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Fic + Art: Turn the Page

Title: Turn the Page
Author: danceswithgary
Pairing: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Word Count: 676
Archive: Fine, just let me know
Summary: John and Rodney send Madison (and Jeannie) a present. Set in the Screen Savor 'verse, sometime after the beach scene in Remember When. May be read standalone.

Hearing the email alert chirp from her laptop, Jeannie finished drying the last dish and put it away before sitting down to see what had arrived. As she'd hoped, several items in the weekly databurst from Atlantis had been forwarded to her, and she was pleased to see an email from John as well as the usual five or six from Mer. She'd been waiting impatiently for their reactions to the book Madison had recorded for them, hoping that they had appreciated how much work Madison had put into reading each page with a zeal approaching her uncle's dedication to perfection. Scanning the subject lines, she selected the one that looked most likely to hold what she was looking for.

From: mrmckay@secure.sgc-atl.gov
To: jeanniemiller@gmail.com
Sent: January 31, 2010 6:55:13 PM
Subject: A thank you and reciprocal gift for Madison
Attachment: batman_181.zip

Dear Madison (and Jeannie),

John and I want to thank you for the book you sent. It was a delight to hear Madison's voice reading to us and she did a very good job, especially with the inflection and tone. In return, we recorded something for Madison, although age-appropriate materials are rather scarce here. John suggested the Batman comic he gave me for Christmas, so I scanned the pages for you to look at while you listen. Jeannie, while I believe it's no more frightening or suggestive than a Harry Potter movie, it's up to you to decide. If it's not appropriate, then please send us something that is and we'll try again.

We hope you enjoy it.

Uncle Mer and Uncle John

Waiting for the zip file to finish downloading, Jeannie opened John's email next.

From: ltcjsheppard@secure.sgc-atl.gov
To: jeanniemiller@gmail.com
Sent: January 31, 2010 7:14:27 PM
Subject: Batman #181 - The uncut version
Attachment: batman_181_mckay_sheppard_take1.mp3, recording_session.jpg

Hey Jeannie,

Mer just told me he sent you the files for Maddie, so I thought I'd send along the uncut version too because I think it's pretty damn funny even though Mer doesn't agree. He's still cranky about Maddie's book slipping open on the bookcase so it started talking right when he was stepping out after a shower. He nearly had a heart attack because he thought he somehow??? flashed his poor innocent niece.

I'm warning you your brother has quite the mouth on him sometimes, so parental discretion is definitely advised when you listen.

Teyla took the picture before she and Ronon bailed on us. Too bad, I thought she would have been a great Poison Ivy. Better than me, anyway.

Hugs to you and Maddie and a big sloppy kiss to Kaleb (not really) from me,


Downloads complete, Jeannie plugged in her earbuds and clicked on John's mp3 file.

"…lost it thinking choreographing fight scenes with Ronon in this room was a good idea!"

"Hey, at least they would've been realistic sound effects. Too bad he and Teyla decided to go visit the Athosians instead. Still think she'd be a great Poison Ivy."

"Yes, well. You're probably right about that, but this was supposed to be you and me recording for our niece, although as a team project it would have been…."

"Mer. Read."

"What? You've been recording all along? Let me…."

"I've got it. Just sit there and chill. I turned it on after they left and we'll edit all the mistakes out later. It'll be fun. Now read."

"Fun. Fine. Batman issue number 181, 'Beware of Poison Ivy.' Read by Dr. Rodney McKay as narrator and title character with Lieutenant Colonel John Sheppard as incidental characters and sound effects."

"A little formal for Maddie, isn't it?"

"It's accurate."

"It's boring. C'mere, grumpy."

"You know, you can't always win an argument by kissing me."

"I can't? Wanna bet?"

"Ah, ah, ah. You just stay over there or we'll never get this done. Starting again. Batman issue number 181, 'Beware of Poison Ivy.' Read by Uncle Mer and Uncle John."

"Much better."

With a smile and shake of her head, Jeannie adjusted her earbuds and settled back in her chair to enjoy the long-distance hug.

Sequel: Mind The Gap

Series Index: Series Index

Notes: I wrote this after the Twas the Night Before Christmas book that my niece recorded for me nearly scared me to death when it slipped open on the bookshelf across the room and started talking in an otherwise silent house.

