Chapter 17

Teal'c and Mitchell wandered through the crowded carnival. Mitchell, unsure of himself, looked around nervously.

-So, uh, big fella, what exactly are we looking for?

Teal'c acknowledged the question with a raised eyebrow, and answered the question while still continuing to look around for the rhisocandria.

-You may call me Murray. We are looking for a dangerous creature known
as a rhisocandria. You may know it better as a koala.

-A koala?! Dang Murray, that just doesn't make any sense. Koalas are
so cute and fuzzy. They're not dangerous at all.

-On the contrary, you have been deceived.

Mitchell scratched his head in wonder.

-Deceived huh? Weird...wait a second! I had a dream last night about
those um...crazy koalas.

-Proceed.

-Well, there were about three of four of the little buggers. And they
were wearing these cute little hats...

-Hats?

Teal'c tried not to sound surprised, but he was in fact very distressed by this revelation. It was possible that this man had had a vision revealing part of the rhisocandria's plan. Although, what kind of plan could they possibly have that involved hats?

-That is very intriguing.

Mitchell nodded in agreement.

-I thought so too. At first, I thought I was hallucinating because I
had chocolate after eight o'clock.

-Explain.

Mitchell laughed.

-Chocolate does things to my head. Makes me go crazy.

-I see.

-So uh, how many of these uh, rhiso things do you think there are by now?

-I have seen at least a dozen. Although that was many hours ago and
there could be a great many more by this time.

-What are we going to do when we find them?

-We must destroy them and hope that somehow we may escape with our
lives.

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Jack and Jonas set out in the opposite direction of Sam and Katie. They searched the sea of faces for any sign of Teal'c, but found nothing. Jack sighed.

-20 minutes of wandering and there's still no Teal'c.

-Yeah, and I'm getting hungry.

Jack nodded in agreement.

-Me too.

-Hey Colonel, what do you say we leave it up to the girls to find
Teal'c and you and I go get something to eat?

-I don't know, Jonas. If somebody doesn't find him, we'll be in big
trouble.

-So, we'll uh, find him by other means...have him come to us...

-How are we going to do that?

Jonas pointed to a sign up ahead that read 'Lost and Found: Missing Persons, Missing things." Jack smiled.

-Great idea. We'll have them page for uh, Murray to meet us at uh...

-...at the big red tent.

Jack looked at him quizzically.

-Why there?

-Because that is where the food eating contest is.