Characters: Bobby, St John
Word Count: 100
Summary: something important, left undone
"We never really had a funeral for him, before," Bobby says. "It all happened so fast, and he'd barely been there the past year anyway. We'd only just realized he was gone before the next crisis happened, and then the Phoenix killed Professor Xavier and you know what happened after."
"I hated him so much," St John says. "He always had these high expectations no sane person could live up to, and when it came down to it, he was never there."
"And still you're here," Bobby says.
"Whatever," St John says, as they stand and watch the flames licking at the blue car.
Title: the real thing
Characters: John, assorted others
Word Count: 2 x 100
Summary: worn-out words, misused too often
"I'll love you forever and ever," Stina Harris says when her family moves to the East Coast and he never hears from her again.
"Love and peace, John," Martha the maid says dully when she helps him put on his new dress uniform.
"I love you," Nancy says, but her eyes are blank and, in the clearity of hindsight, already set on Grant.
"God love you, major," Colonel Richards says three hours before giving the orders John cannot bring himself to follow.
"He always loved you," Dave says when it has become too late for Dad to have any kind of opinion anymore.
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"I have become fond of you," Teyla says, and John has to fight down the instinct that wants to instantly disbelieve her.
"I'm so glad you're alive," Elizabeth says, he doesn't know how to answer her.
Sometimes, he can hear an echo of his mother's voice, half-forgotten and indistinct in his dreams.
"Sheppard," Ronon says, and John is glad a clap on the shoulder is all he gets, because he sure as hell couldn't handle the words.
"You are the most imbecilic creature that has ever shown his hair to this galaxy," Rodney says, and John knows exactly what he means.