05 Feb 2007
Summary: Rodney suddenly had two good friends he was simultaneously in love with. And he desperately wanted to believe that love wasn't an either-or, except if the two people one was in love with didn't also love each other, one ended up with the unfortunate prospect of having to choose one of them or none at all.
Updated: 14 Jul 2009; Published: 14 Jul 2009
I don't know how I missed this story before, but I'm so very glad you posted it here. There are almost too many instances of perfection to recount here, but I think what I like the very best is the realness of the emotions here, the mixed up, scrambled, that's-not-possible-but-that's-how-it-really-is of them. You've captured all the characters so well here too and given them such depth in such a brief exposure. Simply enjoyable to read and one to bookmark to read again.
Chapter 1: Heart Arrhythmia
The addition of friendship and flirting categories had kept the e-card craze alive and well in Atlantis long after Valentine's Day had passed.
Updated: 11 Oct 2009; Published: 11 Oct 2009
Oh this was absolutely delightful! Loved the cards, loved John's reaction but even better his radio warning to Rodney about the five minutes. A real treat--thank you for sharing!
Author's Response: Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it. And Rodney\'s last minute check on the progress before heading out the door...
But, you know that if Katy Brown and Jennifer Keller do ever sit down to braid each other's hair and swap Life Lessons, they'll agree that Rodney is, on the whole, a bad boyfriend. He is, they'll say, quite possibly the worst boyfriend in two entire galaxies. McSmooch entry.
Updated: 18 Oct 2009; Published: 16 Oct 2009
I couldn't help the little moment of squee I felt when I saw this posted here! *squishes story*
Author's Response: *Squishes you*
Chapter 1: A Fine Romance
Rodney. John. Dogtags.
Updated: 18 Oct 2009; Published: 18 Oct 2009
*shivers* This was a perfect 'little ad-on', if you ask me! :-)
Author's Response: Sometimes inspiration just hits the right way - glad you liked it! Thanks!
When John wakes up, he's in his quarters. Alone. The last thing he remembers is walking through the gate on M3G-434. Could be considered character death - nothing explicit - but I personally consider it a happy ending for McKay/Sheppard. See Notes at the end for more details.
Updated: 01 Dec 2009; Published: 01 Dec 2009
Whew! What a powerful and *authentic* story. I was on the edge of my seat for a good bit of this, and I found I was holding my breath as well. That may seem odd for a story where all the 'action' has already happened, but it really isn't.
I felt very strongly for John here in your story, as well as the decisions that Ronon and Rodney made on his behalf. And the aftermath of no Sheppard in Atlantis and the steps they took to secure things made perfect sense.
But what *grabbed* me was that this was oh-so-plausible an ending to John Sheppard's story..and yet a wonderful beginning as well. Wow.
Author's Response: Authentic is a wonderful compliment since this was a very personal story for me. I\'m glad I was able to maintain some suspense for you despite the warnings - slow reveals are a favorite of mine. Thanks so much for letting me know you enjoyed this!
Whatever the opposite of Good, Giving, and Game is.
Updated: 29 Dec 2009; Published: 29 Dec 2009
OMG. I read the discussion first and boy, oh boy am I glad I did because all the restrictions to meet the com's requirements were a riot to read. Which made this little piece truly a gem. It *would* take a spreadsheet to keep track of all the 'forbidden' elements...
Author's Response: The best part is that the list often contradicted itself, like the room couldn\'t be shadowy, but it couldn\'t be bright, either. Thanks for the comment!
Rodney will need all of his genius and fox-like cunning if this mission is to succeed.
Updated: 05 Jan 2010; Published: 05 Jan 2010
Well, you never know, Rodney's present *could* have been hidden in John's pants. Some would say it definitely was! I love the idea too of Rodney being so determined to find it and using the LSD to help him not get caught. :-)
Author's Response: I think Rodney had to check there - just to be sure - though that means it\'s Christmas every day for Rodney! ;-)
Chapter 1: Rodney’s extra-special, top-secret, hush-hush mission
John's never really understood what 'retired' means.
Updated: 05 Jan 2010; Published: 05 Jan 2010
The banter here is perfect--and no matter what the circumstances are--they are still John and Rodney no matter what. I could just picture Rodney saying the "Grizzly Adams' line! :-)
Author's Response: Hee! These boys are always bantering - no matter the universe. *g*
An accident changes Rodney's life.
Updated: 26 Feb 2010; Published: 26 Feb 2010
Wow. A powerful opening line (you gotta love Dorothy Sayers!) and then you took it an equally powerful direction. Nicely done!
Author's Response: This was such an interesting challenge, & as soon as I opened \'Strong Poison\' this whole little story unfolded for me.