Hi ya'll! I promised a third 2018 story, and finally here it is. I'm sorry this took so long, but school has been busy since Christmas vacation ended and all...ugh. LOL. But anyway, here's chapter one. I hope you enjoy it and please let me know if you do and what you think so I know if you want me to continue this. Thanks:)
2019: Blessings in Triplicate
Janet Sha're Jackson tilted her head to the side a bit, her mind racing to translate the symbols on the piece of paper her father held in front of her. That was…oh no, wait, now she remembered.
"That one says…'and thou shall not follow the ways of the Ori'." She grinned at him. "Funny, dad."
Daniel laughed and set down the paper he'd written the Ancient symbols on. "Thanks; you did a good job. Now say it in Ancient." The girl concentrated for a moment, and then recited the sentence in the language of the 'gate builders.
"That's right, isn't it?"
Jackson stood from his desk-chair in his office at home and scooped her into his arms. "That's it!" Janet giggled and held on with her arms around his neck as he spun her around. "You, my dear, are the only nine-year-old on the planet fluent in two alien languages," he grinned once he'd set her down again.
Daniel had been working with her for almost a year, since she had expressed interest in what he did, and she spoke quite good Goa'uld and Ancient now, though they were still working more on the Goa'uld. All of the hard consonants and the confusing syntax could be cumbersome for someone her age, even if she was brilliant.
"So, why don't you go work on that Spanish homework now?"
His daughter pulled a pout on him. "But, daddy, Spanish is boring. It's not as fun as learning alien stuff."
"I know," Daniel sighed. "But now you're required to take at least two years of foreign language before you get out of high school or you can't graduate. Look at it this way: since you're so smart you got to start it a couple of years early this semester, you'll have it over with before you even get to high school."
"Then I don't have to take it anymore?"
"Nope, and then you can learn more of the fun stuff with me," Daniel smiled.
"You promise?" she asked, wrapping her arms around him again and looking up at him.
He hugged her back. "I promise; I'll teach you any language out there you want to know."
"Thank you!" Janet squealed, letting go. Then she paused in front of him and looked thoughtful for a moment. "Can we do Ancient Egyptian next? I've been reading a lot of books about there, and I know its not alien but it still sounds cool."
"Sure. Now will you go do your Spanish homework?"
"Yes sir," she sighed. Then she brightened again. "And thanks!" Daniel smiled; nothing could keep that girl down for long.
Then Janet rushed out the door into the upstairs hallway of the new four-bedroom house they'd finally gotten last month, toward her own room. It was February now, and everything seemed to be going wonderfully. Daniel's only concern was that Vala had been feeling a bit under the weather for a few weeks now, but of course she insisted she was fine. If it didn't get better soon, though, he would have to insist that she let Carolyn look her over.
And speaking of Vala here she came, little Charlie on her hip. "Daniel?"
"Hmm?" Daniel strode over to where she stood in the open doorway. Vala smiled at him and handed over the baby.
"I'm really sorry, but I forgot that I have to meet Cassie and Carolyn at the mall in half an hour or so. Is that all right? You can watch both the kids, can't you?"
"Yeah, no problem; what's up?" he asked curiously.
"Nothing, really; just going to the mall," Vala answered, flashing another smile at him. But did something about it seem a little…no, never mind. Daniel decided just to smile back, but instead ended up wincing and reaching up to untangle Charlie's curious fingers from his gray-peppered brown hair.
"Whoa, ow, careful there buddy….yeah, Vala, that's fine."
"Thank you," she said gratefully, leaning in to kiss him quickly. Nothing else was really possible when one of them had a baby in their arms.
"How long will you be gone?"
"I'm not sure…just a few hours. I'll be home in time for supper," she assured him. "But then again it might not take long at all."
"Okay; you have your cell phone with you, right?" It was a rather paranoid question, but ever since the rather bad accident that he'd had back in December he wasn't taking any chances. This was Colorado, after all, and the snow was still plentiful at the moment.
