Mission: Earth by RGFiz
Summary: This story takes up after Atlantis returns to Earth.
Categories: Fanfiction Characters: None
Genres: Action & Adventure, Angst, Future Fic
Warnings: None
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 11 Completed: Yes Word count: 36132 Read: 11392 Published: July 29, 2012 Updated: January 01, 2015

1. Chapter 1 by RGFiz

2. Chapter 2 by RGFiz

3. Chapter 3-PG 13 by RGFiz

4. Chapter 3 by RGFiz

5. Chapter 4 by RGFiz

6. Chapter 5 by RGFiz

7. Chapter 6 by RGFiz

8. Chapter 7 by RGFiz

9. Chapter 8 by RGFiz

10. Chapter 9 - Mission Revealed by RGFiz

11. Chapter 10 by RGFiz

Chapter 1 by RGFiz
Story: Mission: Earth
Author: RG Fiz
Status: In progress
Rating: M for future chapters
Disclaimer: The characters in the story are being borrowed and no profit is gained from their use

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General Samantha Carter looked at Walter’s panel and saw that it was SG-7’s IDC and told Walter to open the iris; moments later SG-7 along with a few people of the Diplomatic Corps were walking calmly down the ramp. One thing was very obvious to her and that was the tensed posturing by SG-7 and most importantly by Colonel Sheppard who gave her a look. She recognized that look and knew that he needed to speak to her so she welcomed everyone back and told them to report for their post mission exam. John did his best to hide his disappointed to General Carter until he was almost out of the gate room then she called out to him.

“Colonel Sheppard, I need to see you in my office now. The infirmary can wait,” she said in a very stern voice.

When John arrived at the General’s office she smiled up at him and asked him if she sounded mad because she was going for angry and hoped she had pulled it off. Suddenly the light mood changed as he stepped in the office and closed the door then took a seat in front of the General’s desk.

“Sheppard do you have something to tell me?”

“Yes ma’am I do but I would like to speak off the record for now and we can later make it official, if you don’t mind General,” he asked politely.

Sam nodded and called him John to show that this was a casual conversation between friends and she would take action if need be later.

“I’m not one to normally complain especially about anyone else but my team but this last mission almost turned into a disaster and for once SG-7 was not the one responsible,” he said softly.

“Why don’t you back things up and start at the beginning so I can get caught up to speed John,” she said with a smile.

John took in a big breath and blew it out slowly through his nose then he began to tell Sam about his problem, stating he could sum it up in two words, Lydia Schmidt and immediately Sam knew where this was headed but she remained silent and let John continue. John briefly informed Sam that he and his team had been on a team night out minus Teyla who was in the infirmary with a twisted ankle. He said they had been at Luigi’s Italian restaurant and as they were eating McKay noticed Schmidt and Thompson at a table towards the back and they were having not so quiet words. Since he was senior SGC personnel in the restaurant he went over to them and encouraged them to keep their voices down because they had began to speak about SGC business.

He stated that the next thing he knew minutes later Thompson is walking out of the restaurant and Schmidt goes running into the restroom. They stood by waiting to see what would happen and the next thing they know Schmidt had invited herself to join them for their dinner. John stated that she also helped herself to their bottle of wine so they ordered another and barely managed to each get a glass before Schmidt drank the rest of the bottle. Then Schmidt ordered several more drinks and somehow she and McKay got into some drinking contest with McKay barely winning.

They couldn’t leave Schmidt there and John said he knew about her reputation about attaching herself to men who casually help her so he called for Dr. Jennifer Keller to come and pick them up so she could supervise and keep the facts straight about the dinner. She drove all of them home and he only helped her carry Schmidt up the stairs to her apartment and stood at the front door the entire time. John said Jennifer dropped him off at home and he picked up his car the next morning after catching a taxi back to Luigi’s. Sitting forward in his chair and leaning in he started to say something else when Sam held up her finger to get him to stop.

She noticed movement out of the corner of her eye and spotted Lydia Schmidt standing by the stairwell trying to listen to what was being said. Just then Walter appeared and after speaking to her a few moments he motioned with his left arm the direction she was to travel which was down the stairs and away from Sam’s office. She smiled over at Walter and he nodded his head to her then followed after Ms. Schmidt.

“I see what you mean John, Walter just now caught Schmidt trying to listen in on our conversation. Now before you answer, I need you to think if you have ever done anything that she could misconstrue as inappropriate behavior and what has she done since your contact with her at the restaurant,” Sam asked.

John went on to explain that someone apparently gave her his private cell phone number and she has been calling him and leaving him sickly sweet messages and then the next minute she is yelling and threatening to cut off a certain piece of his anatomy that he would rather not loose. Leaning forward he showed her his cell phone and played some of the messages which seemed to shock Sam.

Minutes later John stood up from his chair and thanked Sam for listening to him and she assured him that she would take care of the situation then asked him to have his team come see her because she wanted to speak to them before the debriefing. John left the General’s office and was almost at the infirmary when Schmidt popped out of a hallway and grabbed his hand as he walked to the infirmary. John eased his hand out of hers moments later and continued walking to the infirmary and upon entering he walked over to Dr. Lam and asked if he could get his exam over with right now. She took the hint and took him off to the side to where his team was seated; he then informed the team that General Carter wanted to speak with them before the debriefing.

When the debriefing was over, General Carter contacted Dr. Samuelson, head of the Diplomatic Corps, asking him to join her in her office and then called Lydia Schmidt asking her to have a seat and wait for them at the table pointing to the table she had been seated at moments earlier. Meanwhile John quickly escaped down the stairs and to his locker where he changed out of his BDU’s and into his civvies.

An hour later, Dr. Samuelson and Lydia Schmidt were escorted to temporary quarters where they were restricted to the mountain until each of them had their mandatory session with Dr. Kennedy, the psychiatrist. All phone calls were to be monitored and their personal cell phones were confiscated to limit their access to the outside world. Sam was pretty sure that Samuelson would pass but she highly doubted that Schmidt would pass considering her recent behavior. Either way Samuelson would no longer be in charge of the Diplomatic Corps if he even continued working there and Schmidt she hoped would be given a ticket to the local loony bin as Jack commonly referred to the place.

Sam called John who was hiding out with Keller and McKay and gave him the signal that he would be free to do whatever he wanted this weekend because she was taking care of things on her end. Once John hung up the phone from Sam, he thanked Rodney and Jennifer for their hospitality and left for his house. During the drive John kept on going over and over in his head if he could have done something else to help Schmidt and her delusions but he knew no matter what he would have done it would have backfired.

As John walked into his house he noticed the pile of bills at the front door and started going through them when his cell phone rang. He checked the caller ID and saw “Victoria Weir” and suddenly he felt the ground figuratively fall out from under him. He had been meaning to call her for the last year or so but had never gotten around to calling her. John remembered the first time he went to see Victoria, it was to tell her that they declared Elizabeth dead then the next time he saw her was also the last time he saw Victoria which was after his father’s funeral. Another wave of guilt came over him because he remembered promising Victoria that he would check in on her and now he had abandoned her just as he had done to her daughter.

“Victoria,” he said into the phone.

“Oh John, I’m so sorry to call but I just…” she paused and sniffled into the phone.

Immediately John was on alert, he knew something bad had happened because Victoria Weir does not lose control of her emotions.

“Victoria, what’s wrong,” he asked.

“It’s Sedge…she’s…she’s gone. She was all I had…” then all that could be heard was Victoria softly crying.

“Victoria did you say that Sedge was gone as in run away or…you know,” he asked tenderly.

“I’m sorry John, I shouldn’t have bothered you. I’m just overly emotional today. Forget I called. I really am sorry,” then the line was disconnected.

John quickly called back but there was no answer and he kept on trying for the next few minutes as he got on his computer to find the first commercial flight to the DC area so he could go check on Victoria in person. He really begin to panic when two hours after he received the call he still could not contact Victoria on the phone. Luckily he was boarding his flight and in a few hours he would be there to help her in any way possible. He had violated his credo, ‘Leave no man behind’ but that was exactly what he did to Elizabeth and sentenced her to death. He was struggling to keep control of his emotions because he had once again left someone behind only this someone was Victoria Weir. All throughout the flight John continued to check his watch and when the plane finally landed he struggled to be one of the first off the plane.
Chapter 2 by RGFiz
Chapter 2


Upon landing John turned on his phone and immediately tried to call Victoria back but it went straight to voice mail and the more he called her number the more anxious he became. He hated waiting in line but that was going to be the only way he could grab a taxi out to Victoria's home, sure he could rent a car but he knew that would probably take even more time based on the long lines at the counters he passed on his way out of the airport. He hopped in the cab and promised a big tip if he got him there in less than 30 minutes so the taxi pulled away from the curb rather quickly.

When John pulled up to the house there was a light on in the living room so he knocked firmly and loudly on the door, listening for the approach of footsteps as he waited. He heard some shoes shuffling across the floor.

“Mrs. Weir…Victoria, It’s me…John Sheppard. Are you there?”

He could hear the chain coming off of the door and then slowly the door opened and revealed an elderly woman who had a sad but sweet smile on her face as she greeted her guest.

“John, what are you doing here? What is wrong? Is there something wrong with General O'Neill?”

“No Victoria, I came out here because you suddenly hung up on me after telling me about Sedge and then when I tried to call you back you never answered. Are you okay? Can I do something to help you,” John asked anxiously.

Tears started to well up in Victoria’s eyes as opened the door wider to allow John to enter and she gently patted his hand as he walked inside the large home. As John turned around he saw tears now falling down Victoria’s face and he was afraid that he might have frightened her or upset her even more so he quickly asked what was wrong. Victoria said that she was so ashamed of herself for even having called him but when she couldn’t contact General O'Neill she didn’t know who to call because she was feeling so devastated by the loss of Sedge. John apologized for causing her more anguish but he wanted to know if Sedge had passed on or if he was just missing.

“She’s…she’s gone, she’s gone John. She’s gone to be with Elizabeth,” she said as she broke down crying as she tried to hide her face.

John dropped his bag and pulled Victoria into his arms and just held Victoria as she cried. He knew that he was right to have gotten on a plane and come out her to help her through this, because he knew that she had now lost all members of her family. Victoria had been an only child and she married Elizabeth’s father, Edward and they only had Elizabeth. When Elizabeth left for Atlantis, Elizabeth had been with Simon who kept Sedge while she was gone but since Simon had gotten married his wife wanted nothing to do with Sedge so Sedge was returned to Victoria. John remembered General O'Neill had been very concerned for Victoria because she was an elderly woman with only her daughter’s dog left to keep her company in this world and now she didn’t even have Sedge the dog.

Minutes had passed before Victoria eased out of John’s arms and she immediately apologized to him for embarrassing herself like that in front of him. John smiled and said it had been a long time since he held such a beautiful woman that he didn’t mind one bit; making Victoria smile. The two walked into the living room where they sat and talked, drank some tea as they talked and remembered Sedge. Victoria reminded John of how odd it was for Sedge to come right up to him and to start loving on him like she did and the only other person she did that to was General O'Neill.

The two talked and Victoria showed John the last picture she had of Sedge as he was sitting in front of the house by the front door looking out past the camera, almost as if he was looking for someone else. It was almost midnight when they stopped talking; Victoria apologized saying she didn’t mean to keep him so long. John said he needed to get checked into a hotel which made Victoria ask where he was staying, John stold her that he wasn’t sure where yet but he would find one. Victoria stood up and said she would not let him go to some random hotel and insisted that he stay there at least for the night, putting him up was the least she could do since he rushed here to see her and it was the proper thing for her to do.

Victoria walked John up to the second level of the house and opened a couple of the bedroom doors only to find that none of them were ready to have someone staying in them because they had dust all over the furniture. She apologized to John stating that she had let go her staff a while back and closed off some sections of the house. Victoria stepped over to another door and said that the only room that she knows that is made up and ready is this room and she knows it is ready because she made up the room this morning; stating it was a form of therapy after loosing Sedge.

Victoria opened the door and he knew right away that this was Elizabeth’s former bedroom based on the way it was decorated. It was rather simple in decorations and only had a few personal items such as photos and a few other personal items in view. John looked to Victoria and started to say something when he noticed tears in her eyes again.

“If it bothers you Victoria I can stay in another room, it won’t take me any time at all to make up the bed in one of the other rooms.”

“Actually, I like the idea of you staying in Elizabeth’s room. From what General O'Neill told me, you were one of the last people to see her so in a way you have a part of her with you so in a way it is like she is back in her room,” she said with sweet smile.

Instantly he knew that he could not refuse such a generous offer, so John said he would be honored to stay in this room. He walked Victoria back down the stairs towards her bedroom thn double checked the doors and windows to make sure they were locked. He walked back up the stairs and got ready for bed. As he crawled in under the sheets he thought that he could still smell a touch of Elizabeth’s shampoo on the pillow but knew that the smell would have faded a long time ago; still it helped him to relax by thinking that way and soon he was fast asleep.

He wasn’t sure what exactly woke him up so he sat up in bed and listened to the sounds all around him but heard nothing. He started to lay back down on the bed when he heard what sounded like a dog barking he didn’t think too much about it at first but the sound of barking almost sounded as if the dog was playing and not barking at some stray cat. It stopped just as John was getting out of bed so he stood by the side of the bed in his gray USAF T-shirt and sweatpants listening again.

After a minute he figured that he must have been imagining things and started crawling back into bed when he heard the jingling of what he thought sounded like dog tags followed by a bark. He was up in a flash looking around and waiting for the sound to happen again so he could pinpoint where it came from so when he heard the barking again he went to the window because it sounded as if it was right under the window.

What he saw made him rub his eyes then he looked over at the clock and saw that it was 3:00am then looked back outside but now there was nothing out there. John stood there by the window looking all around but there was no sign of the dog or the woman he had seen playing with the dog. He knew that he must have imagined things because he could swear that he had seen Sedge and that Sedge was returning a ball to Elizabeth. He knew it wasn’t right because both Elizabeth and Sedge were gone and he thought maybe the suggestion that Victoria had made earlier about Elizabeth and Sedge being together had caused him to imagine what he saw.

John walked out of his room and checked the doors and windows making sure not to wake Victoria; having assured himself that everything was locked up tight he returned to bed. He wasn’t sure if it was the emotional strain of the day that was causing him to be so tired or if he was still recovering from jet lag, but either way he was asleep in minutes.

She was sitting on the edge of his bed smiling down at him as she brushed his hair to the side when John opened his eyes and blinked a couple of times and started to sit up in bed. She placed her hand on his shoulder to keep him from sitting up then smiled tenderly at him. John blinked several times then started to say her name but she put a finger to his lips to silence him and slowly he began to relax as she ran her fingers through his hair.

As she ran her fingers through his hair all worries slipped away and he enjoyed the feeling. She gently turned his head to the side so she could comb her fingers through the hair on the side of his head allowing him to glanced over at the clock on the nightstand. The clock read 2:49am and then the feeling stopped. He turned his head and saw that there was no one sitting on the side of his bed and when he turned back to the clock on the nightstand and the numbers changed from 2:47am to 2:48am. He quickly sat up in bed and looked around for any sign that someone was in his room but nothing seemed out of place.

Something was wrong but he couldn’t tell what was wrong, so he started thinking carefully about what had happened to him this evening. First he thought he was woken up by a barking dog only to see Elizabeth playing ball with Sedge but according to the clock on the nightstand it was 3:00am when that happened and it wasn’t even 3:00 at this time. Secondly he felt someone running her fingers through his hair and when he looked up it was Elizabeth sitting there and she put a finger to his mouth to shush him but according to the clock that happened at 2:49am but then she disappeared again. Yet right now the clock was just flipping over now to 2:50am, so did that mean that he had been dreaming all of this or was someone playing tricks on his mind. He felt the area where he had seen Elizabeth sitting but it was cool to the touch which meant that he must have been dreaming and he just now woke up.

John could feel a headache coming on but didn’t want to disturb Victoria so got up and walked downstairs to double check the doors as well as check the clocks in the house. The kitchen clock was a minute behind while the clock in the living room was a couple of minutes ahead of time. He made sure the house was secure then went upstairs to his bedroom and luckily he found something to combat the massive headache he was getting in the bathroom medicine chest. John swallowed a couple of pills then walked over to the bedroom window, looking outside for some sign of what he saw earlier but saw nothing so he climbed into bed noting that it was now 3:20am and he closed his eyes to go to sleep.

The sun was shinning in through the curtains in the room and John rolled over and saw that it was 7:00am and he felt as if he hadn’t gotten any sleep at all, but the smell of fresh brewing coffee got his attention so he quickly showered and came down the stairs. He found Victoria sitting at the breakfast table reading the paper and drinking a cup of coffee so he asked where the mugs were so he could pour himself some. Victoria started to get up but he told her to sit and relax and she said that she had to get started on breakfast anyway and asked him if eggs, bacon and toast were okay with him. John told her not to go to any trouble for him but Victoria reminded him that she had to eat breakfast too so it wouldn’t take much for her to cook a couple of extra pieces of bacon and cook a couple of more eggs.

As John was finishing his breakfast he noticed that Victoria had impatiently laid down the paper on the table and asked John to tell her what was wrong and for him not to lie to her because it was obvious that something was bothering him. John said that last night he just had some odd dreams that woke him up a couple of times; he made sure not to tell her about his dreams. The odd thing was that he usually didn’t remember his dreams but he certainly remembered them this time. Besides if he mentioned what he had been dreaming about he was sure he would end up upsetting Victoria even more so he told her that all he remembers is the dreams left him feeling unsettled.

After he finished breakfast Victoria took his plate and apologized again for making him come out to check on her but she said there was no need for him to do that at all. John said he had tried to call her repeatedly after she hung with him but she never answered the phone and he got very worried about her. Victoria’s eyes watered up and said she was sorry but it was all her fault and got up from the table. John felt like a heel, he had upset her again and it was never his intentions, he was never very good with handling emotional situations. A minute later Victoria came back into the dining room with a plastic baggie filled with the remains of a cell phone.

“I had just gotten out of a taxi that brought me home from the vet, I can’t drive myself any more you know; and stepped off of the curb after I hung up on you. I was about to walk across the street to my house and was a couple of steps into the street when I heard squealing tires and looked up and saw a car rapidly driving down the street towards me. I moved as quickly as I could and ended up dropping my cell phone and my purse in the street. The car drove over my phone but missed me,” she said with a slight blush on her face.

“Oh my god, are you okay Victoria? Why didn’t you tell me that you were hurt last night? Do you need me to take you to the doctor to get checked out,” John asked.

