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John peers into the cupboard, plate in one hand as he tries to find a sliver of space to cram it into. Not likely, considering the cupboard already holds five plates of different sizes, two mugs, one glass, one eggcup, two ballpoint pens, the crockpot, the egg cooker, the electronic cheese grater, the food processor, three digital kitchen scales, the pasta maker, the bread machine, the deep fryer and Rodney's beloved fully-automatic coffee grinder that also measures the exact amount of beans for the perfect cup of espresso; a feature shared by both the programmable coffee/cappuccino/espresso/insert-random-coffee-related-beverage-here maker and Rodney's equally beloved Elite Gourmet Home-Brewing System.

If John adds that plate, the cupboard might well collapse into a Black Hole of kitchen paraphernalia.

Note to self: do something about Rodney's hoarding problem.

He tilts his head with a sigh and, after a moment of thought, wedges the plate into the gap between the crockpot and one of the scales before he slams the door shut. Straightening and smirking the Smirk of Smug Accomplishment he adopted from Rodney, he tosses the wet dish towel into the sink.

Then he leans back, smirk softening into something closer to a smile as Rodney's arms circle around his waist to pull him close, hands splayed possessively over John's belly, his chest.

"You stole my t-shirt," Rodney murmurs, lips moving over John's neck as he nuzzles his way behind John's left ear.

John's eyes slip closed, his heart skipping beneath Rodney's warm hand.

"I like your t-shirt," he says. His voice comes out rough, and he clears his throat. He does like Rodney's t-shirts, all of them. They're soft - cotton, every single one - and big and smell good. Comfortable. Kind of like Rodney.

He likes Rodney.

Kind of.

"Mmm," Rodney acknowledges, and presses a kiss to the back of John's ear before he moves back enough to hook his chin over John's shoulder. "I like coffee. Did you make coffee?"

"Do you smell coffee?"

"No, but maybe you're hiding it from me." Rodney's voice holds the faintest hint of a pout, something John is sure Rodney learned from him. He hides his amusement under mock-patience as he says,

"Yes, Rodney. If you check the rice cooker, you'll find all the freshly-brewed coffee I'm withholding from you."

"I wouldn't put it past you."

John rolls his eyes, but it's hard to find a suitable comeback when Rodney's thumb is stroking soft circles around his bellybutton. He sighs, feeling utterly content. "What are you doing up, anyway? I thought you were going to sleep in."

"I was." As if on cue, Rodney yawns, chin digging into John's shoulder. "But then someone started being a good housewife and woke me up, and I thought I might as well get breakfast."

John hums in agreement, ignoring the old dig about the wife. The utter domesticity of the moment might have sent him running in the past - has sent him running, if he's honest with himself. Nancy never deserved the crap she had to put up with from him. But Rodney... Rodney isn't Nancy. He doesn't want the picture perfect home and the orchids on the window sill. Rodney hoards everything that goes 'bing' and lets John steal his t-shirts and retaliates by using the last of John's hair gel, every damn time. And John wouldn't want it any other way.

He turns and pulls Rodney into a kiss with a move that has become so ingrained neither of them fumbles or missteps anymore. Rodney's mouth tastes warm and familiar, minty-fresh, and John hums again as Rodney's hands slip up under their t-shirt, skin against skin. Home.

Somewhere in one of the cupboards, something collapses with a clatter. The Black Hole, maybe.

John doesn't care.

Click me :D


Author: [livejournal.com profile] lavvyan, Title: Three Scales and a Plate
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] chkc
Author's Notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] neevebrody for the beta!


Where to next?

The Living Room
The Garden
The Basement
John's Study
2nd Floor

Date: 2010-01-01 01:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lavvyan.livejournal.com
Hee, the drawing is adorable! Such a nice kitchen, and with chibis on the dining room table! :D

Date: 2010-01-09 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
I just realized that I should have squeed about the ficlet as a reply to your comment, instead of writing another comment below. >->

I love the fic! John and Rodney are so domestic and smitten. <3 I tried to include some of the kitchen items you listed. I couldn't believe that all of those kitchen tools existed (egg cooker?!) but google dispelled that disbelief. :P I am glad you like the drawing. :)

Date: 2010-01-09 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lavvyan.livejournal.com
Don't diss egg cookers, I totally love mine. ;)

Date: 2010-01-09 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
What's wrong with cooking eggs in a pot of water? :P

Date: 2010-01-09 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lavvyan.livejournal.com
What's wrong with grounding coffee by hand and pour boiling water over it? ;p

Date: 2010-01-09 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
You mean that's not how you are supposed to make coffee? :O

Date: 2010-01-02 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kensieg.livejournal.com
lovely kitchen! It looks like there is lots of space for putting things away. If not they can buy a rolling cart for more storage. Really nice picture! That kitchen is bigger than mine!

