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Fanfic: Safe

Title: Safe
Author: Athene
Fandom: Atlantis
Pairing/characters: Jason, Pythagoras
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Spoilers: Vague for 1.1 and 1.2
Disclaimer: Not mine. BBC and Urban Myth Films own them.
Word count: approx 1129
Summary: Pythagoras reflects on how his life has changed since Jason arrived, and Jason tries to do something noble. Again.
AN: Thanks to fififolle for the beta.
AN2: My first fic in Atlantis fandom. Meep!

Also posted at AO3

“There. Good as new.” Jason tied off the strip of cloth around Pythagoras’s hand, and patted him on the shoulder.

Pythagoras winced.


There was something in his voice that made Jason pause and look closer.

“Are you okay?”

“This never used to happen to me, you know.”

“What didn’t?” Jason had to admit he was thrown by the non sequitur.

This.” Pythagoras waved his uninjured hand at the bandage, and then at the scatter of bodies around them in the woodland clearing. “Until you literally dropped into my house, my life was safe and normal. Since I met you, I’ve been harassed by city guards, chased by lions, hunted by the Minotaur, taken prisoner by cultists, and now attacked by bandits.”


Jason didn’t entirely know what to say in response to that. It wasn’t as if he had done any of this on purpose, but he had to admit he had a point. Pythagoras had helped and protected him before he even knew Jason’s name, he had extended the hand of friendship to a complete stranger, offered him a home, shared his food, and all Jason had given him in return was trouble. Oh, and attempted to save him from being sent to the Minotaur, but apart from that...

He looked around at the clearing again, stalling to give himself time to think.

It should have been a simple job body-guarding a merchant’s daughter to a neighbouring town. At least they had delivered the girl safely, but the return journey had been dogged by mishaps, and now a full blown bandit attack which the three of them had barely managed to fight off. Hercules was searching the bodies of those that had been killed, but several bandits had run away when they saw how the fight was going, and Jason was worried that they might try to lay another ambush further on.

Pythagoras was staring at his bandaged hand, trying to flex his fingers, and wincing again.

Maybe he was right. Pythagoras wasn’t a fighter. He was only here with them because of his sense of loyalty, and desire to help and protect his friends. Jason had no idea why, but ever since he had arrived in Atlantis he had been a magnet for trouble, and no matter how much he tried to avoid dragging his friends into it with him, he knew Pythagoras would never stand by and let him go into danger alone. And right there was the problem, because there was only one way Jason could think of to stop Pythagoras from following him into situations that were anything but safe.

It wasn’t a conversation that he wanted to have, especially not here and now, but after everything that Pythagoras had done for him, Jason knew he owed his friend better than that.

“I’m sorry,” Jason said. “Look, if you’ll give me a few days to find something else, I can move out.”

“What?” Pythagoras stared at him with a confused expression. Jason saw the moment when he understood, and his eyes widened. “No! Jason, no. That wasn’t what I meant.”

Jason tried to ignore the way his heart leapt at those words.

“You are right, though,” Jason countered. “Most of that was because of me. If I hadn’t come to Atlantis you’d be at home safe right now.”

“Or I’d be eaten by the Minotaur.”

“Or that,” Jason allowed.

Pythagoras shook his head, and seemed to come to a decision.

“Minotaur sacrifice aside, maybe I would have been safer if you weren’t here. But do you know what? Safe is boring. Before you arrived, the most exciting thing that ever happened to me was working out the answer to a particularly difficult mathematical equation. Or getting up in the morning and being surprised by whichever woman Hercules had brought back the night before.”

Jason chuckled. That had happened to him a couple of times since he’d moved in with them. He quickly sobered when he realised the flaw in his idea. Of course Pythagoras wasn’t just going to let him leave, and he would be even more appalled if he knew Jason was doing it to protect him. But that didn’t change the fact that Jason felt he ought to do it.

“Besides,” Pythagoras smiled, interrupting Jason’s thought. “You might get me into a lot of trouble, but you also keep getting me out of trouble as well.”

Jason grinned back at him. “Well, I have to be useful for something.” He paused. “Still, you and Hercules have been very generous, I don’t want to-”

“Don’t you dare even finish that sentence!” Pythagoras glared at him.

