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Title: Silent Treatment
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Length: 600ish words
Author's Notes: Warning - this is a Halloween story, expect creepy things. Many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kimberlyfdr for her thorough and speedy beta job. Any remaining errors are all mine.
Summary: After spending a few years stranded with only each other for company, the cracks are beginning to show.



John climbed the hill, singing softly under his breath, “Don’t take your guns to town, son. Leave your guns at home, Bill.” The sun was shining, his leg wasn’t bothering him, and he’d trapped two rabbils in his snares. All in all, he’d had an excellent day.

“Rodney, I’m back,” he called out as he reached the hulk of the crashed puddlejumper, but no one answered. Rodney must still be mad at him. That morning they had argued fiercely and Rodney had made it clear that he planned to spend the entire day ignoring John. “I brought tasty squirbits, already dressed and ready to cook.” Maybe the offer of his favorite hard-to-catch treat would soften Rodney up. They were rather like rabbits and even more like squirrels. John and Rodney had spent days arguing over the best name for the critters in the beginning. Now, John made sure never to call them the same thing twice in a row. He knew it irritated Rodney.

John kept up a nonstop flow of conversation as he moved around camp, setting up dinner. He moved past Rodney as often as possible, stopping each time to say, “Excuse me, Dr. McKay.” He could tell he was getting to Rodney, but McKay never cracked.

“Looks like the sun is nearly down, and I think the long-tailed hopper is roasted up nicely. ‘What perfect timing,’ you say? Why thank you, Rodney.” He offered McKay his share of the meat.

“By the way, thanks for replenishing the firewood today. ‘But I didn’t get around to it,’ you say. And I snort in derision at your total failure to recognize sarcasm.” He was pretty sure he’d gotten an eyebrow rise from Rodney on that one. “I mean, if I go out and catch us food and haul the water, all on a bad leg, it hardly seems fair that I have to gather the firewood, too.” Rodney continued to ignore him.

After dinner, John moved closer to the fire. His leg always bothered him more at night as the temperature dropped. John offered Rodney a spot, but he was still being studiously ignored.

John lay back with his head pillowed on his rolled-up sleeping bag, watching stars now as familiar to him as those on Earth. “Do you think they miss us, back on Atlantis? I think Ronon and Teyla do. Man, I’d like to see Torren. I bet he’s nearly as big as Jinto was when we first saw him. I wonder about it sometimes, you know; how they’re doing, if the city is ok, if they’re still looking. I wonder about Carson and Keller and even Dave and Jeannie. Don’t you miss them sometimes?

“Come on, damn it, talk to me. I apologize for whatever I did that set you off. Don’t be so damn stubborn, Rodney, you win. Now answer me, because you’re pissing me off.” He sat up and snatched the rolled sleeping bag, flinging it at McKay and hitting him in the head.

“Oh, damn, Rodney, I’m sorry.” John leapt to his feet and ran over to pick up McKay’s head from where the sleeping bag had knocked it. He set the skull carefully back at the base of the neck. “It’s your own fault, you know. I hate it when you give me the silent treatment.”

Rodney still didn’t answer.
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Date: 2008-10-26 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluebrocade.livejournal.com
Oh my god. *shudders* Creepily good.

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Date: 2008-10-27 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Thank you.

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Date: 2008-10-26 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fractalreality.livejournal.com
I read creepy but missed bad, so really wasn't expecting that!

Very nicely done.

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Date: 2008-10-27 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
There wasn't much of a way to warn without giving the end away.

Thank you.

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Date: 2008-10-26 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argosy.livejournal.com
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

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Date: 2008-10-27 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Hopefully, that's "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!" in a good way.

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Date: 2008-10-26 11:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] astridv.livejournal.com
*shivers*
Brrr. Nice!

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Date: 2008-10-27 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
I'm glad you liked it. Happy Halloween!

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Date: 2008-10-26 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erda-3.livejournal.com
Now I'm all traumatized and can never read fanfiction again. Hee! Just kidding, this cracked me up.

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Date: 2008-10-27 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
So glad the trauma passed you by. :)

Your icon is adorable.

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Date: 2008-10-27 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wraithfodder.livejournal.com
Oh whoa, creepy ending!!! :):)

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Date: 2008-10-27 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Thanks. Just trying to keep in the spirit of the season! :)

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From: [identity profile] wraithfodder.livejournal.com - Date: 2008-10-27 11:11 pm (UTC) - Expand

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Date: 2008-10-27 12:23 am (UTC)
ext_2410: (All About Rodney)
From: [identity profile] kimberlyfdr.livejournal.com
It's still disturbing and I've read it multiple times. REALLY good and original, creepy and right for the season. Great job! :)

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Date: 2008-10-27 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
It's much better for your polishing. Thanks again. *hugs*

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Date: 2008-10-27 12:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] openmydoors.livejournal.com
Really nice development of mood. *shivers*

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Date: 2008-10-27 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Thank you very much. I'm happy I could give you the shivers.