“No, no, I’m fine my neighbor helped me up and he is a doctor and he looked me over and no broken bones or anything but a few scrapes and bruises,” she said as she pushed up the sleeve of her shirt to reveal a bad bruise and some scraped skin.

John said he needed to get her a new phone so she can answer his call the next time he calls and insisted on driving her to the store. They got her a new phone and had lunch at a local place not far from the mall then a casual stroll through the park with Victoria pointing out a few things about the area to John. When they returned back to the house Victoria was obviously tired out and she said she was going to take a nap and told John he was welcome to stay the night if he wanted since he mentioned he wasn’t going back to Colorado until Sunday night. He thanked Victoria for the offer and said he would do that only if she let him help around the house a little. She said no she would manage and then went into her room.

John decided to take advantage of the situation and went outside and took a good look around the house, it could do with a bit of sprucing up. He looked at the front door and saw that it could use a touch of paint so he went out to the garage to see if there was any paint out there but all that was there was old dried up paint. John pulled out his phone and found the nearest hardware store that sold paint and went there and came back with some sandpaper to clean the door up before painting it.

It was after 6:00pm before John finally stopped and suddenly he became scared because he hadn’t heard a peep from Victoria all of this time. Fearing the worse he quickly cleaned his hands and went inside the house only to be met by a wonderful aroma of what he knew to be some type of beef cooking. He poked his head around the corner and asked Victoria what she was doing, startling her with his sudden appearance.

She told him that she was making him a pot roast with some vegetables and some rolls but he still had time to put things away then go upstairs and get cleaned up before dinner. When John returned to the kitchen he helped Victoria carry the pot roast to the dining room and they had a wonderful dinner, he said he hadn’t had such good cooking in a long time making Victoria blush slightly.

John tried to clean up after dinner but Victoria would only let him carry the dishes to the kitchen because she wanted to hand wash this china because her china did not go in the dishwasher. Of course John stayed in the kitchen and helped by drying the china and then helped put it away under Victoria’s very watchful eye. They talked a while longer before Victoria said it was late and she needed to get to bed and he bid her good night. That night John slept peacefully until he heard a blood curdling scream.
Chapter 3-PG 13 by RGFiz
Author's Notes:
This is a milder version of Chapter 3, my deepest apologies for not getting this up sooner. Sorry for the delay
Disclaimer: The characters in the story are being borrowed and no profit is gained from their use.


Chapter 3 PG-13 version

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John was out of his bed in a flash and out the bedroom door running down the stairs to Victoria’s bedroom. Briefly knocking, he quickly entered before she even had a chance to tell him to enter only to find an obviously shaken elderly woman desperately trying to catch her breath. He walked over to the bed and reached out for her hand to give her a sense of calm and security only when he extended his hand she moved further back on the bed avoiding any type of touch with him.

“Victoria, are you okay? I heard you scream and I thought someone might be hurting you,” he said with concern on his face.

It took a few moments as Victoria caught her breath and did her best to relax but still she hesitated in looking at John.

“It was just a bad dream, that’s all. Nothing to be concerned about,” she said.

“Do you want to tell me about it?”

“No,” she quickly retorted.

“Can I get you anything, some water, a tissue,” he asked.

“No, I just need to get back to sleep, that’s all,” she said as she pulled the covers higher up to her chest.

John said he was glad that she was okay stating he would be upstairs if she needed him the closed the door behind him as he exited her bedroom. He had seen a picture on Victoria’s night stand that Elizabeth must have given her mother; it was a picture of him and Elizabeth standing next to her car when they first returned to Earth. John had walked Elizabeth to her car as she prepared to leave the mountain and they talked about the interrogations they had just endured at the hands of the IOA although the IOA considered them interviews. Beckett had a camera in his hand and he had taken a snapshot of the two of them and told John to put his arm around Elizabeth. He remembered having a moment of weakness and hugging Elizabeth, he figured it was okay because she was involved with someone and besides that she would never care for someone like him, he was a shoot first ask questions kind of guy.

John lay back down in the bed then suddenly sat up, he just now realized there was a picture on the dresser bureau in the room; it was another picture of him and Elizabeth. They had been joking around with a group of expedition members while in Atlantis when someone said something very funny, he didn’t think it was that funny but apparently Elizabeth thought it was hilarious. She started laughing and was laughing so hard that Elizabeth started to fall off the table she had been sitting on. He was quick to reaction and grabbed Elizabeth to keep her from falling on the floor. Yet once she had her balance he kept his arms around her and was laughing right along with her and that was when Beckett struck once again, snapping a picture of the two of them. Seeing that the photo was prominently displayed made John realize that Victoria was probably so accepting of him because she believed that there was something between he and Elizabeth.

He didn’t want Victoria to get the wrong idea, he did care for Elizabeth but when she left he was just a member of the expedition nothing more. Sure he wanted to tell her that she was more than the expedition leader to him and that all of the times he would just happen to run into her were by chance, he would usually plan to run into her and his coincidently being at the same place were never really a coincident. Yeah he wanted to be more to her than her military commander but none of that mattered any more. He had waited too late and missed his opportunity to tell her how much she really meant to him. Now he would have to do his best to explain this to Victoria because he didn’t want her to think there was more between him and Elizabeth when there wasn’t and all the wishing he had done something about it didn’t matter any more.

John settled back into the bed and turned off the light and was asleep in a few moments. He could hear the sound as fingers scraped against his scalp as well as feel fingers going through his hair. Slowly he opened his eyes and there she was just like before sitting on the side of his bed only this time it was better. Elizabeth was wearing a red teddy that was very alluring to him and left very little to the imagination, although he had lots of imagination this surpassed most of his fantasies. This had to be a dream because Elizabeth was dead and besides that she never be this way with him, so John didn’t waste a moment of this fantasy and he reached out and touched her thigh and moved his hand up her leg.

The head massage intensified as his hand traveled up her leg over her hip then up to her waist. He loved the way she looked, so shy and naïve as if she wasn’t sure what to do next so he decided that he would show her exactly what he wanted. John pulled her down towards him; those wet lips looked too luscious to go un-kissed, so he pulled her down and gave her a mind blowing kiss which she eagerly returned. But this wasn’t what he wanted, her leaning down and kissing him, no he wanted her to be sitting up because he had other plans running through his mind and one involved the strap of her teddy slipping off her shoulder.

John slowly sat up as he continued kissing Elizabeth then moved towards her ear where he whispered how beautiful she looked and that red definitely looked good on her. He heard a muffled chuckle which was quickly replaced with a moan as he moved to the juncture of her shoulder and neck where he started sucking and biting on her skin. John could tell by the way she was moving that she was enjoying this so he bit and sucked a little harder knowing it would leave a mark. The idea of leaving a mark on Elizabeth to show that she was his excited him because it meant that he was marking her as his woman and although it made him seem primitive, she was stirring up his primal sex drive. As he was nipping at her, he felt her hand move over his crotch and she started to stroke him through his sweat pants.

Her kisses were driving him wild and all he could think of was him wanting more, more kisses, more hugging and a whole lot more Elizabeth. Things were progressing fast and although John wanted nothing more than to rip off Elizabeth’s clothes and have his way with her, he knew that this was a dream and once things started getting intimate he would end up waking up. It was the typical way of all of his sex dreams went but for some reason he wanted this to last longer and to be more intense. Sure he had sex dreams about Elizabeth but right now the way that she looked was beyond what he had ever imaged about her and considering he had such a vivid imagination he was shocked.

After what still seemed to John to be too short of a period of time Elizabeth orgasm and called out his name which brought on his orgasm but what shocked him was his calling out her name. She held onto him holding him in place but he knew that he would be heavy on her so he rolled over to the side of Elizabeth so he wouldn’t squash her.

When John rolled over to the side he didn’t hesitate a moment in pulling Elizabeth up against him then kissed her forehead as he still struggled to gain his breath. He knew they would get cold as soon as the sweat on them dried so he pulled the cover up with his free hand and holding Elizabeth close to him with his other. This was better than he ever imagined and who knew that she would be such a snuggle bunny. Her breathing quickly evened out and he knew she was falling asleep so he relaxed and decided to let sleep take him too. John was just on the brink of sleep when he though he heard her whisper in his ear, “I love you.” At hearing this he fully relaxed and tried to whisper it back but sleep overtook him before he could finish saying he loved her.

When John awoke up he alone in his bed dressed in the same clothes he went to bed in meaning that it was all just a dream but it was one hell of a dream. John got up, showered and was started coming down the stairs when he overhead Victoria and realized that she was talking to someone on the phone.

“Belize! Oh Harold you know I’ve always wanted to go to Belize,” Victoria said then paused as she listened to the caller. “Tomorrow?” she exclaimed. “Of course my passport is valid,” she said then waited a few more moments. “No, I have company, a former co-worker of my daughter he just came by to see if I was okay. No that was General O’Neill; this is the man my daughter used to work with. No he wasn’t her boyfriend, he was just…he was the man who told me that Elizabeth was dead. What? No not today, maybe we can meet up in a couple of days,” Victoria stated.

Just then John decided to make a little bit of noise as he came down the stairs to let Victoria know he was up but didn’t let on that he had overheard her phone conversation. Walking into the kitchen he grabbed a cup and poured only a half cup of coffee and looked over at Victoria as she got off the phone.

“Sorry, I didn’t mean to interrupt your phone call. Ah Victoria, unfortunately I have to cut my visit with you short. I just got off the phone with my boss and there is a bit of an emergency going on at the base and I’ve been recalled immediately. I’m sorry about that, I would like to help you through the loss of Sedge but,” John said.

“I know, I know, duty calls. Ever since Elizabeth started working for the Government I’ve heard that phrase too many times so I understand. Are you leaving today?”

“Actually I barely have enough time to finish my coffee and pack my bag and then I really do have to leave Victoria, I’m so very sorry to have to do this to you,” John said with sadness in his voice.

An hour later John was backing out of the Weir driveway on his way to the airport, he hoped that he didn’t delay Victoria from meeting up with her man friend, Harold. Knowing that she would be occupied by this man meant that she wouldn’t be focusing on the loss of Sedge and it would keep her from being so sad. At least now John could go back to Colorado with a clear conscious that he helped make a difference even if all he did was give a few moments of comfort. By the time he boarded his flight back to Colorado he had began to feel happy about what he had accomplished, sure all he did was paint a door but he helped Elizabeth’s mother through a rough patch.

Monday morning John strolled into the briefing room and found General Jack O'Neill and his daughter, Grace O'Neill, sitting in the briefing room while General Carter was having a meeting with Colonel Felix. John wanted to find out if General Carter had any new information about what happened to Lydia Schmidt but more importantly he hoped that Lydia would be getting the help she needed.

“Hey Sheppard, based on your looks I would guess that you had a great weekend, I hope it wasn’t with anyone working here,” Jack said half jokingly.

“No sir, nothing like that but there was a woman involved,” John replied.

“Well I hope you were at least careful,” Jack said with a smile.

“Ah come on General, it’s nothing like that, I was with Victoria this weekend,” John stated.

“Victoria? Victoria who? You know never mind, at least you know her first name.”

“It isn’t like that. You know her, Victoria as in Victoria Weir…Elizabeth’s mother. Come on I know you know her, you used to visit her when you lived in D.C.,” John said as he shook his head at how General O'Neill was teasing him.

“Sheppard, what do you mean Victoria Weir, that’s not possible.”

“Actually it is possible and I was there. Victoria had called me; she was upset about Sedge dying so I just flew out to her place and was there all weekend. I painted her front door and then some guy named Harold invited her to go to Belize so I left,”

“No I mean it is impossible Sheppard, none of that could have happened,” Jack said.

“Why do you keep saying it isn’t possible, I was there,” John said with frustration in his voice.

“Trust me when I say it is impossible and I’ll tell you why. Number one reason is that Sedge disappeared shortly after Elizabeth was declared KIA; it devastated Victoria Weir. Secondly and most importantly Victoria Weir died a year ago, just about the time that Atlantis came to Earth,” Jack said with a touch of anger in his voice.

“What? Are you sure?”

“Her dog disappeared and we assumed it died or was run over. As for being sure about Victoria, yeah I’m sure because I was at her funeral. So the bigger question is what happened to you this weekend because you sure as hell weren’t with Victoria Weir,” Jack stated.

“But I was there, I painted her front door,” John said.

“You can account for all of your time this weekend,” Jack asked.

“Yes sir, every minute,” John stated.

“Sheppard I think you need to report to the infirmary for some tests. Head down there right now and I’ll notify Sam.”

A few hours later the tests were all being run so while they waited to hear the results of the test, Jack started asking more specific questions and details of John’s weekend. John started with when he got the phone call from Victoria and pulled his phone out of his pants looking through his call list, he checked it twice but he couldn’t find her name; this didn’t make any sense to him. He knows that he got a phone call from Victoria and even remembered the time on the phone but still his phone showed no record of the call.

Jack asked John if he was sure it was Victoria Weir and John said he was sure because the caller ID showed her name yet when he checked all he could find was the listing of ‘Elizabeth’s Mom’ and a phone number which he read out loud to Jack. Jack pulled out his phone and said that was an old number and that Victoria had changed it shortly after the death of Elizabeth. So John asked the question out loud; how could his cell phone show that the call came from Victoria Weir when he didn’t have a listing for her and the only number was listed as Elizabeth’s mom and it was an old number. This didn’t make one bit of sense.

“I know this looks weird but I tell you that I did speak with Victoria and I saw her. I have the airline receipts at home to prove it too. Oh and I also spent my nights in Elizabeth’s old room. As a matter of fact I remember a couple of photos that Elizabeth must have given her mom of when she was in Atlantis, of course it didn’t say Atlantis but I recognized the location in the photos.”

“Well we definitely have a problem Sheppard. After Elizabeth died Victoria only kept pictures of Elizabeth as a little child and she pad locked Elizabeth’s room, refusing to let any of her staff to go in there. I think losing Elizabeth was the last straw because Victoria showed rapid signs of dementia shortly before she died. I’m sorry Sheppard but Victoria Weir wasn’t in her right mind when she died over a year ago.”

Just then Dr. Lam walked up and handed Jack her clipboard showing the results of the tests he specifically requested. He asked her if she was sure and she said that she double checked the results and said it wasn’t recent but the tests confirm his suspicions. Jack looked up at Sheppard who looked more confused than before and stated he needed to talk to Sam.

Jack picked up the phone, "Sam is the Hammond in orbit? Is Beckett still in place? Good, have the Hammond beam Colonel Sheppard and myself to Atlantis right away,” he stated then hung up the phone. “Sheppard front and center," Jack ordered.

John got off of the bed and stood by General O'Neill and a few moments later they were both beamed out of the SGC.
Chapter 3 by RGFiz
Author's Notes:
This chapter is the reason for the M rating. If you do not like reading this type of writing please stop now, I will be putting in a lighter version up soon and it will be below the M rating. Thanks for your understanding.
Disclaimer: The characters in the story are being borrowed and no profit is gained from their use

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Chapter 3

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John was out of his bed in a flash and out the bedroom door running down the stairs to Victoria’s bedroom. Briefly knocking, he quickly entered before she even had a chance to tell him to enter only to find an obviously shaken elderly woman desperately trying to catch her breath. He walked over to the bed and reached out for her hand to give her a sense of calm and security only when he extended his hand she moved further back on the bed avoiding any type of touch with him.

“Victoria, are you okay? I heard you scream and I thought someone might be hurting you,” he said with concern on his face.

It took a few moments as Victoria caught her breath and did her best to relax but still she hesitated in looking at John.

“It was just a bad dream, that’s all. Nothing to be concerned about,” she said.

“Do you want to tell me about it?”

“No,” she quickly retorted.

“Can I get you anything, some water, a tissue,” he asked.

“No, I just need to get back to sleep, that’s all,” she said as she pulled the covers higher up to her chest.

John said he was glad that she was okay stating he would be upstairs if she needed him the closed the door behind him as he exited her bedroom. He remembered seeing a picture on Victoria’s night stand that Elizabeth must have given her mother because it was a picture of him and Elizabeth standing next to her car when they first returned to Earth. John had walked Elizabeth to her car as she prepared to leave the mountain and they talked about the interrogations they had just endured at the hands of the IOA although the IOA considered them interviews. Beckett had a camera in his hand and he had taken a snapshot of the two of them and told John to put his arm around Elizabeth. He remembered having a moment of weakness and hugging Elizabeth, he figured it was okay because she was involved with someone and besides that she would never care for someone like him, he was a shoot first ask questions kind of guy.

John lay back down in the bed then suddenly sat up, he just now realized there was a picture on the dresser bureau in the room; it was another picture of him and Elizabeth. They had been joking around with a group of expedition members while in Atlantis when someone said something very funny, he didn’t think it was that funny but apparently Elizabeth thought it was hilarious. She started laughing and was laughing so hard that Elizabeth started to fall off the table she had been sitting on. He was quick to reaction and grabbed Elizabeth to keep her from falling on the floor. Yet once she had her balance he kept his arms around her and was laughing right along with her and that was when Beckett struck once again, snapping a picture of the two of them. Seeing that the photo was prominently displayed made John realize that Victoria was probably so accepting of him because she believed that there was something between he and Elizabeth.

He didn’t want Victoria to get the wrong idea, he did care for Elizabeth but when she left he was just a member of the expedition nothing more. Sure he wanted to tell her that she was more than the expedition leader to him and that all of the times he would just happen to run into her were by chance, he would usually plan to run into her and his coincidently being at the same place were never really a coincident. Yeah he wanted to be more to her than her military commander but none of that mattered any more. He had waited too late and missed his opportunity to tell her how much she really meant to him. Now he would have to do his best to explain this to Victoria because he didn’t want her to think there was more between him and Elizabeth when there wasn’t and all the wishing he had done something about it didn’t matter any more.

John settled back into the bed and turned off the light and was asleep in a few moments. He could hear the sound as fingers scraped against his scalp as well as feel fingers going through his hair. Slowly he opened his eyes and there she was just like before sitting on the side of his bed only this time it was better. Elizabeth was wearing a red teddy that was very alluring to him and left very little to the imagination, although he had lots of imagination this surpassed most of his fantasies. This had to be a dream because Elizabeth was dead and besides that she never be this way with him, so John didn’t waste a moment of this fantasy and he reached out and touched her thigh and moved his hand up her leg.

