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Fic: Coffee (SGA) (G)

I did a poll... and dude! Over 130 people answered it.

*is awed*

So. I have decided that, as a great big THANK YOU to all of you people who answered me, there will be ficlets. Based on your answers.

The first one is a John Ficlet based on what ya'll thought about him and coffee.


Title: Coffee
Rating: G
Characters: Sheppard, thinkin' about coffee. And Rodney.
Disclaimer: Oh dear GOD, why can't they be MINE?
Word Count: 469
Summary: Life with coffee. And Rodney.


John likes his coffee black as sin. Strong and dark, he enjoys the pungent aroma filling his nostrils at oh-dark-thirty in the morning, before most of the marines are awake, before Ronon's awake - and, all too often, before Rodney has even gone to bed if he was working on something particularly intriguing the night before. Sometimes, John makes a fresh pot and brings it to the lab on those early mornings, just to watch Rodney swoon. Coffee and Rodney just seem to go together.

He likes it black, but he knows how to compromise. They don't always have good coffee on Atlantis. Sometimes, they don't have coffee at all; between supply runs, they make do with some almost-coffee-but-not-really substitute that they got from PX something or other. On occasion, the coffee, or not-coffee, is so bitter, even he can't tolerate it black. He's learned to drink it with just sugar to make it more palatable, or just cream to cut the sharp edge, but if he has to have one, he'd really prefer both. Like Coffee and Rodney, cream and sugar just seem to go together.

The most important thing he's learned about life in the Pegasus Galaxy is that you need to take the small pleasures - like coffee - any damn way you can get them. When McKay's looking for a caffeine fix, you better get some coffee while the getting is good, or you won't be getting any at all. John's gone without because he was a little too slow to wrest the coffee pot away from McKay more often than he likes to admit.

He can't really begrudge his ill-tempered friend the tar-like dregs at the bottom of the coffee pot too much. Thanks to Teyla, he's developed quite a taste for Athosian tea, and it has enough caffeine in it to have a bracing kick. It does well enough in a pinch, but still - it's not coffee.

John pours himself a fresh, steaming cup of joe, and carries the pot back to the table where his team is sitting together for breakfast. He tops up Rodney's, earning a muttered, "oh god yes, thank you," before he settles down next to Teyla. The two of them watch Rodney and Ronon tuck into enough food to feed a small army, and they share a smile.

John cradles his cup between his hands as he listens to Rodney rattle off his latest findings about yet another artifact. As he watches, McKay gestures with his mug, the dark liquid inside dangerously close to sloshing over the edge, and he realizes that since coming to Atlantis, Rodney and coffee have always be inextricably linked in his mind.

As he lifts the fragrant mug to his lips, he reflects that he can't really imagine getting through a day without either one.

Comments

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sour_suite
Jan. 8th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
so lovely, but you've made me want a cup, and i have no decaf in the house and its much to late to be drink regular. anyway awesome fic.
shaddyr
Jan. 10th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, m'dear! Glad to hear that you enjoyed!
sunnyd_lite
Jan. 8th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
Loved it...too tired for more coherent feedback b/c I DIDN'T have coffee
shaddyr
Jan. 10th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you Sunny D! I am happy to see you reading here, and happy to know it was good to the last drop. I *grinz*
the_cephalopod
Jan. 8th, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
*happy sigh*
Oh, this is just perfect - thank you!!
cep xxx
shaddyr
Jan. 10th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
YAY! I'm so *glad* you liked it. I like writing sweet moments for the boys.
zinfic
Jan. 8th, 2008 09:54 am (UTC)
So cute! Yay for coffee! (Mmmmm.....coffee.....)
And now I think I'm going to have to go and start a new pot.
shaddyr
Jan. 10th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
Mmm, coffee...

It's interesting how often I think about the boys (well, to be honest, usually Rodney) in relation to what I am eating or drinking. Say, like every time I make something with citrus in it.