Vala fished the small device out of the pocket of her blue jeans and waved it in front of him. "Yes, I have it."
"Good," Daniel nodded.
"All right then; I'll see you later," Vala smiled. She came closer again, pecked Charlie on the cheek with her lips and then briefly kissed her husband again. Then she turned and left. Daniel heard her stop by Janet's room to inform their daughter of where she was going, and then go down the stairs and out the door.
Daniel looked at Charlie. "Well, guess its just me, you, and your sister now, huh?" The six-month-old only giggled. "Right…guess I'm not getting any work done watching you. But that's okay; I've got all day. What do you want to do?"
Charlie bounced a bit.
"How about a movie?
Charlie bounced more and waved his arms around some.
"I'll take that as a yes," Daniel grinned, striding from his office and out into the hall. He walked over to Janet's room, where the girl was sprawled on her stomach on her bed, her head buried in her Spanish book.
"Hey, Janet?" She looked up. "You want to come downstairs and watch a movie while your mom's gone? I've got to watch Charlie so I can't work, so…"
Daniel didn't have to say anymore; Janet shut her textbook and hopped neatly off the bed and too the floor in one fluid move. "Sure!" she replied happily. "Can I carry Charlie?"
Daniel raised an eyebrow. "If you're careful."
Janet stopped in front of him and crossed her arms. "You know I'll be careful, dad. Please?"
"I don't know…you want Janet to carry you, Charlie?" Daniel asked teasingly
"Okay, okay, sorry," he laughed, and held Charlie down a bit so Janet could take him. The girl carefully took him and held him as she'd been taught, and Charlie, just as happy with his sister as with one of his parents, giggled again and started to pull at her hair and clothes.
"Be good, Charlie; don't stretch my shirt," Janet scolded smilingly.
Daniel grinned. "You're the one that asked to hold him."
"I know," she laughed. "I don't mind." Then she went for the stairs. "Come on, Charlie, let's go watch a movie. Dad, can we have popcorn?"
"If we have some," he answered, starting down after her. "You want hot chocolate with that?"
"Okay. Go on in the living room and you and Charlie decide what you want to watch; I'll get it."
Janet nodded and heading into the living room at the bottom of the stairs, while Daniel turned to go into the kitchen. He stood in the middle of it for a minute or so, trying to remember just where Vala kept the popcorn and hot chocolate in the first place. Moving after spending almost ten years in the same house—the one he and Vala had bought just after they'd married—could really throw a person off.
Finally, Daniel resorted to randomly searching the cabinets, until he found what he was looking for: an empty box of popcorn, and an all but barren can of hot chocolate powder. Sighing, he threw the useless containers away and shuffled into the living room.
"Dad, we want to watch this one!" Janet said the moment she saw him, holding up an old Finding Nemo DVD. She was crouched in from of the shelf where the movies were kept, and Charlie was sitting on the floor beside her looking at the pictures on the DVD covers.
"That's fine, honey, but I've got bad news: we're out of both hot chocolate and popcorn," Daniel sighed.
"We are?" Janet asked. "Awww…"
Daniel nodded, seeing how disappointed she was, and thought for a minute. "But you know what? It's Saturday, and the roads haven't been too bad this week, so…lets just go get some."
Janet jumped up. "Yes! Thank you dad!" she grinned, running across the room to throw her arms around him. Daniel stumbled back a step and almost tripped on the hems of his blue-jeans.
"You're welcome," he chuckled. "But we'll have to take Uncle Jack's truck."
One of the Jackson's two cars had fallen off a cliff in the accident back in December, effectively totaling it, and they hadn't been able to get another one yet because they had bought the house. Since, with a family they needed two vehicles, the O'Neills had lent them Jack's older truck for the time being, and that was fine. It wasn't really old, simply not as new as their other vehicle, and it suited their purposes.
"That's fine; I like Uncle Jack's truck." Janet replied, letting go of him and setting down the DVD in her hands.
