Fandom Category: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: Ronon Dex/Jennifer Keller
Fic Title: "Morning Light"
Why This Must Be Read: Because it's fun and quiet and has the characters interacting over something "everyday," in this case, breakfast. I often find beauty in the mundane things, and this fic is the perfect example of that. Jennifer displays an unexpected amount of insight into Ronon's character, and it's a pleasant, touching surprise to both him and the reader.
He found an unlikely distraction from his more carnal thoughts in her breakfast. She twirled her spoon in lazy patterns through a bowl containing a pale, glutinous mass that smelled faintly sugary and milky. He gestured at it with another slice of bacon. “What is that?”
She glanced down at her bowl as if seeing it for the first time. “This? Cream of wheat. Want to try a bite?” She pushed the bowl toward him. Sparks of humor danced in her eyes at his dubious expression.
He dipped his spoon in the bowl, scooped out a heaping spoonful and swallowed. His lip curled in disgust. It tasted like paste, sweet paste. Stuff you fed babies or the elderly who had to gum their food.
“You like this?” He didn’t bother disguising his revulsion.
She laughed outright . “I’ve eaten it since I was a kid. You could say it’s an acquired taste.”
They ate together in companionable silence after that. It was one thing Ronon liked best about her—she didn’t fill the quiet spaces with inane chatter like McKay or sarcastic banter like Sheppard. She was content to simply sit with him and enjoy the company. He was actually the first to start up the conversation once more.
“What are you reading?” He gestured to the book lying next to her bowl.