This was a great story. It really was a different life under Sumner wasn't it? I could see him being this unreasonable, just from the few bits we got in the pilot: His dislike of John and his reactions to Elizabeth and Teyla as leaders. Plus Bates was one of his and I could see Sumner having similar thoughts on the aliens being confined to quarters. It was a little more surprising to see Elizabeth this way, but not a big stretch; she has sometimes seemed out of her depth. I liked the main focus of Carson and John, how their relationship was held back by fear of Sumner, especially once he seemed to be out for Carson's blood. It was so very sad to see Carson gradually slip further into depression, especially because John couldn't help him as much as he'd like, partly through fear of making it worse and partly through fear of them being found out. I was pleased when Carson decided to live again. The evacuation was a mixed blessing. Yes, Atlantis, and their only way home, was gone. And it seems that Rodney didn't make it either :(. But that left John and Carson in charge and free to share the same tent :), with Sumner no longer there to make it hell on them and Elizabeth completely useless now. Very good story. Laura.
Author's Response: Thank you very much :)
I have the feeling that as Kavanagh is needed, so was a bad military guy. Sumner just seemed to be the typical bad military guy.
Elizabeth sometimes seems undecided, and I wanted to give Sumner more power, so I changed her character from what canon has.
When I started writing this, it was an answer to a ficathon and I didn't plan to continue, but as I wrote more I liked the AU more, so there'll be a sequel :)
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