Pairing: Teyla Emmagan/John Sheppard
Fic Title: Poets of the Fall
Link: Poets of the Fall
Rating/Warning(s): poetry quotations
Genre: Character sketch
Why This Must Be Read: I should have recommended this a month ago when it was more seasonal rather than now when fall is ending. azure_horizon really moved me with the short and sweet Poets of the Fall. Like Sheppard, there is so much emotion and subtext swirling beneath the surface of this fic. Somehow she captures some of the emotions I associate with the season of autumn (regret, nostalgia, chances lost and new beginnings on the way) in here as well as some lovely and subtly telling interactions among the team, especially John and Teyla. This is ostensibly a team fic but John and Teyla communicate far more than the literal meanings of the words. In it, the team talks about autumn at a meal and some surprising things come to light. The characterizations are incredibly rich for such a short piece. I like the little comeuppance to Rodney's belief that he knows everything about John (when he really only knows what John allows him to know) and the way Ronon turns out to know so much more about John. I especially love how Teyla knows John and senses his emotions through their connection best of all.