Anna's Hero

Disclaimer: Dr. McKay and the rest of Atlantis belong to Gekko Corps, MGM, and Sci-Fi. Anna belongs to me.

Author's Note: This was written for Christina on her birthday.

Turning over on her side, Anna Wylie peered down at the man lying next to her. He looked so peaceful and calm in his sleep that she desperately tried not to wake him. His eyes were closed, but she had already memorized their hazel, almost bluish color. At first glance, he wasn’t handsome, but the longer someone studied him, the handsomer he became. Anna smiled to herself. Most people called her crazy, but she could honestly say she loved Dr. Rodney McKay.

Yes, he could be rude and egotistical and an all-around nervous wreck. Yet, that only happened when he insisted he was right or if his life was in mortal peril. For the longest time, she thought that was all there was to Rodney’s personality. However, over time, she learned to see past the abrasive ego and find the good man buried beneath the surface.

Then the Wraith had attacked. It had taken that one moment to make Anna realize how she felt about Rodney. Even though the world was falling apart around her and she had her own specific job to do, she knew she had to find him and quickly.

After a frantic search all over Atlantis (and ducking any Wraith she saw), she found him and Zelenka desperately trying to fix a Z PM. She touched him on the shoulder and he nearly hit her.

“Anna? What are you doing here?” he frantically asked.

“I had to find. I have to tell you something.”

“Can it wait? Kind of busy here.”

She shook her head, strands of her golden hair falling out of her ponytail. “This could be the last time we ever see each other. I’ll never forgive myself if you don’t know.”

“Don’t know what?”

She froze for a moment, unable to process her thoughts into words. Then she responded in the only way she knew how. She grabbed him by the shirt collar and kissed him. At first, Anna could tell he was trying to pull away, and then Rodney relaxed into the kiss. Sadly, it didn’t last.

“We must hurry,” Zelenka said from behind Rodney.

Rodney reluctantly pulled away. “Yeah…yeah…I’ll get right on that.”

Feeling satisfied, she left him to his work and quickly returned to hers. She remained in a state of fear as she did everything she could to help. When the announcement was made that the Wraith were gone, she crumpled to the floor and cried, her strength spent. She barely even noticed when Rodney found her and carried her to his room.

That night had been wonderful. Still lying next to him, watching his chest rise and fall, Anna knew there was more to Rodney McKay than meets the eye. He was the most wonderful man she had ever known.

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