Title: Haunting Obsessions
Summary: And the memories
of a man are haunting her days, and the
craving never fades.
Disclaimer: Don't own them, never will. Promise to put
in the state I found them.
Author's notes: This is a very odd piece of work, and as I look
back on it,
I still cringe. The old `What was I thinking when I posted
this!?' debate will no doubt dance around my head for a while.
But, I think it's a good story, and feedback is always
Dedication: As always, for LEW.
Copyright © to Venom, 2003
And the memories of a man are haunting her days
And the craving
The Corrs, Forgiven, not forgotten.
The fluttering under her fingertips was a welcome
one and her hand
continued to absently stoke her protruding stomach. She had often
wondered, if the accident hadn't
happened, if she would be in
position at all.
Not that she'd have it any other way, of course.
being what they were, she was a little worried about
the safety of her unborn child. Her doctor had been taken by the
strangers, and although Jack had told her that he'd done a first
course, she wasn't sure if she was completely
idea of her husband delivering their child into the world.
Oh, she trusted him, and his
skills, but there was something about
the situation that unnerved her.
Walking along the lake, she spotted him
coming down the river in the
opposite direction, completely content in his canoe. Laira was fairly
certain that he'd
even named his beloved canoe `Carter,'
wasn't going to bring it up.
After all, he had married her hadn't
"Fair day." She smiled as he banked the wooden boat.
"Fair day." He returned, stepping up on the shore to
and then her stomach. "Hey kid, how's it goin' in
there?" He asked.
His question was met with
a kick in her stomach that he felt.
Satisfied, Jack stood up, smiling. He gently took Laira's hand
to walk back towards the village at a leisurely pace.
It was the same everyday. When she woke in the morning, he would
gone, and around lunchtime he would peacefully follow the river back
down to the spot where they had first kissed,
where she would be
Laira never asked where he went or what he did, she didn't see it
She was his wife, yes, but she suspected that it was more
a marriage of convenience than anything else.
council-the few that had stayed on Edorra and lived,
anyway- were not happy about the fact that half of their population
was missing. They had been very adamant that it was Jack's fault
they all had to work twice as hard to compensate
for the diminished
Vote's had been taken on what to do with Jack, and he had been
say in the matter. The council was a collection of ten men and
woman who were usually compassionate, and fair in their
Jack's case, however, they had wanted to take the barbaric route
exile him from the village.
had known that he couldn't survive. Their decision had come
the end of autumn, and with winter so close, he wouldn't
gather enough supplies to survive on.
That hadn't seemed to effect the council though.
Most of the
village had agreed with them. Jack's team had taken
of their people away, why should he be treated to their hospitality?
While the council saw a man responsible for the loss of their loved
ones, Laira saw the man who had risked his
own life, and his chance
to return home, to save her son and his girlfriend.
But her arguments had done little
to sway them.
She'd tried everything that she'd known that would sway the
She'd used compassion, anger,
tried to gather sympathy, but in
end nothing had worked.
So she'd told them that she and Jack had fallen
He'd done well to hide his shock, and just nodded in admission.
council had demanded to know when
they had started sharing a bed,
what they planned to do with their lives. Jack had promptly informed
them that he
wanted to be `bound' with the woman.
Laira knew that it was a lie. She cared for Jack, and he cared for
she had taken him in and shown compassion to him when
everyone else was determined to make him feel unwelcome.
there was no love.
Well, at least, Laira didn't think that Jack felt that way for
her…..her own feelings
were still in turmoil. He was sweet, kind,
attentive to her needs, but could she love a man who obviously
want her for who she was? Could she love someone who merely saw her
as his chance for survival?
"You okay?" Jack's question broke through her thoughts
and she smiled
up at him, her hand still resting
protectively over her abdomen.
"I am well." She smiled. "Did you enjoy the river this
same question that she asked every morning.
"It was peaceful…..I saw Paynen this morning." Jack told
"I hope he was not unpleasant to you."
"No, no, nothing like that. He wanted me to tell you
some bigger work shirts for you to accommodate your size, all you
have to do is ask."
will see her tonight, at the party." Laira replied.
