Certain Magics (drabble 4)

The Ancient!John 'verse: Certain Magics (drabble 4 of ???)
Characters: Ancient!John Sheppard, Teyla Emmagen, Aiden Ford, Rodney McKay
Pairings: pre-John/Rodney
Summary: Hail Mary
Series: drabble #4 of ??? in the Ancient!John 'verse. Part of Locality.
Notes: A rewrite of the Hail Mary tape scene
Note Bene: In chronological order, this is the fourth drabble.

Certain Magics

An Ancient!John Drabble

"What remains of the Old Ones are vestiges: certain magics, certain creatures."

Buffy the Vampire Slayer "Welcome to the Hellmouth"

8 July, 2004 - Atlantis, Lantea, Pegasus

"One of the children asked if the ghosts of the Ancestors still live here," Teyla says upon entering the Conference Room.

"There aren't any such things as ghosts," McKay says grumpily from the middle of the couch.

"Of course not," she agrees, "but you cannot deny that there is something strange about this place."

It's Sheppard's turn to frown. "There's nothing strange about Atlantis."

"No, of course not," Teyla agrees placatingly. "But we have never lived in a place such as this. So much here is as if magic and many are frightened by it."

"I guess I can see that. Seeing her empty like this, running on minimal power? It spooks me too. This popcorn stuff isn't half bad though. Try some."

Teyla does, seeming far less impressed by it than the Ancient (and, man, does that still creep Aiden out just thinking that). "So, what is it that you called us all here to see, Lieutenant?"

Aiden grins at her. "Football."


"From what I've gathered," Sheppard tries to help explain, "it's some sort of sport."

"This room does not seem large enough for such an event."

"Nope, but it does have this." Sheppard points at the far wall and the screen on the fall end activates, showing the DVD menu in the greatest definition that a DVD menu has ever been shown in. "Cool, huh?"

Oh, oh, I love that you've done one in Ford's POV! I think he's a vastly underutilised character, so it's good to see him here. Also, I think John and football will always mesh. ;)
So very true. Though I am considering having Ancient!John prefer European footballl as some sort of, idk, cosmic joke
I feel like canon!John spends a lot of effort trying not to be too high-brow, possibly in a reaction to his family. So I think it would be in keeping with the way you've portrayed him, too, to reject the thing that might be considered too hifalootin' and go for the more "common" thing. Or not, who knows.
Very true. I was thinking more along the lines of the double meaning of the word - and irony is my very favourite thing in the world - but that is definately a point in the idea's favour.

IDK. I'll have to think about it.