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Title: Quake!
Available as podfic: here.
Author: esteefee
Pairing: John/Rodney
Category: Series, Established Relationship, AU
Words: 664
Summary: There was an earthquake here just now, a sharp one, not long, but it made me wonder how Rodney would react to his first quake in SF in the Fair Trade 'verse. :)


by esteefee

It starts with what feels like a truck rumble but really isn't—John doesn't know how he knows the difference, he just does, and he sees the growing awareness in Rodney's eyes that turns into disbelief and then panic quickly enough as the rumble becomes a downright shaking.

John just pulls him back against the wall and says, "Hey, don't worry—"

"Earthquake!" Rodney says, predictably enough, and the other customers are murmuring and half rising in their chairs, but John is waiting for how steep the rise before he decides to take any further action, so he just wraps an arm around Rodney to steady them both as the glasses and cups start to rattle a tattoo on the shelves behind the counter.

"Shh, just give it a second," John says.

"Are you out of your mind? We need to find something sturdy to get under!"

"We're good right here. Wait two shakes."

"Oh, ha-ha," Rodney says, and his fingers are damp clutching the fabric of John's shirt just beneath the ties of his apron, bunching it up and knotting against his waist. Rodney really is terrified, John realizes, and he ducks his cheek against Rodney's temple.

"Hey, 's okay. Almost over."

John's right—the crest has already peaked, and the shaking dies down—not even a 5.0, John estimates, and the cups stop their jittering tattoo.

"C'mon," he says when everything goes quiet and people start chatting in relieved tones. "Now comes the fun part."

"Fun? You have got to be kidding," Rodney says shakily.

"Oh, yeah. It's time for the pool. Whoever comes closest to the magnitude on the Richter scale gets free coffee for a week," John says, raising his voice. "We'll look it up on the USGS live earthquake maps."

"Freak." But Rodney is looking better, his face growing pink in reaction.

"Yup. You wouldn't have me any other way." John grins and gives Rodney a kiss, brushing his sweaty hair from his forehead. Rodney kisses him back, his damp fingertips sending shivers tickling up John's spine.

"I'm going with 4.9," John says, and he tugs Rodney over to the espresso machine. Definitely he's sneaking Rodney the decaf this afternoon, whether he likes it or not.

"Everything was jumping around in back, boss. Put me down for a 5.5," Ahs says, coming in from the storage area.

"You got it," John says. He pulls out a pad of paper and starts a table.

Rodney sticks a little close most of the afternoon, his hands brushing against John's sides or tangling in the strings of John's apron. And maybe John snags Rodney by the pocket of his sweatshirt and steals a kiss or two, but John notices nobody is complaining.

Especially when John wins the earthquake pool himself, and ends up buying everyone coffee on the house.


ETA: (we just had another quake, so) The Porny Aftershock:

"What's that?" Rodney says as the bed starts to rock.

John rolls him over and pins him down. "Just me, baby, rockin' your world—"

"Oh, shut up, that is terrible." Rodney squirms underneath him. "It's another one, isn't it?"

Yeah, it is, an aftershock, and longer but less severe, near as John can tell. He waits with Rodney while the bed shakes, and watches Punk tilt her head toward the window as if she can see what's causing it.

"Some warning you were," Rodney says to her bitterly, and John bites back a grin.

The old apartment sways a little and groans in its foundation, then settles.

"Welp, that's that," John says. "Can we get back to business?" He nudges his hard-on against Rodney's hip.

"What, now?"

John gives Rodney's jawline a little nibble. "E-yup."

"Fine," Rodney says, long-suffering, but John notices Rodney's dick doesn't seem any less interested pressed against his, hot and hard and fitting so neatly against John's hip as he begins thrusting.

The bed starts rocking again, but neither of them cares.

Really The End.

A/N: It's bull that you should get under something sturdy: being next to a supporting wall is much better, just FYI. Steel doors are great.


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Oct. 20th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Oct. 21st, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
Oct. 20th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
How sweet is it that the boys are all but hanging onto each other in the aftermath!!!
Oct. 21st, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Oct. 20th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
Nice....sweet dabble of coolness.....

Oct. 21st, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
thanks, Kimber!
Oct. 21st, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
Heh. I join with Rodney in the terror, and with John in the jaded judging how big that sucker was anyway. Cute.
Oct. 21st, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
heh! exactly, mab. thanks!
Oct. 21st, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
Excellent! After our earthquake in August, I'm with John -- calm, cool, and wait to see what happens.

♥ you like crazy.
Oct. 21st, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
<3 <3 <3

I heard it was a doozy!
Oct. 21st, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Love the image of Rodney clinging to John and John hanging on to him. Nice way to diffuse the fear. Free coffee! Does Rodney catch John sneaking him decaf? He'll forget that earthquake straight away at the first sip.
Oct. 21st, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
oh, you know Rodney caught him and punished him terribly. there might have been tickling involved.
Oct. 21st, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Aw, this was fantastic!
Oct. 21st, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)

Oct. 21st, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
This is lovely. Always makes me happy to see more in this 'verse, I just love how you write the boys in this world.
Oct. 21st, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
aw, thanks, babe!
Oct. 21st, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
Heh. Poor Rodney! Don't forget all the frantic phone calls from friends and relatives back east who think California must've fallen into the ocean.
Oct. 21st, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
it's always a threat! :D

I remember after the '89 quake I made the mistake of calling my grandmother first. it was the only call I got out before the phones went out, and she was too ?? to think to call my parents or anyone else to let them know I was all right. doh.
Oct. 21st, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
I remember the earthquakes I've been in...wish I'd had Sheppard to hold on to!

Very sweet and great advice about the supporting wall!
Oct. 21st, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
I wish I had a Shep too!

thanks, Stella.
Oct. 21st, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
Eep! I'm with Rodney! But nice to have John to cling to! Love this 'verse!
Oct. 21st, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
thanks, baby! we had a scarier one just now so I wrote them an aftershock sequel. :D
Oct. 21st, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
sweet. yea, we do the same thing at work, I'll see first how bad its going to be before really doing anything. and we also try to figure out how strong :) Rodney panicking is cute.
Oct. 21st, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
eee! I love panicking!Rodney, I have to admit. One of my favorite scenes is of him huddled over the DHD in The Lost Boys.
Oct. 21st, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
LOL - I'd have won the pool! I guessed 4.1 - strictly on the basis that as a native Californian I never even feel the things unless they are over a 4. Felt both of today's - a rarity for me!

Thanks for the giggle and the sweet scene!
Oct. 21st, 2011 05:18 am (UTC)
hey! then coffee's on me at the FT coffee house (or at least the roastery it's loosely based on) if you wanna meet me. :)
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Oct. 21st, 2011 05:19 am (UTC)
Awww! Yay! John is totally Rodney's "sturdy" wall! ^__^
Oct. 21st, 2011 06:08 am (UTC)
he so is! what a great image. :)))
Oct. 21st, 2011 06:25 am (UTC)
Aw, just so cute! I'd want to cling to John in an earthquake too *g*
Oct. 22nd, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
moi aussi! <3
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