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Title: Way Beyond Geometry
Author: kudohyohji
Pairing: John/Rodney
Rating: PG
Prompt: Geometric
word count: ~330
Summary: Rodney does geometry to help him sleep.
Notes: I have not studied math beyond the basic required classes.

He lies in the familiar strangeness of his sister's house, not thinking about the warmth of John's body beside him, but trying to calculate the distances between them. The geometry of their bodies is simple enough; he knows each visible plane and angle of John's as well as his own, and has already spent hours extrapolating those hidden beneath clothes.

It should be simple, then, to plot the space between them. Only, there are so many points, from four (heads, arms, hips, legs), to six, a hundred, a thousand, an inverse relationship to their size, and the smaller his imagination goes, down to the hairs on their skin and beyond, the more insurmountable the gaps between points J and R seem.

That's good. Because somewhere, these lines he's drawing between them intersect the vertical line dividing friend space and lover space, and the more distance he quantifies between them, the further John seems, the less likely Rodney is to cross it by accident.

“Go to sleep.” John moves, arm sliding up closer to Rodney's.

Rodney tries to account for this shift along the planes, but he is caught by the feel of the sheets moving, and his mental map scatters apart.


It's no good now, Rodney thinks, staring up at the trapezoids of streetlight across the ceiling. John sits up on one elbow, leaning over Rodney and blinking at him in the semi-dark.

“Parallel lines.” Rodney says and falls silent, feeling exposed.

He can barely make out John's face in the shadows, enough to see the blink, the twitch of his lips, but not interpret them.

Then John is touching him, two fingers sliding down ever-light along the line of his jaw. Intersecting, Rodney thinks desperately, two points on a line. But on an atomic level there's still space between them. Vibration of atoms equals heat, which explains the warmth radiating from John's touch.

They've gone way beyond geometry now.

“Yeah,” John breathes, and presses their lips together.


( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 29th, 2013 05:02 am (UTC)
how perfectly neurotically brilliant. :)

the more insurmountable the gaps between points J and R seem

aw, Rodney. *squish* I love how he goes from body parts to the hair on their skin in calculating vectors, to finally, desperately, atomic distances.

he's pretty much doomed. :)))

Edited at 2013-01-29 06:15 am (UTC)
Jan. 31st, 2013 12:53 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 29th, 2013 06:59 am (UTC)
Oh wow, this is incredible. So lyrical and lovely. I'm a sucker for math = love stories (obviously, I guess, given the prompt!) but this is just .... mmm, shivery. Parallel lines indeed.
Jan. 31st, 2013 12:53 am (UTC)
thank you! : )
Jan. 29th, 2013 07:55 am (UTC)
Oh, I love this. I love the idea of Rodney mapping the space between them while lying in the dark, I love his mental map scattering, and John touching his jaw, and then the kiss ♥ ♥!
Jan. 31st, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Jan. 29th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
This is lovely and hot, and um. Yes. Others have been more eloquent, but essentially this = very perfect use of prompt.

Thank you for sharing!
Jan. 31st, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
Thank you! : )
Jan. 29th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
Oh... lovely!
Jan. 31st, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
Jan. 29th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
Jan. 31st, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 30th, 2013 11:55 am (UTC)
This is great - only Rodney could panic using geometry!
Jan. 31st, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
: ) thank you!
Jan. 30th, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
I haven't studied that much math either, but even I felt Rodney's fear at 'parallel lines', the ones that never meet. I'm so happy John took things beyond geometry :) Beautiful, thank you for sharing.
Jan. 31st, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!
Jan. 30th, 2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
This is very nice - and only Rodney can be paranoid about mathematics in bed!
Jan. 31st, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
: ) thank you!
Jan. 31st, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)

Oh, Rodney! He never fails to thrill me with his utter woobieness, just like John never fails to connect their "parallel lines". 'sighs'

Loved it! :)
Feb. 3rd, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Feb. 3rd, 2013 05:22 am (UTC)
That was just wonderful. Rodney using logic and numbers - what he knows - to try and figure out just what he gets when he adds up J+R. But John? He just closes his eyes, and takes a leap of faith...

Beautifully done.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! : )
Feb. 4th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)

Thank you!
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