No Enemy Within

Art by The OtherWillow

John and Rodney face changes in their friendship, Earth’s abandonment of the expedition, and find themselves altered for life when they accept a gift from Atlantis.


Chapter One

Chapter Six

Chapter Two

Chapter Seven

Chapter Three

Chapter Eight

Chapter Four

Chapter Nine

Chapter Five

Chapter Ten


From the Author

I want to acknowledge the work Chris King & Ladyholder have put into this project. They both deserve chocolate and more thanks than I could put down with words for the last six months of beta and hand holding on this book. It wouldn’t be half the story without their input and it would have no sex at all if Chris hadn’t staged an intervention. I am blessed both as a writer and as a person to have them in my life.

I’d like to thank Djaddict who did my grammar beta and line edit. She worked really hard on my behalf and I didn’t hear any screaming when she saw how big this was! Any mistakes that remain are my own and must be the will of a higher power.

FanArts Series and The OtherWillow have been hard at work on art for this series and I can’t thank them enough for seeing my words and giving me such beautiful and amazing art to represent it. I’m spoiled rotten on this front! The series art page is here. Please check it out and let them know how awesome they are.

Return to the Series Page for “cast” information.


  1. Thank you for the acknowledgement, milady.

    I can only say that the chance to act as a beta for you is a lot of fun and occasionally hair-raising as events in your stories barrel along. Thank you for letting me onto the ride.


  2. wow your posting this now and every time a new chapter is up I want to yell and do a dance.I’m going to wait till after I sleep to read it though cause once I start it I wont stop reading till the and everyone who had a part in this are great I can’t wait to read it.

  3. My inbox is being spammed with Keira updates and I am doing a snoopy dance of happiness!

  4. Diva0789(Michelle)

    OH! Darnnit….i was just checking my email one last time before heading off to bed (its 4am here) and i saw the NEw Chapter posts and i had a moment of panic where i was like..”but, but, but… BED!………But, Keira!….*Wails*”……..and then i was just like, “yeah, im not sleeping until ive read this….ive been waiting for MONTHS!!!!”……………So, tomorrow, when the realtor comes to my house for a final inspection before puting it on the market im going to blame all my rude yawning on YOU!!!!!

    P.S. Totally worth the lack of sleep…….

    • I have to say that I totally agree with you. I was up late or up early, whichever and finally decided to go to bed when I got the message about chapters 1-3, I finished those up and was a little, well displeased because hey only three chapters? Then I saw there were 5 chapters listed as new so I read the next two, by then up through 8 was up and just as I finished those I reloaded and YES!! the last two chapters were listed. So I just want you to know Keira that you were responsible for me getting to bed about 6AM this morning, lucky for me I had the day off and could sleep in until noon. But even if I would have had to be up at 9 as usual it would have been well worth the lost sleep. The only problem is it leaves me waiting for the next story. Oh well, I can be patient… oh wait, that’s the virtue my mom says I don’t have!

  5. Is it okay with you if I turn this into an ebook to read on my iPhone since I won’t be home tomorrow? I’m happy to share the book with you if you’d like (in just about any common format, at that). I’m really looking forward to reading this. It sounds so interesting!

  6. Hi, I seem to have come full circle. About a month ago I was up around one in the morning and sort of stumbled upon your site. I planned to read the first chapter of Ties that Bind and go to bed. Instead I finished it and went to bed around 8AM (totally worth it bye the way- I re-read it the next day) Now it is once again 1AM and I am once again reading an absolutely amazing story with no intention of stopping until I finish. I’m already looking forward to re-reading it 🙂 I love your concept of Atlantis (I just finished ch. 3) and I can’t wait to finish so I’m off to read more. Thank You!

  7. This is beyond awesome. I discovered your work a few months ago and have since become one of the fangirls who checks for updates a few times a day. I haven’t commented before, only because I hate posting things like, “Yeah! Me too!” However, today I have to say that, yeah, this is causing me to loose sleep too! You rock, Keira:)

  8. Sweetie, appearantly you don’t sleep. Well neither do I now. Thank you for these. Going to read now. Probably won’t see my pillow until dawn. You rock total awesomeness. Night!

