A/N: It's different from what I normally do, but I hope you all like it anyway.


Daniel groaned as his radio alarm clock went off and the oldie's station came on the air. It wasn't that he liked oldies or anything like that, but it was better than all that crap people called "rap" and "hip-hop" that was on the air nowadays.

He rolled out of bed and put on his glasses so he could see to turn off the radio. As the lyrics started to sound, however, his fingers hesitated before pushing the "off" button. When the lyrics hit home, Daniel removed his hand and leaned back in bed, letting them wash over his mind.

She can kill with a smile
She can wound with her eyes
She can ruin your faith with her casual lies
And she only reveals what she wants you to see
She hides like a child
But she's always a woman to me

Billy Joel was a great artist and it helped Daniel a lot (especially in recent months) to be able to wake up to the man's voice on the air. His lyrics just spoke so true to the archeologist that he couldn't stop listening to Billy Joel's songs and revel in the truth of it all.

Most of the time it was comparisons to Sam and Jack that Daniel found in the songs and briefly he wondered if Jack had written some of those songs. That was how much they embodied what Jack had told Daniel of his feelings (not much) and what Daniel had seen with his own two eyes through the years.

She can lead you to live
She can take you or leave you
She can ask for the truth
But she'll never believe you
And she'll take what you give her as long as it's free
She steals like a thief
But she's always a woman to me

He didn't hear the next verses that came on the air. His thoughts had gone the one place he didn't want them to: Vala. Where was she? Was she alive somewhere? Lying in some other man's bed? Was she safe wherever she was? Did she miss him?

He didn't know the answers to those questions, but he did know that he missed her and ever since she's been transported to Ori territory he'd felt only half himself. She was a thief and a liar and she was rather childlike in her actions sometimes…but man was she a woman!

It scared Daniel that he'd fallen so completely for the space pirate. He thought that his heart was still Sha're's. There'd always be a special place in his heart for his long dead wife…but now it was time for him to get on with life with someone who could love him back as completely as he could love them.

She is frequently kind
And she's suddenly cruel
She can do as she pleases
She's nobody's fool
But she can't be convicted
She's earned her degree
And the most she will do
Is throw shadows at you
But she's always a woman to me

Daniel turned off his radio and got up to start the coffee. "She's Always a Woman to Me" dancing around in his head as his body went through the motions of getting ready for work. Maybe they'd find a way to save themselves today. Maybe he'd see her again soon. Maybe she'd stop stealing all his stuff every time she visited. Yeah right!


"Hey, Daniel," Sam said with a smile as Daniel sat down next to her in the commissary. She glanced at him worriedly, "You okay?"

Daniel shook his head and brought his hands up to cover his face, "No. I heard a Billy Joel song on the radio this morning."

Sam looked at him confused, "I'm sorry?"

Daniel looked at her, realizing what his words must have sounded like, "No, Billy Joel's a great artist. I really like his songs…but this one. She's Always a Woman."

"Ah," Sam knew the song quite well and everything clicked for her, "You're thinking about Vala?"

It was more a statement than a question, but Daniel answered anyway, "Yes."

The klaxons blared as Walter came on the intercom with the usual warning, "Unscheduled off world activation!"

Sam and Daniel shared a look of concern before running all the way to the control room (minus running while in the elevator).

Just as they walked into the control room Walter was telling General Landry, "We're receiving an IDC now, sir. It's Vala."

Daniel's heart leapt to his throat as the iris opened and the woman who'd stolen his heart walked through the 'Gate. He ran down and gave her a hug.

Vala smirked at him as he pulled away, "What was that for? Miss me?"

Daniel glared at her in the way that was common to them, "No. It was a reflex."

Vala glanced up at the control room, "Some reflex, Daniel. Now, I have news."

"What is it this time? Another Ori attack on the galaxy? Another tablet that will lead us to a huge cash of weapons?"

Vala looked at him seriously, "I'm pregnant. And it's yours."

Daniel thought back to her last visit a few months ago. They hadn't…had they? "What? That's impossible!"

Vala just smirked, patting Daniel's cheek with one of her hands, "That's what I love about you, Daniel. You're so gullible."

Daniel growled as Vala walked like a coquette out of the 'Gate room and to the infirmary. The last verse of that song came to his mind again:

She is frequently kind
And she's suddenly cruel
She can do as she pleases
She's nobody's fool
But she can't be convicted
She's earned her degree
And the most she will do
Is throw shadows at you
But she's always a woman to me


A/N: Well, what do you all think? I was listening to the song and I just couldn't help myself! The story wrote itself and demanded to be written! Please review so I don't feel like this was a complete waste of time!