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 Rush folds his arms across his chest. He’s really not happy about this - despite what he says, he’s not convinced any more that Young is the wrong person to be leading this mission. He knows for sure that Telford is the wrong person, though, and he’d much rather take his chances with Young than Telford.

“Penny for ‘em,” Young says, one eyebrow raised. His hair is much longer than it had been when they’d first come onto Destiny, and he looks good like this, curls softening the shape of his face. 

“No,” Rush says curtly, pulling himself out of the inappropriate thoughts. “Just waiting for Telford.”

If he hadn’t been looking for it he wouldn’t have seen Young flinch. “Yeah,” he says. “I’m sure you’re pleased about this.”

Rush snorts, looking away. “You might not be the right person, but you’re closer than he ever will be,” he says.

He knows without looking that Young’s mouth is hanging open, and suddenly he wants to push the colonel against the wall and kiss him breathless, right up until the second Telford comes to take over Young’s body and command position. But he doesn’t.

“Thanks,” Young says eventually. “You’ve been. We, uh, couldn’t have gotten this far without you.”

Rush nods, half in acknowledgement and half in agreement. 

Then Young jerks a little, and his posture changes, and Rush knows that this is Telford, come to take away any and all progress they’ve made. “Welcome home, Colonel,” he says, with a little mocking bow.

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Rush looks at Young in consternation. "Last time I tried to compliment someone, I accidentally triggered a PTSD flashback," he says. "So I don't do that any more."

"You said you were sorry and that was good enough for me," John comments idly, inspecting Rodney's arithmetic.

Young looks from Rush to Sheppard, confused. "Didn't you two just meet, like, yesterday?"

"Yep," Sheppard says.

It’s hard to tell behind Rush’s six-day beard scruff, but Young is pretty sure he’s turning red. “It was an accident,” he says shortly.

“What did you say?” Young asks incredulously.

“Well, if I say it again, it’s going to happen. Again,” Rush says. “And I’m not doing that.”

“Thanks,” Sheppard mumbles, “but I’m gonna go now.”



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