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27 June 2007 @ 08:27 am
Vortex 2/9 (Heightmeyer/Sheppard/Weir) [NC-17]  
All disclaimers and fic information is in the header for part one.

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Part 2

"I am very glad right now I cannot read your thoughts," announced Radek. He was sitting on the couch, flipping channels while he propped his feet up on their coffee table. "Is very early in the morning. Very early."

Kate nodded. "I haven't slept in thirty-six hours," she said, closing the door behind her.

"Did you enjoy yourself?" asked Radek, as he hit the power button on the remote. The television went black.

"Of course," said Kate, a faint smile playing around her lips. She shrugged out of her coat and walked slowly over to the closet to hang it up.

"Your skirt could be shorter," said Radek, frowning slightly. "But perhaps by only a centimeter or two."

Kate glanced down and blushed. "Elizabeth insisted."

"Of course Elizabeth insisted," said Radek, shaking his head. "She likes to dress you up. Is good you do not let her do it often."

"I don't want her to take it for granted," said Kate.

"Anyone who takes you for granted is idiot," stated Radek.

Kate smiled. "That's very sweet of you."

"Is not sweet," said Radek. "Is true."

"Are you coming in to the shop today?" asked Kate. "The Wraith are trying to extract tribute, but that's not until sunset. We still have to get inventory done today."

"Yes, you mentioned Wraith in your little phone call," said Radek. He patted the sofa. "Come sit down. Tell me everything."

"There's not much to tell," said Kate, sitting down very carefully on the sofa. "The Wraith are are looking for magical protection for the hive they're trying to establish."

"And they come to you for this?" asked Radek.

"I do have the most well-known occult shop in the city," said Kate. "The tourists love me."

"You do not give yourself enough credit," said Radek, patting her knee.

"There's also the small fact that I am a witch," said Kate, smiling.

"Yes," said Radek, nodding. "There is that. Now, go and rest. We will go do inventory this afternoon, and tonight, you can deal with Wraith."

"Teyla's going to be at the shop all day," said Kate. "Ronon as well. Do you think you can handle it?"

Radek shrugged. "Teyla? To see as gracious a lady as her, I will tolerate Ronon's thoughts."

Kate laughed. "I thought you'd say that."

"Shoo." Radek motioned to her bedroom. "Go and rest. Is about to be Star Trek rerun. Original series remastered."

She walked away, shaking her head. "I've learned. Never get between you and your Trek reruns."


"Server is slow again today," said Radek. "You give me a check for one thousand dollars, I fix your server problems."

"Why did I agree to room with a tech-loving parapsychologist?" asked Kate, slapping her clipboard down on the front counter.

"Because I am high-earning tech-loving parapsychologist," said Radek. "Also, because you like me."

"There is that," agreed Kate. "Why is that again?"

"Because I set up your sales software and found you an accountant that will do taxes for an occult store without extra surcharge because you are strange person," said Radek, tapping at the keyboard. "Also we went to graduate school together."

"And here I'd almost forgotten," said Kate. "It was so long ago."

"Not all that long," said Radek, shaking his finger at her. "You are not senile."

Radek turned as the door opened. He frowned. "You have new friend," he said.

"Kate," said John. He shoved his hands in his pockets and smiled wryly.

"Hello, John," said Kate, smiling. "How are you today?"

"He has filthy mind." Radek shook his head, eyes narrowed as he glared at John. "He does not deserve you. Also, I did not know you were that flexible. Frankly, I did not want to know."

"Radek!" hissed Kate.

"Really, Radek." John strolled up to the counter, glancing over at Kate. "Is he doing what I think he's doing?"

"Most people do not pick up on this so fast," said Radek. "But then again, I suppose most people do not know both Kate and Elizabeth. Is there some kind of death wish you need to tell us about?"

"Oh, but Kate's so sweet and innocent," said John, smirking.

"And not a word shall pass either of your mouths otherwise," said Kate firmly. "Why are you here, John?"

"It's getting late," said John, his hand coming out of his pocket so he could check his watch. "An hour 'til sunset. You ready to party?"

"No," said Kate. "I'm never ready for this sort of thing."

"Least you're honest," said John.

Radek sighed volubly and shook his head. "You are both absolutely insane," he said, walking away.


"You're not locking up?" asked John, leaning on the front of the counter.

"I know you noticed the store's open until midnight. Just because Radek left a while ago doesn't mean we're closing," said Kate. "Besides, it's the Wraith. They'll just break down the door, and then I'll have to pay to get it replaced."

"The sun has set," said Teyla. She closed the basement door behind her, and came over to stand next to John. Ronon walked behind her, silently glowering at the front door.

"It has," said a Wraith, from inside the shop. The electronic motion sensors chimed. "I see you plan to disregard my Queen's wishes. Most unfortunate for you." He nodded in greeting. "Good evening, Teyla."

