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Unascended -- the Beginning

Unascended is finished and turned in! Now we wait for first edits.

To celebrate, I thought I'd share the beginning of the first chapter.



Rodney McKay frowned down at his coffee, which had grown ice cold since the beginning of an interminable meeting with Radek Zelenka to plan the science department's schedule. He drank it anyway. There were only a few more hours of lab time left to fill with maintenance and other people's questionably necessary research, and then at least he could get more coffee.

"So we are on systems maintenance for Friday afternoon," Radek prompted.

"Friday, right. We can finish testing the power conduits for damage that might have resulted from flying the city, although given that it's been weeks, any actual significant damage would already have shown itself in the city's power consumption by now, so ultimately that's one more pointless exercise."

Radek pushed his glasses up his nose in obvious frustration. "Tell me, Rodney, is there anything on this week's schedule that you are in favor of our doing? You are the one setting the schedule, so to complain about it at the same time seems more than a little perverse. What do you want us to do?"

"I think we ought to look for Elizabeth."

He hadn't known that was what he wanted to do until he said it, but the words crystallized the sense he'd been having these last few weeks that they were wasting time, letting it pour through their fingers in some way that he hadn’t been able to articulate but that he was sure that they'd regret.

There was a lengthy silence before Radek replied, and when he did, he seemed to be choosing his words very carefully. "Rodney, Elizabeth Weir is dead."

"I remember what happened to Elizabeth. I'm not an amnesiac. Or crazy."

"Anymore."

"I don't have amnesia anymore, and according to Carson, physically I'm in perfect health and almost 100 percent human again--"

"You still have the white hair."

"I've been thinking of dying it, actually, I've been considering Grecian Formula for Men -- and you know what, never mind the hair, that's not the point. My point is, I am feeling much better. And I was never crazy, I was brainwashed and medically transformed into a Wraith."

"You nearly killed me."

"Yes, but I didn't."

"You let the Wraith into Atlantis."

"Yes, and I am sure that it will really help me to deal with my traumatic guilt about the things that I did while I had amnesia for everyone to keep constantly reminding me."

"All I am saying is that you have been through a great deal."

"I know what I saw," Rodney said doggedly. "When I was in that puddle-jumper headed into the sun, out of reach of anybody's transport beams, Elizabeth saved me. She appeared in the jumper and transported me aboard Hammond. The only way she could have done that was if she weren't dead, but Ascended. And what do we know is the one rule for Ascended beings?" He didn't wait for an answer. "They're not supposed to interfere in the affairs of unascended beings. Or they get kicked out of the higher plane. That's what happened to Dr. Jackson when he was Ascended."

"You think she is out there somewhere, having, what ... unascended?" Radek shook his head slowly. "Rodney, we all understand that you have been having a difficult time--"

"Fine." Rodney slammed down his coffee cup with a thud. "I'm going to go get Woolsey to authorize the gate team to go do something about the problem. Since you're not on the gate team anymore, you can finish the maintenance schedule. You don't need me for that."

"Yes, because scheduling is not entertaining, and therefore does not require your genius," Radek said. He sounded relieved that they were back to bickering about the schedule.

"I'm going to see Woolsey," Rodney said, and stalked out.

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geonncannon
Apr. 19th, 2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
Well done!! I've been avoiding this because I know once I start reading I'll just want more. :D
Shawn Edwards
Apr. 20th, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, I have to agree with you! It's a fantastic beginning though:).
jo_graham
May. 1st, 2014 12:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
jo_graham
May. 1st, 2014 12:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I hope you enjoy it!
shetlandgirl
Apr. 20th, 2014 08:03 am (UTC)
Wow!
Can't wait for the rest! So pleased the Legacy series continues.
jo_graham
May. 1st, 2014 12:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow!
Thank you!
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jo_graham
May. 1st, 2014 12:42 pm (UTC)
That's Amy's work! I'm glad you liked it.
mari4212
Apr. 20th, 2014 12:14 pm (UTC)
Eeee! Yes please.

I love your Rodney and Radek interactions. It's note-perfect to both characters. And of course, Rodney still wants to save Elizabeth. It takes him a while to give his trust and loyalty, but once given, it is given forever.

...I really need to give in and switch my icons around and get my Rodney icon back again. I keep wanting to use it.
jo_graham
May. 1st, 2014 12:43 pm (UTC)
That's Amy's Rodney and Radek. I love it too!
kickstand75
Apr. 21st, 2014 01:33 am (UTC)
yay. I swoon over your Radek and Rodney interactions. They're just so fantastic.
jo_graham
May. 1st, 2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
These are actually Amy's! :) I'm glad you like them.
kickstand75
May. 1st, 2014 02:11 pm (UTC)
Aha. Edit: I swoon over Amy's Radek and Rodney. :) pls pass on my swooniness to her, would you?
mysra
Apr. 21st, 2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
Awesome I so can't wait for it to be published. Thank you for keeping it going. You are a great!
jo_graham
May. 1st, 2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
toparty1
Apr. 30th, 2014 12:01 pm (UTC)
Unascended
Awesome! Thanks for the glimpse into the novel. Hope it's released soon as it's been forever and over a year since I've had a new Stargate novel to read.
Very much looking forward to it - salivating in fact.
jo_graham
May. 1st, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Unascended
Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!
Teresa Spencer
Jun. 15th, 2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
I heard...
I heard "Unascended" will be coming out next month. Is that true? :)It was when the new SG-1 novel came out.

Who knows? I may have the new Atlantis book by my birthday.:)

Have a great time in Maryland!
sgafan
Jun. 24th, 2014 02:39 am (UTC)
Oh this is good... when will it be out??! ;)

*bites lip* I was urged, prompted and ootched to share this with you. I actually made/wrote it last weekend, posted it for friends and was promptly told to share it with you. Honestly, I've been a little out of touch and didn't realize this book was coming or what it was about(so now I'm gobbling up what I can find!)

I was capping Ghost in the Machine, and this cap of John just hit me (and so did the drabble so naturally I had to put the two together...)

So, with a little prompting, I'll share. I hope that's ok... please tell me if its not and I will remove promptly.

On my LJ (clickable thumbnail): http://sgafan.livejournal.com/243156.html

or directly to PB: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/SGAFan/GhostintheMachine6DrabbleWallpaper.jpg~original

have to click the magnifying glass a couple times to see it in original size. (crazy photobucket...) ;)
kickstand75
Jun. 24th, 2014 02:50 am (UTC)
:)
jo_graham
Jun. 24th, 2014 12:35 pm (UTC)
Oh cool! That is lovely!

Unascended will be out in JULY!!!!!
sgafan
Jul. 6th, 2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D

As for Unascended, I will definitely be on the lookout for it!
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