Title: The Taste of Apples
Author: Auburn (auburnnothenna)
Characters: John, Rodney, Ford, Teyla, Elizabeth, Carson, others
Prompt: 14. Loss
Brief summary: John, Teyla, Rodney and Ford go on a routine mission, but things go horribly wrong when they encounter something they never expected. This story is simply amazing. It could be a pro novel. It has one of the most satisfying endings I've ever read, and one of the sadest. I can't say why it fits this prompt so well without giving away the plot, but it fits so perfectly I thought of this story the instant I saw the prompt. This is a lovely team fic, with an absorbing sci-fi plot, with truely alien life. If I were trying to convince people of the merits of fanfic, this would be one of the stories I'd use. It is impossible not to be moved by this story.
The first breath after stepping through the gate always seemed deeper, stranger, something foreign flooding into the lungs. It wasn't anything anyone admitted to out loud, but they all felt it sometimes, that they were all so far from home and the very air was wrong.
The second breath usually came easier.
Sheppard pulled alien air deep into him, fighting the urge to hold his breath instead.
Link to the story: The Taste of Apples