Pairing/Charecter(s): Samantha Carter, alt!Rodney; Ancient!John/Rodney, alt!Sam/alt!Rodney
Warnings/Spoliers: this takes place in the future of the current Ancient!John 'verse, during SG1's "The Road Not Taken" - ie, roughly Feb '07 according to that timeline.
Disclaimer: Title 17 of the US Code, § 107, aka the Fair Use Doctrine.
Summary: Sam goes to visit this universe's Rodney McKay
Notes: I so couldn't help myself with this one. Because Rodney McKay is a constant in every universe. And, besides, what's the point of rewatching the series if I can't have fun doing it?
An Ancient!John Drabble
"In the end, we all are who we are, no matter how much we appear to have changed."
Buffy the Vampire Slayer "Lessons"
Sam has seen a lot of strange things during her time so far in this alternate universe, but nothing really prepares her for this McKay's house. It's not so much the house itself as the décor, of which there are a fair number of photos of him and his Sam, despite the fact they'd been divorced for almost two years before the accident which brought her here.
Sam's well aware that the multiverse theory allows for an infinite number of alternate universes. She just can't believe that any Samantha Carter might have married Rodney McKay in any of them.
"Well, well, well," this McKay says, seeming very much like her universe's McKay as he enters the living room. "If it isn't the toast of Washington!"
"Hi, Rodney. Thank you for seeing me."
"Well, why wouldn't I?" he asks, seeming genuinely confused. "I mean, we're still friends, aren't we?"
"Yes, of course."
"So what can I do for you?"
"Well, this is going to come as a bit of a shock, but I'm not who you think I am."
McKay almost drops his coffee cup. "Oh my God, you're a lesbian! Is that what you're trying to tell me?"
"What? No! And that's a bit rich, coming from you."
"Look, I'm probably going about this the wrong way, but what I'm trying to tell you is that I'm from an alternate universe. Your Samantha Carter was working on an experiment when she inadvertently pulled me in. In my reality, you're a key member of a team of international scientists and explores based in the Pegasus galaxy, out of Atlantis, the Lost City of the Ancients. And, I might add, you're shacked up with a very male Ancient you found there."
Blustering now, "First of all, who uses the phrase shacked up any more? And, secondly, is this supposed to be some kind of a joke? 'Cause it's very funny. Who put you up to this?"
"This is not a joke, McKay."
"And this Ancient that I'm supposedly shacked up with? Is he hot?"
Sam opens her mouth to ask – very loudly and even more disbelievingly – to ask what kind of question that is, before closing it as she concedes the point. It doesn't cost her anything to admit and, at the very least, might help this McKay to believe her.
It doesn't. "Hmmmm. Interesting as that sounds, Sam, but even if travel between universes was possible, the likelihood of your surviving is, uh..."
"I was in a force shield when I was pulled through. Your Samantha Carter was killed in the same accident that brought me here. I'm sorry to be so blunt about it, but I don't have a lot of time, and I need your help."