NOTE from the PHOENIX: this is a sequel to 'Caught out in the Rain'.
When it Rains
Daniel sat at his desk flipping through a set of photos that SG-7 had taken last week. The symbols on the walls of the ruins were sandscript in nature, but it was fancier than the Earth version making it more difficult to read. The phone on his desk rang shrilly disrupting his concentration.
"Daniel, are we going to get out of this cavern or what?" Jack asked.
"Oh…um…that wasn't the answer I was expecting. After all grabbing some fresh air for lunch was your idea."
"Right." Daniel looked at his watch. "I had completely lost track of time."
"Still interested in escaping? I tried talking Carter and Teal'c into it, but Carter is too attached to that Reck'nis to be parted from it and Teal'c couldn't understand why we would want to leave the Base when there is perfectly good food right here."
"No surprises there." Daniel chuckled. "I'll be upstairs in a minute."
"No, Dr. Brightman will yell at me."
"Then we should talk your car, mines too full of random things that I have never gotten around to throwing away."
"Why am I not surprised."
Daniel hung up the phone and slipped on his fingerless gloves. He maneuvered his wheelchair into the hall and down to the elevator. The smooth surface of the hallway floors made for easy travel. He met Jack in his office and the two of them made their way back to elevator to get to the surface. Jack looked down at Daniel with a barely contained grin.
"Something wrong, Jack?"
"No, no. Nothing."
Daniel furrowed his brow at the sing song tone Jack had taken. He decided to just do his best to ignore the look while they rode the slow elevator up. Jack leaned up against the side of the elevator and continued to stare as if waiting for Daniel to say something.
"So…" Jack broke the silence "big date tonight, eh?"
"Tec Sergeant Emeris."
"Good God man, you don't even know her last name?" Jack mocked.
"How…how do you even know about that. I asked her out like three hours ago."
"I am All Knowing." Jack replied with a smile.
Daniel reached up and pushed his glasses up so that he could pinch the bridge of his nose. The last thing he really needed was for Jack to be on his case about this. As it was Daniel was already dreading the evening, wondering what had possessed him to approach the poor woman.
"You do know that she's my third niece twice removed." Jack informed.
"So if I hear that you're anything less that a perfect gentleman I will not hesitate to send you on a suicide mission."
"I've already got surveillance set up."
"I wish I could know if you are serious." Daniel sighed.
"Serious as a heart attack."
"Do you even know what 'twice removed' means?"
"I thought so." Daniel rolled his eyes. "She isn't related to you at all."
"Hey, all the Airmen and women in this mountain are my Children."
"You are so full of it."
"I know." Jack beamed.
The elevator doors slid open and Daniel gratefully escaped. Chuckling Jack walked quickly to catch up with his friend. They came to the checkpoint guard and signed out of the Base.
"Sir, you two may need umbrellas."
"It's raining." Daniel asked.
"Raining?" Jack repeated. "It never rains around here."
"Well it is now, Sir."
Daniel wheeled back and forth a few feet in indecision and then simply signed back into the log sheet. Jack gave Daniel a confused look.
"What are you doing?"
"Signing back in."
"Because it's raining."
"Daniel, we won't melt."
"I might rust."
"That thing is made out of carbon fiber not metal." Jack pointed out.
"Jack, I just don't want to go out in the rain, alright?"
"Alright." Jack surrendered. "I guess if we hurry we might catch Teal'c in the mess hall."
Daniel spun around and hastily made his way back to the elevator. Jack watched him leave, lost in thought. The guard had to prompt Jack to sign back in. He did so and walked over to where Daniel was waiting for the elevator to return. They waited in silence, a new tension hanging between them. Once on the elevator Jack studied his friend.
"Daniel…is there something you're not tell me?"
"I don't need to tell you anything."
"You're All Knowing…remember?"