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Christmas traditions

Fandom: Stargate Atlantis/Stargate SG1

Category/Rated: Gen, G

Year/Length: 2009/ ~421 words

Pairing: Lorne and Cadman

Disclaimer: No, I don't own them, for which I should think they're profoundly grateful.

Author's Notes: Christmas ficlet for ionaonie

Feedback: Yes please. Even if it's bad. Especially if it's bad.

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Cadman starts it, their first Christmas together at the SGC.

"A scarf," Lorne says, unwrapping a six-foot long blue and pink striped scarf. "Just what I always wanted."

Cadman rolls her eyes. "Didn't your parents ever teach you how to accept a gift gracefully?"

"I spend most of my time in uniform and on other planets," Lorne points out. "This is me being graceful."

"You need to work on it."

"Sorry," Lorne says, folding the scarf back into its wrapping. "Thank you for the thought. Whatever it was."

Cadman shrugs. "You're always complaining you're cold. And the color matches your eyes."

"Oh," Lorne says. "Okay, I thought it was a serious gift."

"Remind me again how you ever got promoted past lieutenant," Cadman says, despairing.

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The next Christmas, Lorne buys her a foot tall stone statue of a witch.

"That would have been in really poor taste if they'd killed me before you'd rescued me from being burned as a witch," Cadman says, arranging a strand of garland round the witch's neck. At least it's an attractive witch.

Lorne shrugs. "I could have used it as a grave marker instead."

"Waste not, want not," Cadman agrees. "Though for future reference, if I am killed n the line of duty, please don't."

"Only if you're killed off duty, got it," Lorne says.

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Their first Christmas on Atlantis, Cadman gives him a mini-skateboard, too small to ride.

"Why?" Lorne asks.

"I can find out anything," Cadman says loftily, then, "You told me you skateboarded as a kid when your team got drugged with truth serum back in October."

Lorne's eyes go a little wild. "What else did I tell you?"

Cadman smiles. "A girl's got to have some secrets. Where's my present?"

"Who says I got you anything?"

"I can find out anything," Cadman reminds him.

The small package turns out to contain a small wooden charm that looks vaguely like a rose, hung on a leather cord. "Thank you," Cadman says, a little stunned to have something real, and pretty.

Lorne says, "It's from P3X 492. Apparently, it prevents your spirit from leaving your body. And kissing the CMO. At least, I'm guessing on that part."

Cadman laughs and hangs it around her neck. "Every little helps, right?"

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Cadman's first year back on Earth, Lorne sends her a Pegasus survival kit, complete with lemon, and a note that says Just in case.

Cadman sends him plane tickets to LA, with a note that reads 2-for-1, and an FBI key-ring.


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