WaterAuthor: falcon_horus Rating:
Kate Heightmeyer, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex, John Sheppard & Rodney McKayPairing:
Kate Heightmeyer/Teyla Emmagan (the first steps towards the relationship)Prompt:
Kate Heightmeyer/Teyla Emmagan, waterSummary:
One way how water changed Kate's life.Beta: triciabyrne1978 Disclaimer:
I don't own any of these characters, nor does Stargate belong to me. All this is just for fun and because there would be no living with my muse if I didn't once in a while do this anyway. The only thing that I own here is the idea which I was allowed to borrow from Kate, my lovely muse.Author's note:
This could be the beginning of a trilogy which might contain three different ways on how water changes Kate's life. I think I know at least one reader out there who wouldn't mind if this came to pass. ;-) But for now, I'm leaving you with this little piece of fun. I hope you enjoy.
It had so many different meanings. To some it meant the difference between life and death, to others it was a simple question between to surf or not to surf.
One of the five elements to play an important part in the workings of all things great and small.
But to Kate, in this very moment, it meant none of those things. No, it was the sole reason she was soaked to the bone, huddling in a blanket near the fire, in a futile attempt to get her body to stop shivering like crazy.
She was annoyed, very annoyed. This was not how she had envisioned her off-world trip would end, not by a long shot. She had been convinced it would have been Wraith they would have to run from, or Genii come back to kidnap them. The thought of water sending them fleeing for safety had never even crossed her mind, nor even reached her thoughts to begin with.
Kate pulled the feeble attempt at a blanket, which was keeping her from completely freezing to death, closer to her body, cursing the weather gods some more under her breath. She glared from the fire in front of her, which she found was too small to warm the cave they were hiding in up, to the rest of the team huddling together on the other side of it. Her teeth clattered some more before she finally managed to bite down hard on her jaw to stop the clattering from continuing.
The moment Kate heard the soft giggle, her eyes shot upwards from the flames and glared at the person who had dared to laugh at her current situation. There was a momentary silence as the glare hit its target.
“Doc, want some coffee?” She turned at the sound of Colonel Sheppard at her side, taking the offered cup from his grasp. Kate needed all her willpower to stop her hands from shaking so hard that she barely managed to keep all the warm liquid inside the cup.
“Thanks,” she whispered as she took a careful sip and relished in the feeling of the warmth spreading through her upper body, if only briefly.
“You should also try to eat something.” He pointed at her vest pockets, indicating where she would be able to find her standard rations. “We’re going to be here for a while, I’m afraid.”
“Great.” The Colonel tilted his head but refrained from saying anything in reply, knowing it was best to leave the grumpy psychologist alone if he didn’t want to end up on her couch for his monthly psych-evaluation two weeks early.
For a long while, it was just Kate with her coffee and one of those sugary energy bars that made her teeth stick together like glue. At least they weren’t clattering out of her mouth anymore. The warmth of the coffee spread willingly through her system, although she knew it would only lead to more cold later when the effect of it would wear off.
“You should get out of that vest.” Kate was rudely yanked from her momentary bliss of warmth. Teyla sat down by her side and pulled the blanket from Kate’s shoulders. Teyla didn’t allow for any protesting when she continued with the unzipping of Kate’s tactical vest, pulling it away from her shoulders. She dropped it near the fire before turning back to Kate to continue with her jacket. As soon as Kate wriggled her arms free from it the cold returned and, the bliss of the coffee no longer doing its intended work, her teeth declared war on her jaws once again, clattering happily in her mouth. “I will leave it here to dry.”
“C-c-c-cold,” she managed to utter, just before Teyla pulled a thick blanket around Kate’s shoulder, and into her arms. She could feel the heat of the other woman’s body enveloping the area within the blanket they were now sharing. Kate didn’t dare to move again, unaware she was holding her breath until she let it out in one content sigh.
“Are you feeling warmer?” Teyla asked after a while. Kate nodded, refraining from breaking the moment by saying anything. Oh how she wanted this moment to last for a very long time.
“Kate...” Someone was poking her shoulder. Kate slapped the hand away, annoyed by their interruption. “Kate...” They were persistent. “Wake up. It stopped raining.”
It stopped raining, the first good news she’d heard in a while. Kate opened one eye to see if it wasn’t just a trick to get her to wake up, but there was indeed a bright sun illuminating the entrance to the cave.
“It stopped raining.” She repeated, causing a small smile to appear on Teyla’s face. “Can we go home now?” Kate realized a little too late she sounded suspiciously like a little whiny kid.
“Yup, Doc, time to go home.” Colonel Sheppard passed by, already back in full gear.
“Yes, before this planet opens the gates of heaven once again.” Rodney followed in the colonel’s footsteps, hurrying towards the entrance.
Teyla helped Kate gather her gear and handed her another energy bar on their way out. When Kate accepted the boost of sugar, there was a sparkle in Teyla’s eyes she hadn’t seen before and briefly wondered what it could mean before Rodney rudely yanked her feet back to firm ground.
“Don’t just stand there. Who knows when it might start raining again? I would like to be home before that happens.”
Kate mumbled some incoherent words which caused Rodney to curiously tilt his head a little before stomping off after the colonel.
“Careful, Doc,” Ronon smiled as he appeared by her side, “better not scare McKay even more.”
Kate looked up at the Satedan, seeing what could only be described as a naughty little twinkle in his eyes as he winked at her, “I would never hear the end of it if I did.” She replied, barely able to contain the amusement hidden in her voice.
Nearing the gate, Kate sighed with relief. Who would have guessed she would be this happy to see that ring again after just one day. While Rodney fussed with the DHD and started dialing home, she turned to Teyla who stood by her side, watching the landscape surrounding the gate. It looked drenched and it was a surprise the land hadn’t turned into a swamp yet.
“Teyla...” The Athosian turned, smiling; the sparkle back in her dark eyes. “About last night...”
“What of it?” Teyla tilted her head a little, squinting against the sunlight.
“Thank you.” Kate smiled, dipping her head a little.
“You are welcome.” Teyla’s smile grew a little as she reached up and planted a soft kiss on Kate’s cheek before strolling off to gate home.
Kate touched her cheek where she could still feel Teyla’s lips burning, her mouth slightly ajar in slight shock.
“Told you she liked you.” Ronon chuckled as he stepped up to Kate’s side, gently pushing her in the direction of the gate.