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09 October 2005 @ 12:11 am
'Thirty years On', one for slashthedrabble challenge #46 'In The Future...'
Author: darkhavens
Title: Thirty Years On
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard of Stargate Atlantis
Rating: G
Words: 300
Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Summary: They were the only ones left from the original expedition...

Thirty years On

They were the only ones left from the original expedition, the others being either dead or moved back to earth during the intervening years. But they had remained in the only place they'd ever seen as home.

Sheppard had retired after his promotion to full bird colonel. They'd wanted him back at the SGC, coordinating efforts from there. Elizabeth, knowing he'd never willingly leave, the city or Rodney, had offered him a civilian position on the primary science team. John had accepted and taken to calling Rodney 'the bossman' until Rodney threatened to sleep in the spare room.

But now they were both completely retired, from all official posts, though Rodney still kept a private lab and a willing team of acolytes who hung on his every snarling word. Even the latest Head of Science deferred to him when necessary - Atlantis had grown to accept her adopted, genetically mutated son as much as she'd originally only reacted to John.

They lived in a modest set of rooms atop the highest tower - the closest John could get to being airborne without a jumper. A transporter in the outer hallway kept them in touch with the city below, as did their closest neighbours, Halling's son Jinto and his family.

A year ago Rodney had found the key to unlock their ascension and since then had been busy recording his knowledge and theories for posterity. He'd poured his genius out into the database of Atlantis, pulling together many different threads to form the whole.

It wasn't quite the Grand Unified Theory he'd always dreamed of, but he was happy. Atlantis was closer to sentience than she'd ever been before - he'd given her a voice and the means to use it.

"It's time, Rodney."

"I know, but... Do you think we'll miss the sex?"
Explicit Adult Content? You're soaking in it!: intergalactic otpyin_again on October 8th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
This was so sweet. But her adopted, genetically mutated son made me sporfle.
darkhavens: rodney adorkable [literati]darkhavens on October 8th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :D

And he is! Hee! But he's all the more adorable for it. I'm watching 'Hide and Seek' again right now and I want to hug him every time he says 'Invulnerable!'.
Never store shuriken in your underwearporntestpilot on October 8th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)
I'll miss the sex for them.
darkhavens: mcshep in trouble again [literati]darkhavens on October 13th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
LOL! I think we all would. *g* Thanks. :D
rayne_y_dazerayne_y_daze on October 8th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC)
though Rodney still kept a private lab and a willing team of acolytes who hung on his every snarling word

Surely as close to heaven as he'd dreamt, and a wonderful line to boot :-)
darkhavensdarkhavens on October 13th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thanks! And yes, I'm sure Rodney would be in heaven with his own crew of fawning minions, though of course he'd never admit it. *g*
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: hd; l&s [me]literati on October 8th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
no sex anymore? waaaaaah!

lovely drabble, sweets.
darkhavens: mcshep drrrty boys [literati]darkhavens on October 13th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And I'm sure Rodney and Johnwill find a way to get sex, ascended or not. *g*
2naonh3_cl22naonh3_cl2 on October 8th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
really liked it. love how you called rodney the genetically mutated son, and i love that he's still king of atlantis. ^_^ good fic.
darkhavens: rodney adorkable [literati]darkhavens on October 13th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)

'Rodney McKay, king of Atlantis' - I love it! That's a title in search of a fic if ever I saw one. *g*
it only burns when I breathe: mcshep_geeksmate_the_moonmothspikedluv on October 9th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
Do you think we'll miss the sex?

No, no, for there is glowy sex! I want to see them have glowy sex! *bg* Nice image of their future, and Atlantis'.
darkhavensdarkhavens on October 13th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And you know Rodney and John wont stop until they figure out the 'ins and outs' of glowy sex. :D
KarenDreamerLady: McKay Beautiful Brain by wesleygirlkarendreamer on October 9th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
Oh, so sweet and beautiful. What a lovely way to think of them in the future.
darkhavens: mcshep look of love [literati]darkhavens on October 13th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :D

I love the thought of them staying on rather than retiring back to earth. They'd be the grumpy old men of the city. *g*
Joyjarrn on October 9th, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
O.o Ab-ser-lutely GORGEOUS!!! God, your first paragraph almost made me cry @.@. The only reason it didnt, was because it was only a ficlet and wasn't long enough to make me cry. But, it was close, and if I think about that line/paragraph too much, I will get all teary-eyed, as is happening now.
So beautiful! *sniffs*
darkhavens: mcshep make us [literati]darkhavens on October 13th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaaaaw! *passes the tissues, just in case*

Thank you! :D
who said what now? - jarrn on October 14th, 2005 02:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
The good kind of bitchy and flippant!: mcshep embrace manipbluebrocade on October 9th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
Awwww. Sweet. I love future fics where J & R are still together.
darkhavens: mcshep look of love [literati]darkhavens on October 13th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! When I put my boys together, they stay together. :D
Tonia Barone: dorky!Sheptoniabarone on October 9th, 2005 02:17 am (UTC)
Oh wow. Wonderful. Amazing. This is...I jus' love this. Besides mentioning my one weakness (alive!Atlantis), it's jus'...and it's SO Rodney t' wonder if they'd miss sex! *L* Oh! And John retirin' an' puttin' his inner geek to work! Yay! Thank you SO much for sharing!
darkhavens: mcshep look of love [literati]darkhavens on October 13th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I love the idea of alive!Atlantis and I'm sure I'll be using the concept regularly. And I somehow suspect that John's inner geek spent much more time winding Rodney up than he did doing anything productve. *g*
Alex: Aurora jailmcalex22 on October 9th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)

Thanks for writing this - I really enjoyed reading your story. It was very poignant and sweet.

The final words by Rodney made me laugh! It was simply very cute and so Rodney to utter it!

Great work :D
darkhavens: mcshep lube [literati]darkhavens on October 13th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)

You know Rodney loves the sex too much to not miss it. *g*
Sandy: SGA McShep Look of Lovesp23 on October 9th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)
Aw, so sweet. I wonder how long it'll be before the other Ascended give them the boot because you *know* Rodney'll drive them crazy in short order by treating them like they're all stupid and John will disobey all their rules. *g*
darkhavens: mcshep look of love [literati]darkhavens on October 13th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. I give them a week. Maybe less, unless they can convince the other Ascended to let them look after Atalntis like Chaya looks after Proculus. *g*

Sam: Angel by Memoimoietmoi on October 9th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
I loved that:
"It's time, Rodney."

"I know, but... Do you think we'll miss the sex?"

darkhavens: mcshep lube [literati]darkhavens on October 13th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Rodney does love the sex. *g*
Bluespirit: SGA boyfriendbluespirit_star on October 9th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
I love the way that you've set out a complete life for them - it's lovely.
And somehow I'm sure they'll manage to have an ascended version of sex. ;-)
kensiegkensieg on October 9th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
great story. Always wanted to see John as the math geek he secretly is.
     Mandy: Mmmm.... Strawberriesa_phoenixdragon on October 11th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
Oh yeah! It so fits! Kisses sweetie, you hit the nail on the head with this one!
darkhavens: mcshep make us [literati]darkhavens on October 13th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D