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Week #61 - Lost in Translation

Title: Lost in Translation
Author: goddess47
Rating: PG -- how did that happen?
Warnings/Spoilers: Post series
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard, reference to McKay/Keller
Words: 1,210 words
Summary: They really are twelve.

For sga_saturday, week #61 - Base. This immediately came to mind when I saw the prompt, but getting it out my head was harder than I would have thought. Thanks to the mods for extending this, I wouldn't have made it otherwise!

All your base are belong to us. The mechanical voice echoed from the console.

"Oh my god," Rodney groaned, "what are you? Twelve?" He had come in to John's room to hang out and watch a movie. Or mock a movie, which was more fun. Seemingly everyone had downloaded copies of every video known to man while the city had been on Earth. The media server was overflowing with unseen – and yet to be mocked – movies and TV shows.

Evidently, there also had been downloaded video games. It was Rodney's misfortune that John picked almost the worst game video game ever. Well, he had never played Zero Wing but anyone with even a touch of geekiness in their blood knew the bad translation by heart.

John grinned from his seat on the couch in front of the screen. "Come on, it's fun!" He held up a game controller for Rodney.

"It's extremely bad, is what it is," Rodney pointed out without reaching for the offered device.

John fiddled with the controller. "Umm, well, I kept that part, it's classic, but... I kinda fixed it."

Rodney stared. John was always surprising him like this. That didn't help him keep the up the best friend charade when John did something hot like this. "You did what?" he asked softly.

John went still and then let out an embarrassed huff. "I fixed it," he repeated. "Okay, I had it fixed."

"That still makes no sense," Rodney prodded.

"Well, it's a cheesy game, right?" John replied.

Rodney nodded agreement. That was obvious.

"Well, the company that owned the rights to the game was on the edge of bankruptcy and, well, I bought the company," John admitted. His ears tinged red slightly, which Rodney did not find endearing. No, not at all.

Wait. John did what? "You bought the company," Rodney said flatly.

"Yeah, when we were on Earth," John said. "In that vacation they made us take. I really didn't have anywhere to go and..."

"Wait!" Rodney commanded. "John, you should have said something. You could have come with me..." Rodney stuttered to an awkward halt.

...and Keller? I think not... John had enough sense not to finish that sentence. Neither Rodney nor Keller had said much but they had left on vacation together and had come back separately. John had left Rodney freedom to say -- or not -– what he wanted about the obvious breakup.

"You should have said something," Rodney forged on. "We could have..." He huffed. "We would have figured something out."

"Wasn't bad," John admitted. "I needed to tie up some things with the family lawyers and one of them was a closet gamer. He convinced me that the company that owned the copyright to the game was a deal. Since most of my inheritance was essentially found money, I figured it couldn't hurt."

Rodney rolled his eyes. "Found money, eh?" John never talked about money but figured out John had to have millions to his name. He could have brought better chocolate back with him.

John shrugged. "So I bought the company and then worked with the developers to update the game while not making it too slick. The cheesiness is part of the attraction."

"How's it doing?" Rodney asked.

"Pretty well, actually," John replied. "It's kind of a niche market but it's making money."

"Then why isn't there more beer?" Rodney demanded. "Or chocolate?"

John laughed. He could always count on Rodney to keep his priorities straight.

"I've got some really good chocolate stashed away," John said. He reached on the desk and handed Rodney a plain, white box. "Here's a down payment."

Rodney opened it and popped a chocolate in his mouth. And then groaned. "Cinnamon... mmmm...."

John had suspected that the dark chocolate cinnamon patties would be an instant hit. He reached out to take a piece from the box and wasn't surprised when Rodney pulled it away from him.

"Mine," Rodney declared. "You gave it to me."

"Oh, really?" John lifted an eyebrow. He sighed dramatically. "Good thing there's more..."

Rodney blushed, which John thought was completely charming.

"Play the game with me?" John offered Rodney a controller.

"It's still cheesy," Rodney observed, sitting down next to John on the couch and automatically putting the box of chocolates on the end table. Away from John.

Rodney took the controller from John, the controls slightly warm from the other man's hands. "I'm not sure this is fair."

"Why not?" John looked puzzled.

"Well, if you own the company, I assume you were involved in the design of the game," Rodney pointed out.

"Well.... Some..." John admitted.

"So you know all the cheat codes," Rodney said.

"Not really," John had to admit. "I only had time to do some basic work with the designers while we were on Earth. They've kept me informed of their progress but it's been more about the work being done rather than about the game itself. This is a final beta and the first I've seen it."

"And you're sharing it with me?" Rodney was oddly pleased at that.

"Who else would I share it with?" John teased.

Rodney grinned and there was a moment of... something. Confused by whatever was happening between them, Rodney looked down at the controller in his hands and thumbed the control to start the game.

"Where do we start?" Rodney asked.

"At the beginning," John shot back.

Rodney rolled his eyes.

"Start with picking an avatar," John gestured at the menu. "It used to be a one player game, so that wasn't a big deal. With more than one player, they built in option to choose your avatar. See what you think."

