Fiction - 2009


Title
A Pinnochio Story
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
When Richard Woolsey's mother sends him to live with his dad for his senior year of high school, he is thrown into a completely new element and begins the process of becoming 'a real boy'.
Pairing
Sheppard/Woolsey
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
40998 words
Notes
AU, high school fic
Companion Artwork
  • Ouch by splitbeak

Title
A Wing and a Prayer
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
An expedition of humans and their dragon companions travel to the Pegasus Galaxy in search of Atlantis. There they discover a people bonded to telepathic griffins, and that before the expedition can find the lost city they must first earn the right to become its new caretakers. When Major Sheppard is taken and returned with a piece of his memory missing, what began as a search for the city of the Ancients becomes a race against time and an enemy that is the very definition of being more than they seem.
Pairing
Gen
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
97156 words
Notes
But of course there needs to be a big resounding shout out to my betas Wildcat88 and Coolbreeze, as well as Sharpes_Hussy who provided back-up and a little extra insight when needed. And also to our Big Bang group in general: Kristen999, Everybetty, Titan5 and Obsessed101 for being sounding boards, critical eyes and all around awesome. You all may not know this, but you helped keep me motivated to write what I normally feel a tad uncomfortable writing - the dreaded AU! So a mighty, mighty thank you to you all.
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Companion Artwork
  • Bonded by Syble
  • Flight by Syble

Title
Actions and Reactions
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Forks in the Road: The Return Part I
Summary
The actions of some people differ after John arrives back at the S.G.C. in time to hear General O'Neill's report from Atlantis. John and Rodney's reactions to the threat that the Replicators pose have a marked effect on the future of Atlantis.
Pairing
Sheppard/McKay
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
43797 words
Companion Artwork
  • Triptych by sian1359

Title
Adrift
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Alternate Season 4
Summary
Atlantis is forgotten, at least, the people have forgotten who they are. They struggle to find themselves in an alien city, adjusting to this new isolated life. But there is also another story out there, one of a team not exactly who they think they are. They must fight to save the very galaxy themselves, or watch all life in be exterminated. The balance of power is shifting in Pegasus. Fate is in flux, and there may be more than one city that can save the day.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard, Ronon/Jennifer, other minor pairings
Rating
R
Word Count
86800 words
Warnings
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Companion Artwork
  • Battle over Replicator World by Korilian
  • Playing doctor. by Korilian
  • Scuffle by Korilian

Title
Alive Beside You
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
He's not who they think he is. Alternate season 5, romance.
Pairing
Carson/Teyla, background John/Rodney
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
40078 words
Notes
Many thanks to Anne (luckycricket1) and Fia (fiareynne) for their suggestions and help. Part of the idea for the story also comes from fiareynne.

Companion Artwork
  • Alive beside You - Wallpaper by Torri012

Title
Blood Red Sunrise
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
Being abducted by aliens, stuck with an implant, experimented upon, and then returned to his room in the morning? For John, it was just too classic a story to actually be true - the stuff of alien abduction scifi movies everywhere - until evidence begins to surface that what he thought he was only dreaming about might actually be happening to him, with dangerous consequences.
Pairing
Gen
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
66976 words
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Companion Artwork
  • Blood Red Suns by Oran

Title
Bridges
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
Engineer Rodney McKay went to North Carolina's Crystal Coast to help his sister design a series of bridges.  He hoped to rebuild his career following a professional disaster; he didn't expect to be drawn into the small community of Athos Island, where he found friendship and perhaps something more with helicopter pilot John Sheppard.    But when Rodney tries to learn more about John's past, what he discovers might tear them apart.  (non-Stargate AU)
Pairing
John/Rodney (past Rodney/Katie) (Jeannie/Kaleb, Teyla/Kanaan, Jack/Daniel)
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
52260 words
Notes
Many thanks to my support group: gblvr, kate, meansgirl, scheherezhad, and scifi_fangirl; my cheerleader, T.; and my trio of betas: schemingreader, irinamarenco, and emeraldsword.  This was an enormous project, and without their encouragement and insight I'd have been lost.  The good is good because of them; the bad is mine alone.
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Companion Artwork
  • Bridges  by Antares

Title
Calling Down the Lightning
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
The gift of magic carries a death sentence on Earth, and one so accused can be executed on suspicion, for the simple reason that the destructive power of an angry wizard can lay waste to entire countries.  When magic awakens in a person just as they leave their teens, whether it is the untamable power of a wizard or the lesser abilities of a mere magician, life becomes a constant struggle to hide it at all costs.

