Indiana Daniel

by

Layton Colt

Daniel goes on a dig in Egypt as a favor to an old friend and his team members tag along.

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"No way,"

"Excuse me? I wasn't aware I needed your permission to go on vacation."

"Daniel, lets face it. You have a knack for finding trouble. I don't like the idea of you running around Egypt for two weeks."

"This may come as a surprise to you, Jack but I have done this before. I don't know if you remember but I'm an archeologist. Digs are part of the job description."

"Not your job description. Not digs on Earth anyway and not without me."

"I promised Mira I would help her out, besides Hammond already gave me the time off, it's a done deal."

"You know, I've been meaning to take some time off too…"

Daniel gave Jack an exasperated look, "You aren't coming with me."

"Carter and Teal'c have been looking a little stressed lately too…"

"Jack," Daniel said warningly.

"Hammond has told us countless time that we should take some time off…"

"Jack,"

"Two weeks in Egypt could be just the release we're looking for,"

"You're going to come with me, aren't you?"

"Can't have a valued member of my team go off and get himself killed, now can I?"

"I do know how to take care of myself. I'm perfectly capable of going to a routine dig on my own."

"Of course you are,"

"You sound patronizing. I'm serious, Jack. I know how to handle a dig. I'm rather good at it believe it or not."

"Oh, I don't doubt your good at it. But you still manage to get yourself into dangerous situations, no matter what planet we're on. Even this one."

"I'll have you know, I started to get myself into these 'dangerous situations' right after I met you."

Jack feigned hurt, "Are you saying I'm responsible for SG-1's infamous bad luck?"

"It's a thought."

"So when do we leave?"

" *I* leave tonight."

"Tonight? I better start packing."

Daniel gave Jack an annoyed look, "You aren't going to let up, are you?"

"I'd better get in touch with Carter and Teal'c, they'll have to hurry to get ready on such short notice."

"You know we won't be staying at a five star hotel, the accommodations are pretty sparse. Maybe you could go to Honolulu?"

"What does one wear in Egypt? Should I pack a swimsuit?"

Daniel sighed again, "If you want to go for a dip in some quicksand."

Jack shot Daniel an amused look, "Lighten up, Daniel. You know you were going to miss us. Now you don't have to."

Daniel didn't respond as he resumed packing some of his books, taking them of the rickety selves in his office. If Daniel were to be honest with Jack he'd tell him that he had been looking forward to some time away from his teammates. Not that he didn't enjoy their times together but they were rarely apart and Daniel was beginning to suffocate from being in Jack's shadow.

But maybe it wouldn't be so bad, in Egypt they'd be on Daniel's turf, not Jack's. And maybe he'd be able to show his friends that he was a competent archeologist and not just their token geek.

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"It's hot," Jack complained he jumped into the passenger side of the small rented jeep.

"It's not that hot," Daniel said. "But if you guys want to stay in the city and check into a hotel…"

"I think we'll just stick with you," Jack said quickly. He wasn't about to let him out of his sight, because the minute he turned his head was when something bad always happened.

"Right," Daniel mumbled as he turned the key in the ignition. "But don't say that I didn't warn you…"

"I know, I know we won't be staying a five star hotel. I am quite use to roughing it thank you, I think I can handle it."

"It certainly is beautiful here," Sam said from the back seat, beside her wearing his out of place cowboy hat Teal'c nodded his agreement.

Daniel sighed, this would be an interesting trip he wondered what his Mira and the other archeologists would do if they saw the sign of Apophis engraved in Teal'c's forehead. That would be tough to explain.

"Just remember guys, while we're here I'm in charge. Not Jack. Got it?"

"Got it," two voices said instantly.

"Got what?" asked the third.

Daniel sighed, "That just means 'do you understand' Teal'c."

"Ah, then yes I to have 'got it'."

Beside him he heard Jack suppress a laugh and he couldn't help but smile himself, he couldn't wait to see Mira's face when she saw his friends. He hadn't been able to get into contact with her to explain the change of plans.

"So who is this Mira?"

It was Jack who asked the question. Of course. Sam and Teal'c would never be so meddlesome.

"An old friend," Daniel answered quickly. "I've already said so.

"Yes, but I don't think you've said everything. Is she an old flame, or what?"

"We dated back in college, nothing serious."

"Right," Jack said sounding less than sincere. "She cute?"

Daniel rolled his eyes, "Is there a point to this inquisition?"

"I want to know if there is going to be tension between the two of you."

Daniel smiled at that, "Not exactly, I'd never describe my relationship with Mira as 'tense'."

"So how would you describe it?" Sam asked as she leaned forward.

"Oh I don't know, trying, comes to mind."



"Trying?" Sam echoed.

"We tend to clash, Mira and I. That's why I was surprised that she called me. I mean don't get me wrong I like Mira. She's a great person but we can't get along to save our lives."

Jack laughed, "How can to people that don't even get along stay friends for so long?"

Daniel shrugged, "Beats me. We were best friends in college, none of our mutual friends could understand it."

Sam smiled, "So do you think she asked you to come for more than just professional reasons?"

"No," Daniel said firmly. It had only been a couple months since Sha'ure was lost to him forever and he hadn't even begun to consider entering another relationship.

Sam quickly regretted her words. She'd forgotten that Daniel was still getting over Sha'ure. Since she'd never seen the two of them together she'd always made the mistake of thinking of him as single.

"How much longer till we reach the site?" Jack asked impatiently.

Daniel smiled, "Oh, I don't know. Five maybe six hours, having second thoughts, Jack? Cause' I could turn around."

Jack turned to Daniel with a smile, "Five or six hours sounds good. Drive on Danny-boy, I'll just take a nap."

Daniel sighed again and rested his arm on the door. Six hours of listening to Jack snore.

Wonderful.

to be continued…

I know it's pretty dull now but I was just laying the ground work. Hopefully it will pick up in the next parts… but no promises, I'm new at writing Stargate fiction.