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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Jack, Sam, Teal'c and James stumbled out into the fading light. It was nearly night now and if they were going to reach Mira and Daniel they'd have to hurry.

Wasting no time, James took the lead, heading to where Niven waited anxiously. Once he'd reached the native he turned to Jack who was jogging up to him. "What do you want me to tell him?"

"Tell him to go back to camp and talk to the David was it?" James nodded and Jack continued, "Have him contact the Cheyenne Mountain Complex. All he has to do is mention the Stargate and he'll get through."

"He just has to say 'Stargate'" James asked.

Jack nodded, having David say that would cause an uproar but that was exactly what he wanted. The breach of security would cause an investigation and there would no doubt be teams sent within hours. And once Hammond realized where the call had come from he'd waste no time in sending back up.

James turned to NIven and translated, the man nodded and left on his way, obviously happy to put some distance between himself and the temple. Jack couldn't blame him.

"Alright, kids," Jack said, "Lets go to this temple of Mauve."

James opened his mouth to say Ma'at but decided it wouldn't do any good and silently began to lead the way.

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Daniel sighed as Mira paced beside him, he'd tried to convince her that 'Sakhmet' was no longer a threat but she'd hear none of it.

"Daniel! How can you say that? Just 'cause she got a little fried you think when she wakes up she'll be rehabilitated? She's trying to *kill* you, for Christ sake!"

God but she was *exactly* like Jack, sometimes.

"Trust me, Mira," Daniel pleaded softly without taking his eyes for the Egyptian woman.

"What reason have you given me to trust you, Daniel? You've done nothing but lie since you got here."

"Look, I *know* you've got no reason to… but you still have to trust me. I don't know what will happen if you don't."

"What does that mean!" Mira snapped.

"Look, you know I've been working for the military… and well, they are pretty closed mouth about their research, even more so than you and James."

"Are you threatening me?"

Daniel rolled his eyes, "No, I'm not threatening you, I'm warning you. It'd be in your best interests to believe whatever story that they give you."

"But it won't be the truth, will it? You're asking quite a lot of me, Daniel. I happen to know for a fact that you would never accept anything but the truth but that's exactly what you're asking me to do. Listen to lies."

"Yes."

"I can't do that."

"That's what I was afraid of."

"You're going to have to tell me the truth, Daniel. All of it, starting with why this psychopath is suddenly not a threat."

"He can't do that,"

Daniel's head snapped up at the voice behind him, "Jack!"

"Hey, Daniel, what happened?"

"The same thing that happened with Thor," he told his three teammates, knowing they'd be the only one's to understand.

"Mira," James said as he stepped forward to embrace his sister. "I was worried."

"I'm fine," Mira assured.

"We have to contact Hammond," Daniel said vaguely, his eyes straying back to the beauty lying unconscious at his feet.

"It's taken care of," Sam assured. "How is she?"

"She hasn't regained consciousness yet, but her pulse is strong," Daniel reported.

"Good," Jack said. "Hopefully she'll stay that way until we can get back to the SGC."

"O'Neill," Teal'c said. "What shall we do until the 'backup' arrives."

Good question, buddy, Jack thought. "Um, set up camp, I suppose," was all he said aloud. "We'll never make it back to the site in the dark."

Teal'c nodded, "I will take the first watch."

Daniel shook his head, "No, that's alright, I will. I don't want her to wake up and become scared."

Teal'c stepped forward, "I will wake you if there is any change in her condition but you need sleep."

Daniel sighed and acquiesced. He was too tired to argue anyway.

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Alease Suvant the first daughter of Morgin opened her eyes of her own accord for the first time in over a century.

The absence of her malevolent inner voice filling her with a sense of confusion and loss. But also of relief.

Had the demon inside her at last been slain?

Alease heard whispered voices and turned towards the noise.

"We can't go back," a male voice whispered harshly.

"I spent a good fifteen minutes talking them into giving me a 'watch' did you really believe I'd waste it?" an equally haughty female voice raged back.

"Mira, what if there's more of… her back at the temple? We can't go back there, Daniel said--"

"I don't care what Daniel said," the voice belonging to the one called Mira interrupted.

Alease felt faint, back to the temple? What temple? Where those the people who had freed her?

