Characters: John/Elizabeth, Teyla, Ronon, Rodney, Carson, Kate
Prompt: 13. Est. relationship
Brief summary: I really love stories that deal with the consequences of what happens to people. This story is unusual in that it deals with the fallout after John has been captured and then saved, and how he copes - or doesn't cope - afterwards, spead across several months. It also features an established relationship between John and Elizabeth, with all the emotional baggage that they carry as a result, and explores how that affects their relationship and their interactions. Simply being in a relationship is not enough to solve all their problems. mylittleredgirl also deals with the effect of a relationship between the two commanding officers of Atlantis, and how it affects their work. This is wonderfully done.
"Don't worry about me," he orders her. "It sucked, but I'm fine. I should have been..." he trails off and forces a smile to his lips. It's more like a grimace. "It sucked," he says again. "But I'm fine now. I don't want to talk about it."
She wants to scream at the unfairness of it all, at how there are parts of his body and mind that are now permanently off-limits to her, at how she sent him out one day and he came back like this (the same, but damaged), but holds her tongue. She doesn't want his promise that he's all right to be a lie, so she agrees. "Okay. I'm sorry."
He shrugs awkwardly and doesn't move, looking torn between her and escape. The decision, when he makes it, is to push her back into the shower wall and kiss her for all he's worth.
She can't help feeling that sometimes, lately, he has sex with her more to ward off conversation than because he really wants to have sex.
Link to the story: Veracity