A/N: This starts right after the end of "Bringing This Thing to a Head". Don't be confused!
Jack glumly walked to Hammond's office right behind the older man. All the personnel the two passed were shocked to see the defeated demeanor of the base's 2IC. No one was used to seeing Jack actually look like a subordinate.
Once inside Hammond's office and the door was closed, Hammond gave Jack a glare that made his blood run cold. "What the hell were you two thinking?"
Jack averted his gaze to right above Hammond's shoulder; "I don't know if we really were thinking, sir. We were both drunk, and it only happened once –"
"I don't care if it was only a two minute fuck, Colonel!" Hammond roared. Inside Jack was cowering in fear that Hammond had used that word. He'd never heard the General swear before. "The point is that both of you broke the rules. Rules you've both known about since the Academy!"
Hammond was livid with rage. He'd put a lot on the line that these two officers could keep up professional behavior on and off work. He'd risked not only his own career but also the reputation of the whole damn mountain!
"Both of you will be court marshaled as soon as the paperwork comes through. Be prepared for anything and everything, Colonel."
"Sir?" Jack asked in confusion.
"The NID has been keeping tabs on all SGC personnel. Chances are they already know about this! You're only hope of staying in the Air Force is that whatever judge they give you will take into account that the child conceived saved human kind."
"You are forbidden to leave this base until your escort comes to take you to where your trial will be held."
"Dismissed," Hammond said in a clipped tone.
Without another word, Jack left and made a beeline to his on-base quarters. His mind was occupied with thoughts about what he had done… what they had done… he should have stopped it. He hadn't been that drunk.
He had been sitting in his room, staring at the wall for God knows how long before the phone rang. "O'Neill," he spoke into the receiver.
"Colonel?" Dr. Brightman asked. "Major Carter's awake. She wants to see you, sir."
"I'll be right there, Doc."
Less than two minutes later Jack was standing outside Sam's isolation room, wondering if he had the courage to go inside. Daniel made the decision for him.
The archeologist was just coming out of Sam's room when he saw Jack just standing there, doing nothing. The younger man sighed and rolled his eyes.
"Come on, Jack," he said, grabbing his arm and dragging him inside. Much to his surprise Jack didn't even argue with him about it. Not even for show.
Sam's smile for Jack was small and only half-hearted. "Hey, sir."
"Hey, Carter," he said sadly.
"I guess you heard."
"Yeah. Why didn't you tell me sooner?"
Sam shook her head, "I only really found out last week. It takes a lot of courage to get up the nerve to tell your commanding officer that you're pregnant – with his child."
Jack furrowed his brow, trying to come to terms with everything he'd learned in the past few days. "But… didn't you have your period last week?"
Sam smirked at how bluntly he put it. "No. I thought I did, but when it only lasted two days I went to my gynecologist and asked him to perform a pregnancy test. It came back positive. Ever since I've been… fairly emotional."
Jack snorted in response - it was obvious to the janitor of the commissary that Sam was 'fairly emotional'. The two talked for a few more minutes before Dr. Brightman kicked Jack out so Sam could get some more rest. He didn't tell her about the court marshal.
The USAF Colonel made his way back to General Hammond's office prepared to do anything and everything to protect Sam's career. He knocked on the open door once before going in.
"Don't court marshal Carter."
Hammond looked up, startled, from the report he had been reading. "Excuse me, Colonel?"
"Don't court marshal Carter. Sir."
"Yes, I heard you. Now you better be able to give me a very good reason why not to."
"It's my fault all this happened."
"You raped her?" Somehow Hammond knew that no matter what had happened that was definitely not it.
"God, no! But I was more sober than she was."
"How do you know, Colonel? I've known Major Carter for many years – she can hold her liquor with the best of them."
Jack sighed, "Fine, I don't know. But if the only way to get you to not court marshal Carter is to tell you that I raped her… then, fine. I'll accept the blame for that, too."
Hammond, listening intently, leaned forward in his chair. "Son, do you know what your saying? Because if you do and if you're serious then I'm going to have to file a report and this is probably going to make national news. Do you really want to do this, Jack?"
Jack thought for a few moments, his mind telling him not to do it, but his heart telling him it was the only way to keep Sam and the baby safe. "Do you have a better idea, sir?"
"Let Carter handle herself. She's been doing it for over thirty years."
Jack shook his head; "I can't make that decision for her."
"Then tell her and let her make her own decision. She is one of the smartest people in the world, you know."
Sam was nearly in tears when Jack told her about the court marshal. "Y-you mean they're actually going to court marshal us?"
"Appears so, Carter," Jack responded, plopping down on the bed next to her.
Before their conversation could continue Teal'c and Daniel walked in, the latter bearing a bouquet of daisies. "Hey, guys. How are you feeling Sam?"
She shrugged, "I don't know how to feel. I'm pregnant and I've just been told that because I'm pregnant I'm going to be court marshaled."
Daniel looked a little taken back, and when he looked at Teal'c the Jaffa answered. "Do you have any hope of coming out of this 'court marshal' unscathed?"
"No, T. They're probably going to reassign her to Antarctica and I'm probably going to be forced to retire," Jack answered with a sigh.
"Did you not consider going through the Stargate to escape punishment? One of our allies would most certainly take you into their society."
Sam and Jack shared a look without speaking.
Senator Kinsey grinned as his truck pulled closer and closer to the SGC. He'd just gotten word that he'd be leading the investigation into the charges of fraternization against O'Neill and Carter. His day couldn't get any better.
The guards at the check-in points were icy as usual, so Kinsey didn't think anything of it. But when he was walking toward General Hammond's office, he noticed that everyone he passed shared the icy demeanor of the guards. Some were even brave enough to give him cold stares.
The Senator found General Hammond on the phone when he arrived at his office. The General quickly finished his conversation and turned to look at the stocky man he'd grown to hate. "Well? Happy now, Kinsey?"
"What the devil are you talking about, General?"
"Don't you know?"
"I don't know what you're talking about, General. I'm simply here to collect Major Carter and Colonel O'Neill for their trip down to Peterson awaiting their trials. Where are they?"
Hammond seemed to grow angrier and angrier by the minute; "They left."
"How the hell should I know? They went through the damn Stargate!"
Sam and Jack looked at the tenth planet they'd 'Gated to in the last half an hour. Sam was starting to get tired, and Jack could see it. "Come on, Carter. We'll rest here for a bit before we move on to our new home."
Jack looked at her quizzically as they sat down on a fallen tree. "We can't go back, you know? Not now, not ever."
She looked into his eyes and saw love and ardor in their depths that were mirrored in her own; "I know, sir."
"You're still going to call me, 'sir'?"
Sam smiled, looking down at her feet. That sounded exactly like what her hallucination of him had said when she was stranded on the Prometheus. "As long as you don't call me Carter."
Jack took her into his arms, relishing the feel of holding her. "I think that can be arranged, Samantha."
A few hours later, the sun was starting to set. "Come on," Sam said as she reluctantly got up from the log. "We've got to get to our new home."
Jack and Sam stepped through the Stargate again. This time, however, they were on Argos.
The two looked around and saw that the temple was, in fact, desolate and bear from the garlands and statues that had once ordained the place.
Sam turned to Jack and smiled, "Here, our baby will grow up loved and safe – with both parents to raise it."
A/N: So? What think you? Better or worse than the other ending? I personally like both of them...but this one is longer and better written. Well, tell me what you think please!