Crossing Strachey and SGA?

  • Aug. 26th, 2007 at 4:13 PM
allaire: (miracles)
Not going to bed until I'd read all stories posted to [ profile] nick_n_nora must have fixated my brain onto The Strachey Mysteries, and seeing [ profile] kylielee1000, [ profile] thegrrrl2002, and [ profile] svendra so active in that fandom automatically reminded me of Stargate: Atlantis, which translated into the thought: "Hey, crossover!"

What if Sheppard and McKay, spending some time earthside, bumped into Strachey? And McKay dropped an Ancient gadget that Strachey picked up in order to give back to him? The gadget lights up like whoa. McKay, thrilled with finding someone with a gene as strong (or perhaps even stronger; I can so imagine the banter with Sheppard) as Sheppard's, drags Strachey into a café and, with his usual "subtlety", tries to find out how he feels about working as a consultant for the USAF.

Strachey is irritated and barely polite, and adamant that he has no interest in doing so, calmly referring to his dishonorable discharge and stating that since the Army's policy hasn't changed, he certainly won't return to them after what they did to him. Then Callahan comes up to the three of them and kisses Strachey's cheek.

That moment McKay has an epiphany, and of course picks a public place to announce it. "Colonel, the strength of the ATA gene must be linked to a person's sexuality!", meaning it is strongest in homosexuals. McKay, being in a hidden relationship with Sheppard and knowing of O'Neill and Jackson's 'closeness' rumored in the SGC, makes that leap while shoving the gadget at Callahan and bullying him into picking it up. Of course it once again lights up like crazy.

Sheppard, horrified at McKay's slip, shuts him up and wants to drag him away, but the evidence is compelling.

They meet in Sheppard's hotel room and tell Strachey and Callahan the 'sanitized' version of the Atlantis Expedition, or at least as much of it as they can without breaking their non-disclosure agreements. Then they meet up with a small number of Strachey's gay friends, the majority of whom manages to make the gadget light up as well.

Then they fly to Washington and insist on a meeting with General O'Neill. He doesn't admit to anything, but he knows he cannot keep this secret just to avoid doubts regarding his sexuality. They strongly advise he retires before the story breaks, and he puts in his papers, then meets up with Hammond.

Sheppard and McKay get permission to give more details to Strachey and Callahan, only to have Strachey explode that he won't work for the USAF, space vampires or not, since he still blames the Army (and himself) for Kyle Griffin's suicide. They end the discussion on the note that Strachey won't work for them until DADT is abolished.

O'Neill, Hammond, Sheppard, and everyone in the IOC and the Pentagon they meet with agree after weeks of heated discussion that they cannot make exceptions for dishonorably discharged servicemen just because they're needed to defend Earth without bringing the armed forces into uproar, and the only solution is, as suggested, to allow homosexuals to serve.

DADT is abolished. Strachey and Callahan take time off to come to Atlantis on one of the roundtrips of the Daedalus, then return to Earth and agree to man the chair in Antarctica should it ever become necessary. They don't want to give up their life in Albany, but Stachey's dishonorable discharge is revoked.
I wish I felt inspired enough to write this story, but at the moment I don't.

Wishful thinking

  • Apr. 2nd, 2007 at 12:45 AM
allaire: (oz-kiss)

Stories I wish someone would write:

A New Life
(Buffy/Sirius, het, R) After defeating the First Evil, Buffy and Dawn move to London to help rebuild the Watcher's Council. When the news are all ablaze about escaped convict Sirius Black, the Summers household acquires a stray - a maltreated huge black dog.

Secrets and Lies
(Buffy/Spike, Jack/Daniel, het & slash, R) As if learning after 23 years that he has a daughter isn't enough, Jack O'Neill suspects that she's hiding something big - after all, the usual reaction of a blonde Californian ex-cheerleader to a Goa'uld isn't a bright smile and a vicious kick to the groin.

Defending Sirius Black

  • Aug. 28th, 2006 at 3:27 AM
allaire: (forest)
If I encounter just one more story in which poor little Remmykins bemoans front and center how ruddy awful life as a werewolf has been for twelve lonely years, I. Will. Puke.

Try twelve years in prison with the creatures of nightmares sucking all feelings of happiness, comfort and memory of better times out of you, and see how you like that.

Remus had freedom (even though limited by his status as a registered werewolf), food (at least more and better than the swill you get fed in Azkaban if your shut-down body even remembers what eating is), hygiene (twelve years without a toothbrush, baths, a comb?!), friends (at minimum nodding acquaintances willing to exchange a "good morning").

