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Allegiance -- Guide in a Bind

Now that we're back on a schedule for Allegiance, with the book coming out in November, it's time for a preview! This is toward the beginning, as the fallout from the end of The Lost rains down on Todd!




The commander’s quarters aboard the hive ship Just Fortune were pleasant, even luxurious, as befitted a hive whose queen was currently absent on business of her own. Except that that was a lie, as much of a bluff as anything else the commander had managed to achieve since he had escaped from Atlantis, as much a lie as the ridiculous name John Sheppard had given him. He was Guide, commander and Consort, and if the Lanteans called him “Todd” that was not his concern. His concern was his ship, his men, and the Lanteans’ unaccountable failure to rescue Rodney McKay.

*They failed.* Guide was unable to hide his anger, but Bonewhite faced him squarely.

*Did you honestly expect otherwise?*

*I thought if I handed them Death’s hive powered down and feeding, they would be able to recover McKay and destroy it. They’ve been extremely efficient at such things before.* Guide took a breath, made himself relax, his hands uncurl. *Which makes our position even more awkward.*

There was a flash of something, bitter amusement, from Bonewhite, but when Guide rounded on him, the other had mastered his thoughts.

*And what are we to do about it?*

*We are summoned to our queen’s assistance,* Guide said, without inflection. *We can respond or we can flee. I see no choice there.*

*No.* Bonewhite met his gaze. *We must do as she demands.*

Guide bared teeth, a general complaint. He could no longer sit still, paced the length of his outer chamber, coat swirling at his ankles. Their repairs, at least, were finished; the hive was a strong as it would be, the hull healthy, systems fed… And how Sheppard had failed to destroy Bright Venture when it lay helpless, failed to rescue McKay — Bonewhite was watching, head tipped to one side in silent question, and Guide made himself stop, stand still again in the center of the oval room.

*What do our people make of this?*

Bonewhite laughed. *That we are trussed for feeding.*

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jetnova16
Sep. 8th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds great, in fact wonderful.
I have been waiting for what seems like forever for parts from Allegiance. :(
Now I don't have to wait anymore. :) :D
jo_graham
Sep. 10th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
I really love Allegiance, which I can say since it's not my book! I'm looking forward to it coming out too.
2bluaeryn
Sep. 10th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
So excited about this and your giving little bits are only gonna make we want to read this even more.

Keep it coming!
jo_graham
Sep. 11th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
They really did a super job on Allegiance, especially with Ronon!
jansma
Sep. 10th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
*cuddles Guide* Don't be cranky, Commander, we luffs you. :D
jo_graham
Sep. 11th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
He's really not in a good spot. If Queen Death ever finds out he told Sheppard where she was holding McKay, Guide is toast.
jansma
Sep. 11th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, he really is. :D But... I do think that killing him off right now wouldn't do the story arc any favours, and besides, writing his Machiavellian maneuvering is far too much fun. Or am I wrong?

It would put a very interesting slant on the storyline if she DID find out. Hmmm... def fanfic potential as an AU, that idea.
jo_graham
Sep. 11th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
He'll just have to make sure she doesn't find out, won't he? Which means more lies and more plans. In fact, he might need his queen for this, mightn't he? :)
jansma
Sep. 11th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
You reckon? :P
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