Title: Fight to Win
Fandoms/Genre: SGA/SG1, Covert Affairs and Pacific Rim
Relationships: Evan Lorne/Auggie Anderson (eventually), John Sheppard/Rodney McKay (eventually), maybe some other minor pairings as the story is written
Content Rating for this section: R
Warning for this section: Language, bending mythology and history, angst, talking about blindness, teasing
Word Count: 1,887/ 5,939
As soon as Major Evan and the team got back to the SGC, they only had enough time to shower, eat a meal and take a short nap before General O’Neill requested their presence in the conference room by the Gate room to talk about their findings.
“Alright, kids. What do you have for me?” Jack said as he walked into the meeting room. Dr. McKay, Dr. Sheppard, Dr. Jackson, Colonel Carter and Teal’c were already waiting for Jack to arrive.
“We know where Aztlan is.” Daniel said.
“That’s not Atlantis,” Jack responded.
“Yes, it is.” Upon seeing Jack’s raised eyebrow, Daniel continued his theory. “Aztlan was thought to be a legendary ancestral home to the Nahua people, also known more commonly as Aztecs. Aztecs have been around for a long time. Unfortunately, most of the records that we have about them are very little or to non-existent. What records we do have, they aren’t entirely translated due to no one really knowing their language.”
“This is all nice, Danny, but how is Aztlan Atlantis?” Jack said in a slightly irritated tone. Jack knows that if Daniel had the time, he would give a complete history of the Aztecs, but they do not have time for it.
“Since a lot of the Aztec mythology is based on verbal stories, words and meanings have had a greater chance of evolving over time. I find it to be very interesting how similar the names of Atlantis and Aztlan are. If you add in the name of Aslan, than I think you have more than a coincidence of those names that keep showing up.”
“You mean Aslan from…?” Rodney asked. He loved those books.
“Yes.” Daniel responded.
“Does that mean that the author was….?”
“Don’t know but it does put a new spin on things.”
“Yes, it does.”
“Can we get back to the important thing here? About the whole Azlawhatawhoisit. Isn’t Atlantis thought to have been based in Europe?”
“Yes, but there were rumors of some of the more ancient civilizations like the Greeks and Egyptians were already sailing their ships to Americas, long before Christopher Columbus and his voyage. Christopher Columbus is only greatly remembered because the human race were actually taking good notes about what was going on and took great care of those notes. Granted, a lot of these rumors are usually believed by conspiracy theorists. Hell, people think I’m one for my theory about the pyramids. Look how that turned out.”
“But Arizona isn’t next to water.” Jack reasoned.
“No, but I think the main base was in Arizona, near Flagstaff, while the wharf or naval base aspect of it was probably based near San Diego, or importantly, San Diego Bay. If you think about how Atlantis is described, you can see that the San Diego Bay fits it. Alternatively, like the kid’s game of “telephone”, the Greeks or whichever ancient civilization told their story but changed the name of the city to better fit their culture and changed the details of the city. Think about it, to make it seem more incredible, they changed the name so that no one could claim that they knew where it existed or where they could get help. The area became a greatly respected area based on the tales and stories told about it. Atlantis became the place that the people needed in order to better protect themselves, like any legendary place. Just like any story, especially one that is deep in mythology, there is a kernel of truth.”
“Alright. Based on that, do you know if anything is left of the wharf?” Jack asked, wanting to know all of the details.
“As far as we can tell, if there was anything, then it’s been built over. The base in Arizona will hopefully tell us more.”
“Hopefully?” Jack said with a cautious tone that implied he didn’t entirely trust the response from Daniel.
“Major Lorne was able to access the interface through the chair and he was able to get some schematics from the database, including the plans of a “protector” that Aztlan had.”
“Do you have them?” Jack queried.
Dr. Sheppard pulled out the printed sheets from the folder and laid them in front of the other people so that they could see what the “protector” is.
“That’s a Jaeger. But how?” Colonel Carter asked with a slightly hesitant tone.
“We don’t know all of the details yet but as far as we can tell, it is a Jaeger, built about 2,000 years ago. It is interesting to note that some scholars have postulated that the word ‘Aztlan’ literally translates to ‘at the place in the vicinity of tools’. Maybe one of these ‘tools’ is the protector.”
“How? Who? What does it run on?”
“From what we can tell, it runs on two ZPMs.”
“ZPMs?” Carter responded. After a few minutes pause,”Were the Aztecs actually the Ancients? Why would they need a Jaeger back then?”
“It’s not entirely clear why the protector was made, except to provide extra security. As to whether or not the Aztecs were Ancients, it is unclear. Or they might have had some Ancient help, like I did with Oma Desala. We won’t know until we can actually take a closer look at it. I would say that some of the Aztecs might have at least been descents of the Aztec people.”
