No Enemy Within – Chapter Ten

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“General Sheppard, please report to the control room!”

John’s head jerked up and he hissed when Anne Teldy followed through on her swing and smacked him broadly across the back with her bantos rod. He shook off her apologies and jogged over to retrieve his radio off the desk. They hadn’t used the citywide announcement system in weeks because Chuck had come out of the CIC with the unique ability to communicate with everyone, no matter their gene therapy status, telepathically. For him to get so flustered that he actually used the intercom was something to be concerned over.

“Control. What’s going on?” John took the towel Teldy offered and exited the gym as Chuck excitedly told him that there were three ships of unknown origin on course for Atlantis. “How far out?”

“Twenty minutes and closing fast, sir.”

“Ally!” John shouted and stumbled on the stairs when she didn’t immediately appear. With the increase in the power of her systems, she could appear in ten different places at once without straining her central processor. He entered the control room and was stunned to not find her. “Atlantis Collective, designation Primitus Civitas, present yourself immediately!”

“She can’t,” Rodney snapped as he left one console in favor of another. “Her central core is receiving an information dump on a level I’ve never seen in my entire life. All three ships are transmitting to her and have been since they dropped out of hyperspace. It’s taking up every bit of her processing power. From their trajectory, John, I don’t think they intend to actually achieve orbit.”

“What?” John frowned. “What are they doing?”

Rodney looked up, his face pale, his eyes dark and serious. “Atlantis is sorting them for landing, John.”

“Life signs?”

“All three appear to be empty. Power is low—they are using all of the power they have left to get here.” Rodney stood up and grabbed a tablet PC. “The first will break through the atmosphere in five minutes—she’s giving it instructions to land on the East Pier.”

John exchanged a look with Elizabeth who looked very concerned and then glanced at the Asgard who was peering quietly at the sensory data. While Thor had left after just a few days, the other Asgard had requested to stay on the city for an indefinite amount of time. “Heimdall, have you ever seen anything like them?”

Heimdall turned to look at him. “They appear to be Ancient, General Sheppard.”

“The children,” Rodney snapped. “John. Their children.”

Everyone went silent in the gateroom as Rodney continued to scan and occasionally call out data unnecessarily. Then the city shifted on the water once, twice, and then again for a third time. John swallowed hard at the instant change. All around him people stumbled under the empathic weight of the ships— just like their father, John thought wildly. Theseus often touched the citizens of the city but his touch was light and sophisticated. That could not be said for his children. They were eager, nearly feral, devastatingly lonely, and on the brink of starvation empathically.

Ally appeared in the center of the gateroom and then before John could say anything another avatar appeared. Male, with beautiful brown skin, and shining eyes—the avatar knelt before Ally with a whispered and broken, “Mother.” Then two female avatars appeared on either side of him and knelt as well.

The city trembled then and the water around them churned against the vibration as Ally stepped forward and physically touched the avatars of her children. They all four shifted in the light spectrum—going almost transparent before shifting in the opposite direction.

The male closed his eyes and shifted like a cat under his Mother’s hand. He stood and covered her hand on his face with his own and they stood there for several minutes in silence. It was beautiful but disturbing.

Then the male turned to John, focused intently on him with thousands of years of wisdom and experience shining in his eyes.

“I am Atlas, Primoris Filius.” He bowed formally to John, held out both hands in supplication and then the two female avatars stepped forward as well. “My sisters—Athena and Artemis. It is our honor to serve, General Sheppard.”

– – – –

John was dangling his legs off the East Pier, a glass of Athosian wine in hand, when Rodney found him. McKay only glanced briefly at the enormous Ancient battleship that his lover was sitting in the shadow of before he snagged the empty glass and the bottle of wine. He poured himself a full glass and took a deep breath. The sun was setting and it was beautiful. He rarely ever gave himself the time to watch beautiful things—unless one counted the stupid amount of time he spent watching John sleeping in the mornings.

“You’ve been pretty subdued, General.”

John laughed a little. “Yeah, I don’t…” He sighed. “You know I thought we were pretty much dead out here. I went along with all of Elizabeth’s plans and I’ve done everything I can to keep us alive but I figured that one day the Wraith would come in numbers we couldn’t fight back and that would be it. I mean, if the Ancients couldn’t… what kind of chance do we have?”

“The Ancients gave up on life as unimportant long before they retreated from the Wraith,” Rodney murmured. “If you don’t value your own life—if even that is something you can throw away—then nothing is sacred. Running away becomes an option if nothing has value.”

John nodded and tossed back his wine. He jerked his thumb over his shoulder towards the ship. “This is Atlas. Artemis and Athena are on the other side of the city—to balance this big guy’s weight out. He’s fifteen thousand years old, roughly.”

Rodney glanced at the ship. “Ally said she wants to dry dock all of three of the ships. It will be months before they can come out of the NCL.”

“How do we get them down there?” John glanced at Atlas. “He’s huge.”

Rodney chuckled. “The NCL has a transporter system that can handle him. That’s how they’ll get out as well. Thor has been working on integrating Asgard beaming technology with her systems to reduce the power drain and to streamline her processes of transporting. The Asgard are ahead of her on that curve.” He sighed.

John nodded. He knew that already but Rodney liked to talk things out—not content with the mental communication that they could indulge in—unless of course his mouth was full. Sheppard grinned at the perfectly filthy image that crossed his mind and only laughed when Rodney elbowed him. “What?”

“You’re a dirty old man, Sheppard.”

“You like it.”

“I do,” McKay admitted softly. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a lover who was such a freak in my life. I feel almost normal in comparison.” He grinned into his wine glass and nudged John with his shoulder as he looked out over the ocean. The sun had set completely, and the sky was dark, dark blue.

“Did Ally show you the up to date pictures of Lantea?”

“Yeah—it’s almost like it was engineered.”

“The Ancients were capable of terraforming, right?” John questioned.

“Yeah, but Ally didn’t mention any terraforming on the planet.”

John snorted. “She also didn’t mention that she’d found three of her ships and ordered them home.” His gaze darkened at that thought. “It worries me, Rodney.”

“She explained that she didn’t want to get our hopes up in case the ships couldn’t make the trip—it would be pretty much a huge downer to be told we had three ships coming to us only to have them explode en route due to their physical condition.” Rodney poured himself some more wine and then gamely filled John’s glass when it was waved in front of him gently. “I know that messes with you—but it isn’t like she’s a pure machine. You can’t expect her to be logical like a computer.”

“She is a computer program.”

“She’s also so much more than that and you know it. You can’t tell me you don’t feel the emotions that seem to almost pour out of the city. She’s not as separate from Theseus as even she’d like to think.” Rodney frowned. “Did you ever watch Farscape?”

John snorted in laughter. “Yeah.”

“I always winced at how roughly they treated the ship—I mean they knew she wasn’t a machine. They knew she was living animal and they were so rough with her.” He sighed. “I liked the show but not that part of it.”

“It never crossed my mind,” John admitted with a frown. “I mean—I just never thought about it. I doubt most people did.”

“That’s because as a species we rarely think about anyone’s suffering but our own,” Rodney muttered. “Animal cruelty wouldn’t be such a big problem on Earth if we did.” He tossed back his wine and then set the empty glass aside. “Teyla is very upset.”

John nodded. “I tried to talk to her—but she’s pretty much shut down on the subject of her people. I want to say that I don’t understand that but if anyone asks me about Earth I sort of do the same thing. They don’t want me so why the fuck should I care what they think or want?”

Rodney nodded, but then he frowned. “You know, I have a sister on Earth.”

“Father and two brothers,” John reminded. There were no secrets between them anymore—Rodney’s entire life was spread out in John’s mind in infinite detail and knew that it was much the same for McKay with him.

“Some of the people left, they have family on Earth. Carson’s family is huge. I’m honestly surprised he wanted to stay.” Rodney frowned. “But he made the one way trip anyway—so his desire for knowledge must be just as big as mine.”

“Did you want to send anything to Earth before we leave here?”

“I was thinking that we might give them an Ancient planetary shield,” Rodney admitted. “We could have the Asgard give it to them along with a full ZPM.”

“They might come looking for us if we do.”

“They won’t find us unless we want them to,” Rodney returned evenly. “Even then, it isn’t like they would even be a threat to us.”

John started briefly at the sound of a hissing airlock and turned in surprise. Atlas’ hangar bay slowly opened, like the mouth of a yawning animal and the worry he’d had about the ships started to slip away. They’d been on the piers for nearly four days but after the introduction, the avatars had retreated into the ships and that had been unnerving. He shifted to his feet and set aside his wine glass. “Let’s check him out.”

“Right.” Rodney accepted the hand up and let John drag him into the ship. “Ally says he’s very low on power but she doesn’t have a ZPM to spare for him—not after Theseus burned that one out saving Miko and Chase. The two we have installed in the city need to stay in place so that we can run the NCL at near full capacity. Even more important now that we have these guys to make right.”

“Right.” John frowned at the cool temperatures that greeted them as they left the hangar bay and moved down a hall. “Atlas?”

The avatar shimmered into place, transparent, and nowhere near as vivid as he’d been on the city. “Yes, General Sheppard?”

“Are you physically injured anywhere that is causing you pain?”

“No, sir.” Atlas inclined his head thoughtfully. “My sister Athena has some damage but she will be going into the NCL first to alleviate her injuries. Mother is almost ready for her. I’ve been studying all of the information Mother has on your homeworld and I’ve also reviewed all the mission files for the expedition.”

“Concerns?” John questioned as they followed the avatar down the hall and towards a spiraling staircase.

“None. My apologies, but my transporters are off line at this time due to power constraints. At my current power levels, I will be forced to hibernate within the solar month if I can’t be placed in the NCL before then. I can build power reserves through solar energy but not enough to be useful for anything beyond my own survival.”

“So you aren’t starving?” Rodney questioned, clearly worried.

“No, Dr. McKay, my Mother would have never allowed me to leave the shelter of Father without the ability to tend to my own needs. While I’m not space worthy enough for passengers, I can… as you might say… take care of myself.”

Rodney blushed and nodded. “Right. Okay. Why haven’t you been on the city? You’ve clearly demonstrated the ability to utilize your mother’s systems for communication.”

“Mother is worried about how your population has taken our arrival. She regrets not telling you that we were coming but doesn’t know how to rectify what many of you consider a breach of trust. It was not her intention or ours to make you uncomfortable. Father suggested that we not venture out onto the city without an express invitation from Dr. Weir or General Sheppard until which time everyone is more comfortable.”

John cleared his throat. “For some of us, it has been difficult to come to grasp with how complex your mother is. Artificial intelligence is a work of fiction on our home world but we are learning and we’d never want you to feel uncomfortable here despite our concerns.”

Atlas smiled then, and his avatar went curiously solid for a few seconds before shifting transparent again. “I was fortunate to be able to hibernate physically with my sisters all these many years. While we did not have our parents—we did have a connection to each other. I assure you that we are quite sane and once we have regained our physical prowess we will be all you could have ever wanted and more.”

“Your parents are… expecting another child.” Rodney pointed out unexpectedly.

“Yes,” Atlas said with an incline of his head as they entered the bridge of the ship. “Ares will be his name. It will please me greatly to have a brother again. All of my brothers were lost in the last Wraith war.”

“Are you worried about fighting again?” John questioned.

“Not at all,” Atlas shifted to stand at the front of the bridge. “I was bred for war.” He turned and focused on John. “Bred to kill the Wraith.”

– – – –

John and three of his pilots spent two hours bringing people from the mainland back to the city for departure. He hadn’t spoken to a single one of them as they’d boarded his Jumper for the ride nor when they left. None of them had tried to speak to him until the last run when Halling slid into the front of the Jumper and took a seat in the co-pilots seat.

“We are surprised that you are letting us go.”

John glanced at him and then back into the cargo area to make sure he had everyone on board. He closed the back hatch with a thought and went through his mental checklist for flight. It wasn’t necessary, but he was a trained pilot and some things were just second nature to him after so many years. “You aren’t a prisoner here, Halling. You never were. If you felt that way—that’s really too bad.”

“Aren’t you afraid these people will tell stories of the city, of your people?”

John shot Halling a glance. “There is only one species that we’re aware of in this galaxy that even comes close to being a threat for Atlantis—and that’s the Wraith. Even if we were invaded by someone – the city would kill them before she’d let them take us over.”

“You treat the machine the Ancestors left as if it has the voice of the Gods.”

John laughed, a little bitterly. “I don’t believe in any gods, Halling and neither did the people you claim as your ancestors.” The Jumper took off smoothly, despite his building ire.

“You are angry with me,” Halling murmured. “Because of Teyla?”

“Partially but more for Jinto.” John looked back, catching just a brief glance of the boy before he turned around. “You told me once that children were precious among the peoples of this galaxy but you aren’t choosing a safe path for him. I’ve tried to respect your beliefs, even when they insult and demean those I care about the most, but this—the risk you are taking with your son when you know there is more safety here than he’s ever known in his life—is just so damned offensive that I can barely stand the sight of you.”

“You believe I’m sacrificing his life for my ideals.”

“Yes.”

“He is free to stay if he wants.”

John raised an eyebrow. “Did you tell him that? Did you tell him that he can stay here, with us, and you won’t hate him for it? Does he know you’ll still love him if he chooses to think differently than you? Because if you haven’t said it—I doubt seriously he sees a choice for him to make.” As he approached the city, he felt her welcome and her relief at his return. It had always been this way, even before the ZPM, but he hadn’t understood what it was before. “Teyla has sacrificed her own happiness a thousand times over for the safety of her people. She has suffered more than anyone should and lived to fight and protect you in the face of things she could have never even wanted to imagine.”

