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The Bribe Book 3 - part 3

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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.

Fanarts did the pretty picture!

 

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OK - I've been in France... not so easy to post stuff without internet access - and I'm not holing up in McDonalds just so I can post this stuff in front of my 15 year old niece!

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Book One starts here

Book Two - part one is here 


It was getting worse. Ever since the ‘Bug Incident’ – as Rodney thought of it – all their missions had gone wrong. They had been out to various worlds where Miss Teyla had friends and where they had been welcomed with open arms. However, in two thirds of these missions the Wraith had turned up - sending the Athosians’ allies into the hell that came after a culling, and the Lanteans running for home.

Rodney was getting good at running.

To make matters worse, every time they came back from a mission there were too many armed soldiers waiting for them to return, Dr Weir hovered and tried to get his Master to talk.

And then there was Bates.

Bates. He was waiting again this time and Rodney sighed as he headed into another confrontation he couldn’t control, and he certainly couldn’t win.

“Ego! Tell me what happened!” Bates ordered as the Major ascended the steps again to debrief Dr Weir.

“Nothing, sir,” Rodney reported. “We turned up at the village, Miss Teyla introduced us, we had some food and then the gate dialled and the Wraith arrived.”

“Did Teyla leave you alone at any point?” Bates demanded, and Rodney bit back an angry, sarcastic retort. He so desperately wanted to tear into the stupid sergeant and rip away his suspicions, but Rodney had to control himself if he valued his back.

“No, sir. She was with us at all times.”

“Did she speak in a different language? Signal to anyone?” Bates pressed.

Rodney really wanted to push the idiot out of the way, but he couldn’t. “She didn’t, sir. She just wants to help us find allies! Sir, she’s losing friends she has known all her life!” Rodney argued.

Bates almost spat his derision. “She’s selling us out and the sooner we get this trash off our city, the better.”

“Can I go to the infirmary now, sir? It’s where I was ordered to go by my Master,” Rodney asked as humbly as he could.

“I might suspect you too… if I wasn’t watching every move you make,” Bates threatened, and Rodney shivered at the pure menace behind the security officer’s words.

***

When the next mission had Rodney in the infirmary, hit by a Wraith stunner, he knew that his Master would be up against it. The Major had said as much the night before, and Rodney worried for Miss Teyla and the Athosians.

“Are you well, Rodney?” Teyla asked, appearing as he was being released from the infirmary.

“I can’t feel my fingers properly… but I think I’m ok, ma’am,” Rodney smiled.

“May I accompany you back to your quarters?” Teyla offered and Rodney nodded, unsure what to do.

They walked in silence for most of the way, but as they reached the room that the Major had taken over, Teyla asked.

“Do you resent our presence in Atlantis?”

“What? No, ma’am!” Rodney responded in alarm. “It’s not your fault you are here and you’re helping us with food and things! No! No way!”

“There are others who do not see it as you do,” Teyla told him.

“Sergeant Bates,” Rodney nodded.

“And others who form a group around him. He does not trust us. I believe he thinks of us as savages,” Teyla told him bitterly.

“He’s wrong!” Rodney replied, adamantly.

Teyla smiled her wise smile. “My people do not feel welcome here, and they do not approve of my friendship with your… Master.” Rodney had noticed that she had always had difficulty acknowledging his status. “They believe that I am deluded when I say that I am convinced that your people are the answer to ridding us of the Wraith.”

Rodney palmed the door open and led her inside, urging Teyla to sit while he settled on the floor.

“We are not your Ancestors, Miss Teyla, but we do have Science and we do have the gene. We don’t understand all of the technology that the Ancients left behind, but we are making progress.”

“I know this to be true, Rodney,” Teyla agreed, “and I know that you are not the Ancestors returned to us, but I do know that your people are the only ones who can stand up to the Wraith. I have lost so many friends and many allies to the Wraith… your people can help me fight back!”

“The soldiers are brave and not afraid to fight,” Rodney acknowledged, “I… I would fight too if I could.”

“If you would like to learn to fight, then I should be honoured to show you,” Teyla offered and Rodney chuckled.

“I’m very fortunate that my Master allows me to take a gun on our missions. If I were to even attempt to hit a free person, even in training…” Rodney shuddered theatrically.

