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the difference between talents and expectations, G

Title: the difference between talents and expectations

Author: goddess47

Rating: G

Warnings/Spoilers: Major sap warning

Pairing: McKay/Sheppard

Length: 450 words

Summary: For the mcsheplets Challenge #31: Future

"I'm thinking about retiring." He didn't open his eyes... didn't want to look.

The finger that had been drawing lazy circles on his back stopped. When it started again, he could feel that the drawing was less random and had intent.

"And we were going to discuss this.... when?" Something -- annoyance? -- tinged that question.

"Doing that."

A huff of breath. "Why now?"

He sighed and gave a small shrug. "Seems to be about time. The kids are gone." He hesitated. "We're not getting any younger...."

A snort that could be agreement or disagreement. "We have it good here."

"We can stay," he agreed. "Don't have to go anywhere. You don't have to do anything. Just...." Deep breath. "It's just time."

The finger became a warm hand, splayed on his back. "You don't do nothing well."

"True." The hand moved up and down, warmth soaking in.


"Figured maybe...." He tried for casual but wasn't sure he was doing a good job of it. "You could talk to the head of the science department. Maybe he could use a part time assistant."

The hand stopped. "John. Look at me."

He shifted so he could turn his head properly and opened his eyes.

Rodney had learned to play poker after all. He wasn't giving anything away. "Talk to me."

"It's just.... well.... I want to spend more time with you." After all this time, he owed Rodney an honest answer. "We have ZPMs and power to spare, the new" -- and younger -- "guys are doing the exploring and I do more paperwork than ever." He sighed.

"You love it here."

"That's just it. I love it here.... I just don't love what I'm doing here." Not anymore....

The hand moved to the side of his face and John leaned in to it. His eyes fluttered shut as Rodney leaned in for a warm kiss.

"This assistant thing," Rodney murmured against his lips. "You serious?"

"Think I have a shot?" John smiled.

Rodney tilted his head and looked at John. "We're working on opening yet another section of the city..."

"There is a certain amount of job security there," John agreed. "Okay?"

Rodney rolled on top of him and beamed. "About time."

Title from Edward de Bono: Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.


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Sap is often the best, isn't it? Thanks!
:;smishes you back::

Ohhh... that's so warm and lovely. What a perfect story for a wintry day.
::wraps you in a warm blanket and passes hot cocoa::

aghhhh -- love it. I'm all flail-y. Like, literally. aghhhh.
::stands back from the flailing person but ready to pick you up::

Thanks so much.... *vbg*
Oh, *yeah*. (I'm really just tempted to squee about how adorable John is, but.)

They are going to be TERRORS. To the rest of the science department. "Are you stupid? A trained monkey would know better. In fact, my trained monkey DOES know better!"

I love it. Big smiles. Two thumbs up!
"Are you stupid? A trained monkey would know better. In fact, my trained monkey DOES know better!"

*spit take* *grin*
Nothing wrong with a little sap and nothing like it to get the taste of a horrible day out of your mouth. This is lovely - I can see them having just such a conversation. And warm kisses.... mmmmmmmmmmmm! Thank you.
::pets you gently::

Warm kisses are mmmmmm...... Welcome!

lovely! Will we get to see Mathematician!John?
Well, this is kind of a piece of their future I have in my head and Mathematician!John is a firm part of that... probably more at some point...
Oh...so sweet!!!
Aren't they? ;-)

Awww! Sweet.

*heaves a contented sigh*

Yeah, I can't imagine John being happy with flying a desk full-time. I love the idea of him puttering around the city with Rodney.
John would suck it up and do it while he had to, but you are right, he wouldn't fly a desk forever.... and now that he has Rodney he's not as much into risk taking...

I feel like I've just been hugged by your fic. Lovely, lovely, lovely. :)
Awww..... hugs you back..... thanks....
Very joyous pleasure sapiness. Much love :)
Sap is so nice, isn't it! ;-) Thanks!
All sorts of warm fuzzies, such a "normal" conversation. John is so not a desk guy :D

I firmly believe he has plenty of smarts.
I'm a firm believer that John has *lots* of smarts..... he just doesn't show them off like Rodney does....

this was great sappiness.....i love just little conversations between them.....just the right thing after battling a headache all day.....
::checks supply of aspirin::

They aren't hearts and flowers types, but they do have a lot to say... thanks!
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