  9. Oh… You posted… off to read.

  10. Aw, thanks!

    It was both a privilege and a pleasure to be involved. I enjoyed every minute of it, and I continue to squee with unashamed abandon over the entire project.

    *doing the geriatric fangirl chairdance of glee*

    *throws my pom poms in the air*


    *dashes off to read it – AGAIN*

  11. I have been looking forward to this ever since you dangled the first glorious hints of this story in front of us. Once again, you have blown away any and all expectations I had for this story, and I couldn’t be more delighted. Ally is just awesome, Miko rules, and the touch of the Asgard coming to visit had me cackling (and since it’s 4 in the morning here, I was grateful my roommate was sleeping over elsewhere this morning). Thor has obviously picked up attitude from General O’Neill 😉 And I do thank Chris King for interfering and causing sex to be added – because all of it was HOT 😀 Thank you for posting this new story for all of your loyal *coughrabidcough* fans to read!

  12. Diva0789(Michelle)

    im going to have to read this again after getting some sleep, but on the first try i have to say that i am in LOVE with this series. I love sentient!Atlantis stories, one of the things i am absultely glad the writers got RIGHT was that they made the city like another character, not just a plot device or something similar…i only wish they had paid you to be a part of the group and expanded on some of the AI ideas that were breifly mentioned in a few of the episodes! LOL…….though im pretty sure the show would have not aired on syfy if that was the case………HBO or Cinemax come to mind……. 😀
    (For the record, i totaly would have watched all the gay sex with GLEE!)

  13. Wow, riches! I am saving it to read the whole lot at once – thank goodness I have tomorrow off work!
    I will be back to comment when I’ve devoured your latest – thanks so much for sharing!

  14. *gapes*

    How am I supposed to sleep now? Screw basic needs, Keira put Lantean Legend up! Who needs to sleep anyway…

    Maybe I could just take a peak at chapter one before I have a snooze…

    Thankyou, this will keep me veeeerrry happy for a while. Thanks so much Keira!!! You are so good to us.

  15. Augh, and I have to leave for work soon *pouts* Oh well, something good to look forward to when I get home. This is one time I REALLY wish I had a smartphone so I could read this at work.

  16. Aaaauuggghh! My first day back at work is this morning. There is no way to read all this before I go and if I start now I won’t be able to stop.

  17. Wow. You know, I woke up a little late, a little cranky, but then when I opened Outlook, and watched the updates scroll by, chapter after chapter, and seriously. How could I be in a bad mood? I’m a story junkie and a speed reader, but this is still a couple of weeks’ worth of happiness. Thank you! Damn. *is impressed*

  18. Well there went my plans for the day !!!
    Thank You!

  19. *SQEALLLLLLLLLLLLLL* I am so excited this is out and on a day I have nothing to do but read… You are wonderful!!!!!!!

  20. YAY!!! I am so excited just in time for my trip.

  21. I sat up last night until 4am reading this. It made me very very happy — that is until I came to the end and I had to stop reading… There are so many great things in the Lantean Legacy it’s hard to know where to start. I love Theseus & Ally. They are one of the best versions of sentient!atlantis that I’ve ever read and their living “children” ships are wonderful. I can’t wait to see more of Atlas and Ares. I’m quite curious to see the differences between the two generations and what that means for Theseus’ broadening concept of family as well as the fight against the Wraith (and perhaps earth?). I love the way you’ve contrasted the Lanteans as members of Theseus’ family while the Ancients were merely negligent and rather self-centered neighbors.

    I’m really looking forward to Elizabeth’s developing relationship with Teldy (yay! femslash!) and Teyla’s relationship with Bates. Wow is that original! I love seeing a nice!bates since it’s pretty unusual in fandom and I always feel sorry for him. I like your vulnerable!teyla although I look forward to her becoming more self-assured. Will Halling come crying back do you think? Somehow I don’t believe we’ve seen the last of him. lol. Oh and your Lorne is pretty wonderful. I had to laugh at the whole becoming space marines thing. Very funny! Please tell me Ronon will show up at some point. I really miss him. 🙂

    Anyway thanks for a wonderful read. I can’t wait until Book two!

