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Title: Tomorrow
By: starbuckssue
Pairing/characters: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Rating: PG
Word Count: Approx 670
Prompt Weekend Challenge 'Everybody Sing' – Annie: Tomorrow
Disclaimer This is a work of fiction and is for entertainment purposes only. I do not own the characters of Stargate Atlantis, neither am I profiting financially from this story.

Written to fulfill both the Weekend Challenge ‘Everybody Sing’ – Annie: Tomorrow and the image prompt from my March Bingo Card Challenge, both for 1_million_words

The sun'll come out tomorrow
So you got to hang on till' tomorrow, come what may!
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow
You're always a day away

“Hey.” Rodney held up the six pack of beer in front of him as a peace offering as he stood in John’s doorway.

“Come in, Rodney.” John said quietly and went back to unpacking his duffle.

Rodney pulled two cans out of the pack and sat on the bed beside him, opening a can and handing it to John.

John sighed, accepting the can and taking a long drink.

“What are you doing here Rodney, it’s almost midnight, shouldn’t you be getting your beauty sleep.”

Rodney frowned as he watched John’s awkward movements, seeing the dark circles under his eyes in addition to the obvious and not so obvious bruising caused by the run in with the replicator.

“Woolsey said you were due back today. I was concerned about you.” Rodney said casually. “Ronon mentioned that things were pretty awkward with your brother that first time. I wanted to make sure you were okay, see if you wanted to talk.”

John sighed and slumped to the bed beside him, throwing the empty duffle in the corner.

“My father died, Rodney. We buried him. It’s over.” John said quietly.

Rodney looked at him knowingly and John dropped his gaze to the floor, twisting the can in his hands.

“Is it really over?” Rodney questioned softly.

John chuckled without any humor. “The sun’ll come out tomorrow, Rodney, life will go on.”

Rodney grinned.

“Who are you, little orphan Annie?”

John’s face dropped and Rodney closed his eyes, cursing himself inwardly.

“Shit, John. I didn’t mean that the way it sounded. It was the wrong thing to say. I’m sorry.”

“Rodney, it’s okay, really. I’m 39 years old, my mother died when I was twelve and I’ve hardly seen my father since I was seventeen and joined the Air Force. It’s not as if we were close or anything.” His voice wobbled and he drained the can quickly.

“Hey.” Rodney placed a warm palm on John’s back and rubbed gently. “John, just because you weren’t close doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to be upset that he died. All the more reason actually. If you’d been closer you wouldn’t have the regrets and guilt that I know you’re feeling.” Rodney said gently.

John’s head dropped and Rodney pulled him closer so John’s head was resting on his shoulder, but not before Rodney saw the single tear clinging to John’s right eyelash.

“I know you, remember,” Rodney said softly. “I know that it doesn’t matter that it was your father who rejected you and make you feel unwelcome. You’re going to feel guilty because you’re wondering if things could have been different and now it’s too late.”

“Dave said Dad wanted things to be different.” John whispered.

“Well he had plenty of chance to contact you if he’d wanted to; it isn’t as if he didn’t have a postal address. The SGC forwards all our mail, remember.”

John was quiet for a moment, content to stay in Rodney’s embrace.

“I miss my Mom.” He said quietly, after a few minutes.

“I’m sure you do.” Rodney replied. “Going back to the house you grew up in, to the cemetery where she’s buried, it is going to bring back how much you miss her.”

John cuddled in closer. Rodney felt his body shaking and hung on tight until he felt John’s body relax.

“It’ll be okay John,” Rodney grinned to himself, the words coming easily from memory. “The sun’ll come out tomorrow, so you got to hang on till’ tomorrow, come what may. Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow. You’re only a day away.”

John reached out blindly and grabbed his pillow. Without raising his head from Rodney’s shoulder he whacked Rodney around the body with the offending item again and again until, helpless with laughter and with tears rolling down their faces, they fell into an exhausted and relaxed heap in the middle of the bed. And if Johns tears lasted a little longer than his then Rodney wasn’t going to say a word.



( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 9th, 2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
Congrats on more words! Look at you go!

If you'd like a graphic reward for this fic just let me know.
Mar. 9th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
This was such fun! I didn't realise I would quality for a reward for the second fic too!

I'll stick to another John & Rodney icon, bonus if Atlantis or a Puddlejumper also feature with the boys!
Mar. 9th, 2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
I've been working on my graphics for the challenge and hope to post them soon.

Glad you've enjoyed the weekend challenge! When tkeyla asked for a suggestions I thought of Broadway Musicals since I enjoy them so much and I had been listening to Il Divo's cd that is all Broadway Musicals that day driving to work and coming home.

Any particular screencap that you have in mind for the icons?
Mar. 9th, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
When I was at primary school we did 'dance dramas' to musical scores, it was a kind of wierd cross between acting and gymnastics and I loved the songs. Of course 'Joseph' was one of the most popular and I think I could still sing every song from that without having the words!

Would an icon of John and Rodney in front of the computers when they're playing The Game work out too small in an icon? Otherwise just surprise me. Every SGA icon I have is uploaded to LJ if you want to see what I have!
Mar. 9th, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
"Joseph" is one of my favorites and when it was touring the States with Donny Osmond as the lead I went to it twice when it was here in Boston. My all time favorite is 'Phantom of the Opera'! Seen it three times and would back and see it again.

I'll have to play around with the screencaps and see what they look like when they are resized. The Game is one of my favorite episodes!
Mar. 9th, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
Ironicaly I've never seen Joseph done professionally. I Love Phantom and Cats is another of my favourites.
Mar. 9th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
If you ever have the chance to see Joseph I highly recommend it along with Les Mis too!
Mar. 9th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
Les Mis is still showing in London and I had been considering it, they do a matinee which would mean we could get there and back in a day, evening performances usually end up being too late for the train and bus home!

It doesn't look like Joseph is showing at the moment in the UK, although they advertise a UK tour! Maybe the details will be up later.
Mar. 9th, 2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
Les Mis is so good! The music, the sets, I loved everything about it when I went to see it.

Was looking at the screencaps of John and Rodney from "The Game" and can't get them to look good in an icon. I have a whole bunch of other screencaps saved and getting ready to work on some icons.
Mar. 9th, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC)
I did wonder, probably why I don't remember seeing any icons of that. Never mind, I am sure I will love whatever you come up with :)
Mar. 9th, 2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
Not a problem at all.....it's such torture looking at the screencaps ;-)
Mar. 10th, 2014 07:14 am (UTC)
Sorry to put you through torture!! I think I would end up making an icon of every scene they were in together, the looks they gave each other were often so funny.
Mar. 10th, 2014 11:02 am (UTC)
Going through the screencaps you see all of the looks and I always have such a hard time deciding what to use. Ohhh the torture :-)
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