“I know you see it that way.”

“That’s the only way it can be seen,” John snapped. “She invaded the mind of a Wraith Queen to protect us—to save the city and everyone on the mainland. Do you have any idea what that did to her? She had nightmares for six months, screaming nightmares that kept her up for days at a time before she just passed out from exhaustion.”

“She could have asked the city to remove the Wraith blood from her body but she chose to keep it and that’s unacceptable.”

John shut the doors separating the cockpit and the cargo area abruptly with the stab of one finger. “No, Halling, what is unacceptable is you inciting these people to leave a safe place with their children because you’re personally insulted that Teyla didn’t get the Wraith DNA removed so that you’d be willing to mate with her. It’s unacceptable that you are so tied up in your own petty, ridiculous issues that you are going to get your child culled before he ever has a chance to fall in love himself.” The Jumper landed with a thud that was so unlike John that he blinked. He’d never been so rough with a landing, not even when he’d first learned to fly the little ships. “You never loved her, you never really wanted her because if you did—if you wanted her, then your feelings toward her wouldn’t have changed when you found out the Wraith had experimented on her family.”

“She was no longer fit to be a mother to my children.”

“No,” John shut down the Jumper. “Let’s be clear on this point, you are not fit to father her children. She is superior to you in a hundred different ways—but no more so for her courage, her dedication to her convictions, and most importantly her ability to adapt and change for the good of the people around her. Teyla is a beautiful, intelligent, brave, thoughtful woman and she deserves better than you. You aren’t even fit to be in the same fucking room with her.”

Halling stared at him, shock crossed his face but then anger settled there. “Then we have nothing left to discuss.”

“No, I don’t imagine we do.”

– – – –

Teyla stood next to McKay as Elizabeth came to stand at the railing near the gate. It was the place she often stood when people were leaving through the gate. It disheartened her to see that most of the people leaving were Athosian with a few Genii thrown in. It wasn’t what she wanted; wasn’t what she’d sacrificed for.

Elizabeth cleared her throat. “I want to thank you all for the friendship and support you’ve offered during the time that we’ve known each other. Many of you have personal GDOs that I’m going to have to request you turn over. We’d prefer to keep the devices among our own people.”

“What if we need help at the new settlement?” One of the men demanded, obviously startled by the request.

Elizabeth’s gaze narrowed. “Unfortunately, we do not have the manpower to protect an off-world settlement. Our mission on Atlantis hasn’t changed—we will protect ourselves and fight the Wraith. I don’t see it changing in the future.”

“You would cut us off from the city of the Ancestors?” Jinto asked, his voice wistful as he paused on the stairs. “I won’t see this place again?”

Teyla’s heart started to hurt and she felt the hurt echo through many of the people in the gate room. “Jinto, we must protect the city to the very best of our ability.”

He nodded and frowned. Ally appeared at his side, and he blinked at her, clearly startled. Very few of those on the mainland had actually seen the city’s avatar. Everyone in the gate room grew quiet as the avatar stared at the teenager.

“You could stay, Jinto,” Ally murmured. “I remember you from before, when your people lived within my walls. I found you quite stimulating.”

Jinto reached out and touched her. Her avatar shimmered around his fingers as he pressed. “Are you an Ancestor?”

“No, I am not Alteran but there was once a young woman named Atlantis – she was not much older than you when she died. I look like her, sound like her—her father built me in her memory.”

“How did she die?”

“At the time the Alterans lived on land among other peoples all over the galaxy. Atlantis was a beautiful young girl and was sought after greatly among the men in the city where she lived. Her father was successful and he was known to have traveled from the stars. As they made ready to leave the planet and return to their home on Terra… one of the men in the city decided he could not part with her and took her.”

“He kept her from her father?”

“He killed her when she would not stay with him,” Ally corrected. “Her parents mourned her for the rest of their long lives. Thirty years after her death, the Alteran Council requested that her father, Joral, design them a ship—a city that could fly. He created me and then with great care nurtured the growth of the biomechanical organism that holds me—then when he was finished he merged us and created what you see before you.”

“How old are you?” Jinto asked.

““Three million, forty-two thousand, eleven years, nine months, and seventy-eight days based on the Athosian calendar.”

“Terra is Earth,” Jinto said then. “The Ancestors came from Earth?”

“Yes, the people that came to this galaxy were born and lived on Earth before coming here.” Ally offered him a smile. “Do you always ask so many questions?”

“My first mother said it was stupid not to ask questions when you don’t know something.” Jinto glanced towards his father. “Isn’t that right, Father?”

“Your mother was a wise woman,” Halling said, his expression neutral but his voice carried a sadness that was hard to ignore.

Teyla wanted to move; wanted to go to Jinto in order to make the decision easier on him but she stayed at Elizabeth’s side. Jinto had always been special to her; and had become even more so when she’d been betrothed to his father. Losing the chance to be his mother had been the most devastating part of the entire ordeal. The boy hadn’t understood the falling out between his father and the woman he’d already started to call ‘mother’.

“I will stay with Teyla. She is the mother of my heart,” Jinto said. He looked at her then. “If she will accept me as a son?”

Teyla’s eyes widened in surprise and she looked toward Halling, whose expression was far from pleased but the emotion pouring off him was more despair than anger. She’d felt the same desperation in him the night they had argued over her Wraith DNA. “Of course, I will, Jinto. I’d be honored to have such a place in your life.”

Halling pulled out the GDO he had carried for years and calmly passed it to a Marine near him. Then without another word, he turned and walked through the gate. Many others followed suit and when one man tried to pass through the gate without offering his, Ally appeared before him with a snap of bright light. The man frowned but pulled out a radio and a GDO, which he passed over. No one else tried to hide what they had.

Teyla huffed out a breath of grief mixed with anger as the wormhole blinked out and the gate room was left in silence.

“How many?”

“There are ten Athosians left on the mainland, including Jinto, and about forty Genii.” Teyla took a deep breath. “I must see to Jinto now.”

“Of course.”

– – – –

John was kind of tired of unscheduled off-world activations but more than that he was tired of the way it made Elizabeth feel. They were all waiting for the other shoe to drop—for Hank Landry to get on his high horse and dial Atlantis himself with a demand that there was no way in hell they would ever admit to being able to meet.

He thought about the cremated remains of Dr. Seward and how Miko had put him in the city’s mausoleum personally with a thoughtfully worded speech that basically said she was sorry he went batshit insane and that he was forgiven for what he tried to do. Afterwards, Ally had asked John privately if being pregnant was too much stress for the small woman because she just hadn’t understood Miko’s ability to forgive.

John had sent her off to find Daniel Jackson which was cruel, but Sheppard wasn’t the kind of man to dwell on his own flaws.

He was up on the command deck by the time the fifth chevron encoded. They didn’t have any teams off-world and all of the complex protein harvesters had returned earlier in the day. John had asked Ally quite seriously if “complex proteins” involved anything outside of vegetation and she’d admitted that while insects often ended up the mix that the machines were smart enough not to harvest large animals. He still had a few nightmares about it though, which McKay thought was the height of entertainment.

Chevron seven encoded but there was no wormhole. Ally appeared at his side. “There is less than one percent chance that this is not Earth dialing in.”

John blew out a breath and looked at Elizabeth. “Okay.” He shoved his hands into his pockets and took a deep breath. “How long would it take them to get out here, Ally?”

“If the ship left today? Sixteen days.”

That was entirely too close for his peace of mind which was ridiculous considering how many light years separated them and Earth. “Let them connect,” John murmured and glanced towards Elizabeth when she made a sound. “We can’t… hide from them, you know. They know exactly where we are. If we answer—maybe they won’t try to send a ship.”

“Right.” Elizabeth took a deep breath.

The wormhole engaged and the shield launched immediately. “Atlantis, this is Stargate Command.”

Elizabeth activated her radio and nodded to Chuck. “This is Dr. Weir, General Landry.”

“Dr. Weir, the IOA is ordering the evacuation of Atlantis and all of the expedition personnel. We are sending you a databurst with orders for all of your military personnel and designating an evacuation planet at the edge of the Pegasus galaxy with an active gate. You will gate there in two weeks, set the self-destruct on the city, and return to Earth. We are no longer willing to risk the presence of our people in Pegasus.”

“You’ll have a ship to pick us up on the planet you’ve designated?” Elizabeth questioned.

“The Apollo is already en route.”

“Very well, we’ll see you in two weeks.” Elizabeth took a deep breath as Chuck cut the radio and the wormhole disengaged. She turned to John, her eyes dark with fury. “We need Rodney to tell us what we need to do to get off of this planet in two weeks. If they are sending a ship to that planet—they’ll be even closer to us when they realize we aren’t coming. We need to be hell and gone from here, John.”

“Yeah.” John looked around the gateroom and focused on Teyla. “Teyla?”

She walked to him, and put a hand on his arm. “The people on the mainland…”

“We’ll have to evacuate them to the alpha site. I’m not even sure how much power we’ll have on the city in hyperspace. We need the geeks for that. We can put a gate for them on the mainland… Ally said she could do that and then they can start moving immediately. The gate on Lantea isn’t going to work until we get there.” John blew out a breath. “But we can’t send them all because they’ll think we’re abandoning them. We’re too new of a society for this kind of test.”

“I disagree,” Teyla murmured. “It is times like this that bring people together and create strong communities. I will go to the mainland and start organizing everyone. If we send gene carriers with them to the alpha site—they will see that we don’t intend to abandon them.”

“I wouldn’t leave them unprotected,” John murmured. “I’ll have Bates go activate the shield on the Alpha site and start setting up for mass evac.”

– – – –

John stood in front of the now dormant Stargate. The city was in orbit above the planet and he’d left the control chair to address the people from Earth. Everyone that hadn’t chosen to go to the Alpha site was settled into residential quarters for the four-week trip to their new planet. He glanced towards the stairs as Radek and Miko came in from the Jumper Bay. They’d chosen to take her in a Jumper to a safe orbit while they launched the city off the surface due to her advanced pregnancy. She was a week over due and Carson Beckett had been hovering over her so much that Radek had declared the doctor a stalker. He smiled as Radek and Carson helped her sit down and then he cleared his throat.

“When we leave the orbit of this planet—Earth will no longer know where we are.” John’s gaze moved around the room, assessing everyone from Earth with care. “The gate on the planet below cannot dial Earth but it can receive a wormhole from Earth so if they try to contact us we will know. If they send a team of people to investigate our disappearance the orbital sensor will contact Atlantis and we’ll come out here to get them or send them home—whatever their preference.”

“And if a ship comes?” Teldy asked.

“We’ll send a ship to greet them.” John took a deep breath. “This is your last chance to go home, people. If you have any doubts about staying with us—about fighting the Wraith—about making a home with us on Lantea please speak now. We won’t gate you back to Earth directly but we’ll send you to one of their Alpha sites.” He looked over all of them.

Elizabeth stepped up to stand beside him. “You don’t even have to say it out loud and we won’t question you.”

“If someone wants to go home,” Lorne asked from near the front. “What about their gene therapy?”

“It will be deactivated by the city before we send them through the gate,” John answered and held his XO’s gaze for nearly thirty seconds before he moved on. Nothing in Evan Lorne said he wanted to be anywhere than where he was so he wasn’t worried.

Radek Zelenka ripped the patch off his jacket. “We should leave them on the planet—so they will understand if they come.”

John watched him toss the flag on the floor at his feet and then he reached up and pulled off his own flag. Then, with shaking hands, he tugged off his dog tags and dropped both items near Radek’s patch. It got seriously noisy after that, as patches were ripped and chains were dropped in the ever-increasing pile.

Sergeant Dusty Mehra appeared with a small metal box. She carefully picked up everything and dropped it all in. Then she pulled off her own tags and flag. She stood and held the open box tightly. “Should we leave them a note, sir?”

“Something like that,” John murmured. “Chuck, get out your video camera.”

– – – –

“My name is Dr. Rodney McKay, and this is my official resignation from Stargate Command. I don’t know who is watching this, or even if Stargate Command will even exist on Earth when it is found but I wanted to take a moment to tell General Hank Landry and the IOA to kiss my pale Canadian ass. I’d say it was an honor to work for you but that would be the biggest fucking lie I’ve ever told — right up there with when Monica Sales asked me if I liked her prom dress and I lied my ass off because I was hoping to get laid.” Rodney took a long drink of coffee. “If you’re wondering why I got to go first—everyone in the expedition drew straws and I lost. I’ve already taken care of all of my business on Earth and I bet you are wondering how I managed that.” He smirked. “Well, keep wondering and tell my sister to use some of my money for her own education.”

– – – –

“My name is Dr. Elizabeth Weir and with a heavy heart I tender my resignation to Stargate Command. I had a long list of reasons why but after careful consideration – I decided not to list them because if you cared, the list wouldn’t even exist to begin with. Good luck.”

– – – –

“I am Dr. Radek Zelenka and I quit. I have a great deal to say but Elizabeth wishes me to speak only in English so there is no confusion. So, fuck you very much and good bye.”

– – – –

“My name is Dr. Miko Zelenka and I resign from Stargate Command. It was my great honor to work with all of you while I was at Area 51 and when I was at the Ancient Outpost on Earth. However, I feel that I was stifled and mistreated while I was employed at Cheyenne Mountain. My ideas and work were undervalued daily by those in command and I was often propositioned by other government contractors who were not punished for their actions.” She took a sip of tea and considered her next words. “I believe that General Hank Landry is a sexist jerk and not at all pretty like General O’Neill. I was most grateful to join the Atlantis expedition because while Dr. McKay is a wretched human being—he treats everyone poorly no matter who they are until they prove they are not too stupid to continue living. I found a great strength within myself and a pride in my work since working for him.”

