Title: The First Cut Is the Deepest
Rating: PG-13 (violence, adult themes)
Disclaimers: All Stargate SG-1 characters belong to people who aren't me. The song, The First Cut Is the Deepest was written and performed by Sheryl Crow.
"'You'll never amount to anything Janet. I don't know why you even bother. The Air Force is no place for a woman."
Janet glared at her husband. She was sick and tired of being belittled and ridiculed by him. This comment was the straw that broke the camel's back.
Holding tears that were threatening to fall, she exclaimed, "We're through, Jake! I want a divorce!"
Before she could turn to leave, he grabbed her arm. "There's no way in hell you're leaving me," he exclaimed, raising his hand to strike her...'
"MOM! Mom, wake up!"
Janet opened her eyes to see Cassie's concerned face. "Cass?"
The girl nodded. She was a little shocked when her Mom clutched tightly to her and began sobbing. "Shh, it's all right. You're safe now," Cassie soothed. It was the same way Sam had soothed her after the nightmares from Hanka.
She glanced at the clock. It was almost 6:30. Janet would be late for work and she would be late for school. Cassie decided to call her Mom's boyfriend.
She gently laid her down. "Cassie, don't leave me."
"I won't be far. I'm just gonna call Daniel."
Janet nodded and wrapped her arms around herself. She felt horrible about doing this to Cassie. Besides, she thought she would have been over this by now.
Daniel arrived in record time. Cassie was just about ready to leave for school. "Thank God you're here, Daniel. I would stay with Mom, but I have a huge midterm today that I can't miss."
"It's all right, Cass," Daniel replied. "What exactly happened? You didn't give me much detail over the phone."
Cassie explained the nightmare and gave him what little background on Janet's ex-husband she knew. "I'm not sure what he did to her, but it must have been terrible. She seemed so frightened, Daniel. I wasn't sure..."
"Hey," Daniel said, hugging her. "It's okay. You did the right thing by calling me."
"I did?" Daniel nodded, wiping her tears. She smiled up at him. "Thank you. For everything, Daniel. You've made us both so happy and you're always there for us."
"You guys have done the same for me, Cass," he replied.
After Cassie left, Daniel headed upstairs to check on Janet. He found her in the throes of another nightmare. He slid onto the bed and gently grabbed her arms to keep her from injuring herself.
"Janet! Janet, wake up! It's me, Daniel." He lost the grip on one of her arms and she smacked him so hard, he fell right off the bed!
Her eyes snapped open. Did she just hear Daniel? "Daniel?" she said. Janet heard a slight moan coming from the floor. Her eyes widened when she saw him getting up. "Daniel!"
"Hey, Janet," he said, holding his nose.
"Daniel, I'm so sorry!" she cried, kneeling next to him.
"I'm all right. I've been hit in the nose before."
She looked up at him. His beautiful blue eyes were filled with concern... and love, she noticed. No, Daniel, she thought, don't fall in love with me.
I would have given you all of my heart
But there's someone who's torn it apart
And he's taken just all that I have
But if you want I'll try to love again
"Janet? Janet, are you all right?"
"What?" she asked, helping him up. "Oh, sorry. I was just thinking."
He eyed her warily. "About your nightmares?"
"Daniel, please, I don't want to talk about them. It was the past, I've moved on," she said, turning.
Daniel caught her hand. "Janet, I don't believe that. There are things from past you can't just 'move on' from. It takes time."
"But it's been four years! And... and for some reason I keep thinking he's coming back. I don't know why, I..."
Janet couldn't hold in anymore of her tears and she broke down in Daniel's arms. He held her close, whispering words of comfort. If her ex-husband ever came around, he knew he wouldn't be able to restrain himself from inflicting damage.
I still want you by my side
Just to help me dry the tears that I've cried
And I'm sure going to give you a try
And if you want I'll try to love again
He could feel her knees giving away so he picked her up and laid her on the bed. She had fallen asleep again. The only thing he could think of to do was lay next to her.
Daniel never thought he'd find anyone to love again. He was even a little surprised to find it in Janet. She was brave, caring, and full of character. He loved her so very much.
Jake knew she would still be living there. It was just a matter of time before he was able to get back at her. How dare his wife leave him! How dare she press charges against him!
He hadn't killed her then, oh he had wanted to, but he didn't. However, now, he would take care of it. He would make it painful and drawn out.
He quietly went to the door and began to work on the lock. He had plenty of practice with that in prison. It was quiet in the house and he decided to have a look around before he went to have some fun.
He wasn't surprised to see that all evidence of him was gone. However, there were some new faces in the pictures. There was one of her with a little girl and he wondered if she was his. No, the girl looked nothing like him. He snorted. He always knew his ex-wife was a slut.
Something else caught his eye. It was a photo of Janet with some guy in a suit. They were dancing and laughing in it. Maybe this guy was the girl's father. If he was, Jake would have to deal with him.
He decided it was time to check on Janet. She was probably getting ready for work by now. Damn woman! How could possibly think she would make it in the Air Force?
The sight that greeted him when he quietly opened the door to her room was something he definitely did not expect. The guy from the last picture he looked at was lying with Janet.
He saw red and screamed, yanking the man off the bed. His glasses flew off and eyes widened. He heard Janet cry out, but for now, he had someone else to deal with.
"What the fuck do you think you're doing with my wife?"
Daniel stared at him in shock. This was Jake? Oh boy, this was not a good thing. The man had to be 310 lbs! Before Daniel could answer, Janet spoke up.
"For your information, that is my boyfriend and we," she said pointing to Jake and herself, "are NOT married!"
"You know, you can let go of me," Daniel said as calmly as possible. He really didn't want to tick this guy off anymore than he already was.
As a response, Jake swung his arm around and punched Daniel in the nose. He felt a sickening crack. Oh yeah, that was definitely broken now, he thought as he sank to the floor.
"Stop it, Jake!" Janet exclaimed, rushing to Daniel's side. She never made it because he had grabbed her.
"Where do you think you're going, bitch?" he asked, claiming her mouth with his own. Janet tried to push away, but he was just too strong.
Daniel, ignoring the pain in his head, grabbed Jake and tried to help pull Janet away from him. Jake was not very happy about this. He shoved Janet to the floor and turned to Daniel.
Jake was so busy dealing with Daniel that he never saw Janet pick up the phone to call for help. She wanted to help Daniel herself, but Jake was too strong for either of them.
Of course! She mentally slapped herself in the head and went to her nightstand. Her gun was still sitting in there, unused. She picked it up and turned around. She nearly threw up at the sight. Jake was repeatedly kicking Daniel in the chest.
Snap out of it, Janet Frasier. The only way to save Daniel is to shoot Jake. Do it!
She heard the shot, but could have sworn she didn't fire. However, she did see Jake lying on the floor. Janet looked up to see Jack and Teal'c standing in the doorway. Jack had a gun in his hands.
Knowing she'd hear explanations later, she ran to Daniel's side. He was barely conscious. "Hey there," she whispered, "you need to hang on for me, okay?"
Daniel nodded. "Love you, Janet."
"I love you too, Daniel," she replied.
Well, what do you think? I'm debating on whether or not I should continue with this...