The First Cut Is the Deepest
Part 5
Author: Mac
Disclaimers in Part 1


General Hammond waited patiently for the elevator to arrive. He was very worried about a few of the people under his command. He had sent Colonel O'Neill and Major Carter to deal with Janet Frasier, but now they couldn't locate Daniel Jackson.

"Jack suggested we put a bell on him," Hammond muttered to himself as the elevator door opened. He was so lost in thought that he almost didn't notice the man in question lying unconscious on the floor.

He quickly went into action, checking for Daniel's pulse. It was steady, but a little too slow for his liking. Hammond grabbed the phone and explained the medical emergency.

Daniel was coming to when the elevator doors opened again. "Just lie still, son," Hammond said as Dr. Warner knelt down beside them. "He only now began to wake."

Dr. Warner nodded, ordering his medical team to get Daniel safely onto the gurney. "Dr. Jackson, I highly doubt Janet would appreciate me letting you wonder off in your condition."

"Janet? Where is she? Is she all right?"

"Relax, son," Hammond replied. "She's fine. In fact, she should be arrive in a few minutes. I'll send her down as soon as possible."

"Thank you," Daniel said, drifting off again.

When General Hammond had left, Dr. Warner began barking out orders. "Let's get another CT scan. I want to make certain he didn't injure himself further."


Janet noticed that General Hammond looked a bit cross when he joined them in the briefing room. His expression softened when he took in her dishevled appearance. "Dr. Frasier, I'll speak to you later regarding this matter. Dr. Jackson is down in the infirmary. I found him unconscious in one of the elevators. Dr. Warner will update you on his condition."

She nodded with a relieved smile. "Thank you, sir!"

"Colonel, Major. I trust he's in custody?"

"That he is, sir," Jack replied, patting Sam on the back. "All thanks to this little bundle of charms. I don't think Jake would have opened the door for Teal'c."

Sam glared at him. "Have you seen Cassie, General?"

"She's been spending time in Janet's quarters on base. She just might have worn a hole in the floor by now. You should probably go and see her."

"I will, thank you, sir."

After she left, Hammond looked over at Jack. "Why don't we go check on our boy?"


Cassie was exactly where General Hammond said she'd be. Sam leaned against the door frame and watched as the young teen mumbled to herself and kicked her shoe off towards Sam.

"Hey!" she cried, ducking the flying apparel.

She rushed over to Sam. "I'm sorry, I didn't know you were there."

"Obviously."

"I take it Mom's okay?"

"Yeah," Sam replied. "She's checking in on Daniel right now. How are you holding up?"

Cassie shrugged. "Okay, I guess, considering. Do I have "Glutton for punishment" stamped on my forehead?"

"What are you talking about?" Sam asked.

"I almost lost another parent," Cassie cried. She angrily kicked off her other shoe, watching as it sailed through the air and knocked down a framed photo of her and Janet.

Sam watched as Cassie slowly walked over to the frame and shook out all the glass. She rushed to her side when Cassie hissed. The young girl looked up at Sam, tears in her eyes.

"I'm sorry..." she whispered.

"Shh," Sam said, wrapping her arms around Cassie. "Everything's going to be all right."


Janet took a deep breath as she stepped into the private room Dr. Warner had given to Daniel. She learned that Daniel had overheard a few of the nurses discussing her 'predicament' and he decided to go after her. However, he was still in a great deal of pain.

According to Dr. Warner, he must have become dizzy while in the elevator and lost consciousness. Luckily, Daniel didn't cause any further injury to himself. "This is all my fault," she said through tear-filled eyes.

"Janet?"

"Daniel?" she said, placing a hand on his forehead. She smiled when he opened his eyes. "I'm so sorry!"

He wiped her tears away. "It's all right. The important thing is that you're alive and you're standing here next to me."

"It's also important to me that you're alive. Although I have to say, you had some bad judgement on your part. Of course, that must mean I got mine from hanging around you too long."

"Stop picking on the injured!" Daniel said with a pout. Janet smiled and leaned down to kiss him deeply.

"I love you."

"I love you too, Janet."

The pair looked over to see two pairs of eyes staring at them. Sam and Cassie sighed. "That was so beautiful," Cassie said.

Sam agreeed. "Almost like a movie."

Daniel nodded at Janet and slowly lifted his head up. She grabbed a pillow and launched at them. "That's my cue to leave!" Sam exclaimed. "Good to see you awake, Daniel."

"Thanks, Sam," he replied.

Cassie walked over to them. "For educated people, the two of you don't seem to have much common sense."

"My father used to tell me that," Janet said. "Have you been talking to him?"

She grinned. "Yep! He and grandma are coming for a visit. They wanna see me and meet Daniel. Especially since everything that's happened. To tell you the truth, I think they're just checking up on you and making sure you're behaving."

"That's good they're coming up," Daniel stated.

Janet gave him a look. "That's good?"

"Yeah." He took his hand and kissed it softly. "That way I can ask your father in person for your hand. That is, if you're interested, Janet."

Cassie squealed. "Really? That's so cool! What do you say, Mom?" She nudged Janet. "Helloooo?"

Janet smiled. "I think I've lived in the past far too long."