Title: Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose
Pairing: past Rodney/John
Warnings: pre-story character death; although there is no explicit violence or sex, Freedom deals with mature themes, and I wouldn't recommend letting your 12-year-old read this.
Author on LJ: synecdochic
Author's Summary: SGC finally stops calling him by December. Rodney celebrates by writing a final exam for his relativity class so difficult that it reduces four students to tears in the exam hall. Upon reflection, he decides to be merciful and offer partial credit.
Rodney returns to teach university on Earth after John's death. He remains harsh and abrasive, but somewhere deep down , he learns to love teaching, and surprisingly, some of the (less moronic) students.
Freedom is a couple years old and I'm sure most people in the SGA fandom have read it. I won't lie and tell you how uplifting it is. This is a immensely powerful, deeply moving but at the same time, truly depressing story. Yet I go back time and time again (despite the amount of Kleenex used) because I believe there is something very positive and hopeful about the story which lends me courage to face the difficulties of everyday life. This is a story about how people deal with traumatic events in life and how, even though they will never truly get over them, they learn to move on, eventually.
There is great interaction between Rodney and his students. Some of the classes he teaches are just fantastic ("PHY441: How You Too Can Avoid Fucking Up The World!")! He actually reminded me of some of my University profs., you know, the ones whose exams were so difficult that half the class failed, and all he/she ever said was: well, this year's class is simply more stupid. Oh, those good ol' college days. So, yah, this story brought back some good memories.
I've got no other words for Freedom other than -- go read, if you are strong enough.
Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose
And the Band's Playing "Hail to the Chief" (sequel to Freedom)