Christmas at Jack's Cabin... with Jack's daughter?
Summary: For the first time, all of SG-1 has agreed to spend Christmas at Jack's cabin. The day before their departure, a visitor shows up on Jack's doorstep with some surprising news. S/J some S/P. It's not a good summary.
Pairings: Some S/P, mostly S/J
Basic plot: Jack's step-daughter shows up at his house, informing him he is her new guardian. Lots of fun, chaos, and shippiness immurges with a hint of angst.
Rating: T for safety.
Ok... an idea I had that grew and grew and grew... hope you like it!
WarmTea, splendid person she is, beta'd this.
"... and then that infernal plant just kept growing..."
SG-1 laughed appreciatively. They had all missed Jack when he had been promoted to General, so Jack had started bi-monthly team nights. They were all leaving the next day for Jack's cabin, Jack finally talking them all into going there. Daniel privately thought they all agreed because the lake was frozen and Jack couldn't make them fish.
He was about to continue when he heard a car door slam.
"That's weird, wasn't expecting company," he commented.
Sam shrugged and took another drink of her beer.
There were whispered voices outside, a door shut and a car drove away. Footsteps could be heard walking up the graveled path. A moment later, there was a knock on the door
Jack sighed. "I'll get that," he said as Teal'c made a move to open the door.
The door opened and revealed a young girl, wearing dark blue jeans and a dark blue sweatshirt embroidered with snowflakes. A cap was perched on top a long, brown braid.
"Hello?" Jack asked.
She stared at him. "Jack, it's me."
He stared at her a second longer. "Dori?"
She shifted her bags. "Yeah." Her expression looked alarmed. "Who's that?"
Jack looked behind him to see Teal'c looming over his shoulder. "That's... Murray, what the hell are you doing here?"
"Moving in," she said trying to laugh.
"Funny. Where's your Dad?" he managed to ask.
"What a shame," he said sarcastically.
"Can I come in?" she asked.
"So I'm going to camp out here for the next four years?"
He opened the door. "I assume that dear old Keith didn't name me guardian."
"Uh no," she muttered kicking her duffle bag through.
"Why are you here?"
"I told you. I'm here to live."
"What about your mom?"
She swallowed hard. "She's dead."
Jack stood frozen in shock. "Dead?"
She nodded. "Died last week, car accident."
"I'm so sorry Dorothy."
"So am I."
"Sir?" a feminine voice called.
"A minute Carter," he called.
"You have company?" she asked.
"I'll go up stairs and unpack," she began grabbing her duffle bag.
"WHY are you here?" he asked blocking her way.
She tried to smile. "You're my new guardian."
Carter walked in to see a kid who looked to be about fourteen standing on the welcome mat, bits of snow all over her. She held a portable suitcase and a duffle bag while another bag rested behind her. She also wore a large backpack.
"Sir?" she asked looking at him questioningly
"Carter, I'll be there momentary..."
"Who are you?" the girl asked dropping her bags
"Samantha Carter, you are?"
"Dori Morgan. Jack's daughter," she said crossing her arms
"Wait, wait, wait... Daughter?" Jack asked.
"Got a problem with that... Daddy?"
"Dorothy Anne Morgan, control yourself!"
She lapsed into a sulky silence.
"Carter, this is my stepdaughter, Dori."
"Charmed I am sure," 'Dori' cut in with a sneer.
The girl looked at him scowling.
"Stand there and do not speak until you are spoken to," he ordered.
She nodded sullenly.
"Daughter sir?" Carter asked.
"Sara's daughter from a previous marriage."
"I never heard you mention..." she began when she saw the girl stiffen. The girl obviously wanted to make a smart-alecky comment but remained quiet.
"No, she lived with her birth father, Keith Morgan."
"Jack, we got a call, some one is constantly..." Daniel began dashing into the room. "Hello..."
She uncrossed her arms. "Hi."
"I'm Daniel Jackson."
"Pleased to meet you," he said, holding out his hand.
She actually smiled. "Ditto."
"Uh Jack, yeah, emergency at the base, we got to go."
"I can't," Jack began. "I have to do... stuff."
"Who's the kid?" Daniel asked
"The kid is HIS daughter." Dori said.
"Step-daughter," Jack corrected upon seeing Daniel's puzzled face.
"Jack, what's going on?" he demanded.
"Well, we don't have time for a long story."
"Well, what do I do with her?"
"I will remain here and watch over the child," Teal'c said in his deep, rich voice.
"You?" they all asked.
Jack shrugged. "Ok, let's go. Dori, I'll be home soon, take care."
They left, leaving a Jaffa and a teenager by themselves...
"Who are you again?" she asked. "Murray?"
He inclined his head.
"Ok... can you help me up the stairs with these bags?" she asked.
