The Broken Road

Ronon knew that the new doctor was hiding something. He was determined to find out the whole story. He must gain her trust and to do that he realized he had to trust her. Dr. Keller could not keep herself from staring at the handsome man. But from her past experience she was not going down that broken road ever again!

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11. Chapter 11

Earlier Ronon had noticed a family, comprising of a husband, wife and little girl - or so it would seem - make their way to the clinic and Dr. Keller. Seeing that she was about to have more patients, he decided to go and find Teyla. What trouble could Doc get herself into being in her own environment, he thought.

While Ronon walked past him, the well-dressed man politely smiled and nodded. Ronon just glared back at him. After passing them, the Satedan stopped, turned and silently surveyed all three. There was something off. The couple did not match up. The man seemed on edge and the woman looked terrified – clutching the child to her. She was briskly walking ahead of her husband. Ronon noticed that sweat soaked the young man's shirt and ran down the sides of his face. He kept looking about like he was nervous. He wore fine tailored clothes – shirt, pants, boots – while his wife and child wore nothing but barely held together rags and were barefooted.

Tilting his head to the side, Ronon also was aware that the man was very clean compared to the two in front of him. It was as if he had picked them up from right out of the gutter not moments before. It appeared as if the man did not want to touch the woman more than he already had to for fear of catching something. He did no more than poke a single finger in the middle of the young woman's back to herd her where he wanted her to go. Ronon carefully kept sight of the young family as they entered the clinic.

The dark beast stirred within. Once the family had gone inside, Ronon silently made his way back to the infirmary and stood next to the doorway - out of sight. Leaning with his back against the outside of the building he listened to their conversation with Jennifer. He was not at all pleased with the man's tone toward her. When he heard the man gruffly order Jen to give him the "cure", Ronon looked around the door jamb. The beast roared inside him and his mood went from curious to deadly in a millisecond.

The soon-to-be dead man was holding tight to Jennifer's wrist. In one fluid motion Ronon pulled his gun, flipped the weapon from stun to kill, and took a couple of steps through the door to stand arm's length behind the well-dressed idiot. Aiming his gun at the guy's head, Ronon wrestled with the dark beast within him. It was clawing to get out. Fueled by anger, the beast wanted blood! Ronon wanted to pull the trigger after telling the man to choose life or death. Ronon wanted to kill the bastard for touching what he deemed his. The man finally let go of Jennifer's arm and held his hands up in surrender.

The young woman quickly got up from the chair and cowered in a corner with her daughter far away from the two angry men.

Without looking at her, Ronon asked, "You okay Doc?"

Rubbing her wrist she nodded and glanced at him. Ronon hadn't realized just how close to the edge he was until he turned to look at her. There he saw his anchor; his compass. The dark beast curled into itself and was quiet and content once more. Taking a deep breath in, he holstered his gun. He then seized the guy by the back of his neck and grabbing hold of his right arm, Ronon pinned it behind the husband's back.

Looking at Jennifer, Ronon instructed her to stay here. "Do not leave the building for any reason. Do you understand?"

She nodded.

Ronon stared at her for a moment, then steered the reluctant man out the door. "You and I are going to have ourselves a little chat!"

"Ronon?" Jennifer's voice sounded concerned.

Without looking back at her, he said, "Don't worry, I'm not going to kill him. Just maim him a bit." Outside the door Ronon halted and inquired over his shoulder, "It is possible to fix a broken neck, right Doc?" The man paled and Ronon smiled.

Ronon had his prisoner out the door and down the street before she could stop him. Ronon asking about fixing broken necks had her worried. She knew he was kidding. He had to of been kidding she thought. She was biting her bottom lip, contemplating of going after him, when she heard the whimper of a child. Turning her attention towards the two in the corner she went over to them.

"Are you okay? I'm so sorry!" Jennifer said while helping the mother and child back into the chair.

"He made me do it. Please forgive me." Tears were welling up into the woman's eyes. "He made me come to this place. I had nothing to do with it!"

Jennifer frowned and said, "Your husband made you come here? Why? Are you ill? Your baby?"

The woman shook her head, "No, we are fine and he is not my husband."

"Then who is he?"

The woman explained that the man was the local Healer's son. He had scooped her up from their tiny home and made her come with him.

"Okay, but why?" Jen asked

"For your cure to the illness." the woman wept. "They ran out of the cure and wanted what you had brought with you."

Jennifer was confused. Why pretend to be sick in the first place? Why not just ask if she had any medicine for this mysterious illness - the Cough - that was going around in the village. Jennifer could have told them that she didn't have anything with her, but she was planning to take some blood samples and run some tests back at Atlantis. See if she and Dr. Beckett could come up with some sort of vaccine.

"Where is this healer at? Where does she live?" Jennifer demanded. She needed some answers and she wanted them like five minutes ago!

The woman looked petrified.

"You don't have to show me just tell me where she lives and how to get there."

Even though she had been forced to participate in trying to steal the cure from the off-world healer, the girl felt obligated. She promised to show Jen where the Healer lived.

"The Healer has a very bad temper if you cross her." The woman said while she and Dr. Keller slipped out the back of the building.

Jennifer told the woman, "Sounds like someone else I know!"

Jennifer thought to herself Ronon is going to go ballistic when he returns and finds out that I disobeyed his order to stay put! Oh well! She was tired of overbearing men telling her what to do. She was a grown woman. She could take care of herself. What was he going to do about it anyway?!

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