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Title: Four things that might have happened to Ronon Dex
Rating: PG13
Summary: A lot of things can happen when you run for so long.
Author Notes: Huge thanks to not_sally.

They don't follow him at the beginning, of course. They can see
anything, but not everything at the same time. When he starts killing
Wraith, though, he starts becoming interesting, and every escape he
makes under impossible constraints makes him more so. Not to all of
them, or even to many, but to enough that they are reminded of their
most important vow: They cannot meddle.

That's true, they can't. But when he is finally hurt badly enough that
he won't outrun death (finally killed by a Wraith that now lies, split
in two, next to him), it's not meddling to help him ascend. It's only fair.

Ten minutes later, a light shines in the forest patch covered with
Wraith corpses, and a naked man wakes up, unhurt and alert. He doesn't
know what has happened, but he is armed and far away before he lets
himself worry about that.

* * *
The wormhole opens into a hall; it's the cleanest, brightest, most
beautiful building Ronon has ever seen. Instinctively, without doubt or
hesitation, he knows that this is a place the Wraith have never touched.

It's a place they must never touch.

He steps back at once, leaving the underwater city before the wormhole
can close.

* * *
He used to be a teacher. This is the same.

"Fire early and often," he teaches them. "Wraiths are used to walk
slowly and proudly - this gives you time to kill many, if you don't
bother to wait until they are close."

The only difference is that this time all pupils pay attention to him.

"Wraiths see us as cattle. Think like hunters and you will surprise them."

The questions are also smarter, more focused. Approaching death does
that to you - and he has lived with death at his side for so long, now...

"Sir, I don't think we can win this battle."

"Hurt them badly enough, and the rest of the tribe will have time to
hide while they hunt you down."

Everybody nods. It's a reasonable deal.

When the Wraith comes, enough Wraith are killed that almost everybody in
Ronon's force is slaughtered, but that takes so much time that everybody
else gets to escape.

Ronon almost smiles as he steps through the gate. Good pupils always
made him proud.

He'll honor their spirits.

* * *
He didn't ask her name, and she didn't ask his. He was running, she was
trading, they were both short of time and long on life. They trusted
nobody, so they knew they could trust each other. At least enough.

At least for the night.

He might have said something the next time he saw her, but she had
strange clothes and was walking with a strange soldier, and the Wraith
had taken trust from him as they had taken everything else.

She didn't hold it against him. Neither then in the cave, nor later in
Atlantis, in his arms.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 15th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
#1 would be nice ... if the Dicks Ancients weren't so tumescent with dickery and option-paralysis.
Aug. 15th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
You know, if I didn't know better, I'd suspect you have are less than a fan of the Ancients... *g*

I wonder if one or both series will end with the humans pulling a Sheridan on Ancients and Ori. "Out of our galaxies!"
Aug. 15th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
You know, if I didn't know better, I'd suspect you have are less than a fan of the Ancients... *g*

*points solemnly at icon*

"Out of our galaxies!"

At this point, they pretty much have to. In every instance, the Ancients have proven themselves more harm than help through inaction and, astoundingly, through action (see: Ascended Daniel vs Anubis, Morgan la Fay in Atlantis and quite a few more examples).
Aug. 15th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
tumescent ancients?
*is slightly scared*

But yay! more SGA fic from you that I already read. I feel so VIP right now.
Aug. 15th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
It scared me too...
Aug. 16th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
re: tumescent

Well, dickery. You know.
Aug. 16th, 2006 06:57 am (UTC)
We did. It was the scary visual images that came along with the word which made us wince, I think.

Aug. 15th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
Technical nit-pickery: a wormhole is one way. If you want to step back through it, you have to let it close and dial the other way. Maybe he was hallucinating?
Aug. 15th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
In the words of somebody smarter than me: It was ignorance, madam, pure ignorance. I'm not very familiar with SG canon yet, I had assumed that while the wormhole was open it was two-way. My bad.
Aug. 15th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
It's fine; I think the canon screws that one up every so often, too.
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