Author's Note: I now have another sequal up under the stargate category, called "One Missing Tok'ra". Cheeky.
Lunch was filled with jokes, laughter and stories. Janet and Sam told everybody about what had happened at the SGC – and went into great detail, when they explained the look on Colonel Forrest's face when General Hammond turned up. Jack in return, told a highly exaggerated version of what he and Lara had been through, with a rare display of humour that kept everyone in stiches.

But it was Daniel that was the real star of the SGC. At least seven times through lunch, personnel of the base had come up to him and congratulated him on his escape, much to his chagrin. After a while, he turned accusingly to Jack. "Did you put them up to this?" he demanded.

"Nope." Jack said. "They're doing that on their own – although I can't blame them. After all, the SGC's star archaeologist, who is famous for getting into more trouble than he can get out of, managed to rescue himself."

Everyone else nodded in agreement, except Lara, who asked. "Star archaeologist? I thought you said I was the star archaeologist?" And then everyone burst into laughter at Jack's expression, while Lara winked conspiratorially at Sam and Janet.

It was a few hours later that Jack and Lara finally found themselves alone again. Between the interviews and reports, the congratulations and interest from the personnel – not to mention their friends – and just catching up on sleep, it had been almost two days since they had gotten back from P9X-861.

"I'm glad that's over." Jack said, flopping down into a chair.

"I know what you mean." Lara replied, sitting down opposite him, on the other side of his desk.

The pair had finally sought refuge in Jack's office, hoping people might think he was catching up on paperwork and leave him alone. But Jack doubted it. He was well known around the base as detesting paperwork and welcoming almost any interruption.

"So, what did you think about your first trip offworld?" Jack asked.

"I could have done without being chased all over that damn planet." She said dryly. "But then again, it might not have been so fun if we hadn't been chased by a pack of barbarians determined to kill us."

"You have a warped sense of fun, Croft."

"Why, thank you Colonel."

"My pleasure."

"I'll just bet it was." Lara retorted wickedly.

Jack just grinned cheekily in reply. And because Lara was feeling in a playful mood, she got up out of her chair and stalked over to Jack. "This time it's mine." She said, and leaned forward.

The kiss was a teasing brush of lips that ended as soon as it had begun. Lara leaned back again, her smile wricked, before Jack grabbed the front of her shirt and dragged her mouth back to his. Their lips devoured each other as Jack opened his mouth and deepened the kiss.

His hands slid to her waist and pulled her down into his lap. Lara slipped her hands under his jacket and T-shirt to the warm skin and hard muscle beneath. She groaned softly as he kissed her passionately, his mouth hot on hers. His grip tightened in response and she felt his muscles tense.

"Sorry, Jack." Came a familiar and amused voice. "Didn't realize you were busy."

"And we certainly didn't mean to interrupt." Came another amused voice.

Lara smiled against Jack's mouth and they broke apart. Lara turned to find Daniel and Janet standing in the doorway with amused smiles on their faces, but she made to move to leave Jack's lap. Instead she raised an eyebrow at them. "Can we help you with anything?"

"Nope, it can wait." Janet said, grinning.

"Sure can." Daniel agreed.

"Well, don't forget to shut the door on your way out." Jack said.

The two left, shutting the door as they left. A few seconds later, Jack and Lara heard a burst of muffled laughter coming from the corridor. "You do realise this will be all over the base in a few seconds?" Jack said.

"Yes." Lara said.

She looked at him and smiled. "It's not like they'll be saying anything new anyway." She added. "Thje only difference is that this time it might be true."

Jack chuckled softly. "Fair enough."

Lara leaned down to start where they had left off, when the phone rang. She groaned as Jack picked it up. He listened for a moment and held it up to her. "It's for you." He said.

"Hello?" Lara said.

"Lara?" said a relieved voice with its familiar English accent. "Thank God."

"Hilary? What's going on?"

"I've been trying to find you for days. You've been gone for a week! You said you'd be back in three days."

"Sorry, Hilary. Something came up." Lara said.

"You could have called." Hilary said.

