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17 September 2005 @ 11:55 pm
'Turnabout', one for slashthedrabble challenge #43 - Role Reversal
Author: darkhavens
Title: Turnabout 1/1
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay of Stargate Atlantis
Rating: PG
Words: 300
Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Summary: John and bugs just don't get on


John barely noticed the jewel-coloured insect on his arm, just brushed it off and continued trekking through the woods. He'd grown used to ignoring Rodney's dissertations on how they were going to die, and the running commentary on just how nature could whup their collective ass was one he'd heard a thousand times before, or so it seemed. It took several paces for anything out of the ordinary to register.

Between one footstep and the next, he grew dizzy. Anxiety had him moistening dry lips with a tongue rendered strangely swollen. Breath was suddenly hard to catch, as though he'd taken a well-aimed body blow from one of Teyla's sticks. The trees around him twirled and dipped, sending jagged rays of crystalline bright light into his eyes. He chose to believe that that was why he stumbled.

Rodney was there before he ignominiously hit the ground, muttering dire predictions and laying the blame squarely at John's traitorous feet.

"You'd think, with your prior experience, you'd know not to mess with indigenous lifeforms. How many times have we listened to Carson's lectures on the subject? At least this time you're the one in trouble instead of me."

But even as Rodney gloated and nagged and lectured about John's idiocy, he was smoothly checking for signs of anaphylaxis, and he found them.

With a muted mutter that John was wasting medication meant for him, Rodney produced and used an EpiPen on one strong thigh. And if Rodney's helping hand lingered longer than it should have, and maybe a little too close to his groin, John didn't see any reason to complain. He was much too relieved, at feeling his apprehension fade, at being able to take a full, deep breath instead of shallow pants, to remind the resident genius to be discreet.
rayne_y_dazerayne_y_daze on September 17th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! You really captured the off-kilter panic in this - and the closing? Lovely.
darkhavens: rodney who's sleeping w john [literati]darkhavens on September 19th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)

I've felt that panic and that shortness of breath so I felt confident in writing John experiencing them. Scary stuff, but Rodney was there to save the day and cop a feel so all was well. :D
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: hd; l&s [me]literati on September 17th, 2005 11:23 pm (UTC)
ooh! bug!john :D

...and trust Rodney to cop a feel ;)
darkhavens: shep intense passion [literati]darkhavens on September 19th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)
I am so going to write a real bug!John fic once I've seen the ep (a few dozen times). I love the caps I've seen of him and I really think there's a damn good story to be written there. :D

Thanks sweetie! *smooch*
Tonia Barone: Foot Fetishtoniabarone on September 17th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Poor John. But at least Rodney was there for him! I liked this little peak into their lives. Thanks for sharing.
darkhavens: shep look at me [literati]darkhavens on September 19th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
Thanks! John was never in any real danger with Rodney there to save his hide, but now he knows what it feels like he won't keep winding Rodney up quite so much. *g*
JaneDavitt: mckaybylunuletjanedavitt on September 18th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
Great use of the theme and so like Rodney ::g::
darkhavens: mcshep drrrty boys [literati]darkhavens on September 19th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Rodney is all bluster and hot air but he does what he has to. And cops a feel when he gets the chance, of course. *g*
Tezateza on September 18th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
Your summary is the best ever. :D John and his bugs -- poor boy!
darkhavens: shep puppy eyes [literati]darkhavens on September 19th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
LOL! Thanks!

there really wasn't another summary I could make. It's all about John and his bad luck with the bugs. *g*
Sandysp23 on September 18th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
Rodney of the face that tells all would have a hard time being discreet, I think.

This was lovely with the seemingly off-handed but very determined care of teh McKay for his Colonel. :)
darkhavens: rodney are you wearing it major [literatdarkhavens on September 19th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)

Rodney just has his default mode set at bluster and complain but he always gets the job done. Plus, he got a chance to grope a little so he was quite willing to play doctor. *g*
Bluespirit: SGA heartsbluespirit_star on September 18th, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
Ah, a very neat little role reversal.
Lovely - thank you. :-)
darkhavens: mcshep look of love [literati]darkhavens on September 19th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)
Thanks! Rodney would never give up the chance to be able to say 'Now do you understand why I worry so much?!' *g*
     Mandya_phoenixdragon on September 19th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
Nicely done!LOL! And yes,I can see Rodney snarking as he cops a fell and saves John's life all at the same time!*G*!
darkhavens: mcshep make us [literati]darkhavens on September 19th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)
Thanks! Rodney can multi-task with the best of them. ;)
it only burns when I breathe: mckay_gettingsome_chellespikedluv on September 20th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
Love Rodney to the rescue, with a lecture, of course, and copping a feel. *snicker*
darkhavens: rodney are you wearing it major [literatdarkhavens on September 21st, 2005 06:05 am (UTC)
Thanks! Rodney is never one to miss an opprtunity, be it for a lecture or a grope. *g*