Tempest of Angels by Layton Colt

Sequel to Host of Apophis

Part Six: Apophis's Spirit

Daniel was dialing up the 'gate when Traya and Jack reached him. He didn't turn around.

One of the Angels was trying to talk to him. It was Reavon, Traya's second. It was obvious Daniel wasn't listening.

"Daniel!" Jack barked.

Daniel didn't flinch. He slapped his hand down on orange dome of the DHD and the 'gate sparked to life. Only then did Daniel face them.

Jack could almost believe it was someone else looking back at him. He could almost think Daniel really had been inhabited by another Goa'uld, his eyes were so cold.

Daniel's hand raised, "Stay back," he ordered. "I have a mission. I won't let you stop me!"

"You can't do this alone," Traya said reasonably. She slowly began to inch closer to Daniel. And Reavon slowly approached him from behind.

"I will," Daniel promised. "I can do anything. You don't understand the *power*! You've had it so long you've forgotten, but I won't forget!"

"Daniel, let us help you," Jack said calmly.

"No, I don't need your help. I don't want it."

As Daniel began to back up towards the open wormhole, Traya stepped forward, raising her own ribbon device.

Jack cried out a protest as Traya caught Daniel in the beam. Daniel's hand fell limply to his side, and the Reavon caught him as he collapsed.

"What the hell are you doing?" Jack demanded.

"It will not harm him," Traya promised. "Reavon, take him to my quarters."

"Ah . . . no," Jack said heatedly. "We're taking him back home."

"You will not. I did this, O'Neill and I will fix it. You cannot."

"Sir!"

Jack turned around to see Sam and Teal'c running towards him. "I thought I told you two to stay put."

"We heard yelling, we--"

Jack waved off the rest of Carter's explanation. "It doesn't matter." He turned back to Traya. "What are you going to do?"

"I'm going to remove the naquida enhancer."

"Naquida enhancer," Carter echoed. "Sir, what's going on?"

"Seems our friend here was using Daniel as a guinea pig. She wanted to see if she could successful enhance a former host's ability to control their powers, isn't that right, Traya?"

"It was a mistake," Traya said sadly. "I did not expect this to happen. I don't know what could have caused it."

"But you can undo it?" Carter asked nervously.

Traya looked to them sadly, "I can take out the naquida enhancer without harming him . . . as for his current mental state, I do not know the cause . . ."

"So you don't know if removing it will help," Jack said bitterly. "Well that's just peachy."

"Reavon," Traya said. "Take him to my quarters, I will be there in a moment."

The young man nodded and lifted Daniel up, carrying him into one of the buildings. Jack watched him go suspiciously.

"I believe Daniel will be fine once I remove the enhancer," Traya said. "But I cannot promise it."

"I want Carter to go with you to supervise," Jack said matter-of-factly.

"Sir, I wouldn't know what she was doing, I--"

"Carter, you know more about this than either Teal'c or I do and I don't want her alone with Daniel again, got it?"

Carter nodded and cast a worried look at Teal'c.

Traya frowned, "Very well, Carter, you may come. It won't take long."

Teal'c and Jack watched as the two women disappeared into the building Reavon had taken Daniel.

"I do hope they are able to help Daniel Jackson."

"They'd better be," Jack all but growled. "Or they'll be hell to pay."

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Traya rolled Daniel onto his stomach. Sam was watching her every move. "This is not complicated," Traya told her. "It simply needs to be deactivated and then removed."

Sam nodded, "Good. Then do it."

Traya nodded and took a scalpel from the medical tray. Sam eyed it warily.

"It is only to give me access to the device so that I can deactivate it," Traya explained.

Traya made a small incision in Daniel's skin, and slid the device partway out. She took the knife to the device and the flashing blue lights on it faded away. Traya then slid the device the rest of the way out and reached for a healing device.

She moved it across Daniel's neck and the cut disappeared. "It is done," Traya said. "I told you it was not difficult."

Sam moved to Daniel's side and placed her had on his arm. "When will he wake up?"

"You can wake him now, if you'd like," Traya said.

Sam furrowed her brow and gently shook her friend, "Daniel?"

A groan was her only answer.

"Daniel, wake up."

"Sam?" Daniel asked drowsily as he pulled himself into a sitting position.

