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Now that The Furies is out, a couple of people have asked me if I could post the first scenes from Secrets -- which is hard to do, as they're very spoilery! So this is not the first couple of scenes, but the beginning of the third chapter. I hope you're enjoying The Furies!

The rain was streaking down in sheets, soaking Sam in the short distance from the Hammond's ramp to the door. There were no transfers this time to Atlantis's infirmary, which was a good thing. No one was critical, just bumps and bruises and a few second degree burns. That was a thing she'd look forward to reporting when she uploaded for the databurst to the SGC.

The transport chamber doors opened on Atlantis's control room level, and Sam stepped out, almost plowing into Richard Woolsey. "Excuse me," she said. "I was on my way up."

"I was on my way down to see you," Woolsey said, and that was almost unheard of. The person in charge in Atlantis waited on the starship captains to come to them. It was a protocol Elizabeth Weir had established in her first days working with Caldwell, a protocol she'd been careful to keep when she was in charge. Atlantis did not answer to the starship captains. The chain of command was made absolutely clear.

Woolsey shifted from one foot to another, stepping back to let her actually get out of the transport chamber. "Is Colonel Sheppard with you?"

"No." Sam wondered if she looked as perplexed as she sounded. "He's not back?"

"No." Woolsey's face was drawn. "We haven't heard a word from any of the team. Nothing." His voice sharpened. "I thought they were to return with you."

Sam shook her head. "That was the original plan, but we had trouble getting in close enough to beam them out. I had a radio message from Sheppard that indicated they had been beamed aboard Todd's hive ship. I thought they'd be back by now."

"No," Woolsey said. "We don't know anything."

Sam blew out a breath. If Todd were holding them prisoner they'd be getting demands any time now. But that was less likely, given that Teyla was still masquerading as his queen. "It's possible that the hive ship also took some battle damage," she said. "That may be more of a priority than getting to a gate and reporting in."

A twitch of Woolsey's eyebrows showed what he thought of Sheppard's enthusiasm for immediately reaching a gate and reporting in. "Did they recover Dr. McKay?"

"I don't know," Sam said. "There was a lot of interference on the radio. Sheppard said they were aboard Todd's ship, but I don't know if they had McKay with them or not." She shook her head. "If not, he's dead. Queen Death's hive ship exploded. There would have been no survivors." Surely they had him. Sheppard wouldn't have beamed out without him. And if not…. It was better than orders to kill him. Better than Sheppard having to fulfill those orders, if he had died at the Hammond's guns rather than Sheppard's hand. "I expect they have him," she said. "I'm not certain. The communications were very spotty."

Woolsey nodded, looking somewhat comforted.

He was worried, Sam thought. He was worried about his people. The Woolsey she'd known wouldn't have been. When had that happened and what had changed him?

"I'm sure they will report soon," he said.

"Yes," Sam agreed.

Dr. Kusanagi had approached, standing well back to not be rude but close enough to indicate she had something to say, and now Sam turned to her. "Doctor?"

"The SGC has dialed in again and sent through supplies. I thought you would be pleased to know that it includes material for the Hammond."

"Absolutely," Sam said, "What have we got?" With a nod for Woolsey, who headed back into his office, she went down the main stairs with Kusanagi. The floor of the gateroom was filled with boxes and pallets, a couple of hundred boxes sent through the Stargate containing everything from kitchen supplies to vital medicines. One big pallet looked like it was stacked with seven or eight hundred pounds of metal plating. It also had a big red ribbon around it.

"I think these are for you," Kusanagi said, smiling. "They’re 640 hull plating."

"I expect they are." Sam couldn't help but grin. There was a tag attached to the big red bow, Jack's handwriting. Happy Birthday.

"I did not know it is your birthday, Colonel Carter," Dr. Kusanagi said. "Many happy returns."

"It isn't my birthday," Sam said, as Kusanagi tilted her head and looked confused. It was Jack's. Happy Birthday. Carter is still in one piece. Again. She supposed that made a pretty fair present.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 5th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
This sounds great! I am so excited for Secrets
Jul. 6th, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!
Jul. 5th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Yeah, that's Jack, through and through. :D
Jul. 6th, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
Oh Jack! Nothing like a big bow on the hull plates!
Jul. 6th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
Nice. When is it coming out?
Jul. 6th, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Secrets should be out at the end of August.
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