Disclaimer: I don't own Stargate or the characters. This is just an outlet for the imagination.
Summary: What if Kinsey's little bit of input during "Inauguration" had been taken seriously? What if to appease the powers that be, the President had allowed SG-1 to be broken up by taking Major Carter off the team? Set after 'Lost City' and 'New Order', becoming AU from there. How would SG-1, and better yet Jack and Sam, cope in the aftermath? Blatant S/J ship.
Warnings: Contains spoilers up to the beginning of Season 8 of SG-1 and possibly SGA Season 1. Language.
Chapter 1: Kinsey's Last Word
"So, how are you feeling?"
"Fine, Daniel, for the trillionth time, I feel fine." Jack replied, losing patience as always.
Daniel raised his hands in mock surrender. "Okay, just making sure Thor got everything out again."
"He did. Now cut it out."
"Cut what out?" Sam asked, taking a seat beside Daniel. The commissary was filled with the usual breakfast crowd.
"Nothin'." Jack retorted quickly, taking a sip of his coffee.
"I was just making sure he was back to normal."
"The medical report says everything is fine. Colonel O'Neill's brain is…Colonel O'Neill's brain." Sam gave a small frown as she pondered the thought. Daniel couldn't hold back a chuckle and both earned a reprimanding glance.
"Teal'c! Over here." Jack called as his friend entered the room.
Teal'c made his way over to the table and sat himself on the end seat. "O'Neill, Major Carter, Dr. Jackson."
"I have been informed by Dr. Weir that we are all to report to the debriefing room in one hour." Teal'c updated everyone.
"Great." Jack mumbled.
"Did she say what it was about?" Daniel questioned with his eyebrows raised high.
"She did not."
Daniel's mouth formed an 'o'. "Oh, okay, just curious."
"Probably just going over the report about the Replicators." Sam offered.
Teal'c inclined his head. "Perhaps."
SG-1 finished their breakfast and then attended to anything else the half hour they had remaining would allow. They had no idea that they had just finished their last meal as a team.
Dr. Weir was already seated at the head of the meeting table when SG-1 arrived, and she wasn't alone. Mr. Woolsey was seated just to her left with several large folders in tow.
"SG-1, if you will all please have a seat." She instructed politely. But there was something in her voice that made them all sit a little straighter, and with a little less ease. It had been hard to accept her leadership at first, but with her actions in the past few weeks, they were beginning to grow to trust her. The man beside her however, was another story. Ever since his little interrogation stint, he had become an unwelcome face at Cheyenne Mountain.
"Dr. Weir…Woolsey." Jack greeted with an unpleasant drawl.
Woolsey picked his head up a little higher and looked back to his papers. "I've been sent to speak to you directly. Former Vice President Kinsey…"
"Whoa, whoa, whoa!" Jack waved his hands for reinforcement. "Former?" He turned his glance to Carter, seated at his side.
"Sorry, Sir. You were, uh, well frozen." She winced as his eyes only grew wider as his face came forward to be sure.
"For lack of a better term, Colonel, he's been fired." Woolsey broke in and quickly regained the Colonel's attention. "Of course as far as the rest of America is concerned he merely resigned for personal reasons."
Jack grew a smug smile and sat back with his hands behind his head. "Well this may be by far the best meeting we've ever had."
"Don't be too sure, Colonel." Woolsey warned.
Dr. Weir's expression fell and she clasped her hands on top of the table. "Mr. Woolsey is here to see SG-1, and only SG-1, for reasons that are less that good news I'm afraid."
Every face at the opposite end of the table looked to each other. Teal'c's brow rose, Daniel's eyes narrowed, Jack's grew hesitant and Sam bit her lip.
Daniel spoke for all of them. "What's going on?"
"As I was saying before I was interrupted…" Woolsey began as Jack swallowed hard. "Before his…retirement, Former Vice President Kinsey informed the President of a grave matter. Now, the President was hesitant to believe this issue, but as Kinsey had brought it up with other high ranking officials in the Stargate Program and its outer branches, including Homeworld Security and our foreign partners, we were forced to do some deeper investigating."
Daniel leaned over the table. "Further investigating into what?"
Woolsey took a deep breath. "Into the relationship between Colonel O'Neill and Major Carter."
"The what?" Daniel looked like he had just been pranked, and glanced quickly from Jack to Sam with a smile on his face. But their expressions were less than amused. He saw fear hidden in their eyes.
"Robert Kinsey believed that there was more than plutonic friendship between Major Carter and Colonel O'Neill, and as such allegations were made, there was an investigation. While nothing was found to completely support the allegation, nothing was found to completely negate it either."
"That's because there's nothing to find." Jack's face was severe.
"I'm afraid that wasn't the conclusion we found, Colonel."
"This is ridiculous." Sam interjected. "There's nothing going on between Colonel O'Neill and myself…I mean, I have a…"
"We know about your personal relationship with Pete Shannahan, Major. And that was taken into account. However, some believed it to be a good cover."
Sam's face screwed up in confusion, she had nothing else with which to reply. She was still completely caught off guard.
"Don't you think you should have discussed this with Jack and Sam instead of brining it up in front of other people?" Daniel's anger was not hidden in his voice as he stood up for his friends.
Before Woolsey could reply, Dr. Weir began to speak. "Mr. Woolsey wouldn't have been allowed to break this news in front of all of you unless the consequences hadn't affected all of you."
"What's that supposed to mean?" Daniel asked with a sarcastic smile.
"It means that SG-1 was going to find out eventually when they realized that Major Carter was no longer a part of the team."
O'Neill stood up from the table. "What the hell are you talking about?!"
"There was a choice to be made Colonel O'Neill. You were considered to invaluable as a field officer. Likewise, it was determined that Major Carter would still be of great service to the Stargate Program because of her scientific skill and knowledge of the Stargate. She will be removed from SG-1 and placed elsewhere where these skills will be of their greatest use."
Sam stuttered. "You can't…"
"They already have Major." Weir shot her a sympathetic glance. "I spoke to the President myself, I'm afraid nothing else can be done."
"Major Carter, as of this moment, you are no longer a member of SG-1."