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Author's note: As the title states, this is a challenge. I'm going to post this feeble attempt, and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a better one.

A Challenge by Kutoja

SG-1 had had to get off PX-15792 in a hurry. They had dialed home without paying attention to anything except the Jaffa pursuing them. Just as the wormhole engaged, the planet's sun had flared, somehow disrupting the wormhole. Not having noticed anything wrong, they had entered the codes and run through the gate.

Now, they were on Earth, at the SGC. But instead of General Hammond and armed soldiers there to meet them, there was no-one. Not a soul in the entire vast complex. Finally, Jack O'Neill spoke up. "Carter, see if the computers can tell you what happened."

"Yes, sir." Sam walked up the stairs into the control room. When she tried to start up a computer, nothing happened. "No power," she realised. She walked back down and announced, "Sir, there's no power. And by the looks of it, Cheyenne Mountain's been deserted for a long time."

"How long?" Daniel Jackson asked.

"I don't know. Years, if not decades."

"Oh, for cryin' out loud! Let's just go topside. See what happened," Jack exclaimed.

Once they reached the surface, SG-1 stared around at the world that had once been their home. Gone was Colorado Springs - in its place stood a barren wasteland, and the mountain was simply a grassy ridge. Further away the wasteland turned into a grass-covered plain.

"So... now what?" Daniel asked.

"Someone may have survived. They might be able to explain," Teal'c suggested.

"Alright, campers, let's move out!" Jack ordered.

As night fell, SG-1 made camp in the lee of a small cliff, a few kilometres from what had once been Cheyenne Mountain. Jack had just started a campfire, and Sam was fetching water from a nearby stream - only to come back within minutes, shouting, "Sir! There's another camp over there," while pointing off to the east, where, a few kilometres away, a column of smoke rose.

"Alright, Carter, we'll head that way in the morning," Jack promised. "I'll take first watch."

"I will take second," Teal'c said.

They proceeded to eat some of their MREs, and while Jack sat by the fire, Sam and Daniel unrolled their sleeping bags and Teal'c proceeded to engage in Chel'no're.

Jack traded the uneventful watch with Teal'c just as the darkness turned to twilight, unrolling his sleeping bag and crawling into it. He was asleep in moments.

By the time the sun had risen a handspan above the horison, all of SG- 1 were awake and eating MREs, after which they set off walking toward the other camp.

The terrain stayed much the same for most of the journey, until they entered a forest. The trees were enormous, dwarfing even the largest of old Earth trees. They seemed to almost touch the heavens.

After a while they heard approaching footsteps and saw four women walking toward them. The women stopped a few metres away, and one showed surprised recognition. She spoke up in a deep, otherworldly but familiar voice. "Samantha?"

There was a moment's silence, then Sam asked, "...Selmak?"

Here are the terms for the challenge:

- banter between Jack and Daniel,

- Sam's typical technobabble

- Everyone on Third Earth has forgotten the Goa'uld.

- and, preferably, (but not necessarily) a scene where the phrases "Hear, hear," "where, where, " "there, there" and "now, now" are used.

- Sam/Jack, as well as a possible Daniel/Janet pairing.

- Preferably no character deaths.

I'm not entirely sure if that's spelt correctly. If it's incorrect, would you mind telling me?