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The Avengers -- Teyla's Plan

I have two requests for a bit from The Avengers with Teyla since I put up the piece with Sam yesterday, so here's some Teyla!

This goes in the next chapter after yesterday's piece, in chapter three as the team tries to figure out what to do. The Avengers is Teyla's book, with the big supporting roles played by Sam and Jennifer and a bit of John on the side, so this is Teyla's plan. CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE END OF ALLEGIANCE!



"Daedalus," Radek said. "We could recall Daedalus. Colonel Caldwell—"

"The Daedalus left three days ago," Sam said. "Right now it's between galaxies and out of communications. Even if we could recall Daedalus, it will take Daedalus at least three days to get back here. By that time Colonel Sheppard may be dead or traded to Queen Death. And if you've got a way of reaching the Daedalus while she's in hyperspace, let me know. That's the scientific coup of the century."

"We can't just do nothing," Ronon said.

"We could try to contact the Travelers," Jennifer said. She looked across at Teyla appealingly. "They like Colonel Sheppard. They loaned him a ship before."

"I'm comfortable with trying that," Sam said. "The problem is that the last time we did that it took weeks for them to get the message. We can't count on their help in time."

"There's no other ship that's hyperdrive equipped?" Hocken asked. "What about that warship the Genii have?"

"I'll try flying the damned thing," Carson said, putting his hands on the table. "No promises, now. But I'll give it a turn."

Time, Teyla thought. Time. Time to contact Ladon Radim, to hope that he was persuaded, as unlikely as that seemed. Time to get the ship here and then get there. Time was slipping through her fingers like a fistful of water.

"Thank you, Carson," Sam said. "I think it's worthwhile to ask the Genii. I don't know that they'll cooperate. Or what they'll want in return." She looked at Ronon.

"Sateda," he said.

"Maybe." Sam steepled her hands in front of her mouth. "That’s a pretty stiff price."

Teyla closed her eyes. A ship. There must be a ship. Some way of reaching the coordinates in time, before the Wraith…. Her eyes sprung open. "There is another ship," she said. "Another ship here in Atlantis."

Sam blinked. "What other ship?"

"The Wraith cruiser," Teyla said. She looked down the table at Mel Hocken. "You took out the life support and made a hull breach. But its hyperdrive was intact, was it not?"

"Yes, so?" Hocken looked confused. "It's a Wraith ship. Nobody can fly it. It's adrift in a decaying orbit."

Sam had been here two years ago, and she sat bolt upright in her chair, a smile breaking over her face. "Nobody except Teyla."

"I can fly it," Teyla said with a voice that sounded more confident than she was. "I have flown a hive ship before. I can use the interfaces. If the hull breach can be repaired and the systems restored, I can fly it."

"We will have to see how bad it is," Radek said. "But unless it is very bad indeed, it will be much easier to seal off compartments and isolate the breach than it is to rebuild the Hammond's Asgard drive. That is not easy." He looked at Sam.

"No," she said, "it's not."

"I will have to go aboard and see," Radek said. "But unless it is very bad it should be possible in a day or two, working around the clock."

"So we go get Sheppard in the Wraith cruiser," Ronon said. "Sweet."

"It's a cruiser," Sam said. "No dart bays. No place to put 302s. And you can't shoot it out with a hive ship. This isn't that kind of mission." She looked at Teyla. "If it is a mission. Let's get Dr. Zelenka up there to see what kind of shape the cruiser is in, and then we'll talk about it." She looked down the table, making eye contact with Carson, Ronon and Jennifer in turn. "We can't strip Atlantis of our defenses. This might be a trap. Todd has played us before."

"Yeah," Ronon said grimly.

"What if this is a ruse to lure you and our air cover away, to get our teams out in the field while they attack again?" She shook her head. "We can't risk it. With Major Lorne unable to walk at present, and our shield inoperable, you're not going anywhere."

"Teyla can't do this alone," Ronon said. "Sheppard…."

"Ronon." Sam said quietly, and to Teyla's surprise he stopped, his hands closing in frustration. "Let's see where we are after Dr. Zelenka has a look at the ship. If it's not repairable, it's all an academic question."

"Then I had best get going," Radek said, getting to his feet. "Carson, will you take me up in a jumper? And I will want a team together. We will need suits. Teyla, will you come?"

