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darkhavens
07 November 2007 @ 07:45 am
Fic: Flashpoint, SGA, McKay/Sheppard
Author: darkhavens
Title: Flashpoint
Fandom: Pairing: Stargate Atlantis: John/Rodney
Rating: R
Words: 508
Spoilers: Minor location spoilers for early S4.
Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com. If you spot a typo, please feel free to tell me in comments. I want you to!
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Summary: The weather here is like nothing they've experienced before, not on Lantea or Athos or Earth.
Notes: Written for day 6 of mini_wrimo and prompt #45 of my long-neglected McShep Big Damn Table.



The weather here is like nothing they've experienced before, not on Lantea or Athos or Earth. It starts cool and damp, but the barometric pressure creeps ever upward and takes the temperature with it.

Over days and weeks - a month, maybe two - the dampness resolves into humidity, limning the more athletic, aesthetically pleasing ones with glistening dew. The less fortunate become sweaty, lank and swollen, plagued with heat rash and the ever-present threat of dehydration.

The pressure builds until a flashpoint is reached - and then the storms come.

They dance across the surface of the planet in a beautiful ballet, each a thousand miles or more across and a hundred miles high. They merge and grow, or clash and spin away on new trajectories, completely unpredictable.

For the lightshow and the rains, the city hides behind its shield - an upturned goldfish bowl trapped beneath a never-ending torrent. For three to five days, a million tonnes of water every seventeen seconds hits the shields, a deluge of Biblical proportions.

The sheer weight of it, the unimaginable volume, keeps Atlantis in motion on the roiling sea. Dramamine is in short supply for those who have no sea-legs.

~~~~~~~

Most people take their downtime when the pressure gets too much, when they can feel their brains liquefying, their tempers stretched so thin that their nerves poke through. They only return to regular work when the weather breaks and the rains begin.

Rodney claims he does his best work under pressure, and that the lack of personnel underfoot is just a bonus. He spends these sultry, sequestered days, when offworld's out-of-bounds, scouring the database for long-buried treasure, hunting down elusive hints of armories and ZPMs.

The sultry, sequestered nights he spends with John, sprawled inelegant and naked on a thrown-together bed of Ancient mattresses and cushions on his balcony. They breathe together and watch the sky when it's too hot to fuck, and join the stars and gasp for air when it's not.

Rodney knows the taste of every inch of John's skin - every crease and scar and wrinkle, every follicle. He knows a nip behind the knee makes him giggle, that a long, slow lick from tailbone to nape makes him beg. He knows the taste of John angry and cheerful and fierce, he knows the taste of him melancholy, half-drunk and glad.

He knows the taste of every mood, every facet of John, but today - this day that hasn't been different in any way but this - today he tastes fear and hope and something undefined, something frangible and sweet as spun sugar.

"John?"

The sweetness, the fragility, is visible in John's eyes, in the angle of his jaw and the lightness of his touch.

"You know this isn't just about…" John waves a hand over their come-smeared bellies. "Right? I mean, it's not like we meant to… But with the heat and… With you… And I really…"

Rodney kisses him into silence. So this is what love tastes like.

"Yeah, me too."



mini_nanowrimo running total: 2890 words
 
 
feeling: lethargiclethargic
 
Princess S: sithdragn:SGAGeekprincess_s on November 7th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
Wow that's some powerful imagery!!


Dammit now I'm going to be thinking about the two of them going at it like bunnies with lighting over head :P


darkhavens: mcshep insert rodney here [mf_luder_xf]darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! it was such a delightful image in my head I had to share it. *g*
Hidari_Bluehidari_blue on November 7th, 2007 09:00 am (UTC)
Beautiful.
darkhavens: mcshep insert rodney here [mf_luder_xf]darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D
danakszouldanakszoul on November 7th, 2007 09:32 am (UTC)

Oh squee. This makes me happy. And yay for imagery, 'cause it's kind of chilly where I'm at, but I could feel the sweaty humid.

=^_^=
Anneko
darkhavens: mcshep insert rodney here [mf_luder_xf]darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
Hee! So glad I could help you warm up. :D

Thanks!
Ali: HaveFunalipeeps on November 7th, 2007 09:35 am (UTC)
So this is what love tastes like

Lovely. :)
darkhavens: mcshep insert rodney here [mf_luder_xf]darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D
MF Ludermf_luder_xf on November 7th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, that was simply beautiful. Wonderful imagery and I felt like I could reach out and feel the heat, taste the emotions.
MF Luder: SGA Weir/Sheppardmf_luder_xf on November 7th, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC)
Is it totally weird and pervy though, that I had the love song from the Disney version of Cinderella running through my head? So this is love...

*facepalm*
who said what now? - darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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darkhavens: mcshep insert rodney here [mf_luder_xf]darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
LadyCat: sga - rodney mouthladycat777 on November 7th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
Rodney kisses him into silence. So this is what love tastes like.

Gorgeous
darkhavens: mcshep insert rodney here [mf_luder_xf]darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
inkscribe: inkpurpleinkscribe on November 7th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
Aieee! Frangible Awesome! :-)
darkhavens: mcshep insert rodney here [mf_luder_xf]darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thank you! 'Frangible' is such a wonderful word, but so sadly under-used. *g*
katbcollkatbcoll on November 7th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
Rodney kisses him into silence. So this is what love tastes like.
Oh my god... This was amazing! *flails* I'm outta words!
darkhavens: mcshep insert rodney here [mf_luder_xf]darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
A fickle fannish Fangrrl: john/rodney by xsacrificefangrrl on November 7th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
Sex and thunderstorms, nice combination. I love the build up to the emotional stuff using the imagery of the thunderstorm, very nicely done.
darkhavens: mcshep insert rodney here [mf_luder_xf]darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The emotional stuff refused to be written until I'd properly set the scene. *g*
Melmellyna on November 7th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
Wonderful piece. Thanks for sharing.
darkhavens: mcshep insert rodney here [mf_luder_xf]darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D
chaps1870chaps1870 on November 7th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Really wonderful imagery in this one.
darkhavens: mcshep insert rodney here [mf_luder_xf]darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
I need more fandoms like CKR needs more sexy: Squeelove_jackianto on November 7th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Great use of imagery and I adore that So this is what love tastes like. line. :D
darkhavens: mcshep insert rodney here [mf_luder_xf]darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D
the_cephalopodthe_cephalopod on November 7th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
Ooo, sweaty stormy sex... very nice! cep xxx
darkhavens: mcshep insert rodney here [mf_luder_xf]darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Storms are sexy, yo! *g*
aimeelicious: SGAsuperego_bydeniedaimeelicious on November 7th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
Such lovely, lush imagery.
darkhavens: mcshep insert rodney here [mf_luder_xf]darkhavens on November 7th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D