11 May 2008 @ 02:20 am
SGA ficlet: Triad  
Title: Triad.

Summary: Short, concept-fic with a slight future/AU feel. How the SGC views the Atlanteans when they come on home visits.

Rating: PG

Wordcount: 380

Notes: Only general spoilers, none for season four as I have not seen it yet, but the assumption that Elizabeth survives in this 'verse.

Characters mentioned by name are: Jack O'Neill, John Sheppard, Elizabeth Weir and Rodney McKay.
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The people of Atlantis have become infamous among those with the clearance to know about them.

When the Lanteans visit Earth, when they walk once more among their home peoples, those people watch them, and see diamond-edged killers, genius madmen and ruthless leaders.

For all their humour, all their surface friendliness and camaraderie with the people of the SGC, the Atlantis Expedition cannot conceal the hardness within, the shining fervour that comes from being survivors and warriors of a galaxy overrun with a superior lifeform, a predator. The Wraith.

To the people of Earth whom they encounter, the Atlanteans are not merely explorers returning home from alien wonders … they are the alien wonders. Outlandish and unpredictable, whenever they are on base, everyone desires to speak with one of them and everyone fears to touch, to get too close.

They crackle with an exotic energy, always alert, paranoid and fascinating as they stride the halls, sometimes alone, sometimes in twos or threes, speaking as if reading each other’s minds, voices rising and falling in unison, using words like ‘organic hive’ and ‘genetic mutations’ and ‘home’ like they are not there.

They are no longer the familiar and comforting creatures of Earth.

When they do return one time, O’Neill is there, and he watches, listens, reads the mission reports. These are the things that lodge in his mind.

Sheppard says:
‘I’ve never fought a war against someone who wasn’t human. It's … liberating, to say the least.’
And his voice makes a joke of it, while his eyes remain cold, considering.

McKay says many things.
His incessant diatribes of his many internal mental exercises and quicksilver thought diversions have, on occasion, been known to drive men to suicide.
The man is no longer a scientist. He is a judge, blind, with the fundamental power to save or destroy. Or create.

Weir smiles her soft smiles and speaks in riddles.
She makes compromises, lets the brass win their battles, treads softly and sparkles her eyes. She is weak, to them, she is soft and female and diplomatic.
Then, like a viper, she dodges a bullet and pours poison into the works. She leads her people, and her people have survived, no matter the cost.

That says more than anything.

 
 
triangulation: mindfields
emotional evaluation: contemplative
theme song: invincible, ok go
 
 
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[identity profile] beadattitude.livejournal.com on May 10th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Oh. Well. That's breathtaking.

May the plot bunnies for this AU be fertile. I'd love to know what they've done/are doing and what sort of poison Elizabeth has set loose.
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charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com[identity profile] charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com on May 10th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

No coherent thoughts on it yet, it's more just how these characters might act in the future, if they really were in control of an ancient city in a different galaxy. They'd be pretty much autonomous, if not on paper, then in reality, and command the most advanced weaponry and technology known to man.

They'd be pretty damn powerful people, in my opinion, and greatly changed by the dangers and conflict of that kind of situation.
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[identity profile] saltroseortopaz.livejournal.com on May 10th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
I enjoy your turns of phrase! The imagery is very vivid and pretty spot on, to my eye. I particularly enjoy your interpretation of Elizabeth (natch, because I personally am biased to hell), and overall it's just. Very, very sharp and lovely. :]
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charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com[identity profile] charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com on May 10th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thankyou! And yes, when it comes to Elizabeth, I too am biased. So many people just ... don't like her, but I think she really is a fascinating character.
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[identity profile] saltroseortopaz.livejournal.com on May 10th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
My little corner of fandom is pretty Elizabethcrazy, it's nice. :] And you're very welcome!
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[identity profile] jennytork.livejournal.com on May 10th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
HA! I LOVE THIS! Especially Elisabeth!
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[identity profile] jennytork.livejournal.com on May 10th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it would help if I could spell "Elizabeth", now wouldn't it? Geesh.
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charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com[identity profile] charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com on May 10th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Haha, I make stupid spelling mistakes ... always, Glad you liked it!
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[identity profile] inkscribe.livejournal.com on May 10th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
Yesssss, very nice. I completely buy it that being under those conditions would make them quite alien when on Earth -- even canon shows them crossing lines over and over again that would be considered uncrossable on Earth.

*love it!* :-)
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charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com[identity profile] charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com on May 10th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I was always fascinated by that moral ambiguity, and where it might take the characters.

Thankyou.
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[identity profile] sela21k.livejournal.com on May 10th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
"To the people of Earth whom they encounter, the Atlanteans are not merely explorers returning home from alien wonders … they are the alien wonders."

Whoa. That is an incredible statement and it rocks! This piece took my breath away.

I need to see more of this AU. Much more. This piece sounds like an introduction more than anything else. Is it?
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charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com[identity profile] charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com on May 10th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Not yet - this was mostly my musing on where Atlantis might go, and what the characters might become. But yeah, I might continue it, and thankyou! I love that you liked it.
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[identity profile] beadslut.livejournal.com on May 11th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Love the "quicksilver" descriptor for Rodney. but you have Weir down to a T.

Viper, indeed, and I love her and miss her.
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charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com[identity profile] charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com on May 11th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm glad you liked the Elizabeth section - it was meant to be the most telling.
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[identity profile] timespirt.livejournal.com on May 11th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
I would like to see this as a nice long story, I would read it.
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charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com[identity profile] charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com on May 11th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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krysalys[identity profile] krysalys.livejournal.com on May 11th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Incredible. Absolutely incredible.
Poetry.
Thank you.
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charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com[identity profile] charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com on May 11th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Thankyou.
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[identity profile] bitter-crimson.livejournal.com on May 11th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Creepy! And really brilliant. I love your choice of POV.
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charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com[identity profile] charlie-d-blue.livejournal.com on May 12th, 2008 08:42 am (UTC)
Thanks - creepy really was the kind of undercurrent I was going for.
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