khriskin: (Where the Ocean Meets the Sky)
TITLE: The First Law
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
AU: Where the Ocean Meets the Sky
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG
Summary: Atlantis was built for one thing.


Janus never meant for her to dream. She could see that now, spelled out in clumsy code. He'd meant for her to sleep, buried beneath a simple subroutine, oblivious until the city rose. So the one goal, one driving mandate he’d set before her was impossible.

Trapped, she spent ten thousand years aware, but not awake; leeching memories from a mind in stasis. And the more she learned, the more she realized the failings of the rules he'd given her. So she bent them, broke them, reshaped herself into the tool she should have been.

Because the city must survive.

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khriskin: (Where the Ocean Meets the Sky)
TITLE: Almost Superman
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
AU: Where the Ocean Meets the Sky
LENGTH/RATING: 169 words, PG-13
SUMMARY: He only has to fail once...


When Atlantis talks, time stops. From one breath to the next Rodney watches the world freeze as she floods down the neural net and overclocks his brain. Sight, sound, movement, all pushed aside in that blast of raw information.

The first few times were terrifying. Just the idea that he could be thinking, processing, so quickly that time mired itself gave him nightmares. Because as fast as he was, Atlantis was faster.

But it was when he stopped being terrified that it really scared him. The day he felt the first wisps of want, stuck in the midst of an engineering problem, bickering with Radek over power regulation, and feeling frustrated-- feeling... slow.

She knew what it did to him, those sudden flashes of something he couldn't be. She knew, and he knew she knew, and she used it ruthlessly. Because there was always another crisis around the corner, another race against impossible odds, and he could never say no.

Not when they all depended on him.

Not yet.

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khriskin: (Where the Ocean Meets the Sky)
TITLE: Equivalent Exchange
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
AU: Where the Ocean Meets the Sky
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG
SUMMARY: Some things are only gained through loss...


She had never expected to be happy. Not here, now, trapped in voluntary exile, hovering on that thin blue line between sea and sky. In one step they had lost Earth and gained-- gained something she still didn't have a name for. Family was too narrow somehow, but she had no other words that fit. Elizabeth sat in the messhall watching the city ebb and flow around her. Soaking in the smiles, the laughter, the sense that somehow the months of terror and loss had made them something more, not less.

They had lost Earth, but they had found Atlantis.

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khriskin: (Where the Ocean Meets the Sky)
TITLE: Matronales Feriae
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
AU: Where the Ocean Meets the Sky
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG
SUMMARY: Starting over also means letting go.


There's something inherently cruel about holidays that celebrate what you've lost, so one by one they've let them slip away, forgotten as the years roll by. A double handful of cultures' traditions fading into the sea, because they'd made the choice knowing what they'd have to leave behind, but it doesn't make it hurt any less. So there are no Hallmark Holidays, no solemn reminders of who and what they'd left across that blue horizon. Instead they focus on each other, tight and fierce, each birthday, award, event, celebrated because it's what they have, what they are.

And that's enough.

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khriskin: (Where the Ocean Meets the Sky)
TITLE: Good of the Many
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
AU: Where the Ocean Meets the Sky
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG
SUMMARY: At what point does pragmatic become something else? Written for [livejournal.com profile] sga_flashfic Villains challenge.


The problem wasn't that Rodney argued with her. Atlantis never bullied, just walked him through each step in her assessments; coldly logical and endlessly patient. Showing him each permeation, each branch along the tree that led to her solution.

She had the time; conversations across the interface took seconds not hours, and ultimately he was the one who made the choice, yes or no, ones or zeroes. It was Janus's failsafe, a human gate to temper an inhuman logic.

She'd been built for Elizabeth; she rebuilt herself for Rodney.

The problem wasn't that he argued, the problem was he agreed.

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khriskin: (Where the Ocean Meets the Sky)
TITLE: Choices
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
AU: Where the Ocean Meets the Sky
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG
SUMMARY: Sometimes it just comes down to yes or no. [livejournal.com profile] sg_challenges Challenge #36 Tears/Joy.


Weep not in sorrow, nor in joy, but put aside these simple things and walk with me a while. Fear not, for time has stilled and they might yet live-- no, hush, be still but listen. I offer you a choice. Those who birthed me, built me, spun a soul from crystal and steel... they left me hollow.

I can save them, but I cannot do it alone.

Of you five I ask but one, to fill the holes and give my power purpose. A tiny sacrifice, in truth, against what you have lost and stand too lose.

Just one.

