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5 times someone wished they never heard of the stargate project

Fandom: Stargate Atlantis

Category/Rated: Gen, G

Year/Length: 2010/~365 words

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

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Major Lorne, when the SGC said, "We'd like to send you to another galaxy," and Tim said, "I'm sick of not being allowed to know what's happening to you." Which was really the air force as much as the SGC, but he'd been in Colorado Springs for three years by then, and there was a big difference between, "I'm going to Iraq for six months," and, "I'm going away, but I can't tell you why or where or for how long." And Tim didn't want to wait.

2.

Colonel Mitchell, every time his PT said, "That's great, that's really good, one more," and the thing she was saying was good was lifting his leg a couple of inches, or taking a shuffling step, and he would have done anything not to have to do one more, ever again.

3.

Cassie Frasier, when Sam turned up at the place she lived with Janet, her eyes bruised, and said, "Cassie, I'm sorry." Because she'd lost everything once, and she'd been surviving it, right up until Sam and Janet rescued her, and she couldn't bear the thought of having to start the survival process all over again, for someone else.

4.

Colonel Sheppard, when the IOA said, "We're sending Atlantis back to Pegasus," and the air force said, "Congratulations, you're being promoted to Colonel. PS, not in Atlantis." Which was the definition of a no-win situation, because there were no circumstances, at all, under which he could get back to Atlantis and stay there, and five years before, he wouldn't have known what he was missing.

5.

Dr Anna Clarke, when she signed a non-disclosure agreement and got told about an amazing opportunity to travel to another galaxy and do the kind of research that other scientists dreamed of... and, because they didn't know if she'd ever be able to come back, she had to say no. "I can't leave my daughter," she told them, and they looked surprised - too surprised, considering Megan was legally hers, hers and Jenna's - and her family meant everything, but she dreamed of it sometimes, what they'd dangled in front of her then taken away, and hated them for that.


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