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March 15th, 2006

Fic: Switching Sides (Unified Theory 1/?) (PG) @ 01:16 am


Title: Switching Sides
Author: SGAtlantisLight
Characters: McKay, Sheppard, Weir, Lorne, Beckett, Zelenka, Kavanagh
Relationships: McKay/Sheppard
Rating: PG, but I expect the series overall will be NC-17
Warnings: None, really
Spoilers: References to Conversion
Summary: Part 1 of the Unified Theory series-- an AU where Everett was never drained by the Wraith and kept his position as military commander of Atlantis. This part happens post-AU-Conversion.
Disclaimer: The characters, the setting, etc. are NOT mine, even if I wish they were.




Picture by weasleysangel

When Elizabeth Weir stepped out onto the East Pier to greet the new personnel arriving on the Daedalus, her heart did a little skip as she took in the tousled dark hair of the man conversing with Rodney, his back toward her. Then she paused, shaking her head, as she saw the red maple leaf on the flag patch. Still, as she got closer, the height, weight, and bearing still reminded her of Atlantis's favourite son.

"Welcome back, Rodney," she said and the dark head turned.

He smiled and nodded, hazel eyes dancing. "Elizabeth. Good to see you again."

Her own answering smile was just as pleased. "John! It is you! I... the flag... and..." She fell silent, noting the blue panels on his uniform as he turned toward her and the flash of gold on his left hand.

Rodney smirked. "You asked me to see if I couldn't get him back here. Well, I got him back."

John gave him a pained look. "Rodney," he said warningly.

"Ah, Major Lorne!" Rodney said as the Atlantis Military XO walked up. "You look considerably better than the last time I saw you."

Lorne grinned. "Yeah, no more blue scales. How have you been, doc?"

"Busy," Rodney answered. "Major Christopher Lorne, meet my new husband, Doctor John Sheppard-McKay."

***

"Okay," Elizabeth said, rubbing the spot between her eyes like she was getting a headache, "you couldn't take on anymore Americans because of some limitation the International Committee has set, so instead you married him?"

"Yes," Rodney answered. "I thought it was a brilliant idea myself."

"And you agreed to this?" she asked John.

"Sure," John answered. "I didn't have a problem with it."

She considered the two of them. "Okay. It's none of my business. I'm just thinking that when Colonel Everett gets back from offworld, he's going to have some interesting theories about John and his time here."

John shrugged. "I'm not his problem anymore."

"No," she answered, "you're Rodney's."

John gave her his best innocent look. "When have I ever been a problem?"

***

John blinked at the sight of Rodney McKay standing before him, jeans and a tee shirt that read "Run around naked."

"Rodney?" he asked.

"Hi," Rodney said. "I read your thesis. Very impressive."

"Um. Thanks. But, you know you could have called."

"Yes, yes." Rodney waved his hands dismissively. "The point is, I can get you back, on the science staff, but there's a catch."

John raised his eyebrows and stepped back from the door. "Come in."

Rodney took a second to survey John's apartment. It wasn't much different than the one he'd had on Atlantis-- guitar, surfboard, Johnny Cash poster...

"So, what's the catch, other than having to work under you?"

"The International Committee has decided the expedition is too U.S.-centric. I can't hire you."

"That's a bit more than a catch," John said, heading for the kitchen. "Beer?"

"Got anything other than American?"

"No. Your choice is Sam Adams or Sam Adams."

"Well, I guess I'll have Sam Adams, then," Rodney answered, flopping down onto the futon couch. "But, I had a thought. I could hire you if you were Canadian."

John returned, handing Rodney a bottle. "I can't just wave my hand and declare myself Canadian, so how does that help?"

Rodney took a swig before fixing John with a serious look. "You could marry me."

John spewed out the beer he had in his mouth and began coughing.


***

"These apartments here are very nice, west-facing balconies, sizeable beds obviously for married couples," Lenoir said.

