Alternate Politics

Disclaimer: Stargate SG-1 belongs to MGM, Gekko, and whoever else stakes claim. I make no money from this and do it for entertainment purposes only.

Summary: Due to politics, Captain Samantha Carter doesn't get the position on SG-1. How will this affect the team and her relationship with Col. Jack O'Neill? Sam/Jack AU.

A/N: I was so not expecting to be posting another story so soon, but I'm bored, my kids are entertaining themselves, and I don't feel like housecleaning! So, here I am!

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This story was completely inspired by the following scene between Col. O'Neill and Lt. Claire Tobias in season three's episode: Shades of Grey

O'Neill: You remind me of someone from my old team.

Tobias: Major Carter.

O'Neill: How do you know her?

Tobias: She beat me out of a position at the SGC.

And with that came the following story……………

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Chapter One

"Where's Tobias?" General Hammond asked Major Samuels as he walked into the briefing room.

"She's just arrived, sir," Samuels replied, taking his seat at the briefing table.

"Tobias?" Col. Jack O'Neill asked from across the room.

"Yes, Lt. Claire Tobias has been assigned to your team," Hammond replied.

"I'd prefer to put together my own team," O'Neill added.

"Not for this mission, colonel. Tobias is an engineer and has been assigned by the Pentagon."

"A scientist, sir?" Jack whined.

"Yes, colonel, Tobias is a scientist, but she is also an officer. She has combat experience the same as your men. You will respect her on your team. Is that understood?"

"Yes, sir," Jack answered, just as a skinny, red-haired woman in dress blues walked into the briefing room.

"Claire Tobias, reporting as ordered, sir," she announced, saluting.

Jack couldn't help but notice she seemed a little too pleased with her new position on his team.

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"Colonel, what happened?" Hammond asked as he looked at Captain Ferretti being put on a stretcher.

"Base camp was hit while we were on recon, sir," Jack answered.

"Same hostiles who came here?" Hammond asked.

"That's my guess, sir. They weren't from Abydos. They came through the stargate."

"How is that possible?"

"Well, Daniel and Tobias have a theory that the stargate can go other places. They recorded a bunch of possible coordinates off the walls of a chamber Daniel found on Abydos. Daniel suggested they don't work because of planetary shift. Tobias said it was very possible, but it wasn't her field of expertise, so she wasn't sure."

"Well, then, I'd better call in someone who is an expert in that field," Hammond announced.

"You know someone right off the bat, sir?" Jack asked in surprise.

"I sure do, colonel. And, with any luck, I can have her here in a few hours." With that, Hammond turned and headed to his office to make a phone call.

Jack watched Hammond walk out and then turned to check on Ferretti in the infirmary.

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General Hammond was sitting in his office going over the medical reports of his injured men when a knock sounded on his door. "Come," he called out.

"General," Captain Samantha Carter greeted, walking into the office.

"Captain," Hammond smiled and stood up to greet the captain. "It's good to see you."

"You, too, sir," she replied, smiling warmly at the general. "So, they said you needed me to calculate planetary drift?"

"Yes. Here is all the information the team gathered while on Abydos. You are free to use whatever you need on base."

Sam took the file the general held out and opened it, skimming through the information inside. "Oh, this makes perfect sense!" she exclaimed, after reading Dr. Jackson's summary about the coordinates.

"So, you think you can get our gate to go to these other coordinates?" Hammond asked.

Sam looked up from the file and smiled. "I think so, sir. It will take me an hour or so to make the calculations and then maybe an hour to create a program and integrate it into the system, but yes, I think I can."

"Great," the general replied, smacking his hands together lightly. "If there's anything you need, just let me know, I'll get it for you."

"Thank you, sir. I'd like to get to work right away if that's okay."

"Of course, captain. You know where the control room is," the general replied, gesturing to the door that connected the briefing room.

"Thank you, sir," Sam replied one more time and turned to leave.

She walked through the briefing room and down the spiral stairs to the control room.

"Captain Carter, it's good to see you again," Sgt. Walter Herriman announced, smiling as he saw the pretty captain come down the stairs.

"Sgt., it's good to see you, too," she greeted. "Sgt. Siler," she greeted, turning to Siler and smiling.

"C-Captain Carter, we've missed you around here," Siler responded.

"Oh, not as much as I've missed this place," Sam replied, looking around at the control room she put together.

"So, have you been transferred back, ma'am," Walter asked, hope in his voice.

"I'm afraid not, I'm just here to create a program that will align our gate up with the rest of the galaxy."

Walter and Siler both looked at her with blank expressions. Yup, they both missed her!

Sam sat down at one of the computer terminals and pulled out a sheet of paper and a pencil to start writing down equations. Just then, Dr. Daniel Jackson came walking into the control room. "Hey, has anyone seen Col. O'Neill?"

"I believe he is in the infirmary checking on Captain Ferretti," Walter answered.

"No, I was just there. Hello, who are you?" Daniel asked after noticing the stranger sitting at one of the computers.

