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User: fire_fiction (posted by sheafrotherdon)
Date: 2008-08-05 11:27
Subject: Fic: Five Senses (SGA)
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Five Senses by sheafrotherdon
~ John/Rodney, PG; a different sort of 'five things' ficlet for autiger23, with grateful thanks for her donation to fire_fic. Thank you so much, sweets, and I'm sorry for the delay! ♥



sight

Rodney's barely a blur in the margin of John's peripheral vision, but it's all he needs to know that Rodney's tired. When he turns his head his instinct's borne out – it takes Rodney two tries to cap his pen and his shoulders are rounded, the hair at the back of his neck standing up on end from sweat and fingers that sought out an itch. His t-shirt's rucked up at one side, showing skin above the waistband of his boxers, and he fusses at the irregularity of it, pulls at the fabric, wanders off to the bathroom and John can hear the water run. John stuffs his own clothes in the duffel bag he uses to stow laundry, kicks his boots under the bed, takes off his watch, heads for the bathroom himself. He could stand to take a leak, brush his teeth, do whatever – but then Rodney's in the doorway at the same time he's trying to go in and they pause, Rodney blinking at him as if he's strange and exotic, a confusion to a brain half-asleep. "Um?" Rodney says, and waves a hand, takes half a step forward and – carefully, thoughtfully – lets his forehead fall against John's shoulder. "Mmmph," he huffs.

touch

John thought love and sex were the same for the better part of twenty years, an honest mistake that earned him a marriage, divorce, three break-ups that fucked with his head more than he wanted, and too many nights spent staring at the ceiling, trying to distinguish between affection and afterglow. He'd shared a bed with men and women who could make him choke out curses and grind against the mattress in shameless need, but it ends up it's the thud of a forehead against his shoulder that he'd never looked for, the clue he'd never bought. Shifting his feet a little, the better to bear Rodney up as he leans, he lifts a hand then lets it fall, turns his head instead and kisses the tip of Rodney's ear. "Sleep," he murmurs, and Rodney lifts his head, peers at him blearily, says, "Duh?" and pushes past him, shuffling toward bed.

smell

The bathroom smells faintly of sweat and dirt, strongly of peppermint, and John hones in on the toothpaste, brushes his teeth with his eyes half closed and his pulse thudding steady. He runs the faucet – the water here smells sharp and clean, different to the chlorine-tainted tap water in Colorado, or the dirt-sweet kind hauled up from the well on his grandparents' farm – rinses his mouth, rubs at his face with a wash cloth, sniffs at his armpits and swipes them for good measure too. The light turns off behind him, motion sensors doing their job, and he pads across the room to the bed, to the rumpled side that belongs to him, beside the heap that's Rodney, feet twitching rhythmically beneath the sheets. John eases in beside him, stretches out on his side, nose pressed whisper-light but meaningfully to the skin at the top of Rodney's arm. Rodney smells of fading deodorant, vinegary marker pens, cotton grown warm and damp in the summer heat; smells familiar and wanted; smells like the company John wants to keep.

"Stoppit," Rodney murmurs, and John smiles, feels the stretch and give of his own face like comfort, says, "Make me," and rubs his nose over the spot where someone once vaccinated Rodney against TB.

taste

"You are so annoying," Rodney grumbles, rolling onto his side so that they're facing one another. His face is in shadow, his hair already a porcupine fuzz backlit by moonlight, and John keeps smiling, snakes a hand beneath their pillows and mumbles, "Yeah?"

"Yeah," Rodney says, and leans forward, presses his lips to the corner of John's mouth. "Infuriating really." He kisses his chin. "Awful." The divot beneath John's nose. "Can't think why I . . ."

"Shut up," John says pleasantly and finds Rodney's mouth with his own, groans softly, barely there, when their tongues touch and he tastes the shared mint of their toothpaste, the salt and heat of Rodney's mouth that mixes lazily with his own. They can do this forever, John's found, especially when they're tired; nibble and suck and nudge kisses into the creases of stubble and age until they're breathless with it, smug as teenagers, wound carelessly into each other's space.

