Late June 2009
"What's the word you want to say, when something is so screwed up you have no idea what to do?" Vala asked as she sat perched on Sam's workbench, staring at her friend.
"What's going on Vala?" Sam asked, concern spreading over her features.
"I'm pregnant again," Vala said head dropping so her dark hair covered her features. Sam looked at Vala and shock was the only term to describe her guppy mimicking her mouth did. "This planet has a stick that tells you, and I'm pretty sure the one," she continued holding out the pregnancy test, "says that I'm 3 weeks pregnant."
"Vala," Sam said staring at the test. "Daniel?"
"Yes," she sighed. "What do I do?"
Sam sat silently for a moment. She was a bit jealous, more than she wanted to be, she and Jack had been trying to conceive for a few months and no luck. And here was her friend, and her best friend's girlfriend, who didn't even have to try and she was pregnant.
"I think the best thing is to tell Daniel, and decide for now if you're going to keep the baby," Sam explained as Vala's eyes widened.
"What do you mean keep the baby?"
"Well, you can always abort the pregnancy. It's a surgical procedure that removes the embryo," Sam explained. "Didn't your planet have something similar?"
"No, a baby could only be born," she explained. "Are there a lot of unplanned babies?"
"More than you think," Sam explained. "However I think you should speak with Daniel."
"What do I tell him? Darling, I'm pregnant and I think we should keep the baby?"
"Essentially, look I don't have a lot of experience in this field, Jack and I are still trying, but being straight forward is the best."
"Still no luck?" Vala asked, knowing that the two had been trying for some time to get pregnant with no avail.
"No, we just have to keep trying," Sam replied sadly. "Vala, I'm happy for you, you and Daniel are having a baby!" she said almost excitedly as Vala smiled bright.
"A baby," she said shaking her head.
"I am really happy for you," Sam said taking her friend's hands in her own.
"You know, the last time I was pregnant, I gave birth to a child who wanted to kill me," Vala said point blankly. "How can I be sure I wasn't impregnated again by a race that wants to kill us all?"
"Well, this time you had sex, last, as far as I know you didn't," Sam said logically. "Secondly, you haven't been off world in months, and thirdly, well, you would know, right?"
"I think so," Vala nodded.
"Listen, if you want, I'll come with you to see the doctor," Sam offered, looking at her friend, who nodded.
"To find out for sure," Vala said.
"Exactly," Sam smiled standing up. Yup, life had changed drastically in the years, and she had to admit, she liked the change in her friends. Daniel, was like her appendage, they regularly didn't have problems with personal space, and spent a good deal of time laying in bed together after he returned from the dead, but with Vala entering his life, she noticed he pulled away slightly, giving excuses of spending time with Vala, and not her. She couldn't fault him, he seemed happy, and truly happy for the first time since she'd known him.
Vala sat on the infirmary bed, staring at the ceiling. Sam held her hand, and the proof she was in fact pregnant. Unbeknownst to both women, Teal'c entered the infirmary, and his hand rested on Vala's shoulder.
"Hi Muscles," she smiled, putting on a fake brightness.
"ValaMalDoran," he said softly, as Vala looked up and smiled at Teal'c.
"You know?" Bowing his head in agreement, Vala smiled. "Tell me Teal'c, is it?"
Thinking for a moment, Teal'c watched the worry on Vala's face, the fear in her eyes. He would have to say something, something of comfort. "A human child containing the DNA of yourself, and Daniel Jackson," he supplied, not wanting to tell her, than in his timeline, the child was lost three months from now. For it was true, in his reality, the pregnancy arrived at this time, and the only thing that was different, was the marriage of General O'Neill and Colonel Carter, and he assumed if General O'Neill was onboard the Odyssey, the two would have begun their relationship as well.
"We had a baby, on the Odyssey?" Vala asked, staring at the man. Sam's eyes widened.
"This timeline is differing significantly from that I experienced," he said, trying to stop the questioning. It would only hurt both of them.
"But there are similarities? Significant ones?" Vala pressed, needing something concrete to tell her that this pregnancy was something everyone involved wanted.
"Indeed," Teal'c said softly. "ValaMalDoran, in my timeline and this one, DanielJackson will be as equally accepting at becoming a father." Vala nodded and looked at Sam, who was still focusing on Teal'c, with her eyes narrowed, in thought. "I do not wish to delve into this more, just know ValaMalDoran, that if you are in need of someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to come to me."
"Thank you," she said softly, squeezing his hand, before putting on her false bubbly nature and jumping off the bed. "I have to go! Daniel and I are having lunch."
Sam shook her head and watched her friend bounce out of the room. She never really thought she and Vala would be such good friends, but they were. And she thought, just thought, that this relationship between another woman, someone who was so unlike Janet and herself, could actually be what she always needed.
She had told him, alone, at dinner that night. He stared blankly at her, and she slid the small ultrasound picture that was taken that morning, and smiled hopefully. Daniel did nothing but stand up, move to his kitchen, and started digging around in a top cupboard, he emerged moments later, with a bottle of Crown Royal, opened it, and lifted it to his lips.
Vala watched him as he took a large swig, and set the bottle down on the counter, staring at her.
"Pregnant," Vala replied. "Daniel, you have to admit, we weren't always careful…"
Its true, they had gotten sloppy the last few times, but it was a new relationship, passion and newness sometimes won, and they hadn't even hit the 6 month mark, and here they were, pregnant.
"Listen Daniel, you don't have to do anything, its not like I wasn't prepared to raise Adria by myself, once everything…You don't…"
"Stop," Daniel said holding a hand in the air. "Do you, and I mean you, want this child?"
"I don't want to not have this baby," Vala replied. "Its something normal…"
Nodding Daniel moved and wrapped his arms around the woman, he felt her body shake, and warm tears hit his neck. His grip tightened, and he held her closer, rubbing soothing circles on her back, whispering over and over again, 'we'll be okay' in her ear.
Not once, not a single time, in all his relationships, had a pregnancy even been expected. He was safe Daniel, Daniel who never did anything without a plan. But with Vala, everything with Vala was upside down, and sideways, and made everything impulsive. He never slept with someone on the first date, but his real first date with Vala, one he had to admit was a date, he awoke the next morning, her skin pressed against his, and she smelt like mangoes. He loved mangoes.
Since then, he can count, on one hand, the nights they have not spent together. He loves her, he thinks, it feels different than before, more intense than with Sha're, and he can deal with that.
And now, he thinks he might love her even more than he did before.
"I have to throw up," she said innocently, as Daniel chuckled and let her go, as he watched her move into the hallway.
Grabbing a glass of water, some crackers, and a damp cloth, he followed her into the bathroom, placing a hand on her back, as she leaned her head onto the white porcelain.
Life was about to change, for the better. Soon it would be house hunting, nursery painting, ultrasounds, and moodswings, cravings, and sleepless nights. Daniel was scared, why shouldn't he be? He was going to be a father. A Father. He'd have to talk to Jack.
"Really?" Jack asked as he watched Sam move about the kitchen. It wasn't like she was making a gourmet meal, just spaghetti, but she preferred when he'd talk to her while doing so.
"Yes, really," Sam said turning around. "Crazy right?"
"Our little Daniel got Vala knocked up?"
"You have to promise, promise, you wont tell either I told you," Sam said staring at her husband. He nodded with a grin.
"Good ole Danny boy!" he toasted to the air as Sam laughed. "Now you gotta catch up huh?"
"Trying is fun though isn't it?" Sam asked, just before she saw Jack get up and pin her to the counter.
"So much fun."