Daniel crouched down behind some nearby bushes and surveyed the area. He was so close to their only means of escape, but with all the Jaffa guarding both the 'gate and the DHD, he may as well have been half a world away. There was no chance of getting through. Unless…

Keeping low to the ground, Daniel made his way back to the trap door. Once there, he swung his legs onto the ladder and climbed down, closing the hatch behind him. Total darkness stabbed his eyes, but didn't slow him as he practically ran down the corridor, back the way he'd come. His sore bare feet throbbed with every step and the limp in his left leg was quickly becoming a hindrance. Still, Daniel soon saw light up ahead indicating he was closing in on the Ancient's computer room. He slowed as he entered the room.

Dixon was sitting next to Kerry, who was looking more aware than when Daniel had seen her last. The lt colonel started to stand up, but Daniel motioned for him to stay put and dropped down to sit a few feet across from the others.

"I think I know how we can get home."

Dixon shot him a skeptical look. "What, the tunnel goes all the way across the galaxy and into the SGC locker room?"

"No, and I don't think we'd want to walk all that distance anyways. But it does lead up to about a few hundred yards from the stargate."

Dixon nodded. "So, we can dial her up and get the hell out of here."

"Uh, no. Not exactly."

"Why not?" Kerry asked.

"There's quite a few Jaffa between us and the 'gate."

"Then how the hell do you think we're gonna get home, Jackson?" Dixon practically growled.

"We get some help."

"Who?"

"Another SG team or two." Daniel saw that Dixon was getting annoyed, so he quickly continued with his explanation. Jumping up to his feet, he walked over to the row of Ancient computers and waved his right hand at the fourth one. "This computer seems to somehow be able to control the DHD on the surface. So, all we have to do is figure out how to operate it, then we can radio for help. Now I doubt our radios will work from in here, but if one of you can activate the 'gate, I can be in position hiding in the woods close enough to get a signal through."

"Just one problem." Dixon spoke up.

"What's that?"

"SOP. You know, where we don't send our people through the 'gate just to get slaughtered by a group of Jaffa who are hanging around waiting to pick us off as we arrive."

"Uh, yeah, I'm aware of that policy. Which is why there won't be a group of Jaffa hanging around when they arrive. I can cause a diversion right before reinforcements come through."

Dixon seemed to think it over for a moment. "You think you can get that thing working?" He motioned with his head to the computer.

"Yes."

"Well, get to it then."


Daniel crept around the perimeter of the clearing, trying to be as quiet as possible. He wanted to stay in visual range of the 'gate, but didn't want to be spotted by enemy troops if they decided to investigate when the device activated. Daniel went to his knees and ducked his head as a patrolling Jaffa came within a few meters of him. Though he held his breath, he thought for sure he'd be discovered since his heart seemed to be pounding much too loudly. It was a ridiculous notion that was proven wrong when the Jaffa moved off without so much as a glance in his direction. Daniel was about to get back to his feet when the unmistakable sound of the stargate coming to life filled the area. He crawled into an area with thick underbrush just as the wormhole formed. The Jaffa moved further away from his position as they took up an offensive by the 'gate.

"SGC, this is Daniel Jackson. Do you read?"

Daniel hurried to turn the volume down as one of the 'gate technician's voice responded a little too loudly. "We read you Dr. Jackson. You are early for your check in. Is everything okay?"

"Uh, no. Not exactly. Can I speak with General Hammond?"

"I'm right here. What's the problem Dr. Jackson?"

"Good to hear your voice, sir. We have a major problem. The temple ruins came under attack. We've managed to take cover in an underground bunker of sorts, but Lt Colonel Dixon and Lt Sherman are both severely injured."

"And yourself and Major Waldron?"

"I'm mostly fine but Major Waldron didn't make it."

"Do you need a medical team?"

"Not a good idea. There's over a dozen Jaffa by the 'gate and more in the woods. I haven't seen any gliders for a while, but they were bombing the area earlier. We need backup or we'll never make it out of here. Look, I have a plan. If you can send another team or two in exactly one hour, I'll lead most of the Jaffa away from the 'gate just prior to their arrival. The team will be able to ambush them, then we can all get out of here."

"I can't send more people in unless you can assure me that we'll be the ones doing the ambushing."

"I've got that covered, General."

"Alright, son. Exactly an hour from now. Anything else I should be aware of?"

"I got a look at the Jaffa. They serve Anubis. I don't think he knew we were here at first so he must have come because of some technology we found underground. I didn't have time to..." Daniel cut off as the Jaffa began to spread away from the 'gate and head towards the surrounding woods. "Uh, I have to go before I'm spotted." Without waiting for a reply, he turned off his radio and scooted further into the bushes. Which, unfortunately, turned out to be full of prickers. Daniel bit his lip as he felt his face and the exposed skin of his arms and feet sliced open by the tiny sharp thorns. Still, as painful as his hiding spot was, it was also effective. He watched as a pair of boots came almost close enough to step on him before continuing on their way. Within a minute, the 'gate shut down and orders were yelled out. The Jaffa hurriedly returned to the clearing. Daniel still didn't dare move. If he got himself captured or killed before the SG team arrived, they would almost certainly meet the same fate.