Standard Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters herein. The characters of Rodney McKay and John Sheppard as well as any supporting characters are the property of their creators and MGM Television/Sony Pictures Television/Associated Production Companies. Any deviation (or deviant behavior) from the originals, however, is mine.

Feedback is both welcome and appreciated.


( 51 Danced — Dance with Me )
Feb. 2nd, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Love this!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! \o/
Feb. 2nd, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Love this. The voices are very John and Rodney. And they sound so married *g*. Original idea too. Love Rodney thinking he might have flashed his niece.

I can remember being scared witless one day when my "talking" Sentinel screensaver started up after I'd left my computer on while I went to make coffee. LOL
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
My wireless mouse went flying when it happened, which is funny now. Glad you enjoyed and thanks! :-D
Feb. 2nd, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Hee! That was fun to read!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
\o/ Thanks!
Feb. 2nd, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)

Love their back and forth byplay!

So true to character.

Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
True to character is the best kind of compliment - thanks! :-D
Feb. 2nd, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, I loved this! Lucky Jeannie! and Madison!

And I'll bet John does win all their arguments with sneaky, underhanded kissing!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
Best way to win. *nods* Thanks!
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Long distance hugs indeed! So sweet! Love it.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! *twirls*
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
That was adorable (as this verse always seems to be). The mental image of Rodney freaking out over the book reading itself was too funny. I loved it!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
It was pretty funny when it happened to me - about three hours later. :-D Thanks!
Feb. 2nd, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
Cute, thanks.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
\o/ Thanks!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Love the idea of the boys not only reading a Batman comic book, but John recording the "outtakes". Such a cute story, adorable long-distance hug.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for letting me know you liked it! :-D
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Sneaky kissing and comic books! Uncle Mer and Uncle John give the best presents!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Indeed they do. *nods* Thanks! :-D
Feb. 3rd, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
Awwww! So sweet!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
\o/ Thanks!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
so cute! and I love the pic with it too!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :-D
Feb. 3rd, 2010 06:12 am (UTC)
YAY!!! :D
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! *twirls*
Feb. 3rd, 2010 08:11 am (UTC)
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-D
Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:01 am (UTC)
Aww, lovely!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! *twirls*
Feb. 3rd, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
adorable! :)
Feb. 4th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! :-D
Feb. 4th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
Very cute story! And I really love your pictures.
Feb. 4th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks! In case you're curious, the original for the picture is here: http://pics.livejournal.com/danceswithgary/pic/001fz05y

A lot of clone stamping this time, but no other 'tricks'. :-)
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Feb. 8th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
Thank you for the lovely story (and the 'verse it comes in). It made me all fuzzy inside :) *squishes 'em together*
Feb. 8th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for letting me know you're enjoying the 'verse! :-D
Feb. 12th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)

Feb. 13th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
Evil books that scare people. :-0 Glad you laughed.

May. 22nd, 2010 09:19 am (UTC)
I cannot begin to tell you how much I've enjoyed this entire series and the accompanying artwork. The beginning of the series was simply perfect, with John's POV and the way their relationship moved from friendship to something else. John's hurt was beautifully portrayed, and I actually squeed when he came upon a sleeping Rodney and his private slide show. I do hope you'll revisit this universe.

Thank you!
May. 22nd, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
This series is definitely one of my favorites, as you might tell from the number of sequels. I'm glad you've enjoyed it and, although I can't promise it, I daresay there'll be more in the future. Thanks! :-D
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Jun. 10th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
I am adoring the little peeks into their lives. Thank you!
Jun. 10th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for all your lovely comments! I'm glad you enjoyed the 'verse. :-D
Jun. 25th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
Pretty, funny & otherwise.
Jun. 25th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for letting me know you liked it! :-D
Sep. 19th, 2010 05:37 am (UTC)
Rodney so would want to get his niece Madison into Batman seeing as Batman (and Bruce Wayne) is a brilliant man, inventor, righter of wrongs, and one of the few super heroes to defeat his foes mostly due to his brilliance as Batman doesn't really have super powers. He should send her the old Adam West series. I remember watching that as a kid and loving it. I'm sure Madison would love it too.
Sep. 19th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
My daughter would agree on the old Adam West series. I introduced her to it when she decided Batman was her hero and she loved it! Thanks!
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