“Thank you for your friendship, Rodney. I must return to my people and discuss these events.”

***

There was land on the planet – a vast continent and the Athosians were going to live there and raise crops. Teyla was excited, but fearful and she had sought Rodney out again, telling him of her desire to remain and fight and how this meant that she was practically rejecting her people. Rodney wasn’t quite sure why she came to him and told him these things. He really wasn’t very good at people and had no idea how to reassure her. He had tried to awkwardly pat her on the back once and she had frowned, puzzled… so he hadn’t tried that again.

The scent of suspicion and mistrust was strong in the city and there was hostility between the Athosians and the Lanteans. Even those who had not thought about the implications of the Pegasus natives’ presence in their home, were now being confronted with hateful glares from their guests. The Athosians were strongly united and it was clear that they no longer felt welcome.

In the meantime, Rodney’s Master was stuck in a hard place, as he explained, pacing around the lab where Rodney was working.

“I really understand where Elizabeth and Bates are coming from, but it makes no sense that the Athosians, who really hate the Wraith, would be signalling them and helping them!” the Major groused. “What do they have to gain by it? And when, exactly, are they supposed to be doing this?”

“Miss Teyla went off on her own on that planet with the shy people, Master,” Rodney reminded him.

“I know, but… not Teyla! Not even Dr Weir thought it could be Teyla! And she brought Ford back! I can’t see it! Not Teyla! Bates thinks that I’m not good enough for his men… I’m not his precious Sumner!” the Major ranted.

“It’s only a few people, Master, not the whole expedition and Dr Weir thinks that you’re the best person to do the job! Lt Ford would follow you anywhere!” Rodney reassured.

“Ford’s like a big puppy! Feed him and take out for walks regularly and he’ll do anything for you!” the Major smirked. “The others think I’m just a pilot.”

Rodney watched his Master pace around again, unsure if he was supposed to say anything.

Rodney’s Master suddenly banged a steel cupboard behind Rodney with his boot and growled.

“I don’t wanna lose Teyla… but she thinks I have betrayed her. Bates just dragged her off like some… some criminal!” he thumped his fist down on the surface. “And now they want to just dump them on the landmass… we don’t even know what’s down there!”

“I thought the Athosians wanted to go, Master?” Rodney argued.

The Major looked at him. “Without access to the Stargate? Dumped to farm for us? Cut off and dependent? I don’t think so! I’m going to see if Ford’s woken up yet!”

The Major stormed off again and Rodney sighed and went back to the simulation he was ‘observing’. He had already surreptitiously changed it twice to improve it, but he was still stuck just watching.

“Slave!”

Rodney started at the sound of Bates’ bark, then he resigned himself to more problems. “Yes Sir.”

“I want these things scanned,” Bates commanded, dumping a bag of Athosian stuff on Rodney’s desk.

“Scanned, sir?” Rodney questioned. Then he realised that he had seen some of these things before. “These belong to Miss Teyla!” he protested.

“Yes, they do and I want it checked and re-checked for hidden weapons, transmitters, recording devices…” the sergeant ordered.

“I can’t do this, sir…” Rodney tried to wriggle out of it, but Bates stepped closer.

“Your Master knows about this and you will do it!”

Rodney quailed under the threatening stance of the sergeant and Bates stepped back, mollified and certain that his orders would be carried out. Rodney sighed and started looking through Miss Teyla’s personal stuff.

***

“Master?” Rodney called querulously on the radio.

“Rodney? I’m with Ford, can this wait?” John answered.

“Not really, Master,” Rodney sounded scared.

John jumped off the bed and shook Ford’s arm.

“No more head-bumping!”

“No Sir,” Ford answered sheepishly, rubbing his head where he had hit it.

John trotted off to the lab where he was met by his slave kneeling with head bowed, surrounded by things that could only be owned by…

“What the hell is this?” he demanded, furiously.

“Please, Master, I know how it looks, but…” Rodney tried to explain.

“How it looks?” John growled. “Did Bates put you up to this?” he demanded. “I’m gonna bust his ass! Then I’m gonna whip you so hard you won’t be sitting down again for a month!”

“Yes Master,” Rodney nodded unhappily, “but… please, Master…”

“Teyla has NOTHING to do with this!” John grabbed the ring on Rodney’s collar and hauled him up, shaking him.

