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March 25th, 2006

Fic: Black and Blue (PG) @ 10:08 pm


Title: Black and Blue
Author: SGAtlantisLight
Characters: McKay, Sheppard, Lorne, Zelenka, Emmagan, Dex, Everett, Kavanagh
Relationships: McKay/Sheppard
Rating: PG for this part, but series as a whole is likely to be NC-17
Warnings: A bit of language
Spoilers: References to events (some somewhat different in this AU) in Duet
Summary: Part 4 of the Unified Theory series-- an AU where Everett was never drained by the Wraith and kept his position as military commander of Atlantis.
Disclaimer: The characters, the setting, etc. are NOT mine, even if I wish they were.



"So, Major, what did you want?" John asked as he slid into the seat opposite the XO.

"I'm hoping to fill a slot on my off-world team and wondered if you'd be interested."

"Really?" Rodney asked. "Colonel Everett's okay with John and me being on the same team?"

Lorne shrugged. "He's not thrilled, but Doctor Sheppard has invaluable experience. Because of his former rank, there are only a couple teams he could be on."

"And Colonel Everett's team is set," Rodney finished.

Lorne nodded. "Whereas I've just lost a man and need someone. Not to mention, you two and Teyla seemed to work well together before. Hopefully that dynamic will still be there with me in charge."

John shrugged in that relaxed and boneless style he had. "Sure. I'd like to get off-world again."

"Great!" Lorne said. "Hey, the colonel's instituted some training for off-world teams in the mornings at oh-seven-hundred. It's voluntary and we realise people can't typically make all of them, but very useful. Mondays and Thursdays are hand-to-hand cross-training with Teyla, Ronon and Yamato. Tuesdays and Fridays are weapons training at the firing range. And Wednesdays are other things-- first aid, survival, cultural adaptation, emergency field repairs, Ancient technology primer, you name it."

"That's a good idea!" John said, clearly impressed.

"Yeah, the colonel has a few now and again," Lorne said, grinning. "Say, Rodney, I missed you for our morning jog."

John looked at Rodney, startled. "You jog now, Rodney?"

"Another thing he hasn't told you?" Lorne asked.

John shrugged. "He's all 'I'll tell you later' and 'It's not important' all the time. So, Rodney... dear, what started you on jogging?"

"It was all Cadman's fault," Rodney muttered.

Lorne snorted.

"That strawberry-blonde lieutenant that got sucked into a Wraith dart with you that you were going to tell me about later?"

Rodney sighed and rolled his eyes. "When Zelenka tried to get us back out, there was only energy enough for one, so he pulled one out at random. Only problem was, somehow Cadman's consciousness ended up in my body."

"Instead of you?" John asked, eyebrows raised in surprise.

"No, in addition to me. It was a rather unpleasant couple of days."

"Not to mention the two of them fighting was sort of like watching The Man with Two Brains," Lorne said.

"Oh, I loved that movie," John said.

"Can we stay on topic?" Rodney asked.

John gave his husband an apologetic grin. "Okay, so she was stuck inside your body."

"Which was horrible. I mean, I'm sure with your body it wouldn't bother you, but every time I went to the bathroom, knowing she was seeing everything through my eyes!" Rodney shuddered.

John quirked an eyebrow and looked about ready to say something, then changed his mind. "And somehow you taking up jogging is Cadman's fault?"

Rodney nodded. "She took over my body at night after I was asleep and took it jogging... among other things."

"Okay..."

"And the Major here saw her-- me-- on one of his rounds and was thrilled that I was taking an interest in improving myself and arranged for me to meet him regularly."

"So, Zelenka works his magic," Lorne took up the tale, "and the next day comes and Rodney doesn't meet me, so I went and rousted him out of bed."

"My sleep schedule was screwed up by all the body sharing," Rodney interjected. "I was mad as hell that he was suddenly imposing this jogging thing on me."

"But I just took it for his usual griping. Didn't realise I'd actually made the deal with the other consciousness. So it was, like, a week before we figured out what was going on."

"And by that point, it was actually a habit. I found it got the blood flow going to the old brain better, so..."

John grinned. "Cool. So tomorrow we'll both meet the major."

"We're going to have to start slow," Rodney warned. "It's been a month. I didn't have much time at the SGC."

"Or afterward," John added, doing a very suggestive eyebrow thing to the major.

"Too much information!" Lorne protested, laughing.

The two doctors exchanged a grin. What Lorne didn't know wouldn't hurt him and Everett wasn't the only person for whom they needed to maintain the charade.

***

John paused in his work as he heard the yelp, followed by a bump, followed by a string of angry Czech. He carefully set aside the pieces of the engine pod he was slowly disassembling and went to check on Zelenka.

"Hey, Radek, you okay?"

