24 Oct 2007
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.
Updated: 15 Apr 2007; Published: 22 Feb 2007
I usually approach AU's with some hesitation because many seem to lose the essence of the characters as a result of them being AU. This one far exceeded my expectation. The best stories for me have always been those which make me both laugh and cry. This certainly did that. I did wonder at times why John wasn't using the VA for the remainder of his care and for his PTSD, but it in no way hurt the story as far as I'm concerned. That route probably would have added more than what was necessary plus taken it in a different route.
Two favorite parts were when Rodney pulled his pants down and told the nurse to show him how to use a catheter and the end when John asks Rodney to marry him. There were so many wonderful moments in this story that it's really hard to choose. Thank you so much for this. I'll be reading it over and over. :)
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I\'ve never been a fan of AUs until I got into the SGA fandom and I know exactly how cringe-worthy a lot of them are, so thank you for giving my story a chance.\r\n\r\nI love writing angst, but it does get depressing after a while, so I make sure to put in some fluffines and happiness. Real life tends to have that same balance too, so I think it makes my stories more realistic.\r\n\r\nTo be honest, I didn\'t even consider using the VA in the story. I did so much research about paraplegics and the medical side of it that I didn\'t really consider looking into the military aspect of it more closely. That was my fault. But like you said, it would have taken the story in a completely different direction. In real life John would have had access to more support and resources, but I decided to have him and Rodney tough things out on their own more or less. I think it stays truer to John\'s character and made the story more interesting. \r\n\r\nI loved writing their marriage proposal scene! I really wanted to make it something original and not too sappy, but to tie in something that was unique to their relationship. I\'m so glad it worked for you.\r\n\r\nThank you so much for you kind words and I\'m thrilled you enjoyed it!
Rodney thinks the US Government has problems
Updated: 24 Jun 2007; Published: 24 Jun 2007
Oh, I love this. What was I thinking of not reading this sooner! I can easily see this discussion taking place.
"I was nowhere near straight when the government got a hold of me."...My favorite line.
Thanks! This really put a smile on my face. :)
Author's Response: You\'re welcome! :D Rodney\'s fun to write.
Chapter 1: Secret Weapons
Caldwell has something Sheppard needs, but Sheppard has to be willing to take it.
This is a Caldwell Sheppard story folks warts and all.
Updated: 16 Nov 2008; Published: 20 Oct 2007
I really love the flow of the story. There is no rushing at all and the pace is perfect. Caldwell is being Caldwell and I just love that. The more I read the more I look forward to seeing how the story plays out. You've done a wonderful job of building the anticipation as you show how John comes around. Caldwell and Sheppard have always had a great dynamic on screen. It comes across equally as powerful in your story, too. I look forward to reading more. Thanks!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review ~H~
Who you gonna call?
Updated: 11 Nov 2007; Published: 10 Nov 2007
This was so much fun and I could well imagine Shep and McKay having it out with an apparition. Loved this!
Author's Response: Really, the last thing either of them needs are ghosts all over the place, so they nipped that problem in the bud. Thanks!