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Title: Bound to Heart, Bound to Home
Author: calcitrix
Recipient: cat_77
Pairing: Mostly gen; hints of OT4 and background Lorne/Weir
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Historical AU; This is not dark, but it does not ignore issues of the early 1800s, such as war, land appropriation, and slavery.
Author's Notes: When I saw, "Team, maybe some OT4, please!" my brain did this funny thing and put them in the Northwest Territory right after the War of 1812. I did my best to stay true to history; Rodney's science is only half based in fact. Taking everyone out of the Pegasus Galaxy and fitting them into early American culture was a challenge, and I hope I did it justice.
I need to thank my wonderful beta for helping me through my hand-flapping and flailing and significantly decreasing the number of flaws in the story.
Summary: When Sheppard, McKay, Lorne, and Weir move to Illinois in 1815, they only expected the usual challenges of building a home and running a farm. Their household grows when they befriend Teyla and her people and adopt Ronon, on the run from his past. But it's a dangerous world, and only their quick wits, fast shooting, and Rodney's science can save the day.
Story length: Approx. 25,000 words

( Bound to Heart, Bound to Home )


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 16th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
This was very cool. :) It was interesting to see how you worked them all into the AU, and I loved the gentle OT4-ish vibe (especially the part with the bracelets, and Ronon and Rodney's unlikely bonding). I used to read Louis L'amour westerns when I was a teenager, and the final scenes -- the chase through the snow -- had a really similar feeling, very tight and tense; I could feel the cold! And I love the idea of them making a home for themselves on the farm (though my more cynical side hopes that things didn't turn out too horribly for Teyla's people later on).
Dec. 16th, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
Go team!
Dec. 19th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Just finished reading this wonderful story! I loved how the team was still the team and the way you interwove the cultures and history with what we know from canon. There were so many awesome one-liners and team-y and OT4-y moments throughout it all.

You had a genius Rodney who figured out there was more to life than just his experiments, loyal and protective and hardworking John, Ronon running from his past and finding a possible future, and Teyla torn between two cultures and always doing what was right for her family in its many forms. Truly excellent!

Thank you so very much Secret Santa for such an excellent present!
Dec. 26th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
I throughly enjoyed Atlantis On The Prairie... :) sholio said it reminded her of Louis L'amour, but I was thinking more L.I. Wilder. I also have to remark how much I liked seeing Lorne as Sheppard's friend, the way John & Teyla's friendship developed, and Rodney as the nascent David E. Hughes. Wonderful!
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
I really liked this story and its setting. Westerns aren't really my genre, but this was a good read. Thank you.
Jan. 3rd, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
Not "in York along the St. Lawrence River in Canada" but "in York on Lake Ontario in Upper Canada".
Mar. 19th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
That was wonderful! Love the setting, the feeling of building a community, the coming together of the Team. Enjoyed the story very much!
Mar. 19th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun to write.
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