The head massage intensified as his hand traveled up her leg over her hip then up to her waist. He loved the way she looked, so shy and naïve as if she wasn’t sure what to do next so he decided that he would show her exactly what he wanted. John pulled her down towards him; those wet lips looked too luscious to go un-kissed, so he pulled her down and gave her a mind blowing kiss which she eagerly returned. But this wasn’t what he wanted, her leaning down and kissing him, no he wanted her to be sitting up because he had other plans running through his mind and one involved the strap of her teddy slipping off her shoulder.

John slowly sat up as he continued kissing Elizabeth then moved towards her ear where he whispered how beautiful she looked and that red definitely looked good on her. He heard a muffled chuckle which was quickly replaced with a moan as he moved to the juncture of her shoulder and neck where he started sucking and biting on her skin. John could tell by the way she was moving that she was enjoying this so he bit and sucked a little harder knowing it would leave a mark. The idea of leaving a mark on Elizabeth to show that she was his excited him because it meant that he was marking her as his woman and although it made him seem primitive, she was stirring up his primal sex drive. As he was nipping at her, he felt her hand move over his crotch and she started to stroke him through his sweat pants.

John reached up between them with his hand as he began to fondle Elizabeth’s breast, her teddy was so sheer he could feel her tit through the material. She gave a throaty moan and leaned into his touch. Using his fingertips he started making ghosting circles on her breast, starting along the outer edge and working his way inward in a spiraling motion, always keeping his touch light. Elizabeth tried to move so his hand would brush across her nipples but John adjusted his touch so he avoided touching her nipple, he wanted to draw out his teasing.

Obviously frustrated by his teasing, Elizabeth grabbed his hand and placed it directly over her nipple then whispered “better” in his ear. She then licked the outer rim of his ear and lightly bit the lobe of his ear before attaching her mouth to the spot just behind the lobe of his ear where she started licking, sucking and biting him. John shuddered as she nibbled on him and just as he was about to say something he felt her hand grasp his hard dick through his sweat pants and she intensified her strokes.

“So I’m guessing that you like that,” she said.

“Oh yeah,” he mumbled.

He knew her actions end up leaving a mark on his neck but he didn’t mind, as a matter of fact he felt damn proud that he would be sporting a hickey by Elizabeth, it was like a badge of honor and one wanted to display proudly. Elizabeth moved a bit lower on his neck and started nipping on his skin but when she gave a good tight squeeze on his cock, he knew that he had to take control back from Elizabeth or this would be over too quickly.

John lifted Elizabeth’s head from his neck and kissed her softly then pulled back every so slightly inviting her to kiss him, she turned her focus now on kissing him. A moment later John felt Elizabeth’s tongue touch his lips and he eagerly opened his mouth to allow her access. It was quickly evident that Elizabeth had a talented tongue and he wasn’t just referring to the different languages she spoke, she was driving him crazy with her kisses and tongue, so crazy that he wanted to push her down on the bed, rip off her hot red teddy and then fuck her until they both collapsed.

However, he knew if he did this then everything would all be over too soon, so mustering all his reserve control he started gently massaging her shoulder until she started moving it in a seductive way. His fingers glided under the strap of her teddy and he moved them back and forth edging the strap ever closer to the edge of her shoulder until it slipped off of her shoulder. Pulling back he saw the shy smile Elizabeth was giving him so he returned to kissing her and repeated the same action on her other shoulder until both straps to her teddy were hanging on her upper arms but still her breasts were covered in the very, very sheer red teddy.

He leaned back to admire Elizabeth but his fantasy wasn’t complete, he wanted to see her bare breasts and the teddy was not letting that part of the fantasy come true. So John reached up and pulled the string on the bow that held the teddy together and the sheer teddy now fell down around Elizabeth giving John an unobstructed view of Elizabeth’s beautiful and perky breasts with nipples just begging to be sucked on. Based on how Elizabeth was leaning towards him he knew that was exactly what she wanted him to do and John would never refuse anything that Elizabeth wanted so he leaned forward and proceeded to suck greedily on her breasts, first one side then the other side then repeated the action and started nibbled on her nipples.

He felt the waistband of his sweats being pulled out and Elizabeth’s hand started to go down his pants but he grabbed her hand to still her actions.

“Easy now… we’re not going to rush this,” he said with a lustful look in his eyes.

“John…Please,” she begged.

John went back to sucking on her tits when he felt and heard her breathing change to short rapid breaths followed by a gasp. He wasn’t sure of it so he stopped and looked at Elizabeth seeing her flushed in the face and there was an almost dazed look in eyes which made John smile.

“Enjoyed that huh,” he said with a smirk.

“How did you…I mean did you…how could you tell,” she said smiling shyly.

“Your breathing and the way your body reacted were a tip off,” he said.

John eased Elizabeth back onto the bed and moved onto his hands and knees over her in a predatory fashion then leaned down and kissed her tenderly then started kissing his way down her body. He moved from her mouth down her neck, between her breasts, coming close to the outer edge of her both of her breasts before moving down to her tummy stopping just above the waistband of the sheer panties that matched the teddy he had earlier removed. John ran his tongue just under the edge of the waistband the moved to one side of her body and put his hand between her upper thighs and spread his fingers. Elizabeth eagerly spread her legs open for him and John crawled in between her legs keeping his eyes focused on her eyes the whole time.

Still watching her, he lowered his body gliding his nose until he had reached the apex of her legs where he inhaled deeply; her scent was intoxicating to him. He focused his eyes on the area of her pussy, sticking his tongue out and licking up and down the edge of her panties and did the same thing on the other side of her panties. Seeing her legs shiver made his smile grow bigger, he was the one responsible for doing this to the woman he had fantasized about for so long. His nose brushed against the sheer material of her panties at her opening, he could feel the wetness through her panties from her earlier orgasm and couldn’t resist sticking out his tongue and licking her panties to get a taste of her. Elizabeth bucked at the touch and he wanted to reassure her with a look but she held his head firmly in place.

John kissed her covered entry again then slowly moved his kisses back up her panties until he had reached the waistband of her panties. He couldn’t wait any longer and while he was kneeling between her legs he lifted her left leg up and across his chest so it against her right leg then grabbed at the top of her panties and started pulling them down. Elizabeth immediately knew what he wanted to she lifted her hips making it easier for him to remove her panties which he quickly tossed off to the side of his bed. He then lifted Elizabeth’s left leg bringing it back across his chest so that he was once again kneeling between her legs and she was now fully exposed to him. Never in his wildest fantasies had he ever gotten this far. Here she was waiting for him to do what he wanted to her.

His cock was bouncing inside his pants as he stared down at her, he would use it soon but right now he was hungry and Elizabeth was the feast. Lowering his whole body his nose touched her clit and she jerked slightly, then he stuck out his tongue and swirled it around her clit and she started squirming on the bed. He put his arm across her lower abdomen and then guided his tongue down to her center where he touched the outer edge of her entrance and stroked it a couple of times with his tongue. John then released his hold above her abdomen and placed his hands on her hips and pulled her closer to his waiting mouth where he began his feast on her. He was hungry and her bucking and squirming were only exciting him more, Elizabeth’s hands seemed to pull him tighter into her and he grabbed her more firmly around her hips holding her there as he ate her out. He could feel the trembling began and very quickly he felt her orgasm hit with her clamping down on his tongue that was inside of her.

“Oh god…John!” she screamed. “More, I want more John. Fuck me John, oh god just fuck me,” she said as she struggled to calm down from her rather intense orgasm.

John paused and quickly to remove his sweat pants before he started crawling up her body, kissing his way up when Elizabeth sat up when he reached her tummy and grabbed his head kissing him deeply. She pulled him with her as she lay back down on the bed until he was hovering over her.

“Fuck me John make me feel complete. Fuck me now,” she gasped.

Ever since he ate her out his cock had begun to weep, it was obviously ready to share in the pleasure that the rest of the body was receiving. John positioned his cock at her entrance and touched her outer lips, testing to see if this was what she really wanted.

“Please John,” she begged.

Looking her in the eye he smiled at her as he shoved his cock as deep as he could in one thrust into Elizabeth. She gasped as he dove deep into her then held still for a few moments allowing her to adjust to him. He started moving pulling almost completely out of her but her walls grabbed at him to keep him inside then he rammed back into her and repeated this using a slow strong rhythm.

Minutes later he heard her whisper, ‘faster…deeper,” Elizabeth said between her gasps so John did just as she requested and picked up his speed and did his best to go deeper. After a few more deep thrusts he heard it again, she called out his name then she clamped down on her and he could feel it vibrating through her muscles, he felt this down to his core and a moment later his orgasm hit and he growled out her name. He knew in a flash that this was the most intense orgasm he had but what made him feel even better was knowing that Elizabeth was breathless and clinging to him as if she would never let him go. It was a great feeling to have her holding onto him but he knew that he had to get off of her or he would squash her.

John rolled over to the side and didn’t hesitate a moment in pulling Elizabeth up against him then kissed her forehead as he still struggled to gain his breath. He knew they would get cold as soon as the sweat on them dried so he pulled the cover up with his free hand and holding Elizabeth close to him with his other. This was better than he ever imagined and who knew that she would be such a snuggle bunny. Her breathing quickly evened out and he knew she was falling asleep so he relaxed and decided to let sleep take him too. John was just on the brink of sleep when he though he heard her whisper in his ear, “I love you.” At hearing this he fully relaxed and tried to whisper it back but sleep overtook him before he could finish saying he loved her.

When John awoke up he alone in his bed dressed in the same clothes he went to bed in meaning that it was all just a dream but it was one hell of a dream. John got up, showered and was started coming down the stairs when he overhead Victoria and realized that she was talking to someone on the phone.

“Belize! Oh Harold you know I’ve always wanted to go to Belize,” Victoria said then paused as she listened to the caller. “Tomorrow?” she exclaimed. “Of course my passport is valid,” she said then waited a few more moments. “No, I have company, a former co-worker of my daughter he just came by to see if I was okay. No that was General O’Neill; this is the man my daughter used to work with. No he wasn’t her boyfriend, he was just…he was the man who told me that Elizabeth was dead. What? No not today, maybe we can meet up in a couple of days,” Victoria stated.

Just then John decided to make a little bit of noise as he came down the stairs to let Victoria know he was up but didn’t let on that he had overheard her phone conversation. Walking into the kitchen he grabbed a cup and poured only a half cup of coffee and looked over at Victoria as she got off the phone.

“Sorry, I didn’t mean to interrupt your phone call. Ah Victoria, unfortunately I have to cut my visit with you short. I just got off the phone with my boss and there is a bit of an emergency going on at the base and I’ve been recalled immediately. I’m sorry about that, I would like to help you through the loss of Sedge but,” John said.

“I know, I know, duty calls. Ever since Elizabeth started working for the Government I’ve heard that phrase too many times so I understand. Are you leaving today?”

“Actually I barely have enough time to finish my coffee and pack my bag and then I really do have to leave Victoria, I’m so very sorry to have to do this to you,” John said with sadness in his voice.

An hour later John was backing out of the Weir driveway on his way to the airport, he hoped that he didn’t delay Victoria from meeting up with her man friend, Harold. Knowing that she would be occupied by this man meant that she wouldn’t be focusing on the loss of Sedge and it would keep her from being so sad. At least now John could go back to Colorado with a clear conscious that he helped make a difference even if all he did was give a few moments of comfort. By the time he boarded his flight back to Colorado he had began to feel happy about what he had accomplished, sure all he did was paint a door but he helped Elizabeth’s mother through a rough patch.

Monday morning John strolled into the briefing room and found General Jack O'Neill and his daughter, Grace O'Neill, sitting in the briefing room while General Carter was having a meeting with Colonel Felix. John wanted to find out if General Carter had any new information about what happened to Lydia Schmidt but more importantly he hoped that Lydia would be getting the help she needed.

“Hey Sheppard, based on your looks I would guess that you had a great weekend, I hope it wasn’t with anyone working here,” Jack said half jokingly.

“No sir, nothing like that but there was a woman involved,” John replied.

“Well I hope you were at least careful,” Jack said with a smile.

“Ah come on General, it’s nothing like that, I was with Victoria this weekend,” John stated.

“Victoria? Victoria who? You know never mind, at least you know her first name.”

“It isn’t like that. You know her, Victoria as in Victoria Weir…Elizabeth’s mother. Come on I know you know her, you used to visit her when you lived in D.C.,” John said as he shook his head at how General O'Neill was teasing him.

“Sheppard, what do you mean Victoria Weir, that’s not possible.”

“Actually it is possible and I was there. Victoria had called me; she was upset about Sedge dying so I just flew out to her place and was there all weekend. I painted her front door and then some guy named Harold invited her to go to Belize so I left,”

“No I mean it is impossible Sheppard, none of that could have happened,” Jack said.

“Why do you keep saying it isn’t possible, I was there,” John said with frustration in his voice.

“Trust me when I say it is impossible and I’ll tell you why. Number one reason is that Sedge disappeared shortly after Elizabeth was declared KIA; it devastated Victoria Weir. Secondly and most importantly Victoria Weir died a year ago, just about the time that Atlantis came to Earth,” Jack said with a touch of anger in his voice.

“What? Are you sure?”

“Her dog disappeared and we assumed it died or was run over. As for being sure about Victoria, yeah I’m sure because I was at her funeral. So the bigger question is what happened to you this weekend because you sure as hell weren’t with Victoria Weir,” Jack stated.

“But I was there, I painted her front door,” John said.

“You can account for all of your time this weekend,” Jack asked.

“Yes sir, every minute,” John stated.

“Sheppard I think you need to report to the infirmary for some tests. Head down there right now and I’ll notify Sam.”

A few hours later the tests were all being run so while they waited to hear the results of the test, Jack started asking more specific questions and details of John’s weekend. John started with when he got the phone call from Victoria and pulled his phone out of his pants looking through his call list, he checked it twice but he couldn’t find her name; this didn’t make any sense to him. He knows that he got a phone call from Victoria and even remembered the time on the phone but still his phone showed no record of the call.

Jack asked John if he was sure it was Victoria Weir and John said he was sure because the caller ID showed her name yet when he checked all he could find was the listing of ‘Elizabeth’s Mom’ and a phone number which he read out loud to Jack. Jack pulled out his phone and said that was an old number and that Victoria had changed it shortly after the death of Elizabeth. So John asked the question out loud; how could his cell phone show that the call came from Victoria Weir when he didn’t have a listing for her and the only number was listed as Elizabeth’s mom and it was an old number. This didn’t make one bit of sense.

“I know this looks weird but I tell you that I did speak with Victoria and I saw her. I have the airline receipts at home to prove it too. Oh and I also spent my nights in Elizabeth’s old room. As a matter of fact I remember a couple of photos that Elizabeth must have given her mom of when she was in Atlantis, of course it didn’t say Atlantis but I recognized the location in the photos.”

“Well we definitely have a problem Sheppard. After Elizabeth died Victoria only kept pictures of Elizabeth as a little child and she pad locked Elizabeth’s room, refusing to let any of her staff to go in there. I think losing Elizabeth was the last straw because Victoria showed rapid signs of dementia shortly before she died. I’m sorry Sheppard but Victoria Weir wasn’t in her right mind when she died over a year ago.”

Just then Dr. Lam walked up and handed Jack her clipboard showing the results of the tests he specifically requested. He asked her if she was sure and she said that she double checked the results and said it wasn’t recent but the tests confirm his suspicions. Jack looked up at Sheppard who looked more confused than before and stated he needed to talk to Sam.

Jack picked up the phone, "Sam is the Hammond in orbit? Is Beckett still in place? Good, have the Hammond beam Colonel Sheppard and myself to Atlantis right away,” he stated then hung up the phone. “Sheppard front and center," Jack ordered.

John got off of the bed and stood by General O'Neill and a few moments later they were both beamed out of the SGC.
Chapter 4 by RGFiz
Author's Notes:
Sorry no spoilers for now
She watched him from the window as he walked out to his taxi then turned and waved to her, so she waved back at him and smiled; she was showing that she was okay and he needn’t worry about her any more, she would be fine. The taxi pulled out of the driveway and drove down the street before she left the window then walked upstairs. In his bedroom she stripped the bed dumping the sheets off the second floor balcony to the first floor, then put fresh linens in place and removed all of the photographs in frames and other personal items from the room then went downstairs where she did the same thing to her bedroom. The sheets from the two beds were gathered and she took them out to the backyard where she placed them into the large barbeque pit and started piling some broken branches and leaves on top of the sheets and after giving a quick squirt of charcoal fluid to the pile she set the contents ablaze. As she watched the flames she felt as if it was freeing her from any feelings of him, she had to move on just as he had done.

She picked up the waste basket that she had placed the pictures and personal items from upstairs and started going through them, removing the photographs from the frames and tossing the frames into the trash as well as the alarm clock from his room. She gathered the things from her bedroom and started going through them, removing most of the photos from their frame except for the wedding picture, that she wanted to keep in the frame because the frame had been a special gift. She went through the rest of the house making sure to remove all personal items including the items in the two wall safes which were added to her box that she would be keeping with her.

Most of the personal items had already been packed up and only a few items had been left out because she knew she would not be around much longer. The few items left in the house were placed in the box by her high wingback chair and she sat down to relax. This was the end, she was the last of her family alive and now that her time here was short it made her wonder if she really needed all of these items as she gazed into the box. Staring into the box her thoughts began to wander taking her back to times of when some of the pictures were taken and the importance of each of the pictures.

A voice in her ear brought her out of her dazed state and she sat straight up in the chair looking around to take in her surroundings. It was no longer the bright afternoon, the sun had set based on darkness in the room. Again a voice was heard in her ear and she raised her aged and shaking hand to her ear.

“I’m ready,” she said as she slowly started to rise up out of the wingback chair.

A bright light surrounded her and in a flash the light dissipated with no sign of Victoria Weir and the box that had been by her were also gone. Aboard the Aetos Dios in private quarters a bright light appeared and when it dissipated there stood Elizabeth Weir with a box beside her and she was quickly greeted by her favorite girl, Sedge. She gave Sedge a couple of good rubs behind the ear and then went about changing into her uniform then headed up to the bridge with Sedge following behind her.

As she walked up onto the bridge the crew acknowledged her and she asked them to activate the screen. When the screen came on she spotted her friend, Carnath, whom she had left in charge of the force in the Pegasus Galaxy.

“Good to see you Elizabeth, I have some very good news,” Carnath said with a smile.