"Michael?" Teyla's voice was higher-pitched than usual. "This is--a surprise."

"You two know each other?" asked Ronon, crossing his arms and glowering at Michael.

"Yeah, that's kind of a surprise to me too," said John. "How's that work, anyway?"

"We were married," said Teyla. Kate glanced over at her. "We are married no longer."

"You are my wife," said Michael. "That has not changed."

"Our vows were merely until death parted us," said Teyla firmly. "We have died. Therefore, we are no longer married."

"That is a lie!" snapped Michael. "You are still my wife. You will always be my wife!"

Ronon chuckled and drew his gun. "This guy thinks he's still married to you, Teyla, that's easy enough to fix."

"We're still right in the middle of my shop," said Kate. "If you're going to attack each other, can you please do it outside?"

"By all means, let's go outside," said Michael.

"We go outside, the rest of the Wraith out there are going to mow us down," said Ronon.

"My day just keeps getting better and better," said John. He reached into the pocket of his coat and pulled out a stake.

"Please tell me that's rowan," said Kate.

"It's ash. Same difference as far as Michael here is concerned," said John. "Give me some credit, will you?"

"Kate, do you have another way out of your shop?" asked Teyla.

"One that doesn't involve Ronon blowing a hole through my wall?" asked Kate.

"You're no fun," said Ronon, chuckling.

"It's just an ordinary occult store," said Kate. "It would be nice if I had a secret basement entrance, don't you think?"

"Well, now you know," said John. "If we make it out of this alive, you can rectify that."

Ronon fired twice. Michael howled in pain as he dropped to the floor, his outstretched arm knocking over a table and sending goblets crashing to the ground. "Time to die, Michael," said Ronon, drawing a knife and advancing on him. "Hard to make a move on Elizabeth's territory without a head."

Three Wraith poured through the front door, their faces obscured by painted whorls and jagged, angled designs. The one in the lead bared his fangs at them, leaping forward at Ronon, who changed the angle of his blade and sliced neatly through the Wraith's head.

Michael raised his hand, and flaming bottles crashed through the front window. Fire spread along the floor, licking at the tablecloths before the entire front of the shop was engulfed in flames.

"Everyone upstairs," said Kate firmly.

Teyla took her gaze from the Wraith, who were backing out the door, weapons at the ready, and glanced at Kate. "Upstairs?" she asked. "Are you certain?"

"There's a way out," said Kate.

"Well, why didn't you just say so?" asked John.

"It's not exactly that simple," said Kate, turning and running for the back of her shop. She pushed back the curtain and rushed up the stairs, followed by John. Teyla and Ronon walked up more slowly, their faces set as they shot at the Wraith through the flames. "Thank God I have insurance."

"You can think of insurance at a time like this?" asked John.

"I might actually have to work as a therapist otherwise," said Kate. She held her open palm in front of the doorknob, chanting softly in Latin.

John stood behind her, shifting his weight from side to side. "Can you hurry already?" he asked.

Teyla and Ronon ran up the last few steps, waiting next to John. "The fire has completely engulfed the store downstairs," said Teyla.

The door unlatched with an audible click, and Kate closed her hand around the doorknob, twisting it and pushing the door open in one smooth move. "Everyone in," she said, stepping through and flipping on a light switch.

"Kate, where are we?" asked Teyla, staring around the room. The small, wooden-paneled room had a large, semicircle window with gauze curtains, and two blank walls that were completely unadorned. "I was not aware that you had a second floor to your shop."

"No time," said Kate shortly. She moved to a table set in the middle of the room, again chanting under her breath, and flipped open a large metal chest set on the table. She reached in and pulled out a smaller, wooden box, then pulled the lid off. Inside the box, nestled in a silk lining, was an orange, hexagonal crystal shot through with black veins.

"Is that--" started Teyla.

Footsteps began pounding up the stairs, and Kate glanced over her shoulder. "There really isn't any time," she said.

"I will ask you later," said Teyla, a slight grin on her face as she and Ronon started shooting down the stairs.

Kate sighed. "Damn the Wraith," she murmured, slipping the crystal into her pocket. "Can you hold the case, John?"

"Sure, not like I've not anything else to do," said John. He reached out and swiped up the wooden box, holding it under his arm.

Kate threw him a wry smile as she waved her palm over a spot on the table. A grid of glowing runes appeared under her hand, and the wall across from her blazed into brilliant light with a circle of the same runes.

"What the hell is going on?" asked John.

"We're escaping," said Kate. "Now, quiet, and let me chant some more."

"You're always chanting," said John. "What's up with that?"

"I am a witch," said Kate. "Now shut up."

