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30 May 2009 @ 01:22 pm
Partial bit of fic:  
Unbetaed, almost part 9 of Vermicular Confusion.

There is some serious chaos in the Korea at the moment. I've never actually had realistic discussions about living next to a CRAZY nuke wielding country before.

"You know," General Jack O'Neill began. "I was fishing." He bounced his blue ball against the wall and stared at the door of the tiny gray interrogation room. "It was just about to be the long weekend. There are no fish in my pond to catch."

Captain Picard took a sip of his water and set the glass back down. Jack still couldn't believe he was sitting with him. He was indeed the spitting image of Patrick Stewart, and though the accent was different, it was Captain Picard of the Federation Starship Enterprise. The accent was something Jack couldn't quite place. It wasn't British, like Stewart's, but it definitely wasn't American.

"Next time I will endeavor crash my ship into your universe during your work week," Picard promised dryly.

"Would you?" Jack asked. The ball bounced again, closer to Picard's side and the alien-visitor-phantom-whatever he was, caught it and bounced it back.

"Play racquetball?" Picard wondered. "The court's in the saucer section of course, but I'm sure you have a primitive-" he smiled and Jack realized the barb was a joke, "-one around here somewhere."

"We might," Jack agreed. "We'll have to kill dinosaurs while we play. We may also just need to break out of this room."

Picard inclined his head towards the door and the view of the arguing IOA brass in the hall. "How much longer are they going to take?"

Jack caught the ball and bounced it back. The steady thud-thud was comforting. "Until they're satisfied you're not a spy, alien, Goa'uld or impostor."

"I'm believe I have indulged them long enough," Picard said as he stood, straightening his uniform. "If my interpretation of your time is correct, I have answered their questions for three hours, recanted the story of the Enterprise's arrival and the battle with the Wrath that followed four times and been exceedingly polite."

"They're not just going to let you--" Jack nodded at the airman standing outside the door.

"Of course," Picard finished with a short wave. "However, I have a ship to repair and an engagement with the Asgard commander to attend. If you would be kind enough to draw their attention, I would like to bid them good day before I leave."

Jack knocked on the door, caught the eyes of the airman and shrugged. "Ambassadors, sirs, ma'ams- the good captain has places to be."

Woolsey entered the room, holding a pile of folders and looking perplexed. Jack had personally enjoyed explaining to the IOA that the Enterprise was orbiting Atlantis. Woolsey obviously had never seen the show but, he seemed to be starting to understand that Captain Picard was not a man easily intimidated by the IOA.

"Forgive me," Woolsey began, looking uncomfortable and bored at the same time. "Captain," he added when Jack coughed. "The safety of Earth is at stake. The negotiations are extraordinarily delicate and must be conducted following strict international protocol. Access to Enterprise's technology--"

"Is not something your Ambassadors need discuss at this juncture," Picard interrupted with exaggerated politeness. "I explained clearly in the beginning of this meeting that Federation technology would remain so until we had conducted a thorough evaluation of Earth's technological capabilities and needs. I appreciate their situation. However, I also have protocols and directives from my Earth that I must follow. Sharing technology with Atlantis is entirely separate than sharing technology will all of Earth. I have evaluated their needs and Doctor Weir and I have decided on appropriate compensation for the services that city has rendered."


Jack winced preemptively, expecting another long explanation of how the Enterprise and her crew owed Earth full access to their technology. The IOA didn't want to share unless they were getting something pretty incredible in return. They'd tried to convince the Asgard to withhold technology as well. However, and it pleased Jack to no end, the little gray guys were happily conducting their own negotiations with Picard and his crew of TV characters.

"Mr. Woolsey," Picard cut him off politely. "I apologize for the inconvenience, however, I do have an appointment with Commander Thor." He nodded to Jack. "Will you be accompanying me, General?"

"I believe as your liason it would be appropriate," Jack grinned. "Excuse me Mr. Woolsey. I have a meeting with some aliens that requires my attention."

