untitled drabble #41

Title: untilted drabble #41
Rating: PG-13
Words: 360
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.

It does, doesn't it?

Though I feel I must point out something I keep forgetting to mention in my rewatch: the first two seasons of SGA John does go on about how they need to make friends like something out of a kids' show. By the time we get to "Reunion" though, he's a far more cautious about people. It's kinda sad.
Yes, but, unlike Elizabeth, John actually learns from their collective mistakes in time to be more cautious, I think. I don't think she really got it until S3's Common Ground. I do tend to feel like Sheppard was mostly sort of going along with Weir's vision of things because it wasn't worth objecting to at first and he kind of agreed with her for a while...

Eh, maybe not. But this piece here is very true.
True. I'm sad that it had to happen, but at least he learns. He is rather anti-argument isn't he?

And thanks!
Yeah, John strikes me as a guy who hates confrontation and is more than content to sort of go along with things until they cross one of his hard-and-fast ethical lines.
definately. Sometimes I think Elizabeth used this too her advantage one too many times... but, then again, John was never completely above board with Elizabeth either, so...
John's learning the peril of gate travel, I suppose? After everything, John's learned that people aren't to be trusted, at least not right away - and perhaps not completely even then.