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Atlantis Summer Camp: part 1/6

Title:  Atlantis Summer Camp: part 1/6
Author: Snowglow1275
Rating:  PG for this part
Word Count: 17,396 total
Summary: AU where Atlantis is a summer camp and Rodney gets talked into being a counselor.
Pairings/characters: Rodney/John, Jeannie/Carson, Sam, Tayla, Ronon, Zelenka/Lorne, Elizabeth, Jack/Daniel, and everyone else in the Stargate universe is fair game.
Authors Note:  I've been working on this for a long time and have five parts already written but have found that I am not nearly done! Expect this to get very long. As always, helpful advice, insight, and critique is more than welcome. Please enjoy!
Beta: Thanks so much to the lovely  [info]momma_66 for being so wonderful and patient with me about this fic!

Disclaimer: Not my toys!

 


“Ring! Ring!”

Rodney sighed, looking up from the piles of books and equations, and began rooting through the mess for his cell phone. He located the lit screen and pulled it out from under a pile of papers he had been helping to grade. He rolled his eyes at the caller ID telling him it was his sister.

“I’m working on my thesis this summer! End of discussion!”

“Hello Jeannie, how are you today? Fine, thanks, Mer, and you?” She parroted.

Sigh. “Jeannie, I’m really busy…” His voice practically begging for her to drop this topic they had been arguing over for the better part of a week already. He was slightly tempted, against his better judgment, and didn’t know if he could hold out much longer. Something Jeannie probably knew and intended to use to her full advantage.

“I know, I know, dissertation, classes, grading, networking, blah, blah, blah! Which is exactly why you need a break. You’ve been pushing yourself for your whole life and this is the last summer you have available to do whatever you want to do before being pulled in every direction by that professional scientist’s world you somehow want to belong to. You should have fun! You do remember what fun is, don’t you?” She continued without letting him get in an answer. “Besides, do you know how much trouble I went through to get you this job offer?”

“Yes, yes, you’ve told me, repeatedly! But, seriously, how much trouble could it have been to get a job at a summer camp? It’s not like asking for a grant or anything.”

“Honestly, Mer, you can be so dense sometimes! It’s a camp for gifted children, all the councilors have great credentials, and I really think you would fit in for once in your life!”

“Maybe I don’t want to fit in, huh?” Rodney yelled, just to be ornery, and then felt very childish. “This is important, Jeannie, I’m doing important work here! And, you know, you could stand to do more with that brain of yours, too.”

“Don’t change the subject, Mer! You’ve got your whole life ahead of you to do ‘important work’! Live a little!”

“You’re not going to drop this, are you?” He sighed.

“No! You are going to come, and you are going to enjoy it!”

Rodney just huffed. Jeannie’s voice softened, “You will, Mer, trust me for once, okay?”

Rodney sighed, he wouldn’t tell her but she was right, he did want to relax, have a little fun, before committing his whole life to science. “Okay, alright, you win!”

Jeannie squealed in Rodney’s ear. “Yes! Oh, god, Mer, you’ll have so much fun! This is gonna be great! I’ll e-mail you the details later! Oh, god! I love you, Mer, bye!”

“Love you, too.”

Rodney closed the phone, looking over his crowded desk, and allowed himself a smile. He was reluctantly beginning to look forward to this adventure his sister had been spouting about.

 

~*~

 

Jeannie hung up and turned excitedly to her computer, opening her e-mail and typing rapidly.

 

Fr: sweetiemissjeannie@hotmail.com

To: zenmistress@gmail.com, chewie345@yahoo.com, blondeintheclouds@USAF.edu, checkingoutyourjenes@hotmail.com

OMG!!!! He’s coming! Love you all! See you soon!

 

She sent that and opened another.

Fr: sweetiemissjeannie@hotmail.com

To: carpefrickingdiem@yahoo.com

Rodney’s coming! I had to beg him every waking hour for the last 5 days! But I did it! I can’t wait for you to meet him, he’ll love you. Be patient with him- he takes some getting used to but I’m sure you’ll love him, too! Can’t wait! Love you!

P.S. you owe me big!

 

Jeannie was really quite proud of herself at having convinced Rodney to do something he had initially adamantly refused to do. She could be more stubborn than him sometimes.