“I know, Master! I know! But… he was right! He was right!” Rodney cried, flinching.

“What?” John stopped shaking his slave, but didn’t release his grip.

“This, Master… it’s a transmitter!” he held up the locket thing that John had found.

“What? But… but I found this. I gave it to her!” John took the locket. “I found it on her planet, in the ruins… we have to go and show Elizabeth.”

***

When John got back to his room, after speaking to the Wraith they had captured, he found Rodney kneeling again. His slave was prostrate in the middle of the room and shaking, almost as badly as he had been during the mission. His head was on the floor and his hands were by his head and he was clearly expecting the worst.

John was unsure what to do. On the one hand his slave had violated Teyla’s privacy in the worst possible way and had deliberately searched through her stuff, but on the other, he had been intimidated by Bates and he had acquitted himself well on the planet.

He circled the terrified slave, wondering what to do.

“Get up!” he commanded. He had made a decision and he was going to implement it.

Rodney got to his knees and looked up pleadingly at his Master, but he obviously didn’t dare to speak.

“Why did you do it?” John demanded. “You knew that I would never condone searching through Teyla’s stuff like that!”

“Sergeant Bates told me that you knew about it Master,” Rodney replied miserably. “I should have known he was lying.”

John picked up the leash that he had bought for his slave and hooked it onto his slave’s collar. He then crouched down and looked Rodney in the eyes.

“You’re on a short leash, Rodney. There must be someone holding this at all times, or I want it tied to something solid. We both know you can undo it, so there’s no danger to you, but you are not going anywhere unaccompanied. There are two reasons for this. I want to know that I can trust you and this is punishment.”

“Yes Master,” Rodney acknowledged.

“Also I don’t want you going anywhere with Bates or his cronies.” The Major gave the leash a shake. “This will be handled by people I can trust – Teyla, Elilzabeth, Carson, Zelenka and maybe others – we’ll see.”

“Yes Master,” Rodney responded again.

“Get up and get my wash things,” John commanded and was surprised when Rodney hesitated. “Well?”

“Should I b…bring the whip, Master?” Rodney asked, holding up a short, whippy crop.

All the tension left John as he saw his slave offering himself up for punishment. At the end of the day, Rodney had been coerced by Bates and it had been Teyla’s locket that was to blame. John smiled and ruffled Rodney’s hair, picking up the leash’s handle.

“No, I think the short leash thing is going to be horrid enough. Come on, before the hot water runs out.” The Major started towards the bathroom.

Rodney stood and looked at his Master with such admiration and devotion that John blushed. Then he reasoned that Rodney would soon realise that his Master was just a guy and things would be back to normal.

Rodney knew better and followed his Master with a heart full of love.


Comments

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savannah8112
Feb. 20th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
john a un peu passé ça colère sur rodney le pauvre, remarque c'est vrai que john a quand meme un coté sombre qui ressort de temps en temps, je me demande s'il ne va pas aller trop loin un jour, je me demande si la confiance qu'a rodney en lui ne serai pas plus ou moins brisée surtout rodney qui a du mal à faire confiance, celle-ci serai dure pour john à retrouver, de toute façon il resterai son esclave mais comme le dit john peut etre aussi se rendrait-il compte qu'il n'est qu'un homme
fenchurch1
Feb. 20th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
Et oui - c'est vrai que John peut se montrer assez dur parfois, mais au meme temps il est fache a cause d'etre un peu trahis par son esclave - Rodney a presque attaque la copine de son maitre. Au meme temps son sort n'est pas trop dur - plutot ennuyeux! J'ai suivi les reactions dans l'episode et il est vrai que John est fache contre Rodney et ce qu'il vient de faire.

Merci encore une fois d'avoir lu et d'avoir laisser un comment!
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Feb. 21st, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
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d_odyssey
Feb. 21st, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
Poor Rodney, caught in a no-win situation. Bates-grrr. Glad John saw the position Rodney was caught in and didn't whip him. Love Rodney's devotion to John and John's protectiveness toward Rodney. Another wonderful chapter.
fenchurch1
Feb. 21st, 2012 08:52 am (UTC)
Aw - thanks!
berthablue
Feb. 21st, 2012 04:16 am (UTC)
Poor Rodney :( I think the short leash might be a good idea anyway - keep him from being able to be ordered around and whatnot by others! Glad he didn't end up getting whipped!

