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16 September 2005 @ 07:45 pm
flash Atlantis ficlet: "The Great Escape"  
Flash ficlet! For msraven929, who never escapes from work early. Too big to fit in comments. So it goes. :)


Title: "The Great Escape"
Rating: PG-13
Summary: "It's a jailbreak, Elizabeth."


Scratch. Scratch.

Elizabeth freezes, stylus poised in midair above her PDA.

Scratch. Shuffle.

Either she's going crazy, or there's... something behind her. No, not behind her. Behind the wall.

Really, going crazy is the more likely option, given the week she's having.

Scratch. BANG!

She drops the pen altogether. Definitely something behind the wall. Her heart speeds up a little in spite of her -- she isn't afraid of rats, certainly, but God only knows what superpowers the Atlantis version might possess, and whatever it is sounds big. She stands up, slides her office chair over, and is just about to call toward the control room for back-up when she hears something else.

Cursing. Muffled, to be sure, but the voice is still completely (and bizarrely, given that it'scoming from the wall) familiar.

She just has time to kneel down and work a "what in the hell?" expression to her face when the section of paneling closest to the floor swings open on a hinge she had no clue was there, and she's nose to nose with a familiar face and a messy head of hair.

"Hey." John. He has what looked almost like a crowbar in his hand, which he sets to the side. She can't easily see behind him, but he has to be in some kind of hidden crawlspace. "Didn't expect to see you, um, right there." John nods at how she's crouched on all fours to be at his level.

"I heard you coming," Elizabeth points out. She pauses, unsure of exactly how to phrase it and figuring her question should be obvious. She finally settles on straightforward: "What the hell are you doing here?"

John slinks an inch back into the crawlway and tosses her a conspiratorial smirk. "Breaking you out."

"What?"

"Shh! It's a jailbreak, Elizabeth."

She makes a mental note -- not for the first time in recent weeks, though she's neglected to follow up -- to see whether it's medically possible for a sudden increase in sexual activity to actually cause insanity. Ever since she and John started... seeing each other, John Sheppard has been full of surprises. He seems to have lost about ten years -- which relieves her no end after watching him get more and more weighed down by the stress and responsibility and guilt of his position -- and he has made up for it in pure, undiluted mischief.

Their relationship is mostly on the sly -- John, at least, thinks he's spectacularly sly about everything -- but she honestly doubts it's that much of a secret. Certainly not enough of a secret to warrant crawling around in abandoned conduits, anyway.

"I do have a door, John."

"And if you go out there through the control room, eighteen people will descend on you with questions, theories, requests..." he bobs his head in time with the items on the list, and she can't help but make a face at just how right he is. There's a reason why she hasn't come out of her office since six that morning. "Come on. This tunnel leads down two levels into the junction by the environmental control room. No one's down there. You'll be home free."

She has no idea what to say. The last time anyone crawled through anything just to see her, she was fifteen and living in a bedroom next to an oak tree. It was just like every teenage romance movie ever filmed, except her boyfriend climbed the tree to her window in broad daylight, and with full knowledge of her parents, just to see if he could be like a boyfriend in the movies. She supposes, in the finally tally, it doesn't really count. "I have a meeting schedule to finish, John."

"Finish it later."

"And if someone comes looking for me?"

"They won't find you. Look, I'm only taking you away for a few hours. I've got something for you. Now are you going to come along or just kneel on the floor of your office until someone comes in and busts my secret structural discovery?"

And he gives her the look, that look, the one that makes her heart jump with real joy at seeing him relaxed and happy and makes her stomach tighten with how very obviously he's smitten with her, and she can't say no.

He crawls backwards to give her room to slip into the space and instructs her on how to latch the door. It's pitch-black, and though she has never really been afraid of the dark, being unable to see in an unfamiliar place makes her nervous. John's hand closes over hers before she can say anything. "Trust me," he says, and pops on a flashlight.

She can't help but giggle as they make their way through the tunnel and down a rung ladder, and his attempts to shush her are half-hearted.

