Disclaimer: nothing's mine
Genre: friendship, family, hurt/comfort, drama, romance.
I know it's a cliché fic, but give it a try please!
A huge thanks to Tigerlily Brown, my awsome beta.
But i need new beta(s) because i don't like bothering the same person over and over again ^^.
So, any volunteers?
And one, last thing, I'm french, and writing in english is kind of hard for me, so be nice ;)
Growing up is never easy
"Carter, are we there yet?"
"Yes, sir, just two more miles to go," she answered, smiling at his childish antic.
They had been walking for 2 hours in this dense jungle, the wild vegetation wetting their BDUS and mud swallowing their boots. They were surrounded by the sounds of the tropical rainforest, the constant singing of birds and chirping of insects, mammals screaming and breaking branches as they jumped from one tree to another... and most of all, a frog that the Colonel swore was stalking them.
"Carter, I think it wants to kill us! It's just waiting an appropriate time, we won't know what hit us..." he stated, making her smile.
"If you are talking about the small green amphibian, O'Neill, I have no concern of it assaulting us,we may proceed without fear."
"Thank T, I'm glad you're here to protect us."
The sarcasm was lost on Teal'c. "You are most welcome."
O'Neill turned back to Carter, who was stifling a laugh. "No giggling Major!"
They walked for several more minutes, always careful of venomous creatures, until what they were looking for was finally before their eyes. It reminded Daniel of the Temple of the Sun in Chiapas, but larger, and the architecture couldn't be related to anything on earth. It looked old as the vegetation had long claimed its domination of this artificial creation. As soon as they reached the entrance, the young archaeologist was already removing vines from the closer wall.
"This is incredible Jack, those writings have nothing in common with anything we've ever seen so far, and the..."
"Yes we know, Daniel, that's one of the reasons we're here, the other is that Hammond is getting back at me fo..."
"Jack..." he said, exasperated.
"Daniel?" the Colonel asked innocently.
"Maybe we could take a look around while Teal'c helps Daniel with the inscriptions?" The young man gave her a grateful smile.
"Lead the way, Carter. And don't get in trouble, kids. Radio contact every ten minutes." They took off their backpacks and disappeared in the next room.
Ten minutes later, Teal'c was recording and taking pictures, and Daniel was scribbling madly in his notebook.
"O'Neill speaking. Everything's clear, just empty rooms. Carter got some minor energy reading, we're going to check that, what about you?"
"Everything is in order, O'Neill."
"Great, O'Neill out."
"So, Carter, what can you tell me?"
"Well, sir, looks like this room is emanating energy, but given it's also empty, except for giant spiders, I don't know where it's coming fr..."
She was interrupted by a blinding white light.
Daniel was hit by an odd energy wave, much like the one after entering hyperespace, but not so powerful.
"Wow. Did you feel that, Teal'c?"
"Indeed I did, Daniel Jackson."
"Jack, Jack are you okay?" he said into the radio.
The little boy looked around, but could see nothing. The only source of light was coming from two flashlights, one sitting near him, the other some distance away. He was lying on something cold and hard, and he was sure he wasn't in his bed anymore. He grabbed one of the lights and stood up. He wasn't wearing his jammies, but some very strange and heavy green uniform, much like the one soldiers were wearing in the war book his mom showed him the other day. He had a cap, and some very strange things around his leg and torso.
"Mom?" he sounded scared and his muscles were aching all over.
It was coming from behind him. "Hi?" he said, taking small, hesitant steps towards the lying form. "Are you awake?"
He was now standing above a little girl with blond hair, wearing the same garments as him. He knelt beside her and started gently shaking her awake.
"Hey, wake up, come on, wake up!"
The little girl stood up brutally, causing him to fall flat on his butt. "Awww..."
"Why am I hurting? Who are you?" Alarmed eyes looked anxiously at him.
She was really pretty, even frightened.
"I'm Jonathan Jarlath O'Neill» he answered proudly. She offered her hand "But you can call me Jack. What's your name?" he said as he took it.
"Samantha Marguerite Carter, and you can call me Sam, if you are nice."
