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The Avengers -- Carter Sums Up

One reader asked me for a spoiler for The Avengers, the next Legacy book, and another asked me for more Sam, so here's a bit from the beginning of The Avengers, in which Carter sums things up in a letter home. This is SPOILERY FOR THE END OF ALLEGIANCE!

Needless to say, Avengers is one of my favorites, and the amount I love Sam cannot be measured!

September 20, 2009

Dear Jack….

Sam paused, staring down at the email form in front of her, then frowned and started typing again.

The Daedalus is leaving in two hours, so this is my last chance to put another letter in the databurst that they'll send six days from now from PX1-152, the first Stargate on the edge of the Milky Way. It will be full night in Colorado Springs then, but I imagine Walter will be there. He'll sort out all the personal emails and send them on, so on Sunday morning, September 27, you will wake up in your apartment on Massachusetts Avenue to see twenty emails from me, everything I've sent in the last twenty three days, since as far as you're concerned I vanished completely.

She could see just how he would look, unshaved and muzzy with sleep, sloshing the hot coffee over his hand as he bent over his secure laptop open on the dinette table in the alcove with all the windows, a golden morning view eastward toward the Capitol dome just visible over the offices between from his eighth floor apartment. He'd spill the coffee and swear, but he wouldn't clean it up, not until he'd opened the last one, this one.

I'm ok.

That was the thing he'd look for first.

I'm fine. Not a scratch on me. The Hammond has a few dings, but she's in one piece too. You've got all the reports. They're probably sitting in your email right now. Walter's good that way.

No need to tell him that. He would have the reports, pages and pages of them. Hers. Caldwell's. Sheppard's. He'd have a hundred pages of reports. So no need to rehearse everything in them. No need to even hit the highlights. He would read them all, know every word in them by noon, drinking cup after cup of coffee, sitting there in boxers and a t shirt while the sun rose high, slanting stripes of gold across the carpet, visualizing the endless dark of space, the flare of shields in the void.

I wish I was there.

He would read that, one eyebrow quirking, say out loud in the quiet apartment, "Carter, that's a lie." And it was. She didn’t really wish she were there, not for more than a moment really, imagining a quiet Sunday morning at home.

I wish you were here.

Yes, kind of. And not. Or only a little. He'd smile at that. "No, you don't, Carter," he'd say. He knew her way too well. And he'd take that for all the things she wouldn't say, all the things she wouldn't put in a databurst that would go through Caldwell and Walter and Hank Landry and God knows who else before he read it.

I don't know when I'll be back, needless to say. Caldwell made the call that Daedalus was making the run because we're still under repair. Since I have no idea what the situation there is….

How to phrase this bit? With Woolsey and the IOA, with the politics, with the movements of other ships…. How long would Daedalus stay on Earth? Who would it bring back? When would it come? She had no way to know. She just knew that she'd keep it together until whenever.

…I'll be here.

Maybe they'd get their hands on another ZPM and they could call Earth any time they wanted. Or maybe not. If a hive ship showed up it was going to get very interesting.

Caldwell is leaving his 302 wing with me, as he details in his report. Hocken is good, and they did an exemplary job in our last engagement. I've included commendation paperwork for Captain Dwaine Grant, whose conduct was above and beyond the call of duty.

There was no need to reiterate that. But he'd know that she meant it, would take a closer look and remember Grant's name, read over it carefully seeing the crippled 302 in his mind's eye, a plume of oxygen venting from his wing tank as he dove between the hive ship and the Hammond, taking the burst on his shields instead of the now unshielded bridge windows. Jack would read the formal, stilted words that Hocken and Caldwell had written, her formulaic endorsement, and he would see.

Anyhow, I've got to go. The taxi's waiting. He's blowing his horn.

He'd fill in the rest of the lyrics. Peter, Paul and Mary was his cup of tea.




( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 1st, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Teyla is my favourite character but i do love Sam too! I am soooooo looking forward to this book! :)
Dec. 1st, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
I love Sam and most of Sam in the books is mine. Though the space battle at the end of Allegiance wasn't, and one of my favorite things was Sam cooly preparing to take out the hive ship at the cost of her life, and how it was almost a surprise when Caldwell got her out. My heart was in my throat even though I knew that they weren't going to kill Sam because she was in the next book!
Dec. 1st, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
I'm halfwa through "Allegiance" now (and broke my own word with doing that because I wanted to wait till the complete series is out) but this sounds ... exciting :).

Thanks for sharing!
Dec. 1st, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I love Allegiance and I'm so glad you're enjoying it. (And the battle at the end that Sam is talking about in this is just heart-stopping!)
Dec. 1st, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
ok, so after hitting myself over the head with my kindle (yes, my husband laughed hysterically while reminding me we DID in fact own one and I didn't have to wait for the nook version!) while downloading Allegiance, I finally managed to read it all in a remarkable short time (fantastic book, btw! can't say enough good things about it). I am now left stalking your blog for short shippets like this until (keeping my fingers crossed) March when Avengers comes out. Thanks for posting this bit. What a great glimpse of Sam. :) --kris
Dec. 2nd, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
I'm so happy you enjoyed it! I love Allegiance, especially the space battle at the end. I've admired Melissa's space battles for years before I met her, and this one is right up there.

I'm glad you enjoy the bit of Sam. I love her so!
Dec. 1st, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)

Can't wait to read this. Any way we could get a Teyla nibble?
Dec. 2nd, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
I second that! Teyla is my fav :)
Dec. 2nd, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
I just put it up for you! :)
Dec. 2nd, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
I just put it up for you! :)
Dec. 2nd, 2011 12:17 pm (UTC)
Aw, I love this! She's very much the Sam we know and love and this really is an awesome little snippet and I'd really love to read this book in hardcopy (no, there's still only the Kindle version on Amazon. I'm starting to believe that there will be no hardcopy offer from Amazon at all).
Dec. 2nd, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you love it. Sam is one of my favorites, and I'm usually the one who writes her.

I hear that the hardcopy will be for sale Dec. 9. Of course you know I have no control over Amazon!
Dec. 2nd, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
I'm usually the one who writes her

Amy and Melissa sure did a great job with her, even in this rather short paragraph :)

I hear that the hardcopy will be for sale Dec. 9.

I certainly hope so ;) I'd hate for only the Kindle edition being available :S
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