"What do you think this was?" she asks. There are hatches on the walls, perhaps leading to important circuitry, but it seems strange that no one has uncovered this before.

"Maybe just an escape route," John says, grin evident in his voice, and puts his hands around her hips to help her down the last few rungs onto the landing.

There's a bit more light here, spilling in from some glowing panels along the walls, and in the illumination she notices a scratch on his cheek. "Hey. Are you okay?"

"Minor injury incurred during the rescue mission, ma'am." John crowds her personal space until she's pressed up against the ladder. His lips are barely an inch from hers. "I'll make a full report."

"See that you do," she barely gets out, and then he kisses her.

It has been three long (very, very long) days since they've been alone together, days full of missions and meetings and late nights of work, and after all that, his kiss makes her knees weak. They kiss for long minutes, reacquainting themselves, and it's only when they're fast heading from passionate to desperately hungry that John pulls himself away.

His breathing is ragged against her cheek in the near-darkness, and she loves that sound more than anything in the world.

She drops chaste kisses on his lips, unwilling to part with physical contact completely, and then asks, "Is that what you had for me?"

She moves her hips against his just so -- she can't help it -- and can almost imagine his eyes rolling back as he groans and jerks away. "No," he says, a weak overtone of scolding in his voice. "I got you something on the last mission."

"Oh?" She backs him up, headed for the wall of the enclosed landing. "What?"

He's hardly resisting her. They're probably both crazy. "Tastes like chocolate," he promises.

Her mouth waters a little at the thought, but she can only focus on one sinful thing at a time, and she has just pushed herself flush against him again. Without conscious thought, her hands go to the zipper of his jacket. "Are you sure no one knows about this place?"

She can barely see him, but she knows the look on his face: surprised, confused, and thoroughly turned on.

"Positive," he assures her.

She smirks and leans in to whisper in his ear. Definitely crazy. "Chocolate can wait."


*end*
 
 
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MsRaven: Sparky! Thanks to solid-snake56msraven929 on September 17th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
SQUEE! This was great! Made even more so by the fact that you wrote it for me!

And yes, ugh, I got stuck at work until *checks clock* 5:03pm. But on the positive side, I got to read your fic!!

"And he gives her the look, that look, the one that makes her heart jump with real joy at seeing him relaxed and happy and makes her stomach tighten with how very obviously he's smitten with her, and she can't say no."

Double SQUEE!!

*LOVES LOTS*
Little Red: sga - lizzie temptress - goldie_galmylittleredgirl on September 18th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
Eeeee!! I'm glad I suckered you back into reading fic! *evils*

You just KNOW John will be ridiculously stupid!cute if when he gets Lizzie. He'll be bouncing around for months. Well, amid the bouts of random angst, naturally.

YAYYYYY!! *loves you much!*
Gracie: Sheppard/Weirangel_grace on September 17th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
Eeeeeeeeeeeee! LOVE! So sweet and cute and funny, and I can totally see the look of sly mischief on Sheppard's face. Delightful, my dear.
Little Red: sga - shep sin - goldie_galmylittleredgirl on September 18th, 2005 01:50 am (UTC)
He's so very cute. I really take way too much joy in being able to put expressions like those onto him. :) And he's totally full of mischief. I mean, yes, he's all OMGANGSTANDRESPONSIBILITY! sometimes, but deep down, he just wants to run around and play in the snow.
I joined the Rebel Alliance ironically: john/elizabeth otpmorwen_peredhil on September 17th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
*squee!* Cuteness!
Little Red: sga - sw season two! - A.j.mylittleredgirl on September 18th, 2005 01:50 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you! :)
Pooh: SGA - Sparky smitten pride (by boutondormspooh on September 17th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
He seems to have lost about ten years

That made me think of the office scene from the last episode, the younger looking face, the sort of smile, and baked goods.

