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12 May 2012 @ 11:41 am
Come Away to the Slaughter (Come Away to the Water) - Part VIII  
Title: Come Away to the Slaughter (Come Away to the Water)
Fandoms: Stargate: Atlantis/Hawaii Five-0
Pairings: John/Elizabeth, Danny/OC, Ronon/Teyla, Steve/Kono, minor Cadman/Lorne
Rating: R for violence, scary situations, and language
Summary: When a zombie plague spreads through Hawaii (and the rest of the world), the 5-0 team has to make difficult decisions and flee their homes. Coming across a Stargate, but not understanding what it is, they have to choose between facing the horrors on their planet or escaping to somewhere unknown. When they end up in the Pegasus Galaxy, they think they're somewhat safe... until Atlantis falls and they're on the run again, this time with new friends and no idea where to go.
A/N: The biggest of thanks to citymusings for a) putting up with my insanity, b) dealing with a story that involved zombies, c) cheerleading of the highest order, and d) beta-ing this beast. This would not have gotten done without you, my dear.
A/N 2: Song referenced somewhere near the end is "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri.
Disclaimer: Gabby is the only main character that belongs to me.
A/N 3: Anybody reading my story "For This Dance We'll Move with Each Other" will recognize Gabby. She is, in fact, the same character. This is just an alternate way for her and Danny to meet.
Disclaimer: Gabby is the only character that belongs to me. Everyone else belongs to their respective creators and I'm just playing with them.


They didn't catch up with them until after nightfall, but following them hadn't been difficult. It was obvious that they weren't trying to hide their trail and no one in the group was surprised to see that Kolya had his people camped out in front of the Stargate. He had more Wraith around him than humans, and they had set fires all around their camp, making it impossible to approach them unseen. Whatever Kolya wanted, he was determined to get a final confrontation.

John was going to make sure that he got it.

He stepped out of the shadows and out into the open, where Kolya and his people could get a good look at him. He was armed, but his weapons were holstered; He knew that his team was behind him with their guns at the ready and Kono was somewhere close with a sniper rifle. Steve had assured him that she was a hell of a shot.

It didn’t take long for Kolya to notice him, but John was too busy cataloging the people kneeling behind him. They were all there - Carson, Malia, Radek, Mary, Cadman, Lorne, and Gabby - with their hands tied behind their backs. Everyone was bruised, but Cadman, Lorne, and Gabby looked like they had borne the brunt of it. John knew that those three had to have been hit hard in order for Kolya to be able to take the whole camp down. He remembered that Gabby had taken the time to hide Grace as well, which meant that she hadn’t been around for the entire fight. And even a former spy couldn’t take out all the firepower John could see. They were alive though, and for that he was grateful. Now they just had to get them out of there.

“Colonel Sheppard,” Kolya said expansively, holding his arms open as he turned to face him. “I knew you would join us eventually.”

“You know how I feel about you taking my people, Kolya. And you have to know that this time I’m going to kill you for it.”

“You should be happy that Dr. Weir was not in the camp when we got there. I have to admit that she’s the one I really wanted.”

“Why?” John asked. “Your obsession with hurting me is getting a little creepy. You’re not exactly my type, if you know what I mean.”

Kolya’s gaze hardened. “You took things from me that I loved very deeply, Sheppard. I fully plan on returning the favor.” He paused, obviously pulling his anger back under control. “Speaking of Dr. Weir...how is she dealing with her new powers?

“Excuse me?”

“Don’t tell me they haven’t manifested yet. The Wraith had her for a long time, Sheppard. They managed to destroy the nanites inside of her and make her fully human again. Those experiments they ran, though, had certain side effects.” His mouth curled into a cold smile. “Side effects that would eventually equip me to punch my way through Atlantis’ shields.”

Realization slowly dawned on John. “So that’s how you did it,” he said quietly. “You let the Wraith turn you into some kind of genetic freak?”

“Super soldier, actually. And don’t forget...they had Dr. Weir and your other companion first. They did not get out unscathed.”

