Author's Notes:- Thanks to Stonedtoad for betaing.
I actually wrote this a long time ago but never got round to getting it betad of posted until now. It is the answer to Challenge 1574 on Heliopolis.
Jack looked around the Abydos Gateroom.
It was so different from the last time he'd been here. The brightness and laughter that filled the room compared to the fear Ra had imposed upon these people and in the middle of it all was Daniel.
Daniel sitting next to his wife, laughing, smiling, belonging and Jack suddenly felt annoyed as hell.
He was supposed to force Daniel to leave this? Hammond wanted Daniel back on Earth but Jack wasn't sure he could do that.
He knew Kawalsky and Ferretti would back him up on any way to keep Daniel here but Carter…he didn't know her, wasn't sure he could trust her.
"So this man that looks like Ra," Daniel interrupted Jack's musing, "He must have come through another Gate."
"What other Gate?" Carter asked stunned.
"Another Stargate?" Jack asked.
"That can't be," Carter said, "The Gate only goes here."
"I think you're wrong about that," Daniel's voice held a note of laughter.
"We did hundreds of computations," Carter argued.
"But you didn't have what you need."
"What are you talking about Daniel?" Jack asked intrigued.
"Dan'iel," Skaara interrupted, "The storm has passed."
"I'll show you," Daniel said standing up, he turned to Sha're, "Sha're. Ben ra qui Jack to see the vili tao an."
Sha're stood up to join him, "Bonni wai?"
"I won't be long," he promised and leaned over to kiss her forehead.
Sha're pulled him closer and into a passionate kiss. The whole room filled with laughter, whistles and calls, with the couple completely oblivious to anything but each other. When they parted Sha're tilted her head at him.
"Come on," he slipped his hand into hers and started to walk, "Coming Jack?"
Jack could hardly keep the smile from his face as he, Kawalsky and Carter followed Daniel and his wife from the room. Stepping outside the pyramid Carter breathed her amazement.
"Yeah," Daniel smiled, slipping his sunglasses on as Sha're pulled her hood over her head.
Jack could barely stop the gasp of amazement that escaped him when they walked into a huge cavern.
"After about a month," Daniel was explaining, "I found this."
Carter was looking around in absolute astonishment.
"So Daniel," Jack asked, "Have you had a chance to translate any of this?"
Sha're stood watching proudly as her husband explained everything to the men he had originally travelled here with. The one thing she wasn't too pleased about was the way this woman Carter was connecting with her husband in a way she couldn't. They were shooting ideas back and forth across the space between them at high speed. Things she really couldn't understand but she was glad to see she was not the only one. Kawalsky and O'Neill were standing watching in bemusement also.
After they had discovered that the aliens who had attacked their world could have come from anywhere the woman Carter walked around pointing the strange silver box at the walls.
Daniel placed an arm around his wife.
"What's wrong?" he asked seeing her look.
"Nothing," she replied a little too quickly.
"Sha're," he turned her to look at him, "I know something's bothering you. What is it?"
Sha're's eyes flicked over to Carter before looking back at him, "Nothing," she said again hoping he hadn't noticed.
Daniel had seen it though and laughed, "Sha're, why are you worrying? Do you remember last night?"
An impish smile covered her face, "Vividly."
Daniel smiled slightly before he pressed on, "When you asked if I would leave you I told you that nothing and nobody could ever make me."
"I know but…" she sighed, "You seem be able to talk about things with her that I know nothing about and…"
"And nothing," Daniel dropped a kiss on her nose, "They've got what they need. They'll leave and we can go back to our lives."
Sha're leaned into him, "Do you not miss it? Your home."
"The one and only thing I miss is the fact that I have no place to get another pair of glasses," he laughed, "But other than that there is absolutely nothing I miss about that place. This is my home. With you."
Sha're gave him a relieved smile as he kissed her.
"Daniel, Daniel," Jack's voice finally got through to him.
"Yeah?" Daniel looked up from his wife slightly distant.
"We're ready to go back," Jack's voice held the amusement that flashed in his eyes, "If you're not too busy."
Sha're blushed slightly as Kawalsky grinned at her.
"Sure," Daniel said and led them back.
As they neared the pyramid Daniel could hear strange noises. Jack started to run.
"Stay here," Daniel told his wife.
"Dan'iel," she started to argue.
She nodded and waited as Daniel ran up the ramp with the three soldiers and the boys. Daniel looked around in horror seeing the dead bodies and injured lying around.