John tried to listen to what Kate was saying, but the words slipped away as fast as she said them, she slammed her palm into the center of the grid, and the circle of runes along the wall flared brightly, and then settled into a rippling pool of water, somehow staying upright instead of splashing to the floor. "Whoa."

"We need to run," said Kate. "Ronon, Teyla, are you ready to go?"

"Whenever you are," said Ronon.

Within seconds, they'd walked through the portal, and when they were on the other side, Kate whispered something, and it blinked out, leaving them in darkness.
angelqueen04: Shep (Pretty Boy)angelqueen04 on June 27th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
"He has filthy mind."

And this is bad because...? ;D Heh, love that line! :)
Havoc: lizzie/john voyeurismhavocthecat on June 27th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
Hey, it's John. Like I'd complain? But Radek, oh, he would.
ladyniko: Weirladyniko on June 27th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)

That didn't turn out the way Kate wanted it to at all.

She's not going to be happy about the loss of her shop and apartment now.

But, really interesting twist with having Michael in there. This has captured my attention and I can't wait to read the next part.

Man, I liked Kate's shop... sorry to see it go up in flames. :)( Bad Wraith - no cookies for you!
Havochavocthecat on June 27th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, her apartment isn't in the shop! So the apartment is safe. But her shop and all its stock went up in flames. Still. She's got insurance! Yay, catastrophe insurance!

Heh. I have plans for Michael. *twirls* And I'm glad you like his inclusion! He makes such a wonderful antagonist.
ladynikoladyniko on June 27th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Okay, for some reason I thought Kate's apartment was above the shop.

However, I don't envy her the nightmare of arguing w/ the insurance people. :-p

And Michael - oh yeah, that's a helluva twist! I can't wait to see what else he does in this tale. :)
Havoc: au under constructionhavocthecat on June 28th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
How did I miss this comment? Oh, wait, that's right, LJ HATES ME.

The only thing above Kate's shop was an empty room with the ZPM and stargate orange crystal and the gateway. But I can see why it might have been confusing.

Thankfully, arguing with the insurance people isn't good storytelling, and does nothing to increase the dramatic tension, so I could just refer to it, and have it happen offscreen.

I can't wait to see how you react to the rest of what he does!
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on June 27th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Teyla and Micheal were married? I know you're not going to romance them in this story, but it still sent me to a happy place.

I kinda love you for that.
Havoc: teyla suppresshavocthecat on June 27th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
Teyla and Micheal were married? I know you're not going to romance them in this story, but it still sent me to a happy place.

Can we say love/hate relationship? There is BACKSTORY! Also tragic abandonment, only not, and-- He still wants her. And if she does still want him, she's never, ever, EVER admitting it. (If you want me to, I will gleefully give you oodles of backstory on Teyla/Michael.)

I kinda love you for that.

Hee! Do you 'ship Teyla/Michael at all? Because I hadn't realized that. I think Teyla/Michael is complicated and deeply messed up, and I love it for that.

Also! You should check out the comm userinfo. I have written character profiles for everyone.
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on June 27th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
Dude, "Salvation" - my abandoned first fic - had ODDLES of Teyla/Michael stuff. It was awesome and, yes, not as fucked up canon took it, but I still love it so.

More backstory? I thought you had already finished writing this story?
Havoc: au under constructionhavocthecat on June 27th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
Oooh. Damn, I really wish you'd finished Salvation. I read, like, every Teyla/Michael fic that I come across. I can't even pinpoint why I love it, but I do.

And! Yes, this story is finished! But I have a half-finished story in this AU about Kate and Elizabeth meeting (and, um, a finished story about Elizabeth and Lorne meeting Ronon), plus I have this whole story planned out (well, 'planned' as in 'I would really like to get these two to deal with each other again') for Teyla and Michael that I really want to write.

Also, I am TRYING to talk Medie into co-writing a sequel that focuses on the effects Vortex is going have on John's career. Plus there is stuff that comes up with his family. I'm failing miserably in talking her into it, but I'm trying.
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on June 27th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
Whoa. You put my AU obsession to shame.
Havoc: lizzie coffeehavocthecat on June 27th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm kind of sad about it, I know. It's partly that I just love worldbuilding, and writing AUs? Well, worldbuilding is part of the fun.
Lanna: Crossover Lovelanna_kitty on June 28th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
Worldbuilding is FUN!
Falcon Horus: Confusedfalcon_horus on June 27th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Still no freakin' idea what I'm reading, but I'm having loads of fun.

Radek is funny. =D Especially that comment about John. =P
Havochavocthecat on June 27th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
John's a detective, Elizabeth's a vampire, Kate's a witch, and it's a really, really out there AU.