"Will you be out late?" He asked as they neared their home.
smiled at his words, unable to help herself. "You
"You need not concern yourself Jack,
for you shall be there with
She replied, walking into the wash room before he had a chance to
woke up reluctantly, her sleep deprived body protesting as she
opened her eyes and life her head from the makeshift `pillow'
she had been using.
"You've got numbers and letters on your cheek." Daniel
from his position
at the doorway.
Self-consciously rubbing her cheek, Sam felt the indents on her cheek
from resting on her keyboard
She couldn't help but grin. "What time is it?" She asked,
nine." He replied.
Sam's eyes widened in shock, panic clouding her eyes. "What?
have a briefing!" She
"Relax Sam, Hammond cancelled it."
"Tessa has to have her appendix taken out. We have a
the day so he can be with her." Daniel explained.
"Oh." Sam nodded, biting her bottom lip.
"I should get
back to work."
"Sam…." Daniel paused, wondering if she would bite his
head off again
bringing this subject up again. "Don't you think that you
take a break?"
"I can't Daniel….I have
to bring him home."
"When exactly was the last time you left the base?" He asked
already knowing the
"A while." She admitted reluctantly.
"Sam, you haven't left the base in six months. You've
house, and all of your stuff is in storage….what does that tell
Sam looked at her
Yes, her house had been sold because she wasn't paying the rent.
stuff was in storage, but she'd
practically lived in the SGC for
past four years anyway, paying the bills seemed a little futile.
Daniel." She snapped, tired.
Daniel winced at the harsh tone and walked to the door, turning back
to relay the
message that had brought him here in the first
place. "Janet said to get down to the infirmary today, she wants
Sighing at the hurt look on Daniel's face, Sam stood and arched
back, desperately trying to
work out the kinks that had accumulated
there during her…..-quick look at watch-…..three hours of
sighed again, and headed towards the infirmary, ignoring the
strange looks that she was getting from the passing airmen.
guess, either she finally had grown something out of her nose of she
still had letters on her cheek.
Carter." Jenny, head nurse, greeted her, ushering her
one of the gurneys at the back of the large room. "Doctor
will be here in a moment." She smiled, bounding away from Sam
she even had the chance to utter a
Sam took the time to study her fingernails. Short, but neat and they
had grease under them from her current
project. She made a mental
note to do something about them when she got the Colonel home.
"Hey Sam." Janet smiled,
pulling the curtain around the bed
"Janet, you wanted to see me?" Sam knew why she was
likely it was to receive the same lecture that everyone else had been
giving her, but she decided
to play dumb for a bit, and-hopefully-
avoid the inevitable.
"Yes. Just a check-up. Hop on the scales." She smiled
Sam willingly complied.
Janet frowned at the reading. "What?"
If possible, the doctor's from deepened
"It's probably just a phase, I'll put it back on soon
defended with a shrug.
"Sam, you haven't put on weight in almost eight months.
for your age and height, and I'm not happy. When
the last meal you had?" Janet crossed her arms across her chest,
her best `and you had better not lie to me' look plastered on
"A few days ago." Sam shrugged.
"I've been busy."
"And, when was your last period?"
"About four or five months ago, but Jolinar….."
cut her off. "Don't use Jolinar as an excuse, Sam.
they were regular, weren't they?"
now they're not."
"No, but it's probably just the chemical imbalance,
you've said it
yourself that my body chemistry
isn't what it should be."
"Sam, you've been getting regular hormone shots to regulate
Sam nodded. "And now you've lost so
that you've started skipping periods."
frown deepened at her friend's defiant tone. "So,
I have no
choice but to order you off the base for the next three
days. If you
come back during that time, I will have you removed from this
"You can't do that!'
her arms, Janet sighed quietly. "I can Sam, but I've
hoping that you'd start getting back to normal before it
this. But if you don't start looking after yourself then I'll
Sam stood and looked
down at Janet. "I will not go home and put
feet up while my friend is stuck on another planet!" She told her
marching out of the infirmary.
"At least get something to eat!" Janet called after her and
with a curt wave.
