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The first time John had laughed in God, what? A month? Had been when the scientist from the alternate universe insulted someone John couldn't see.

John hated how pathetic it sounded even in his own head, but he hadn't been lying about the conversation. It'd been... cool, to meet someone new, who obviously wasn't a threat. Someone who didn't have the same pinched look of desperation that everyone on Atlantis did. John had no idea if the stupid rock was going to prove useful for anything other than Skyping with one guy from another dimension, but John was honest enough to admit he didn't care. It was the one good thing he had to look forward to.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: Aiden Ford, John Sheppard, Original Character, Other, Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Angst, AU - Alternate Universe, Challenge, Drama, Episode Related, First Time, Friendship, Hurt Comfort, Team
Warnings: Adult themes
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1; Completed: Yes
Word count: 30374
Published: 02 Jan 2014 Updated: 04 Jan 2014
Story Notes:This is my story for the Stargate: Atlantis Secret Santa Live Journal Community's 2013 fic exchange. I was given the awesomely Oceanic and groovily Jurassic Ozsaur.

Ozsaur asked for McShep in canon-based AUs like The Road Less Traveled and The Daedalus Variations. She also wanted Radek, canon compliance, and angst and H/C. (which was like a present for me too.)

Thank you so much for the prompt, Ozsaur!

I also want to thank my wonderful beta Brumeier, from the Marianas Trench of my heart. Any errors or weirdness that remain are because of my continued tweaking.

(Edited to add that this story also goes with the "Imprisonment" square of my HC_Bingo card.)

1. One of One by taste_is_sweet [ - ] (30374 words)

Published: 02 Jan 2014 Updated: 02 Jan 2014