The Common People Stargate: Atlantis
Stargate: Atlantis Stargate: Atlantis

Life-Sucking Plants from Outer Space

by Ilana
Rating: G
Spoilers: Through The Seige


"There must be something we can do."

"We are doing something. This stuff needs to be packed up for transport to the Alpha Site. We're packing."

"Something useful, I mean. This is what soldiers are for."



"The Air Force calls them airmen, not soldiers."

"Whatever. The point is, they're here for physical labor and we're here to use our brains."

"Do you have any brilliant ideas for saving the city you haven't mentioned yet?"

"No, but I haven't have much chance to think about it."

"Sure you have. It's not like this requires concentration. And don't tell me you haven't been lying awake at night trying to come up with ways to defeat the Wraith."

"I mean that I haven't had a chance to try anything."

"What are you going to do, feed your flowers to them? Maybe they'll like the taste so much they'll swear off humans."

"It's not funny."

"Of course it is. Impending doom is always hilarious."

"Have you gone completely nuts?"

"Quite possibly. Do you have a better suggestion for how I should react to our situation?"

"...I just don't understand why Rodney and his minions get to spend all their time trying to save us and we're just supposed to sit and twiddle our thumbs."

"That's because they're physicists and engineers."

"What's your point?"

"You're a botanist."

"And you're a biochemist. So?"

"So if Atlantis ever gets attacked by life-sucking plants, maybe you'll be able to do something. What do you know about defense shields and weapons and computer weapons?"

"Not much. But Rodney doesn't know nearly as much as he thinks he does."

"Nobody knows as much as he thinks he does, but he's the best we've got. Just don't tell him I said that. We'd never hear the end of it."

"How stupid do you think I am? I've had to work with him too."

"Good point."

"I just feel like there must be some way we can make ourselves more useful."

"Look, I get it. You want to help. We all do. But there's nothing we can do at this point except prepare for evacuation and hope it doesn't come to that. So keep packing and start hoping, okay?"

"Fine, fine. But I have one more question."


"Life-sucking plants?"