Pairing/Charecter(s): Ancient!John, Rodney; John/Rodney
Warnings/Spoliers: this drabble takes place, chronologically, after "Dei et Viri" and before the next installment, "Socii," Ancient!John 'verse, ie after "Trinity"
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Summary: Escaping Doranda
Notes: So, I've got a start on the next installment of this 'verse, "Socii," but I decided this bit didn't quite fit with the rest so...
An Ancient!John Drabble
Your sweet and weary head.
You have come to journey's end.
Dream of the ones who came before.
They are calling
From across a distant shore."
Annie Lennox “Into the West”
"John!" he says as the planet begins to shake underneath them, "John! C'mon, snap out of it. We've got to get out of here."
John, however, doesn't give any sign he's heard him, just continues to lie on the floor, eyes closed in concentration as he remains uplinked to the Dorandan outpost. Rodney's not even sure he can break the data-link with the weapon going into catastrophic failure, and so doesn't waste time trying, just starts to stand and make for the jumper controls to fly them out of here himself, 'cause, if they don't get out of here soon, they're going to be just as toast as the rest of this planet – and quite possibly this system – are going to be in a few minutes.
Which, of course, is when Rodney's knocked off his feet, by the jumper starting to fly them off the planet of it's own accord. Which is more than a little odd considering the jumper's don't have autopilots, and, even if they did, they wouldn't be pulling manoeuvres like these, which were almost too fast for the inertial dampeners to compensate.
"John?" he asks, shaking his shoulder after he's managed right himself (and discovered that, yes, the floor of the jumpers are just as hard as you might expect). There's no response, prompting him to mutter, "Great, even unconscious you can fly this thing better than I can," before continuing more loudly as he makes for the front of the jumper, "Head for the gate. It's the only way we're going to get out of here fast enough."
If he was still capable of being surprised by anything in the Pegasus galaxy at this point, he would've been when the jumper immediately starts it's run for the gate, barely giving him time to dial – and warn Atlantis they were coming in hot – before they're passing through the event horizon.