Pairing: Rodney McKay/Teyla Emmagen
Fic Title: Come and Join the Dance
Genre: Romance, angst.
Why This Must Be Read: It's a lovely story about Rodney and how he deals with an accident that forces him to go and leave Atlantis and take up residence with the Athosians, and how his life changes because of it. He becomes a father, learns to appreciate his team, his family, even more and finds love where he never thought it would be possible, because he's Rodney McKay and could have never hoped she wanted him back. It's becomes Rodney/Teyla story, and the progression is done well. It grows slowly and at the end you're just left smiling at the cuteness that Rodney McKay can sometimes be. Oh, and there's a goat. Named John.
He liked this. Ronon was strong and firm at his back, Teyla so beautiful to look at, and Sheppard a solid comfort. He sighed and closed his eyes. His head tilted back until he rested on Ronon's shoulder. He was relaxed from the massage, from the warmth of the fire and of Ronon, and from the company around him. He sighed with deep satisfaction.
"He looks good," he heard Sheppard murmur, and Teyla hum in reply.
"'M wake," he sighed, and Ronon's rumbly laugh made him smile.
After that night, his team returned more regularly. Twice, Teyla stayed behind, sharing his tiny home, re-learning the ways of her people and helping integrate the newcomers. Because, Rodney learned, there were always newcomers. The Athosians were known in this part of the galaxy for their easy, welcoming ways. Survivors of massive cullings, old soldiers no longer able to fight, people simply lost among the stargates arrived and most chose to stay. He was just one of many, and he liked that.