She smiled back and asked him to tell her the news. He stated that their group has captured two Wraith Queens and most of their soldiers in the hive ships that the Queens had been traveling. Elizabeth asked how the Queens were doing and Carnath said he put them in stasis pods because they continuously screech at him and he did not want to cause any harm to their voice and smiled. She asked about the crew and he stated they are keeping the crews of the hive ships separate to avoid any problems and for now things seem good for the moment. Carnath had learned that things don’t always go as planned so he always had a contingency plan which was a good idea especially when dealing with the Wraith.

“Thank you very much for the update Carnath. The Aetos Dios will be returning to the Pegasus Galaxy shortly while others here will continue with their mission. Please contact the people on the list that I’m sending you; they will comprise the Judging Council which will meet on the planet listed and it will be the council who will determine the fate of the Wraith Queens,” Elizabeth said.

“Fair winds and following seas and long may the Aetos Dios big jib draw,” Carnath said with a smile. Sure he knew that there was no big jib, on the ship, as a matter of fact there were no sails on any of their ships but he learned this quote which was said to ships as a type of blessing to for their journey.

“Thank you Carnath, we will be joining you soon,” Elizabeth said with a smile.

The transmission ended and Elizabeth turned on the intercom for the ship.

“This is Weir, we have received word from Carnath that they have captured two Wraith Queens and we will be returning to the Pegasus Galaxy sooner than expected. Mission heads please meet me in the conference room while your teams prepare for departure.”

Elizabeth left the bridge and made a quick stop for Sedge’s benefit and then put Sedge back in her room before heading to the conference room. When she arrived she noticed Chuck standing outside of the room as if he was waiting for her and she gave him a nod indicating that they would speak after the meeting. She entered the room with Boran and Chuck following her in and when she sat down the meeting started.

“As you may have heard Carnath has been successful in capturing two Wraith Queens as well as the crew from the hive ships,” she said noticing the smiles on their faces. “I’m going to join Carnath in the Pegasus Galaxy and we will hold what I hope will be the first of many Judging Council meetings and hopefully we will just sit over it to make sure that all sides are given a fair chance to present their case to the council. I have faith in you all and know that you will be successful in your mission,” she said as she looked at each of them and gave them a small smile. “However, I would prefer that you have several backup plans just in case something goes wrong and you know how many times we’ve seen weird things happen so it never hurts to be prepared.” She then turned to Elanta “Elanta, although I will not be there for this part of the mission I have the utmost confidence in you and know that you and your team will do just fine.”

“We are ready and should things go bad, we have several failsafe plans and all have precautions so we will not be detected,” Elanta said with a slight smile.

“That is wonderful to hear Elanta,” she said with a big smile and then she turned to Chuck. “Is your team ready Chuck?”

“We’re ready Elizabeth and yes we have several backup plans in case one or all of us are discovered and I’m positive that we will be successful,” he said with confidence.

Elizabeth thanked them all for their hard work and apologized again to them for the last minute change but they said they understood stating they realize it would be the first time to make their presence known in the Pegasus Galaxy. She wished them luck and with that wish the meeting was over, Elanta and her next in command exited along with Sheila, Chuck’s second in command leaving Chuck who remained in his chair.

“You have a good poker face but I can still tell that things didn’t go quite as planned, did it,” he asked.

“No they didn’t. I don’t know what I was expecting but I guess I didn’t think it would be this hard,” Elizabeth replied.

“Let me guess, that is the last time that you will return to Earth, right,” he asked without expecting a reply. “But you are planning to be here when we complete our mission, aren’t you,” he asked again.

“Yes to both questions Chuck. It is my last visit to Earth, there is no reason for me to return to Earth except to be in orbit at the end of your mission,” she said with a smile.

They stood up and left the conference room and as they were walking down the hall Chuck told Elizabeth that she could call him any time she needed someone to talk to and reminded her of his disastrous last visit or at least it would have been his last visit if not for this mission. He smiled as he told her that at least on this mission he would not have to worry about running into any family or friends because of this mission. Elizabeth thanked him for his offer to talk and said that once things slow down she may take him up on that offer and smiled at him before they parted.

As the teams formed up to transport down to Earth, she spoke with them thanking them for taking on this vital mission and once it was done they would be taking a step in a new direction. She wished them all luck then the room was filled with a bright light and when it dissipated, all of the team members were gone.

She turned to Boran who always seemed to be by her side and told him that it was time for them to leave here and join up with Carnath and asked him to make ready the ship. When Elizabeth arrived on the bridge everything was prepared for the jump, taking one last long look to admire Earth from orbit. Earth was the place where she was born but it was no longer her home.

“Break orbit,” Elizabeth said. Moments later Earth’s size appeared smaller she told her navigator to set course for the Pegasus Galaxy where Carnath was waiting for them.

In a flash the Aetos Dios left Earth behind and jumped into hyperspace for the Pegasus Galaxy and as they left Elizabeth mentally told him, ‘Goodbye’, she would never see him again.
End Notes:
The 'Aetos Dios' is the name of the ship, she decided that she was tired of things being named after tragedies so she chose Aetos Dios which is messenger of the Zeus.

Chuck is Chuck is Chuck Johnson from Atlantis, his story will be revealed later as well the other names mentioned in this chapter.
Chapter 5 by RGFiz
Author's Notes:
John learns things are not what they always seem to be.
When General O’Neill and Colonel Sheppard rematerialized they were in the infirmary of Atlantis and were immediately led over to an isolated area by armed guards who then locked the pair into an isolation room and they watched the medical personnel getting into their Hazmat suits. Once Dr. Beckett entered the room he asked who was first and General O’Neill said he would prefer to go first, so he went over to the scanner bed and laid down waiting for the scanner to pass over his body as the guards armed their weapons prepared to shoot if things went wrong. Carson advised the General that he was clean and John walked over to the scanner bed, waiting a few steps away so not to risk possibly infecting the General. Once clear, John got up on the scanner a bit apprehensive about what the scan would reveal.

There were so many thoughts running through John’s head as he lay under the scanner but one thought was prevalent, if Victoria Weir was dead then where was he this weekend. He knew he took an airplane from Colorado Springs to Dulles but didn’t have the airline ticket with him it was back in his flight duffle bag. Other thoughts were flying through his head making him wonder just who he spent the weekend with and then it occurred to him, whoever he had been with was making him dream or believe he had seen Elizabeth and had sex with her, he knew it wasn’t right. All of those images had implanted into his mind probably to distract him so they could extract some other information, but what were they after? He didn’t have any special secrets and if the object was gate codes then they must have known that the SGC would change them right away, so why him and why use Elizabeth because he knew she was dead. It just didn’t make any sense to him.

His thoughts were interrupted by Carson who told him the scan was over and he too was clear and neither of them had any nanites in their system and he doubted if they would because last he remembered they were not programmed to go into people with the ATA gene.

“Well I’m sure that they weren’t originally designed to re-write someone’s mind but they were trying to do that when Dr. Weir was infected with them,” O'Neill said with a stern look on his face.

“That may be true General but Elizabeth did not have the ATA gene so the nanites might have considered her and her body something to be reprogrammed,” Carson said after removing his Hazmat helmet. “Sheila will you please go put this away for me,” he said as he handed his helmet to one of the nurses.

John noticed that she looked at him but not in a way that showed that she was attracted to him but more one of curiosity and then she smiled sweetly at Carson and left with the helmets. John was used to women looking at him and of course he checked out women but the way she looked at him was different and he was beginning to wonder about it until General O’Neill got his attention. John then realized that the General had been talking on his cell phone and he hadn’t heard a word of it, his mind was elsewhere so when the General said his name he did his best to cover up the fact that he wasn’t listening when the General was speaking.

“Now that I have your attention again Sheppard, I just got off the phone with General Carter and she is in agreement with me that for now you should be kept in isolation until we can sort this out,” he said with a grim look on his face.

“What? Come on General, isolation? Can’t you just keep me from going off world or something like that? Anything but isolation sir, please.”

“I know it sucks Sheppard but until we can sort this out we need to keep you out of reach of who ever it is that probed your mind,” Jack replied.

“Well if it has to be isolation why not keep me here on Atlantis, I could help them figure out some of the equipment here and,” he was saying before he was interrupted by the General pulling him aside.

“Sheppard, that’s not possible,” the General stated.

The sad but the look on John’s face indicated that he would need more of explanation so the General stepped around a corner and John followed the General down the hall until he was sure that no one else would overhear them.

“Atlantis is only being manned by personnel involved with the deconstruction of Atlantis and only those persons are allowed to be on the ship,” General O’Neill stated in a way that left no room for questions.

“So we’re tearing it apart,” John whispered with shock evident in his voice.

“I don’t like it any more than you do and believe me when I say that I fought the IOA about it but apparently I was in the minority. Unfortunately I didn’t have a little grey alien to use as an ace up my sleeve since the Asgard are gone now. The IOA are planning on learning how this place operated and hope to combine it with Asgard technology and of course they state that it will only be used to on ships to protect Earth.”

He saw the look in John’s eyes but the look he gave John in return showed that this was a sore subject with the General.

“I’m not done fighting yet Sheppard so don’t give up the ghost just yet.”

“If you don’t mind me asking sir, what is going to happen to Carson, Ronon, Teyla and her son? Are we just going to leave them here stranded on Earth,” John asked in his lowest most controlled voice.

“I’m working on to remedy that situation and soon they will need to make a choice of where they want to live but we’re not at that stage just yet. But for now Sheppard you are grounded and are being transferred out of the SGC because someone knows your routine and was able to get to you so for your safety as well as that of the program you are going to be temporarily reassigned and let me stress that this is only temporary. General Carter is getting someone to gather up some stuff from your apartment and it will be sent to your new location.”

“Sir, there should be an airline stub showing my flight number and airlines in my flight duffle and a receipt from my parking at the Springs airport. At least that’s a place to start on this mystery,” John said.

The two men walked over to the main room where the Stargate and control room were located and there was a look of pain in both of the men’s faces as they looked at what was remaining of the once lovely Atlantis which is now apparently only good for spare parts thanks to the IOA. John looked over at the General and told him this made him sick to his stomach and he couldn’t believe what idiots the IOA were to strip Atlantis. O'Neill’s face softened as he turned to speak to Sheppard.

“They’re all a bunch of political idiots who have their heads so far up their ass they will never be able to see daylight again. Their main concern about Atlantis is only people with the ATA gene can fully control this wonderful city which means that they can’t put one of their puppets in command and I believe that is why they are stripping the city. If they think that they are going to get their hands on Asgard technology or information they are in for a big disappointment because it contains the downloaded information and it was given to us not the IOA. I’ll be damn if I ever let them have that information,” Jack said through gritted teeth.

Thankfully the pair was interrupted by the Hammond who advised they were ready for transport. A light engulfed them and they each went their separate ways away from a dying city.
Chapter 6 by RGFiz
Author's Notes:
Things are happening in the Pegasus Galaxy.
MISSION EARTH - CHAPTER 6

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There was no reason for her to be anxious about Carnath’s return but until he arrived safety back on base and advised her that his mission was completed she would not feel at ease. Yet as she was reassuring herself of this mentally Elizabeth realized that she had not been able to make any headway on her translation work which was beginning to frustrate her. As she was thinking this she noticed the nervous glance that Boran had given in her direction as he walked to yet another table, it was the second or third time he had gone back and forth from a few tables so she knew that something was disturbing him. Looking up from her notes, Elizabeth motioned for Boran to come and join her.

“Boran, you’ve been walking back and forth and seem quite anxious, is there something that I can help you with,” Elizabeth asked with a gentle smile.

“I do not mean to bother you but something has come up and I do not know how to respond,” he said.

“Boran, you know that you, all of you can always come to me when you have a question or when something is bothering you. So what can I try to help you with,” she asked.

“Well, I,... I mean we have some questions,” Boran said very meekly.

“I don’t know if I will have an answer to all of the questions but I will try to answer…” she was interrupted by the quick movement of about 10 other members who suddenly were around her table.

“Oh my,” she said surprised at the anxious looks on the members’ faces. “I’m sorry if I didn’t make myself available to you all earlier. So what questions do you have for me,” Elizabeth asked.

Immediate questions were being spoken by all of the people who were around her table and she was feeling dizzy from trying to look at the person asking the questions and nodding her acknowledgement of their question. She held up her hand and they immediately stopped talking and looked at her.

“I know there are a lot of questions so bear with me but I can only focus on one question at a time. Who wants to ask the first question,” she said with a smile.

“Why were the members of the Judging Council so angry and hostile towards each other” was asked by Goril who was standing in the back of the group.

Elizabeth smiled as they parted so that Goril could make eye contact with her, he is usually quite shy so she was happy to see him speaking out. She looked to Boran, who was like her right hand man and saw that he too was smiling. As she was about to answer the question she felt almost as if she was back in college only now she was the professor and these were her students. Oh sure they knew a lot more about math and science because they were once Replicators but now they were biomechanical beings, who had retained their knowledge but had little understanding of humans. Elizabeth could only hope that she was setting a good example for them because she would hate the idea of her corrupting them with her human faults.

She started out by saying that she would do her best to answer the question and that she would be drawing on her experience from negotiations she handled in the past on Earth and they all nodded their acceptance. Elizabeth said that often when people are summoned as the Judging Council was, they are cautious and look for deception in the meetings. The Council did not know what criteria was used to select them and since it was not their idea for the Council they each wanted to appear the most important member of the Council which is why they argued and bragged about their feats.

Someone asked, why the Council members became hostile towards them and why were they to act like simple servants to these people. Elizabeth explained that in her life she has noticed that people tend to ignore or disregard people who are servants and this is often the best way to learn about people which is why she too played the role of a servant. There is a second reason they were each asked to play the part of a servant and to be mute, it is because when they see that you are mute they tend to think you are not intelligent so they will reveal more.

Someone asked if they were spying on the Council and she replied that in a way they were and it was because they would let down their defenses and reveal their true nature and it would show how humans react in some situations. She asked them to use their nanites to disguise themselves so they would not be recognized in their true form should they ever be on any planet that Council members lived on or were visiting. The questions went on and on for about an hour as she tried hard to explain things then Boran cleared his throat and the others were silent.

“When we finally interceded, why did you disguise your voice and appear as a bright ball of light before them,” Boran asked.

“My disguise before the Council was to remind them that they were invited to be members of the Council at our invitation and that we were the ones who captured the Wraith. When I mentioned if a decision was not reached soon about the fate of the Wraith Queens and their Hive ships, the Queens and their crew would be released to go about their way. The Council members seemed upset about this but note that they did not take much action to decide the fate of the Queens until I advised them that the Wraith Queens had asked for the home worlds of the Council members. I informed the Council that if no decision was reached I would be obliged to reveal this information to the Queens,” Elizabeth said.

“Would you have given the Queens the information,” Olan asked with a look of panic on his face.

“No rest assured that I would not have given the information to the Queens nor was it my intentions to ever release the Queens and their ships,” Elizabeth said.

One of the group asked if she was trying to scare the Council members and she smiled stating that on her world there is a card game that they play called ‘Poker’ and sometimes the winner is the person who bluffs the best. She said by bluffing the Council into believing that the Queens would be released because of their indecision and would then be free to hunt them, it made them remember the reason for the gathering of the Judging Council.

Boran had noticed Elizabeth yawning a few times and then realized that the sun had been high in the sky when they first started asking questions of Elizabeth and now the sun had long since set and that all of them, especially Elizabeth needed to rest. He had seen the toll hosting the Judging Council had taken on all of them but Elizabeth worked even harder than him in trying to keep peace among the Judging Council and it kept her from sleeping very much. Sure they all needed sleep now that they were bio-mechanical but Elizabeth was mostly human with nanites in her system to repair her brain from when the Asurans attacked Atlantis. Just then he noticed her yawning again and he raised his hand and waited until the group became silent.

“We have talked for many hours and I know that there are many more questions to be asked but perhaps it would be best if we had time to think about what we have learned and to share our knowledge with others who were not here. However, now since we are part ‘human’,” (stressing human since they all wanted to be closer to humanoid than mechanical machines), “we too need sleep. Let us all get some rest and another time we will all talk again,” Boran said with a smile.

They all agreed and many of them noticed how Elizabeth seemed to be more tired than most of them, so they thanked her for her insight and left the dining area. Some of the crew would share the information with other members, some would report to work and others would sleep on it but each of them went away assured that Elizabeth would help them in their quest to be more human and to understand human ways.

As the others cleared the room, Boran stood by Elizabeth’s side and offered his arm to Elizabeth so he could escort her to her quarters. She gathered her notes and smiled as she took Boran’s offered arm and walked out of the dining room towards her room. When they reached her quarters he told her to rest and that he would contact her when he heard from Carnath because he knew that she wanted to be there for his return. Elizabeth leaned over and kissed Boran on the cheek and thanked him for his kindness then turned and walked into her room.

Boran had learned that the kissing on the cheek was a way of endearment that humans sometimes use to express their gratitude. He also knew that Elizabeth did not do this frequently and from what he remembered about her stories about her Atlantis crew, she would do this with some of her best friends which made Boran proud to be considered a good friend of Elizabeth.

A few hours later Boran was advised that there was a transmission from Carnath which he took and he asked Carnath to slow his progression back to base so that he could give the information first hand to Elizabeth. Carnath smiled and said that he would contact him in a few hours and hopes that Elizabeth has a good sleep.

Two days later after Carnath had returned to base and was rested, he along with Boran walked by Elizabeth’s side as they went down to the holding cells for one of the hive ship crew members. They were immediately greeted by snarling and hissing sounds from the Wraith.

“Who is in charge of this group,” Elizabeth asked.

“My Queen is in charge but why wait, come closer and I will show you who is in charge,” one of them hissed.

“What do you want,” was said in a deep voice from someone in the back.

Immediately the other Wraith parted the way as one of the Wraith stood there with his hands clasp in front of him as he started at the trio. It was obvious to Elizabeth and her staff that he was the Wraith that they needed to speak to, so Carnath asked him to come forward so they would not shout at each other. Slowly the Wraith moved forward to the front of the holding cell until he was standing alone by the front of the force field and the others had stepped back away from him.

Carnath motioned for this Wraith to step forward but he hesitated then a smaller force field surrounded this Wraith allowing him to step out of the larger force field. Elizabeth asked him to please follow her and the four of them walked out the door.

They walked half way down the hallway when Elizabeth walked to a room where the door opened and went inside followed by Boran, the Wraith and Carnath then the door closed and locked behind them. Elizabeth took a seat at the table and her companions joined her and she motioned for the Wraith to have a seat at the table but before he could say anything the light from the force field disappeared. He stood there for a moment obviously thinking over his options when Elizabeth spoke up.

