The loop started again, and Jack was back to eating Fruit Loops.
"Anyway, I'm sorry, but that just happens to be how I feel about it. What do you think?"
He glanced at Daniel, who was waiting for a response. After all this time, he was still wondering what in the hell he was talking about.
"Hugs," Jack said, standing up. "The answer is always a hug, no matter what."
He left the room, leaving a very confused Sam and Daniel.
That was when Jack started hugging everybody. Literally, everybody he encountered. If there were multiple people, he would engage in a group hug. It took almost everyone by surprise, because the first word you think of when you hear "military" or "Air Force" is definitely not hugging. He even stopped by the infirmary to hug Dr. Frasier and the medical team.
"Daniel!" Jack exclaimed as they caught each other in the hallways.
Daniel was sucked into the arms of Jack, pulling the archaeologist into a tight bear hug.
"Jack?" he asked again.
"Jack, what are you doing?"
"What does it look like I'm doing?"
"I'm spreading the love."
They heard the voice of Sam from behind Jack. She also looked just as puzzled as Daniel.
"Major Carter!" Jack exclaimed, letting go of Daniel and embracing Sam. She was stiff for a few moments (because, come on, her commanding officer was hugging her) but then complied, wrapping her arms around him for a tight hug.
It was nice, it felt comfortable. They even rocked back and forth a little bit.
"Wait," Daniel said. "Don't tell me you've been hugging everyone for the past six hours."
"Yup. Carter, you are a really good hugger."
Sam frowned and glanced at Daniel. He just smiled and shrugged in reply. It was kind of amusing.
"Um, thank you?" she managed to muster. "Wait, literally everybody?"
"Yup! Even Dr. Frasier and Hammond. Who knew the military could be such good huggers? You smell nice, too."
She smelled like coconuts, to be exact.
"Sir?" She saw curious onlookers leaning over and seeing the two hug.
"Shh, no 'sir'-ing right now."
Jack felt Sam sink furthermore into his embrace. They needed to do this often, this was too comfortable.
He honestly, genuinely did not want this to end.