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02 April 2006 @ 06:29 am
'Future Past' one for slashthedrabble #70 'The Future'
Author: darkhavens
Title: Future Past 1/1
Pairing: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Rating: G
Words: 300
Feedback/Concrit: darkhavens @ slashverse.com
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Summary: Fifty years after the Stargate system became common knowledge on Earth, what does anyone really know about the people who went to Pegasus?
Notes: Written for slashthedrabble #70 'The Future'

Official histories never tell the whole, unbridled truth. They don't tell the world how close those first intrepid travellers to Pegasus really were, how close they had to be. They pass on facts and statistics, dry words and hollow numbers. Emotions, feelings, were seen as inappropriate.

Many only skim the books named on their reading lists at school; they watch the vids and documentaries their professors use as tools to pass on personal agendas. They never know the truth.

They never know that General Sheppard almost caused a coup by losing an arm and being recalled to Earth. How Doctor McKay refused to let his lover leave the flying city, so sure that Earth would never allow him back so badly damaged. Imperfect. No longer fit for battle.

There is no government-sponsored documentary explaining just how Sheppard went from Air Force General to Doctor - inside a month. Or how he skipped the usual interview procedure and was working in the lab beside McKay before the ink was dry. That's not the tale they want to tell.

But the truth has a way of filtering out.

An alien wedding ritual caught on digital media. A flood of emails saved in haste to the wrong disc. A stack of fading photographs and obsolete memory cards carry fragments of a story that got trampled underfoot by history's Government Issue boots.

And someone, somewhere, takes an interest.

Old biographies and memoirs, personal diaries and journals, letters, all are grist for the mill that's started turning. Requests for documents and files, long unlocked by various governments who used to take their secrets to the grave. Nothing left to hide - the gates became common knowledge half a century ago.

In the end, it's not the movie of the year; it's just another space opera love story.

I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: hp; the look [me]literati on April 2nd, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
bloody brilliant!

I cannot count the ways that I love this.
darkhavens: mcshep drrrty boys [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thank you, Pookie!
Lishlishel_fracrium on April 2nd, 2006 05:36 am (UTC)
very,very nice. loved it!
darkhavens: shep fly me [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I love the thought of people learning about their love affair, fifty or a hundred years in the future. makes me happy. *g*
adafrogadafrog on April 2nd, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
Loved it. Thanks.
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 16th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D
Anonymity as a Refugemirabile_dictu on April 2nd, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
Charming! I loved it. Thank you!
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 16th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
springwoof: excitedspringwoof on April 2nd, 2006 06:32 am (UTC)
very cool! I like the tone...
darkhavens: rodney adorkable [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm a sucker for 'based on true events' movies like that so I figured I'd create one for the McShep love story. *g*
What, does he wanna date me or kill me?: SGA fankrysalys on April 2nd, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's about how it would happen, too. What ends up in the history books (the official ones) is a mere pale sliver of all that really happened. Because, really, no one can really know what went on unless they were there. And even then, their perception's colored by their very personalities.
Wonderful job, hon.
And if Rodney were alive when that movie was made, he would've flailed and pitched a holy shit fit over the invasion of privacy. Heh. *G*
darkhavens: rodney oh please! [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
Re: *nods*
Thank you!

And oh, yeah, Rodney would have had an apoplectic fit at seeing someone pretending to be him. And it's not just the invasion of privacy, it's how they think they can possibly do him justice with some hack actor who's never held a lifesigns detector, let alone faced down a Wraith while holding the heart of the city in his hands. *g*
Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball: Wheee!rokeon on April 2nd, 2006 07:04 am (UTC)
My history professor once complained about computers, how people in the future aren't going to have all the handwritten letters/diaries/manuscripts/notes that historians have always used to learn about people's lives. I love that you've used digital media, discs, and memory cards for the exact same sort of documents.

Lovely. And space opera love story makes me ridiculously happy.
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 16th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I used digital media because after a year being a galaxy away from the nearest office supplies store, they probably came as close to being a paperless organisation as it's possible to get. And once you've got a setup like that to work, why mess with it? *g*
teh-gandu: Nick: foxy indeed-electroniconsteh_gandu on April 2nd, 2006 09:42 am (UTC)
Simply breathtaking.
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 16th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D
Annafrom_the_corner on April 2nd, 2006 10:13 am (UTC)
I usually avoid future fics, but I'm so glad I made an exception. You wrapped it up perfectly. This is exactly what history is. Or isn't.
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 16th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you made an exception to your rule and it worked for you. :D
Suzy: Book Loversuzy_queue on April 2nd, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
Absolutely excellent. I love it.
darkhavens: shep intense passion [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
Re: feedback
Thank you. :D
V.: SGA JohnRodney All Over Again If I Haveaurora_84 on April 2nd, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is really good.
darkhavensdarkhavens on April 16th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
Explicit Adult Content? You're soaking in it!yin_again on April 2nd, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
Aw, Brokeback Atlantis! Sweet.
darkhavens: rodney waiting for shep [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thanks!

At least mine had a happy ending (give or take an arm). ;)
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darkhavensdarkhavens on April 16th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you!
Alizarin_NYC: mcshep all over againalizarin_nyc on April 3rd, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
Honest to God,
I have chills.
This is wonderful.
darkhavens: shep mcdaydreams [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Your reaction has made me all warm and fuzzy. *g*
linaerys on April 3rd, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
*sniffles* This is heartbreaking and I love it. Beautiful, and inspirational.
darkhavens: mcshep theirloveissooz [literati]darkhavens on April 16th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Heartbreaking in a good way, right? *g* After all, they did get to stay on Atlantis together. ;)