Jack waited until Laira came out of the wash room before demanding
answers. "I can't
go to this party Laira, you're people
blame me for
"Can you control fire rain, Jack?" She asked.
confusion was clearly displayed on Jack's face. "No, no
"Then their blame is misplaced. I would like your
would you please accompany me?" She asked sweetly, rubbing her
Jack sighed deeply.
He'd been here almost a year and the people
blamed him for what happened, how was he supposed to start building
bridges with them and interact on a social level now?
"Fine." He agreed reluctantly.
"Good." Laira smiled.
couldn't help but feel that it was going to be a long night.
Sam had decided that heading to the commissary
was a good idea after
all, and made her way there. The cooks were surprised to see her in
there, and so was the rest
of the room who all fell silent upon her
Something inside of her just…..snapped.
I do have to eat too. For crying out loud, anyone
think that none of you had ever seen someone who was hungry!"
out a long breath she waited until everyone returned to their
previous activities before grabbing a tray.
young man behind the counter watched, fascinated, as she loaded
up her tray with as much as possible. Mostly packaged
foods, he noted
absently. Sam looked up. "Do you have any cans of soup here?"
James nodded and
went into the kitchen before returning with ten
cans, all different flavors. He lined them up on the counter.
one would you like ma'am?" He asked.
"All of them." She smiled, placing the large cans onto her
was now very full. In the end, Sam had to put food in her
Once she was sure that she had enough
food to last at least three
weeks, more if she rationed it better, Sam left the room and headed
back to her lab.
particle beam generator 2 and it predecessor, the original
generator, were both waiting, untouched, for her where she
them. Opening one of the cupboards, Sam moved some of her tools to a
lower shelf and stocked it up with the
food that she had gathered.
There was a sink in her lab for emergency's, a small cot in the
storage room, a bar fridge
in the storage room, and she'd even
managed to get a toilet installed.
Essentially, she could live out of here
for a while if she had to.
Jack sat towards the back of the room, staying out of people's
already gotten a rather unpleasant lecture from a drunken
villager upon his arrival, and he was in no hurry to repeat
Laira was at the other end of the room, enjoying the party, no doubt.
would happily give his left leg to be back on Earth with a cold
beer, a hockey game, and his friends for the night.
Edorrans were being anything and everything but welcoming. He
understood their need to blame someone for what had happened,
surely he wasn't the only target available?
What about all the idiots that had chosen to stay and either be
killed or injured? Everyone seemed to have forgotten about that,
because they were native and he was just an alien
At that moment he understood how Teal'c felt.
Garran sat down next to Jack and paused before speaking.
all blame you."
"Then those select few have a very funny way of showing it."
Yes, he was bitter, and he had a right to be.
He had helped these people rebuild their lives. He
tended to the
herds of cattle-that's what he'd chosen to call them
helped them plant and harvest their
crops and worked doubly hard when
winter had approached to ensure that they all survived the cold.
and hammers for crying out loud!
Surely that deserved some recognition?
He was trying
his best to fit in here. He had his `alone'
the canoe every morning, but then he would work in the fields,
wherever he thought he was needed most, for the rest of the
afternoon. He didn't say much to the people, and he
them with stories of Earth and his life.
"They are just afraid of going against the council's
Garran told him, his voice low.
"People have a right to say what they think." Jack insisted.
Garran pointed out.
Jack smirked a little. "Yeah, well that's because at the
of my thoughts involve
four letter words."
Garran missed the meaning.
"Do you miss Earth?" He asked.
"Earth is my home, of course
I miss it."
"Edorra is your home at the moment."
"That won't last forever." He certainly hoped not.
figure something out. She always does."
"Major Carter is very smart, but you've been digging the
you've been here, and you still have yet to find the
Jack blew out a long breath, knowing the
kid had a point. Not that he
was going to admit that. "Then I guess I'll just have to rely
He was relying on her, she told herself.
Time and time again, that though alone had gotten her through the
tiredness, the hunger, and the exhaustion. And it was probably the
only thing that had stopped her from shooting anyone
Which was why she had ended up like she was at the moment.
The Asguard, Tollan
and Tok'ra had all been contacted when the
Eddoran Stargate had first been cut off. The quickest ship that any
their allies had would take at least two years to reach Eddora.