Rodney scrolled through the list and stopped when he saw a character named Mastermind Roddy. He shot a glance at John, who was biting his lower lip. There was another character named Flying Jonny.

Rodney silently selected the Roddy avatar and read the skills assigned – intelligence and bravery. The image of the avatar was... him. Exaggerated and, if he were honest, better looking.

"What the...!?!" Rodney muttered. "John, what the fuck is this?"

"Rodney!" John looks worried. "It's... I wanted to include you." He held up his hands briefly in a peace sign. "I..." he turned faintly pink and then looked down at his feet. "It's how I think of you," he said softly.

"What?" Now Rodney was totally confused.

John sighed. Now he'd have to explain. Yup. No good deed ever goes unpunished.

"It's how I think of you," John started. "You're obviously brilliant but, well, you're brave and loyal and... and that's how you are." John ground to a halt.

"And... this?" Rodney waved his hand toward the frozen image on the screen.

John had to grin. "It's just... you," John offered.

Rodney sat back and looked at John. John felt the intensity of that look and tried not to shiver at the effect being at the mercy of Rodney's full intellect. For he knew Rodney was thinking, and thinking hard.

"You like me!" Rodney crowed with a triumphant grin.

John rolled his eyes. "D'oh. Yes."

Rodney leaned closer and said softly. "No. You like me." A small, delighted smile. "Me. And you."

John smiled back and leaned toward Rodney. "Always."


( 41 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 9th, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
Awwwwwwwww! Yes, they really are twelve! Love it!

(And you have an errant comma plus #week 61 stuck in the first line of the third paragraph.)
Aug. 9th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
Stupid computer jumps the mouse around... I wonder where that went!

And, thanks!!!
Aug. 9th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
What a great idea. Being the model for an Avatar has to be one of the coolest things ever. Other people doodle hearts around the initials of their crushes -- John Sheppard does his crush in style.

And, hey. Where can I get some of those chocolate cinnamon patties?
Aug. 9th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Antoinette's - http://antoinettesbuffalo.com/

Those dark chocolate cinnamon patties are my absolute favorite... I can eat a pound of them in one sitting....

And John really is smart! Smart enough to know how to get Rodney!

Aug. 9th, 2012 07:41 am (UTC)
: (
It looks like there's no mail order. I'll have to ask Sheppard to fly me out.
Aug. 9th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
There's a buried reference to shipping.... If you're in the US and can call, I suspect they can tell you what they will ship!

I don't stop very often since I have no resistance to their chocolate! But next time I do, I'll tell them they need at least an email on their web site!
Aug. 9th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
And another awwwwwwwww! Very cute!
Aug. 9th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)

Aug. 9th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
Very, very cute. And very enjoyable. :D
Aug. 9th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)

So glad you liked it! Thanks!
Aug. 9th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Aug. 9th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
They are cute, aren't they?

Aug. 9th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)

'explodes from the cuteness' I adore it when they are in such geeky love with each other. :)
Aug. 9th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
Geeky love is the best, isn't it!

Aug. 9th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
Oooo! Delightful!
Aug. 9th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
So glad you liked it!
Aug. 9th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Love it!
John sighed. Now he'd have to explain. Yup. No good deed ever goes unpunished.
lol Poor John.
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
LOL... but I do think John wins in the end!

Aug. 9th, 2012 05:34 am (UTC)
LOVE this idea. Totally see this as something John might do. <33!
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
John know the way to the king-Geek's heart!

Aug. 9th, 2012 08:22 am (UTC)
Always indeed :D This was adorable, and John would totally buy the game company to fix a classic game :P
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
John would buy the world for Rodney!

Aug. 9th, 2012 10:14 am (UTC)
Now THAT'S how you woo someone!

Aug. 9th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
John knows the way to Rodney's heart!
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:15 am (UTC)
I loved the way John writes a love letter!

I giggled madly at this: John sighed. Now he'd have to explain. Yup. No good deed ever goes unpunished.
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Having to explain *is* the worst part for John...

Aug. 9th, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, John! *hugs him you*
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
::hugs you back::

Aug. 9th, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
Awwwww. Nerdische John love. Awesome (no pun intended).
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
Geeks in love are so much fun to play with!

Aug. 9th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
awwww, this is utterly endearing. *smishes boys*
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
::smishes you::
Aug. 9th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
LOL! Isn't that just like John? :) I could see him doing this :)
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
John would rather throw money at it than have to *talk* about his feelings!

Aug. 9th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
hee, that same phrase through my head with this prompt! what a great place to run with it.
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
Fun to see that someone else thought of it! It's pretty nerdy...

Glad you like it!
Aug. 9th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
Enjoyed this. The ungrammatical "base sentence" was a neat jumping off point for the story.
Aug. 10th, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
So glad you liked it! Thanks!
Aug. 10th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
You're welcome.
Aug. 10th, 2012 03:15 am (UTC)
Now I want to see the Roddy avatar, and of course the Jonny. Geeks in love!
Aug. 10th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
D'awwww... So very cute - and exactly like our boys.

John never talked about money but figured out John had to have millions to his name. He could have brought better chocolate back with him. -- ::snark:: Yes, that's EXACTLY what Rodney would think!!!
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