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Coping Mechanisms, SGA, NC-17, McKay Sheppard 
9th-Nov-2005 12:52 am
Lt. Colonel Face
Title: Coping Mechanisms
Author: Amireal
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard

Disclaimer: If they were mine, there'd be waaay more emotional continuity. So there. Also, I probably wouldn't be buying lotto tickets

Author's notes: Thanks to chopchica who had to crack the whip bunches during beta. I hate you my dear. Die in a fiery death? Thanks. *innocent blink

Length: Approx 25,000 words in four parts.

Summary: "Just because the universe is headed towards entropy is no reason to think that it won't get better."
9th-Nov-2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
A very satisfying read. Long, involved, good characterisations ... oh, and did I mention the hotness?

Thank you!
10th-Nov-2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! WEE! First comment in ficjournal!


I'm glad you liked!
13th-Nov-2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this.

It was so well written, and between the times when my heart wasn't being pulled from my chest and stomped on -and what is it about SGA Fic writers that they always want to make me suffer and hurt, and then they do it so *well*- or that I wasn't wanting to smack John upside the head for being a *stupid-head*, I was drowning the the beautiful tenderness and vulnerable intimacy that you tapped into so effortlessly between John and Rodney.

I thought your characterisations were right on the money. And your descriptions of Rodney's accident were excruciatingly realised, and I winced more than once while reading them.

Also - with the hot - because that *should* be mentioned - goodness you can really pull the hot out of the hat - which I very much appreciated.
19th-Dec-2005 01:22 am (UTC)

Wonderful feedback! *glee!*

Sometimes I wish I had the brains to respond better, but alas, I am backlogged and I must parcel it out in small bits.
13th-Nov-2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
That was such an amazing fic! I dont think i could give it justice if i rambled on about it too much...but it was fantastic!

Absolutely loved panickey!John, and the whole dynamic going on between John and Rodney

You are a very talented writer :o)

19th-Dec-2005 01:22 am (UTC)
Ramble away! I'm a forgiving person ;)

14th-Nov-2005 02:09 am (UTC)
Great story. Loved how John was the girl. heeee
19th-Dec-2005 01:23 am (UTC)
John is TOTALLY the girl. The big ho. :) Thanks!
14th-Nov-2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
I really adored this. John's voice in particular was skillfully written and very much in-character.
19th-Dec-2005 01:23 am (UTC)
Thank you!
21st-Nov-2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed this whole fic. The plot, the relationship, all built up so well. And hot pr0n, too, which is always good.

The dialogue was brilliant, too! It was entirely in character, nothing jarring at all, and it's always a pleasure to read fic like that.
19th-Dec-2005 01:23 am (UTC)
*grins* Tank yew!
23rd-Nov-2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
Love, love, so much love. This was wonderful. The voices were spot on, they were perfectly in character. All of them. I loved John's (sometimes crazy) thought processes and his little freak outs, and John on happy pills just cracked me up. I loved all of Rodney's snarking and his vulnerability and his worry about his hand, when he came to John after that nightmare about not playing the piano.... Poor Rodney! His anguish and frustration came across so well. I loved Zelenka, especially when John gave him some weapons training and he was all been-there-done-that, and I loved Lorne's snarky sense of humour.

And John and Rodney together... it was good and right and they just clicked. I loved the snark and the vulnerability and the uncertainty and the feeling. It was painful at times when they (John) refused to surrender to the inevitable, but that made the sweetness all the sweeter. And, damn, the sex (and almost-sex) was oh so hot.

This was such a good read, thank you for letting us share the journey.
19th-Dec-2005 01:25 am (UTC)
*tips hat*

Thank you!
16th-Dec-2005 12:18 am (UTC)
Finally got to part 4. I like this one. The relationship builds so slowly that it seems entirely plausible and the opening scenes are gut-wrenching. Nice to see someone looking up some medical info to make their fic more realistic. I was really feeling for the characters, as opposed to doing the usual *headesking* at the obvious (as in 'I'm not a doctor, but even I know that' pet peeve of mine) medical inconsistencies. 2 Thumbs up!
19th-Dec-2005 01:27 am (UTC)
Sadly, someone argued with me about aspects of the opening scenes *sad face* I had to resist giving them links and list of reasons.

