Ring of Fire (series)

Author: Keira Marcos
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Pairings: McKay/Sheppard, etc
Series Summary: John and Rodney face obstacles and old enemies on both fronts as they fight to protect Earth and retrieve Atlantis from Pegasus. 

Author’s Note: Set in the same ‘Verse as my AU series “What Might Have Been” where you can also find the casting information.

1. And the Stars Burn (32,017 words)
The unexpected arrival of someone from Pegasus forces the SGC to ramp up their plans to charge ZPMs and prepare for the Atlantis mission. On the home front, Patrick Sheppard makes a mistake that will nearly cost him everything he’s worked so hard to regain.


  1. Hot damn!


  2. Oh. WOW. Gorgeous!


  3. cant wait!!

  4. Aiee yaiii, yaiii!! I am so freaking excited I can barely speak.

  5. <3 Looking forward to this!

  6. I jump to read every time I receive a tweet from you… but I don’t get my hopes up for new fic… though I enjoy reading your LJ posts.

    Keep writing, Lady! 😉


  8. Looks fabulous!

  9. Oh frabjous day, look at this page! We’re getting closer!
    I need to borrow some pom-poms so I can work on my chair dance!
    Oh, and I love the art, too! Woo-hoo!

  10. Absolutely fabulous!!!! Can’t wait to see how Patrick mess it all up. Can’t build character without conflict :D.

  11. Oh, I can’t believe it! Finally the first chap of Ring of Fire and I have to go to work! Argh!
    But then I have something to look for today evening. So, I will be exited the whole day and waiting for quitting time.

  12. Jackson/Lorne…..Jackson/lorne….. orgasm 😉

    Questions :
    — Why Mitchell/OMC and not Mitchell/Mattie ?
    – Are you going to ad the cast or let the same as WHMB ?

    Jackson/Lorne, Jackson/Lorne…… i have to make a celebration art ? What do you think ?

    And also you made the covert ? because i have to tell it’s pretty great !

  13. Had to go back and reread the last chapter of WMHB. Let the fun begin!

  14. Weeee! So happy for this series to be back. Any chance of adding the word count (going forward. Already read the first chapter and LOVED IT!) ? I like that on your other fics cause it let’s me judge if I have time enough to read it during lunch or if I should just hang on and wait for after work (would be agony to get half-way through and then have to stop to go back to work)

  15. This has made my night. I’m off to read.*Happy wiggles*

  16. This was delicious, thank you. I love your writing so much. It’s so absorbing, layered and constructed so beautifully the stories are tangible. May you muse burn eternally.

  17. Ya know I love it…and I’ve always thought that Thor may have transfered his consciousness into Quark:)

  18. Is it wrong that I love and hate you in equal parts right now?

  19. Totally enjoyed this chapter Keira, I can’t wait to see more. You kept me on the edge of my seat with the conspiracy and the intrigue as well as having the guys away while an attempt was made on their family on earth. Wraith and Ancient’s showing up just adds to the intrigue. Thank you for continuing this story.

  20. Thrilled that you have posted the first part, and dismayed that I cannot start reading until tomorrow night – Thank you for sharing!

  21. Every time I think you have reached your limits of amazing writing you go and raise the bar again. Yet another great story. Thank you.

  22. I have NO clue how I MISSED this story line when I first found your website ( smacks self with wet noodle) but it is totally awesome. I have to agree that the depth you show in your characterizations is astounding. I know you are insanely busy so I thank you deeply for all the hours I get to spend in your verses.
    gentle journey,

  23. Yay! I just found this and I squee’d so loud my coworker looked at me sideways. I lived this, and live for more! Thanks for writing!

  24. So, I used to smirk a little bit when I read other comments with people rhapsodizing about how your original characters are canon to them or more real in some ways that canon secondary characters (well, duh; you take some time with developing them, but that’s a topic for another rant.)

    Then, while reading through the story summaries on the SGA fic index, I saw “Mitchell/OMC” as one of the pairings for Ring of Fire and, with a classic doubletake, went “WTF? He’s with Matthew!.

    (facepalm) Yes, your secondary characters are my canon, too. The farewell party for my touch on reality will be held sometime before Labor Day, so white shoes are welcome!

  25. Hi, I’m normally only a k/s shipper but your excellent storylines and character developement is phenomenal and i have been sucked into this series and What might have been. Do you know when you will be updating this story roughly?

    • I’m working on the second novella in this series but it’s a very dark story for me and it’s emotionally draining to work on. I made myself cry yesterday just reading through what I’ve written for the second novella.

      • If it makes you feel better, know that all of us will cry with you when we read it. And that we’ll love you for it anyway.