It was obvious that Kolya was getting a perverse kind of joy out of telling him these things. John wondered what, exactly, he was expecting to happen. Was Kolya trying to make him doubt Elizabeth? Did he really think he would turn on her because the Wraith had experimented on her? He couldn’t understand how Kolya could still fail so terribly in his reading of John even after all these years. The man didn’t seem to learn.

“What exactly is your play here, Kolya?” he asked, deciding to just be straightforward. “You kill my people, you kill me...and then what? You go back to playing errand boy for the Wraith? I gotta say, buddy...that seems kind of beneath you.”

The other man laughed. “I have plans, Sheppard, and they do not involve a quick death for either you or Dr. Weir. Though you will watch her die, I can assure you. Before that happens, though, I’m going to get the information on Atlantis’ twin out of you, and then I’m going to go to that city and claim it for myself. You denied me the city that I wanted in the first place - that will not happen again.”

“Torture and death,” John mused. “You really are a broken record, aren’t you?”

“Your joking grows tiresome, Colonel. Should you wish to spare any of your companions the torture I have in mind for them, kindly give me the information you have on the city.”

John made a face. “Yeah, because trusting you usually gets people so far. I think I’ll have to pass.”

“Then you have signed Dr. Beckett’s death order.”

John was struggling for his own weapon even as Kolya swung his gun to point at Carson’s head. There was a cry of terror from Malia, but behind that, there was a wordless scream coming from somewhere in the trees. John recognized the voice as belonging to Elizabeth, and his heart plummeted at the thought of something happening to her.

He didn’t have time to follow that thought through, though. A strange green light blasted through the entire camp, knocking Kolya and his small army down even as the earth shook. John turned back in surprise to see Elizabeth away from the trees. She had fallen to her knees, both hands pressed into the dirt in front of her. Breathing heavily, she stared down at her hands as though they had both saved and betrayed her. She looked up, her eyes searching out his in the firelight.

“John,” she breathed, her voice shaking.

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Chaos erupted.

Still standing behind the tree line, Danny and his companions could hear everything that Kolya was saying to Sheppard, and it made Danny’s mind race. He hadn’t been in the facility nearly as long as Elizabeth, but they had done numerous experiments on him, poking and prodding him with needles at every opportunity. Could they have done something to change him? Why hadn’t he noticed anything before now?

But when Elizabeth sent a shock wave through the camp, knocking everyone to their feet, Danny didn’t have any more time to think things through. Shots erupted from Kono’s position as she did her best to take out as many of Kolya’s army as possible. Ronon and Steve were rushing forward, guns blazing. Somehow, Gabby had managed to free herself from her bonds and was currently freeing Lorne and Cadman so that they could help the others. Danny ran forward on autopilot, gun out as he tried to zero in on a target that wouldn’t endanger any of his friends. They were too many Wraith, though, and it wasn’t long before he was out of bullets; he reached for the extra magazine on his belt, but then something caught his eye and he froze.

Though Gabby’s hands were free, she didn’t have a weapon. Radek had been knocked down in the confusion and she was struggling with his ropes, fighting to get him free. With the gunshots and yelling, she couldn’t hear the Wraith coming up behind her, and Danny didn’t have any bullets in his gun to take the bastard down.

Fear wrapped itself around his heart and squeezed. This was a woman that had saved his daughter during the fall of Atlantis. She had risked herself to hide Grace when the camp had been attacked. She had risked her relationship with Danny to give Grace a chance to save her father. She had given him and Grace a solid family, loving them both, taking care of them both. Danny couldn’t imagine doing any of this without her and now all of that was being threatened.

Without thinking, he dropped his gun and swung his right arm like he was throwing something. All of the fear and anger built up inside of him and he could actually feel it traveling down his shoulder, through his arm, and into his hand. He watched in amazement as a green light shot out of his palm, racing forward before colliding with the Wraith that was coming up behind Gabby. It hit the monster straight in the chest, burning a hole through him and knocking him back onto the ground.

Something must have caught Gabby’s attention because her head snapped up and she looked behind her before turning to find Danny in the chaos. He wasn’t sure what he would see in her expression, but there was no fear or disapproval there. She just nodded at him and finished releasing Radek from his bonds .

Danny wasn’t sure what that meant, but at least now they’d have a later to figure it out.

