behind by choice in the evacuated city with the blaring alarm of the self-destruct. Despite his understanding the fear of the unchanged, he'll never destroy his hive-city, his transformed Atlantis, and he grins in grim satisfaction when the countdown aborts.

Startling when the chevrons engage, fearful Rodney then understands and lowers the iris before walking down the stairs to greet the one he's been missing for so long. Standing on one of the few sections clear of the encroaching tentacles, he shivers in anticipation.

John walks though the blue.



Notes: Written for Spook Me 2011 inspired by my SGA Scare Artwork and SGA episode 5.02 - The Seed.

The prompts I selected for SGA Scare:
[profile] antares04 wrote: John/Rodney and a full moon.
[personal profile] lenkti wrote: From "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes

Then look for me by moonlight
Watch for me by moonlight
I'll come to thee by moonlight
Though Hell should bar the way

My Spook Me signup 'Vampire or Ghost' returned the following images to use for inspiration (or not):


Standard Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters herein. The characters of Rodney McKay and John Sheppard as well as any supporting characters are the property of their creators and MGM Television/Sony Pictures Television/Associated Production Companies. Any deviation (or deviant behavior) from the originals, however, is mine.

Feedback is both welcome and appreciated.

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