15 July 2010 @ 06:31 am
Battery Operated (1/1)  
Title: Battery Operated
Author: somehowunbroken 
Fandom: SGA
Pairing: John/Evan
Word count: 707
Rating/warnings: G
Disclaimer: Not mine. If it were, there would be a lot more lovin' on the show.
Summary:At the end of the day, Atlantis was battery-operated. For schmoop_bingo : "cuddling during power outage."

This, John sighed, was ridiculous.

Atlantis was a place of wonders, a place where holograms and spaceships and glowing squids were a part of everyday life. It was the first line of defense against the Wraith for two galaxies. It had transporters that could beam you pretty much instantaneously from one spot in the city to another. It had stasis pods that could keep you alive for thousands of years, a machine that built friendly Replicators, and a shield that let it fly through space and survive underwater.

And yet, at the end of the day, Atlantis was battery-operated.

John sighed again as he shifted on the couch in his quarters. He and Evan had planned on getting together tonight. For once, there was no crisis, no impending doom hanging over their heads, and they’d wanted to spend some time together outside of work. Apparently, however, nobody had noticed that the ZPM was at a critically low level. Which was, of course, a problem in and of itself, but John’s more immediate issue was that, with the ZPM so dangerously low, the city had gone into a lockdown to prevent it from failing completely. Pretty much everything was shut down – the shield, lights, door controls.

Which meant that John, like everyone else in the city, was stuck where he was.

In his quarters.


He sighed again, aware that he probably sounded like an overly dramatic teenaged girl, but not really caring given that there was nobody around to hear him.

“You sound like an overly dramatic teenaged girl,” an amused voice came from somewhere above his head. John stood and spun in one fluid movement, his 9mm in hand. The voice – Evan’s – chuckled. “You looked like one, too, with all the sighing and staring sadly at the wall.”

“Where are you?” John asked cautiously, lowering the gun slightly. “And I was not staring sadly at the wall.” It would figure that Evan would find a way to get here when even Rodney couldn’t get out of his quarters. It would especially figure that he would catch John moping.

“Here, and yes, you were,” Evan said, and a few clicking sounds later, the heating grate popped out of the wall and Evan appeared, wriggling out of the hole. John stared for a minute before he started to laugh. Evan flopped down onto the couch, grinning up at John. He opened the bag he’d had slung over his shoulder and pulled out a thin box. “I brought a movie.”

“You’re ridiculous.” John shook his head, grinning, and sat next to Evan on the couch. He quickly set up the laptop and stuck the movie in before he noticed Evan’s shiver. The lockdown had turned off life support, as well – though what the purpose of that would have been if the ZPM drainage had occurred in, say, space, John didn’t know – and John was only now noticing that Evan was clad only in a pair of boxers and a thin tee.

At John’s evaluative glance, Evan explained, “It was kind of a tight squeeze. I figured the less I was wearing, the better chance I had to actually make it here.”

John rolled his eyes. “Didn’t want to bathe in vegetable oil and wiggle your way through?”

Evan grinned back. “Didn’t have any.”

John settled back against the couch and slung an arm around Evan’s shoulders, drawing the smaller man to him. He reached behind the couch with his other hand, grabbing the blankets from his bed and pulling at them until he and Evan were cocooned inside. Evan let out a contented sigh and curled into John, settling his head on John’s chest and curling an arm around his waist.

“Better?” John asked, starting the movie – some sort of action thriller that had just arrived on the Daedalus – with a click of his computer’s remote.

“Much,” Evan replied, squeezing John’s waist. “You’re warm.”

“You’re hot,” John returned cheekily, and Evan laughed outright.

“You’re corny,” he stated definitively. “Shut up and watch the movie.”

Neither moved from their place on the couch. By the time the movie was over, Evan had warmed, but they stayed, curled into each other, talking about nothing and everything, for a long time after.
calcitrixcalcitrix on July 16th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
Adorable! I loved the repetition of the teenage girl line--made me laugh.
Kisomehowunbroken on July 16th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
saphirablue on July 17th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
*awwww* Lovely picture of the two cuddling on a couch! *awww*

And *lol* for the overly dramatic teenaged girl *g*

Thank you for this ficlet!
Kisomehowunbroken on July 17th, 2010 06:46 am (UTC)
Thanks :)

And Evan totally called him on it. too. *g*
Diego: lorne_1diek09 on July 18th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
Lovely story, I like the way John and Evan work together :D
Kisomehowunbroken on July 18th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
Thanks :) Glad you liked it!
clwilson2006clwilson2006 on July 20th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Aww, cute with the dramatic sighs and the crawling through air vents!
Kisomehowunbroken on July 20th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
It's a good thing Evan isn't just a tiny bit bigger, 'cause he'd get stuck.
clwilson2006clwilson2006 on July 20th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
But if he was any bigger I wouldn't be able to put him in my pocket and take him home...
fangirl29fangirl29 on July 23rd, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
So you've probably noticed the onslaught of comments from me the last couple of days. It's a dead giveaway that the novelty of a whole summer off has officially worn off :(

But back to your work...you keep writing and I'll keep enjoying.

This one is just so **sweet**.

I know Evan is not of great stature, but when you write "...drawing the smaller man to him..." it just makes him even smaller in my imagination. I'll try to quit doing that cuz it sucks the romance right out of the story for me ;)
Kisomehowunbroken on July 24th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
Re: battery-operated
It's not that he's miniature... but there's a four-inch difference in height there. :)

And feel free to read and comment on anything here - I like reading them!
sherry57sherry57 on August 26th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
First time reading and it was loving, cosy, friendship at it's best. Thanks.
Kisomehowunbroken on August 26th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
Pixie Child: marvel; UncannyXMen v500 - Pixiefai_dust on September 17th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
Kisomehowunbroken on September 18th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
joereavesjoereaves on April 2nd, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
Awww, very sweet.
Kisomehowunbroken on April 2nd, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
Thanks :)