Dr. Rodney McKay, PhD PhD, is a wizard.  Incredibly, he has learned to control his power and is one of the few wizards in the world to have survived past his twenties.  In order to remain hidden, he has sworn never to use his magic except in the most desperate of circumstances, when lives are at stake.  But what will happen in the Pegasus Galaxy, where desperate circumstances are commonplace and chaos threatens to overwhelm the expedition at every turn?
Pairing
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
55498 words
Notes
I've never been one for much caution, so perhaps it is unsurprising that when I decided to jump into the SGA fandom, I did so headfirst.  Calling Down the Lightning is not only my first Big Bang, it is in fact my first ever SGA fanfic.  However, the support and general awesomeness of the entire fandom has completely stunned me, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it!  I would like to thank nianeyna and the aliaras for being beautiful, lovely betas of awesome who deserve to be lauded to the skies for all time.
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Companion Artwork
  • Calling Down the Lightning by Leyna
  • Chava and Talia by Leyna

Title
Children of the Abyss
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
During a survey of an uninhabited world. a wardrobe malfunction leads Team Sheppard into mystery and danger at the bottom of an alien ocean.
Pairing
Gen
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
40599 words
Notes
Takes place during season 3 between The Ark and Sunday.
Companion Artwork
  • Children of the Abyss by Valika
  • Into the Depths by Trishkafibble

Title
Dawn Will Break
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
When Atlantis - upon returning to the Pegasus Galaxy from Earth - breaks apart in hyperspace, only John is saved from the debris. The group of Ancients that retrieved him offer him a bargain: Either he helps them make corrections in some universes, where things have gone wrong, or they put him back where he was found. Reluctantly accepting, John embarks on a lonely journey through a multitude of universes until he finally reaches the place he could again call home.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard, mentions of: McKay/Brown, McKay/Keller, and McKay/Carter
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
92401 words
Notes
Thanks go out to our support group consisting of earlwyn, forestgreen, rheanna, and whizzy; especially forestgreen, who read the first part of the fic to see if it had the right emotional impact. Also, thanks to Leah and springwoof. Extra special bonus thanks to our beta team, dashadowpanther, musicianatheart, and mcflyboys. You ladies rock and this story would have fewer commas, more wrong words, and definitely a lot of intelligeble parts in it. Especially panther was incredibly helpful with her hard questions of "Why?" and "Huh?" and "What are you saying here?". Bouncing things off her was a joy and the story would be poorer without her. We also want to thank our artist, who - when she heard of our blight (also called deadline) - took it upon herself to read through the last part of the story and gave us her opinion and her help and basically betaed the last universe for us. You rock! Also? Your art is incredibly beautiful.
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Companion Artwork
  • Dawn Will Break Cover Art by davincis_girl
  • John Prime at Dawn by davincis_girl

Title
Deception
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
Sheppard is attacked offworld by one of Ladon Radim's men and after his gene starts to malfunction and he is forced from Atlantis, he must work with Ladon, who he suspects is involved.
Pairing
Gen
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
48901 words
Notes
Well it's been a long hard slog, but I finally managed it. Phew! I want to thank Sharpes_Hussy, Kraidydragon and Kristen999 for being betas and I'd like to thank my fellow SGA Big Bangers for all of their support and encouragement.
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Companion Artwork
  • Deception by neevebrody

Title
Disaster It Strikes On A Daily Basis
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   After season 5.
Summary
On their first mission back to the Peagus galaxy, Rodney is nearly killed, forcing John to reevaluate his relationship with not only Rodney, but his whole team. While trying to deal with his feelings, a device is discovered that could bring an end to the Wraith.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard, McKay/Keller, McKay/Brown, Sheppard/OFC
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
48119 words
Notes
A really giant thank you goes out to my beta, Susan, for making this thing remotely readable. Any mistakes are entirely me adding things without her knowing it. Another thank you to Jen for cheer leading me constantly and all but forcing me into doing this. To Ginny for the read through, drive by betaing and pineapple pizza. And lastly to Joe Flanigan for saying really awesome and inspiring things regarding Sheppard in an interview once that inspired the theme of this fic and for being awesome in general.
Companion Artwork
  • Dialogue As A Diagam by blowthathorn
  • Happen/stance by monanotlisa