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John had almost expected Kolya to make a run for it. The man had an uncanny knack for surviving despite the odds, and it would give him a chance to hit them again later when they were least expecting it. But something had seemed to snap inside of him. Instead of trying to sneak away from the fight, he was engaging Elizabeth, throwing bolts of something - energy was the best word he could come up with - at her. Elizabeth was doing her best to hit him back with her own newly-discovered abilities, but it was obvious that she didn’t know what she was doing. The smirk on Kolya’s face said that he was just toying with her, breaking her down before he defeated her completely.

John was done, though. Kolya had gone out of his way for years to hurt him, which usually meant causing Elizabeth pain as well. He had taken her hostage and pointed a gun at her. He had taken John captive and tortured him by feeding him to a Wraith and making Elizabeth watch. He had burned Atlantis to the ground. His siege had killed Rodney. And now he was threatening Elizabeth again and John was just done. He understood why the good guy wasn’t supposed to just kill the bad guy, especially when that meant shooting at his back. But he also didn’t think that the good guy was supposed to bend over and take it, either. This needed to be finished.

“Hey, Kolya!”

He never knew why the other man actually turned around at the sound of his name. Maybe he couldn’t help himself. Maybe he really thought that he had everything under control, and that there was no way he wouldn’t come out of this alive. In the end, John really didn’t care. His hand was steady and his aim was true and he didn’t hesitate for even a second. He just pulled the trigger.

The bullet ripped through Kolya’s forehead, killing him before he could even hit the ground.

John lowered the gun and looked at Elizabeth. “At least I didn’t shoot him in the back,” he quipped.

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There wasn’t much talking after the battle was won. With Kolya finally dead, Ronon was free to focus on the rest of the Wraith, and he took care of them with a zeal that bordered on disturbing. It had been awhile since he’d gotten to take on his most hated enemy; he killed them almost as if he’d never get the chance to fight them again.

Once they were sure it was over, Danny and Gabby went to get Teyla and Grace and bring them back down. Another clue in their hands, the reunited group moved through the Stargate, eager to leave that planet behind them and rest before they faced whatever challenge came upon them next.

It was late by the time they finally settled down, pitching their tents and building a small campfire. They were all exhausted, but Ronon and Lorne immediately offered to stand first watch, and no one argued with them.

Gabby knew she needed sleep, but Grace had fallen asleep on her father’s lap in front of the fire, and Danny didn’t seem like he was ready to move just yet. So she moved closer to him, reaching up to run her fingers through his hair.

“Are you alright?” she asked quietly.

He continued to stare into the fire. “I should be asking you that.”

She shook her head slightly. “I think you had the more emotionally trying day, to be honest.”

Danny was quiet for a while. Gabby was just about to suggest that they put Grace to bed when he suddenly drew in a deep breath and turned to look at her.

“Thank you for protecting her.”

“You know I always will, Daniel. The two of you are my world.”

“Even after...?”

He didn’t finish the question, but Gabby knew what he was talking about. “You mean even after you shot a bright green light out of your hand and saved my life?”

“They changed me.”

“They may have made some genetic modifications, darling, but they didn’t change you.”

“But -”

Gabby shook her head firmly. “Look, these experiments were done months ago. And granted, I didn’t know you long before they happened, but I do know that you are the same man you were before they happened. You love your daughter with every fiber of your being. You are completely loyal to the people you care about. You are a good man. And when my life was in danger, your automatic response was to save me with whatever tools you had available. I don’t care if those tools were bullets or blasts of green light. It doesn’t matter.” She paused. “I love you, Daniel. Nothing has changed about that.”

Relief flickered across his face, but there was still worry in his eyes as he turned to look down at his hands where they rested on Grace.

“What if I hurt someone?” he whispered. “What if it can’t be controlled? What if they turned me into a weapon?”

“We would notice,” Gabby said, tone resolute. “I understand being afraid that you might not notice, but the rest of us know you. And we will not hesitate to bring the issue up if we find you acting oddly or if we have a bad feeling. But I can honestly tell you that I don’t believe the Wraith knew what they were fiddling around with. I don’t think they made you into a weapon. I think they were messing around with genetics that they didn’t completely understand, and there are side effects. And I don’t think your powers are simply throwing around energy bolts at your enemies.”

