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18 July 2005 @ 12:22 pm
Sparky!fic, "Night Nurse"  
I steal most of my fic titles from Star Trek. I was going to call this "A Night in Sickbay," but I felt it would cause unnecessary concern be false beagle advertising.

Title: "Night Nurse"
Author: Little Red
Rating: PG
Category: Just a little Sheppard/Weir hurt-comforty fluff.
Spoilers: None
Summary: Sheppard, McKay, and six alien thugs walk into a bar...
For: phrenitis, who sparked many plot bunnies last night in about two squeeeful comments. And mspooh, who is not having a birthday. :)


Elizabeth's cool fingers are tracing gently around the bruises on his face, and for a fleeting moment before he's completely conscious, he thinks he has died and a critical error in his favor was made at the pearly gates.

A second later, John recognizes that unforgivably sappy thought for what it is: painkillers. Heavy ones. He tries to remember exactly what landed him in the infirmary, but his whole head feels full of fog and he can't narrow it down. All evidence indicates he was in one hell of a fight.

He takes an experimental deep breath, and, even through the fuzzy blanket of morphine, he has to strongly choke back the urge to cough in pain. Yep, broken ribs.

He hates those. Hates those a lot.

But this business with the Elizabeth-hands and the cool cloth on his face... this he could get used to.

He's been squinting at her through his eyelashes, pretending to be asleep as he gets his bearings in this return to consciousness and indulging in the rare care Elizabeth only shows him when he's on serious drugs, but a tickle in his throat forces him to give himself away. One of his eyes refuses to open all the way, but he trains the other one on her.

She looks all right. Worried, and more tired than usual, but all right. He takes this as a good prognosis -- she has an entirely different look when he's in critical condition.

"Hey," he greets her. His ribs twinge when he speaks, but it's a muffled pain.

She pulls her hands away, which isn't cool. Then she smiles, which almost makes up for it.

The drugs make him sentimental. He inevitably regrets 80% of the things he thinks and says while in the infirmary.

"Hey yourself," she answers. "I was wondering if you'd come around tonight."

"What happened?"

She smirks. "You took on six Ancarans twice your size, that's what happened."

Oh, now he remembers. "McKay-"

"Is fine, thanks to your taking the lion's share. A broken hand, which he's carrying on endlessly about, but nothing serious. He managed to contact Teyla, after you..." She winces. "... got knocked around," she finishes diplomatically.

John still really wants to cough, but knows that will be unpleasant. Like she can read his mind, she disappears out of view for a moment and returns with a cup of water. She guides the straw to his mouth, although he's pretty sure he could move his arms if he wanted to. But really... his body feels like lead, and he's content to be babied. She's good at babying him, when she wants to.

Logic says she's probably just as kind to anyone else in the infirmary, at the very least to McKay and others close to her, but he hates thinking about that. He enjoys pretending he's got a monopoly on the brief moments when she's without her professional distance.

He tries to smile, but imagines it must look horrifying, with the combination of paralyzing bruises and a split lip. A quick check with his tongue says all his teeth are still there -- that's good. Very good, considering how far they are from the nearest licensed dentist.

"You should see the other guy."

Elizabeth shakes her head. "It's not as bad as it probably feels. Carson says you'll be up and around before you know it, though it'll take a while to get you back on full duty." She leans in. "Now, tell me, what made you think you could take on a whole alien bar by yourself?"

The drugs make him sentimental, not stupid. She sounds sweet, but she might be fishing for an incriminating confession. He finds that blatantly unfair, given his current position. "Are you mad?"

"No." She dabs at his swollen eye gently with a cold cloth. "You're lucky, you slept through that part."

"McKay catch it?"

She mutters something that sounded like -- and probably was -- "Children." Then, aloud, "Yes, although he claims that you were the one who refused to leave once the Ancarans started threatening you."

Not fair. "Elizabeth, they-" John moves, reflexively wanting to turn toward her to argue, but he doesn't get far. He bites down on his tongue to keep from howling, reducing it to more of a strangled yelp.

