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Week 11 (limn): An Equal Exchange

Title: An Equal Exchange
Author: enigmaticblues
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters; too bad, so sad.
Pairings/Characters: Gen; Evan Lorne, Ronon Dex
Spoilers: Through S3, just to be safe.
Word Count: ~350
Summary: It’s an equal exchange: one skill for another.

Evan gives Ronon a skeptical look. “This is really what you want.”

“Told you, didn’t I?” Ronon asks.

Evan shrugs. If Ronon thinks that trading sparring lessons for painting lessons is a fair trade, Evan won’t argue. He knows how tough the Wraith are, and he’s faced a lot of different kinds of resistance in his line of work. Ronon is the best fighter on the city, other than Teyla; Evan knows how to take his lumps, and he wouldn’t mind learning some new techniques.

Besides, as many times as he’s had to rescue Sheppard and his team, Evan could use the extra practice.

“Okay,” Evan finally says, pulling out a sketchpad and a palette of watercolors. “We’ll start with the watercolors.”

“Why?”

“Mostly because that’s how I learned,” Evan admits. “And it’s a decent way to start. Have you ever done anything like this before?”

Ronon’s expression becomes very distant in a heartbeat. “Yeah. I used to.”

Evan softens a little at that, realizing that Ronon isn’t messing around with him. “You never told me why you want to learn how to paint,” he says softly.

Ronon is quiet for a long moment, and Evan is certain that he’s not going to respond, until he says, “I have a lot of memories, but there aren’t many pictures left.”

Evan nods slowly. He approaches painting from the same direction—wanting to capture what he’s seen when words or even photographs won’t do it justice—even if he’s not that good. He can’t imagine losing an entire world, and having nothing of it left.

It’s no wonder that Ronon might want to preserve what little is left of his world and his people in the only way he can.

“Okay,” Evan says quietly. “We’ll start by drawing what’s in front of us, and then we’ll move on to working from memory.”

Ronon’s grunt of assent is answer enough, and Evan begins as his mom had, by explaining the finer details of perspective.

Comments

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stella_pegasi
Aug. 13th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
Oh...I love Evan and this is such a wonderful moment between these two. Ronon reaching out to preserve his past and Evan there to help him. Besides, Evan's right, he needs to practice for the next time he rescues SGA-1!

I love the story line of Ronon and his art, such a wonderful part of this character to explore.

Very nice.

Edited at 2011-08-13 02:32 pm (UTC)
enigmaticblues
Aug. 14th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I do adore Evan, and I enjoyed the opportunity to put the two of them together.
sexycazzy
Aug. 13th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
awww that's just lovely! :)
enigmaticblues
Aug. 14th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it!
hoktauri
Aug. 13th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's so sweet! *smishes Ronon* Such a heartfelt moment b/t colleagues who rarely had screentime together. Painting fits so well with Ronon's stoic way of observing everything, and Evan would be a wonderful instructor. I really love this!
enigmaticblues
Aug. 14th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love both of them, so it was fun to imagine a moment between the two.
goddess47
Aug. 13th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
“I have a lot of memories, but there aren’t many pictures left.”

Oh.... ::snuggles poor Ronon::

Very nice!
enigmaticblues
Aug. 14th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
saphirablue
Aug. 13th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Wow! This is perfect and starting now this is personal canon for me!

Of course Ronon would want to preserve his memories of Sateda and all its people, its culture, its landscape in some way...

Thank you very much for this!
enigmaticblues
Aug. 14th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
esteefee
Aug. 13th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
I love this! Such a terrific moment between the two of them, and what it says about them both. *squishes*
enigmaticblues
Aug. 14th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
michelel72
Aug. 14th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
This makes great sense for both of them, and it's a very nice moment of bonding.
enigmaticblues
Aug. 14th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
starry_diadem
Aug. 14th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
It is pitiless, being a survivor, and Ronon's poignant comment about his memories hammers that home. I like how it's Lorne, and not another Pegasus native that will help him. That seems to anchor him better with Atlantis, and anchor the expedition better in Pegasus - there's something fitting about that, making the mutual links stronger.
enigmaticblues
Aug. 14th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed! I liked the idea of Ronon and Lorne bonding, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to explore a possible connection.
leesa_perrie
Aug. 14th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful - and oh Ronon *hugs*
enigmaticblues
Aug. 14th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
fanficfan123
Aug. 15th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC)
Thoughtful and engaging extension of these characters. Sound teaching technique, too!
enigmaticblues
Aug. 16th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I've only taken one or two art classes, so I'm glad the teaching technique worked.
fanficfan123
Aug. 20th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
You're welcome.
dragonladyk
Aug. 16th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
I loved this, and it tied in nicely with Ronon's painting.

DragonLady
enigmaticblues
Aug. 16th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
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