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NEW PROMPT: Unsung Heroes

Okay, so I'm a little late with this one, but I think that we can still come up with lots of fantastic fics for this round. Right? In fact, I thought it would be a good time to focus our thoughts on the unsung heroes that help support our favorite people in Stargate! With that in mind, I've chosen a prompt from our list that is right up our alley:

Walter the chevron guy saves the day.

What do you think? Can you come up with something for Walter? Remember, it can be crack!fic, serious, adventure or even all in his own mind. lol Don't forget, it can also be a crossover, so whatever you come up with will be great!! And I'm anxious now to read all about the adventures of Walter the Chevron guy!!

Please post your story/intro to story in this post. All comments are screened until reveal day, December 1st. As always, if you were the one who suggested this prompt, you may comment to this post to identify yourself. Your comment will be unscreened along with the stories. You are also welcome to remain anonymous if you prefer.

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October 1: Prompt revealed

November 31: Primary deadline for story submissions

December 1: Comments (stories) unscreened

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January 1: New prompt announced. Submissions for “Walter the chevron guy saves the day.” will be closed.

Happy writing!


Not Today - Part 2

“Alright, Carter, here… take some of these” Colonel O’Neill said in a loud whisper, handing Captain Carter several bricks of C4. “Danny, do you have enough ammo? T, buddy, are you going to take your staff weapon?” Walter watched for several minutes as they continued to stuff their vest pockets with various bits of gear, including ammo, explosives and detonators. What in the world are they doing? He knew they weren’t slated for any missions today, and the way they were acting made it clear that whatever they were doing, it wasn’t authorized. But then it hit him — they must be going after Apophis! Walter felt a wave of relief come over him. He hadn’t realized before now just how disappointed he was that the world was probably going to end. He suddenly envisioned himself actually having a nice evening. Maybe tonight he’d finally get a chance to make one of his famous appletini’s and start that new video game he’d bought. Yep, this day was definitely looking up.

After they finished packing up their vests, they all grabbed handguns, sliding them into their holsters. As they began suiting up with P90s, Walter suddenly heard voices. General Hammond was approaching from the hallway that led to the gateroom. He was talking with General Arnold, one of the visitors. What is he doing here? Walter thought frantically, I’ve got to do something! He looked around, trying to think of something, anything to serve as a distraction. There was absolutely nothing handy at his disposal. Since he’d been coming from lunch, he wasn’t even carrying any paperwork that he could pretend needed urgently signed by General Hammond. But after a moment of panic, all the training sessions he’d ever overheard kicked in and he thought, What do I have, and what do I need? He looked down. Turns out he had all he needed.

Walter rushed down the hall toward the sound of General Hammond’s voice. He rounded the corner and saw the General and the visitor coming. He felt a wave of anxiety wash over him as he contemplated his next steps, but then he realized that the fate of the entire world hung on the balance of his next move. He summoned his courage and stepped hurriedly forward, slamming into General Hammond and spilling his latte all over the General. Time seemed to slow down for Walter and it felt like he saw the coffee spilling out in slow motion, each blob of hot, milky coffee flying out of the cup and arcing over to land with a resounding splash on the General. Walter gave the cup a twist and some of the latte spilled on the visiting General as well. Both men exclaimed loudly and stepped back, as if trying to distance themselves from the burning liquid on their shirts. “I’m so sorry! I just didn’t see you there, Sir!” Walter began gushing repeated apologies and gesturing with his arms, trying to discourage them from moving forward. “Sir, if you’d just allow me to help, I’m sure I can find a fresh shirt for your guest.” As for General Hammond, Walter knew that he kept a spare, freshly-pressed uniform in a closet in his office. Since allies could walk through the gate at any hour of the day or night, and General Hammond hated to look rumpled, it never hurt to be prepared. So Walter was fairly certain that General Hammond would want to retreat there to change. “I could show General Arnold, Sir, to the VIP quarters and arrange to have a fresh shirt brought to him there.”