Sam wouldn't let him wait that long.
was fairly secluded from the rest of the base, and most of
this level was deserted. Hammond had decided that it was probably
safer after she and Merran had tested the Naqudah reactor. But, the
seclusion meant that no one had tried to get in
Even if they did, the swipe on machine that opened her lab door had
been involved in a very unfortunate
accident. Now, it only responded
to one card, hers. And, because there were copies available from the
had made herself a new one.
The food that she had taken from the commissary had been rationed
out, and she worked
out that she could survive on her supplies for
two months if her eating habit's followed the same pattern that
had for the past five months. Besides, she also had an emergency
stock of chocolate in the fridge that would make
the food supply
stretch for over three months.
Sam had emptied out her locker before she locked herself in her
She had a toothbrush, the pajamas that the Colonel had brought for
her-space patterns, with little Roswell
aliens on them- and some
civvies that she'd always kept on base in case of emergencies.
had three tubes of
toothpaste that she'd stolen from Janet's
as well as her own.
She had all of the personal items that
mattered to her-a picture of
her mother, and her family all together, a picture of SG-1 and
another which included
Hammond, Janet and Cassie and a picture of
Jack. And she'd brought blankets from her quarters and made up
in her storage room.
The photograph of Jack had been scanned, and several copies had been
made, printed and hung
around her lab. Whenever she looked up,
see a picture of him and that would drive her to work harder at
the second generator to work.
He should have been home by now.
And he would have, if the first generator hadn't
last second and blown up, nearly incinerating the Stargate. Three
airmen had died in the explosion,
three more had been hurt. Because
of the accident, Sam had to start again on the plans to get him home
the second generator so that it wouldn't suffer the
She would have had the project finished months
ago, but everyone kept
insisting that she take a break. The constant interruption had all
become too much.
she'd quietly set up her storeroom with everything she'd
Even managed installed a small fridge for drinks
and the sandwiches,
which had been put in several months before Jack had been stranded.
He'd brought it for her as
a Christmas present. Something along
lines of 'you there that often anyway, you might as well have
some Bud for when I visit.' He'd joked.
She'd gone up to the top level of the base, signed out, and then
her way back in and locked herself in the lab. The
security camera had been damaged from an explosion-very minor at that-
few months back. She'd insisted that they wait until she had
finished with the PBG before they fixed it, in case the generator
blew up again and ruined their efforts.
The idiotic technician that she'd feed that line to had believed
at his picture again, Sam returned to work…..she *would*
Back to her.
contemplated his conversation with Garran for a while before he
attempted to make contact with Laira. She was engrossed
in a debate
with several other pregnant women about the winter crops when
found her, so he'd quietly slipped
out of the house and into the
night. He could tell that winter was approaching, even without seeing
mad rush to gather supplies, he could feel it.
Someone else was out here he realised, hearing the sobs of a woman
the distance. Following the sound, he found Paynen's wife
sobbing into her hands with her back resting against a large
"Jaylan?" He asked quietly, placing a gentle hand on her
She looked up and Jack could see
her tear streaked face in the bright
moonlight. "Mind if I sit down?" He asked.
Jaylan didn't trust her voice to
work so she merely nodded and he
slid down onto the boulder next to her, mirroring her position.
did not think
that anyone had noticed my leaving." She admitted.
"I heard you crying and came to see what was going on." He
"Wanna talk about it?"
"My husband loves another." She told him quietly.
Jack hadn't had any experience with
infidelity in his life, and
really had no idea what to say. "I'm sorry." It
wasn't the most
profound or comforting
thing he could have though of, but it would
have to do.
"As was I." She smiled grimly. "He will not leave me for
are many things that would happen if he were to do that and we have a
fragile harmony among our people since
the accident that sent the
others away. He will not jeopardize that for his own happiness."
"I know this will sound
horrible, but if he wont leave you, then
are you so upset?"
"Because she carries his child within her."
looked at her watch, just after four in the morning. The time was
perfect. She picked up her cell phone and dialed the
"This is Major Samantha Carter, password Chocolate Brown eyes.
like to speak to Doctor
Fraiser please." She told the operator.
was put on hold while he checked the file's to see if her
correct, and then came back.
"I'll put you through ma'am."
