In The Genes

Sarah Thompson is 24 years old, and for most of her life, she's had it rough. From being a young orphan to a teen runaway to a lost baby, she's never known what happiness truly is. But now, with a PhD under her belt and a brand new, off-world job, she's about to see just what life has in store for her. And with a handsome Major Sheppard by her side... she's in for the ride of her life.

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2. Chapter 2

Noise was the first thing I heard when I walked out of the lift at Stargate Command. People were walking around everywhere and moving equipment into the Gateroom. I walked through the corridor with my bag on my back and wearing the Atlantis Expedition Team uniform. I walked into the Gateroom and made my way to the front before looking up at the control room and giving my Uncle a small smiling and then looking back towards the Gate.

“Colonel.” I heard a familiar voice say from beside me. I looked over and saw Major Sheppard standing next to me looking around the Gateroom.

“Major Sheppard.” I said, making him jump a bit and look over at me.

“Sarah.” Major Sheppard spoke, nodding his head at me before turning to the Stargate where Dr. Weir was walking up the ramp.

“Could I have everyone's attention please?” Dr. Weir asked, turning around to face everyone.

“Alright, here we go. We are about to try to make a connection. We have been unable to predict exactly how much power this is gonna take and we may only get the one chance at this, so if we are able to achieve a stable wormhole, we're not gonna risk shutting the Gate down. We'll send in the M.A.L.P robot probe, check for viability and go. Everything in one shot. Now, every one of you volunteered for this mission and you represent over a dozen countries. You are the world's best and brightest; and in light of the adventure we are about to embark on, you are also the bravest. I hope we all return one day having discovered a whole new realm for humanity to explore, but as all of you know, we may never be able to return home. I'd like to offer you all one last chance to withdraw your participation.” Dr. Weir stated.

I looked around at other expedition members, seeing other people doing the same and stay where I am. Looking back over at Dr. Weir I see her smile then look up at the control room.

“Begin the dialling sequence.” Dr. Weir announced, walking off the ramp as alarms sound and the Gate begins to spin. I look over at Sheppard and see him checking his equipment as Colonel Sumner walks over to stand beside him.

“Let me make myself clear, Major ...”

“Chevron one encoded.” Someone from the Control Room announced.

“... You are not here by my choice.” Colonel Sumner says.

“I'm sure you'll warm up to me once you get to know me, sir.” Major Sheppard said, continuing to check his equipment.

“As long as you remember who's giving the orders.” Colonel Sumner spoke, walking away.

“Chevron two encoded.” Someone from the Control Room announced again.

“That would be Doctor Weir, right?” Major Sheppard asked, making me put my hand over my mouth to keep me from laughing.

Colonel Sumner turns to stare at him as a couple of marines clipped his backpack on. Sheppard smiles at him.

“Chevron three encoded.”

Sheppard holds his smile for a moment but Sumner just glares at him. Finally Sheppard looks away and rolls his eyes, making it harder for me to keep myself from laughing.

“You really don’t like him, do you?” I asked Sheppard quietly.

“Let’s just say he doesn’t like people who disobey orders.” Sheppard replied.

“Chevron four encoded.”

Shaking my hand, I took a deep breath to calm my nerves.

“Chevron five encoded.”

“Chevron six encoded.”

“Chevron seven encoded.”

This is it! I thought to myself as I watched the Stargate.

“Chevron eight is locked.”

Suddenly the Stargate kawhooshes and the once silent room erupts into applauds and whistles.

“Let's go, people. We don't know how much time we've got. Security teams one and two, you're up first. All other personnel will follow on our signal. Once on the other side, keep moving, clear the debarkation area. On my lead.” Colonel Sumner announced, walking up the ramp, followed by some marines.

"Hold on, Colonel." Dr. Weir said, walking into the Gateroom while zipping up her jacket, she picked up a backpack at the foot of the ramp, then walked up and joined Colonel Sumner.

"We go thought together."

"Fair enough." Colonel Sumner spoke.

Colonel Sumner walked to the top of the ramp with a couple of other marines, raised his P-90 and aimed it forward before he walked into the wormhole. I see Dr. Weir stop at the top of the ramp and look back. Following where she’s looking I see my Uncle in the control room give her a nod. I looked back at Dr. Weir just in time to see her turn and step into the wormhole.

Major Sheppard and Lieutenant Ford walked up the ramp and stop at the top and wait for instructions. I watched as Ford turned his back to the wormhole and what appeared to be a nervous look on Major Sheppard’s face. I walked up to the top of the ramp and joined Lieutenant Ford and Major Sheppard, getting told to wait with the group by some other marines but I just continued walking.

“Lieutenant. Major.” I said, turning around and looking at the control room as two marines walked up to me and grabbed hold of my arm.

“Miss! You need to wait with the rest of the group!” A marine said, starting to pull me back down the ramp.

“Ouch!! Let me go!! I don’t need to do anything!! LET ME GO!!!” I shouted, trying to pull my arm from his grip.

“Marines!! Let her go she’s fine.” I heard Major Sheppard tell the marines.

“Sir?” The marine asked, sounding confused.

“I said let her go! That’s an order!” Sheppard ordered, stepping towards me as the marines let go of my arm.

“You alright?” Sheppard asked, turning to look at me as the marines walked back down the ramp.

“Yeah, thanks.” I spoke, rubbing my arm.

All of a sudden we heard General O’Neil over the microphone to the Gateroom.

“Expedition team. Move out.”

“What’s it feel like?” Major Sheppard asked Lieutenant Ford as he took a nervous breath.

“Hurts like hell, sir.” Lieutenant Ford said, looking at him seriously for a moment, then grinning he hurls himself backwards into the wormhole.

“Woo-hoo!”

I looked at Major Sheppard and smiled before walking into the wormhole as well.

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