Title
Genesis
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
In the aftermath of the Dorandan mission, Rodney thinks things can't get any worse. Not only has he lost his faith in his abilities and his science, but he has also alienated the people who mean the most to him. With his confidence and his relationships lying in tatters, the news that the SGC is sending an independent reviewer to assess his performance comes as a final blow - surely it is only a matter of time before he will be forced to return to Earth. But things in Pegasus are not always what they seem and soon it becomes clear that Rodney must learn to trust himself again and work with John and the rest of the team before it's too late - not just for Atlantis, but quite possibly for the entire universe.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
61930 words
Notes
I am fortunate enough to have had the help and support of three wonderful friends during the writing of this story. My grateful thanks to Bluespirit, Madison and Zinnith for everything. Many thank also to the members of team_bigbang for their very helpful comments on my original story ideas.
Companion Artwork
  • Genesis Cover by winter-elf
  • Kiss Interrupted by winter-elf

Title
Guardian
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
They'd given John a choice: Antarctica or resignation. He had chosen to resign, but during a simple journey ferrying executives for his father's company, John becomes the latest victim of the infamous Bermuda Triangle. With time running out, all of John's hopes for survival now depend on the self-proclaimed genius of an arrogant astrophysicist that he'd known for one glorious night—Rodney McKay.
Pairing
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
41292 words
Notes
I want to thank my wonderful betas: Taibhrigh and Libsechumanist for all their hard work and hand-holding—and Aqualegia for being a sounding board when needed!  Any remaining mistakes in the story are purely down to me!

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank my artists for their wonderful work. I will not see it until the BIG BANG (so exciting!) but I just know it will be fantastic. Thank you!

One last thanks must got to the organizers of this event. This is my 3rd year participating in the challenge and I'm so looking forward to the big reveal :)

To my readers, I really do hope you enjoy the story :)
Companion Artwork
  • Fanfiction Poster A - Guardian  by LadyAmarra
  • Guardian by Genie
  • Guardian Chapter 22 by LadyAmarra
  • Poster B for Guardian by LadyAmarra
  • The Guardian - chapter 16 by LadyAmarra

Title
Hooke's Law
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
Five years ago, Major John Sheppard read a novel and fell in love with the author, one M.R. McKay. His life has changed a lot since then. He might not be able to fly anymore, but he has a job he loves and he just moved into a new house together with his boyfriend. But not everything is perfect. Who is the crazed fan sending Rodney those deeply unsettling letters?  Will the rest of the world conspire to tear down everything that matters to John?
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard, background Beckett/Cadman
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
75610 words
Notes
This story has been a joint effort. I wrote the words, but I could not have done it without the help and support of some very important people and I owe them a lot of gratitude. I want to thank my awesome betas, the_cephalopod and wanted_a_pony for helping me turn my random assembly of words into a story. All remaining mistakes are my own. Madison held my hand and provided helpful commentary when I was convinced the story sucked. Yarnaddict made Sacramento real for me. I also want to thank all of team_bigbang and of course my almighty f-list for thoughts and comments and ideas concerning plot and titles (special thanks to vida_boheme for the final title), not to mention all the support. The almighty f-list also made me a dog and answered questions about children. Thank you all!

The story is set in the Entangled Particles 'verse, but stands alone.
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Companion Artwork
  • Hooke's Law by bellewhan
  • Title by bellewhan

Title
Hope Flies Alone
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
Ten thousand years ago, a great darkness awoke in the Pegasus Galaxy. For almost a hundred years, the people of Atlantis battled the Wraith, until at last they were forced back into their city. There were great victories and great defeats, tragedies both small and large. Many saw the war as unwinnable and focused their efforts on seeking ascension, but some fought until the bitter end, even to the point of defying death itself.
Pairing
Gen
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
88600 words
Companion Artwork
  • Hope Flies Alone by Yvi
  • Triptych by sian1359

Title
Know How To Fall
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
Three-day event rider John Sheppard inherits Pegasus Farm and falls hard for prickly neighboring horse trainer Rodney McKay when he decides to build a new life there with old friend Teyla Emmagan and her son. Meanwhile, John's friendship shakes up Rodney's life, making him want to take chances again, but a harassment campaign aimed at making John sell Pegasus turns violent and soon endangers them all before anyone can figure out what and who they really want.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard
Rating
R
Word Count
84044 words
Notes
Betas by dossier, mecurtin, enviropony and mirabile_dictu. Enviropony also stepped up and offered expertise on Maryland and local equestrian lore. Any inaccuracies are the author's fault.
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Companion Artwork
  • Dressage 1 by almost_clara
  • Dressage 2 by almost_clara
  • John and Atlantis by Vom Marlowe

Title
Make The Devil Feel Surprise
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Totally AU.
Summary
In a dark mirror universe of our own, sixteen year old Rodney McKay is brought to Atlantis by the Chief Science Officer, his older sister Jeannie, after their parents die. While Jeannie has no real use for Rodney, Colonel Sheppard does. Now Rodney has to come to terms with the fact that not only is he Sheppard's boy toy, but also that Sheppard is a moody, paranoid sadist.