"Fnnaagh," Rodney says intelligently, wet lips sliding clumsily to John's cheek, making John laugh.

hearing

"Tired?" John asks, raising a hand to graze some sort of understanding against Rodney's jaw; he knows the answer, hears it below the scornful huff Rodney offers as reply. He shifts just enough to rest his head on his own pillow, to let Rodney burrow into his own, but Rodney rolls onto his back, fingers still a muddle with John's, sighing with something like contentment.

"Yeah," Rodney says, sounding wistful. "Yeah, I'm – "

He yawns, and John can't help but yawn too, eyes closing, darkness flaring blue and green behind his eyelids, his knee warm where it's pressed against Rodney's thigh. Outside water rushes and retreats; beside him, Rodney hums three notes of important news, grumbles, and relaxes, his face turned toward John's.
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Sharkie
User: wolfshark
Date: 2008-08-05 16:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you- I needed this *so* badly!
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 17:08 (UTC)
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aw, thank you, sweets!
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footinsink
User: footinsink
Date: 2008-08-05 16:36 (UTC)
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wow. that was gorgeous.

smells like the company John wants to keep.

Yes, John, he does and you do!
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 17:08 (UTC)
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Thank you so much, sweets!
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twicet
User: twicet
Date: 2008-08-05 16:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That was so lovely. Everyday stuff, great.
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 17:08 (UTC)
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thank you!!
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anyway above all #teampoe: rodney + john by newkidfan
User: dogeared
Date: 2008-08-05 16:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:rodney + john by newkidfan
Oh, you set the most beautiful mood with this—I love how easy and right and comfortable (and comforting) and still them it feels. It's the best kind of happy!!
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 17:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
awww, thank you best Jenns!! *snorfles*
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hooker 13: snarky candy-coated space love
User: amberlynne
Date: 2008-08-05 16:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:snarky candy-coated space love
Oh, my heart. You always bring such beautifully fond boys! I'm always just so happy they've found each other and get to have this when I am done reading. BOOOOOOOOOYS!
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 17:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
awww, *snorfles ambers*!
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Barb: SGA - McShep filmstrip
User: yarnaddict
Date: 2008-08-05 16:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:SGA - McShep filmstrip
Oh. *happy, happy sigh*

Seriously, you and your words... magick. Pure magick.
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 17:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
thank you so, so much, love!
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blackchaps: Shep Blue by aesc
User: blackchaps
Date: 2008-08-05 16:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Shep Blue by aesc
I'm going to pretend those are the IowaBoys on Atlantis. *happy sigh* Thanks so much!
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 17:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
hee, thank you, sweets!
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Rhi
User: vipersweb
Date: 2008-08-05 17:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
very lovely. I like the simplicity of this.
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 17:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm so glad - thank you!
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melagan: Bottom Kisses
User: melagan
Date: 2008-08-05 17:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Bottom Kisses
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 18:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
heee, red hearts!! thank you, sweets!
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spacedmonkey
User: spacedmonkey
Date: 2008-08-05 17:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh just wonderful. The thud of the head against the shoulder was perfect.
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 18:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I would like to thud my head there, in like manner :D thank you sweets!
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longtimegone
User: longtimegone
Date: 2008-08-05 17:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
OH BOYS <33333333

This was a lovely lunchtime read. Food, away from the office, and some cuddly John/Rodney love! \o/
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 18:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
yaaaaay! Thank you, sweets!
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Simboo
User: simboo
Date: 2008-08-05 17:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*sigh* I could live off of this stuff. For at least five years. Don't need anything else. Well, maybe a bit more where this came from. :D
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 18:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*offers food and water as well* ;)

thank you, sweets!
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jimpage363: McKay - Scruffy
User: jimpage363
Date: 2008-08-05 17:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:McKay - Scruffy
(Outside water rushes and retreats; beside him, Rodney hums three notes of important news, grumbles, and relaxes, his face turned toward John's.)

