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Unascended -- the page numbers game

By popular request, the page numbers game!

Here's how it works: you give me a number between 7 and 271 (because those are the pages in the book with actual story on them) and I'll give you a sneak peek at what's on that page. So ask away!



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Jun. 29th, 2014 11:36 am (UTC)
How about an early page then, page 15?
Jun. 29th, 2014 11:41 am (UTC)
Here you go! Rodney and Teyla. I'd love to hear what you make of it.

Teyla poured him a cup of tea. Rodney would have preferred coffee, but it didn’t seem like the moment to insist.

“I dreamed about Elizabeth,” he said. “When I was a Wraith, when I couldn’t even remember that I was human, let alone remember my own name, she helped me. And then she appeared in the puddle-jumper. That wasn’t a hallucination. It was the real Elizabeth, and she had Ascended.” He spread his hands defensively. “All right, let’s get the part where you tell me I’m crazy out of the way.”

“Why would I say that?”

“Everyone else thinks so. Except maybe Ronon, but who knows what he really thinks.”

“I have dreamed of Elizabeth too,” Teyla said seriously.
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Jun. 29th, 2014 11:45 am (UTC)
Page 81 please middle?
Jun. 29th, 2014 11:51 am (UTC)
A briefing scene! :)

“You made us haul that thing home,” Ronon said.

“It’s still useful,” Rodney said. “Just not incredibly useful when all we have is one broken device. I think we should try to find another one.”

“I actually agree with Dr. McKay,” Daniel said, with an expression that made it clear he felt that was a possible sign of the apocalypse. “This is the first early Asgard settlement site – or maybe it’s better described as an observation post – that we’ve seen in the Pegasus Galaxy. Even though it’s not nearly as early as the Ancient sites we were originally looking for, I’m tempted to see if we can find out anything else about what the Pegasus Asgard were up to at this point. I realize it may not have immediate practical applications —”

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Jun. 29th, 2014 12:12 pm (UTC)
Got to go with my favorite number: 42.
Jun. 29th, 2014 12:30 pm (UTC)
And you get Elizabeth!

Elizabeth put her hand on her arm. “I am so sorry. And so sorry to have asked.”

“It was a long time ago.” Atelia forced a smile. “And I’ve found a place with the Travelers. The technology that everyone understood on Sateda is rare and complicated everywhere else. I have skills that are valuable. I understand what these do.” She touched the bottle. “I learned.”

“And you have a family,” Elizabeth said.

“Oh yes.” She nodded, glancing back over her shoulder at the little face behind hers. “I have a son and a husband, though he’s not with us now because he’s a Hunter.”

“What does he hunt?” Elizabeth asked.

Atelia’s smile wasn’t nice at all. “He hunts Wraith.”
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Jun. 29th, 2014 12:54 pm (UTC)
Big money, big money, no whamies, no whamies - 129.
Jun. 29th, 2014 01:13 pm (UTC)

Lorne assembled his team in the jumper bay. Sgt. Anthony and PFC Harper were both relatively new to Atlantis, part of the Marine contingent assigned to replace people who’d been transferred out while they were on Earth. They’d spent most of their stay in the Pegasus galaxy so far getting oriented and then immediately facing a Wraith invasion of the city. Pretty much par for the course as far as newcomer orientation went.

The two other Marine privates were even greener, having come out with the latest shipment of supplies on Daedalus a couple of weeks ago. They looked like they could barely resist bouncing up and down on their heels at the prospect of actually getting out of the city to explore another world.

“All right,” he said. “You’ve all read the initial survey team’s report on M47-533. They say it’s suitable for use as an alpha site. I want you to go out there and find out whether that’s still true. We all know that there are a million things that a three-hour survey of an entire planet can miss. Let’s spend a little more time checking this place out before we set up a lot of tents and equipment there.”

“Yes, sir,” Anthony said. “How big a base are we talking about? Do we need to be able to evacuate the entire Atlantis expedition there?”
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Jun. 29th, 2014 01:15 pm (UTC)
In which John attempts to get some advice!

