Two weeks later…
"I'm being beat badly by a bunch of aliens," Cameron mumbled to himself as Danielle shot another hoop. "This is shameful."
Danielle grinned at him. "You want us to go easy on you?"
Teal'c and Vala smiled at him also. Cameron only scowled.
"Unauthorized off world activation. Unauthorized off world activation," came Walter's voice over the speakers. Cameron rolled his eyes at the expression on Vala's face. Suddenly she sprinted away, leaving the others to follow in their own pace.
"Who is it?" Vala demanded as soon as she arrived in the control room. Walter smiled slightly at her and turned to Landry.
"Receiving SG-1's identification, sir."
Landry smiled, but then frowned in mock confusion.
"But all of SG-1 is here, Walter."
Vala scowled at him. Landry smiled at her and nodded at Walter.
"Let him in."
With a grin, Vala ran to the 'gate room, Landry, Danielle, and SG-1 following her.
"What took you so long?" she demanded as soon as Daniel stepped through the 'gate.
"Yeah," Cameron agreed. "Adria didn't even take you a full twenty-four hours."
Daniel smiled at him. "Adria got distracted. The Doci wouldn't be distracted by anything. I just finished him off a few hours ago."
"How goes the war?" Landry asked. Daniel shrugged and shook his head.
"The Others and the Ori aren't equal in the slightest. The Ori are greater in numbers and, though I hate to admit it, power. The Others have only been able to hold them out this long because of their fury. I don't know how long that will last them, though," Daniel said grimly. "And I think they have added another to their number."
"Who?" Sam asked, frowning. Daniel sighed, looking Vala straight in the eyes.
"Adria," he replied quietly. Vala's mouth opened slightly in an "o" as she drew her head back.
"That'd make sense," she whispered.
"Why would that make sense, Vala?" Daniel asked. Vala wriggled her shoulders uncomfortably.
"When the Ori…attacked me, I could hear voices. Whispered voices. And I recognized one of them…it was Adria. And it was like she was…calling me, or beckoning me, or something like that. But it would make sense that I heard her if she ascended, right?" Vala asked. Daniel sighed, looking pissed.
"Or it could be some other reason," Vala said quickly. Daniel shook his head.
"I was pretty sure before, Vala, that she had ascended. This only confirms it."
"Why would Oma have told you to kill her if she was only going to ascend?" Danielle asked. Daniel shrugged.
"She would've known. She must've had a plan."
"All right, we need a happier topic," Cameron said, clapping his hands and looking around expectantly.
"You look different," Vala told Daniel. Daniel looked at her, amused.
"You have a knack for picking that fact out, don't you?"
Vala grinned triumphantly. Daniel smiled and shook his head.
"I'm not a Prior anymore."
"You've still got the robes, though," Cameron pointed out.
"Didn't have time to change," Daniel explained. "Besides, there wasn't anything to change in to."
"I wouldn't have minded that," Vala chirped. Daniel ignored her.
"I seem to recall Oma saying Vala would receive blessings for her sacrifice with Adria," Teal'c commented. Vala brightened.
"Yeah! Any idea what that would mean, Daniel?" Vala asked. Daniel shook his head.
"You know what I think would be nice?" Vala asked. "A child that wasn't some evil miracle kid."
Daniel rolled his eyes. Vala frowned.
"Do you at least know when I'll be getting it?"
Daniel shook his head. "You need to learn the concept of patience, Vala."
Suddenly the 'gate room vanished in Vala's vision. Everything was black except for one lone figure standing in front of her…Oma. The ascended being smiled at her.
"Your blessing is waiting for you, Vala Mal Doran," she said. "All you have to do is take it."
The wise woman vanished and her place was taken by the Daniel Vala had first met way back on Prometheus, the Daniel Vala always envisioned in her mind. Then she was back in the 'gate room, Daniel still in his Prior robes standing in front of her, a worried expression on his face.
"You okay?" he asked, seeing she was awake. Vala nodded shakily and stood, brushing herself off.
"I…just need some rest."
Fifteen minutes later Vala was lying in her bed, trying to shake the memory of the vision away. It had just been her hopeful imagination, she kept telling herself. That's all it was. Then she heard a knock on her door and Daniel came in, back in his usual clothes. He smiled at her.
"Oma just talked to me," he said. Vala frowned, not seeing what he was saying at first. Suddenly it dawned.
And she grinned.
A/N: Thank you to my sister, who let me read to her as I wrote.
Thank you to my mother for letting me use the computer so much.
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