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25 October 2005 @ 08:22 am
'A.N.D.', 654 words of McShep
Two in one night! I feel so productive. ;)

Author: darkhavens
Title: A.N.D.
Pairing: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Prompt: #054, 'and', for my slash_100 Big Damn Table
Rating: G
Words: 654
Feedback/Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Warnings/Squicks: brief mention of Rodney/OFC
Summary: Rodney has a charitable soul.
Notes: When I saw challenge #054 'and' I boggled, and then I Googled. That is how I came to find the website for the A.N.D..


As Rodney sat at the desk, John leaned casually over his shoulder to see what was stealing his attention. His interest was piqued when he saw dollar signs.

"Who are the A.N.D. and why are you giving them money? How much are you… Jesus, Rodney! A thousand dollars a month? I know it's Canadian but still, what are they doing, raising your secret love child? It's…"

Rolling his eyes, Rodney turned so they were nose to nose.

"American dollars, actually, and no, I would have told you. Do you honestly think I could keep a secret like that for this long? You know the name of every single cat I've ever owned, and the colour of my first ever car, God rust it's soul. If my genetic material had been let loose back on Earth I would never have hitched a ride to this floating death trap and you know it."

John leaned in and kissed the crooked corner of Rodney's mouth, licking away a tiny smear of chocolate.

"Hey, you've been keeping government secrets now for years. I know that most of the covert stuff you worked on is still classified. I bet if you'd been cloned you wouldn't tell me."

Rodney pushed away from the desk and turned in his chair to gaze at John in horrified disbelief.

"Cloned? Me? What are you, crazy? I would never let a copy of this brain fall into strangers' hands. Not, of course, that cloning in that sense is even possible, and… Yes, yes, I can see you're laughing at me. Next you'll be asking me to explain warp drive technology again. As if I don’t have anything more important to do with my time."

He had swivelled halfway around to face his desk when John's hand on his shoulder pulled him back again.

"A.N.D., Rodney? What's the skinny?"

"I'll tell you if you promise to never use that phrase again."

The smirk on John's face let him know that he'd been had.

"Yes, very clever. What are you, twelve? The A.N.D. is the Association for the Neurologically Disabled. It's a Canadian charity that helped take care of someone I used to date once." He shrugged, ignoring the gentle squeeze of John's hand. "I was very impressed with what they did and I started to donate. As my income increased so did my contributions."

Ignoring Rodney's frantically batting hands, John slid his ass onto the desk, nudging aside the paperwork and laptops scattered there.

"So, what happened to your… boyfriend?"

"A girlfriend actually - my first. I was supposed to be in the car with her that night. But even at nineteen I was too focussed on my work, and the first I knew about the accident was when I got back to the dorm and found the note her roommate had pushed under my door. 'Anna's been run off the road, she's unconscious and in County. Maybe you could go see her when you get the time.' God."

John hooked his bare, narrow feet under the edge of the chair and slowly reeled Rodney in. He didn't stop until the edge of the desk was pressed against Rodney's belly, and then he draped his arms over Rodney's broad shoulders and lowered his head until their foreheads bumped gently together. Rodney rested his hands on John's thighs and closed his eyes.

"Her name was Anna Paskoff. She went from being the smartest girl in class to being this drooling thing that couldn't even dress without help. She lay in that car, unconscious - or, God, I hope she was - for over six hours before a passing driver found her. I always wondered, maybe, if I'd been there…"

John cut off the maudlin maybes with a kiss before he was forced to contemplate what his life might be like without one Rodney McKay in it. He had enough nightmares of his own already, thank you.
Empress Ena: 1severusslave on October 25th, 2005 08:01 am (UTC)
Awesome. Scary thought! SGA without Rodney... they'd all be dead.
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 3rd, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
Most definitely true. but even if they weren't, John would be so sad and lonely. *sniffles*

Alex: Homemcalex22 on October 25th, 2005 11:34 am (UTC)