"That would have been a little hard." Lara said dryly. "Since I was halfway across the galaxy at the time."

There was silence on the other end, as Hilary didn't know what to say to this news. Lara laughed. "I'm safe and sound, Hilary. I'll probably be home in a week or two. I've decided to take a vacation."

"Do you need anything?" Hilary asked, once again the competent caretaker.

"No thank you. I'll call you before I come home." Lara said.

"Alright. Have fun Lara."

"Oh, I will." She said, shooting Jack a sidelong glance. "Bye then."

"Bye Lara." Hilary replied, and Lara hung up the phone.

Lara looked at and amused looking Jack. "I wonder what will be next?" he asked dryly. "A Goa'uld invasion?"

Lara laughed. "Probably."

"Well, what do you say to getting out of here, then?"

"And where would we be going?" Lara asked.

"A little cabin in the wilds of Minnesota." Jack said. "Surrounded by woods, not a soul for miles except a few fish."

"Sounds like heaven."

Jack grinned. "Well, give me half an hour and we'll be out of here."
About fifteen minutes later, Daniel and Janet were sitting in the mess when Sam and Teal'c came and joined them. "Have you seen the Colonel?" she asked. "I want to talk to him."

Daniel grinned and winked at Janet. Confused, Sam looked at them. "What?"

"Last time we saw Jack, he was a little busy." Daniel said.

"Doing what?" Teal'c asked.

"Kissing Lady Croft." Janet answered. "And I don't mean a peck on the cheek either."

"Indeed." Teal'c said.

Sam looked at them in surprise. "Really?" Then she grinned. "Oh, boy. I would have loved to have seen his face when you interrupted."

"He was slightly annoyed." Daniel said.

"I'll bet." Sam said.

"They're in his office if you want a peek." Janet said wickedly.

"He deserves a bit of privacy." Sam said. Then she grinned. "Oh, who am I kidding!"

Janet laughed. "I'm almost sorry I didn't have a camera. She was sitting in his lap and everything."

Sam looked speculatively at Janet and Daniel. "Well . . . "

Teal'c looked at them. "I do not believe that would be wise, Major Carter."

"Why not?" Daniel asked.

"Because you would undoubtedly be caught." He replied. "However, if someone else were to do it, then you would not get the blame."

"Teal'c!" Janet said. "I didn't think you had a mischievous bone in your body."

"Oh, you should see the pranks he pulls on us." Daniel said, making a face.

Ten minutes later, Sam Janet and Daniel stood around the corner from Jack's office and tried to hide their mischievous smiles. But it was hard. This was the perfect opportunity to get back at Jack for all his sarcastic comments and smart-alecky answers. And they weren't about to let it slip by.

Teal'c approached the door, and knocked on it. But there was no answer. He waited a moment, before opening the door, before turning on his heel and returning to the other three. "He is not there, and neither is Lara Croft." He told them.

"That's because the Colonel is on holiday." Said a voice from behind them.

"Sir!" Janet and Sam said in surprised.

"General." Teal'c said.

Daniel looked at him. "Sir, what are you doing here?"

"I got a report that four of my senior personnel were causing trouble and came down to see if it was true. But it isn't, is it?"

"No sir." Janet said.

They all turned to go, but Sam turned around. "When will the Colonel be back, sir?" she asked.

"In two weeks." The General said. "He said he needed to get away from all the interruptions."

Janet and Daniel blushed something as the four of them left. The General smiled slightly, before turning back the way he came, and wondered if could just pack up and leave as well. Jack certainly had the right idea.


Nobody noticed two figures slipping out of the base, both in civilian clothes and carrying bags. They both got into a truck and soon disappeared out of sight of the base. Lara laughed. "I hope they don't get too mad." She said.

"You wouldn't say that if you knew what they would be up to." Jack replied, as he put in some music. "But forget about that. We're on holiday."

Lara looked at the handsome man sitting beside her as the first chords of a guitar played through the speakers, and grinned. Oh, yes. She was on holiday. And she was going to enjoy every minute of it.

THE END