"Daniel? What are you doing here?" Janet asked in surprise as she opened the door.

"Hi Janet. I, uh, well, I'm not really sure. I was just thinking. About stuff, you know…and I ended up here. Mind if I come in?"

"Sure." Janet stood back to let him pass and then closed the door and followed him into the living room.

Now that he was inside, everything felt a little more awkward and neither one knew what to say. "So, is Cassie here?"

"No, she decided to stay over at her friend's. I'm all alone for the night."

"Right. Uh, so, today was fun?" It came out more as a question than a statement.

"Yea, I had a really good time. I enjoy our little get-togethers. It's nice when everyone's not so stressed out and all."

"Yea." He replied. "Is Sam okay? She seemed a little off today after dinner."

"Oh, yea, she's fine. Just a lot on her mind."

"Right, well, uh, you know what? This was a mistake. I shouldn't have come here and bothered you." He stated nervously as he moved towards the door.

"Daniel." He stopped in his tracks. "What did you come here to say?" He turned around to look her in the eyes.

"I didn't actually come here to say anything."

"No?"

"No." Seeing the crest fallen look on her face, he moved over to her and put a hand on her shoulder and the other on the back of her neck. "I didn't come to say anything, but I came to do this." He lowered his lips to hers and felt her respond immediately to their first kiss. She could feel the tension seep out of him as she wrapped her arms around his back and pulled him in closer, so their bodies were in full contact. So caught up in the heat of their kiss, she barely noticed when he picked her up into his arms and carried her over to the couch.

VVVVV

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Sam was tossing and turning in bed as the day's events ran through her head over and over again. The shrill ring of the telephone brought her out of her thoughts and she wondered who could be calling her this late at night.

"Hello?"

"Carter?"

"Colonel O'Neill? What's going on? Did something happen?" Her mind jumping to all sorts of possibilities for why he could be calling so late.

"No, nothing. Relax." He assured her. "Ah, geez, Carter. Sorry I woke you up. Go back to sleep." He went to hang up the phone, but her response stopped him.

"I can't sleep."

"No? Me either. Guess that's why I'm calling." She held her breath, waiting to see if he'd say anything more.

"Carter? You still there?"

"Yea. Just thinking. Sir, about what happened today, I have to know…" A long pause, then "do you regret it?" And she braced herself for whatever came next.

"No."

"No?"

"No. You?"

She let out the breath that she hadn't realized she was holding in. "Never."

"Good. So where does that leave us, Sam?"

He called me 'Sam'. I love when he calls me Sam. "No idea, sir." Jack. I wish I could just call him Jack.

There was a long moment of silence, each of them waiting to find out what the other would say next, too afraid to say what they really wanted to say for fear of the other's response.

"Sam –"

"Jack, I want more." She held her breath, simultaneously wishing that she could take the words back and waiting in suspended hope for what he would say in response. His reply didn't come right away. And it killed her to know it.

"You do?"

"You don't?"

"I do."

"You do?"

"Yea."

"Really?"

"Really. But I don't know how to move forward. I don't want to put your career in jeopardy. The Stargate program needs you. A lot more than they need me. But I don't know if I can give it up just yet."

"Why does either of us have to? It's not like we haven't felt this way for years and we've spent our entire military careers keeping secrets, so it's not like we don't know how. What if it's just you and me? Together? It's not like I'm expecting us to get married right now or something. And no one would have to know, not until we want them to anyways. I mean, sure, Janet and the rest of SG-1 would probably know, but I think we could keep it a secret. There's no need for the General to find out. Feel free to interrupt me any time here, Jack."

"Married?"

"What?"

"You said 'married'. I distinctly heard you say the word 'married'."

Sam was blushing even though there was no one around to see it. "I, uh, well, I was just theorizing… I just meant, you know if there ever came a time…"

"Would you want to?"

"What? Marry you?"

"Well, not right now, you know. But in the future. Would you want to?"

"With every beat of my heart."

"Yea?"

"Yea. You?"

"Definitely." Tears sprung to Sam's eyes just to hear him say it. For it to be out there, acknowledged.

Ten minutes later, she hung up the phone with a smile on her face. They had agreed to start seeing each other in secret, but had decided to keep Teal'c, Daniel, and Janet in the loop, since it wasn't likely that they could keep it from them anyways. As she lay back in bed and pulled the covers around her, she had a whole new reason to keep her from falling asleep.

I can't wait to talk to Janet tomorrow, she thought. She'll be so shocked. Unbeknownst to Sam, she wasn't the only one with news.

VVVVV

"No! Really?"

"Really."

"Wow. Me too."

"What do you mean 'me too'?"

"I mean, me too. Me and Daniel, too."

"What? When?"

"Last night."

"Wow."

"Yea."