Hi, i have been trying to come up with a story that involves Rodney's musical skills seeing as they have yet to get into it on the show. However, i am not the greatest author and tend to lean towards poetry and art, so, i'd like to pose a challenge:
My idea was that Lorne's team gets held by the locals on a planet, the locals consider art and music to be above all other trades.
In the course all negotiations fail and after they find out that they are music lovers, Rodney, as a last resort offers to give them something in exchange for the team. Everyone is obviously shoked about this and wonder what he could bring to the table yada, yada, yada.
He then goes away for a few hours (no others allowed, you can show him writing and playing but the others are banned), one of the things i wanted for this is that he is shy about his abilities as a musician (thought it would be fun...yes, yes smite the evil challenger ;>).
After returning to the control room he has a tape *Oooooooo* (it should be of ancient design on a crystal or something that would be compatable with the aliens systems) but the aliens demand that they hear the tape before any bargins aremade in case they are being duped.
After a lot of arguing his case he relents and plays the tape, everyone is shoked at the quality, intensity of emotion and the beauty of the piece (all the while Rodney's extremely nervious) and the aliens accept the tape as the think its an acceptable payment for the team.
Turns out that all of it was writen and played by Rodney on a piano the Daedalus brought from earth, he still thinks that his playing is crap and the others strongly disagree, I loved the scene from 'Breaking walls' on FF.net, suggest you read the early chapters at least to get my meaning. Fab fic!
That's everything i would like, feel free to change little bits but not so much that it changes the story and you can finish it however you like, on one condition: Lorne's team come back safely.
(could maybe do a nice little scene when he tells sheppard his story)
Thanks for taking the time to read this! I would appreciate an email if you decide to tackle the story so i can read it! Have fun!