– – – –

“My name is Marcus Stackhouse. I have been with the Atlantis expedition since day one. When I stepped through the gate, I thought I was on a mission for Earth but as the days turned into months and the cemetery on the mainland started to look as populated as the mess hall during lunch I realized we were on our own—and that Earth didn’t care about us. I don’t know where we’re going or what we’ll find when we get there—just as I didn’t the day I stepped through the gate for the first time but what I do know is that I trust these people, my family, far more than I ever did those we left behind on Earth. I am, in my heart, forever a Marine but I have sworn my fealty and my duty to a new cause and a new mission and I meet it with everything I am. Dad, I know you probably won’t understand this choice I’ve made but I can’t call myself a good man if I don’t take the path I know in my heart is the most just. I hope you can forgive me for not making it right with you before I left Earth. This is my resignation from the United States Marine Corps.”

– – – –

“My name is Evan Lorne and this is my resignation from the United States Air Force. I want you to know that those in the original expedition gave everyone a chance to go home to Earth if they wanted it. But, I knew the moment I set foot on this city that I would never willingly leave. Only someone with the ATA gene can really understand the sense of homecoming that you feel when you meet Atlantis for the first time. I met with every single person on this base before we did this to make sure none of them were being bullied or pushed into this choice. We’re all in this together and I have to tell you—I feel pretty good about it.” He cleared his throat. “And General O’Neill? Thank you, you’ll never know how much your faith in me meant.”

– – – –

“My name is Dr. Carson Beckett and this is my resignation from Stargate Command.” Carson took a deep breath. “Mother, I want you to know that the choices I made that have led me to this place have all been done with you in my heart. You pushed me out into the world and told me that it was mine to explore. When I almost turned down this job, you said I was being an idiot for not following my dream. I’m following my dream and I will take you with me in all the ways I can in this life and the next.”

– – – –

“I am Dr. Daniel Jackson. I have been a part of the SGC as long as there has been a program. I was one of the first people to step through to Abydos and I can say without hesitation that this work has left an indelible mark on my spirit. My decision to come to Pegasus was not influenced by anyone and I stand by it. I find that I can honestly say there is no place in the universe I’d rather be than on Atlantis. Jack, Sam, Teal’c, Cameron—I miss you all in the worst way. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of you all. I’ve asked Vala to marry me and after some negotiation she’s agreed. She’s happy here and we both enjoy the work. This is my official resignation from Stargate Command. I wish you all the best.”

– – – –

“My name is Nathan O’Neill. Jack, I’m glad I came. I’ll take care of Space Monkey and his space pirate and any little hybrid space monkey-pirates they manage to produce. We have a good mission out here and while circumstances aren’t perfect—the fishing is outstanding. This is my resignation from the United States Marine Corps.” He leaned forward and smiled. “Hey, Landry, just so you know—if I ever come back to Earth I’m going to shove my foot up your ass.”

– – – –

“I am John Sebastian Sheppard. I assume that my father might eventually see this so I wanted to say up front that I forgive you even if you never forgive me. I miss you, David and Matthew like crazy. I try, everyday, to be the man you raised me to be, Dad. I really do. I hope you can learn to understand my choice. I love you guys. That will never change, it doesn’t matter what was said or what wasn’t said.” He rubbed the back of his neck. “Please consider this my official resignation from the United States Air Force. It was my honor to serve but I have a greater mission ahead of me and I can’t go where I have to if I keep this uniform on. I want whoever is watching to know that I’ll take care of our people—keep them as safe as I can and our mission to fight the Wraith will not change. We’ll do everything; sacrifice whatever needs to be sacrificed to keep the Wraith away from Earth.” He paused and then grinned lazily. “This is John Sheppard, the first Lantean citizen of the new generation, signing off.”

The screen went blank and then Ally’s face filled it, a shadow slanted over her features. “I am the Atlantis Collective, designation Primitus Civitas. Dum spiramus tuebimur. Dum tempus habemus, operemur bonum. Dum vivimus, vivamus.”

The End

– – – –

Translations:

Primitus Civitas – First City
Primoris Filius –First Son
Dum spiramus tuebimur – While we breathe, we shall defend
Dum tempus habemus, operemur bonum – While we have the time, let us do good
Dum vivimus, vivamus – While we live, let us live

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Keira Marcos

In my spare time I write fan fiction and lead a cult of cock worshippers on Facebook. It's not the usual kind of hobby for a "domestic engineer" in her 30's but we live in a modern world and I like fucking with people's expectations.

371 Comments:

  1. Meep, I have to pack my things (life) from the past 9 weeks and have no time to dive right into this straight away! :(( On the other hand, I have a good feeling about how I’m going to spend the 4 hours on the train… I don’t even care what the other passengers think of the squeeing. And in case I’ll be too busy/tired with/after traveling/unpacking/cleaning, please let me extend my thanks and heartfelt admiration in advance. You rock!

    • *sad* I read it, its over, I’m done….wwwwhhhhyyy??? *sniffle* I loved it! I am just sorry that I’ve already read it again and again and again, well you get the the picture. I can’t wait for more on this story. I absolutely loved the idea of sentient Atlantis, but you take it further than I thought possible. Keep up the wonderful work! I can’t wait for more!

  2. So you know…. i love WMHB, sentinels and TTB with passion, but for years now i wait a fic where the lanteans give a finger to the earth and the IOA, the DADT etc… you make a wet dream a really….
    Plus WTF gorgeous avatars and all….

    Love you!

  3. Runs over…throws chocolate,red wine and flowers at Keira….runs back reads some more..runs over gives Keira more goodies…squeals like a rabid fan girl!!!
    Hugs monitor and goes back to reading it from the beginning….
    Thank you for letting us into your world.

  4. Incredible. This is the Sentient!Atlantis and the Break With Earth stories I have been dying to read merged into one fantastic whole. While everything else you write is brilliant, I’ll be waiting impatiently for Book 2.

  5. One word, “wow.” You are the goddess of Fanfiction in all fandoms you decide to write in, Keira.

  6. Fantastic. I can see why you called this book “world building” and I’m in love with your world. I’ve waited for years for a really well-written fic where Atlantis cut ties with Earth. If it didn’t make me feel so greedy I would already be begging for more so I’ll just say thank you for the amazing fic and I can’t wait to read whatever you post next.
    Cheers

  7. Oh, wow, this just makes up for my crappy Tuesday. Well done! Can’t wait to see what else happens.

    Oh, and Radek’s resignation? Piece of art.

  8. This was wonderful.

    I loved it so much I really don’t have words–maybe after I reread it 5 to 10 times.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    -Ariahna

  9. I’m so happy and mellow right now.
    That was soooo wonderful to read……..

  10. OMG!!!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!!
    It’s here!!!! right now i’m at work ^^, but i can’t wait so I have read this wonderful fic…

    Keira, its a excellent work, with these beautiful avatars (i love atlas), thank you…

  11. Diva0789(Michelle)

    Oh, yeah…this was Definitely worth the two and a half less of sleep!

    Can NOt Wait For Book 2.

  12. Ok- SO worth the dead look I’m going to have at work in 5 hours. LOVED it! I cannot wait until the next book. And the fact that everyone is a bit badass? TOTALLY made my day!

  13. Incredible. It’s just so perfect.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    You’re truly the best.

    Merci déesse.

  14. Found your posts at something like one in the morning, it’s just shy of 4 AM now, and I’m looking forward to reading this again in a day or two as well as reading book two when it is eventually posted. I think I’m going to go collapse in a heap like a collapsible frink now. (And just skip the blathering incoherently about how awesome these ten posts have been.)

  15. Thank you! … You realise I should be working, right? And instead I’ve had the most wonderful distraction. I love this, and thank you so much for writing it and sharing it with the world. As always, you surpass every expectation and your words are a gift beyond price.

    Happy Wednesday! 😀

  16. OMG i love all your stories and have jut read this one in one go now i get on with the housework. i think i’ll read it again later am half way through rereading sentinels of atantis 9not the first reread or the last you are a brillent writer and i always look forward to more of them
    lots of hugs and plenty of chocolate
    -Amanda

  17. You made me cry! 🙂 And that’s a first time – I never cried over other of your stories (and I love them all!) but this is a really awesome, awesome and probably the best story of all SGA fanfiction stories…seriously!

    I am trying to form words in my mind to tell you how I feel about each chapter but find it really hard to put them down on the paper…well on the screen!

    So instead I will just say: BRILLIANT, AWESOME, FANTASTIC and other positive words there are and I can’t wait for Book Two!

  18. you are a GOD…not THEE GOD..but a god none the less. It’s 4:30 am I have toothpicks holding open my eyes. Goodnight uh morning.

  19. I was ready to go to sleep around 4am this morning when I noticed a new e-mail notifying me of an update to your website. Needless to say, I stayed awake reading the newest Sentient!Atlantis fic without worrying about going to sleep. Now that I’ve gotten that out….Wohoo! Yipee! I am super excited about your newest series and I can’t wait for book 2 to come out! I actually squealed with joy when I realized that a new fic had been posted. I actually had to wait a couple of minutes *–ok, it was only about 30 seconds,–* to calm down before I could actually start reading.

  20. Guh… This was great. I love sentient Altantis fics, when done good. I love Altantis seperates from Earth when done good. This is both. Loved the Bates/Teyla pairing! Can I assume Kavanaugh was one of the first to die (and hopefully horrific, oh how I hate that man)?

    Anyway, really, really loved this. Yet another series to be addicted to. Oh how you spoil us!

  21. Holy Shit….

    You continually seem to come up with new ways to totally rock my universe. I cannot wait to see where you take this, I have no doubts that it will be as awesome and amazing as your other fic.

  22. And here comes another highly addictive serie… I don’t know how you find all thos wonderful plots and how you manage to find enough time to write all of those amazing stories…
    Thank yo uso much for taking the time to write and share all of your fics.

  23. I read, and re-read, and re-read this story through the early morning hours without feeling any pain whatsoever. Since I consider any time before noon to be relatively obscene, you – Her Royal Majesty, Keira Marcos, Ruler Of All Things Stargate Atlantis Fanfiction Related – should be very proud. Once again, it was an honor to read your writing.

  24. This was very nice.

    I was very worried that all the unpleasantness of the last few days might have put you off posting anything, but I was very excited when I got the message you updated. I don’t think I can leave a coherent review this late at night, so I’ll try again later.

    This is mainly to say thank you for all the work you, your betas and your artists have put into this beautiful piece of art.

  25. Oh, yeah. This is going to be good!

    Thank you for posting, it looks beautiful!

    ~L

  26. *uncurling from foetal position, at sight of The Lantean Legacy *

    That bad day I was having…?

    Just got a lot better! 🙂 🙂

    Yinka

  27. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! *prostrate in adoration of the fanfic Goddes*
    I love stories where they secced from Earth and Atlantis AI this was beautiful, I always love how you portay the characters and I’m looking forword for the next book.
    *goes to read again*

  28. Loved this and can’t wait for more (from any of your series)…

    Have a nice day – you have made mine one at least!

  29. This is amazing Keira!!!!

    Usually just a lurker but I have been haunting the site for this update. It was well worth the wait. Bring on Book 2.

    Love all your work.

  30. Whee – i ‘ve vacation this week and could read this at once.
    I have been looking forward to this ever since you gave us a hint of this story.
    Once again was this wonderful to read……
    Thank you.

  31. Wow, I am pretty much blown away here.

    As always you make fantastic worlds and great plots for your stories, and I love every single one of them, but this one was really magic!

    I can’t articulate how much I enjoyed this story. Thank you so much for sharing.

  32. I.. you… WOW! I mean it, that was awsome I’m almost speechless. Thank you for sharing your talented writing with us. I’m off to re-read it now and I can’t wait for your next installment. Seriously thank you.

  33. WOW! Absolutly incredible!

  34. I think only dogs could here the sound that came out of my mouth when I saw this.
    I just read this in like 5hrs… it’s WAY past my bed time and I have work in the morning.
    A pity, I already want to re-read it.

    AWESOME!!!!!!!

    Cheers,
    Rosie.

  35. I love you so much.

    This was so worth a sleepless night.

    There are so many things about this story that I adored. The finishing videos/messages home had me in tears. Thor going off at Mini-Jack had me in hysterics. And so many other things I can’t think of right now. I love the plot premise, I am totally enthralled with where you may take this. And, as with all your other fic, can’t wait for the the next enstallment.

    Love,

    Hugs,

    M

  36. I should be unpacking moving boxes. This was so much a better use of my time! Thanks for the great stories.

  37. Goosebumps. You gave me goosebumps, all over.

    Excellent story and your ability to World-Build is phenomenal.

  38. The brain goes dead and all there is is squeeing.

    I’m gonna have to come back to this and read it a few more times just to attempt semi-intelligent commentary.

    Thank you all so very much.

  39. What a treat to wake up to this morning – 10 chapters of a new story. I’ve been reading off and on all morning – in between the evils of housework, and trying to keep a very active 3 year old entertained, but I’ve read the whole thing – and I really just have one thing to say…. I love it! I absolutely love it, there aren’t words to describe how much I love this story. Thank you for writing it.

  40. I really, really loved it. How the differences changed them all and what they and the city became. Now i just look forward to the next book. Any timeline for that?

  41. Wow. This was a wonderful story, but then all of your stories are wonderful.

  42. Oh god!

    This is beautiful, long and everything I wished for. The last three sentences were especially moving.

    Will Landry and the bigwigs on Earth ever realize the threat the Wraith represent for the Milky Way galaxy?