Date: 2010-01-09 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
Thank you! According to [livejournal.com profile] berlinghoff79's blueprints, the kitchen is ~6 m x 8 m. But, reading Lavvyan's fic, Rodney probably have enough stuff to fill all that space. :)

ETA: edited to fix html, sorry /o\
Edited Date: 2010-01-09 08:33 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-01-02 01:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcitrix.livejournal.com
Aw, of course Rodney is a hoarder! But man, you know he makes the best coffee ever. Love the artwork. It's so pretty and shiny. Wow. And the apples and chibis!

Date: 2010-01-09 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
I am glad you like the artwork! I didn't know what to put on the tabletops... I will pretend that the chibis are a gift to John and Rodney from someone else. :D

Date: 2010-01-02 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clavally.livejournal.com
Lovely story and artwork! Is that an Atlantis magnet on the fridge? Hee!

Date: 2010-01-09 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
Thank you! Yes, that is an mini Atlantis magnet. :)

Date: 2010-01-02 03:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
Heee, I wonder if John actually tried to hide coffee in the rice cooker before? :D The ficlet is so adorable! Rodney's hoarding tendencies ring so true. Oh well, who cares if one plate breaks? They probably got a lot more. :D

Date: 2010-01-02 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snowglow1275.livejournal.com
The whole thing is absolutely adorable but their t-shirt makes me so damn happy!!!

Date: 2010-01-02 07:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winkingstar.livejournal.com
Heee, oh this is so adorable! Shared t-shirts and morning touches and the good kind of domesticity! And the Black Hole of random kitchen appliances! ♥

And that is a gorgeous kitchen/dining room! I love the fridge magnets (hee!) and the chibis on the table. :)

Date: 2010-01-09 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
I am glad you like the drawing! Besides Atlantis, the skateboard, and the squid, the magnet tiles says "read me" and "azeotrope". :)

Date: 2010-01-02 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fanarts-series.livejournal.com
i'm in love with the kitchen, it's perfect, each details are sweeties.

the fic is kind, domestic and romantic.

Date: 2010-01-09 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
I am glad you like the drawing! Many of the details came from Lavvyan's story. :D

Date: 2010-01-02 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beadattitude.livejournal.com
Lovely. I want this kitchen. With everything, including the boys, in it.

(Chibli's on the table! eee!)

Date: 2010-01-09 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
Thank you! If you have everything in this kitchen, where would you put John and Rodney? ;)

Date: 2010-01-03 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fawkesielady-ed.livejournal.com
YAY! OMG! I love all the crap Rodney has in the kitchen!

I'm in love with the picture of the kitchen! Love all the little details! The John and Rodney dolls on the table in the dining room, the magnets on the fridge, all the appliances and HOLY COW that's a huge stove!
I love the apples on the counter and the bar stools facing one another!

Beautiful artwork and story!
Thanks for sharing!

Date: 2010-01-09 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
I am glad you like the drawing! A lot of the kitchen details came from Lavvyan's fic. :D

Date: 2010-01-03 08:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] almostnever.livejournal.com
Wonderful story, and a beautifully done drawing! What a great match. :-)

Date: 2010-01-09 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
Thank you! :D Credit goes to Lavvyan for coming with alllllll those kitchen utensils.

Date: 2010-01-03 02:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iris-summers.livejournal.com
The kitchen is GAW-georous! I totally want it for my own, especially with all the knick-knacks and the adorable McShep chibis! :) And the story suits the art perfectly. I love the line about loving Rodney's lovely soft tees!

Date: 2010-01-09 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
Thank you! In this case it's more like the art suiting the story. I tried my best to follow the fic! :)

Date: 2010-01-03 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antares04a.livejournal.com
the programmable coffee/cappuccino/espresso/insert-random-coffee-related-beverage-here maker I don't need the other items in Rodney's and John's kitchen but this one would be perfect for me! *g*

And this is a very lovely picture! Is it painted or did you use a program like the "Sims" to create it? The kitchen is very nice!

Date: 2010-01-09 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
Thank you! The kitchen was hand drawn using photoshop CS2 and a wacom tablet. I used the "straight line" tool a lot. :P

Date: 2010-01-04 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gottalovev.livejournal.com
I think I might be a hoarder like rodney ;)

this fic and the art is so very awesome. =D

Date: 2010-01-09 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
Thank you! Lavvyan's fic was very inspiring! :)

Date: 2010-01-04 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adafrog.livejournal.com
Wonderful, thanks!

Date: 2010-01-09 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
Thank you! :)

Date: 2010-01-09 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
I am glad you like the picture! I use Photoshop CS2 + Wacom bamboo 4x6" tablet (it's the cheapest one!) :)

Date: 2010-01-12 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melagan.livejournal.com
Oh man, I am all heart-melted now for happy domestic boys. Love the kitchen! Working space for Rodney and black countertops for John!

Date: 2010-01-29 09:38 pm (UTC)
runpunkrun: john sheppard and rodney mckay standing very close together, in uniform, text: John/Rodney (john/rodney: boyfriends)
From: [personal profile] runpunkrun
Hee! Rodney's got a kitchen gadget problem. The last line is great -- the black hole crashing into existence.

And the art is so tidy and modern. And, maybe it's just me, but it really, really makes me want to play the Sims. That's a compliment, somehow, I swear. *g*

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