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02 August 2009 @ 06:19 pm
Last Fiction Writer Standing (LFWS) Round 3 Story  
Unfortunately, this one got me "voted off the island" in the third round (back in May), but I just didn't get around to posting it until now. Fortunately, the LFWS will be starting over again soon, so here it is...

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Title: Fragile Strength
Author: dr_dredd
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Stargate belongs to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., no infringements of any rights is intended.
Spoilers: None
Prompt for the Round: The story must be related to the prompt word 'surprise'. It must have at least one member of the team and any others that you like.
Word limit: 400





Radek clutched his P-90 and looked around uneasily. “I hate going offworld,” he mumbled to himself.

Once again they had investigated a rumor of Ancient technology only to find a village in ruins. The Wraith had been here very recently. Clothing hanging on lines was still damp, and iceboxes still held a few solid cubes floating in puddles of meltwater. Rodney had found stew simmering in a pot and had proclaimed it warm and edible before Colonel Sheppard smacked him upside the head to make him stop.

Radek peeked into one of the empty cottages. The family who lived there had obviously been surprised during some quiet time together. A child’s toy lying forgotten on the ground and the book on a chair were mute testament to that. It always amazed him that people in Pegasus were able to maintain normal lives in the face of the constant threat of the Wraith. He wasn’t sure he’d be strong enough to do the same.

A sudden noise behind him made him jump. “Do prdele!” Radek swore, glad that no one was around to hear his voice squeak. The sound came again: a tiny whimper of pain. “Hello?” he called.

The whimper became a forlorn cry. It sounded like it was coming from one wall of the house. At first Radek didn’t notice anything, but as he approached he saw a small, furry animal lying under a bush. It opened its eyes and mewed at him.

A kitten!

He bent down to get a closer look. “Ahhh,” he breathed sadly as he saw the long gash in its side. “What happened to you, little one?”

The kitten squeaked again and stared at Radek with soulful eyes. In addition to the gash, it had several broken ribs. Its hind limbs were paralyzed and it seemed to have trouble catching its breath. Radek sighed, sat down, and began stroking it.

“Radek! Where the hell are you?!” Rodney’s voice could be heard long before he came into sight. “Radek…. Oh.” A wistful expression crossed the Canadian’s face as he watched his friend pet the kitten. He covered it up by blustering loudly, “Did you find anything, or have you just been sitting here the whole time?!”

Radek smiled back, not fooled by the act. “I know you miss your cat, Rodney. Would you like to…?” He gestured toward the kitten who, incredibly, had started to purr even in the face of its injuries.

Rodney ranted for another minute, then started to stroke the silky fur.
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on August 2nd, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Aw! Pegasus!kitteh ftw!

I miss your fic - more Carson/John please please please!



dredd_fan
dr_dredddr_dredd on August 3rd, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
Thanks! Hopefully more will be coming soon... :-)
kensiegkensieg on August 2nd, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
dr_dredddr_dredd on August 3rd, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
Thanks! :-)
aelfgyfu_mead: Rodney&Carsonaelfgyfu_mead on August 3rd, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Oh, Rodney!

Nice to see some Radek! I like how in such a short story you've sketched out what helps make the Pegasus Galaxy so alien in some ways--nothing on Earth really compares to the history out there. Scattered sudden attacks, but no entire histories of one culling after another.

I've been missing your stories; I hope you will write more?
dr_dredddr_dredd on August 5th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm certainly trying... :-)
flingslass: Beanie bearflingslass on August 3rd, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)
Thank you for giving me some cheer in the face of the slightly sucky day I've had :) (I thought it was going to be a baby, that would have been good too :D)