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John and Rodney Friendship

A reader asked for a moment from The Furies showing John and Rodney's friendship, and I had to hunt for something that wasn't too plot spoilery. But this is from near the beginning, in which Quicksilver finds a recording he's not supposed to find!

The screen brightened, filled with a human shape: a man sitting against the wall of a holding cell, his eyes closed, head tipped back against the cell’s wall. The camera zoomed in, focusing on the face, shifting slightly to get the clearest view. The man opened his eyes as though he’d heard something, stared into the camera as though he sensed its presence: a dark-haired man, ordinary enough, a few days’ growth of beard on his chin, hazel eyes that stared defiance.

Quicksilver closed his own eyes, his stomach roiling as though he were in freefall. He knew the man — knew him with a certainty he had not felt since before he was captured, could put a name to him, a human name. John Sheppard — Consort of Atlantis, indeed, commander of the Lanteans; the man who had led the attack on the hive, who had tried to capture him. Tried to rescue him…

Tried to answer his message. The stranger had said Sheppard had been taken on Gaffen. And that meant that his own message had been received, and answered: Sheppard had come for him — had come for McKay, and he was McKay in truth. And, unwittingly, he’d led Sheppard into a trap.

His heart was racing, painful in his chest. He was Rodney McKay, except he’d been turned into a Wraith — but that wasn’t the important thing right now. Atlantis knew that, Sheppard knew that, and they’d come for him anyway. Except Sheppard had been taken prisoner.

“All right,” he whispered. “All right. Think.”



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Nurul Shamine
Jun. 14th, 2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you
Thank you :) I'm definitely picking up the book! Where can you order it?
Jun. 14th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
The Furies
You can get it for sure at fandemonium books online, but it hasn't been released yet and I don't think preorder is available.
Jun. 14th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you
It's not quite out yet. It should be out by June 28. I'll post the link on this journal as soon as I have it!
Jun. 21st, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you
Jun. 14th, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Not sure if you're a comic book fan, so I offer my apologies if the follow explanatory setup is in anyway redundant or as a result condescending. If you haven't read it and one day plan to, then please stop here so you won't be spoiled.



There's a comic by Grant Morrison called Fantastic Four: 1234 where by the climax of the story the bad guy has invented a reality warping machine and all-but wiped out the Four. When resident super-genius Reed Richards show up, the heavy taunts him by asking what has Reed been doing during all this. Reed simply replies, "Well, Victor, I've been thinking."

That last line up there gives me the same giggly chills as Morrison's. Let the bad guys do what they want, have every advantage, but it won't be enough when McKay starts thinking. Nice!
Jun. 14th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah! When Rodney starts thinking, all bets are off! :)
Jun. 14th, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
Hurray, Quicksilver has figured out his true identity! Rodney is back. I can't wait to get my hands on this book. Thanks for the enticing tidbits.
Jun. 14th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
He's figured it out! But oh boy now what? He is in so, so, so much trouble. And now he's gotten John captured too!
Jun. 14th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
wow! Great little blurb....... Is it here yet?
*silently looks around, ignores whining kids in the background, and hits the refresh button.....again* ;)
Jun. 14th, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
Not yet! I just talked to the webcoder and he's doing the SG-1 novel that's also due for release, Oceans of Dust. He doesn't have The Furies in hand yet. Soon. Soon. Soon.
Jun. 14th, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
Do you think if I volunteered to send the Webcoder a piece of the yummy not from a box chocolate cake (with homemade chocolate frosting) that we just made, he could be bribed, er...., persuaded to do The Furies first and THEN Oceans? ;) lol.
Kimberly Burlison
Jun. 14th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
Money, chocolate, the unending adoration of SGA fans…maybe even a spiffy new computer?
Jun. 15th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
Chocolate! That's what would work for me! :)
Jun. 15th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
Oceans is up now! But since as of yesterday he didn't have The Furies in hand, I doubt bribes would work. Or I'd be sending chocolate myself! :)
Jun. 15th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
well, it's a good thing I did NOT promise the chocolate cake....over 3/4 of it is gone due to some piggies that had it around 10am this morning. :)
Jun. 15th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
Four little piggies? Perhaps piggies in tutus? I can't imagine! LOL!
Jun. 15th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Next time I'll make sure to take a picture for proof. And it was five piggies because by 10am, neighbor-girl piggy had come to join the fun and I figured what that, hey, they sent her here to play, they gets no say if I feed her chocolate cake before, noon, right? HA!
Jun. 15th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
Hah! Very true! OMG the snacking every five minutes! I realize she's on a growth spurt, but I think she's been eating all day. And ok, peanut butter and crackers aren't terrible snacks, but today I just can't keep her fed! She's gone up three shoe sizes this year, from a 12 to a 2!
Jun. 14th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
Well, that just ratchets up the tension right there in that shivery, look-out-between-your-fingers way as you hope everything turn out. C'mon, book! I've got some time in between summer and fall semesters where I have no classes. Momma needs a new book to read!
Jun. 14th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh good! I'm glad that's tense! Rodney is in so very much trouble! Just tons of trouble!
Jun. 14th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
I want this book. Legacy has been my favorite of the SGA novels so far.
Jun. 15th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope you enjoy The Furies!
Jun. 14th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
Really can't wait for this book to come out now!
When will the paperback version be available?
Jun. 15th, 2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
The paperback is supposed to be available on June 28. That's the official release date. The ebook may go up for sale a little sooner, since there's no reason to hold it waiting on the printer.
Jun. 14th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
One word. Kindle?
Jun. 15th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
Soon! As soon as it goes up in ebook it will be available in Kindle format!
Shannon Phillips
Jun. 20th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
have you heard anything on the ebook? i like the friendship between Rodney and John. i look forward to reading about them
Jun. 20th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
It's gone to Amazon! It will be up for sale as soon as they do the web update, so I would guess in the next couple of days! I just checked and not yet, but I don't think it usually takes them more than a couple of days to update the website.
Shannon Phillips
Jun. 20th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
awesome. thank you
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