  22. I got in from work and realised you’d posted. I’ve just finished the last chapter and suddenly realised I’m starving and should have eaten 3 hours ago!

    I love this story – and I can’t wait to see Landry’s reaction to the messages!

  23. I’ve read *every* story you have on here several times over and am actually feeling vaguely guilty for never telling you how truly awesome you are before now.

    You are. You really, *really* are.

    However, I’m trying to get fit to join the Navy (Royal not US!), and I totally blame you for me skipping my training today! 😛

  24. Yay got so excited when i checked my inbox and i had so many new updates. So have to wait til i get home to read but i am so excited.

  25. Keira, first I want to say I am actually honored to have read this. It was so amazing that I can only TRY to put into words what I felt. I actually started reading the story this morning shortly after you posted (approx 3:45am EST). I have an iPhone which I have set to alert when I receive email, so I actually woke up because of the multiple *dings* from my phone. Once I saw it was the first book from this arc I was immediately wide awake and proceeded to read. I was only just able to finish before throwing on (mismatching) clothing and dashing off to work. The story, of course, was in my mind the whole time.

    It was written so vividly and drew me in as if I was standing behind in the background when the characters were introduced *again* to Atlantis. And the scene where Theseus takes on human form was so brilliant that I felt a bit of goosebumps! I laughed and almost cried at some parts and also felt my own stomach heave when it was revealed the pain that the city felt during the two years. Like I said, very vivid.

    You are a very creative and wonderful writer, who has proven over and over and over again that you deliver 1000 percent. Your true fans, myself included who usually lurks, will always be here to cheer you on and act as support for the insanely stupid people who try to put you down.

    Thank you very much!

    PS…now I have to go read it again! 🙂

  26. salut whao je n’est qu’une chose a dire magnifique

  27. Yet another great fic (:

    I can’t wait for the next in the series! I couldn’t believe my inbox when I woke up this morning XD A perfect way to spend the day indeed. What a perfect ending to the book, too: very deep and inspirational~

    Now I shall wait impatiently on the edge of my seat for book two!
    Update real soon!

  28. wow! This book ate my day in the most fantastic way. Really I dropped everything to read it. Your mind is a wonderful thing and don’t ever believe otherwise!!

  29. Thank you ever so much for posting (and sharing.)

    Off to read.

  30. Three chapters to go and Ive got to be up in less in 5 hours to meet my gym buddy, will so be a zombie tomorrow but at least a happy one and will have somthing to look forward when I get home.

    Ally is fantastic:)

  31. Have I told you lately that I love you? No, I really do. I don’t even care that I just lost any chance of sleeping tonight. As always, it’s an honor and a privilege.

  32. Wow!
    Yet another series I love.
    The Avatars are terrific and I love them at this point I am left wondering who will be captain of the three children no Four with the baby Ares I mean John is so obviously the Captain of Theseus/Atlantis even if he is called General. I am sure they kids will want some imput into their own crew.

    They might just need to entice some more people from Earth to make up the numbers they need.

    If you ever get Jack and Sam and they have the gene therapy you might want to find a piccy of McGyver to show a de-aged Jack in many ways you have to think does Mini-Jack I mean Nathan really qualify as Jack any more, he was when Loki made him but then Thor fixed him and made his genome perfect so while a clone he was more a child I can see the reasoning of what Thor did and why he claims him as a Asgard child the Asgard reproduced by cloning but there would be a difference in making themselves a new body and making a child I would say a body gets the old essence/soul transfered from the old body and the child grows their own essence/soul after a certain time in my storied I have that as the time limit on the clones Loki made. I can also see why the memories from old-Jack were muted in Nathan as otherwise it wouldn’t let the new child form their own reactions and personality to any great degree other than what heir original had, in a weird way I can also see this as how the Asgard had take to educating the cloned children as I can’t see them as the type of Race who would raise a child from scratch once they worked out a way not to, they got rid of sex and sexual organs so getting rid of the messy raising a baby and educating them doesn’t suit their mindset either a baby is a big hunk of time and effort to raise right when you start from scratch.

