Title: Beyond Grace.
Set in Season 7.
Pairings: S/J.
Rating: T for safety.
Spoilers for Grace, Chimera and Death Knell. Transcripts from Gateworld.


Scene: Infirmary, Cheyenne Mountain. Shortly after Sam's rescue from the Prometheus.

Sam Carter opened her eyes only to see her CO near by her bed. She moaned softly.

Jack looked up, "Hey."

"Jack," she whispered.

Jack looked at her astonished, "Excuse me?"

She blinked as if to make sure she was still here, "Sorry Sir," she whispered.

"Yes, well, a massive concussion will tend to disorient one." He said standing up and looking over her.

"How long was I out there?"

"It's all relative Carter, that whole time space continuum thing..."

"Sir."

"Four days."

She shook her head slightly, "Could have sworn it was weeks." She said quietly.

Jack suddenly recollected something, "Teal'c and Daniel say Hi. They're planning a little bit of a shindig for when you're up and around. There's talk of cake."

"Cake?" She asked.

He grinned, "My idea."

"Can't wait." She said sincerely.

"Need anything? Magazine? Yoyo?"

"I'm fine."

"Yes you are," he said with a smile and turning to leave.

"Thank you Sir."

"For what?" He asked quizzically.

She shook her head softly, "Nothing."

Jack smiled. "Think nothing of it. I've got plenty of that," and with that he was gone.

Sam closed her eyes and heard the now familiar melody of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little star. With a slight smile, she rolled over and went back to sleep.

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A week later...

"You are fine."

Sam grinned, "Thanks Janet."

"SG-1 is on stand down for the time being, why don't you take some time off?" Janet began, "And that does NOT mean playing in your lab"

Sam pretended to pout, "Oh come on Janet..."

"Want me to make that an order?" Janet said with a slight smile, "Two days Sam. At least! And come in if you feel dizzy, nauseous, or have constant headaches… " her voice trailing off as she made a notation on Sam's folder.

"I'm sure I'll have no choice," Sam mumbled as she hurried out of the infirmary.

Janet grinned after her then turned back to her folder.

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"Sam! It's good to see you up and around!" Daniel said intercepting Sam on her way to the surface.

"Yeah, it feels good," she said with a smile.

"I agree. It is most pleasant to see you well again," Teal'c said.

"Thanks Teal'c."

"Carter! Doc said I'm supposed to drive you home and make you rest. Oh and you are forbidden to return to the SGC unless Earth is in dire peril." Jack said jogging up to her.

She wrinkled her nose, "I don't need a sitter sir," she said sliding her card.

"I know," he said shoving his hands into his pockets.

"Maybe we could all hang out..." Daniel said a bit wistfully, "It's been a while."

"Ok!" Carter agreed before Jack could protest. As Daniel and Jack argued, she laughed and looked down the hall. Her smile dimmed as she noticed a white clad figure at the end of the hall, staring wistfully at her.

"Carter? You ok?"

Carter blinked. The girl was gone. "I'm fine," she said. The elevator opened. "Let's go!"

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"Sir, I had a concussion!"

Jack glared at her, "Major Carter..."

"Janet's even going to let me go to the Alpha Site"

"In three days and ONLY if you've rested two of those"

"Hey Sam, when was the last time you were home?" Daniel called from the kitchen.

"Umm... a few weeks, why?"

"That's why everything in here is bad," Daniel muttered pulling the trashcan and dumping everything from the 'fridge into it, then slamming the door. "I'm going shopping, anyone want to come?"

"I will accompany you Daniel Jackson," Teal'c said handing Carter her mail.

Sam flipped through the small stack, removed two postcards, and tossed the rest.

"Who they from?" Jack asked curiously.

"Jack!" Daniel protested.

Jack had the grace to look ashamed.

"It's ok Daniel. They are from my Uncle Irving and my brother."

"Hey Sam, what do you want?" Daniel asked jingling his keys.

"Coffee. Chocolate. Jello. Salad. Diet soda."

"Got it, coming Teal'c?"

Teal'c followed him out to the vehicle.

"Soooo..." Jack began, "What do you say we..."

"Play with me." the white clad figure said appearing, her brown curls dancing.

"...Carter?"

She blinked.

"Carter?"

She rubbed her forehead, "I'm fine," she whispered.

"Headache?"

"Just a bit."

"Why don't you lie down till the boys get back?" He suggested.

She allowed him to steer her to the couch. "Thank you sir," she whispered as he handed her a cup of water.

"For what?"

She shook her head, "Nothing."

Jack smiled, "That's the second time you've thanked me for nothing," he said with a mock frown.

"You can watch the hockey game in the other room," she said with a small smile.

He grinned at her and hurried out. He poked his head back in a second later, "You sure? I can stay here, read a magazine..."

"I'll be fine."

He nodded and left.

Carter closed her eyes. As soon as her eyes were closed, the haunting melody of Twinkle, Twinkle, little star was heard.

She opened her eyes and looked at the smiling girl. "My mom used to sing that to me."

The little girl tilted her head, "How obscure."

"Who are you?" She asked.

She clasped her hands behind her back, "I'm Grace." She said simply.

"No, I mean WHO are you?"

"You know." Grace said with a little laugh.

"No, I don't know."

The little girl looked puzzled. "You KNOW," she insisted.

"No, I don..."

"You do!" The girl practically shrieked.

"Ok, ok, I know who you are!"

The girls face was wreathed with smiles. "Follow me," she said darting off.

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Jack thought he must be going crazy. He thought he could hear a little kid singing... no, no, just his imagination.

A slight tap on the shoulder made him look up. He started. A little girl stood beside him with her head cocked.

"Are you alright?" She asked anxiously.

"Yeah, I'm fine." He paused and looked around. "Who are you?"

The little girl sighed, "YOU know"

Jack shook his head, "I'm afraid I haven't had the pleasure..."

The girl laughed. It sounded like a musical chime. "Yes you do!" She protested gaily. She held out her bubble container. "Wanna try?" She offered.

"That's ok, I'm watching this. "He said gesturing to the TV.

"Boring!" The child protested. "Here, you try," she said handing him the wand. He obediently blew. Little shimmering bubbles floated around him. The girl laughed again.

"What's your name?"

Her face clouded. "Don't you know?"

"No."

"I'm Grace." She said folding her hands and smiling serenely.

"Do I... know you?"

She nodded. A noise was heard. She looked over her shoulder, "I have to go," she whispered and with a few steps, she was out of the room and a figure stumbled into the room.

"Carter? Thought you were resting."

Carter glanced around, "I uhh... thought I heard something."

"Like what?" Jack demanded.

She shook her head, "Never mind sir," she said quietly before heading back into the room.

Jack watched her go before turning back to the TV.

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Carter plopped on the couch.

"Are you all right?"

She looked up, "I'm fine." She assured the worried looking figure.

"You need your rest," Grace decided. Following that thought, she pulled out an afghan and tossed it over Sam expertly. "Now I will sing to you."

She closed her eyes and let the simple melody fill her head.


I love Grace...

Well, I hope you like it so far...

Sara Loughlin beta'd this, three cheers for Sara!

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