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17 June 2016 @ 02:40 am
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I feel like every time I post, it's bad news. Next week at work is going to suck (we're down 2 people, so I have to pick up the slack) and money issues (two large, unexpected bills). But I'm determined to cheer myself up, so I thought I'd share one of my WIPs. I recently reread what I've completed of a soulmate fic that I haven't looked at in months, and I was actually impressed by what I had.

So: soulmate fic. In which every person has a gem implanted in their upper arm at birth that lights up when they meet their soulmate (it also makes their arm ache). Taken from Sharon Shinn's Samaria series, but I'm going to give it a Stargate twist.


“I absolutely refuse to bond with you,” Rodney informed the major the moment they were alone, chin raised defiantly. He crossed his arms over his chest and gave him his best glare. Instead of looking intimidated, the major merely looked relieved.

“Oh, thank god,” he replied, and sagged back against the wall. Rodney was so startled by this reaction that his arms dropped back down to his sides. He took a cautious step closer, watching as the major rubbed his upper arm absently.

“You don’t want to bond either?” Rodney asked, incredulously. He’d never met another person who hadn’t talked of bonding with reverence and longing. Another thought struck him, and Rodney’s eyes narrowed. “Why not? I’ll have you know I am quite the catch.”

“I’m sure you are,” the major said wryly. His slump seemed to turn into a casual lean, the lights of the room growing bright the more his body came into contact with it. He was pretty hot, Rodney noticed, with the spiky hair and full lips and lean build. He took a moment to feel smug that his soulmate was so attractive - as befitting a man such as Rodney. Not that he was planning on doing anything about it, Rodney reminded his libido, and resolutely ignored the ache in his own arm.

“So why don’t you want to bond?” Rodney asked, curious despite himself.

“I just don’t,” he replied stubbornly, his jaw clenching. “It doesn’t mean anything. People fall in love with people who aren’t their soulmates all the time.”

Rodney nodded eagerly, pointing a finger enthusiastically. “Right, exactly! It’s all just, just romantic claptrap. I think people are so in love with the concept of soulmates that when they meet the person their Kiss lights for, they don’t even bother to fall in love with the actual person, just the idea of them, of this perfect person.”

The major - what was his name again? Had Rodney even been told? - raised an eyebrow at Rodney’s use of air quotes on the last two words but nodded agreeably, hands stuffed into his jacket pockets. He had pushed off the wall and was edging toward the door now, like he couldn’t wait to be out of this room, and Rodney felt no burning desire to be around his so-called soulmate either.

“So we’re agreed,” Rodney said briskly, ready to move on. “No bonding.”

“Right. No telling anyone, either.”

“God, no,’ Rodney was horrified by the very idea. “They’d insist we bond. It would take too long to convince them neither of us want to, time much better spent on other things.” They would also insist that he and the major see Dr. Heightmeyer about the reasons behind their unnatural resistance, because finding your soulmate was A Big Deal, capital letters intended. A thing to be celebrated in the minds of the masses, and a thing to be avoided in Rodney’s.

The major left without so much as a goodbye, slipping quietly from the room and moving quickly down the corridor, his fast pace putting distance between himself and Rodney. He didn’t look back and Rodney took a moment to let the relief sink in.

Humming, his mind already focusing on other things, Rodney turned to head back to the chair room.


Stepping through the gate to Atlantis was exciting and terrifying and everything Rodney had worked toward for months. Rodney stuck close to the major, since he had the strongest gene, and was delighted when the stairs lit up, revealing Ancient script. Rodney had made a point of studying the language in the many months preceding this and could just read, “ WE HOLD THESE AS THE TRUTHbefore he was scurrying up the stairs after Sheppard. They shared an awed glance as the city around them continued to wake up.

Their awe and excitement didn’t last long before terror set in, as the dangerous situation they now found themselves in became clear. It wasn’t difficult to search the database for likely gate addresses to send a scout team, thankfully, since Rodney had much more pressing concerns: such as manually shutting off the unnecessary systems and lights that were activated by their presence and setting up their naquadah generators to boost what little power they had left.

