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Just a quick series of missing bits from The Pegasus Project before I go back to answering my lovely prompts. My apologies if this ground has already been covered; I've been very bad with the reading lately.


Fandom: SGA
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Rating: PG
Spoilers: The Pegasus Project
Feedback: Will be hugged like a puppy. Even if it bites.


Lemon Drops



They’re waiting to board Odyssey when she notices.

There’s nothing more to be done from here, not by either of them, and they’re doing their best to stay out of the way until takeoff. A pile of supply crates offloaded for Atlantis provides a handy island of motionlessness. Around them, the crew of the ship readies her, all of them steady, sure. Atlantis expedition members mingle with them here and there, equally full of purpose. She hasn’t felt like an intruder until just now. As usual, her CO makes a good distraction.

“What have you got there?”

Cameron looks at her from under his brows and holds up a distinctly yellow bit of fruit. He waves it and wags his eyebrows.

“Where did that come from?” She knows that he knows about McKay’s allergy. She knows that he knows more than enough about the man, really. Forewarned is forearmed.

“Sheppard thought it might come in handy.”

She winces. “Ouch. I didn’t think it was that bad. He’s annoying, yeah, don’t get me wrong, but he grows on you. I thought maybe he’d have…” She trails off at the grin she’s getting. “I’m missing something.”

He nods. “Anna Jefferson.”

“Okay.” She keeps the level stare on him and waits for the rest of it. She’s always been good at Jeopardy.

“Anna Jefferson was the toughest girl in third grade. She could skip rocks like nobody’s business, and there wasn’t a tree in town she hadn’t climbed first and best.” He smiles wider. “And she had the cutest freckles I had ever seen in my life.”

Neither Rodney nor Sheppard has freckles. She would have noticed. She’s spent enough time with Rodney since they met, and Sheppard has been helpful to the point of flirtation since she reached Atlantis.

“Now, my best friend was Bobby Hardwick, and Bobby knew all about those freckles, too. He also knew all the best ways to put the moves on a girl. I never stood a chance.” He tosses the lemon absently into the air. “Anna had one weakness, though. Hated sunflowers. Never did find out why.”

For a long moment, he smiles into his memories.  She shakes her head fondly. “And?”

He watches the fruit turn slowly through his fingers. “And I told Bobby Hardwick that she loved ‘em.”

He flicks a glance at her and then across the landing dock. Sheppard and McKay are talking, facing the ship. Sheppard cocks his head and says something that gets a smirking nod from Rodney.

And Sheppard’s attention to her takes on a whole new dimension.

Sheppard looks over Rodney’s shoulder and meets her eyes, then breaks away to walk in their direction. The quick pat of Rodney’s arm that he gives in passing suddenly strikes her differently.

Sheppard shakes her hand first, faint smile and sharp eyes. “Good luck.”

“Thanks.” There’s nothing else to say.

He moves to Cameron, and that smile is easy and wide. “Have a nice trip, Colonel.”

Cameron shifts the lemon into his left hand to take Sheppard’s right. “We’ll do our best.”

The grip and eye contact lasts longer than it should. Finally, Sheppard nods and pulls away. When he’s gone, she turns her attention to Cam. He’s back to slouching, arms crossed, against the crates.

It clicks. “He said something to you.”

“Yep. Said McKay was brilliant, and difficult. That he works best in a tizzy.”

None of that explains the glint in Cam’s eyes. “So… pretty much what I said.”

“Yep.” He pushes off the crates and walks toward the ship. “But you never threatened to hunt me down if I didn’t bring him back in one piece.”

She almost misses the lemon as Cameron tosses it back, not looking.

She’s used to protective leaders. She’s even been one. It’s not that she’s having trouble seeing Sheppard as the type to protect; it’s that she’s having trouble seeing Rodney as the type to need it.

Another look shows Rodney in the middle of the controlled chaos, directing the small band of Atlantis scientists who are helping with the preparations and having some discussion with Doctor Zelenka that sets the passing crewmembers to laughter. His hands are busy with illustrating whatever point he’s making. As far as she can tell, there’s no reason for Zelenka to be there. Come to think of it, there was no reason for Sheppard to be there, either.

For all his habitual Rodneyness, he seems… happy.

Good for him.

She absently pockets the lemon and follows Cameron onto the ship.


*******


Sheppard hits the mat. Hard.

Ronon doesn’t offer him a hand up. He wouldn’t take it. They aren’t being gentle today.