"Oh God," he cried dropping down next to one of the boys," What happened?"
"Ra," the boy managed to say, "He came, he took Neela and Skaara."
"What's going on Daniel?" Kawalsky demanded, "Could there be another Ra?"
"How the hell should I know?" Daniel snapped looking around the carnage of the people he knew, a chill filling him knowing that if he'd left Sha're here she too would be either gone, injured or dead, "This is my fault. I shouldn't have taken down the barrier."
"Dan'iel?" Sha're called to him.
Daniel turned as she came running in catching her when she cried out in horror at the scene of carnage before her.
"Sir, Ferretti needs medical attention now," Carter yelled.
"Go, I can send you back," Daniel told them trying to comfort Sha're.
"You're coming with us Daniel," Jack snapped, "I've got orders."
"I'm not leaving," Daniel told him, "I don't give a damn about your orders."
Jack moved towards him but stopped dead when Sha're snapped something and everyone who could had weapons aimed at him.
"You see Colonel," Daniel said coldly from behind the barricade the Abydonians had placed between him and Jack, "You can't make me."
"At least don't put the barrier up again," Jack said, "I'll send medical aid."
Daniel nodded and opened the Stargate for them to return to Earth.
Daniel sat in silence his knees pulled up to his chest staring at the Stargate. They had buried their dead and the injured were being cared for back in the town.
"Dan'iel," Sha're slipped her arms around him comfortingly, "This was not your fault."
"Yes it is," he said angrily, "I was the one who persuaded your father to let me take down the barrier, I wanted to show Jack what I'd found, how right he was to let me stay."
"Shh my love," Sha're whispered holding him as his tears fell.
"Sha're, so many people died and Neela and Skaara are somewhere that we have no idea about," he closed his eyes leaning against her, "It's all my fault."
"No Dan'iel," Sha're told him forcefully, "It is not your fault. You did what you thought was best."
"What was best for me," he argued, "I just wanted to show Jack how happy I was, how wonderful life was here. Now Skaara is missing and we can't help him."
Sha're sighed, pulling him to her brushing her hand comfortingly through his hair.
"What if Ferretti saw the symbols?" Sha're asked after a few minutes of silence, "We could find out where they were taken. We could help them."
"We'd have to go to Earth to do that," he told her, "They might not let us come back home."
"Look at me Dan'iel," Sha're made him look into her deep-brown eyes, "Wherever you are is my home. We cannot hide away from this. We must do what we can to help, not only those taken from Abydos but the woman taken from Earth also."
Daniel held her close taking the comfort she offered him, "What about your father?"
"I am in agreement with my daughter," Kasuf said coming in to join them.
"Kasuf," Daniel stood up, "I don't want to take Sha're away from you. You've already lost Skaara today."
Kasuf placed a fatherly hand upon Daniel's shoulder, "Good son, you have responsibilities elsewhere now. I always knew this day would come. All I need is for you to take care of my daughter and I shall be happy."
"When O'Neill returns," Sha're said taking Daniel's hand, "We are ready to go with him."
On cue the Stargate started to dial, they dived to hide but relaxed when Jack walked out.
"Jack," Daniel greeted him, "Hi."
"Here are the supplies I promised," Jack handed him the case he was carrying.
"Thank you," Daniel said sincerely and handed them to Kasuf, "How's Ferretti?"
"He's gonna be fine," Jack said, "He saw all the co-ordinates."
"Are you going after them?" Daniel asked.
"Yeah," Jack nodded, "We've been ordered to do a little recon and try to rescue the kidnapped people. We leave in a few hours."
"You'll need a translator," Daniel said, "If it's the same race that Ra came from its pretty doubtful they'll speak English."
"You offering your services?" Jack asked sarcastically.
Daniel grasped Sha're's hand, "Yes."
Daniel took a deep breath, "We'll come back to Earth with you and I'll join the rescue mission."
Jack stared at him, "What changed your mind?"
"I was reminded I can't hide away forever," Daniel said, his voice soft, "Neela and Skaara's safety is my responsibility."
Jack gaze moved past Daniel to where Kasuf stood.
"Kasuf," he greeted the old man respectfully, "You have no objections?"
"My daughter is correct that Dan'iel is needed elsewhere," Kasuf said, "I have no objections to their going with you. I just ask that they be able to return at times."
"I'll do what I can," Jack promised before turning back to Daniel, "You got to pack?"
Daniel shook his head, "We're ready to go now."
Jack looked at them, "Then dial."
