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Holy shit. It's waaaaay late and I am still at work.

But. I've totally been wasting time and talking the kids and outsideth3box on IM and stuff like that, and while doing last minute stuff.

Boss has been away for 2 weeks in Peru. I want to make sure everything is DONE before he comes back Monday.

I emailed him while he was there and told him he better not get lost in the jungle cuz I like him and don't feel like breaking a new boss in.

PERU! On the Inca Trail no less.

So then my brain starts spinning and I tell outsideth3box that someone should write a story where John is dragging Rodney on the Inca trail, wherein there is much bitching and moaning because, well, Rodney -


It Must Be Love
McShep

I blame outsideth3box. And my boss. But I'm not telling him.




It must be love, Rodney thinks, because he can't come up with a single, solitary reason that he would have agreed to this idiocy otherwise.

"For god's sake, John," he grumbles as he trudges up the steep incline toward the ruins the rest of the tour group are already exploring. "It's not like we don't scramble up enough goat paths and ruins and backwater villages - though, I have to admit that NOT having to run for our lives is a nice change-"

John is walking backwards in front of him, doubly infuriating since he seems to be nimble enough to avoid all the rocks Rodney keeps tripping over even when he's not looking.

"Rodneeeey," he drawls out with the patented Sheppard whine, and no, just no, Rodney has had it.

"Oh, would you stop! A grown man should NOT be able to whine like that!"

John stops in his path and gives him the eyebrow, the one that speaks volumes more than the man's mouth ever does.

Rodney rolls his eyes with a huff and makes to stomp past him, but John just smirks and gives him a shoulder bump as he falls into step with him. Just as Rodney opens his mouth to start bitching anew, John offers him a power bar. A chocolate one. He stares at it a second.

"Fine," he mutters, snatching it out of John's hand and peeling back the wrapper to wolf it down. It *had* been at least three hours since the group had stopped to eat, and this damn trail really was a work out after all... Chomping on the power bar he says, "but you still owe me. Back rubs. Hot tubs. Possible a back rub in a hot tub. I am out here in the middle of the wilderness when I could be in a hotel, in civilization, with room service and a 50" flat screen TV!"

John leans in close, and the dirty, filthy things that he whispers make Rodney sputter and turn red, right to the tips of his ears. He stumbles to a halt, but John, the bastard, just keeps walking, tossing a jaunty smile over his shoulder as he joins the others at the top of the hill.

Rodney blinks once, twice, then gets a determined look on his face.

"Right then, lets get this show on the road!" he snaps out as he shoulder his pack and double times it up to the ruins. He glares around at the rest of the group like they're holding him up, what with wanting to explore the artifacts and ruins and things they came all this way to look at.

"Hey Rodney!" John calls. "Come look at this," he says, pointing at some dilapidated part of the structure. Rodney just looks at him for a moment - dirty jeans, a raggy jacket, hair even worse than normal, looking for all the world like some vagabond drifter - and is stunned all over again when John turns that smile on him, the special one that is pure mischief and joy, the one he's never seen John give anyone else. He could get lost in that smile.

He takes a deep breath, then makes his way over to where John is, trying to see what could possibly be interesting about a stupid pile of rocks. It must be love, he decides as John leans in and gives him a quick but sweet kiss. He can't think of a single reason he'd be here otherwise. And he's incredibly grateful, because there is nowhere on the planet - nowhere in the galaxy that he would rather be.


***


Well, that's where my mind goes. Doesn't take much.

Comments

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hilde
Oct. 16th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
What a perfect story to wake up to! Thank you :)

Edited at 2010-10-16 08:09 am (UTC)
shaddyr
Oct. 17th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
I am pleased that you liked it! You are most welcome!
raging_pancake
Oct. 16th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
Adorable little fic that made my incredibly long night a little better! thank you for sharing :D
shaddyr
Oct. 17th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oh! For you, anything my dear! So glad to be able to give you a little bit of happy after a crappy night.
sherry57
Oct. 16th, 2010 08:23 am (UTC)
Start work in 10 minutes and this was a lovely distraction for 2 of them. So cute, adorable and perfect. Thanks for sharing. Any other times little ideas pop into your head like this one, feel free to share again!
shaddyr
Oct. 17th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
Hee! If I get any more crazee ideas that I think I can make something coherent out of, I will be delighted to post and share - glad you liked it!
soryu
Oct. 16th, 2010 08:35 am (UTC)
Yes Rodney. It really must be love :D

Wonderful story. ♥ It put a big smile on my face. Thank you.
shaddyr
Oct. 17th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
I know! There are only two things that would make Rodney willingly tromp through primitive villages and ruins along 'goat paths' - a) the possibility of a fully charged ZPM or B) being crzee in lurve.

I pick B)
aqualegia
Oct. 16th, 2010 08:52 am (UTC)
Lovely story.
shaddyr
Oct. 17th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
danceswithgary
Oct. 16th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Sweet! :-D
shaddyr
Oct. 17th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
*grin* I am delighted that you liked it!
adafrog
Oct. 16th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
awwww.....Love it.
shaddyr
Oct. 17th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
That makes me very happy - thanks for letting me know!
nodakgirl
Oct. 16th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
So sweet. It's definitely love!! Thank you for this on a lazy Saturday morning.
shaddyr
Oct. 17th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Love for sure! And you are most welcome!
laraneia
Oct. 16th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
N'aaaw, that was adorable! What did John promise Rodney to get him to go on that trip in the first place? ;)
shaddyr
Oct. 17th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
What did John promise Rodney to get him to go on that trip in the first place? ;)

Hmm. I'm thinking that he was just bored, bored, BORED and Peru came up in conversation and he mentioned that he'd always wanted to go on the Inca Trail and Rodney insulted him a lot and said no way, and he tossed off a comment about taking Daniel Jackson then...

Well.

You can imagine how THAT would go over.
laraneia
Oct. 17th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
Haha, brilliant! XD
annas_corner
Oct. 16th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Aw, that was adorable. :)
shaddyr
Oct. 17th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
:) I am so glad that you liked it! Thank you!
enigmaticblues
Oct. 16th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Aww! I loved it!
shaddyr
Oct. 17th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
Yis! Thanks for letting me know!
goddess47
Oct. 17th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
Well, that's where my mind goes. Doesn't take much.

I love your mind.... ;-)
shaddyr
Oct. 17th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
*giggles*

I am always pleased when people love me for my twisty brain! Yay!
d_odyssey
Oct. 17th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
Awww, sweet! Gotta be love for Rodney to deal with rocks and heat without a ZPM as the cause.
shaddyr
Oct. 17th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
I KNOW! That's pretty much what I told soryu above - I figure there are only two things Rodney would willingly tromp through primitive villages and ruins along 'goat paths' - a) the possibility of a fully charged ZPM or B) being crzee in lurve.

I am clearly in favour of B)
outsideth3box
Oct. 17th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
You did it! Wheeeeeee! It's adorable and Rodney is a crazy mad wild puppy in LOVE! YIS! And there will be back rubs in hot tubs now? You must now go and write that part! Shoo! Go! Write!
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