The phone rang several times before her friend answered.
"Sam." She could hear the weariness in her voice. "Where
are you? We
haven't heard from you in a few
"You told me to leave." Sam pointed out.
"Yes, but I thought that you'd try to get back in at least
you at a motel?" So, Janet had heard about her house then. Daniel
probably relaying information at every
"No, I'm in San-Diego. I decided to ask for a month's
leave and come
visit my brother."
"What about getting the Colonel home? The particle beam
"I left instructions with my
lab assistant, he knows how to reach
if things go wrong. And anyway, I'm uploading a de-bugging
the system and it's going to take a while. No point in
around if I have nothing to do, is there?"
"So…..yeah, I just wanted to let you know where I was. If you
me, then you can always call.
Oh, I have to go, Abby wants ice cream.
Bye Janet!" She hung up and then called the switch back.
"This is Major
Samantha Carter, password Chocolate Brown eyes.
like to speak to General Hammond please."
had calmed down significantly, and was heading back to join
the others. If she was gone too long, someone would notice.
would immediately notice Jack's absence from the party and jump
conclusions. She didn't want his reputation
among her people
tarnished any more than it already had been.
Despite what the rest of the village thought, he
was a good man, and
she could see that by simply remembering the comforting arm he had
placed around her shoulder
and the way that he had remained non-
judgmental as she cried into his shirt.
Why everyone else hated him, she
would never understand.
Opening the door to her home, she saw that no one had notice she was
gone. They were all
concentrating on Laira, who was lying on the
floor biting her bottom lip in pain. "What's going on?"
She asked the
"She is bringing her child into the world." He replied.
Paynen held her hand as she grimaced
in pain while he Saylien wiped
her brow with a damp cloth. "I'll get Jack." She
out of the house
in search of the man.
He was exactly where she had left him, resting against the
boulder. "Laira is giving birth."
She told him, breathless
Jack shot up and ran back to the house, ready to deliver his child.
hadn't slept in three days. She knew, from experience, that
body could continue to function for five days before
the need for
sleep overwhelmed her and she was forced to take a break. At the
moment, however, her brain was filled
with equations, mechanics,
wormhole theories and numbers, and she was concerned that any for of
included, would force her thoughts away.
She couldn't allow that.
She had a man to rescue.
she would let her thoughts stray to him. She wondered
what he was doing with himself of Edorra. Of course, he could have
been killed when the meteor struck the Stargate. If he had been
within three miles of it when it was hit…..
No, she told herself firmly, he had to be alive.
She'd been working on this project for over a year now, there
way that all of that time had been wasted.
So, she let herself imagine that he was alive and well. No
would have found something to do, Jack was one of those men that
always had to keep their hands busy…..which
brought her thoughts
around to Laira.
The native woman had all but peed on Jack in an effort to mark her
Sam knew that she was a good woman, and a loving mother, and she had
sat down with Laira on several occasions
throughout their first
visit. She explained the situation with the meteor to her, and
shown her some of the
basic workings of their equipment. Laira had
seemed most interested in their radios, and seemed to Sam to be a
But there was something about her. She had seemed far to willing to
seduce Jack for Sam's liking.
But it had been a subtle seduction.
Laira was intelligent in that area, she didn't just throw herself
was genuinely bright smiles, and the occasional touch that
would win him over, the native woman had worked that much out
It had taken Sam three years to come to the same conclusion.
Jack smiled at
his sleeping daughter, rocking her gently.
Everyone had instantly fell in love with Beth, and Jack was no
She had brown eyes and blonde hair, and she looked more
like Laira than him, but that didn't matter.
had warmed up to him in leaps and bounds since she was
born, nearly three months earlier. It had seemed odd at first,
Jack decided not to look a gift horse in the mouth.
If they were going to welcome him a little better, then
who was he to
Sometimes he though about Earth. He knew that Carter would be working
to try and figure
out a way to get him home, but as he looked at his
beautiful daughter, Jack had to wonder if her really wanted to go
so even if the villagers were being a little nicer, they still
resented him, and he was married to a woman that loved
him, even if
the sentiment wasn't returned. But on the positive, he had a
beautiful daughter, peaceful surroundings,
his canoe, and a placid
lake…..one that actually had fish in it!