For his part, John isn't quite sure what to make of Rodney, who is an almost too perfect match for him. Just as he and Rodney carefully start to settle into a complicated relationship, a conspiracy begins to surface, forcing Rodney to take a stand.
Pairing
John/Rodney (primary), Jeannie McKay/Ronon, Elizabeth/Radek
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
48000 words
Warnings
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Companion Artwork
  • Fly Away by mashimero
  • Make the Devil Feel Surprise Cover by Cesare
  • Rodney's Photo by Cesare
  • The Devil's Wallpaper 1 by Cesare
  • The Devil's Wallpaper 2 by Cesare

Title
Mercy of the Fallen
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
Rodney turned away from the Captain, and moved towards the middle of the room. "Good afternoon. I'm sure we're all anxious for this interviewing process to start, but there's a demon in the room. Lieutenant Barnes there is possessed, and I'm not going to stand here and pretend I don't see it. I'm sure some of you have seen it — well, this whole room is full of us. Why play the secret game?"
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard/Beckett
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
101986 words
Notes
Thank you to googlebrat, tzi and chaps1870 for the editing. This is a shameless mix of SGA, Sandman Lucifer, Constantine, and Supernatural.
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Companion Artwork
  • Cover Art: Mercy of the Fallen by calcitrix
  • Field Exorcise by calcitrix
  • I Just Flew In From LA and Boy...Nevermind. by calcitrix
  • Triptych by sian1359

Title
Mirrored In The Visible
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
On a mission gone wrong, Lorne and Zelenka have a bonding experience. Back on Atlantis, they have to decide if what they're feeling is just a surface attraction or a hint of something deeper that's mirrored in the visible.
Pairing
Lorne/Zelenka
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
40566 words
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Companion Artwork
  • Cover: Mirrored In The Visible by gblvr

Title
New Shores
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
When John Sheppard and Rodney McKay meet, they both want to leave their old lives behind and start over. John is determined not to enter another relationship. Rodney has to finish his latest book. They agree to share a house for practical reasons, but as their house turns into a home, they have to realize that their relationship is turning into much more than that of roommates.
Pairing
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, minor Teyla/Kanaan, references to past Rodney/Jennifer and John/OMC
Rating
PG
Word Count
42312 words
Notes
I owe many thanks to my betas: bluespirit_star, goddess47, kathgrr and neevebrody. They made the story so much better in the little time I gave them. And I still had to mess with it afterwards ;)
Companion Artwork
  • Making Memories by nakedwesley
  • New Shores by nakedwesley
  • Waiting ... by Jhava

Title
Nice Place To Visit
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
When an accident leaves John and Rodney stranded on a far-flung planet, Rodney gets a crash course in- among other things- cultural relativity, calligraphy, BDSM, and the care and feeding of heavily drugged Lieutenant Colonels.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard, Weir/Caldwell
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
42960 words
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Companion Artwork
  • Looking Homeward by calcitrix
  • Warrior's Respite by calcitrix

Title
No Good Deed
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
John opened the closed record that Stargate Command had on him and skipped over its content: "Dr John Sheppard, Civilian Consultant to the U.S. Air Force, member of SG-1, PhD in Applied Mathematics and PhD in Computer Science, gifted mathematician with a penchant for stealing, trustworthy." A small, satisfied smirk crooked John's lips. He struck the last part out and added a correction in red: "Gifted thief with a penchant for mathematics, not to trust." He saved the document and erased all traces of his presence in the system. It'd take a while for McKay to figure out that John had found yet another weakness in the SGC network. He ordered pizza and waited for the rest of the SG-1 to arrive. It was Mitchell's turn to pick the movie.
Pairing
John Sheppard/Cameron Mitchell
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
65620 words
Notes
I want to thank my two awesome beta-readers enviropony and sabinelagrande for the brilliant work they did. This story wouldn't be the same without them. All remaining mistakes are probably due to my own stubbornness.
Companion Artwork
  • Just a Face by Crysothemis