Atlantis rising from the ocean, unprompted, was a stroke of luck that left Rodney feeling breathless and shaky. They had come so close, so terribly close, to dying before they had spent even a day on the city. They’d barely had time to celebrate before Sheppard was pushing for a rescue mission, looking fierce and determined and ready to take on the entire galaxy. Rodney was completely prepared to stay out of it, but the barrier to the rescue mission being a space gate was really no barrier at all, and it cost him nothing to show Sheppard what had been found.

Before Rodney had left to drag Elizabeth down to the gateship bay, Sheppard had grabbed his arm tightly. Rodney had yanked out of his grasp with a scowl, opening his mouth to let the other man have it.

“Listen,” Sheppard said intently. “Why did you do this?”

“Do what? Show you the gateships?”

Sheppard nodded. He looked unhappy, which Rodney found a bit offensive. He had just shown the man how to rescue their people, after all. Was a little gratitude too much to ask for? Rodney’s lip curled. Military men were always assholes, it seems.

“Because I think our people deserve to be saved,” Rodney said, lifting his chin. Most wouldn’t believe it of him, but Rodney could care about the wellbeing of others. Not to mention they were stranded in another galaxy and needed all the people they had.

“Fine,” Sheppard responded, taking a step back. “Just as long as it wasn’t because of, you know,” he gestured between them vaguely.

Rodney snorted. “Please, as if I would do something for you because of that.”


What I want with this fic is to write about John and Rodney falling in love despite being soulmates, not because of it. Maybe even some active resistence ;)
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indybaggins on June 17th, 2016 09:12 am (UTC)
I would SO read this!
popkin16: close bypopkin16 on June 18th, 2016 04:43 am (UTC)
Hopefully some day it will be done XD I have no concrete plans, except explore canon events from this perspective.
rissabbyrissabby on June 17th, 2016 11:10 am (UTC)
Oh yay! It's great so far. I'm looking forward to more.

Sorry to hear about work and bills piling on.
(I'm friendly with the manager of a convenience store and he told me one of his workers quit because it was sunny outside. Now he's having trouble getting help, but he says he knows it will be better in the fall.)
popkin16: rodney <3 johnpopkin16 on June 18th, 2016 04:45 am (UTC)
Thank you ♥ I was pretty proud of it. I'm glad you're interested :)

It feels like work and bills are always piling on. I should have expected it. Just gotta push through and keep going.
(I'm sorry to hear about your manager friend. I can't believe someone would quit for a stupid reason like that, how ridiculous. Hopefully he finds someone better to replace them!)
melaganmelagan on June 17th, 2016 11:17 am (UTC)
*fist pump of joy*

(without mentioning that the very fact they're of the same mind about 'soulmates' makes them perfectly matched as...nope not gonna say it. ) *g*
popkin16: ♥ a kiss for luck and we're on our waypopkin16 on June 18th, 2016 04:48 am (UTC)
Ooo yeah, don't mention their similarities to them, they will be OUTRAGED XD Rodney would probably rant and say that statistically speaking, they were bound to agree on certain things at one time or another, and it means NOTHING. Also the desalination tanks and public bathrooms need tending to.

John would just put you on KP duty. For a month.
melagan: used and much like memelagan on June 17th, 2016 11:27 am (UTC)
You know - this would be a wonderful addition to June's Home is Where the Heart Is challenge. Just saying. *waggles eyebrows*

popkin16popkin16 on June 18th, 2016 04:49 am (UTC)
Ooo, how long will that challenge be going on? Other than a vague idea that I'd explore canon events through this perspective (with John and Rodney becoming teammates, reluctant friends, and so on until they progress to being in love). But that might take me a while to get through...
melaganmelagan on June 18th, 2016 11:12 am (UTC)
The challenge goes until the end of June. Wee snipets, longer stories, art, gifs, etc. It's all good.
popkin16popkin16 on June 19th, 2016 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'll have to sit down and think about what I want to do for the next scene, then :D No promises, though. Half the time when I sit down to write I find myself thinking more about another fic I'm writing than the one I intend.
brumeier: SGA Meant To Bebrumeier on June 17th, 2016 02:35 pm (UTC)
This is awesome! As if these boys needed another sign that they're so perfectly suited for each other. ::grins:: Can't wait to read more!

