"Emily?" Sam asked as she looked up from the device Emily had found.
Emily slowly turned around from the computer game she had been playing. "Yeah?"
"Where are your parents?" Sam asked. "Won't they be worried?"
Emily turned back to the computer screen and began to continue her game. "I don't know for sure. I didn't ask them. They went on some archeology dig… they won't even know I'm gone yet…" she began to press the keyboard's keys viciously.
Sam gently put the device down; she shoved her hands into her pockets and walked over to Emily. "Why wouldn't they know you're missing?"
Emily paused the game with a small sigh. "'Cuz, they'll be gone for at least another two days or so."
"Why didn't you go with them?" Sam asked.
Emily shrugged. "Because I don't like going on hunts and digs, it's so boring! But that's all my parents ever do… So, I stayed at the hotel with my dog. They don't like me very much, because I don't like archeology, I disappointed them."
"I don't think that's true, I'm sure your parents love you more then you think they do. Just, some parents have a harder time of expressing it." Sam said with a small smile, to try and cheer up Emily.
"Yeah, right… it might be for some parents, but I can tell one someone doesn't like another person…" Emily said, looking down.
Sam saw a tiny teardrop escape the girl's eyes. "Well, I'm sure-"
Suddenly Emily gasped. "I hope Randy is taking care of my dog!"
Sam raised an eyebrow. "Randy?"
Emily blushed. "The hotel owner's son…" she admitted, not really knowing why.
Sam grinned. "Who is… cute? Gross?"
Emily blushed again. "Cute, he's very cute…"
Sam laughed. "Go Emmy!" she shouted, happy that Emily was back to being in a good mood.
Emily glanced around. "Shh! Sam! What if someone hears you?"
"Hears what?" Someone asked from the doorway. Emily and Sam quickly looked up to see Daniel and Jack standing there, waiting for an answer.
"Emily's got a boyfriend!" Sam said, the girl blushed even harder; she buried her face into her hands and screamed out of embarrassment.
After they finished teasing the poor girl, Sam looked down at her. "Emily… don't you have school?"
"M-O-Z-A-M-B-I-Q-U-E." Emily replied with a hopeful face.
Sam smiled. "Yep, good job. Okay, here's a hard one. Spell superstitious…"
Emily licked her lips nervously, although this wasn't a real school or anything, it felt like one. "Umm, okay, here goes… S-U-P-E-R-S-T-I-T-I-O-U-S."
"Yes, good job! High five!" Sam said as she gave Emily a high five. "And you only missed three words, that's not bad."
"Well, how would I know how to spell Naquadah?" The girl demanded.
Sam rolled her eyes and looked at her watch. "Wow! It's nine-forty!" She announced. "Time for bed."
Emily looked glared playfully at her. "Party pooper…" she muttered under her breath. "I don't have to sleep in the infirmary do I? I mean, I love Janet to pieces, but not in there…"
Sam smiled. "I understand. Yeah, you can have your own room…"
Emily grinned. "Great!"
The next morning at breakfast…
Emily pushed around her scrambled eggs on her plate, with her fork. She was unbelievingly bored. She looked up watching Jack and Sam fight over something she wasn't quite sure was… "Hey," she interrupted, causing them both to turn her way. "Sorry to bug anyone, but I was wondering, do you think it'd be okay if I contacted my parents? You know, to let them know I'm okay, just in case they came back early or somethin'."
Jack shook his head and looked down. "Nope, sorry, you can't do that. You're not allowed to go anywhere near the phone, is that understood?"
Emily stared at him, surprised, she had no idea he'd ever tell her 'no'. "But-"
"Emily…" Sam said with a small smile on her face. "This is the Colonel's odd since of humor, he'd fooling around with you. Of course you can contact your parents!"
Emily sighed; she had fallen for one of Jack's humorous jokes. "Thanks."
"Hey! Carter, you gave it away, I had her there for a minute!" Jack complained, he turned to Emily. "Did you know you're so darn gullible?"