That made him look up quickly. “What do you mean?”

“I’ve been thinking about it ever since I saw what you could do. Do you remember that injury I had after Atlantis? Carson was surprised that it healed so well.”

“No offense, babe, but I’m not exactly following the thread here...”

“It wouldn’t have occurred to me at all if Cadman hadn’t healed quickly as well. Carson had expected her to need at least another two weeks on the stretcher before she could use her crutches. And he’s still perplexed at how quickly she came off of those - and without a limp. Do you remember the day before she demanded to use her crutches and get up? Steven led a party into the woods to hunt and Beckett went along as well to gather herbs and berries. You and I sat with Laura when a bout of terrible pain went through her leg. You put your hands there and talked to her calmly, reminding her to breathe.”

Danny frowned, struggling to follow her unexpected observations. “You think I did that?”

Gabby shrugged. “The next day she got up, Daniel. And when I was injured, you were the one keeping pressure on the wound. I’m not saying that I’m absolutely certain, but it’s something to explore. And having a healer or two - if Elizabeth has the same capabilities - would not be a bad thing in our current situation, would it?”

“No, it most definitely wouldn’t,” he agreed. “Especially with the Rambo clones running around.” He looked down at Grace, who was still fast asleep. “Don’t think I didn’t notice what you did there.”

“I’m not sure I know what you’re talking about.”

“I distinctly heard a four-letter word we hadn’t used yet. Did you really think you could slip that one past me?”

“What makes you think I was trying to?”

Danny looked up to find her eyes locked on him, without any hesitation in them. He thought he saw a tendril of fear, though, and he gave her a small smile before leaning in to kiss her softly.

“I love you, too,” he whispered.

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Steve had no idea what he was supposed to do. He was fairly certain that he wanted to kiss Kono again - actually, there wasn't really a question as far as that went. His mind kept going back to the feel of her mouth on his, replaying the moment over and over again.

Wanting to kiss her again wasn't the troubling part, though. Steve was at a point in his life where he could admit that he'd always found Kono physically attractive, and at some point on this journey, he had developed deep feelings for her. Whenever his mind replayed the kiss, though, it also went over the speech she'd given to the woman who had wanted to claim him. Her words burned through him, casting light on the parts of himself he'd kept in shadow for years. He hadn't even known himself that well, and yet Kono had spelled it out in front of everybody. Steve wasn't sure if that was supposed to make him feel better or if he was ashamed at his emotional ineptitude.

His gaze drifted across the fire to where Danny, Gabby, and Grace sat. He couldn't help but smile at his friend. If anyone deserved happiness, it was him, and Steve found an odd sense of comfort in the scene. At the same time, something deep inside of him ached in an almost nauseating way.

There was a soft touch to his elbow and he turned from his friend and his thoughts to see Kono standing behind him. A part of him was afraid to look her in the eye, but her gaze was unflinching and he forced himself to not look away.

"I think it's time for bed," she said quietly.

He couldn't make himself say anything. When she slid her hand down to entwine her fingers with his, Steve simply let her lead him to their tent. Once inside, Kono turned to face him and they stood there for a long moment, just staring at each other. He got the feeling he was supposed to say something, but he didn't have the faintest idea what the words were.

Kono didn't let him struggle for long, though. Reaching up, she pressed her free hand to the side of his face, her expression gentle.

"I'm glad we didn't lose you," she said finally.

"You saved me," he forced out, his voice rough as though he hadn't used it for a long time.

She shrugged. "Couldn't let that chick take my man. I'm a little territorial."

Steve swallowed roughly. "And...and I'm yours?"

"Do you want to be?"

He wanted to answer her. He wanted to say yes and kiss her and pretend that he could be a functioning half of a relationship. His mind wouldn't let him play the part, though, and his words wouldn't come. Instead, he used everything he had to force himself to nod even as he struggled to keep breathing.

"It's okay," she whispered. "We don't have to -"

"I want to," he rumbled. "Kono, I want you."