John sat in front of his laptop, trying to figure out how to frame the email he was thinking of sending.

Hi Sam, he began mentally. How’s it going? I was just wondering if you think there’s any chance that Elizabeth Weir is an Ascended being, rather than being dead in space because we couldn’t do anything to save her.

That sounded crazy. If he got that kind of email from someone, he’d think there was something wrong with them. Like they were having some kind of guilt complex about not being able to save people they cared about. So, screw that.

Hi Sam,, he tried mentally composing again. Hope you’re having a good time on the Hammond.
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Jun. 29th, 2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
Rodney and Eva!

Eva put her head to the side. “Are there any concrete actions you would do differently? Given that you don’t know where she would be, and that Dr. Jackson has already said that his best guess is that she would be somewhere you might normally go, then what would you actually do differently if everyone believed you?”

“Not much.” Rodney frowned. “So that’s what this is about, right? That I want people to believe me?”

Eva just smiled in that annoying psychologist way.

“Of course I want people to believe me! I don’t want my friends to think I’m nuts!”

“So how do you prevent that?”

“Prove I’m right,” Rodney said.

“Suppose you can’t. Suppose this is unprovable. Suppose there will never be any way to find out if Elizabeth Weir has unascended.”

“That’s stupid. There’s nothing that’s unprovable.”

“Really? Lots of people have questions that are unprovable. Did he love me? Did I do the right thing? What would have happened if?” Eva said. “You can’t know the answers to those things. All you can do is live with the question.”
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Shawn Edwards
Jun. 29th, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
How about a page toward the end. Oh the agony of waiting until July 10th! Thank goodness I read ebooks and not paper books...

Page 230
Jun. 29th, 2014 06:06 pm (UTC)
Daniel in a tough spot!

“Interesting. I should tell you that we’ve had some very bad results from using Ancient devices to alter people’s DNA,” Daniel said. “There was the Ascension device that made people keel over dead if they didn’t reach enlightenment fast enough, for one thing. The exploding tumor incident also comes to mind.”

“Exploding what?” Taka demanded. The jumper wobbled perceptibly in the air, banking back and forth hard enough to make Sora grab at her chair to stay in it. It would have been the perfect moment to jump her if he hadn’t been handcuffed to a chair.

“I’m sure nothing like that will happen,” Daniel said.

“How sure?”

“You worry too much,” Sora said.
Jun. 29th, 2014 06:12 pm (UTC)
Page 56, please!
Jun. 29th, 2014 06:19 pm (UTC)
And you get Elizabeth!

The light awakened her, bright through the curtainless window. It was open, and the warmth of an August morning blew in through the leaves of the old tree outside, the voices of students coming up from the walk below, the traffic sounds a distant blur. The breeze smelled of the river and sunshine.

Elizabeth opened her eyes. The other bed was empty, peach comforter pulled up, the clip light on the metal bed frame turned off. Her roommate had already left.

She sat up, pushing back the covers and taking a deep breath. Her blue and white rug covered the scuffed hardwood floor. Her plastic bins were stacked beside the dresser, her boombox plugged in beside the mirror, her suitcase unzipped on the dresser top where she’d gotten her pajamas out the night before. The digital clock said
it was seven thirty.
Jun. 29th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
Page 46 please
Jun. 29th, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
The team explores!

“I thought I saw something.”

“Probably some kind of animal,” John said.

“I figured that, yes.” Ronon pushed his way some distance through the tall grass away from their path, and crouched to brush the grasses aside. “There’s a trail here.”

“Now we get the tyrannosaurs,” Rodney said.

Ronon grinned. “Only if they’re two feet tall.”

“There were small dinosaurs,” Rodney said. “Small but vicious. Probably poisonous.”

“Can we put a hold on the extreme pessimism until we actually get to the site?” Sheppard brushed sweat out of his eyes with the back of his hand. “Please?”
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Jun. 29th, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
Page 182 Thank you ;)
Jun. 29th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
A key scene!

