Balancing Act
A Stargate: SG-1 / MacGyver Crossover
By Teri

Chapter 2: Penny for your thoughts

"Penny? Penny Parker?"

"MacGYVER?!" The voice almost squealed on the other end.

"Been a while."

Penny was thrilled to hear from him. "I can't believe it. It has been almost like you fell off the planet."

"Sort of like that," Jack grinned. Jay who was listening in tried not to laugh as Jack pulled the phone away.

"Your tone. Is something wrong? You didn't call just to say 'Hi' did you?" Penny's voice sounded like she was pouting.

"Actually, I have a big favor. Something I can only trust with you."

He had her full attention now. "Name it MacGyver. You know that."

"Thanks, Penny." He took a deep breath. This was his idea and it was the right one. "Can we meet in person?"


"Where are you?"


"Really, then we aren't far." Jack thought about where they should meet for a moment. "Do you remember Harry's old cabin in Colorado?"


"Can we meet there?" He asked his tone hopeful.

"I can be there in a few hours."

"Thanks, Penny."

Jay watched as Jack hung-up the phone.

"So, she's coming?" Jay asked.


Penny put the phone down and reached to put her earring back on.

"Honey, who was on the phone and where are you going?" A man asked as he walked up behind Penny and gave her a hug.

"That was MacGyver. I told you about him, right?"

The man nodded.

"Well, he needs a favor and asked me to meet him at his cabin in Colorado."

"Okay," he answered. "I guess we are going to Colorado." He smiled before he tilted his head slightly distracted.

He started to say something, but she smiled. "I know. I know. It's a job for Superman. Get going."

Clark Kent smiled and spun into his suit. "Thanks. I'll catch-up to you."

"Be careful, Clark."

"You too, Lois."

Lois was driving in the middle of the night, to some cabin in Colorado. Why? Because MacGyver asked her too. There was very little that she wouldn't do for him. He was the only man she ever completely trusted before Clark, although, she had never been completely honest with him.

He knew her as Penny Parker, aspiring actress. It was a persona that she used a lot when she was chasing down stories in the old days. No one ever gave the vapid brunette a second glance and she was able to get away with a lot. Playing dumb meant people underestimated her, which meant she got her story. She didn't think MacGyver would understand the virtue of playing dumb. No, Mac never played dumb a day in his life. It was why she never told him the truth.

She almost told him a number of times, but she just never could do it. He was such a good guy and she really didn't want him to think she had taken advantage of him to get a story, even if she had, maybe.

It had been years since she saw him last. People change in less time than that. She certainly had. She had met Clark, settled down a bit, and very few people still called her 'Mad Dog'.

Maybe it was time to tell him the truth? She knew that what hurt most about finding out Clark's secret, was thinking he didn't trust her enough to tell her and she would always have the fear that if she hadn't found out on her own he never would have told her. Her own secret withheld from a good and trusted friend was part of the reason she forgave Clark his secret so quickly. If Mac was going to trust her with this big problem, maybe she needed to show she trusted him and tell him the truth.

Now, she had a choice to make. Who would show up at the door? Penny Parker or Lois Lane?


Sorry about the LONG wait! I hope you (the one person still reading this -grin-) enjoyed it.

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