Title
Pegasus Purgatorio
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
It is difficult to write a paradise when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse. It is obviously much easier to find inhabitants for an inferno or even a purgatorio. (Ezra Pound)
Pairing
Sheppard/McKay
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
114700 words
Notes
Betas (almost too many to mention and I think I might have forgotten a few, that's how long this damn thing has taken): Kathgrr, for line-by-line-by-line help; WordWitch; KisaHawklin (for helping me rein in Romantic!John); CookieMom; Jer (for timely swats); Ladyholder (for timely hugs and encouragement); Susan, of course, Celtic Tiger (I think, yes?); and OMG Gnat, even after a freaking car accident;  If I've forgotten anyone, please forgive me. This story ATE MY LIFE. Seriously. I'm almost at the point of wrapping it in a burlap bag and throwing it in the river. Before starting this story, you might want to read And All the Seas. You don't have to, but it gives you a bit more focus on the beginning of the story. This is what happens in between And All the Seas and Prodigal Sails, which can be found on my website.

There are also acknowledgments: Douglas Adams for being the world's best writer, even posthumously; Bill Watterson for Calvinball; Stephen Hawking for not being boring; Ted Bunn from UC Berkeley for being a freak about black holes; Wikipedia for being always available; half a dozen dead physicists for helping me learn stuff that almost made my head explode; Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke for teaching me how to write good technobabble; everybody from Monty Python; and Neil Gaiman, because I wanna be him when I grow up.
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Companion Artwork
  • Purgatorio by Lenkti

Title
Restoration
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
AU/The Season 6 That Should Have Been. Atlantis's return to the Pegasus Galaxy is marked by new discoveries and adventures, continuing conflicts stressed to the breaking point, the return of old friends and foes alike, and more than one miracle that no one expected.
Pairing
Sheppard/Weir, Teyla/Kanaan, McKay/Keller
Rating
R
Word Count
60290 words
Notes
First off, huge thank yous to my two wonderful betas, anuna_81 and southernred2, and to the rest of the cheerleading squad. Your insights and red pens of doom were a great help to me throughout this endeavor, and I could not have completed this story without you!

Secondly, and just as important, thanks to all of you, for reading.
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Companion Artwork
  • Longing by Ankareeda
  • Love by Ankareeda
  • Restoration Banner by Ankareeda
  • Soon We'll Be Found by Clara

Title
Second Verse
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Forks in the Road: Rising - Rodney never joined the expedition.
Summary
The Pegasus expedition needed Rodney McKay.  They just didn't know it yet.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
58725 words
Notes
Part of the Second Series, but a stand-alone story.

There were many people who lent their moral support and beta skills to this endeavor, without whom I could not have completed this story.  My betas the_cephalopod, bluespirit_star, lantean_drift each went above and beyond the calling of a beta to encourage, handhold and keep me straight when I started to wander off the path.  Special thanks to neevebrody, who suggested a plausible reason for why Teyla's father had 'two names' and to vida_boheme for providing the delightful reason why John should never smoke pot, even for medical reasons.
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Companion Artwork
  • Another place, another time by Bluespirit
  • Sunrise by Bluespirit

Title
Solitary man
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
John Sheppard was used to being on his own.  He'd been booted out of the Air Force, was estranged from his family and was haunted by the guilt of everyone he'd ever let down.  Then a wrong turn on a snowy night changed his life forever.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
40700 words
Notes
This has been a wonderful writing experience, and I want to say a huge thank you to my fabulous betas - lantean_drift, sgamadison, the_cephalopod and xanthelj - for their invaluable help and support.  Thanks also to team_bigbang and to my ever-patient flist for all of their advice and cheerleading.
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Companion Artwork
  • Music was kind of like Rodney's sky. by Trystings
  • Solitary Man by Genie

Title
Stricken
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Sequel to a 2008 Big Bang story.
Summary
In the beginning of their fourth year on Atlantis, the Expedition has survived the attack by the Asurans' wormhole-powered satellite, and successfully flown Atlantis to a new planet with little damage and no casualties. But the city has barely landed when Rodney McKay receives a devastating message, and that's just the beginning of a new and terrible threat.

Now, with all the Gifted on Atlantis in danger and Rodney facing imminent death, Rodney, Elizabeth Weir and John Sheppard are in a race against time to save the most powerful and vulnerable members of the Expedition. For John, that means confronting his deepest fears about his Gift—and even that might not be enough to save Rodney's life.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard; Other Het and Slash Pairings
Rating
R
Word Count
88579 words
Notes
This story is part of the Gifts AU, where ten percent of the Earth's population have 'Gifts'—special abilities.

