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Title: More Than Words
Author: esteefee
Pairing: John/Rodney
Rating: PG
Words: 323
Category: fluff, snippet
Warnings: none
Summary: Communication is more than talking.
A/N: omg cheesy pop song title!
Inspired by this daily-flan post.


More Than Words

by esteefee


Rodney felt a profound sense of achievement. John Sheppard was lying naked beside him on his stomach, looking happily exhausted with his eyes closed and a thin layer of sweat still gleaming on his face. Rodney was tempted, almost, to move closer—not to cuddle, per se, nothing like that; he wasn't a cuddler, damn it—but as soon as his weight shifted the mattress, Sheppard's eyes popped open.

There was the distance Rodney knew so well, the hard edges he was familiar with, drawn in the shadows of Sheppard's eyes, the angles of his shoulders and bony wrists, and for a moment Rodney felt exhausted himself, and not the happy kind. But he found himself reaching out anyway, helpless not to, drawn to the soft-looking wisps edging the hairline on Sheppard's neck. He brushed his thumb down along it—it was soft, so soft—and sank his fingers into the dense hair growing at the back of Sheppard's skull.

Sheppard's eyelids fluttered, his mouth opening.

Rodney blinked and stroked lightly with his thumb, scratching Sheppard's scalp with his fingertips.

"Rodney," Sheppard said, and Rodney froze, because he'd never heard Sheppard say his name like that, never in all the times he'd growled it, bitched it, shouted it, or smirked it out the corner of his mouth. This was an entirely new way, as if the sound waves had been recalibrated to carry vibrations via a wholly unique configuration.

Sheppard stared at him, eyes half open, then lifted his hand, still looking intently at Rodney's face, like he saw something important there; Rodney wondered frantically what he was revealing. And then Sheppard rubbed his thumb over Rodney's bottom lip, his fingers cupping Rodney's cheek.

Rodney's heart, most unfairly, flipped right over in his chest.

"John," he said. The word buzzed against John's thumb, sounding strange, sounding wonderful, sounding new.

John smiled, and Rodney knew he'd heard it, too.

Rodney moved closer.


End.

Comments

( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
altyronsmaker
Aug. 9th, 2014 01:03 pm (UTC)
*shivers*

Lovely little moment of vulnerability.
esteefee
Aug. 9th, 2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
bwee! thank you, Chelle!
lazy_8s
Aug. 9th, 2014 02:27 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Loved this moment of quiet emotion between the two. :)
esteefee
Aug. 9th, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
thanks, lazy_8s. caught 'em feeling. :D
wanted_a_pony
Aug. 9th, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
:: muffles muzzle in bag of oats, squeals like a shoat ::

Whew--had to let that out but didn't want to disturb their quiet contemplation. This is lovely!

:: wiggles with happiness :: ~ :: suddenly sneezes oats ::
esteefee
Aug. 9th, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
heee! don't spook the horses! <3 thanks, my 'pony.
melagan
Aug. 9th, 2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
*clutches heart* This is wonderful.
esteefee
Aug. 9th, 2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
bwee! thank you, cupcake. <3
juniperphoenix
Aug. 10th, 2014 01:16 pm (UTC)
I was about to wiggle with happiness, but I see that wanted_a_pony has already done that! ;) Good stuff, m'dear.
esteefee
Aug. 11th, 2014 02:52 am (UTC)
*smishes you* <3
melodysparks
Aug. 10th, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
A perfect moment of intimacy beautiful and loving
esteefee
Aug. 11th, 2014 02:51 am (UTC)
Thank you! <3
fanficfan123
Aug. 13th, 2014 07:43 am (UTC)
Tender despite themselves and their history of snark and snap. Wonderful control of all the right details here.
esteefee
Aug. 13th, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
I think they got caught off-guard. <3 Thanks, fff!
mcparrot
Aug. 13th, 2014 12:33 pm (UTC)
That right there, I think that is love.
esteefee
Aug. 13th, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
You may be right! :D Thanks.
fanficfan123
Aug. 21st, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome.
fanficfan123
Sep. 7th, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC)
Lovely.
esteefee
Sep. 8th, 2014 06:04 am (UTC)
Thank you! <3
fanficfan123
Sep. 12th, 2014 12:10 am (UTC)
You're very welcome.
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