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22 July 2005 @ 01:08 am
'What Teyla Said', one for slashthedrabble challenge #35 - S/he said what?
Author: darkhavens
Title: What Teyla Said
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard, Stargate Atlantis
Rating: PG
Words: 500
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be. No harm, no foul, no money made.
Summary: Teyla asks questions and Rodney figures out the answer.

What Teyla Said

Rodney glared and John wondered yet again if there wasn't some way to hook Rodney into the city's Ancient defence systems. Surely if he could put that much energy into a simple look he could blow the Wraith ships out of the sky without breaking a sweat.

"...Courting! She thinks we're courting!"

John scratched his belly and watched Rodney vibrate with frustration.

Ready. Aim. Fire.

"Are you sure you didn't misunderstand?"

Direct hit.

Rodney's face practically glowed with righteous indignation and John gave a fleeting thought to the city sensors and how they'd react if Rodney exploded on the spot.

"Misunderstand? Misunderstand? Let us see if you misunderstand what Teyla said, shall we? Let me see, how did it go, exactly? Oh, yes."

'I have enjoyed, over the past months, watching the courtship ritual between yourself and Major Sheppard, Doctor McKay. Despite the many differences between our peoples it would appear that courtship at least follows a similar path. However, I do find it curious that you have spent so long on the penultimate phase of the ritual. You have both worked to attract the attention of the other, and you have both displayed a protective stance that speaks of your intentions and respect for one another, despite the outward appearance of distain and the use of sometimes disrespectful... 'nick' names?' I can only assume that there is some sort of societal rule that dictates how long the courtship must last? Or are you waiting for Doctor Weir, as head of your group, to grant permission?

'In Athosian culture only the very young must seek permission, and the response is always swift to avoid discomfort and uncertainty. If you have not actually informed her of your intentions I am not certain that Doctor Weir is aware of the courtship. I know that Lieutenant Ford was surprised when I first asked his opinion. He attempted to persuade me that I must be mistaken. Then he explained the rule of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'. I assured him that it was not my intention to spread false rumour, and that I would never think to speak of this outside our team. It took him almost a month to accept the truth behind your actions, and since then he has helped me to understand that your courtship is rather unique amongst your people. It is good to know that your rituals can be adapted as appropriate, but still, it leaves me wondering why...'

The unexpected pressure of John's lips on his completely wiped clean Rodney's mental slate. He'd been saying something? Courtship. Yes, someone had been mistaken, thinking that their constant sniping and arguments meant... Oh! A thousand light bulbs suddenly went on in Rodney's brain, as every verbal jab, each blatant invasion of personal space, and every insane argument slipped neatly into place within the whole - courtship, geek-style. Of course!

Humming happily into John's hungry, eager mouth, Rodney decided it was time to move this courtship out of its penultimate phase. Enough foreplay already.
Keylaneverbelonged on July 22nd, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
LOL! Was great! Loved it! So funny... great job.
darkhavens: shep fly me [literati]darkhavens on July 22nd, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
Thank you. :D
ex_kyrieane267 on July 22nd, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
*glomps you*

I SOOOOOOOOOOO needed a reward!

Thanks oodles and oodles and oodles!
darkhavens: shep fly me [literati]darkhavens on July 22nd, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
This is your reward fic? Wow! Thanks! :D


I still have no confidence in my voices, and that much Teyla in one place has left me shaky. o.O
who said what now? - ex_kyrieane267 on July 22nd, 2005 12:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on July 22nd, 2005 02:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: fm; delish [me]literati on July 22nd, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
ha! love it. Took Rodney long enough ;)
darkhavens: rodney waiting for shep [literati]darkhavens on July 22nd, 2005 12:32 am (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie. John was taking his sweet time too, remember. ;)
Fenris Wolffenris_wolf0 on July 22nd, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
Hilarious and so Teyla!

