Calling Down the Lightning by dreamwaffles

TitleCalling Down the Lightning
Author: dreamwaffles
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Relationship(s): Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Rating: PG
Genre: Hurt/Comfort, AU
Word Count: 55498


The gift of magic carries a death sentence on Earth, and one so accused can be executed on suspicion, for the simple reason that the destructive power of an angry wizard can lay waste to entire countries. When magic awakens in a person just as they leave their teens, whether it is the untamable power of a wizard or the lesser abilities of a mere magician, life becomes a constant struggle to hide it at all costs.

Dr. Rodney McKay, PhD PhD, is a wizard. Incredibly, he has learned to control his power and is one of the few wizards in the world to have survived past his twenties. In order to remain hidden, he has sworn never to use his magic except in the most desperate of circumstances, when lives are at stake. But what will happen in the Pegasus Galaxy, where desperate circumstances are commonplace and chaos threatens to overwhelm the expedition at every turn?

Why You Should Read This:

This is one of my favourite 2009 bigbang stories. A whole world is woven around SGA without losing what makes SGA so good.


edit 060720: Edited to link to the story on Wayback Machine


  1. This should probably be removed from the archive. The link is no longer valid.

    • Actually, I was able to find a link to the story via (The Wayback Machine), so it’s updated with that link. Thank you for letting us know!

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