A/N: I know, I'm sorry.. this is going to be totally cliche' but it was the only real way I could think of to end the story. It was either this or pretend it was all a dream.. and I didn't think people would go for that one.. There will probably be some disappointed people *cough*MaraJade*cough* because it's not as realistic.. but just think, it could have been worse... I hope you all like it!

Thank you to all who have reviewed so far!! Special thanks to Cathain for giving me a few ideas. You're a sweetie!

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chapter 8

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"Come in." Came the deep, recognizable voice from the other side of the door. Colonel O'Neill entered and stood in front of the older man's desk.

"Colonel, what brings you here? Hopefully not another argument like this morning."

"Well, sir, I have a question." Waiting for acknoweledgement, he continued. "This is a hypothetical situation. Say two people, two highly valuable people, in a top secret military institution, decided that they wanted to pursue a relationship.." Jack was cut off by his superior.

"Colonel, I already told you my answer is no! What do you think you are going to gain from asking again? Persistence may work well with me, but not in this situation."

"Sir, hear me out. Besides, I said this was hypothetical."

The general let out a disgruntled sigh. Not wanting this conversation to continue, he allowed it anyway. He didn't want there to be any more trouble than there already was.

"One person is a high ranking military officer and the other is a civilian. Would these two people be able to pursue a relationship outside of their professional working one?"

"How closely would these two people be working?"

"Well, sir, they would both be in the same facility, so I would assume they would see eachother at least occasionally while on base. Considering the knowledge of both, I would say they would be working together frequently, but they would both be paying attention to their work. I don't see how they would have time to put their relationship ahead of their duties at work."

Hammond appeared to be carefully contemplating the not so hypothetical story that Jack had told him.

"Colonel, you have presented a very intriguing story."

"Thank you, sir." He nervously put his hands behind his back.

"I'm assuming you're referring to a possibility of either you or Major Carter becoming a civilian but still working at the base. I know, from what Doctor Jackson has told me, that it is a possibility."

Jack's eyes lit up and he tried not to look too hopeful, despite the happiness that was beginning to bubble up inside him.

"If you want to go talk with Major Carter about this, I will allow that. Come back in about an hour when I have fully thought this through. I want to make sure there are no loopholes before I make my decision." He gave the colonel a slight smile and dismissed him.

Jack couldn't have been happier. All he wanted was to run to Sam's lab and tell her the wonderful news, but he didn't know how she would react to his presence after the earlier announcement. He arrived at her door and waited. She appeared to be in the middle of something, and he didn't want to disturb her.

After what seemed like ten minutes, she looked up, finally sensing a pair of eyes watching her. She tensed at who she saw.

"Sir." She acknowledged curtly.

"Carter.." he walked slowly into her lab. "So.. have you had anything to eat lately? I need to talk to you." He spoke carefully.

Sam rubbed her eyes and ran her hand through her hair. Looking at her watch she looked a bit surprised.

"I guess I am a bit hungry, sir. I can finish this later."

She stood and met him at the door and they turned in the direction of the commissary.

They both grabbed sandwiches and found an unoccupied table to sit at.

Sam took a bite of her sandwich hungrily. "I had no idea I was this hungry, thank you, sir. This is just what I needed."

"Anytime, Carter. Food is my specialty." He gave her a knowing grin that he knew she couldn't resist.

"So, what did you want to talk to me about, sir?"

"I talked to the general again." He looked up from his food to gauge her reaction. She seemed to tense slightly. "And he said that there is a possibility that there could be a relationship pursued between an officer and a civilian."

"Aw, thanks, colonel. I'm glad I have permission to be with Daniel. That's just what I've always wanted." She threw fake enthusiasm in to her sarcasm.

Pretending to laugh, Jack continued. "As I was saying, Carter," he made sure they had eye contact before speaking further. "I was thinking that one of us could give up our commission. Granted, if that were the case, SG-1 might have to be split up, or that member replaced, but in my opinion it would be worth it. What do you think?"

Sam pondered this. She could finally have her chance to be happy. Not just pretend happy, or content, but truly happy.

"I'll give up my commission." She stated quietly.

"You will? Are you sure, Carter?"

"Yes. I can go back to being Dr. Carter. I'll still be ablet o work here.. with you." She smiled broadly.

O'Neill grinned. He looked as if he had just won the lottery.

"You want to go see General Hammond with me?" He asked, standing up.

"Of course, sir."

They both new, that would be the first day of the rest of their lives, and they would finally have eachother. No regrets, no regulation to get in the way. Happiness was theirs.

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A/N: Yay! It's finally over.. and what's even more amazing is that it's done when I said it would be!! I'm glad about that! I know it wasn't a great ending.. because it seems a bit abrupt, but that's ok, you can draw your own conclusions. They'll be able to pursue a relationship without the regs getting in the way.. I hope you liked it, if you didn't, you can let me know that too. Any feedback is great for me!! I love you lots!! :)