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“We asked for their defence against the Wraith,” said Ronan. “And they shared it with us.”
Sheppard was a Charmer, one of the feared ones, whose particular Gift let him create faith whenever he needed to be trusted or believed. But Sheppard didn't trust himself not to destroy what he loved most. And somewhere along the line, amid the terror and chaos of the Expedition's first year in the Pegasus Galaxy, what Sheppard loved most had become Rodney McKay.
McKay didn't trust anyone. As soon as you started trusting people, you started counting on them, depending on them, and that was when you became vulnerable. And vulnerable things didn't survive. So just when, exactly, had he started trusting Sheppard?
And what was going to happen, now that he did?
To answer your question, while we of course couldn\'t not think of the X-Men while we were writing this (especially characters like Rogue, for the reason you mentioned), I can honestly say we weren\'t inspired by those comics--except in that we especially tried not to copy a typical \'X-Man\'-type power too closely for one of our character\'s Gifts.\r\n\r\n
I\'m afraid also that the Gifts are not going to get more powerful as time goes on. Rodney has pretty much reached the limit of how much he can shield, though his control will of course improve with practice. Conroy still has more to learn about how he can use his Gift, but he will never be able to hear the thoughts of more people than he already can at any given moment, nor ever turn his Gift \'off\'.\r\n\r\n
I hope that answers your questions! :) And yes, at least two sequels are in the works, though they will probably be much smaller in scope than this story (the first one certainly is). I\'ve almost finished the first story, which I am writing without Springwoof, but with her blessing. :) Leah