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.

370 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.

  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*

  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. 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. 🙂

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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

  76. 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

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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!!!!!! 😀

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

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

  83. 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.

  84. 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!

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

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

  87. 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’!

  88. 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).

  89. 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.

  90. 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) 😀

  91. 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. 😀

  92. “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!

  93. 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. 😉

  94. 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.

  95. 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?

  96. 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.

  97. 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.

  98. 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!

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

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