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Past Featured StoryPublished: December 03, 2008 - Updated: September 02, 2009
Rated: PG-13
Genres: Action & Adventure, Alternate Universe, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Romance
Warnings: None
Challenges: None
Series: The Phantom of Atlantis
Chapters: 37
Completed: Yes
Word count: 167723
Summary: (AU, Part 1 of series) As the expedition settle into Atlantis, Elizabeth Weir finds herself drawn into the mystery of the tale of 'the Phantom of the Ancestors', and begins to realise that her team and the Athosians are not alone inside the city...

1. I Bid You Welcome by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 5] starstarstarstarstar (1369 words)
There’s no direct connection between them- indeed, the whole thing’s just one of those really freaky coincidences-, but if you go on YouTube regularly, I can highly recommend starg8rocks’ Phantom/Atlantis videos, located at http://www(dot)youtube(dot)com(forward slash)watch?v(equals)YNuKjj0yGNU and http://www(dot)youtube(dot)com(forward slash)watch?v(equals)JlbSf3lpRI0; by a remarkable coincidence- and I assure you it’s nothing more than that; the two of us haven’t communicated beyond my comments on the videos themselves- they very accurately capture the mood I intend to create here. Whether I succeed in that goal when writing the story itself… well, that’s for you to decide
4. They Have Returned To You by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (4415 words)
Just to clarify, Elizabeth’s meeting with Carson regarding the severed Wraith hand took place between this chapter and the last chapter; I saw no point in including it because it’s the same as it was originally
5. Mystery After Gala Night by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (3981 words)
Bonus points to anyone who notices what’s different about Elizabeth’s conversation with Doctor Grodin in this chapter before they encounter McKay and Ford
11. The Power of the Music of the Night by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (5158 words)
OK, just to clarify, this chapter takes place approximately three months after the last one, during which time the events of “Childhood’s End”, “Poisoning the Well”, “Underground” and “Home” have all taken place, with this chapter beginning with a brief look back at how those episodes turned out here before the events of “The Storm” begin. Also, anything you don’t see here happened pretty much the same way that it did in the original episode, with the obvious exception of Sumner replacing Sheppard
12. Darkness Stirs by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 1] (3949 words)
14. Power Over You Grows Fainter Yet by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (4227 words)
OK, just to clarify, any scenes that don’t appear here- like the scenes with Teyla, Beckett and Ford in the ‘gateship’ or McKay, Elizabeth and Kolya at the grounding stations, happen essentially the same as they did in the show with only minor variations in dialogue; the only significant difference is that Sumner and two other soldiers were brought along with Kolya’s ‘group’ when the grounding station was repaired, as Kolya wanted to keep an eye on the colonel himself to ensure he didn’t try anything in the control room and needed extra guards to keep an eye on a trained soldier like Sumner (He was confident enough that he’d be able to handle Elizabeth and McKay himself if he tried anything in the show, hence why he didn’t bother with back-up there)
15. Dire News on the Doctor's Scene by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (3236 words)
I know I promised to reveal the Phantom’s true identity by this point, but the chapter was becoming so long that I thought it best to break it in half and upload the first part now; I hope you like it, and I assure you that the next part of the story will be uploaded VERY soon
17. Too Many Years Fighting Back Tears by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 1] (6356 words)
To let you all know, this chapter takes place a couple of weeks after the events of “The Storm”/“The Eye”, and approximately during the events of the trip to the Ancient satellite witnessed in “The Defiant One”… with some crucial differences, of course (You’ll have to wait and see what they are). I was originally planning to jump straight to “Hot Zone”, but it occurred to me that I needed a few more moments showing John and Elizabeth when they’re not facing a crisis, so this seemed like the logical thing to do instead
18. Nanites Unleashed by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (4916 words)
1: Well, here’s the “Hot Zone” chapter that I said I’d write, which will go on to mark the most significant shift in Elizabeth’s ‘relationship’- albeit a highly unconventional one- with the Phantom to date, as he finally begins to talk to her directly; hope you like it

2: This chapter also marks the end of my use of “Phantom of the Opera”-inspired titles, as John begins to become ‘John’ rather than ‘the Phantom’ to Elizabeth (Just out of curiosity, I have two quick questions; 1: did anyone guess that was where I was getting my titles from, and 2: can anyone give me the original line on those cases where I 'tweaked' the line for the purposes of the plot?)

19. It Might Sound More Than a Little Crazy by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (6252 words)
Bonus points if anyone identifies the song where I got this title from (Chapter titles will now alternate between various lyrics from various songs that I feel reflect John and Elizabeth's relationship in this universe or whatever best describes the situation; a comment by an associate left me re-thinking my original thoughts regarding ceasing using song lyrics)
21. The Power of the 'Dream by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (4610 words)
OK, now these next few chapters are going to be interesting ones- at least, I hope they’ll be interesting ones-, given that they take a more direct look at how the offowrld team handle a mission with Sumner in charge as opposed to Sheppard… specifically, looking at Chaya’s ‘return’ to Atlantis (To say nothing of how John would interact with her in this timeline)
22. Chaya Sar by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (4456 words)
I apologise in advance for the absence of the Phantom in this chapter; I assure you that he returns in the next one
23. I Will Stand Up For You by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (3386 words)
Usual rules still apply to this kind of chapter; whatever you don’t see here, such as Chaya’s brief conversation with Doctor Beckett in the infirmary, or Elizabeth’s meeting with Chaya to discuss the possible treaty for Proculus, happened pretty much exactly the same way as it did in the series (Barring the obvious exceptions that you’ll doubtless realise when you read this)
25. Say You'll Share With Me by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (3748 words)
This takes place a couple of weeks or so after the last chapter, at the same time as “Before I Sleep” occurred in canon; while the main events of that episode won’t be happening here- John keeps the body of Elizabeth’s future self somewhere a bit less easy to find than it was ‘stored’ in the show-, that’s not to say there won’t be some… interesting personal moments (On that topic, I hope the pot scene works out OK; I had a little trouble getting an idea for how John could give Elizabeth something when he’s ‘stuck’ in Atlantis, but I think what I came up with works)
26. It Feels Like We're Running Out of Time by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (5972 words)
As with last chapter, the events of this one take place around the time of an episode of the series- “The Brotherhood” in this case-, but with some significant changes from canon events due to the Phantom’s actions…
27. How Could I Just Let You Walk Away? by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (3751 words)
Timeline-wise, this takes place the night after the previous chapter, so they’ve just discovered the approaching Hive-ships and have agreed to discuss possible courses of action to take against the Wraith the next morning, spending the current night trying to think of the aforementioned plans
30. It's Crazy, But I Believe by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (4143 words)
OK, with us moving into the “Siege” storyline, I would just like to make one detail clear; ‘Bob the Wraith’ is NOT on Atlantis at this point, thus leaving Teyla completely unaware of her Wraith DNA and therefore ignorant of her ability to tap into the Wraiths’ psychic network
32. Come Together by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (3477 words)
33. First Failure by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 1] starstarstarstarstar (3892 words)
34. The First Wave by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 0] (5481 words)
Not entirely certain about this chapter, but things should pick up later; I have more definite plans for future episodes (Particularly relating to my new take on such classics as “Conversion” and “The Long Goodbye”)
37. Back to Earth by Marcus S Lazarus [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (3309 words)
Thanks are due to Manic Penguin, whose story ‘Connections’ inspired some of the plot elements I’ll be using in the next few chapters and subsequently gave me permission to use whatever I wanted for my own work (Although I’m naturally putting my own spin on things)
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