A/N: Ah, screw it! Here's the end. I'm just an impatient...person. But that's a good thing for you...very bad for my review stats. Some of you have asked why I care so much about reviews and this is my answer: I write this stuff to post, I post for people to read and review. With no reviews, why would I write?
When Billy Joel mounted the stage, Jack knew that very soon he'd start to sing the song he most wanted Sam to hear within his arms. Jack caught eye contact with the singer and nodded, letting him know what the first song should be.
Billy Joel smirked at the man in the middle of the crowd: so that was the couple the president had spoken of? Interesting. He looked at the woman near to the older man and his smirk grew. He knew that he'd do almost anything to be with a woman like that, too.
He readjusted the microphone on the piano and said, "Good evening, folks. First off, happy birthday, Mr. President. This first song was a request the president made to help along a special gentleman in the room tonight. Tell her."
As the first cords of his hit 'Shameless' came onto the air, Jack smirked and asked Sam, "Care to dance?"
Sam smiled nervously. This obviously wasn't going to be like the numerous dances they'd shared before. Jack was up to something.
Well I'm shameless when it comes to
I'd do anything you want me to
I'd do anything at all
And I'm standing here for all the world to see
There ain't that much left of me
That has very far to fall
know I'm not a man who has ever been
Insecure about the world I've been living in
I don't break easy, I have my pride
But if you need to be satisfied
I'm shameless, baby I don't have a
Anytime I see you standing there
I go down upon my knees
Sam felt her heart stop as Jack got down on one knee and pulled out a box from his pocket. The song continued in the background, providing the perfect setting for what she now knew was coming.
And I'm changing, I swore I'd never
But you convinced me otherwise
I'll do anything you please
You see in all my life I've never found
What I couldn't resist, what I couldn't turn down
I could walk away from anyone I ever knew
But I can't walk away from you
never let anything have this much control over me
Cause I worked too hard to call me life my own
Yes I made myself a world and it worked so perfectly
But it's your world now, I can't refuse
I never had so much to lose
Her eyes went wide as Jack opened the box to reveal a beautiful ring with a solitaire cut diamond flanked by two much smaller princess cut sapphires. "Marry me?" he whispered, "Make me the happiest man in the universe and be my wife."
Sam waited, not knowing what to say, her eyes just staring in wide wonder at the man kneeling before her with such a wonderful offering. She didn't notice the crowd that had stopped dancing to watch for her response. Samantha was only brought out of her stupor when Billy Joel sang (rather loudly) the last few lines of the song:
I'm shameless, shameless as a man
You can make a total fool of me
I just wanted you to know
A small smile appeared on Sam's face as she nodded empathetically, allowing Jack to take the ring out of the box and place it on her eagerly awaiting finger. His heart had stopped beating as he had waited for a response, but now that she had said yes, both of them were on cloud nine.
When Green Day mounted the stage a short time later, they knew exactly what song they were going to open up with. From what they had learned from the president's family and the proposal earlier, all three of them unanimously decided on one of their hits to describe the lucky woman, Dr. Carter: 'She's a Rebel'.
She's a rebel
She's a saint
She's assault of the earth
And she's dangerous
She's a rebel
Missing link on the brink
From Chicago to Toronto
She's the one that they
Call 'ol whatsername
She's the symbol
And she's holding on my
Heart like a hand grenade
Sam burst out laughing as the song continued, much to Jack' amusement. It just fit her so well. It wasn't that she liked to think of herself like that, but what else could it be? Sam was so similar to that song it was almost scary!
She shot a humorous look at the singer and he winked conspicuously at her, letting her know that she had been the inspiration for singing the song. As the band continued with a slower song, Sam grabbed hold of Jack and made him dance with her, knowing that the next day she would regret her choice of shoes (no matter how perfect they were with that dress and how much fun she knew Jack would have with them later).
The euphoria lasted the rest of the night, as the couple danced away half of it in each other's arms, hardly listening to the songs that most of the singers sang. For a few songs, the couple was forced to suffer the congratulations of many people and politicians they didn't know.
When President Kinsey came up to them with his wife, Jack shook his hand, "Thanks for the help, Mr. President. I'm not sure I could have pulled it off without your help."
"Don't mention it, Jack."
Sam turned to Jack with an unreadable expression on her face, "You asked the president to help you propose to me? How many people knew about this before me?"
Jack counted in his head: there had been Hammond, Daniel, Ferretti, Teal'c, Jacob/Selmak (did they count as one or two?), Kinsey, Mrs. Kinsey, all the performers for tonight, the guy he bought the ring from…the list went on and on.
"I'm guessing probably about the entire city of Colorado Springs, and numerous other people who live out of town," he said with a hesitant smile.
Sam playfully slapped him, "As long as I'm not the last to know."
After the ball was over, Sam and Jack bid goodnight to the Kinsey's and the other three members of SG-1 before subtly running out of the ballroom to Sam's bedroom.
When the couple was occupied in their bedroom, the performers of the night met with the group still up and talking. "Nice work, Billy," Kinsey said with a smile. "Great idea to start with that song."
The man shrugged, "I don't think it was as great as what these three did when they came on with 'She's a Rebel'. It was kinda funny to watch their reactions."
Natasha nodded in agreement, "I thought it was very sweet of you to use your birthday as an opportunity for Colonel O'Neill to propose to her, Mr. President."
Daniel and Ferretti grinned at the president responded, "Well, my dear, if you knew everything those two have gone through to get to where they are now, I have no doubt you would have done the same."
"It's a fairy tale, isn't it?" she asked the other three men who'd come with the happy couple to D.C.
Daniel nodded, "The closest thing to a fairy tale we can get in these days."
The group grew quiet as those who knew Sam and Jack reflected on their relationship. "They've had so many close calls…" Daniel said, shaking his head somberly.
"It is a miracle they are both still alive," Teal'c added, a hint of awe in his voice only noticed by his two teammates.
Ferretti smirked, "It's all about survival."
And it really was. When it really mattered, Jack had let Sam go for survival. Sam had pulled back from the brink of…many dark things so he could survive. The two needed each other to survive, and survival was a part of them.
A/N: If you guys want the lyrics to any of the songs I use, just PM me or tell me in a review. Please review! Please? Oh, and if you want a sequel, you're going to have to tell me THAT, too. But if you do, be warned that it may be some months before it gets up here.