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As we move toward the publication of the last book in the Legacy series, The Inheritors, a little piece for you guys from back at Cheyenne Mountain.

In which Daniel has a problem with how things are going down, and when Daniel has a problem he's not exactly quiet about it!



Deep in Cheyenne Mountain there was trouble brewing at the SGC.

"Tell me it's not true."

Cameron Mitchell looked up from his computer with his best long-suffering expression to see Daniel Jackson glaring down at him.

"And don't give me that lost-puppy look. Is the IOA serious?"

"That was supposed to be classified information," Cam observed. "And, you know, people do sometimes knock. On doors. Before bursting in."

Jackson waved that away. "Oh, come on, nothing that important stays secret around here." He paused. "Well, not from us."

"No." That was inarguable: Cam himself wasn't supposed to know about the decision, either, but Landry had thought that the opinion of the leader of the SGC's most experienced gate team would be relevant. Or at least help him make a counterargument.

"It's insane."

"I can't argue with you there," Mitchell said, "but, yes, the IOA just ordered Woolsey to evacuate the city and destroy it rather than see it fall to the Wraith."

"We've got to stop them!"

Cam just looked at him, and Jackson waved his hands.

"All right, yes, I have no idea how we're going to do it, but we can't let them blow up the city. Particularly since I doubt they can blow it up, given that it's Ancient technology, and we all know how hard it is to destroy that when we need to get rid of it, not to mention that the Ancients already tried this --"

Cam wondered for a moment if he should just let him run down, but decided that could take too long. "Jackson. General Landry's already made those arguments."

Jackson stopped, took a deep breath. "Okay," he said, more moderately. "Is it doing any good?"

"I haven't heard."

"Jack won't let them do it," Jackson said. "Sam won't, either, and Sheppard -- he'll never go along with it."

Cam nodded in agreement. That had become painfully obvious during the weeks Atlantis was on Earth. John Sheppard took a definitely proprietary interest in the city, and if the IOA had succeeded in getting control of it, Cam wouldn't have bet against Sheppard trying something stupid like stealing it. And it had become equally clear that an awful lot of the Atlantis team, civilian and military, would have been happy to help out. "And you're right, it probably wouldn't work -- didn't they try to blow it up once before, only they couldn't figure out how? Not to mention that fleeing through the gate didn't work all that well the last time."

Jackson paused. "Well, technically, I suppose it did sort of work, only not as a long-term solution, and there are a lot more Wraith to deal with now anyway."

Cam stared. "Do you always have to play devil's advocate? No, sorry, dumb question."

Before Jackson could say anything, the door crashed open behind him. "Cameron! Oh, and you're here, too, darling." Vala Mal Doran gave Jackson a blinding smile, and leaned hard on Cam's desk. For all that her hair was caught up in two little girl pigtails, and her black tee-shirt was crew-necked and absolutely unrevealing, Cam's eyes went straight to where her cleavage would have been. "Did you know that they're starting to evacuate people from Atlantis?"

"What?" Jackson straightened sharply. "They can't --"

"Hang on," Cam said. He frowned at his computer screen, checking back through his message queue. "Ok, calm down, both of you. They're evacuating non-essential personnel from a combat zone, not abandoning the city."

"So they say," Jackson said darkly.

"Abandoning the city?" Vala's eyes were wide.

"Don't tell me you didn't figure that out," Jackson said.

"That's all classified, darling."

"Which hasn't ever stopped you," Jackson said.

"Could we skip this part?" Cam asked. "And, while we're at it, could I remind people to knock --"

His door swung open again, and Teal'c blinked at him.

"There you are, Colonel Mitchell. I have been looking for you."

"Knocking," Cam said. "It's an Earth custom."

"The IOA wants to evacuate Atlantis," Jackson said.

"So I have heard." Teal'c fixed his eyes on Cam. "Is that in fact confirmed?"

Cam rubbed his forehead. "The IOA has issued an order, yes. There hasn't been an answer from Atlantis, though they are evacuating noncombatants."

Teal'c clasped his hands behind his back. "In that case, Colonel Mitchell, I respectfully tender my resignation from SG-1."

"Whoa!" Jackson said, not quite under his breath, and Cam felt his eyebrows raise.

"Now, hang on," he said. "I'm not sure that's strictly necessary --"

"I do not intend to remain here while Atlantis is under siege," Teal'c said. "And while Colonel Carter and General O'Neill remain in jeopardy."

"You don't think they're going to destroy it," Jackson interrupted.

"I do not believe that they can," Teal'c answered. "And it cannot be allowed to fall into the hands of the Wraith."

"Wait a minute!" Cam pushed himself up from his chair. "Teal'c, there's no need to resign from SG-1 --"

"Because we're all going!" Vala exclaimed. "Cameron, you're a genius."

