Word count: 600
For romancingmcshep, just under the wire, RL has eaten my brain; but also for my trope_bingo (on DW) card fill kid fic, *and* a small piece of Julianna!fic (use the tags on my LJ to find more)
"It's your turn," John announced to Rodney. He settled into the couch and picked up his tablet to read the mystery he had started, whoa, over a week ago.
"What? No!" Rodney panicked. "I just…" Rodney's face got that indignant who me? look that John knew so well.
"You've been working nights in the lab for most of the last month," John said firmly, not even looking up. "I've done it the last three times. It's your turn."
"I'll…" Rodney started to offer.
"No," John didn't even let him get started. Once Rodney thought he could negotiate, there would be no stopping him.
"But…" Rodney protested weakly.
"No," John shot back. He found the last place he had been reading. Damn, that didn't make any sense, he'd have to back up a few pages.
"Will you help?" Rodney begged. It was kind of cute, but John knew he had to stand firm.
"You're the brightest man in two galaxies," John grinned. "I suspect you can manage." Oh, right, now he remembered this part. He must have gotten too sleepy the last time he was reading and had forgotten what he had 'read'…
"Oh, ye of little faith," Rodney mocked.
"Rodney," John sighed the name. For a grown man, Rodney could be a little kid sometimes.
"It's more fun with you than by myself," Rodney wheedled. This was true. They didn't get to do this together too often. John wanted to see where this would go.
"You just want to get out of it," John replied. Which probably was more of the truth.
"I'll make it up to you," Rodney offered.
"You said that last time," John shot back. "It has to be really good." Like the last time where Rodney had promised him all sorts of interesting things and then fell asleep. Well, they both fell asleep, but at least it had been together. There were too many nights they slept alone -- one at home while the other was working. Both being home at the same time was becoming a rare occurance.
"I'll get Teyla to take her for a weekend," Rodney blurted.
John raised an eyebrow at that. "A weekend?" John asked. Like that would ever happen.
"Okay, okay, this weekend," Rodney promised.
"You are going to take an entire weekend off?" John asked skeptically. "This weekend?"
"I…" Rodney took a deep breath. "Yes."
John looked over the top of his tablet at Rodney. "What's going on?" John asked. Rodney never gave in that easily to taking a weekend off. John had had to schedule their last weekend off almost six months in advance and still had to drag Rodney out of the lab at the last minute.
"I.." Rodney fidgeted. "We don't… we don't get to spend any time together." The last part came out in a rush but with an understandable level of frustration. "Teyla will take Julianna, I've reserved a Jumper and a cabin on the mainland."
"Rodney!" John was shocked. "Wait? Did I forget an anniversary or anything?"
"No, no, no," Rodney reassured him. "It's just… we don't spend any time together. We're taking shifts around Julianna, and you do spend more time with her than I do, and as much as I love her, I love you, too."
John watched and never realized Rodney could blush so charmingly.
"Come here," John held out a hand. He sat Rodney down on the couch next to him and drew him in for a kiss.
"Daddy! Poppa! I'm ready!" came a cry from the bathroom.
John laughed. "Always the way." He stood, not letting go of Rodney's hand. "We'll both give her a bath."