But yeah there's a lot of fic that bothers me because of the lack of the most *basic* research, which thanks to the internet? Doesn't take all that long. *siiiighs*

Thanks for the feedback! Much appreciated!
17th-Dec-2005 04:21 am (UTC)
Wonderful, wonderful story! I so love John and Rodney like this. You've captured them so well and written such a fabulous story for them to inhabit. Thanks for the great read :)
19th-Dec-2005 01:27 am (UTC)
*grins* Thanks for reading!
17th-Dec-2005 08:46 am (UTC)
I loved the angstyness of this story! It was so sweet and wrenching!
19th-Dec-2005 01:28 am (UTC)
*wacky author smile*

2nd-Jan-2006 12:46 pm (UTC)
Hm, long, plotty and great characterisation! I liked this a lot :)
15th-Jan-2006 09:49 am (UTC)
Yay! *throws confetti*
2nd-Jan-2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
wow, long and fun and enertaining! :D love it!
15th-Jan-2006 09:49 am (UTC)
*grins* Woohoo!
13th-Feb-2006 05:09 am (UTC)
I don't know how I missed this story but oh. my. god. I LOVE YOU!!!! This is just everything I want in a fic. ::dances around with you for you are wonderful::
13th-Feb-2006 10:10 am (UTC)
What a lovely story...with just the right amount of "emotional continuity" (*g*). Seriously, though - believable without turning into "issuefic." Definitely going on my recs page at the next update.
5th-Mar-2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
Ha, yes I am making me way through evrything you've written so far ^.^
So, I love the way evryting builds up slowly and the way it has to keep hidden because of the stupid military laws. The ending was nice, with Rodney getting captured again and Ronon and Teyla finding out.
27th-Oct-2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
An awesome story - wonderfully long, great characterization, and just enough torment to make it *really* worth reading. Thank you for writing!
20th-Mar-2007 04:38 pm (UTC) - Exquisite
This was truly exquisite. 'Rah for SGA Storyfinders. I love this seriously well written story. Your characterizations were perfect, with all of the very real concerns that both have with John's career and Rodney's recovery. I will need to read and enjoy this at regular intervals. Thanks so much for sharing.
8th-May-2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
You know the thing I noticed in this re-read? (Well besides the awesome story.)

Zelenka's kindness, starting from the "I shall run this so that it won't be too frightening) on. He's such a love. Awesome story, sweetheart. ::hugs::
23rd-Aug-2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
A lovely story. I really loved your way of writing John.
28th-Oct-2007 05:14 am (UTC)
Sorry, I'm gorging myself on fic, not creepily stalking you with a sudden deluge of comments. You just do such a wonderful, wonderful job with the characters - I can literally see this playing out in my head when I'm reading. You build up such worlds that you can just fall into them and never want them to end. I love that it's long and detailed, that you include the other characters, that there's an actual courtship and that it's believable - just so many reasons why I'm loving your stories so very, very much. With fanish babble included.
12th-Dec-2007 09:29 am (UTC)
This whole fic was fantastic, but the line that really made it for me was Rodney's complaint that "Play it again, Sam" wasn't even actually in the movie. I grew up with my father reminding me of that whenever he got the chance, and it was very unexpectedly funny to see it here.
28th-Jul-2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
that was simply fantastic. I was totally riveted all the way through and it left me with nothing short of a fuzzy happy feeling. I love those guys so much, but everyone else too ♥
6th-Aug-2009 12:33 pm (UTC) - Fic: Coping Mechanisms
I was so anxious about Rodney's hand! The whole recovery was brilliant, boredom and fear and frustration and pain. And oh, their courting, such as it was.
Radek and Carson, too.
20th-Aug-2010 03:33 am (UTC)
This is one of my favorite stories in the fandom. I read it once a quarter.
15th-Mar-2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
I remember the first time I read it -- the first scene had a huge lump in my throat from the very second I realized what had happened. Even reading it now, years later, my hand aches a little when I read that first scene.

Thank you for writing and sharing such an amazing fic with us.

Edited at 2011-03-15 05:02 pm (UTC)
21st-Mar-2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
That was so Damn funny and just all around Amazing. I laughed I cried I got all Hot & bothered. xoxoxoxoxoxoox
28th-Jan-2015 09:45 am (UTC)
Damn, how have I missed this great fic before now?? Well, perhaps I was meant to read it after DADT was repealed, because the way John denies himself (and Rodney!) any comfort or quarter as long as he can is heart-wrenching. Rodney's accident is horrible too: he's left with nightmarish memories & the long-term fear of being maimed, plus he can't help but remember what the accident revealed about John's feelings but he can't hope for. I can't blame either one for his POV--thank Ghu they seem to find a way to make being in love workable on Atlantis. <3 <3

The characterizations & dialogue of the Team & Radek & Lorne seem spot-on to me, especially their quiet competence & snarky & dry senses of humor. (The scene with drugged!John is sweetly hysterical!) Oh, & Rodney & John's UST & eventual lovemaking is hella hot & satisfying. >;-> This story is going straight into Mems because it's clear I'll want to re-read & enjoy it regularly. Thanks for writing & sharing it here & on AO3!
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