Title: Apologies
Rating: PG (for mild language)
Author: Mac
Spoilers: Emancipation
Disclaimers: All Stargate SG-1 characters are property of MGM Studios, the Sci-Fi Channel, and Gekko Productions.

Daniel felt like crap. He couldn't believe the way he had treated Captain Carter. Sha're would have be so ashamed of him. He had tried so hard to show the Abydonians that women weren't just there to bare children and that they shouldn't be hidden away.

He should have suggested that they go back through the Gate with an all male team. No offense to any woman on the base, it's just that Captain Carter wouldn't have been kidnapped and sold to another tribe.

What they could have done to her! Or did they and she just didn't tell them? He hoped to God they didn't. He really needed to apologize to her. Now. Jack and Teal'c seemed to think it best to wait a few days, but Daniel thought otherwise.

"Are you sure, Janet?" Captain Carter was saying into her phone. Daniel knew he shouldn't be eavesdropping, but he couldn't help it. "They were complete asses. Even Dr. Jackson. Of all people, I thought he would be sympathetic."

Captain Carter chose that moment to look out her door. Her eyes widened, but Daniel didn't want to stay there anymore. Not only did she think he was an ass, she had caught him listening in on her conversation! How much lower could you get!

"Dr. Jackson!" she exclaimed, rushing after him. She was a little faster and caught up immediately. "I'm sorry you had to hear that. I really didn't mean it."

"No, Captain Doctor, I'm the one who should apologize. You were right, we're all asses. And I should have known better. It's just, I didn't think about the harm it could have done. It was a culture we barely knew anything about. When we found out you'd been kidnapped..."

"You blamed yourself."

Daniel nodded. "Yeah."

"It wasn't your fault, Dr. Jackson. None of us could have predicted any of this. I should have stopped acting like a child. If we want to gain some technology, we should be willing to blend in and make nice with the locals."

Daniel held out his hand. "Friends?"

"Friends," she said with a smile. "On one condition, though."

"What's that?"

"You stop calling me Captain Doctor and go with Sam."

"You'll have to call me Daniel then."

"It's a deal. So, Daniel, where are the Colonel and Teal'c?"

He winced. "They said it would be best to wait a few days before apologizing. But you didn't hear that from me."

"Let's go see about making them squirm," she replied. "You in?"