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Fic: [SGA] The Reason

Title: The Reason
Author: skinscript
Rating: G
Genre: General
Spoilers: Search and Rescue (5x01)
Wordcount: 350
Disclaimer: Seriously?
Posted at: sga_episodefic

Summary: Search and Rescue episode tag.

Rodney held Torrin cradled in the crook of his arm, bouncing lightly to help keep him soothed as Teyla slept heavily in the infirmary bed beside him. It was like holding a bundle of tightly wadded cloth in his arm, the baby's weight negligible. He was half-worried that he would start thinking through some problem or another and forget entirely that he was holding him at all. Then he would drop him and Teyla would wake up and he would be in so much trouble. His arms tightened convulsively.

Yeah, that would be bad.

He glanced over at John, still sleeping off the anaesthesia in the other bed. John looked better than he had since he came through the wormhole at a run, dusty and hot and looking like hell. Over the time between coming back to them and the collapse of the building his face had gotten more and more deeply lined with stress and banked urgency, and afterwards...


Afterwards he'd looked like walking death.

But now, his colour was back, all of his scrapes and bruises had been cleaned up, and with his hair even messier than usual and his lashes dark fans against his cheekbones he seemed only a few years older than Torrin. Rodney looked down at the baby's tiny face and rosebud mouth, working restlessly. A gentle nudge against his hip brought his attention to the bed beside him, where Teyla was awake.

"John told me that he was lost in time, and that you worked out a way to bring him back," Teyla said sleepily. "He said that you saved him." Her lids drifted closed again.

"It was my turn," Rodney told her quietly. A slow smile graced her lips, and she was asleep again. Rodney turned back to Torrin, lifting a finger to feel again the incredible softness of his newborn skin. "Do you want to know a secret?" He asked the baby seriously, his voice a whisper. "I didn't do it for him, or for your mom." He pressed a kiss to the silky fuzz of Torrin's tiny eyebrow. "Really, I did it for you."



( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 26th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
Awwwww! RODNEY! ♥
Jul. 30th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I can see him being a total woobie for the baby. :) Thanks!
Jul. 26th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
Jul. 30th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
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Jul. 30th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Rodney + baby = love...
Jul. 26th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
So sweet!
Jul. 30th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (I've been attacked by plot bunnies of why Rodney spent all that time - other than 'must save John')
Jul. 26th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
Rodney with baby completely melts me.
Jul. 30th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
Me too! Which is bizarre, cause I am so not a baby person myself...
Jul. 26th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Short but sweet. I like to think this happened.
Jul. 30th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm kind of glad I re-discovered my ability to be concise.

I can see Rodney as a reluctant baby fan :)
Jul. 26th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
Jul. 30th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Jul. 27th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
I love this - so, so sweet!!
Jul. 30th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Aug. 4th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)

This. Is. ADORABLE! :D

You know what? Even though I know Rodney says his reason was the baby (which is LOVE. LOOOOVE!) I still read this as kinda McSheppy (beyond the friendship blah blah). Having spoken to you about it I am not sure that you were purposefully including that - but all the same that's how I read it. *Laughs* (Maybe your recs have just corrupted me!)

Anyway! Whatever it is, love the John description, and the comparison brings to mind that scene where he was asleep in the jumper, which just brings me more 'awww' than I know what to do with.

What I love more, however, totally is Rodney with the baby. Because that is just the cutest thing ever and pushes all my buttons and - hell. As far as I am concerned, Rodney should just walk around with the baby pretty much all the time. What? He recorded lectures for him! It can be his new protege!

Come on: *Snark* *Snark* *Snappy fingers* *Break to coo over baby* *More shouting* It's a winner!

And it gives him something more to yell at people for! "OMG. LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE NOW? YOUR INCREDIBLE STUPIDITY HAS UPSET THE BABY!!"


Fine. Whatever.

This is awesome though, and the last line *slays* me with all the sweetness. :)

Aug. 7th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Thank you! (and see? SEE? Again with the schmoop! SGA has broken my angst.)

I totally can see Rodney treating the baby as a confidant, in that offhandedly honest way he has. That's the kind of mood I was trying to get across, and think I managed to.

On the reason - well, as you know cause I went on at length - John really irritated me in the first couple of episodes. It seems he hasn't told people about what happened in the original timeline, and despite my McShepper heart I just *wanted* Rodney to have done it for someone else, so that John would be the *means* instead of the point for a change. So, I was all 'McKay sacrificed himself for Teyla!' but I just couldn't convince myself, but *Torrin*... that I could see.

At the same time, John is seriously gorgeous, and deserves a little loving description, even when he's a git.

I could totally see McKay with Torrin as you describe. I'm not one of those people who goes for guys with babies, but I do think McKay with child would be absolutely hilarious. And, of course, Smoking Hot.

Dec. 29th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
awww ... that is so sweet! wants to hug Rodney and Torren. :)
Dec. 30th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I always like to recognize Rodney's soft side. :)
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