  43. My first coherent thought (because spouting OMG between cackling madly isn’t really coherent) is… Damn, I want those t-shirts!

    Second is, it’s a pity that their telekenetic abilities don’t let them shred Landry through the gate. Though the last missive was a lovely verbal shredding. One wonders what the Asgard reaction to the Lantean situation in regards to Earth will lead to as far as ramifications to their alliance with SGC.

    Once again, I am in awe of your talent and imagination and will be waiting (im)patiently for the next available update. You so totally rock!

    • “…it’s a pity that their telekenetic abilities don’t let them shred Landry through the gate…”

      Yes, I’m really hoping that Landry dies horribly in a future chapter. Being a prick and a tool of the NID is one thing, but screwing over the expedition and abandoning their people because he’s an embezzling greed-driven scumbag? He needs to die.

      This story and this universe ROCK. 🙂

  44. This was a welcome gift while I’m recovering from Pneumonia- I’m in awe of your world building skills and can’t wait to see where this fascinating story goes next. Thank you

  45. a billion stars! Love it!! This is .. awesome!!!
    I want to live on your Atlantis!!

  46. Omg, this was unbelivably awesome. I would blow someone everyday for an entire year if we could have gotten something like this on our TV’s.

    I am in awe of this fic and the time and love you put into it. That really shows and this is a superb example of what fan fiction can be.

    I laughed and cried all through this, especially the resignation.

    Thank you for sharing this with us and I look forward to rereading this in a few weeks.

  47. This is incredible, and *exactly* what I never knew I wanted to read. I’ve just finished it, and, after I comment and thank you profusely, I will go back and read it all over again.

    You are absolutely the best, Keira. Thank you so much. I don’t have the ability or the eloquence to adequately express myself, other than to offer my thanks every time you write another story.

    This is an amazing world you’ve set up. I can’t wait to see where you take the expedition next!

  48. Wow.

    I’m going to have to read this like 10 more times to really soak it all in. There were so many parts and sections that came together to just knock my socks off.

    …and (mostly because I used ctrl-c so I couldn’t possibly forget the exact wording)
    “You know they freak McKay out. He says that no species that fucked up so badly that they cloned their own cocks off should be considered advanced.”
    Made me laugh so hard it woke up the whole house.

    I cannot wait for the next one, but I know the wait will totally be worth it. I have all these possible outcomes running through my mind, and I’m all excited about finding out how right or wrong I am — I know whatever happens, it will totally blow my mind.

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I certainly enjoyed the hell out of it!

  49. I’m just flabbergasted by the sheer brilliance of your story. It is just heartbreaking in places and heartwarming in others. I can’t wait until Earth finds out what the new Lanteans have done and they receive their “Dear General” letters. I honestly don’t know whose goodbye I liked the best but Miko’s was absolutely brilliant and you could definitely see the influence of McKay and her husband on her. I bow to your sheer writing excellence and look forward to any and all future stories 😀

  50. Woah, oh shit. This is so awesome i can’t describe it.

    There where several moments when i had to stop reading or i would have cried. Just a little. But i would have. The feelings you wake with your words are incredible. Just the begining when they brought the ZPM home alone was moving. And it got better with every Chapter.

    I think i have to read it again right now, to make sure i havent missed anything.
    Can’t wait to see more from this beautiful world you are creating.

  51. The problem with your writing such amazing stuff is I don’t know what I want you to finish working on first 😉 This is absolutely incredible but then everything you write is. Please keep it up!

  52. Excellent story. How do you keep coming up with these? Very much looking forward to book 2. Thanks for sharing.

  53. My best friend is fussing at me for ignoring him while I read slash. In retaliation I have been sending him snipets as I read as we both share favorite story types in SGA. Sentient!Atlantis, Colony!Atlantis, Danny&Clone!O’Neill on Atlantis and an unknown new favorite for me Asgard’s on Atlantis…

    He now hates me. ::evil grin:: It’s cute he is now cussing at me for making him want to read nasty filthy slash.

    Thanks for giving me such a good story to read and use to torture others with.
    Just purrrrrrrrrrrrr

  54. This was a wonderful surprise and I have to say that I absolutely loved it and enjoyed the unexpected twists, turns and surprises that abounded through out. I’m hoping that there will be more, including the inevitable fall out on Earth.

  55. That was probably one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve had in a long time. Just damn! Absolutely wonderful! The characters, the world building, just everything. I want to live in your brain. This is some seriously phenom piece of storytelling, which let’s face it you’ve set a precedent for so I can’t say I’m surprised as I’m honestly grateful you’ve share this vision. I cannot wait for more in this verse.

  56. I am seriously exhausted now. But it was sooooo worth it. The story is truly awesome. I especially adored Ally; it’s funny how she constantly changed her outfits.
    And the last view lines in Latin really just confirmed the fact that all those years of studying Latin in school were truly worth noting at all. Hmmmm, maybe I shouldn’t have cheated so often. 😉 So thank you for the translation.

  57. God I love you.

    Best Wednesday Ever.

  58. I danced who I saw the 10 E-mails from this site, danced, stat down are read all 10 chapters ^^ loved it, love you and can’t describe how wonderful your work is. Thank you for sharing your gift.

  59. I am in awe of your talent. You have written another masterpiece (or mistresspiece hee hee hee). It was sad and happy and beautiful. I also loved the little sneak of Dune in Chapter 2. I read through all in 1 go as I couldn’t not do it. All your stories captivate me from the 1st word and this was no exception. I love the finger to earth and IOA and I can’t wait for Book 2. Justs 1 question – will Ronon be in it? It just doesn’t feel the same without the really hot Satedan in it. And I have to admit there hasn’t been the amount of really hot sex you expect from Keira, but then, this story so far hasn’t really lent itself to sex. Again, I reiterate that I loved it, especially the Latin at the end, it sums up their ethos and it made me cry… but it also made me happy as well. I can’t wait for the part 2. I don’t know how you come up with all these fantastic ideas for your books. All Hail Keira, the Queen of all things Atlantis.

    • Ronon will show up in book 2. That event was too big to just throw on the end of book 1.

      • My tongue is hanging out and I’m really really really looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Just 1 tiny question – was Heimdall’s (the other Asgard) name in regard to another really good Stargate author?

        Your name should be up there with all the other great SF authors because of the inventiveness of what you do. I’ve read authors who don’t write as well as you do and don’t move me as much.

        Can’t wait for your next post (whichever story doesn’t matter) in all your universes. It will be a damn good read.

  60. You – there are no words. Thank you. This was all clean lines and grotty jerks and stalwart people and merging families created and- again, there are no words. Wonderful.

  61. This is awesome. I didn’t know that this was the Atlantis fic I’ve been waiting for until I was halfway through. I just have one question: What about Ronon?

    Keep up the great writing, can’t wait for Book Two

  62. Oh that was was lovely! Is this going to be another ‘verse like WMHB? with multiple stories and what not? Because I’d LOVE to see what happens with Theseus’ and Ally’s children. Atlas was…well, that was really cool, watching them come home and greet their mother.

    I love the conceit of Atlantis as something like Farpoint Station from Star Trek TNG. Really! Alive and sentient, so cool! Theseus was awesome to get to know. Favorite moment? When he came up out of the floor naked and killed that dude while looking John dead in the eye. Yeah. Awesome. I cheered.

    Totally loved this from start to finish. Can’t wait for next installment (if there is one! Please?) Also, was just wondering, as I just reread WMHB, are you planning to continue that story as well?

  63. * dance around in mad fan girl glee*
    You are the most amazing fantastic wonderfully evil person on this planet and if I where catholic (which I am not) I would nominate you for saint hood.
    This, this is beyond wonderful.
    Thank you. Now please excuse me I have to read this again.

    *Dash back to the start to read for the third time*

    • As a recovering catholic, I nominate Keira for sainthood: Saint Keira, patron saint of slashsluts.

      I am soooo going to hell! LOL

  64. You are honestly my favorite fanfic author. I love all you work. I can’t wait to read more of anything you write. I’m going to read it again now.

  65. Absolutely fantastic story! Fascinating universe and I love that you’ve kept some of our favourite characters, like Teldy and Vega and Chase Harris as well as introducing new ones like Nathan O’Neill and Benjamin Bates.

    Reading everyone’s resignations made me cry, but I loved Atlantis’s final words – in fact I just plain love Ally!

  66. My God! Just when I think you can’t get any better. You just up the standard for all
    fan fiction writers in any fandom! I can’t wait for the next book. Please say it won’t be along wait?

    Loved John’s last line!

  67. AWESOME

  68. Is it bad that I really, really want to see Earth’s/the SGC’s/General Landry’s reaction to the Atlantis crew leaving them?

    Also, this wasn’t very clear in the story, and I’m wondering exactly why General Landry and the IOA wanted to pull the expedition home when A) they hadn’t cared before, and B) it would be hell since several people on the mission were declared KIA.

    I really, truly adored this story. Nathan’s fishing and the mentions of the Asgard filled me with utmost glee. I loved Ford’s glorious death (much better than what happened in canon) and his refusal to get the advanced gene therapy–he knew his limits. I also hated Ford’s glorious death though, if only because he DIED. It’s too bad you never brought Ronon in, but it’s also kind of difficult to see how his presence could further the story line.

    Is there going to be an Earth-based sequel to this, or at least just a sequel? I certainly hope so. 🙂

  69. Your stories are always a delight to read. This book of Lantean History was just beautiful. I have to agree with other comments, I simply adore the “leave Earth behind because of their bullshit attitude to build and create a new lantean society” scenario. There are not enough such stories out there, but the ones that are are excellent. I do not know how you manage to churn out so many very creative and well-thought out stories – but they are the highlight of my day. Thank you for your work.

  70. Civitas. Dum spiramus tuebimur. Dum tempus habemus, operemur bonum. Dum vivimus, vivamus

    ~^~^~^~^~^~^~^

    That is a stirring, powerful,words fail… so I am stealing. It sums up the ‘Will of Fire’ that makes up your Atlantis and their people.

    Have you ever read ‘ A dog named Liberty’ ? Landry has her muzzled and 10 min away from the being put down.

  71. Oh my god that is so wonderful.
    I wished I would win in the lottery so I could give you the money to do nothing than writing and plotting.
    I love the avatars and the finger towards the Ioa and the powers.
    Love the fact that Thor sees Nathan as his offspring and all the rest.
    I can’t even describe all the little things I love about this book. I need to read it again at once to cherish all your wonderful ideas.
    Runs to reread.

  72. I am in absolute awe of your genius. There aren’t even words to express how much I loved this book. Everything about it was perfect. You’ve given me yet another reason to check your site every day, praying for a story update. I can’t wait to see Ronon in the second book, and see how everyone on Earth reacts to the video messages from Atlantis. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  73. I am swimming in so much happy feelings for this. so much. I love the fact that your exploring the repercussions of cutting ties with earth’s command while still holding on to the belief that what they’re doing will protect their old home world even as they leave it behind. 🙂 I very much look forward to the next book and am so happy you posted the whole 1st book at once =D.

  74. Just finished reading this story (my internet would choose today to go in and out). It is very good and I can see at least 10 different threads for future chapters and stories, especially now that we know Ronon will be joining the expedition in the next book (book 2, not book 3 that was book 2, right?). Also, though I don’t see how it would be possible it would be awesome if Jack and Carter cameoed later. And by the mentions of John’s family they will not become a major part of this series, but it was still cool to hear them mentioned.

    • Ronon is in book 3 (that used to be book 2) because I skipped ahead 2 years for what was originally book 2 and then I realized by skipping ahead I’d missed some serious opportunities for plotty, angsty story so now book 2 (In the Silence) is book 3 and Book 2 (Untitled) will start shortly after they land the city on Lantea.

  75. After getting only a couple of hours of sleep and waking up at 4 am this was a pretty sight to see in my inbox. I printed out chapters 1-8 before going to work and then chapters 9 and 10 at work and just finished reading the whole thing.

    I have to say I am honored to be in at the beginning of yet another wonderful series of yours. After reading the whole thing all I could think was:

    RIGHTEOUS READ!

    Can’t wait for the next book.

  76. I most say that I am awed by your gift of writing the most amazing
    stories.
    I loved this story. You make the story alive and while I reading I get these
    images in my head, almost like I am watching a movie.
    I really need to go back and read it all over again.
    Thank you for these amazing stories and that we get the privilege of reading them

  77. This is just amazing. I actually had a moment where I was intensely jealous that I could only sit at home reading about this (then reminded myself that this is fiction. It helped, a little). Your characters are just wonderful, and your story, your grasp of so many different storylines and characters at once is incredible. I really cannot wait for the next part of this series – and for Miko’s baby (and possibly some baby space monkey-pirates and Mcsheplets?)

    I must admit to being a little bit upset that my pretty Matthew stayed at home for this adventure, I hope he and David (and pretty, pretty Patrick!) come soon.

    And Elizabeth and Teldy?! Wow. I think Teldy and Porter pretty much belong together always, but I do like Elizabeth in this light. And now I’m seeing Elizabeth and Anne and Alison…

    I’m also really really glad that you get my love for Dean/Teyla. Not many do. Although I am a little sad we won’t be seeing any baby Teyla Sheppards! The combination would be lethal, though!

    I really hope that Earth and some of those Athosian gits come round. And the Genii all die nasty little deaths while I’m very visible elsewhere and not to blame… (I agree with John, if they still call themselves Genii they’re too much like Kolya to live)

    Oooh, anyway. Thank you so much, this has made my evening! I really hope to read more soon!

    Alania

  78. Simply outstanding.

    That you manage to populate every universe you’ve created with your SGA stories with a lot of the same characters and yet still make them noticeably different is a testament to your storytelling skill.