What more could a guy ask for, really?
had received a call from Major Carter, about a month and a
half ago, requesting two more months leave to stay with her
He'd found it a little odd that she'd want to take so much
while her commanding officer and friend
was stranded on a planet
thousands of light years from home, but it was the first vacation she
had asked for, and
she was certainly entitled to it.
With Doctor Fraiser's recommendations, he'd agreed.
Her lab had been left
untouched, and the door was locked. Since an
accident had occurred in there, involving lots of fragile technology,
she had been off-world, Carter had requested permission to keep
it locked when she wasn't there.
see the logic.
But something wasn't sitting right with him. He couldn't put
finger on it at the moment,
but he'd figure it out.
The dormant Stargate spun to life and Sam looked up from her work,
the klaxons blaring. She was tempted to leave the sanctuary
of her lab to see if it was him, but she knew that if they
her deception then she'd be taken to the loony bin…..or
anxious, to see if an IDC was received. He had three
teams currently off world and none of them were due back.
arrivals usually meant trouble.
Janet seemed to come to the same conclusion as she ran up to the
waiting to receive any injured.
"Receiving the Tok'ra IDC sir, shall I open the iris?"
up at Hammond.
The General nodded. "Defence teams stand ready, we don't know
really the Tok'ra or not!"
He called through the microphone.
Jacob Carter stepped out of the event horizon and the airmen inside
of the `Gate
room visibly relaxed. "Hey George!" He
waved, and looked
around, a frown forming on his face. "Where's my
was going crazy.
There was no other way to describe it.
While, at first, he had been happy that the Eddorans
were warming up
to them, he didn't realise that he would soon become their center
entertainment. All they ever
wanted to hear about was Earth.
And, while he had faith in Carter's ability to get him home, he
to accept the fact that he might never return. When people
started asking him to tell them more, it made that harder and
It was at these times that he realised how much he really did miss
home. Hell, even Daniel knew
when to shut up and give him some peace
and quiet. These people didn't have the same trait, obviously.
Beth was wonderful, and she was a good kid and
cry unless something was wrong, but she slept most of the day-as
baby's do- and rarely needed his attention. When she was awake,
was usually because she needed to be fed-something
do- or changed.
Laira seemed hell bent on developing some kind of sex life between
and that was just plain weird. Sure, she was attractive, and a
wonderful mother, but that didn't mean that he wanted to
How was he supposed to tell her that without hurting her feelings?
Yep, he was definitely
Hammond had told Jacob everything that he knew about the situation.
From Jack's current
predicament, to his ominous feeling about
sudden request for time off.
The two General's sat in silence
for a long moment, while Jacob
absorbed what he had been told. "Can I borrow the phone?" He
where it is."
Jacob smiled and picked up the phone on Hammond's desk. He dialed
son's number and waited
for someone to answer.
"Abigail? What are you doing answering the phone?"
"Grandpa!" The little
girl squealed down the phone.
Jacob couldn't hold back a smile at her enthusiasm. "Is your
on, I'll get him." Jacob heard the phone being
dropped and the
little girl running to get her father. "Daddy! Grandpa's
"How are you?"
Small talk, Jacob almost sighed. "Fine.
Can I speak to Sam?"
"Sam? She isn't here."
"Did she go out or something?"
"Dad, what are you talking
"Sam requested three months leave to come and stay with
haven't seen Sam since you came down here with her. I
to her about four months ago, but that was the last time.
His voice was worried, Jacob couldn't blame him. "Yes, I must
got my wires mixed
up. Do you have her cell number, I'll try her
Hammond wordlessly handed his friend a pen and paper
scribbled down the number. "Thanks, you take care Mark, say hello
Jake and Susan for me."
do. When you get hold of Sam, tell her to call me will
Jacob hung up the
phone and blew out a long breath. "She
"I gathered. Try her cell. Maybe she changed her plans."
up the phone again, Jacob looked at his friend. "I hope
George, I really do."