Picard tapped his commbadge. Jack had barely managed to contain his glee to that everyone from the Enterprise had one and that they worked. It was similar to their radios and served the same purpose. It just made that noise. That chirp noise he'd listened to on TV in the 80s actually did something. Sam insisted it was just a different version of their systems. She'd probably be able to give his radio a noise if he asked for it.

Thor's white flash transporter grabbed them and whisked them up.

"Yes, Commander," the white android agreed. Data was so involved with Thor that both of them barely acknowedged their arrival they entered the conference room. Apparently they'd popped into yet another sharing of technology discussion that Thor and Data, who seemed capable of discussing anything and everything without sleep or coffee breaks.

Daniel passed him a hot cup of coffee and nodded towards the small group of Enterprise officers. "I've been trying to learn Federation standard," he explained cheerfully. "When Riker and Troi turn off their translators I can pick out a few words. It definitely has much in common with English. Apparently when it was created they used Vulcan grammar because it was the most logical, and most technological words are Vulcan or Tellar. Some Andorian. It is oddly reminiscent of Ancient."

"Doctor Weir mentioned that as well," Picard added. "I find your modern English somewhat understandable when I deactivate my translator. The dialect has changed greatly in the last three hundred years and it's much different than what I know of Shakespearean

Jack sighed and sipped his coffee.

Riker and Troi both nodded politely to acknowledge them as they joined the little group.
Current Mood: draineddrained
Lanna: Crossover Lovelanna_kitty on May 30th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Opal: uhura pantsoparu on June 2nd, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
:) thanks you. probably would have given up awhile ago without ya. :)
debbiebivdebbiebiv on May 30th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
Very good as per usual. BTW, how is the next chapter of Synthesis coming? I'm really enjoying that story.
Opaloparu on June 2nd, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
thanks! Synthesis is in beta. so I've hope it'll be soon.
the_scary_kitty: Kermit goes bonkersthe_scary_kitty on May 30th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
LMAO! I just loved how Jean-Luc oh so neatly took Woolsey apart! Jack secretly geeking out at all the cool Starfleet toys was such a hoot! And yes, he would so ask Sam to rig up a commbadge! Heehee! Thor and Data teaming up for their own tech geek session = LOVE. :D
Opal: happy squidoparu on June 2nd, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
Jack is fun. Jean-Luc is all classy, "I negotiates circles around you, IOA because I do not need you."

Thor and Data are just so geeky (white & nerdy indeed)

the_scary_kittythe_scary_kitty on June 2nd, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Jean-Luc is all classy, "I negotiates circles around you, IOA because I do not need you."

I suddenly got this insane mental image of Jean-Luc and Elizabeth tag-teaming on Woolsey, while everyone else is sitting on the sidelines eating popcorn, with Beverly and John offering random bits of zany commentary. The ticket sales for such an event would probably fund the Stargate program for the next ten years. LOL!
Opaloparu on June 2nd, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
John: Oh! that was a good use of international law regarding the trading pact number 332-6, wasn't it?

Beverly: And her smirk at the end was priceless John.
the_scary_kitty: Stitch want cookies!the_scary_kitty on June 2nd, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Ahahahaha!!! Exactly! *gleeful cackle* XD
peterlmepeterlme on May 30th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
I'm very concerned too about the Norths sabre rattling.
Opal: earth boom2oparu on June 2nd, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
it' weird stuff, isn't it?
peterlmepeterlme on June 2nd, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
Kim Jong IL may be unbalanced but surely those in the military know what the consequences will be if he launches any nucular missile.
Opal: earth boom2oparu on June 2nd, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
god old USA turns North Korea into a sheet of radioactive glass?
peterlmepeterlme on June 3rd, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
Or the world goes up in smoke?
Opal: earth boom2oparu on June 3rd, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
I doubt it. Their nuclear capabilities seem to be limited to one or two shots.

China won't let them cause tons of trouble, neither will the USA, the UK or anyone else in the security council.
peterlmepeterlme on June 3rd, 2009 08:52 am (UTC)
One launched nuke can do so much damage,I really hope the situation can be dealt with peacefully.