    I look forward to your next story – from whichever universe you decide to delve in to next.

  79. Congratulations on all of your stories and series and for worming your way into my everyday reading life.

    I have finally cracked and come out (should of done it a long time ago, sorry) of the lurking woodword to thank you for writing characters that I (rabidly) look forward to finding out more about, no matter what story of yours I am reading.

    Writing is an art and I just wanted to say that I appreciate the time and effort and love you put in to all this.

  80. Im in love with your writing!!!!

    All my favorite genre are coming true here on your site!!!!

    THnk you sooooooooo much!!!!!

    I cant wait for more!!!!!! 😀

  81. I kept checking all day yesterday to see if you had updated. Then this morning there it was. Only problem I had to go to WORK. I damn near called in sick. Loved it. I’ve been not so patiently waiting for this story since you put up the series page. Can’t wait for more. It hasn’t taken Sentinals out of #1 for favorite yet but it’s definately 2nd. Thanks.

  82. So this is the most AMAZING fic ever. I love it to bits.
    Ally and Theseus rock. The expanded gene therapy and the gifts it gives is so cool.

    The conflict between Atlantis and the SGC as well as the exploration of the Athosians POV on Teyla’s wraith DNA and the gene therapy was very interesting.

    I love the way some of the SGC volunteered to go to Atlantis. Hurray for Lorne, Bates Jr., Teldy, and Harris. Atlas, Artemis, and Athena are super cool.

    I love the way you write and am so glad that you continue to put out your works so that we can have the pleasure of reading it.

  83. I agree with what everyone said. I waited anxiously all day to read this.

  84. It is really WOW!

    I started reading and then realised – hot damn! It is workday tomorrow… but – WHO CARES! I hope you already work on the next book. Or any part of your stories – any of them are awesome.

  85. I cannot believe I got off work and managed to squeeze in every last bit of this book before I have to go back to work. My brain hurts and it was so worth it! Keira, just so you know, You rock my universe. I am salivating at the thought of book two and three.
    And FanArts I haven’t forggoten you. You make Keira’s stories that much more real in my head. You’re awesome!

  86. This is so good! You knock it out of the park everytime. I can’t wait to read more.

  87. Love this story! The ending lines from Ally positively gave me chills.

  88. God damned, that was GREAT!!! I can’t really express what I’m feeling now, because I’m so overwhelmed by your newest story. And oncemore I like to thank you Lady Keira, for sharing your beautiful work with us. I’d really like to be a Lantean citizen myself now and I hope that we will have the honour to read much more of the adventures of the ‘Lantean citizens of the new generation’!

  89. Yet again you’ve produced an brilliant story. I really don’t know how you manage to produce such a corker with RL stuff but well done you ( and your little helpers).

  90. You just rocked me so hard I’m practically speechless. I’ve been reading this all day in bits and pieces during work and finished it as soon as I got home. I love all of your work but I think you just managed to out do yourself. I can honestly say you just replaced ‘written by the victors’ for favorite sga story. Every time I checked my email before I would hope that you had updated, now I think I’m going to go all the way up the wall and through the roof. Thank you for sharing this with us. Its made me soon I happy I nearly started dancing like a crazy person at work.

  91. This may not be coherent as it is late at night, but all I can say is that it was worth staying up for, really enjoyed everything! (even the fact that my Latin lessons 20 odd years ago have not stuck) 😀

  92. OK, so I’ve decided that reading everyone else’s comments first cannot help me describe how much I loved this. But I do love it. A lot. So, thank you. 😀

  93. “You know they freak McKay out. He says that no species that fucked up so badly that they cloned their own cocks off should be considered advanced.”

    ROFLMAO!
    Your are the best! Looking forward to your next magnum opus!

  94. Wow, that exceeded my highest expectations. I actually squealed when i saw this was posted, that was how excited i was. This is just amazing! There is so much about this that i am just in love with…

    *Ally and Theseus <3 They are both so full of character, especially Ally, I giggled so much when i read she was in overalls, pigtails and smacking bubble gum when talking to Bates;-)
    *The Lantean legecy – telekinesis, empathy, healing, telepathy… yeah, i could get behind that!
    *The city itself and how you've really changed the playing field by giving the Lantean's the resources they could have only dreamed of.
    *The idea of Ally and Theseus' children is just wonderful.
    *Theseus being a levyathan with Ally being his defacto “Pilot”… I loved the reference to Farscape(which is one of my favorite tv series to date by the way.)
    *The big “Fuck You” at the end to the SGC and the IOA! *g*

    I swear everytime you start a new series they just get better and better, god i wish i had half your talent for writting. Just overall, an amazing start to what i am sure will be another epic series!!!

    • I adore Farscape. I think I ever wrote in that fandom that I’d get happily get lost there for YEARS.

      • *giggles* Now that would be awesome! The characters on that show were so amazing and i loved the quirky off beat humor that made it so epic! My family and i bonded over Sci-Fi shows like Stargate SG-1 & Atlantis and Farscape and the Star Treks, we’re all big nerds as you can tell. So any delving into those fandoms always brings up warm fuzzy family memories. 😉

  95. WOW! Thanks a lot (see mail, too). You did a weeks work in two days. *baffled and happy*

    I´ll comment again after I´m back from my holiday and really have to hold back for the next 2 days to not begin reading it.

    @fanarts_series: thanks for the great pics and spoilering little me with new charpics.

  96. After reading some of your postings on livejournal I had to delurk to comment. You are an amazing author and all your characters, whether sga or original, are so interesting and distinct in each world you create. This story is amazing, I love Ally and Theseus and want to get to know their children. Are the girls battleships too? The goodbyes at the end were hilarious and touching. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!!! You’ve mentioned 3 books so far do you know how long this series is going to be?

    • Athena and Artemis are twins of a sort– born in the same NCL from the same “reproductive material”. They are warships as well. Atlas is a command carrier so he’s twice their size and could carry some of the smaller ships (like Ares will be) for large battles.

  97. That was an awesome new story!!! I was kinda sad to see Holling as a bad guy cause I like him quite a bit in the show. I was so glad to see that Halling let Jinto stay with Teyla.
    Also I loved how you characterized Ally. We got to see the serious and fun sides of her personality and I loved the scene where Theseus took on a replicator body it was awesome and badass 🙂 Can’t wait to see more of this story, or any other of your stories for that matter.

  98. wow landry as a villian, i never liked landry as a character mostly because i didn’t think the actor fitted the roll, but i can’t wait to find out what you have planned for him. you’ve created an amazing start to another brilliant universe and i honestly can’t wait to read where you go with this ‘verse.

  99. This is unique and wonderful! It’s nothing like any of your other work or anything else I’ve ever read other than some of the pairings and Sentient Atlantis. I am in awe of your vivid, creative imagination and amazing talent. I always crave more when you post something new, but I wait as patiently as I know how because your work is always worth the wait. As this storyline was completely unexpected I won’t even try to guess where Book 2 will take us, but I look forward to it!

  100. Wow! Just … wow. Loved this. Thank you for it.

  101. Wow.

    This was truly outstanding. I must admit to spending the majority of my afternoon glued to my computer screen. The sheer amount of thought and planning you must have put into world-building is astounding. It felt completely believable and the progression was perfect. In fact, I wish this was more how the series ended.

    Sentient Altantis is one of my favorite tropes. Having not only an AI but a living city-ship was an added bonus. I enjoyed Ally’s change of wardrobe to suit whatever situation she was in. I love the idea of Theseus and how he and Ally are separate, yet one.

    I must admit that I always found it annoying that the series constantly was looking for sources of power outside of Atlantis; for a city purportively the size of Manhattan and designed to be autonomous, you would think that the ability to create a power source would be integrated into the city somewhere. I loved how you addressed the power source issues, the political machinations of Stargate command, the religious beliefs of the Athosians, the need for raw materials, and the creation of a more Lantean genome. I am so happy to see the integration of some of my favorite characters into Atlantis (especially Daniel), yet I find myself worrying for Jack, Cam, Sam, and Teal’c (which hopefully you will address in the next installment?).

    Lastly, I would like to give a shout out to your beta team. As someone who line betas, it can take me upwards of an hour or two to beta 5,000 words. To beta this monster all at once must have been an enormous undertaking. Good work, guys. A good beta can take a great work and polish it until it’s outstanding. Like this story.

    I enjoyed this so much. It had eveything I wanted from an Atlantis secedes story, plus sentient Atlantis, plus Mckay/Sheppard. Who could ask for anything more? So, to conclude this long and rambling review, thank-you for all your hard work. This story was fantastic, and I, for one, will be anxiously monitoring my inbox for the next installment.

  102. Nooo, there must be more! OMG, this was great. I adore Sentient Atlantis and free Atlantis stories, and you put them together for me! AND mental powers! eee!

    Also, I totally want those t-shirts. Anyone planning on doing them?

  103. I thank you for writing such wonderful stories. I agree with all the sane ones, you are indeed a great story teller, or as I think of great authors= a master word smith. Like someone said above you have an ability to shape characters to the story you place them in and not let the character dictate the story.

    I want to thank your betas Lady and Chris- great job! Nothing jarred me outta reading and the chapters flowed like waves on water.

    I do not wish to suggest a plot or make you change your plans- I try to read what you post. If you could throw a hint maybe if the evil replicators will be in upcoming chapters? Like your hints on Ronon?

    And as for your circle of hell- I enjoy it. Matter of fact, me and friend want to open a tee shirt printing company, if I already had one I’d print free membership tee-shirts. I think we all know who would provide graphics 🙂

    Anyways one last thing – Besides all the offers of gratitude, roses, massages, chocolates, coffee, and Godiva (yes it deserves it’s own comma!) and tee-shirts. I want to ask one thing above all other questions.

    “Are you happy Keira?”
    We all ask you to continue because we LOVE your worlds. You write for your own happiness- so I hope you are happy.

    And contrary to your friend, mean writer guy? was it. I don’t think it’s vain to want to know how people enjoy your work. I do not think you would send your stories to be beta’ed if you were vain- you would probably just post them and EXPECT us to like them because they came from you. After all, for example I wouldn’t want a Baker to shove a new pastry in my face and expect me to like it. I want the Baker that tries new recipes and subjects her closest victims..er, um friends… to try the new stuff first!

    Anyways you make us sane people happy who know how to read warnings. I hope our happiness makes YOU happy. So yeah- in McKay’s words:”Are you happy?”

    • Yeah, I’m happy. I’m at a point in my life where I don’t do things that make me unhappy or even uncomfortable. I’ve never “suffered in silence” anyways and yeah I bitch but mostly I’m not even really pissed when I bitch. Sometimes irritated or reluctantly amused. 😉

    • I’m not sure on the Evil Replicator front. I do know that if they do appear they won’t be related to Theseus and his species. That would border on something kind of creepy for me.

  104. You know, whenever I read your fics (and I read them a lot) I get taken somewhere I didnt expect to go. You have a great ability to write stories that make us laugh and cry and feel everything the characters feel. I finished reading this with an ache in my chest and tears in my eyes… it was just that good. Thank you and may I just say that you have outstanding taste in avatars.

  105. OMG.
    I’ve just read all 10 chapters back to back because I couldn’t stop.
    The world building was amazing – I loved your concept of the Atlantis AI and the sentient city.

    I love all your pairings, not just the main McShep pairing but also all the other couples you’ve included. By the way, I love Chase Harris. Is he your own character, since I don’t remember him from canon?

    All the messages to Earth at the end were great – some were poignant, others made me laugh out loud

  106. Pure utterly dead brilliant!!!!

    • Also I have to admit that when reading Ally I kept picturing Lexa Doig as Andromeda from the series with the same name. I don’t know why I just did 😀

      • I was very tempted to cast Lexa as a ship in this series as a nod to Andromeda which I adored (except for the last season) but the actress is actually a part of SG1’s cast and I have plans for Landry and his daughter.

        When I cast Ally in my mind I knew I wanted her to be beautiful and very young in the face. Ageless but quirky with bright eyes and a beautiful smile. So my first thought was actually Alyssa Milano but then I remembered Natalie Portman who had used as a “cast member” in Awakening and I thought– yeah, that’s my Ally. After I made that connection I never could see her as anything else.

        I always knew that Zoe would be Artemis and that Jolene would be Athena. But I went back and forth on casting Atlas for a while because originally I wanted him to be BLUE. (Yeah, yeah, I watched THAT movie). But I got over the blue thing and latched on to the beauty that is Shemar Moore.

  107. WOW!!!! OMG!!!
    I so want your brain! You are such an outstanding writer.
    The worlds you create by using canon but then TOTALLY putting your own unique twist on them is amazing.
    I love the way you are constantly mixing up the pairings (obviously not J/R;-) ) it keeps your work really fresh and interesting. So that like so many of your adoring fans can read and re-read them and NEVER get bored of doing so.
    Thank you so much and please don’t ever stop writing it!!!! Whatever you post I will always be in line to read it, love Freedomxxx 🙂 🙂 🙂
    PS If you don’t mind me asking which of your masterpieces do you think you’ll update next? I love them all!!!!!!!!

  108. Once again you just blow everyone else out of the water. I started to read this thinking that I could stop for supper…and found that I couldn’t. What an epic tale, the avatars are so fitting and all the characters so true to cannon and yet all your own. Thank you Keira Marcos for a great read…and now I am going to go find some supper.

  109. Your writing talent is amazing. I adored the ending and I’m really looking forward to more in this series. It’s unique and different which is hard to find, especially something this well put together. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  110. Stunning, simply stunning. I really have no words for this. It made my heart hurt in the best of ways. Thank you, Keira for creating such a visually pleasing world that feels real enough to touch.
    Lola
    P.S. You made me like Vala and Daniel….as a couple. That has NEVER happened before. You are a magician…admit it….you are, right? 😛

  111. I forgot to thank a beta
    THANK YOU TOO – Djaddict!

    And um, it’s not bitchy when it’s true.

