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19 October 2010 @ 01:57 am
Covalence (Epilogue)  
Title: Covalence

(NC-17; word count: 804)

They’re in a meeting when they discover it, playing footsy beneath the conference table, which is difficult to do, actually, while wearing standard issue combat boots.

But they’re pretty talented.

John isn’t paying attention to Landry, which is pretty par for the course, in Cam’s defense at least, he is mostly attempting to look like he is.

Which is hard, what with John’s ankle wrapped around his own and thoughts of disused storage closets in his head, but it’s really only when other things grow hard that it really takes a turn for the interesting.

His dick is heavy in his BDUs, persistent throbbing that has him shifting uncomfortably, and he avoids, avoids, avoids Sam’s curious look because he knows she can tell what’s wrong, sees her eyes dart quickly beneath the table to where John’s foot is pressed against his own on the opposite side. She reprimands him without saying a word and turns back to Landry, her eyes a little wider than they should be.

Cam flushes and catches John’s heavy lidded gaze, which, Cam thinks should be a dead give away to what’s happening, but John looks like the center fold for a dirty magazine about 98% of the time, so mostly he think no one will notice.

John is all but leering and he feels a sharp jab to his calf that isn’t Cam’s and glances over to Rodney who is looking at him horrified.

So subtlety was never a strength. Landry continues to notice nothing though, perusing the folders in front of him and going over…mission reports? John’s not sure, because he can see Cam’s neck is turning red. His wrist tingles suddenly and he slides his wrist cuff off and looks down at the tattoo, it seems…lighter, than normal. It hasn’t changed color since the device deactivated, and John’s almost forgotten all about it.

He presses a finger to it lightly, rubbing softly to alleviate the tingle, but it just makes it worse and it grows warm beneath his thumb, and he rubs a little harder and Cam sits up straight in his chair and makes a noise.

John drops his hand away, startled.

“Problem Colonel?” Landry asks.

“No sir, just…approving,” he lies, poorly. Landry stares at him for a few seconds and decides not to ask before continuing. Cam looks over at him, his eyes wide. John gives a little shrug.

Cam’s wrist is warm where the thin lines of ink are etched into his skin, and he looks down at the tattoo and presses his thumb to it, rubbing over it slightly, interested. Across the table John squirms in his seat before slouching further down.

Cam rubs a little more deliberately, his head cocked to the side and notices John’s eyes slip closed slightly before opening with a snap.

John stares at Cam over the top of the table, and they drop their arms in their laps and furiously rub at their wrists.

Cam’s legs drop open of his own accord, and Sheppard’s face grows increasingly flushed. Sam is staring at them with a mix of fear and curiosity. Vala is looking back and forth between them, peering over the edge of the table to watch, checking her pockets for the cell phone she left in her locker, Lorne obliges by handing over his own, Daniel is staring pointedly at Landry, using all of his concentration to ignore the two. Rodney looks a little pale, staring around at everyone in complete and utter disbelief. And Teal’c…well Teal’c pretty much looks like Teal’c.

John’s poised on the edge, rubbing over his wrist with one hand and trying desperately not to shove his other down the front of his BDUs, which he thinks might be a little too lacking in subtlety. John gives one last swipe before Cam kicks him beneath the table, his leg twitching slightly and John follows, nearly biting through his lip in an attempt not to draw unwanted attention to himself.

“Ah,” Cam lets out in discomfort, twitching in his seat and kicking John to get him to stop rubbing at his wrist.

“Hmm,” John notes.

They stare at each other for a pause, in sated bliss before catching everyone’s gaze. They shoot a cautious glance to Landry who is looking at them all.

“So Colonel Carter is staying on Atlantis to continue her work as a scientist, Mitchell is the new expedition leader, Sheppard, the new military commander, and Lorne is staying on Earth as the new leader of SG-1. Any questions?” He asks. “Good. Dismissed.”

