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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:31 pm 
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September 17th 2014, 13:00

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The rain drifted steadily down on the Alpha Site. There was a buzzing air of activity in the camp, and everything seemed just that little bit cleaner and tidier than it usually was. After all, it wasn't every day that you were getting inspected by someone who effectively made the decision on your funding, and, as such, everyone was out to impress.

The sound of chevrons engaging on the gate ripped through the air, and, moments later, the wormhole stabilised, ready to spit out its travellers.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:46 am 
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Telford had, of course, been briefed on the Stargate. It had been the spot where a perfectly-normal briefing had taken a hard left into the bizarre. Underground bases, top-level brains, expeditionary teams, all of these were run-of-the-mill in his world. But an ancient alien device that transported people instantaneously to other planets? That was new. He hadn't even believed it at first, but it had, ironically, been too unbelievable to be a prank.

He wasn't sure what he'd expected the thing itself to look like. But, seeing it in person, he was pretty sure it wasn't this. The thing was impossible to quantify. It was a giant ring made of metal that looked like stone, and boasted both fantastical runes and high-tech clamps called chevrons. And, when activated, it filled with gravity-defying water that wasn't wet. If he hadn't been so fascinated by what it did and excited at the prospect of walking on another planet, he would have thrown up his hands and gone to find some aspirin.

Covertly, he studied the three others on the venture. He planned to stay close to Harrington, but take his cues from Sullivan and Ahmadi, both of whom he believed had done this before. In the interest of remaining as low-key as possible, he'd opted for fatigues -- absent any rank insignia -- and with his P228 in a shoulder holster under the jacket. The Alpha Site was, supposedly, secure, but he felt naked without his Sig nestled against his side.

With the 'gate activated and quietly ... rippling was the only way to describe it ... Telford waited to see who would be walking up the ramp first.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:11 pm 
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To his credit, Alex didn’t flinch when the gate roared into life. This time, at least. Over the past few weeks since joining the SGC, the Australian had made less than half a dozen forays through the stargate, so the novelty had yet to wear thin. Nor had the sense of trepidation that welled up in his stomach every time he looked at that shimmering puddle. Rationally he knew that it was actually amongst the safest modes of transport, or so the eggheads claimed, yet the prospect of being dematerialised and rematerialised over the course of three seconds naturally gave him some pause. Not that he was going to let that show, especially not today of all days.

He shifted his attention to the other travellers as he busied himself with his equipment, giving his FN P90 one last check while they waited for the gate operator to contact the Alpha site and give them the green light. An AFOSI, a JRMS Nurse, and an actual, bona fide US Senator. Throw in an Australian NCO, and they must have painted quite the ragtag little picture of diversity.

‘Perhaps that's the point,’ he mused as he lowered his rifle, satisfied that it was as ready as it was ever going to be. For a piece of Tupperware, anyway. ‘Welcome to Stargate Command, we’re all one big, multicultural family here. Give us your money.’

An amused snort escaped him, helping to distract from the apprehension he felt as the radio crackled in to life, giving them the all clear signal. Show time.

“Sirs, ma’am,” He gave a curt not to his companions as he headed up the ramp first, opting to take the lead under the guise of the military attaché on this outing. Or at least, that was his excuse. In reality he just didn’t want them to see the look of unease as he ventured through the gate. Each footfall sounded heavy in his ears, putting him closer and closer to the event horizon. Right now he really wasn’t feeling the maxim of his unit.

’Who dares wins my arse,’ He thought sourly when he was less than a foot away from the shimmering deathtrap in the making, ‘The bloody drongo that thought that one up clearly never had to do this for a living.’

And with that last thought ringing in his head, the sergeant stepped through the gate.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:09 am 
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Walking through the gate wasn't even an issue anymore, where Layla once questioned her own sanity she now chucked it up to another day at the office. Although, today was probably more stressed filled than most. Her own fatigues were decorated with JRMS patches, she had a small medical pack that looked more like a fanny pack. It rested on the small of her back, she hated to be unprepared for any kind of situation.

Other than that the only other thing she carried was, what seemed to be the standard issue FN P90. Standard as far as the Stargate program went. Her mostly green eyes adjusted to the light of the Alpha Site, and she stood with the others once they arrived on the other side.

Layla had stepped up, shoulder to shoulder with the Australian. Rain kissed her clothes as it dribbled down from the sky. There was a bittersweet wind as it swept across the site, the Jordanian's hair was pulled up, her skin bristled with the wind as it swept again. Her burn scarred skin showing her body's dislike for the cool air.