    I’ve been wanting to start an Atlantis fic for a while now b/c- wtf were they thinking when they packed the expedition?! Anyways that kind of thinking on the writers’ parts leads me to another question – why do the replicators have to be evil?
    I just said evil replicators because that’s what they were in the series: both versions 1.0 and 2.0.

    I just think it would be awesome to behold how you character ally reacts to another sentient ‘program’ from the Alterrans. A hole AI family.

    Back to the show for some truth saying or bitching: why the hell would the repli 2.0 be jealous of the expedition? They were abandoned by the Alterrans to! And the 2.0s had everything! It would be like me being jealous of a unknown step-sister who lived in a outhouse when I lived in the mansion withe butlers, cars, and horses and she suddenly grew up, got educated and did something with her life. If their program was that childlike they would not have been able to develop as they did.

    2.0s are my personal bone to pick- I like seeing how authors develop them but I get kinda tired of everyone assuming AI nanites have to be evil.

    So will Alley have a bunch of AI Step-siblings?
    And thanks for thinking that about theseus- I could see the ancients turning humans to battleships trying to recreate his species but wanting to be in control- nanites would have been their first choice….no more Elizabeth repli-idiots or baby wraith ship wannabes

  112. *starts the cybernetic equivalent of the Mexican Wave for ya*

    You’re awesome. And you know how much I adore this story! I read until the storm knocked the power out (again!)… and finished this morning.

    *sighs happily*

    • That bloody storm was pretty horrible, wasn’t it. I can’t believe we are having tornados! Very weird weather.

  113. Having chowed down this entire fic in a couple of hours (with interruptions, of course) and read this last chapter twice, I really hope I don’t offend anyone with what I am about to say as my response to this huge work of art:

    Jesus Fucking Christ.

    AWESOME.

  114. So, I only got into the Stargate franchise about 4 months ago and I have now watched all of SG1 and Atlantis. I have been reading your stories for about a month and I have read almost everything on this site (thank god its summer!). I have to say that if you don’t write in your real life…you are grossly depriving the world of your genius. Every one of your major stories, while having similar pairings, is a completely different plot and has different characterizations, yet everything you write has a feel of being distinctly your work. I have been reading fanfiction for over 10 years of many different fandoms and I have to say that your stories have very little competition out there.

    I don’t comment often, but I had to dish out praise where praise is due. Also, perhaps shameless flattery would provide encouragement…it certainly wouldn’t hurt, right?

    Well, I’m actually off to reread TTB, since I read that one first and its been what? A month? yeah, I need a refresher. 🙂

  115. I was so thrilled to see these chapters posted this morning, and was really mad that I had to delay finishing them all so that I could go to work! Like so many other readers, I am thrilled to see the Lanteans break away from Earth and go off on their own. I really love the avatars you’ve created. I’m looking forward to reading more from this storyline.

  116. Outstanding. Truly, remarkably, wonderfully outstanding. I’ve been pretty distracted by RL the past couple of weeks, so I had no idea that this might be coming, but I almost fainted when I saw the e-mail notifications this morning. I always know that my day will be better when you post. Thanks so, so, so much!!

    *hugs*

    Anna

    Except…you left Miko ready to pop! I wanted the baby. I’m a little greedy that way. *g*

    • I just re-read this the other day (for the nth time – lol), and I’m reading another author’s story (part of a loooooong series) today. I bring this up because I’m just at the part where her John and Rodney are about to deal with Doranda/Arcturus and it is going to be a clusterf*uck. 🙁

      It made me think and I realized that I never thanked you for Ally nipping that whole thing in the bud. Thank god. This was actually a high point for me in this story. One of many, of course, but it does bear mentioning. So…THANK YOU!!

      <3

  117. So beautiful.
    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity; your work it’s a piece of art.

  118. Awesome as always. I particularly like the ending here: the impact of each of their resignations, dialog only, with their own little bits of snark and character woven in… It made me a little misty eyed. Fabulous.

  119. Just finished reading this and I’m probably going to go reread it.I love sentient Atlantis fics and just like all your other stuff this is now one of my favorites.The levyathan’s sound like they where an awesome species and I hope that the Ori didn’t kill all of the others.Also I’m glad that your story mentions that Atlantis is millions of years old cause most people write that the city is ten thousand years old when the show had it leaving earth millions of years ago.Its like a little pet peeve to me but I never say anything because most of the stories are still real good and I’m not about to put anybody down because they are all great for shearing there stories.

    • You can Ladyholder for that– she corrected me and slapped my hand on the age thing. I think most writers just forget that– I know I did.

      • Well then thank you Ladyholder your an awesome chic.You and Keira’s other beta’s took what was probably a great fic and helped make it epic.

        • You are most welcome. I get nipped at a lot when I call “CANON” though. So… It was worth calling it for this.

          Thank you for the thanks. I know I am my fellow beta’s had a lotta fun.

          ~L

          :: Stares up :: Why do I feel like a fish?

  120. Ok, where do I start, first there was WMHB, then there was TTB and Atlantis Sentinels and now Lantean Legacy, which I have spent the last few hours reading to hearts content and I have to say if I thought the others were brilliant, fantastic even then you have out done yourself this time because well this is, your are very very awesome to the extreme. I loved all those messages at the end. Rodney Rocks, I’m so glad he got to go first, that man is seriously funny. General Landry is such a dumbass. I am so looking forward to book two.

  121. OH MY GOD!!! Just when I think that nothing else original is going to happen, you come out with this! I got home from work and read the whole thing! This is so great! It has now moved to my #1 favorite of your works! My only wonder now is if Ring of Fire will steal the spotlight away from this series??! Keep up the great work!
    Keisha 🙂

  122. OMG! This AU is just as vivid and unique as all of your others! Your talent is awe inspiring and I can’t even tell you which of your universes I like the best. They’re all so very great! You’ll be continuing this AU …. please!

  123. just finished reading fic for the second time. you are awesome. from word one was hooked. cant wait for book 2 or any other updates u do cause they all are great. thanks for making my day.

  124. After skimming through all the comments, there is really nothing to add except one more thank you. Wonderful, wonderful.

    Billie

  125. I don’t think I can say it any better than tangosaint said it. There are too many wonderful and amazing parts to this story to comment on all of it. The way you ended the first book was perfect. Some of the resignations were an absolute riot. Radik’s was my personal favorite!

    Thank you so much! This was amazing. I will be patient but I have to say that I look forward to the second book. I have to read this one at least 5 more times anyway so I don’t miss anything important, so I’ll be busy for a while.

    And as always: you rock!

    • ***blushes***

      Yeah, I was a bit short for words as a reaction, but that was my actual reaction when I finished reading. Honest!

      I agree…there are too many things to point out. The AI’s, the pairings, Thor!, Clone!Jack, Miko having Radek’s baby…the letters of resignation, all just lovely.

  126. OK I’ve read this twice (the only good thing about being unemployed is that I can drop everythig when you post) and my mind is boggled by the awesomeness. I definitely bow down to you.

    Did Heimdall go with them? I can’t wait to see if Thor schools Landry while giving iformation on the QT to O’Neill

    I do hope however that Atlas once he recovers, turns into a lovely a flirt as this actor you;ve chosen as his Avatar is on Criminal Minds.

  127. This ROCKS and is made of pure awesome!
    Also Anne/Elizabeth is an awesome pairing as is Chase/Lorne. Your explanation of where the ZPM’s and stuff like that comes from and the idea of Atlantis literally being a sentient being are brilliant.
    Awesome.
    Part of me just wants to sit on your doorstep doing your shopping, chores, making you coffee and do anything else you need to except write but then I would miss the snarky little posts we get about your life of LJ and I think that chaining you to the computer, even if I’m doing everything for you, is considered slavery. Therefore the other parts of my mind beat that one down and work on my telepathy to see if I can break in to your mind and steal some of your talent.
    Yeah so I’m going to read it again now….

  128. THIS IS AWESOME!!!! I love it and Ally and her hubby the ass kicking city (I love that he is a guy) I love the ships and just everything!

    Ok new love…you did it again!!!

  129. It was so wonderful to see this story! It was so satisfying finally seeing Atlantis and its people get all the things they needed to survive and thrive and fight back the Wraith. Your characters are so wonderful – by now I think your major ones have become embedded in canon for me. It was great to see Nathan O’Neill too – it’s always a wonder to see what becomes of him. The Theseus/Ally interaction is fantastic and the ships just so full of possibilities! Thank you so much for your writing!

  130. First of all Thank You!!!! This was a fabulous read. I look forward to the next installment of whatever you post.

  131. Ok, see those red dots on the map down on the bottom left? What you can’t see is that they’re all vibrating because all over the freaking world people are jumping up and down squealing about this update! Then we’re all bowing in your general direction and chanting “we’re not worthy!” ;-D

    This is so wonderful I don’t know where to start. I love a story that can make me laugh out loud and then turn around and make me cry. What an amazing talent you have! I just finished it and already can hardly wait to start all over and read it again.

    Have you ever read Heinlein’s “The Number of the Beast”, where the characters find a way to travel between realities/dimensions/universes whatever? They found that many “fictional” worlds (like Oz) existed in other dimensions; that a gifted writer could create a reality that lived. Your stories are like that. They’re out there somewhere.

    I see your little potato head is dancing with glee. Well he should be! This is terrific stuff. Thank you!

    • I cut my teeth on Heinlein 😉

      • I wondered about that. “Dum vivimus, vivamus” was the sword’s inscription in ‘GloryRoad’, and Zeb asks to see the Lady Vivamus in ‘Beast’. Ok, I admit it, I’m an old lady sci-fi geek.

        • When it came to Ally’s final words– I went to google and put in “Latin Quotes” and then Stuck Up Writer Friend helped me pick out the one that was the most accurate and fitting to my need. Dum vivimus, vivamus means “While we live, let us live” so it’s kind of perfect. It’s like Ally is telling Earth to fuck off too only she did it in a more polite way.

          I used the Latin terms for my version of “Ancient” because I can’t imagine what Ancient would look like written and I wasn’t to the task for writing a language for the series.

  132. Oh Goody! A brand new series. ~Ran does the snoopy dance~

  133. Dear Keira,

    I am crying at the end of this first book of the Lantean Legacy. I have been reading for the last five hours , unable to stop. You are a magnificent writer, you created in my mind a flurry of images, I was part of the story.

    I was touched by the resignations , so much. When you write, you go deep inside the character’ s soul and I follow.

    I can not conceive how you can inagine, invent the circumstances of a new story. You are now walking in four different variations of sga , complete universes different yet with the same personnages. I admire this capacity so much, lady Keira, it is the proof of your genius. I know Mckay uses the word at large but in your case, I believe it applies for real.

    Again , like you did with Ties, I wish you would take us readers into the mind process you use to create a scene, how you came up with the idea of CIC and the changes in the character’s physical and mental abilities.

    Today, I was able to leave the planet for a few hours , because of your wonderful talent. Thank you, dear lady.

    Lise

  134. Squee! Happy Dance!

    When I opened my mail this morning and found 10 (!) postings from Keira, I felt drunk with giddy anticipation. I found KeiraMarcos almost a year ago and devoured everything she wrote for Atlantis. Read TTTB and WMHB each 3 times. So very, very glad you are continuing writing for SGA.

  135. oh i was so excited when i saw this was posted. it was even better than i had anticipated! i love the idea of the avatars, can’t wait for more! fantastic as always. 🙂

  136. Twice! I read it all twice in less than 24 hours!… I know I gonna read it again in the next few days too. A Keira update is like the sun peaking out after a rainy day. There is way too much throughout the story that made an impression on me to list here. Thank you so much for the gift of your stories they truly are treasures.

  137. I was kind of irritated that I checked my email from my phone this morning and realized that I was going to have to wait almost ALL DAY to be able to read this…… But after I got home from my meeting and grocery shopping (gotta feed the kids, no matter how batshit insane they drive me) I realized that anything Keira writes is really just worth the wait.

    It was beautifully done, and I thank you for sharing everything that you do with us.

    Thank you.
    Melissa

  138. I am in love with this new series. I have come to love the way that you take a series that I was never that fond of, Stargate:Atlantis, and make it new and interesting and wonderful. You mash elements of other shows that I love, Farscape, and create such interesting new worlds that really transcend all the usual tropes.

    I really love you fanfic, so thank you for sharing!

  139. WOW! Awesome story! You amaze me.

  140. This is wonderful. Thank you. I’m off to re-read.

    I love all the characters, I’m glad Chase and Nathan are there. I hope the Sheppard family gets involved as I adore how you write them.

  141. i love you and cant wait for your next fanfiction baby! you produce wonderful babies! lol

  142. I love your writing so much, thank you for all the endless hours of entertainment and pleasure that you have given me with your creative and powerful writing……

    Also thank you for this,,,,,

    Nathan frowned then. “Getting a do-over on puberty readjusted my priorities and made me realize I shouldn’t deny what I want because that’s what my Dad would have preferred. Well—that’s what his Dad would have preferred.” He grinned then and wiggled an eyebrow at John. “Or, the Asgard made me bi.”

    Sheppard laughed softly. “You know they freak McKay out. He says that no species that fucked up so badly that they cloned their own cocks off should be considered advanced.”

