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Jun. 5th, 2011

Title: Five Days of Rain
Author: lilyfarfalla 
Pairing: John/Rodney
Spoilers: Nope.
Warnings: None.
Words: 1,083
Rating: PG
Summary: Rodney wears rainboots and buys strawberries.
Prompt: rain
A/N: SCHMOOP!  (At least, I hope so. There may be some pseudo-angst?)

When Rodney woke to rain for the fifth morning in a row, he didn’t groan aloud, or demand an extra large coffee, or curl back into his blankets and refuse to get out of bed. He might have sighed, just a little bit, when rolling himself out of the bed and into the morning routine that got him showered and dressed and eventually to his office at the U. But the act of stepping into rain boots and slipping on his waterproof jacket had become nearly habit by now, and walking to work in the rain down an evenly paved sidewalk was really nothing compared to the uphill hikes in torrential downpours that had become a once a month thing when he lived on Atlantis.

It was a Saturday, so Rodney finally had the time to answer the very few interesting emails he’d received over the past week. He found an elegant solution to a problem Radek had raised (entirely theoretically of course) about how to create a self-sustaining warning system for major changes in solar activity. As a bonus, Rodney was also able to include a few choice comments on the merits of setting up a self-sustaining system of any kind if no one was around to be warned by it.

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from    Rodney <m_rodney_mckay@gmail.com>
to    Radek Zelenka <r.zelenka@sga.us.gov>
date    Sat, Jun 4, 2017 at 1:03 PM
subject    Re: question on a theory we have discussed

[…..]

And finally, if plasma is heated to tens of millions of kelvins, creating a chain of reactions in which matter is accelerated to near the speed of light, and no one observes it, did it truly make a ‘flare’?

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Rodney McKay, PhD, PhD.

---

from    Radek Zelenka <r.zelenka@sga.us.gov>
to    Rodney <m_rodney_mckay@gmail.com>
date    Sat, Jun 4, 2017 at 1:24 PM
subject    Re: question on a theory we have discussed

Yes. Obviously.

Radek

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from    Rodney <m_rodney_mckay@gmail.com>
to    Radek Zelenka <r.zelenka@sga.us.gov>
date    Sat, Jun 4, 2017 at 1:35 PM
subject    Re: question on a theory we have discussed

Oh, for the love of….

OF COURSE it still counts as a solar flare Radek, but I am making a rhetorical point.  I am quite good at rhetoric you know. I won a prize in middle school for Best Use of Rhetorical Devices in a story I submitted to the school paper. 

ANYHOW, you know what I meant. 

Dr. Rodney McKay, PhD, PhD

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from    Radek Zelenka <r.zelenka@sga.us.gov>
to    Rodney <m_rodney_mckay@gmail.com>
date    Sat, Jun 4, 2017 at 1:39 PM
subject    Re: question on a theory we have discussed

Yes, I know. Hope to see you soon, Mr. Rhetorical Devices.

---

Around 3 o’clock, Rodney’s TA-of-the-semester stuck her head in the door.

“Dr. McKay!  I didn’t expect to see you here on a Saturday!”

Rodney sniffed. “Perhaps you think my work standards are as lax as most of the other faculty here, Ms. Tevens?”

Martha Tevens laughed. Rodney gave her a half-hearted glare, but she really was the best TA he’d had since he’d come to the U.  He was considering keeping her after the semester was over, which would be a move unprecedented in all of Rodney’s academic experiences.

“Perhaps I should ask what <i>you</i> are doing on campus on a Saturday?” he said.

“Right,” she said. “Normally my Saturdays are just sleeping late and getting ready to party all night. Except not, because I work for you and I’m not an undergrad.”

She rolled her eyes.

“I was just dropping off the midterm papers for CP 304, and I saw your light on. Don’t you normally work from home over the weekend? I thought—”

“Yes yes,” Rodney said quickly. “Thank you for the grading, I will review them before the next class.”

He stood up from his desk and threw a few files into his briefcase. 

“Going home now! Off with you!”

Rodney ushered her out of his office, grabbing the files of papers and throwing them into his bag with the others.

Martha gave him a funny look, but just said, “Alright Dr. McKay. Try to enjoy the rest of your weekend.”

---

Rodney walked the long way home, stopping by local market to pick up a basket of in-season strawberries and a carton of cream, thinking they could go into some kind of Sunday breakfast.

“Muffins, or pancakes, or waffles,” Rodney mumbled to himself as he unlocked the door to the house and let himself in. 

John was sitting in the kitchen, drinking a cup of coffee and reading a newspaper.  He looked up when Rodney came into the room, and the skin around his eyes crinkled into a smile.

“Hey buddy,” John said. “How was your week?”

Rodney had a fleeting thought that wrinkles and ridiculous hair should not be able to create warmth in a person. It just didn’t make sense, thermodynamically, that is.

“Look outside Sheppard!” Rodney pointed to the window. “<i>That</i> has been my week. Rain rain rain rain rain.  This isn’t Portland or Seattle you know! And I’m sure you’re all secretly thrilled because it means there’ll be snow in the mountains for skiing or whatever ridiculous activities you like to do there, but I swear, one more day of this and I’m going to start growing mold.”

John grinned and leaned his chair back on two legs.

“Aww, Rodney,” said John. “I distinctly remember you telling me that you liked rainy weekends. Something about an excuse to stay in bed and drink coffee all day?”

