Nov. 29th, 2005 09:55 pm
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Stargate Atlantis. 190 words on John's hands.

John Sheppard sits in his dimly lit room staring at his hands. They’re human again, but otherwise unremarkable. In a crowd, they won’t stand out. Not like Rodney’s. Rodney has beautiful hands—long fingered, expressive, animated. Rodney’s hands are open and honest, revealing everything. John loves watching those hands punctuating Rodney’s conversations or flying over a keyboard. They’re the hands of an artist or maybe a pianist. He wonders if Rodney had ever put brush to canvas or played the piano. Rodney’s hands don’t or can’t lie; John’s not sure which. He envies Rodney’s hands.

John’s hands aren’t honest. Like John himself, they become whatever is needed. His hands are competent killers; they no longer tremble at the prospect. Those same steady hands have traced paths of pleasure on sweaty bodies in darkened rooms; lovers, strangers, and some in between. John’s hands manage the cyclic of a helicopter and a guitar pick with equal skill. They can disassemble and assemble a P90 blindfolded. Here in Atlantis they make things come alive. He looks at his hands and no longer knows who they’re supposed to be, who he’s supposed to be.

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Date: 2005-11-30 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torakowalski.livejournal.com
Oh lovely *g*

*pets Shep* He has very pretty hands too..!

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Date: 2005-12-01 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Thanks. I spent a lot of time looking at hands (originally John was going to be thinking about everyone's hands - but he didn't cooperate).

john's hands

Date: 2005-11-30 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laceymcbain.livejournal.com
His hands are competent killers; they no longer tremble at the prospect.


Re: john's hands

Date: 2005-12-01 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Thank you. As an Air Force pilot, it's not really unlikely that John had no experience killing until he came to Atlantis. The poor fellow has had lots of practice since then, though.

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Date: 2005-12-01 01:28 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] toniabarone.livejournal.com
Wow. Powerful. Love how John calls Rodney's piano days. Thanks for this.

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Date: 2005-12-01 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skeddy-kat.livejournal.com
Well, I don't think Rodney has shared the whole piano thing with John yet. If you look at Rodney's hands, it's easy to picture them at a piano keyboard.

I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the feedback.


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