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The Bribe Book 3 - part 2

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Title: The Bribe Book 3 part 2

Author: Fenchurch

Pairing: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay

Warnings: Slavefic so NC-17

Fandom: Stargate Atlantis

Pairing: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay

Beta: My own Goddess47 to whom be all thanks and praise.

Sincere apologies for making you all wait and thank you so much for the regular kicks I've been getting from commenters! I do have a few more chapters to post, although they need to be beta-d first and I have a grand plan...

Fanarts did the pretty picture!

 

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Story so far…

Rodney made one big mistake in his life; one that nearly cost the life of a member of SG-1, and he is now a slave. He was offered to Major John Sheppard as a bribe to influence his decision to go to Atlantis,  Sheppard accepted him because he thought Rodney needed saving. In the run up to departure Sheppard has learned that slave ownership is not as easy as it looks!

At the end of Book One, they made it through the gate. Book 2 dealt with the arrival in Atlantis.

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Book One starts here

Book Two - part one is here 

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Part 2

When Marie went in to check on the patient at about 2am, she heard whimpering and it made her frown. Major Sheppard had been through a lot today and, although he had regained consciousness briefly earlier, he had soon succumbed to exhaustion. He had died for a few minutes and had his heart rebooted, so it was weird that he should be resurfacing now.

The nurse pulled back the privacy curtain that the doctors had constructed and discovered that it wasn’t the patient making that noise. It was a slave sitting cross-legged on the floor, leaning against the Major’s cot bed. She could tell from the dull gleam of the collar around his neck that showed above his science uniform.

“What are you doing here?” She hissed, making the slave start in surprise and yelp.

“Ma’am?” His blue eyes looked frightened.

“You shouldn’t be here!”

“H… he’s my Master, Ma’am,” the slave whispered back, eyes flicking up to the patient. “I… I couldn’t be anywhere else.”

Marie thought for a second. It was obvious that the whimpering had come from the slave, so she decided to get him away and thus avoid disturbing the patient. The man in the bed was the military commander and needed to rest and recover.

Mind made up, Marie beckoned at the slave and hissed,

“Come with me… now!”

The slave hesitated, looking back at the Major, then he nodded and got up, smoothing the sheet over his Master, even though it wasn’t needed, checking that there was water nearby and that the call button was by the Major’s hand. He then turned and followed Marie to the break room.

Doctor Beckett had set this room up with a cot bed and coffee machine so that the night duty nurse or doctor would have a place to relax. Once the door was closed, Marie sat in the cream chair that had survived millennia, and pointed at the coffee machine. The slave filled one of the mugs and held it out to her with a selection of creamer and sweeteners, but she showed him her own mug.

“It’s for you,” she told him. The slave was clearly surprised, but he quickly replaced the condiments in their trays and settled on the floor with his prize, which he clearly relished.

“Now, tell me what you are doing here,” she instructed.

“I belong to the Major, Ma’am, and I couldn’t stay in his room while he wasn’t there. I thought… I… he might need me,” the slave answered.

“What’s your name?” she asked gently.

“Rodney, Ma’am.”

“My name is Marie… Ma’am makes me feel old,” Marie grimaced with some humour, but Rodney was clearly disturbed by this and he knelt up quickly.

“I’m really sorry, Ma’am… uh… Nurse Marie… I… I didn’t mean to… I’m not very good at… I didn’t mean to be rude!” Rodney babbled desperately.

“It’s ok,” Marie grinned. “I’m not offended, I just wanted to offer you someone to talk to. You sounded upset.”

Now the slave looked positively astounded.

“Someone to talk to, Nurse Marie?” he gasped. “I’m a slave!” he reminded her, showing her his collar with its tags.

“You were whimpering. You were clearly upset. Now, tell me what is wrong,” she commanded.

Rodney sat back and pulled his knees up to his chest, placing the coffee mug down on the ground.

“My Master has been nothing but wonderful to me and… he died today,” he told her.

“He was shocked and then revived,” Marie agreed. She had been told the whole thrilling story by Doctor Beckett before being left in charge.

“I know… I had to watch and there was nothing I could do. I was working as fast as I could and I even shouted at Lt Ford, but… but he died and… I can’t lose him, Nurse Marie, I can’t! He’s made my life… bearable! He saved me and he can’t die!” Rodney’s eyes filled with tears and Marie smiled sympathetically. “He had this… this bug on his neck and they couldn’t get it off – they tried everything and I couldn’t think of anything to help, and I couldn’t get the drive pod to retract! We were stuck and there was nothing I could do and he… he was in such pain!”

“Rodney? Rodney, shush!” Marie tried to calm the distraught slave. Eventually he came to the end of his woes and she knelt in front of him. “Rodney, your Master survived.”

“He told me to go,” Rodney added in a calmer voice. “He stayed to hold off the Wraith while the Lieutenant and Miss Teyla and I made our way back. It should have been me… I should have stayed behind.”