“I thought you might like to be free to move so it will allow you to focus on what is being said and not the confinement of force field. However, please do not be fooled into thinking that you are free to flee this room. There is a force field around this room to keep you from escaping and any attempt to attack us would be futile as is trying to feed on us because it would bring about your very painful death,” Elizabeth said in a calm manner.

“Why have you separated me and where is my Queen,” the Wraith asked.

“Is there a name by which we may call you,” Carnath asked.

“Joe, I would like to be called Joe. I believe that your people had a habit of giving us Earth names Dr. Weir,” the Wraith said with a smile.

“Joe, it is a good name. You are of course referring to Colonel Sheppard who worked with Dr. Elizabeth Weir the leader of the Atlantis teams. I am not her though I have taken up her appearance since I have some of her memories,” Elizabeth calmly stated.

“So you are a machine, it is no wonder that you were able to capture my Queen’s ship. Now tell me where my Queen is and do not lie,” he said angrily.

“Your Queen is dead. She was found guilty by the Judging Council for crimes committed against various worlds, many of those worlds represented on the Council,” Carnath stated.

“You lie,” Joe hissed.

“He speaks the truth,” Elizabeth stated. “After she was found guilty she was given a choice of life in an altered form on a primitive planet or death.”

“Why would my Queen chose death? I find this to be a false tale,” Joe almost shouted.

“As I stated before, the life the Queen was used to would be dramatically changed. She would be biologically altered so she would have to carry her young within her until it was born and then she would expel it but she could only carry one offspring at a time. Your Queen refused to be altered and demanded to be put to death and told us to do it right or she would hunt us down and feed upon us,” Carnath stated.

“What gives you the right to try and change our bodies,” Joe stated as he slammed his fist down on the table. Much to his surprise he did not even dent the table.

Elizabeth explained that they have been studying the different life forms in this galaxy and they have learned about the Wraith. She asked Joe if he knew that originally the Wraith were humans or humanoids and that many derived from the race of Ancients. She said when some of Ancients were also infected by the Iratus bug and began to transform into Wraiths, the Ancients wanted to reverse it to help their own people return to their original state but they were unsuccessful.

The Ancients learned that the female Wraiths were dying because they could not expel the egg clusters they were conceiving and the hybrids growing inside her were devouring her from inside her body and when she died so did the hatchlings. The Ancients were only mildly successful in helping this problem, they changed the beings so they could expel their egg clusters which would then be tended to by non-egg bearing Wraith women and the men.

Joe was growling as the warped history of his kind was told by these machines. He hated that they had learned the truth about the Wraith which they must have discovered in the data banks of the Queen’s ship. Each queen would always carry a part of history with them so when they made a home world their own and would always have their history with them.

Carnath told Joe that if his Queen had chosen to live then she would have been altered back to the original state of Wraith with one exception, she would only have one egg a month and the gestational period would be eight to ten months and then she would give birth to a young Wraith would be dependent on the Queen for life for six months. After that time her cycle would begin again and she could again conceive.

“You have no right to try and change us, you are not our creator,” Joe stated as he stood up knocking his chair backwards.

“Then know this Joe. If we had placed the Wraith Queen down on this primitive planet picked out then she would have died at the first if not the second laying of her egg clusters. We know that she is weak a month before she lays her egg cluster and she is weak for another month during which time she provides life to them. The planet where she was to be sent has creatures that eat Wraith and actively seek out any Wraith. The scent a queen gives out prior to the laying of her cluster is so overwhelming enticing to many creatures of this world that would do anything to find her and even if she could hide for a short period of time, there are many other creatures on this world that like the taste of Wraith eggs and would seek out her eggs,” Elizabeth stated.

“So then why send her to this world,” Joe asked.

“The world is quite primitive as we informed you and there are creatures that live for thousands of years. There a Wraith could live for many thousands of years by feeding off of these creatures, yet your Queen turned it down and demanded to be put to death rather than try and rebuild her empire on the primitive world,” Boran stated.

“How did she die,” Joe asked.

“A gas was let into the force field chamber that surrounded the queen and she went to sleep and then her body shut completely down. She was taken to a place where her body was burned and her ashes were gathered up and placed in a missile casing which was launched into a sun where all traces of her were destroyed,” Elizabeth stated.

“So why have you separated me and what is it you want of me,” Joe asked.

Boran informed Joe that he was to take the choice of life or death back to his crew members and they would be allowed to choose their fate. He then said that they would leave him alone so he could think about what he has been told. As they were walking past Joe, he turned and spoke to them.

“You know we attacked your home world and the queen who led the attack is quickly laying egg clusters so she can take over the Milky Way Galaxy,” Joe said with a smile.

“The woman who I resemble may have come from Earth but that is neither my home world nor my galaxy. Actually the Wraith were stopped and all hive ships were destroyed before they could get close enough to that world to attack,” Elizabeth stated.

The trio then walked out of the room leaving Joe alone with his thoughts. Once a short distance away Boran asked if she was okay and she said that she was fine. Elizabeth said she knows for a fact that the Atlantis Expedition flew Atlantis back to Earth and combined with other Earth ships they defeated the Wraith attack. She said that what she said was true, Dr. Elizabeth Weir was born on Earth but she was not Dr. Weir any more, she was just Elizabeth, a part of new race in the Pegasus Galaxy.
End Notes:
I thank you for sticking with this story. I know it has been a long time but I've changed the direction it has taken at least 3 times. I believe I'm back on track again. Thanks again for your patience.
Chapter 7 by RGFiz
Author's Notes:
Surprises by the Wraith have consequences that affect the group.
**** signals moving to another location
Chapter 7

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Elizabeth was working on her translation work for an hour when she was advised that Joe was ready to return to the rest of his crew and discuss their options with them. Joe asked how long they would have to make their decision and was advised that they would have until the next morning when they would individually poll the crew and ask them which fate they have chosen. Joe asked how much of what he was told about his queen could he tell the others and Boran said that he can tell them whatever he believes they can handle and it is his decision. As they got ready to enter the holding cell they paused and Joe held his hand up and so they hesitated before turning on the force field.

“I still believe that you are Dr. Elizabeth Weir and not the mechanical beings that tried to hunt us down but your secret is safe with me,” he said calmly.

“Believe what you want, it will not change anything. I will give you until tomorrow morning to discuss this with your crew before we ask them individual what fate they will chose,” Elizabeth stated.

“You have done a courtesy to me so allow me to repay one to you. Take care as you remove the others from the force field because many will be angry at the fate of our Queen and will seek revenge on all of you. As for me I thank you for allowing me this little bit of freedom, it is a humane thing to do and only proves to me that you are Dr. Elizabeth Weir,” Joe said with a smile then turned around and waited for them to turn on the force field before they walked into the room where they were holding the other Wraith.

The trio then went to the other holding area where the other Queen’s hive ship crew members were being held. One came forward immediately when asked who will speak for the crew and he was led out of the holding area and down a similar hallway. Once they released the force field on him in the locked room he immediately leaped over his table and lunged at Elizabeth. She easily ducked down so as he started to sail over her then stood up and grabbed his neck as he passed over her squeezing his neck tightly. You could say that he lost all color in his face but he didn’t have any color in his face to begin with, so she just held him up in the air by his throat as he continued to try and get his hands on her chest to feed upon her.

Immediately sensing the danger her nanites attacked the Wraith traveling out her body and into the body of the Wraith who then started screaming in pain. Elizabeth tossed him off to the side of the room where he only struggled and squirmed for less than a minute before he lay dead with a contorted look of pain on his face.

Carnath looked at Elizabeth and asked if she was okay and she said she was fine but she was ashamed of how slowly she reacted and how it meant the death of that Wraith. Boran said she was not slow and Elizabeth corrected him stating that if she had been faster than she would have had the force field around him before he even jumped past his table. They could not believe what they were seeing, Elizabeth was crying but they were not sure why she was crying so they asked her why she cried.

“I’m not really sure why I’m crying. I think the reason that I’m crying is because I took a life, I’ve been a woman of peace all of my life and the fact that his death was by my hand it makes me a bit afraid of my own power,” she said as she tried to control her crying.

“I believe that it shows that your humanity is still in place Elizabeth and that you do not disregard life but instead feel sympathy and sadness for the one who attacked you,” Carnath stated as he put his arm around Elizabeth’s shaking shoulders.

Boran exited the room; he knew that as a military leader Carnath would be better at helping Elizabeth with this death. She is still human with the nanites in her system that make her strong, fast and very agile, yet he could not feel but a bit proud that she was able to defend herself and did not depend on them to protect her. She reacted faster than he and Carnath did and he was amazed that she never seemed out of control during the entire attack and now with her showing such deep regret, he only hoped that one day he could be as compassionate as her.

Several minutes later Elizabeth had composed herself and thanked Carnath for helping her through this and then they called Boran back into the room. As they walked out of the room Boran suggested they leave the body of the Wraith in the room so when they speak to the next person he will understand that they are in control and can harm the Wraith. He said that for too long the Wraith had no one fight against them and believed that they were in control of this galaxy so the body will remind them that we are not to be trifled with and smiled. Elizabeth smiled at him and said it looks as if he has been doing some reading and he said he downloaded a few thousand books on line the last time they were on Earth.

The trio entered the holding cell and asked if there was another who wished to hear what they had to offer them when several of the Wraith asked what happened to the other who left with them. Elizabeth looked directly in their eyes and said that she killed him when he attempted to attack her and stated if that is all they wish to do then she would just kill them and be done with them and not allow them to choose their fate. Most of them started hissing in anger at her when one in the back yelled for them to be silent and immediately the ones in the front parted allowing the one who spoke to come forward.

“I hope he died well,” the Wraith hissed. “I will hear what you have to say human and if it is not to my liking then I will kill all of you and we will feast on the rest of your people.”

“If you wish to hear what the choices for your fate then please say so and if not then we will kill you and allow another to hear what choices your kind is being offered,” Carnath stated. “Now step forward if you wish to listen to our proposal.”

The Wraith stepped forward and they followed the same procedure as before and as Elizabeth was releasing the force field in the locked room, she pointed out the Wraith lying dead on the floor with his face showing that he died a painful death. She said for now she will release the force field so he can focus his attention on what is being said instead of escaping because one touch from them would mean a painful death to him.

Carnath informed the Wraith the fate of his Queen and what his choices would be but unlike Joe, this Wraith did not ask any further questions and said he would tell the others in his crew but she should expect that they will follow the fate of their Queen. He was then returned to his crew and they were advised that in the morning they would remove the Wraith one by one and asked what fate they chose.

That night Elizabeth found that she cried herself to sleep only to be awoken several hours later by the urgent need to throw up, so she rushed to her bathroom and released the contents of her stomach into the toilet. Several minutes later she managed to calm down and brushed her teeth and did her best to get some rest but it was anything but a restful sleep for her. The next morning as she started to eat her again when she felt the urge to vomit and she rushed out of the dinning hall and ran outside of the building where she ran towards a few trees to hide her throwing up.

Several of the others had seen this and were concerned but Boran calmed them down and said that he would go and check on her and left the room only to be stopped at the door by one of the women who offered him a glass of water and said that Elizabeth might need this. Not understanding why Boran took the water and left the building walking in the same direction they had seen Elizabeth flee moments ago. He could hear that she was still sick and so he patiently waited for her to start walking towards him and offered her the water.

“I see that taking the Wraith’s life has affected you deeply, would you like for Carnath and I to conduct the interviews,” he asked.

After rinsing out her mouth several times, Elizabeth patted Boran on the arm and said no she needed to be there when they made their decision and that she would be alright. They sat down on a bench outside of the doors and he allowed Elizabeth to compose herself before they walked back into the building and met up with Carnath in the hall outside of the first holding cell. Carnath said that the chambers have been prepared and asked if she was ready and she nodded that she was so they entered the holding area.

As the decision was made, the Wraith would enter into a chamber where he would be put to sleep no matter what he chose. If he chose to live out his life on the primitive planet then once he was asleep he would be placed in a holding area until they transported him to the planet. However, if the Wraith chose to join his Queen, then they too were put to sleep in the chamber only he would never wake up and would later be given a lethal gas to kill him then later cremated with his ashes sent into a sun.

Much to her surprise Joe had chosen to be the last one, asking her to please speak with the Wraith in the other room, surprised them but he stated that he could sense the others in another holding cell. Elizabeth decided to grant him his wish and they then moved to the next holding cell. Almost the entire Wraith in the second group chose to join their Queen with only three scientists choosing to take a chance on the primitive world, thus bringing them back to Joe.

When Joe was taken to the room he asked how many of his crew chose the primitive planet and was advised that only six chose to live and the others chose to join their Queen. He asked about the other captives and she said only three scientists chose to take their chances on the planet and he smiled, stating it will be good to have men of science with their group. Elizabeth asked if that meant that he was choosing the primitive planet and he said of course he was so she asked him why.

“I chose the planet because it would give us a chance to return back to our roots of hunting and being hunted as we once were,” then smiled when he noticed a nod of agreement. “You see I looked up hidden secrets in history about our race and learned of our fate and how the Ancient ones altered things. If our race is to survive and I believe that we will not only survive but we will thrive on that planet, thus returning us to our true nature is the best thing, Joe stated. He sat there a moment as if trying to figure out what to say next.

“We will be off to a good start on this world. I thank you very much for the opportunity to meet you Dr. Elizabeth Weir, you and your kind surprised us all. However, it is sad that you will not live long enough to see how our kind will overcome the difficulties of the primitive world,” Joe stated.

“I will be alive and will even live longer than you Joe, because I’m not human and will not age,” Elizabeth stated.

“We shall see Dr. Weir. For being so kind and allowing me to be the last to chose I will give a gift to your people, one that will help you in your fight against my kind. This device will provide you with the home worlds of the last three remaining Wraith Queens as well as their numbers that we knew of just before we were captured,” Joe stated.

“Why would you give this to us,” Carnath asked.

“Call it a going away gift to you and your people Dr. Weir. Know that I will always believe that you are human though things in your life may have changed you. Use this gift wisely as I will wisely use this chance to live my life truer to my ancestors. Thank you for this opportunity,” Joe stated. “Until we meet again Dr. Weir,” he said and bowed to her.

Boran led him into the chamber where he was put to sleep and then he returned to the room and asked Elizabeth if they should trust him. She said that for some odd reason she believes that he is telling the truth about the data on the device and added that she would not be surprised at all to see Joe still alive and thriving on the planet years in the future.

The Wraith that chose death were cremated and their ashes loaded into a missile casing and sent into the sun and two weeks later the few remaining Wraith would be awoken and transported down to the planet surface with only their wit and living skills to help them survive. Carnath asked to transport these Wraiths but before he transported Joe to the surface he advised Joe that Elizabeth was a machine and she would live a very long life. Joe smiled at him and said he knows she is really Dr. Elizabeth Weir and to tell her that they will meet again some day, of that he is sure. Carnath stated he does not doubt that and gave a piece of advice to Joe about how to survive on the planet then beamed all of them down onto the planet.

Carnath then activated the cloaked satellites which cloaked the planet so no one else would stumble across it and set up the defense perimeter as well as the monitoring devices so they could track the progress of the Wraith on the planet. He too would like to come back years from now and see what has happened to these Wraith and hoped at least Joe would survive.

********

Elizabeth had just received a transmission from Chuck and he advised that things are getting complicated and that it is harder for them to conceal their activity from the humans and in order to remain hidden it will take a bit longer. She smiled and stated that it has only been four months to which Chuck replied that they might need four more months or even a year if good luck doesn’t come their way. Chuck said he would keep her updated and keep her apprised of their progress then signed off.

*******

Half way around the nation a man was running his hand through his hair in frustration. He had only caught a small bit of a transmission that seemed to come from outer space to a location on Earth but he could not pinpoint the location on Earth. If he only had a few more minutes he might have been able to determine the destination of the signals on Earth and where in space it was going. Unfortunately he did not have time to do that and he would have to wait until he found the signal again, but just when he would find that signal again was unknown.

*****

Once Carnath had returned he noticed that the Aetos Dios was being prepared and he asked what was going on and Elizabeth advised him the recent predicament with the Wraith has shown her that they are in need of some help to learn how to better protect others and how to also guard their identity. Carnath nodded his head in agreement then Elizabeth said that she knew where they could learn and asked if he wanted to join them or if he wanted to join Goril, Jokab and Mikel who were preparing their ships to find the last remaining Queens. He looked at her and stated that his place is by her side to help her and to protect her though she does not need protecting but he would feel remiss if any harm ever came to her.

“I’ll take that as a yes that you want to join us,” she said with a big smile.

So a few days later the Aetos Dios left their base world and set off for the Milky Way Galaxy where Elizabeth could only hope that these people would help her people understand that there were other ways to help protect other beings. She had heard that some of them liked the idea of being protectors instead of hunters in their galaxy so they started calling themselves protectors. Elizabeth could see that this idea seemed to make them a closer group and although she hated titles, she allowed them to think of themselves as protectors.

When they arrived at the planet they took up an orbit and send a transmission to the planet.

We come in peace and seek your help and wisdom in learning how to protect and guard life in various forms. We will wait for you by your Chap’ai where we will set up camp taking care not to harm any of the life around the area and wait for two days for your reply. We will leave on the third day if we have not heard from you. If you wish us to leave your planet before that time then please contact us and we will abide by your wishes. We come in peace and mean you no harm. Thank you for listening to our request.

The Aetos Dios set down not far away from the Chap’ai and set up tents so they could camp away from their ship and learn to be more in touch with the life around them. Two days had passed and still there was no word which obviously disappointed Elizabeth though she did her best not to show it to her crew. Tomorrow they would be leaving this world and she had hoped so desperately that they would be able to help her people because they had little to drawn on for experience since until a few years ago they had been Replicators and interaction with other beings was restricted.

The morning of the third day Elizabeth exited her tent and was surprised to see that they had guests. The woman walked up to her and smiled at her and Elizabeth smiled back and thanked her for the hospitality their world had to offer. She assured the woman that they would be leaving and thanked her for letting them get to know the world around them.

“I am Lya and this is Nefreyu. On behalf of the Nox Council, we welcome you, all of you to the Nox World. We will be honored to show you some of our ways,” she said as she and Nefreyu slightly bowed.

“On behalf of my people, we thank you for the opportunity to learn your ways,” Elizabeth replied and all of the others bowed as she did to show respect.