"I am nice."
"I don't know, I've just met you." She looked around. "Where are we? And what are we wearing?" she asked, worried.
"I don't know. I've just woke up, but I think I'm lost in a dream."
"You can't be in a dream if you have just woken up, unless you were dreaming you were sleeping, and I don't think it's possible."
He looked at her frowning. "You are so smart!" he said after a pause.
"Thanks," she smiled shyly at him and grabbed the other flashlight.
"What do we do now, Sam?"
"I really don't know, I don't like it here, I'm supposed to be in my room. I'm scared and I want to go home." she whimpered. Her eyes were starting to water, but she was trying not to cry. Carters don't cry.
"You don't have to be scared, I am here and I will protect you!"
She sniffed. "Really?"
"Yes, my mom always says that you have to take care of those smaller than yourself."
"I'm not that smaller than you and I can take care of myself... But thank you."
"Hey, look at that!" Jack said, picking a mini version of a P90 submachine gun from the floor.
"It looks like a gun, there's another one here."
"Do you think they're real?"
"I don't know, but we shouldn't touch them because if they're real, they can hurt us, that's what my dad told me. He knows that kind of thing, he is a major in the Air Force."
"My Dad was in the Air Force too! But I think you are right, let's leave them here."
"Did you hear that?"
"Yes, it might be our parents!"
" MOM, DAD! " Sam started screaming.
"Did you hear that Teal'c? It sounds like a child."
"I believe it is coming from that direction."
They entered the rooms where Jack and Sam were. "Oh my..." Daniel started.
"They are not my parents," the little boy whispered to the girl.
"They're not mine either." she whispered back, her heart was beating faster.
"Jack, Sam, is this really you?" Daniel asked, stepping closer.
"Don't move!" Jack screamed, pushing Sam behind her. "How do you know our names? Who are you, why are we here?"
"My name is Daniel, and this is Teal'c," he answered gently, trying not to scare them. "We humm, we are friends with Sam's dad..."
"You know my dad?"
"Yes, his name is Jacob, he is in the Air Force and he asked me to come and get you."
The children turn to one another, talking quietly. "Do you think we can trust them?"
"I don't know, maybe. He does wear glasses, so that means he spends too much time reading under his blanket, and bad people don't know how to read, so he must be a good person. And the other as a strange name and is black like coffee, so he must live in Africa, with coffee trees and lions, so he must be a good man because my dad loves coffee and lions eat bad men" Sam explained.
Daniel was trying not to laugh, and even Teal'c couldn't prevent a smile, but Jack was thinking seriously about it.
"I agree, and they wear the same uniforms as us, so I think they're okay. But let's be careful."
She nodded. "If they try anything, we kick them and run."
They turned back toward their former - future? – teammates.
"We decided that you are good men, so you can take us home."
"All right, that's great."
"Daniel Jackson, should we not remove their weapons?"
"Yeah, you're right. May I move closer?" he asked the children.
"Yes, you may"
"Do you mind if I take your vest, the extra belt and the little belt around your legs?"
"Because... we are going to walk a lot, and it's really heavy."
"Okay," they said together.
"But I'll do it myself!" added Sam.
Before departing, they took pictures of the walls, and 10 minutes later they were at the entrance.
Teal'c was putting on his teammate's packs, and Daniel was gatherings his items.
"Sam, Jack, we will have to walk through a really thick forest and some insects and snakes are really dangerous, so be careful and don't touch anything. Teal'c will be in front of you, just follow him, I'll be behind you."
They had been walking in silence for awhile when Sam asked her new friend.
"Jack, do you remember how you got here? Because I don't, and I don't like it."
"I don't remember either. And something is really not right. I feel like I know things I didn't yesterday, and I feel like I've known Teal'c and Daniel all my life."
"I feel the same. I want my mom."
"I want mine too." he sighed.
"I think there is a frog stalking us," Jack stated minutes later.
"Can I hold your hand?"
The general is going to have a heart attack when we get back, thought the archaeologist as he watched fondly the young children holding hands.
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