"Mira,"

"What?"

James pointed behind her and Mira turned to see Sakhmet sitting up and staring at them confusedly, a soft stream of morning light shinning through the doors bathing her with unearthly glow.

"Shit," Mira cursed as she carefully knelt beside Daniel. "Daniel, Daniel, she's awake…"

Daniel sat up groggily and looked across the room, instantly becoming alert at what he saw.

The former host was squatting across for him, now fully alert and looking like a scared rabbit about to bolt.

"Hi," Daniel said softly, he'd been trying not to scare her but it didn't work.

Alease jumped to her feet and turned to run deeper into the temple.

Daniel, cursing under his breath in Abdonian, darted after her, James and Mira close on his heels, all three calling out "Wait!" as they went.

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Jack's eyes shot open at a shout of 'wait' as did Teal'c's and Carter's beside him.

Jumping to his feet Jack noticed immediately the absence of the three archeologists' and of the host.

"O'Neill," Teal'c whispered, his voice as tense as Jack had ever heard it.

As a shadow blocked the sunlight and he swung around he realized why.

At the entrance was Lieutenant Colonel Samuels, flanked by at least ten of his men and all geared up as though they were heading into a war zone.

"Colonel O'Neill," Samuels said. "We heard you might be having a bit of trouble."

"You heard?" Jack asked dubiously.

Samuels flashed an oily smile, "We intercepted a call to the SGC, you really should have called us you know. Matters such of this fall under the jurisdiction of the NID."

Jack cringed at the name, "Right, well we've got it under control now,"

"I'll be the judge of that, Colonel, now where's Dr. Jackson and the two archeologists responsible for this dig? The man I talked to back at the camp said something about evidence of aliens. And you'll never guess what we found in the first temple, a sarcophagus."

"What are you going to do Samuels?" Jack asked tiredly.

"I'm assuming that Mr. and Ms. Reynolds have learned more than they should about what we do, Colonel. I'm going to act accordingly."

"I'm not going to let you just kill them!" Jack exploded.

"Well then, Colonel, I suggest you'd better find them first."

Samuels and his men stormed the temple heading off in all directions. Jack helplessly ran a hand through his hair.

"Sir," Carter said quietly. "Over there,"

Looking to where Carter was pointing he saw a small icon on the wall. Making sure that the NID officers were truly gone the three headed towards it.

"Another secret door?" Jack asked.

"It appears so," Teal'c answered as he reached out to push it.

Jack lead the way through, "Well let's hope it leads to Daniel."

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As the archeologists' chased the woman down the halls, their path became darker and darker, cut off from the limited sunlight.

Daniel stopped abruptly and Mira and James crashed into him.

"Hey!" Mira cried indignantly.

"I can't see where she went," Daniel explained.

"Look!" James shouted.

A light appeared at the end of the hall, emanating from around the corner, cautiously, Daniel headed towards it.

When he reached the source he found another control room, the woman hovering over a pedestal holding a very familiar orange crystal. It was exactly like the one on Sakhmet's ship.

"What are you doing?" Daniel asked of her.

"Stay away from me!" the woman ordered. "I will not be enslaved again!"

"We won't enslave you," Daniel said soothingly, "We're here to help. We got rid of the demon, you've no reason to be scared."

Alease looked at him warily, her heart told her to trust him, but her head reminded her of how she'd once too many times been deceived.

"I'm Daniel," the man said, "This is Mira and James. We won't hurt you, you have my word."

"I am Alease," she told him reluctantly, listening to her heart.

The man named Daniel smiled and it was so genuine Alease felt her own lips curl in response. "Hi Alease, I know you must be scared but we won't hurt you."

Alease's eyes widened suddenly, flashes of memories assaulting her. Pieces of her life she'd had no control over. She remembered the one named Daniel leading her here, telling her this is where she'd find the Chappa'i, but it had been a trap.

"I remember you," she announced.

Daniel smiled again, "Then you know it's Sakhmet we wished to stop, and not you,"

Alease nodded, "I believe I can trust you. You fight against the false gods as I once did."

Daniel was at once intrigued, forgetting the presence of his other friends. "Really?"

Alease nodded, "On my planet, Suralin, we had slain the evil one and his mate had taken me as her host as retribution."