"Any with other bedrooms that could be made into offices?" John asked.

"There are... four right here that are three-bedroom and unoccupied."

"Sounds good. How about we go check those out, Rodney? Rodney?"

The chief scientist looked up. "What? Oh, yes, fine."

"Rodney, you can leave those reports for later. If Zelenka didn't meet you yelling, 'Oh, thank God you're back!' it'll wait."

"Yeah... sure..." Rodney said distractedly.

"Rodney! Come on. We need to get our quarters squared away. I'd like to sleep sometime tonight." He turned to the Canadian-- his fellow Canadian, now wasn't that a thought?-- Sergeant. "Thanks, Sergeant."

"You're welcome, sir... er, doctor. Congratulations."

***

They'd just gotten their bed made, the windows opened to freshen the air, and were mostly done putting John's things away and were starting on Rodney's when there was knock at the door. John peeked out of the bedroom, but saw Rodney already at the door, so returned to work, pulling his sweaty shirt off.

He heard low, angry words and stepped to the bedroom door, just out of sight, to listen.

"How could you bring him back here?" Everett's voice growled.

"He's got the gene in spades, he's got a doctorate in aerospace engineering, he knows the puddlejumpers, and, frankly, it's none of your damned business."

"People are still going to treat him like he's a major in the Air Force, like the former head of military operations and I don't need that."

"Well, then, I suggest you--"

"Rodney," John interrupted, stepping into the living room and crossing to the front door quickly to slip his arm suggestively around Rodney's waist. "Come to bed, babe. I've been waiting for you." He looked at Everett and gave the military man a suggestive smirk. Everett looked like he wanted to continue the conversation, so John leaned forward to Rodney's ear and dropped his voice. "I used the silk sheets," he whispered.

Everett's face bloomed crimson and then he turned and stalked off. The door slid shut. Rodney stared at him, then started laughing. "Oh, I've never seen him speechless! You... we... I think I've found a new weapon."

John smirked, releasing Rodney, and returned to sorting and putting away their things. "Glad to be of assistance. Actually, that was kind of fun. We'll have to do that again."

He didn't see the look of longing that flickered across Rodney's face. "Yes," his husband said, watching him bend over a crate. "Yes, we will..."


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From:sunn_doyouknow
Date:March 15th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)
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w00t!!! Oh, I'd give anything to see that last scene!!! With John half naked and wrapped around Rodney, and Everett gaping in the doorway. *eg* You rock so much, Light! *love*
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 15th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Oh, yeah, that would be a delicious scene. I can't draw or manip to save my life, though. *Sigh*
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From:bluebrocade
Date:March 15th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
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SQUEExInfinity!! Love it!!!
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 15th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! It's gonna be fun.
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From:overchay
Date:March 15th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC)
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That picture you used with the caption cracked me up. Rodney looks so smug and John's expression is absolutely adorable. And, oh shit! Sexy John Sheppard, present and accounted for! lmfao WOW That man is devious and I love it! You had me eager to read this before you postedthis first chapter. Well, now you havemy completely hooked. Wow.
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 15th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! The picture is by weasleysangel. I love it muchly. And, yes, John is very much going to be devious in this one, 'cause Everett-baiting is too much fun... ;>
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From:chase_acow
Date:March 15th, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
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Love it! I can't wait for the next part! I love it when Sheppard gets credit for being smart. Thanks for sharing!
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 15th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Well, canonically, he pretty much has to have gotten a Master's degree to make Lt. Colonel, so he's certainly not uneducated. And he's certainly smarter than McKay when it comes to handling social situations.
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 15th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! It waa and is going to be fun to write.
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From:luatiki
Date:March 15th, 2006 06:49 am (UTC)

omg!

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omg! must have more,must have more,must have more,must have more! EEP!! Um, more please?
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 15th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)

Re: omg!

