Chapter 10

Jack, Sam, Teal'c and Jonas walked to Konoko, who was standing over her brother's corpse, gazing down at it intently. Sam put her hand at Konoko's shoulder comfortingly. "You had to do it, Konoko," she said softly. "You didn't exactly have a lot of choice."

Konoko nodded, but she was silently crying nonetheless. She turned to face her friends. "I'm so sorry I dragged you into this." Konoko exclaimed, suddenly bursting into tears.

Jack sighed. "Look, I don't know how many times we're going to have to say this, but you didn't drag us in. We all made the decision to come along. Now can we get out of here? I'd like to get my job back, and yours as well."

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"Sir, incoming wormhole!" Sgt. Siler exclaimed. He stared at the screen in disbelief. "Sir, it's SG-1."

Hammond came over and looked at the screen himself. "I don't know how they do it," he muttered. "Alright then, open the iris." No sooner had the metal wall retracted then SG-1 appeared. Despite what they had faced, they looked pretty good. Jack and Sam were covered in dirt, Teal'c had a gash on one arm and Jonas was clutching his right shoulder, which seemed to be bleeding pretty good. Then there was Konoko. She didn't have a scratch on her, although her clothes were covered in rips, as though she had been thrown down the side of a mountain.

Jack stepped up. "Sir," he said proudly, "the alpha site is now clear."

"Clear?" Hammond asked incredulously.

Jack reconsidered. "Well, a couple might still be alive, I guess. They'd be bleeding pretty badly, though. Send through a team if you like, sir."

"Why don't you five get checked out and then come to the debriefing room and tell me exactly what has happened in the two weeks you've been gone." Hammond ordered.

SG-1 walked down the halls to the medical ward. The door swung open and Doctor Frasier turned around from the table she was working at. "Sam! Colonel O'Neill! You guys are all alive!"

Jack snorted. "Duh. Name one time we haven't been."

Sam piped up. "Actually sir, there was that one time when..."

"Quiet Carter." Jack interrupted. "So Doc, we need a check-up. You might want to take a look at Jonas first."

Jonas silently stepped forward, and Frasier guided him to an examination table. She turned to look. "The rest of you get cleaned up while you're waiting."

Konoko turned and headed directly to a shower, still shivering from what she had done. She walked into the locker room, stripped out of her tattered clothes, and walked into the shower, turning it on as high as it would go. Then she cried, and stayed in the shower until she couldn't cry anymore. Afterwards, Konoko got dressed, and was about to head back to the medical ward when Sam grabbed her. "I'm so sorry." Sam said sympathetically. "I can't imagine how you must feel. I wouldn't wish that on anybody. Are you going to be okay?"

Konoko shook her head. "I honestly don't know. I keep playing the situation over and over in my head. I can't help but think there was another choice, one where I didn't have to kill him."

"You knew what you had to do." Sam reassured. "It was the only choice you had, and you made it. You know if you didn't kill him he would have killed you. Come on, let's go get checked out and then go to debriefing."

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Konoko stepped into the debriefing room after her check-up. Doctor Frasier was somewhat shocked at how strong she had gotten, especially after she had broken a needle trying to give Konoko an injection. She scanned the room and saw that the rest of SG-1 had already arrived, and that the debriefing was already underway.

"Colonel O'Neill give me one god damn reason why I shouldn't court marshal you right now!" Hammond shouted, his eyes burning with anger.

O'Neill swallowed hard. "Uh, well sir..." O'Neill gaze drifted to Konoko pleading for some help.

Konoko stepped forward. "Sir, when we left without your authorization, I took command of SG-1. Colonel O'Neill was only following my orders, so you should be chewing me out, sir."

Hammond turned and glared at Konoko. "Alright then, Konoko we'll start with you. You disobeyed my direct orders, took weapons without authorization, threatened me and my staff and gunpoint, used the Stargate without authorization, and with AWOL for two weeks! Do you have any idea what kind of prison time a regular military officer would get for this? Somewhere in the realm of 50 years!"

Konoko nodded. "I was aware there would be consequences when we left, sir. That's why I begged SG-1 not to come. I had to do this sir, and if you want to punish me, fine. I'm willing to accept any punishment bestowed upon me."

Hammond sighed. "Konoko, I don't know what to do here. You broke more regulations than I can count, but you also took back the alpha site and badly hurt a significant threat to the SGC."

"Hurt, sir?" Jonas asked.

Hammond nodded. "The Syndicate is still alive. Though they have been severely weakened, we have still had the occasional skirmish with them. The Tok'ra tell us they have moved out of their old compound as well. I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of them, which is why I need to keep you around, Konoko."

Konoko nodded.

Hammond looked at her, and the rest of SG-1 apologetically. "Due to politics, however, there is no way I can get away with letting this go unpunished, I'll lose my command." He sighed. "All members of SG-1 are hereby sentenced to one month in the brig. Upon completion of this time, you'll be reinstated."

"Ah crap." O'Neill muttered quietly.

Hammond glared at him. "You got off pretty light, Colonel. I've got enough to put you away for a lot longer than that."

"Yes sir." O'Neill said dejectedly.

Hammond nodded and walked to the door. He motioned for the guard. "Airman, escort SG-1 to the brig." The airman nodded and motioned with his rifle for SG-1 to take the lead. They walked down the halls of level 28 to the brig, then the airman opened the door and ushered SG-1 inside.

Jack dropped onto one of the bunks and sighed. "This is what we get for saving the world. Teal'c, if some of Apophis' jaffa did this sort of thing, would they get this sort of treatment.

"Most definitely not, Colonel O'Neill." Teal'c replied.

"Thank you." Jack said smugly.

"They would be killed." Teal'c finished.

"Oh."

Konoko lay on her bed and stared at the ceiling. So the Syndicate was still running, she thought, I guess Muro wasn't the big shot he made himself out to be.

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The striker knelt before the man on the throne in front of him. "My lord, the alpha site has been lost, and all who were stationed there killed, including Muro."

The figure waved his hand. "That does not matter. They do not suspect the truth. Continue with your recruiting operations. You will need a significant army to strike at the Tau'ri."

The striker nodded, "Of course, my lord."

The striker got up and turned to leave. "Striker!" The figure called. "Make sure that no one suspects any ties to me. The Tau'ri must not suspect that the Syndicate is linked with Anubis."

TO BE CONTINUED

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Well, there is the first installment of my Oni series. What did everyone think? Special thanks to Johan, Katie B, and Lady Venom, who gave me great feedback, and thanks to anyone else who read the story. Please R&R!