Warnings/Spoilers: Tag for "Aurora" but not spoiler-y in any way
Length: 275 words
Summary: John has an idea after they returned from the Aurora
Note: For mcsheplets challenge #98 – Season 2.
They sat in a puddle of light -- it was late and John and Rodney were alone in Rodney's lab.
"So, any chance we can... umm... dothatvirtualrealitythinghere?" John mumbled quickly.
"What?" Rodney asked without looking up from the device he was examining.
John sighed to himself. "Nothing," he replied.
"Not nothing," Rodney turned in his chair to face John. "Try that again."
John rubbed the back of his neck for a moment. He figured he'd gone this far... "Virtual reality," he said carefully. "Like on the Aurora. Can we do that here?"
Rodney looked at John for a moment… Really looked. John shifted in his chair.
"John?" Rodney asked softly. "What's going on?"
John looked down at his feet. "Well, if we had a virtual reality then maybe we could use it." Deep breath. "For us."
John nodded but he could feel the tips of his ears turning red.
"Huh." But John could read the wealth of meaning in that and he relaxed a bit. "We could..." Rodney's hands flew over the keyboard. "Oh." That wasn't a good sound.
Rodney turned to John. "The ZedPM. The virtual reality chamber here would take too much power. Sorry." Rodney looked as crestfallen as John suddenly felt.
John leaned against Rodney. Carefully, so that if anyone was watching the security tapes later, it would look casual, like John was looking over Rodney's shoulder to look at the screen Rodney was working on. Rodney could cut the video on the lab but doing it too often led to more questions than it was worth.
"It was just a thought," John said softly.
Rodney leaned back. "I like the way you think."