"No I'm not…"
"You know what, gullible isn't in the dictionary." Jack said as he picked up his toast and shoved it into his mouth.
Emily stared wide-eyed at him. "It isn't? Why not?"
Jack dropped his toast and began to laugh, Sam joined him, she covered her mouth so she wouldn't spit out her cereal.
"What? What did I say?" Emily asked, looking horribly confused.
"You see Carter? I told you!" Jack said, with his biggest smile he had all year.
"WHAT!" Emily screamed.
Sam cleared her throat. "The colonel was joking with you again… gullible is in the dictionary."
Emily glared at Jack, leaning over the table, she whacked him hard.
"Hey!" Jack complained, scooting away from her. "Goodness!"
Emily got up and grinned. "Be right back," she muttered as she rushed off.
Sam watched as she disappeared out of the room, she turned to Jack and grinned. "She's a neat kid."
Jack smiled. "That she is, Carter."
A couple of minutes later, Emily walked back into the room, wiping her hands on her jeans. "Sorry," she apologized.
"Where'd you go?" Sam asked, curiously.
Emily looked down. "The little girls room." She muttered quietly, hoping Jack wouldn't hear.
"Oh." Sam said looking down, embarrassed.
After a moment of silence, Emily decided to ask the question that weighed heavily on her mind. "Can… do- do you think I'd be allowed to go on a mission with you?" she asked shyly.
Jack and Sam exchanged glances. "No." they said simultaneously.
"Well, then, could I go on a planet you've already been on? One that's like, safe? So I wouldn't get hurt… it's not like I'd sure if I got kidnapped by an alien or anything."
Sam shook her head slightly. "No, I don't think so, but you'd have to ask General Hammond…" she said, Jack nodded in agreement.
Emily hesitated. "So there's really no point in asking, is there?"
Jack and Sam exchanged glances again. "No."
Emily let out a sigh and kicked the air with her foot. "Bummer," she muttered. "Okay, just wonderin', how do you know I won't tell people about the Stargate? I could sell the story and become rich." She then quickly added. "Not that I would do anything like that, of course."
Sam shook her head. "We don't," she said simply.
Daniel quickly jogged into the room. "Sam, Jack, you almost ready?"
Sam nodded, pushing her remaining food away; she stood up and quickly left the room.
"See you later Emms," Jack said as he stood up, he rubbed her head before disappearing out of the room.
Thirty minutes later… Emily walked into the control room, just in time to see SG-1 before they departed. She walked next to General Hammond and waved goodbye to Sam, who waved back. "SG-1, you have a go." General Hammond said. Jack nodded and fixed his cap before heading out, which brought a smile to Emily's face.
Emily sighed to herself and quickly left the room. What was she going to do on the base? It wasn't exactly the best place for a kid to play in. It was going to be a long day without SG-1. She wondered around the base, trying to find something to do. She felt like she was some inspector, trying to find a problem.
After ten minutes of being completely bored, she decided she'd visit Janet. Or at least try, she still didn't really know the base very well. She began to wonder around the corridors, looking for the infirmary. After another ten minutes, she gave up and asked directions from a guard.
As soon as she saw the familiar looking doors, she began to question herself. Did she really want to go in there? She shrugged to herself and pushed the doors opened. "Hi Janet!" she said cheerfully, spotting her right away.
"Why, hello, Emily. What's wrong? Do you not feel well?" Janet put down whatever she was working on.
Emily shook her head. "I feel fine, why?"
"I just didn't think you'd come in here unless you didn't feel well, no matter, anyways, what can I do for you?"
"Umm, do ya think anyone on this base has something for me to do?" she asked eagerly.
Janet paused for a moment. "Umm, I think the Colonel might have a playstation hidden somewhere…"
Emily looked up at her, about ready to hug her. "Do you think he'd let me play with it?"
Janet looked at her, unsure. "I don't know, you'd have to ask General Hammond, he's the one who took it from Jack."
Emily sighed. "I don't think he likes me very much…" she said despondently
"No, General Hammond."