I love Radek the telepath.
Falcon Horus: Classyfalcon_horus on June 28th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
I think I just need to order my mind to get into the AU. With the third part my mind seemed to accept the oddness... So, it's going to be a-okay, just keep those parts coming. *grin*
Havoc: ocean nymphhavocthecat on June 28th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
I was wondering! You didn't seem to quite like the fact it was a complete AU for the setting and the character roles. But I'm glad to hear it's starting to work for you! :)
muppetmanda: ronon/liz waiting to get laidmuppetmanda on June 28th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
Poor Radek. *veg* And John can't help it if he has a dirty mind... he's dating Vamp!Lizzie. Of *course* he has a dirty mind.

Plus, how much do I love Ronon? Taking out a Wraith in one fell swoop? so. hot. Yay! love this fic!
Havoc: atlantis winterhavocthecat on June 28th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
Oh, Ronon. He hates the Wraith so much. And I'm glad you like it! Yay!
Lanna: Crossover Lovelanna_kitty on June 28th, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
HA! radek for the win!......DUDE. did Kate just open a magical stargate analog?

Did I miss smut somehwre between parts 1 and 2? or does it not exist and we're to fill in the gaps with our filthy minds?
Havochavocthecat on June 28th, 2007 11:44 am (UTC)
Kate did, in fact, open a magical stargate analog! I am sure you can figure out what witches parallel in this AU.

And no, you're supposed to fill in the gaps. That would've been a lot of porn to write.
Lanna: *facepalm*lanna_kitty on June 28th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
I hate to tell you this but "I am sure you can figure out what witches parallel in this AU." gave me the immediate mental image of Walter Harriman as the head Witch (warlock, whatever). ;)

I'm guessing their kinda like Ancients?

pooh. but yes, that would have been a lot of pr0n ;)
Havoc: castlehavocthecat on June 28th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
gave me the immediate mental image of Walter Harriman as the head Witch (warlock, whatever).

You are TWISTED. But that's hilarious. (Walter is, um-- Yes, hanging out with SG-1. Who have all been cast and have various positions slotted in, but have yet to show up at all. Medie and I are a little scary with the behind the scenes stuff.)

I'm guessing their kinda like Ancients?

You think? Maybe? :P

pooh. but yes, that would have been a lot of pr0n ;)

Given how much I've written in here (more pr0n in part 3, actually), you really don't need to complain! Trust me!
Lanna: Crossover Lovelanna_kitty on June 28th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
You are TWISTED. But that's hilarious. (Walter is, um-- Yes, hanging out with SG-1. Who have all been cast and have various positions slotted in, but have yet to show up at all. Medie and I are a little scary with the behind the scenes stuff.)

But twisted in a good way, yes? :D

and dude? c.c; I can totally believe everyone is all cast and waiting in the wings ;)
Havochavocthecat on June 28th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
Of course twisted in a good way. This is why I hang out with you! (Virtually, of course, since we are sadly NOWHERE NEAR EACH OTHER in physical location.)

And hints? Well, Medie has been casting around for the next story to write, and one of the things she was thinking about was how Elizabeth became a vampire. Hehe.
Lanna: Crossover Lovelanna_kitty on June 28th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
(tis true and so sad! what the hell did people like us do before the internet? Oh yeah, we still snarked at eveyone else but fewer people were able to appreciate it)
oooo sounds fuuun :D that'd be an intreesting story. Teyla and Michael could also be interesting. or Kate. or Ronon. Hell, I'm easy to please ;)
Havochavocthecat on June 28th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
(Much snark. Many less appreciable co-snarkers. Many more annoyed or confused types. So thank goodness for the internets!)

Heh. I have, in some vague I-swear-I-need-a-beta state, a Ronon story and a Kate/Elizabeth story, and at least one upcoming story involving Kate, Elizabeth, and Peter Grodin (but not Kate/Elizabeth/Peter).

And we're both talking about Teyla/Michael/Ronon love triangle something-or-another, so who knows what's going to come out of that!
Lanna: *facepalm*lanna_kitty on June 28th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
Also? SO was not complaining!
more, uh gentle teasing? ^_^;
Havoc: kim possible lolhavocthecat on June 28th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
I know! I'm good!
Lanna: dr00d Dance!lanna_kitty on June 28th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
I finally saw your Icon's episode of Kim possible!
Havoc: shego facepalmhavocthecat on June 28th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, God, is it not made of awesome? We get both good!Shego and evil!Ron!
Lanna: ^#)@!#lanna_kitty on June 28th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
*flails*it was! and I need a KP icon. or many. and DUDE. I need a Booyahahaha Icon
Havoc: evilcutehavocthecat on June 28th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I win at Kim Possible today! Go here and check out icon #51. She is also on LJ, but this is the post where I found the icons, and there are at least two more I'm considering uploading.
Lanna: Booyahhahahaha!lanna_kitty on June 28th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
You rock in Stereo!