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There are some people you never forget, even when you can't remember anything.

(Rodney couldn't lose him. If something happened to John, Rodney didn't think he could keep holding on. Not with the chair slowly taking him apart and no one to keep himself together for.

He had no real idea who John was, but it was like Rodney knew him in ways that went deeper than memory. John was vitally important, as necessary to Rodney's existence as the stale air circulating through the ship or the awful protein chunks they ate to survive. It wasn't even a question of being able to hold on without him. Without him, Rodney wouldn't want to.

But even beyond his new injuries, John was slipping away so fast. Rodney didn't know how many more times he could be forced into the chair before he wouldn't remember his own name. And Rodney was losing too much to be able to remind him.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: Carson Beckett, John Sheppard, Major Lorne, Original Character, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Angst, Challenge, Drama, First Time, Friendship, Hurt Comfort, Pre-slash
Warnings: None
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1; Completed: Yes
Word count: 19152
Published: 02 Jan 2015 Updated: 02 Jan 2015
Story Notes:This is for the beautiful Brumeier, who was very easygoing with her wants as long as it had some kind of close relationship between John and Rodney.

Brumeier, I hope you enjoy this McShep first time fic under arduous circumstances (but with a happy ending, because it's Christmas). b29;

I also want to thank the Stargate Atlantis Secret Santa Fic Exchange mods for ten years of wonderful holiday stories!

The title is from the unforgettable song As Time Goes By originally written by Herman Hupfeld.

This story also fills the Telepathic Trauma square of my Hurt/Comfort Bingo card.

1. One of One by taste_is_sweet [ - ] (19152 words)

Published: 02 Jan 2015 Updated: 02 Jan 2015