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Vala on her own

A reader asks, "Any chance there's something from Moebius you're willing to share...perhaps from Vala's POV???"

Yes! This is a piece from the beginning of Moebius Squared. Vala was the only one who didn't go on the mission to check out Baal's secret facility. Which means she's the only one home when something bad and unexpected happens....




Vala Mal Doran was bored. Bored, bored, bored. She wandered around the briefing room picking up first one thing and then another. Laser pointer. That was kind of cool. Would it be diffused by glass? If she shone it through the window into General Landry's office and made the little red point of light dance around on his desk….

Landry looked up. "Will you stop that?"

She took that as an invitation to come in, pocketing the laser pointer as she did. "Explain to me again why I can't go join the team?"

Landry sighed. But he didn't look all that fascinated by his paperwork either. "Do you know how much power it takes to open that gate? Do you know how expensive that is? We have thirty SG teams and the Atlantis expedition. Which means the gate is flapping all day. Not only that, there are scheduled check ins from twenty or so different sources in every 24 hour period, teams checking in, Atlantis dumping mail, allies…. We can't open the gate every time somebody wants to go somewhere. You were offworld when SG-1 left. There is no critical reason you need to be on this mission. So. I'm not opening the gate so you can go join them. You can wait right here until they get back."

"Teaching me a lesson?" Vala perched on the edge of his desk.

"Teaching everybody a lesson about conserving power and time. We don't use the gate unless it's mission-specific."

"You're crabby today," Vala observed.

"Thank you." Landry bent over his paperwork again.

Vala didn't move. "This wouldn't have anything to do with Dr. Jackson returning to the team since he got out of the infirmary after yet another attempt to move to Atlantis went entirely and completely pear shaped? Because if it does, I have to tell you that I'm completely over Daniel."

"I have no idea what you're talking about," Landry said. He didn’t look up.

"Really. Actually."

Landry did look up then. "I could care less. Is that clear? I am not your gal pal, and whoever you have a thing for or don't have a thing for, I don't care."

"I don't think that's what gal pal means," Vala began, but the warning claxons interrupted her.

"Unauthorized gate activation!"

"Not again," Landry said, getting heavily to his feet. "Let's go see who wants what." He went down the stairs to the control room, Vala trailing him.

The airman on duty looked up. "Sir, the IDC is the Tok'ra High Council."

"Open the shield," Landry directed. "And tell them they're welcome." He didn't sound precisely thrilled, but then Vala supposed the Tok'ra High Council were pretty much the definition of a cheerless lot. Unfortunately, they were also the definition of really important allies. Landry straightened his tie.

The shield retracted, and five Tok'ra stepped through the glowing blue of the wormhole, two women and three men in the tan and white clothing the Tok'ra preferred. Two of them looked vaguely familiar. Maybe she'd seen them in the background at the extraction? She hadn't paid all that much attention to every attendant. She thought she'd at least seen that one in front with the shock of brown hair.

A lieutenant met them on the gateroom floor, exchanging pleasantries gamely, and then escorted them into the control room to Landry.

"General Landry," the young man with brown hair said gravely. "It is an honor to meet a man about whom I have heard so much."

"Thank you," Landry said.

"Vala Mal Doran," Vala put out there.

"We bring a matter of concern to the Tok'ra High Council," he said formally.

"If you'd care to take a walk up to my office, I'd be delighted to discuss it," Landry said with a look at Vala that pretty clearly said stay here and out of the way.

"We would prefer to discuss it here," the woman at his shoulder said. Vala heard the buzz of the zat'nik'tel arming a bare second before the bright stun beam caught her full in the chest.

Comments

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lc59
May. 16th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Hmm...interesting...thanks for this btw...didn't expect it quite so quickly.
What's the time frame of this?
And can I share this with fellow fans of Vala who might be interested in something from Fandemonium that has Vala in it? Or do you prefer it remain here?
jo_graham
May. 16th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
This takes place immediately after Continuum, about five days later. Vala has been offworld talking to the guy who was Baal's host, as she'd promised to come back and see him again, and returned after SG-1 went on their mission. Consequently, she's the only one home when something bad goes down, as the rest of this chapter is Vala on her own against the invaders!

I'm happy for you to link this anywhere you'd like, but please don't repost. This is a sneak peek of the first draft, and it hasn't been through MGM yet!
lc59
May. 16th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
Sure, understood...I'll post a link in my own lj...that should get to most of the people who'd be interested. Thanks again for indulging.
jo_graham
May. 18th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
Also, just a note -- if you're a Sam fan, there's quite a lot of Sam in the Legacy series, especially in The Lost and the upcoming The Avengers, where Sam is one of the two main characters, the other being Teyla. And also Sam has some really good scenes in Allegiance.

There's also Jack in Homecoming and both Jack and Daniel in The Avengers.
ssagey
May. 18th, 2011 08:43 am (UTC)
sounds so good..love landry trying and failing to get vala gone...lol...
something else to look forward to...'
hugs
jo_graham
May. 18th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
Vala rocks! She's always such a blast to write!
aeryn_b
Oct. 13th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
> Vala didn't move. "This wouldn't have anything to do with Dr. Jackson returning to the team since he got out of the infirmary after yet another attempt to move to Atlantis went entirely and completely pear shaped? Because if it does, I have to tell you that I'm completely over Daniel."

Aww. :( (Let this be a lie, let her be in denial.) Though it's your story, so I don't want to influence you or anything, I just really like Daniel and Vala's relationship (or friendship, or whatever it is).

I'm glad lc59 pointed me here. I'm interested in anything SG-1 involving Vala being her awesome self. :D
jo_graham
Oct. 14th, 2012 10:26 am (UTC)
Landry certainly doesn't believe her! How much anyone should is open for speculation! :)
aeryn_b
Oct. 14th, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Whew! My shippy heart is relieved. :) Not that I'm expecting some romantic declaration, just that I don't want them to be ... unfriendly towards each other, I guess.
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