Originally Posted: Jul. 18th, 2006
Length/Rating: 100 words, PG, Gen
Summary: When you ask for help, be careful who you ask. Written for the sga_flashfic Dark Side Challenge. (AU: Where the Ocean Meets the Sky)
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It killed them, again and again. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow. Sometimes at the claws of an enemy, sometimes at the hands of a friend. It made them choose, over and over, soul-wrenching choices that killed one to save the many; to save another; to save themselves. And in the end, when they were sobbing and broken, it dropped them.
Rodney was the last, cocooned in pulsing fields of blue and amber, fighting through the choices, fighting and refusing to be broken. And when she let him go, Atlantis marked him with her sigil. Guinevere had her Lancelot, Atlantis had McKay.