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Title: Kaleb Miller and the Green Knight
Author: saffronhouse
Recipient:2of7
Pairing:McKay/Sheppard
Rating: PG
Disclaimer:Not my characters; not my worlds
Summary:The English major at home.

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(Anonymous)
Dec. 19th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
Amazing, thank you!
lazy_8s
Dec. 19th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)

Loved this madly, with Kaleb and Rodney bonding over their violent experience, as well as Kaleb's interaction with the rest of the Team. :)
saffronhouse
Jan. 7th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
that's so fabulous. thank you!
taste_is_sweet
Dec. 20th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
Beautiful, moving and interesting story from a character whose POV I never thought I'd read, let alone enjoy so much. You've made him painfully human here, reacting to being thrust into the horrors of Rodney's world without any foreknowledge or preparation. I doubt many of us would be Gwaine in those circumstances, and I love how it was Rodney--of all people--who was the one to remind him.

Ronon and Teyla were wonderful in this. I love Ronon's sense of humor and how happy he is. And Teyla as the regal babysitter is marvelous.

I hope John is going to tell Rodney that he was brave (which he was) even if needs to never do that again. John needs to know he's worth the sacrifice, and Rodney needs to know that John finds him too precious to sacrifice for anything.
runpunkrun
Dec. 20th, 2011 05:37 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this! You made Kaleb a whole person, with his own life and his own things to worry about, and it was great seeing Rodney through his eyes. Also, it's pretty awesome that Kaleb thought John and Rodney were together and Jeannie thought he was nuts.
saffronhouse
Jan. 7th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
seemed like there must be more to Kaleb than tofurkey jokes, poor guy. thank you for the awesome rec, by the way! that was so exactly how I pictured the story.
raincitygirl
Dec. 20th, 2011 06:38 am (UTC)
Aaawwww. Such a great end.
sherry57
Dec. 20th, 2011 08:21 am (UTC)
Great story! Loved Kaleb's POV. Rodney was wondefrful and whzen the team arrived, it was perfect. The ending was really lovely.
mific
Dec. 20th, 2011 08:49 am (UTC)
This is just wonderful. Loved Kaleb's POV and you made him very real and believable. He and Jeannie are great together and I liked that Madison was a bit of a brat (i.e. a normal kid) as well as being precocious with the Old English. The links to the tale of Gawaine and the Green Knight were evocative, and the hints of John and Rodney through Kaleb's eyes, very well handled. So many bits I loved, I can't cover them all. Really good.
saffronhouse
Jan. 7th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
I'm especially glad Madison came across as a child--seemed an important part of making Kaleb real, too. (coming out of a vegetarian, english-majory household, he practically wrote himself, as you can imagine)
tharaist
Dec. 20th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, nice outsider pov on mcshep and the team! Really loved the ending!
saffronhouse
Jan. 7th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
thank you! I wish I could learn to bottle the successful endings and reproduce them on demand. (anyway: so glad to read this worked for you)
chkc
Dec. 21st, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
Wonderful story! I enjoyed the unexpected Kaleb POV. It's great that he he interacted with Rodney and the rest of the team in a realistic instead of idealistic way. :)
saffronhouse
Jan. 7th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
--sorry, too busy beaming at your icon to respond. :)
scififreak
Dec. 21st, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
I love your Kaleb. I liked the bits of him we see in canon, and this was a nice fleshed out addition to that. I always enjoy reading about the team from the pov of outsiders and this one was particularly well done. You handled Kaleb's PTSD with a subtle and realistic touch. I was so caught up in Kaleb's story that I totally forgot about the McShep elements. To me this story is about Rodney and Kaleb's relationship with each other and the woman they both love.
saffronhouse
Jan. 7th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
And I love this description of the story; right, the point was sort of that Kaleb couldn't much care less who Rodney was with, which was why it was obvious to him: not so blinded by preconceptions.
icarusancalion
Dec. 23rd, 2011 05:37 am (UTC)
There's something about this story, I can't put my finger on it, but it feels ... right. Like John and Rodney have moved into our living rooms for safety. Which is, in a sense, true.
icarusancalion
Jan. 1st, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
I think this is my favorite fic of SGA Santa this year.
(no subject) - saffronhouse - Jan. 7th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
tavabean
Dec. 24th, 2011 05:38 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed reading this story from Kaleb's POV. I don't think I've ever read one like this before. :)
saffronhouse
Jan. 7th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
no, I didn't know of any either. He turned ouot to be a fun narrator to write.
omg_wtf_yeah
Dec. 24th, 2011 09:47 am (UTC)
I really, really enjoyed this. I love that Kaleb isn't an action hero like the individual members of Team Sheppard are, both because it's realistic for him not to be and because it really shows how brave John, Rodney, Ronon, and Teyla are. I loved Kaleb and Rodney's conversations, John's reasons for being angry with Rodney, Teyla being a queen, Ronon being awesome... Anyway, great fic. Will definitely read again. :D
saffronhouse
Jan. 4th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
I had just ridiculous fun writing Ronon in the Miller's house! Really, in some ways it seems he and Teyla would be most at home there-- they're the ones who seem to understand how a happy family works
(no subject) - omg_wtf_yeah - Jan. 5th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC) - Expand
popkin16
Dec. 24th, 2011 12:36 pm (UTC)
Anything I saw has already been said.

I love outsider POV fics, especially ones like this, who don't know the full scope of John and Rodney's lives. It leads to interesting situations. Kaleb's reaction was so normal and human - it's easy to forget that, sometimes, after watching the show and reading so many fics about the courageous (and often times stupid) things that the Team does in response to danger.

I've been in a situation where someone I love was seriously injured, and though I didn't quite react like Kaleb did, I know very well how the brain *freezes* and you feel unable to act.

Wonderfully done ♥
saffronhouse
Jan. 4th, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
Augh. How terrifying to be trapped in a moment like that! Which is, I guess, what I imagined for the story. I'm gratified the story did some kind of justice to the reality of trauma in your reading. Thank you.
(no subject) - popkin16 - Jan. 4th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC) - Expand
michelel72
Dec. 25th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
The contrast drawn here between the team's usual derring-do and Kaleb's everyday life and proportionate reactions is brilliant. Of course there's no shame in Kaleb's reactions, and yet it's natural that he would feel it regardless. And I kind of love that Madison provides the truth Kaleb needs to hear while acting like an actual kid throughout.
saffronhouse
Jan. 4th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
Well, her uncle IS the smartest man in two galaxies...!
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