Rating: PG for the overall series
Warnings/Spoilers: Spoiler for beginning of season 4
Summary: Elizabeth left letters behind for her friends
Note: Thanks to Fenchurch1 for the beta and encouragement and for the nickname variation!
Others in the series:
- Letter to Samantha
- Letter to John
- [[Message Undeliverable]]
- Message to Rodney
- Message to Radek
- Second Message to John
umm... read these first if you haven't...this kinda stands alone but it's better as part of the series
Rodney absently brushed a hand across his lips. John had given him a kiss before he left that he still could taste, days later. It had been slow, deliberate and provocative, with just a hint of sweetness. But just one. Then John murmured, "Now I can wait. Come back when you're ready." Rodney found himself back in the hall outside John's room in a daze.
Then John didn't say or do anything different than he had before.... before that kiss. It drove Rodney mad. He had repressed his obsession with John for so long that it was hard.... hard to make himself really think what he really wanted was obtainable. John teased, hung out with the team, drove him out of the lab for meals, met with Carter or Lorne and did... nothing different.
He was still unsure what to do -- the uncertainty was the worst. Rodney had been terrified that he would inadvertently reveal their relationship to someone and John would be sent back to Earth as a result. Or that the Marines would take offense and deal with it themselves. Losing John, hurting John, would be worse than never having him.
Then two things happened.
As Rodney made the same mistake in the lab three times in the same day, it was a very embarrassing, "Rodney, you are idiot. Didn't Elizabeth tell you to go to your Colonel?" from Radek -- Radek who looked at Rodney with pain in his eyes. "It's worth it."
That night, the message came....
You know, for a genius you're sometimes pretty stupid.
I trust you. With my life. Always.
Rodney found himself outside John's door. When it opened, Rodney took a deep breath, looked down at his feet and said, "When the two smartest people, well, smartest besides me....," he took another breath, "sorry, umm, when the two smartest people I know both tell me I'm not doing something right, well, I'd like to think that, maybe, I've learned to listen and...." Rodney stopped himself, he knew he was babbling. One more deep breath. Softly, "I do trust you."
Looking up, the light in John's eyes and the smile banished every worry Rodney had ever had. John drew him into the room, into his arms, into his heart.
Rodney looked down at the sleeping soldier who was wrapped firmly around him -- John's arm snugged across his waist and a leg wedged firmly between his. Rodney kissed the top of his head and whispered, "It is worth it." As he drifted off to sleep he thought, Thank you, Elizabeth.....