“The year after we declared independence was a hard one. We saw a lot of losses, and we were pretty hard-hit. And before you ask, it was difficult to say goodbye to Colonel Mitchell. He was a great help, and we had no idea what the situation was back on Earth. We didn’t want to lose him, but there didn’t seem to be a choice. In the end, we had to do without him, just like we had to do without a lot of people. But the next year—well, the next year we had a huge win, and we lost more than we ever thought we would.”


~Interview with Elizabeth Weir


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Chapter 10: Farewells


“No one wanted Cam to take that mission. No one wanted to say it out loud, but a lot of us were thinking that they might not come back. O’Neill barely escaped, and we had been held by the Goa’uld for two weeks. We talked about going back as a team, but it was judged to be too risky. We were a family, and it’s hard to see someone who’s a member of your family leave, especially if you don’t know if they’re ever coming back.”


~Interview with Vala Mal Doran



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Chapter 9: Life’s Just Like That


“Yeah, so I have a relationship with John. Everybody always asks us about that. Look, it just happened, okay? One minute, he’s my best friend, and the next, we’ve been together for years. I think you’ll find there are a lot of people on Atlantis who would say the same. We all faced extraordinary difficulties together—enemies within and without, food shortages, clothing shortages, you name it. And in the end, all we had was each other. That’s the thing about being on a colony in another galaxy. It doesn’t matter how much you hate someone. They’re still going to be your neighbor.


~Interview with Rodney McKay



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Chapter 10 

Chapter 8:  Coping


“Although we’d planned for the possibility of Atlantis being an independent colony in the event that Operation Phoenix was activated, we weren’t ready. I think if Atlantis had broken free of Earth in the usual way, there would have been a lot of things we would have done differently. I mean, we had plenty of scientists and soldiers, but no tailors or farmers. We had doctors, but not nearly enough. And there were no families—no spouses, no children, no parents—which is great if you’re talking about an outpost, but not so great for a colony that needs to be self-sustaining, and probably for a long period of time.”


~Interview with Sam Carter



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Chapter 9


Chapter 7: The Razor’s Edge


“The problem with having people you care about is that you have ties you can’t just sever. A lot of the people on Atlantis from the second wave had friends and family on Earth they couldn’t abandon, but for those of us who had been on Atlantis for a while, we didn’t like the idea of leaving the city or our friends there, either. So, when we first started talking about taking a recon team back to Earth, I wanted to be on it—but the truth was that I had Laro, and he was the best thing that had ever happened to me. It put me in a tough position.”


~Interview with Evan Lorne




Chapter 8

Chapter 6: Reunion


“To be honest, I wasn’t sure we’d actually make it to Atlantis. I didn’t need to go with the old man, of course. I could have rescued his ass and stayed with Bra’tac and the Jaffa if I’d wanted to fight the Goa’uld and the Ori. But the old man was hurt worse than he’d admit, and Cassie was just a kid. I figured if they needed help, I was it.”




Chapter 7   

Chapter 5: Perceived Threats


“In our culture, there is no greater betrayal than for someone to become a Wraith worshipper. Once a person begins to walk that path, his family and friends will turn their backs on him. If he goes where he is not welcomed by others of his kind, he will be killed on sight, because he cannot be trusted not to signal the Wraith, or to sabotage efforts to escape a culling. So, you see, we have ways to deal with Wraith worshippers, but we had no experience with someone like Kolya.”


~Interview with Teyla Emmagan




Chapter 6

Chapter 4: Gathering Intelligence


“Granted, I’m the expert in ancient human civilizations, so I guess it would make sense that I might have some insights into creating a new civilization. Between figuring out what the new rules should be and decrypting the Ancient database, I certainly had my hands full. And since I was the one with the best grasp of the language and the logic, I was about the only person making heads or tails of the information. That might explain why it took me so long to find the information that would end up being most useful.”


~Interview with Daniel Jackson




Chapter 3: An Eye for an Eye


“We expected the Wraith to be a problem, but I had thought we’d reached an agreement with Ladon Radim of the Genii. Kolya’s attack on M7G-677 came as a complete surprise, but that was just the beginning. It seemed that someone had passed along word that Atlantis no longer had the support of Earth, and Kolya saw that as an opportunity to begin a war of attrition, attempting to force our allies to cut us off, thinking they could take Atlantis that way. The Genii greatly underestimated our resolve, however, as well as the faith our friends had placed in us.”


~Interview with Elizabeth Weir



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Chapter 4


Chapter 2: The Hardest Part


“You know, when I was injured in Antarctica, that was bad, no question. But waking up on Atlantis to find that I’d pretty much lost my right arm—that was worse. I guess I’d never seriously considered the idea that I’d be permanently disabled, although maybe I should have considered the possibility, given what happened to my dad. But I always thought I’d die, or retire. Then again, I’d always planned on retiring on Earth, and look how well that turned out.”


~ Interview with Cameron Mitchell



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Chapter 3


Chapter 1: Balance


“As happy as we were to have SGC personnel arrive on Atlantis, it caused some problems. McKay offloaded the soft sciences onto Daniel Jackson, and was happy to do it, but Carter had been in a command position in the SGC. It was a toss-up as to who was more qualified to be CSO of Atlantis, but Rodney had the position by virtue of our charter. And Mitchell—he had a tough recovery. It took us a while to strike a balance.”


~Interview with John Sheppard



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Chapter 2

 Keep It Together
Author: enigmaticblue
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters; too bad, so sad.Pairings/Characters: John/Rodney, Evan Lorne/OMC, Sam/Jack, Daniel/Vala
Spoilers: Through SG-1 S9/SGA S2; sequel to If All Else Fails and Tenacity.
Word Count: ~73,000
Summary: As Atlantis begins to solidify its position in the Pegasus Galaxy, it’s threatened by enemies old and new. The addition of new SGC personnel threatens to destabilize the fragile balance on the city, and Atlantis must face the question of what to do about Earth.
A/N: Title from the Guster song by the same name. This fic is complete with 10 chapters, plus the prologue and epilogue. I'll post a chapter every other day until it's all up.




“Once Teal’c and company rescued me, the priority became finding some way to get to Atlantis. We all knew how tough it would be for the SGC teams to get there, and we’d stashed a few naquadah generators just in case, but every team had orders to avoid those stashes if possible in order to avoid giving away the locations. We didn’t know how much the Goa’uld knew about Atlantis, but we figured it was plenty. So, we took a ship because we had one available, and we didn’t want to risk walking into a trap. It seemed like the best option we had, even though it took a little longer to get where we were going.”


~Interview with Jack O’Neill



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