  26. Hi Keira! I have a question. I’m just starting to re-read What Might Have Been and something just occurred to me. Who are you pairing Vala with, if anyone? I’m asking because Cameron is with Matt, Teal’c is with Ronon, and you said that Daniel and Evan are going to be together, which eliminates all the men she’s normally paired with. Though I didn’t think of what women she could be paired with since she spends most of her time with the boys and I don’t see her interact much with other women, besides Sam who is with Jack. The only guy I can think of really is Jonas, but we don’t know if even likes women since he’s only been with Rodney in this ‘verse, and for women I think maybe Miko, but I’m just guessing, since it’s your story after all. So do you have plans on pairing her with someone permanently or is she just going to be a bamf who doesn’t need a relationship?

    • I have to yet to pair her with anyone in this ‘verse. Though she totally is a BAMF.

      • Ok, I was just asking ’cause I’m reading We’ve Taken Different Roads and I got to the part where Vala says that Daniel told her that the sparring was like gladiator battles and it suddenly struck me that Daniel, who I personally pair her with most often, is with or going to be with Evan in Ring of Fire and I was curious about who she’d be paired with. Thanks for clearing that up! Good luck with all your work, professional and otherwise!

  27. I love this series more every time I read it…which is about once a year. I actually reread everything of yours about once a year and I actually can never bring myself to beg for an update on one in particular because I eagerly await the updates to ALL of them…but there is something about the world-building in this one that grabs me. The build-up to the presentation of Atlantis as a character to Earth and the reactions of those on Earth is also a theme in the Lantean Legacy (which I also adore) and you write scenes with that kind of confrontation well- I can’t help but believe it will be epic in both series.

    Before you, I had never read a SGA fic, now they make up half my kindle.

    Anyway, I wish you the best of luck with all of your writing projects.

  28. hope there is going to be a follow up… 🙂 with lorne/jackson (yum) and if atlantis made it to earth and whats happening with sebastian. Seriously looking forward to it 🙂

  29. Stopping by to read this again and noticed the pairing of Mitchell/OMC and thought what?? I thought he was with Matt?  Then it dawns on me that Matt IS an OMC.  Uh, no. In my world there is always a Matt Sheppard. I’ve even wondered where he was in other people’s fic.  😉

  30. Just read WMHB & this again for nth time & wanted to say how much I loved it/love it.  WMHB is probably my favourite of all your fic – it was my first and you always stay a little in love with your first 😉 – and I love your podcasts when you mention this & its mirror image Lantean Legacy and I can pick out tiny pieces of what might happen.

    A quick question if I may?  Each time I read it I find another bit I’d forgotten about and fall in love again.  Do you sometimes add little bits or make changes once it’s up here, or is it just early dementia setting in for me?

    Thank you so much for the many hours of pleasure of reading.



  31. When I read Mitchell/OMC I was appalled.
    What happened with Matt?!!!
    He he. Right. That happens to me with your original characters. A lot.

  32. And reading other comments, I’m not alone.
    Great originals characters taking life of their own are a tribute to your writing skills. Thanks for sharing.

  33. I love this world you’ve created – I wish I could be a part of the family!

    I don’t know if you plan on revisiting this series, but I really enjoyed it all, and I’m glad you tied up most of the loose ends.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  34. Your works is one of my favorites

  35. I’ve been reading everything you wrote once more. I do it when I’m sick or depressed or just looking to cheer up because for me, the characters you build are about integrity, hard work, honesty and commitment. It reminds me of what I aspire to and encourages me to keep going in the face of adversity. For me, you make role models. Thank you for sharing your work. It is my belief that you’ve made me braver through your work because it gave me the courage to change my life some years ago.

  36. I just finished re-reading Ring of Fire, but there’s no comment box on the series page, so I decided to come back here to say, “YOU FUCKING ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    That is all. 😀

  37. You are seriously the best at writing SGA. I am so addicted to your stories that I cannot stop at just one. Doesn’t matter how many times I have read your stories. It has been a few years? since you wrote for this series but I sincerely hope you decide to continue it some day. I just finished it again and had a thought about Quark, maybe he is a Flerkin? Off of Captain Marvel the cat that wasnt a cat? Or maybe he is a Furling checking out McKay and Sheppard, lol. Just a crazy thought that crossed my mind.

  38. I have reread this series at least 10 times. Desperately hoping someday the muse will strike and you will continue it. So many cliffhangers!!!

  39. Ah man. 10 years. Still just as delightful on this latest reread as on the first read.

    I cant picture Rodney not neutering his cat but I kinda want alien cat things all over the island.

  40. Iroshi Windwalker

    Just reread this entire series this week while recuperating from COVID. I’d forgotten how much fun the whole thing was, from beginning to end. I love all of your Sheppards, I love your AU, I love your half-ascended version of Sebastian as much as I do the other version on Atlantis. I really really would love to see this series continued, though after a decade I realize that if your muse was going to come back to this universe, she probably would have by now. I can but dream, and maybe remind Miss Muse that this universe is still there and still loved. 🙂

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