blue flamingos

Five things Sam *really* likes about being in charge of Atlantis

Fandom: Stargate Atlantis

Category/Rated: Mild slah, G

Year/Length: 2009/ ~400 words

Pairing: Sam/Laura

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

Author's Notes: ficlet for [info]sg1_five_things

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

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1.

She's in charge. Of an entire military base. And it's not like she wants to go all evil dictator or anything (well, only when biology won't shut up about bringing a two-headed Pegasus sheep back to the city) but she's a woman in the Air Force, and a woman in the country's most top secret project. She pretty much jumped at the chance when the SGC came asking, but she did it thinking she was saying goodbye to even the slim chance she had of ever being put in charge.

 

2.

Chuck brings her coffee every morning, and sometimes chocolate cake. Not that the others wouldn't sometimes bring coffee back at the SGC, but usually only if they felt guilty or wanted something. Chuck just does it, like it's her due, as commander of the base. She suspects it'd get kind of annoying eventually, but it's nice for a while.

 

3.

She actually has time to read research papers for fun. Not a lot of time, between strange viruses and members of her command disappearing (though she only hears about that one after she gets back from a diplomatic visit), but some time. She usually can't resist writing mental letters telling them why they're wrong, not that she ever sends them. It's still nice to know that if she doesn't want to critique them, she doesn't have to.

 

4.

The support staff come and tell her gossip. She's not entirely sure *why* they do, but it doesn't take her long to get used to Amelia leaning in her doorway and muttering about Drs Wilcox and Finch, who got caught shagging by a marine security patrol for the third time, or Chuck handing over a coffee and updating her on the fight between biology and botany for the new lab space. And one day, she knows it's going to come in really useful.

 

5.

Lieutenant Cadman. It's a good thing she's already learned how to keep secrets, because she wants to tell *everyone*, has to bite her tongue not to. Any reasonable person would: Laura's pretty and bright and funny, and she doesn't care that Sam's her CO, her superior, that they're breaking at least a couple of regs. After ten years of wanting someone she can't have, Sam could love Laura just for being simple. It's not the reason she loves her, but it's part of the reason she's happy.


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