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Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Phoning Colonel Sheppard
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard preslash
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~860
Spoilers: up to and including "Sunday"
Warnings: language
Summary: Reconciling with his father causes other worries for Sheppard. Epilogue to Paging Colonel Sheppard
Author's Notes: Okay, too many people asked for a sequel, and it was past my bedtime (prime low-judgment writing time) and this just came to me. It isn't a proper sequel, just a vignette or epilogue, with inspiration from my own last conversation with my father a week before his death.


Phoning Colonel Sheppard

"Hello?"

"Hi, Dad."

"John?"

"Yeah."

"I thought you were --"

"I was. I'm back on -- back in town, so I thought I should give you a call. I'm, uh, sorry I couldn't call before I left, but there was only a couple hours' warning, and that was taken up with, um, packing and planning our itinerary and all that."

"Yes, I got your email."

"I'm sorry about the plans for the holiday --"

"It's okay, John. I've been there myself -- well, not there, but in similar situations. And General O'Neill stopped by a couple weeks later and gave me the whole story."

"Oh, he did? I didn't know that."

"It was nice, since he could tell me more in person than by phone or email. He seems like a decent guy. Likes you a little better than your CO -- was it Landry?"

"Yeah, that's him."

"So how long are you, uh, in town? I take it you're in Colorado?"

"Yeah, but I'm only around for a couple of days."

"Really? Is that even worth it, for the travel time?"

"We took a faster route this time. We can afford it. This is for a funeral."

"Oh. It's not . . . is it your friend Dr. McKay?"

"No. No, but it's almost as bad. Carson, Dr. Carson Beckett? I think you met him that day at the mountain."

"Briefly, yes. Friendly fellow. Scottish?"

"Yeah, the funeral will be in Scotland. It was . . . just a stupid accident, a fluke. It's hard to believe, with all the a-- foreigners trying to kill us, that he could survive all that for three years and then . . . just a fucking accident."

"Three years is a long time to buck the odds, son. It catches up eventually."

"Yeah. Right. That's . . . sort of why I'm calling. You know, it could have been any one of us. Could have been me. And if, um, if I don't come back sometime --"

"John."

"No, I'm sorry, I have to say this. I need you to know that, um . . . well, I'm really glad we talked, last fall. I know we're never going to see eye to eye on some things . . ."

"No. We aren't."

"Right. But at least we talked. And you know what's going on with me, and all that. So, I'm just glad about that, and if, um, if I don't --"

"I know, John. I know."

"If we hadn't bumped into each other by accident, I really was planning to get in touch with you again."

"Of course."

"Soon as I made general, I was going to show up on your doorstep. In uniform."

"General? How long were you expecting me to wait for this?"

"Okay, maybe just full bird colonel."

"That, maybe in my lifetime. Look, John . . . I'm not much good at this talking thing either."

"I come by it honestly, huh?"

"But I've been on your side of it, saying goodbye and going away. And what you need to know is that I . . . look, I'm sorry, okay? I've messed up a lot of things in my life, but messing up with you is the one I regretted the most. I really was trying to do what I thought was best."

"Yeah, I figured that out, eventually. We sort of disagreed on --"

"Everything."

"On how to get there, but we're just trying to, um, to make it through somehow. I got that part, even if we do still disagree."

"All right. Good. I just don't want -- if you're out there and things get rough, I don't want you to doubt that you'll always have something to come back to. You got that?"

"Yeah, roger. Thanks, Dad."

"Has it been rough? Well, obviously, given why you're back . . ."

"It's . . . sort of alternately cool and terrifying. You know how it is, a different crisis every week, always on my toes."

"How is Dr. McKay?"

"He's, uh, pretty torn up about Carson. And he's had some close calls of his own. Just a couple weeks ago, actually. His heart even stopped. I thought that was it."

"But you got him back?"

"Yeah. Well, Carson got him back. I never really understood why people always seemed pissed at me whenever I woke up in the infirmary, you know? Until then. I wanted to strangle him."

"Heh. I can sympathize with that feeling."

"Okay, listen, my, uh, taxi's leaving in just a couple of minutes. I need to get off the phone. I just wanted you to know . . ."

"I know."

"Well, good."

"I'll talk to you later, John. Phone or email, whatever you can manage. Just get through this funeral, get drunk, and then get back to work."

"That's pretty much what I had planned."

"Say hello to Dr. McKay for me."

"Sure, I will."

"Give him a punch in the eye for old time's sake."

"A punch -- wait, that was you? Dad? Yes, Rodney, I'm on my way! Dad? Did you just hang up on me? Dad?"

Wonderful

Date: 2007-07-12 07:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nuetronorange.livejournal.com
I love the way you write. Thanks for the epiloque.

Re: Wonderful

Date: 2007-07-12 07:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
You're welcome. Glad you liked it!

Date: 2007-07-12 08:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feline-feral.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed reading both parts of this. *Still hoping for more*

^__^
Rose

Date: 2007-07-12 09:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
Thank you, I'm glad you liked it. Must go work on other stuff now!

Date: 2007-07-12 11:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raiining.livejournal.com
AHAHAHAAHAHHA!!!

I loved it!!!


"Soon as I made general, I was going to show up on your doorstep. In uniform."

"General? How long were you expecting me to wait for this?"

"Okay, maybe just full bird colonel."

"That, maybe in my lifetime."


I hereby love John's dad, even if he is an asshole. He's a funny asshole. And that means a lot.

/grin

Thanks for writing/posting this! It's a very nice epilogue :)

Date: 2007-07-12 11:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
Well, yes, we SGA fen tend to like Rodney, so we're predisposed towards arrogant jerks.

Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it!

Date: 2007-07-15 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raphe1.livejournal.com
Oh but you are such and awesome writer! I read Taming of the Fly first and then Paging Colonel Shepard and the sequel. Would it be ummm very rude to beg for a sequel to the sequel??? You're stories a well written, very nicely plotted - with unusual twists and turns, and your characterizations are dead on while still putting your own stamp on them. MMMMM ok, done gushing now. GLOMP!

Date: 2007-07-16 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
Thank you, I'm glad you're enjopying my stories! It's not rude to ask for a sequel, but alas I cannot comply at this time since I'm hard at work on the next installment in my Criss-Cross (http://quasar273.livejournal.com/tag/crisscross) series. If you haven't read that yet, off you go and do so, and you'll soon forget all about Colonel Sheppard, Sr. Well, maybe -- I must admit the series might have an uneven feel, since parts of it were written for nanowrimo and therefore minimally edited. But it's still fun, I hope!

Date: 2007-07-18 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] margarks.livejournal.com
yay! i'm glad I decided to check your journal. loved the epilogue. i think you're dialogue was great, and john's stilting conversation with his father was very realistic.

*hopes for more* :)

Date: 2007-07-18 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! More is not planned, though.

Date: 2007-07-18 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saffronhouse.livejournal.com
Oh, very nice.

Date: 2007-07-18 04:42 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-05-26 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gottalovev.livejournal.com
hee! I love the epilogue! =D

Date: 2009-10-29 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theeverdream.livejournal.com
Aww, what a great little sequel. I love it :-)

Date: 2009-11-02 06:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
Thanks, I'm glad to know you liked it!

Date: 2010-09-22 09:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wanted-a-pony.livejournal.com
Oh, what a great epilogue! Snarky & heart-warming & awkward & funny & full of love: really great job!

Date: 2010-09-24 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adafrog.livejournal.com
Lovely, thanks.
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