He took the two bags away from her and grabbed the third.
He gestured for her to go first.
"Thanks," she said. "So Murray, what's the story with you and Jack? Friends, co-workers?"
"We are both."
"I see," she said opening the door to his spare room. "Could you put the bags by the closet?" she asked.
He nodded and carefully placed them on the floor.
"Do you require any assistance?"
"Umm... kind of... there's a box outside, it has a shelf in it. If you could bring it in here, I'd appreciate it."
He smiled and left.
"Ok... there goes a strange man," she muttered.
"Walter, what is it?"
"Sir, someone is periodically sending objects through. Every fifteen minutes, like clockwork, the gate activates and something comes through."
"Carter, can you figure out who is sending... it?"
Teal'c returned to see the girl sitting on the bed holding two framed pictures, tears in her eyes. "What is the matter Dorothy?" he asked gently.
She looked up, startled. "Nothing," she said hastily
He picked up one of the photos. "Is this your mother and father?"
She nodded "That's Keith, Mom, and Jack. The little girl is me," she said, "And the boy is Charlie," she added rather bitterly.
He picked up the other photo. It showed himself standing stoically, Daniel and Carter laughing hard and Jack smiling while holding a young, red headed girl who had a dog at her side
"Who's the girl?" she whispered
"Her name is Cassandra."
"Does Jack like her?" she asked.
She punched her pillow.
"Damn it," she whispered
"Control your language. O'Neill would not be pleased."
"Whatever, Jack doesn't even want me," she muttered dumping her clothes into the dresser.
"Why are you so antagonistic to Colonel Carter?"
"You were in fact quite rude to her."
"Does Jack like her?"
"O'Neill likes many people."
"I mean does he like LIKE her."
"That is none of your affair."
"She's not my mom."
"I never said she was."
"Is she going to be?"
"For a Tau'ri, you know little of your military rules," he commented.
"What's a Tau'ri?" she asked curiously.
"We're all human," she said rolling her eyes. "There's no such thing as aliens," she said pulling three large posters out of her bag.
"What are those?" he asked.
"Uhh... POSTERS! See, here's one of Orlando Bloom and one of Richard Dean Anderson, it's SIGNED and this one is of Johnny Depp," she said displaying them in turn.
"I know of none of these people," he commented.
"Have you NEVER watched TV?"
"Rarely, and on such occasions I am near one of your televisions, I prefer to watch Star Wars."
"Star Wars is stupid!"
Teal'c drew himself off. "It is not," he said firmly.
"Uh... YEAH, IT IS," she argued.
He glared at her. "Star Wars is not stupid Dorothy Morgan."
"Yes it is!" she insisted.
He opened his mouth to reply when a cell phone rang. She pulled it out, her facial expression changed dramatically. "Dori speaking… Tim." She was quiet then a string of short sentences followed.
"I'm at my Dad's house."
"No, I'm not on crack, my guardian's house, you dorkus."
"No, I can't."
"My mom just died you idiot!"
"I have to go, bye." She snapped her phone shut.
"Are you alright Dorothy?"
She looked up and forced a smile. "Fine!" she said brightly.
"Where do you wish this?" he asked holding up the shelf.
"It was the Untouched sir. They wanted to invite us to Melosha's wedding."
"Cool," Jack said with a slight shrug.
Daniel smiled. "We going?"
Sam nodded. "I told we would be glad too..." she stopped at the expression on Jack's face. "Sir?"
"I have a kid."
"Dorothy sir?" she asked interrogatively.
"She likes to be called Dori," Jack said.
"Yes, tell us more about this daughter of yours..." Daniel urged.
"Not much to say..."
"JACK!" "SIR!" They both protested.
"Ok, long story short. Sara married a guy named Keith- a real jerk. She divorced him and married me. Keith got custody of Dori as Sara was depressed and I was rarely home.We had her a week out of every month. Keith must have died and Sara got custody..."
"So, Sara... gave her to you?" Daniel asked.
Jack shook his head. "She's dead," he said quietly.
Daniel looked at him with pity in his eyes. "I'm sorry Jack."
He shrugged. "I'll be ok. I'm just trying to figure out what I'll do with a kid."
"Well, you are a General so you don't go off world very often," Carter began.
"I know that but you know me...What can I say? The SGC is a very demanding job."
"You did it once, you can do it again," Daniel assured him.
"It didn't turn out so well the last time," Jack said quietly.
"She's a little old to be playing with guns Jack..."
Jack sighed. "Well, come on guys, we still going to my cabin?"
"Yes sir. The SGC is under General Ponds now; the wedding isn't until the 28th so we should be alright."
"Ok, let's go."
So, whatcha all think?
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P.S I will add Social Services in later. Promise. (If Daniela will help me of course).