Pairing: primarily Laura Cadman/Evan Lorne, past Laura Cadman/Carson Beckett, hints of Samantha Carter/Jack O'Neill, Teyla Emmagan/John Sheppard UST
Fic Title: The Protect and Survive Series: (1) Out of Reach ; (2) Seize the day ; (3) Where it all began; (4) Protect and Survive I: Might just save your life; (5) Protect and Survive II: Raising the stakes (6) Protect and Survive III: No sleep tonight (7) PAS IV: Wouldn't hurt to tell the truth (8) Protect and Survive V: Draw blood tonight (9) Protect and Survive VI: Building bridges (10) Protect and Survive VII: Show the world ; its AU Last Man verse connecting series Defining Moments: (1) Defining Moments: The faith that cleans your wound (2) Defining Moments: Like a song without a melody (3) Defining Moments: You and I will meet again (4) Defining Moments: If it kills me; and its sister series Minor Characters: (1) Minor Characters: Odd Man Out (2) Minor Characters II: A Little Change
Author: RowenaR aka gelbes_gilatier
Link: Find all stories here.
Rating/Warning(s): Character death (same as onscreen), mild language, off-screen torture, violence, kissing only
WIP?: All these stories but one are completed, the overall series is ongoing thankfully.
Why This Must Be Read: RowenaR, aka gelbes_gilatier , writes my canon of Lorne/Cadman in a series called Protect and Survive, with a few prequels and a spinoff AU set in the alternate future from "The Last Man." She takes the reader along as Lorne and Cadman gradually move from friends to best friends to more so gracefully and naturally that relationship feels like it evolved organically and was meant to be. The series starts with Laura grieving Carson's death, and then later, because she and Lorne have become closer friends, almost best friends, he tells of the CarsonClone and intrigues her into coming back to Atlantis to see if any feelings remain between she and Carson. In Atlantis, Evan and Laura's friendship deepens and grows more intense. Their feelings change so smoothly that Laura is taken unaware and has a memorably bad reaction. Things evolve from there as RowenaR proves that bringing characters together does not equal the death of romatic and dramatic tension for a great author. Along the way there are missions, action, kidnappings and captures as life in Pegasus remains eventful, to put it mildly. Please check this series out. You will not regret it.
What makes this author and this series stand-out? It's probably the gold standard for the pairing, always note-perfect, creative and emotionally true. Her Lorne POV is as good if not better than the legendary Miss_Porcupine, with fabulous zingers, sarcasm and dry wit that feels completely in character. He is movingly brave, honorable and stoic, and when he suffers because of Laura's willful blindness to his feelings, your heart will break for him. Her Laura is believeably tough, damaged, strong and lovable. Their chemistry is palpable enough to make a strictly g-rated romance quite sexy and she writes incredible original characters that the reader falls in love with, especially Lorne's loyal Sergeant Meyers. Even her villains are quite memorable and multi-dimensional. Oh, did I mention how funny this series is? It's hilarious, dry and sarcastic with the characters' trademark humor through-out. Even so, I probably wouldn't love this series so insanely much if she wasn't just as deft at writing all the show characters just as well, especially John Sheppard and Teyla whose tortured and ambiguous non-relationship (or is it? she keeps me guessing) crackles in the background throughout the series as possibly the best and most agonizing secondary pairing ever in terms of how slowly and sparingly she has spooled it out. She also gives incredible angst that makes my chest hurt in the best way as she tortures the characters deliciously. Bonus? She features The Princess Bride as a key prop in the couple's relationship; in fact, they give each other nicknames from the book.
All this is made all the more skillful and amazing by the fact that English is not the author's first language as she cautions at the beginning of each story and she seems to be cursed with the worst luck with computers ever (I think she's killed four or five PCs and at least as many external and thumb drives over the course of the series). I'm just grateful she's persevered and shared her wonderful stories with the world.
Her stories should be read sequentially. So the order is (1) Out of Reach ; (2) Seize the day ; (3) Where it all began; (4) Protect and Survive I: Might just save your life; (5) Protect and Survive II: Raising the stakes (6) Protect and Survive III: No sleep tonight (7) PAS IV: Wouldn't hurt to tell the truth (8) Protect and Survive V: Draw blood tonight (9) Protect and Survive VI: Building bridges (10) Protect and Survive VII: Show the world Lorne in the Last Man alternate universe (1) Defining Moments: The faith that cleans your wound (2) Defining Moments: Like a song without a melody (3) Defining Moments: You and I will meet again (4) Defining Moments: If it kills me
She also writes a SG-1 series that's great called Minor Characters that links back subtly to her Lorne/Cadman stories (some original characters and canon characters appear in both): (1) Minor Characters: Odd Man Out (2) Minor Characters II: A Little Change . The events in this series occur in season eight of SG:1 and then the characters transfer to Atlantis and appear in the Protect and Survive series. There are two great romances in this series and it is also well-worth reading.