Elizabeth offers him more water to calm him down. "Don't worry. We can talk about this later. However, I don't think there's anything I can do to you that can compare to three broken ribs."

"Sure you can," he says without thinking, because it's true and because the reflexes that keep him from saying things like that have been dulled. He thinks she could probably hurt him more than anyone else he knows, without even lifting a finger. He's almost as sure that she hasn't really realized that.

She looks surprised. "I'm not really that much of a monster, am I?"

"'Course not." He really wants her to put the icepack back. Or just touch him again. That was nice. "Didn't mean it like that."

A frown, but she doesn't continue to push. A flash of worry passes over her features.

Perhaps his drugs are wearing off on her, because she admits, "It scared the hell out of me when they brought you back through the 'gate. I thought..."

He risks moving a hand to poke at her closest sleeve. "Not as bad as it looks, remember?" Still, his heart is jumping stupidly at her expression, full of concern and gentleness and the same dark shadow that crosses his own face when he thinks about the Genii and the Makeen and everyone else who has ever hurt her. He wants to fix her, to make it so she never has to look that way again.

It also feels really, really nice to have someone care that much. It means twice as much because it's her.

Elizabeth smiles weakly. "Yes. I'm glad."

He likes touching her sleeve, so he keeps on doing it. "'s nice that you worry, though." His words are starting to slur, and unconsciousness is starting to pull inconveniently at his brain again. He wants to stay awake for this. Elizabeth awash in a genuine emotion other than frustration is a rare thing, and her being sentimental and him not having the ability or desire to run away somewhere on a Very Important Mission is nearly unprecedented.

She closes her eyes, then blindly finds his outstretched hand and squeezes it. "I always worry."

"It's nice." Sober, he's always telling her to stop worrying, that it's unnecessary and unhealthy and even annoying. But really, there's something about it he would miss if she stopped. It means she cares about him. That matters more than it should.

She lays his hand back on the bed and then leans over, propping her chin on her hands. She feels very close to him.

"I'm glad it helps." Her voice has dropped low, taking on an especially soothing quality.

He watches her out of his one functional eye for a long few minutes. It's rare he actually gets the chance to just look at her without something more pressing going on, or without his own common sense kicking in to remind him that staring is both inappropriate and impolite. He still seems to do it an awful lot.

"'Lizabeth?"

"Hmm?"

"Thanks."

"For?"

Somehow, 'being here' seems like a damning response, so he ignores her question. She accepts this and, now that he's mostly asleep again, she goes back to doctoring his face with attention and cold compresses.

"Elizabeth?"

She smiles softly, almost maternally, at the twenty questions game. "Yes?"

"I kicked their asses."

A full-out grin. That, more than anything else, makes him feel a lot better. "I heard. I'm very proud."

"Well... good. Should'a seen it."

Her bare hand, compress-free, comes to rest against his cheek. "Sleep, John."

He sighs, as content as he can be after getting the devil beaten out of him so soundly that even breathing hurts. "'kay."

"Shh..."

John closes his eyes, and hopes she doesn't leave his bedside anytime soon.

*end*

p.s. Can I start using spoilery icons for Seige III yet? I know many people haven't watched it, but I've seen this spoiled without cuts and iconed everywhere, so I'm thinking everyone knows about Certain Scenes by now. What's the verdict?
 
 
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tarkheena lizzeeen: [DR LIZ!]liminalliz on July 18th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
USE 'EM!

And omg! OMG! OMMMMGGG!!! ::hearts you forever and ever:: My girlfriend writes the bestest sparkiness!!
Little Red: sga - sw not subtle - thefakeheadlinemylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 11:43 am (UTC)
*adores you and your excitedness, omg!* :)
Christidaisycm83 on July 18th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
Awe, cute beat up John and worried Lizzie. I don't really have coherent thoughts right now, but I really love this a lot.

