(McKay/Zelenka | PG | 5,605 words): Radek's injured in a jumper explosion, prompting his and Rodney's relationship to change. Aww, this is sweet wtih Rodney all out of sorts because Radek's out of commission. Sheppard, who just keeps popping up, is kind of hilarious. Plus, the science investigation to find out what happened to the puddle jumpers is interesting.
Excerpt:"I know you are hiding out, Colonel," Radek said. "Lieutenant Cadman let slip that requisition orders for the Daedelus are due today." Radek leaned back in his chair. "Carson was finished with his last night."
"Okay, Maybe I am hiding out. Just a little. Go on, though." He gestured at the wall display that Rodney had been using. "It's...interesting."
Folding his arms across his chest, Rodney said, "You only think that because it's the puddlejumpers we're discussing. If it was, oh, shield strength or something, you'd be doing the requisitions."
"Actually, I'd probably be in the gym."
Rodney rolled his eyes at Sheppard, which made Radek laugh; Rodney felt himself relax for the first time in days.
"Here." Radek pointed at one of the abnormal measurements Rodney had uncovered. "I think that is where we start."
When Sheppard was finally paged away to deal with some military-type thing, Rodney couldn't stop his huge sigh of relief. Finally he and Radek could really focus on the problem, without Sheppard's constant interruptions.