Author: Ted Sadler
Archive: SJD Yes
Summary: Just when you least expect it..
Spoilers: Season 7 "Heroes"
Author's notes: short and sweet. Inspired by a Pam Ayres poem.
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Copyright © 2003 Ted Sadler
He was surprised to find Carter sitting on the edge of his bed when he woke
in the night. She had carefully positioned herself so as to avoid touching
his badly burned body and legs, but to his amazement was holding his hand
in both of hers. He had no idea how long she'd been there, but the lights
from various items of medical equipment reflected so brightly in her eyes
that he knew she'd been crying.
Confusion was the uppermost emotion in his mind, a welcome change from the
despair and gloom that his wounds and condition had brought on... Medical
retirement a certainty, his dear friend and lover of twenty years ago Janet
gone, and Carter - *his* Carter of the last few years - finding a
relationship with someone else just weeks before.
They stared at each other for minutes, scarcely blinking, until he gently
squeezed her hand and felt her immediate response. She let go with one hand
and brushed away the moistness from her cheeks, and smiled.
"Carter." he said gently. "Don't think that this isn't nice, but shouldn't
you be someplace else?"
She smiled back at him, and surprised him by the firm, almost businesslike
tone of her reply.
"Sir,... Jack." She glanced down and then assumed what he had called her
'command stare' when she was leading SG-1. "I've come to lay down the
"First, my motor bike is my pride and joy, and has equal status to your
fishing gear. Second, you get up night-times if the baby's crying. Third,
you do the decorating and house repairs on everything except mechanical
items. Four, if the dog does anything unsociable, you get to square away
"Whoa, hang on there, Carter!"
"Shut up, I haven't finished yet. I can cook damned good souffles and other
stuff you'd be surprised about, but contrary to what Jerry Hall said, I'm
no angel in the kitchen. You get to clear up and keep it nice."
"Don't mention it. Next, you're older than me, but if anyone comments on it
or starts hitting on me, you get the first swing at them, and I'll back you
"Up to what age?"
"Last, you never, ever forget that I've never loved anyone in my whole life
like I love you."
"So before you change your mind, *I will*."