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FIC: Anywhere You Go - Hotitudinosity
fiction by jalabert
FIC: Anywhere You Go
Title: Anywhere You Go (Epilogue)
Author: Jalabert
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Aiden Ford/Rodney McKay
Summary: Atlantis was important, but Rodney had needs, too.

For deani_bean, who needs smoochies today.

The city was finally quiet. Earthlings and Athosians, refugees all, settled down in temporary quarters to spend their first night in their new home. Aiden slipped out of his quarters and strode down the corridor. If there was ever a time for him to take advantage of his rank, this was it. None of the Marines patrolling the area batted an eyelash as he walked by and nodded in their direction. Aiden kept moving, waiting till they were out of sight before doubling back. He went to Rodney's door and knocked softly. It opened and Aiden quickly placed a hand over his mouth and slid into the room. He shut the door and locked it before removing his hand. Rodney pulled him into his arms and held on for dear life.

"I was going to go to you," he whispered.

"That would have been a mistake," Aiden replied. They held each other for a minute. Rodney finally pulled away slightly and cupped his cheeks. Aiden managed a weak smile as Rodney closely examined his face.

"I've been worried sick about you," he declared. "When I heard what had happened on that planet; and you came back looking so pale and haunted and they wanted to hold that ridiculous party, as if everything was all right when clearly--."

"Shh, shh, shh," Aiden said as he pulled him close again. He buried his face in Rodney's throat and listened to his heartbeat as he inhaled the scent that had come to mean safety and home and security. He rested his head on Rodney's shoulder, a smile forming on his lips as he felt Rodney inventorying his body with his hands and lips.

Rodney kissed his shoulder and as much of his neck as he could reach before he grew impatient and raised Aiden's face to his. That's when he saw the tears in Aiden's eyes and it broke his heart. He drew him over to the bed they laid down together. Neither man spoke. Aiden nested his head on Rodney's chest and they held hands till Aiden fell asleep. Rodney stayed awake to watch over him, the man he loved.

They were no longer just friends, but they weren't quite lovers. Aiden said they were "dating," but even he was aware that they'd become more to each other the moment they walked through the gate. They were all they had now, and they'd already spent most their time in the Pegasus Galaxy on different planets. Rodney was determined to keep Aiden close and safe. He gently kissed Aiden's brow. Aiden stirred and checked his watch. He swore and started to rise.

"Can't you stay the night?"

"Too risky," Aiden replied. "I probably shouldn't have stayed this long."

"It was nice."

"It was nice," Aiden said with a smile. He leaned in to kiss Rodney, and they spent several more minutes kissing before Aiden gently extricated himself and rose to leave. He said goodbye and waited at the door till he was certain that the corridor was clear. Then he slipped out of the room and disappeared. Rodney sat up and stared at the door.


Three days later Elizabeth announced her decision to organize three teams to search for a functional ZPM and other essential supplies. John Sheppard was put in charge of one team; he chose Aiden and the leader of the Athosian clan, Teyla Emmagan, to join him. It was an odd choice; either of them might have led one of the other teams, but John needed Teyla's knowledge of the planets in the Pegasus Galaxy and Aiden's experience going through the gate. Rodney had needs of his own; he fought back his fears and raised his hand to catch Elizabeth's attention.

"You do realize that finding a ZPM isn't going to be as simple as an Easter egg hunt," he said. "You'll need to take along technical equipment to help you identify and locate energy signatures and then if you locate something you have to find out if it is in fact a ZPM, determine how much power it has, and whether it's appropriate for our use. Then you'll have to--."

"I'll take him, too," John said.

"Oh. I don't know if--"

"No, no, it's all right, Elizabeth," Rodney interrupted. "I want to be a part of the team," he said firmly. Across the table, Aiden smiled.

The End

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jalabert From: jalabert Date: May 6th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome.
huntertp3 From: huntertp3 Date: May 6th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I never really understood the draw of McKay that alot of people seem to have. Which makes me part of a very small group in this fandom. But this story and especially "I Will Follow" finally made the little light bulb go off. I can see Aiden and Rodney having this exact relationship. The give and take of the two. Aiden is far less nervous to embark on a relationship than Rodney seems to be. Yet, he's alot more determined to keep it a secret from everyone else. I really like that you have Aiden able to give Rodney a run for his money when it comes to the snark. The conversation that followed Rodney asking Aiden if he knew anything about Wormhole physics was pure gold. I definantly see the potential for these two and thanks for making two outstanding stories to showcase it.
jalabert From: jalabert Date: May 6th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I, too, have never understood the rampant Rodney squee. He's a fascinating, compelling character, yes. Object of lust? Not in my world. But that doesn't mean he's not attractive or that someone like Aiden wouldn't be drawn in by Rodney's kinetic personality. Rodney can be totally himself with Aiden; in a sense he's met his equal. Aiden's got that youthful cockiness going for him and he's not put off by Rodney's bluster. And that fact has to appeal to Rodney. They're well matched.

I started writing Aiden/Rodney as a personal challenge and I'm becoming somewhat addicted to it. I'm so glad you've enjoyed these stories. This trilogy--I Will Follow, the epilogue, and Where You Lead, in proper order--has been a pleasure to write. I'll definitely be writing more of this pair.
morena_donn From: morena_donn Date: May 14th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a perfect ending to a sweet little series. I especially loved the last little scene, how John snapped Rodney up for the team before he could even finish explaining why he was needed.
jalabert From: jalabert Date: May 15th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! This was a fun project. You'll be seeing more of this pairing.
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