Sirius, freshly escaped from Azkaban, is a man out of his time, a 22-year-old boy who never had the change to grow up psychologically because his emotions were a wasteland raped daily by monsters, and the best his so-called "friends" could do was send him running across the countryside in secret (thereby starving) to "alert the old crowd" just before they topped even that by locking him up in the house of his adolescent nightmares at 12 Grimmauld Place - the very house he fled from to the Potters when he was just 16 years old because he couldn't bear it any longer.

Lupin is the most spineless gomer I've ever heard of. During the Marauders' Hogwarts years, he was afraid to speak up for Snape despite being Prefect - most likely because he didn't want to upset his bullying friends. Over the intervening years, he clearly hasn't changed at all. When Sirius was arrested in 1981, he didn't speak up, didn't even, for one second, doubt Sirius' guilt. Dumbledore, supposedly oh-so-powerful, didn't either. Twelve years later, Dumbledore keeps Harry from Sirius, doesn't even attempt to get Sirius' name cleared (despite the fact that Albus Dumbledore's word should count for enough to at least arrange a trial, Veritaserum, witnesses, etc.), doesn't find the Wizarding equivalent of a psychiatrist for Sirius, relegates him to a house that brings up nothing but bad memories, and lets Molly Weasley treat Sirius like his time in Azkaban was his fault, and the wreck he's become because of it - and because his fellow Order members abandoned him! - should be locked away from decent people's eyes.

Sirius might have treated Remus like a possible traitor for a few months in 1981. But that doesn't, cannot, amount to the same as instant disavowal and twelve years of unquestioning hatred.

How can Sirius forgive anyone? They all left him to rot, and, apart from Remus, never even felt the need to apologize or admit that they were wrong.

In 1971, Sirius' old teachers all saw him renounce his heritage by choosing Gryffindor instead of Slytherin when he was a mere eleven years old! - the first Black to ever do so. They were there when he joined the Order, when he fought by their side during Voldemort's first rising. And still, they were all too quick to wash their hands of him.

They should beg him on bended knee for forgiveness, and he should send them packing with icy disgust.

My idea of book #5 would have been Sirius kidnapping Harry and running away with him to a Caribbean island (or somewhere sunny, anyway), with a half-grudging invitation to Remus to accompany them if he dared. They'd bask in the sun, relax on the beach, run to town as a boy, his uncle and their dog, and Sirius and Remus would teach Harry more DADA than he'd ever learn at Hogwarts so that he had a true chance to vanquish Voldemort as everyone seems to expect him to do with close to no preparation.

Yes, I love Sirius Black. And at the moment, with the possible exception of Harry Potter, I want the rest of J. K. Rowling's characters to die in screaming agony. Wankers.

Playing the "What If" Game

  • Feb. 14th, 2006 at 2:39 PM
allaire: (forest)
I just realized – right in the very beginning (think "The Rising"), they wouldn't have been able to hold Atlantis if not for Sheppard's inclusion in the expedition.

If they'd traveled to Atlantis without Sheppard, one of two things would have been the inevitable outcome:

a) Due to the lack of genuine ATA gene carriers, Atlantis wouldn't have turned on so many systems when the expedition first set foot on her decks. They would have used up less power from the already almost depleted ZPM and would have had sufficient time to evacuate all personnel to another planet (perhaps Athos). They would have left the city to sink under the ocean, would have been cut off from Earth until/unless the Daedalus came looking for them in several months' time, and would perhaps have perished with insufficient supplies/been culled by the Wraith on Athos.

b) Despite the lack of genuine ATA gene carriers and the subsequent lower initial power consumption upon the expedition's arrival, Atlantis' ZPM's power wouldn't have been sufficient to allow for a (complete) evacuation via the city's Stargate. Dr. Weir would have most likely felt the need to stay behind until all other personnel had left. Either the whole expedition or those of its members not among the first to leave would have perished in the ocean water flooding in. McKay would have drowned, and Dr. Weir and the rest of her staff wouldn't have been able to escape via puddlejumper because they wouldn't have had a pilot with the ATA gene with them. The original timeline wouldn't have been altered to allow for the failsafe to be installed as shown in "Before I Sleep", and history would have repeated itself.

Which, in short, means the expedition would have been screwed without Major Sheppard. Although it seems very likely that the Wraith wouldn't have been woken prematurely, and so the Pegasus galaxy would have enjoyed a few more decades/centuries of (relative) safety from culling.

So that day in McMurdo - would have head or tails triggered a better outcome? A worse one? Hard to decide.