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This is chapter two! I worked really hard on this, so I hope that you enjoy it! By the way, bold letters means that the creature is writing something.

Maria stared down at the creature and what it had written. Could it understand her? Was it really that intelligent, or did someone train it to do that? Only one way to find out.

"You can understand me?" She waited to see what the creature would do. It immediately started writing in the mud again, directly underneath it's first message.

"Yes I can. Now will you help me?" That was it's answer. How was she going to help it, anyway?

"What are you?" She persisted. "And what exactly am I supposed to help you with? To get back in the pond?" Maria looked over her shoulder back to the pond as she spoke. The creature smoothed the mud over with it's body so that it would have more room to write before it answered.

"Not to the water, it is polluted. I can no longer survive there." It smoothed over the mud again, then continued.

"I am Selmak of the Tok'ra. Please understand that if the circumstances were any different, I would not be telling you this. That is all I am willing to say here at this time about that. I do not believe either of us to be safe here now. You must help me get to Stargate Command, and then I will be able to get back to my people, and continue to fight against the Goa'uld."

To write all of that, Selmak had to smooth over the words five times. All that did was confuse Maria even more.

"What the heck are the Tok'ra and the Goa'uld? And not to mention Stargate Command? I have no idea what in the world you're talk-" She corrected herself. "Writing about." With the way it moved its body after she said that, she could tell that was tired, and maybe a little frustrated or something. She couldn't help but feel sorry for Selmak.

"I will not tell you what you ask for until we are somewhere else. All I ask now is that you trust me. By the way, what is your name? I know that it cannot be "chick," yes?"

Was that a joke? Maria, unsure, answered it.

"My name is Maria. And I've decided to help you, but you have to answer one more question."

At hearing her statement that she had decided to help, Selmak made a small jump that looked happy, and made a short, high pitched noise that hurt her ears again. She winced.

"And you can't make that noise anymore when I'm around, okay? It hurts my ears. Here's my question, and even though I think it sounds a little stupid, I'm asking just to be sure. Are you an alien?" She waited to see what it's answer would be.

Selmak smoothed over the mud again. "That is what you call beings from another world, yes?"

Maria nodded.

"Then yes, I am, in fact, an alien."

What planet was he from? Maria had decided to help it, but how? Did Selmak expect her to bring it home with her?

"Do you want me to bring you home with me? Is that what you're trying to say?" She had to know, before the idea got into it's head that she could bring it straight to where it wanted to go.

It answered immediately. "Yes, that would be good, for now. As long as I am not discovered by your mother and father."

"My mom died when I was little, and I haven't seen my dad for months. I live with my sister, but she's gone a lot, too. So you have nothing to worry about." She tried to make it sound casual, even though it still hurt to think about her parents and sister, and how often she was alone at home.

Selmak started writing again. " I'm sorry, Maria." That was all it wrote, a simple apology.

"It's fine. Don't worry about it." Maria suddenly realized that she had no idea how she was going to get Selmak home.

" I've got one more problem here. How am I supposed to get you home? No offense, but after seeing you bite those boys, I'm kind of afraid to carry you."

"None taken. I only bite when I'm angry and provoked. Although I do understand your fear." It smoothed over the words again. "But if you don't want to carry me in your hands, what about the pack you have on your back? Is there enough room for me in it?"

Maria wondered why she hadn't thought of that. She took off her backpack and set it on the ground next to Selmak. Unzipping it, she saw that there was just enough room for Selmak to crawl inside. She smiled.

"Yes, Selmak, there's room for you. Just don't get squished by the two textbooks that are already in there. Here, just crawl inside. I'll hold it open for you."

Selmak smoothed over his last message. "Thank you, Maria. Your kindness to me will not be forgotten by the Tok'ra." He slid over the message again until it was completely gone, then slithered right into her backpack, and Maria watched as Selmak curled up on top of the textbooks, then looked up at her. It was almost cute looking.

"I'm going to leave the zipper open just a little so you can breath, okay?"

As she zipped up the backpack all the way, except for a small space, she thought she heard a purring noise come from Selmak.

"Are you purring?" As if in response, Selmak did it again. Maria smiled. Okay, that was cute, in a way.

"By the way, you still have a lot of explaining to do when we get home," she told him as she started to make her way back home, out of the forest.

Again, thanks for reading! Remember to review, please!

natslou: Yes, Jacob is part of the Tok'ra, and Sam is part of the SGC. If you keep reading, you'll find out why Jacob and Selmak are separated.

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