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Reception

Fandom: SG1/SGA/Numb3rs

Category/Rated: Slash/PG

Year/Length: 2010/805 words

Pairing: John/Cam, Colby/Lorne

Disclaimer: No, I don't own them, for which I should think they're profoundly grateful.

Prompt: being around fellow canon characters and not having to hide their relationship, for fyrefly101

Series: set in the What Happens Next verse

Feedback: Yes please. Even if it's bad. Especially if it's bad.

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John and Cam leave Teyla, Ronon and Kanaan chatting to Sam and wander in the general direction of the reception room. John keeps one eye open for Alex, can't help it, even though he's with Torren, and knows more than half of the people here.

"Cadman's got him," Cam says, reading John's mind, as usual, and jerking his head in the direction of a large circular table.

John follows his gaze and spots Torren standing on the chair next to her, Alex sitting on the table, Cadman's hand on his back while she says something to Vala, who's arranging her skirt so she can sit down. Both kids are intent on coloring something. "Did we bring crayons?" John asks.

"Do we ever not?" Cam counters. He pats his pockets and pulls out a small pack. "Apparently, we've trained our friends very well."

John gets distracted before he can say anything to that, watching a guy come over to the table, touch Lorne's shoulder and hand him a glass. Lorne looks up at him and smiles, and the guy leans over him to kiss Vala's cheek and shake Cadman's hand. "You know him?" he asks Cam.

"I'm going to take a wild guess and say he's the FBI agent boyfriend," Cam says dryly.

"I thought he couldn't make it," John says.

Cam laughs. "You do realize that I've spent pretty much every waking moment of the last two days with you, right? So I'm the worst person to fish for hints from."

"I'm not -" John starts, then gives it up for a bad job. "Come on, let's go say hello."

"You're not allowed to threaten him with bodily harm if he hurts Evan," Cam says firmly, taking John's hand. John squeezes back for a second, absolutely sure he's grinning like an idiot, and not really caring all that much. His best friend is getting married, he's in a room with pretty much everyone he cares about in two galaxies, and he can hold Cam's hand. He feels pretty good.

"I'm pretty sure Cadman's got that covered," he says.

"That'd do it," Cam agrees.

Alex looks up then and spots them, immediately trying to scramble down. Cadman and Lorne's guy reach for him at the same moment, Alex wriggles, and for a moment, John's sure he's going to fall. Instead, Lorne's guy catches him, pulls him in close and holds him there.

"I guess this one's yours," he says as John gets close, Alex already reaching out for him.

"Yeah," John says, willing his heart to stop pounding as he lifts Alex up and lets him cling to John. "Thanks."

The guy ducks his head, half-turning to look at Lorne, who leaps in before the moment can even think about getting awkward. "Colby, my old CO, John Sheppard, and Cameron Mitchell, his partner. Alex's parents. Um, this is Colby Granger."

"His boyfriend," Vala puts in brightly.

"Yeah, thanks, Vala," Lorne says, going bright red.

"Good to meet you," Cam says, shaking Colby's hand when he stands up.

"You too," Colby says, and John can hear where he didn't say sir. He'd put money, now, on Colby and Lorne having met while Colby was still in whatever branch of the military he was in.

Colby half-turns to John, then drops his hand, smiling slightly. John can't shake hands with Alex in his arms, but Alex is over his moment of clinginess, twisting to see what's going on around him. "Alex, did you meet Evan's friend already?"

Alex nods solemnly, gives Colby a tiny wave. Colby waves back, his smile turning into a full-blown, sweet grin. Lorne's watching, slightly cautious, but also clearly half-listening to Cadman and Vala, letting Colby fend for himself amongst Lorne's friends. "He's a good kid," Colby says.

"Thanks," John says. "And for not dropping him."

Colby waves it away. "I can make a run to the bar if you like. Since you've got your hands full."

Alex immediately starts trying to wriggle down. "I'm drawing," he says firmly.

"Guess not," John says. "Cam?"

Cam nods, taking the seat next to Lorne.

"White wine, thank you, John," Vala says. She slides a glance over to Cadman and adds, "Make that two."

"I hope you're planning to tip," John tells her, which she predictably ignores, and leaves them to it to head over to the bar.

Waiting to be served, he leans on the bar and watches the table. Or, really, watches Colby, who's watching Lorne as he and Cam have a very involved looking conversation about something. Colby's frowning slightly, and when Lorne shifts, makes an uncomfortable face, he rests one hand on Lorne's hip, smooths his hand over where John knows it hurts worst.

John decides he can probably forgo any threats of pain and torture. He really can't see Colby hurting Lorne.


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