When the Stargate opened Sha're turned and hugged her father tightly. Kasuf clasped Daniel's hand looking at him with a paternal smile.
"Go," Kasuf said in a thick voice, "Before I cannot let you."
Daniel took Sha're's hand and taking a deep breath walked through to Earth.
"General Hammond," Jack said as he walked down the ramp, "This is Dr Daniel Jackson and his wife Sha're."
"You decided to come home this time?" Hammond asked sharply.
"This isn't my home," Daniel's eyes narrowed slightly; "My home is Abydos. But the people taken from there are my responsibility so I'm offering my services as a translator for your mission."
"Take Dr Jackson and his wife to freshen up then we can discuss his participation in the mission," Hammond said to Jack.
"Yes sir," Jack motioned for them to follow him.
Sha're grasped Daniel's arm tightly as they walked through the corridors of the base. It was completely different from what she knew.
"Don't worry," Daniel whispered to her.
"It is hard not to," she whispered back, "This is so strange."
"Sha're," Daniel said softly, "You trust me?"
"And you trust Jack?"
"Because you do."
"Then relax," he smiled, "Nobody will hurt you here."
"Sha're," Jack interrupted them, "Anything you want to know just ask."
They stopped outside a room and Jack opened the door.
"The VIP room," he smiled, "There's somewhere to wash next door and there are clothes in the drawer. I'll be back in about half an hour to take you up to the Briefing room."
"Thank you," Daniel said quietly before Jack left the room.
The moment the door had closed Daniel pulled Sha're into a comforting embrace, "I know you're scared love but you don't have to be."
"I am sorry Dan'iel," she whispered cuddling against him, "This was my idea and I am making it even harder for you."
He smiled at her, "You being here is making it easy. I'll take you to places that you've never dreamed of and I'll show you all the things I described. It will be wonderful."
"Once you get back from where you go to," she finished.
"We should get changed before Jack gets back," Daniel told her, "Okay?"
Sha're was gripping his hand tightly as they sat in the Briefing room waiting for Hammond to appear. Kawalsky was doing his best to keep Sha're cheerful by describing some of the wonders of Earth while Jack was talking with Daniel about what they were going up against.
"Dr Jackson," Sam Carter smiled as she joined them, "I didn't realise you were here."
"I came to translate for the mission," he said softly. Feeling Sha're gripping his hand slightly tighter he leaned over to her, "You're going to draw blood if you don't loosen your grip love," he whispered in her ear.
Sha're blushed slightly, "Sorry husband."
"Sha're," Sam smiled at her, "What do you think of Earth so far?"
"It is very different," Sha're answered.
"Well there's a lot more than the base," Sam said, "And it is not all grey."
Sha're smiled warily at her, "I am looking forward to seeing it."
"Okay people," Hammond said as he walked in, "Dr Jackson, I have permission for you to join the expedition to discover more about these hostiles. Also Colonel O'Neill wishes that you join his team, designated SG1."
"I'm not precisely sure what to say to that," Daniel answered, "Perhaps we should wait till after this mission and I'll decide then."
Hammond nodded, "Agreed."
"One more thing," Daniel said, "This is a personal request to you General. My wife is completely new to this planet and I would like it if you would…that is."
"Your wife is very welcome to wait with me," Hammond said, "If that is alright by you Mrs Jackson?"
Sha're whispered gently to Daniel in Abydonian. Daniel nodded softly to her replying in the same language.
"I would be grateful," Sha're said softly to Hammond, "I hope you do not mind being asked many questions."
Hammond smiled at her deciding he was going to like this young woman.
"You leave in two hours," Hammond told the others.
Sha're held Daniel tightly as they lay together in their room.
"I am worried what will happen to you if you go," she whispered, "But I am also worried what will happen to Skaara if you do not go."
"Sha're, I'll be perfectly fine," Daniel told her, "Jack won't let anything happen to me."
"I know," she sighed moving to look at him, "But I cannot help but be worried."
"Trust me," he smiled at her.
"That is not fair," she frowned at him, "You know I cannot help but trust you."
Daniel kissed her, "I'll have to get ready soon. You okay?"
Sha're took in a deep breath, "I shall be. You assured me General Hammond shall not let anything happen to me and I trust you."
"Good," he smiled at her, "We still have a little time," he pulled her tighter into his arms and kissed her.
They stood waiting for the Stargate to open. Daniel looked up to see Sha're standing next to Hammond she nodded at him reassuringly.
"She'll be just fine," Jack murmured, "There's nothing to worry about. Hammond won't let anything happen to her."
