Title: Other Plans
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Word Count: 108691
Genres: Action/Adventure, AU, Hurt/Comfort, Romance, Humor, First Time, John’s Kid
Warnings: Bad family dynamics
Life’s what happens when you make other plans.
Rodney McKay gets back from his unjust Siberia exile and takes a consulting gig that lets him work from home. He picks a random city, gets a cat, and starts cultivating his eccentricity.
His upstairs neighbor is an insanely hot guy whose cop uniform either means the obvious, or that his night job is a stripper. Rodney doesn’t care which, he’s busy becoming the old lady with the twitching lace curtains who watches everything. (And, yeah, thinking about what that strip routine might look like. Are those real handcuffs?)
John Sheppard quit the Air Force in a last-ditch attempt to save his marriage, since there was a kid on the way. It didn’t work, and in fact backfired spectacularly, so now he’s left with child support payments and a mortgage on a house he doesn’t live in (his dad’s a dick), an ex-wife who still loves him enough to yank more little bits out of his heart every chance she gets, a kid he gets to see for a few hours every other week, and a job where he gets shot at almost as much as the one he used to love that he quit. (He’s a cop. He’s okay at it. That’s a hard adjustment to make.)
But at least his new downstairs neighbor is hilarious.
Why You Should Read This:
I enjoyed this AU, showing a softer version of John and Rodney but still expressing their many delightful qualities (and snarkiness). Both men are bruised from their past and try to navigate a path for themselves, knowing that there is a connection which works for them. This story focuses on John and his past and present relationships, dealing with the loss of flying but gaining an adorable son. It is sweet but tinged with a dark underbelly. This is the first story in the series and I can’t wait for more!