Malik Craynal

Ragnarok

Book One

Daniel is told he must save an alien world, but will he be able to save himself?



Part Five: Lost Time

"No," Daniel whispered backing away. "You're a Goa'uld…"

Kina smiled and stepped towards him, "This frightens you?" she asked sounding amused, her voice the booming rasp of a Goa'uld. "I will not harm you Daniel Jackson. You have helped me and my people, I have no ill intentions towards you."

"But you're a Goa'uld," he repeated, still not allowing her to get close.

"I am a Tok'ra, my host and I are equals. It is Kina you've been talking to all this time."

Daniel nodded slowly, taking it all in. "Who am I talking to now?"

"I am Kolanar, Daniel. I believe you already know who I am."

Daniel's eyes widened. "You are Kolanar?"

"Not very quick for one so bright," Kolanar said playfully. "Yes, I am she. And I will help you get home Daniel since you helped me save my people but I cannot allow you to simply pass through the gate."

Danile's mind was still reeling trying to put all of the pieces together, "Why did you need my help? Why didn't you just stop the war yourself?"

Her eyes glowed briefly, "When I became Rinas' Queen I had to promise not to interfere. It would amuse him to no end to watch these people destroy themselves. I could not let that happen."

"Then you should oppose him! The mythical Kolanar was the Goddess of Fire and Light she was more powerful than Rinas."

"But I am not. I am real and not as powerful as Rinas' besides… I have a job to do."

"You're a Tok'ra spy," Daniel realized.

"Yes, Rinas is in contact with many of the more powerful Goa'ulds. I have gathered much useful information, you understand of course why I could not risk my position."

"No, of course not. I suppose I'd forgotten the priorities of the Tok'ra."

"You sound bitter."

Daniel interrupted her, "You said you couldn't just allow me to leave, what did you mean by that?"

"I need to take away your memory of this place."

Daniel coughed, "Take away my memory!" he shouted. "No, no way. I don't think so."

"Then you will have to stay and Rinas' will kill you… and me as well."

Daniel pushed past her and headed to the DHD.

"Daniel, stop!" Kolanar yelled. "Don't make me hurt you."

Daniel's eyes grew impossibly larger as he saw Kolanar's raised palm, her ribbon device poised ready to strike, "You'd kill me?"

"I'd disable you,"

Daniel crossed his arms, "If you really are Tok'ra then let me speak to Kina."

Kolanar's eyes flashed and then reverted back to the placid green of Kina's, "Why are you being so difficult, Daniel?" she asked softly.

"Difficult?" Daniel cried. "I'm being difficult? Kina I just want to go home."

"You cannot be allowed to leave with the knowledge you have of this place. No one must know of the Forbidden City or of my assignment here."

"Then I won't tell anyone."

"I can't take you at you word when so much is at stake. Please Daniel we must hurry. Rinas may find us. He would kill us both." Kina's eyes glowed and she was Kolanar again.

Kolanar placed her hands on Daniel's shoulders and with the strength of a Goa'uld and forced him to kneel down.

"Kolanar, don't do this," Daniel ground out through clenched teeth, unable to rise from his knees.

"I am sorry, Daniel. It is best for us all."

Kolanar placed a small device on Daniel's forehead and he cried out in pain before falling unconscious.

'A grand way to repay him for all his help," Kina growled to Kolanar.

'We had no choice. We could not allow him to retain the knowledge of our position. The risk was too great.'

'And this risk to Daniel? Rinas will not be happy that the war has ended, he will search out Daniel Jackson and Daniel will be unprepared. Unaware of this new enemy he has made.'

'Daniel will not be found by Rinas," Kolanar said harshly. 'Now quickly we must get him through the gate. He is not safe here and we are no longer safe in his presense.'

Kolanar moved to the DHD. 'We will return him to where he was, he should be safe in the old temple.'

Kolanar dragged Daniel through the gate and laid him on the floor of the secret room. She had used the coordinates that connected to the wormhole inside of the small room.

'We cannot leave him here alone…' Kina protested.

'His friends will come for him, do not worry so much, Kina. Daniel will be alright.'

Kolanar looked at the young man lying before her. She knew it wasn't over, that soon Rinas would grow bored and his entertainment would once again come at the expense of her people but soon she would destroy him. Valuable source of information to the Tok'ra or not she didn't know how much longer she could stand back and do nothing but watch as Rinas laid his cruelty on innocents and maybe… just maybe when she rid her world of Rinas she would once again search out Daniel Jackson and tell him the story of how he had ended a war and saved a planet…

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Jack walked briskly into the gateroom, slinging his pack over his shoulder. He was glad to see Carter and Teal'c were already geared up and ready to go and as he joined them at the bottom of the ramp the first chevron was already locking into place.

This was all his fault. He was responsible for Daniel, for all his team… he should have known not to take his eyes of Daniel, even for a second. Because that was all it took for him to disappear.

"It will be alright, sir. We'll find him," the soft voice belonged to Carter and Jack looked over to her, surprised to see the wormhole had already formed behind her.

"SG-1," General Hammond's voice rang out. "You have a go."

Jack took a steadying breath and led his team through the event horizon. He groaned involuntarily as they appeared back on the sand planet. He had known he didn't like this place.

"Well, lets get started," O'Neill called. "We've got two miles in front of us."

It took the team well over an hour to reach the temple and Jack and Sam looked exhausted. Of course, Teal'c looked fine, Jack noted with disgust. Didn't he ever get tired? Or hot?

"Alright, Carter," Jack said approaching the secret door and kneeling before the eye hieroglyph. "Prepare to work your magic."

