by the ridiculous gorgeous and talented cartography @ picon
Blurb: (includes spoilers!) John Sheppard and Elizabeth Weir have it all - witty banter and shameless flirting; unbreakable trust and unfailing loyalty; awkwardness, tenderness, and vulnerability; they have conversations in a single glance, late-night balcony moments, office arguments, and bad bedside manner; Elizabeth is never more worried than when John is off-world, and John risks everything when Elizabeth is in danger. It isn't love at first sight - over the years, their relationship develops and deepens as they learn to rely on one another not only professionally, but emotionally. The interaction and body language between them, even in scenes with dialogue that has nothing to do with them or their relationship, is often times more expressive than their words (ie, a crisis of ~epic proportions! barring down, and Atlantis' leaders are still standing far too close to be considered professional). That's not to say they don't have some awesome-tastic dialogue going on. Elizabeth is never so badass as when John is in trouble/needs defending ("I don't have to remind you gentlemen that I continue to have the support of the President, and our foreign allies. You don't want to fight me on this one." - 2x02 Intruder) and the last thing you ever want to do is threaten Elizabeth's life, or her position as leader of Atlantis ("Just outta political curiosity, how much trouble is it gonna cause you if I knock this Woosley guy in the head?" - 3x01 Misbegotten, or, even more famously, "KOLYYYAAAAAAAAA! / I. Am going. To kill you." - 1x11/1x12 The Storm/The Eye).
Their moments together span the spectrum from adorable to humourous to gentle to down-right painful. The grief, angst, and woe this pairing has caused me is unmatched by any other ship - yet somehow, in an odd mix of star-crossed lovers and bad writing (diaf, everythingpostLifeline), it makes their relationship even more beautiful.
And, not to disuade anyone who isn't an angstwhore like I am, no other ship rivals the ecstatic arm-flailing, idiot-like grinning and talk-back I have given my television (No! What are you- you're supposed to kiss her now! Kissing! KISSSINNNNGGGGG. UGH. Stupid son of a-) that greatly entertains my friends and terrifies my roommates. John and Elizabeth hold claim to making me act like a moron and not care in the slightest.
Also, Joe Flanigan and Torri Higginson are ridiculously hot.
And now that I've talked way too much, I give you picspams (because, honestly, John and Elizabeth will do a far better job convincing you of their awesome than I will):
1. John and Eliazabeth Epic Picspam (part two is linked at the bottom) by quiet_fractures *This picspam made me ship them and I hadn't even seen most of the show yet. So. WIN.
2. A Whole Bunch of Times John and Elizabeth Were Really Really Obvious (and Obviously Shipped by Other People): Part One by yours truly @ sail_your_sea
3. I Love Your Smile! season one | season two | season three by ankareeda
4. Lifeline (part one; links to two and three included). This picspam will rip your heart out of your chest and stomp on it. But it's also so pretty. And heartbreaking. And pretty. Damn antiqueskies (@ likeyouimagined).
5. John and Elizabeth: Favourite Scenes of OTPs by miss_izzles @ midnightxstreet
Bonus: The Epic John/Elizabeth Post of Epic, which includes youtube videos, fic links, John and Elizabeth doing netspeak, icons, flail, and other good times. @ sail_your_sea
Fic Rec #1: Just A Little Late
Rating/Warning(s): PG ; spoilers for lifeline and on
Why This Must Be Read: Because it's perfect. You don't "read" this fic - you are in this fic. Standing next to them the entire time, hearing what they hear, feeling what they feel. The prose is sparse and delicate and beautiful. The dialogue is simultaneously heartwarming and heart-wrenching. This is the way it should have ended, if Joe Mallozzi didn't have a giant stick up his [*censored*]. There are hardly words to describe how amazing this fic is, and anr, who is one of the best authors, in any fandom, period.
Fic Rec #2 The Winter Will Take Another Tree
Author: antiqueskies @ likeyouimagined
Why This Must Be Read: Choosing one of antiqueskies' fics is damn near impossible. I had to have help (thanks, cartography!). So I'm just gonna say, stop what you're doing and go read them all. It's totally worth it. Because they're all gorgeous and amazingly written and heart-wrenching and flirty and awesome. (Sneaky insert: I already rec'd another of her fics at het_reccers here. *cough*)
Fic Rec #3: If It Ain't Broke
Why This Must Be Read: This fic is full of so much adorable cuteness it will rot your teeth and you'll keep grinning and flailing anyway because that's how cute this is. Rodney (and John) accidentally make Atlantis entirely gene-activated. Elizabeth enlists John's services to turn lights (and other things) on for her. Also includes witty banter, mildly embarrassing scenarios, and John scheming up other ways to stick close. SO CUTE.
Fic Rec #4: Please, Captain, Not in Front of the Klingons
Author: cartography @ sagittaron
Why This Must Be Read: 'Cause it's hilarious. And adorable. And there is witty banter and flirting and puns and Rodney being ace. Crack at its finest. (*cough* cartography also writes really pretty Elizabethfic *coughs* )
Fic Rec #5: Afterimage
Why This Must Be Read: This is my canon for post-The Real World. It's got beautiful prose, is perfectly in-character, wrenches your heart out, makes you smile, makes you want to give everyone a really big hug and then make them hug each other. It addresses all kinds of questions one might have post-TRW that the SG-writers...probably never even considered. And did I mention it's beautiful?
Fic Rec #6: Holding Home
Author: anuna_81 @ head_on_home
Why This Must Be Read: I really, really love the prose in this. anuna_81 does great exposition in all of her fics, and choosing just one was a pain in the ass. The story in this is just wonderful, and the writing is soft and introspective. A great look at John and Elizabeth's relationship, Return-AU style, this fic is sweet and captivating, with adorable cameos by Rodney and Carson, and a seamless shift from friends and something more for John and Elizabeth.
Fic Rec #7: That Time of Year
Why This Must Be Read: John keeps time in Atlantis by Elizabeth's birthdays. Sweet, beautifully written with fabulous dialogue, this fic is heartwarming and happy-sigh inducing, without being overly saccharine or mushy. Tracing the years in birthday presents, it shows how John and Elizabeth grow closer and closer over the years. AU, so no Lifeline angst. Huzzah.
Fic Rec #8: Distant Melodies
Why This Must Be Read: This fic is so angsty. And so pretty. And so prettifully angsty. Really wonderful story-telling combined with a really wonderful story. Simple plot and complicated relationships. John and Elizabeth dancing around each other (as they do) before colliding. Told non-linearly. Also with great dialogue and banter. And non-angsty ending!
Fic Rec #9: Four Times John and Elizabeth Have Sex (and One Time They Make Love)
Why This Must Be Read: Really well-written angsty porn. The dialogue, though sparse, is spot-on, and the emotions in each scene are a whirlwind. Tracks the progression of John and Elizabeth's relationship through their (really hot) interludes, and ends with a 'missing scene' from The Real World that's just gorgeous. Also, it's really really hot. *fans self*
Fic Rec #10: Beginning's End
Rating/Warning(s): M (R/NC17)
Why This Must Be Read: Before I Sleep AU, wherein both Elizabeth and John survive. Spinning off on its own, this fic has an amazing, compelling plot that would have been so freaking cool to see on screen. It's got bad guys, Ancients, treaties gone awry, action, adventure and romance - AU style. What could be better?