Here it is! The final chapter! Thanks for sticking with me this far! Thank you for the reviews!
Sam turned away when she saw the body of Martouf on the floor of the outpost. "Let's cover him up," Jack said. The lights had stayed on while they were on the Ha'tak. He walked around the large room. Except for the chair only a capsule was in the room. "I wonder what this is for."
"Jack, come sit in the chair," said Daniel.
"What's it supposed to do?"
"We're not entirely sure," Jacob said. "Just sit."
Jack looked back to Sam who had been staring at the capsule. "Ok." As soon as he sat down the chair reclined and lit up. "Whoa!" A hologram of Earth appeared over his head. Several dots orbited it.
"Those must be Ba'al's armada."
"I don't know what else to do."
"Try thinking of making them blow up," Daniel said.
"Yeah, like it's that easy," Jack joked. Suddenly a cavern opened in the floor of the room and a horde of bright objects emerged and floated up and out.
Sam came closer to the chair. It was fascinating. She watched as the hologram projected the shining lights soaring beyond the atmosphere attacking the ships one by one. "Jack, find Ba'al's mothership! Attack it first!"
Jacob was surprised, but proud that his daughter could think of such a tactical move.
The dots on the screen disappeared one by one. Then they went for the one in the center. A few ships disappeared. "They must be entering hyperspace," Jacob explained. "They will spread the news of Ba'al's defeat."
The bright lights began fading as they destroyed the ships then they went out completely. All except one. The mother ship was still orbiting Earth. The hologram went out and the chair sat up, but Jack slumped over.
"Jack!" Sam screamed.
"Sam," he mumbled before losing consciousness.
"What do we do?" Asked Daniel.
Silently, Sam walked back to the capsule. "Put him in here." It was barely audible. "Put him in here!" She yelled.
Teal'c quickly picked up Jack and placed him inside. Lights came on then a shield wrapped around him.
"How did you know to put him in there?"
"I don't know. I just had a strange feeling that he should go in." She looked over at Jack. "We can't just leave him like this. I mean, there has to be a way to reverse the process. The answer has to be somewhere." She looked around the room.
"Sorry, Sam. There's nothing else here. The outpost is too small to be anything besides the weapon."
She walked closer to the capsule and placed her hand against the shield. "We're going to get you out of here."
The roar from the rings brought them all out of their somber mood. "Who could that be?" They all thought.
Relief spread through them when Bra'tac appeared. "Well done! Well done! The fleet has been destroyed. Ba'al will rule over us no longer!"
"But his mothership is still up there with his queen," said Jacob
"No, Qetesh is dead as well. Killed by her slave."
"Mark!" Said sam.
Bra'tac nodded. "Come. We must show our strength now. Chaos will ensue without a leader. The rebellion on land will soon be difficult to take control of."
"We can't go. Jack…he isn't well," Sam said sadly.
When Bra'tac's face showed his misunderstanding they explained about Jack. "We can revive him with the sarcophagus."
"Are you sure?" Asked Daniel.
"Yes. I have seen this once before. It's construction is slightly different, but I believe it will work." He walked to the capsule and examined it closely. "Here." He pushed a button hidden on the back. Teal'c caught Jack then they all ringed up to the Ha'tak.
Mark was waiting for them. Sam hugged him. "It is so good to see you!" She said.
"I am so sorry for abandoning you! I thought I could do something to help," Mark said deeply.
"I know, Mark. Everything is going to be ok, now."
"Jaffa! Kree!" Bra'tac bellowed. Two men suddenly appeared. "Take him to the sarcophagus!" Teal'c let them take Jack.
Sam watched them nervously.
"Mark! You have done us a great service," said Bra'tac.
Jacob took a step closer to hug his son, but stopped. He pointed his zat'nik'tel at Mark.
"What are you doing?" Yelled Sam
"He is not your brother!"
Teal'c went closer to Mark. "Jacob is correct. He is a goa'uld."
Anger shone on Mark's face and when he spoke it was the deep, booming voice of a goa'uld. "You are correct! I was forced to flee into this slave when he tried to murder me."
"Qetesh!" Said Bra'tac.
"You will address me as your queen!" He roared.
"Well, not so much," said Jacob.
"Damn these human bodies! I am your god and you will obey me."
"No, we won't!" Sam said.
"You! You will suffer for your audacity to address me in this manner." Mark raised his hand. It had a kara kesh on it. "I may have use for your body after all."
Jacob did not hesitate to shoot him. Sam turned to her father to see a tear roll down is cheek. "He is merely asleep. The Tok'ra have means of extracting the goa'uld from the host, but it is not without risk. There is still a chance Mark could die." Jacob knelt next to his son. "I am sorry."
They were in hyperspace toward the Tok'ra planet by the time Jack woke up. Sam was standing over Jack when the sarcophagus opened. "He's awake!" She announced. "Jack, are you ok?"
