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14 July 2010 @ 08:23 pm
Ginger Ale (1/1)  
Title: Ginger Ale
Author: somehowunbroken 
Fandom: SGA/SG1
Pairing: John/Cam
Word count: 954
Rating/warnings: PG-13/swearing
Disclaimer: Not mine. If it were, there would be a lot more lovin' on the show.
Summary: John was really happy for them. It was just that sometimes, things were really unfair. For kissbingo : "location: wedding."

John was happy for them. He really, really was. It was just that sometimes shit was unfair, and he was feeling a little maudlin, probably due to the alcohol he had imbibed over the last few hours.

He was at a wedding. Well, okay, he was at the reception; the wedding had been over for hours. The party was in full swing, though, and as John looked around, surveying all the happy people in the crowd, his mood only worsened.

Jack O'Neill and Samantha Carter hadn't been able to do anything about their attraction to each other for years. There was that whole pesky chain of command thing, which John understood and even respected. Hell, the way they were looking at each other right now – John figured that if the situations were reversed, he'd have jumped her years ago, rules and regs be damned.

But then O'Neill had retired, finally, and had delivered the news himself to the SGC. He'd given the news at a staff meeting (even though he wasn't staff, nobody even blinked when he walked in and sat down) and promptly stood up and planted a big wet one on her. Now, a year later, John was drinking at the open bar at their wedding reception, trying pretty damn hard to be happy for them.

It was just that sometimes, shit sucked a lot, he decided. Because he wasn't in the same situation, not really. He wasn't ridiculously in love with someone under him, or someone above him. He wasn't head-over-heels for someone on Atlantis with whom his relationship would be entirely inappropriate or, if something went south, entirely awkward.

No, John had found himself another fucked up situation entirely. He was in a relationship where retirement wouldn't make shit better. Fuck, retirement would make shit worse, if only because he would then be Earthside and therefore closer to his partner, closer to blowing everything sky-high.

He took another sip from his scotch and sighed.

A noise from the other side of the ballroom reminded John that he wasn't the only one who'd had the get-drunk-on-the-free-booze idea. Vala was busily running around planting big sloppy kisses on anyone and everyone who couldn't duck out of the way fast enough, turning around each time she landed one to bestow another upon Jackson, who was following her like a puppy dog. Although, he reflected as he observed the scene, that might just be Vala.

He watched as Vala approached Teal'c and Mitchell, watched as she kissed Teal'c full on the mouth – did she seriously just slip him some tongue? – before turning and kissing Daniel again. She moved down the row, leaning in to do the same to Mitchell, but paused an inch from his lips, whispered something in his ear, and laid a soft, chaste kiss on his forehead.

John blinked and shook his head. Vala was strange. If he was going to quasi-drunkenly tongue either of those two-

He stopped that particular train of though as he turned back to the bar and sipped at his scotch again. He'd finished the last of it when he felt the warmth of someone sitting too close to him and turned, figuring it was his turn for Vala's over-enthusiasm.

"Hey there," Mitchell said, smiling at him drunkenly. He set his champagne down before he slung an arm around John's shoulders and John felt himself tense before leaning into it, figuring that hey, people knew they were friends, and that they'd both been drinking, so what the fuck, he'd take what he could.

"Can I tell you a secret?" he said, voice conversational but slurred enough that the barkeep looked at his glass as if considering taking it away.

"Sure," John replied, wondering if he should maybe get Mitchell out of there before he vomited or outed them or something.

"Share the love!" he said loudly enough that a few nearby heads turned to them, rolling their eyes at the obviously-inebriated colonel. He ducked his head to John's ear and whispered, perfectly clearly, "I've been drinking ginger ale all night."

It took John a little longer to process than he'd like to admit, but then Mitchell was kissing him and John forgot everything and just kissed him back for an all-too-brief second before Mitchell pulled back, eyes clear but voice back to slurred.

"Share the love," he said again, spreading his arms wide to encompass the whole room. He wobbled on his stool and slumped a little into John, his head resting on John's shoulder.

"I'm ready to leave," he said softly. "You want to make our excuses?"

John nodded and made the show of propping Mitchell up on the bar as he signaled to the barkeep to watch him while he made his way to Sam and O'Neill.

"Hey, you two, congratulations," he said, drawing their attention away from one another momentarily. They both smiled up at him and he couldn't help but smile back. "Look, Mitchell's about to pass out on the bar. I'm gonna get him out of here." O'Neill nodded and Sam stood up to give him a hug.

"Thanks for coming," she said, then leaned in to speak directly into his ear. "We're happy for you two. Go be happy for yourselves."
John pulled back, shocked, and saw O'Neill's smile widen briefly as ne nodded once. "Go on, get him out of here," he said, and John could only reach out and shake his hand in surprise.

