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Published: October 05, 2009 - Updated: August 15, 2010
Rated: M
Genres: Alternate Universe
Warnings: Character Death
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 38
Completed: Yes
Word count: 35867
Summary: When Sheppard steps through a shuddering 'Gate, ducking enemy fire, and into the tenuous grip of a flickering wormhole, he emerges on Atlantis, but not the one he left behind...

1. Chapter 1 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 6] starstarstarstarhalf-star (1119 words)
When a power surge hits the Stargate, his team makes it back to Atlantis, but the wormhole disengages and the traveller is lost...
2. Chapter 2 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (391 words)
A familiar voice broke through the pain, and he grabbed it like a lifeline, all the while his mind screaming that it was impossible...
3. Chapter 3 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (876 words)
He paced like a trapped animal, guilt and anger mixing in equal proportions. She watched him with shadowed eyes, wondering how much longer they could take this....
4. Chapter 4 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (1212 words)
She was a dead woman, but she sat there, by his bedside and he couldn't tear his eyes away from her face...
5. Chapter 5 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (1608 words)
She lived a dual existence, and Sheppard watched as it slowly killed his future self...
6. Chapter 6 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (910 words)
They couldn't live like this. She wanted him to shed his guilt, but before he could do that, she needed to recognise her own...
7. Chapter 7 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (1299 words)
The future they had built, finding Elizabeth and rebuilding Atlantis, was in danger, their bubble of reality fracturing the universe. They had to stop it, but what would they lose in the process...
8. Chapter 8 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (746 words)
He watched her, the knowledge that he could lose her all over again burned into his mind. Together, they waited for their reality to shift, and wondered what would be left when it was over...
9. Chapter 9 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (924 words)
He has two years to wait, two years to let the guilt go. He knows he should talk to someone, but the risk of contamination to the timeline is too great. This is a journey he must make alone...
10. Chapter 11 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (1130 words)
Like a prisoner yearning for freedom, he’d done his time and now the day was here, and so was she, waiting on the other side of the door...
11. Chapter 12 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (531 words)
Suspended in nothingness, she travelled within her own mind until something alerted her to their presence. At first, she wondered if they were merely memories, until one of them turned and a familiar face looked her way. A sob of relief echoed in her mind. But was it only a dream?
12. Chapter 13 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (663 words)
They followed her voice, running through a maze of laboratories and passageways until they found her, hidden deep underground. But had they followed her, or a dream that had once been...
13. Chapter 14 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (479 words)
Come what may, he'd waited two years and now, he was going to take her home...
14. Chapter 15 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 1] (548 words)
No one came, and Elizabeth gave up all but the last of her hope. Turning her mind to the long sleep ahead, she began to work...
15. Chapter 16 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (1178 words)
She was comatose, or worse and the Atlantis team held out little hope for her revival. She should have been awake and the worst fears began to overshadow them...
16. Chapter 17 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (826 words)
She was awake, but unsure, trapped by past nightmares. She believed them illusions, cast by Oberoth...
17. Chapter 18 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (1142 words)
This was the most dangerous part. When Oberoth had placed her in that chamber, he'd meant for her to never leave. He didn't reckon with Elizabeth's ingenuity, and she didn't reckon with the frailty of the human form...
18. Chapter 19 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (864 words)
Organic nanites, an unconscious diplomat, twenty-four armed guard and an isolation tent. They'd brought her back to Atlantis to treat her like the enemy, but Sheppard knew she wouldn't expect anything less...
19. Chapter 20 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (1450 words)
Elizabeth could tell her story over and over, but she knew it would be months before the last doubt was erased. If it ever was...
20. Chapter 21 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (761 words)
The scenes she played through her head, keeping Atlantis alive, weren't the same as being there, walking through its hallowed halls...
21. Chapter 22 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (949 words)
When the tensions build to high, someone always knows, somehow, to step in and calm things down...
22. Chapter 23 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (1127 words)
Time was running out, like a clock, their footsteps measured the seconds...
23. Chapter 24 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (597 words)
As back-up plans went, it wasn't the most attractive, but eternal imprisonment and experimentation wasn't a very pleasant prospect either...
24. Chapter 25 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (1316 words)
'Where,' he paused, coughed again and carried on, 'where is that idiot, John Sheppard? I'd like to personally shake the throat of the only man capable of screwing up both the past and the future.' He cocked his head, listening to the silence. 'Well?'
25. Chapter 26 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (920 words)
On a single event turned the tide of war and the survival of humanity, and Elizabeth was determined that they would change it, whatever the cost!
26. Chapter 27 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (876 words)
The figure turned and soft lights from overhead illuminated a wealth of silver-blonde hair. Sam Carter was an old woman, mourning the loss of her world, her comrades and the free galaxies they had known...
27. Chapter 28 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (993 words)
'If I'd kept her bloody safe in the first place, none of this would've happened and she wouldn't be dead now.'
28. Chapter 29 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (768 words)
The simulations, the data, the readings... She was missing something, the question was- what?
29. Chapter 30 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (1578 words)
'We're blowing the ship, John,' it was Sam's voice, calm now as she turned off the coolant leak and the noise within the control room died. 'Go. We'll buy you the time.'
30. Chapter 31 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (1615 words)
They crashed into a floor, smooth and cold to the touch. Sheppard shook his head, scrambling to his feet. 'Liz'beth? Liz'beth!'
31. Chapter 32 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (613 words)
Elizabeth was all set to sacrifice herself again. She had her reasons. She said so. 'Enlighten me,' he said, his voice grim.
32. Chapter 33 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (999 words)
Asurans flowed around her like mercury, cutting off her escape. Then it happened, she spun, and in her eyes he read no fear, just relief, and hope.

33. Chapter 34 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (1012 words)
Sheppard broke into the conversation. 'So, what were they? Alternate reality counterparts? Clones? Replicator copies?'
34. Chapter 35 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (742 words)
Sheppard took over the controls, flying them towards the Apollo in silence. Elizabeth sank back in her chair, wondering how long it would be before she saw the inside of an isolation tent again.

35. Chapter 36 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (1190 words)
Sam rose, hesitated for a second and held out her hand. 'Good luck, Elizabeth.'

36. Chapter 37 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (665 words)
He looked down at her, conscious of the floor-to-ceiling windows watching like so many eyes. Ignoring them, he reached out, sliding a hand round the back of her neck, pulling her close.

37. Chapter 38 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 0] (459 words)
The future was still murky, uncertain, but suddenly Sheppard decided he was tired of waiting.

38. Chapter 39 by shipper scifi [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (552 words)
It was hard to think that ten years could change so much. More scars darkened his features, grey speckled spiky dark hair liberally, and a mild limp marred his usual stride.

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