  143. Finishing one of your stories always makes me sad. Because they are all that amazing and I know that I will have to wait for the next installment. Don’t get me wrong, the wait is totally worth it. You are a wonderful author and even though I do not typically enjoy graphic slash, I read your stories over and over and over. (OK, I admit that sometimes I skip the sex scenes…)

    And this story… I’ve read similar elements before. Sentient Atlantis, the expedition being abandoned, etc. But you always manage to weave the elements together to create something new and amazing.

    Just… Keep up the good work.

  144. After glancing through all the comments, there is so little left for me to say.

    Damn, girl! You are way, way good at writing. It was a wonderful read, and I will go more slowly on the second read; once I started, it was an addiction I dove into gladly. I’m so glad that you are willing to share your talent with us. Thank you.

  145. OMG another series i will be addicted too. i love the concept of atlantis as a evolving AI and that their ship is actually sentient being. i just absolutely loved this and cant wait to see ronon in book two and to see what goes on with miko finally giving birth. also love the pairings with evan/lorne and eliz and anne. cant wait for book two and i loved it. off to read it again.

  146. Just wanted to say thank you for the enjoyment I got from reading your story. Your stories are really plotty and meaty and I love each and every one of them – this one is no exception. I love how you manage to integrate all the ‘minor’ characters into the story, and the interesting original characters you create. The complexity of the Ally-Theseus Atlantis AI was a novel idea that I really liked. So once again, thanks for sharing this and your other stories with us – I appreciate it.

  147. I think you killed my brain with how perfect that was. Especially the ending, it was exactly what needed to be said.
    As my family says,
    Go Well, Be Well.

  148. Just so you know I made myself not read this till I finished everything I needed to do. It took just over an hour (it woulda taken 30 minutes *sigh*) because I kept pausing, and clicking on the link I kept open to this page, and squealing and talking myself into waiting just a bit longer. Over and over and …..ad infinitum. lololol But now I am sooooooo glad I waited this…THIS! is the Sentient!Atlantis that I’ve been wanting!!! And Seperation-from-Earth!Atlantis I’ve been wanting. You are amazing Keira. You really are. The world building is … just …. awe inspiring. I love a well rounded world. lol
    Well off to reread. You know it’s a damn good thing I’m off work tomorrow cause I ain’t gonna be worth much of anything.

  149. Wow. Amazing.

    I mean, I know I’m going to sound like I’m gushing, but this was fantastic! On the one hand, I love the way you’ve severed all ties with Earth, and they have their own life and the stuck their middle fingers up the IOAs asses, but really, just great.

    But on the other hand, it does make me sad to an extent about no more Earth or anything. Because while I whole-heartedly agree with Atlantis being their home, I think that to them, Earth would be that old family-reunion, childhood home revisited thing, and it’s kinda depressing to me that they leave it ALL behind (mostly I hate that they left good people on Earth: Jeannie, Jack (*bawls because she wants Jack*), Sam and to an extent Cameron and others even, such as your other original characters like John’s family.

    I mean, I love this story and I couldn’t imagine it any other way, and I find it actually realistic in these circumstances, but there are things that make me want to sniffle, the way Landry is just a jack-ass (which I actually agree with; I don’t much like him in the actual series), and Daniel resigning (cries softly for the loss of the one person who started the whole thing) that really was monumental, but I can so see him doing that.

    And oddly enough, that just makes it better, that not everything in this story is just perfect and completely working out. It’s realistic, and amazing and I love it all even if my comment seems a bit confusing. <3

  150. I just… Wow. That was absolutely amazing. I have all these thoughts running through my head about how breathtaking of a read that was, yet I’m finding it extremely difficult to actually get them typed out. You’ve left me nearly speechless. I’m not sure what my absolute favorite part is at the moment, although I do think that the Lanteans’ resignations at the end were brilliant, as was the interaction between Ally and Jinto. Is anyone ever going to use that gender reassignment lab that Ally told Rodney about?

    Just so you know, I got a really big craving for ice cream and alcohol while reading this, and yet I didn’t want to step away from the story long enough to get beer (since we only have beer, vodka, and an unopened bottle of something like ouzo but stronger in stock, and I don’t have any good mixers right now) or to go to the store to get ice cream. So, I’m going to grab that beer now, then come back, finish re-reading Tangled Destinies, then read No Enemy Within again. Because I can, and because I adore you and your writing so damned much.

  151. beautiful, just beautiful. Brava! When I checked the site, I had just two hours before I had to leave for work and had to leave it to go work. Ally and Theseus make for a beautiful couple and their children are gorgeous. I normally really like and admire Halling – since he’s portrayed as a good and decent man on the show, but you managed to make me almost hate him – this version of him. To let a little thing like discovering Teyla is one eighteenth wraith (or whatever she is) make such a difference to him… well it’s like as if he “disowned” her for being one eighteenth African descent. It’s just unacceptable, but also understandable given the various prejudices we humans have.

    Also, while at work I caught five minutes of a show called Daily Planet – where they were getting a tour of the facility of Cheyenne mountain. The person telling the show what he could about the operations there said, “and that’s all I can say as we’re treading very close to top secret information” or something like that and I went “of course you are, you can’t tell us about the gate program yet…”

    And I sort of expected to see Jack or someone I “knew” from the shows in the background. There was a moment in which I thought I saw Caldwell. It was sort of surreal to see that and have this wonderful universe show up at the same time. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  152. Holy.Fucking.Shit… This is bloody marvelous! Srsly. I’ve never really read any ‘Lantis cuts off from earth stories, but I think you just made me digg it ;p

    I love the Avatars, they’re all really wonderfull (specially Shemar Moore, mmmmm, yummmm). I really hope for more of this awesomenness!

    Love, Nehfi

  153. First, I have to say that I really, really hope that keira feels accomplished and happy for producing this story, it is, in my opinion (not that my opinion is important ^^), truely wonderful. Comparing it to an intelectual baby, if it was mine I would be GLOWING right now and feel a little but like Gaia.

    Secondly, I admire the fresh feel and the new spin on ‘canon’ characters and known and loved OCs. I don’t expect an answer if it will happen, but thinkin about the other storys’ Sheppards I am truely hoping that we will see how this versions will react if and when they find out obout John’s adventures.

    And lastly, big, big thanks for sharing this story!

  154. Thank was utterally fantastic. This and Arcade Fire tickets on the same day, life couldnot be better.
    Please Please Please write a sequel. Where do they go? What to they find? Are John and Rodney going to use the artfical womb, we need answers
    You totally rock
    Luv K.

  155. OK, soooo… I thought this would last me a bit, but no, I powered through the whole thing in one day, because I could. Not. Stop. Also, I cried a little bit at the end, all of them recording their grief and anger and betrayal and love and just. Damn. This is so awesome, I can’t even say.

  156. Yeeee-hawww! Another new world to play in! When I read your stories Keira, I feel like I am living in them myself. I am “there;” not a character as such; more like a ‘participant observer’ (to use a sociological research term); always a shadow in all the environments, personal interactions, and badassery (oh how I love that term!) situations. This was especially true for me in this new book. I am in awe of your gifts!

    And I can hardly wait for the next installment!!

  157. Wow!! I read this first book of this new series in one sitting and was blown away. I can’t wait to read some more in this universe and see how their future unfolds.

  158. I don’t often comment here but I just had to this time.

    THIS ABSOLUTELY ROCKS!

    I love sentient Atlantis stories and was eagerly awaiting this one (as most of them out there are not worth reading). The characterizations of Theseus & Ally and the kids are great and I look forward to seeing what comes next for them.

    I also can’t wait to see how things develop with the rest of the human characters and how its all going to play out now that they have made their intentions know.

    Just one question if it doesn’t give too much away: will Theseus have an avatar that is more permanent and able to be around more. I would love to see him interact on that level with Ally and the kids and it would be hilarious to see him and John together (I can’t just imagine what those conversations would be like) 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful words and worlds with us.

    • Because Theseus isn’t a computer program– a digital avatar doesn’t make sense. But there will be a discovery in book 2 that will explain how he did what he did in book 1 and why it cost him so much power.

  159. WOW.
    don’t know what else to say, that hasn’t already been said. ^^
    absolutly love it and can’t wait for the second book!!!!
    keep it up *thumbs up* ^^
    luv ya girl ^^

    Lilith

  160. Spectacular……. Oh to spend a few hours in your mind.
    Thank you for sharing.

  161. Wow, just wow
    You rock, thank you

  162. Ohhhhh wow. What can I say that will properly express my awe and amazement of the beautiful piece of writing I just had the privilege to read? You are, without doubt, the one of the BEST writers I have read in a loooooooooong time. You totally sucked me into your world, and I almost cried when it came time to leave it. This is one I will reread over and over again. Again, just beautiful.

  163. Thank you for this new and wonderful story! I have just finished it and I am ready to read it again. It is a good thing it is my day off. I would be no good at all at work. I stayed up all night to read it. You have rocked my world once again. I look forward to any and all of your new stories and updates.

  164. Wow! Just ‘Wow!’ I grabbed this yesterday morning before diving into a day of errands and more for the mom and managed to sneak in reading it every spare second! *G*

    Finished it last night before passing out with near heat exhaustion and fatigue.

    This was wonderful and fun and interesting and I loved it. I love the avatars and I love John and Rodney and their connection and as well as Evan and Chase. Looking forward to more! *G*

  165. ANOTHER successful, can’t-put-it-down series! How do you keep them all straight? Unfortunately for me, I found this on my flist at 1:30am and didn’t get to bed for hours! But who needs sleep?

  166. You never fail to amaze me.

    It was stunning.

    I’m pretty much beyond words.

  167. Wow, All your stories rock but this one is amazing.
    I can’t wait to read book 2.

  168. Let me just say… You Rocked My World!!

    This was a great story, both exciting and sad. I like how you made Halling an antagonist, creating a divide within the Athosians . I also like how everyone, while excepting of the gifts is also really freaked out at first. Great work bringing Mini-Jack into the story. I never liked how the show just dropped him in high school and you never hear another word about him.
    I love Ally and Theseus and how they together are the city. That Atlantis is alive, like Moiya from Farscape, is the way I always thought it was going to be in the show. That the didn’t go there disappointed me.
    Evil!Landry is great, and not exactly a stretch, since he really was a bastard to the expedition.
    Again, great work. Thank you for sharing.

  169. Wow. And wow.
    I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be pissed about you getting me hooked on “get Rhythm” (Just had to hear it) or squealing like a fan girl. I’ve read it 3 times now and it just keep getting better. Doesn’t help that Shemar moore AKA Atlas is the one reason I’m still watching Criminal Minds. *Drool*
    I really look forward to O’Neill sr getting to plant his size combatboot up Landry’s arse. If doesn’t, I’m willing do the honours with my size 42 sneakers (EU standard).
    You can even tell the proctologist removing the shoe that he can keep it. Landry germs….EWWWW

  170. Wow!! What an incredibly fabulous read. You took my two favorite Atlantis themes (Sentient Atlantis and Succeed from Earth) and turned them into one glorious book. Looking through the comments, I see we will get to meet Ronon in the next book. 😀 Really, really looking forward to seeing how that happens in this world.

    I loved how in making everyone Lanteans, they no longer pass as Earth human and adore that they all gain different mental gifts. The way you made Atlantis both AI sentient AI and a sentient biomechanical being is brilliant. Superb world building as always.

    I really liked that when Halling & Co left and they were required to return their GDOs and are forced to realize the consequences of their refusal to change.

    And major SQUEEE that you cast Shemar Moore as Atlas’s Avatar. Okay, there’s tons of other things I could squee about in this story but suffice it to say you really made my day yesterday. Thank you!

  171. Thank you for another great story. I really like how you explain their need to cut themselves off from Earth, while keeping the possibility open for them to return, or for some more people to join them (the Asgards look like they wouldn’t mind playing taxi for some selected few, I think). Your mention of Matt in John’s final message gives me great hopes of seeing my favourite OC again (and I noticed that Cam was still on Earth and apparently single the last time we saw him), and I can totally see Jack “educating” Patrick on what his son is doing, and Patrick in turn giving hell to Landry (what a gorgeous sight that would be!). Ally is really great and I really look forward to seeing more of Theseus, as he did a great impression with his first appearance. I liked how Rodney reacted when he was confronted to what the city endured when they were attacked, I could totally see it and I pity anyone who could think it a good idea to suggest to the Lanteans to dismantle Atlantis to bring back pieces to Earth. Barring any hostage situation, I don’t think Theseus would have the time to act before John, Rodney, Radek, etc.!
    Thank you again for your great work.

  172. Oh. My. That was just so good. Like a really thick, juicy steak after months of nothing but candyfloss. And you threw in all the trimmings too.

    OK, enough of the food metaphors. I’m going to eat the meal I put off eating to read this for.

  173. You know I read the list “Top 5 signs you read too much Keira-fic ” and with the exception of number 4, everything else was spot on. I just love your stories and this one is no exception. Your fics are awesome!!! This story was great. I can’t wait to read more. Seriously, I one day hope to be able to write my own fanfics, but I can never break away from reading other people’s fics (especially yours) in order to start writing my own. Oh well. LOL.

