Author's Note: So, I decided that we all pretty much needed a light-hearted chapter after the four-chapter angst arc that was "In the Line of Duty." I promised a happier Jack-Cassie moment, so here it is! As always, thank you for the reviews from last chapter.
Also, I just wanted to remind everyone that I'll be starting a new Little Moments story, cleverly titled Little Moments Part II. It's just so I don't end up with a massive story eight hundred chapters long, or something. Be on the lookout for it!
Disclaimer: Don't own it. Sigh.
"Wait, Jack. I don't understand. Where are we going?"
Jack sighed. The kid had been spending way too much time with Sam and Daniel. She actually liked school. It was all well and good; he wanted Cassie to get good grades, after all. But he had to save her from becoming too much of a nerd.
"Out," Jack answered vaguely as he opened the passenger door of his truck and hoisted Cassie up into it. She was still too short to climb up into it by herself.
"Come on, Jack. Where are we going?"
"It's a surprise."
Jeeze, it was scary when she did that. The kid was only eleven years old and she already sounded like Janet. Jack looked over at her as he started his truck up and pulled out of the middle school parking lot.
"Fine. I won't tell you exactly where we're going, but I will tell you that we're playing hooky."
Cassie's brow furrowed. "What?"
Jack grinned then. "This is another Earth tradition, Cassie. Playing hooky is when you skip school to go and have some fun."
"Oh!" Cassie was smiling, so maybe there wasn't too much hope lost in the nerd department yet. "Hey Jack, are you playing hooky too?"
Jack smirked, thinking of the rather large pile of reports waiting for him back in his office back at the mountain. "Yeah, Cassie," he said. "I'm playing hooky, too."
"But you don't go to school. You said that playing hooky is when you skip school to have fun."
"Oh, it works for grownups too, Cass," Jack explained. "It's called using a sick day."
"Jack, this is so much fun!" Cassie exclaimed as she plucked a large chunk of blue cotton candy from the stick that Jack held. "Can we play hooky every day?"
Jack had taken Cassie to the local fair. They had spent all day riding on the rides, playing the games at the various booths (and winning many prizes), and pretty much stuffing themselves with greasy and sugary carnival food. They were both having a blast, but it was getting difficult to carry around the vast amount of large stuffed animals they had won at the game booths.
Jack chuckled and ruffled Cassie's hair. "I wish we could, kid," he said. "Unfortunately, the state of Colorado demands that you go to school. And General Hammond demands that I go to work."
"But we can play hooky again, right?"
"Of course, squirt. We can even play hooky when you're college."
Cassie grinned. "I probably shouldn't tell my mom about this, right?"
Jack winced. He certainly couldn't tell the kid to lie to her mother, but he didn't exactly want to get his ass kicked, either. Finally, after a long moment, he said, "Well, if you really want to tell her, you can. But I would prefer it if you left my name out of the story."
Cassie laughed. Not only did she sound like her mother, but she also knew how to use her as a weapon. She was well aware that Janet would rip a Jack a new one if she found out that he had pulled Cassie out of school just so that they could go to the carnival.
"Don't worry, Jack. I get it. I won't tell her."
Those were the only words to leave Jack's mouth as he and Cassie stepped into his house. He was greeted with two very angry looking women, one archeologist who could barely contain his laughter, and one amused Jaffa.
"Hi, Mom!" Cassie said brightly, her arms wrapped around the large purple panda Jack had won for her earlier in the day. She also had two stuffed puppies somewhere by her. Jack was holding the super-size version of Hello Kitty, among other stuffed animals shoved into a bag at his feet.
"Nice toy, Jack," Daniel snickered from across the room.
"Can it, Daniel," Jack said in response. He was trying to figure out how to make a quick escape from the melting glares he was getting from both Sam and Janet. He knew that he should have held off on getting them spare keys. It was unfair that they could use it against him. He wanted Teal'c on his side.
Jack tried for charm, then. "Hey, Doc. What's up? And Carter. You're both looking extremely radiant today, I see. How were your days at work?"
The two women just continued to glare at him.
"Colonel O'Neill," Janet finally said. "Could you please explain to me why you thought it was necessary to pull my daughter out of school today?" She pointed a threatening finger at him. "And if you tell me that it was so she could experience another earth tradition, I'll find the biggest needle I have and stick it in a very unpleasant place."
Jack swallowed hard. He was in so much trouble.
Author's Note: I hope that you all enjoyed this chapter. Thanks for reading!