They shouldn’t be here. There’s nothing any of them can do from here. They should be on their way to a collision with a hive ship, or on their way to stopping one. They should be with him.

Ronon is very rarely a fan of dividing their forces.

It’s worse with no radio contact, and it’s better. McKay feels exactly as far away as he is. Space can be cruel like that, making the distance between sight and help a yawning gap. There’s a reason Ronon joined the ground forces and not the navy.

Teyla watches from the doorway, waiting her turn. Which one of them she’ll face depends on who burns out fastest. Ronon has endurance on his side, but it’s Sheppard with the fire right now. Sheppard is fighting like he doesn’t have an audience, sacrificing caution and manners for speed and anger. Against most it would be deadly. Against Ronon, it puts Sheppard on the ground more often than not, and that seems fine with him.

Sheppard charges just that little bit more recklessly, and Ronon decides. Sheppard is dancing on the edge of injury. It’s time to shut him down. That Ronon is looking forward to letting go, to having Teyla do the same, is only a bonus.

Ronon meets Teyla’s eyes and nods.


*******


Odyssey lands to a small crowd. John isn’t part of it.

He stays in his own quarters, reviewing mission reports while he waits. An hour after the docking there’s a chime and he thinks the door open without looking up. He’s calm and collected. The picture of unconcerned normality.

Until the lemon pegs him in the chest.

It’s double bagged in sealed sample bags. John lowers his head to stare at it, and raises an eyebrow. When he looks up, Rodney is already stripping.

He’s toeing his shoes off and shrugging out of his jacket. Multitasking at its best. From the depths of his shirt, his voice comes out slightly muffled. “Cute.”

John smirks and doesn’t answer. He lays the laptop aside, then the lemon, and shifts to his side as Rodney steps out of his pants and sits on the edge of the bed. He bends to pull his socks off, and John doesn’t stop himself from resting a palm on that broad back.

Socks gone, Rodney leans into the touch for a minute before stretching out next to John.

“Jackson will argue for a week at least. Command will want them back immediately – it’s always about the now with them, look at that mess with Elizabeth – and Mitchell will get it down to a couple days.” He burrows closer. “So I figure we’ve got a few hours now, and that’s it until they leave. Not so long, though.”

“Good.”

Rodney frowns. “That’s a little harsh. Sure, they’re not particularly accustomed to our way of doing things, and maybe they’re a little cocky, but…” He trails off and squints at John. John rolls onto his back and watches from the corner of his eye.

Then Rodney laughs. “Oh, come on. You can’t be… You can’t… You are. You really are.” Another laugh. “You really are… a moron. Completely and utterly.”

John sighs and turns his head to glare.

Rodney grins at him, wide and open, and that’s worth it. John feels his lips twitching and rolls the rest of the way to put his back to Rodney. After a moment, an arm settles over his side and Rodney’s warm chest rests against his back. Rodney’s hand strokes lightly over John’s stomach, fingers cycling through some pattern John doesn’t recognize.

“You’re still the prettiest colonel of them all.”

John’s just working up to a good comeback when Rodney’s hand slides lower.

He can get the last word later.

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Date: 2006-08-03 02:04 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ladycat777.livejournal.com
Oh, that made me smile. All of it. Thank you.

Date: 2006-08-03 06:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
I'm thrilled to provide a happy. *g* You're welcome.

Date: 2006-08-03 02:15 am (UTC)
halo: (SGA: my baby shot me down.)
From: [personal profile] halo
[take two--- whoops :X]

oh, thank you. just-- yes. you appear to have stolen my coherency, but this is just perfect :)

Date: 2006-08-03 06:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it.

(And no worries. I butcher comments all the time. Poor little comments; what did they ever do to me? *g*)

Date: 2006-08-03 02:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adafrog.livejournal.com
heee! Love it.

Date: 2006-08-03 06:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2006-08-03 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] enname.livejournal.com
*adores* This is the best post-ep response I've read so far.

I love the cycling through perspectives in this, from Sam and being very public, through to the team and semi-public and finally the very private of John and Rodney. Like the blackhole that they were going off to see; the visible parts are not really the important, it is what is at the centre.

It’s double bagged in sealed sample bags. John lowers his head to stare at it, and raises an eyebrow.

Have I said how much I love the spareness of your writing style? Yes? Then I say it again. Two whole sentences and I could almost sit down and draw it the visual is so strong. Not only the visual but the characterisation.

