A/N: Wow! Never thought I'd be able to upload another chapter so quickly! The night after I posted chapter 3, I sat down and was just filled with ideas. Guess I was in "the zone". Finally, a longer chapter. I think this makes up for the mediocre 2nd and 3rd chapters. They had great points in them, but I think I was just stuck at that point and didn't know what to do. Anyway, on with the story! Also, thanks for the reviews! I love them. Oh, yea, if you didn't remember from the first chapter, the italics are Jack's thoughts.
Disclaimer: I don't own Stargate. Four simple words.
Release: Chapter 4
"A Much Needed Conversation"
The knock on his front door was surprising to Jack. He hadn't expected anyone to drop by, especially since it was mid-morning in the middle of the week. Making his way to the front, Jack could only think of one person that it could actually be. He found himself correct when he finally opened the door.
"Hey, Jack." The familiar man uttered with a grin.
"Danny Boy! Whatcha' doin' here? Shouldn't you be off saving some our little planet, yet again?" Jacked joked casually.
"Well, as a matter of fact, since the last time we saved the world, we got some time off. And I thought you might enjoy some company."
"I'm not lonely, Daniel. If that's what you're thinking."
"Oh, no, not at all." He said sarcastically, "How could you be lonely way up here in the middle of nowhere hanging out all by yourself." He stated more than questioned.
"Smartass." Jack muttered, though smiling while gesturing for him to enter.
"I learn from the best." Daniel retorted, following his lead into the living room.
A little later, they were settled in the couch and chair with plenty bottles of beer for both of them. Jack knew this was more than just a drop by to say hi. With Daniel there was always something more. So Jack begun, taking a sip, fearing that he'd need it for later. "So, what brings you here?" More like, what do you want?
"I wanted to see how you were doing. You seem fine." Daniel started cautiously knowing from experience how Jack reacted to that old 'How ya doin'.
Great, here we go again. You know, Daniel, you really should stop tiptoeing around the around the question. Against his thoughts, he answered, "Well, you know. I get by. Fishing, Simpsons, and beer, the perfect combo."
"I'm sure." Daniel paused. He wondered if he should really say what he came here for. Was it really that important? Yes. Deciding to go for it, though reluctantly, he began. "Um, Jack, there's another reason I came here." Always is…here we go.
"Yeah, well, now I'm not so sure…"
"Oh, fer cryin' out loud, Daniel." Just spit it out already.
"Jack, …I really think it would be best if you moved on. I mean relationship wise, its important to have…" Oh, Danny, I don't think you're the one to be giving me advice about relationships. Jeez, I know you mean well, but sorry. I am quite all right. If you didn't remember, I happen to be waiting for a certain woman. Who will be returning at any moment now. Any moment…now… Damn, didn't work this time either. Main point, I don't need to be involved with someone else when she walks back into my life. I already screwed up once; I'm not doing it again. And as much as I'd like to say this to you, especially since you're probably expecting it, I'll go with something simple. I'm good with simple things.
"Look, Daniel, I'm perfectly fine. You said so yourself." Ah, see that was easy. Betcha didn't expect that did ya?
He didn't, Daniel looked taken aback for a minute. He thought maybe Jack didn't get the point, so he tried a different approach. "It's been almost two years. Really, don't take this the wrong way, but do you really think Sam's just going to show up, after all this time?"
No extra thinking required this time, as shown by Jack speaking immediately, "It may take the rest of my life, but I know for a fact that Sam will be back."
"Part of me believes that too. But even if she does come back, who's to say that she'll remember anything about her past." It doesn't matter; the point is that she'll be home.
"Well, then we'll just have to build from there."
Daniel sat back, feeling actually stunned. At that moment he realized something he had been debating for years. Looking forward, straight at Jack, he asked the most important question. "You really do love Sam, don't you?"
Jack continued looking at Daniel, unafraid to answer. Knowing the truth would set him free, he didn't hesitate, "Yes, I do."
A small laugh came out of Daniel, lightening the mood of the room. "Wow, I uh, never thought I'd actually hear you say it." Joining in, Jack added his own small chuckle, "Yeah, well, it seems I can still surprise you, Space Monkey." Yes! Score one for O'Neill. With two "L's".
"Guess so….ah," Daniel paused checking the time on his watch. "…I'm sorry, I've got to get going. Cameron wants us to do something." Daniel stated, somewhat dissatisfied.
"Oh. So, how is the new guy?" So now Cameron's calling team night. Not that I have anything against him, but he did happen to take over my team, trying to act like he was an original member.
"Actually, I'm going need more time than what I've got. Some other time?" Ha! I knew it.
"Hey, Jack, it was great seeing you again. I'll bring Teal'c next time."
"Sounds good." T! Wonder how he's doing with all those free Jaffa. This meeting is gonna be great.
"Alright, I guess I'll see you then."
"Yeah sure, you betcha." Jack concluded as he walked Daniel to the front. Looking out, Daniel paused for a moment before continuing on his way, "Look's like rain." Smiling, Jack stared up at the sky and whispered, "It sure does." It sure does.
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