Sam stood up and smiled. "Hi, I'm Captain Samantha Carter. You must be Dr. Jackson?"

"Yes, how'd you know," he asked, enthusiastically, pushing his glasses back up his nose.

Sam smiled wider. "Lucky guess?"

"Ah," Daniel said and then scrunched his face up in confusion.

Sam suppressed a laugh and then continued. "I'm here from the Pentagon to get our gate to connect to the coordinates you brought back from Abydos."

"Ah, so you're Hammond's expert?"

Sam smiled again. "That's me."

"Well, then. I'll let you get back to work. I need to find Jack anyways. It was nice meeting you, captain."

"You, too, doctor, but please, call me Sam. You're not military, you can get away with it," she said with a smirk.

"Okay, well then, feel free to call me Daniel," he replied. "Bye, Sam."

"Bye, Daniel."

Daniel walked out of the control room and Sam shook her head while grinning before turning back to her work. He was exactly like she pictured when Catherine Langford described him to her.

A few hours later, Sam had the program up and running and informed General Hammond that the computers should spit out two or three addresses a month, depending on their distance from Earth.

General Hammond thanked her for her time and regretfully called her a flight back to DC.

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A few weeks later, Daniel was walking down the hall when he saw a familiar face step off the elevator.

"Captain Carter!" he exclaimed, excitedly.

"Dr. Jackson," she greeted, smiling widely at the exuberant man. She enjoyed Daniel's free-spirit and excitement as opposed to the stiff military men she worked with day in and day out.

"So, what brings you back?" he asked, walking in step with the captain.

"Oh, I'm just here to run some routine diagnostics and to upgrade a few systems," she answered.

Daniel scrunched his face up. "Can't the technicians do that?"

Sam turned to look at the man walking next to her. "Yes, but I created a new diagnostic program and I wanted to do it myself," she answered, a determined look on her face.

Daniel smirked at the woman. He was starting to understand her. "You miss this place, huh?"

"Yup," she replied. "I was here for two years working with Dr. Langford before she recruited you."

"Ah! Am I right to assume that you were the all-powerful astrophysicist who figured out that the stargate could create an artificial wormhole to another planet?"

Sam smiled, with her hands behind her back, looking straight ahead. "Guilty as charged," she answered. "Of course, I really wouldn't refer to myself as all-powerful."

"I didn't say it was you who made the reference. More like your adoring fans who are still working here. The technicians, the scientists. Catherine, herself, told me wonderful things about you."

"She's a great lady," Sam replied, ignoring all the praise Daniel was throwing at her. She was still shy when people started praising her on how smart she was.

"Yes, she is," Daniel replied, somewhat sadly.

They reached the control room and Sam walked in to start the download. "Well, I'll talk to you later, Sam, I have a meeting with General Hammond about an upcoming mission."

"Okay, it was nice talking to you again," Sam replied, smiling and turning towards the computers.

"You, too," Daniel replied, a little flustered, and then headed up the spiral staircase.

When the meeting was done, Daniel decided to check on the young captain and see if there was anything he could do for her.

"Hey, Sam, how's things going?" he asked, walking into the control room.

"Good. I'm almost finished," she replied, facing the computer.

Sam heard another person enter the control room but didn't turn around to see who it was. "Samantha?" the person asked in surprise.

Sam's heart fell into her stomach. NO! her mind screamed. She turned around slowly to face the man. "Jonas," she replied.

"Sammie, baby, what are you doing here? I thought you were in DC? Did you just get transferred here?"

"No, Jonas. I'm still in DC. I'm just here to update some systems," Sam replied, a little indignantly.

Jonas sized her up. "Don't lie to me, Sammie," he warned.

"Jesus, Jonas! I'm not lying! I'm only here for a few hours!" she just about yelled at the man.

Daniel stayed quiet in his little corner of the control room, wondering how the two knew each other.

"And why would they call you all the way from DC to update a highly classified system?" he asked in a venomous voice.

Sam cocked her head, raised her eyebrows and passed him a look, signaling she wasn't going to tell.

"Oh my God!" Jonas exclaimed as if a light bulb just went on in his head. "You weren't really stationed at NORAD, were you? You were working here." Jonas looked around. "I should have known, this has your name written all over it! I should have known it would be you who figured all this out."

"Actually," Sam replied, cockily. "It was Dr. Jackson who figured out how to activate the gate. I was already reassigned back to the Pentagon at the time."

Jonas glared at her. "You know what I mean. I can't believe you lied to me."

"Oh, please, Jonas! What about all the times you lied to me? I suppose those have no bearing whatsoever!"

"Don't flip this around, Sam! You lying little…."

"Uh," Daniel cut in, getting worried about the anger building up in the room. "I don't mean to get in the middle of this or anything, but I don't see how screaming at each other in the control room is helping any."

"Who the hell do you think you are?" Jonas yelled at Daniel. "You have no business putting your geeky nose in this!" Jonas laughed, dryly. "What do you think, you have a chance with the ice goddess? Let me save you some time, Jackson, you have a better chance getting some from your goa'uld wife."

