Physics of Floating
Floating, Magic and Memory
Three unrelated Mhalachai crossovers with Rory McKay
PS: It helps to have a working knowledge of the other crossovers before you read this - the links to those stories are located right below the titles.Physics of Floating
Physics of the Spin/Agent Afloat Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis/NCIS & Stargate Atlantis/Gilmore GirlsDisclaimer
: Sony and MGM own all things Stargate Atlantis. CBS and Bellisario et al. owns all NCIS. CW and the Palladinos own Gilmore Girls. I'm only borrowing.Spoilers
: Spoilers For Agent Afloat Atlantis
and as such the end of season five of NCIS (Judgement Day).~~~
"So," Rodney said around a mouthful of sandwich, "Is everything okay?"
Rory shrugged, poking at her lunch with the tip of her fork. "Things are okay. It's not the same as the SGC."
"Of course it's not, it's better," Rodney said immediately. He gulped at his coffee to wash down his mouthful. "Is something wrong?"
"No, of course not," Rory said automatically. "All this natural light is making me twitchy. And the whole staffing dynamic is very different."
Rodney nodded, not really listening.
"Herrera's helping me navigate." Rory pushed a crumb across her plate. "He keeps talking about the Agent Afloat, Ziva David? She's hammering at him to build a boat."
"Okay." Rodney was already reaching for his apple before her words percolated into his consciousness. "A boat? What the hell for?"
"Ziva told him that if he ever wants to get promoted from Staff Sergeant to Gunnery Sergeant, he needs to build a boat. She apparently thinks it's hilarious that he's already a sniper and drinks bourbon." Rory leaned closer to her father. "She makes me a little nervous."
Rodney shrugged. "Ziva does that to everyone. It's part of her charm."
Looking back, Rory shouldn't have been surprised when Ziva popped out of nowhere to set her tray down beside Rodney. "What is part of my charm?" she demanded.
"You freak people out," Rodney said.
"Dad!" Rory hissed, mortified.
Ziva fixed her dark gaze on Rory, curiosity mixed with blankness. "Is that so?"
"Not like that," Rory said quickly, because she hated people talking about her behind her back, and it always stung, and would probably even if she was some kind of ninja Mossad NCIS cop superhero. "I've never met someone like you and you don't freak me out. Maybe make me a little nervous. Because you're always around when I'm working and I know you have other things to do and I'm not going to blow up the labs again, I promise."
During this little outburst, the coldness in Ziva's eyes thawed to amusement. "It is my job to keep an eye on everyone."
"I thought you were supposed to keep the Marines in line."
"Oh no, them I am to keep nervous," Ziva said with a smile. She moved a small USB key off her tray as she began her lunch. "Most of the scientists do not see me."
"Most of the scientists wouldn't notice a giant killer rabbit until it was nibbling on their noses," Rodney contributed. "What's that?"
Ziva touched the small USB key with the end of her knife. "McGee has sent me the draft of his latest book. I have it for Sheppard to read now that I am done."
"Didn't McGee put out a book just a few months ago?"
"That was last year at this time," Ziva said. "I promised McGee that I would not let anyone else read it before the publication date. This is eyes-only for Colonel Sheppard."
Major Lorne came up to the table and held out a tablet computer to Ziva. "You need to sign off on this before I can send in the next round of requisition paperwork to Earth," he said, sounding incredibly bored.
"I signed everything this morning," Ziva protested, reaching for the computer.
Rory saw it a moment before it happened. As Ziva leaned over to look at the monitor, Carlos Herrera appeared from behind Lorne to grab the USB key from the table. Ziva noticed him too late and reached for his hand, but he was already running toward the door. Ziva tore after him, knocking Lorne to the ground when he didn't get out of her way fast enough.
Carlos dashed around the wall, Ziva in close pursuit. Rory winced as she heard a loud thud
, followed by a series of smaller thumps, until finally silence.
"Do we need to call a medic?" Rory asked her father as Ziva reappeared, cheeks flushed with her victory.
Rodney shrugged. "Probably not. She wasn't gone long enough to do any permanent damage," he said, remarkably unconcerned.
Lorne stood, brushing himself off as if nothing had happened. "If you'll just initial here, Office David," he said when she was back at the table.
Ziva shoved the USB key into her pocket, glowering at Lorne the whole time. "I know where you sleep," she muttered under her breath.
As deadpan as Rory had ever seen him, Lorne said, "I have no idea what you're talking about."
Ziva handed him back his computer, and he walked away. Head held high, Ziva stalked off in the other direction.
Rory put her head into her hand. "Do you see what I mean now?" she asked.
"What, that? That was nothing," Rodney scoffed, pulling out his own computer to do some work. "You should have seen what she did to Sheppard when he stole her bunny slippers and started putting them up around the city."