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AUTHORS: squidgiepdx and elderwitty
FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
CHARACTERS: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex
PAIRING: Sheppard/McKay
WORDS: 393
SUMMARY:  The SGA-1 team is on a mission, and Rodney can't sleep.
NOTES:  Written for SGA Saturday prompt "arid", posted during amnesty week


Rodney sighs wearily as light from XP7-R56's two suns starts to creep over the horizon.  The planet is already overwhelmingly arid and will only get more stifling as the sixteen-hour day progresses.  Luckily the suns are synched at this time of the year, or they'd be doing their survey in never-ending desert high noon temperatures with no nighttime at all for relief.  Such as it is.

He wiggles away from Sheppard.  Again.  Even while Rodney tried to stay cool by tossing and turning, and through the divesting of clothes, Sheppard's sleep-clinging had served to keep him overheated. To say that Rodney is jealous of Sheppard's ability to not only fall asleep quickly but to sleep well under almost any conditions (including tuning out his desperate pleas for a fan the previous night), is an understatement. 

"Seriously..." Rodney huffs, shaking his head.  At that moment, Sheppard snuffles in his sleep and pulls Rodney tight against his sweaty chest again.  Rodney decides to get a little payback for his broken sleep and soggy boxers.  He takes a deep breath and bellows, "UP AND AT 'EM, AIRMAN!  WE'RE NOT PAYING YOU TO SIT ON YOUR ASS AND LOLLYGAG.  MOVE!  MOVE!  MOVE!"

By the second word, Sheppard is jetting out of the tent, nearly toppling over as he tries to put on his pants and boots for a non-existent inspection.  His sleep-addled brain only realizes that he's standing at attention on a foreign planet when he hears Rodney's guffaws.

Flipping off a laughing Ronon (bedded down under a nearby tamala tree), John ducks his head into the tent to shoot a glare at his partner.  "Are you shitting me, McKay?"

"You should have seen your face!" Rodney wheezes, laughing so hard he can't quite catch his breath.  For a moment he manages to forget the heat.

John mutters, "You'll get yours, McKay, don't worry," and crawls back into the tent, pulling Rodney down onto the double-sleeping bag.  He checks his watch and sees there are still have a couple of hours before they head out for another day of exploring the seemingly abandoned planet.  "Let's go back to sleep," he yawns.

"But it's so hot!" Rodney protests. 

John doesn't respond. 

Rodney looks over his shoulder to find John already back aslumber.  He sighs and grabs his datapad as John blindly reaches out and pulls him close again.


( 29 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 22nd, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Rodney is so MEAN!

John will most definitely have to get him back for that!!

May. 22nd, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
Well, I personally feel a little for Rodney 'cause I've been there, done that. But yes - he is mean, and John will have a lot of fun getting him back. ::grin::
May. 22nd, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
hahah omg great image.

but it looks like John is getting him back just by being able to fall asleep again. :DDDD I have that same extraordinary ability and I have been hated for it.
May. 22nd, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
OMG, You and my boo! He thinks it's hilarious to wind me up sometimes just before we got to bed, then turn over and he's asleep in like 45 seconds. Whereas I'm so wound up that I can't even think about sleep for a few hours. ::sigh::
May. 22nd, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
oh, mine can do that.

And he snores. Loudly. Complete with the apnea hitch at irregular intervals.

I figure I'll get my own back in a few years when I don't let him clean his grandfather's shotgun when the kid brings dates home.
May. 22nd, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
OMG, when we had our little boy - our 215 pound Great Dane (who slept on the bed with us; the one in my icon) - you should have heard it when he, Patrick (my boo), and Icky (the 19 pound cat) were all snoring at once! Lucky I can sleep through that...
May. 22nd, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
I laughed so loud that I scared the puppies. :-D
May. 22nd, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
::snark:: YAY! I mean yay that you liked it - not yay for scaring the puppies. :)
May. 22nd, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
Hee! I can't wait to see how John gets his revenge.
May. 22nd, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah... You know John is already plotting!!!
May. 22nd, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)

OMG! That was hilarious, as Rodney imitated probably every superior John ever had during basic. But, I do fear that Rodney will definitly suffer John's revenge. LOL It was worth it, as there is nothing worse than sleeping with a cuddler, with no A/C available. 'shudders'

Great fic!
May. 22nd, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!! We were laughing about this one. So fun to write! And yeah - I totally get what you mean about sleep cuddlers in the heat. ::shudder:: NOT FUN!!! But at least Rodney got distracted, at least for a little while. :)
May. 22nd, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
That was fun :)
May. 22nd, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
EEEE!!!! Rodney is so diabolical! But John'll get him back...
May. 22nd, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
Wow, not only did rodney get john up,buy at attention too! Lol he is so gonna pay for that.
May. 22nd, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
Absolutely!!! Oh, John's gonna get him, but good! :)
May. 23rd, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
I find this image of John rushing to obey a (nonexistent) training CO to be hilarious and endearing :P Well played, Rodney. But now it's John's turn :D
May. 23rd, 2012 05:34 am (UTC)
::snark:: Absolutely!!! John'll get him back!!! :)
May. 23rd, 2012 07:15 am (UTC)
That? Was awesome. Rodney totally wins "Best Imitation of a Hard Assed Drill Sergeant".

John? Is so going to make him pay. But Rodney will think back to that moment where John was scrambling, half asleep, to stand at attention, and he will decide it was oh, so worth it.

May. 23rd, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
I have to admit - when your partner's able to just roll over and sleep, and you're not able to because of whatever (heat, snoring, etc), sometimes you get a little crazy. And you know Rodney thinks it was worth it. But John'll get him back. Sequel, maybe? ::grin::
May. 23rd, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
That was very funny! I think John is now plotting his revenge.
May. 23rd, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And the correct answer is yes - yes, John is absolutely plotting his revenge! ::grin::
May. 25th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
May. 25th, 2012 05:12 am (UTC)
EEEEE!!!!! I'm glad! It just hit me as I was flying to LAX, and I wrote it on the plane, then sprang it on elderwitty going, "Umm... We have another thing to beta!" ::grin::
May. 26th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
LOL That is so funny -- John rolling out of bed on instinct alone. Rodney's a demon. ;D
May. 27th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Can you imagine John in Basic? Already in trouble for one thing or another, so his mind's screaming at him to behave just this once - and then it's all just a hellish dream perpetuated by Rodney... Rodney's gonna get his! :)
May. 27th, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty much enjoying imagining John like that. Bad John, bad!
Jun. 4th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
OMG that was too funny.....I bet Ronon remembers that and has a blast reminding John over and over.......

Jun. 5th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks!!! Oh yeah - Ronon & Rodney'll be giving it to John for years over that one! :)
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