The Czech looked at him sourly, two fingers in his mouth while his other hand pressed to his head where a small trickle of red was coming through his fingers.

"What happened?" John asked, reaching for the first aid kit.

Zelenka pulled his fingers out his mouth. "Fingers got shocked," he answered, "and then I bumped my head when I jerked." He stuck his fingers back in his mouth.

"Let me see," John said, reaching for Zelenka's hand.

Reluctantly, Radek presented him with the burned fingers. John studied them a moment.

"They look a little red, but I don't think there's anything you need to see Carson for. Let me look at your head."

Radek pulled his hand away. A small line of red slipped down his head. John pulled out a gauze pad and pressed it to the wound, causing Zelenka to hiss in pain. "Is it bad?"

"Nah. Just a little cut. Head wounds always bleed like crazy." A couple minutes later, he opened an alcohol wipe and carefully cleaned out the wound amidst yelps from Zelenka. "God, you're as bad as Rodney!" John teased, holding Zelenka's hair back and leaning in to check the wound for foreign matter. Zelenka's breath across his face smelt of coffee and he found himself comparing it to Rodney's.

"Hey, John, are you ready for--" Rodney's voice died.

John looked back. "Hey, Rodney! Hold on a sec. Just let me get a Band-aid on this."

There was a flash of comprehension and-- was that relief?-- in Rodney's eyes. "Oh. Sure. What happened?"

"Just a little bump," John answered. "Here, hold your hair out of the way. Okay... Done." He rose to his feet, unmindful of Rodney's appreciative gaze, and then turned a grin to his husband. "All ready to go."

"You coming, Radek?" Rodney invited.

The Czech glanced between the two. "No. I'm not at good stopping point."

Rodney shrugged. "Suit yourself. Come on, John."

As the two walked out, they didn't see the look of sad longing on Zelenka's face before he sighed and returned to his work.

***

"Man, I'm going to be so beat for hand-to-hand," Rodney complained, running the towel over his neck.

John handed him his water bottle. "Not too bad, Rodney, especially after a month off."

"Yeah, well, I noticed you've hardly broken a sweat."

John grinned. "You'll get there."

Lorne stretched and patted them both on the shoulder. "Let's go. We can cool down for a couple minutes in the gym."

The gym was empty when they arrived and the three of them slumped onto a bench. John handed Rodney the water bottle and then dug into his pocket. "Here," he said, holding out a powerbar.

Rodney blinked, surprised. "Thanks."

Lorne smiled quietly to himself as the two men beside him bickered and joked, passing the powerbar and the water bottle back and forth.

John looked around as the room filled up. "How many off-world teams are here?" he asked.

Lorne glanced around. "Looks like six of the eight. Stackhouse's and Miller's teams have off-world missions in a couple hours. Oh, and we've got a few scientists and Marines that go out fairly regularly but aren't on teams here as well."

Teyla stood then, holding her fighting sticks loosely. "We will be dividing up into two groups today, since Sergeant Yamato is not able to be here. Ronon will take one group and work on throws and falls. I will take the other and work with the fighting sticks. In one half hour, we will then trade."

***

"Ow, Rodney!" John yelped, rubbing his arm. "Doesn't this count as spousal abuse?"

Rodney grinned, the sticks twirling in his hands. "You're just going to need to practice harder, John."

"Well, excuse me for getting kicked out of the program for six months," he grumbled, ignoring the disapproving glare Everett shot him.

***

The towering, dreadlocked man stalked over to John and Rodney. "McKay, you've got the weight advantage. You need to use it."

"Yes, but he's got the reach," Rodney complained.

"You're going soft on him. No matter how good he makes it for you in bed, you can't let him take it easy-- it endangers him and you and your whole team in the field. Now, really fight him or go home and fuck instead."

There were embarrassed titters throughout the room as Rodney turned crimson. John looked up and saw Kavanagh giving Ronon an approving smirk. "So, what'll it be, Rodney?" he asked, grinning.

Rodney glared and then took up a fighting stance. Ronon grunted in approval as they engaged, then turned to Everett and Kavanagh, complaining that Kavanagh was likely to break a wrist if he kept falling like that.

As they struggled, Rodney suddenly leaned forward and whispered into John's ear, "So, what would you have done if I'd chosen fuck?"

John's startlement was just enough to land him on his back, glaring at his husband. "Very funny, Rodney," he grumped, rolling to his feet. "Stop joking around."

There was a flash of something in Rodney's eyes and then he was once again taking up a fighting stance.

On the other side of the room, Teyla watched the two and smiled knowingly.

Next part

 
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From:sp23
Date:March 26th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
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Oh, yeah, everyone sees it but John, the big blind dope. But poor Radek. He needs to find someone else to pine over.