"Oh! Well, go on. Don't be shy." Janet said with a small smile.
Later that afternoon…
Loud noises could be heard coming from Colonel O'Neill's quarters, along with words like… "Shoot! Man that sucks, cheater, stupid ps", Many people came to talk to Emily, or was just walking by and ended up playing a round or two of 'Need for speed'. Emily had won every game, except for the one with General Hammond that is…
"How'd you get so good?" she demanded as she steered around a tough corner, barely missed hitting his car.
"Playing with my granddaughters," he muttered from the side of his mouth, he was too much into the game to even blink.
She grinned at him and the two spent a companionable hour before they left to eat dinner. SG-1 came back early since it had begun to rain fiercely. Emily was more then happy to stay up and watch the Simpson's with Jack before going to be at the early hour 2357.
The next morning…
It was a bright and cheerful morning, everything was nice and peaceful… "CARTER!" … or at least to some people.
Sam quickly entered Jack's office, with a worried glance around the room, she spotted Emily, who was smiling sweetly at Jack, as if she was trying to prove something. "Sir?" she looked from Emily to Jack.
"Will you please take this little monster and show her where the phone is?" Jack begged.
Sam smiled. "Certainly sir." She replied cheerfully. "Come on, Emily."
Emily's grin grew bigger. "Audios Jack! See ya later!" she hopped off his desk.
"Little monster." He muttered.
She rolled her eyes, walking over to him, she kissed him. "Yes daddy, I'll be good."
Jack's eyes widened at the insult. "Hey!" He called indignantly.
Emily shrugged. "Tough." She called before dashing out of view.
Jack sighed and laid his head down. "I feel old." He muttered, to no one in particular.
Sam nodded. "Join the club," she said with a laugh before following Emily.
"Hello? Umm… may I please speak to Mr. or Mrs. Brown please?" Emily asked. "They're in room 123, this is Emily, their daughter."
There was a short pause before the person on the other end responded. ""Emily? Is that you?"
Emily's brow wrinkled. "Randy?"
There was a sigh of relief on the other end. "Oh my God! Emily! Where are you? Where have you been? You're parents came home early; they're so worried about you! They thought you ran away, they've called the police and everything!"
Emily paused, not sure what to tell him. "Umm, I had to do something, something very important, I didn't mean to worry anyone. I'll be home tonight."
"Thank God!" Randy said relived. "Are you okay? Where exactly are you?"
Emily nodded, before realizing he couldn't see her. "I'm fine, thank you. I can't tell you where I've been. How's captain? Did he come back to the hotel?"
Randy grinned. "Yes, he's fine, he's a smart dog."
Emily smiled. "Good, don't forget to tell my parents that I am safe and I will be home tonight. And thank you Randy for watching Captain… I gotta go, see you tonight!"
"Okay, and Emily?"
"I'm really glad you're okay."
Emily's smile grew bigger. "Thank you." She said before she hung up the phone, she turned to find a small group of SG-1 staring at her, with smiles plastered to their faces.
"Oh, Randy…" Sam said in a singsong voice.
Emily was instantly on the defense. "It was nothing!" she shouted. "I just-… I was just like… and then-"
Daniel shook his head. "Emily, Emily, you're digging yourself a hole dear."
Emily glared at the small group. "Why do you guys always pick on me?" she asked in a whining sort of voice.
They all glanced at each other then shrugged.
"Well, maybe it's because the fact that you're the best one to pick on, and we already used our picking skills on someone else." Daniel said, before he turned and walked away.
Emily frowned before a small evil smile spread across her face. "Oooh, what about you and that nurse Kelsey?" she yelled after him.
Daniel froze and whipped around. "What did you say?" he demanded.
Her smile grew bigger and she turned to Sam. "And Sam, you and Jack…"
Sam raised her hand in mock of protest.
"Alright, alright!" Emily cried. "I surrendered, gosh, picking on a little kid, I see how you all are."
