Pairing: Rodney McKay/Elizabeth Weir
Fic Title: In Your Head
Author: Captain Peregrine
Genre: AU, episode related, character study, h/c, angst
Why this must be read:
Rodney looked up at her in surprise and Elizabeth’s heart almost shattered when she saw the look in his eyes. There was surprise, yes, but there was also hope, longing, fear, uncertainty… Rodney’s eyes were always so full of emotion, but she seemed to be the only one who ever noticed.
An AU of Duet, involving Rodney and Elizabeth, rather than Rodney and Laura. The real Duet was a fairly comical episode, but this version is a lot more emotional and serious, mostly due to the existing relationship between Rodney and Elizabeth, although there are some funny moments. The character voices are wonderful, especially as Elizabeth comes to realise what their relationship really means to her. Rodney is at his absolute worst but being in Elizabeth's head gives him a new perspective on this and as such he tries to back away completely, but Elizabeth will not lose him. Radek is probably the best supporting character here, and look out for the brief reference to Radek/Katie, which I suddenly find intriguing :P
As she had come to expect, she got only silence. And not only was his voice silent—once she had gotten her own emotions under control she had realized that she couldn’t feel any of Rodney’s. Which, if he was as upset as she thought he was, she should have been able to do pretty easily. It was as if he had entirely blocked her, sectioning himself off from her in some corner of her brain that she couldn’t reach. Which had made her all the more upset—not exactly angry anymore. Just very… hurt. He had all but dropped his personal shield around her from day one—well, almost day one. In Antarctica, at any rate. He had never let it completely disintegrate, but it had never been so obvious when he was around her. She could practically see it when he was around other people, could almost see it shimmering like that Ancient personal shield he had played around with during their first few days in Atlantis. But when she was with him, or when he stood close, it nearly vanished. Elizabeth didn’t know if it was simply because he was more comfortable around her or… he wanted to let her inside his defenses. That was a thought that had never really occurred to her before and she stopped her restless, angry pacing when it struck her.