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Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1, The Sentinel
Title: Crossed Wires
Author: Quasar ([livejournal.com profile] quasar273
Rating: PG
Pairing: none, implied Jack/Daniel
Date written: February 2008
Length: 1140 words
Summary: Messages waiting in the top of the queue for the next databurst to Earth.

Notes: Another short bit for my Criss-Cross series; takes place after Crossing Paths. Here's a summary of the series, which contains links to the stories (and some story spoilers).

To: O'Neill, Jonathan S BrGen 1 SGCC/IOA <jack.oneill@cheyennemountain.af.mil>
From: Cap'n Jack <oneill@lantis.peg>
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Date: May 29, 2007 25:31 ALT (UT-??)

Yo maxi-me big Jack Jack the elder Daddy-o jack-oneill-untagged-version 1.0 alpha Jack,

Sorry about that -- I had too many people looking (and typing) over my
shoulder, but I got rid of them.

I don't know how long this message is going to sit around before we
make contact again, but I asked Grodin to make sure it goes at the top
of the databurst whenever we get a chance to send it. There's lots of
other important stuff to catch up on, but this comes first. You
probably want to be sitting down someplace private when you read this.
Okay, I guess it doesn't matter if Danny's in the room, but give him
something to read so he isn't watching too closely, all right?

So here's the thing. You remember that guy you sent along when we
were having our little Genii problem? Colonel Sheppard, from the
Atlantis expedition in another universe? Well, we got him sent home
to his own universe, and the John Sheppard that belongs here showed up
instead, and Dr. Weir hired him on. You know all that stuff, and I'm
sure you've seen his Air Force records (I haven't, but I got the basic
rundown from Sheppard). I guess you also know he has the ATA gene,
about as strong as you and I have it. So of course Dr. Beckett got
all excited about another strong ATA and got to looking at our genes,
and he found some things.

What I'm saying is, you might want to take a closer at Sheppard's
record. Like his birthdate, May 10, 1970 -- go ahead, do the math.
His mother told him he was conceived at Woodstock, but it might have
actually been a little before that. Say, on the way to Woodstock.

Oh yeah, his mother. Jenny Sheppard. Formerly Jenny Zwerdling.
Formerly Jenny Bascomb. Sound familiar? She died in 83, but I bet
there are pictures on file if you go looking. Sheppard looks like his
mother -- small favors -- but Beckett says there's no real question
about the genetics of it.

So, there you go. I figured you should know about that before you
read anything else. Not that I know what else will be in the
databurst, but this seems pretty important.

(mini) Jack.

P.S. He says his stepfather Mark Sheppard is a good guy, so quit
thinking about mail bombs.

P.P.S. Although, is Max still working with the police in ABQ? I'm
thinking maybe a few parking tickets . . .

To: Jackson, Daniel X Civ 846 SGCC/IOA <daniel.jackson@cheyennemountain.af.mil>
From: Cap'n Jack <oneill@lantis.peg>
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Date: May 29, 2007 25:48 ALT (UT-??)
Subject: Read this now, Daniel -- I'm serious.

Hey Danny,

I know whenever you get this, it will be part of a databurst from
Atlantis, and that means you have a huge pile of fascinating whatevers
to check out. But I want you to take your computer and your coffee
mug and go to General Jack's office right now and read your whatevers
there, okay? He needs you.


P.S. Just don't let him start talking about Charlie.

To: O'Neill, Jonathan S BrGen 1 SGCC/IOA <jack.oneill@cheyennemountain.af.mil>
From: Shep <jsheppard@lantis.peg>
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Date: Jun 2, 2007 06:14 ALT (UT-??)

Hi there.

We haven't met. Maybe you think we have, but actually we haven't.
The guy you met was some kind of miracle worker, walks on water, big
damn hero kind of guy. I'm just a civilian pilot. Colonel Sheppard
was wearing my body, though, so I guess you do know what I look like.

I've met your clone, so I know a little bit what you're like, but I
realize it's not the same. He's a pretty cool guy, so I'm guessing
you must be too. He, Jack, told me he already wrote you a message
explaining what this is all about. So you know the big news, I guess.

Here's the long and short of it: I grew up thinking my father, my real
father, was a guy who died in Vietnam. Sometimes when I got in
trouble, got sent to bed without supper or whatever, I used to think
my real father would have understood me better. But mostly, it really
didn't bug me. I had a good life, a fun childhood, two cool parents.
I didn't worry about the dead guy very much.

Knowing my real father is a different guy who's not dead doesn't have
to change anything, unless he decides he has some right to try to run
my life -- that would change things, and not in a good way. So I
don't want you to get any ideas about reversing my discharge or
setting up a trust fund or buying me a plane or anything like that.
Okay, I know a BrigGen's salary isn't that high, but from what
I hear you must have racked up a hell of a hazard bonus the last
decade or so. Spend it on your retirement or health care or fancy
cars or hookers -- I don't care. Just don't try to throw it at me.

Jack and I have decided to try to treat each other like brothers, and
I think that's probably going to work out okay. Better than the
father/son thing. So maybe if you try to think of me as a long-lost
nephew, that would be best. We can exchange Christmas cards, chat
about flight school or my mom (you knew her for what, a week?), maybe
have a beer if I ever get back to Earth. That's plenty for me, and
I'm not asking for anything more.