Stricken takes place after Aegis and Enthrall, which were both also written for the SGA Big Bang. We highly recommend that you read both these stories first to be able to understand this one.

There are also three other stories set in the Gifts universe, which may be found here. They all take place between Aegis and Enthrall, but do not need to be read in order to understand Stricken, though we hope you'll want to read them, anyway. :)

We've used dialogue from "38 Minutes" in Season One, and "The Daedalus Variations" in Season Five.

We would very much like to thank our wonderful, wonderful betas: spes_abrin and dossier, who each read through this sucker twice and yet remained gentle, kind and eagle-eyed. You were both extremely helpful, and hugely appreciated.

We would also like to thank nacbrie for her thourough BritPicking.

We would also like to give a special mention of gratitude to springwoof , for her encouragement about my sister squeakyoflight and me (Leah or taste_is_sweet writing this story together.
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Companion Artwork
  • Bedside by chkc

Title
Surrogate
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
Rodney manages to save the team, but at a terrible cost to himself. When John later stumbles across an Ancient facility, he finds that it can give Rodney what the scientist had given up as a lost cause due to his sacrifice. But the facility is rapidly running out of power and John has to make a snap decision. How far is John willing to go to help a man that he loves far too much for his own good?
Pairing
John/Rodney
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
57255 words
Notes
Special thanks to my betas moonmip, goddess47 and orandream. Super special thanks goes to orandream's co-worker for the authentic Czech translations!
I give permission for this story to be remixed and podficced as long as I am credited and notified.
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  • Christmas at the Miller's by wihluta
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Title
That Which
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   After season 4.
Summary
That which does not kill us by collapse, frustrate us to death by refusing to love us easily, or confound us by sabotage—that which gives us hope… makes us stronger.

When Teyla's still missing, Rodney's done pining, and John's just trying to figure out where to go next.
Pairing
John/Rodney, minor Jennifer/Ronon
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
54192 words
Notes
Any resemblance to events that appear in season five are purely by coincidence with one possible non-spoiling exception. Spoilers up to 'The Last Man.'

Huge thanks to my betas cold_poet and beahorgana, without whom I'd be completely lost! A special thank-you to my support group ladies at bb_gene_therapy, to grammarwoman, taste_is_sweet, cathalin and vaginasaurus for listening to me plot (and whine) over and over, and everyone else that had to deal with me agonizing over getting this done (read: my wonderful flist)! Again, thanks.
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  • No Matter What by monkey_junkey

Title
The Astonishing Persistence Of Memory: Present Tense
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Sequel to a 2008 Big Bang story.
Summary
When John returns to Atlantis after six months' absence, things have changed. There's a new commander in the city, he's struggling to regain his team, and he's beginning to hear the Wraith in his head again. There are things he'll have to lose if he's going to keep Atlantis safe, and there are things he'll have to reach out and grasp if he doesn't want to lose them entirely.
Pairing
John/Teyla
Rating
R
Word Count
60207 words
Notes
This is the sequel to my last year's Stargate Atlantis Big Bang story: "The Astonishing Persistence Of Memory: Past Time", and although several events from that story are referenced in this one, it isn't necessary to have first read 'Past Time', although it may help.
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  • Morning View by renisanz

Title
The Deconstruction of Falling Stars
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
Atlantis is stranded in another galaxy for the second time, John Sheppard is lost and Cameron Mitchell can't quite work out how the hell he manages to cope with running the city; his only consolation is that he's not the one running the whole show. When one of their teams is lost and planets start to disappear from the night sky, things suddenly take a turn for the worst. Struggling to cope with their loss, the people of Atlantis have to pull together to fight an enemy they unlike any they've seen before and their only chance of winning seems to lie within the city itself, but the cost of survival may just turn out to be too high.
Pairing
John Sheppard/Cam Mitchell, Teyla/Lorne
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
60084 words
Notes
I want to give a huge  thank you to my beta readers, tesserae_ and devikun, who went above and beyond the call of duty on this! I have never had such an in depth, comprehensive beta done before and they had to have spent a lot of time on it. I couldn't have asked for better beta readers and I really appreciate all that you guys did helping me reign in my overeager imagination, as it tried to spiral out of control. Thanks for all the help tidying up clumsy bits and sorting out those typos, but mainly for helping me cut out the bits I really didn't need when I was finding it so hard to do myself!
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  • The Deconstruction of Falling Stars by jenniferjensen

