SG-1 and their Generals sat in the briefing room, waiting. There was an air of tension in Hammond, Sam, Jack, Teal'c and Daniel that was absent from the other three. Jonas had been their teammate, their friend. The others had only heard of him since.
The door opened and two marines stepped through, followed by a rugged man. The man smiled at the people in the room, and they immediately knew that it was Jonas, was truly Jonas.
"Jonas, buddy," said Jack, getting up from his seat and walking over to the Kelownan. "It's been a while," he said, shaking hands.
Jonas nodded. "Yes it has."
"Would you care to take a seat and tell us what brings you halfway across the galaxy?"
Jonas smiled and took a seat. He opened his mouth to speak, and then paused, seeing General Landry, Mitchell and Vala. "Um, hello," he said.
"Right," said Jack. "You don't know the new guys. This is Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell," he indicated Cam, "the new leader of SG-1."
Jonas shot Jack a confused look.
"I got promoted, then retired. Someone had to take over. This is General Landry, he took over after Hammond."
Jonas nodded, clearly following.
"And this is Vala Mal Doran, a fellow alien. I mean, not my fellow alien, but I mean…"
Jonas laughed. "I got it."
Jack nodded, then noticed Vala glaring at him. "Oh yeah, she's also married to Daniel," he added offhandly.
"Really?" said Jonas.
"Yes, but enough about us. Why are you here?"
Jonas sighed. "Well first off my planet is no longer crawling with Ori and I figured that was largely in part due to you guys."
"But the Ori have been defeated for awhile, why are you only coming now?" asked Daniel.
"Well, with the rebuilding and everything, trying to get our world back into a decent state, it wasn't the right opportunity to come. Plus, what was left of my government assumed I was dead, so there was that barrier to get through. But really, the main reason why I haven't come before is that I had no reason to, no offense."
"None taken," said Jack. "You'll notice we didn't drop by your world for a visit."
"Then you're here now for a reason?" asked Sam.
Jonas nodded. "Yes, I need your help."
"So what'll it be this time?" asked Jack. "Saving your planet from nuclear annihilation or…saving your planet from nuclear annihilation?"
Jonas smiled sadly. "I need you to help me find someone. My daughter."
There was stunned silence. Sam shook her head in disbelief and leaned forward. "Daughter?"
"Kind of, she's not my actual daughter, but I've come to feel that way toward her."
"I think you're going to need to fill us in on the details," said Jack, looking as confused as the rest.
Jonas nodded. "I found her several months ago."
"Found her as in…?"
"Literally found her. I was on my way home after a dig in the mountains when I heard this sound and looked over to see a young woman lying there in the middle of the field. She had no idea where she was or how she had gotten there. She didn't even know who she was."
Daniel, who had been slouching back in his chair, sat bolt upright, looking at Jonas intentsely.
"I took her back to my home to look after her until I could find out where she was from, but her memory has been slow returning to her. My first thought when I found her was actually of when Dr. Jackson descended. But his memory returned to him a lot faster than hers is. So then I began to wonder if maybe she was a refugee from the Ori attack. A lot of people who refused to accept Origin retreated into the mountains rather than be killed. I thought maybe she could have been one of them, but that didn't explain her memory loss."
Daniel opened his mouth to say something, but Jack cut him off with a look.
"So what happened then?" said Jack.
"Well, her memory was sort of coming back. She kept remembering half things, but wouldn't tell me what she remembered. I was starting the think I should come to you guys, because I would sometimes hear her mumbling in her sleep, things about the Stargate and other things that she shouldn't have known. And then one morning, she just wasn't there anymore. I don't think she's on Langara, I think she left, but I don't know where."
"If you don't know where she went Jonas, then how are we going to help you find her?" Sam asked.
Jonas reached down into his bag and pulled out a stack of papers, putting them on the table he pushed them to the others. "Because she left these, and they're in Ancient."
"Jack it's her."
Daniel had hung back after everyone left and grabbed Jack before he could disappear.
"Daniel you haven't even read the notes yet, how could you possibly know that?"
"Because it's what I would do. Look, at our last meeting she made it clear that she was being expelled and that she would see us again. She chose to go to Jonas because she knew he would bring her to us."
"If it's her then why hasn't her memory returned?"
Daniel shrugged. "I don't know how to explain that."
"Then how can you possibly know that it's her?"
"Here," he shoved the papers at him. "They're her handwriting."
Jack looked at him skeptically.
"Trust me, it's her handwriting. And I've read enough of this first page to know what this is."
"What is it?"
"It's a journal. She's been writing down everything that's happened to her in the past few months, she probably hasn't even noticed that she's writing in Ancient."
"And what does she say?"
"I haven't really had time to go over them completely."
"Exactly," said Jack. "So how about we keep from jumping to conclusions until all the facts are in."
"Damn it Jack!" Daniel reached into his pocket and pulled out a small, battered book. He flipped it open to a page near the back and thrust it at Jack.
Jack looked down at the handwriting in the journal, then looked at the writing on the pages. Though in two different languages, they were written by the same person.
"Now do you believe me?"
Jack sighed, handing back the journal and the pages. "All right, so what now."
"I read through the pages, but someone's gotta talk to Jonas."
Daniel sighed. "Because she's not his kid Jack, she's mine; she belongs with me and her mother."
Jack shifted uncomfortably. "Look, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it."
Daniel looked at Jack skeptically but nodded reluctantly.
"Now how about you get to work on that translation so we can find out where the little scamp went."