Word Count: 243
Summary: Rodney faces a possible disaster...
Thank you to Leesa Perrie, Barcardicider and Mirth for the beta-reading.
By Jayne Perry
Rodney stood in the middle of the room, a room so familiar to him, yet
the familiarity didn't lessen his fear. If anything it
accentuated it, making his heart beat faster and sweat appeared on his
Why, oh why did he say he would do this, he berated himself. He
was a physicist, not a chemist. Do things in the wrong order, or worse
still, not combine everything just right, and it would be an
unmitigated disaster. One which he would never live down. It would be
worse even than Doranda. His mind flinched and retreated at the
memory and his hands shook even more.
He took a deep breath to try and calm himself. It didn't work.
He moved over to the edge of the room and opened several cupboards,
locating the various implements and the substances he required.
Carefully, he measured and laid out everything that he would need, in
the order they were needed.
He stood several minutes, looking, trying to find the courage to start.
He had scoffed and said that anyone could do this and it didn't require
any skill. Words he would willingly take back if he could.
But how difficult could this really be? His mind blanched at the
As he stood in Jeannie's kitchen, he felt a little hand slide into his.
"Don't worry Uncle Mer, I'll help you make Mummy's birthday
cake." And then the task didn't seem so insurmountable after all.