I love how Carson teases Elizabeth in the first scene and her protest that she’s not standing under the mistletoe – except that she is. I love even more John’s request to ‘test’ the mistletoe; because, right, you never know when that pesky mistletoe’ll misfunction...
“Melodramatic snootiness seemed to be endemic on this particular planet.” To be honest, I don’t think ‘endemic’ is quite the right word since the snootiness is also found elsewhere, but I love this line. It made me laugh out loud (and I am now glad I am alone in the room...). All John’s thoughts were great, though, from getting lost in the memory of kissing Elizabeth to the annoyance about being kidnapped on Christmas.
You know, I snickered so many times through this. From the fact that John heard every word of the negotiation and still didn’t know how she did it (and how Elizabeth had them eating out of her hand was brilliant; I love diplomat!Elizabeth), to leaving Carson to deal with Rodney’s list of complaints and Ronon trying to make a weapon from a spoon. And of course the ‘gazing besottedly’ at each other after Elizabeth asked John to dinner. Rodney’s fangirl got another laugh!
I really enjoyed this story. You have all the characters down pat; I can see them doing all of this, from John’s manic mistletoe hanging to Elizabeth deciding to go for it. A great mix of humour and fluff, too. Thanks for writing!
Author's Response: Thank-you for reviewing! Hearing that the fluff is in character is a wonderful compliment. =) I love that 'testing' the mistletoe is clichéd as, yet still something John would do (fortunately). Apparently endemic can mean 'regularly found' as well as 'native to,' but I can see that it's a little ambiguous in that sentence. I so glad to hear you liked that line though! It's a relief to know other people have laughed at the bits that are meant to be funny. ;-) Glad you enjoyed it!