This is one of the very, very few SGA fanfics (or any fanfic) I've ever read twice, and I enjoyed both times so much I might just read it again. I actually do agree with one of the reviews that John was a little manipulative ('Rodney good help!'--who could resist that? ::g::), but I thought that was perfect
--perfect John (who really can be more than a little manipulative, you gotta admit), and perfect Rodney, who is putty in his paws (and vice-versa, of course, but just not in this story).
But lest you think that's a bad thing, I also thought it was perfect manipulation because it had to be on John's side. He was so helpless, it reminded me a little of my toddler, who has huge, complicated needs and only a teeny little vocabulary and so little power to meet them. Anyone in that position is forced to be at least a little manipulative. Hell, my little guy knows damn well that repeating 'Mommy!' in a tragically plaintive voice will get a response really, really fast, just as John figured out that 'Rodney help?' would get him skin cream and cut toenails. ::g:: But on Rodney's side, he had to be willing to not only to try to get John, but to do horridly icky things --like cutting his freakishly long toenails--to help him, eh? John wouldn't have gone to him if he hadn't known that he could trust Rodney, which was the real point of your fic.
It was also warm, fascinating, incredibly funny, and strangely hot. My only real criticism was that it ended too fast. I was enjoying it so much I was sorry to get to the last word. Awesome. And thank you. :)
Author's Response: This is a wonderful, detailed review, and I forgot about checking comments and missed it! Thank you so much for the detailed feedback. I only gave a little thought to John being manipulative while I was writing it, but you have a great point -- because of the helplessness, it really does have a certain parallel to childhood (or pethood -- pets can be very manipulative, too!). And in cases like that with, a little manipulation may be the only/best way to go.