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Title: Inhibited
Author: [livejournal.com profile] trinityofone

Episode and type: missing scene from Sanctuary
Rating: PG
Categories: slash
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard-ish
Word count: 1600

Afterward, he feels fantastic. He feels light, airy, buoyant. Free: he feels free. Like he's flying, all without ever setting foot inside the jumper. So really, he knows right away that something's wrong.


Recommended because...
This hurts in the best possible way, and it's perfectly John Sheppard.

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Title: No Parachute
Author: [livejournal.com profile] aesc

Episode and type: Missing scene and tag for Before I Sleep
Rating: PG
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: none
Word count: ~4000

"Always bickering," Old Elizabeth sighs, but she doesn't sound annoyed. Sort of... a fond exasperation, a warmth Rodney hadn't expected.

Recommended because...
Because John and Rodney are the idiots we know, at least in this timeline.

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Title: Ascending Order
Author: [livejournal.com profile] argosy

Episode and type: Tag for Tao of Rodney with an AU spin
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: none
Word count: ~13000, two parts

The scientists were getting nowhere — except maybe in each other's way. McKay would have been able to fix the problem, but McKay had been dead for almost a month now.

Recommended because...
The portrayal of John here, his refusal to believe that Rodney really is gone, the hope... An angsty, but oh-so satisfying read.

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Title: Listening Too Long To Juice Newton
Author: [livejournal.com profile] shetiger

Episode and type: Tag for The Last Man
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: McKay/Sheppard
Categories: Romance, h/c-ish
Warnings: none
Word count: ~12000, two parts

It wasn't that Rodney was ignoring him, or that he seemed unhappy with him. He was just so damn distant. If any of those officer training courses had been worth their weight in paper over the years, John would say he was depressed. Which wasn't a terrible stretch, after all. Losing Carson, and Elizabeth, and Carson again. The disastrous end of his relationship with Katie. Almost losing Jeannie. Not to mention all the other stress and trauma they went through on practically a daily basis, and yeah, he could see why Rodney might be a little down.

Recommended because...
This is what happened, after. Rodney tries to deal, John tries to understand and gets it all wrong, and yeah-- It's so very them.

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Title: Singularity
Author: [livejournal.com profile] esteefee

Episode and type: Tag for Enemy at the Gate
Rating: NC-17
Characters/Pairings: McKay/Sheppard
Categories: A bit of angst, a bit of romance, also: Team!
Warnings: none
Word count: ~8230

Because there's no way he should have done this. Because leaving aside the fact Rodney is a guy, he's also Rodney, and that's just...John can't really find a good comparison beyond like taking on a hive ship with nothing but a peashooter.
Not that John hasn't done some reckless things, time and again, but this just takes the effing cake.


Recommended because...
John's self-denial is so in tune with his character, and Rodney just gets him, like only Rodney can. And seriously, who doesn't want to see how John and Rodney take Ronon and Teyla shopping in San Francisco?

Recommendation

Title: Getting It Right
Author: [livejournal.com profile] luthien

Episode and type: tag for The Shrine
Rating: NC-17
Categories: slash
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: none
Word count: ~5000

John raises his bottle in a silent toast and takes another drink.
"Saturday night," Rodney says after a moment.
"Yeah," John says.
"And we're out here together."
"Yeah," John says again, a touch more warily this time.
"While everyone else is... not out here."
"Yeah, no one here but us," John agrees, wondering where exactly the point might be and how long it will take Rodney to get to it.







Recommended because...
This is so them!

Recommendation

Title: The Other's Each
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ladycat777

Episode and type: tag for Outcast
Spoilers: Miller's Crossing
Rating: PG
Categories: slash, h/c
Characters/Pairings: the Millers, McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: none
Word count: ~8300

"John." Kaleb didn’t look surprised to see him. Well, that made one of them.

Recommended because...
This is John, coping. His interactions with Jeannie and Kaleb are wonderfully written.

Recommendation

Title: Six Weeks
Author: [livejournal.com profile] justbreathe80

Episode and type: tag for The Return I
Rating: R
Categories: slash
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: none
Wordcount: 4600

"Hey. Miss me?" Yeah, I've missed you since the day we came back to this stupid fucking planet and my whole life went to shit. I miss you so much I can't even think straight, he thought.

Recommended because...
They miss home so much, and they miss each other. This is a slightly sad, nonetheless feel-good, take on how they could have got together during their exile on Earth.

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Title: Of Duct Tape and Prayer
Author: [livejournal.com profile] drkquail

Episode and type: tag to Lifeline
Rating: PG-13
Categories: slash, h/c
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: none
Wordcount: 3000

When he came out here tonight, he had done so to escape his demons. He should have known John would be here to try and face his own head on.


Recommended because...
This is the tag I've been searching/waiting for: post-Adrift/Lifeline, they're trying to deal.

Recommendation

Title: Typical
Author: [livejournal.com profile] torakowalski

Episode and type: tag for The Game
Rating: R-ish, according to the author
Categories: slash
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: none
Wordcount: 2000

"So," John said at last, not realizing he was about to speak, just following on from a thought he'd had. "Did you realize we hadn't told anyone about this place?"

