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Moebius Squared -- Alternate Worlds

As we get closer to the release date for Moebius Squared, I thought I'd share a little piece. This is alternate Teal'c and Daniel who was left in the past, known there as Danyel. Why? Because there are tons of scenes coming with Daniel and Danyel, and were this filmed you could look at Michael Shanks with two different haircuts and tell which is which, but since you can't, on the page there has to be some way for the reader to know which Daniel is talking! So AU Daniel is Danyel, the way it's pronounced in his new home.

Teal’c waited, resting his hands on his knees, letting the silence build, but the first stages of kelnorim did not rise to envelop him. Unworthily, his first thought was to blame Danyel Jackson, but the human was astonishingly still and silent. He was not the problem, Teal’c admitted. He had achieved kelnorim under far more difficult conditions, on the eve of battle and on Apophis’s ships, and he knew this was the result of a troubled spirit. And the only remedy for that was to purge himself of the concern that weighed him down. “Tell me of Shau’nac,” he said.

Danyel lifted his head. The flame of the lamps was between them, hiding his expression. “What about her?”

“You said that in your time, I married Drey’auc,” Teal’c said. “And she bore me a son who lived to be a man and a leader of our people. I knew Drey’auc in my time, and would have called it an honor to be her husband. But Shau’nac —” His voice was no longer steady, and he paused until he was sure he had it under control “I would have gone on bended knee to Shau’nac, for she was brave and beautiful and wise beyond her years. But she chose to serve in the temple, and then Amonet chose her for a host, when her own host was injured beyond saving while they visited Chulak. It was an honor unprecedented.”

Danyel gave a bitter smile. “Amonet. Yes. An honor indeed.”

“I am sorry, Daniel Jackson,” Teal’c said. But at least there were things he did not have to say. He didn’t have to explain what it felt like to see Amonet with Shau’nac’s face, to know over and over that she was utterly lost to him.

“No, don’t apologize,” Danyel said. “Sha’re — I mean, Shau’nac —” He stopped, shook his head ruefully. “It’s not something you get over, it is? But it’s what Jack said once, you find ways to go on.”

Teal’c nodded gravely, and when Danyel spoke again, his voice was artificially bright.

“Shau’nac did go to the temple in our world,” he said. “But she was never Amonet’s host.”

“And her fate?” Teal’c waited. “I can hear in your silence that her story does not end well.”

“Like I said, she found a way to communicate with her symbiote,” Danyel said. “And she believed she had persuaded it that what the Goa’uld were doing was evil. She thought she’d convinced it that it wasn’t a god, but one sentient being in a universe full of sentient beings, with no more rights or powers than anybody else. She persuaded it to wait to take a host until a willing one could be found. That’s the part that I thought was relevant, that the symbiote could be talked into waiting.”

“Go on,” Teal’c said.

“She brought the symbiote — it was called Tanith — she brought Tanith to the Tok’ra because she thought they could find it a host, and because if she could convert one Goa’uld, they could probably find a way to convert more.” Danyel sighed. “But Tanith lied. It was Goa’uld through and through. It arranged the whole thing so it could spy on the Tok’ra, and it killed Shau’nac when she realized what it had done.”

Teal’c had guessed as much, but it was a surprise to find the thought as painful as it was. It was better than being Amonet’s host, he told himself. She had died free, trying to bring others to freedom.

“This, then, is why you say I must not trust my symbiote,” he said. “No matter what it says. I must persuade it to wait for a better host, but believe nothing it says.”


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 31st, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
I was confused by this at first read because I couldn't figure out why Teal'c didn't have any memory of marrying Drey'auc, but once I went back and reread the outline for Moebius II it made sense.
Thanks for this. Is the release date still November/December?
Nov. 1st, 2012 12:11 pm (UTC)
Yes -- it's currently at MGM so I think it will be early December.
Nov. 6th, 2012 09:28 am (UTC)
Been waiting for this book to come out for awhile. Can't wait to read it. Hurry up Dec!
Nov. 6th, 2012 12:32 pm (UTC)
I think it's a lot of fun! Right now Moebius Squared is at MGM for approval. I'm sure they will have some changes, which we'll make and then send it back for them to approve again. Then there are the copyedits, and then we're done! So right now it all depends on MGM.
Nov. 6th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
Well lets hope that for once there will be little to no changes for you to make in this one.
Dec. 11th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
Moebius snippet
Adoring this book already. This was wonderful! I am SOOOO looking forward to reading your book.
I'm wondering - if you don't mind the question - if writing for a franchise series such as Stargate earns you a lot of money or not. I've been told to steer clear of franchise work as it really pays very little. Your comment would be appreciated.

Dec. 11th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Moebius snippet
Yes, it pays very little. But I love Stargate, and the pleasure of continuing the story of some of my favorite characters makes it worthwhile even if it's not the most lucrative thing.

I hope you enjoy Moebius Squared!
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