Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis.
Pairing: Rodney McKay/Katie Brown.
Categories: Epistolary, Romance.
Length: Long (~16,600 words).
Author on LJ: linabean
Author Website: It's her again.
linabean @ AO3
A glimpse into the relationship between Rodney McKay and Katie Brown, from a dinner day to a constant exchange of emails where the awkwardness of their interactions in person is (mostly) stripped away.
Most SGA fics that contain Rodney/Katie use this relationship to showcase how Rodney is much better suited for someone else. Perhaps they were indeed not mean to be, but their relationship did evolve to the point that Rodney considered proposing. "The Epistolary Romance..." succeeds in showing us how this could have come to pass.
The author calls this fic the "epic battle of Cute vs. Awkward" and it is indeed a description that fits it perfectly. From their at times awkward and stilted dinner date and sexual encounter to their spirited and much more comfortable email exchange, we can see Rodney and Katie's relationship develop and how it might have sustained itself for so long. There's not that much of a plot to the fic, but it more than makes up for it in the strong portrayal of its main characters: Rodney's personality comes through perfectly, while Katie develops into a full-fledged and rather interesting character.
The Epistolary Romance of Drs. Katie P. Brown and M. Rodney McKay, with a Dinner Date.
@ LJ (in seven parts)