I'd say go ahead with the icon--it's not like everyone else waited or anything.
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 11:46 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you! *snuggles* They shouldn't have given me "38 Minutes" so quickly, because it gave me the idea that I kind of like John beat up. ;)
MsRaven: Sunshine by Melyannamsraven929 on July 18th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
Awww...that was very cute and sweet and awwww. :)

I love that he's all sentimental when he's drugged up. There were so many great lines in this, but I think my favorite is:

It's rare he actually gets the chance to just look at her without something more pressing going on, or without his own common sense kicking in to remind him that staring is both inappropriate and impolite. He still seems to do it an awful lot.

Thanks for a nice infusion of squee in the morning.
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 11:47 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Eee! *infuses with squeee* I really adore John drugged up -- we could use more of that. ;)
Rose Wilde-Irish: Ass Kicking Elizabeth by Qwirkyrosewildeirish on July 18th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
Awww. :)

And my icon is what the other guys will see if they ever cross Lizzie's path. *eg*
Little Red: sga - lizzie stronger - liminallizmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)
Yes, we would hope she didn't waste all her anger on McKay. ;) Although, you never know. I can imagine her just kinda spitting at the other guys disdainfully and sticking with her story that John and Rodney should've known better. Which, er, they probably should have.

Tough love, our Lizzie. :)

This icon makes me think you r qwirky.
(no subject) - rosewildeirish on July 23rd, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
a universal sigh: SGA - S/W - pretty like whoanaushika on July 18th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
Omg. I think I DIED of YAY inside. I love your drugged!Sheppard.

The part where Sheppard was poking at Weir's sleeve reminded me of the hospital scene from Triangle, omg, where Mulder was tapping at Scully. *love* Yay for hospital bed poking! Hee. That sounded dirty.

As for the icons, everyone else and their grandpa are using icons from the hug scene, so I say go for it.
Little Red: xf - msr original 'ship - liminallizmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 11:51 am (UTC)
TRIANGLE! EEE! I hadn't thought of that, but omg, you're right! Mulder/Scully had the best hospital scenes. But then, they have the best of most scenes, so... :)

I think post!mission-drugged!Sheppard might be a new fic kink of mine. Or just post-mission infirmary fics. Hmmm...
ex_spockette108 on July 18th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwwww! I <3 this muchly. I like Lizzie beng all worried and the cuteness and awwwwwwwuh! =)

Also, you should use the icons, because I haven't seen the episode and am completely unspoiled except for Those Bits which I have somehow managed to absorb through fandom collective consciousness or something, because everybody seems to know about it. So, yes.
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 11:54 am (UTC)
It's like the 100th monkey syndrome with fandom or something... we all just kind of know. :) Apparently there are one or two holdouts still, though! *shrugs and waits another week*

I like worried!Lizzie toooooo... although, sadly for Shep, here she doesn't seem quite worried enough to demonstrate it by taking her clothes off. Which is, I suppose, too bad. (Not that it hasn't been done quite a bit in other fics... but perhaps I'll need to write that, too, just for fairness to Shep. ;) )
pellucid: wants to kiss her (by phrenitis)pellucid on July 18th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
Adorable!!!!! I just love hurt/comfort, and drugged, sappy Sheppard is so cute!!!

I've been using spoilery icons even though I haven't even seen the new eps yet--oops! Bad me, I guess... But I'd say go for it; chances that you will be responsible for deflowering a spoiler virgin are rather slim at this point, I'd think! ;)
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)
Sheppard should be drugged all the time! Er, or like half the time. Some of the time. TWICE A MONTH! *grins*

I think, deep down, I want them to be Mulder and Scully. Except... with less crazy. :)
Phrenitis: as onephrenitis on July 18th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
Aiiiiie!! I have massive love for you, omg! 'Tis perfect hug analysis written in the form of a fic. *flails*

The first thing he does is to check her worry expression... *heaaaaarts youuuu*

He thinks she could probably hurt him more than anyone else he knows, without even lifting a finger. He's almost as sure that she hasn't really realized that.

My favorite. Because it's true. And I love how he has just figured this out. But I especially love that he's aware she hasn't... and that somehow that means something to him. Like the fact that he knows and she doesn't that she has power over him means he feels something for her, and he might just be concerned about what that means. ;)

Elizabeth awash in a genuine emotion other than frustration is a rare thing, and her being sentimental and him not having the ability or desire to run away somewhere on a Very Important Mission is nearly unprecedented.

