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A birthday snippet! And re: amplificathon.

For dogeared, a Sweater 'Verse sneak-preview written yesterday, on my phone, on the bus (My phone? Still awesome.).



In late April, a package arrives for Rodney, much-battered and bearing the censor's seal that indicates it was checked at the SGC before being sent on. This makes him wonder, as it's been ages since anybody searched his mail. Jeannie's packages come through unmolested. But this box, about an armful with Aunt Jess's neat, English teacher handwriting on the labels, seems to have aroused someone's suspicion. He opens it cautiously, as though it might explode.

Later, John holds up the sweater in front of himself with a look both dubious and pleased, pretending not to be. It's not black, as Rodney might have expected, but a warm green that - God help me, Rodney thinks - brings out his eyes. The sight of John wearing it after he pulls it over his head, mussing up his hair, makes something warm and squirmy happen in his chest. "What do you think?" John asks, smoothing down the hem.

Rodney spares a moment to resent the fact that John's sweater is elegant and ordinary at once, with twisty cable patterns down both sleeves and no fish to be seen anywhere. John looks like a fisherman or a sailor, the only thing missing the captain's hat.

He also, however, looks hot, standing there barefoot in jeans and a sweater and his hair going in every direction. He looks cute, which is a word Rodney has never applied to anyone, ever, either silently or aloud.

So instead, he kisses John and doesn't tell him what he thinks of the sweater at all.

When people ask, they tell them it was for Rodney and didn't fit.

ETA: Because Pru's post has reminded me, and because amplificathon is so fabulous and podfic is often all that gets me through the day without actually expiring from boredom, I'd like to take this opportunity to extend blanket permission to anyone who might want to podfic any of my stuff (which can be found here on my site and - just the SGA - here on AO3). Go forth! Just drop me a line if you're doing it, because these things brighten my day.

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almostnever
Apr. 11th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC)
Awwwwwwwww! I have a cold, a cozy bit of sweater-verse is much appreciated.
chandri
Apr. 11th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Happy to oblige! :D
melagan
Apr. 11th, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
That little bit of delicious just made my morning!
chandri
Apr. 11th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hee, thank you! \o/
dogeared
Apr. 11th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
;asdlfkasdfjaskd;flkj UTTER GLEE!! \o/ \o/ Oh my god, John looking both dubious and pleased with his sweater, and Rodney all smitten, oh oh oh I love it so much!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THANK YOU!! ♥!
chandri
Apr. 11th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Hee hee, well when Jessica gives you something, you're going to like it, damn it. ^.^ Happy Birthday!
siriaeve
Apr. 11th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, they are both so adorable! :D
chandri
Apr. 11th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Especially both in homemade sweaters. Do you ever get the feeling that Jessica is just arranging everyone to her liking all the time? ^.^
chkc
Apr. 11th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
Awww, adorableness!

Does this mean John and Rodney tell other people that it's normal for them to trade clothes? :)?
chandri
Apr. 11th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
I assumed they were relying on the old hands' habit of wasting nothing, so far from Earth. A handmade sweater is hard to come by, you know! ;)
aynslee
Apr. 11th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Very nice!!! :D
chandri
Apr. 11th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
alchemynerd
Apr. 11th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
hehehe. I love that Rodney has a moment of resentment over how nice John's sweater is.
chandri
Apr. 11th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Rodney can always find room for a little resentment. ;)
ariadne83
Apr. 11th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
Awwwww! Aunt Jess FTW :D
chandri
Apr. 11th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
I'm actually pretty sure For The Win is her middle name. Maybe hyphenated.
sheafrotherdon
Apr. 11th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
eeeeee, oh, oh, how adorable! I love the idea of John standing there all rumpled, and Rodney overcome by his CUTE :D :D eeee!
chandri
Apr. 12th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Rodney thinks cute is undignified. But he's still human damn it! ;)
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chandri
Apr. 12th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
I admit, mostly I just enjoy picturing rumply-John. ^.^
wanted_a_pony
Apr. 12th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Oh. Oh my gawds! This is just so, so.... Well, I'm burbling-over with happiness to read more in your Sweater 'Verse, & this is enough to make a, a, --a professional-scowly-face person grin! <3 :-D <3

And maybe when John writes Aunt Jess a polite thank-you note he'll mention that Rodney's eyes get crinkly when he sees John in his fine new sweater, which keeps him nice & warm in the breezy evenings by the sea; & that Rodney has about worn his sweater out (& he's a good bit broader across the shoulders & chest now than when Jessica knit it for him), & doesn't he have the family's laughing blue eyes? 'Cause Rodney's not the only one who can appreciate snug, worn-soft jeans & ruffled-up hair, y'know! ;-D
chandri
Apr. 12th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Oh, I can just imagine John writing thank-you notes, in his neat-and-tidy boarding-school-boy handwriting. ^.^
runpunkrun
Apr. 13th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
Sexy John in a handmade sweater! Yummy!
fanficfan
Apr. 14th, 2010 08:14 am (UTC)
Enjoyed this heart-warming addition to the Sweater-Verse.
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