I love this story so much, and was thrilled when I refreshed and saw a new chapter. :)
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From:noctuabunda
Date:March 26th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Nuh-uh, he doesn't. John/Rodney/Radek is teh lurve! *nodnod*
From:justhuman
Date:March 26th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
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Nicely done, I'm enjoying the slow build up :)
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From:jic
Date:March 26th, 2006 07:31 am (UTC)
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Ditto, here!
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From:crystalheaven
Date:March 26th, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
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And to think, I almost went to bed in stead of checking my f-list one last time (for this fic in particular)

I love the by-play between Rodney and Lorne. And Rodney's reaction the John and Radek. *grins* OMG so cute.

*snuggles Rodney* I get the feeling, you're going to do something bd to Rodney to make John realize how much he really loves him. Like, nearly kill him or something. So, I'm snuggling him in advance, while he's still whole, and I can squeeze him without hurting him (or having to fight off possesive, protective John.)

*loves*
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 26th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Hee! Oh, man, you're onto my evil planzzz! I'll have to change them now! Or not...
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From:abysmal_seraph
Date:March 26th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
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Ronon and Kavanagh are so going to screw...cuz I say so and in my twisted mind it will happen. And god I must love on Ronon for the fucking comment. *happy dance*

Love, love, love you so much!
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 26th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
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I've just always seen Ronon as being pretty forthright about sex for some reason. So I couldn't resist.

Thanks!
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From:misty4me
Date:March 26th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
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I feel like that old comedy routine....."slowly I turned, step by step..." Are those two EVER going to figure it out?

LOL

Loved Kavanaugh being his usual skeevy self.
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 26th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Hehe! Eventually!

And LOL to skeevy!Kav... ;>

Thanks!
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From:mecurtin
Date:March 26th, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
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Interesting differences from canon.

You tend to want to end scenes with a flash from a different POV. You might want to think about whether this is a bug, or a feature. It's very cinematic, not traditionally literary.

Colonel Everett's okay with John and I

John and ME. As in, "with me". Rodney wouldn't (IMHO) make that mistake.
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 26th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm not sure why I like to do this. Maybe it's all those final shots where they focus in on other people while our heroes are out being heroic on SGA...
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 26th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
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He's gonna break eventually! Thanks.
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From:geeky_ginger
Date:March 26th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
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Awww, poor Radek...he needs someone to be all lovesick over. :(

Again...another awesome part! :-D
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 26th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Radek'll find someone, eventually...

Thanks!
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From:adafrog
Date:March 26th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
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Love Rodney abusing John. Great addition.
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 26th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! It's fun to write.
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From:springwoof
Date:March 26th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
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neat chapter!

It's still nifty to see the ways the differences in canon are shaping this AU's version of events. Got a little jolt over Ronon's attitude towards Shep & Shep not really knowing him. And interesting to see how Lorne and McKay seem to be better friends in this AU than they appear on the show.

having a great time, looking forward to more....
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 26th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Yes, I've had a lot of fun developing this AU and trying to show it in little peeks and hints.
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From:seekergeek
Date:March 26th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
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Whee! I'm following this story in a truly obsessive way. There's something about marriage of convenience fics that really get my motor running. John is just so oblivious, isn't he? When he finally catches a clue I will probably spontaneously combust from the sqee.
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 26th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
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LOL! Yeah, John's being oblivious, though who can say whether that's intentional or true obliviousness... ;>
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From:sapphiresfic
Date:March 26th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
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Wow! Just wow!
Loved the chapter!
I feel for Radek. He really wants Rodney, but Rodney's longing for John. As much as I don't want to see Radek hurting; (he needs someone), I really hope John gets his head out of his *@$$* and realize Rodney has feelings for him!
UGH! Can't wait for more!
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 26th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! It'll all straighten out eventually (er, well, as much as a gay marriage can, at least... ;> ).
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From:tazzles
Date:March 26th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
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When is John going to get on the clue bus! Seriously. How dense is this man?
I'm enjoying this different Rodney we're seeing. He seems much more relaxed than canon. Like the interaction with Lorne (I love Lorne, he's completely underused).
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 26th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
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Hehe. Sounds like the beginning of a joke, somehow... "How dense is John Sheppard? Well, he's so dense..."

Oh, yeah, I love Lorne too (in case that wasn't obvious), so it's been fun to get to use him so much here.

Thanks!
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From:trollsttroll
Date:March 26th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
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Yet another wonderful chapter!! So glad to see it. I'm excited for the development I see building between Rodney and John!
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 26th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Glad you liked.
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From:tonicollins
Date:March 26th, 2006 06:58 am (UTC)
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Great to see another chapter; clueless John's cute. Er, isn't this part 3? 'Cause if it really is four, then I've missed something somewhere.
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From:sgatlantislight
Date:March 26th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
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No, it's part 4. Go to the index linked in the header if you've missed a part.

Thanks!

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