I love your story - it was so sweet! Well done on the portrayal of Rodney - I really like the fact that he is so cute and sweet. I shiver at the thought of Atlantis without Rodney McKay! :D

Great story.

darkhavensdarkhavens on November 3rd, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think Rodney can be sweet, but usually only when nobody's looking. ;)
tabaquitabaqui on October 25th, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)
Ooh, sweet and a little sad, i like i like. John's a goood boyfriend. :)
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 3rd, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)

John is a wonderful boyfriend, and so is Rodney. They both care more than they let on. :D
Sandy: SGA McShep Embracing_chaps1870sp23 on October 25th, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)
Lovely, sweet story showing Rodney's well-hidden, but very real depths.

John cut off the maudlin maybes with a kiss before he was forced to contemplate what his life might be like without one Rodney McKay in it. He had enough nightmares of his own already, thank you.

Aw, nice self-aware John thought.
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 3rd, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)

John knows what a good thing he has going with Rodney. ;)
it only burns when I breathe: mcshep_peacefulexplorers_lowdownbeatspikedluv on October 25th, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)
Wonderful story! Wonderful way to use the prompt! And these last lines were great! John cut off the maudlin maybes with a kiss before he was forced to contemplate what his life might be like without one Rodney McKay in it. He had enough nightmares of his own already, thank you.
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 3rd, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)

I stared blankly at the prompt for a while and then hit google for acronym sites. I love google. *g*
Hope: supernaturalhopeowl on October 25th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
Wow! Another awsome story.
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 3rd, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thankee. :D
The good kind of bitchy and flippant!: rodney smile profilebluebrocade on October 25th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
Sweet and funny and sad. Lovely.
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 3rd, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: hp; sg [me]literati on October 26th, 2005 01:02 am (UTC)
awww! very loffly! :)
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 3rd, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thankee! :D
fhartmanfhartman on October 26th, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
Sweet and sad - you are dragging me into this pairing that I don't even *like* totally against my will, darn your eyes...:)

Though I will never again think of my beloved '87 Dodge Colt without the phrase "God rust her soul" running through my head. LOL...
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 3rd, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
LOL! How can you not like them? They so pretty and fun and snarky! :D *is not sorry at all*

     Mandy: Heroica_phoenixdragon on October 26th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
Damn... Poor Rodney... Bt his kindness and generosity ( not to mention his propensity for beating himself up and being his own worst enemy), doesn't surprise me... This was touching and sweet honey, thanks for sharing this information, and this ficlet with us...
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 3rd, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Rodney is a cream puff under that tough superior exterior. ;)
This journal is all about MEshiny_starlight on October 26th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
Aw, that was so sweet. I love the nicer side of Rodney. ANd the last paragraph was just PERFECT, especially the last line about life without Rodney beiong a nightmare. *sniff* It's so cute
darkhavensdarkhavens on November 3rd, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)

John knows he's got something special in Rodney and can't even bear to think about life without him.
iadorespike: McShepiadorespike on October 27th, 2005 07:07 am (UTC)
Awwww... sweet. I like John's reaction to the thought of his life without Rodney...

darkhavensdarkhavens on November 3rd, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)

Life without Rodney would be hell for John. So quiet! *g*
iadorespike: McShepiadorespike on November 3rd, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, believe me, I want them together as much as any other raving McShep slash-ho! *hugs* I just love it when they realize how much they mean to each other...it *melts* me...lol

darkhavens: mcshep towed [literati]darkhavens on November 3rd, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, me too. I was hooked from the first episode - the slashy subtext is writ in large neon lights and I love that. :D
iadorespikeiadorespike on November 3rd, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
flmun on April 20th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
*whimper* so sad, Rodney's soft, tender underbelly. This is such a terrific slice of the character. Thank you.
darkhavensdarkhavens on May 17th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think Rodney has a real soft centre, it's just very well hidden. But if he could do stuff like this without people knowing, yeah, he so would. :D