Ransom

Part 4

Author: Mac

Disclaimers in Part 1


"SG-1 niner this is SG-5 niner. The man you asked us to pick up is no longer here."

"Are you sure you're in the right spot?" Jack asked.

"Yes, Sir. The ropes you tied him up with are on the ground, but there's no sign of him.

Jack cursed. "All right. Head back to the 'Gate and let Hammond know what's going on. Tell them to have a med team standing by."

"Will do, Sir. SG-5 out."

Jack glanced at Teal'c and Sam. "Keep an eye out for Braydon. Carter, anything?"

"Yes, Sir, we should head west towards the mountains."

"Let's go then."

"O'Neill!" Teal'c said. "Did you hear that voice? It sounded like DanielJackson."

Jack stared at Teal'c a few minutes, straining to hear anything. When he did, he ran off in the direction of his friend's voice, Teal'c and Sam following closely. They stopped when they couldn't hear Daniel anymore and couldn't decide if that was a good thing or a bad thing.

Braydon's voice filtered through the trees. "I'm going to take her and I'm going to make you watch every minute of it."

Jack had a pretty good idea what who the 'her' in Braydon's thoughts were. He was about to charge through when Daniel tore out of Braydon's grasp and attacked him. Teal'c ran up and pulled him away from the beaten man. "Let me go!" Daniel cried.

Sam was shocked. The only time they had known Daniel to pummel anyone was when he was under the influence of the sarcophagus. She rushed to his said as his energy ebbed and he felt his knees give away. Teal'c was able to catch and lower him to the ground safely.

He muttered in coherently. "DanielJackson is warm with fever," Teal'c stated as Sam knelt next to them to assess the damage.

Jack kept his weapon trained on Braydon. He was getting ready to tie the man's hands when he heard the voice of Janet Frasier. "Colonel O'Neill!"

Since Jack was occupied with their friend, Sam stood up and rushed to Janet's side, pulling the doctor behind her. Janet saw the look of hate Sam shot him. "Don't hurt him! He surrendered. In fact, it was his idea to come back and check on Daniel. He won't resist."

"If that's so," Sam said, "I think you need to relinquish and weapons you may have."

Grentas nodded and handed her his knife. "I don't know how to apologize for all of this. We're not really a violent sort of people, but we've been mistreated for so many years..."

Janet quickly explained what Grentas was talking about as she checked on Daniel. Just as she had finished, he grabbed her hand. "I love you too," he whispered before falling unconscious again.

She smiled and kissed his hand. "Teal'c, pick him up carefully. He has some internal bleeding and too much movement is going to cause him a great deal of pain."

"I will be as gentle as I am with my son." Janet turned to Jack. "Colonel, we're good to go."

He nodded, still recovering from the exchange between Daniel and Janet. When they got back to Earth, he was going to have a long talk with those two doctors. "Let's move out," he said.


Sam found Janet sitting quietly in an infirmary bed, watching Daniel as he slept. Dr. Warner had been able to stop the internal bleeding and repair the damage to Daniel's kidneys. Right now he just needed to rest from lack of food, dehydration, and infection from a cut on his leg. Janet had still yet to determine how he got that one.

"Hey."

"Hey," Janet replied. "How's Novall?"

"He's doing well. Corrina is getting him ready to return home. They'd like to see the two of you before they leave, though."

Janet nodded. "And I'd like to see them. Are you certain we'll be able to mend the relations between Novall's people and Grentas'?"

Sam shrugged. "Your guess is as good as mine, Janet. However, that doesn't mean we won't try our hardest."

"SG-1 always does," she said, glancing over at Daniel.

"You really do love him, don't you?"

Janet blushed. She never thought anyone would be able to read her as well as her mother used to. "I do, Sam. I just didn't think he felt the same. I never imagined he would because of Sha're."

"You have to remember that Sha're is gone. She would want Daniel to be happy and since he can't be with her, I don't know a better person for Daniel to be with. You both deserve each other and you both deserve all the happiness in the world."

She smiled. "You're right as usual, Sam."

"She sure is."

They looked to see Daniel smiling at them. "Nice to see you awake, Daniel," Sam said. She gave him a peck on the cheek and turned to leave. "Oh, and next time we're off world, try to avoid getting kidnaped."

"Yes, Ma'am!" Daniel laughed.

When she was gone, Janet got up and crept over to his bed. "Want some company?" she asked, closing the curtain around the bed.

"I'd love some, but won't the nurses talk?"

"Let them." As the two drifted off, Daniel whispered something in Janet's hair. She couldn't hear him so she asked him to repeat it. "You're the only one who leaves me completely breathless."

Janet smiled again, but she wasn't breathless, she was speechless. "I love you too, Daniel," she replied, drifting off to sleep.