"I know," Daniel told him, "It's just, we've not been apart since we married."
The Stargate burst open, "Send me a message within twenty-four hours," Hammond said. He'd given the proper order earlier that if they didn't return within twenty-four hours the Gate would be sealed but Daniel had asked that he not say anything in front of Sha're, she was scared enough as it was.
Daniel's eyes locked with his wife's for a few seconds before he gave her a soft smile, he turned and joined Jack to walk through the Stargate.
"Would you like to join me for some food Mrs Jackson?" Hammond asked after the Gate closed.
"That would be pleasant," she smiled, "And please call me Sha're."
He smiled at the young woman, "Of course Sha're. Now tell me all about your home."
Daniel shuddered in the cold. He was freezing. Abydos although it got really cold at night he never really noticed it because he would either be sitting next to the blazing fire or snuggled up beside his wife. This was awful. He was beginning to feel like he'd never be warm again.
"You worked this thing out?" Jack asked coming over to him.
Daniel looked up at him from the DHD, "It's basically the same as the one on Abydos which I studied for months. This symbol represents…"
"Have you briefed Kawalsky's team?" Jack interrupted.
"Yes, this symbol represents…"
"Good," Jack cut him off before leaving him alone.
"Why do I bother?" he sighed to himself, he really wanted to be back home with his wife but he needed to try and save Skaara.
Just focus on that and not let Jack get to you, he thought to himself.
They began to run as the death gliders started firing at them. The man who'd helped release them, Teal'c was telling Jack that Skaara was no longer Skaara.
"I don't want to hear that," Jack snapped at him.
Neither did Daniel, he didn't want to have to explain to Sha're and Kasuf that they'd found Skaara only to lose him again. They were getting closer to the Stargate but Daniel was wondering if they'd make it. Their pursuers were getting closer. From above them Kawalsky took out the gliders.
Jack ran up the hill and saw Skaara standing there.
"Skaara!" he yelled.
Skaara turned and gave him a cold smile before blasting Jack across the ground. Daniel watched sorrowfully as his brother walked through the Stargate.
"Daniel," Jack yelled, "Dial and get these people through."
Daniel started flipping through his notebook trying to find the code.
"Come on," Sam said, "Come on."
"Here it is," Daniel cried and started pressing symbols.
As soon as it was open Sam sent the signal, "If this doesn't work I'll be the first to know," she yelled before running through.
Daniel followed her herding people through as Jack and the others dropped to defend them.
"Go," Jack yelled to him.
Daniel took one last look before running through.
Sha're heard the alarms sound as she walked through the corridors.
"Please," she whispered as she started to run towards the Embarkation room.
"They're coming back," Hammond told her as she reached him.
"It's their code," the man at the computer said.
"Open the Iris," Hammond ordered smiling in relief before taking Sha're's arm and leading her through to the Gateroom.
Sam ran through followed by several strange people, "They're refugees," she cried.
Daniel stumbled through bringing more people with him, just before the man Hammond had seen with the alien came through.
"Hold your fire, hold your fire," Daniel and Sam cried in unison.
"He's with us," Sam said and walked up to take his weapon.
Sha're managed to push through the crowd and made it to Daniel.
"Where is Skaara?" she whispered as he pulled her into an embrace.
Daniel dropped his head, "I'm sorry. I couldn't stop it," he said sadly, "They took him."
Sha're wrapped her arms around him, "At least you are safe."
Daniel looked up to see Jack explain to Hammond about the refugees. With one arm still locked around his wife he turned to Jack.
"So what do you say about joining SG1?" Jack asked.
"Someone must find Skaara," Sha're whispered to Daniel, "You are needed here."
"Are you sure?" he asked her.
Sha're nodded, "General Hammond and I talked. I can learn a great deal here. I can help translate and you can help find Skaara."
Daniel softly kissed the top of her head, "You heard her Jack," he said, "I'm in."
Jack grinned at them moving them out of the Gateroom as Kawalsky followed his eyes glowing.
I was watching a tape of the first episode Children of the Gods. In it General Hammond ordered Colonel O'Neill to return to Abydos and bring back Daniel Jackson. Later in the film after learning of the kidnapping of Sha're and Skaara Jack told Daniel he had orders to bring him back to earth. What I want to know is what would have happened if Apophis hadn't attacked Abydos at that time? Or if Skaara or Sha're hadn't been taken? Would Daniel have returned to earth? Would Jack have forced him? Would Daniel have become part of the SGC?