elayna: (McShep So Close)
[personal profile] elayna
I stopped by Starbucks today for a mocha. I try to keep it a weekly treat. I ended up in line behind a woman who could have used some caffeine before she tried to order. "Um...oh...I want a grande. Latte. With... um two shots..." etc. I was very concise, tall, mocha, hot.

Hers got made in a cup, I didn't even know they had cups that small. Maybe it was the kid's hot chocolate size. So it had to be remade, and then mine came out, extra hot. I did not say extra hot, and I did not want extra hot, because I wanted to drink it on the way to work, but I didn't want to deal with getting an ice cube added, so moseyed on.

And I thought... I can't start my day grumpy because my overpriced coffee drink order is messed up. That's ridiculous. So what can I do with this? Clearly, it's not just that the barista needs hearing aids. No, it's something else. It's ... a barista AU! Because Rodney McKay is actually an excellent barista. He's on a full scholarship, earning his Ph.d., but even full scholarships don't cover all the incidentals. He loves coffee, so it's the perfect job for him. He is detail-oriented and customers love the artistic flourishes he makes in the foam.

Only there's a guy with a gun in the back room, holding one of Rodney's co-workers hostage, and Rodney doesn't know what to do. Only he does know that the cop in his shiny blue uniform will be coming in soon for his morning venti bold coffee. Rodney figures that if he's making mistakes, the cop will realize something is off. There does seem to be a brain under that spiky nonsense that masquerades as hair. Will the guy pay enough attention? Or will he give him a quizzical look with an arched eyebrow and mosey off?
Does Rodney dare writing an SOS on the cup? Is there a cultural reference about kidnapping that he can make, maybe something geek-oriented that the hostage taker wouldn't overhear and understand?

Think, Rodney, think! You're a genius!


I've never actually thought about a barista AU before, but that kept me amused on the drive.

Date: 2017-05-26 01:06 pm (UTC)
wyomingnot: (mcshep: it's a sickness)
From: [personal profile] wyomingnot
I am *highly* amused by this idea!


Date: 2017-05-26 02:12 pm (UTC)
lferion: (SG1A_Ronon)
From: [personal profile] lferion
I'd read it!

Date: 2017-05-26 03:29 pm (UTC)
mrshamill: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrshamill
You'd better write this and soon!!!

Date: 2017-05-26 03:48 pm (UTC)
vamysteryfan: doll me (doll me)
From: [personal profile] vamysteryfan
I find this idea highly entertaining. I'd read it

Let's see - a movie reference. How about "Want to see what the boys in the back room are having?" In a Greta Garbo voice.

Date: 2017-05-28 05:07 pm (UTC)
vamysteryfan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] vamysteryfan
Mae West could totally make the comment!

Date: 2017-05-26 05:09 pm (UTC)
thewayne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thewayne
So John is the cop and Ronon is the co-worker, just waiting to break the face of the perp? I'd buy that for a dollar!

SGA was a wonderful series, very ripe for fanfic, regardless of slash or no. I think the characters are so well developed that it works wonderfully for AU stories.

You ever read Quasar's SGA fics? She did some pretty good stuff, she actually incorporated a suggestion of mine in one that got some good laughs out of people.

Date: 2017-05-28 06:55 pm (UTC)
thewayne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thewayne

Oh, Quasar most certainly wrote for TPM!  I was thinking if the thieves caught Ronon in some way that he was unable to attack, which would be difficult to do.  Yeah, Radek would probably be best.  Have Ronon coming back from lunch or just starting his shift when it's all over, "What happened?  What did I miss?!"

I remember when SGA came out and we were living in Las Cruces.  She wanted to get cable so we could watch it, I said yes with the proviso that we also got a Tivo.  Turned out that my apartment complex already got cable, the twits just didn't mention it!  So that's what got us addicted to DVRs, which I would probably not live without.  With her being an astronomer, her waking hours are REALLY weird, so watching things when they air is just not really an option.

She has an excellent SGA AU (I don't recall the name) where Rodney has the ability to subtly alter material at the molecular level, John's his bodyguard, they're put on a weapon's inspection team somewhere in the former USSR.  Every time Rodney touches a missile, he neutralizes it.  Trouble ensues.  I suggested the taxi driver, you'll understand if you read it.  It's quite a good story.Most recently she's hooked on Rivers of London, she also did a fair amount of Gimli/Legolas IIRC.

Date: 2017-05-26 05:13 pm (UTC)
clevermanka: default (Default)
From: [personal profile] clevermanka
I've always thought (because I am One of Those People) that me and mine should have some sort of code phrase for "things are not okay and you need to help me" but my dude has pretty severe ADHD as well as some hypervigilance and trauma issues and I worry he'd forget the phrase and think I was actually in trouble when I wasn't.

For example, yesterday I had a sneezing fit while I was brushing my teeth (it happens sometimes) and I didn't hear him when he called down to ask if I was okay. Since he didn't hear a response from me, he came down the stairs with the machete (yeah, we own an actual machete--that should tell you something) just in case a bad guy had broken in the house and my sneezing was some sort of...signal for help? I dunno.

Anyway, though, I love that your brain went to coffeshop AU instead of focusing on the annoyance potential of the drink order. <3

Date: 2017-05-28 04:12 pm (UTC)
clevermanka: default (Default)
From: [personal profile] clevermanka
Dude keeps the machete under his bed and I keep a ax under mine. We're like, two steps to the left of being actual Preppers (well, I'm two steps--I think he's just one).


My brain's default is bleak places as well (bc That Kind of Person) and it's something I've been working to change. Why envision the zombie apocalypse when I can dream about Canadian shacks, right? It takes some practice, though.

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