Sorry about work and bills. Sucks on both counts, although extra money from extra shifts will help pay the bills. Doesn't make it suck any less, though.

popkin16: ♦ no ships like partnershipspopkin16 on June 18th, 2016 04:54 am (UTC)
Don't tell THEM they're perfectly suited, though. Them's fighting words ;) As always, I have no plans, just a vague idea that I want to show the growth of their relationship (teammates, reluctant friends, etc. all the way to love) through canon events. So it'll probably be slow going.

I should have expected the bills. It happens EVERY TIME I try to save up for something. I'm just hoping we can pay these bills off in time for me to still save up for Squee Weekend :)

brumeierbrumeier on June 19th, 2016 02:53 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you're getting to go to Squee Weekend! But does this mean no Chicago con? ::pouts::

I love a slow burn. Good luck getting the boys to the big, smoochy finish!
popkin16popkin16 on June 19th, 2016 11:37 pm (UTC)
No, no Chicago con. I would dearly love to go, but there's no way I could afford both without lots of outside help. You should try going to Squee sometime :)

I've always wanted to write a slow burn. But I have such a hard time writing long fic, and then the sheer amount of beta'ing it'd require...(I have a real problem with tense-switching when I write)...
brumeierbrumeier on June 19th, 2016 11:41 pm (UTC)
Well...poo. ::sad face::

I'm always available for beta purposes. Just putting that out there. ::grins::
popkin16: futile resistancepopkin16 on June 19th, 2016 11:43 pm (UTC)
I may take you up on your beta offer (if I ever finish something). Though I should warn you that my tense shifting is a really bad problem, lol.
brumeierbrumeier on June 19th, 2016 11:44 pm (UTC)
Duly noted. But that's what a beta is for, silly thing. ::grins::
popkin16popkin16 on June 19th, 2016 11:48 pm (UTC)
I just feel bad about the amount of work I'd be dumping on you, lol.
brumeierbrumeier on June 19th, 2016 11:48 pm (UTC)
Not a problem. Honestly.
popkin16: zelenkapopkin16 on June 19th, 2016 11:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, bb :)
aka_niffer on June 18th, 2016 02:23 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you shared this. I hope you will be inspired to work on it when you can. I love your twist already. Of course Rodney rebel against the whole idea of automatically falling in love with your soulmate and the soulmate perfection. What's even more exciting is that John also is not buying into it.

I'm so sorry you're having financial troubles again. It distresses me to hear that, when you are such a hard worker and giving person. I hope things will work out for you. I'm sending all the positive vibes I can to you and BIG HUGS.

The youngest son finally got a 50 cent raise after working at Subway for a year. He was kinda hoping he at least get $8.00 an hr. I'm a little worried about him too.
popkin16: boyspopkin16 on June 18th, 2016 04:59 am (UTC)
I hope to be inspired too, though as always I'm hampered by a lack of definite scenes to write about. I know what I want to do, but what scenes from canon do I choose, how do John & Rodney react, all of that is up in the air.

Thank you for the positive vibes and big hugs, bb ♥ They do help. I should have expected it, really - something always happens when I try to save up. But it's still frustrating :)

Oh wow. It's nice that he was recognized for a raise, though I'm sad that it wasn't as much as he was hoping for. I'll keep my fingers crossed for him :(
timespirt on June 18th, 2016 04:47 am (UTC)
Ooh, thank you hon. "HUGS"
popkin16: you're so minepopkin16 on June 18th, 2016 04:51 am (UTC)
You're welcome ♥ I was hoping that sharing a WIP might expire me and cheer me up, and it has. So thank *you* :)
timespirt on June 19th, 2016 05:10 am (UTC)
I hope you really didn't mean expire you since I like you and think you really should stick around. I'm hoping it will inspire you to write more in future so no more talk of expiring...LOL "HUGS"
popkin16popkin16 on June 19th, 2016 11:38 pm (UTC)
LOL Whoops, I meant inspire. How tired was I?!
timespirt on June 20th, 2016 12:20 am (UTC)
Very tired if you put in expire...LOL
popkin16: peep showpopkin16 on June 20th, 2016 12:26 am (UTC)
timespirt on June 20th, 2016 01:47 am (UTC)