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04 December 2005 @ 05:29 am
'Limited Space', 500 words for slashthedrabble #54 - Party
Author: darkhavens
Title: Limited Space
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard pre-slash, kinda
Rating: G
Words: 500
Spoilers: General S2-ishness, nothing specific
Feedback/Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Summary: Rodney needs more space.
Notes: Written for slashthedrabble challenge #54 - 'Party'.

Limited Space

"Terabytes, Colonel, that's what all this tinsel cost us!"

Rodney turned on his heel and started back across John's office, ignoring John's 'I'm actually trying to work here' face.

"Imagine, every bit and byte of data, all safe. Secure, in case we ever need to run. We could have made a copy; sent it back to Earth. Maybe there'd be something Sam could use against the Orii."

Rodney's hands spoke in tandem with his words, sketching out great arcs and short, sharp curves with stabbing punctuation.

"Caldwell actually had the gall to laugh in my face. He ordered me to file any complaints I had with you. So here I am. Filing. Why aren't you taking notes?"

John glanced down at his laptop, sighed, saved and turned it off.

"It's Christmas Eve, Rodney. There are other things to do. You have no idea how many miles of garland got hung today."

A single finger, held up like a threat, stopped Rodney's calculations halfway around the gate room but before he'd reached the 'gate.

"Don't even… Rodney, just take the evening off. Shower, change and meet me in the mess hall at seven."

"What? I… There are things… Important… Zelenka…"


The snap in his voice had Rodney bouncing to a halt, wide-eyed and disturbingly vulnerable, for a second or two at least.

"What? Busy man here, trying to get the job done. Not helped by military martinets playing power games! So, if you'll excuse me, I'll take this up with Elizabeth. She will at least do me the courtesy of listening before brushing me off."

"Did I mention that the Daedalus brought food as well as decorations? If you're late, you might miss out on tasting real, home-cooked gravy."

The flicker in Rodney's eyes told John he'd nearly won.

"There's pie."


John tried, unobtrusively, to loosen his belt, convinced he wouldn't be able to eat again for at least a week. He'd nearly choked on a forkful of candied yams watching Rodney and Ronan try to steal from each other's closely guarded plates.

He was almost convinced that Rodney had forgiven or forgotten when John saw him lean across the table towards Elizabeth.

"Rodney, I think it's time we took a little walk. There's something that I think you need to see. I'll bring him back soon."

Elizabeth nodded and smiled and turned her attention back to Caldwell, and John hauled Rodney up and marched him off in mid-sputter.

"That was… I was going to… Dammit, slow down! Unless you want to watch me eat dinner in reverse?"

John stopped, opened the nearest door and muscled Rodney in, flicking on the lights before his captive said a word.

"Merry Christmas."

John swallowed hard at the lust in Rodney's eyes, telling himself it was surely for the hardware. Hard-drives, thumb drives, the latest techno geek wares, piled on every surface in the room and on the floor too.

Rodney licked his lips.

"Oh my god… John, I think I love you."
mercurys_wintermercurys_winter on December 4th, 2005 05:35 am (UTC)
Awwww! That was so sweet! :D
"She Who Procrastinates"logovo on December 4th, 2005 05:42 am (UTC)
Surely the way to Rodney's heart.
Fun read, thanks.
Alizarin_NYC: rodney mckayalizarin_nyc on December 4th, 2005 05:43 am (UTC)
Oh my GOD, I love YOU! So cute and sweet and... awwww.

So here I am. Filing. Why aren't you taking notes?

Sigh. I love Rodney. He's so predictable.
thanksXallthefishshealynn88 on December 4th, 2005 06:06 am (UTC)
I'm not familiar with this fandom, but I love this! Very fun, and I really get an idea of characterizations. Course, I love me my nerds. Any and all. :)
who said what now? - bloodygoodgirl on December 4th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
     Mandy: Heroica_phoenixdragon on December 4th, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
Bliss, honey - sheer bliss!LOL! A real treat! Poor John! And the only thing that stopped Motormouth McKay for even five seconds was food... *Headdesk*... That is so, so Rodney!
Loved it hon! Just loved it!
Alex: Hive John pantsmcalex22 on December 4th, 2005 09:54 am (UTC)
Ooh, I love the christmasy story... I could just picture Rodney's baby blues lighting up in delight when confronted with a roomful of techno stuff!

How cute is John for doing that for Rodney??? Maybe he'll get lucky for Christmas!

Love the story :D
Tonia Barone: Merry Christmastoniabarone on December 4th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
Awwww....go John for knowing his geek! Cute. Thanks for this.
bibliokatbibliokat on December 4th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
I *love* your icon.
Tonia Barone: Merry Christmastoniabarone on December 4th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks! dana_cz made it.
Edmund Crankypants: David Hewlett smokes /Treed Murrayanitac588 on December 4th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
Very sweet and cute, definitely put a smile on my face.
Ruricruric on December 4th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)

I adore your McShep *g*
Never store shuriken in your underwear: John up to no goodporntestpilot on December 4th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
Ah, John, all the sex you're going to get...Hee!
PL: PL autumn trioponders_life on December 4th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
Hee! Have I told you how glad I am that you're writing McShep? ::smooch::
rayne_y_dazerayne_y_daze on December 4th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
I love it! Your Rodney voice cracks me up every time :-) So very good! There's pie. *hee*
Lalkhamsin-khamsolalpiratepurple on December 4th, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
Sandy: SGA Mcshep_chaps1870sp23 on December 4th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
I love how in canon and in fic the one sure way to get Rodney to shut it is for Sheppard to command him to. *g*

He'd nearly choked on a forkful of candied yams watching Rodney and Ronan try to steal from each other's closely guarded plates.

Hee! I so want to see a scene on the show where Ronon and Rodney are just sitting side-by-side and eating and everyone is staring at them like they're watching either a) porn, or b) a horror movie. :)

This was really cute.
duskyfoxduskyfox on December 4th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
I can picture the look on Rodney's face as he says that last line, and it's priceless.

Great fic.
tabaquitabaqui on December 4th, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC)

Tempting him with pie and tech!
I love it.
bibliokatbibliokat on December 4th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
Heeheehee! I love it! Rodney complaining, Rodney and Ronon eating, and John wooing Rodney with tech stuff. (In case you can't tell, I love Rodney the mostest;)
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: rp; crush [me]literati on December 4th, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC)
Right. The lust was for the geek wares... ;)