“Can you fight Wraith?” Marie asked gently.

“I can shoot a gun without dropping it!” Rodney responded.

“He probably felt that you were under his protection and that you were pretty defenceless,” Marie suggested.

“He was in such pain,” Rodney moaned again. “And he won’t be totally fit again for a few days at least.”

“He’s strong, Rodney and he’ll be fine,” Marie reassured him.

“What would happen to me if he died?” Rodney asked rhetorically. “I would revert back to Military ownership and…. I can’t go back. He’s made me… he’s spoiled me and… it would kill me.” Rodney was embarrassed at the tears that threatened to fall.

“Rodney?” Marie put a hand on the slave’s shoulder and smiled. “Listen to me. Your Master is alive and well. He may be weak for a few days, but he will need you to help him and serve him. You will have to encourage him and inspire him and then, in a few days he’ll be fighting fit and you’ll have forgotten all this today.”

“You’re telling me not to worry about uncertain futures… but that’s what I do. I can’t switch it off and pretend… he’s a hero and it’s going to get him killed,” Rodney explained and there was that whimper again.

Marie sighed and stood up.

“I can’t stop you from thinking, but I can allow you to be near him. Take a pillow and a blanket from the store and you can sleep by his bed and be there when he wakes up in the morning. I’ll leave a note for Dr Biro when she takes over in the morning. Be there for him, Rodney and try and get some sleep.”

For a moment Rodney just stared at her, then he gave her a small, watery smile.

“Thank you very much, Nurse Marie… thank you for listening to me,” he said and then he did as she suggested and took a pillow and a blanket and left the room.

Marie refilled her coffee and sat back down. Then she put her hand in her pocket and pulled out an old photo of a smiling girl who looked remarkably similar to herself. The nurse stroked the picture with a small, sad smile and traced over the collar around her sister’s neck. 



There will soon be a series of... sort of post-ep type entries, just before the whole thing goes tremendously AU!

Please comment!

Part 3 is here

Comments

( 42 comments — Leave a comment )
rawa_02
Jan. 30th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
So glad to see this.
fenchurch1
Jan. 30th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks and apologies for the long long long delay!
thetammyjo
Jan. 31st, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
Hurray more update!
fenchurch1
Jan. 31st, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
Yeah... more to come... eventually!
texanfan
Jan. 31st, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
Yeah! You've started again! And two very nice episode codas. I like the indications of how Rodney's situation is changing with the larger population.

Sheppard is going to have to think about what happens to Rodney if he gets himself killed. I wonder how this will effect his self-sacrificing tendencies?

Marie is a bright spot. So nice to see someone being kind.
fenchurch1
Jan. 31st, 2012 07:46 am (UTC)
Self-sacrificing tendencies? Sheppard will always put his own life last! However, he has already made provision for Rodney - he'll go to Carson.

Thanks for being there again! Sorry for the long wait.
texanfan
Feb. 2nd, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
That's what I get for not rereading the previous chapters. Such a task! :) A very happy task.

Looks like he needs to tell Rodney about the provision he's made.
d_odyssey
Jan. 31st, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
Very poignant and touching tag. Poor Rodney so upset with the thought of losing his Master. Nurse Marie was wonderful, glad she was there to listen and help.
fenchurch1
Jan. 31st, 2012 07:48 am (UTC)
The next part will not be so pleasant for Rodney, I'm afraid. Thanks for reading!
goddess47
Jan. 31st, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
Eeeeeeee!!!! You posted!

Nice! (Of course!)

Will wait (not so) patiently for more!
fenchurch1
Jan. 31st, 2012 07:52 am (UTC)
You get a sneak preview of course! Thank you again for your help and there should be more soon.
popkin16
Jan. 31st, 2012 08:12 am (UTC)
djfa;skfja; YOU UPDATED. OH I AM SO HAPPY 8DD