Daniel's demeanor changed from that of the negotiator, to that of an angry husband who just heard a derogatory remark about his wife.

Sam saw Daniel's expression change and his body stiffen. When he started to take a step towards Jonas, Sam reached her arm out and stopped him. "He's not worth it, Daniel," she told him, keeping her hand firmly on his chest so he wouldn't try to go any further. She liked Daniel, but Jonas had been black ops for years and she knew he could beat the life out of Daniel.

Jonas laughed. "You should listen to her, Jackson. She's the air force's certified genius. Just ask her daddy. They know who your daddy is, don't they, Sammie?"

"Jonas, go to hell," Sam retorted.

"Is there a problem here?" Teal'c's baritone voice sounded loudly from behind Jonas.

Jonas turned around to face the large jaffa.

"No, Teal'c. No problem, Captain Hanson was just leaving. Isn't that right, captain?" Daniel announced, feeling confident now with Teal'c in the room to back him up.

Jonas threw one last glare towards Sam and Daniel and then turned to leave, causing Teal'c to lift one eyebrow at the strange behavior of the man.

"Thanks, Teal'c," Daniel announced. "Have you met Captain Carter, yet?"

"I have not," Teal'c replied.

"Hi, I'm Samantha Carter," Sam said, smiling at the large man and reaching out to shake his hand.

Teal'c, having already learned this Tau'ri gesture, reached out and shook the young woman's hand. "It is a pleasure to meet you, Captain Carter. I have heard you are the one who designed your iris. It is a remarkable defensive measure."

"Uh, yes, I did, and thank you, Teal'c. I've heard a lot about you, too, and am thrilled to meet such a great hero."

"You have misheard. I am not a hero," Teal'c answered, stoically.

"Oh, I believe you are. You saved our teams and many other people by going against your god. If that isn't a hero, than I don't know what is," Sam commented.

Teal'c stood up just a little more, a proud look gracing his stoic face.

Daniel grinned, wondering how this woman knew exactly what to say to stroke Teal'c's ego.

"I'm sorry about Jonas, Daniel. I wasn't aware he was here," Sam said, changing the subject and turning back to Daniel.

"Don't be. It wasn't your fault. What's the deal with you two, a lot of history there?"

Sam grimaced. "More than you know. We were engaged for a short time."

"Really?" Daniel asked in shock. "To Hanson?"

"Yeah, I know. But, he wasn't always like that. He was charming. Well, was charming, I guess so much time in black ops changed him. That's why I called it off."

Daniel looked at the woman, trying to figure her out. "I bet you're happy you're not stationed here now?"

Sam smiled a sad smile at Daniel. "I guess," she replied with a shrug.

Before long, Sam was back out of the mountain and on her way to DC. Jack caught up with Daniel coming back down from seeing Sam off. "Hey Daniel, where have you been?" he asked, exasperated.

"I was with Captain Carter," he answered, as if Jack should have known this information.

"Captain Carter? The one Hammond had here to fix our gate?" Jack asked, not really interested.

"Yeah, you haven't met her yet?"

"Nope. Don't really care to either," he answered, his hands in his pockets.

"Why not? She is a very bright woman, apparently she…."

"Exactly," Jack proclaimed, cutting Daniel off.

Daniel looked at him, bemused.

Jack saw Daniel's confused look and tossed an equally confused look back at him. "She's a scientist! You know how I feel about scientists. I have my fill with you and Tobias. I can't handle another one."

"Jack!" Daniel exclaimed in frustration.

"What?" Jack asked in a normal, calm voice, a dumbfounded look on his face.

"You don't even know her!"

"And, I'd like to keep it that way," Jack replied, not fazed by Daniel's frustration.

Daniel decided to go another way. "Teal'c likes her," he announced, nonchalantly.

This caused Jack to stop and look over at the archaeologist. "Teal'c has met her?" he questioned.

"Uh huh, just a little bit ago. He was quite smitten with her charms," Daniel said with a grin, remembering Teal'c's facial expression after Sam's compliment.

"No, I don't believe it. A charming scientist isn't possible. It's, it's an oxymoron!" Jack rebounded.

Daniel shook his head. "Jack! You are so narrow minded!" Daniel complained.

"Why thank you," Jack replied, smiling that irksome smile that drove Daniel mad.

Daniel tried not to growl in frustration as Jack turned down a different corridor and strutted away, obviously happy about getting the last word in.

After a few seconds of watching Jack strut down the corridor, Daniel smiled to himself as he thought of something. Sam was tall, blue-eyed, and blonde, not to mention very beautiful. Characteristics that Daniel knew were Jack's type. He could talk all the smack he wanted to now, but when he finally did meet Sam, Daniel knew it was going to be a sight worth seeing!

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a/n: Jack meets Sam next chapter if anyone wants me to continue. Please let me know if I should continue or just scrap this idea.