Story Rating: NC-17 (Preview Rating: PG)
Word Count: 49,121
Story Warnings: Descriptions of medical experimentation, vivisection, & serious injuries (including eye injuries). Violence. Harsh language. Nudity. Explicit consensual sex. (Preview Warnings: language)
Author's Notes: Grateful thanks to my awesome betas: tesserae_, iamrighthere, jimandblair (Sealie), and taste_is_sweet (Leah). They were generous, patient, and very wise.
Story Notes: Takes place during SGA season 3, during the Team's search for spare Spacegates to recycle into the McKay-Carter Gatebridge. This story goes AU sometime after SGA: 307, Common Ground. SG-1 makes an appearance as well.
The Team finds a Spacegate, but they also find an abandoned Ancient space station orbiting a peaceful-looking planet. And, of course, the Wraith turn up.
Fleeing to the planet below, the Team is separated, and each is forced to survive in a snowy winter wilderness. Some of them run into new alien creatures. Some of them discover long-forgotten secrets that the Ancients never revealed. And others find people that the Ancients left behind.
The race is on—will Sheppard's Team find each other before the sinister Mountain People do? Can Major Lorne keep the Wraith distracted until the Daedalus arrives?
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