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McSheplet 241: Routine || A Military Mother || McKay/Sheppard

Title: A Military Mother
Author: goddess47
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: John/Rodney
Rating: G (for this part)
Genre:
Word Count: 259
Prompt: #241 - Routine

Summary: Paying attention to those to whom one is indebted.


"Damn," John muttered.

"What?" Rodney asked, looking up from his computer.

"Pat Kutteles died," John said. "It came in on the routine new feed."

"Who?" Rodney frowned.

"Just... someone I kinda knew," John replied. "Well, not really knew. Knew of."

"That makes no sense. Even for you." Rodney put his computer on the bedside table and turned to look at John.

John reached out to lightly touch the picture of a woman he had never met on the screen.

"I never met her," John said. "But... she worked for years to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

"Did she have a son in the service?" Rodney prompted as John went silent.

"Yeah... he was murdered by someone in his unit. For being suspected of being gay." John shook his head. "It was totally covered up, but... she never gave up."

"I know there were a lot of ugly things that went on during Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Rodney murmured.

"She fought for years to get that repealed," John said. "She only wanted justice for her son." John shook his head. "She never really did get it."

"How did you learn about her?" Rodney asked.

"Friend of a friend." John gave a shrug. "But... she was important." To people like me went unsaid.

Rodney moved closer, and put a warm hand on John's thigh.

"Then we should send our condolences to the family and, maybe, we could ask Teyla about a memorial tea ceremony," Rodney suggested.

"That's a good idea," John said. He leaned in for a soft kiss. "Thank you!"




A/N: I saw Patricia Kutteles' obituary in my local paper and wanted to share, in my own way!
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Comments

Nicely done!
Thanks! I love when real life gives me great prompts like this!
Oh, this is so sweet. What a wonderful way to remember Patricia Kutteles. Thank you!
I couldn't let her passing go by unnoticed! Especially in SGA fandom!

Thanks!
Thank you for writing and posting this tribute. And, now, I'm crying again. [It's been that kind of a week, with a personal death, on top of the disaster south of the border.]

I couldn't believe the horror of the details concerning the murder of her son. Another black mark on society and the military mindset.
Awww... sweetie...

Yes, for all the hope we have about the military, they are a microcosm of all humans and have (unfortunately) more than their share of bad people... when good people encounter them, it's not always a happy ending.

::hugs::

Oh...

Oh man, that just breaks my heart. I love this! Poor John...

Re: Oh...

::hands you duct tape::

Thank you!
I like that you touch on how much her efforts meant for people like John, and I like that Rodney is supportive and suggests a memorial tea. I've never heard of her, and I'm so sad about what she's been through.

This was a lovely tribute :)
I have to admit never hearing of her before this, but something in the obituary reached out to me and I couldn't let it go by unmentioned...

Thank you!
Thank you for this fic—Pat's passing is something all of us should memorialize, especially in Stargate fandom. Love that you show Rodney thinking of consoling others—he really has changed a lot. :-)
I have to admit not knowing about her before I saw her obituary in the paper, but something in it reached out to me... those of us in SGA fandom were always aware of DADT and how it affected everyone.

I like to think once Rodney had people who *really* cared about him, that he would learn to care back.

Thank you!
Very nice, and a lovely tribute!
Lovely tribute.