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Rodney (and Ember)

A reader says, "When is the next book coming out? I am on tenderhooks wanting to know what will happen to Rodney! Can you give us a peek?"

The Avengers will be out in March if all goes according to schedule at MGM. The book is absolutely ready otherwise. So fingers crossed you will have it in March.

Meanwhile, here's a snack with Rodney and Ember to tide you over! In which Rodney decides to take matters into his own hands, er, literally....




Ember had been avoiding him. Oh, it was subtle enough, nothing anyone else would notice — if anything, any other man would read it as confirmation of Quicksilver’s recovery, that Ember no longer hovered over him like a crèche master. Instead, he worked a different shift, busying himself in the biolabs rather than in the engine compartments, where the ZPM was now wound into its new socket. The tests were proceeding well, the power interface was solid… And Ember avoided him.

Rodney made his way through the corridors that laced the clevermen’s quarters, avoiding the main thoroughfare. It had been painful to walk there when he believed he was Quicksilver, and had no idea why the blades looked sideways at him; now it was too dangerous, in case his thoughts slipped, and betrayed what he had found. But he had to talk to Ember, and this was the only time he could approach the cleverman unaware.

A single drone watched the entrance to the holding pens. He stood aside at Rodney’s approach, mind blank, and Rodney stepped inside, the door sliding closed behind him. To either side, the cells stretched toward the hive’s bow, only a third full now, but…. He had not been there since he had regained his memory, somehow hadn’t expected to feel anything different, but now — now he recognized the faces that hung in the webs as human, as kin, not kine. He could feel their fear, see here and there open eyes, waiting to see who would be chosen this time. There was a girl of maybe seventeen, fair hair lank about her face, her eyes sliding closed as though in prayer. Two cells beyond her, a dark young man, the web twitching as he tried, hopelessly, to free himself. An older woman, a grey-bearded man, a girl whose eyes were vivid blue: people, all of them, and he shuddered, unable to look at them any longer. He had fed on them — oh, he hadn’t done it directly, that was a minor mercy, but they were just as dead, the ones Ember had chosen for him. He was as much a murderer as any Wraith — worse, a cannibal, consuming his own kind…

With an effort, he killed that train of thought, wrenched his mind back to the problem at hand. Ember should be here — yes, there he was, just turning away from a cell. A body dangled, withered, and Rodney shuddered again.

*Quicksilver?*

Rodney closed the distance between them in a rush, slamming the Wraith against the nearest support. His feeding hand came up, almost without volition, flattened against Ember’s chest, claws digging through the layers of his coat to touch flesh. Ember hissed and flailed, got his own feeding hand between them, but Rodney had the advantage of leverage, caught his off hand and bent it up and back, pinning him against the hull.

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jansma
Dec. 28th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
Wow. <3

Oh I really want to see how this will end. I hope, truly, that Rodney will not hurt Ember, but see that they worked to free him, and maybe even acknowledge a kinship between them.

Okay, so I like to live in la-la-land. :P
jo_graham
Dec. 29th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Rodney's a bit upset, yes! Something about the whole being turned into a Wraith thing! :) Ember's got some fast talking to do....
2bluaeryn
Dec. 28th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
OHHHHHHHHH, physical Rodney!

Reminds me when he was hyped up in Lost Boys, but then again he's got the good stuff flowing freely though his veins now so he will not need a fix - LOL.

Looking forward to this. What time frame in March are we looking at?
jo_graham
Dec. 29th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
A lot like Lost Boys! Rodney riled up is something to be reckoned with! :)

I don't know when in March, exactly. It entirely depends on when MGM returns the manuscript with approval, and I have no control over that.
valika56
Dec. 28th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
Rodney!!!♥ Did you know, that "Ember" means human in my native language? (which is Hungarian) It's a little... funny, isn't it?
jo_graham
Dec. 29th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
I did not know that! That's interesting and very appropriate.

And yes, Rodney! He's got a temper, and he's about had it with this!
ohinnj
Dec. 28th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
I. Can't. Wait!!!! But, of course, I will. Hopefully there won't be any delays from MGM. And hopefully the printer will get its act together and get the books out in a timely fashion. Or maybe I will have decided to get an eReader by then.

Anyway, please tell Melissa and Amy how much I love Allegiance! It so makes we wish that MGM would make the Legacy series into a movie - or a couple of movies. Some parts of it I could SO see on film - particularly when Quicksilver attacks Atlantis. It would be such a meaty role for David Hewlett - for everyone, really because there is some great character development for just about everyone. Except Jennifer, maybe. I'm still a little underwhelmed by Jennifer so far. Seems she would show more emotion over what's happening to Rodney. It seems the emotional response is being handled by Jeannie....

But, nonetheless, I loved the book. Can barely wait for the next.
jo_graham
Dec. 29th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
I will tell Melissa and Amy how much you loved Allegiance! They will be happy.

I love that scene with Quicksilver coming through the gate myself -- that's just so evocative and scary. I can see DH having an absolute blast with it. Wraith Rodney would be a stretch for him too!

There's more Jennifer in The Avengers, so hopefully you'll like that. We finally get more of her reaction to this whole situation, and then she's got a good bit in Secrets.
kickstand75
Dec. 30th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
sigh....is it March yet? Runs off to re-check the calendar! :)

You've (and by you, I actually mean MGM) now forced me into another SG:A re-watch and possibly even a (first) fanfiction of my own regarding a few missing moments.

Thanks for this little blurb! --Kris
jo_graham
Dec. 30th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
Do write fanfic of your own! If it inspires you to write, it's doing what it should do! :)

And no, not March yet! I admit I'm on pins and needles, because I thought The Avengers was the hardest of the Legacy books.
kickstand75
Dec. 30th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
sadly, I always have lots of IDEAS floating around in my head, but with four kiddos, three of whom I school from home, and working part-time, I rarely have time to actually put those ideas into word form. :)
jo_graham
Dec. 31st, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
I totally hear you! I have one special needs child, and she's a handful.
thesistersweb
Dec. 31st, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
i really cant wait till march but im sure its going to be worth the wait....i may go into a coma so it will go faster XD
jo_graham
Dec. 31st, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
You could hibernate like a Wraith! :)
thesistersweb
Dec. 31st, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
hmmm it depends if its with one or not XD
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