The Convenient Husband
|Title:||The Convenient Husband|
|Date(s):||06 September 2005|
|External Links:||The Convenient Husband (sga_flashfic, link goes to part one)|
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I think by now that we all know that I have a huge weakness for mrriage of convenience fics. In fact, Marriage of Convenience might be my favorite premise after homeless!fic. Which, now that I think about it, might be why I love Harlequin AUs so much. The Convenient Husband is yet another 'must marry someone to get a legacy' fics, but it is surprisingly well done. For one thing, John and Rodney aren't complete strangers -- they were friends as kids and Rodney has had a crush on John for most of his life. For another, Brighid focuses less on the 'OMG sex!' aspect of the marriage (which is taken care of on the wedding night) and more on the 'two people who don't know each other that well suddenly having to learn to live together' aspect, and the result is surprisingly realistic and touching. Add Rodney's very understandable angst over having married someone who doesn't care about Rodney nearly as much as Rodney cares about him and you've got a poignant, engrossing story. (And yes, there is a happy ending, of course:)
This was the first SGA AU that I ever read and it's brilliant - just brilliant. It was written for the Harlequin challenge (oh how I love the Harlequin fics) and the setup is that John needs to marry someone and stay married for a year to gain an inheritance - so why not his old childhood friend Rodney as gay marriage is legal in Canada?