Squaring her shoulder she let the Australian take lead, falling in after the Senator. Layla didn't speak much, feeling it best to speak when spoken to. She was still waiting to be assigned to an offworld team but for now this would do, this and any other trip she could get through the gate. It always did bring some measure of excitement, walking through the gate, and sometimes it felt like the first time and others... well weren't nearly that exciting.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:27 pm 
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Truth be told, Carl had never actually expected to ever actually use the Stargate himself. In four years of fighting to make sure that there was enough funding to keep sending teams through the ancient device, not once had he considered it a possibility; gating offworld was for the trained professionals to do as they went out to conduct a war, not something an out of shape politician went out and did. Times were eventually changing, however, as he was now in the embarkation room and preparing for his first ever trip to an alien world.

Tugging down at the bottom of an old flight jacket he could still just get into, the former naval officer had to admit he was nervous. Yes, teams used the gate every single day without a single problem, and yes, it had long been proven that you’d get spit out the other end just fine, but every single intellectual argument in the world couldn’t stop him from simply being nervous at some fifty million year-old ring ripping him apart and throwing him back together thousands of lightyears away.

Still, there was no backing out now. He’d been nervous all the way since agreeing to conduct this inspection, but given the alternative of someone less supportive of the program handling the visit - or God forbid, Kinsey inspecting the new site - going through some jitters was a small price to pay. At any rate, it’d certainly be nice to get a first-hand look at the project’s work in action after years of mainly just reading the reports and occasionally speaking to team members.

He’d seen the gate dialed before, watching from the control room as teams returned and departed during earlier visits, but watching the vortex come roaring out was a whole different experience when you saw it in person. Even while reflexively leaning back, he had to smile a little at how the sight was equal parts intimidating and awe-inspiring. At least a hint of excitement combined with his nervousness as the rest of the group headed to the Alpha Site started up the ramp ahead of him.

As the next to last to ascend to the rippling even horizon, he paused momentarily to take one last deep breath. It was supposed to be cold, at least based on what he heard. He tried to brace himself for that coldness before hesitantly stepping through.

What seemed to be about three frigid seconds later, he was deposited out into the gently drizzling Alpha Site, lungs full-on assaulted by an alien atmosphere as the senator suddenly found himself throwing one hand up to cover his face from the rain. The breath he had taken before stepping through was exhaled with an audible huff, and exhilaration quickly began to overtake him as he realized he’d just stepped onto another planet. At that, a sense of childlike wonder and excitement couldn’t help but loudly make itself known in a single enthusiastic yell.

”Woo!”


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:06 pm 
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There was no welcoming committee, no great event lined up for the new arrivals, just the sense of anticipation rippling through the air. The Alpha Site personnel knew that they had to be on their mettle, just in case.

They knew that the Senator was there on a general tour, and, at any point, could be escorted anywhere by the military member of the group. Question was... what would the Senator want to see?

((OOC: so... go ahead, tour, take initiative. I'll toss things in when I need to.))


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:52 pm 
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As he approached the gate, Telford discovered that it was one thing to regard it with calm, intellectual detachment from the far side of the room, it was quite another to walk up to and through it. Oddly enough, it wasn’t so much the prospect of being disassembled, beamed who-knew-how-many lightyears, and reassembled that disturbed him, it was the unnaturalness of a vertical pool of water. What would it feel like to touch? Or would it feel like anything? And where was that light in its depths coming from?

Still, the two SGC people had strode into it without hesitation. So had Harrington – who, for all that he was former military, was still a politician. Two paces behind and one to one side, Telford listened to the quiet ring of his boots on the metal grille of the ramp, concentrating on keeping his steps steady and unfaltering. And, despite his instinct otherwise, he walked into the standing water with his eyes wide open.

There was a few seconds’ worth of sensations that his brain didn’t possess the concepts to express beyond ‘cold,’ then reality was back … only different. He’d been indoors, now he was outdoors. The hard glare of fluorescents was gone, replaced by the slightly off-spectrum light of an alien sun filtered through clouds. A gentle breeze moved around air that wasn’t quite his air, carrying scents that weren’t quite the ones he knew. All that seemed normal was the stone beneath his feet and the soft rain falling on his head.

