Of Gods, Men and Monsters
Jack couldn't take his eyes of her. He knelt there next to the Major's dead body, Just a scant few minutes ago, while she was still alive, the look would have been enough to brake regulations. Now he didn't care, she was dead. No regulations or pointless rules could change that.
Daniel had enough presence of mind to cover her corpse with his jacket. It wasn't a good fit but it covered the wound. It was still there though, Jack could still see it when he blinked. Still remember the look in her empty eyes even though he had closed them for her.
'O'Neill we should be moving.' The Jaffa said soberly. 'The lightning may return.' Jack didn't look up.
Daniel disagreed. 'Don't think so Teal'c, it's done what it was supposed to. There probably other things out here anyway.' That, finally got Jack's attention.
'What?' he asked
'Think about it Jack.' Daniel pressed. 'Those bolts weren't drawn to us. Something, or someone, was aiming them. That's why they stopped as soon as Sam...'
Jack could feel himself getting angry. Death Zone indeed, more like Murder Zone. How were they supposed to survive something like this. It was like that floating head was unleashing the wraith of god just to play a game he didn't know the rules to.
'We can't leave her.' Jack stood up. 'We're getting out of here and taking Carter with us.' Picking up the Major's corpse Jack shifted his weight and started walking.
He might have left Teal'c and Daniel behind for a moment, but they were able to quickly catch up. Carefully Teal'c took the burden from him.
'I will carry her.' It made sense, the Jaffa was still the strongest of them. They had to be quick, if Daniel was right there was more than just directed lightening in this hell hole.
Between them and the citadel was line of rocky outcroppings. 'If we get to there we might be able to get around the cliff side.' Daniel suggested.
'Beats being out in the open.' Jack said, thinking tactically. He didn't know what was going to pop out from around them, but there should be some sort of cover. It might also be the best choice for an attack but the open was suicide.
They didn't run so much as walk fast, keeping one eye on the sky and another for pot holes and traps. When Daniel almost missed a mud pit Jack decided to change that plan. 'I'll watch the ground. Danny keep an eye on the sky, first cloud you see shout.'
Teal'c hadn't faltered in carrying Carter, but Jack could see he was getting tired. 'And what shall I do?'
'I don't think lightning's our only problem. If there is an ambush ahead I want to know about it. Between the three of us we can cover everything without splitting our attention.'
They nodded and what was left of SG-1 kept walking. Jack sheepherding Daniel from prat falls along the way, Teal'c scrutinising every shadow ahead and Daniel inspecting every passing cloud. Eventually, just by the out cropping Teal'c had to stop. It wasn't by choice, the going was getting more difficult as the moor's had given way to rock and shale. Teal'c footing gave way and he fell to one knee. 'I've got her feet.' Jack said as he took her boots and helped carry Carter's body to a flat ledge.
'I'll go ahead.' Daniel offered while they got their breath back. 'I'll find an easier way around.'
'Is that wise, Daniel Jackson?'
Daniel shrugged. 'Probably not but you need it. And I can move a bit better than you.' He didn't say why. He didn't have to. To get over this ground both Jack and Teal'c would have to carry her. If there was going to be an ambush of any sort they'd be heard a mile away. Someone scouting ahead would find a path or at least give them a warning.
'Right, Find a route and get back here, but if anything happens...'
'You'll kill me yourself.' Daniel finished and then glanced down at Carter. 'I'll be fine Jack.' he said after a moment. 'I don't want to lose anyone else either.'
With a nod of his head he let Daniel leave. It might have been a bad idea but it was the only one. Catching their breath Teal'c looked up at him. Carrying Carter was a mistake, they both knew it. They needed speed to get out of there. 'What do you think?' Jack asked.
Teal'c sighed. 'I to wish to give Major Carter the respect she deserves, but non of us may survive if we do not lighten our burdens.'
'Realties of war huh.' Jack winced. The big guy was right and as much as it hurt him to do so they had to leave her behind. Quietly he took her dog tags. 'We have to bury her.' That was easier said than done in the rocks, but a cairn wasn't out of the question and it was something to do while waiting for Daniel.
Trying to carve out a hollow under a rock ledge wasn't easy, but the rock was soft and crumbled well. With the butt of their knives the pair of them bashed out a space for their friend. Before they could see if she would fit a silver spear imbedded itself between them.
Biting back a curse Jack rolled back and looked for where it had come from. Above them what looked to be a featureless silver statue jerked around, it's elbow out wide the statue flicked it's entire forearm at Teal'c and another silver spear flew out.
It missed, but it also gave Jack an opening. Flipping his knife around he flung it with every bit of his strength at the... whatever it was. As the knife spun towards it's target the silver statue turned and jumped. Landing more than a dozen feet away.
Jack had never seen anything move that fast and before the knife had made it to where it had been the statue jumped again. Vanishing. 'O'Neill!' Teal'c shouted a warning just that fraction too late. It had jumped behind him. The whatever it really was picked Jack up with one hand and tossed him to one side like a sack of potatoes.
Jack reasoned he must have hit his head, as his vision swam back into focus he was left looking up at the featureless silver head. In it's hand there was another spear held high. This was it, there was no way Jack could move fast enough to get out of the way.
Then a shadow landed on the silver things back. It was Teal'c, his knife came over and found it's mark in the silver thing's chest with enough force to make the thing stumble. Jack's worst fears were realised when instead of dying like a good bad guy it shrugged Teal'c off and pulled the knife out.
'A robot.' Jack whispered as it jumped away again. Craning his head around Jack checked behind himself again but it wasn't there. It was nowhere to be seen.
'Where did it go?' Teal'c asked sitting up.
'Keep down! Jack hissed but his warning was too late. Something flat, about the size of a small plate suddenly appeared in Teal'c's chest. For a moment Teal'c didn't know it was there and just frowned at Jack. Finally the Jaffa looked down and saw it jutting half out of his torso. Mouth slightly open Teal'c fell to one side.
Rassilon watched as his Warrior Robot executed the large male. He had been impressed that the man had been able to damage his perfect killing machine. The damage wasn't vital and it's internal self repair would take care of it. Still be it desperation or courage it was an impressive feat.
There were, however, other things he had to focus on. A minor temporal fold and the dark skinned male was replaced with another tactile illusion. The original body, taken from the fraction of a second before the throwing disk hit, was instantly transmitted back to his tomb. Stunned Rassilon's guest looked around, he saw his female team member sprawled on the floor next to him.
Before he could speak Rassilon focused his coronet. 'Sleep now.' he commanded and the man struggled at first but was helpless, collapsing to the floor after a moment.
Of course he hadn't killed anyone, it was not necessary where the illusion of death was just as useful. More so in fact, if one of the survivors were able to make it their presence would be an advantage.
It wasn't that much of a stretch. In spite of the apparent casualties they had already gotten further than most. Evading the lightning by reasoning it's intent and then showing loyalty to their fallen comrade, despite the danger. They had shown caution in their approach to the rock face. Determination in their fight against the Warrior Robot.
All qualities Rassilon approved of. He turned his attention back to the game, waiting to see what happened next.
End Harmless Fun
Okay that's two darkish, intense, chapters so the next one needs to be a bit of fun. I can't guarantee it will be, but I can tell you two things. The first is it's going to be Sam poking holes in bad science and the second is she's going to have some help with one of our favourite Time Ladies. Romanadvoratrelunder.