Penname: gillian_in_oz [Contact]
Real name: Gillian Member Since: 19 Apr 2007
Membership status: Member
Reviews by gillian_in_oz

Summary: After John is badly wounded while serving in Somalia, he and Rodney have to learn how to make a serious physical disability a part of their lives.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: AU - Alternate Universe, Angst, Established Relationship, Hurt Comfort
Warnings: None
Chapters: 13 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 65432; Completed: Yes
Updated: 15 Apr 2007; Published: 22 Feb 2007
Reviewer: gillian_in_oz (Signed)
19 Apr 2007
This is my favourite SGA AU story ever. The genuine love and depth of emotion between these guys is incredibly touching. And the details just made the story - frank and accurate without being overly dramatic or sensationalizing. I really appreciated the whole thing, loved the beginning and Rodney's grief at being parted from John and then having to deal with his tragedy. And the fact that he did have bad moments and was unsure. And John and his heart breaking struggle. Perfectly captured. And the middle while they struggled just to make it day by day - dealing with all the new realities of their lives. And of course the end - where time and Rodney's faithfulness and loyalty and love led John to where he needed to be to finally accept that Rodney wasn't going to leave him - any more than he would have left Rodney if their positions had been reversed. Really, this story is a wonderful testament to survival - and that things aren't always going to be perfect - and sometimes they are tinged by tragedy - but that two people who love each other can find their way to a wonderful life anyway. May I just add that I appreciated you not adding characters from SGA as characters in your story. I understand why people do it - but it never really works for me. (Having said that I always pictured Daniel as Aiden and Kelly as Teyla) Thanks again for all your hard work! This is one of those stories that stay with you - and I will genuinely miss these guys - and I will think about them and wonder about them from time to time.

Author's Response: Wow, thank you so much! I love it when people so completely get what I was trying to convey through pages and pages of letters thrown onto a screen. That fact alone makes the time I spent on this well worth it. I loved how you said that surviving something doesn't mean that everything is perfect and back to being normal, but rather, it means you adjusted to living your life and are happy with your life. Of course, that's made a lot easier if you have a person who loves you beside you. And yes, I'm glad to hear you liked the fact that I didn't add in any other SGA characters. Not only are John and Rodney my favourites, but I didn't want to clutter the story up with familiar faces. This story belonged to our boys. Thank you so much for that wonderful, wonderful review! People like you make writing well worth it and make me want to spent much more time writing. Thanks again and I'm glad you appreciated me sharing this with you.
Chapter 13: Proving the Hypothesis