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Amnesty 201205: A Very Good Year (Gen)

Title: A Very Good Year
Author: esteefee
Categories: Gen, Rodney and John friendship
Words: 702
Warnings: none
Episode-related: the Siege III
Summary: Rodney's thoughts after they return home to Atlantis.
A/N: This is for everyone who participated this past year to make this the best damned little comm that could. Thanks you guys. Seriously. From commenters to artists to reccers to writers, you guys are all just the givingest best. And of course, me co-mod, lilyfarfalla <3

A Very Good Year

by esteefee

It was supposed to be a simple, rudimentary diagnostic check—not that Rodney didn't trust Zelenka's handiwork, but the Chair was critical for their defenses, and yes, all right, plainly put—he didn't trust anyone but himself to do it, especially considering the hatchet job he'd been committing until the words, "So long, Rodney," had finally wormed their way past his stimulant-soaked aural capacitors and he'd realized how pointless it all was.

So. After the oh-so-fun debriefing on Earth and eighteen days' return trip of great joy-read-boredom interrupted by Wraith computer viruses and sun-hopping, Rodney returned to find Atlantis still under reconstruction, but the Chair was priority number one, so he dragged the Major—oh, fine, Colonel—down there to run a diagnostic.

"Good to be back, right?" Sheppard said, loping alongside him. "Missed those good ol' Atlantis shower heads." He tilted Rodney a grin.

"Oh, it's great, just terrific," Rodney said. "Have you seen the state of my labs? Miko is still cleaning Wraith guts out of the keyboards."

"Yeah, I know. You should see the walls of the mess hall." Sheppard pivoted and walked backward. "Cool splatter paint job. Nice shade of aquamarine."

Rodney made a disgusted snort.

In the Chair room, Sheppard jumped on board and tilted back, the blue glow surrounding him while Rodney hooked up his tablet.

"All right, Major," he said when he was prepped, "I want you to—"

The air above them suddenly filled with a grid of blue stars and a vaguely familiar solar system, Atlantea glowing at its center.

"Remember this?" Sheppard gave him a lopsided smile before looking upward, and then—caesura—a tremendous wave of déjà vu hit Rodney like stunner blast. He saw the unknown Air Force major of a year prior staring up in awe at what he'd done, but then Rodney's gut twisted strangely and he saw Sheppard, tense with fatigue and battle stress, waiting for Rodney, believing he could pull a miracle so they could save their city, save all of them—and an instant later, here was John at ease finally, home, the dark circles fading from under his eyes, hair freshly washed yet still annoyingly defiant. How remarkable that this John Sheppard, the one who beat Rodney at Scrabble last night (Rodney still denied 'kree' was an acceptable word) was the bastard who'd made him do calisthenics at six a.m. his second week on Atlantis.

"Oh, I remember." Rodney swallowed dryly and had to blink furiously. John's eyes widened, and the glittering solar system spun around them once more before fading.

"Yeah," John said. "It's been some year, I guess." He shifted, and the Chair rose upright, the light turning off.

Rodney opened his mouth to respond, but nothing came out.

"Hey, c'mon now." John stood and leaned over him, gripping his arm.

But Rodney still couldn't speak, because a year of near misses were clinging to the back of his throat, one of the hardest being this last, a blip on the screen standing before him, warm and alive and concerned, no stranger now.

But thinking about that horrid moment only served to remind Rodney that a year ago he was alone with his gadgets and equations for comfort, an outcast with too much to prove, and it was just hitting him now, how easily he could have lost all of this. Teyla and Elizabeth and Carson and Radek. Ford was lost...but John swore they'd find him. Rodney blinked again, hard.

"Guess it's been kinda rough," John said, then made a funny noise when Rodney grabbed him in a hug.

The tablet dropped to the platform with a clatter that made Rodney wince, but then John's arms came up around him slowly, tentatively, and Rodney smiled. He'd trade a hundred goddamned tablets for this. Well, the cheaper Dell models, anyway. John patted him awkwardly, and then sighed into him.

"It's been a good year," Rodney said, his voice muffled by John's shoulder. "Just fine."

John laughed. "Yeah, damned if it hasn't, buddy," he said, and didn't let go.


A/N: you might have noticed my tip o' the hat to mific's highly awesome Durb is Not a Word a-middle here. Kree!


( 34 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 26th, 2012 06:31 am (UTC)
Wonderful, just wonderful. Love the hug, and the fact that Rodney values it over the tablets. The cheaper ones anyway :D Thank you.

May. 26th, 2012 06:35 am (UTC)
heh. had to throw that in. :) thanks, selenic!
May. 26th, 2012 09:47 am (UTC)
ooh, bless them. And what a perfect tag to The Siege.
May. 27th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
aw, thank you! *squishes them*
May. 26th, 2012 10:12 am (UTC)
Oh, lovely ♥ I love when people hug John. He's so endearingly awkward about it. Poor Rodney -- and to think of what lies ahead...
May. 27th, 2012 03:15 am (UTC)
♥ but he has team to get him through. ♥

thanks, popkin!
May. 26th, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
Lovely! :-D
May. 27th, 2012 03:15 am (UTC)
May. 26th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
Sweet, and a little sad, and a lot happy. ♥
May. 27th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
thanks, babe :)
May. 26th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
Aw, short and sweet. Thanks. :)
May. 27th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
thank you! <3
May. 26th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Aw! I loved this. And I loved the line about valuing John over the cheaper Dell tablets. So very Rodney.
May. 27th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
heh. boy's got his priorities. :)
May. 26th, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
I LOVE this. I actually teared up along with Rodney. What a year it was.
May. 27th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
so much. he changed a lot in that year. *squishes*
May. 26th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhhhhhhh my, so sweet. This choked me up and I want to say "My babies!" but, um... I'll try not to.
May. 27th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
I think it is perfectly acceptable to say that, and also to squish them and ruffle their hair. <3
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May. 26th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
*cries with joy*
May. 27th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
*hugs you like whoa*
May. 27th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
Oh, I love this. It really shows just how much Rodney has not only had to deal with but how much he's changed in that one year, and they both deserve all the hugs.

Also, kree is totally an acceptable scrabble word.
May. 27th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Yes! *John punches the air.*

and boy, yeah: the Rodney of Rising was a completely different person, even if he can't see it. *squishes*
May. 27th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
Very nice. A time stamp that looks forward as well as back. And a logical use of the Chair as "madeleine' for multiple memories.
May. 27th, 2012 03:22 am (UTC)
Perhaps John will start on Proust after he's finished with the Russian. :)

thanks, fff!
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May. 27th, 2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
Hugs for everyone! This is lovely, and I bet there's a lot of scrabble played on the Daedalus. :)
May. 27th, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
KREE! :)

May. 27th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)

Wonderful look into the past and *awwww* a hug! ♥

Thank you! =)
May. 27th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
thank you! all the hugs for this past year of support! ♥
Jul. 9th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Lovely friendship piece. I like how comfortable they are with each other, even after only a year of working together. We need more John and Rodney friendship pieces!!!
Jul. 9th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
awww, yes, we do!
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