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09 March 2007 @ 04:12 am
Ficlet: Mistakes (PG)  
Title: Mistakes
Author: R. Tom Mato
Rating: PG
Warnings: Kid!fic.
Notes: Just something I wondered about with all the kid!fics I've seen. Usually the patterns in who gets kidified(?) and who's left watching over them.


Radek stormed out of the infirmary as soon as the technicians in the control room radioed him that Ronon and the others had returned. He saw the group as they were walking down the hallway to the transporter he just exited. They saw him, the children's (he did not see them as the Colonel Sheppard and Teyla Emmagen they had once been, he couldn't) eyes widening, but their presence didn't slow his stride. He stopped directly in front of Ronon and barely held his anger in check.

"Major," he snapped, not breaking his stare with Dex. "Would you please take the children to the infirmary. Meredith will be happy to see them."

Both adults stood straighter, but Major Lorne tactfully kept quiet and took John and Teyla's hands, leading them away. Radek waited until the children's inquieries faded away before exploding.

"You selfish, foolish man! No, not man. Caveman! Caveman with more muscles than brains and more hair than common sense! Do you have even the slightest idea what you did today?"

"What happened to McKay?" Ronon demanded impatiently, stepping the side to move past him.

Radek slid smoothly in front of him, gritting his teeth. "You!" He poked a finger hard in Ronon's chest. "You and your gallivanting off to who knows where!"

"Sheppard and Teyla wanted to visit Jinto," he explained with a dangerous look, glancing down at the finger and then back up to fix the look on him. Radek couldn't really bring himself to care at this point. "We were only gone a few hours."

"Gone is the key word! Gone without warning or explanation!" Radek seethed. "Why did you not take Meredith with you?"

"You had him. He doesn't like going to the mainland."

"*Rodney.* Rodney does not like going to the mainland. *Meredith* does not like finding out that the only people he trusts have abandoned him!"

Ronon's expression only darkened more at the accusation. "I didn't--"

"You did! You left without telling him where you were going! Once he realized that I could not reach you on the radio, he started crying! Once he heard that you were not on Atlantis at all, he had a panic attack and flashbacks! Carson had to sedate him!" He watched Ronon's face twist into its own version of startlement with satisfaction. "You," he continued, slightly calmer. "Are are responsible for him, for John, for Teyla. All three. You are the only one they trust. They are *damaged,* Ronon. You are the adopted father of three very special, very troubled children."

One thing that Radek had always found admirable of Ronon's personality was that he didn't say unnecessary words. He didn't argue and Radek could see that it was sinking in. He had had conversations like this with Elizabeth and many of the scientists since the offworld incident and Ronon was the only one so far who had understood.

"I don't know how to be a father," Ronon admitted gruffly, shoulders tense.

"Nor do I," Radek acknowledged. "But I know how to be the next best thing. I was often left in charge of my younger siblings, so I will help you. It will have to do. Now get to the infirmary and apologize and promise to never do that to him again; I will invent new and creative ways to make your life miserable if you do."

The promise was taken without doubt or mocking and Ronon nodded, moving past Radek and disappearing down the hall. The scientist counted to ten to calm down before following at a slower pace. By the time he got to the infirmary, Major Lorne was standing outside and he could hear Ronon talking in a low voice. Radek took a position next to the Major and leaned back against the wall with a sigh.

"All right, doc?"

Radek tilted his head just enough to meet Lorne's concerned gaze. "I will not be all right until this is fixed, Major."

The other man nodded. "I know the feeling. He's doing his best, you know."

"He will do better now."
i² keep it realberlinghoff79 on March 9th, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)
He left Meredith behind? Without telling him where they were going?
MEN!! They can be so clueless sometimes.*shakes head*

More? Pwease?
R. Tom Matoediblewolfpeach on March 9th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked (both of them!)

There may be more. I want Lorne to teach them to fingerpant. Can you imagine the mess? *happysigh* I'm not sure what else, though. >.>
mangstmangst on March 10th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
I am loving these. I like that you gave each child an individual personality, rather than having them be generic kids. I like that Rodney is *Meredith* because he won't be called Rodney until he is much older. And I like that the kids aren't happy go lucky. They have real feelings and they would be kind of messed up with their parents being suddenly gone, aliens doing who knows what to them, and finding themselves in a *really* strange place. Is there going to be more?
R. Tom Matoediblewolfpeach on March 11th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
*grin* Thank you! I'm hoping there's going to be more. I may be able to get fanart out of the fingerpainting with Lorne idea, I just have to find my Lorne!muse. :) I already have an idea of how they're going to change back (it wont be all quick and easy, believe me). So we shall see.
(Anonymous) on March 14th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Interesting series. I like it a lot so far.

Sera: iLoveseratonation on March 24th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
He left!! how could he just leave!! but i liked how Radek was so protevtive of Mer, and Ronon speaking softly, and the kids *huggles them* are you plannning on more? coz that would be cool.
Tazzlestazzles on April 1st, 2007 11:01 am (UTC)
How the hell did I miss this series?
This is so fantastically awesome! It's interesting to see Ronon in such a role of responsibility, having to take care of the others as children.
I like how you haven't kept the characters exactly the same, thus implying that they grew and changed over time.
Fantastic. Can't wait for more.
S: teasherriaisling on July 28th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
This series is so adorable and original. I enjoy it very much and do hope that you still plan to continue.

(And boy do Meredith's silent crying and abandonment issues say all sorts of scary things about what his parents were like.)
madripoor_rosemadripoor_rose on August 22nd, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
I love this series. So adorable and heartbreaking at the same time.
sea_yeahsea_yeah on August 23rd, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
Oh loves. This is so cute, and i so so love the image of big big Ronon clutching a group of tiny toddlers.

frickinfrackin on September 5th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Just found these (we re-reading Not So Imaginary and saw that you had a SGA index), and am so glad I found them. These are adorable. And I love the combo of Sheppard, Teyla, and McKay being miniaturized leaving Ronon to care for them. Not a combo you see, and I love how you've worked it.

Are you planning on more? Because I'd definitely love to read more. ^_^
korilian: Deranged Mckaykorilian on November 15th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
Man I wish you'd run with this some more. I'm loving these installments.
Typo Queenvexed_wench on January 25th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
I just found these , and I just love them. I hope you add to them they are just the greatest thing.
agdrgnagdrgn on July 17th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
More? Please?
margarksmargarks on July 17th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
So sad! I can just picture poor Rodney's panic and his big blue eyes watering :( Part of me wishes you'd written those scenes, but the other part thinks they would be too sad to read! Rodney, I think, even as an adult has some abandonment issues, so... yeah. But, I'm glad Ronon understood in the end, and now I can picture Rodney slowly feeling better and realizing he's safe and taken care of because of Ronon's low murmuring apologies and promises.
hickman1937 on July 22nd, 2010 08:48 am (UTC)
You didn't really get Radek's voice but the story is fascinating. I wish you had followed up, but thank you for this.
Afrasexysimone_s on August 14th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
excellent series, hope you find the inspiration to write more
jeyla4everjeyla4ever on October 28th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
I've read all three of your little ficlets and the inspired artwork. Hope you don't mind but I posted the link in Beya, a John and Teyla Shipper community.

Cute and wonderful....but I love the second one the best. Too much like Teyla and John and Rodney as kids. Thank you!

Here: http://community.livejournal.com/sga_beya/274228.html#cutid1
ssageyssagey on October 28th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
oh wasnt radek a gruff father bear..loved it..little radek standing up adn yelling at big ronon...love it..and poor meredith...cant wait for more..hope there is more
Devo79devo79 on April 6th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Wish you'd written more in this series.