"Your planet…" Mira echoed, her voice cracking.

"Suralin…" James said in succession, with equal disbelief.

"It is a beautiful place," Alease said sadly, "With temples like these at every turn and three suns each twice as magnificent as the one here on the first world."

"My god," Mira breathed. She'd sell her very soul for the chance to explore a place like that and she knew James would do the same.

"I want to go home," Alease said. "Please, Dan-yel, you must not try to stop me… I… I… my home…"

Daniel winced in sympathy, "I know you want to leave but--"

"Daniel!" a shout interrupted him.

Jack, Sam and Teal'c shot through a door on the other side of the room.

"Thank god we found you," Sam said as she tried to catch her breath. "The NID are here… they…"

Jack got right to the heart of the matter. "They're going to kill your friends and probably take her," he motioned to Alease, "For a lab rat, we have to get them out of here."

Voices echoed through the halls, and the occupants of the room stiffened.

"It appears to be too late," Teal'c said.

"Not too late," Alease said. "If your lives are in danger then I will take you with me,"

"Wow, wow, wow, wait a minute. With you? Where are you going?"

Alease turned to him, "I am taking this ship and going home, you are welcome to join me,"

Two identical sets of eyes lit up at the prospect. Mira and James sharing a look that spoke volumes.

"We'll go," they said as one.

"What!" Daniel cried.

"They're going to kill us, Daniel," Mira said reasonably. "Choosing between going to a archeologist's dream and staying to be killed is not a hard choice."

"I don't think you understand what you're accepting," Daniel said desperately.

"Daniel," Mira said softly. "We do understand, and it's more than we ever dreamed," she paused as the gruff voices grew closer. "You've been living this life, now we want our turn."

"We must go," Alease said urgently. "This 'NID' grow nearer."

Mira pulled Daniel into a hug, "We want this, Daniel," she whispered fiercely. "This isn't just because we've got no other choice."

"You must hurry," Alease urged.

Jack took Daniel by the arm and began to lead them to the exit, Carter and Teal'c were already waiting by the door.

"I…" Daniel started. "Good luck,"

Mira smiled at him, her green eyes sparkling as Jack tugged him all the way out the door and the stone began to lower.

The door shut and the walls began to vibrate as the ship took off. Daniel leaned against the wall in exhaustion, both physical and mental.

"You okay?" Jack asked.

Daniel nodded, "Yea, they'll be fine."

His teammates nodded their agreement and Daniel smiled slightly.

"Colonel O'Neill!" Samuels rounded the corner and glared at SG-1. "I see you found Dr. Jackson, now why don't you tell me where the others are?"

"Oh, you mean Mira and James?" Jack asked. "Damn, you just missed them, they said to tell you high, before they left in their Goa'uld ship with a former host."

Samuels turned red, "You allowed them to take off in an alien ship!"

Jack's eyes narrowed, "Of course not, I just didn't stop them. I'm sure you understand, I had no back up or weapons and didn't want to risk my team."

Samuels only appeared to grow angrier. "My superiors will be hearing of this, Colonel, I assure you."

Jack smiled patronizingly, "And Hammond will be hearing that the NID have been intercepting calls to *his* facility."

"Let's move out men," Samuels said icily, "We'll have to call in a sweeper team to recover all the Goa'uld technology. Colonel, I suggest you and your team return to the SGC, you're no longer needed here."

Jack smiled, "Now that's the best suggestion I've heard all day."

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Jack grabbed two beers from his fridge and returned to his living room, tossing one to Daniel he collapsed in the lounge chair.

"That was some vacation," he said smartly.

Daniel gave a half smile, "Yea,"

"So I guess I was right,"

"How so?" Daniel asked.

"About you always getting into trouble,"

"How do you know I wasn't right?" Daniel asked.

"What do you mean," Jack asked with narrowed eyes.

"Well, I said it was *you* that was giving us such bad luck and since you came with me…"

"What you think if you'd gone alone nothing would have happened?"

Daniel smiled and twisted the cap off his beer, "I guess we'll never know."

The End!!!!!

I know, I know, I can't write endings. We've been through this before but one day I am going to end a story with a bang! I just have to learn to write better first ;)