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Title: Best Part of Waking Up
Author: Meg (omg_wtf_yeah)
Pairing: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Rating: R
Word count: 441
Spoilers: Season 5
Summary: Rodney finds other ways to get up in the morning. Of course, the title's from that annoying Folgers jingle.

The Best Part of Waking Up

On Earth, it took three cups of coffee to get Rodney on his feet in the mornings (or at least to make him feel something resembling “human” as opposed to “reheated zombie thing”).

On Planet Siberia, Rodney raised the number to four tall cups brewed strong enough to knock a Russian sailor down, sometimes spiked with an endless drizzle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup to console Rodney about the whole “exile” thing.

In the Pegasus galaxy, Rodney gorged himself in case he didn’t see it again. And while he squirreled away a stash of double roast he’d carried through the Gate, the cache dwindled and, like the proud dodo, it vanished completely.

Even with regular supply refreshments from the Daedalus, Atlantis had its periodic coffee shortages; those times were dark days that Rodney found himself the target of many suspicious glances, as though he, alone, had diminished their supply. The months between stock-ups, the best substitute was what John dubbed Manarian chicory, a thin amber-colored drink Teyla laughed at them for drinking (though Rodney would like to see her go two weeks without her morning stout tea).

In the absence of coffee, the yellow bark-tasting chicory was Earthers’ best option. It did nothing to get Rodney on his feet and, after a month of drinking sixteen cups a day, Rodney’s skin had turned a carroty orange and Carson had forbidden him from imbibing anyway.

On their arrival on what the others had semi-officially called Lantea II (and what John unofficially called “Surf Planet”), their coffee supplies disappeared after three months. This was commonly and resentfully attributed to the new recruits from Earth, who were not yet used to rationing their intake for the common good. Again, the chicory was the best option and that option was still outlawed by the Carson clone.

What wasn’t outlawed was an alternate method of getting Rodney up in the morning. Rodney got a hold of it more often than not these days on Lantea II – the feathery brush of hair on his collarbone, a tongue tracing his clavicle, a drowsy open mouth working its way south. The first wet, stiff suck got Rodney up immediately, even if he was still half-asleep. The crown of hair in his lap was a rich, dark color not unlike Rodney’s favored brew, bobbing under Rodney’s fuzzy stare. Like coffee, John Sheppard was strong, bold, rich (as it turned out), and unparalleled at waking Rodney up in the AM. Rodney was getting used to John’s taste, too – slightly bitter with a nutty finish.

In Pegasus, it was all about making do and Rodney was finding himself oddly okay with doing without.

Could I maybe get an author tag?


( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 26th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
It did nothing to get Rodney on his feet and, after a month of drinking sixteen cups a day, Rodney’s skin had turned a carroty orange and Carson had forbidden him from imbibing anyway.

HAH. Good thing Rodney's adaptable! This is fun.
May. 26th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
Yup! :D
May. 26th, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
this is so sweet. and bitter. oh, not w/o my coffee!

Manarian chicory

!!! despised throughout the galaxy!
May. 26th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)

Yeah, we'll just pretend Atlantis doesn't have like a trade embargo on Manarian chicory. ;)
May. 26th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! Love the way you describe things, all the different coffees and substitutes, and Rodney's addiction, and especially the comparison between John and coffee! :) And really like how the end comes almost as a surprise, subtly.

This was interesting and fun to read, thanks for sharing! ^_^
May. 26th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. I was scouring a coffee website for coffee/human attributes and, uh, I guess Rodney likes his coffee like he likes his men? ;p
May. 26th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
LOL! This was a really fun look at life in Pegasus.
May. 26th, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D
May. 27th, 2012 01:46 am (UTC)
I love Rodney talking about John like he would a new coffee blend. Oh, Rodney.
May. 27th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
He's a man of fine tastes. ;)
May. 27th, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
*giggles* Oompa Loompa Rodney! Mmm, I would prefer John to coffee too, Rodney. What a lucky man (both of them) :D
May. 27th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, carrot!Rodney's a lucky man for having coffee-substitute!John. ;)
May. 27th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)

Now, this is truly awesome! I love how Rodney equated his love of coffee with his love of John. When you get can't premium blend, a shot of sleepy Lt. Colonel is more than adequate. :)
May. 27th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
Personally, I think the shot of premium Lt Col is probably better than the coffee. ;)
May. 27th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
Makes me want more.....LOL
May. 27th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
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May. 28th, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, JShep in the morning is pretty much a beautiful image. ;)

I'm glad you enjoyed it (even the scary concept of reheated leftover zombies)! ;D
May. 28th, 2012 09:45 am (UTC)
Haha - Rodney's such a conoisseur!
Mind you, I bet they'd both fall back to sleep afterward :)
May. 28th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, probably! :D
Jul. 7th, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
Oh yum! John IS coffee!
Jul. 7th, 2012 06:04 am (UTC)
John's BETTER than coffee. :)
Jul. 7th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmm.... This fic is like a freshly-roasted Arabica blend, sweet with a spicy finish! (I love reheated zombie thing BTW. It's a perfect description of many of us in a caffeine-deficient state. ;-)

Thanks for writing & sharing with us!
Jul. 7th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm a caffeine addict myself so I can relate to the morning zombie reference. ;)
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