Jack sighs and rubs the bridge of his nose. “Let me think about it and call the President. I should also call General Hammond so he’s aware of what is going on.”
When General Hammond was asked to be the lead officer for Homeland Security and be part of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps, he decided to take the job offer. He liked running the SGC but he knew it was his time to step down. He appointed then Brigadier General O’Neill to head the SGC. Hammond knew that the SGC was in good hands.
After a few minutes pause, Jack states, “Be on stand-by. All of you. Do we know of any possible hazards on the way of getting to this possible base?”
“Not that we know of but we would all go in with our eyes open.”
“Fair enough. Thank you for this possible uplifting meeting. I’ll be in my office, taking some Advil, before calling the President and General Hammond. Dismiss.”
With those words, the room cleared out. Daniel, Rodney and John headed to their offices to work some more on what they found. Dr. Carter tagged along with Rodney so they could figure out more things about the “Protector” and how it might be related to the Jaegers and how to find the two ZPMs. Teal’c and Evan headed to the gym to spar with each other. Evan was still determined to learn the fighting style of the Jaffa.
Back in Washington, D.C., Auggie was enjoying a relaxing afternoon in his apartment, which hasn’t been happening for a while due to work and being Annie’s handler.
Auggie was playing online chess with Dr. Knowitall. Auggie doesn’t know the person’s real name but wonders what type of person would have that handle. The person may occasionally say arsine things but the person plays chess really well. The online chess game works well because it’s both turn-based and real time. They just need to choose which version of the game they want to play at the time. Occasionally, he plays with DreamFlyBoy. The player can be challenging with the moves but is a lot kinder and decent. At the moment, Auggie was trying to figure out his next move in the game with Dr. Knowitall.
When Auggie hears the knock on the door, he puts aside his laptop and wanders to the door, figuring it’s one of his friends. When he opens the door, he recognizes the perfume.
“Annie Walker. To what do I owe the pleasure of your company?”
“Well, I was out doing errands and I decided to see what you were up to. I was afraid you would be holed up in your apartment, playing with your geeky friends online.”
“You know me too well.”
“Do you want to head to Allen’s Tavern for something to eat and drink?”
“Alright. Let’s head out.” He quickly leaned over to the table by the door to grab his keys and wallet.
Once they arrive at Allen’s Tavern, they sit at their usual table and order their meal before getting down to the real talk.
“Auggie, how have you been?”
“I don’t believe you. You’ve been distant lately. I can tell your mind hasn’t been on the work as much lately.”
“By my far away look? I hate to tell you that I always look that way.” Auggie learned early on that if he made a joke about his blindness that it relaxed everyone else around him. They tended not to notice his blindness as much.
“I just get this feeling that you aren’t diving into the work as much as you used to. What’s going on?”
After a few seconds of pause and weighing his options, he decides to tell Annie.
“Have you heard about the Jaeger program?”
“Yes, I’ve heard that they’ve been recruiting like crazy for it, especially with the military or ex-military.”
“Yes. Some of my close military buddies have called me about it and it sounds like an once in a lifetime experience. I can only begin to imagine how huge the Jaegers are and what it would feel like to have all of that power and control coursing through your body and mind. It’s one of the few times that I really wish I still had my sight.”
“The doctors are still not hopeful?” Annie asked in a soft tone.
“No. They even hinted at the fact that it might be good for me to stop going to them, unless I have some other issue going on.”
Annie reaches over and slightly squeezes his hand. “I’m sorry, Auggie. I know that you would have been the first one who signed up for the Jaeger program, if things were different.”
“Thanks, Annie. I know I could count on you.” Auggie slightly squeezes her hand. “I do miss the military and putting my skills to use.”
“You are still in excellent shape. I haven’t had a better teacher for hand-to-hand combat. Seriously.”
“You always know how to say the right words.”
“So that’s why you keep me around? I was thinking it was due to my good looks.”
“You are beautiful to me.”
“If I didn’t know better, I would say you are hitting on me, Mr. Anderson.”
Auggie takes Annie’s hand and lightly kisses her knuckles.
“But you do know better. You are one of my best friends in the world. Thank you.”
“If you ever do change your mind about that, please let me know.”
“You will be the first to know.”
“Why can’t I find guys like you who would be willing to date me?”
“Would you really want your boyfriend to be blind?”
“As long as he has a heart of gold, sure.”
They continue to talk when their food arrived. Afterwards, they headed back to Auggie’s apartment to hang out for a short while before Annie left for the night. Finally figuring out his chess move, Auggie grabs his computer to enter his move before heading to bed himself. He knows that work will be grueling in the morning but he greatly enjoyed his time with Annie.