Heeeee! Put him on drugs so he can't run away! *adores*

Yay! Fic-induced squee!
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 12:40 pm (UTC)
omg thank you! *squeees and hugs you*

The first thing he does is to check her worry expression...

Hey, those expressions can be pretty telling. ;) The sad thing is that he's probably had enough call to see her "omg, John is going to DIEEE!" expression to recognize it. Eep.

Like the fact that he knows and she doesn't that she has power over him means he feels something for her, and he might just be concerned about what that means. ;)

*squeees out loud at comment, omg*

Mwah ha ha. We'll TOTALLY drug him up for her! Yay.
Blue: Sheppard/Weir - Emotionbluebanrigh on July 18th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
"I kicked their asses."
Drugged up and still and alpha male. :) Lol.

Does this count as Florence Nightingale syndrome even though she isn't a qualified nurse?

Such cute fluffiness *hugs* I love this fic, and this ship. :)

Use them pics, that moment deserves to be iconned... if that's a word. :)
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
Drugged up and still and alpha male. :)

HEE! I hadn't thought of it that way! Mmmm, I love alpha!Shep. ;) Especially because Elizabeth can still waste him with a glare nine times out of ten.

Does this count as Florence Nightingale syndrome even though she isn't a qualified nurse?

I was TOTALLY thinking of that! (Oddly, I just looked up "Florence Nightingale Syndrome" to see whether it's meant to be the patient falling for the nurse or the nurse falling for the patient -- I'm pretty sure it's the latter -- and discover that it's another name for a syndrome that I actually have. Intriiiiiguing!) Regardless, if there's a sequel, it totally has to be about THAT. :)

Thank you! :)
(no subject) - bluebanrigh on July 23rd, 2005 04:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
Human Collaborator Flunkie Pool!fic Muse: J/E - Fallingjoyfulfeather on July 18th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww! *melted into puddle of shippy goo* SO SWEET!

And the first line/paragraph totally made me laugh. Hee. You, my dear, rocketh muchly.
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! *grins madly* I feel like it's an old 'ship standard to have the post-battle hospital scene... and am a big fan of tradition, yay.

*tackles with love*
thekatebeyond on July 18th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
That was So. Incredibly. Sweet.
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
Eee! Thank you! :)
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Little Red: sga - sw season two! - A.j.mylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
NEW SEEEEASON! *freaks out with joy* It gives us so very much more squeee to work with. *squeees*

And hee, yes. I'm so easy when it comes to Sheppard/Weir. Occasionally I'll be thinking "this fic is terrible! why am I reading this? OMG, spell Shep's name correctly!" and then start to squeee.
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Pooh: Coupling-sorry hormones (by lowdownbeat)mspooh on July 18th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
OMG! Infirmary fic! This is the bestest nonbirthday present EVER. ;)

*dies of SQUEE*

Now, how about a fic with their positions reversed? Maybe for my next non-birthday next year? Except maybe really really really early? Hee.

*squishes you with LOVE*
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
Anything for you, my darling partner in crime! :)

The benefit of unbirthday fic is that it can come at any time of year. Plus, that make it more sekrit, because it throws people off the trail.

Now, how about a fic with their positions reversed?

I have read too much porn.

Also: I like this idea! Except... hmmm. I keep feeling like Shep would be way more freakoutangsty if Lizzie was knocked out in the infirmary...
A.j.: atlantisaj on July 18th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
*LOVE*
CHALLENGE ME, WOMAN!



!!!
Little Red: bsg - wet boomer - ehab_itmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC)
Re: *LOVE*
AWWWW! *snuggles woobie!John*

Eep! Challenge! Er... zomg, WATER. I realize I'm probably not allowed to have an actual water park in Atlantis, but can't we find some outdoor pools with cute waterfalls or hot tubs or something?
annaK: Weir- Too Strong to Cryannakarrennina on July 18th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
Awwww!! That was lovely! They're SO CUTE!!
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 01:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And OMG, they ARE!!
Jo. R: SW side by side by Shipperchickdriftingatdusk on July 18th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
Squeeeeeeee! Oh, that's soooo cute! So lovely and them and cute and *cuddles them and you*! Awwww!
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 01:02 pm (UTC)
Heeee! *squeees also, for your squeee is catching*

They are TOO CUTE FOR TV omg. *flails helplessly in face of cute*
I'm not very interestingastropoet on July 18th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC)
Did I tell you I love you?

oh yeah I did....

