MAJOR reference to Avalon p.2

We Got This

Daniel shot up in bed with an anguished cry.

'Fire, heat, death - She had been burning and he couldn't save her. She cried out-'

Daniel whimpered out a quiet sob as the sound echoed in his ears. He breathed rapidly as the images of scarred and blackened flesh flashed before his clenched eyes. God, he hadn't been strong enough to save her.

He flinched as a cool hand touched against his heated, sweat-slick skin. Turning his head, his wide blue eyes met with a shining familiar silver gaze, illuminated by the light of the moon shining through the window. What?

It took a long moment for his slightly fuzzy thoughts to connect the dots. He wasn't over in England like he had been for the past month. He'd come home. Jack had brought him here. Slowly the events of the past few days fell back into place - the phone call, the gift, the plane ride and drive, the overwhelming joy as Vala launched into his arms outside, the scrabble games, the beer, the kiss in the kitchen, the slightly weaving path to the master bedroom as he had fumbled to get her clothes off, the...sex, and then the dream.

The dream. He closed his eyes again as the harsh images invaded his mind again, along with that heart-shattering scream. He sobbed at the memory.

"It's okay." Hearing Vala's voice had another cry escaping past his lips. "It was just a nightmare."

Daniel brought his head down to rest against her chest. "I'm sorry I couldn't save you. I'm so sorry...you were burning a-and screaming-" He halted on the word and sobbed out some more.

Vala ran her hand over his damp hair. "Shhh, it's okay. You saved me." As Daniel shook his head minutely against her chest, Vala nodded against it. "Yes, darling. I'm right here because you were there to save me. You are always there to save me." She whispered, glancing up to a dark figure standing in the doorway. Vala didn't need any light to know exactly who it was.

"I love you." Daniel mumbled against her, wrapping his arms around her waist tightly. Vala placed a soft kiss into his hair as the figure approached.

"I love you, my Daniel." She took the damp washcloth from the outstretched hand. "Lay down, sweetheart." Daniel nodded and rested his head down in her lap. She leaned down, placed a tender kiss to his temple, and then started to run the cloth against his heated face.

Daniel sighed, not even questioning where Vala got the washcloth from. He closed his eyes and nuzzled into her thigh. Vala looked up as Jack moved to leave, and she reached out to take his hand.

"No." She whispered to concerned brown eyes. "Stay."

Jack shook his head and whispered back. "You got this."

Vala let out a hushed, humorless laugh. "Not really." She felt the tears well in her eyes, and she shut them tightly. The bed shifted a moment, and she felt a warm body settle in next to her. Vala rested her head on Jack's shoulder as he wrapped a comforting arm around her.

"J'ck?" Daniel mumbled, almost completely back to sleep.

"Go to sleep, Danny." Jack whispered. Daniel nodded against Vala and drifted off to sleep once more.

A/N: And this is as far as I've gotten, for the moment. I have every intention of continuing this one...already have some idea floating around. REVIEWS EQUAL LVOE!!