Sometimes I get in the mood for werewolf fic and then I have to search my pinboard for them. So:
+ The Pack
When Major John Sheppard shoots Colonel Sumner, he thinks of only one thing: keep the creature feeding on him from learning their secrets. He doesn’t think that with that one act, he’ll become Alpha of the pack in the Atlantis expedition.
That alone is weird enough, but John still has to navigate his new werewolf pack, military politics, witches, evil space vampires, Genii, and Replicators. There’s the bonus complication of the grief, joy, wonder, and terror that is life in the Pegasus Galaxy. Add to that his frustration with—and maybe even feelings for—Dr Rodney McKay, and now the lone-wolf life John once enjoyed is even further behind him than it was the moment he stepped through the stargate and emerged in the city of Atlantis.
John Sheppard has had over twenty years to come to grips with the fact that every four or five weeks, he turns into a mountain lion. Like most Were, he accepts that that’s just the way it is, and so he’s not particularly interested when he learns that researchers at the local university are trying to to develop drugs that will help Were control their cycles. Then he meets Dr. Rodney McKay, a brilliant but irascible biochemist with reasons of his own for spearheading the university’s Were research and John suddenly finds himself struggling with more than just his attraction to McKay.
Rodney used to have a job in research; John used to be in the military. Rodney used to live alone; John hasn’t lived alone in centuries. Rodney used to be human; John used to be human. Circumstances force them together and each has to learn how to cope - both as humans, and as wolves.
The world is ending and there’s nothing John can do about it except listen to it pass by on his small radio. The world has ended and there was nothing left for Rodney to do except hope that when he got where he was going, someone else would be there as well. John just wants to keep his sanity but might have to give up on being human in the process. Rodney just wants to find some answers provided he can make it there in one piece. It’s the end of the world and only the wolves will survive.
John Sheppard isn’t exactly a normal human, and it’s not easy to hide that in the Pegasus galaxy.
"You’re," Rodney started again, and stopped. John smiled, hoping like hell it didn’t come off as insecure as he felt, carefully keeping his mouth closed. Rodney blinked for a second time, and then his eyes widened. "You’re a werewolf," he whispered.
+ Alpha (gen)
”Why wouldn’t I be tense? We got ourselves captured, again, and tossed into a hole in the goddamn ground and we’ve got all night in here.”
Rodney has never told Jennifer about the Pack, and John wants to know why.
Can we just take a moment to talk about the many emotions in this short little cut-to right here…?
I agree with everything but your explanation for his first reaction. I think his reaction is shock more than anything, but it’s not because Rodney isn’t the type to sacrifice himself. I’m not sure why he’s shocked,
In season one, there is an episode called Before I Sleep, in which the shield fails and Atlantis floods. Elizabeth is the only to survive, and relates the story.
McKAY: It’s too little, too late. Most of the rooms are already breached. We’ve got people trapped with water rising.
McKAY: I’ll try to override the system, open the doors, but this could seriously hamper efforts to re-power the Stargate.
WEIR: If these ships turn out to be our only way out of here, I don’t want you waiting too long to get up to the bay.
Rodney stays behind in the control room to open the doors and save his people. Which leads to the next section:
McKAY: Bulkhead doors leading out of the Control Room have all slammed shut. We’re locked in!
WEIR: Can you get it open?
McKAY: I’m trying! (Water starts to force its way through the gaps in the closed doors. Rodney runs over to the balcony overlooking the Stargate. Water is rising rapidly in the Gateroom.) Forget it! The Gateroom’s flooding.
WEIR: Get them open and get up here! We’re waiting for you!
McKAY (starting to work on a handheld device he’s holding): Elizabeth — I’m gonna keep trying to retract the roof. As soon as it opens, you go.
McKAY: Look, there’s no time to argue. Catastrophic failure is imminent. Just lock yourself in and go.
Rodney tells his best means of escape to go without him, while he stays behind to get the roof open and save them.
Though the John we know never saw any of this - since the failsafe activated and Atlantis rose to the surface - he was sitting right there listening.
This proves two things: 1. Rodney is capable of giving his life for others. 2. John knows it, at least intellectually.
Not to mention when he walked into the black cloud in Hide and Seek with nothing but the hope that his personal shield will protect him.
Rodney may call himself a coward and believe it, but in his case, actions speak louder than words.
You are so spot onthe rest of the stuff though.
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those characters where if you knew them in real life you would genuinely fucking hate them but in a fictional world it’s like ah yes this fucking asshole that i love
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McKay, what did I say! Don’t take your eyes off me.