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Jan. 1st, 2006 @ 09:45 pm “Don't be such a baby.”
Happy New Year. Yeah. Yay. Or not.

Anyway, here is some fluff I wrote a while ago and never got round to spell checking or posting. Enjoy.

Title: A Touch Of The Panthophobia.
Characters/Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Rating: PG
Genre: Fluff
Written For: slash_me_twice, for the prompt; Love.

Summary: John knows the world is ending. Really. Rodney isn't so sure.



A Touch Of The Panthophobia


John buried deeper into the covers, shivering violently. He was dying, no question about it. Any moment now, John Sheppard would be no more, wiped out by a deadly bug. A loud snort interrupted his musings and he opened his eyes, a half hearted scowl already on his face as he looked over at Rodney.

“Oh please,” Rodney said with another snort, giving John a dismissive hand wave. “How long are you going to be doing this for?”

“I'm dying,” John answered, his voice little more than a croak. Because yeah, ok, he was supposed to be all stoic and manly about his upcoming death but he deserved some sympathy, especially from Rodney. And wasn't Rodney supposed to be doing something? Like moping his brow?

On the other hand, this was Rodney he was thinking about, so maybe not. Still, Rodney should be working hard to try and find a cure, snarking away a mile a minute and finally coming up with a solution that would save the day.

“Colonel, you have a cold. Nothing more and nothing less,” Rodney said slowly, as if speaking to a partially dumb child. “You have to stay in this room because Teyla and the rest of that lot have never been subjected to a man's cold before. Now don't be such a baby. You'll recover.”

“I'll recover?” John whispered before descending into a fit of coughs. He fumbled about on the table by the bed, grasping the inhaler he had demanded Carson give him. The coughing fit had all but subsided now as he breathed in, pressing the plunger as he did so. “I look like death warmed up. I have no strength! How will I recover?”

“Because you just have a little cold?” Rodney suggested, picking up some clothes from the floor. He dumped them on a chair, his nose wrinkling with disgust.

“You could kiss me better?” John asked hopefully, yawning as he spoke. Rodney made a snorting sound, shaking his head.

“What and let you infect me? I don't like you that much Colonel,” he said lightly, an amused look on his face. John frowned at him, his mind moving slower than normal. Suddenly a light seemed to snap on inside his mind and his mouth dropped open even as his eyelids fluttered in sleep.

“No, you don't like me. You... you love me,” John slurred, staring at Rodney with something akin to wonder. Rodney opened his mouth to snap back an answer before pausing, a look of shock and then horror on his face. He slowly turned, his eyes making a circlet of the room, taking in the ill Colonel and the mounds of used tissues littering the bed and the floor.

“Oh my God...” Rodney muttered, his eyes wide. “I've willingly surrounded myself with germs. I do love you.”

John grinned up at him, the smile sloppy and unguarded. Rodney shook his head and carefully stepped over some tissues, his mouth a thin tight line as if annoyed about something. John wasn't fooled.

“I love you too Rodney,” John said happily before sneezing again and again, his eyes watering painfully. A tissue appeared in his limited line of sight and he grabbed at it, wiping his runny nose and giving a loud sniff.

“The things I do for you,” came Rodney's voice from in front of him and he squinted, trying to see past the blurry vision. He blinked a couple of times, trying without success to fully clear the water from his eyes. A hand lightly touched his forehead, cool against the burning heat and he pressed into it, giving a slight sigh at the contact. All too soon the hand moved away and he gave a little whimper, trying to lift his head up to follow the cool hand.

“Honesty Colonel,” Rodney said with a huff. “Don't be such a baby.”

“I'm cold,” John answered with a pout. “But my forehead feels like it was on fire and your hand made it better.”

“So... you're hot and cold at the same time?” Rodney asked, gaining a small nod as an answer. He hovered next to the bed for a couple of moments, as if thinking about what to do next. Then with a groan and some mutterings about stupid Lt. Colonel's and weird hair, he climbed into the bed as well, flicking an odd tissue away. John shifted slightly to keep him in blurry view, the grin still present.

“Not one word Colonel,” warned Rodney as he settled around John, curling up against him. His arms found there way around John's waist, grounding him. “Not a single word. Now, go to sleep.”

John closed his eyes obediently and felt himself slipping into the ordered sleep.

Rodney sneezed.

::fin::


(AN: Panthophobia is the fear of "Disease and suffering".)

Thank you to Nethy for the title ideas.
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Never an honest word
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From:forcryinoutloud
Date:January 1st, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
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Awwwwwwwwww ::melts::
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From:sethoz
Date:January 1st, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Told ya it was fluff....
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From:crystalheaven
Date:January 1st, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Awww. So Cute.

And the ending... *snickers*
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From:sethoz
Date:January 1st, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
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*snickers as well*

Becasue we all know Rodney is a manly man who won't whine about getting a cold from John.... *whisles*
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From:severusslave
Date:January 1st, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
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THE END! Desaster waiting to happen, omg. :D

Lovely read!
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From:sethoz
Date:January 1st, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
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*giggles* Oh yes, like a train wreak heading your way... you can see it and just can't stop it... or stop watching
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From:elayna88
Date:January 1st, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
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So sweet!
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From:sethoz
Date:January 1st, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:sethoz
Date:January 1st, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
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Men are terrible babies when sick aren't they? Orignally I was going to have Rodney call it a 'man-cold' but since Rodney's male too, that wouldn't work...

warm and fuzzy are just what you need to ring the new year in...
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From:neth_dugan
Date:January 1st, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC)
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*sends over brian waves*
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From:sethoz
Date:January 7th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
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*snuggles*
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From:tazzles
Date:January 2nd, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)
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That's cute!

“Oh my God...” Rodney muttered, his eyes wide. “I've willingly surrounded myself with germs. I do love you.” Such a Rodney thing to say.
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From:sethoz
Date:January 7th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Hee thanks and yes, well, that's Rodney for you.
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From:misty4me
Date:January 2nd, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
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I love Rodney's epiphany, more like a Homer Simpson moment....“I've willingly surrounded myself with germs. I do love you.”

Cute cute cute!
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From:sethoz
Date:January 8th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
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hee, thankies, thankies.
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From:mcalex22
Date:January 2nd, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
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Very cute! Haha, I'd love to see John sick because I'm not surprised that he's a big baby, really. Rodney's never going to forgive him for giving him his cold, eh?

Great little ficlet. Thanks for sharing :-D
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From:sethoz
Date:January 8th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
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Hee, can you imgine if both of them were sick at the same time and trying to be the one who gets the most sympahy? ;)

And no, Rodney will never forgive him. Just bring it up again and again...
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From:toniabarone
Date:January 2nd, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
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*L* Adorable!
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From:sethoz
Date:January 8th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
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Adorkable don't ya mean? ;)
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From:laytoncolt
Date:January 2nd, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
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Hee. This was so cute! ::adores::

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From:sethoz
Date:January 8th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
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*grins* Glad you liked it M'Dear.
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From:nakedwesley
Date:January 2nd, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)
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That is a perfect last line. Lovely fluff. What Rodney's willing to do in the name of love. *sigh*
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From:sethoz
Date:January 8th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
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hee, fluff is grand isn't it. :)
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From:ladyra
Date:January 3rd, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)

Don't Be Such a Baby

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Very cute. LOL.
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From:sethoz
Date:January 7th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Don't Be Such a Baby

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thanks!
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From:sethoz
Date:January 7th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
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*grins*
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From:porntestpilot
Date:January 4th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
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Awww. John's a big girl too. :D
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From:sethoz
Date:January 7th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
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John is a big fat girl. [love the icon]