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Fic: Three gifts Rodney wants to give his team, PG

Posted on 2009.05.16 at 21:18

Title: Three gifts Rodney wants to give his team
Author: mayachain (mayachain)
Character:: Rodney McKay, who believes this is gen
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~850
Summary: Three gifts Rodney wants to give his team.

Three gifts Rodney wants to give his team

Late at night, on the nights he would like to go see if Sheppard feels up for a beer, only the man has looked far too ragged around the edges and needs a full night in his bed; when all the repairs and cover-ups of other people's mistakes currently tugging at his attention are done, when he has updated his mission reports and sent his scientists schedules for the upcoming weeks; when he has even caught up with the “progress” made in the zoology department and he still cannot sleep, Rodney McKay pours himself the wonderful coffee substitute from PX3-494 that keeps your mind awake while those parts of your body you're not currently using, rest, switches on his three most heavily encrypted laptops and goes to work.

The first one shows everything Rodney knows about Ronon's gun; about how it's built, the way it's powered, how to achieve the different settings. There's even a file retelling the full history lesson Ronon once gave the team when he had broken up with Amelia and gotten impossibly drunk.

His goal is to hybridize it with everything he knows about the Daedalus' Asgard beam, every measly bit of knowledge those smarmy little aliens have deigned to share with Novak, Carter and Lee. The fact that an idea dredged up from the intellectual legacy of Brendan Gall is what will ultimately make it work does not hurt as much anymore as it once did. If anything, it makes him proud.

Hopefully, one day Rodney will be able to present Ronon with a hand-held weapon that can obliterate darts with a single shot.

The second laptop shows everything he and Zelenka know about shields – the shield protecting the Daedalus when it engages Wraith hives and Goa'uld motherships, the miniature shields surrounding the Puddlejumpers, the giant shield holding together an atmosphere as Atlantis soars through space, and finally, the shield protecting Keras' little colony of Lost Boys (and Girls, as well as, by now, young Men and Women).

Rodney has the mechanical construction nearly finished, the only real problem is power – the best solution, of course, would be a ZPM, but in case they never find another one, or in case they find one but need it themselves too desperately to give it away, or have to give it to Earth or any other allies who are not the Athosians... If only he could capture and re-direct solar energy efficiently enough to make it work, he would be golden. At some point, he knows, he will have to bring Zelenka in on this one, but he's not quite there yet.

One day, he wants to give Teyla a shield that will mean the Athosians will never have to fear a culling again.

The third laptop sports the beginning specs of a starship. A compilation of everything he knows about the Daedalus, Atlantis, the Aurora, the Orion, Goa'uld ships and Wraith Hives.

It should be the most exciting project of them all: Strong guns and protective shields are necessities, a giant space ship constructed by his mind and own two hands would be cool. Still, it's the one Rodney only ever touches when he is otherwise out of ideas. Because the gun will make Ronon happy, albeit in a fierce caveman-like, Ronon way. A shield to protect her people will make Teyla happy. A warship will make John bounce on his toes excitedly, maybe even dance around the gate room in glee, but Rodney has the suspicion that it will take a lot more than one warship (or even a fleet, once they know how to do it) to make John Sheppard happy.

Rodney is an intelligent man, and he's confident that he'll figure out what that something more is eventually. Until then, the warship will have to do.


Now continued in That keeps on giving.


meansgirl at 2009-05-16 20:27 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love this! I love thoughtful!Rodney. It would be so great to read about his ongoing mission to make Sheppard happy (and find out if he ever manages to make the gun, the shield, the ship). But on it's own this is still just so...*aw, Rodney*.
Lady Moon-Loona-cy
jennytork at 2009-05-16 20:39 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, this was fantastic!
outsideth3box at 2009-05-16 20:43 (UTC) (Link)
That's so sweet! I do hope Rodney figures out the last part soon.
brasslizard at 2009-05-16 20:46 (UTC) (Link)
I love little glimpses like this into Rodney's softer side. And it is so, so Rodney that THESE are his most heavily encrypted laptops...

Thank you for posting this.
eccentricweft at 2009-05-16 22:57 (UTC) (Link)
This is really sweet, and also, I love the character note in your headers!!
fenchurch1 at 2009-05-16 23:03 (UTC) (Link)
Oh yeah - he'll work it out - that all John really needs (apart from afore-mentioned warships etc) is Rodney! Or maybe John will realise it first...? You decide, then tell us (subtle enough hint for more...?)
vexed_wench at 2009-05-16 23:35 (UTC) (Link)
This is so sweet.

Rodney does pay attention to what matters most , his team.

I love the way he is in here.
melagan at 2009-05-17 00:40 (UTC) (Link)
I love this. It's exactly the kind of thing Rodney would do. And one day he may even realize John's ship is a commitment promise.
omg_wtf_yeah at 2009-05-17 05:01 (UTC) (Link)
Aw~ It's Sweet!Rodney. ♥ He loves his space cadet/lt. colonel so much. That was darling.
fanarts_series at 2009-05-17 06:54 (UTC) (Link)
all for his team and family, it's lovely, my rodney is cute and smart and gentle.
velocitygrass at 2009-05-17 12:10 (UTC) (Link)

Three gifts Rodney wants to give his team

This is sweet. I'm sure Rodney will figure out the last thing John needs to be happy.
seekergeek at 2009-05-17 14:26 (UTC) (Link)
I liked this!
mishbloom at 2009-05-17 18:27 (UTC) (Link)
Seriously. I squeezed my computer as I read this.

michelel72 at 2009-05-17 19:41 (UTC) (Link)
Aw, so sweet -- this is exactly how I see Rodney giving meaningful gifts!
sgafan33 at 2009-05-17 22:40 (UTC) (Link)

Three gifts Rodney wants to give his team by ms-jvh=shuh

Rodney using science for his gifts, of course he would. But actually taking the time to work on them, that's the real gift. Good job! Thanks for writing.

psst - Daedalus not Deadalus
muffiewrites at 2009-05-18 05:44 (UTC) (Link)
There's Rodney! The bits of obnoxious and the overwhelming sense of I'm-smarter-than-everything tempered by how much he cares. He probably has those three laptops so encrypted so no one else will figure out that he does care that much about his team.
sqweakie at 2009-06-09 13:26 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, this is a very nice companion piece. I loved the little glimpse into Rodney's mind that you give us. Hugs you, Rodney, and this fic cause they are all so awesome.
stained_dreams at 2009-08-05 19:54 (UTC) (Link)
I love your insight into Rodney and in turn they insights he has about his team.
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