untitled drabble #53

Title: untitled drabble #53
Rating: PG
Words: 200
Pairing/Character(s): Ancient!John/Rodney, Sam Carter
Warnings/Spoilers: part of the  Ancient!John 'verse, taking place between pts 1 & 2 of "Manes"
DisclaimerTitle 17 of the US Code, § 107, aka the Fair Use Doctrine.
Summar In which there is humming
Notes This was meant to be yet another start to pt 2 of "Manes," but never got any further than this. Well, it did, but none of that was even salvageable  This was.

An Ancient!John Drabble

"Without music, life would be a mistake."

― Friedrich Nietzsche Twilight of the Idols

Space is silent.

The expanses between stars are cold and black, far from anything any sane person would call home. But even in the midst of these there are spots of warmth and sparks of heat - a passing comet, perhaps, or the growing light of a distant sun.

The silence, however, is constant. There is the drone of the engines and the dull thud of boot upon metal interspersed with the clatter of keys and the occasional human voice, but for the most part it is remarkably like Stanley Kubrick's vision of space travel. More crew members and greater distances involved than most people at NASA - then or now - could imagine, of course, but the guiding principles of silence and starkness are the same.

That being said, it takes Sam a full ten minutes to notice the classical music that quickly fill Odyssey's weapons lab after take-off, soft and subtle enough that it seems to blend in with the workings of the engines and the vibration of the deck plates, becoming one with all the small noises that make up a starship.

"What's that you're humming?" she wants to know as soon as she realises where the sound's coming from.

"What?" McKay asks, ninety-three percent of his concentration still on his yield calculations.

"The song that you're humming, what is it?"

"I'm not humming anything."

It is Atlantis' song, but only so much as Rodney is humming it. This was going to go in the "he doesn't even realize that he's humming" direction and segue into the whole "what's it like to be a custodia" and "why didn't you become a pastor" direction, but then I decided it wasn't right for the story arc, so...

but, yeah, it's Atlantis' song
Aww, I think that would have been a fascinating read. I understand that it wasn't right for this particular story arc, and perhaps difficult to describe, but I love reading about Rodney's connection to Atlantis. (It's a rare thing to read about, since most fics focus heavily on John's connection, understandably.)
it'll get mentioned progressively more in this season, but this one I think needs to focus more on how Rodney's changed since his "48 Hours" days.
That's a good point, and another element I find interesting - the changes in Rodney :D And since you're going to cover both, I am a happy fangirl~
I suppose, though calling them "cruel and capricious" makes me wonder if they can only be happy when they're being cruel and capricious.
I usually am giggling with unholy glee when I'm being cruel and capricious, so I suppose you've got a point there.

::goes sniffing about for a character to kill off in an act of wanton violence::
This was a wonderful little snippet, I love that Rodney isn't even aware he's humming Atlantis' song.