Characters: Jeannie Miller, Rodney McKay
Warnings: takes place between parts 1 & 2 of "Angelus" in the Ancient!John 'Verse
Summary: Wormholes are scary
Notes: Scenes that almost began part 2 of "Angelus," take two. (aka Jeannie is very much a miserable bastard to write).
An Ancient!John Drabble
"That is so human. Where angels fear to tread. Even now, standing on the edge. It's that feeling you get, yeah? Right at the back of your head. That impulse. That strange little impulse. That mad little voice saying 'Go on. Go on. Go on. Go over. Go on.' "
The Tenth Doctor
"Is it safe?" Jeannie asks, watching the Gate leerily as it begins to dial.
Rodney rolls his eyes. "Our bodies are being demolecularized, transmitted over three million light years through subspace, and rematerialised on the other side. 'Safe' doesn't exactly fit anywhere into the equation. But if you mean 'unlikely to be actively harmed,' then you're in luck."
"Well, there's a small chance a solar flare might send us to some point in the past - or the future, I suppose, - or that we might get stuck in the Gate, but that almost never happens."
"'Almost'?" she repeats shrilly.
"Don't worry. There are so many safety protocols built into this thing that we haven't figured out what all of them are supposed be for."
"How is that supposed to make me feel better?"
"I dunno, Jeannie," he sighs, shouldering his laptop bag and walking up the ramp towards the newly established wormhole. He's still annoyed he'd been dragged out of bed do nothing more than sit around and wait for his sister to finish her paperwork and make her way through medical. It wouldn't have been so bad if he could've caught a nap somewhere, or if the SGC's coffee wasn't so inherently shitty, but he couldn't and it was, so Rodney officially has no patience for his sister's worrywart tendencies right now. "You signed up for this. You can either step through the Gate now or spend three weeks on the Daedalus when it leaves the day after tomorrow. Personally, I prefer the Gate, but what the hell do I know about your home life? If you wanna spend an extra month away from Madison and the English major, that's you're business." And, with that, he walks through the Gate.
Atlantis welcomes him back with open arms.