Daniel took the few more steps over to the video shelf and scooped Charlie up into his arms. The baby held onto a couple of the DVD cases and he had to pry them from his hands. "Not right now, buddy; we'll watch movies when we get back. Right now we're going to get your coat and your shoes on."
Vala resettled her purse on her shoulders and glanced around for her friends as she strode into the food court at the mall in Colorado Springs. It didn't take her long to spot Cassie and Carolyn Lam on the far side waving to her.
"Hey," Carolyn greeted her smilingly.
"Am I late?" she asked, sliding into one of the empty seats at the table once she got there.
"Nope, we were just early," Cassie informed her, a wide smile on her face.
Vala looked at her. "You too?"
The younger woman blushed a bit. "Well…yeah. Wait, you mean you…?"
"Yep," Vala nodded, and then sighed and propped her elbows on the table in front of her and her chin in her hands. "I don't believe this."
Carolyn smiled triumphantly. "I was right."
"All three of us?" Cassie asked.
"Apparently," Vala commented.
Cassie almost confused. "But…how is that possible? The chances of it are…well, not that great."
"But that doesn't mean it doesn't happen," Carolyn pointed out.
"And it did," Vala added. "But it's not too surprising actually, considering that we were all snowed in for several days at the same time, not to mention that Cassie had just gotten married and Daniel and I had just settled a few little proble--"
"Okay!" Both Cassie and Carolyn said it at the same time, both holding up one or both hands to stop her explanation.
Carolyn continued. "Thank you, Vala, but we get it. We're all married; we don't need diagrams."
Vala only shrugged at that, but Cassie was turning a very interesting shade of dark pink. "All right then, what are we going to do about this?"
Cassie sat forward. "Right…I mean, why did you want us to meet here? We see each other every weekday at the SGC."
"True, but at the SGC it would be much easier for someone we know to overhear us, and it wouldn't be any fun if anyone found out before we decided to tell them," Carolyn answered matter-of-factly.
"Oh…good point…" Cassie said, but she fidgeted nervously. "But…I'm a little worried about what Skaara will think. Isn't this a little soon?"
Vala shook her head. "Not necessarily. Then, of course, there's the fact that Skaara's not from earth. The culture he's from is very different than modern America. On his homeworld, and many others out there whose inhabitants live primitive lifestyles like his people did on Abydos, it was normal and even expected for it to happen this soon or sooner. The new wife was expected to get pregnant quickly and bear her husband many strong sons, or something like that…It never made much sense to me, but whatever."
Cassie blinked at her for a moment, trying to sort out what she'd just said. "So you're saying he won't think its unusual."
"Ah." Then she smiled sheepishly. "I can't wait to tell him."
"Speaking of which, I have an idea about that," Carolyn said, smiling mischievously.
Vala raised an eyebrow. "What kind of idea?"
"Well, of course if we decide we want to tell our husbands ourselves, as I'm sure you will, Cassie, since this is the first for you…"
Cassie nodded an affirmative.
"Right, that's perfectly fine, but I think we should tell everybody else at once. Valentine's Day is next week; we could have a party and announce it there. What do you think?"
Vala grinned. "I think you're a genius. But this is our first time. I say Daniel and Cameron should wait until then to hear it too. I want to see the looks on their faces."
Carolyn grinned in return. "Exactly what I was thinking. Is that all right with you, Cassie? You go ahead and tell Skaara yourself, but don't tell him about me and Vala. Everyone else will find out about all three of us at the party."
Cassie nodded vigorously. "Yeah, yeah that's good. But I think we should have the party somewhere beside Dad and Sam's house. We've used their place enough recently, what with Christmas and New Years and all."
"We can have it at our house," Vala offered. "We have a bigger one now."
"Do you have enough unpacked though?" Carolyn asked. "We don't want to get in the way."
Vala shook her head. "No, it's fine. We've got a lot unpacked, actually, and most of what isn't is in the garage or upstairs."
Carolyn nodded in agreement. "Great! Then we have a plan. Now, who's hungry?"