Thank you for sharing.
darkhavens: sheppard puppy eyes [literati]darkhavens on July 22nd, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Teyla can come across as very serious, but I'm sure she'd know exactly what she was doing approaching Rodney with questions like that. ;)
Explicit Adult Content? You're soaking in it!yin_again on July 22nd, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)

::hugs story::
darkhavens: shep look at me [literati]darkhavens on July 22nd, 2005 02:35 am (UTC)
Thankee darlin'. :D

I'm still finding my legs in this fandom, but once I do... ;)
ScribeWraith: SGA McShepscribewraith on July 22nd, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
Brilliant - I love Teyla's voice and Rodney and John and Brilliant!
darkhavens: shep mcdaydreams [literati]darkhavens on July 22nd, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
Hee! Thanks. I'm so glad her voice worked. I kept tweaking phrases and sentence structure until I had to make myself stop and just post already. *g*
Kronette: McShep belovedkronette on July 22nd, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)
Wheee! Isn't it just like a woman, even a stranger to earth cultures, to pick up the UST betwixt our boys? *g*
darkhavens: shep look at me [literati]darkhavens on July 22nd, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
Hee! Yes. UST is obviously an intergalactic phenomenon. Thanks!
B: SGA Snark by mmmchellelovekeller on July 22nd, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
ha! have to love Teyla
darkhavens: rodney waiting for shep [literati]darkhavens on July 22nd, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm sure she did this on purpose, you know. She's sneaky.
Sandysp23 on July 22nd, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
Whee! I love it when Rodney rails against until someone snaps his attention back, and then he gets right with the program. *g*

This was great.
darkhavens: mcshep uhoh [literati]darkhavens on July 22nd, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
Thanks! Rodney's rants are as lovable as the rest of him. *g*
rayne_y_dazerayne_y_daze on July 22nd, 2005 02:52 am (UTC)
Fabulous! I especially like John's thoughts bout hooking Rodney up as a power source. *hee*
darkhavens: rodney are you wearing it major [literatdarkhavens on July 23rd, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
Thanks! Rodney would be the ultimate superweapon if they could just plug him into the city. *g*
KarenDreamerLady: So Doing It by forcryinoutloudkarendreamer on July 22nd, 2005 04:34 am (UTC)
Delightful......You have Teyla's voice perfect.
darkhavens: shep fly me [literati]darkhavens on July 23rd, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
Thank you! New voices always worry me. I'm still working on John's - which is why he's so quiet right now. ;)
Empress Ena: 1severusslave on July 22nd, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
John scratched his belly and watched Rodney vibrate with frustration.

SO John! Hee!

Courtship - geek-style! Oh, yeah. :)
darkhavens: shep look at me [literati]darkhavens on July 23rd, 2005 01:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! I could see John, completely relaxed, scratching absently as Rodney built up a head of steam that John knew he was going to get the full benefit of later. ;)
All mighty voices in my head, I'll never doubt you: Sheppard_taunting(thingamajigs)burningchaos on July 22nd, 2005 05:57 am (UTC)
Such a perfect Teyla voice. I could hear her as I read it...Wonderful.
darkhavens: rodney are you wearing it major [literatdarkhavens on July 23rd, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
Thank you! She has a very proper way of speaking, but she's sneaky with it. *g*
Sam: Angel by memoimoietmoi on July 22nd, 2005 07:59 am (UTC)
That was hilarious!
"courtship, geek-style"

Teyla's a really smart girl! *g*
darkhavens: mcshep uhoh [literati]darkhavens on July 23rd, 2005 01:22 am (UTC)
Teyla is sneaky! She knew exactly what she was doing. :D

Laitaine: mcshep - so doing itlauralaitaine on July 22nd, 2005 09:23 am (UTC)
Hee! Cute. And a great Teyla voice there too.

Surely if he could put that much energy into a simple look he could blow the Wraith ships out of the sky without breaking a sweat.

Perfect! I love it :)

Thanks for sharing.
darkhavens: mcshep uhoh [literati]darkhavens on July 23rd, 2005 01:23 am (UTC)
Thanks! Now I just need to find John's voice and I can actually let them have a conversation. *g*