"How do you feel?"

"Like a complete jerk. What is wrong with me?" Daniel placed his head in his hand. Praying those memories he had were only of nightmares.

"Daniel," Sam said quietly. "It wasn't your fault. It was the naquida enhancer, it did something to you . . ."

"Apophis's spirit," Daniel said quietly.

"What?" Traya asked.

"That's what was wrong with me . . . I remember now. When I would use the ribbon device I would hear him, the part of him that remained in me when he died."

"None of him remained," Traya protested. "He is dead."

"Yes, but I have all his memories locked up somewhere in my mind," Daniel said. "And his spirit locked away in my soul."

"You're alright now, aren't you?" Sam asked concerned. She grabbed Daniel's chin and forced him to look at her.

"Yes, yes I'm fine now, I'm ready to go get Sha'uri."

Sam's jaw dropped. She couldn't help it. "Daniel, no. We've got to get you back to the SGC."

"Traya, will you still help me? Will you help me rescue Sha'uri?"

"It is up to you, Daniel," Traya said.

"No, it's up to me."

Daniel looked up to see Jack standing in the doorway looking less than pleased.

"And I say no."

"Jack--" Daniel began.

"We're going now, Daniel. Say goodbye to your little friends."

"But Jack,"

"They can't be trusted, Daniel. Look at what they did to you,"

"Traya didn't mean for that to happen, Jack. It was an accident. It's not like she forced me to implant the naquida enhancer. It was my choice."

Jack smiled grimly, "Yes and rest assure, we will be having a discussion about that. A very long one. We'll call it, reasons *not* to allow strange aliens to implant unknown devices into you neck."

"Jack," Daniel said pleadingly. "We can still save her."

"Yes, we can. But not right now. Not with them. Carter, go dial up the 'gate."

"Jack," Daniel pleaded one last time.

"I'm sorry, Daniel," Jack said as he took hold of Daniel's arm. "But we're going home,"

Daniel passively allowed himself to be lead away, conscious of the fact that the ribbon device remained wrapped around his hand. Traya did not stop them.

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Daniel leaned back at his desk. He'd been able to escape Janet's clutches in only fifteen minutes. There was nothing wrong with him.

Not physically anyway.

He'd been so close to getting Sha'uri back. He knew that Jack was right in stopping him. He'd been so power crazed by the naquida enhancer he could have very well killed his beautiful wife if he had gone.

But after he'd been himself again . . . Jack should have trusted him enough to let him stay.

Daniel examined the gun on his desk. Jack had been surprised when in the infirmary Daniel had pulled it from his waistband. Their visit to Tempest hadn't been a total waste. Daniel now had the means to free Sha'uri of Amanuet.

A gun that would kill the Goa'uld. Of course, that meant he'd have to kill.

He'd never really thought about that before. But to save Sha'uri he'd have to kill Amanuet. And he would do it, it wasn't like he hadn't ever killed before. But it wouldn't be easy to aim that weapon at Sha'uri, even if it wasn't her controlling her body.

Daniel sighed and leaned back in his chair. He could still use the ribbon and healing devices. Jack had, had him test it after he'd been given the all clear by Janet.

It wasn't as easy to do now that he didn't have the naquida enhancer, but he knew how now. And he could use the gun as well. Jack had called the gun 'the liberator', and Daniel thought it was a fitting name.

Jack promised they'd find Sha'uri. But not with the help of the Angels. General Hammond had taken the address out of the computer because of Jack's recommendation and despite Daniel's protests.

That meant Daniel had to save Sha'uri alone.

If Jack wasn't going to help him, and he wasn't going to let Traya help him . . . fine. But Daniel still remembered the address to Avaris. He didn't need their help.

One day, he'd go and rescue Sha'uri himself.

One day very soon.

The End!!!!!! Finally!!!!!!! 4 months! It took me 4 months to finish this!!!!

This story didn't go at all where I had planned. It was supposed to be a stand alone story but it's become part of a trilogy. It was supposed to deal with Traya and her race but it ended up being about Daniel and his search for Sha'uri.

I don't particularly like this story, but it was necessary for what I'm going to do next. The conclusion to this series, Daniel sets out to rescue Sha'uri. And he's got some advantages this time.