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Sam confronts the other woman in her dreams and in reality.

Sam heard the doorbell ring and walked to answer it. Opening the door revealed Sarah with a huge belly and Jack right behind her.

Tears began to stream down Sam's face.

"I'm sorry Carter, but I have to do the honorable thing and take care of my child. I just came to get my stuff."

He pushed her aside, stepped into the house, and began to pack his things.

"This can't be happening," Sam whispered to herself over and over. She ran to her room and got her gun from the safe. Rushing back to the living room she pointed her gun at Sarah.

"You can't have him!"

BANG! Sam felt searing pain in her abdomen only to turn and see Jack holding his gun. He had shot her.

Sam awoke from her nap with a gasp. She was sweating and breathing rapidly. She couldn't let this go on. She had to see Sarah.

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Taking those last few steps up to the house had Sam shaking in her boots. She actually went to turn around when Sarah came out from around the side of the house.

"Can I help you?" Sarah said wiping her dirt covered hands.

Sam was glad to see that Sarah didn't look at all pregnant. She had barely remembered what Sarah looked like and it hurt her that instead of a hot, busty, model, she looked skinny, flat-chested and plain jane. It just added evidence to the fact that the affair had been an emotional one and not a physical one.

"I said 'Can I help you!'" Sam realized that she was just staring.

She cleared her throat and responded, "My name is Samantha Carter-O'Neill and I was wondering if I could speak to you."

Sam noted the panic and sadness register across Sarah's face. It was always interesting to be around non-military personal because they couldn't hide their emotions as well.

"Come on in."

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Sam was sitting on the couch waiting for Sarah to come back with coffee. She looked around and like Sarah, everything seemed plain jane. It was simple, not dirty at all, but not pristine either. She felt on edge, like she was on a mission and she'd need to run at a moment's notice.

Sarah walked in with the coffee interrupting Sam's musings. Sarah handed her the coffee cup and for the next 20 minutes all they did was sip their coffee and stare into their cups.

"Jack, talked about you." Sarah blurted.

Sam looked up at Sarah, her face scrunched in confusion.

"Every time we went out to eat, he talked about you. Carter this, and Carter that. I know what your hair looks like in the sun compared to indoor light, how you like to play with your jello, and even how you like to dance, totally offbeat, and sing at the top of your lungs while you clean the house. How you name your plants and talk to them, and that your favorite is Bernard but you keep overwatering them because you can't remember if you watered them in the first place or not."

Sam stayed silent.

"He didn't even look at me. Honestly he just likes to talk about you all the time." Tears began to fall down Sarah's face. "We were absolutely drunk that one night, and after that I think. . . it was obvious he wasn't interested in any relationship other than friendship. Our dates were more like a guys night out, and I don't think Jack even considered them dates until I mentioned it. After that his face was the picture of shock. He immediately said he was sorry, and that he couldn't ever see me again. I haven't heard from him since."

"Do you love him?" Sam asked.

"No. . . I was just lonely and wanted comfort. My fiancé, Bill, and I had been in a huge fight and we had split. I wanted to feel good about myself. I care about Jack as my child's father and nothing else. I'm back with Bill and the wedding date is set for the 18th of June." Sarah handed Sam one of the invitations.

"Did you tell him?" She asked wondering if this Bill was to Sarah as Pete had been to her, and if Sarah was actually still in love with Jack.

"Yeah. . . We went through counseling and it went well. I wish you and Jack all the best but even if I never see him again, I'm ok with that."

Sam had to ask the burning question, "Is there any possible way you could be pregnant."

Sarah covered her face with her hands, "I went through menopause a couple years ago, so no."

Relief flowed through Sam as she realized she just had one last issue to address.

"Part of me hates you, and what you and Jack did."

"And the only reason I'm telling you all this is because part of me hates me and what I did too."

Sam stood up, "I'm going to leave now, but understand this. . . if you ever go near my husband again, I will kill you"

Sarah looked up to see Sam's face change into that of a hardened military woman who would kill if threatened.

"Goodbye Sarah, and congratulations on your soon to be wedding ."

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Sam drove away for about ten minutes before she parked. She took out her cell phone and dialed.

"O'Neill"

"It's me. . . I just wanted to let you know that I'm really excited to meet up with you at the cabin tomorrow." Sam's eyes began to water as she did her best to hold back tears.

"Are you okay? Did something happen?"

"I just miss you."

Jack expressed how much he missed her too and began to talk about how his day went.

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When Sam arrived at the cabin she noticed that there were way to many cars parked out front. Sam went to pull her gun out just as Cassie came bounding out of the cabin in an amazing dress.

Sam stepped out of the car. "What the heck is going on Cass?"

Cassie just told Sam to follow her and not ask questions. Cassie pulled her into the cabin and forced her to put on a dress, jewelry, high-heels, and makeup. Then as Sam was about to protest, Cassie grabbed her hand and pulled her out to the back door and outside.

Outside were all her friends and family, but her eyes were drawn straight to her husband in his dress blues. Her husband walked up and knelt down pulling out a wedding band.

"Samantha Carter-O'Neill, would you do me the honor of renewing our vows slash remarrying me."

Sam could only nod her head as Jack put the wedding band on her finger. He took her hand and led her up to the front.

He pulled a paper from his pocket and unfolded it. "I spent a lot of time on this. I know I'm not the best speaker, but I wanted this to be perfect so I wrote it all down."

Sam could see the scribbles and things crossed out on the paper. Sam could barely breathe as her husband took out his reading glasses and began to speak.

"On our wedding day, I pledged many things to you, including my faithfulness. With great sorrow and regret, I acknowledge that I broke that vow but I realized the enormity of my mistake.

On our wedding day, I pledged to love you in sickness and in health, and for better or worse. The past year has tested those vows, but our enduring love for one another has prevailed. I come here today to make a fresh start, to renew our vows of love, honor, and fidelity, and to reaffirm my love for you.

I promised to love you for as long as we both should live. I never imagined that I would face losing you so soon, or the depths of despair I would feel at that prospect. Today, we are on the other side of the mountain, and I am so ecstatic that I get to continue life's journey by your side. Once again, I promise to love you, honor you and keep you, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, for as long as we both shall live."

Jack finally looked up from the paper his hands actually shaking. "I love you with all of my heart Sam."

Sam grabbed her husband and kissed him. As she pulled back, she could hear the cheers and hoorays for them. Sam was facing her husband, noses touching. She was full out smiling and she realized she truly happy.

"Where are they all going to stay." Sam whispered.

"Who the heck cares," Jacks husky whisper reached her ear, "Let's keep kissing and they'll go away eventually."

"But everyo." Jack's lips touched hers and she was a gone.

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Late at night, curled up in bed they lay down together. It was in the moonlight, while Jack was sleeping that the moonlight sparkled off the her new wedding revealing something Sam hadn't noticed before. There was something engraved on the ring. She tilted it to get a better look and was just able to make out the words written there:

Always means forever.

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