Steve didn't know how he had ended up with such a wonderful woman. For every stuttering baby step forward he took, Kono took three giant leaps in his direction to close the gap. On his own, it would take him fifty years to get anywhere. He knew that with Kono, he might actually have a chance at happiness.

Her smile widened and she stood up a little taller, brushing her lips against his. Warmth flooded through him and Steve felt something simultaneously tighten and let go inside of his chest. He stepped forward, sliding his arms around her and pulling her closer, angling his head to take the kiss deeper.

"You're definitely mine, McGarrett," she murmured, pulling back. "Hope you didn't have any other plans."

Steve shook his head. "I think my calendar is open."

Kono grinned. "Not anymore."

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Elizabeth leaned over John's shoulder as the group left the latest village. "So what is our address this time?"

He shook his head, frowning at the small gadget in his hands. "It's not an address."

"What do you mean?"

He held it out so that she could have a better view. "It's more like a clue for a letterbox."

Elizabeth raised an eyebrow. "You know what letterboxing is?"

John shrugged, looking out at their surroundings. "Is there any chance that saying 'yes' won't take away from my rugged manliness?"

She slipped her arm through his and leaned into him slightly. "Don't worry. Your secret is safe with me." Elizabeth lowered her voice. "And I still want to have sex with you."

John let out a relieved sigh. "As long as we're clear on that last point." He looked down at the device again. “We’re not too far now.”

He felt Elizabeth tense slightly. “Do you think it’s really here, John?” she asked, her voice low. “The city?”

He gave a little shrug despite the anticipation in his own stomach. “I don’t see why it couldn’t be.” He paused. “Sure would be nice to have a more permanent bed.”

She raised an eyebrow at him. “I wonder why.”

John looked at her with feigned innocence. “That’s not the only reason, ‘Lizabeth. I’m getting old. My back hurts.”

“Well I hope you’re not getting too old, Colonel. I have plans for you.”

His eyebrows shot up. “Plans? I like the sound of that.” He straightened his arm so that he could take her hand in his; looking down at the ground, he cleared his throat. “I really like the sound of that, ‘Lizabeth.”

She looked over at him, and he knew she was hearing all of the things he couldn’t say. Leaning in, she pressed a kiss to his cheek.

“Me too,” she whispered.

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They hiked for two more days. Inwardly, John worried that they were reading the clues wrong - they were complicated, and sometimes the whole group had to stop and work their way through them. They kept pressing forward though, everyone getting the feeling that their journey was almost at an end. The hope was almost palpable and laughter flowed more easily than it had in weeks. The tribulations they had gone through weren’t forgotten, but they were pushed far enough back that they could enjoy themselves.

When they suddenly ran out of tree cover and found themselves staring at a vast ruin at the foot of a mountain, John thought the expression on Elizabeth’s face was going to break him.

For a long time, they all just stood there, staring at it. It was like it had been hope alone that had been propelling them forward, and now that it was gone, they had nothing left. Danny swept Grace up into his arms and held her closely as her mouth trembled. They had thought it was going to be over; now they had no idea what they were supposed to do next.

“I’m so sorry,” Elizabeth said quietly. “I thought I was leading us toward a safe place we could call home.”

John felt his chest tighten at the defeat in her voice, but it was Teyla who stepped forward and rested a hand on her arm.

“You did the right thing,” she insisted. “You kept us together. You gave us a goal. It didn’t work out. That only means that we have to come up with a new plan. We can do that.”

“Danno, I’m tired,” Grace said faintly.

It was only the second or third time the entire journey that the little girl had voiced a complaint and Danny’s throat suddenly closed at the emotion that welled up inside of him. “I know, Monkey,” he soothed. “We all are.”

“Teyla’s right,” Gabby said more loudly, her voice firm and steady. “We had a good plan that is, unfortunately, no longer an option. We can either let that defeat us, or we can come up with a new plan. And I, for one, do not like to wallow.”

There were small nods all around the group, but Radek was shaking his head emphatically, staring down at the device.

“No,” he finally said. “This isn’t right. This can’t be the end.”