John Sheppard

P.S. If you want to ignore me completely, that's good too.

P.P.S. And don't even think about getting your cop buddy in NM to
harass my stepfather -- I heard Jack muttering something about that.
Mark Sheppard wasn't happy when I went into the Air Force, but he was
even angrier when I got kicked out, and I promise he would love
to sue your ass if you try something, whether or not he finds out
about any connection between you and me.

P.P.P.S. And if he did find out about it? He'd be thinking you were
14 when I was conceived. So don't give him any reason to think about
you at all.

Date: 2008-02-27 11:15 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springwoof.livejournal.com

you had to go there, didn't you?

these had to be the most embarrassing and befuddling emails for poor Gen.Jack to get, ever... (although I suppose he should be grateful you didn't choose a much more angsty route to let him know The Truth...)

Date: 2008-02-27 11:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
you had to go there, didn't you?

Too many people asked! If I really had guts, I would have shown the message sitting in the SGC queue to be sent to Atlantis at the next opportunity: Maj. Sheppard, we're please to inform you that your dishonorable discharge has been retroactively changed to etc. etc. (I haven't decided if I really want to make that official -- it's just a possibility. But wouldn't that piss off John?)

Thanks for commenting!

Date: 2008-02-27 11:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
P.S. Obviously the tendency to write postscripts is genetic and nothing at all to do with the fact that those emails came from the same author...

Date: 2008-02-27 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] djinanna.livejournal.com

I was thrilled to find new Criss-Cross last week (I was a little late with finding the first bit, eh? and then didn't feedback it *guilt*).

This one is the best. I love mini-Jack, and his take on the situation and telling big Jack - and then Danny to keep him company - was much fun. And ditto John's email.

Much fun. *nods*

Date: 2008-02-28 07:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
Great, I'm glad to know you liked it! John's email turned out as sort of a surprise to me.

Date: 2008-02-28 06:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceares.livejournal.com
Hee! Love all the nicknames in little Jack's e-mail. I'm just wondering which would make Jack's head explode first. Love this idea by the way, especially since they have the same name-which I'd have to go with Jenny realizing whose kid he actually was and naming him after his father.

I've really enjoyed this series and I certainly hope to see more of it. I must also say you're an extremely fast writer-fast and very good, which is doubly impressive.

Date: 2008-02-28 07:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
Thanks, I'm glad you've enjoyed the series! Sometimes I'm fast and sometimes not so much. I really need to buckle down on the next long installment -- which I hope will not take 14 months to write.
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Re: Criss-cross series

Date: 2008-03-02 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
Thanks, I'm glad you're enjoying! I've just done the outline for the next big story, and it's going to be pretty sprawling. Might take me a while, but I hope not too long.

Date: 2008-03-14 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fanficfan.livejournal.com
I've just read through your Criss-Crosss series with pleasure. (I came to it through the SG-1 to Cascade listserve.) A clever take on alternate realities, with believable and recognizable Rodneys, Johns, Jim, and Blair. The 1969 'complication' is a bonus. I look forward to more.

Date: 2008-03-15 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
Cool, I'm glad you've enjoyed it so far! Thanks for letting me know how you found it, too -- that's always interesting to know.

Date: 2008-04-05 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bethynyc.livejournal.com
Hi! I loved reading Cross-Product, and at a time when I really needed some comfort fic, I saw that you had posted more in this world! YAY! Love these relationships that you have in this series, and how well they are written, and the touches of humor and drama throughout. Thank you so much for writing these!

Date: 2008-04-05 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
Great, I'm very glad to know you enjoyed them!

Date: 2008-05-09 02:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vexed_wench
I am caught up , I have enjoyed the series so much.
I really loved this last part.
Was really sweet and tender and not sappy.
SO great and jack and John like.

I love the email to Daniel that was perfect.

Date: 2008-05-12 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
Good, I'm glad you liked the emails! It's a tricky format to write, trying to meet authorly objectives while staying acceptably close to the character's voice.

Date: 2008-08-29 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladeia3.livejournal.com
Hee.. love this verse... ya know, you can't just leave it there. Ya gotta let us know what happens when OriginalJack reads the emails. :)

Date: 2008-08-30 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
Thanks, I'm glad to know you're enjoying it!

Date: 2008-11-25 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebilchickens.livejournal.com
Wow. Read this in order. You rock. You rock much.. Like this way of breaking it more than angst.

Date: 2008-12-02 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
It's hard to think of writing a message when you don't know when it will be received, or what OTHER messages will be waiting in the queue at that time. I couldn't come up with a simple fix for that, and neither could the characters.

Date: 2009-02-13 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaayadei.livejournal.com
I like this series! And I love the crossover and the fact that it's not "our" universe.
I hope you write some more.

Date: 2009-02-27 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quasar273.livejournal.com
Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it! I haven't been writing much lately, but it is on my list...

Date: 2009-03-29 11:37 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] aqualegia.livejournal.com
I've just read all the way through this series, and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading it.

Do you have any plans to continue the story, as I would really like to know how Jack reacted to getting those emails. Or, perhaps he already knows having discovered about Jenny while looking into John's records. :o)
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