Sam and Teal'c came to stand behind Jack as he pressed the switch. The door slid open to reveal Daniel out cold on the floor. There was a moment when no one moved then at once they raced into action.

Teal'c and Jack carefully dragged Daniel from the room before the door could once again slide shut and Sam knelt down to check his condition.

"How is he?" Jack asked impatiently. Please let him be alright…

"He's got lots of bruises and a gash on the back of his head but it's nothing life threatening," Sam said with relief.

"Ja'k," Daniel mumbled as he slowly came to. "I found a lever…"

Jack allowed himself a small, relieved smile and patted Daniel's arm. "I know you did. I don't suppose you remember my telling you not to touch it?"

His eyes still shut Daniel grinned, "Sorry," he murmured.

"It's alright," Jack said softly. "Okay team, lets get back and have Danny checked out in the infirmary. Teal'c can you carry him back?"

"Indeed I can, O'Neill," Teal'c said.

"No, no, no," Daniel protested, awake although still groggy. "I can walk on my own. I'm fine… really."

The three watched as their youngest team member tried to get to his feet, Sam holding out a hand to help him. He finally made it up but Jack had to reach out and grab him so he didn't fall again, "Yea, you're fine," Jack said bitterly. "Why don't you tell us where you've been."

Daniel furrowed his brow trying to pull away from Jack's forced support, "I- I don't know what happened. The last thing I remember was pulling the lever. Why? How long was I trapped in there?"

Daniel's team mates stared at him in disbelief, 'You pulled that lever almost twenty four hours ago, Daniel," Sam said, worry coloring her tone.

"After you pulled the lever O'Neill opened the door. You were no longer in the room," Teal'c added.

Daniel's eyes widened, "What? That can't be right. I'm sure I pulled the lever just a minute ago."

"What happened when you did pull the lever?" Sam asked.

Daniel shook his head, "I don't know… I guess I just blacked out."

"Alright, enough." Jack said. "We'll discuss this in the debriefing. Right now I want to get Daniel back to the SGC and have the Doc look at him."

Jack didn't release his hold on Daniel's arm as they made their long trek back to the Stargate.

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"What can you tell us, Doctor?" General Hammond asked as the debriefing began.

"Well, Daniel's fine. A little banged up but he didn't receive a concussion."

"And the memory loss?" Jack asked looking over to Daniel with concern.

"I can't explain it," Janet said frustrated. "The blow to his head wasn't significant enough to cause amnesia or to keep him unconscious for 24 hours."

General Hammond turned to Daniel, "And you're positive you don't remember anything?"

Daniel nodded, looking slightly disturbed.

"Then, dismissed."

Daniel was the first out of the conference room, making a beeline for his office. Right now all he wanted to do was get lost in his work.

However he knew that it wouldn't be that easy when he felt a hand grab his arm.

"Hey, didn't you hear me? I've been following you since the meeting."

Daniel pushed into his office and out of Jack's grasp, "Sorry," he mumbled.

Jack didn't give up that easily, he quickly followed the younger man into his office. "How do you feel?"

"I'm fine, Jack."

Huh, 'I'm fine'. This was worse than he thought. Daniel was never 'fine' when he said 'I'm fine'.

"I'm sure you are, I just wanted to check. We were all worried about you, you know."

Daniel sighed and collapsed into his chair, "Alright, go ahead. Give it to me."

Jack furrowed his brow, "Give you what?"

"My lecture, Jack. The follow orders, don't touch anything unless I tell you that you can lecture."

"Oh, that," Jack said sitting down across from Daniel.

"That is why you're here, isn't it" Daniel asked testily.

"No, actually, I cam here to see how you were."

Daniel sighed, "I'm fine, Jack. You can leave now."

And back to square one.

"It must be hard not knowing where you've been this last day."

Daniel sighed again and removed his glasses. Leaning back he massaged the bridge of his nose, "You could say that."

"Want to talk about it?"

"Not particularly."

"Daniel…" Jack prompted.

"Jack?" Daniel snapped back.

"Why don't you tell me what's bothering you?"

"I can't. I don't even know myself."

"That bad, huh?"

Daniel looked up at Jack, "Look, Jack. Like I said, I'm fine and I'm really behind on my work…"

"Well, you're just going to have to get further behind because we're going out."

"I'm not in the mood to go out."

"When has that ever stopped me from dragging you along? Come on, we don't want to keep Teal'c and Carter waiting."

Realization of the comment hit and Daniel laughed. "You already had this night all planned out, didn't you? You're pretty confident you'd be able to 'drag' me along."

Jack smiled, "Yep, now don't make me look bad in front of Carter. She bet me I wouldn't be able to charm you into coming."

"That's a pretty safe bet."

Now it was Jack's turn to sigh, "I tell you what, you come with us and I'll let you watch one of your documentaries when you come over on Saturday."

"Really?" he asked skeptically.

"Yep, I'm sure Carter and Teal'c will appreciate what ever you chose." Jack sad grudgingly.

'Alright, Jack. You've got a deal."

Jack smiled as he threw his arm over Daniel's shoulders and began to stir him down the hall, "That's the spirit."

"Oh and Jack, I know just the thing to watch."

Jack groaned and rolled his eyes, "It's not a documentary on the history of Egyptian Gods, is it?"

Daniel smiled mischievously, "No, nothing like that. I want to watch hockey."

The End! (Kind of...)

I've left it wide open for a sequel, Book Two, Forgotten Memories. I probably won't start it for awhile though… I'd like to finish Indiana Daniel and Host of Apophis before I start anything else.