A/N: I know when I read drabbles, or flashfics or whatever they're called, I'm always left wanting to know what happened next. It is probably why I don't usually write them myself. Nothing ever feels finished or done. Although this second chapter doesn't exactly finish it, hopefully it fulfills a little of that need to see what happened next.

This is still an answer to the Shadows-of-Realm/IceMenace Flash Fiction Challenge: Downtime, Atlantis Style. 300 words or less. This one clocks in at exactly 300 as well, not including this header.

Disclaimer: I do not own any part of Stargate Atlantis or it's wonderful characters.


Ronon slowed his pace as he walked out onto the balcony, feeling like an intruder. The Doc's clothing choice and obliviousness to his presence not helping. Before he could decide whether to stay or go, she looked up at him from her book.

The Satedan was about to make his apologies when a smile spread across her face welcoming him. All thoughts of retreat vanished. "Didn't mean to intrude."

"You're not," Jennifer denied, motioning for him to sit with her.

"I don't think you should be here… alone…like… that." He nodded at what she was wearing before looking out toward the water and beyond.

Jenn grinned at him. It tickled her that Ronon was protective of her, it always had, but watching him try to articulate, she suddenly realized that it wasn't just the warrior in him that made him protective. If she was reading his fidgeting and lack of eye contact correctly, she was making him uncomfortable, but in that guy/girl way. That hadn't happened for her before, at least not with someone like Ronon. Part of her wanted to run back to her room and savor the feeling, another part of her wanted to explore this new power and insight she had.

"It's called sunbathing, Ronon," she teased.

Ronon sensed something different in the tone of Doc's voice, her wink at the end of her remark assured him something was different. His breath left him for a moment as he realized Jennifer was just as affected by him as he was by her. Maybe she had been for all these months as well.

Ronon gave her a smirk before pulling his shirt over his head. He gave an answering wink before stretching out on his back, content for now to bask in the sun and his new knowledge.