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darkhavens
09 April 2006 @ 09:55 pm
'Never Strangers', one for slashthedrabble #71 - Masks
Damnation! Last night (okay, early this morning :P) I wrote this piece for slashthedrabble, meaning to post and then close the challenge. I got distracted by CSI Miami. Ryan Wolf is cute, but Delco's still in mourning for Tim Speedle and Horatio just does nothing for me at all, so while Wolf's eminently slashable he will remain unslashed. Not that I'd write anything, but it's amusing to know that my slash goggles are working so well I can actually find someone slashable without anyone to slash him with. *g*


Author: darkhavens
Title: Never Strangers 1/1
Pairing: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Rating: General viewing
Words: 200
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Notes: written for slashthedrabble #71 - Masks


John wears Colonel Sheppard like a mask, all rank and distance, ridiculously casual but always unattached. He wears his duty like a shroud, prepared to sacrifice himself so others never have to die for him.

Rodney's mask is him, with minor edits; it's ingenious. He talks and talks and rants and talks some more, focussing on his genius, his brain, his worth, his allergies.

He quantifies how they're going to die on any given day, spewing out the fine minutiae of his calculations.

No one ever tries to cut through all that bluster, pomp and ego to ask him how he really feels or what he really wants - they think they know. They've heard him talk for hours on food, on science, on blondes, on how he's going to win the Nobel Prize as soon as he can publish just a lone percentage point of what he knows. They think he has no secrets.

The more time John and Rodney spend together, the more naked they become. Masks slip and slide, eventually discarded. They see each other - they think they always have. These men beneath the masks were never strangers.

Their first 'thank God you're alive' kiss still surprises them.
 
tabaqui: geeksbyliteratitabaqui on April 9th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
Ahhhhhh, sweet.
:)
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 16th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

*continues to spam you with overdue fb replies*

One day I will get caught up! This is what comes of posting fic five or six times a week. Do you think I should stop that? *g*
who said what now? - tabaqui on April 17th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on April 17th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - tabaqui on April 17th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC) (Expand)
chaps1870chaps1870 on April 9th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)

No one ever tries to cut through all that bluster, pomp and ego to ask him how he really feels or what he really wants - they think they know.

I really liked this line.
darkhavens: rodney waiting for shep [literati]darkhavens on April 17th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm sure our Rodney has umplumbed depths. Now, if only John would get a move on and start plumbing! *g*
Hopehopeowl on April 9th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
Wow. That was fantastic.
darkhavens: shep look at me [literati]darkhavens on April 17th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
kharma2815kharma2815 on April 9th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was just...wow!

Is it ok if I friend you?
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 9th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
Please do. The more the merrier! :D
who said what now? - kharma2815 on April 9th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on April 9th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - kharma2815 on April 9th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - alizarin_nyc on April 10th, 2006 12:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on April 10th, 2006 12:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - alizarin_nyc on April 10th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
Ashley: Support Lovegeeky_ginger on April 9th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
Awwww, that was great!
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 17th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
Jakisbishlygay: SG:SG-1-Release your inner Valajakisbishlygay on April 9th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
I love it when a fic leaves me grinning.

Good job!
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 17th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
I love to hear that my fic has left someone grinning. *grins*

Thank you!
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: hd; slc [me]literati on April 10th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
awww! lovely :)
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 17th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
thanks, pookie! *smooch*
Alizarin_NYC: mcshep have to flyalizarin_nyc on April 10th, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
Oh I love this. Thank you. Their first 'thank God you're alive' kiss still surprises them. Beautiful.
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 17th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I can see that kiss happening so clearly after some near-death experience or another, and then the stunned expressions and the dawning realisation... *happy sigh*
adafrogadafrog on April 10th, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)
Well done. Thanks.
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 17th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
Thank you. :D
Sandy: SGA Happy in your companysp23 on April 10th, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
Ooh, loved this. And I truly think that only the boys see the true self of the other. Neatly done in so few words.
poisonshock on April 11th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
love the happy in ur company icon! makes *me* happy too! *g*
who said what now? - darkhavens on April 17th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
sgafan33: SuspicionJohnRodneysgafan33 on April 10th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
This was great.

Many of my fan friends think we know so much about McKay and so little of Sheppard. But I say the you hear McKay speak more, but he doesn't say much more than Sheppard does about his background.
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 17th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
Thank you!

And yes, exactly. We know he's allergic to citrus, and he played the piano as a kid and built a bomb, but beyond that, it's pretty much as cloudy as John's former life. he's a sneaky one, that Rodney. :D
misty4memisty4me on April 11th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)
you know, you nailed them both really well, how they hide out in plain sight.
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 17th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
Thank you!

They're both very good at hiding like that, and it just makes me watch even more eagerly, waiting for them to let slip some tiny detail. :D
poisonshock on April 11th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
awww! very nicely done!
darkhavens: rodney good morning john [literati]darkhavens on April 17th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
Captain of the Innuendo Squad.: mcshep - sitting prettybrandinsbabe on April 11th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
that was so very beautiful :D
darkhavens: shep mcdaydreams [literati]darkhavens on April 17th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
     Mandya_phoenixdragon on April 13th, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
WOW!! You nailed these guys!! Just WOW!! *Shakes head and rereads the goody!
darkhavens: shep so very gay [literati]darkhavens on April 17th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Thank you! Now, if only they'd nail each other. :D