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"Daniel." He heard her call his name, but chose to ignore it.

"Daniel." She called again. He rolled over to his side, facing his back to her, hoping she'd get the picture that he wasn't in the mood for talking.

"Daniel, you asleep?" She wasn't giving up.

"Yes." He mumbled tiredly. "You should be too." He added.

"I can't sleep." She whined. "How can you just lay there at a time like this?"

"Uh, because I'm tired and it's three a.m. Go back to sleep, Vala."

"Easy for you to say. You practically live here with the amount of injuries you get while we're on missions. In fact, one might think you actually like being in here, with all of the nurses fawning all over you. I'm sure it's a wonderful ego boost for you, isn't it Daniel?"

"Vala..." Daniel sighed wearily, turning onto his back and staring up at the ceiling "Is this because I was nice to that nurse that came in earlier? Because if it is, I was just being polite" He turned to look at her. She was picking at her sheets.

"No. But she did give me the skink eye."

"It's stink eye, and she did not. You however, were pretty rude to her."

"I'm sorry, it's just that I don't like this room very much, it makes me feel like I'm in jail." She gave him a pitiful look and pouted. "I just can't help but lash out at my oppressors."

"Puh-lease. This an isolation room, Vala. We're in medical quarantine. Not prison."

"Well, it might as well be. It's not like they're going to let us out of here anytime soon."

"If we left, we risk contaminating the whole base and maybe even the planet with whatever it is that we have in our bloodstreams right now. There's not much we can do about it anyhow, so why don't you just go back to sleep."

Finally, she was quiet and Daniel closed his eyes again, hoping that rest would come quickly. He began to feel the edges of sleep tug at him. He floated in that murky zone and welcomed slumber as it tried to reach him.


"Uhg! What?" His eyes opened against his will and he turned his head towards Vala in frustration.

"Aren't you scared?"

"Of what? If you mean being stuck here with you for God knows how long? Then yeah." He hoped that would end her ceaseless talking, but alas it was not to be. He knew babbling was just her way of relieving anxiety, but he was tired and not in any mood to indulge her.

"Don't tell me you're not afraid of what might be brewing in our bodies right now. I hate the notion that there's some strange alien virus that has never been seen before inside of us. We don't even know what the symptoms of this virus are. For all we know it could manifest itself as something horrible like Ebola or the Plague or..."

"Or a head cold." He finished for her. "All we know is that there's an unknown virus that showed up in our blood tests. Just because we don't know anything about this bug that we've caught, doesn't mean that we're going to die some horrible death. Most likely, our immune systems will wipe it out and we'll leave here in a day or two after it's out of our systems without ever getting sick at all. So, will you please go back to sleep, because if I am going to be sick, I'd at least like to be well rested and you should be too."

"Fine, I'll try. But, I can't promise anything. This whole thing is truly stressing me out. What I wouldn't give for a bubble bath right now. Maybe with some scented candles, meditative music..."




"Right. Being quiet now. Going to sleep." Silence descended upon the room once again and Daniel began to relax. He rolled back to his side and closed his eyes. He could hear Vala rustling around and flopping from side to side, trying to find some measure of comfort. She sighed loudly and fluffed her pillow dramatically.

"I can't do it. This bed is too uncomfortable. I miss my bed, it's perfect for me and I just bought these new 600 thread count satin sheets from Ebay. I tell you, you haven't slept until you've spent a night between those babies..."

Daniel groaned. He threw his blanket over his head as Vala continued to talk about her bed, the newest addition to her growing collection of throw pillows and her 'absolutely to die for' down comforter. Finding the blanket wasn't providing the kind of sound barrier he desired, he grabbed his pillow and put it over his ears. Her muffled voice droned on and on and he was actually finding it soothing him a bit into sleep. That is until a pillow landed on him from Vala's direction.

"What was that for?" He asked and angrily threw off his pillow and blanket, annoyed again as she broke into his dreams.

"For not listening to me."

"Sorry for actually wanting to sleep." He snipped.

"Did you hear what I asked you?"

"Did I want to?"


"No, I didn't."

"I was just saying how I thought that my throat felt a bit scratchy." She told him while she stroked her neck.

"It's probably from all of the talking you've been doing." He muttered under his breath.

"What was that?"

"Nothing, go back to sleep."

"Really Daniel, my throats hurts, what about yours?" Now that she mentioned it, his throat was feeling a bit raw.

"Maybe it does a little, but I'm sure it's nothing." He figured they were getting a bit paranoid in here waiting to see if they would get sick or not. Even the smallest of aches could be magnified and blown out of proportion when they were so focused on the possibility of becoming ill. He dismissed the throat soreness as just a by-product of sleeping with his mouth open or the dry air of the isolation room.

"I can't stand this!" She exclaimed, exasperated.

"You're not the only one." He sighed.

"I'm not sure I'll ever forgive you for this." She pointed to him with a serious expression.

"Me? How is this possibly my fault?" He was incredulous and more than a little irritated.

"Well, you were the one that decided it would be a nice idea to let all of those snotty-nosed children follow us around the ruins. I'm sure it was one of those brats that gave this to us."

"They were excited to learn something new about their culture that they hadn't been taught before and besides we could have just as easily picked this up from one of the adults in the village."

"If that's true, then how come Sam, Teal'c and Cam are just fine and we're trapped in here?"

"I don't know! Why does it matter? However we got this, we just have to deal with it." He was sitting up now and he angrily grabbed the pillow Vala had thrown at him and tossed it back at her. She caught it threw it back in his direction. He took the pillow again, but this time he placed it behind his head and over the top of his own. He threw his head back onto the two pillows and crossed his arms, keeping the extra pillow for himself.

"Okay, give me my pillow back."

"No." He said looking at the ceiling tiles.

"C'mon, Daniel."

"No, it's mine now and I think I'm going to enjoy the extra cushion."

"You're being childish." She accused and he snorted at that statement.

"Me childish? I thought it was you that had the market cornered on childish."

"Don't make me come over there." She threatened him.

"Just try it." He challenged her. She sprang from her bed and rushed to the pillows, sweeping both of them out from under Daniel's head in one fluid motion. Before he could truly fight back, she had her pillow in one hand and and had thrown his pillow into his face. He snatched it off his face to see Vala grinning from ear to ear back on her bed.

"You should know by now that I'm way faster than you." She smiled at him with narrowed eyes, daring him to get back at her. He just shook his head. He would let her win this time, he was growing tired of her game and just wanted to go back to sleep.

"I'm done playing. Let's just get some sleep, okay"

"Fine. I guess I'm getting a little tired anyway." She fluffed her pillow again and laid down turning onto her side. Daniel did the same so that they both had their backs to each other.

"Night, Daniel." She called out to him.

"Night, Vala." He responded in kind. He laid there looking at the wall of the isolation room for some time until he began to hear Vala's breathing even out and eventually turn into a snore. Unfortunately, he was now wide awake and the sound of Vala's snoring was increasing in volume by the minute. He was never going to get back to sleep now and he silently he prayed for their time in isolation to pass by quickly.