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14 August 2005 @ 01:59 am
'Sometimes', one for slashthedrabble challenge #38 - Wings
Author: darkhavens
Title: Sometimes
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard of Stargate: Atlantis
Rating: NC-17
Words: 400
Feedback/Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Summary: Rodney has his own fallen angel



Sometimes

Sometimes, when Rodney's been awake for seventy-two straight hours, he wonders if John might be a fallen angel sent to tease and please him. He's sure in certain lights, from certain angles, he can see the wings. The faintest smoke grey shadows, sweeping out and up behind that hair, tapering to blackened dusty points behind his heels.

The fancy resurrects itself at unexpected moments.

While fleeing for their lives towards the gate he's sure he sees them - a darker mass of air extending out on either side. This planet's people's version of a small projectile weapon spits out rocks the size of acorns, but with carefully tailored barbs. He hears the whistle-thunk that should mean injury, or worse, and then he hears it several times again. Yet still they run, uninjured, from the latest botched up mission, and while he knows it doesn't really make him any safer, seeing the wings helps dial the panic down a notch or two.

He sees them later too, though in wildly different circumstances - riding John to heaven's edge and back a second time. They're slicksweatshivershake alive and whole and home and everything else is quickly put aside until they're done and sated.

They're close now, riding the razor's edge at the point of no return, and Rodney knows John won't allow him to ease them back again. He's done it twice before already - pinned John to the bed, and slowed their frenzied writhing, gentled him, until the urge to come has loosed its grip.

But now it's time. He's curled right over, knees stuck out at awkward knobbly angles, much too happy with the chest to belly contact the position grants to think of trying to make himself look graceful, if he could. John's hands are in his hair, on his shoulders, roaming, stroking, pulling, scrabbling for skin and quick release. Rodney licks a path between his nipples and bites down, clings tightly as he arches, screams and comes.

And there they are, visible from the corners of his eyes, two ash grey shadows rising from the bed to cross behind him, enveloping them both as focus shifts and breathing stills. And then he's clenching, coming, whiting out and falling forward. When his eyes reopen they are gone.

In the light of day, when they're relatively safe, he knows it's just a fantasy he has - his own fallen angel. But sometimes, late at night, he wonders...
 
lamardeuse: M/S 3lamardeuse on August 14th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
They're slicksweatshivershake alive and whole and home and everything else is quickly put aside until they're done and sated.

Wow, that line is very evocative of cummings, and the whole thing is just lovely.
darkhavensdarkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! I love the way cummings bends the language to his own will. he inspires several of the writers in my first fandom (Buffy) and I think I picked up the style, and the cummings-appreciation from them. He's contagious. *g*
Sandysp23 on August 14th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
And there they are, visible from the corners of his eyes, two ash grey shadows rising from the bed to cross behind him, enveloping them both as focus shifts and breathing stills. And then he's clenching, coming, whiting out and falling forward. When his eyes reopen they are gone.

I loved the visual I got of John's wings enfolding Rodney. The image of John as a Fallen Angel just fits so well.

Loved this.
darkhavens: shep intense passion [literati]darkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! I think John would make a great fallen angel - he's not evil, he's just naughty. And he'd look so damn hot with those wings. ;)
KarenDreamerLady: Shep Lovesick foolkarendreamer on August 14th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)
OH, I happily worship you. That is so very beautiful.
darkhavens: shep fly me [literati]darkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
Thank you. :D
KBpsyko_kittie on August 14th, 2005 01:49 am (UTC)
*bows* Beautiful.
darkhavens: shep look at me [literati]darkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
Thanks. *curtsies*
merlin7clarkangel on August 14th, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)
This is a truly gorgeous fic
darkhavens: shep mcdaydreams [literati]darkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
Thank you. :D
tabaquitabaqui on August 14th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
Dude!!
Oh, i like.
And there they are, visible from the corners of his eyes, two ash grey shadows rising from the bed to cross behind him, enveloping them both as focus shifts and breathing stills.

Pretty pretty pretty.
:)
darkhavensdarkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
Thanks! And here I thought I'd never write wing!fic. *g*
who said what now? - tabaqui on August 17th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - tabaqui on August 17th, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
ex_kyrieane267 on August 14th, 2005 03:31 am (UTC)
*curls up on your feet and purrrrs*

This is so very beautiful.
writeaholicwriteaholic on August 15th, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
Dude! I want to do impure things to your icon!!!!
who said what now? - darkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
rayne_y_dazerayne_y_daze on August 14th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
Beautiful, and I love the illusory wings. This really speaks to how he feels about John. Bravo.
darkhavensdarkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:16 am (UTC)
Thanks. :D

I think they both have amazing faith that the other one will do what's necessary. Rodney with fix what's necessary, and John will protect. Plus, the picture in my head, of John with smoky grey, black-tipped wings, is just too damn hot not to share. *g*
Virtual Personal: AtlantisShepardFlyboy - Starbuck92virtualpersonal on August 14th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
Shep as an angel! Now see, until I read this, I'd definitely have voted *devil* Nice job showing us the truth about him. Oh wait... fallen angel, kinda fits both theories!
darkhavens: mcshep in trouble again [literati]darkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)
He's not wicked enough to be a devil, he's just naughty. *g*

Thanks!
You're out of adventures :(: joe flanigan by flordeneuclaire on August 14th, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
Beautiful.
darkhavens: shep puppy eyes [literati]darkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)
Thanks. :D
Sam: Angel by memoimoietmoi on August 14th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
Ooh, pretty!
darkhavens: shep look at me [literati]darkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D
Hopehopeowl on August 14th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
Ok, you've done it again! I keep sending you kudos on the McShapp email list, and now I get to do it here too! This is fanfuckingtastic. OMG I love your J/R stuff. Please keep going, you're doing an incredible job.

darkhavens: mcshep towed [literati]darkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
Thank you! And thank you for friending me. You're my first official McShep-centric fan. :D
who said what now? - hopeowl on August 17th, 2005 05:20 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on August 17th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
Mistress Marilyn: therefor slash: charliemcmistressmarilyn on August 14th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll worship you. Wonderful writing. And a great take on the theme.
darkhavens: shep puppy eyes [literati]darkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
Thanks! The idea of John with wings was just too pretty to ignore. *g*
samsara_sv: teasamsara_sv on August 14th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
goergous imagery as ever my dear
darkhavensdarkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie. :D
pioniepionie on August 15th, 2005 12:14 pm (UTC)
This was beautiful - a lovely image.
darkhavens: shep rodney naked now [literati]darkhavens on August 17th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
Thanks! I had the image in my head - folded arms, cocked hip, wings tucked neatly behind him as he watched Rodney do what Rodney does. *g*