Title
The Journey Home: John's Story
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
When John is forced to leave Atlantis and the Air Force, he thinks his life is over. But amid the chaos of his shattered life he discovers the true meaning of family and where he really belongs.
Pairing
Sheppard/McKay, Sheppard/OFC, McKay/OFC
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
258500 words
Notes
Much thanks must go to my betas, Chaps and DJaddict. If you find any mistakes it's because I didn't listen to them.
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  • Journey Home Acceptance by cybel
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Title
The Long Engagement
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
McShep Steampunk!Atlantis AU. John is the leader of the Sheppard Circus Company. Lost in their travels, the troupe happens on the hidden city of Atlantis where McKay is the mistrustful leader of the Lanteans. McKay makes an agreement with the troupe wherein they'll stay on in the city and perform a number of shows. He also asks John for his adopted sister, Jennifer Keller's, hand in marriage. When John refuses to give them his blessing, Rodney proposes that the only way to change his mind is to get to know each other better. But as the two men become close, Rodney begins to question if marrying Jennifer is what he really wants or if what he wants could be something totally unexpected.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard, secondary Teyla/Ronon, peripheral Keller/McKay (predating McShep)
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
51222 words
Notes
Thank you to everyone who helped me finish this story — kay_greatness, mad_lynn and murderdetective for your encouragement and suggestions, and my betas ishie and teenygozer — for your corrections and advice that greatly improved the story. You guys were totally awesome and helpful.
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  • Mindgames by Cynicatlantis
  • The Long Engagement (Cover) by fractalreality
  • Welcome to the Show by Sal

Title
The Magical Number Seven (Plus or Minus Two)
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Forks in the Road: Tabula Rasa - They don't get all of their memories back. / Forks in the Road: This Mortal Coil - The copies of Weir and the team aren't killed.
Summary
This is a treatise on the nature of identity, and the interrelation of legitimacy and memory. Which is to say, it's mostly about John Sheppard, and how he found his way home. Also, there's a high body count, and Kraft Dinner is an exotic delicacy.
Pairing
Gen
Rating
PG
Word Count
61155 words
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  • Home by Sal
  • Say What? by Sal

Title
The Road to Hell
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
Desperate to reassure himself that he has fully recovered from being turned by the Wraith, Ronon asks Sheppard to join him in a test of endurance and teamwork. Ronon has the best of intentions, but the Pegasus Galaxy has other plans. Soon Ronon and Sheppard are trapped on a world they cannot escape from, forced to make impossible choices, each one leading them a little further into hell.
Pairing
Gen
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
49817 words
Notes
Many thanks to my betas, the fabulous kristen999 and everybetty with a special shout out to coolbreeze1 and kriadydragon for their invaluable help. You guys are the best!
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  • Sheppard and Ronon - Angst by CazzBlade
  • Sheppard and Ronon - Buddies by CazzBlade

Title
The Sweep of Easy Wind
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
John is a military prisoner under Colonel Caldwell's command. Controlled by Goa'uld technology, he is little more than a slave. Briefly stationed on Atlantis, his ATA gene is discovered by Rodney, who is a force to be reckoned with.
Pairing
John/Rodney
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
65000 words
Notes
Thank you Zap and Caro Dee for your much needed and much appreciated help. You made this story better. Also a big hug to ozsaur, who gave needed support when I was gibbering.
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  • the sweep of easy wind by fanarts_series
  • The Sweep of the Easy Wind 1 by Mella68
  • The Sweep of the Easy Wind 2 by Mella68

Title
These Proverbs We Made in the Winter Must End
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
The planet of Posturr is on the brink of civil war and Ronon's team is missing. Amid chaos and betrayal, Ronon must work closely with Jennifer to find them, facing the ghosts of his past as he rethinks his present.
Pairing
Jennifer/Ronon, minor John/Rodney/Teyla, other background pairings.
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
40400 words
Notes
I am grateful beyond words to Trin and Cate, who both burnt the midnight oil while betaing this. Their patient help made this a much better story than it would otherwise have been, and I could not have written it without them. Thanks also to dogeared for her speedy grammar help and kind encouragement. This story is set at an indeterminate point post-Season 5, and no direct reference is made to the events of the finale. Title is taken from a song by Duke Special.
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  • Cover by friendshipper
  • Inside the Citadel by friendshipper
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  • Leaving Nithoo by friendshipper
  • Proverbs by Lenkti

Title
Thousandmother
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
A run-in with the Wraith results in the Team being separated and stranded on a cold, harsh planet without help or supplies. As they struggle to survive and find each other, the Team discovers a new alien race and secrets that the Ancients left behind. Including a secret about Ascension that neither the Ancients nor the Ori want anyone to know.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
49121 words
Notes
AU sometime after Season 3's Common Ground. Consider spoilers before that. This story has some guest appearances from SG-1.