"Most assuredly," Teyla said.

Of course they could not strip Atlantis' defenses. It might be a trap. She did not think it was, did not feel it in her bones, but the one they called Todd had never been entirely honest, even when she had played his Queen to assist him in his plan. When she had been Steelflower.

And in that moment an idea blossomed.

Ronon and Jennifer walked out together, he bending his head to speak with her, Radek bustling around them in conversation with Hocken about comparative ship technology. Teyla rose to follow them, then stopped.

Sam closed her laptop, looking uncomfortable. "Teyla, you know if there's a way to make this work…" she began.

"There is a way," she said, and though cold dread settled in her stomach she spoke on. "A way that is certain, and risks no lives except my own."

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emmtob
Dec. 2nd, 2011 12:14 pm (UTC)
Woah! Please dont leave it there! *Puppy dog eyes* what happens next???????
jo_graham
Dec. 2nd, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
There has to be some suspense, doesn't there? :) I can't just tell you the whole plot!
scifan1
Dec. 2nd, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
OMGosh!!! That is so awesome. Thank you so much Jo and I can't wait!! Wooohooo!!! :D
jo_graham
Dec. 2nd, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think you'll like it!:)
scifan1
Dec. 2nd, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I'm sure I will. :D John's in trouble and Teyla is going after her man!! How can I not like that?:P
jo_graham
Dec. 2nd, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
As only she can....
jansma
Dec. 2nd, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Oh Teyla... I foresee the future and it is Guide shaped.
jo_graham
Dec. 2nd, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
Heh. Do you now? What would be better to deal with the Wraith than Steelflower with a genuine Wraith cruiser?
jansma
Dec. 2nd, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Well, he's got leave to go look for her, now she's come looking for him. I think Guide might be in for an ass kicking too.
jo_graham
Dec. 2nd, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
Well, he wanted a queen who could stand up to Queen Death, but I doubt Steelflower was what he had in mind!
cedargrove
Dec. 16th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
Can I whimper now, or must I wait until later?
jo_graham
Dec. 16th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
*g* You can go ahead and whimper now!
2bluaeryn
Dec. 2nd, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
BIG \0/ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*see icon*

Steelflower returns...look out Queen Death.
jo_graham
Dec. 3rd, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
*g* Steelflower certainly shakes up the mix! But she's highly unlikely to just do whatever Todd wants.
2bluaeryn
Dec. 3rd, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
I have a question related to the Wraith queens. I know we will learn quite a bit about them in Teyla's story and these stories have given us a wealth of insight into the Wraith culture already, but the consorts. Do Wraith queens engage in *relations* with their consults like humans do or is there a *method* to that particular madness...inquiring minds want to know?

*smirk/wink*
jo_graham
Dec. 3rd, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, they do indeed! I think you can assume that we mean that queens and their consorts are certainly involved. However because we have to keep the Legacy series to a PG rating, you won't see it "onscreen" in the books! :)
2bluaeryn
Dec. 3rd, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Now you know there could be all kinds of little bunnies bouncing around here with *that* info *G*
jetnova16
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
***Finally got to read this today, yesterday I was getting strange messages saying the page didn't exist and being redirected. :( ****

I'm going to quote a line first: "Time, Teyla thought. Time. Time to contact Ladon Radim, to hope that he was persuaded, as unlikely as that seemed. Time to get the ship here and then get there. Time was slipping through her fingers like a fistful of water."

With lines like this, it just furthers my idea/thinking that Teyla is in love with John and that they are in or on their way to being in a relationship. Especially the part in that whole line that says: "Time was slipping through her fingers like a fistful of water."

Here's another quote, I think I'm convinced that something is going on, Teyla sounds like she is in a hurry after all. "Teyla closed her eyes. A ship. There must be a ship. Some way of reaching the coordinates in time, before the Wraith…. Her eyes sprung open. "There is another ship," she said. "Another ship here in Atlantis."|"

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I totally like it.
Now I wish this book was going to come out sooner as well.
jo_graham
Dec. 6th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Teyla is in a hurry! Every moment John is captured he could be fed upon. So waiting a week or two just isn't a plan. But yes, I think they're very tentatively working something out at this point.
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