Landry watches them all go, Mitchell and Sheppard walking a little uncomfortably, Vala happily bouncing between the two. McKay and Jackson practically running, Sam and Lorne sniggering behind them with Teal’c heading up the rear.

“God help us all,” Landry sighs, burying a face in a palm.


Ch 10: Synthesis
beneviolentbeneviolent on January 6th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Hey, I haven't read this quite yet, just copying the text into one convenient file for me to peruse later, but I thought I'd point out that (it seems) taht the links from Chapter 6 to 7, 7 to 8 and 9 to 10 are broken.
6's link to 7 just brings you back to 6. The others just do nothing.

I'll probably come back and make a comment later after I've read it. :D
bimosexualbimosexual on January 6th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Links
Ah thank you for letting me know :)

I hope you enjoy!
beneviolentbeneviolent on January 7th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Links

I quite enjoyed this story, it was a nice blend of angsty and funny, and full of the stuff that makes me like the Cam and John dynamic.

I found your mood tattoos to be an interesting plot device though I did have a minor question as to why the empathic link was one way (from a technical standpoint, not a plot standpoint; it makes sense there).

I like how you also played a bit with the normal dynamic between the two as well. From my experience, people tend to write them both as emotionally retarded (as you did; let's face it, that's why we like them :D), but generally Cam tends to come off as the more stable one with John being flakier. You switched that up to an extent, having Cam being the one with more angst and reservations about their relationship (all while still giving John his own fair share). It was a refreshing take on the normal tropes of the pairing.

Aside from a few minor grammatical and spelling errors that made my fingers itch to fix them; I found this to be a wonderfully entertaining and engaging story. Good read, and thanks for Epic!length fic :D.
bimosexualbimosexual on January 8th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
Re: Links
I found your mood tattoos to be an interesting plot device though I did have a minor question as to why the empathic link was one way (from a technical standpoint, not a plot standpoint; it makes sense there).

technical as in...how did the device choose? Or why I wrote it that way or...? >.<

It was a refreshing take on the normal tropes of the pairing.

Thank you so much, I was really trying to step out of the norm for the boys, and yes they are both emotionally retarded in their own special way

Aside from a few minor grammatical and spelling errors that made my fingers itch to fix them

fiddlesticks, I think I reread this so many times my brain just said no after awhile

Good read, and thanks for Epic!length fic :D.

there is a sad lack of epic length fic for john/cam :(
beneviolentbeneviolent on January 8th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Links
Technical in the sense of how the device chose (and what the point of a one sided link was anyways... how would that specifically help? Trust the Ancients to make devices that don't really make sense :D).

As for grammar in spelling, after writing so much, your brain stops caring (mine does) and it's hard to comb through the plot of something after you've read it half a dozen times and your eyes just sort of glaze over, unseeing of the errors that remain.
bimosexualbimosexual on January 8th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Links
My initial thinking was that the device's main function would be to force its users to face their own short comings in order to deal with the underlying issues.

So John, who doesn't like to share his feelings or really admit to even having them in the first place no longer has to actually verbally communicate them, aka he is unable to, no matter how much he'd like to try, keep his feelings to himself.

For Cam whose issues throughout have been commitment related is directly responsible for John's physical well-being, which is supposed to (in the Ancient's minds) emulate the emotional well-being that comes with being in a relationship. Which is why (unlike the Vala/Daniel scenario) Cam never felt the effects of the device himself, he only picked up on John's pain.

If that makes sense

I think as the story got longer and longer my intent to make all of the above super explicit digressed

beneviolentbeneviolent on January 8th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Links
Now that you've spelt it all out like that, I feel like a doof :D. It's really obvious now. Thanks for the explanation heh.
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bimosexualbimosexual on January 8th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
:) thank you so much

maybe in the future they will pop up
sylvanwitchsylvanwitch on February 12th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
This was fantastic! I love the way you slowly develop their relationship, the way you so credibly express their fears and tension, and the way you blend humor and pathos. This was a great, engaging, absorbing story, and I really wanted to thank you for sharing it with us. :-)