Sudden realization: if I ever had a slave, I'd be the equivalent of a helicopter mom to protect them from any unwanted trouble.
fenchurch1
Feb. 21st, 2012 08:53 am (UTC)
I think I'd be the same - always worrying! I'm glad you approve of John's action in this.
Thanks again!
sps_92
Feb. 21st, 2012 04:49 am (UTC)
I enjoyed the chapter, only down side is it was way tooooo short.

thanks for giving us another wonderful chapter to read and I will look forward to the next one
fenchurch1
Feb. 21st, 2012 08:55 am (UTC)
Sorry about the length! I have a couple of chapters to get ready and send to the beta which are both a bit longer and angsty. I'll get them ready as quickly as I can.
Thanks!
texanfan
Feb. 21st, 2012 04:49 am (UTC)
Bates' distrust of Teyla takes on all kinds of extra nasty connotations in this world. I feel so bad for Rodney, caught in a no win scenario, unable to use his snark to good effect. It will be interesting to see where you go from here. I love the description of Ford! :)
fenchurch1
Feb. 21st, 2012 08:58 am (UTC)
The description of Ford was mostly canon! John tells him 'You're like a big puppy' in this episode and he really does bounce around trying to explore and have fun! John's anger at Rodney was totally canon too.
Thank you so much for commenting. Next two chapters are longer and may take a bit of time to sort out.
popkin16
Feb. 21st, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)
Poor Rodney :( I'm glad John didn't punish him too harshly. Something needs to be done about Bates - hopefully the same thing happens to him here as it does in S1. He's an ass.

Poor Teyla and her people, too. I hope that situation follows canon too, and they move to the mainland and tensions ease between them and the Atlanteans.

Great update, I hope we get another one soon ♥
fenchurch1
Feb. 21st, 2012 09:01 am (UTC)
I was really annoyed when Bates turned up in season 4 and John was pleased to see him! Didn't he remember what a prickly git he was? And how he seemed to really dislike Teyla and the Athosians? And how come he switched into the Air Force anyway?
Yes - Teyla's people will go to the mainland. It's obviously where they belong now and anyway they need to grow food for their captors... I mean saviours!
The next two chapters are meatier and longer and need some work before they are ready for daylight. Thanks for commenting and reading!
chaoskir
Feb. 21st, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
Poor Rodney! Great John! Awesome chapter!
fenchurch1
Feb. 21st, 2012 11:23 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
freekydj
Feb. 26th, 2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
I've caught up to where you're at, and friended so i hopefully don't miss new chapters. I'm glad John realised that Rodney had been put in a no-win situation. Looking forward to more. Hopefully less of Bates now, cause he just plain scares me in this 'Verse!
fenchurch1
Feb. 26th, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
Yes - he's a bit mean...! He will pop up again though. Rodney has more to go through... as soon as it is written and beta-ed! Thank you so much for reading and commenting! Oh and friending...!
acdc_wc
Mar. 12th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
Amazing fic i have never watch the show, but i liked your white collar slavefic so much that i decided to give it a try, and i loved it so much that now i think iam going to watch the show xD
fenchurch1
Mar. 12th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
Haha! Another convert! It's fun and sometimes a bit silly, but watch it with slash goggles and you'll love it! I'm going to post another WC fic here as soon as I get my new laptop up and running. I'm on hubby's pc at the moment...

