This is yet anotherstorycontainingAeda Harrison and Daniel Jackson, a little adventure involving some action scenes, some love scenes, and plenty of comedy. This is the third in a trio of stories and it might be helpful to read the other two first (The Assistant & That Next Big Step).

Enjoy and thanks for all the earlier reviews!

They aren't mine, please don't sue!


Danielhad droppedAeda off at the Denver airport around midnight and she had promised him that she'd call when she reached Boston, around eight, Eastern Standard. He glanced at the clock, too antsy to pay attention to the ping-pong game he was supposed to be playing with Cameron. The distraction was a mistake – Cameron launched the ball at him and it pinged off his elbow.

"Ow," he said sharply and glared at Cameron.

"Pay attention, man." Cameron glanced at the clock himself. "You got a date or something?"

He sighed. "Aeda's flight was supposed to arrive at eight am her time, six our time. It's six-thirty." He rubbed his elbow where the plastic ball had struck him. This was the reason he didn't play against Teal'c.

Cameron shrugged. "Flights get delayed. Plus, it's Boston. I'm betting she's stuck in traffic on the runway."

He acquiesced just slightly to Cameron's thought. "Maybe."

The phone on the wall of the rec room used that precise moment to ring and the two men looked at each other.

"See? That's probably her now."

Daniel crossed the room to the phone and lifted the green receiver to his ear. "Dr. Jackson," he said, watching as Cameron began to bounce the ball with the ping-pong paddle.

"Hey, Daniel. How's life?" Aeda's voice said from three thousand miles away.

A wave of relief washed over him and in his happiness he missed the tone of voice she was using. "Good. I was starting to get worried."

"Yeah. Hey, silly question."

This time he noticed it. She sounded unhappy and a little restrained. "Shoot."

"Who the hell is Ba'al and why would he kidnap me?"

He almost dropped the phone. "Excuse me?"

Aeda sighed. "Ba'al – you know, tall guy, mustache, menacing presence – or so he thinks."

"He kidnapped you?" he asked and the ping-pong ball Cameron was bouncing fell to the concrete floor.

"More like asked me nicely with a gun in my back. I'm okay, though. I'm pretty sure we're still in Mass."

His entire body went numb. He had to lean against the wall to keep from falling to the ground. Cameron caught the change in his posture and put the ping-pong paddle down on the table.

"Please tell me you're joking," he said thickly.

There was the sound of movement accompanied by a burst of static and he tried not to think about what was happening on the other end of the phone conversation. "Aeda?" he asked.

"Ah, Dr. Jackson, how nice to hear from you again."

The voice was disgustingly familiar and his skin crawled at the sound of it. They had been so sure he'd been destroyed, that all of his clones had been destroyed. But now…this…

"Ba'al."

Cameron's eyes went wide and he sprinted from the rec room, though Daniel didn't know where he was headed. He was too focused on the fact that a demented Ga'ould had Aeda.

"Yes, Dr. Jackson, and no, your dear professor was not joking. I do indeed have the good Dr. Harrison with me at the moment and I'm prepared to make a trade."

He took a deep breath. "I'm listening."

"I will not harm your woman –" he heard a loud snort in the background and a small part of him was relieved that she at least found it amusing – "if you are able to get me a naquadah generator within the next seventy-two hours. After eight am on Thursday, if I do not have the generator in my possession, I will kill her."

Daniel said nothing. He could hear footfalls approaching, at least three other people, and he forced himself to think.

"Do we understand each other?"

"Where are you?" he asked.

"I will call you tomorrow with a location."

Anger flared. "If anything happens to her –"

"You have my word that for the next seventy-two hours she will remain free from harm. After that, whatever fate befalls her is in your hands."

The line went dead and he stared at the receiver as the room filled withCameron and hisreinforcements – General Landry, Sam, and Teal'c all stood watching him with worried gazes. Eventually, Sam took the receiver from his hand and placed it back on the wall.

Slowly, rage filled every mellow inch of him and, without thinking, he heaved his fist into the solid concrete of the rec room wall.

"Daniel!" she shouted as he brought his broken hand up to his chest.

It was the first time in a long time he'd lost his temper. The first time in a long time he'd actually felt the need to hurt something.

"He has Aeda," he said quietly.

"I know and I promise you that we'll find her," Sam said and very softly guided him from the room and towards the infirmary.


More to come, I promise...