In The Genes

Sarah Thompson is 24 years old, and for most of her life, she's had it rough. From being a young orphan to a teen runaway to a lost baby, she's never known what happiness truly is. But now, with a PhD under her belt and a brand new, off-world job, she's about to see just what life has in store for her. And with a handsome Major Sheppard by her side... she's in for the ride of her life.

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1. Chapter 1

“Dr. McKay? Why do I have to sit in the chair? Why can’t you get Dr. Beckett?” I asked, trying to stay as far away from the ancient chair as I could.

“Because Dr. Beckett is busy and he’s afraid of the thing, he won’t go anywhere near it. Now sit down so we can get this over with.” McKay said, grabbing his tablet off of the table and pushing me towards the chair.

“Fine but whatever happens don’t blame me.” I said, walking over to the chair, turning around and sitting down. The moment I sat down the chair lit up and moved back, making it so I was now laying down.

“Uh... Dr. McKay? Is this suppose to happen?” I asked, turning my head to look at him.

“Now just concentrate.” Was all he said, looking down at his tablet. I sighed and looked back up at the ceiling. Closing my eyes I breathed in and out slowly and clearing my mind; suddenly I heard and crash and opened my eyes.

“What was that?” I asked, shocked and panicked.

“All inbound craft, we have a rogue drone that could seek a target on its own.” I heard someone say.

“McKay! I told you I was the wrong person!” I yelled over at him.

“It doesn’t matter now. Just do something!” McKay said.

“Like what?” I asked in a panic.

“Sarah, concentrate on shutting that weapon down before it hurts someone.” I heard Dr. Weir say. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath and concentrated. I squeezed my eyes shut and concentrated more before I gasped and opened my eyes.

“I think....I think I did it!” I said, sitting up in the chair and sighing in relief before quickly getting out of the chair.

“Daniel! Warm welcome.” I heard someone say. Shit! I thought with a sigh.

“Keep my ass from gettin' blown out of the sky? The exceptional flying of Major John Sheppard.” The same person said. I need to sit down and not in THAT chair. I thought to myself as I moved over and sat down on the floor next to the chair.

“God, that chair is a scary thing! Whoever controls that thing could be pretty powerful. It took some concentration to shut that drone down but I finally managed to shut it down. I don’t really like having this ancient gene, it’s a bit scary.” I said to some other scientists that were around me trying to get me to answer some weird and crazy questions.

“So you were the one.” I heard someone say.

“I’m sorry?” I asked, turning around.

“You were the one who fired that thing at me.” Ah, shit! I thought with a nervous look on my face.

“Look, I'm so sorry. They’re doing research and couldn’t find someone else to sit that thing and I’m the only one that can actually get it to work without concentrating that much.” I sighed.

“Who are you anyway?” I asked, looking at him as he looked at the chair.

“Hmm? Oh, Major John Sheppard, and you?” He said, holding his hand out.

“Dr. Sarah Thompson but everyone calls me Sarah.” I said, shaking his hand.

“What the hell was that thing anyway?” Sheppard asked, releasing my hand.

“You mean the drone? It’s a weapon the ancients built to defend this outpost.” I said, grabbing my tablet from next to the chair.

“The who?” Sheppard asked, looking around.

“The ancients. You do have security clearance to be here?” I asked, looking at him.

“Yeah, yeah. General O’Neil just gave it to me.” He said, pointing out the doorway.

“Wait! Did you say General O’Neil?” I asked. Please no. I thought waiting for Sheppard to answer me.

“Yeah. Why is there a problem?” Sheppard asked, looking at me.

“No. So you don’t even know about the Stargate.” I said, walking over to the table and putting my tablet down.

“The what?” Sheppard asked. I sighed and shook my head before turning around to look at him.

“The Stargate, it’s a gate way between worlds, so to speak. It’s another thing the ancients built. It’s kinda scary to think that I have this gene that they had to use this stuff.” I said, speaking the last part to myself.

“So some people have the same gene as these Ancients.” Sheppard said, starting to sit down in the chair.

“Major, Please don’t!” I said, walking towards him.

“Come on – what are the odds of me having the same gene as these guys?” Sheppard asked as he sat down, the chair immediately lit up and reclined.
“Quite slim, actually.” I said. That happened when I sat down too. I thought to myself.

“Doctor Weir!!!” I shouted out, getting no response.

“Don’t move, Major.” I said to Sheppard before running off to get Doctor Weir. Where did they go! I thought to myself as I walked around the area trying to find Doctor Weir and Dr. McKay.

“Doctor Weir!” I called, coming into one of the labs.

“You better come with me!” I stated, quickly turning around and running out of the room with everyone from the room following me. Running back into the chair room I saw Major Sheppard still sitting in the chair looking a bit nervous.

“Who is this?” Dr. Weir asked, looking at me. I was about to answer when General O’Neil walked up to the chair and looked down at Major Sheppard.

“I said don’t touch anything.” General O’Neil said to Sheppard.

“I-I just sat down.” Major Sheppard stuttered, nervously.

“Major, think about where we are in the solar system.” I heard Dr. Weir say as I watched Major Sheppard. Suddenly a holographic three dimensional map of a star system appears above Sheppard's head.

“Woah.” I whispered, looking around to see everyone else looking up at it.

“Did I do that?” Major Sheppard asked, looking up at the map, frowning.

“Yes, Major. You did.” I said as I walked up to the chair. I looked over at General O’Neil.

“Uncle.” I whispered loud enough for him to hear before quickly going over to the table and grabbing my tablet then quickly walking out of the room.

“Sarah?!” I heard General O’Neil or as I call him Uncle Jack call out to me. Great. I thought to myself as I stopped and turned around to face him.

“Sarah? What are you doing here?” He asked, coming to a stop in front of me.

“I work here.” I stated, looking at him in the face for the first time in 6 years.

“What do you mean? What do you do?” He asked confusion in his voice.

“I’m a medical intern. I got my PhD 2 years ago, I’m to help Doctor Beckett in the infirmary when we go to Atlantis.” I said, thinking about the past 6 years of my life and that one accident that made me who I am today.

“You don’t have to worry about me Uncle, I’ll be fine. This team that Dr. Weir has put together are all nice people and I fit in here, I know you told my mother that you would take care of me if anything happened to her and you did a great job for those 4 years that I was with you but some of that time you weren’t home. I do love you Uncle but I’m 24 now and I have a job that pays well and going to Atlantis is something I want to do. You use to tell me all about your travels through the Stargate with SG1, making sure I had security clearance from General Hammond first, and ever since then I’ve been wanting to go through the Stargate and have an adventure of my own.” I said, catching my breath.

“I’m sorry I didn’t leave a note or anything when I ran away but you were always gone, leaving me home alone.” I said, feeling a tear roll down my cheek. Quickly wiping it away I looked at my Uncle.

“I’ll see you at Stargate command.” Was all I said before turning around and walking away.

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