I still do then!!
Little Red: sga - sw season two! - A.j.mylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
*always adores you, omg!*
tangerrine on July 18th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
YAY! Am stuck in midterm hell so this fic totally made my day!

I love how John first looks at Elizabeth because he can tell how badly he's injured by the look on her face.

So very sweet and wonderful and so much Sparky!love. John really is very cute when sick. *g*
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)
*peers at your icon* Elves! In Star Trek uniforms! ...?

EEP! I didn't know you could HAVE midterm hell in July!

I love how John first looks at Elizabeth because he can tell how badly he's injured by the look on her face.

I feel a bit bad for her now... because that means she's seen him injured a whole lot.

John is very cute when sick! And he knows it and milks it. ;) *snuggles him*
(no subject) - tangerrine on July 22nd, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
nyuszi on July 18th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)
awwww... so cute... wish i could write cute. ;)

write more... oh... and yeah... use as many spoilery icons as you want. everyone does anyways *points to own icon to exemplify above statement*

thanx... sparky dreams now...yay! ;)
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
Cute good! TRY! *foists cute upon you for your stories scare me, omg*

Sparky dreeeeeeams are the best kind!
Melody: ShepWeirSoObviouspellmelody on July 18th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
God I love you. I eat hurt/comfort up with a spoon!!

Definitely use the icons now.
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)
OMG, ME TOO. We need more of that. All the time. *loses coherence in face of hurt/comfort*
(no subject) - pellmelody on July 22nd, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
NEXT TIME I'M IN CHURCH, PLEASE NO PHOTOS: {sga}; eyefuckage and coffeedaygloparker on July 18th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
*DIES OF THE SQUEE*
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)
*REVIVES, OH NO!*
elliejane: pretty babyelliejane on July 18th, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC)
::flings self at screen::

::makes squeeing noise as slides off down glass and hits floor::
Little Red: sga - sw not subtle - thefakeheadlinemylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. OMG. That image totally just made me laugh out loud. *loves you*
qwirky on July 19th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
Fic! Cute <3
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
Thankeee. *kisses*
(no subject) - qwirky on July 22nd, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
rogue equestrian: SGA:: Shep/Weir Chemistryelvinborn on July 19th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
awwwwwwww
that's so so sweet. I like drugged sentimental John and worried nursing Elizabeth.
*content*


I'm going to use those certain scene icons the moment I get them. SOme spoilers are just going to get out.
Little Red: sga - cute when sick - duckadorkmylittleredgirl on July 22nd, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC)
I could go for more nursing!Elizabeth... methinks John might need to get injured more on the teevee. ;)
Stefstef94 on July 19th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
That was cute and sweet and warm fuzzies-inducing :-)

And NO! NO SIEGE 3 ICONS!!
I am unspoiled, and want to remain that way. Give me 2 weeks, give the whole rest of the world 2 weeks to catch up.
Please? *puppy dog eyes*

I know you wanna, but but but.. the rest of the world! Hasn't seen it yet!
Little Red: sga - sw season two! - A.j.mylittleredgirl on July 19th, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
K! I'll continue just using it in comments to spoiler threads. However, I have NO idea how you've avoided seeing this image, since there are about three spoiler icons of it in this post alone, and I was spoiled about two seconds after SciFi Inside aired. YOU MUST TELL ME TRICKS! Because I wish I hadn't known anything. :)

I really don't mind. I'm the biggest spoilerphobe ever, which is why I asked. I normally would give it a few weeks, but since everyone else was using one, I figured everyone had already been accidentally spoiled.

Do you need the episode? (90 megs, .avi, yousendit)
(no subject) - stef94 on July 19th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
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