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28 May 2007 @ 11:17 pm
Thule-Gesellschaft (SGA, McShep AU, R)  
Written for the mensa_au Fic Exchange. Originally posted back in April, I suddenly realised I hadn't linked to it here yet. What can I say? I'm rubbish :)

Title: Thule-Gesellschaft
Author: valderys
Recipient: cesperanza
Pairing: Mensa!John/Mensa!Rodney
Rating: Just scrapes an R, I think.
Word count: 7,603
Notes: Prequel for McKay and Mrs Miller. Some clichés, I’m afraid – but shiny new ones, since we’re in a new universe :) Very kindly betaed by killalla.
Summary: What pressures might cause Rodney to become Rod? Exactly how different is the Mensa universe?

It's not that he wants exile.
Cesperanzacesperanza on May 29th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
You know, I don't know if you're keen, but this is a story I'd love to read a DVD commentary on. Because it IS so rich and densely layered, and suggests more than it says! Just FWIW!
Valderys: Shappard - wha na ha nuh?valderys on May 29th, 2007 09:19 am (UTC)
Maybe! The trouble with that would be that people might realise all the many details that I hadn't plotted out! :) In the comments people were coming up with ramifications that I hadn't really gone into - particularly the Earth-based SG1 ones. It kept me thinking though - there's more I could write in this AU, certainly. But I've never been good at analysing exactly why and what I write... But I suppose there's always a first time!

By the way, I was wanting to ask - I hope this fic wasn't too dark for you? It did worry me - but this was the plot bunny that bit. But then you didn't want dehumanising fic, and while I thought it was a hopeful story, I've been caught out before. My taste for darkfic seems higher than the average :)
Cesperanzacesperanza on May 29th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, no--not too dark at all! Because as you say, there's hope, there's--actually, more than hope, there's love: it's a first time story and a romantic one. Just set in a dark universe.

Also, I know just what you mean about the details you hadn't plotted--I mean, you didn't NEED to have plotted those details; as you can see, we could do the heavy lifting on that, and in fact, it was fun to try to figure out what might have gone wrong, exactly what the secrets were. In a way, it put US into the story in the sense that we as readers had to do that thing I said in my first comment to this--feel our way blindly in the dark about the characters and the world--which made us feel the paranoia that they must feel. You don't KNOW if Rod's a good guy. You don't KNOW how people look at John and what the ramifications might be,