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Allegiance -- Radek Zelenka

A reader says, "Zelenka is my favorite character. I'm loving the way you guys are writing him. Any chance of a preview of what he's up to in Allegiance?"

Ok! I love Radek too. This is from very early in the book, and I can't honestly tell you if this is Melissa's scene or Amy's because they blend together so well. I've cut the scene before it gets too spoilery.



It was a quiet afternoon, a steady snow falling beyond the gateroom windows, the kind of snow that made the younger airmen grin at each other and talk of Christmas, for all it was August by their calendar. It made Radek think of pastries in coffee houses and regrettable student love affairs, snow dotting his glasses on the walk back to his apartment, lamplight golden under the heavy sky, not hurrying because the anticipation was part of the pleasure. He sighed, remembering coffee rich with real cream, napoleons and little neapolitan biscuits. The cream was the thing he missed most, if he were honest with himself, and it was also the thing least likely to be supplied. Pegasus didn’t seem to run to dairy cattle.

He glanced at the boards below him, lovely monotonous rows of green lights and nominal readings. He had spent most of the morning closing one of Rodney’s back doors — a nice piece of code, designed to restore itself after deletion, but only after he had run certain checks — and he thought he’d earned a quiet afternoon. On the board below, Salawi had her laptop open and was looking at one of the tutorials, frowning over a set of diagrams. Taggert and another former SGC tech — Mcmillan, Radek remembered — were talking quietly, Taggert leaning over Mcmillan’s shoulder to look at something on his screen.

Radek’s attention sharpened abruptly. Something had changed, some miniscule shift in posture that meant they were no longer talking about baseball or football or whatever, and he had started down the steps even before Taggert looked over her shoulder.

“We’ve got — something — doc.”

“Something?” Radek repeated. He stopped behind Mcmillan, and Taggert edged away, giving him room. “Let me see.”

“It’s gone,” Mcmillan said. He was older, another sergeant, with graying hair cut close to his scalp and a constant wary look that seemed to have developed at Cheyenne Mountain and hadn’t improved since he’d joined Atlantis.

“What is gone?” Radek asked. The readings all looked normal, even perfect — Mcmillan was monitoring the external sensors, and they rarely showed small anomalies. Except for the pigeons, of course, and a minor issue with falling ice….

“There,” Taggert said, and Mcmillan hit keys to freeze the image. He dragged the result to a secondary screen, revealing readings once again reset to nominal.

“OK,” Radek said. He slid into the seat next to Mcmillan’s console. “What does it say that was?”

“It doesn’t even say it happened,” Mcmillan said.

“That is not a good sign,” Radek murmured.

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jarodrussell
Apr. 9th, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
Your (plural form) Zeleka is brilliant.

Edited at 2011-04-09 01:24 pm (UTC)
jo_graham
Apr. 9th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think we all kind of love him.
gelbes_gilatier
Apr. 9th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
It's always nice to read of Radek, no matter who of you wrote him ;) He didn't get half the screen time he deserved when the show was actually still on screen so... yay for every Radek scene :D Also, I really love the way you all introduce and use OCs. It really was about time that the cast got some additions :)

PS.: You might want to have a look at What She Can Do ;)
jo_graham
Apr. 10th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
Oh that's wonderful! I like that so much! I really love the little interplay between Lorne and Cadman and Ronon, and how she's scared of Carter to Lorne's surprise! That's just awesome!
gelbes_gilatier
Apr. 10th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
...thank you so much! *blushes I'm so glad you like it :) Really very glad!
jo_graham
Apr. 10th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
You write Lorne so well! That's really super!
sizacafe
Apr. 10th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
Great post! I want to see a follow up to this topic

jo_graham
Apr. 10th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
darc_kitty
Apr. 10th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
I love Zelenka - I'm an engineer too and can really relate to him. Probably the reason that Rodney annoys me so much too, I know so many people like him!

On a totally different topic, has anyone else noticed that Ladon Radim has started sponsoring the Renault F1 team? (http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/rena_launch_jl_proc_2011-23.jpg)
jo_graham
Apr. 10th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Oh fun! That's really amusing!

I love Radek so much -- we all do. He's one of the few we fight over writing!
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