Sam was almost
She could feel it. Maybe another two hour's work and the
would be finished. Just how she was
going to explain that she came
back from her `vacation' with a particle beam accelerator,
another problem altogether.
far, the plan was to finish the project, get some much needed
sleep, and then work on a way to convince the General to
generator *and* let her go through the Stargate before her Court
She was almost……her
Okay, there were three possibilities. The first being, that Jack was
back and they were ringing to
tell her the good news. The second,
there had been an accident on base and they needed her help urgently,
or she had
been discovered and they were calling to tell her to open
her lab door before they had to break it down.
her fingers and hoped for the first scenario while she
answered her phone.
almost dropped the phone at the sound of his voice on the other
end. What the hell was her father doing here? "Dad."
Small talk, Sam almost sighed. "Good. You?"
"Not bad. Just though I'd drop by Earth and see how my
was doing, but George tells me that you're off visiting Mark."
She hated lying to her father. She
couldn't do it when she was a
teenager, and she wasn't much better at it now. "Yeah,
figured it was
I took a vacation."
"Fair enough. How are they?"
"Good. You wouldn't believe how tall Abby is now! She's
you wouldn't believe! And Jake is running around at a hundred
an hour, I've never been so glad for
basic training in my
Jacob laughed. "Yeah well, kids will be kids."
"I guess. How long are you in
"Not long. I had some info for George and I was going to come by
see you, but I don't have time."
felt herself relax a little at his words. "Maybe next
"Maybe. I have to go, this is going to cost the SGC
"Okay. Give my best to Selmak."
"She says hi. Love you sweetheart."
"Love you too dad,
Sam hung up the phone and turned it off. She was close, she just knew
"Why does this
sport, `hockey' hold your interest so much
He had the urge to scream. Jamey was the third person to ask
question in an hour. He never should have mentioned his love of the
sport at all. "Just does." He shrugged.
seemed to get the hint, and moved on to another group of
For a quite village, the Eddoran's could sure
throw one hell of a
party. There were usually no specific reasons for the gatherings,
just spur of the moment things.
This one was no exception, but Jack
didn't feel much like partying.
"You look sad." Laira commented, sitting down
next to him.
"I'm okay." He lied.
"You miss your world."
"You said that you may never
be able to return, and yet you still
wish for it."
"Carter's smart, she'll work it out eventually."
may be many moon's before that happens."
Thanks Laira. "I know."
"Will you ever learn to accept that your place
"You must know by now, that a very big part of me will never be
to fully accept this. A big part
of me will never leave the life I
"That is not the part I want."
Jack recognized her words.
She had said them to him before the
conception of their daughter had taken place. Speaking of…..
"Jaylan was not in the mood to attend tonight. She offered to
Jack nodded, he liked
Jaylan. And he felt sorry for the woman after
what she'd told him on the night of Beth's birth.
silence descended upon them, and Jack felt obligated
to say something, anything, to put them both at ease. As long as
were talking, they could continue the pretense of being happy. The
council was watching them, Jack could feel
"Are you having a good time?"
"I am." She smiled. "Although I suspect that you are
shrugged. "I just don't feel like partying."
Laira smiled gently. "Why don't you go and check on
and he was grateful for the opportunity to leave.
"I will. See you at home." He kissed her on the cheek and
Paynen's hut and headed back to his own.
"You know that for a fact?"
was telling me how grown up Abby is and how Jake's
around like nothing else."
couldn't understand it. Where would Sam be and why would
feel the need to lie about it? Unless…..
she have anyone in her life at the moment?"
"Everyone in the SGC is in her life Jacob."
"No, I don't mean like
that, I mean *someone* specific."
"You don't know?"
So he wasn't up to date on his daughter's love life? He
on the planet most of the time.
Hammond made a face that Jacob tried not to
so." He replied slowly, unaware of what Sam had told her father
she had with her CO.
"She hasn't said anything?"
"You think that everyone at the SGC comes to me when the start
someone new? I'm their commanding officer, I stay out of their
"Good point. I would too."
Doctor Jackson and Doctor Fraiser are dating, I
Jacob smiled. "How do you know that?"
"Well, do you think that Doctor Fraiser might have any idea about
Hammond shrugged. "It's worth a shot."
He picked up the phone and dialed the infirmary, asking for Doctor
Fraiser to be sent up immediately.