Jackson looked like he wanted to disagree, possibly violently, but Cam decided he was going to put that down to it having been Vala who said it. "Could we all slow down here just for a minute?" he asked. "As a matter of fact, it had occurred to me that it might make sense for the SGC to send its top gate team through to Atlantis in a support role."

Jackson's eyebrows rose toward his hairline. "And what exactly do you think we can do there? Not that I'm opposed to the idea, but we'll have to convince Landry."

"You're our biggest expert on Ancient everything," Cam said. Flattery never hurt, with Jackson. "You can advise on what we absolutely have to either destroy or rescue. And the rest of us -- if any of our people get stuck in the Pegasus Galaxy, have to hide out until Daedalus can get there to pick them up, well, who better to arrange that than SG-1?"

Teal'c said, slowly, "I do not believe General Landry will accept that argument."

"Well, no," Cam said. "But I bet you it'll be good enough to get us through the gate."

There was a moment of silence, Jackson nodding slowly, Teal'c with his head cocked to one side as he considered, and then Vala smiled brightly. "Right! So what are we waiting for? We have a general to talk to."

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janetlin
Dec. 15th, 2012 11:18 am (UTC)
Oh, Vala. She's perfect ;)
jo_graham
Dec. 15th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like my Vala! I love Vala. She kind of moved in with Moebius Squared and stayed. (

As I think will be clear with Steel Blues. Gosh, a stowaway jewel thief in a fabulous black 1920s dress with cigarette holder? :D
janetlin
Dec. 16th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
That sounds fabulous, darling. ;)
jo_graham
Dec. 17th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
I think the jewel thief, Stasi, is exactly what the Lost Things team needed! Stasi really is very inspired by Vala!
janetlin
Dec. 18th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
I look forward to reading her!
emmtob
Dec. 15th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
Yes!!!! Vala is going to Atlantis!!! and of course the rest of SG1! I love it when SG1 and Atlantis are all together!! :)
jo_graham
Dec. 15th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, SG-1 is going to Atlantis! They'd never leave Carter and O'Neill hung out to dry!
hedwiggins
Dec. 15th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
I.CAN'T.WAIT!!!! :)
jo_graham
Dec. 15th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
Of course they can't leave Jack and Sam in the soup! SG-1: not known for sitting quietly at home!
jetnova16
Dec. 15th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Hopefully SG-1 can save Atlantis. Really without Atlantis, there can't be anymore StarGate Atlantis books so if the city is destroyed MGM doesn't have to re-issue the license to have more StarGate Atlantis books because logically, there wouldn't be an Atlantis.

I stead if Atlantis was destroyed and MGM renewed/re-issues the license, StarGate Atlantis would have to have a new title like: "StarGate Pegasus".

So NO, I'm with SG-1, they cannot destroy Atlantis, and John, Teyla, Rodney, and the rest of the Atlantis Team should steal the city, heck it's their home, no sense should they do what the IOA wants, since when do they do exactly what the IOA wants?
jo_graham
Dec. 15th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Everyone's got to work to save Atlantis. But even if they don't blow it up, how are they going to save it from overwhelming numbers of Queen Death's fleet?
jetnova16
Dec. 15th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
Logically, they can sink the city again, find away to leave the planet with both a shield and cloak active.

Or, reprogram and build controllable Replicators, get an Alliance together from both Pegasus and the Milky Way Galaxies.

And a longshot, but use Destiny, there has to be away to get that ship back to Pegasus.

There are always possibilities.
whatthefaith
Dec. 17th, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, love it. Love everything from the Impending Sense of Doom (tm) to the rapid-fire Daniel/Vala exchanges to Cameron first getting swept along with the tide and then managing to wrest some small portion of I'm-in-charge (at least nominally) back from everyone else. So, so looking forward to this book!
jo_graham
Dec. 17th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Cam's trying to be in charge! :) But he does have a plan, actually. Really and truly!
janetlin
Dec. 18th, 2012 12:35 am (UTC)
"Sir... Carter and I are the same rank, Teal'c's an alien, Jackson's a civilian. I learned a long time ago I don't control anything."
jo_graham
Dec. 19th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's pretty much how it goes!
2bluaeryn
Dec. 18th, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
Excited and sad at the same time about this book. Can't wait for the release
jo_graham
Dec. 19th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoy it!
Mina Beshai
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
my 2 cents
or simply use the weapon to destroy the wraith...

I'm an avid stargate fan since 2004, but i always have had a problem with it..there seems to be so much power unaccounted for, for once since my friend up there brought it up, the replicators..mckay showed in fran that they can be controlled atleast one at a time, even a single one could access the database and build zpms or even tell them how it is that ancients built their stuff. The database thing is a giant bother to me...why can't they simply extract the knowledge they need to freaking become a super power? translation= daniel jackson.

its the small things..
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