Thanks for giving me a go and for commenting!
melodysparks
Jul. 15th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
I came across the the first part by accident while I was searching for another SGA fic and was intrigued and have spent the whole afternoon reading and I thoroughly enjoyed this series and look foreard to the next episode
fenchurch1
Jul. 15th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks and there may well be more - I lost a lot of it when my laptop lost an argument with a cup of tea, and I just couldn't face writing it all again. I recently sent a completely different fic to my Glorious Goddess, so maybe I will be able to get back to this one as well. Thank you for giving me a go and for letting me know!
(Anonymous)
Aug. 2nd, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
The Bribe
Phew, found this fic three days ago and read the whole lot around having to go to work. Thoroughly enjoyed reading. Boo to Bates and Hurray to Sheppard for looking after Rodney and making him feel human again. Hope Kavanaugh gets his comeuppance soon for pushing Rodney around. Looking forward to the next chapters.
fenchurch1
Aug. 2nd, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
Aw... thank you. I think there is a bit more posted (use the 'next' button), but the rest is still in my head or on my broken laptop. I haven't abandoned it - I promise. Thank you for commenting - each comment brings me closer to getting on with writing!
fenchurch1
Aug. 2nd, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
Re:
I'm sorry - I thought I had posted another part before my laptop died, taking a huge chunk of Book 3 with it.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 16th, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
Please, please, please, don't abandon this great story! I can imagine how much it sucks to loose the whole work you have already done to a cup of tea - but I'm still hoping you will write it down again and post more chapters. I think the bribe is the best slavefic ever!!! Thanks for all the chapters so far, which I've read a couple of times already. Waiting and praying form more, Tanja
fenchurch1
Aug. 16th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I have been writing and I hope to post a different story soon, so hopefully I can start on The Bribe again once that is out of the way! Comments like yours really help!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 11th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
I have just recently discovered this fic and, I admit this somewhat guiltily, read the entire thing in one sitting. While this sort of AU does not normally appeal to me, you have managed to capture the spirit of the characters such that they remain themselves despite the difference in circumstances.

John feels like John and Rodney feels like Rodney, neither they nor any of the other characters comes off as an OC that happens to have the same facial features and general skill set. This is quite refreshing as it feels like I am reading about character I have come to know well instead of having to make do with facsimiles.

Please know you have my best wishes and hope for seeing this story continued. I offer you as much encouragement as this rather limited medium is able to transmit.
fenchurch1
Sep. 11th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your comment - it made me very happy! I have recently written a completely different tale that my beta is reviewing (we are both coping with beginning of term issues) and I am hoping that I can get going again on this story. I know where it is going and I have already written a few chapters of it once...! Thanks again!
dragonlover_44
Jan. 8th, 2013 05:02 am (UTC)
Like someone else who commented, I found this fic/series after looking at your White Collar ones. I have never watched SGA, but I loved this fic. Actually, I seem to have a thing for the McShep pairing...I seem to remember reading a couple other SGA AU fics with this pairing and a slave fic theme going on...But that's besides the point at the moment.

I'd love to read more of this fic in the future - I read what was up so far in one go.
fenchurch1
Jan. 8th, 2013 09:50 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! I love White Collar and I did have plans to continue those stories too. The Bribe is still in my 'To Do URGENTLY' folder and I will post as soon as I have something beta-ed. Do have a look around as there are some really good slavefics in this fandom!
runiechica
Feb. 1st, 2013 05:42 am (UTC)
Love this story. Hope your muse strikes and you continue it. :)
fenchurch1
Feb. 18th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
Sorry for not replying immediately -i have been writing again and I hope to have something to post soon. Thanks for reading and I'll try not to take too long....
spacewolfcub
Dec. 5th, 2013 08:31 am (UTC)
Woe is you! The trauma of losing a computer is harrowing.

I just found this fic and read the whole thing. It's beautiful to see a WhiteKnight!John, who is not some kind of Gary Stu, protecting his scientist. <3

I seriously hope your muse gifts us all with more, and that the Custodians get some protection too like Dr Weir said. :-P
fenchurch1
Dec. 5th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
Hi there! Thanks for reading and especially for leaving a comment, I really haven't abandoned this, but it is proving difficult. I have written up a large chunk, but there is an important bridge in between where I left off and where it starts again... Maybe after Christmas... (Wince... Hides behind monitor...).
myscus
Mar. 5th, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
Was thinking, wonder where that fab fic I read ages ago got to. So I looked you up. Still fabulous. I total understand life getting in the way of writing but I'm still gonna keep my hopes up on this one. Love Rodney vulnerability and John's stubbornness.
timespirt
Jul. 4th, 2014 10:31 pm (UTC)
Hi hon,

Will you be finishing this story?

Thank You

Time
fenchurch1
Jul. 4th, 2014 10:59 pm (UTC)
Sigh... Yes, I can't abandon it, but I want to finish it before I post any more. So, thanks for your interest, and watch this space...
timespirt
Jul. 5th, 2014 03:29 am (UTC)
I will. I have been with this since book one and will wait for the rest. "HUGS"
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