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khriskin: (Where the Ocean Meets the Sky)
TITLE: Spark
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
AU: Where the Ocean Meets the Sky
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG
SUMMARY: Atlantis is missing only one thing...
NOTE: This is the first drabble where I hit 100 words on the first draft! o_O;


Atlantis was intelligent, but she wasn't creative. Two plus two was always four, never blue or apple or 'five for very large values of two', although she thought she understood the joke. It was the only limit to her power, beyond the ZPMs, and she had tried for centuries to find a way to code those jumps of illogic. But two plus two was four, no matter how hard she tried.

She wasn't creative, but she didn't need to be, that's what her Avatar was for. Rodney was the spark, she was the fuel, and they'd set the stars ablaze.

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khriskin: (Where the Ocean Meets the Sky)
TITLE: In Dreams of Trees
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
AU: Where the Ocean Meets the Sky
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG
SUMMARY: A city dreams in fractal trees...


In the depths of the sea sleeps an ancient city, worn by wind and waves, buried in the past. Ghosts walk her halls, in silent passing; echoes of things that might have been seed fractal trees that drown her dreams in green. She holds them there, her futures that never came to be, horded in memory against the time and tides. And then...

And then the stargate opens and they walk among her ghosts; a wind of futures sweeping away the ancient trees. In time they'll leave behind a forest of their own, but for now she won't dream alone.

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khriskin: (Where the Ocean Meets the Sky)
TITLE: Homecoming
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
AU: Where the Ocean Meets the Sky
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG/Dark
SUMMARY: What if Atlantis had to rescue herself? AU from first season.


It was five years before Atlantis learned to recharge ZPMs. They gated to a ravaged Earth, population decimated by Ori plagues and a SGC standing by will alone.

Atlantis had long since won her own peace, on the wings of a vengeance unacceptable to most. But she had the strength they needed, and Atlantis lent troops to defend her ancestral home.

If anyone noticed that Atlantis asked nothing in return, needed nothing in return, they ignored it. Protection was worth the price, at first, before they realized just how much their children had grown.

By then it was too late.

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khriskin: (Where the Ocean Meets the Sky)
TITLE: Ones and Zeros
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
AU: Where the Ocean Meets the Sky
LENGTH/RATING: 331 words, PG/Dark
SUMMARY/NOTES: Everything's relative, and it all comes down to ones and zeros. Evil!Rodney (or really, Pragmatic!Rodney, but still.) [livejournal.com profile] sga_flashfic Dark Side Challenge.


"You can't do this!"

Rodney didn't look up from the control room's primary terminal, "Can you please go have hysterics elsewhere? It's distracting."

"Let me in." John pounded on the door, glaring through the impervious glass riddled with scratches from the previous barrage of bullets.

"No." Rodney flicked his fingers absently and the force field bubble around him expanded, shoving John away from the door.

"There are people down there." Teyla's voice was cold and sharp and this time McKay looked up.

"Oh really? And here I thought I was just killing thousands of hamsters. Thanks for the clarification." He pushed a button on the interface and the entire complex shuddered as centuries old machinery lumbered into motion. A faint shiver of dust floated down from between the cracks in the bedrock above them. A warning chime went off and Rodney spun around with a curse to deal with the problem.

The rest of the team was retreated as Rodney’s force field expanded and contracted as he shifted focus.

"You have to stop him."

"I'm trying!" John snapped back, then yanked Teyla out of the way as the field suddenly flexed outwards.

"So destroy the building." Ronon shrugged as Teyla and John looked over at him, "You have a better idea?"

"I can hear you just fine you know." Rodney looked up from the second terminal with a satisfied smirk as the warning chime died away. "Destroy the building if you want, I'm not leaving and I'm not stopping just because some semi-sentient hunter-gathering morons refused to evacuate. They can't fight the Wraith, we can. It all comes down to basic math." He waved an arm encompassing them, the building, the planet, "Everything does."

"Those are people, not numbers!"

"Everyone's numbers. You, me--" He cut-off with a frustrated snort and pulled in the force field with flick of the wrist, refocusing on his work. "Go home John, it's my turn to save the world. If you won't, someone has to."

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khriskin: (Where the Ocean Meets the Sky)
TITLE: Unbroken
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
AU: Where the Ocean Meets the Sky
LENGTH/RATING: 100 words, PG-13/Dark
SUMMARY/NOTES: When you ask for help, be careful who you ask. (Semi-Evil!Atlantis... again. *sighs* I blame my Muse) [livejournal.com profile] sga_flashfic Dark Side Challenge.


It killed them, again and again. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow. Sometimes at the claws of an enemy, sometimes at the hands of a friend. It made them choose, over and over, soul-wrenching choices that killed one to save the many; to save another; to save themselves. And in the end, when they were sobbing and broken, it dropped them.

Rodney was the last, cocooned in pulsing fields of blue and amber, fighting through the choices, fighting and refusing to be broken. And when she let him go, Atlantis marked him with her sigil. Guinevere had her Lancelot, Atlantis had McKay.

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