“We don’t know!” John snapped. “So how about everybody refrain from speculating while we look for her? Let’s put out another call for Larrin and ask her to let us know when she hears from Lesko’s ship.” When everyone just sat there he stood up. “Rodney! Go do it!”

“Right.” Rodney got up and left, a picture of injured dignity. “Don’t bother to say, McKay, you were right.”

“McKay, you were maybe kind of right,” Ronon said, clapping him on the shoulder as he followed him out.

Teyla waited until the door closed. “Do you think it is Elizabeth?”

“I don’t know.” John’s eyes were worried. “We might be chasing a red herring. Somebody who lost her memory and we supplied the name to the Mazatla. Or it might be a Replicator.”

“Or it might be Elizabeth,” Teyla said. “But I see your point that we must not rush to conclusions. There are many people in the galaxy who would like to lure us into a trap. Including some we think of as allies.”

“The Genii,” John said.
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Jun. 29th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
Mmmh, 222, please! (also, I'm so excited about a new Legacy book, woooooooooooooo!)
Jun. 29th, 2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
222 is the last page in a chapter and has two lines on it. Want to pick again?
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Jul. 1st, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
Some of the page numbers I had in mind have already been picked, so let's see... how about 261? :) Or if that ends up being too spoilery, 251?
Jul. 2nd, 2014 11:25 am (UTC)
Lorne and Radek!

Lorne waved a hand at Radek, who had been on his way out of the control room. Radek came back up the stairs reluctantly, probably wondering why he was being deprived of ten minutes to grab a cup of coffee before anyone piled new technical problems on his head.

“Just the person we need,” he said.

Radek turned and regarded him dubiously over the rim of his glasses. “It is never a good sign when people say that.”

“The team out at the alpha site is having equipment problems. Weird ones. What about the water trailer?” he asked over the radio.
Teresa Spencer
Jul. 2nd, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
pick a number
How about 52?
Jul. 2nd, 2014 11:28 am (UTC)
Re: pick a number
The team plus Daniel in a tight place!

“Net!” Teyla called, and leapt over it gracefully, landing squarely in the dirt on the other side. Daniel managed to jump it himself, although when he landed, the stinging in his leg increased to an urgent burn. By the time he steadied himself, the others were over, John and Ronon moving out in front.

“Get out of our way!” John yelled.

“I don’t think they understand what you’re saying,” Ronon said.

Daniel could see several of them moving closer, and he suspected that meant there were more moving that he couldn’t see.

John clearly felt the same, because he fired, a short burst of bullets that spat against the ground between him and the nearest of the creatures.

The nearest bushes went up like a torch. There were cries of alarm from the creatures, several of them backing out into the cleared section of dirt. It looked to Daniel like they had a clear path to the river. Teyla was already moving, and he followed her, shrugging out of his pack on the way and scrambling through the underbrush toward the river bank with its straps hooked over one arm.
Teresa Spencer
Jul. 4th, 2014 05:20 am (UTC)
Me again.
How about 28?
Jul. 4th, 2014 12:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Me again.
Lorne and Carson!

Lorne stretched out his knee for Carson’s medical scanner to examine its internal workings. “How does it look, doc?”

“Better than it has any right to, given what you did to it,” Carson said.

“Hey, I got hit by a jumper. Being piloted by Dr. McKay, who was out of his mind at the time. I hardly think that counts as my fault.”

“All right, maybe not. But try to dodge next time.”

“I’ll keep that in mind,” Lorne said. “Maybe we need those warning beepers for the jumpers that they put on garbage trucks so you can hear them when they’re backing up. Except that it wasn’t backing up.”

“A warning beeper might not be a bad idea,” Carson said. “It would also help warn everyone about those of us who aren’t the best drivers.” Carson was a perfectly competent jumper pilot at this point – good, even – but he’d resisted learning with all his might in the early days of the expedition.
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