Wedding Duty (G)

Title: Wedding Duty
Author: goddess47
Spoilers/Warnings: Nothing.... well a sap warning ::grin::
Words: 700

Summary: John is his usual, articulate self. Good thing Rodney's a genius.

Notes: It was too sappy an opportunity to pass up. And using the "John Sheppard Rulebook" it also fits (slightly sideways) in the mcsheplets Challenge #96 - Separated from Earth. Un-beta'd; point gently at anything you find wrong.

ETA: Some tweaks courtesy of rawa_02... thanks, sweetie!

Rodney never was sure how they ended up on 'wedding duty' but it would make for a good story once they got back to Atlantis.

He and John were on Earth for their own annual personnel reviews, some down time and were scheduled to return to Atlantis on the Daedalus. Only the Daedalus had been requisitioned by the IOA to provide security for the Royal Wedding. Caldwell, in his turn, had decided that John and Rodney might as well help his crew. The advantage was that the minute the newly-weds were off on their honeymoon they were free to leave for Pegasus.

"Nothing, nothing and more nothing," Rodney reported, looking at his computer screen. He was looking for any unexpected energy spikes that might indicate a weapon powering up. It was an interesting exercise in the fine grain control he could get through a life signs detector – the sheer number of people on Earth and all the background energy made it easier and harder to look for potential problems.

"Looks good from here," John reported from across the room. There were pilots in their seats in the 302 bay, ready to take off as soon as needed. They also had a Jumper in the cargo bay ready to send out in case any of the Royal Family needed to be evacuated for any reason.

The British were a major supporter of the Stargate program, providing both people and money, so it wasn't too hard to agree to help make sure a happy occasion stayed that way.

"Kate's on her way," Rodney announced, seeing the uptick of commotion on his screens.

"Right on time," John replied.

"Brits are good at pomp and circumstances," Rodney said.

John came across the room and leaned over Rodney's shoulder to watch the screen with the news feeds they were watching. They were all muted since Rodney was paying more attention to his own monitoring program.

"Everyone's in the church," Rodney reported about fifteen minutes later. "Nothing."

"Good news," John said. "Nothing is good news."

Rodney turned half an eye on the single news feed from Westminster Abbey. This was a 'pool' feed that all of the news agencies were using for their broadcast. Controlling the video made security simpler for all the agencies providing it. Once the IOA stepped in, the Palace gratefully pushed all the security for the wedding day to the Stargate program. An annoying number of foreign security agencies had requested to 'check over' the Abbey since one of their dignitaries would be there. Jack O'Neill consulted with his British counterpart and they agreed to do one walk-through for everyone. Of course, they didn't show off the shield that could be brought up around the altar as needed. Rodney had come up with that and was rather proud of it… although he had crossed his fingers, hoping it wouldn't be needed at all.

John reached over his shoulder and turned up the volume on the ceremony a bit.

I, William Arthur Philip Louis… take you…. Catherine Elizabeth… to be my lawfully wedded wife…

John leaned in casually and rested one shoulder against Rodney's. Rodney could feel the heat soaking through their jackets.

"I wish we..." John said softly, his breath tickling Rodney's ear.

"You wish what?" Rodney asked absently.

"Ummm… you know..." Rodney could feel the slight shrug against his shoulder.

Oh! Rodney looked up at John, "Really?"

John sucked in his lower lip and stuck out his chin, the way he did when he was thinking hard and fast about something. Rodney secretly thought it made him look about three years old but since it was also adorable, he didn't tease John about it.

John nodded, "Well, not like that but... Yeah."

Rodney paid closer attention to the ceremony. He listened as Kate repeated the vows after the Archbishop of Canterbury, softly but clearly. John kept his shoulder against Rodney's and Rodney leaned back, just a little.

"We could, you know," Rodney said as calmly as he could while his heart raced.

John must have had his spidey-sense working, he moved away from Rodney and was across the room as Caldwell came in.

"Everything okay here?" Caldwell asked.

With a small grin, Rodney replied, "We're good."


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Awwwww. What a sweet way to incorporate the wprld of our fave heroes with RL. And, do you know it actually fits in. After all, the Canadian station I was watching kept talking about the restrained police presence along the route, though mention was made of the snipers on the roof of the Abbey. So ... it would merely be an unmentioned detail that there was a wee bit of additional security - from above the Earth! Yay!!!

And, also, awwwwwww for our boys and what they can't - yet - do.
It's always fun to fit them into RL....

Yup. The Daedalus was on duty that day. ::nods firmly::

Many thanks!
Thanks... and thanks for the suggestions... I did struggle with one of them and figured I'd rather get something posted than look at it too hard.

Sweet story :)
Glad you enjoyed it!
Aww ♥ I wish these two could get married.

Oh, yeah.... that wedding would be a blast.... ;-)
Very nice. &hearts
So glad you liked it!
Perfect! Wonderful and sets up the sequel - the actual wedding!!! Please let me beta it!!! It was a pretty cool wedding, wasn't it?
If there is a McKay/Sheppard wedding, you certainly do get to help! ;-)

Yes, you Brits do pomp well and it was a fun wedding!
Very clever and sweet. I have heart-meltyness now :)

Awww... glad you liked it....

::mops up your heart::
Aww, sweet! :-D
They are, aren't they....

Awww, cuuuute! I liked Rodney's safety bubble for the altar, too. I see a grand future in home security for him! *g*
Oh, yeah! Rodney is paranoid enough to see any bad scenario.... not sure he's ready for the 'home' market... he'd spend hours telling you how it's built even after you said 'yes' and never sell enough of them to actually make any money! LOL...

Lovely story!
So glad you liked it! Thanks!
D'Awwwww.... It must have taken a lot for emotionally stunted John to say that much! :)
Oh, yeah! He's waited for this opportunity for days, working himself up to saying anything....

Glad you liked it! Thanks!
Lovely! It's a good thing Teyla and Ronon weren't there. Imagine trying to explin the hats to them!
OMG! Yes! The hats! Even I went WTF at a more than one of them!

Glad you like it, thanks!
Grinning like a fool here. Gotta love that Spidey-sense.
That was a lovely story that molded real life with ficition. I loved the way that it really worked and was believable.

Well written and fun to read. I hope that there is a wedding and all. It would be a perfect sequal to this story. :D

Thanks for sharing.
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