Their relationship is mostly on the sly -- John, at least, thinks he's spectacularly sly about everything -- but she honestly doubts it's that much of a secret.

That made me laugh for a ridiculously long time. John is so ADORABLE.

And he gives her the look, that look, the one that makes her heart jump with real joy at seeing him relaxed and happy and makes her stomach tighten with how very obviously he's smitten with her, and she can't say no.

That made me SQUEE like an idiot. He's SMITTEN with her, omg!

His breathing is ragged against her cheek in the near-darkness, and she loves that sound more than anything in the world.

And that made me all kinds of hot and gooey. I wish I could hear that sound all the time. Rawr.
Little Red: sga - lizzie temptress - goldie_galmylittleredgirl on September 18th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
THEY ARE SO CUTE. *dies whenever I see that icon*

That made me think of the office scene from the last episode, the younger looking face, the sort of smile, and baked goods.

You know, all along we've been thinking that John will be coming after *her* to make *her* eat things when she gets all caught up in work... but really, it's CLEARLY the other way around! Great fandom mystery SOLVED. :)

That made me laugh for a ridiculously long time. John is so ADORABLE.

I'm fairly convinced that this is a very real possibility. They have a sekrit affair, omg. It is NO SECRET, because John grins for like a month straight and gets all bouncy and totally puffs out his chest whenever she walks into the room (which makes her roll her eyes, but she thinks it's adorable). All the while, he'll act all Extra Sly And Not Sleeping With You whenever he remembers that they're SEKRITLY doing sex, and have all these codes and stuff for when he can sneak into her room and whatnot. And she thinks this is SO CUTE, so she doesn't tell him that he's totally blown their cover and everyone so knows.

HE IS SO SMITTEN, OMG. And he'll totally fall for her so much more once he gets to have sex with her. *loves OTPs like that*

Yay!
(no subject) - mspooh on September 18th, 2005 02:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
unfriendly black hottie: beyond horizon - vala - sg1sugargroupie on September 17th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
Hey, you know you left the sex off the end of the story? *g*

This is very cute and puts me in a 'shippy mood. Yayness.
Little Red: fridge magnets pr0n - josephidesmylittleredgirl on September 18th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
HA! Yes, I noticed that. I was kinda thinking of writing a porny sequel, but I ran out of time. I figured it was too obvious to just end with "and then they done sex" ;)
icarusicarus_abides on September 17th, 2005 01:23 am (UTC)
Weeee!!!

I love it. *claps* And it's much better than the SG1 ep I'm currently mucking through on TV.

Yay sex!
Little Red: sga - shep sin - goldie_galmylittleredgirl on September 18th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
*snicker* I liked SG-1! Er, kinda. Except for the part where I cleaned my room and went and made dinner. But then I saw it the second time through, and understood it... sort of better! :)

Anyway, all that aside, thank you! Yay sex indeed. They totally won't be able to keep their hands off each other...
Melody: Yeah baby!pellmelody on September 17th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
Mmmmmmmm. *hugs self in joygasm*
Little Red: sga - lizzie temptress - goldie_galmylittleredgirl on September 18th, 2005 01:57 am (UTC)
*giggles* Yay!
miera_c: always lookingmiera_c on September 17th, 2005 03:05 am (UTC)
oh yum.

"And if you go out there through the control room, eighteen people will descend on you with questions, theories, requests..." he bobs his head in time with the items on the list

OMG the adorable vision *that* just conjured.

*pouts* why can't he come rescue *me* from *my* workload?
Little Red: sga - sw not subtle - thefakeheadlinemylittleredgirl on September 18th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
OMG the adorable vision *that* just conjured.

