Title: Sliding Through the Gate
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SG-1 had just arrived on the
planet designated as P45 823 when the Stargate activated again. Jack
O'Neill ordered everyone to take cover. It's a good thing these ruins are around here, he thought. He chuckled to himself idly wondering what his archaeological teammate would say to that.
turned his attention back to the 'Gate when the wormhole opened. Four
humans were spewed from the event horizon, but none of them had the
symbols of Jaffa on their foreheads. He also noticed that none of them
had weapons so he gestured to his team.
The strangers stood up
and brushed themselves off. They looked really confused. The older man
turned to face SG-1, who had their weapons trained on them. He was
about to take a step closer when Jack spoke up.
enough," he said. "Who are you and where did you come from?" The looks
on Teal'c and Samantha Carter's faces told him they definitely weren't
The man held up his hands, as did his companions. "I
beg your pardon, young man, but we are unarmed and not in the least bit
dangerous. I will answer your questions as long as you all put your
Jack glanced at Sam, who shrugged. Daniel and
Teal'c didn't seem to think they posed a real threat either. He lowered
his P-90 and repeated his question.
"I am Professor Maximilian
Arturo. This is Quinn Mallory, Rembrandt Brown, and Wade Wells. We're .
. . travelers, if you will."
"From what planet?" Daniel wanted
to know. They had encountered many humans, who had been deposited on
different worlds by Goa'uld and some of them had been explorers like
Quinn blinked. "What planet? We're on the planet we're from. It's called Earth."
It was SG-1's turn to blink. "We are not on Earth," Teal'c said.
wait a minute," Rembrandt said, "of course we're on Earth." He turned
to Quinn. "Q-Ball, you said the wormhole would only take us to
different dimensions on Earth, not to other planets."
"I'm as confused as you are, Remmie," Quinn replied, running a hand through his hair.
Sam put two and two together. "Do you mean you have a device that will take you to alternate realities of Earth?"
"Carter, don't go all scientific on me now."
"Excuse me," Professor Arturo said, "but could you tell us who you are and where you are from?"
yeah. Colonel Jack O'Neill. This Major Carter, Dr. Jackson, and Teal'c.
We're from Earth. I'm guessing a different one than yours."
nodded. "We travel through the Stargate." He pointed behind him. "It
takes you light years from Earth to different planets."
"Awesome," Quinn breathed. "Could you imagine the power you'd have to have to get something like that to work?"
"It's unbelievable," Sam said.
held up his hand to quiet her. "Carter, if you and Mr. Mallory want to
discuss ... modes of transportation, that's fine, I just don't want to
hear it. Teal'c, come with me and we'll make certain the area is
secure. Daniel, I don't have to tell you what to do with these ruins.
Let's go people. We still have a mission to accomplish."
professor and Quinn sat on the steps near the Stargate with Sam as they
explained their "modes of transportation" while Rembrandt and Wade
followed Daniel to the ruins. Wade was amazed by the extent of the
ruins. She had taken an archaeology elective in college, but most of
her studies had been from watching the Indiana Jones movies.
Jackson, exactly how far from Earth are we?" Daniel was so lost in
thought as he scanned the ruins that he didn't hear her at first. "Dr.
"What? Oh, sorry. I think Sam said we were roughly
20,000 light years," he replied, dusting off dirt and grim from the
ancient text on the wall. "That can't be good," Daniel muttered.
Rembrandt wanted to know, but Daniel ignored him and continued to read
the text. "This kid's worse than Q-Ball when he gets to thinking too
Wade giggled. Her smile faded when she saw the look on
Daniel's face. "Is something wrong? You seem, I don't know, disturbed
Daniel looked at her. It was the first time she
noticed how blue his eyes were. "We need to get off this planet," was
"But we can't go anywhere until the timer goes off. If we do, we're stuck wherever we end up."
have no idea what you're talking about," Daniel replied, "but if we
don't leave now, we're not going to be around to be stuck anywhere."
Jack and Teal'c were heading
to the Stargate when Daniel called him. We have a serious problem,
Jack," he was saying. "Every 20 years a huge earthquake erupts on this
world causing massive destruction. The only reason these ruins are left
standing is because the material is made of naquadah. Just so you know,
this time of year marks the 80th anniversary of those quakes..."
"Wonderful. Teal'c and I are heading to the 'Gate, you should do the same. I'll contact Carter and have her start dialing."
Quinn, and Professor Arturo were still in deep conversation when Jack
and Teal'c arrived. "Sir?" she asked when saw the concerned look on his
face. "Is something wrong?"
"Oh yeah," Jack said, then explained the situation. "Daniel and the others should be headed back here. Go ahead and dial home."
Suddenly, the ground started shaking. "Jack, come in!"
"We're trapped over here. Get back to Earth and come back tomorrow morning. Everything will have died down by then."
Jack was not pleased with this idea. "We're not leaving–"
"JACK! Go! You can't do anything until these quakes stop anyway. Besides, we need someone alive to save us!"
"O'Neill, DanielJackson is right. We must go."
"What?" Quinn exclaimed. "We can't just leave them out there!"
anyone else could say more, Jack shoved Arturo and Quinn through the
'Gate after Sam. Teal'c followed, and with one last glance, Jack did
too. His heart beat fast as he dropped onto the ramp in the SGC.
stared at Teal'c and Sam as the wormhole disengaged. They had the same
worried expression on their faces. "Colonel O'Neill, have yourselves
and your guests checked out by Dr. Frasier then report to me."
When Jack didn't say anything, Sam took his arm. "Sir, they'll be all right."
"If you say so, Carter," he replied, following Teal'c down the ramp.