Poor Rodney, so terrified at the thought of losing John - not that I blame him! I can't imagine John will be any less self-sacrificing now that he has someone who needs him though :P I'm really eager to see how certain episodes are changed, given John and Rodney's different situation :P
fenchurch1
Jan. 31st, 2012 09:22 am (UTC)
I don't want to retell the episodes that we all know, but I do want to point out the bits that are different, given what they are in this world. And no - John not self-sacrificing? Ain't gonna happen! Thank you for commenting!
tdorian
Jan. 31st, 2012 09:39 am (UTC)
So gald to seen an update !!! But damn, you leave us here....arghhhh too short ! I need more. I want Sheppard awake and I want them to have a little peace, at least... Arghhh, definitly I need more. :D
fenchurch1
Jan. 31st, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! There's more on the way - promise!
sherry57
Jan. 31st, 2012 10:36 am (UTC)
So so happy to see an update to this story hon. I wanted to give Rodney a hug here. Thanks goodness Nurse Marie was there for him. Mind you, I could also help change Sheppard's bandages! lol
Looking forward to reading more about this growing relationship between Sheppard and Rodney. How will Rodney cope with his worries about his master's hero tendencies and how that might get him killed and also, how will Sheppard calm him down?
Looking forward to more of this story...when you find the time to write and post!
Thanks for this hon.
fenchurch1
Jan. 31st, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I have just sent the next part to the beta's! Unfortunately it is not an easy episode for Rodney... or John for that matter. My beta (my Goddess) pointed out that they really whumped poor John early on in the series, didn't they?
sheplover
Jan. 31st, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
Book 3
Just wanted to say, YEAH!!!! Very excited to have a bit more of this wonderful world. Can't wait for more.
fenchurch1
Jan. 31st, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Book 3
Thank you! Next part is at the beta's.
savannah8112
Jan. 31st, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
merci beaucoup c'est génial j'attendais la suite avec impatience et je ne suis pas déçu ,bien au contraire, j'ai aimé que tu reprenne l'épisode avec le bouclier personnelle, j'adore voir le côté héroîque et courageux de rodney, mais également son intelligence qui les sauvent tous au final, je me demandais si sam apparaitrai plus tard car j'espere quelle paiera ce qu'elle a fait à rodney.
J'ai hate de pouvoir lire la suite surtout que tu annonce qu'elle sera très UA, je me demande ce que tu réserve à rodney.
fenchurch1
Jan. 31st, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Merci enormement pour le comment - et il est vrai qu'il y a une nouvelle partie de la fic chez la beta! Il est aussi vrai que la serie devindra tres UA plus tard, mais il y a beaucoup qui va arriver avant ca. Merci d'avoir attendu, et a bientot!
cnine
Jan. 31st, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Uhh nice :) Looking forward to the next parts!
fenchurch1
Jan. 31st, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Watch this space!
spikespet7
Feb. 1st, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
Happy Dance.....there is more...there is more....and it's great.


Kimber
fenchurch1
Feb. 1st, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC)
Don't go wearing yourself out now...:-) Thanks for the comment and I will post when the next part comes back from the beta's.
chaoskir
Feb. 1st, 2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
Glad you wrote more. I still love this fic.
fenchurch1
Feb. 1st, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I'm quite fond of it too! As soon as the next part comes back from my goddess, I'll post it!
sps_92
Feb. 1st, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Wow, I only just descovered this fic and can't wait for the next part.

Thanks
fenchurch1
Feb. 2nd, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
Blimey, have you read the whole thing then? Phew! Thanks for reading and commenting and friending too! Still waiting for the next part to come back from my wonderful goddess, so it'll probably be up at the weekend.
sps_92
Feb. 2nd, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
Yep, read the whole lot and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to my weekend reading
berthablue
Feb. 2nd, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Yay! I had just about given up on this story... So glad to see more! Nurse Marie is sweet :)
fenchurch1
Feb. 7th, 2012 10:45 am (UTC)
Hey! Thanks for reading and I like Nurse Marie too!
sexycazzy
Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:26 am (UTC)
*squel* glad to see this back! I liked this lovely episode tag story! Looking forward to more from you!
fenchurch1
Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! sorry for making you wait!
elwoodjake
Feb. 2nd, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you for updating, it was such a pleasant surprise. These episode tags are a really interesting way of telling your story while filling the blanks in canon (though I find myself racking my brain, trying to remember what exactly happened on these first seasons!)
Thanks for keeping writing and sharing, I'll sure keep reading.
fenchurch1
Feb. 3rd, 2012 09:24 am (UTC)
I had to go and watch the episodes to refresh my memory and discovered that the disc with the first four eps had a huge scratch on it and wouldn't play! I used the transcripts instead. Still, it was lovely to watch an old ep again, just to remind myself why I loved it!
Thanks for commenting and reading and I'll post the next chapter as soon as it is ready.
hpstrangelove
Feb. 7th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
I just wanted to let you know I friended you so I could keep track of your updates, in case you're wondering who I am. I missed several parts of this and didn't want to miss any more!
fenchurch1
Feb. 7th, 2012 10:44 am (UTC)
Honoured to make your acquaintance! I'm still waiting for an answer from my beta before posting the next part. Thanks for reading and friending me - and thanks for letting me know! All comments gratefully received!
brenbooth
Feb. 8th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
Wow.. I have read book 1 and 2 and this one all on one sitting and enjoyed it.
Was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the story. I stay away from slave fics this is more like a fairy tale and I love heart tugging stories.
Can't wait for the rest.
fenchurch1
Feb. 9th, 2012 10:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! I guess I'm just a softy! The next part has just come back from the goddess and I'll try to post it before the weekend. Thank you for giving me a go!
hab318princess
Mar. 3rd, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
poor Rodney, so afraid

great chapter
fenchurch1
Mar. 4th, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
Thanks - things are going to get worse again soon - thanks reading and commenting - it really helps,
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