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The Ancient Tree

"My God..." Daniel breathed in awe. "I've never seen anything like it."

"It's just a tree." Jack said unimpressed.

"Just a tree? Jack...it has to be fifty feet in diameter."

"Okay, it's a big tree."

"It must be over a thousand years old." Daniel continued as he touched the bark.

"Even better, a big, old, tree."

Daniel rolled his eyes and sighed quietly to himself. Looking closer at the massive tree trunk he found the bark alive with oddly coloured mosses and ferns. He scraped away some of the purplish moss and revealed that the bark itself had a dull silver cast to it.

It was one of the most alien plant growths he'd ever encountered and yet at the same time it seemed oddly familiar. His memory had been so sketchy since returning from Ascension that even the slightest brush with deja vu tended to wrap up his entire attention span as he desperately tried to recall the missing year of his life...or rather death. Looking up into the dense canopy of the tree he had a sudden feeling that he didn't belong here, but he didn't know why.

"Can we go now?" Jack asked impatiently.

"I'd like to get a core sample." Daniel replied, forgetting his previous train of thought.

"Well then, have at it."

"I don't have the right equipment. We'll have to go back and get it."

"I've got a mountain of paper work to get done back at Base. I don't have time for a new botany hobby. Besides the mosquitoes are worse here than back in Minnesota, which is saying something considering how much pride we take in our mosquito population."

"I'll come back then."

"Alone?"

"Even if you're not interested I bet Sam and Teal'c will want to see this."

"I'll take that bet."