Harrington let out an exuberant whoop, and Telford couldn’t help but smile a little. For all the strangeness, he thought as he looked around to get some sense of their surroundings, to walk on another world really was thrilling.


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“We thank you for choosing the Interplanteray Stargate Network,” The Australian quipped softly to himself as he descended the ramp ahead of the party, his gaze already sweeping across the base to pick out landmarks to set his bearings by. “Please place your trays and chairs in the upright position before disembarking.”

While his number of trips through the Stargate were relatively few in number thus far, Alex had fortunately visited the base only a few weeks ago, having spent several days scouting the surrounding area whilst on a separate assignment. He’d also spent most of the night before hand reading up on maps and logistic schematics to further familiarise himself with the layout, so was feeling pretty confident that he could successfully navigate the base without getting himself, and more importantly, the VIPs lost in the process.

Provided, of course, they defied standard military bureaucracy and were actually accurate for a change. So no pressure or anything. Not like a portion of the program’s budget was resting on this little excursion going smoothly. Oh wait...

He cleared his throat and turned to face his companions just as the gate winked out behind them, squinting slightly through the rainy haze at the sudden shift in light.“Senator Harrington, Agent Telford, welcome to the Alpha Site. I have to ask, that, while you’re free to wander and inspect the base at your leisure, you remain within the sight of either myself or," A nod was spared towards Jordanian Nurse, "Captain Ahmadi at all times. This is to ensure your safety whilst we’re here.”

He suppressed the urge to grimace as he continued his impromptu little introduction - If you could even call it that. A few other, less complimentary descriptors certainly sprung to mind. The truth of the matter was this type of political assignment really wasn't the Australian's forte by anyone's stretch of the imagination, so he had to wonder again just why he'd been assigned it. Surely there were more experienced and better qualified people for this job. With any luck Ahmadi would be able to pick up the slack. Lord knows there was enough of it to go around. "Unless the Captain has anything further to add, or if you have any immediate questions or concerns, I guess this is the part where we get this show on the road.”


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:32 pm 
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“Senator Harrington, Agent Telford, welcome to the Alpha Site. I have to ask, that, while you’re free to wander and inspect the base at your leisure, you remain within the sight of either myself or Captain Ahmadi at all times. This is to ensure your safety whilst we’re here.”

In a normal situation, Carl would’ve already been dismissively responding to the standard security and safety spiel. This was far from normal; as it stood, he was still too enthralled with the thought that the rain landing on his head was actual alien water to both with that sort of thing.

"Unless the Captain has anything further to add, or if you have any immediate questions or concerns, I guess this is the part where we get this show on the road.”

Ahmadi didn’t look like she was going to say anything, and Carl certainly had a few things to say himself. ”Then let’s get going!” he excitedly shouted while hurrying down the gate ramp.

The facilities surrounding the Stargate were all standard military and utilitarian, hardly anything different than the buildings he’d seen hundreds of times while stationed onshore in the Navy. In that respect, it was about as close as he was going to find to a nostalgic excursion offworld, the cramped and hyper-practical nature of the emplacements harkening him back to days before he was surrounded by the wealth and luxury of Washington. For a myriad of reasons, he generally found the former far more comforting.

”Let’s start with the new hospital,” he suggest while moving towards the largest of the buildings dotting the site. ”I’d love to see how fantastic of a job’s been done with that budget infusion earlier this year.”


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Layla was only slightly amused by the Australian's attempt at whatever it was he was attempting. She was quiet if only because she didn't find it worth her time to add further commentary. The rainfall was more than a welcomed sight, she enjoyed it's cool to the touch feel as it dropped along her body. The landscape in front of her reminded her of her days in the West Bank and Haiti, everything uniform in color and placed in a particular manner.

"I'd be more than happy to accompany you, Senator." She told him, her accent wasn't nearly as Jordanian as it use to be there was a slight American tint to it. Layla walked down the ramp and was standing by his side. "I'm sure we'd both enjoy it." There was that part of her, the nurse that wanted to see all the things they had here and how they ran things here.

Then she turned toward Telford and Sullivan. "Perhaps I can escort the Senator to the Hospital, and we can meet back here at a later time?" She suggested, after all this was Alpha Site and seemed to be just as secure as any other site. She didn't see the harm in splitting up, and it would afford her and the Senator more time to be wined and dined by Alpha Site's own brass.

She hoped that the Australian could see the appeal in her taking the Senator off his hands. As it just might make this trip easier for the both of them.


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