As he made his way out of the reception hall, his partner slung over his shoulder but supporting his own weight under the show they had to put on, John found that, though some things might suck pretty hard, he wasn't unhappy at all.
Katieasphaltangel on July 15th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
This is cute, funny, and AWESOME! Seriously, I just want to take this fic and hug it.

"Share the love!" Bwahaha. That part is great.

And glee at the ending!
Kisomehowunbroken on July 15th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Thanks! Feel free to hug it all you want :)

Cam is a giant dork. A giant, giant dork. I love him. So does John.

Glad you liked it :)
theeverdreamtheeverdream on July 15th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
Sneaky sneaky Mitchell! :)
This was really cute.
Kisomehowunbroken on July 15th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Oh yes, he is a sneaky man, but in all the best ways :)

Glad you liked it!
skypilot_dlm: MslashSskypilot_dlm on July 15th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
Aww, so cute! Silly John-- thinking he was in the clear-- like Sam wouldn't have known about those two! I'm so happy to see some brand new Cam/John, great story! :-D
Kisomehowunbroken on July 15th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it! In my head, Cam and Sam are really good friends, so he told her 'cause he was so happy. :)
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Kisomehowunbroken on July 15th, 2010 07:17 am (UTC)

We definitely think along the same OTP lines :)
Gaffsie: John/Cam - missing yougaffsie on July 15th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
Aww, that's so cute! Cam is such a goof. :)
Kisomehowunbroken on July 15th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
Yes. Yes he is. Glad you liked it! :)
saphirablue on July 15th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
*awwww* John! *hugs you*

Oh, sneaky, sneaky Vala. I guess she just did the whole kissing everybody thing so that Cam could kiss John. *nods*

And sneaky Cam too! :) Everybody thinks he's just drunk and trying to compete to Vala but he's sober and is giving John a wonderful present/moment...

Thank you for this fic! :)
Kisomehowunbroken on July 15th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
Eh, Vala was just... being Vala. But she didn't kiss Cam 'cause she knows he's totally in love with John. And that thing she whispered to him? 'If you don't go make out with that hot boyfriend of yours, I will.'

And yeah, Cam loves his John and knows exactly what he'd be thinking at the wedding and makes plans to make him feel all better. He's awesome like that :)

Glad you liked it!
calcitrixcalcitrix on July 16th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
Excellent! Love your characterizations. Cam is awesome.
Kisomehowunbroken on July 16th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, Cam pretty much rocks. In most situations and applications.
skieswideopen: John/Cam - without youskieswideopen on July 16th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
Ooh, very nice! There's something I find oddly appealing about John and Cam at regular social events. Like weddings.
Kisomehowunbroken on July 16th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Thanks :) Sometimes you look at a bingo square and have no idea what to do, and sometimes you just see John sitting at a bar wishing he could be sitting with Cam... poor boys!
cimmercimmerdeux on July 17th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Sweet. And of course Mr. and Mrs. O'Neill are in the 'know', they've played the game themselves for years.

Kisomehowunbroken on July 17th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
Oh yes. They're very good at recognizing the signs.

Glad you liked it :)
clwilson2006clwilson2006 on July 20th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Sneaky Cam is sneaky, with a little help from his friends!!!!

See I'm catching up with your fic.
Kisomehowunbroken on July 20th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
I love Sneaky Cam. I feel like I could write a Sneaky Cam series (if I wasn't in the middle of another series and three bingos and...).
ninja007ninja007 on August 7th, 2010 08:45 am (UTC)
Loved this! Loved this! Loved this!

I can't get enough of John/Cam fics. This was very well written and the ending a delightful surprise. I loved the way Cam used the situation to kiss John in public. OVERJOYED!!

Well done!!
Kisomehowunbroken on August 7th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I figure they have to be sneaky about i, but hey, Cam's good at sneaky :)
Pixie Child: BtVS S8 (019) - Kennedy&Willow kissfai_dust on September 20th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
*squeeeee* Lovely!
Kisomehowunbroken on September 20th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
Thanks dear!
Swedish for "Smith": SG JohnCam schmoopycolls on October 2nd, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
Hee!! Cute and I love how Sam already knows about them. :D
Kisomehowunbroken on October 2nd, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, Sam knows everything. :) In my head, Cam told his whole team, 'cause he's just honest like that. And he trusts them. And, well, they're awesome.
cantarinacantarina1 on February 28th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
This is so so sweet! My heart jumped a bit - in the best way - when Cam whispered that he'd been drinking soda.

Now my question is: was this Cam or Vala's idea?
Ki: Cam heartsomehowunbroken on March 1st, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
Oh, I do think it was a bit of both, to be honest :D When Vala leaned over to whisper to Cam, she said, "If you don't go make out with that hot boyfriend of yours, I will." :D

Glad you liked it!