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xanphibian @ 11:05 pm: #17 (SGA, Rodney/Ronon friendship/preslash)
for stungunbilly

Defining Theories

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Rodney was, by definition, observant. In his career, he had to be. Lately though, his observations had to encompass so much more than rest-mass energies and phase transition temperatures. Sometimes, he forgot this. Sometimes, he became too wrapped up in his work to notice what was going on around him.

Or who was following him. But once he did notice that Ronon was trailing after him like a shadow, Rodney decided on the ‘ignore him until he goes away’ approach to interpersonal relations. But after a week of it, he finally snapped out, “What are you doing? Are you stalking me or something?”

Ronon shrugged and didn’t answer. Rodney went back to the ignoring.

After two weeks, Rodney had gone back to oblivious. Well, not so much oblivious as used to having Ronon around. The other man never actually got in his way, or said anything stupid, which was more than Rodney could say for about ninety percent of the scientists he couldn’t ignore.

It surprised him when, after following behind and lurking on the sidelines for so long, Ronon started asking him things.

“What’s a ‘big bang theory’?” was his first question.

Rodney blinked. Then he went into a long, rambling explanation about infinite, closed, and expanding universes, smooth vs. clumpy, Lemaitre and Einstein. As he finally wound down from what could only be called a rant, he inserted a few choice words about steady states, Gamow, and Bondi.

Ronon grunted and nodded his head, as if he’d understood every word, which Rodney highly doubted.

“Pretty stupid idea, huh?” Ronon asked.

So maybe he’d gotten the gist, at least.

Rodney nodded his head, lips tight. “Remind me to tell you about plasma cosmology some other time.” He had no idea what made him say it, except that maybe he liked having someone to listen to him without getting that glazed look in their eyes.

“I will,” Ronon said with a nod.

The next day, the question was about McDonalds, corporate takeovers, and Amazon.com. The next, he wanted an explanation of black holes, followed by the history of film noir.

“What’s a phlebotomist?” Ronon asked while they were walking side by side in the field. Rodney told him while taking scans of the area, and Ronon shuddered. “I hate needles.”

Rodney teased him about that one for days and days.

One late night, Rodney was resting his head against a lab table, his mind too tired and numb to get any more work done. A heavy, warm hand rested on his back for a moment, then withdrew.

Rodney sat up and blinked tiredly at Ronon’s frown. “What is it?” he mumbled.

“What’s ‘PMS’?” Ronon asked.

Rodney narrowed his eyes. Maybe it was the lack of sleep making him crankier than usual, but he snapped, “Why do you keep asking me these things? Don’t you have someone else you can pester?”

Ronon looked surprised. “You’re the smartest person in the city,” he pointed out. “I figure you know just about everything about everything.”

Well, that was nice to hear for a change. Rodney nodded and tried not to look too pleased. “And you’re not as big an idiot as I thought.”

Instead of scowling -- which was the type of reaction that sort of comment usually got Rodney -- Ronon snorted with laughter. “And you don’t ...” He cut himself off and appeared to be looking for the right phrase. “You don’t ‘mince words’.”

Rodney sat back in his chair and regarded the other man thoughtfully. Ronon looked completely at ease with him. He was leaning against the lab table, one arm on the surface, smiling just a little.

“You don’t think I’m too ... abrasive?” Rodney asked slowly.

Ronon shrugged. “I thought you were a little annoying jerk, at first.” Well, that was fair. Rodney was used to that reaction. “But after watching you all this time, I understand.”

“Understand what?” He was puzzled.

“You,” Ronon said simply.

Rodney was speechless.

“Now, tell me about this ‘PMS’.”

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From:scribewraith
Date:January 26th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
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omg i have so much love for this right now!

Ronon is so sweet and I can so see this happening. Lovely!
From:xanphibian
Date:January 26th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much! *big grin*
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From:stungunbilly
Date:January 26th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
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Okay, I totally should have guessed this was what you were up to, but I TOTALLY DIDNT.
I'm so surprised, and SO happy.
Perfect!
This is so very just what I wanted, oh wow.
So. Much. Love.
This: "I thought you were an annoying little jerk at first."
and "He had no idea what made him say it, except that maybe he liked having someone to listen to him without getting that glazed look in their eyes."
And the last four lines. Delicious.
::basks::
From:xanphibian
Date:January 26th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
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*grins* I believe there will be more, because these two don't quite want to shut up in my head. :) I'm happy you like it. Thank you.
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From:mecurtin
Date:January 26th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
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Yay! I love getting a sense of what they can *get* from each other, and in particular about what Ronon might want from Rodney.