So, in conclusion .. *awe*

Date: 2006-08-03 06:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
I love how you always pick up on things that I didn't quite articulate to myself. *g* Makes me feel all kinds of sneaky smart. *adores you back*

The bagging... He's just so delightfully paranoid. I knew he'd give the lemon back, but I couldn't see him touching it. I have this picture of Rodney with a pair of tongs. The manly, intergalactic explorer version of ew. *g*

Encouraging you to be all artsy is always of the good, too. Because, you know, pretty. (Am inherently struck dumb by pretty pictures, by the way, since my artistic leanings topped out at stick figures. Badly proportioned stick figures. With too many fingers.)

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Pretty

Date: 2006-08-03 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luxluthor.livejournal.com
“You’re still the prettiest colonel of them all.”
*Nods blushing head*
John is the hotest of them all,
*takes an other look at John*
Oh yeah so pretty...........*drool*
Plus Rodney
Grrrrrrrr
LOL
I loved this fic
Lux

Re: Pretty

Date: 2006-08-03 06:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Hee. Thank you. The whole team is just abnormally attractive, aren't they? *sigh* I love my pretty, pretty show. *g*

Date: 2006-08-03 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Adorably cute.

Date: 2006-08-03 06:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Thank you! *g*

Date: 2006-08-03 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilac-way.livejournal.com
Best lemon response of all. No hysterics -- just throwing a double bagged lemon at Sheppard. Amazing.

Date: 2006-08-03 06:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Thank you! Given that Rodney was telling the absolute truth with that "quite close" line, I couldn't really see him flaking out to Sheppard. SG-1 puts him on edge, and he tends to react a little badly, but Sheppard is... well, his. They've had years to figure each other out, and I think there's a level of comfort there that lets Rodney be the cool kid around John, simply because he doesn't feel like he needs to be. Mild irritation, maybe; screaming fits, not so much. *g*

Date: 2006-08-03 03:21 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] in-interval.livejournal.com
I love how you have captured the voices here - Cameron and Sam in the first part are particularly strong. I could hear Cam's voice in my head while reading the dialogue.

I've missed a lot, I'm sure, but I haven't read any responses to this episode that had the reaction of the team to Rodney being in danger without them. It seems particularly apt for Ronon and John to handle the stress this way.

And as [livejournal.com profile] enname said, I love how you draw in from the very public view to the very private over the course of this story.

Lovely stuff. Thanks!

Date: 2006-08-03 12:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mecurtin.livejournal.com
I haven't read any responses to this episode that had the reaction of the team to Rodney being in danger without them

I want to second this! McShep is part of Team, and that gets forgotten too often.

There’s a reason Ronon joined the ground forces and not the navy. Very apt. And I like the way John becomes more angry in the workout, and therefore easier for Ronon to take down, and how Ronon & Teyla and watching out for him as they worry about Rodney themselves.

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Date: 2006-08-03 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] threnodyjones.livejournal.com
Fantastic Mitchell voice - wow. And double-bagged lemon - heh.

Thanks for sharing!

Date: 2006-08-03 07:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Thank you! I freaked out a bit about Mitchell, since he's so new to me, and I'm thrilled to hear he came across okay. Whew. *g*

Date: 2006-08-03 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so8lue.livejournal.com
Great fic, dear. I love these stories and how they just show cuteness and protectiveness and just a better side of the Atlantis team, and the Sheppard/Rodney dynamic, in a better light then what is shown in canon. That whole lemon thing just pissed me off when I heard about it (never got the chance to see the episode *headdesk*).

Date: 2006-08-03 07:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Thank you! There's so much hinting at the cuteness and protectiveness onscreen - Ronon's reaction to Wraith touching Rodney being a prime example, or John's determination in Grace Under Pressure, or all of them in Conversion - it just gets... hidden, a little bit, sometimes. The show writers tend to go for either light humor or serious drama, and I think the interface stumps them occasionally. Still, the family vibe pops up whenever the chips are down, so I'm happy. *g*

The lemon thing... wasn't actually all that bad. It depends entirely on how you look at it, and many others have debated it far more intelligently than I can. I watched the handoff scene, though, and thought, Well, at least John doesn't have to worry about Rodney going for Mitchell. Closely followed by, Oh, wait. Hey... And thus the fic was born. *g*

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Date: 2006-08-03 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] larianelensar.livejournal.com
“You’re still the prettiest colonel of them all.”

That line put me on the floor laughing. My cat stared at me.

