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Title: Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Author: sholio
Recipient: argosy
Pairing: McKay/Keller
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 33,000 *koff*
Warning: Contains some relatively mild horror-movie-esque imagery and creepiness
Spoilers: Set post-Enemy at the Gate, potential spoilers for all aired episodes.
Disclaimer: Not mine, do not own.
Author's Notes: Thank you to astridv for the excellent (and fast!) beta.

Summary: John is dealing with his teammates' love lives just like any other emotional issue: by ignoring the situation and hoping it goes away. But when a mission gone wrong traps John, Rodney and Jennifer a thousand feet beneath New Lantea's ocean -- injured and out of touch with Atlantis, with the clock running down and a mysterious enemy in pursuit -- they're either going to have to work out their differences ... or die trying.

( Devil and the Deep Blue Sea )


Jan. 2nd, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
Now this was perfect. We have an awesome bad guy (and so very Doctor Who-esque! There needs to be more of these spooky sorts stories in the SG-verse. I didn't realize until I started reading it how few of these sorts of stories there are, while its almost common on Doctor Who. That being said, you really kicked it up a notch -- I love how beautiful your bad guy is, and how it wouldn't have been sentient and so violent but for the minds it took over...that's just so cool), fantastic action, suspense and h/c on top of h/c, and all that good stuff. BUT, what makes this brilliant is that you managed to center it around that horrible time in an adult's life when everything changes -- from single and having fun to everyone getting married and having kids. It's such an unbelievably awkward time, and so hard, especially if, like Sheppard, you feel a little left behind, and you did such a great job of it. I loved Jennifer and John's oh so awkward talk--I could hear every word, as if I were watching it on the screen. Characterization is spot on. And I particularly loved how clueless Rodney was throughout the whole thing--I love that his friends can resolve their differences with no help from him (although he is saving the day, so I suppose it all evens out. LOL). Really, this is one of the best stories I've read this year!

Thank you so much for such a fantastic story!

Edited at 2010-01-02 10:07 pm (UTC)
Feb. 11th, 2010 08:05 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! I thought this story might kinda be up your alley. *g* As much as I enjoy everybody getting along, sometimes the most interesting things happen when everybody doesn't get along, and I really enjoyed exploring the interpersonal dynamics in this -- like you said, this is something that everyone goes through, one way or another, and it was fascinating for me to look at that from the characters' point of view.


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