Elizabeth took a deep breath and moved over to him. “Radek, I’m sorry -”

He looked up, still shaking his head. “No, Elizabeth, you don’t understand. There is still one symbol in the clue. It is at the end, like a, a...footnote. We followed all of the clues and it’s the only thing left. It has to mean something.”

Mary looked over his shoulder and then at the ruins, frowning. “You think maybe we have to find the symbol in the ruins?”

Everyone turned once more to look at the fallen city. It looked a great deal like Atlantis had, but built into the rock of the mountain. Towers had collapsed and windows stood gaping like dead eyes. It was not a small city.

“Needle in a haystack comes to mind,” Laura muttered.

Malia shrugged. “What’s our other alternative? We’re too far from the Stargate to go anywhere else before nightfall. We might as well look for a clue or this symbol until it starts to get dark and then we can set up camp.”

Carson nodded. “I agree with Malia.”

John shot him a knowing look. “Of course you do.” He sighed. “I do too, though. Alright, everybody. Take a good look at the symbol and let’s start looking. I want everyone to stay within sight of at least one other person. Who knows if something’s lurking in there.”

Lorne gave the ruins an appraising look. “If there is something in there, it’s probably hungry.”

“Thank you, Major. I really needed that mental image.”

They split into smaller groups and moved into the ruins slowly. Small birds and woodland creatures skittered amongst the rocks, most darting away at the approach of humans. It was surprising, but John had to admit that he wasn’t getting any bad vibes from the place. A part of him wondered if maybe for once they were going to catch a break, but he didn’t let the thought take hold. He didn’t want to jinx them.

They searched for two hours, and John was just about to call everyone back in when Kono sent up a shout. Everyone went running and converged on her location to see her pointing at the symbol etched into a part of the mountain.

“There it is,” Radek breathed in amazement.

“So now what?” Ronon asked.

“Well, I’m not sure.” The scientist looked around for a moment before cocking his head to the side in thought. “Maybe...”

He pressed his right palm to the symbol that Kono had found, jumping slightly when the rock moved inward slightly. Nothing else happened, though. He pulled his palm away and saw that the symbol was now growing with some strange kind of light that reflected the symbol on his jacket.

“Step away, Doc,” Danny murmured.

Radek stepped to the side and the light from the symbol fell on a nearby door. It was still intact, and the light formed itself around a set of strange indentations on it. Moving over to it, Radek pushed on the areas where the light shone.

The door opened.

They all stared in disbelief for a moment as they looked at a pair of stairs descending into darkness. John looked over at Elizabeth and she nodded.

“Lorne, you’re up front with me,” he said, moving towards the stairs. “Ronon, McGarrett, take the rear. Everyone else fall in the middle, stay together, and keep your eyes and ears open. Teyla, grab some torches out of the bags.”

They moved down the stairs slowly, climbing down and down until they ended up in a long, dark hallway. The darkness would have been absolute if not for their torches and John was happy to see that the tunnels were large enough to accommodate the fire safely. They moved quietly, most holding their breath without even realizing it until the door up above closed loudly and Grace let out a tiny shriek.

“Sorry,” she said.

Lorne shook his head. “Scared me too, Grace. Don’t worry about it.” He leaned closer to John. “Think it’s a trap?”

“Probably. But I’m trying to think positive.”

“You let me know how that works out for you.”

The group continued to move deeper. Water dripped somewhere in the tunnel, but distance was impossible to measure with the echoes. John could feel the tension growing in his companions, and he hoped that this didn’t last too much longer. Their nerves were already too frayed to begin with.

“Took you dummies long enough.”

John and Lorne guns swung around a corner at the voice, but then John found himself lowering his weapon in disbelief at what he was seeing. Gasps echoed behind him as everyone stumbled to a stop.

“General O’Neill?”

Jack chuckled, stepping forward and putting his own gun away. “Bet you thought you’d never see me again.”

“Not when the last time we saw you, you were fighting off zombies on Earth.”

Jack’s face darkened. “We didn’t do much good. Planet fell completely a couple of weeks later. We ended up trapped back in the SGC. Tried to gate to Atlantis, but we didn’t get a signal.” He looked at Elizabeth. “We heard what happened from some people on another planet. I’m sorry, Elizabeth.”

