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SGA Fic: mcshep_match 2008, In This Era of Liberty (PG)

So I was going to post this from work today, but the college has been having almost humiliatingly complex server/database problems for almost two weeks now ("What do you mean the program I must use for every part of my job has crashed me out with no warning for the eighth time today and it's my fault for running Word and Banner together? Are you on crack?" [/actual paraphrased conversation]) due to a combination of terminal technological obsolescence and sparse/almost criminally incompetent tech support, and the e-mail I sent myself with the files to be uploaded toute suite once the final mcshep_match post had gone up did not arrive. WTF. But here it is now!

Title: In This Era of Liberty
Pairing(s): John/Rodney, Sam/Jack
Category: Romance, Angst, Team, Friendship (and stupid, stupid boys)
Spoilers: Season 4
Rating: PG
Wordcount: ~35,600
A/N: Written for the winning Home Team in mcshep_match 2008, with the prompt: run the gauntlet. Surprise, it's me! *wavyarms* Go team go!

(They lose the Daedelus at the beginning of the fifth year. That's the first night John crawls into bed with him.)



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Jul. 18th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
this fic hit all of my buttons, and was by far my favorite of the mcshep match stories (not that they all weren't great).

I'm sure I will be re reading this often!

thank you :)
Jul. 18th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
That right there's possibly the second-best thing one can hear about a story - that it pushed the right buttons. (The very is "I wept like a child," but I suspect that's mostly because I'm strange.)

Thanks! :D
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Jul. 18th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
Oh my god. This is the MOST perfect thing I've read in a long time. Getting weepy at the office is a bad thing though...

Straight into the favourites
Jul. 18th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
Yes. Yes it is.

(Totally not sorry.)

Thank you so much! :D
Jul. 18th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
This is absolutely perfect.
*is otherwise speechless*
Jul. 18th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thank you! *flails back*
Jul. 18th, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)
Wonderful story. The boys are so awful at communicating. Lovely job. Thanks for sharing.
Jul. 18th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
They're abominably awful. But so cute! Thank you! :)
Jul. 18th, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC)
Oh....wow.....that was just amazing and wonderful and sad and totally heart-wrenching and sappy and everything good and everything bad all at the same time, a truly magnificent story. It took me the better part of three or four hours to read but it was well worth the effort! I love this, i truly truly do! Fantastic work.
Jul. 18th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! ^.^
Jul. 18th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
This was wonderful. I loved the way they were both so bumblingly bad at it. I think they really would be. Teyla and Ronon were wonderful, as were Lorne and Carter. I liked Jeannine here, too - but I think she's gonna be ticked off he didn't stop by before leaving.
Jul. 18th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, they are going to be in so much trouble. But Jeannie's a practical woman - she just gets to torture them that little bit more when they finally do visit. :)

Thank you!
Jul. 18th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
I really don't have the words to do your story any justice - I got to the end and just burst into tears, i was so full. God, what a beautiful portrait of love, real and stupid and complicated and so, so worth it, and my god, if I think about John framing Rodney's face and telling him he's not a consolation prize for one more second, I am going to dissolve into a puddle of weeping. Criminy.
Jul. 18th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
Actually, that bit almost broke me. And I made you cry! Apparently that's what I do in this fandom, and I don't think I even mind. ;)

Thank you so much! *hugs you*
Jul. 18th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was such an engrossing read :) I really enjoyed it, duck ♥
Jul. 28th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks! :)
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Jul. 28th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
Jul. 18th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
This was an absolutely fabulous read. I was completely immersed the whole time and didn't come up for air once. I did so want to bash their pretty heads together a few times, but I had (happy) tears in my eyes by the end. Excellent story and very well written. Thank you so much for sharing it! :)
Jul. 28th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
I often think that what they both need is a little head-bashing. You know. Gently. :)
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Jul. 28th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Jul. 19th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
This was so rich and wringing out of emotions. (probably as I'm such a Rodney type person) There was the everything's fine and then nope it's possibly/probably a figment of wept for imaginings. Never once could you hate John for his supposed transgressions, it was all so Rodney and how he really didn't rate being loved.
I loved this.
Jul. 28th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
I always find myself getting way into Rodney's head, but then it's all written down and making people cry, so I guess it works out okay. Thank you! :D
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Jul. 28th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
I'm not all that great at responding to them, so I'll just say thank you! :D
Jul. 19th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
I commented somewhere else first, but since this seems to be the place where your checking the comments, I wanted to say this again (after reading this a 2nd time) I came across this last night, thinking *hmmm something of the one chapter variety and short before I turn in* I was up till 1:30, possibly one of the best fics I've read in the mulitple fandoms I read fic in, in the past month.
Jul. 28th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! (I'm so glad you felt the sleep deprivation was worth it.)
Jul. 19th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
Ah, cut off from Earth AND declassification of the program--two of my favorite themes--especially as long as there are relatively happy endings all around. I gave all 9's to only four stories--this was one of them. Absolutely great!
Jul. 28th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Me too me too! You know, we were at the Continuum panel at Comic-Con and they hinted at the new series - they haven't given any details, but me, I'm praying for declassification. (Probably won't happen, but you never know, right?)
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