Just gorgeous. A lovely small moment in time that tells us a lot.
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 18:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
thank you so much, sweets!
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Gnine: SGA McShep Morning kiss
User: gnine
Date: 2008-08-05 17:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:SGA McShep Morning kiss
Oh wow, that was just beautiful! The imagery was wonderful, and it was just such a quiet, peaceful moment. *contented sigh*

I think 'Touch' was my favorite, John coming to that realization. Oh but these boys are too cute for words! Thanks so much for that, didn't realize how badly I need it, but I oh so did!
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 18:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
awww, thank you, sweets!! so much!
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Davey: McShep my love [blimey_icons]
User: ruggerdavey
Date: 2008-08-05 17:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:McShep my love [blimey_icons]
Oh, wow. So, so lovely.
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 18:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
♥ ♥ ♥
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X-parrot: sga mcshep
User: xparrot
Date: 2008-08-05 18:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:sga mcshep
Mmmm...your boys are so lovely and content together!
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 18:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I love writing them content :"> and sleepy :"> doh! :D
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shao_fu
User: shao_fu
Date: 2008-08-05 18:25 (UTC)
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This is lovely - the boys are just so fond! Ordinary, muzzy, sleepy, sweet - delightful! Thank you.
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 18:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
thank you so much, sweets!
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saena17: lol
User: saena17
Date: 2008-08-05 18:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:lol
How sweet! *loves the boys* Tired!Rodney is great- especially when he decides to use John as a headrest. ;) Thanks for the warm fuzzies!

Sarah

ETA: Reposted because apparently I can't spell "tired." :)
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 21:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
misspellings come to the best of us! And thank you, sweets!
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Kass: home
User: kassrachel
Date: 2008-08-05 19:00 (UTC)
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Keyword:home
asdfjasldkfjlkfjsdk OH BOYS YAY YAY YAY!
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 21:08 (UTC)
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*squishes you* ♥
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cathalin
User: cathalin
Date: 2008-08-05 20:09 (UTC)
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Oh, John. Oh, Rodney. This is gorgeous. *Goes to re-read*
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 21:08 (UTC)
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aw, thank you, sweets!
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KB: Donald & Timmy
User: psyko_kittie
Date: 2008-08-05 20:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Donald & Timmy
*happy sigh* Beautiful!
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 21:08 (UTC)
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♥ thank you!
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the creases and flecks in the map
User: tropes
Date: 2008-08-05 21:12 (UTC)
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Oh how wonderful. <3
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 23:44 (UTC)
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♥!
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User: lysambre
Date: 2008-08-05 21:25 (UTC)
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Beautiful telling :)

Thank you ^_^
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 23:44 (UTC)
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thank you!!
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Mel
User: newkidfan
Date: 2008-08-05 22:19 (UTC)
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It's just so peaceful. It made me feel calm and warm inside. Wonderful.
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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 23:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
thank you, sweets!
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beth_green: Roday
User: beth_green
Date: 2008-08-05 22:30 (UTC)
Subject: Thanks for the hug
Keyword:Roday
This fic was soft, and tender, and full of love, like a nice, warm hug.

'Five Senses' was love at first 'sight' for me. I liked the way you told a seamless story as each sense flowed into the next, scene by scene. Sleepy Rodney is one of my all-time favorite things, especially when paired with a caring John, and especially when written by you.

You have such a way with words. You even make the smell of man-sweat seem attractive, instead of the turn-off I find it to be in RL.

Thanks for sharing.

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Cate
User: sheafrotherdon
Date: 2008-08-05 23:45 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Thanks for the hug
Ha! I've found that the appeal of man-sweat depends on my level of romantic involvement with the man involved, and exactly how the sweat was produced ;)

Thank you, sweets!
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