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20 December 2010 @ 09:48 pm
24 Gifts Of 2010 - Day Twenty - City of The Lost (Apocafic, Stargate:Atlantis)  
Same universe as Damon - Food, just at a different location, in this case Atantis, in the Pegasus Galaxy, and a different time frame, in this case a year after everything started.



John - Atlantis, Pegasus Galaxy - January 21st

John Sheppard stood on the balcony outside of control, leaning against the railing and staring up at the stars, as always trying to pick out 'home' among them and not having much luck. It had been almost a year since the last communication from Earth, almost a year since Elizabeth Weir had lifted her arm to show him the bite mark and explained that she wouldn't be back, and that no one on Atlantis should attempt to return to Earth.

Behind him, the doors whooshed open, but Sheppard didn't turn. "Do you think anyone's left?"

"Impossible to know," Rodney McKay replied. "But there's almost three hundred people in the city still here."

"I know," Sheppard said, sighing. "Any luck getting more food?"

"The Dahara sent us what they could spare, but it won't feed more than a few dozen even a single meal," McKay said. "They suggested that if we sent some of our people to them, they could work more fields, have more crops, and a larger share would belong to Atlantis."

"Ask for volunteers," Sheppard said. "And get Lorne to pick two dozen people for a raid. We're going after the Genii crops."

"It'll start an outright war," McKay reminded him.

"I know, but if we don't, everyone starves." Sheppard sighed again. "I think we should try to send the Daedalus back to Earth, skeleton crew so they can pack every spare inch with food supplies."

"Radek already volunteered," McKay said. "He's good at using every bit of available space, and he can make sure we get everything we need, including seeds for growing crops locally."

"Tell him he'll be in charge of the actual mission once they get there," Sheppard agreed. "And... tell him supplies are priority, but if he finds survivors, check them for wounds and if they come out clear, bring them back here. It'll use up food, but I'm not leaving people there if I can help it."

"Miko's been looking through the database for inhabited worlds that we can start farming, she's got a couple I think we should check out again."

"Get someone to look for volunteers to colonize," Sheppard said. "Make sure any volunteers know they'll have to put in a lot of work if they go off world."

"I think we'll have more worries about the city being left empty at this point," McKay said. "Cabin fever is settling in."

"You planning on ditching me, McKay?" Sheppard asked, trying to keep his tone light but failing.

"Only if I need to help get the irrigation systems running on either Dahara or one of the other worlds, and then only for a few days," McKay promised. "I'd never survive on farm."

Sheppard laughed, relieved. "Good to know."

The End