Sam smiled down at her, wondering where they'd be right now if they hadn't been fortune enough to meet her. "Yeah, well, we still love you."
Emily smiled. "Aww, don't I feel special?" she sighed. "Umm, Sam, I need a ride to Egypt, do you think it's possible for you to arrange a flight for me?"
Sam smiled. "I think I can do better then that…"
"I never thought I'd ever ride in a yet!" Emily squealed as she twisted in her seat to look out the window. "I mean, it's so beyond amazing! Look how high we're up! We're like… like… this is so awesome!" she turned to Sam.
Sam grinned. "Glad it pleases you, your majesty." She said in a humble tone.
Emily instantly adopted a lofty air. "Oh, it's tolerable I suppose. Not what I expected at all."
"Will you two please cut it out?" Jack snapped.
Sam and Emily turned to him, ready for a fight.
Jack's eye grew wide. "Not you two!" he said defensibly. "Teal'c and Daniel." He turned and looked back at the two fighting men, who were arguing about the TV. Teal'c calmly pushed Daniel onto his seat and inserted STARWARS EPISODE III into the DVD player.
Sam gave a small sigh. "Again?" she whispered quietly, that only Emily and Jack could here.
Jack sighed back. "I've seen it about a dozen time, you've what? Seen it two or three times?"
Sam shook her head. "Nope, four actually."
Jack rolled his eyes; this trip could not get over soon enough. "So, Emily, you're parents are meeting us there, right?"
Emily nodded. "Yeah, I didn't tell them what happened to me. Oh, and Daniel? I didn't tell them anything about you, you know, because that would be a little creepy."
Daniel nodded. "Yeah, it's probably better if I explain it anyways."
Emily nodded and looked out the window. "Yeah,"
Emily peeked out the window as soon as they landed; she saw two small figures running towards the jet. Emily smiled. Her parents actually seemed like they wanted her back. She unbuckled her buckle and followed Sam down the plane aisle. They all waited impatiently for the door to open before they walked outside.
"Emily!" A youngish woman called from not far away from them. "Oh my god! My baby!"
"Mom!" Emily screamed, dashing over to her and pulling her into the tightest hug ever. "I missed you so, so much mom!"
"I know, oh my god. Where have you been young lady? The hotel called us and told us that you hadn't returned from your walk. Do you know how worried we were? They found captain, but there was no sign of you."
Emily instantly felt bad. "I'm so sorry mom."
Her mother held back her tears. "I'm just happy you're okay. That's all that matters in my book."
Emily nodded, and turned to her father standing behind her mother. "Daddy!" she squealed, giving him a quick hug.
"Hey baby." He said softly, moving some of her hair out of her face. "I'm so glad to see you."
Emily nodded, causing a tear to spill. "Me too." She wiped it away. "I'd like you to meet some people…"
Her father nodded, he turned to SG-1 and began to thank them, as soon as he saw Daniel however, his face paled. He took a couple of steps back. "Am I seeing things?" he asked hoarsely.
Daniel shook his head. "No John. I'm real… I'm here."
"Daniel?" John asked. "Oh my god. I thought you were dead."
Daniel hugged him. "I know. I'm sorry."
Emily's mom stood there, shocked. "Daniel?"
She shook her head once again and pulled him into a hug. "We've really missed you Daniel." She said quietly, taking a step back.
"I know, I'm sorry about that, I-"
She stopped him before he could say anything else. "I'm sure there's a reason why you didn't contact us. Why don't you tell us what you've been doing with yourself for the last eight years?"
Daniel nodded. "Well, it's a long story…" he began as he walked away with the two of them.
Emily smiled as she watched them leave; she turned to Jack, Sam and Teal'c and gave them all hugs. "Jack, Sam? I hope you both get what you want. God knows you deserve it!" she said before running after her parents.
Teal'c turned and boarded the jet. Leaving Sam alone with Jack. They stood there with the wind blowing in their hair, wishing for something that couldn't be...
Jack shoved his hands into his pockets. "Hey, let's go check out those pyramids…"