Just a teeny-weeny update to tide you over. I hope to have more up soon.

RL has been insanely busy lately so bear with me please.

In the months that followed, Sam seemed to have found a comfortable niche at the SGC. She had come to maintain a delicate balance in Cheyenne Mountain. None of the military personnel really cared for Doctor McKay. As such her job was to run interference between the SG teams and the head of the science department. Her father was a Air Force general and growing up in that environment had prepared her well for dealing with the military personnel. Honestly, she really thought that they would have preferred anyone over McKay.

It also helped her position considerably that the airmen and marines followed Colonel O'Neill's example and grudgingly tolerated her even though they still looked on her as a geek. It didn't mean she wasn't immune to the Colonel's barbs and acerbic tongue, but no one was. He only seemed to get really irritated with her if she started to explain something in more detail than she was interested in. He'd cut her off with a sharp bark of, "Carter!" and then she would try be as succinct as she could.

She found a real friend in Daniel Jackson. They had the same passionate curiosity albeit in different fields. They were both outsiders, not really fitting in with the military environment. Colonel O'Neill had little patience for any scientist, but he had even less for Daniel. She thought it was very strange and couldn't understand how he could bear to be on the colonel's team.

One day after she witnessed Colonel O'Neill give him a particularly harsh berating, she finally asked, "Why do you let him treat you like that?"

"It's kind of a long story," he replied.

Daniel was silent for a long time and she thought he wasn't going to explain. An uncomfortable silence fell over them. He bowed his head studying his coffee cup intently. His shaggy hair covered his face and after a while he began to speak. "He had a son that accidentally killed himself with Jack's gun. From what I've heard, he withdrew into himself and his marriage fell apart. He went on the first Stargate mission because he hoped it would be a suicide mission. Somewhere along the way, he decided he wanted to live again. It had a lot to do with Skaara. They formed a really close bond. I think he reminded him a lot of his son. After the mission Jack was planning on going back and working to put his marriage back together. When he got home, he found out that his wife had killed herself the same gun."

"Oh my God," Sam gasped. "That poor man. It still doesn't explain why he treats you like he does."

"If I had found out a way to get back sooner, Jack might be rebuilding his life. He blames me."

"That's not fair. I'm sure you did everything you could."

"I blame myself too." Daniel looked up at her, self recrimination clear on his face. "If I hadn't been so absorbed into seeing and studying ancient Egypt come to life, I might have been able to get them back a little more quickly. She died only a day before we came back. "

They settled into silence again. Sam tried to process what she had just learned about Colonel O'Neill. Some of his tendencies made a little more sense now, but he was still quite an enigma to her. She couldn't help but be fascinated by him. She had always loved puzzles.

"You don't have to stay on SG-1, Daniel. There are other teams…"

"Jack will do whatever it takes to get Sha're and Skaara back. Whether he wants to admit it or like it, I can help him."

"Doctor Carter."

Sam, startled by the deep voice, looked up from her computer screen. The Jaffa, Teal'c, stood in the doorway of her lab. After their initial meeting, he had only spoken to him on a couple of occasions at the briefings he had attended. There were tons of things she would have loved to ask him, but his dour expression and rather forbidding presence was intimidating.

She smiled tentatively at him. "Can I do something for you, Teal'c?"

"O'Neill says I must share my knowledge of Goa'uld technology with you."

"Uh, um, okay. But I thought you were working with Doctor McKay on that."

"I threatened Doctor McKay with bodily harm. O'Neill suggested speaking with you would not be as intolerable."

"I hope not."

"I am certain that there are very few as intolerable as Doctor MacKay."

After that they met regularly whenever SG-1 was onworld. Daniel frequently joined their discussions and they collaborated quite well over the various artifacts and technologies the SG teams brought back. It was so much interesting the menial tasks in the labs that Doctor McKay had originally assigned to her. It wasn't quite as exciting as going off world, but it was close.

Teal'c invited her to join him for lunch quite often. Sam could empathize how lonely it must be for him to be so completely uprooted from all he knew. She had gone through a similar experience every time her father was moved to a different base. Teal'c never said much as they ate and Sam found herself blathering on more than usual in an attempt to fill the silence. It didn't seem to bother him though.. Sometimes she got the feeling he was rather amused by her rambling, but his expression never gave it way.