    As I can say I love this series already and can;t wait for the next book.


  33. Oh Wow – I take 6 children to the seaside on my day off, drag myself into work this morning and this is my reward. I love you Keira and once I’ve read it I’ll let you know just how wonderful you are in detail.
    Hugs, Hxx

  34. I’ve just read through a stack of your comments in preparation to re-read this. You seem to be contributing to sleepless nights for a whole contingent of your fanbase. *grins* Don’t you feel proud?

    Just another quick note to let you know how much I love this. *totters off to re-read*


  35. The mark of a story or movie or TV episode’s awesome has, in my mind, always been my willingness to go back and read it again immediately after after finishing it. I finished reading Book One… and went right back to the beginning and read it again. And then I read it a third time. Several days later, I am now reading it for the fourth time. 🙂

    As usual, I love your work. You write beautifully, you keep your characters perfectly in touch with their portrayals on the show, and your one of the few authors whose work I read an think “The show would be so much better if this was canon.”

    Congrats, and I can’t wait for the next part!

  36. Love this story very much even though I really dislike Daniel/Vala pairing. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • See this is what happens when I decided to follow canon ;-). Going with the canon pairings in SG1 just seemed the route to go since Earth was so separate from the Atlantis story line.

  37. you keep coming out with more and more stories i love keep it up

  38. Onmy 4th or 5th rereding of this it occurred to me–will all the body modifictions, mind energy and longer life span make them more yummy to the Wraith or did sly Theseus somehow make them nasty tasting as part of the package?

  39. Having a site reread (another one, this is the only site I reread on a regular basis). Love the Lanteans, looking forward to seeing how it develops.
    Also reread, for the umpteenth time, Sentinels of Atlantis. Just such a satisfying read, John and rodney are fab in it, all the pairings are kick-ass, soft spot for Dean Bates & Graham Simmons!
    Hope you are healing and taking care of yourself.
    Thanks for the excellent writing.

  40. Wheeeeeewwwww… I love you. And I love this series. All the concepts are so freaking amazing, I don’t even know where to start. You truly have a superior creative mind, and I bow down to you in awe.

    That having been said, I was a little saddened by the Athosian’s decision to leave the expedition and hold on to their, frankly, rather intolerant believes. I never did understand bigotry.

    However, that does not take away from the fact that I adore the first book at all. I love that you put Danny on Atlantis, and that he took Vala with him. They are one of my favorite pairs. And the way the “second wave” in general came to Atlantis must be the single most amazing cloak-and-dagger endeavor I have ever read.

    I am really hoping the second book will come out soon!


  41. Just reread (again, I have no idea what number I’m on. Let’s go with Troll counting and say ‘Lots’) and god, this gets me *every time*. Cannot wait for the next book, I’m actually about to go track down the excerpt from book 3 because I need to know everything 😀

  42. Just reread another one of your awesome stories. Totally fangirling you hardcore.

  43. Hi I’ve read most of your stories and loved all of those that I read. I was wondering if you were thinking of continuing the Lantean Legacy – it was one of my favorites. Thanks – keep writing please, I really miss Stargate Atlantis and this is the only was I can get my fix.

    • There are five books in the series. I’ve written book 3 and 4 and part of 5. I have not, as yet, written book 2.

      • I will be waiting hopefully patiently for the continuation of the Lantean Legacy and again Thank you! for continuing writing about Stargate Atlantis. I admire the work that you do.

  44. This is the best SGA fanfic that I have ever read. I seriously wish that this is what had happened in the actual show, it would have been so freaking cool. Fantastic work, Keira!!!

  45. it won’t let me download the epub for this.

  46. Do you have a actor in mind for Gideon Moore? Assuming he’s an OC of yours, and not a canon character I’ve forgotten about.

    PS: Love this (as I do all your fic). Actually on a re-read right now.

  47. I must have read this at least 20 times and I still get tears in my eyes. Dang! Love your work, thanks for sharing.

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