Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Category/Rated: Slash, G
Year/Length: 2008/ ~576 words
Disclaimer: Not mine, no profit, only having fun.
Prompt: Rodney's found a way (Ancient equipment maybe?) to take John underwater and show him Rodney's world.
The force-field feels odd against John's skin. There's a constant tingle to it, not enough to be painful, but enough that he's constantly aware that it's there, a thin shield of protection from his scalp to the soles of his feet. It's more the absence of all other sensation that he's noticing.
He can't feel the icy cold water that's all around him. He can't feel the pressure of the weight on an entire ocean sitting on top of him. Hell, John can't even feel Rodney's skin, where he's holding on tight to Rodney's wrist.
But that's the price he has to pay to be able to see this. The Ancient shield will keep him alive, and for that he has to give up certain sensations. John can deal with that, but it doesn't mean he won't be glad when they get back to Atlantis and he can turn the damn thing off and feel Rodney again.
For now he just holds onto Rodney, staring out across an abyss such as he's never seen. They're already deep below the surface, down where there's no natural light at all. The shield is allowing John to see, though the world has a strange green-ish tinge that makes John think of brackish water and algae. That all pales to unimportance compared to what John's seeing.
Below them the ocean floor falls away to depths that John can't even fathom. It's a black hole right on their planet, and the sheer impression of size it leaves makes John's breath hitch. He wants to ask Rodney how big it is, if his people have mapped and explored all of it, but that will have to wait until they're back on Atlantis as well. There's no way for them to communicate down here.
Rodney pulls on John's arm then, hard, pulling John back against the gigantic stone they've been sheltering against from the current. John blinks, turning to look, and Rodney pulls on him harder, raising a finger to his lips, as though John could make a sound if he wanted to, and then pointing at something out in the black gloom of the water.
Apparently the Ancient technology isn't as good as Rodney's vision, because for a long moment John can't see a damn thing. And then he catches a flash of movement, something huge and darker than even the surrounding water moving towards them.
John's heart starts beating faster just from the size of the leviathan moving towards them. The beast is moving insanely quickly, and John catches only a momentary look at the entire creature before it's past. His mind can't quite process all that he sees, but he knows that there are smaller fish clinging to the beast's sides, and the sheer force of the water displaced by the giant almost tumbles John down into the abyss by his feet.
Rodney holds onto him, and John turns to look at him, aware that he must be wide-eyed. Rodney only grins at him, expression brightening with delight as he pulls on John's arm again, motioning towards the abyss expectantly.
There's a part of John that doesn't want to go down there, that imagines bigger monsters. But Rodney is with him, and John wants to see, wants to know what Rodney's life was like before he came to them. And he has faith that Rodney will make sure they both rise again.
John nods, squeezing Rodney's arm, and they descend.
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