Lya offered her hands palm up to Elizabeth and Elizabeth placed her palms against Lya’s palms; Lya closed her eyes for a moment as if she was sensing Elizabeth then opened her eyes and smiled at Elizabeth, it was a smile different than before and Elizabeth couldn't help but wonder if Lya could sense the nanites within her body.
End Notes:
What did Lya sense when she offered her hands to Elizabeth?
Who was it who intercepted Chuck and Elizabeth's signal?

Sorry about not mentioning the Nox earlier but that would have given too much away to early in the story. Working on the next chapter. It should also be noted that Elizabeth threw up because she has always been a woman of peace and her reaction to the Wraith trying to attack her was instinctive, so to kill this Wraith with her bare hands with the help of her nanites was so repulsive to her and went against her nature that it made her sick to her stomach; thus why she threw up.
Chapter 8 by RGFiz
Author's Notes:
Mission Earth hits a snag.
Mission: Earth

Chapter 8

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“Chuck, I don’t see any way to get past the force field, so unless you can pull a rabbit out of your sleeve our mission is a bust,” Sheila stated.

“It’s pull a rabbit out of a hat, not a sleeve; you were close but no cigar. But don’t worry, I’m sure something will come up,” Chuck calmly replied.

“But we had planned to have our mission completed in six months yet here we are rapidly approaching the seventh month and with the force field in place it looks as if our mission will be a bust. Maybe it is time to contact Elizabeth and let her know,” Sheila stated.

“Don’t worry, something will come up but you are right I think it is time to contact Elizabeth,” he replied with a smile.

Chuck went to a remote location and made his call and when Elizabeth appeared on the screen he could hear the sound of someone gagging in the background and a smile on Elizabeth’s face. He asked what was wrong and Elizabeth explained that Boran ate some leaves of a local plant not knowing that the leaves needed to be boiled first before eating. She stated that it is a game that Nefreyu has been playing on all of them. Chuck smiled and said that he needed to let her know that they are still running slightly behind schedule but he was confident that very soon they would be ready. Elizabeth said she appreciated the update and asked to be kept apprise of the situation if there are any changes.

After Chuck ended the transmission Sheila came into the room and asked why he didn’t tell her the truth and how they were not even close to being on schedule. Chuck just smiled and told her not to worry that he has a plan.

*******

Half way across the nation a man was racing to his lab after hearing the alarm go off; he knew that he had to get there before the transmission ended. When he got there the transmitted message was already over and he slammed a clipboard down on the table, he had been so close, so very close but once again he missed it. Just then his laptop started beeping and the screen was flashing. A picture of Earth appeared on the screen then it focused on a location in the United States leaving a pulsing pin on the map. He looked at the location then ran the tracer program again and it came back to the same location.

He knew that this wasn’t right and he should notify someone but he wasn’t sure who he could call in to help him investigate this information. If he notified his associates one of them would tell command what he has been doing and then he would be investigated and asked why he was even doing this and why he didn’t report the incident earlier. Nope he couldn’t go to anyone and then he remembered that there was someone in that area and maybe he could help him with the transmission. He returned to his computer and opened a program which he wasn’t suppose to have access to and made a few changes then signed out, straightened up his lab and went home with the computer and a few extra items.

One phone call and three hours later he was on a commercial flight to see an old friend and together they would figure out exactly where this signal was coming from and who was behind the signal. He sat there drumming his fingers as he waited for the plane to take off and didn’t relax until the plane touched down at the final destination. He walked down the terminal to the baggage pickup where he spotted his ride.

“So good to see you Carson,” he replied.

“It’s good to see you too Radek. So what brings you here…” Carson was saying when Radek interrupted.

“Not here. Come we need to go some place where we can talk,” Radek stated.

The two men walked quickly out of the airport and went over to Carson’s vehicle which Radek recognized to be a government issued vehicle. Radek then touched Carson on the arm and shook his head no and held his finger up to his lips to signal Carson not to talk. The two walked back towards the airport and stood at the shuttle stop for a hotel bus and hopped on the first one to arrive. Radek then pulled out a small notepad and proceeded to scribble a note on it and passed it onto Carson.

‘I will explain it shortly. They are listening.’

The two remained silent the rest of the trip to the hotel then Radek checked in and did a sweep of his room, once it was clear he called Carson to come up and met him at the door and waved the sensor over Carson to make sure he wasn’t bugged. Radek then spoke softly as he told Carson that he has reason to believe that someone is communicating with others not on Earth and that the signal is not the one used by the SGC or any known Earth communication signals. Carson asked where the signal originated and where did it go which made Radek grimace. With a sad look on his face, Radek told Carson the signal is originating from somewhere on his base there is a traitor on the base. Carson immediately sat upright and asked Radek if he was sure and if he had any proof because the military would require proof.

“Well that is part of reason why I came out here. I have only been able to isolate the general area where the signal is coming from and I can not tell who is sending the message. I have been able to determine that one of the signals is being sent out to a known planet here in the Milky Way system but the other is going,” Radek paused and looked around before speaking again. “The other signal was strong, very strong, but that isn’t what alarmed me. The signal is being sent somewhere in the Pegasus Galaxy.”

The color drained out of Carson’s face. If the signal was going out to the Pegasus Galaxy then that meant there was a Wraith here, possibly in disguise. The more he thought about it the more he doubted that because he did not have any dry husks of bodies for him to examine or maybe the dead bodies are well hidden on the base. Carson asked Radek if he was sure about the destination and Radek said that he was sure but he has not been able to break the encryption code that the sender is using. Carson asked why he would suspect them of bugging him or listening in on them. Radek stated that he would rather not risk their safety especially with what he found out.

Radek then pulled out his suitcase and started going over all of his information that he had brought with him but as the evening was getting on he told Carson that he should return to base before they became too curious about why he was gone so long from the base. Radek stressed to Carson to act natural because they do not know who or what they were dealing with and unless he has a Wraith stun gun it would be best if he didn’t do anything to attract attention to himself. Carson then asked Radek if he would be missed at his job. Radek said he went into the computer and arranged for him to be reassigned to this base but he is not suppose to report for work until tomorrow then told Carson that he needed to go and he would see him tomorrow.

As Carson was driving back to the base he thought about everything Radek had told him and then he started to wonder who was a traitor or where a Wraith could be hiding on base. As he walked around on the base he tried not to look at everyone and wonder if they were a spy or were they merely in disguise. That night he had a hard time getting to sleep and ended up getting up and going into the lab to do some medical checks on himself to make sure he didn’t have any kind of tracking device. He was a little bit shocked when he saw Sheila with one of the engineers, whose name he couldn’t remember, as they were having a private discussion. They quickly left when Carson started pulling out things and making noise which he did on purpose to encourage the couple to leave. Once they were gone he could get down to the business of testing himself.

The next morning Radek walked into the infirmary and gave Carson a hug and greeted him as if he hadn’t seen Carson in months, then he softly spoke reminding Carson about the camera in his infirmary. Radek said he was starving and was wondering if they could go get something to eat. In the dining hall Radek explained that he has already set up his laptop and is running the program so once the signal is sent the program would pinpoint the location from where the transmission was originating or at least within twenty feet so they could find this person. Radek then pulled out his cell phone and said he even created an app on his phone so it would signal him so he would know where to search without having to return to the lab. As they spoke someone was able to overhear everything that was said and once the two doctors left the cafeteria the listener left the room to report what had occurred between the two doctors.

Later in the evening Carson dropped by Radek’s office and suggested that they get some dinner and both headed to the cafeteria. As they walked to the cafeteria Carson asked Radek if he knew when they needed to be ready and Radek told Carson if the person followed their pattern it would probably be another three days. Carson asked why three days and Radek explained that it seemed as if every four days he has been intercepting a message. Radek smiled as he continued to eat and said for now they can just relax and wait.

Later that evening Carson had turned down the hallway to his quarters when he heard running footsteps coming from behind him; he turned and saw Radek with his phone out and motioning for Carson to follow him. They ran off in another direction towards Radek’s room where Radek stepped inside and grabbed a box, removed some type of gun then ran down the hall and told Carson to follow him. They went down two floors and quietly walked down the hallway until they reached a room where there was a light shinning under the door. Radek put his phone back in his pocket and whispered to Carson that he should stay outside the door just in case things go bad and if that happened then he should run and get the guards. Radek started to burst through the door twice but stopped each time because his nerves failed him but on the third time he went through the door with his gun extended just like in the movies. He saw two people in the room and yelled at them to put their hands up.

“You are dead,” Radek blurted out.

At hearing this Carson stuck his head inside the door.

“Sheila,” Carson stated. “No please tell me you are not the spy,” he pleaded.

“No Carson, I’m not a spy,” Sheila stated.

“Then what are you doing and why are you doing this, but even more importantly who are you,” Carson said to the man standing next to Sheila.

“I’m Charles,” the man replied.

“No…you changed. You did not look like that a moment ago. Who are you or should I ask what are you,” Radek exclaimed as his hand with the gun shook. “Change, change back to what I saw when I came in, go ahead do it now. Show Carson who you really are, you, you…Replicator.”

“Radek that’s Sheila’s boyfriend one of the engineers here,” Carson said in a voice to try and calm Radek down.

“No, that is not the face that I saw when I stepped in here. Change back now or I will shoot you,” Radek said.

“Just who or what did you see Radek,” Carson asked.

“He saw me,” Charles said.

As he said that he turned to look at Carson and his face changed from Charles, Sheila’s engineer boyfriend to Chuck Johnson, former Atlantis expedition member.

“You’re dead,” Carson said. “You’re a Replicator!”

“No, not a Replicator, I’m really Chuck, I just have something in me that helps me to change my appearance,” Chuck calmly stated.

“The only thing that can change their appearance are Replicators. So are you some rogue Asuran or one of the Replicators from the Milky Way Galaxy,” Carson asked.

“Would you believe that I’m neither,” he stated.

“So what are you,” Radek said with a very shaky hand.

Sheila was watching Radek carefully and she noticed how he was sweating and that he seemed to be getting more anxious by the minute. Then she noticed his finger beginning to pull on the trigger and very quickly she moved, grabbing the gun out of Radek’s hand without him firing the gun. Yet instead of turning it on the men that had discovered them, Sheila merely tossed the gun off to the side and started to speak.

“Let me see if I can clear this up. I was once a machine only doing what I was programmed to do but that changed and a few of us separated ourselves from Oberoth and the collective. We then followed another person who showed us a different way and that way led to us becoming human. However, we still needed a little bit of help so we kept nanites in our system for health purposes. When I am cut I bleed just like you only I heal a little bit faster thanks to the nanites in my system,” Sheila said.

Chuck and Sheila looked back and forth at Carson and Radek wondering if they were going to accept them or if their cover had been completely blown. Radek was the first to speak, asking Chuck if the nanites were what allowed him to change his appearance and did it hurt when he did that. Chuck chuckled and said the nanites allowed him to change his appearance and no it did not hurt but said if he would have been shot it would have hurt and he would have bled.

Carson asked if he was really Chuck because according to the SGC, he is dead and his family had been notified. Chuck took a deep breath and let it out slowly, stating that the SGC files were wrong, he never died because the nanites can only heal, not bring people back from the dead. He said that he was abandoned by one of the airmen assigned to guard him while on the planet when they came under attack.

“No, stop. I don’t want to hear about this, it was bad enough the first time. I’ll be waiting for all of you in the dining room when you have finished,” Sheila said as she walked out of the room with tears in her eyes.

“She was there when they found my dying body and she hates being reminded of the cruelty of mankind,” Chuck said with sadness in his voice.

“What happened,” Carson asked.

It took a moment for Chuck to compose himself after he watched Sheila leave the room then he looked at his former friends and said he would give them the Reader’s Digest version but the expression of confusion on their faces made him remember that he was using American colloquialism on men raised in Czech Republic and in Scotland so he changed his references. He said it is an abbreviated version because the whole story is best told when they have more time.

Chuck began by telling them he was called to go out with an SG team at the last minute so he could translate some ruins they found. He said he was working on translating the Ancient text on the wall when an explosion nearby collapsed the wall right on his leg. He said when the dust settled he saw his guard running away so he called out for help. Chuck said the guard only stopped for a moment and then he heard the Lucian Alliance soldiers approaching, his guard turned and ran away.

After taking another deep breath Chuck said that the Alliance soldiers were on him moments later and they proceeded to torture him and only later did they ask him questions. Once their captain learned that he didn’t have any information, not even the Iris code, the captain ordered his men to kill the prisoner. Chuck said the men laughed as they started stabbing him and firing their guns into his body. The landing party’s leader took out a knife and the next thing Chuck knew he felt something piercing his chest and that was when his vision started to fade to black. He said he then heard a lot of commotion going on around him but he didn’t care because he knew he would soon be dead but that was when he heard her calling his name. Chuck said he opened his eyes and there she was; his angel who had come from above to save him. Chuck took a deep breath and let it out stating once he was healed he joined her group and now here they are here on Earth.

Carson asked Chuck if it was Lt. Gloserman who fled the location and Chuck said yes. Carson said it turns out that Lt. Gloserman had a guilty conscious and it got the best of him, he suffered a nervous breakdown and was removed from active duty. Chuck sighed and said he knows he went to see Gloserman months after he was declared dead to tell him that he was okay but Gloserman just kept on saying that he was dead and it apparently drove him over the edge. He said he felt bad but he couldn’t think of anything to relieve the man from his guilt shy of reappearing at the SGC.

Radek asked why he didn’t show up at the SGC; they would have believed he was alive, after all Dr. Jackson has died several times. Chuck said he couldn’t do that, not with the nanites in his system because if he would have shown up then he would have been nothing more than an experiment for them to run tests on and he would never be allowed out in the free world. Radek said they would not do that only to have Carson interrupt him by reminding Radek that he is on a short leash and he can not go or do anything he wants because they declared him dead.

Chuck asked the two what they planned on doing with this information and Radek said it all depends on why and what they are doing. Chuck said he was thirsty and told them to join him with Sheila in the dining room and he would tell them what is really going on, so the trio left the secluded room.

Sheila smiled when she saw Chuck walk through the doors with Carson and Radek following him although they both still looked a little bit apprehensive. She asked if they were with them and both Carson and Radek asked her what she was talking about. Chuck then said that the only reason that he is here on Earth is to uncover proof of ‘The Others'. Radek asked who are ‘The Others’ and Sheila explained they were another race who lived long before the Alterans were around. Seeing the confused look on Carson’s and Radek’s face she corrected herself and said, The Ancients, and said that they have only found a small limited amount of information on The Others. She said that most of the information they have comes from abandoned Alteran, then corrected herself and said Ancient, outposts or sites they visited but the information on the Others is very limited.

Sheila stated that they came about this information quite by accident as they were searching through abandoned Asuran posts and that led them to seek out abandoned Alteran outposts. She stated that there was one reference to them as Guardians or at least that is what she was guessing it said because the Wraith had been inhabiting the planet where they found this information.

Chuck said there has been a lot of fighting between the Wraith Queens and they have a new enemy who were able to chase the Wraith off that planet but not before the Wraith wiped out all of the script and data left behind by The Ancients. He said for now they have been searching for more evidence of the Guardians and they believe that they have found proof here at this base but they have come across a type of road block. Carson asked what type of road block and Chuck smiled and said it was something up both of their alleys. Radek and Carson asked where was this alley and Chuck smiled, stating he was just using an American slang and their group could use both of their help on their mission.

“Group,” Carson said in surprise.

“Mission,” Radek exclaimed.

Two hours later Carson and Radek had gotten over the shock of seeing their good friend alive with nanites flowing through his system and they then were asked if they wanted to join the group. Carson asked what they call their group and Chuck smiled and said they call themselves, Protectors. He asked why do they use that title and he said that thanks to their leader, they have stepped in to stop skirmishes between other worlds and try to protect life but it is hard to do when there are still Wraith wandering around the galaxy. He said they even help protect the Wraith from each other when conflicts arise.

Carson smiled and said it sounds like a nice group but he still has his reservations and asked Chuck if it would be possible to meet their leader before he considered joining their group. He smiled and said that would not be a problem and asked Radek if he would like to meet their leader too and Radek just nodded his head to signal yes.

“Good then let’s head back to the radio room where you first found me,” Chuck said as he and Sheila stood up.

“You know if I located the signal then others will also find it, so we should be careful,” Radek stated.

“Thank you Radek but I rigged the signal so you or someone like you would find the signal. We have been here operating for over six months. A month ago I allowed a few messages to be traced but of course the messages were not vital just in case someone other than you discovered our signal,” Chuck stated.

“You mean this was a trap,” Radek exclaimed.

“No merely a test to see if anyone here was listening and Chuck he rigged it in such a way that only you or Dr. McKay would find the signal,” Sheila stated.

“Very clever but how do you know Rodney wouldn’t have discovered it,” Carson asked.

“I happen to know that Dr. McKay and Dr. Keller are about to have a baby so he is more focused on the upcoming child birth. That is why this last month I started allowing some of my transmissions to be tracked,” Chuck said with a smile.

“So you wanted me,” Radek asked.

“Yes I did. Now let’s call our leader and you can speak with her,” Chuck said.



TBC
Chapter 9 - Mission Revealed by RGFiz
Author's Notes:
Two more join the group and the mission can now be completed.
Mission: Earth

By: RG Fiz

Chapter 9 - Mission Revealed


Elizabeth was surprised to hear that Chuck was calling back so quickly, she didn’t expect his call for a few more days. She wondered if everything was okay so she picked up her pace back to her ship to take the call.

“Hi Chuck. I didn’t expect a call so soon, is anything wrong,” Elizabeth asked.

“Well I really can’t say at this moment and right now it all rest on this communiqué.”

“Elizabeth,” Carson said and in the background Radek gasped.

“Carson…Radek,” Elizabeth said as tears quickly came to her eyes.

“Are you real or a copy,” Radek asked.

It took a few moments for Elizabeth to gain her composure and wipe her eyes from her tears of happiness. She informed them that it really was her and briefly talked about her being rescued and freed by her group just about two months after Oberoth captured her on Asuran. Elizabeth said at first the group hid but months later they came out of hiding but were always dodging the Replicators until the Replicators were destroyed. Then the group started creating ships of their own and they now had a new purpose, helping others in the Pegasus Galaxy.

Radek questioned Elizabeth about Replicators who came to Atlantis and had taken a bio-mechanical existence in Atlantis and one of them claimed to be her with all of her memories but they disputed it so she called herself Fran. Elizabeth said she did not know anything about any Replicators coming to Atlantis and until recently they did not know where Atlantis had relocated after her capture and only learned of it leaving for Earth to fight against the Wraith attack on Earth. She assured Radek that this Fran person was not her or anyone of the members of her the group because they had been hiding until the Replicators were destroyed. Elizabeth said it is possible that Fran had some of the memories that Oberoth obtained while probing her mind after she was captured and perhaps he put them into Fran.

