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Fic (x2): Newcomers: SOA & Feisty (SGA; Sheppard, OCs; G)

I started with a few basic assumptions about my newcomers, which gradually turned out not to be true. Really, I should have waited until I'd worked out '5 things that turn out not to be true about AR-27', but these two are standalones, so I figured I'd just make it an occasional series ;)

Usual disclaimers, no particular warnings.

Title: SOA
Characters: Sheppard, OC (oh, and Chuck :)
Summary: John's gotten used to AR-27 not dialling in on time.

SOA

John's so used to AR-27 not dialling in on time that he's already working out who he can send to look for them when the gate activates exactly on the hour.

"Captain Rodriguez' IDC, sir."

"Really?"

"Yessir."

"Patch her through."

Chuck nods, and John hears Radio's voice in his ear. "Colonel Sheppard."

"Captain. How are things on M5D-384?"

"Fine, sir."

"Seriously?"

"Yessir. We're all settled in for the night. Just checking in, sir."

"You're sure."

"Sir?"

"If someone's there, you can just say 'All clear', and we'll come get you."

He can hear Rodriguez rolling her eyes. "No, sir. Just checking in."

"Okay, well, carry on."

"Thank you, sir." He really has to stop Rodriguez hanging around Lorne. All that sarcasm can't be healthy.

"Atlantis out."

"Copy that." The wormhole blinks out.

The gate room staff are watching him.

"They're fine," he says, trying not to sound as bemused as he feels. He notices a few faces that look more disappointed than surprised. He's about to snap at them, because he thought the animosity towards AR-27 had worn itself out, when he notices the serene expression on Chuck's face.

"Did you fix this?" he asks, keeping his voice low.

"Sir?" John knows better than to trust an innocent-looking Canadian.

"AR-27 just checked in on time and without anything to report. That never happens, so how the hell did you know?"

"Don't know what you mean, Colonel. We always hope for an uneventful mission, sir."

"Uh-huh. I'll talk to Addes, you know."

Chuck looks pained. "All due respect, sir, but Addes couldn't fix a one horse race."

"Hah! So it was you."

"Nossir. It wasn't fixed."

"Then how did you know?"

Chuck shrugs. "They were due a good day, sir."


~~~

False: AR-27 never dial in on time. True: AR-27 miss their dial-in more often than not, but that's not their fault.
SOA: Scheduled Off-world Activation. I figured they must happen sometimes ;)



Title
: Feisty
Characters: OCs, Zelenka
Summary: Rodney isn't good with names.

Feisty

Anna glares at them. "He called me what?"

Nate scrambles to control the damage. "Hey, c'mon, it's McKay. He didn't mean anything by it."

"Oh yeah? Yeah? Maybe I don't mean anything by the boot I'm going to stick up his ass."

"Anna..."

"Feisty? Captain Feisty?"

"...he's not good with names..." tries Nate, trailing off under the heat of Anna's glare.

"You think I've stuck it out in the USAF for ten years to be called 'feisty' by -"

"You have to admit, you are -"

"What? Feisty? Sassy?" She snaps her fingers, once on the left, once on the right. "All that?"

"...very empowered?"

She narrows her eyes at Nate, and he schools his expression to remain innocent. "Hmph." She turns on her heel.

"...please don't kill him?"

"I'm just going talk to him," she calls back over her shoulder.

He watches her depart, then sighs. "Thanks for that."

"Is no problem," says Radek.

Nate snorts. "Nobody believes that 'What? I am simple Czech savant adrift in terrifying world of English' act, Radek."

"Be grateful I didn't tell her what else Rodney calls her."

Nate's heart sinks. "What?"

"He says she is 'Gibson's bulldog'."

Nate chokes. "I thought he meant Mark."

"No. Rodney calls him only 'crazy beer guy'. Under his breath."


~~~

False: Anna-Maria is feisty. True: Anna-Maria is fierce. The distinction is telling.
'Gibson's bulldog' comes from TH Huxley, who was known as 'Darwin's Bulldog', although not because he protected Darwin from Wraith and rogue Genii. Partly inspired by the recent film Creation, because I've totally cast Benedict Cumberbatch (who plays Joseph Hooker in that film) as Nate. (Casting Paul Bettany felt too self-indulgent :)
Rodney doesn't call Anna 'Feisty' any more. Also, his left eyelid tends to to twitch when he sees her.


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Comments

I hope Anna did stick her boot up McKay's ass... he'd deserve that anyway ;)

Now waiting for what you have prepared for the other true/false stories. Well, I hope there are other true/false stories ;)
:)

I have ideas, but some of them contradict things I've already written. Not that this ever stops me...
I so love this series. Really enjoying the little layers you are adding to the characters bit by bit.

MM
Thanks!
You're killing me, here. I saw the blurb on my Friends page for more Newcomers and literally bounced in my seat making happy little clappy hands. Thank god for cube walls... :D

I love 'Feisty', especially the story notes, but I think I'm most enamoured of 'SOA'. The sheer outrageousness of poor Sheppard dealing with things going *exactly according to plan* made me giggle. And, well, Chuck. It's also nice in that it firmly reestablishes your team back into Atlantis as a whole. The team-centric fics are great, but for a series that has strong established characters, it's wonderful to have the OCs tied firmly back into canon. It just really enhances the story for me. So... Thanks! :)
Oh, so that's what they're for! An open plan office can be awkward :)

I realised that the 'things that turn out not to be true' work better if it's other people's views of them. And I'm working on keeping them integrated, but they keep wandering off... :)