She stepped forward and hugged him. “Thank you, Jack.”

“How did you find this place?” Ronon asked. “We’ve been hunting for it since the city fell.”

“I’d heard rumors.” He rolled his eyes. “And in case you’ve forgotten, I’m married to a genius. She figured it out.”

“Sam is here, too?” Radek asked.

“Of course. You don’t think I’d leave her to the zombies, do you?” He gestured over his shoulder. “Come on. I’ll take you in.”

“Take us in where, exactly?” Teyla asked. “The city is ruined.”

Jack smiled at her. “That’s what they wanted everyone to think.”

He turned and led them down the tunnel, branching left when it forked. Ten minutes later they could hear running water, and a breeze swept through. Hope began to build again. John prayed that they would meet more disappointment.

And they didn’t. The tunnel opened up into a lush, green valley with high mountain walls on all sides. It was a basin that looked like it had been transplanted there - a mystical haven. Wooden houses were nestled in the center, with a waterfall off to the left. John thought he could see more waterfalls further in - the valley was huge.

Jack turned back with a grin. “Welcome to Alonia.”

John shook his head. “I don’t understand.”

“I think I do,” Elizabeth said, stepping forward. “The Ancients realized they were losing their foothold in Pegasus, didn’t they? They found this place and decided it was the perfect safe haven. So they built a ruined city to guard it.”

Jack nodded. “Pretty much. Some of them even fled here during the Wraith siege. They couldn’t get back to Atlantis, they weren’t ready to ascend, and they didn’t want to go to Earth. Their descendants are still here.” He paused. “We’ve got more than enough room, unless you want to get back to wandering the galaxy.”

Ronon rolled his shoulders. “Can we still go out and kill things once in awhile?”

“Of course. You think I could just retire peacefully? There are still Wraith out there.”

The Satedan nodded. “Cool. I’d love a real bed. And a shower.”

Teyla wrinkled her nose. “You could truly use one.” She looked up at her lover carefully. “You are really willing to stay here? I thought that perhaps you would be against settling down.”

He looked down at her and shrugged. “I still want to kill every Wraith I can get my hands on. But I found a couple of things more important than dying in a blaze of glory.”

Teyla’s mouth twitched and John leaned closer to them. “I think he means you.”

“Yes, Colonel. Thank you for pointing that out,” she said.

“Is this home, Danno?” Grace asked, her voice timid and awed all at the same time.

He held her closer and looked over at Gabby. “I think it is, Monkey. That okay with you?”

She nodded, her face erupting in a large grin. “Uncle Steve and Aunt Kono can get a house next to us, right?”

Steve chuckled. “I think we can figure something out, Gracie.”

Mary began walking forward. “Please tell me there are some single guys down there,” she muttered.

“We have a few eligible bachelors,” Jack told her as he led the group down into the valley. “Most of them are even your age.”

“Awesome.”

John and Elizabeth held back until they were the last ones in the group. He reached out a hand and smirked at her.

“Whaddya say, ‘Lizabeth? You ready to upgrade from a tent?”

She smiled and took his hand. “That depends. Am I sharing the house with you?”

“I hope so. Any other guy you decide to share it with is gonna have to get used to me hanging around. And I’ve been told I can be a little unsettling.”

“Good thing I like having you around, then.”

He leaned in and kissed her softly before pulling her along after the others.
 
 
 
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Lisa: SGA::sparky taofailegaidin on July 16th, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
I am so incredibly glad that you liked this. I really enjoyed writing this one, and this crossover is fun. As evidenced by the fact that I keep writing them :P
lone_pyramid: back to melone_pyramid on July 23rd, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
I'm a little late to the party, but:

This was great! I love a well-written A/A story with a little UST/romance on the side, and this fic was definitely all that. :) I am, of course, partial to the Elizabeth/John storyline, and I loved that to bits. Guilt and anger and angst and love and forgiveness, all with a (mostly) happily-ever-after.

The Borg!Wraith are a creepy, creepy enemy, and Kolya in league with the Wraith is just never a good thing.

I'm not familiar with H5-0, but I still enjoyed their storylines. I think I would like Kono. :)

A really great fic!