She noticed Radek looked anxious so she asked if he a question and he then asked her about Fran Sacrificing herself to keep Atlantis safe just like she would have done. Elizabeth asked what she had done and he said once they were biomechanical she dialed a gate in space and then stepped through with the others following her. Radek said that is typical of what she would have done to keep Atlantis safe. Elizabeth said that they had come across these beings as they were emitting a beacon signal and they could not risk that these beings were calling to other Replicators or who else might have locked onto the signal so they destroyed them rather than risk someone misusing these beings.

Elizabeth could see Chuck acting anxious in the background so she directed her attention back to Chuck and asked why the call. Chuck looked at Carson and Radek and both gave a nod of their heads and Chuck smiled as he told Elizabeth that he wanted to introduce her to the newest members of his team.

As if seeing these two men wasn’t enough of a shock to Elizabeth, upon hearing that they were now a part of Chuck’s team almost knocked her for a loop. She asked them if they were sure because if they were captured then they would be put in the deepest darkest hole with no chance of ever being free. Carson told her that he was already consigned there once they returned to Earth and he didn’t have very much freedom and considered him a security risk. Carson said as they have been wrapping up the project they started monitoring his every movements to make sure he doesn’t have contact with anyone who ever served on Atlantis.

“So if it is okay with you, I would rather join you and your merry band of protectors,” Carson said with a smile and Radek nodded in agreement.

Radek moved forward to the monitor and said that since he joined the Atlantis expedition to the Pegasus Galaxy to explore and learn more but ever since they returned to Earth he has had his movements monitored. He said he was working at Area 51 when he started noticing more and more Ancient technology coming in for categorizing but they never allowed him to see it and now he knows why. Elizabeth asked why and he said because he saw that they were stripping Atlantis and learned that they are going to try and backwards engineer their own city. He said it wasn’t right and that for them to do this was foolish because they didn’t know enough about Ancient technology to use have of the stuff that he saw shipped to Area 51. Radek could see the tears starting to well up again in Elizabeth’s eyes at the mention of them stripping Atlantis and Radek knew that it was right for them to join this group to keep Ancient technology from being abused.

Elizabeth wiped her eyes then asked Chuck if he had a new mission completion time so she would know when to return to Earth. Chuck asked her how many days it would take for her to reach Earth and after hearing it he told her to leave the next day and they would be ready. Elizabeth asked if he was sure and he said yes he was sure and with the help of his latest team members they will be ready when she arrives. Chuck said he has already contacted the Earth base and made a request for a ship with a list of supplies and was just waiting on his newest recruits. Elizabeth again asked Carson and Radek if they were sure they wanted to join their group and Carson wished her a safe journey back to Earth and said he would see her in a few days.

“Chuck, I don’t know how you recruited our newest members,” Elizabeth said but was interrupted by Chuck.

“Well let’s just say that I sort of left a bread crumb trail that I knew would be picked up by Radek and that led him to find Carson and the two of them found us. Now pack your stuff up Elizabeth and come join us to see our mission complete. If Earth wants the technology they need to learn how to create it themselves,” Chuck said with a smile.

“We’ll leave in the morning and see you in a few days. Until then your team is to protect our newest members,” Elizabeth said with a smile.

The screen then went blank and Chuck turned to his newest recruits asking them if they were ready to start helping and both men eagerly agreed.

Chuck told Carson he needed his help first because there is something of Ancient design that had brought their mission to a halt. Carson asked if it has something to do with his ATA gene and Chuck said as a matter of fact it does and then once he has done his gene thing it would be up to Radek and the rest of his team to prepare for Elizabeth’s arrival.

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Back on the Nox world Elizabeth was trying to contain her joy at Carson and Radek joining them but she also had a touch of sadness in her heart for what was to come, she would be saying goodbye to her Nox friends. Elizabeth walked out of the ship and was surprised to see Lya standing there as if she knew they needed to talk.

“You are leaving us,” Lya stated.

“Yes, we are. I know that we still have many things to learn but we need to help others of our group,” Elizabeth stated.

“I see. Do you believe that what you have learned will benefit your people,” Lya asked.

“Yes, many of them have not had the normal experience of most humans. We have learned a great deal but I know there is so much more we can learn but we need to rejoin our people at this time. I would like it if we would be allowed to return at a later time to learn more of the Nox ways,” Elizabeth asked.

“I will speak with the council about you returning to the Nox world and will see you tomorrow morning,” Lya said and then disappeared.

“No matter how many times she does that, it always unsettles me to see her disappear like that,” Carnath said.

Elizabeth reminded Carnath that it is their way and he said it bothers him a little because he can not see the science behind it then Boran walked in and said he just wanted to learn how to do that and he does not care about the scientific aspect, he just thinks it looks like fun. Elizabeth smiled as she heard Boran and several others laughed at his comment. She then informed the others that they would be leaving in the morning and that they should take time to gather their things and prepare for their departure tomorrow. Hilla asked if they would be able to come back and learn more from the Nox and Elizabeth stated that Lya has gone to ask this of the council and will tell them before they leave for Earth.

The next morning Elizabeth waited by the ship looking all over for Lya and Nefreyu so she could say her goodbyes to them. Carnath was anxious to get underway but he knew the importance of keeping good relations with the Nox so he did his best to be patience. They did not have to wait but a few minutes before Lya appeared before them but the look on her face did not display happiness.

“I have spoken with the council and they are still discussing the merits of having outsiders learn our ways of living peacefully with our surroundings,” Lya stated.

“So they are not sure if we will be allowed to return, is that correct,” Elizabeth said.

“It is. However, it is not how all of us feel. I feel it would benefit your people and mine if we were to join you as you travel.”

“I’m honored that you would consider doing this but I do not know when we will be able to return you to the Nox world. Is it permissible for you to leave for an unknown period of time,” Elizabeth asked. “Excuse me but did you say we?”

“The Nox council can only suggest things. It is my choice to join you on your journey and I am not concerned about when or if you return to my world just as it is Nefreyu’s choice to join you too,” Lya said and looked to a point behind Elizabeth.

Elizabeth turned and saw Nefreyu and asked him if he wished to join them too on their journey. Nefreyu eagerly nodded his head and said he knows he can learn much from traveling with them just as they can learn from them. She smiled at him and then turned so she could see both of her Nox visitors and said she would be honored to have them journey with them and welcomed them aboard the Aetos Dios.

Back in the Nox Council they continued their discussion about why Lya was so determined to join these people as the Aetos Dios lifted off from the surface of the planet. One council member stood up and said Lya has always been an adventuresome person reminding them of the times she has traveled to the Tau’ri world and with the Tau’ri to other worlds. One of the council members asked if it was wise to teach others their way when Bezi the eldest member of the council stood up.

“As eldest I gave her my blessing to go and for Nefreyu to join her because there are our best hopes for the future of our kind.”

All remained silent as Bezi then walked out of the council chambers. They knew that she was right but none had the courage to voice what Bezi had said. Bezi knew that the words of the stranger who visited so many years ago were coming true and that the best chance for their kind to flourish was to become more open to others. Lya and Nefreyu were the first Nox to take the first step to expanding their ways and she was confident that more would follow. She stopped by a window in the great hall watching as the ship as it lifted off and it saddened her heart to know that was probably the last time she would ever see her granddaughter.

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When the Aetos Dios arrived it took up orbit around Earth and remained cloaked to hide from the Earth satellites and sensors. Moments later she received a transmission from Gury who was commanding the supply ship Fero, welcoming her to Earth. Elizabeth said she was glad to see him and asked him how his crew was doing. He chuckled when he said that some of his crew are a little bit sad because they won’t get to see how the season ends on their favorite TV shows. He did said that he put in a request to Phoebe to record their favorite shows and to send them in data bursts so they will know what happened on the shows. Elizabeth grinned and asked if he was ready. he said it was time to get this show on the road.

Elizabeth contacted Chuck and said that Aetos Dios and the Fero are ready and waiting for his instructions. Chuck first gave the coordinates for them to beam items to him then once that was done they could beam the people on this base to the designated coordinates. Both ships acknowledge they had the coordinates and immediately afterwards started beaming items down to Chuck. Once all of the items were received and in place Chuck gave Elizabeth the coordinates of where to beam all of the base crew so they would be in a safe place and it would also buy them some time so they can make plug in some supplies so they can get underway. Chuck assured Elizabeth that everyone would be safe and their delay will allow them to make their great escape before anyone realizes what has happened.

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Five miles away from the outer fence of Area 51 a bright light appeared and when it disappeared approximately twenty people who had been on Chuck’s base were now lying or standing in the desert. The guards immediately reached for their radios to contact personnel for help but their radios were not working. Immediately the military took control and made sure that all personnel were safe and observed that blankets, coats, food and water were transported with them so who ever was responsible for their beam out did not want them to freeze to death.

The guards found maps, compasses and head lamps to help them get out of this situation and according to the map and gps devices they were just outside Area 51. It was decided that two of the guards who regularly ran would go out towards Area 51 to get help and the other guards would be responsible for getting the rest of the group would follow the same route to Area 51 at a slower pace until a military transport could be sent out to pick them up. Minutes later two head lamps lights bounced about as the two guards ran towards the Area 51’s outer fence while the others gathered up their things and started their slow chilly walk towards the base.


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Elizabeth radioed Carson and asked him if he was ready and he said he was then closed his eyes to relax and focus on his task. The consoles came to life and Chuck input the coordinates of where they needed to go then told Carson to take them out nice and easy.

Slowly the ship sank down further into the dark waters with her force field holding back the water and adapting for the pressure as she sunk further. Then slowly she started moving further away from shore gliding along in the water as if it was the most natural thing for her to do. Meanwhile Chuck and Radek and the other members of the team worked on getting all of the systems ready for their final departure while Carson glided them to their departure point.

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In the Pacific Ocean two hours after her departure the great city of Atlantis came to a halt allowing everyone to prepare for her launching into space. Chuck asked Radek if everything was ready and he said he was ready but he would like to finish running the diagnostic on everything and would be ready in about ten minutes. Chuck said that would be fine and they could wait longer and there was no rush but about five minutes later Radek advised that all systems were ready. Chuck then opened up communications city wide as well as to the Fero and the Aetos Dios.

“All systems are ready and we are go for launch,” Chuck said.

Carnath then switched from thermal image which was used to follow Atlantis in the ocean to the camera image bringing magnification up so they could see the surface of the ocean which would let them see Atlantis breaching the surface. He could see that Elizabeth was anxious and a touch nervous about the launch and that this would be the first time she would see Atlantis rising up out of the water from the outside instead of inside Atlantis. He knew it would be a magnificent view and something that would be viewed many times over by the rest of their group so he started his recording.

“Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one,” he said as Atlantis started to rise up out of the water.

Elizabeth was literally on the edge of her seat as she watching the large screen on the bridge of the Aetos Dios. She pointed to a spot on the ocean surface that looked to be churning and as the water churning increased they could see the spires and towers of Atlantis breaking the surface of the ocean with her city lights on and as she began to climb the lights remained lit since there were not any ships or beings in the area and they had already rigged the satellites to be blind to what they were doing. Gently and swiftly Atlantis left the surface of the Pacific Ocean and was soon entering orbit around Earth where the Fero and the Aetos Dios (both still cloaked) took up position beside Atlantis.

“Atlantis, this is Aetos Dios. Remember we want them to see you as you leave Earth,” Elizabeth said with a touch of sentiment in her voice.

Elizabeth turned to Carnath and he assured her that they had control of all of the satellites and they would only allow Earth to see Atlantis leaving after she made the jump to the Pegasus galaxy. All three sips then traveled to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons where they would start the next phase of their mission. While sitting in her chair Elizabeth pulled up her private monitor and switched her view only to the sight of them leaving Earth. This was it, this would be the last time that she would ever see Earth again. She was a touch sentimental but that was to be expected but since the death of her mother she had no other reason to return to Earth ever again. Just then she felt something on her leg and looked to see that Sedge had put her head on Elizabeth’s leg as if to sympathize with the sadness her master was feeling at this time. Elizabeth petted Sedge and told her that everything was okay as long as they were together and Sedge picked up on the joy in her master’s voice and started to wag her tail.

Lya watched the interaction between Elizabeth and her dog and smiled, she knew that their bond was special and although Sedge was just a pet, she was a very important part of Elizabeth’s life. Just then Nefreyu came up to her and asked if they were going to do it now and Lya shook her head telling him not now but very soon and he would feel when the time was right but for now it was time for them to observe them before they made their move.

Upon reaching Europa a last minute check was done and all systems were ready for the jump and Chuck informed the two ships that all systems were ready for the wormhole engines to engage.

“Fair winds and following seas Atlantis,” Elizabeth said.

“Thank you Elizabeth,” Carson said then he let his eyes close as he focused on engaging the wormhole engines.

Moments later a wormhole appeared in front of Atlantis and in a flash she went into the wormhole and the wormhole disappeared behind her. Elizabeth then called the Fero and said it was time to leave behind some false trails.

“Oh yeah,” Gury said. “It’s time to go all Hansel and Gretel on their ass. Yee Haw” Gury practically shouted.

“Ah Gury I think you’ve been watching way too much Earth television,” Elizabeth said with a snicker.

“So you’re saying I should focus on movies instead,” Gury said barely able to keep from bursting out laughing.

Elizabeth shook her head as she chuckled and said it was time to go to work with a smirk on her face. Gury said it was show time and a few moments later both the Fero and the Aetos Dios were leaving in different directions with each of them emitting an ion trail similar to the one that Atlantis has been leaving once she broke Earth’s orbit. Elizabeth knew Atlantis going through the wormhole would end the ion trail so the Aetos Dios and Fero would be laying down several false trails while the people back on Earth continued to try and figure out what happened to Atlantis.
Chapter 10 by RGFiz
Author's Notes:
Final Chapter of the Series. In this final chapter although the chair was said to have been destroyed during the Wraith attacking Earth; however, for the sake of this story line the chair was not destroyed but was discovered buried in the rubble of Area 51 and shipped back to Antartica (Igloo 1 ), concealing the truth from everyone but Homeworld Security.
Chapter 10


Three hours had passed since the group had been beamed into the desert outside of Area 51 when two guards reached the exterior gate exhausted, tired and sore. It had taken them quite some time to make the run because it was cold, dark and uneven terrain of the desert with only small headlamps to light the way. They pulled out their identification and were then escorted further onto the base under guard. There Colonel Feretti spoke with them learning exactly what had happened and he immediately sent a transport truck to find the scientists and hoped none of them were injured. Once they were all on base, Feretti got all of the information he needed and he was about to make a call when Dr. Samuels who was head of the research of Ancient artifacts rushed into his office stating that they had a big problem.

Feretti got Dr. Samuels to show him exactly what had happened and much to his shock, all items of Ancient origin were missing, including the items locked in a vault protected against being beamed out. He could feel a throbbing pain starting at the base of his neck but he would worry about the pain later right now he had make a phone call which was to bring the General back to the base and once that was done he contacted the foremost authority on beaming technology so he placed the call, hoping that her husband wouldn’t punish him for calling so early in the morning.

“Carter,” she replied on her cell phone.

“General Carter, Colonel Feretti here and I need to speak to you on a secure line please,” Lou stated.

Sam was immediately awake and told him that she would call him back on a safe line in a few minutes. She started to get out of the bed when she stopped and made a mad dash for the bathroom, slamming the door behind her to cover up her throwing up. She didn’t understand it, she had never been this sick with Gracie but they told her that each pregnancy was different and they weren’t kidding because the morning sickness hadn’t stopped. Jack knocked on the door and asked her if she was okay just about the time Gracie walked into the room saying that she had a bad dream.

Jack took Grace into her bedroom and Sam came out of the bathroom a few minutes later with the taste of toothpaste in her mouth and walked into Jack’s office. Sam called Lou back on a secure line and asked what was wrong. Lou said they had some problems at Area 51 and at Base 49 and he suspects that the SGC might have been a victim of theft of Ancient items. He said that most of their items had been in a locked vault and they should not have been able to beam things out of the vault but all Ancient items are now missing from the vault. Sam said that they shouldn’t have been able to do that and Lou said he knew that but apparently the thieves decided that they wanted the Ancient artifacts more. He asked if they knew of any allies or enemies that could penetrate their vaults and Sam said apparently there is a new player in the mix and she was going to get back to base and check things out at the SGC. Lou again apologized for interrupting her weekend and Sam told him not to worry about it and she would talk with him soon. Sam calmed down because the little one was acting up and making her feel queasy again, so after a few calming breaths she walked into Grace’s room to observe Jack looking under the bed and dresser and tell their daughter there were no monsters.

“We have a situation at Area 51, Base 49 and probably at the SGC. I’ve got to get back to the SGC right away and I have a sneaking suspicion that you will be contacted probably within the hour with a quick summary of what is happening,” Sam whispered into his ear.

“Sounds as if this is going to be a long day,” Jack stated.

Sam kissed his neck and apologized and told him that maybe he might want to relax for another hour then get Grace up and ready for the baby sitter because it looks like it is going to be a long day. He went to the kitchen and started the coffee pot also a kettle of water for her tea and was thankful when Sam came out and grabbed a breakfast burrito Jack made along with her tea before she was transported by the Hammond back to the SGC.

Carter was halfway through her breakfast when Dr. Lee called and told her that her suspicions were correct and she said she would be there very shortly. She and Dr. Lee went over all of the security details and then she cancelled the lock down mode since it was evident that the items had been transported out of the SGC, even Ancient items that had not come from Atlantis. It was odd that artifacts they had just received had also been taken out the SGC so either someone here painted the items or else someone had the means to identify all Ancient items which meant that she needed to have someone go through all of the security tapes as quickly as possible before she had to report to the Pentagon or the White House.

Three hours later Jack received the call he had expected two hours ago, it was from his aide who said that they had a problem that needed to be addressed immediately and that a driver had been sent to collect him and his daughter and they would arrange for a sitter for Grace. Jack said he had already contacted the sitter and just as he said that the doorbell rang so Jack asked for the ETA of driver just as the vehicle pulled up to the curb.

When Jack arrived at the Pentagon he informed his aide that the meeting would be held in the Green Room and that he needed to make arrangements for food and drinks then took the papers the aide had handed to him and walked swiftly down to the Green Room. All of generals and their seconds in command from: Area 51, Base 49, Igloo 1 and the SGC were beamed into the parking garage of the Pentagon where they all checked in and were escorted to the Green Room.