Date: 2006-08-03 07:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Did he give you the unblinking look that screams "You are both strange and stupid. Feed me."? Mine seem to be very good at that one.

Glad you got a kick out of it, even if it freaked the kitty. *g*

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Date: 2006-08-03 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pollitt.livejournal.com
Hee! I love the reason for the lemon. And John jealous and possessive in such a
*boy* kind of way, and Rodney getting it.

Wonderful story.

Date: 2006-08-03 07:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Poor John. Rodney has a documented thing for colonels, pilots, and the bright ones. It must have been like an invasion of competition. *g*

Thanks for enjoying my take on it.

Date: 2006-08-03 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaekayelle.livejournal.com
I just love this fic to bits. :)) You did so well writing the characters. I could hear and see everyone so clearly, as if they were right there on a screen. Love how John handled being apart from Rodney, to how once he knew Rodney was home safe he simply waited for him to come to him, and Rodney's response to the lemon. Lovely. They are quite simply adorable together.

Date: 2006-08-03 07:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
*sigh* I love them when they're cute. Of course, I love them when they're brilliant and a little deadly and cranky, too, so it might be safer to just say that I love them and be done with it. *g*

It's wonderful to hear that the characterizations worked, particularly since this is my first attempt at the SG-1 crew. Thanks for enjoying the fic!

Date: 2006-08-03 07:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Thank you! *g*

Date: 2006-08-03 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_minxy_/
Hee! I love that SG-1 is so onto them.

Also? That's about my reading on the lemon too. Like that it wasn't sentimental.

Date: 2006-08-03 07:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
That SG-1, they're a sharp bunch. *g* I could see Daniel taking one look at the two of them and thinking, Yep. and moving on.

The lemon is turning out to be the Fruit that Divided Fandom (for this week, at least). I'm going to hang out over here in the land of Ulterior Motives. *g*

Thanks for liking my take on it.

Date: 2006-08-03 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shara50.livejournal.com
This made me smile. Thanks

Date: 2006-08-03 07:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Thank you right back! Glad you liked it.

Date: 2006-08-03 04:26 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] wildestranger.livejournal.com
Ohh lovely. Really enjoyed the variety of perspectives here. :)

Date: 2006-08-03 07:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Thank you! :>

Date: 2006-08-03 04:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kudra2324.livejournal.com
::grins::


lovely title, too.

Date: 2006-08-03 07:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Thank you! I think the family writes me off as nuts every time I got title hunting. I tend to wander around randomly muttering words. This time, I might have made them hungry. *g*

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Date: 2006-08-03 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluebrocade.livejournal.com
Hee! I love it.

Date: 2006-08-03 07:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Thank you! (And I adore your icon. It's perfect.)

Date: 2006-08-03 05:40 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] silens-unus.livejournal.com
This was awesome. It made me smile very much. A perfect take on the meaning behind the lemon.

Date: 2006-08-03 07:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Thank you! Glad I got a grin.

Also, lemon!John on your icon is hilarious. He's even got the Frownpout of Authority going on. *g*

Date: 2006-08-03 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lavvyan.livejournal.com
Ah, so cute! Thank you for sharing. :)

Date: 2006-08-03 07:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Thank you for reading! Glad you liked it. :>

Date: 2006-08-03 06:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceares.livejournal.com
Lovely, and makes me feel better about the episode-which, I didn't so much have a problem with the lemon thing as the briefing scene. This nicely brings back the team loyalty dynamics I missed in the ep.

Date: 2006-08-03 07:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Yeah, the briefing rubbed me a little the wrong way, too. I expected Rodney to regress somewhat, but I'm enough of a sap to want to see his crew behind him, even when he's a doofus. And as usual, he wasn't wrong, just a little spastic.

Glad this filled in a little of the fuzzy you missed, too. Thanks for reading it.

Date: 2006-08-03 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 20thcenturyvole.livejournal.com
*flails* Oh God yes. The, the... everything! That was perfect!

And he is the prettiest Colonel of them all. Hee!

Date: 2006-08-03 07:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Thanks. Hee.

And he is! Although I think Cameron comes in a close second, but that could just be my Browder Bias showing. *g*

Date: 2006-08-03 07:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] looking4tarzan.livejournal.com
*snerk*


Oh I love how you got cam's voice there

Date: 2006-08-03 07:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] stillane.livejournal.com
Cool. I worried about him, since he's the character I'm least familiar with. Which is kind of dumb, given how much I love Ben Browder; why do I not watch him more often, again?

Thanks for enjoying it!

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