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TITLE: Doggy Bag
AUTHOR: squidgiepdx
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis - Live a Little 'verse
CHARACTERS: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
PAIRING: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
WORDS: 500
SUMMARY: John and Rodney share a meal, and Rodney learns one of John's habits.
NOTES: NOT betaed (elderwitty and I may beta this on the phone later) and written on Alaska Airlines flight 657, Phoenix to Portland (and under the influence of 3 glasses of red wine) on 12/1/2011.  This is part 4 of our (me and elderwitty's) "Live a Little" verse, but can be read as a standalone.  Rodney is canon!Rodney, and John is a tattoo artist and owner of Pegasus Tattoo and Body Piercing Studio.
Rodney waits for John to finish his meal, and contemplates how much his life had changed ever since entering the Pegasus Tattoo and Body Piercing Studio.  He smiles at the memory of John's overbearing flirtations, and the end result of those advances; a relationship with the man.  Having hoovered his own meal, Rodney sits back, letting a comfortable silence envelop the moment.
"What?" John asks a moment later as he catches Rodney's gaze.  "Do I have something in my teeth?" he asks, Rodney smiling as John shuts his mouth, running his tongue over his teeth.
"No," Rodney replies, then smiles back, earning a curious look from John.
Rodney watches as John abandons his potato to work on the massive slab of roast beef on his plate, giving up after a few bites.  "I told you it was good," Rodney says, pulling his hand back quickly and causing John to miss swatting it as Rodney pops the purloined piece of meat into his mouth.
"Leftovers," John says, pointing down at his plate, then smiling at Rodney.
Rodney scrunches his face up at John, then says as he pats his stomach, "That word...  I'm sure I heard it somewhere, but I'm just not familiar with it," which causes John to har-har-har loudly, his laughter filling the small bistro, which causes Rodney's smile to grow even bigger.
Meal packed up and both their beers dispatched, John and Rodney leave the restaurant, Rodney smiling at the warmth of John's hand as it settles on the small of Rodney's back, guiding them both to the sidewalk.  Rodney feels John pull him in close with his free hand as their stroll is interrupted by a small colony of homeless men.
"Hey," John calls to an elderly man at the edge of the group who reminds Rodney of his grandfather (though by all appearances this man has surely had a much more difficult life).  The man stops and John presents him with his leftovers.  "It's pretty good, pops," he says with a wink.  As he and Rodney continue down the sidewalk, John looks back and Rodney notices as his expression changes to one of anguish.
"What?" Rodney asks, his voice quiet.
"He's a vet," John replies.
Rodney looks at John, whose usual guarded emotion is gone and instead an expression overwhelmed with pain is prominently displayed.  "Are you sure?"
"Yeah," John says, though he offers nothing more.  "He deserves better."
Rodney spends a moment contemplating how to lighten John's mood.  "Yeah," he says, "but you gave him your leftovers."  After a reflective moment, he adds, "Wait.  You always do that," he says as he thinks back on each meal they've shared at a restaurant.  "You always save a bit, then give it to some homeless person."  Another bit of John's life story slips into place for Rodney, and smiles at how John always gives of himself, hardly ever taking anything for himself.
John smiles, then gives Rodney a quick kiss and says, "Love me, love my quirks."


( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 2nd, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
Awww... John only keeps Rodney for himself... and he would be upset at the homeless vet...

Very nice addition to this 'verse!
Dec. 2nd, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The general concept of this story has been rolling around in my head for a while, and after my second glass of wine, it just happened. Glad you liked it!
Dec. 2nd, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
what a lovely vignette... I love how you draw them both. and yay John taking Rodney home for dessert. :)))
Dec. 2nd, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!! I was thinking about stuff we'd talked about earlier (specifically POV) and tried really hard to keep it all Rodney's POV the whole time. And yep, I think it makes for a better story! ::tumbly hugs::
Dec. 2nd, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
I noticed! <3
Dec. 2nd, 2011 08:29 am (UTC)
Lovely and sweet ♥ I am so fond of these boys.
Dec. 2nd, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks!!!! I'm really loving this 'verse!!! :)
Dec. 2nd, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
Aw! Oh, John. This is so beautiful, and it's a brilliant take on the prompt. I love John's "quirks" and I'm sure Rodney does, too.
Dec. 2nd, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
Rodney, being a scientist, loves it when another piece of puzzle falls into place, be it an equation or John. ::happy sigh:: Glad you liked it!!!
Dec. 2nd, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
Awww, very sweet and delightful.
Dec. 2nd, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks!!! I just love these boys...
Dec. 2nd, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
{hugs John}

Nice addition to the series.
Dec. 3rd, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! I think this'll do to help set some backstory on John in the future. :)
Dec. 3rd, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
I suspect there is some interesting back story for John in this AU.
Look forward to seeing more of John and Rodney.
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
Awww Squidgie...such a good chapter. John wss so sweet in this.
Dec. 3rd, 2011 06:38 am (UTC)
Thanks!!! I've wanted to write this story for a while. :)
Dec. 3rd, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
Aw!! So sweet! Loved it to bits!!
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks!!! I love this 'verse! :)
Dec. 3rd, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
So sweet with a little sadness. :-)
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks!!! We may definitely have to do some sort of backstory for John now...
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