Mistakes
Part 3
Author: Mac
Disclaimers in Part 1


While Jack waited for Sam to arrive, he gathered two fishing poles and two beers. He figured Daniel would need to get his mind off a few things. Not only the fake Sha're who called earlier, but Jack knew his friend was still thinking of the men who lost their lives a few weeks ago.

He stepped outside, but found no sign of Daniel. "I swear, we need to be a bell on him," he muttered. "Daniel!"

Realizing Daniel must have gone up the path to the outcropping, Jack headed that way himself. What he found was something he did not expect. Just where the trees ended, Nicholas Bryant was standing.

Jack couldn't tell what held the colonel's interest so he moved a little closer. Upon further inspection, Jack saw there was a woman standing in front of Daniel. He was dangerously close to the edge.

Unfortunately, the archeologist looked ready to lose his lunch. Whoever this woman was, she must really be playing the part of Sha're. He now had a good idea who was behind all this.

Jack nonchalantly tapped Bryant on the shoulder. "Wouldn't it be better if you had some popcorn?"

The stunned man turned around quickly. "O'Neill! Of course, I should have known you'd follow him up here."

"Well, seeing as Daniel has not been himself lately and adding to the fact that you have someone posing as his dead wife, yeah, I followed him up here." Jack grabbed Bryant's shirt collar. "Now you get your ass over there and tell her to leave him alone."

They looked over when Daniel shouted. Jack watched in horror as he dropped, disappearing over the side. "Shit!" Jack cursed, shoving Bryant to the ground.

"I'm so sorry!" the girl gasped as Jack ran by. "I didn't mean to hurt him!"

"Well, what the hell did you think you were doing?" Jack exclaimed as he leaned over the side. Daniel was lying unconscious on the ground below. Jack was relieved to see it wasn't more than an 8 foot drop.

Okay, so that didn't make him feel any better. He could imagine that it would still be quite painful. The questions on his mind were, how was he going to deal with Bryant and get Daniel out of there?

Screw Bryant, he thought. They could catch him later. Daniel was definitely the priority here. The girl didn't seem to be a problem so he wasn't going to fuss with her either.

Jack slowly lowered himself down the side, cursing again as he slide down part of the way. "Quit being such a baby, O'Neill. You're not the one who dropped 8 feet."

He breathed a sigh of relief when he finally reached Daniel and felt a pulse. Now that he knew his friend was alive, Jack knew that Dr. Frasier was going to kill him.


Sam arrived with a team about 20 minutes later. That's when she saw Colonel Bryant rushing towards. She was confused, but had someone stop him. She had a bad feeling that he had something to do with this.

"Keep an eye on him, Lieutenants. The rest of you, come with me."

She had no idea what she was going to find through the trees. A frightened young woman dressed a someone from Abydos would, was the last thing she'd expect.

The woman ran over to her and grasped her hands. "God, I am so sorry! I didn't mean for it to happen! He said he would let me see my baby again if I helped him. I'm so sorry!"

"What happened?" Sam asked.

As the women, who's name was Elizabeth, explained her story, Sam's face turned a bright shade of red. How she wanted to kill Bryant. Not only for what he did to Daniel, but for what he did to Elizabeth and her daughter.

"Miller!"

"Yes, Ma'am!"

"Please bring Elizabeth back to Colonel O'Neill's cabin and get some climbing equipment. We're going to have to get Dr. Jackson back up here."

Miller saluted and took Elizabeth's hand. She smiled sadly at Sam and followed the airman.

"Okay, people, let's go!" Sam exclaimed, peering over the side. "We need to move fast!"

"Carter, is that you?"

"Yes, Sir! Are you two all right?"

"I'm fine. Daniel's seen better days. Can you guys help me get him out of here?"

Sam nodded. "We're getting some climbing equipment right now. Colonel Bryant is in custody as well as Elizabeth."

Jack looked a little confused. "Elizabeth? You're on a first name basis with the woman who tried to emotionally hurt Daniel?"

"No, Sir! It's not like that. Bryant was threatening her daughter. That's the only reason she did this."

Jack watched as the lowered some rope. He knew Daniel would forgive the woman too. He, however, was going to hate her for the rest of his life.

"Ja'k."

"Hey, Danny," Jack said, kneeling next to his friend. "Don't worry, we're going to get you out of her and into the capable hands of Dr. Frasier."

Daniel smiled. "She's going to kill you."


Daniel opened his eyes to see Jack hovering over him. "I guess Janet didn't kill you."

"No, but she certainly gave it a good try."

The woman in question appeared and began fiddling with the IV and monitors. "Dr. Jackson, do we have to de-magnitize you?"

He looked up at Jack in confusion. Jack demonstrated with his hands. "You and trouble attract one another."

"Ah," Daniel said.

"How do you feel?" Jack asked.

"Okay."

Jack knew he wasn't really okay. He could tell by the expression on his friend's face. Dr. Frasier noticed the exchange the pair had and excused herself. "Daniel, I know what happened hurt you deeply, but you have to remember that it wasn't her. Sha're loves you wherever she is. She would never do anything to hurt you."

"I know, Jack. It's just... it felt so real and the woman looked exactly like her."

"She may have looked like her, but she sure as hell didn't act like her. Daniel, I have never seen two people more in love. Sha're would never EVER hurt you! She loved you with all her heart!"

Daniel nodded as tears slipped from his eyes. "Which is another reason why it hurts so much, Jack."

"Daniel..." Jack didn't know what to say to his friend, but he noticed there were a few extra bodies in the infirmary. He closed the curtain around them and sat next to Daniel, taking his hand.

"You don't have to talk about anything, but I'm going to sit and be here for you."

"Thank you," Daniel replied with a small smile.