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Date: 2008-10-27 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceitie.livejournal.com
Creeeeeepy. Like a creepy, creepy version of Wilson in Castaway. Only creepier. Yep. :D

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Date: 2008-10-27 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Creepy is good. Thank you.

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Date: 2008-10-27 01:01 am (UTC)
sholio: sun on winter trees (Shrine-Rodney back)
From: [personal profile] sholio
D:

Nicely done -- I had a feeling where it was going when Rodney never answered back, but it was definitely an OMGWTFBBQ moment when his head fell off.

p.s. I added this to the list of Halloween recs at [livejournal.com profile] stargategenrec. creeeeeepy! :)
Edited Date: 2008-10-27 01:04 am (UTC)

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Date: 2008-10-27 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
It's what happens when I'm mulling over story ideas and watching Bones at the same time.

Thanks for the recommendation. It's my very first!

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Date: 2008-10-27 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dajaje.livejournal.com
Coooool.

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Date: 2008-10-27 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Thank you.

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Date: 2008-10-27 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sulien.livejournal.com
I had a bad feeling about this and I was right. Great ficlet, nicely creepifying! *shudders*

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Date: 2008-10-27 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Happy to have added to the Halloween spirit of the season.

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Date: 2008-10-27 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pisces227.livejournal.com
Very creepy. Well done!

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Date: 2008-10-27 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
I'm glad you liked it. Thank you.

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Date: 2008-10-27 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maisierita.livejournal.com
The warning of creepiness had me prepped in some way for the ending.

But that was okay, because I enjoyed it anyway. Very much. And it was so cute and short I read it twice. :)

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Date: 2008-10-27 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 0-penthesilea.livejournal.com
I hope Rodney haunts him for knocking his skull off like that.

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Date: 2008-10-27 04:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trishkafibble.livejournal.com
That is just uber-cool! Just kinda neat and screwball, 'til you really think about it--'cause I think I can actually see that happening to John, actually imagine him keeping Rodney's body around because he can't stand the knowledge that he's dead, and he himself is completely alone. At which point, the story becomes exceedingly creepy indeed!! Very, very well done. Bravo!

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Date: 2008-10-27 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Thanks. I figured with the way John talks to himself form time to time, it's only normal for him to talk to Rodney if he's there (for whatever value of "there" works).

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Date: 2008-10-27 05:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syble4.livejournal.com
Ewwwwww, but in a nice way. Very Creepy!

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Date: 2008-10-27 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Thank you. Happy Halloween!

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Date: 2008-10-27 10:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clpm-9.livejournal.com
Very good & very creepy.

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Date: 2008-10-27 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Thank you very much. Creepy was definitely what I was aiming for.

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Date: 2008-10-27 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jya-bd-cp-ttgb.livejournal.com
*heart breaks*

Rodney never got out of the jumper after it crashed, did he? The argument, the deciding the squirbit was Rodney's favorite food...that was all in John's head...

Oh my god. *brain explodes*

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Date: 2008-10-27 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
I never figured out if Rodney lasted for a while after the crash or not. I think it works either way.

John just isn't up to being alone year after year.

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Date: 2008-10-27 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] almostnever.livejournal.com
As advertised: CREEPY. Poor John. O.o

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Date: 2008-10-27 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Thank you. I strive for truth in advertising. :)

John just wants someone to talk to.

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Date: 2008-10-27 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-celtic-pirate.livejournal.com
*whimpers*
you gave me goosebumps and creeeeeped me out. uberly. (this reminds me of a nightmare I had about SGA...no joke. sad.)

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Date: 2008-10-27 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
I am glad it creeped you out. It sounds like your nightmares are as strange as mine! :)

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Date: 2008-10-27 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adafrog.livejournal.com
Freaky. Poor John, though.

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Date: 2008-10-27 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Yeah. I think several years alone would not be conducive to keeping him sane.

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Date: 2008-10-27 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] monkey-junkey.livejournal.com
Awesome Halloween fic, and very in-character, I thought!

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Date: 2008-10-28 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Thank you so much.

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Date: 2008-10-28 12:03 am (UTC)
scheherezhad: Nightwing giving thumbs-up, "Dick Approves" (approval)
From: [personal profile] scheherezhad
*shivers* Oh, that. That makes me really uncomfortable in just the right way. Poor, crazy John. :(

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Date: 2008-10-28 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
I'm glad I could make you uncomfortable (in the right way). Yes, poor John definitely needs to be rescued.

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Date: 2008-10-28 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kriadydragon.livejournal.com
Oh, wicked! Nice and twisted. Me like :D

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Date: 2008-10-28 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Thank you very much. I'm glad you like it.

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Date: 2008-10-28 07:46 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] emeraldteal.livejournal.com
That was perfect.

Poor John, though. :/

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Date: 2008-10-28 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Thank you so much. John is indeed in a bad way and I don't think it's going to get better any time soon.
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