*grins like a dork* I am such a fan of that image myself. :)

Everyone totally needs their own Shep, I'm thinking. OMG. Does this mean I've fallen for him? Dammit! All first season I was all "omg, no, I'm done with the Damaged, Brooding Boys! *sigh*" FOOOORD, COME BAAAAACK! Oh, wait. Now he's damaged TOO!! Well, I guess I'll just have to give in, then. ;) *swoons*
Quietly Bemusedquietlybemused on September 17th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
Ahhh, pass me the chocolate and a cigarette. *g* That was *very* satisfying. I loved the playful mood of this fic - it had me grinning from ear to ear from the very first word. What do the rest of us have to do to get you to write us a fic?
Little Red: sga - lizzie temptress - goldie_galmylittleredgirl on September 18th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC)
Hee! This just randomly started in a comment based on poor MsRaven trying to escape from an evil workday. Because everything is all about Sparky, really. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't and I end up with more for the "omg, wtf was I THINKING!?" file! ;) Wheee, fic!

I'm so glad you liked it. :)
dark_cygnetdark_cygnet on September 17th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
Oh, now that's just damn nice! A lovely way to end the evening.

And he gives her the look, that look, the one that makes her heart jump with real joy at seeing him relaxed and happy and makes her stomach tighten with how very obviously he's smitten with her, and she can't say no.

OMG! He lurves her so much!

Little Red: sga - lizzie temptress - goldie_galmylittleredgirl on September 18th, 2005 02:01 am (UTC)
HE SO DOES!! Really, if when he gets her, he'll just... never recover. :) In the best possible way.
Phrenitis: sparky more! (wikidwitch)phrenitis on September 17th, 2005 07:28 am (UTC)
Aieee! A fic of this sort was so very much needed. And now I am filled with happy squee! Sparky!

"Minor injury incurred during the rescue mission, ma'am." John crowds her personal space until she's pressed up against the ladder. His lips are barely an inch from hers. "I'll make a full report."

DEAD.
Little Red: sga - shep sin - goldie_galmylittleredgirl on September 18th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
*revives you, omg!*

It's totally the one time he has called her 'ma'am' in, like, a year, I'm sure. *pets our occasionally obedient boy*

Yay for random Sparky inspiration! *gleees*
I'm not very interestingastropoet on September 17th, 2005 09:16 am (UTC)
I thought your brain was fog? If so may it always remain so, this was fab!
Little Red: sga - lizzie temptress - goldie_galmylittleredgirl on September 18th, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)
HEE! I thought it was. It kinda is again now, but occasionally it emerges for Sparky! There was no plot at all, so it all worked out. :)

Thank you!
rogue equestrian: SGA:: John Liz then they dun sexelvinborn on September 17th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
hee!! *happies*

"Minor injury incurred during the rescue mission, ma'am." John crowds her personal space until she's pressed up against the ladder. His lips are barely an inch from hers. "I'll make a full report."

"See that you do," she barely gets out, and then he kisses her.

OMG. luff. :D
Little Red: sga - sw season two! - A.j.mylittleredgirl on September 18th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
*hypnotized by your icon for like five minutes*
elliejane: Me?Nahh!elliejane on September 17th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, oh, oh lovely, delicious, like chocolate fudge brownie ice cream, sweet and yummy and ok, icecream isn't hot and there the analogy breaks down, because this isn't rawr hot but is squeeful hot of the "oh, they're so cute" variety....::breathes::

::cuddles fic::

Was day dreaming about this during a long car journey today, and wondering if they obviously do move this along to rawr hot, will someone in the actual corridors HEAR THEM?? Because...HEE!
Little Red: fridge magnets pr0n - josephidesmylittleredgirl on September 18th, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
OMG! I so did not follow your analogy! Thank you! I want chocolate fudge brownie ice cream!!

and wondering if they obviously do move this along to rawr hot, will someone in the actual corridors HEAR THEM?? Because...HEE!

I don't think so. John probably planned a rather uninhabited section of the city to end at, since he was trying to free her without her being seen, and it's his job to be strategic and stuff. *thinks of sequel anyway*
tangerrine on September 17th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
Hahaha. OMG, he has a crowbar!

So cute! :D
Little Red: sga - shep sin - goldie_galmylittleredgirl on September 18th, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
Our boy comes prepared! :)