Dawn woke slowly her senses feeling fried. She saw Ronon watching her, “hey.”
“How are you feeling?”
“Drained, but better than I have in months.”
Ronon nodded leaning forward to kiss her forehead.
“How much longer do we have?”
“A few minutes.”
“Wow,” she frowned, “I slept a full day?”
“We both did.”
“Getting rid of all the demon energy no doubt,” she said as she sat up. Her head was throbbing slightly but it was more than manageable.
“Ready to go home?” Ronon asked.
“What’s wrong Pixie?”
“We have a good life don’t we?”
Ronon studied her silently as he stood. “Are you unhappy?” he asked, the slight fear from him made her heart ache.
“No,” she pressed a hand to his chest. “I just meant we do… John, Teyla, Rodney, Lorne, Zelanka, Carson, Jennifer, Candrima, Glinda, Lexi… even with everything we deal with there is a lot of good.”
“I like my life Ronon,” she shook her head, “and it just seems weird.”
~Stargate to Pegasus in one minute. ~
They walked out of the containment room to the ‘Gate.
“Bye Bill,” Dawn waved as they continued through.
Stepping through the other side she was assaulted by Candrima, ‘Down girl.’
‘That was quick. What happened?’
“Looks like we arrived in the middle of the night,” Ronon commented.
Quicksilver streaked through the ‘Gate room to land on Dawn’s shoulder. The Key laughed and scratched the Kat-tail’s head. ‘Good to see you too.’
“Shall we go swipe food from the mess?”
“Yes,” Ronon said without hesitation.
They entered the empty mess and picked up random fruits and sandwiches. Dawn looked at the balcony, “I think somebody is out there.”
She was through the door before she saw John and Lexi.
“You’re back,” the Colonel looked surprised.
“So the urgent problem?”
“A story for another time.”
She sat down, Ronon right next to her.
“I’m headed to bed,” Lexi said, “I managed to talk Dr. Keller into letting me shadow her, but she has the early shift.”
“Have fun,” Dawn said.
“Goodnight, Colonel, Dawn, Ronon,” and then the curly-blonde was gone.
“What has she been up to?” Dawn asked.
“This and that,” John shrugged.
“How are things?”
“The same. Ten days until Woolsey gets here and a few things are being straightened out.”
“I don’t envy you,” Ronon said with a grin as he ate.
“I don’t want to be me at the moment,” he admitted.
“Killed McKay yet?” Dawn asked.
“What stopped you?”
“Candrima locked the door to his lab.”
Dawn laughed, “Figures.” Then she paused and leaned back to she could stare up at the stars. “It’s good to be home.”
John studied them, “you’re both acting odd.”
“We’ve been gone almost a year,” Ronon told him.
“Were you stuck in a time dilation field?”
“Nah, somebody fussed with the timeline, we were stuck without a ‘Gate,” Dawn didn’t look at him as she spoke.
John raised an eyebrow.
“So it’s been awhile for you…”
“And not even three days for you…”
“I hate that,” John said.
“So, are you two going to do something reckless to celebrate?”
Dawn let her chair hit the ground. “Well I was thinking of climbing the tower,” she said carelessly a sneaky grin.
Ronon made a growling noise and stood abruptly, “Good night Sheppard,” he said and pulled a cheerful Dawn away.
John shook his head at the two, little doubt in his mind where they were headed. He stood and walked to lean against the balcony he stared out at the moons and ocean. There was suddenly a set of arms thrown around him.
“It’s good to see you John,” Dawn said. She ruffled his hair and was gone again.
John smiled and looked at the stars, “Ancestors save me from the Key.”
Okay so this my dear readers is the end to Key Continuum. I hope you liked it. I thank everyone who read, my loyal reviewers, and whoever nominated my stories for Fangfetish awards.
I would also like to say that there will be more to the Key to Pegasus series. I have the beginning of season five of Stargate: Atlantis floating around in my head. I have started in on the next long story “Command Key”, but there are a lot of things to contend with… like the fact that unlike writing K2P I don’t have season 5 on hand (and it’s still happening). I’ve got exams this next week. So look for the first part of CK around the New Year (unless my muse gets restless).
So again thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!