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Summary: John couldn't be dead. He refused to believe it. He'd only just admitted his feelings for the man to himself recently, and had not had the time, or courage, to admit them to John. If he was dead, and Rodney hadn't told him how he really felt, then Rodney would fall apart.
They walked in silence for a few more minutes, until Daniel suddenly put his hand on Rodney's arm, stopping him.

"Look." Rodney followed his gaze until his eyes landed on appeared to be the wreckage of a jumper. And he'd recognize those hand painted numbers on the tail anywhere.

It was John's Jumper.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: Rodney McKay
Genres: Action/Adventure
Warnings: None
Chapters: 3 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 3327; Completed: No
Updated: 15 Jun 2016; Published: 09 May 2016

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Rodney Mckay made his way from his lab to the gateroom. Normally, he wouldn't leave his diagnostic running without monitoring it, but this was the exception. Besides, though he would never admit it, Zelenka was more than capable of keeping an eye on things. A few moments ago, Richard Woolsey had contacted him over the the radio, stating that there was an emergency. Though Rodney had no idea what that emergency might be, he figured that there might be lives at stake, since that seemed to be the reoccurring theme in the Pegasus Galaxy. He knew that Colonel Samantha Carter and Dr. Daniel Jackson had arrived earlier that morning, which meant this emergency probably had something to do with them. In fact, he would be shocked if it didn't. Rodney sighed to himself. Just another day in Atlantis.

As it turned out, Rodney was right. Upon arrival, he was greeted with the grim expressions of Woolsey and Daniel. Apparently, Sam had picked up some strange readings from a planet in a nearby solar system on the trip to Atlantis. Not wanting to waste time, in case it was a ZPM, she had requested to gate over as soon as she arrived. Of course, Colonel John Sheppard volunteered to take her in a Jumper, and that meant Ronan went along too. The only reason Teyla didn't was she was off world with the Athosians. Rodney recalled that Sheppard had radioed him, asking him to join them, but he had failed to mention Sam or the potential ZPM, so Rodney choose to continue working on his diagnostic. Had he known those two details, Rodney would have been geared up and in the gateroom faster than Woolsey could say dial the gate.

A few minutes after they had flown through the gate, Sheppard had come over the radio in a panicked voice, relaying that the Jumper had suddenly lost power mid air and they were going to crash.

As it happened, Daniel Jackson had also elected to stay behind, but now, as Rodney called Lorne and Cadman to ready a Jumper for a rescue mission, Daniel was insisting on coming.

"So what actually happened?"

"I'm not sure," Daniel said. "We were talking through the radio and suddenly they all started yelling. Sheppard said something about losing control, and Sam said they had no power. Then nothing."

"So they crashed. Shouldn't we bring a medical team?"

"Maybe, but we'll have to send for one after we check it out. We don't know why they went down. It could be Wraith." said Major Lorne.

They broke through the event horizon of the Stargate and found themselves flying over a wooded area with no significant structures visible. Rodney gazed at the life signs detector, his concern rapidly growing as he saw there were no life signs on the surface.

"I'm not picking up any life signs." He shared a concerned glance with Lorne.

"But that doesn't automatically mean they're dead." interjected Daniel.

"No it doesn't. They could be in space, underground, or in a shielded structure somewhere else on the planet. There are a lot of possibilities."

But the grim look on his face wasn't as reassuring as his words. Rodney was nauseas. Sam, Ronan, Sheppard...John couldn't be dead. He refused to believe it. He'd only just admitted his feelings for the man to himself recently, and had not had the time, or courage, to admit them to John. If he was dead, and Rodney hadn't told him how he really felt, then Rodney would fall apart. The ride continued in silence, until suddenly, there was a great deal of turbulence.

"What the-" Cadman began.

"We're losing power!"

"That's not possible!"

"Well apparently it is Mckay!"

"Brace for impact!"

Rodney gaped at the front screen as he and companions began nosediving into the woods below. Just before losing consciousness, he uttered a single word: Crap.




Rodney opened his, and quickly closed them again. The light coming through the downed Jumper was piercing. His head ached.

Hesitantly, he pried open his eyes again, squinting in the sun. He gazed around the cabin, and saw Daniel sitting unconscious in his seat. Lorne and Cadman were nowhere to be seen.

Groaning, Rodney pushed himself from his chair and made his way over to Daniel to check his pulse. He wasn't expecting Daniel's eyes to fly open at his touch and for the archaeologist to jump up from the chair. Startled, Rodney fell back.

"Sorry Rodney, I'm not used to people creeping on me in my sleep. Usually it's either an alien trying to kill me, or Jack trying to prank me. Neither is exactly desirable."

"No I understand. John- Sheppard, I mean, he's the same way." If Daniel noticed his slip up, he didn't let on.

"Where are Lorne and Cadman?"

"I don't know. They were gone when I woke up."

"Do you think they got thrown from the cabin?"

"God, I hope not. Besides, there isn't an obvious exit where they could haven't gotten out."

"Yeah, that is strange."

Rodney hit the release and opened the back of the Jumper. Together, he and Daniel stumbled out. Upon investigation of the immediate area, there was still no sign of Lorne or Cadman. They continued to look further into the woods.

"If we don't find them. Do you think you will be able to fix the Jumper so we can get back. I noticed there wasn't a DHD at the Gate."

"Well, normally, I'd boast about how I could definitely fix it and insult your intelligence for even doubting my abilities, but there isn't anything actually wrong with it. There was absolutely no reason for it to have lost power like that. If there's no problem, I wouldn't know where to begin to repair it."

"Well, we'll just have to find another means of opening it then. Or wait until they send a second rescue team."

They walked in silence for a few more minutes, until Daniel suddenly put his hand on Rodney's arm, stopping him.

"Look." Rodney followed his gaze until his eyes landed on appeared to be the wreckage of a jumper. And he'd recognize those hand painted numbers on the tail anywhere.

It was John's Jumper.