Pairing/Charecter(s): Rodney; John/Rodney
Warnings/Spoliers: during part 3 of "Fradator" Ancient!John 'verse
Disclaimer: Title 17 of the US Code, § 107, aka the Fair Use Doctrine.
Summary: Ghosts of Lifetimes Past
Notes: Another one of those things I wrote which I like to much to delete, but which don't fit the tone of the rest of the story
An Ancient!John Drabble
“Nothing matters but love, does it? That must come first! No price is too great, is it?
Euguene O'Neill: The Haunted from Mourning Becomes Electra
The deal with people is this:
They are messy and complicated and usually not worth the time and effort some poor bastards spent raising them. Nine times out of ten they will end up disappointing those who, for whatever reason, believe in them.
Rodney has spent most his life avoiding people. Then he came to Atlantis and found John.
The deal with John is this:
He's the most personable person Rodney's ever met. He's twice as charismatic and three times as charming as anyone has any right to be, particularly someone with his stupid hair and geeky tendencies. He flirts as easily as he breathes and is so outrageously bad at it that it somehow works and makes friends like something out of an honest-to-God children's TV show and there should be no logical reason for Rodney to like him as much as he does, save for those he didn't learn until they were already the best of friends, nearly lovers.
It makes no sense, but then again, nothing about John ever really does when held up for close scrutiny.
It's not that John makes him a better person, though even Rodney will admit there's a little bit of that as well. No, it's that John makes him happy to be the person he already is, and if Rodney were ever forced (under extreme duress) to give a definition for soul mates, that's the one he'd give.
And so maybe he only asked his amator to move in with him because it seemed convenient at the time, but that doesn't mean he doesn't love John in more ways than he used to think it was possible to love someone. It's just who Rodney is and he would've thought he'd have realized that by now.
Though, from the sound of things, John does know this. No, it's the ghost of lifetimes past that's haunting him and one of these days Rodney's going to learn to remember they're there. But since that's reliant on John actually telling him more than the vaguest of details about his life before, it probably won't be for a long time.