 

~*~

 

Rodney cast an appraising eye over his room mentally going through his extensive check list. He had packed anything he thought he could possibly need from his homemade sunscreen to clothes for any and all natural and manmade occasion, even throwing in his own laptop. He’d done his research, he was a genius after all, and knew he would have access to a small collection of high-tech goodies but he wasn’t about to trust some unknown country bumpkin’s definition of high tech when he could easily bring his own. Everything he wasn’t bringing was neatly packed into boxes and stacked into a corner of the closet. He had also been kind enough to meticulously clean the room and leave an extensive list of expectations for the occupant his roommate had found for while Rodney was away. He took a deep breath and fervently hoped he wouldn’t regret this uncharacteristic decision. After a moment he turned, grabbed the last bag and left the room, closing the door behind him.

Rodney left the bag sitting in the entranceway of the little graduate housing apartment he shared before making his way into the kitchen one last time. He never really thought he could get along with someone other than family well enough to stand living with them but his roommate and he had so much in common he had found it surprisingly easy to settle into a comfortable familiarity and even a friendship of sorts.

Kevin was pouring over some books and munching on some chips. He had opted to take summer classes for the first time this year, strange that this was the only time Rodney wasn’t taking classes.

“You off?” Kevin asked, closing a book and leaning back in his chair.

“Yeah.” Rodney opened the refrigerator and grabbed the last of the food that was *his*. He piled a few bottled drinks and various snacks into a bag. The rest of the food that he had bought was being donated to Kevin.

“You already got the place rented, right?”

“Yeah.”

“Just make sure they get my list. I don’t want to come back to a disaster area.”

“Don’t worry. They’re really clean, I did my homework, and I know you well enough by now.”

“Yes, well, you should.” Rodney sighed. This was a little strange. He’d never had someone he would come so close to calling a friend. He really didn’t know the proper way to leave this.

Kevin stood up and gave Rodney a quick half-hug, “See you, McKay.”

“Yeah, you too.” Rodney grabbed his bag on they way out.

His little car was packed; he really hadn’t wanted to risk leaving anything he might need behind. Rodney placed the food bag within easy reach and pulled the car onto the street. He had never really liked driving but plane tickets were always too expensive for him so long car rides were just something he had forced himself to get used to, only this time he wasn’t heading north.


Part 2


Tell me what you think! I live off comments!


 

Comments

( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
ribbon_purple
Jul. 14th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is fun! :o)
snowglow1275
Jul. 14th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
That's about what I thought about...Oh, three months ago. It's been slow going but it won't ever be boring. Thanks for reading!
momma_66
Jul. 14th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Yay! Glad to the you're posting it. I'd say 'can't wait for more' but.. y'know. :D
snowglow1275
Jul. 14th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Oh! Damn! i cant believe it. God! i feel like such a bad person! totally forgot to mention you. sooo sorry. *scurries off to remedy the situation*
Oh, yeah, and Thanks! ;P
zyckel
Jul. 14th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
amusingly refreshing
Can't wait for the next installment.
snowglow1275
Jul. 14th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Re: amusingly refreshing
Thanks! Don't worry, its coming!
winter_elf
Jul. 14th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
LOL - McKay at camp :) Amusing times ahead.
foolish_m0rtal
Jul. 15th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
Mckay at summer camp? This is going to be great, if great is synonymous with hilarious disaster and hijinks.
Can't wait to read more!
snowglow1275
Jul. 15th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Now you mention it...I have disaster and hijinks bunnies in a cage and am watching them multiply as we speak! (Oh, Kinky!)
Thanks for reading!
foolish_m0rtal
Jul. 15th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
Could these bunnies be a little more *sonic?*

Haha, huzzah, Doctor Who!
witch_in_winter
Jul. 15th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Reads like a fun time ahead. Looking forward to your next posting.
adafrog
Jul. 15th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Cute, thanks.
fenchurch1
Jul. 15th, 2009 10:25 am (UTC)
I know nothing about these camps, being an ignorant Brit, but this looks fun! Rodney being surrounded by brats he hates but who seem to love him always goes down well!
snowglow1275
Jul. 16th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
I only went to camp once but i understand it's a fairly common experience. i will be making most of it up as i go. I am so far out of my depth! eek! oh, well. thanks for reading!
enedre_drakaina
Jul. 16th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to this!
khyrra
Jul. 19th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
This is a fun idea! Quick note: the correct spelling is counselor when in this situation. Councilor is a member of a Council.
snowglow1275
Jul. 19th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
I worried about that but couldn't figure it out! I'm not a good speller, so thank you, again.
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