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FIC: Revelation by Candlelight
Title: Revelation by Candlelight (Part One of the Light Series)
Author: Jalabert
Email: jalabert@hotitudinosity.com
Website: www.hotitudinosity.com
Rating: G
Pairings: Ford/McKay
Category: Pre-slash
Spoiler: Underground
Summary: "You really are beautiful by candlelight."

"This is nice."

"Nice?" Aiden repeated. "We're being held captive by these people. What's nice about it?"

"I wasn't talking about the circumstances, I was talking about the setting. Good meal, pleasant company--well, some of it. And you look very...um... very nice by candlelight, lieutenant."


"I said...well, I said you looked very nice by candlelight." Rodney shrugged. "It...um...it flatters you. Your complexion; it flatters your complexion."

"Thanks, I think."

"Too bad we have to do this under duress. It might be nice to eat by candlelight sometime. You know, back in Atlantis; when there are no--."

"...Genii with crazy ideas about developing weapons of mass destruction?"

"Well, yes, without the Genii, or Teyla; and no Major Sheppard."

"What's wrong with the major?" Aiden asked. Rodney gaped at him for a moment. Then he shifted in his seat and rejoined the conversation at the other end of the table. Aiden frowned, completely confused by Rodney's behavior. And then the light dawned; Rodney McKay had just asked him on a date--sort of. Aiden dropped his fork, attracting the attention of several people near him, but Rodney ignored him.


Rodney as too busy explaining to his neighbor how simple explosives could be used to power the Genii weapon. Aiden tried to interrupt him, not only to question whether Rodney had indeed just asked him on a date, but because he thought it was unwise and indiscreet to reveal anything about U.S. military ordnance to strangers.

"Dr. McKay--."

"Not now, lieutenant," Rodney said the third time he tried to interrupt. Aiden gave John a slightly alarmed look; he finally reached out and put a hand on Rodney's thigh in an effort to surreptitiously stop his tongue. The touch had the desired effect. He got Rodney's immediate attention.

"Dr. McKay," Aiden said softly. "I really don't think we should discuss this now."

"I agree," Rodney said smiling slightly. "Why don't we talk about it when we're back in Atlantis?"


Rodney placed his hand on Aiden's thigh and began to lightly stroke circles on Aiden's knee, which Aiden found even more confusing. Under different circumstances--very different circumstances, and perhaps with a different person--Aiden might have been intrigued. But at a formal dinner in a bunker with a group of delusional aliens, Aiden couldn't afford to be distracted. He placed his hand on top of Rodney's to arrest his movement. Rodney turned his hand over and caught Aiden's fingers. Again, Aiden frowned in confusion, but Rodney resumed talking as if he weren't holding hands with a member of his team under the table.

John shot Aiden a pointed look. Aiden gave Rodney's hand a hard squeeze and he finally shut up. He resumed eating--still holding Aiden's hand. The lieutenant sighed and ate left-handed.

"You really are beautiful by candlelight," Rodney said, leaning over and speaking softly.

"Say what?"

The End

On to Part Two


7 comments or leave a comment
From: c_montgomery Date: July 12th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rodney's so loveably clueless :D Poor Ford doesn't even know what he's getting into! Great story; can't wait for the next installment :D

BTW, I can't see the picture :(
jalabert From: jalabert Date: July 12th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have edited the post to make the image visible. It's at the bottom of the story.

I love writing clueless characters. I guess it appeals to my warped sense of humor. This series should be a lot of fun to write. It's an exercise for me--I am limiting the first draft to a fifteen minute writing period, and editing (during which additions can be made) to a half hour. It's kind of fun to write something that's not 20 pages for a change--although I've got one of those in progress...

What a lovely icon! ;)
From: c_montgomery Date: July 12th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

What a lovely icon! ;)

Why thank you! I thought you might approve!

ana_grrl From: ana_grrl Date: July 12th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love it! I love how Ford's a little slow on the uptake, and that Rodney takes capture in stride when there is good food around.
jalabert From: jalabert Date: July 12th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hah! I hadn't thought about it that way, but Rodney was oddly oblivious to the trouble he caused in that episode. And that photograph was perfect to illustrate their miscommunication. But don't worry--things will improve...eventually.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 12th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
loved it...I love this pairing and I'm gald I found your site.
Keep up the great work!
jalabert From: jalabert Date: July 13th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad you loved this pairing and the story! You've come to the right place; I think I'm responsible for about 99% of the Aiden/Rodney on the planet...
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