"Yeah," he groaned. "Did we win?"
She smiled. "Yes! You did it!"
He sat up. "Why am I here again?"
"We think the chair wore you out," Daniel answered.
"Sounds about right, but why are we on the Ha'tak?"
"We took it."
"Huh," he said getting up. "Are we going somewhere?"
"My brother was taken over by Qetesh. We're going to the Tok'ra to see if we can get her out."
He stepped out of the sarcophagus and hugged Sam. "Are you ok?" She nodded. "Teal'c, Jacob?"
"Teal'c is flying the ship. Jacob went with Bra'tac to enlist the help of the Jaffa on the ship." The three of them began walking to the bridge of the ship. Sam held Jack's hand.
Daniel thought for a minute. "Jack, how many times have you been in the sarcophagus?"
"I'm not sure, 4 or 5 times?"
"Is that enough to cause him to go crazy?" Sam asked worriedly.
"I don't know. Jacob would, though. We'll have to watch you carefully. Trust me, it's not a fun process to go through."
"You've been in one?" Sam asked.
"Yes. I came across a civilization that tried turning me into their king. I became addicted to the sarcophagus and when I was rescued I had to experience the process of withdrawal."
"Who rescued you?"
"Ba'al, actually. I started working for him when he learned of my skills. He seemed to take a strong liking to me, though I don't know why."
"How did you meet Jack?"
"By chance," answered Jack. "I took a trip to Egypt a few years back. Daniel just happened to be there."
"And we've been inseparable since," Daniel joked.
"Actually, Daniel hasn't been to my house in a very long time. He's had to maintain his 'loyalty' to Ba'al. But we've corresponded when necessary."
"And were you both apart of the resistance Martouf talked about?"
"Not officially. I kept an eye on certain things, but my main goal was to have a peaceful place to live," Jack explained.
"I was more of an informant. My job was to observe and report. Ba'al was told what he needed to hear to keep him satisfied. Sometimes that was easier than others."
When they reached the bridge Teal'c greeted Jack. "We will be at the Tok'ra world soon."
"What's the plan after that?" Jack asked.
"We will return to Earth," Bra'tac said as he entered. "You must stop your people from destroying each other. You must become their leader."
"Uh, no, thank you."
"Jack, you would make a wonderful leader! Look at what you've done with your region," Sam said.
Daniel nodded. "She's right, Jack. Yours is the best on Earth."
"It doesn't have to be permanent. Just help them get on their own feet," Sam encouraged.
"Teal'c, what do you think?"
"I believe you are the most qualified for the job. But it is your path to choose."
Jack heard something strange in his friend's voice. "Aren't you going to be there with me?"
Teal'c looked to Bra'tac and back to Jack. "I am sorry, my friend. Chulak will need me more than ever. I must return home with Bra'tac."
The older man looked humbled. "I would be honored to have you by my side."
Jack slowly walked to his friend. "I can't begin to tell how much you mean to me, T. I wouldn't be here without you."
"It was my honor to serve with you, Jack O'Neill. I wish you the best of luck for the future."
Jack held his arm out, but Teal'c grabbed him into a big hug.
Down on the planet the Tok'ra were taking Mark through the tunnels. "I'm going to stay here for a while, Sam. I'll bring Mark home soon."
"I hope so, Dad. I'll miss you both."
"I know, kiddo. But as soon as things settle down I'll come for a long visit. Maybe by then I'll have a grandchild, or two." Jacob winked at Jack. Embarrassed by his choice of words Sam looked at the floor. "Take good care of my daughter, Jack. I know plenty of ways of torturing you."
Jack didn't doubt that he could. "Yes, sir."
Bra'tac and Teal'c dropped Sam and Jack off on Earth then returned to Chulak.
Word of what had happened spread through Jack's region before they made it back home. It seemed that everyone was there to welcome them and to thank them for their freedom.
Three months later Jack had managed to convince most of the planet that Ba'al was dead and that Earth was free. He captured any remaining Goa'uld and Jaffa that refused to believe him and sent them to Chulak through the Stargate. He left their fate to the Tok'ra and Bra'tac.
The women were freed! The horrible slave system was done away with! Some of the women in Jack's harem were able to go home. A few more were welcomed by others that were able to help them. But the rest chose to stay in Jack's house.
News of Sam's bravery and her role in Ba'al's defeat were celebrated all over the planet. The people soon welcomed Jack and Sam as their leaders.
He had his most successful merchants and tradesmen going around the planet training the various regions in how Jack ran things. It would take a very long time to get everything running smoothly, but it was working better than he had expected.
"Sam," he said as he held his wife in his arms, "I think it was a wonderful idea to introduce Janet to Daniel. They seem to be hitting it off!"
"I had a good feeling about them."
"Before long they'll be having kids."
"Not before we do," she said smiling.