Recommended because...
Snark and realizations; this was supposed to happen after The Game.

Recommendation

Title: Missionary Position
Author: [livejournal.com profile] trinityofone

Episode and type: tag for Allies
Rating: NC-17
Categories: slash
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: crack!
Wordcount: 3000

"If you, if you didn’t break your alliance with us, we could have shown you lots of new and enjoyable things! Do you, um, do you have any hobbies?"


Recommended because...
Crack! Hilarious, clutch-your-sides-from-laughing crack!

Recommendation

Title: Universal
Author: [livejournal.com profile] giddygeek

Episode and type: tag for The Siege III
Rating: PG-13
Categories: slash
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: none
Wordcount: 870

At first, Teyla thinks that they have simply picked up the habit of an Athosian embrace, foreheads touching, eyes closed. But there has been no time for embraces, certainly no time for habits, and Major Sheppard's hand curled around the back of Dr. McKay's neck is not the Athosian way.


Recommended because...
Sweet, warm outside-looking-in piece in the aftermath of the Siege.


Double Rec

Title: Outclassed
Author: Madison
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 3200

and the companion piece

Title: Outcome
Author: [livejournal.com profile] the_cephalopod
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: 3100

Episode and type: tags for Outcast
Categories: slash
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: none

Rodney really wishes he could have gone back to Earth with John.


Recommended because...
Ronon is hilarious and accurate with his take on things, and the dynamic between them all is spot-on. This is John's return as it should have been.

Recommendation

Title: Ceasefire
Author: [livejournal.com profile] basingstoke

Episode and type: tag for The Siege III
Rating: PG-13
Categories: slash
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: none
Wordcount: 800

They won. They won against fourteen hive ships. They weren't abandoned, they weren't alone.


Recommended because...
This has really nice Sheppard-Caldwell conversation, the we won release we didn't get to see, and because it has John, and Rodney, a bed, and sleep.


Recommendation

Title: Five Days Later
Author: Cate ([livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon)

Episode and type: tag for Outcast
Additional spoilers: Doppelganger
Rating: PG
Categories: slash
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: none
Wordcount: 750

And that's when it hits John – grief; an iron band that closes around his lungs and forces out all the air; a prickle of sweat at the back of his neck and a burning behind his eyes.


Recommended because...
It takes a while before things come crashing down on John.


Double Rec

Title: Returning: Rodney
Author: Chelle ([livejournal.com profile] mmmchelle)

Title: Returning: John
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lamardeuse

Episode and type: tags for Outcast
Rating: PG
Categories: pre-slash
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: none
Wordcount: 500 and 600

"How was it?"


Recommended because...
We get the warm comfort scene told from their two points of view.


Recommendation

Title: Home
Author: The Grrrl ([livejournal.com profile] thegrrrl2002)

Episode and type: tag for Outcast
Rating: PG-13
Categories: slash
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: none
Wordcount: 1300

When John finally steps back through the gate it's late afternoon in Atlantis, and the sunlight is streaming in.


Recommended because...
This is a lovely take on John coming home.


Recommendation

Title: Family
Author: Cate ([livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon)

Episode and type: missing scene for Outcast
Rating: PG
Categories: slash
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard (implied)
Warnings: none
Wordcount: 600

Rodney swiped his hand over the console beside the door to Ronon's quarters, stepped back a fraction as the visitor alert made a tinny, electronic bleat.


Recommended because...
This is what happened. Really. We just didn't see it.


Recommendation

Title: It's Not That We're Scared
Author: [livejournal.com profile] siriaeve

Episode and type: tag for Outcast
Rating: PG
Categories: slash
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: none
Wordcount: 800

When John gets back to Atlantis that night, Rodney's waiting.


Recommended because...
Even John has to break down sometime.


Recommendation

Titles: He's Having Her Baby! and the sequel He's Having His Baby!
Author: Pru ([livejournal.com profile] rageprufrock)

Episode and type: tag to Sanctuary
Rating: R and NC-17
Categories: slash, first time, humor (crack?)
Pairings: McKay/Sheppard
Warnings: no warnings for the first one, the sequel features mpreg
Wordcount: 6200 and 12100
Podfic: on audiofic read by [livejournal.com profile] rageprufrock, sequel read by [livejournal.com profile] jaebi_lit (link thanks to [personal profile] cybel)


Rodney smacked a fist into his opened palm, looking triumphant, practically glowing with discovery. "I knew it," he crowed. "It was so obvious once you took in the various physiological side-effects and the fact that, well, you've been putting on some weight and--"
John put his hands over his stomach self-consciously.
"--you have been dragging around like your hamster just died." Rodney paused. "Or, you know, a crazy alien priestess knocked you up and dumped you."
It sounded crazier every time that Rodney said it, and John marveled at that. Biting back a hysterical giggle, he said, "I tried so hard to hide it, Rodney."





Recommended because...
Fun! So, so much fun, you'll laugh yourself silly!

(This post was edited when [livejournal.com profile] cybel pointed out that I'd been lazy and inaccurate. Which was true.)


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