Deepest thanks to my fabulous betas:
tesserae_, whose wisdom and counsel was vital,
iamrighthere, who imperiled her Soul for my sake,
Sealie (jimandblair), who helped immensely with grammar and punctuation, and who sends the best ransom notes,
and beloved Leah (taste_is_sweet), who saw a very early version of this fic and urged me to write more, and who kindly looked it over again at the end.
I'm more grateful than I can express to them for their infinite benevolence and most valuable guidance.
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  • Pleasure by Berlinghoff79
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Title
Through a Cracked Glass
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
John, Ronon, Rodney and Teyla are swapped with their counterparts from a very different universe. Both teams must find a way to return to their respective universes before the changes in space-time become irreversible.
Pairing
Carson/Teyla, Rodney/Katie, Radek/Jeannie Grodin/Weir
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
62738 words
Notes
Notes:
1) I refer to the SGA team in our universe by first name and in the "Britgate" Universe by last name. So "John" is Colonel Sheppard, while "Sheppard" is his counterpart. There are a few exceptions. "Peter" is Peter Grodin, "Ronon" is Ronon in either universe.
2) In the Britgate Universe, the "City" is sentinent and when Atlantis refers to herself or the Expedition refers to her, the words "City, Her, She and My" are capitalized. This is NOT a typo.
3) This story is definitely AU, but it references episodes from all 5 seasons of Stargate Atlantis. One scene in particular is a combination of two Rodney/Katie scenes from "Sunday" and "Quarantine", slightly altered.
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  • Through a Cracked Glass by Miso-no-Tsuki

Title
Trinity of One (a tale of love, loss and redemption)
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
Imagine the future of Atlantis, beginning with its landing in San Francisco Bay.  What if Rodney had been named the boss in Atlantis?  Or Pegasus?  Ah, but not to worry.  He merely thought he'd been in charge.  And it wasn't John either.  It was Teyla whose wisdom prevailed, her vision for her people and all of the worlds in Pegasus compelling her to keep her mind firmly focused on her goals.  Her determination and perseverance did not waver, even as she encountered tragic losses throughout her life.

But nothing would extinguish her love for her people, in Atlantis and throughout Pegasus, for her children and, on occasion - when they weren't being too irritating which wasn't often enough - for John and Rodney.  Through her, they learnt the true meaning of redemption.
Pairing
John/Rodney (John/Rodney/Teyla and others as per summary)
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
58679 words
Notes
These are not the only stories about my favourite characters in SGA, but I have written these 26 here in individual chapters.  You will find it easy to read one or two at a time, so there should be no fear of getting mired in the middle of a long work, however they should be read in order.  The relationship between John and Rodney is the driving force for the entire work.  But there is the spice that Teyla brought to their lives (and, for a brief time, to their bed) that cannot and should not be disregarded.  Other pairings touched upon are two OMCs, two OFCs, as well as a blink-or-you'll-miss-it reference to Ronon/Amelia/OFC.  If you wish, you may imagine any other pairings according to your preference.

Peculiar quote of the day:  "What would a cat know about heaven?"

Even I have to admit it's never been ascertained why a variety of fish played such a prominent role in this story.  But an old man and his Yorkshire terrier proved indispensable.

Just remember, don't let Rodney know he wasn't supposed to be the centre of attention.

And, finally, just a note.
If you find the spelling odd, please remember, Rodney's not the only Canadian here.
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  • Trinity of One by mapsandlegends

Title
Variations In D Major
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Forks in the Road: The Daedalus Variations - A look at one of those other realities the team and ship were jumping through.
Summary
Whatever happened to the original Atlantis expedition?
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard; others in background
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
73618 words
Notes
My heartfelt thanks go out to all the people who helped me through this. The primary beta duties were handled by auburnnothenna and mischief5, while more hand holding and sanity checks were performed by Himself and mrshamill. Any remaining flaws are completely my responsibility.
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  • Warlord of Atlantis by pollitt

Title
Whipping Boy
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
McKay, Lorne, and three teams of Marines head out on a research mission to a planet on the edge of the galaxy, and disappear without a trace.  Eight months later Lorne returns with two injured team members, a counterfeit McKay, and no explanations.  What the hell happened eight months ago, and where's McKay?
Pairing
Gen
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
45754 words
Notes
Thank you to my betas, goblie and cali0623!
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  • Ascension and Simon by soloproject
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