Hammond looked at Walter, shaking his head at his usually reliable assistant and after a moment he sighed. “That’s fine, Walter” He then looked at his guest, “General, let’s postpone the tour. I’ll meet you in the briefing room at 15:30.” General Hammond turned and walked back toward his office. Walter ushered the guest off along a third corridor that led to elevator. As he continued to apologize profusely, he spared a glance behind him. Captain Carter had poked her head out of the armory and was watching with wide eyes. As he met her gaze he saw her mouth the words, “Thank you” and then she smiled at him. Walter felt a rush of pride move through him. It wasn’t every day he helped save the world.

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Go, Walter! :D

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it was definitely fun to have him save the day... yay for walter! :D

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Okay. Now I get to squee in a reply!! Eeeee! lol OMG I loved this! We all tend to overlook the men and women in the background, never realizing that they really do make a difference in so many ways, and now you've showed us how Walter is more than a technician. He's a hero in his own right!

Really, REALLY loved this!!

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I'm so glad you liked it - thank you!

And you're right about people in the background making a difference. There's probably a lot behind the scenes work that makes SG1 saving the day possible.

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I love this! Walter never does get his due respect. We'll never truly know how many times it's actually been Walter that saved the world but with someone else taking the credit.

Wonderful story. Thank you!

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Thank you - I'm glad you liked it!

And so true about not knowing -- I bet he's been instrumental in many a last-minute save for the SGC :)

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Oh this was so fun to read! Only Walter would worry about being behind on his paperwork when an Apophis attack in imminent. And sacrificing his latte... he is truly a hero:)

Great job!

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Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! It was fun to write. And yeah, worrying about paperwork while the world might be ending just seemed like something Walter might do. I imagine working at the SGC would really make you pretty immune to imminent disaster. "Wait, what? the end of the world? ...again? meh." :D

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Well, today seems to be my day for writing replies to you!

I loved this! I always like a chance for one of the minor characters to shine, and it also helps me make the case for the fact that in spite of the fact that some deluded people think it's all about the hair, actually we should all acknowledge that really it's all about the coffee!

I for one will sleep better tonight, knowing that Walter and his caffeinated beverage are standing between me and annihilation. My icon is obviously taken from the moment when Walter was telling Emmet Bregmann about his role in saving Earth from Apophis.

(Actually I made it in part because I loved the dubious expression of the woman in the background! Now I know it is because she was contemplating the possible career damage of that latte!)

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It's definitely all about the coffee! :)

Walter couldn't resist telling Bregman all about it. He was so glad, almost giddy, that General Hammond wasn't in the room at the time, so he was free to tell Bregman all about it. But later that night at home, it dawned on him that someday Hammond might see the interview in the documentary, and then his secret would be out. He hoped he wouldn't lose his job. Somebody had to make sure that the iris would open and close.

(i too find the dubious expression quite funny -- thanks for pointing that out! :)

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Ooooh! I get to use this icon too!

If/when Hammond finds out, he will call Walter to his office. He will be stern. He will mention having seen Walter's account of the latte incident. He will inform Walter firmly that the next time such an issue comes up, he would appreciate if Walter just take him aside and insist that the tour needs to be postponed. He will point out that he can take a hint as well as the next General, and that he'd rather the Earth be saved without incurring drycleaning costs. Then he'd mention that he did not expect this card to be still on his desk when he returned from his trip down to the commissary for lunch. He'd head out the door, without having dismissed Walter, who would be left staring at a desk bare of everything save the General's brass name plate, a blotter, a closed and charging laptop, three black pens, a black phone, a red phone, and a generous Starbucks gift card.

Walter's loyalty to General O'Neill was unstinting and eternal, but General Hammond was his favorite general of all time. He was a gentleman of the old school, and a real class act.

General O'Neill agreed 100%.

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lol! and General Hammond was a real class act, indeed!