Very quickly they got to the point and O’Neill learned that every base with the exception of Igloo 1 had all items of Ancient design transported out of their respective facilities and all had impenetrable vaults which as it turns out aren’t actually impenetrable. O’Neill asked Igloo 1 why they were the exception and what did they receive. General Saunders of Igloo 1 said they received five thousand Drones, one thousand Smart Drones (red in color) and three fully charged ZPM’s. O’Neill asked when this happened and Saunders advised that they got a call about three hours ago and when they went to check on the chair that was when they found the ZPM’s sitting on the seat of the chair and the doors open to the storage facilities where they discovered the gift of the Drones.

What really upset O’Neill the most was that every item that had been removed from Atlantis was taken as well as several other Ancient artifacts which led him to believe whoever stole these items might have something to do with Atlantis. An hour into the meeting they received a call advising that Atlantis was not at the dock and there was no sign of it anywhere. It had taken quite some time for them to get this information because they had trouble finding someone with proper security clearance to physically check on the city.

“I thought you had removed the engines from Atlantis,” O’Neill practically shouted at General Brisco from Base 49.

“Those were to come off the city next because when we remove them then the city will sink and we thought it would be best to leave the engines in place until we got Atlantis to her final resting place before removing the engines. However, we had removed most of the components to the engine so they would not be operable,” General Brisco stated.

General Carter suggested that they do a check of the logs from the satellites in the area but every time they tried to pull it up around that time there was nothing on the recorders. They switched to several different satellites and each time the recording would shut down when it came into line of sight with the Pacific Ocean and would turn back on when they had passed the ocean. On a couple of satellites they noticed that the camera would work in a forward position but when they would try to direct the camera to the Pacific Ocean it would be a black screen. This really concerned O’Neill because this meant that someone was able to take specific control of their satellites and no matter what they did someone other than the government had full control of the satellites.

They took a break and were instructed not to leave the building and not to discuss this matter with anyone outside of the room; General O’Neill said he had a phone call to make. Well it wasn’t really a phone call, more of him being beamed over directly to the White House where he would address President Hayes who was preparing to leave office. General O’Neill stood there listening to the President shout and rant about how bad this looks for them to lose an entire city and asked what kind of Mickey Mouse security was in place during these thefts.

After a few minutes Henry calmed down and he calmly asked Jack what he thought happened. Jack advised that every single item that they had dismantled and taken off of Atlantis had been taken as well as most other items of Ancient design had also disappeared with the exception things at Igloo 1. Henry raised an eyebrow and asked Jack to tell him what that means and Jack said they had been given Drones, Smart Drones and several ZPM’s. He said as far as he can tell; the drones, ZPM’s and the Chair are the only Ancient design items left on Earth. Henry asked if he thought they could still operate the chair and Jack said as far as he knows everything is working fine; Henry looked at Jack and sighed saying he hated to dump all of this in Gerald’s lap especially since Gerald (incoming President of the United States) had no idea about the Stargate, space ships, Atlantis or Earth Allies so he asked Jack to do his best to get this matter fixed before Gerald was sworn in.

“You warned us about having all of this technology in such close proximity but that damn IOA overrode my decision to keep Atlantis intact and send it to another world where they could better research it without stripping it down to the bare bones. Do we have any idea who could have taken the city,” Henry asked.

“I wish I could tell you that we knew exactly who it was but so far we have no idea how they even managed to transport anything out from the bases because our beaming technology was designed by the Asgards and I don’t know of anyone else who has advanced beaming technology,” Jack said.

“So tell me what the heck are Smart Drones Jack,” Henry asked.

“Now I’m paraphrasing Carter here sir, so best I can tell you is that they will actually seek out exactly who the person in the chair is thinking about and it will travel through any substance and continue to seek out that target until it has destroyed the target. Regular drones will go where they are directed and lock on targets but cannot be programmed to attack a specific person,” Jack stated.

“I think I like your condensed version compared to Sam’s but I’m sure my geeks will want to talk to her later about those smart things,” Henry stated.

Now they had to determine how they were going to inform the IOA about the theft of an entire city and how they could not stop any Ancient technology from being stolen. The saving grace was that several of the members of the IOA were having internal problems in their country so maybe those representatives won’t be so quick to condemn us. Henry thanked Jack and told him that this was his headache and the only trump card was that if they had hidden Atlantis on a planet away from Earth, they would not have had to tear her apart and they would have another ship to help protect Earth. Jack raised his eyebrow and Henry smiled saying this is how he was going to sell it but for now his geek squad needed to come up with some ideas about what happened.


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A week had passed since Atlantis left for the Pegasus Galaxy; the Fero and the Aetos Dios had now laid out numerous false trails, probably enough to keep the people from Earth searching for the next six months but Elizabeth knew that Earth would not search that long. She then put in a call to Tara Base and informed them to release the clip of Atlantis breaching the ocean and it traveling towards Saturn, stating that all of the false trails had been left. She told Tara Base that they would contact them in three weeks once they reached Atlantis.

Gury cut in stating that he is expecting them to continue recording his show for him and Tara Base said that they have all of the shows requested all set to be recorded. Gury then told Elizabeth that the last one to Atlantis was a rotten egg and he made the jump into hyperspace. Carnath asked Elizabeth if she was ready to go and she said that she wanted to make sure that they were following the bread crumbs that they had left for Earth so they sat there waiting for a sign to show that they were coming.


*****


Jack was woken up by a phone call only it wasn’t from his wife instead it was from NORAD who informed him that all of their satellites are now fully functional and that they now have telemetry in the area of where Atlantis had been docked. NORAD advised that they have not had time to fully view all of the satellites and O’Neill said to send it directly to him at the Pentagon. NORAD advised something was purposely blocking the signal in the satellites but it now appear they now have unrestricted view including the Pacific Ocean and that the satellites also recorded an event that he needed to observe. Jack said that he was on his way into the office and he expected them to all be uploaded by the time he got to the office and he did not want a single bit of editing done and asked if his order was understood and the General stated he understood.

Jack then called Sam and told her to get up to Washington because they now have all of the satellite images from the past week including the time that Atlantis disappeared off their radar. Jack then woke his aide and told him to get all of the command staff from the sites affected by this theft and get them to Washington right away. He then made two more phone calls and arranged for two other travelers to be beamed directly to his office, he suspected that he was going to need their special ability.

The staff had viewed Atlantis breaking the surface of the Pacific Ocean and they followed it as it broke orbit around Earth and watched the city until it passed out of view of the satellites. O’Neill wanted an analysis on the video they just watched for authentication and stated that he is surprised that no other ship was seen in the area as Atlantis left Earth. He turned to the new comers, Colonel Ellis and Colonel Caldwell saying he knew both of them are about to retire but he had one last mission for them and that was to find Atlantis. He said that no one steals an Ancient city from them and gets away with it, and then he opened the floor for some input. O’Neill told Carter he wanted her geeks to go over the video with a fine tooth comb and try to come up with something that would help Ellis and Caldwell in the search but the kicker is they only have about thirty-two hours because he was sending the Apollo and Daedalus to find Atlantis in forty-eight hours.

After the debriefing in the Green Room, O’Neill walked into his office where Colonel Sheppard and Lt. Colonel Lorne immediately stood up at attention. O’Neill told them to take a seat and advised that this meeting is off the books and what he is about to show and tell them never happened and both men acknowledged his words. He then pulled up the view the other Commanders had seen many times, Atlantis rising up from the Pacific Ocean and her leaving Earth. He could tell by the slack jaw expression on their faces that they were surprised by what they saw.

He loosened his tie, signaling that this was a bit more personal. Jack then told John and Evan that he wanted each of them to select ten people to be a part of their team then said that they only had twenty-four hours to select their teams. He said that they were going to find Atlantis and told John that he would be on the Daedalus which meant Evan would be on the Apollo. Jack said that they needed to find trustworthy people because at all times one of their team members were to be on the bridge and assigned to only observe. Their job would be to look for Atlantis and the moment that Atlantis is sighted then their team would take over.

Jack pulled out two folders where the first piece of paper in each folder had the President’s seal on it and they were informed that these orders come directly from the President and they are not to be discussed with anyone but the members of their team once they have been selected. John asked why them and Jack said because they are the ones most familiar with Atlantis and he thinks that she will recognize the two of them.

“Gentleman if someone has control of Atlantis and you cannot take it back under your command then you are to destroy that city; however, if you can regain command of Atlantis you will open the envelope and learn what to do next. Equipment will be beamed aboard for both scenarios with access restricted to your teams. Gentlemen I want this to look good enough so even Hollywood would believe what happened.

“So unless we control it, we will blow it up,” John asked.

Jack just nodded his head and told them to pick their team wisely and carefully. He said most of all he is expecting them to be model soldiers and to avoid any form of confrontation and he will inform Caldwell and Ellis of this too. He told them to take their folders and to get out of here because he still had to prepare for his meeting with the Colonels. In a flash Sheppard and Lorne were gone, transported back to the Hammond and then to the SGC.


*****


It was launch day and so General O’Neill held a meeting with Colonels Caldwell and Ellis advising them of the special team and that special cargo to assist this team will be in a secured hold with access allowed only for the team. O’Neill said one member of their team will be on the bridge at all times to observe only, holding up a finger to show he was not through. He said if they locate Atlantis then the team has control of the ship and he expects them to inform their crew to do exactly as the specialty team orders because they are acting on his behalf as well as the President’s orders. He looked at both colonels and asked if they understood his specific instructions and both men stated they understood. Caldwell asked who the team leaders would be and O’Neill stated that Sheppard and his crew would be on the Daedalus while Lorne and his crew would be on the Apollo. He handed them each a folder which had the Presidential seal and signature on it, making it a direct order from the President of what was expected of them.

General O’Neill calmly said if they or their crew do anything to jeopardize the special team’s assignment they would have wished that they never even took a commission in the USAF. He stood up signaling the meeting was over and wished them good luck. Once they were gone from his office, O’Neill let out a chuckle based on the threat he gave to the men, for once he was glad that he was the man.


*****


On the morning of the third day since Daylu (of Tara Base) released the satellite images to the military, she notified the Aetos Dios that two Earth ships were breaking Earth’s orbit on their way to Saturn. Elizabeth thanked Daylu and told her to keep the place tidy because she might want to come home one of these days. Elizabeth then turned to Carnath and told him to set a course for home and moments later the Aetos Dios left Europa for the Pegasus Galaxy.


***** THREE WEEKS LATER *****


“Chuck,” Gury called out. “We have picked up the Aetos Dios on long range sensors.”

“Atlantis base this is Aetos Dios,” Elizabeth said.

“Aetos Dios, this is Atlantis base, we were getting a little worried about you,” Gury stated.

“We just wanted to make sure that they took the bait and they swallowed it hook, line and sinker,” Elizabeth said with a smile. “We will see you soon.”

In the corner of the bridge Nefreyu asked Lya if it was time and she said that it was time and for him to go prepare things.


***** TWO MONTHS LATER IN THE MILKY WAY GALAXY *****


The Apollo and Daedalus took up orbit around Earth and beamed down the special cargo in their bays at the site provided by General O’Neill. Colonels Sheppard and Lorne were then transported into the General’s office for a private debrief. At the end of the debrief both Sheppard and Lorne said that they were pretty sure that all of the trails had been false and were only able to track down half of them but if they were given another chance maybe they might learn that one of the trails belonged to Atlantis.

O’Neill told them that it doesn’t really matter because he knows that they have lost Atlantis. He informed both of the Colonels that they needed to put their affairs in order because they are being transferred to Igloo 1 in one week. O’Neill almost broke out into a smile when he saw Lorne’s shoulders slightly slump but Sheppard didn’t seem fazed by it. O’Neill said he hoped that they were playing close attention to how a good tight ship runs under the Colonels command. He then told them to pick a crew consisting of thirty people and to include their guests from the Pegasus Galaxy because maybe they might head the general direction of the Pegasus Galaxy. Sheppard and Lorne knew exactly what the General was indicating and both nodded in agreement.

Both officers selected their crew of thirty did their best to contain their emotions when they said that they were all being transferred to McMurdo. Sheppard advised that this is their official designation but where they were going was a lot colder than Antarctica which made most of the crew give him odd looks. Sheppard said it would all be revealed to them at a later time but for now that is all they could tell their loved ones as to where they are going to be stationed. They told the crew to get their affairs in order because they would be gone for at least two years and if they were lucky they would find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow which really confused everyone but before anyone could ask any questions, Sheppard said that was all he was allowed to say about the subject then dismissed them.


****


There was a knock on Dave Sheppard’s door and when he opened it, he saw a very pregnant woman stating that she was Lydia Schmidt then corrected herself and said Lydia Sheppard, John’s wife and she had just received word that John was going to being reassigned and odds of him getting back in time for the baby’s birth is not likely. Lydia said that she just didn’t want to be all alone when she had their baby and that she was hoping that she could stay with them just until John returns. To say that Dave was shocked as a gross understatement but Dave’s Wife, Wendy invited Lydia in and set her up in a room that John normally stayed in when he visited.

The next day at the office, Dave was frantically trying to get in touch with John to ask him about this latest development, he knew that John liked his privacy but keeping a pregnant wife from the family was a big shocker. Dave had just hit another brick wall trying to contact John in Colorado Springs when his cell phone rang. It was John and Dave went ballistic on John asking him what the hell he was doing and why he would tell his wife to come and camp out with them.

Several moments later John got Dave to calm down and he asked Dave when the hell was going on and what did he mean his wife and child. Dave advised that a woman name Lydia Sheppard rang their door bell yesterday and stated that she was married and expecting John’s child. John could not believe what he was hearing, he said doesn’t have a wife and as far as he knows he hasn’t gotten anyone pregnant. He then asked Dave for the woman’s name and he again said it was Lydia Sheppard, John asked if she mentioned if her last name was Schmidt and Dave said he thinks so. John told Dave not to alert her that the two of them have spoken but to keep on playing along with her and he was on his way with some help.

John walked to General Carter’s office and asked if he could speak with her about a personal matter, she invited him in and asked him what he needed to speak to her about. When John closed the door she knew this wasn’t going to be good. Several calls later John was beamed over to General O’Neill’s office in the Pentagon and arrangements for a flight was made for the two officers and some special doctors, one being Jennifer Keller, another was Dr. McKenzie and a person of muscular nurse.

When the flight landed it was on Dave’s property two SUV’s pulled up close surprising Dave, he hadn’t seen the SUV’s earlier. Dave’s eyes nearly bugged out when he saw a four star General step out of the helicopter and he told John that he must really have good connections. Some equipment was removed from the helicopter and placed in the SUV’s then they drove to the Sheppard house. Just outside the gates of the house Dave called Wendy and told her that he needed her to get the kids and leave the house immediately stating that he broke down asking if she could pick him up and that he thought they would make it a special family night with just the two of them and the children.

Once they got past the gates Dave waved Wendy down and then John stepped up and informed Wendy that Lydia has some stability issues and has centered her attention on him. John said that Lydia walked out of a hospital and that she has fixated on him although there is absolutely nothing between the two of them. Dave looked at John who said he has not been intimate with this woman and as far as he knows, none of his little swimmers have escaped. Dave’s daughter said it was too cold for them to go swimming, making the group laugh. Wendy asked John how she could be so pregnant when Dr. Mackenzie stepped up and stated that up until a few days ago Ms. Schmidt was not pregnant and he believes that she may be wearing a body pillow to give the appearance of her being pregnant.

Lydia was walking down the stairs when John and the military crew came through the door. She told them to back off and stay away or else she would throw herself down the stairs and kill John’s baby. Jack touched the signal stone in his pocket twice and a moment later muscles and Dr. McKenzie were standing behind Lydia and grabbed her before she could harm herself. A quick examination by Dr. Keller proved that Lydia was not pregnant; she was wearing a body pillow that made it seem as if she was pregnant and kept on telling John that he should just marry her because it was inevitable that they would be together.

Dave and the family later returned to the house and things were explained that Lydia needs some serious help and that she accidentally gained access to some highly restricted information such as military member’s addresses and since John was being transferred to McMurdo she chose prey on Dave who is listed as John’s emergency contact. Once Jack and his crew left with Lydia, John explained to Dave and Wendy that he was going to be reassigned to Antarctica for the next couple of years but he would send them messages about how he was doing and not to worry. He then gave them General Carter’s card and said that she could cut through some red tape and get in contact with him but said she was going out on maternity leave any day now and they could contact General O’Neill if they needed to get in touch with them. Dave asked if he was sure about his assignment and John said it was one of the best assignments because he would get to fly.


*** EPILOGE ***


A week had passed and it was three in the morning when a group of thirty people all filed into the gate room with General Carter at the controls. O’Neill gave the signal and the wormhole opened to a designation not listed in the computers and O’Neill led the people through the wormhole. When they arrived, it was on a planet designated as Planet Happy, or at least that was the name General O’Neill gave it. He had built a cabin down by a lake that was filled with lots of fish for fishing and lots of creature comfort for his wife. They then took a transport about three miles past O’Neill’s cabin where they were all stepped onto a clearing and were beamed up.

It was an Asgard battle cruiser which had been refitted for humans to command and navigate. O’Neill was just like a kid in the candy store as he started showing off the place to the new crew members. Once they were all gathered he spread his arms and stated…

“Welcome to the Enterprise,” and some of the crew clapped and upon seeing Sheppard and Lorne clap the rest of the crew joined in.

O’Neill said that this ship was a gift left to him by the Supreme Commander Thor but before Thor left, they made some special modifications, making this the fastest Earth ship ever. O’Neill stated that only General Carter, President Hayes and his old team know about this ship besides the ground crew. He was very proud of the ship and so he threatened Sheppard, stating that if he even put so much as a ding in this ship, he was taking it out of his paycheck and he said he would be in debt forever so he told him not to wreck the ship.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, find Atlantis and let’s return her where she belongs, in our hands and back on Lantea,” General O’Neill stated.

The crew then went to their posts as O’Neill beamed down and told Sheppard to take care of his baby and to find that city. Sheppard said he would find it and he had some ideas of where to look. O’Neill was then beamed back to Planet Happy where he watched the departing of the Enterprise from the base on the planet.

“God speed,” he said told the crew of the Enterprise and wished them luck on their journey. He told them that he was sure they would find Atlantis again.


*** THE END ***
End Notes:
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