Jason had never seen Pythagoras glare at anyone, ever, and was startled into silence.

Pythagoras’s expression softened a little, and he looked Jason in the eyes for a long moment before he spoke again.

“For once in your life, stop trying to be noble, Jason. I like having you around, and not just because you have this habit of saving my life. I want you to stay. Please.”

Jason had absolutely no argument for that. More to the point, he didn’t want to argue. He nodded, and Pythagoras seemed satisfied at that.

After another moment, Pythagoras picked up his sword and stood up. Jason got up as well, and moved to stand beside him. He couldn’t help noticing that the slightly lost look was gone from his friend’s eyes, and he was now doing his best attempt at a determined expression. Unfortunately, no matter how defiant he was, it didn’t change the fact that he was a) hurt, and b) pretty useless with a sword.

“Listen, Pythagoras, if we do get attacked again, maybe you should stay back a bit.” Jason saw the momentary flash of hurt in his friend’s face, and tried to take the edge off his suggestion. “You’re injured. And you’re the one who knows how to find the way home. You know how bad I am with geography. We need you in one piece.”

Jason knew immediately that it lacked subtlety, and it was obvious that yet again Pythagoras knew exactly what he was trying to do. Jason wondered if he was about to receive another glare, but after a moment Pythagoras gave him a grateful smile and nodded.

“Okay. But if we get outnumbered again, I’m not going let you and Hercules have all the fun.”

Jason resolved to make sure they didn’t get outnumbered again on the way home.

“I’m starting to wonder if you’re becoming an adrenaline junkie,” Jason said, more to break the slightly awkward moment than anything else.

“Thanks. I think.”

Pythagoras paused and then gave him that look again. The one that Jason was getting far too used to since he had arrived in Atlantis.

“What’s adrenaline?”

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halftime1030 From: halftime1030 Date: October 13th, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely! I am enjoying the show so far, even if I am being sneaky to watch it ;D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I'm enjoying Atlantis a ridiculous amount. It has pretty boys and doesn't take itself too seriously, and has slash you can see from orbit. What more do you need in a show?
halftime1030 From: halftime1030 Date: October 13th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Precisely why I love it! *bg*
fififolle From: fififolle Date: October 13th, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! So adorable :D I would like to see Jason teach him lots more about adrenaline *g*
A very squeeful fic, yay! And yay for writing!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol! I'm sure he's becoming intimately acquainted with adrenaline since meeting Jason. Although if I were to write any of it, it might bump the rating up a little, lol!

And many thanks for being patient with it in the beta!

Edited at 2013-10-13 04:07 pm (UTC)
fififolle From: fififolle Date: October 14th, 2013 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Although if I were to write any of it, it might bump the rating up a little, lol!
And this would be a bad thing? *waves pompoms*

You're welcome :) Any time!
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: October 13th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
It didn't take you long to capitulate, did it? Very nice! I'm sure Jason can teach him lots and lots about adrenaline *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Honestly, you're as bad as Fifi! It was my first fic in a new fandom, I like to get the hang of it with a nice PG rated gen fic, maybe throw in a bit of angst and h/c for good measure. The adrenaline comes later... :-)
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: October 13th, 2013 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
*pouts* I'm not as bad as Fifi! Nobody is as bad as Fifi, and I'm all sweet and lovely. I meant running away from things and fighting and... stuff. Honest!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
*iz unconvinced*
bigtitch From: bigtitch Date: October 13th, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I love this. So true. And Jason really needs to introduce Pythagoras to endorphins! ;)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 13th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee, thanks! I'm sure sooner or later Pythagoras will learn there are many other advantages to having Jason staying with them!
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: October 14th, 2013 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee, nicely done!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 14th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: October 22nd, 2013 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sweet :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 23rd, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: October 23rd, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying to imagine a Pythagoras glare, and failing! *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 23rd, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol, good point. Although he was very grumpy most of the way through the episode with the baby, so that might be as near to a Pythagoras glare that we get!
eriah211 From: eriah211 Date: October 23rd, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aaaww, so sweet! Love these two, you wrote them perfectly.
(I really have to get an Atlantis icon ^_^)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: October 23rd, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Glad to know they sounded right, it's always a bit nerve wracking venturing into a new fandom and trying to find the right voices for the characters.
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