I never realized exactly how much I cook with citrus before. *grin*
zinfic
Jan. 10th, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)
Me too! I've actually stopped putting lemon rind in my cakes with the motivation that 'Rodney won't be able to eat it'...
shaddyr
Jan. 11th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Me too! I've actually stopped putting lemon rind in my cakes with the motivation that 'Rodney won't be able to eat it'...

!!!

I constantly commented to my daughter over the christmas holidays every time we made something or at something with orange or lemon in it - "That's not Rodney safe," or "This is not a Rodney-friendly recipe."

I thought I was the only one. Ha! I'm not alone!
zinfic
Jan. 11th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
All recipes should be Rodney-friendly recipes :D
cedara
Jan. 8th, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)
Sweet.
shaddyr
Jan. 10th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
*beam* Thanks!
muck_a_luck
Jan. 8th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
I'm not a coffee drinker, and yet I never fail to buy into these coffee ideas. Yeah, I bet just about everybody is too slow to beat Rodney to the last cup. Except Radek. Because he's sneaky like that.
shaddyr
Jan. 10th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
I'm not a coffee drinker, and yet I never fail to buy into these coffee ideas.

It's just so Rodney, ya know? Stumbling around at 5am in the lab trying to puzzle out some Ancient anomaly, muttering to himself, sipping the last cold dregs with a grimace, and then, Eureka! The answer is within his grasp, thanks to sleep deprivation and caffeine over load bumping him up to an altered state of consciousness where things begin to gel...

It's like a mini Rodney Ascension.

Hmm. I may have to use that in a fic. I like it. *giggle*

just about everybody is too slow to beat Rodney to the last cup. Except Radek. Because he's sneaky like that.

Oh I am totally with you there. That sneaky little Czech bastard is way more crafty and cunning than any of them know. You don't spend your formative years growing up in an Iron Curtain country during the end of the cold war and *not* learn how to exist on your wits and talents.

melagan
Jan. 8th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
John's gone without because he was a little too slow to wrest the coffee pot away from McKay ..

Made me laugh out loud because it's so perfectly true *g*
shaddyr
Jan. 10th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Oh, I can just see it.

I don't even think that McKay would feel the least bit guilty. He'd be all, "Hey, I *need* this caffeine more than you, because I will doubtlessly be called upon at the 11th hour, once again, to save everyone's asses. And wouldn't you regret it if I was off napping in the corner because *you* hogged the last cup of coffee? Yes, yes, you would. Consider it your duty to Atlantis to make sure I'm well caffeinated."

*snort*
sp23
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
Lovely. I can't imagine John getting through the day without coffee and Rodney either. *g*
shaddyr
Jan. 10th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
John - Rodney = sad(grumpy)

Nothing adds up properly when they're not together. *grin*
thrace_adams
Jan. 8th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Really well done, you made me want coffee and I don't even LIKE coffee! Such a nice scene you've written!
shaddyr
Jan. 10th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
you made me want coffee and I don't even LIKE coffee!

Tis the magic of word association. You like Rodney. Rodney is associated with Coffee,. Therefore...

I am so glad you liked it!
wingwyrm
Jan. 9th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
I could possibly start drinking coffee because of this :)

This was absolutely lovely, thanks for sharing!
shaddyr
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
Yay! Coffee! I am so glad it was good for you!
winkingstar
Jan. 10th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
Ooh, this is perfect. It has such a lovely, early morning, coffee-ish feel to it. :)

I'm a tea freak myself, but SGA and its fanfics almost makes me wish I liked coffee.
shaddyr
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
*grin*

I am so glad you enjoyed! Well, hey, you can be with Teyla. I think that Athosian tea is probably like a really strong and fragrant Chai tea. And I *luurve* chai tea.

sela21k
Jan. 11th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
What a lovely piece combining my two favorite things: Stargate and coffee. Thank you.
shaddyr
Jan. 11th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Hee! You are most welcome! I am happy that you enjoyed!
outsideth3box
Nov. 21st, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmmmmmmm, coffee.

Very nicely done. Definitely jogs the old tastebuds. And the last line was wonderful.
esteefee
May. 29th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
oh, I like this quiet glimpse into John's mind. reads true to me.
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