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Hehe. Soon. I'm writing a Beckett/McKay genderbender mpreg series, too, so I have to give equal time here before the McBeck fans kill me.
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From:sapphiresfic
Date:March 15th, 2006 07:02 am (UTC)
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TOTALLY LOVE IT! Great start! More, more, more is all I gotta say! Dr. Sheppard, Rodney's husband! *SQUEE* Can't wait for more!
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 15th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! It's gonna take everyone a while to adjust...
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From:lavvyan
Date:March 15th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
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oy! *squees* this is so, just, wow! *speechless*

i mean, like, whoa! *does her little happy read-a-perfect-fic dance*
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 15th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
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Hehe. *Does a happy people-are-happy dance.*
From:aspacer
Date:March 15th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
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*dies*

I can't breathe I laughed so hard.

Also, much better title then any of the ones I came up with.
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 15th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Glad you liked.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 15th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)

some catch..:)

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"Yes, yes." Rodney waved his hands dismissively. "The point is, I can get you back, on the science staff, but there's a catch."


I love the catch Rodney used to get John back to Atlantis. Brilliant beginnings to what promises to be another awesome series. I hope there is more to follow SOON [nope, I'm not the least bit greedy. Just encouraging..yeah that's it] You've got Rodney's voice so clearly written in this openning sequence. How lovely. And the pic you chose was greaT!! Thanks for sharing..Rayne
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 15th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)

Re: some catch..:)

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Thanks! I love writing Rodney. I probably feel most comfortable writing him (as long as he's not being science-babbly).

Oh, and the pic is by weasleysangel.
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From:forlornhope42
Date:March 15th, 2006 07:15 am (UTC)
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Lovely start, can't wait to read more, and I guess I'm in love with that picture!

Thank you for sharing this
Skein
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 15th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! The picture is by weasleysangel and I love it.
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From:seekergeek
Date:March 15th, 2006 08:11 am (UTC)
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A marriage of convenience fic! Oh god, I think I love you! You got lots and lots of chapters planned, I hope?
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 15th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
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Well, as much as I ever *plan* anything, yes. I've got the series arc in head, but how many chapters that'll be or what little side-trips I might take, that I don't know.

Thanks.
From:shazkatt
Date:March 15th, 2006 09:10 am (UTC)
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Great start loved this.

Last bit with Everett was fun, John is so bad.

Of cause Everett might like to prove it is a marriage of convience for the Canada citizenship so John could come back, it would probably be one of the few ways he could kick John of Atlantis by invalidating his new Canada citizenship.

God can you imagine the paperwork they are probbaly still going through about the marriage.

Shaz
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 15th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
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Hehe. Yeah, that would be kinda hard to prove.

And you just know in that situation John so would.
From:gaylarain
Date:March 15th, 2006 09:31 am (UTC)
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Love, love, love, love, love. I think I hit decibels not heard by human ears when I saw that you had posted this. I love this idea.
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 15th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Hehe. When I was a kid, the neighbour's dog whistle used to drive me insane, especially because no one else could hear it.

Not that that has anything to do with this. I just remembered that when you mentioned things not heard by human ears.

Anyhow, glad you liked. Thanks!
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From:kyokoaegis
Date:March 15th, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
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That new story is really promising, I really enjoy the fact that John and Rodney are married! John's still his cool self and bitchy Rodney is always a pleasure to read ^^ The flash back sequence was really funny, also I guess that Everett may cause some problems in the future ;) Are you planning to create other pairings, like you did for your Broken series?
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 15th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

Yes, there will be other pairings. There's at least one other established relationship at this point in the timeline (though, obviously, it's not apparent in this chapter), a couple that are working their way there, and a couple that haven't gotten anywhere yet. Because I'm just not a one-couple writer.

Which, I supposed I should warn people right off the bat, most of those other relationships are het-- John and Rodney's relationship is going to be rather unusual and I don't plan to do a Pegasus Protocols concept in this one. DADT and the no-fraternising rules are very much in effect (though whether they'd be applied often is another question).

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