“Ok, first of all, stop using the chair like that.” Rodney poked the back of John’s head, pushing him slightly forwards. “You’ve already broken one, and you’ll break your head next.”

John sat forward and rolled his eyes. Thankfully he did have some sense of self-preservation, because he didn’t say the “yes mom” that was clearly at the tip of his tongue.

“And SECOND of all, Sheppard,” and here Rodney paused. “Well.”

John raised an eyebrow.

Rodney sighed. “Well, it’s not as much fun to stay in bed when it’s just me.”

John’s smile was softer this time, and he stood up and wrapped his arms around Rodney, wet raincoat and all.

“Missed you too, buddy,” he said.

“Well,” Rodney said, trying for imperious but probably achieving something very different, given that he basically had his face tucked into John’s warm neck. “We can have a rainy Sunday tomorrow. I bought strawberries.”

“I love strawberries,” said John.

And well, thought Rodney. Maybe a few more rainy days wouldn’t be so bad.

Comments

( 31 comments — Leave a comment )
saphirablue
Jun. 5th, 2011 09:01 am (UTC)
*awwww*

Domestic!Rodney and John. Great!

And, I'm curious about this AU... *grins*

Thank you!
lilyfarfalla
Jun. 6th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! There's no verse or anything to go along with this, but it was fun to imagine a kind of blurry sketch of John and Rodney not in Atlantis but happy together.
cjoelle
Jun. 5th, 2011 09:50 am (UTC)
Awww, that's adorable :)
lilyfarfalla
Jun. 6th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)
:D! Thank you!!
scarlettandblue
Jun. 5th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
Mmmmhhh cozy John and Rodney, I love these kind of domestic bliss stories, even when the bliss part takes a while to get back home where he bleongs!!!
lilyfarfalla
Jun. 6th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
Rain just seemed to call for domestic bliss, and then I thought "Man, how grumpy would Rodney be if John was away during their usual domestic bliss time." It was fun to write, so I'm glad you liked it!
enigmaticblues
Jun. 5th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
Aw! This was just lovely.
lilyfarfalla
Jun. 6th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
\o/ Yay, thank you!
saffronhouse
Jun. 5th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, gee. Utterly heartwarming! Thank you.
lilyfarfalla
Jun. 6th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you!
ribbon_purple
Jun. 5th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
lilyfarfalla
Jun. 6th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
<3!!
ozsaur
Jun. 5th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
Very cozy! I enjoyed this domestic slice-of-life, but now I'm curious about this universe... :)
lilyfarfalla
Jun. 6th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
Coziness achieved, yay! Not much more to this verse now, just a half sketched out picture in my head of the boys off Atlantis, but not devastated by it.
hilde
Jun. 5th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
That made me all warm and fuzzy inside :) Lovely little slice of life, thank you!
lilyfarfalla
Jun. 6th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
Yay, I'm so glad! Thank you for commenting!
altyronsmaker
Jun. 5th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
OHhhh, where has John been?? And what is Rodney doing teaching at a Univerity? Where is Atlantis? EEEE! Is there more of this? o.0

Love the softer smile John finally gives him...*sigh*
lilyfarfalla
Jun. 6th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
Hahha, these are good questions!!! That....I don't really have answers too. There isn't anything else in existence right now, but it was fun to sketch out a kind of half-real world where they're not on Atlantis but they're ok about that. I am kind of curious myself, but no promises!
esteefee
Jun. 5th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
oh, what a lovely little slice. I especially enjoyed the flare bit.

Rodney had a fleeting thought that wrinkles and ridiculous hair should not be able to create warmth in a person. It just didn’t make sense, thermodynamically, that is.

EEEEE. of course not, and yet it DOES.

*smishes wee rainy grumpy Rodney*

lilyfarfalla
Jun. 6th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
Without John, he can't even get a good complaint up after a while. Poor grumpy McKay!

Oh, and yay for the flare bit! Writing pseudo-science: KIND OF HARD AND A LITTLE INTIMIDATING. Thanks my dear!
patk
Jun. 5th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
John and Rodney spending a rainy Sunday in bed with strawberries? That gives me all kinds of naughty ideas. ;-)
lilyfarfalla
Jun. 6th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
Hahahaha. Yes, but first naps. ;)
panisdead
Jun. 6th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
Awww. That's super cute. :)
lilyfarfalla
Jun. 6th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
:D! Thanks man!
trillingstar
Jun. 6th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
Okay, I love that John bearhugs Rodney, wet raincoat and all. There's a lovely sweetness - like fresh strawberries! - to this whole piece.
lilyfarfalla
Jun. 6th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
Aww, that's so lovely to hear! Thank you dude!
melagan
Jun. 7th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
Awwwwwwww
mific
Jun. 7th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
Awww - domestic boys. I really love this bit:
“Well,” Rodney said, trying for imperious but probably achieving something very different, given that he basically had his face tucked into John’s warm neck. ♥ !

Edited at 2011-06-07 10:14 am (UTC)
danceswithgary
Jun. 13th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
Awww, sweet. :-D
hoktauri
Aug. 17th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay! So adorable and precious! Snuggly boys on a rainy weekend... What a lovely little ficlet.
lilyfarfalla
Aug. 17th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It took me a minute to remember what this story was even about, but I did love it. Really, I should go through and tag stories that involve rain + domesticity, because I love them to death. Someday, someday.
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