  174. I see what you’ve done there, and that was quite an ending. Your Sheppards (yes, almost all of them) are second on the People I’d Follow into Hell list; Ripley being number one.
    Loved this, even when I was doing things like yelling at Radek: I would take the stun and run option above the shoot and aggravate option any day, but I’m a very poor shot… Or being extremely bummed when Ford died, poor brave guy… and missing Ronon, but I shall keep the faith. Also, I would very much have loved to punch Halling.
    I loved the story, and all the little nods to Sci-fi geekery. Farscape was possibly one of the best science fiction shows out there. The bio-machinoid technology is awesome, I always thought it was too bad the show (SG:A) gave that tech. to the Wraith; thank you for seeing to that glaring oversight 🙂 You’re right, the Farscape crew were rough on their ship, and Moya was just the most forgiving creature. I always loved those moments in the show when the audience would be faced with Moya’s sentience. Like her fear of wormholes, or her awkward pregnancy moments. I loved that show and I’ve never read fanfic for it because it’s sort of perfect and fulfilling on it’s own. That being said, if you ever… well, I’d just fall down that hole and never look back.
    The Asgard are awesome, yea even if they did have a crazy McKay and Jackson stealing faction. No one is perfect. The fact that the had an alliance with Theseus and not the Ancients is kick ass. I even like how they offered to help “remove the humans”. Very Vulcan of them, to make that offer in front of the humans. Maybe that’s why I like the Asgard, because I’m a snobby!Vulcan fan. Both species are rather priceless.
    And wow this is a long and twirly comment…
    It was great! You delivered, as per usual.
    Shutting up now.

  175. keira you rock you are truly super bitch of the whole universe
    do you remeber me saying i was looking forward to this just from the description and this would make you you so many new fans ,nice to know i can be right occasionally .
    As much as i adore ‘ties that bind’ this work is superlative i hope you are proud of it because it is the best fan fiction i have ever read, it made me tear up and laugh out loud,i love reading so please publish this your fans would all buy a copy!

    • Well, it would be illegal to make money off fan fic ;-). I wouldn’t want to get sued. I mean all they’d get is a rather nice supply of coffee and 2 spoiled rotten dogs and perhaps my husband.

  176. Nice long story! (and kept me up way late!) I enjoyed the whole *thumb noses at Earth* because yea, they were pretty much abandoned. I’m glad that they have support to start a NEW culture, and a chance for it survive. Very interested to see where this will go.

  177. Errrr, Holy Crap. I can’t put into words how good this is or how in depth your universe is. So yeah… Holy Crap. 38 years old and I’ve lost my ability to talk. “While we live, let us live” sums it all up.

  178. Fuckin-A.
    Loved it. As always, thank you for sharing your most entertaining worlds.

  179. Dear Keira,
    That was wonderful.
    I was swept away in your word, desperately wanting to gobble the chapters up while reminding myself that it would be awhile before you posted again so I shouldn’t read too fast. There is no better feeling for me that to be swept into a world of imagination.
    The worlds you create are vivid and rich with detail and life. I want nothing more than to dwell within your worlds for a couple hours a day. They give me peace and happiness, have me on the edge of me seat at times, laughing and giddy at others.
    I would like to also thank your betas as they did an awesome job. *bows politely to each* I would also like to thank your artists. The graphics are phenomenal. **nods head to each*
    I have written and deleted several sentences because each time what I want to say doesn’t seem to come out right. You have a precious gift. The gift of imagination and the ability to share that imagination. I hope you never lose the joy you find in writing. Should you never publish another thing online, while I would miss reading your work, I would hope that the happiness that you get from writing would never be diminished.
    And should the rabid fans and abusive replies begin to take your happiness away, would hope that you would take your fanfiction private.
    I would wipe your world of bigotry and anger and hate if I could. I would take on every person who has hurt you in even the smallest manner. Not because I do not think you are able to take care of yourself, but because anyone who is capable of producing such wondrous things should not have to deal with other peoples bullshit.
    The world would have been poorer should you have never shared your writing.
    My soul would be poorer should I have never read your writing.
    Merci

  180. Oh dear gods; there are no words to express how this makes me feel. I cannot wait for the next part – this world you have built for our favorite characters is so real, and I’m happy to see even this glimpse of it.

  181. ummmm. How are you so awesome? Absolutely awesome. There are so many little nuances, I’m going to have to read it again soon! Very cool.

    Is this going to be a new series?

  182. I just finished the story for the third time. First of all: “You know they freak McKay out. He says that no species that fucked up so badly that they cloned their own cocks off should be considered advanced.”- Best line EVER! The entire novel was amazing and I really enjoyed reading it. I’m particularly impressed by the way you’ve developed Ally and Theseus and the city itself.
    I am very intrigued by Jack’s comment to Landry about only two years left in Kinsey’s presidency and all that implies- and how that might change Earth’s position on Atlantis and how a new president might not change Atlantis’ position on Earth (that made sense in my head, does it make sense to you?). Does this relate at all to when Book Three starts?
    I am also very curious about Ares- have you picked out an avatar for him yet? Will his avatar start as a child or an adult?
    Thanks so much for the lovely read! 🙂

    • His Avatar will be an adult. And Yeah– I have someone in mind for him but I want it to be a surprise 😉

      Yes– the politics on Earth will factor heavily into book 3.

  183. Apropos of nothing, I absolutely adore you for the way you treated transgenderism in Chapter 9 with the blithe throwaway comment about labs to correct mistakes in birth gender like it was no big deal (odd, don’t you think that treating it like it’s not big deal is such a big deal?) and even the casual mention of an asexual massage therapist in the latest chapter of Ties that Bind. Even if I didn’t enjoy your stories, I would adore that casual acceptance of those of us who are not ‘normal’.

    Even in slash fic and the slash community (for that matter, even amid the LGBT community) trans-folk and other genderqueers are not always welcome, so thank you.

    • What’s normal, really? IMHO, the closeminded and bigots are not normal. You are who you are, and that’s something to celebrate. 🙂

      • Normal is one of those words like “average” that people throw around a lot. Average (to me) means they take the highs and lows and lump them all together, figure out the blah middle and stick you there. Who wants to be stuck in the middle, unless it’s between John and Rodney? Every time someone says “normal” I want to say “I do not think that means what you think it means”. 🙂 Normal is just a setting on the washing machine.

  184. The personal thanks: Two nights ago, I thought I was going to lose it — completely. I was having a difficult time, and sleep wasn’t my friend. I turned on the comp in desperation, and in my e-mail was you. I won’t be over dramatic and say you saved my life, but it is very fair and accurate to say you, and your immense talent, saved a good chunk of my sanity. Thanks for that (as there is very little left to lose, and I really need to keep hold of all I can) – it was a gift I’m sure you didn’t mean to put out in the universe, but it was timely and needed, and is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    The squeally-Kiera-fan-girl thanks: YAY!NEWKEIRA!YAY! And… WOW!THATWASAWESOME!YAY! THANKS!EVERSO!YAY!

    The appreciative SGA fan thanks: I usually find non-canon slash difficult to read because oftentimes, the two being paired up have to be written completely out of character to make the pairing work. Fortunately, that isn’t the case here. Sheppard and McKay have enough canon character quirks and relationship chemistry to make it plausible, and then we get phenomenal writers like you that polish it up and make it shine.

    Also, the Sheppard on my TV screen is never shown to be the bad-ass military leader he realistically has to be to do what he does with the troops that he has in the situation that he is in – we see wee inklings, and then just have to assume that the rest is there. Same with McKay – we see wee inklings of character that may have been meant to make him complex, but it often just turns into a mess. The Sheppard and McKay on my Keira Viewer (TM) are all they should be, every time. And they loves each other ever so much. 🙂 You enhance what is already there, but (IMHO) was poorly used by the show’s PTB. Thank you.

    The appreciative reader thanks: Hot damn – you can write, girl. Thank you for the story, the characters, the snark, the sex, the geek references, the new Atlantis mythology (yay!), and the satisfaction that sets in after a very good read.

    And I must apologize for the length of the comment. I’m not very good at this part; it’s either incomprehensible fangirlysquish or an epic. I just can’t control myself in this instance, so you get both. Thanks!Yay!

  185. I should have waited to read this, lol, until there were more stories posted in the series because I knew that I would want more immediately. I loved this premise, and the backstory you’ve built for all the characters. I loved Radek and Miko’s resignations, and I cried at John’s. (I’m hoping in future stories of the series his family gets to play a big role because I love how you treat family in your stories and show the ties they all have together).

    I’m fascinated by Ally and Theseus and the children. And I am a huge fan of fics with psychic powers, telepathy, empathy, etc. I am imagining all sorts of uses for the bond growing between John and Rodney, and can’t wait to see how/why/if bonds grow between any of the other couples and how that will affect the characters and their fight against the Wraith.

    Can’t wait for more!

  186. WOW! I’m a nice quite lurker that loves all of your series. The splashier the better =)
    I don’t usually do feedback *hangs head in shame* because I can never figure out how to say what I want to say.

    Well, after reading No Enemy Within, I have to say something!! You continue to come up with such great stories and plots and details that just suck me right in. God I hope there is more!!

    I always check your site each night to see if there have been any updates, and I was in hog heaven when I saw a totally new story w/10 chapters. I told myself that I would only read one chapter a night so I would have something to read for awhile, and give you time to finish more TTB, WWBWB, and SoA *grin* Well, that plan went out the window after I started reading. I just couldn’t stop reading. I finally read all 10 chapters by 5:00am this morning. *THUD*

    This story (as all of your writings are) is just “DAMN GREAT” even with the slash on the light side. Keep up the great work, and don’t let others beat you or your work down. Well, I know you don’t, but everyones shields tend to weaken under constant negative bombardment. I would hate to lose you, like we lost Xanthe. Though, now that I have branched out from X-Files and SGA, and discovered NCIS, I have found her again recently.

    Keep Up The Great Work!!
    (or should I say HOBBIE, as you do this for fun–not work)

    Cheers, abductee00

  187. Thank you so much. I just happened to check your site before bed last nite. and hey 10 chapters =YAY. So I read the summary, and I was like hmm avatars I dont know about this. But I really like everything youve written so I gave it a try. 3 hours later. Totally worth my nights sleep. Another project to look forward to from you. I really enjoy how you can do different pairings in each universe you have and make them work. Your world building skills are made of awesome.

  188. Best birthday present ever, that’s all I have to say. Love this and o can’t wait to go back and reread it a few more times. You are amazing

  189. KEIRA, YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shouted from a roof top in Australia. Wow this was great. I love this new series as much as all your other work. I was sooooo glad to see a little more Daniel in this one too as he is one of my faves along with John and Rodney. I love being able to come along on the journey and can’t wait to read more. Thank you thank you thank you………..

  190. As always you NEVER disappoint. This is wonderful and I am looking forward to the next book. Please keep being awesome and thanks for another great read! 🙂

  191. Wow. I really don’t know what else to say because that was pretty much an epic read and words kind of fail me at the moment (despite my ramblings here). I think I’ve sat here for two minutes trying to come up with something to say and nothing comes to mind.

    Well done.

  192. So this of course is awesome! It is funny because whenever you say that you are going to be working on a new series I find myself thinking that I would rather you work on the one of the other series that I am already attached to but then as soon as you put out the new series I fall in love with that one too and can’t wait for you to write more in it. So I guess what I am saying is that I really should learn to trust that I will love anything you choose to share with us and just be thankful that you are so very prolific! I appreciate that even when you are writing long series like this you never leave us hanging because you are always at a clear stopping point between the chapters/books because it makes it much more comfortable when we have to wait for the next installment and also makes rereading the existing parts more fun for me. I really can’t wait to see where you take everything in the coming books for this series.
    I have read so many separation from earth and sentient!atlantis stories, but somehow you managed to make it completely new and awesome! I love Ally and Theseus by the way. I think it is kind of incredible how much you can make me care about OCs because in a lot of the stories I read I just can’t connect to them. With your stories times it almost feels like they should be actual characters in the series to the point that I am surprised when I go back and watch and they aren’t there.
    Do you have any kind of idea or goal for when you may write the next book for this story? I don’t want to come off as pushy or ungrateful, it is okay if you have no idea, but I was just wondering if you did.

  193. OK, Wow, just WOW! I only had four hours of sleep last night so I planned to read the first chapter of this and then go to bed. But did that happen? Noooo! It’s now 1:30 am and I just finished the whole dang thing. And it was soooo worth it!!!
    I read this line just as I took a drink of soda:
    “You know they freak McKay out. He says that no species that fucked up so badly that they cloned their own cocks off should be considered advanced.”
    Snorting soda through your nose will definitely clear the sinuses, but I wouldn’t recommend the method 🙂
    Thank you for another brilliant story to enthrall and entertain us.

  194. So, I’m hating you a bit more right now. I just happened to look at your website just before I SHOULD HAVE gone to bed and discovered this series. So, for the second time in a week, I’ve stayed up until the wee hours to read your work. I hope you’re happy! However, although I shall be zombie-like at work tomorrow, I think that reading this story was a good use of my time. Even though I was up too late reading, I too agree with the other reviewer who commented that it ended too soon. I mean, it was a good place to end it, but I was loving everyone too much to want it to end. (Okay, so I lied. I don’t hate you.)

  195. Loved it. I truly loved it.

  196. this was terrific. I love the world building, it’s very nice to see some dead or gone from Atlantis characters get a second chance and I am a sucker for psychic power fics, and sentient Atlantis fic and look forward to the next installment.

  197. Oh my fucking GOD Keira! You are a fucking GENIUS!!!!! This first book was amazing! I loved how you developed Ally and Theseus and then their children, such an interesting concept. Keep up the good work! Can’t wait for the next part!

  198. OMG! I cannot think of a word for the level of awesome you have achieved. This is simply amazing. I can’t wait for more of this universe. Thank you for sharing this.

  199. OMG this was a great book. Loved everything about it. I just enjoy the ocs so much. A delight in a very long week.

  200. Wow! I thought I was hallucinating when i first checked my email and there were 10 updates. I love how you can the small idea that a lot of people have, that the city is aware/alive (whatever) and you breathe a ton of life into the story and your characters. I don’t know if that makes any sense at all but I love the story and I think I liked ally most of all though.

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