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SG Atlantis / MASH

Title: Three men walk into a city: A scientist, a soldier and a priest
Author: partofthequeue2
Pairing & Fandoms: Major Evan Lorne - Stargate Atlantis / Father Francis Mulcahy - M*A*S*H
Rating: G (gen, not slash).
Spoilers: Um, not really, apart from knowing who the two guys are.
Warnings: My lack of good ending...
There are a couple of things that people who don't watch the series' may be confused by, and where that is the case, I've put a link to a page that explains it.
Oh, and Tau'ri, are humans from Earth.

Summary: Atlantis gets it's first priest.

Three men walk into a city: A scientist, a soldier and a priest.

Evan Lorne isn’t particularly religious. He never has been. Going to church as a child was always seen as a chore, which he gave up when he started high school, and years spent fighting snakes posing as Gods, followed by years of cleaning up the messes of Ancients posing as Gods, has pushed him even further towards atheism.

However, he is now XO of a battalion of soldiers, many of who are very religious, the members of his off-world are all various degrees of Catholic. Most of the scientists in Atlantis are non-religious, but even so, they have their fair share of Christians, Muslims, and Jews. The Athosians and the other Pegasus native refugees all worship the Ancestors, and are always wary when they realise the Tau’ri don’t,

This means that Lorne finds himself semi-regularly attending the services that the marines put together every week, mainly to show that not all of Atlantis’ senior military are completely atheist, especially as he knows that Sheppard is very unlikely to ever attend.

This would be the reason that he knows exactly what is going on when Lt Col Sheppard enters his office one morning, waving a piece of paper and asking;
“We’re getting a Priest?”
“Father Francis Mulcahy.” Lorne replies without looking up, “He’s arriving with the Daedalus next week”.
Sheppard frowns as he slumps in a chair on the other side of Lorne’s desk.
“Why are we getting a Priest?”
Lorne puts down the duty roster he was working on, and leans back in his chair. “I think some of the Sergeants were fed up of having to do the Sunday services themselves”.
Sheppard looks mildly guilty for a second, before confusion reasserts itself. “But it says here,” he waves the paper in his hand, “that this guy is pushing 80. He volunteered in the Korean Conflict!”
“He made Captain in Korea,” Lorne shrugs, “he’s used to conducting services for soldiers in near combat conditions, he’s got a couple of citations and medals for bravery and going beyond the call of duty, and he tested positive for the ATA gene”.
Sheppard gives him a funny look, “That doesn’t change the fact that he is almost 80. What’s he going to do if the city gets attacked again?”
“I wouldn’t know, sir. I think you’re going to have to take that up with those at the mountain”.
Sheppard sighs and gets up to leave. “Wonderful”.

Of course, the men who spend hours of their own time putting the Sunday services together every week, are delighted to be getting a priest, no matter what age. It helps when they are told that Mulcahy is well versed in most of the major Christian denominations (apart from Southern Baptism, but they don’t have any Southern Baptists anyway), and he can also perform some of the Jewish ceremonies.

And so, the city is already full of high hopes for, and good feelings towards, Father Mulcahy when Lorne greets him when he arrives on the Daedalus a week after the conversation with Sheppard in his office. He may be in his twilight years, but Father Mulcahy stands straight and tall, obviously not suffering from any of the ailments that afflict many of the older generation, and also just as obviously in complete awe of his surroundings.

Lorne goes up and introduces himself, before showing Father Mulcahy his quarters, the mess hall, the infirmary, and the room where Sunday services are held, leaving a couple of marines to take his bags.

Father Mulcahy turns out to be friendly, approachable, has a good sense of humour, and is completely non-judgemental as to whether you attend his services or not. All the marines love him, even those who aren’t particularly religious, and he gets on well with the few scientists that he interacts with regularly. A bonus is that, when he finds himself with nothing to do, the Father heads down to the infirmary, to help where he can.

“I was posted to a MASH in Korea”, he explains one lunchtime.
“MASH?” asks one of the scientists sitting at the table.
“Mobile Army Surgical Hospital,” says Lorne, “Where those seriously wounded on the front line could get more extensive treatment than you can get in an aid station. They’ve been replaced by CSH’s now”.
Father Mulcahy nods. “Yes, I was posted at the 4077th for the duration of my stay in Korea. An awful place, but I did pick up a few skills there. And then after the war I worked as a chaplain in a veteran’s hospital for many years”.
“And then you get sent to another galaxy, complete with vampires.” Lorne grins.
Mulcahy laughs, “It does make a change”.

Father Mulcahy stays in Atlantis for over a year before a younger man replaces him. Lorne continued to go to the occasional service through out the year, and by the time Mulcahy leaves; he has even managed to persuade Sheppard to attend now and then.
Some how, it feels like less of a chore now.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 9th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
I'm not familiar with SGA, but that was really sweet.
Feb. 10th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Feb. 10th, 2008 08:53 am (UTC)
This was excellent. I love this idea. Could I beg for more. I'd love for Father Mulcahy to meet Rodney or Ronon. That could be so funny. Or tell them stories of Hawkeye and crew. Well done.
Feb. 10th, 2008 10:47 am (UTC)
Thank you!
I can't promise more, because I tend to procrastinate a lot ( :D ), but it's definately a possibility.

PS Love the icon :D
Feb. 10th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)
No need for promises as I understand procrastination - I'm moving house and am supposed to be packing. :) A possibility there is at least hope.

It's one of my favourites at the moment. I snagged it from lee_fragilidad
Feb. 27th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of writing this pairing, but you did far better at it than what was traipising around in my overtired brain.
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