Sheppard can't explain anything for beans, can he?
From:xanphibian
Date:January 26th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
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*giggles* No. Not at ALL. I can just see Ronon asking John something and John directing him to Rodney for all the answers. *grin*
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From:copracat
Date:January 26th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
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What billy said: MUCH LOVE.
From:xanphibian
Date:January 26th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much! :-D
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From:allhoneyboo
Date:January 26th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
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SQUEE!
From:xanphibian
Date:January 26th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
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*giggles* Thank you.
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From:djinanna
Date:January 26th, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
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*squee*

Though my OTP in SGA, the one I believe in, the one I love bestest of all, is McKay/Sheppard, my OTC is Rodney, which means that I will read (and enjoy) a wide variety of pairings if he's one-half of them. And this has becoming *instantly* my favorite Rodney/Ronon by quite a margin. I luff it so very very much.

*luffs story*

*luffs Green*

*twirls*

*cops a feel*

*twirls some more*
From:xanphibian
Date:January 26th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
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*grins and twirls with you* Thank you SO much, sweets. *licklicklick*
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From:diluvian
Date:January 26th, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
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I am so *charmed* by this!
From:xanphibian
Date:January 26th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)
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*beams* Thank you so much!
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From:lillyjk
Date:January 26th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
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yes yes - just perfect and ripe for a sequel *pokes with porn stick*
From:xanphibian
Date:January 26th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
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*grins* I like that porn stick.

Thank you!
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From:spike21
Date:January 26th, 2006 07:54 am (UTC)
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awwwww! very nice. very good voices and just... sweet. Gentle.
From:xanphibian
Date:January 26th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much! *beams*
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From:cranberryink
Date:January 26th, 2006 08:30 am (UTC)
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fabulous :)
From:xanphibian
Date:January 26th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:ladyvyola
Date:January 26th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
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Charming!

They're the peanut butter and chocolate of Atlantis, two great tastes that taste great together (and I figure that they'd appreciate a food metaphor).
From:xanphibian
Date:January 26th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
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*grins* Exactly! Thank you so much for the feedback. :)
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From:toscas_kiss
Date:February 1st, 2006 03:04 am (UTC)
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LMAO! I can so totally see that happening now
From:xanphibian
Date:February 1st, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
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*grins* Thank you. I love this pairing, and for it to go something like this, just in a friendship/gen way, on the show? Would be heaven to me. :)
From:xanphibian
Date:February 8th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)

Re: this is delightful and delicious

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And they won't stop talking in my head. Well, Ronon won't stop asking questions and Rodney keeps giving him brilliant, funny answers, and they're just ... yeah. There will be more in this particular 'verse. :)

Thank you so much for the feedback!
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From:not_sally
Date:March 7th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Loved it, loved it, loved it.
From:xanphibian
Date:March 7th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, thank you, thank you! *grin*
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From:mikou
Date:April 17th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
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Sometimes I skip over the Rodney stories, but clearly I need to stop that habit. I really enjoyed this! The 2 of them are such different people, it circles right around to them making sense. The humor was light, but to the point and the characterization was very good. Thanks!
From:xanphibian
Date:April 17th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:annakas
Date:June 16th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Heee
he
heeeeee

I loved this.
And Rodney was sooo Rodney in here.

Ronons reasoning was so cool in asking the questions from McKay.

annakas
From:xanphibian
Date:June 16th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
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*grins* Thank you!
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From:saphicwicca
Date:December 31st, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
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I love this... it just...makes sense. Thank you.
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From:tea_fiend
Date:January 9th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
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Not a pairing I'd ever considered, what with being a diehard Beckett/McKay fan, but I'm glad I stumbled across this. It worked really nicely, they're both in character, and you didn't terrify me with any smut. Thanks. :)
From:xanphibian
Date:January 9th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
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*snicker* Thank you very much! There's very few fics of mine that can claim a lack of terrifying smut, sadly. :)
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From:tea_fiend
Date:January 9th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
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I'm tempted to poke around and look for said smut. Hopefully it won't break my brain (although I think it's already broken, as a quick glance at the pairing of my most recent journal entry makes clear). Do you have funny as well as smutty? I suspect it's the potential for unintentional hilarity that's got me really loving this pairing today.
From:xanphibian
Date:January 9th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
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*looks in your journal* Heeeeeee. ♥

I do have some funny fic! Um, the latest one I wrote had HORRIBLE crack porn, with a gangbang and um. Well, it was just crazy My Chemical Romance crack badfic. I have a masterlist in the sticky post of my journal, if you want to read some more of my fic. I've written mostly Jossverse and SGA, but I have some HP and due South fic, too. Or you could go through my tags, which are pretty well organized by fandom, pairings, and characters.
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From:tea_fiend
Date:January 9th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
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I know, I just found it, it's one of the funniest things I've ever read. I'll be reccing it to everyone in the world, up to and including my own dad (probably). Dammit, I need to stop laughing before my chest explodes.
From:xanphibian
Date:January 9th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
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:D Thank you.
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From:sara_wolf
Date:January 11th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)
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This was awesome.
From:xanphibian
Date:January 11th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
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Thank you!
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