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20 September by
It's just past midnight on 20 September, 2011, in the middle of the northern ocean on New Lantea II.
A First Kiss by
Someone takes a chance in a motel room on a road trip.
John's problems started the day they nearly destroyed San Francisco and he didn't die.
Rodney decides that leaving would be the best thing for everyone
Atlantis is heading home but, for once, Rodney's attention is caught elsewhere.
On the run from angry aliens with golfcarts, John and Rodney hide in the husk of a large tree and something arises that confuses Rodney and embarrasses John. (Past tense Keller/McKay.)
Black Flag by
“Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.” -- H.L. Mencken
This wasn’t like he’d simply been turned into a girl. That might be a little cool, for a while. But just knowing this body wasn’t his, that it had an original owner, one that would be getting it back, made him nervous about how he treated this body.
The house was large enough for a family, but after half a year, John still felt as if he was stepping into a new house instead of a home.
Rodney is sure of only two things when Jeannie decides to come back to Atlantis for a short research project: the city is not big enough for both of them and he's grateful for his accrued vacation time.
"I can't believe you didn't want to have sex with her," Rodney said, looking as if the world had stopped making sense.
When they leave the San Francisco Bay and take to the skies on their way back to Pegasus, Rodney is angry. Angry, and bitter, and sad. He’s withdrawn, keeping to himself and ignoring anyone and everyone that tries to speak to him.
They weren't a new threat to Atlantis but they now came at them with a vengeance. John knew they needed help. What they got was more than they had hoped for.
McKay/Sheppard, O'Neill/Jackson, Beckett/Emmagen, Carter/Mitchell, Lorne/Davis
By the time the new president finally got around to repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Atlantis was already back in Pegasus and settled into her new (old) home.
Yes, there were signs, and if he hadn't been thinking with his dick he would have twigged to them immediately.
"When Faith Lumsbred disobeys the decree of Queen Harmony and goes into the forbidden part of the woods, she expects to discover something cool, or at least something suitably unsettling. Finding instead an ageing astrophysicist and his cat she decides to get to the bottom of the things. How did McKay end up here? Why has the queen gone to such lengths to keep him hidden? And what exactly has he been doing out here all by himself?"
John has an irrational fear of dentists. Rodney can relate.
John anticipated a lot of possibilities for disaster when Rodney invited John to his sister's place for his first Christmas after the breakup with Jennifer. Getting drafted into playing a plastic guitar wasn't one of them.
Sheppard goes missing and Rodney moves heaven and earth to find him.
Rodney wants to talk about ex-girlfriends but Ronon's more interested in Star Trek.
General Stanley A. McChrystal got himself relieved of duty in Afghanistan on purpose. He has other problems to solve and the answer to at least one of them seems to be in Pegasus.
Rodney turned and looked at John. “You know,“ he said, “I'm ready to go.“ John turned to face him, and he knew right away that Rodney was talking about more than just leaving the remnants of the festival.
Atlantis makes a quick stop on the way home to Pegasus.
Being brave and reaping the benefits can be easy. Just, not this time.
Even the defeat of the Wraith and a bright future in the Pegasus galaxy doesn’t mean that the universe isn’t ultimately random and cruel. Or that love can’t be found in the ruins of your own life.
Earthside, a Pegasus veteran stands guard over her commanding officer, who got shot on his way to Dr McKay's wedding.
"You wouldn't know 'okay' if it came running at you with a pitchfork." Rodney smacked his hand against John's forehead and left it there through John's growling dissent. "First of all, your lungs sound like a carburetor. And second, I'm surprised you haven't burst into flames."
FUBAR happens on Atlantis, John disappears, two years later Rodney takes a vacation to Disneyland, and who do you think is working at Soaring Over California?
It breaks Jennifer's heart when she realizes that Rodney's not in love with her.
Dave Sheppard learns more about his brother and gets drawn into a tangle of secrets and truths.
New Roads by
Rodney discovers that, sometimes, the end of one road is just the start of another.
“That’s it, I am never, ever, letting you fly a city ever again,” Rodney said by way of a greeting.
He couldn't look at Rodney and think that he'd never loved him more and then go ahead and pretend that it didn't matter that he married someone else.
It started out just like any other day but then events happen that will change Rodney's life forever.
When the Trust try to destroy the ZPM room, leaving Atlantis adrift between the two galaxies on the way back to Pegasus, Rodney and Radek work hard to get it repaired. When exhaustion leads to mistakes being made, John has the right solution.
Set post-series as Atlantis gets prepared to go back to Pegasus, Keller resigns, Rodney follows her, and Rodney panics when he loses touch with John.
John realizes his feelings for Rodney when when Rodney decides to marry Jennifer.
"Don't you guys have the slightest awareness of how you are pretty much constantly in each other's orbits?"
After all the years of denial, now it was time for John to find happiness--for both of them.
"Something wasn't right. Rodney felt it in his gut."
Rodney might stay behind on Earth with Keller when Atlantis heads back to Pegasus, and John realizes he doesn't want that to happen.
Rodney is dissed by one of his colleagues. But John knows how to make it right.
So, in the end, the only way to equal it out was to hurt them all.
Rodney and Jennifer get engaged. The inevitable happens.
With the repeal of DADT, comes some misunderstandings that lead to the breaking up of one couple and the coming together of another.
The city’s back in Pegasus, and John and Rodney have been watching the stars together for months when Rodney floors John with a simple observation.
Life can break your bones. It can also stitch you back together.
Sequel to: Three gifts Rodney wants to give his team
The Answer by
He knows what their reunion in less than an hour will be like. A wry comment from John. An eye roll from Rodney.
John couldn't say "Go get the girl" again….
Who would have thought that defeating the Wraith was the least of Rodney's worries?
The List by
Rodney can't understand why all his beautiful, blonde girlfriends keep breaking up with him.
Rodney threatens to go back to Earth. John will do anything to make him stay, and Rodney's not above taking advantage.
The IOA decide that because Rodney has never been in a successful long term relationship while on Atlantis, that he lacks certain leadership skills. John however, can't bare the thought of Rodney leaving, so comes up with a cunning plan.
John doesn’t want to hear what Rodney has to say, and so he makes a strategic retreat… Okay, he runs away.
Someone goes a little stir crazy on Christmas Eve.
After tragedy strikes, Rodney's friends watch as he tries to do everything in his power to find a way to set things right. Sometimes the lengths Rodney McKay would go to on behalf of John Sheppard amazed even him; especially when those lengths included not being able to tell a single person about what he'd done.
Rodney turns 40, dates Jennifer, kisses John and finds an Ancient weapons lab. Sequel: A Month Of
Wedding Duty by
John is his usual, articulate self. Good thing Rodney's a genius. Sequel: Uninvited Guests
Post-Season 5, Atlantis is stuck on Earth. Teyla realizes she has to create the path to take Atlantis home. With the help of Woolsey, Ronon, John and Rodney, she's widely successful, but somewhere along the way, Rodney and John get a little lost.
Rodney's protective of those he considers family.
Part 2. Rodney figures out what he really wants in life.