Ok, so I had originally planned just to do a short little story about the wedding and honeymoon but then the idea of introducing Jack's family popped into my head and I couldn't shake it, so instead of just a few chapters you're more than likely going to get something about the same length as Reunion.
Anyway, I hope you like it
It had been a few months since they had gotten engaged and those months had been a whirl wind. Jack and Sam had both decided that they wanted to have to wedding as soon as possible, they loved each other and they weren't getting any younger.
They had both jumped into the preparations, Sam enlisting the help of Janet and Cassie to sort out her dress. She had wanted to so more but Jack wouldn't let her. They were both still on active duty so they didn't spend much time sorting out their plans but when they were home Jack wanted Sam to just have to concentrate on one thing. He was happy to so everything else and more than a few people at the SGC had volunteered to help. Walter was looking into a location for the wedding, reception and honeymoon while many of the other personnel had offered their services for things like the music and catering.
After their return from the Alpha site, Hammond had not been very happy with the PDA they had shown once back on base but after seeing the reaction he had caused he had just given them a friendly warning not to do it again, Sam had moved into Jack's house and they had sold hers. Jack wanted to buy another house but Sam wouldn't hear of it, she loved her CO's house and knew that he did too.
One of the few things that they both worked on together was the guest list. The President would obviously be getting an invite and there were a few other allies they wanted to invite too. One night sitting at home cuddling on the sofa watching The Simpsons, Jack had gotten Sam nearly as into it as he was, Sam had broached the topic. "If we're inviting the President we should try and invite some of our off world allies."
Jack thought for a moment then nodded, "Yeahsureyoubetcha, but I don't know if we'll get clearance to take loads off base."
"I thought of that, why not see if we can have it in the SGC, or at least in one of the halls on the upper levels of the mountain since I don't think some of our other guests will get down to the actual SGC."
Jack nodded, "Now that is a good idea Carter, I'll mention it to Walter in the morning. I knew there was a reason I loved you."
Sam turned her head to look at him and teased, "Is that the only reason you love me Jack."
He lent forward and captured her lips, his hand drifting up and down her body, "Nope, I love you for your body too."
Sam chuckled lightly then stood and pulled him off the sofa and upstairs to their room and their bed. Neither spoke for the rest of the night.
The next morning found the two of them sitting in the kitchen eating their breakfast and having their coffee. "So," Sam said, "Getting back to what we were talking about last night, before we got distracted." She scowled lightly as she said the last bit.
Jack laughed, "I didn't hear you complaining last night Sammie."
Sam blushed lightly. "Anyway," she continued, "If we want to invite some of our allies we're going to need to sort out the guest list soon so that we can get messages to those off world and get clearance for that many aliens."
Jack nodded, "Makes sense." He stood; picking up both mugs and went into the kitchen. He filled both mugs then grabbed the pad and pen that were sitting by the cooker. He came back to the table and handed Sam her coffee. She smiled at him and he sat opposite her, giving her a smile back. "So," he started, after taking a sip of coffee, "You're dad obviously, who else?"
"Well Bra'tac for sure," Sam said, thinking hard, "We should ask Ray'c to come too, I know Teal'c would like to see him again."
Jack nodded and wrote the two names down on the paper. "How about Lya?" Sam nodded and Jack wrote down her name too. "What about actual earthlings?" Jack joked.
Sam laughed, "Well Hammond, Daniel, Janet and Cassis, anyone from the SGC who wants to come really." Jack nodded and wrote SG1 Hammond and Doc Fraiser and Cassie on the list then underneath wrote SGC. "My brother and his family," Sam continued, Jack nodded and wrote that too.
"How about Mike?" Jack asked.
Sam smiled at him, "Yeah. I've got his address now so I can send them a proper invite." When they had gotten back Sam had found that she had an email from Mike. She had opened it and ever since the two of them had been swapping two or three emails a week, when Sam wasn't on a mission. Jack wrote his name too then Sam frowned. "What about your family Jack? Do you want to invite any of them?" she paused, "I don't even know if you have a family."
Jack sighed and began tapping the pen against the table, something Sam knew he did when he wasn't happy with the conversation that was about to take place. "You don't have to answer Jack, not if you don't want to."
He shook his head, "You're my fiancé, and it was a reasonable question." He swallowed a mouthful of coffee before beginning, "I haven't spoken to most of my family since I decided to join the Air Force. My mom and dad were against it. I have two brothers and a sister. My brothers were older and painted me the same way mom and dad did but Mary, Mary was the littlest one in the house and the only person, besides my grandmother, who would speak to me after I decided to enlist." He sighed, "When we were younger me and Mary were close, closer than I was to anyone else, but after what happened to Charlie we sort of drifted apart, the same way I did with everybody and we've hardly spoken since." He looked up and gave her a sad look, "The funny thing is, she actually lives in Colorado Springs and I still see her occasionally but it's like we're stranger and not flesh and blood." He sighed again, "Mary wasn't happy with my choice to join the Air Force but she knew it was what I wanted so she didn't let it come between us. My grandmother on the other hand was the only person in my family who openly approved of what I had chosen to do. She had been a WASP in World War 2 and was proud of me for going into the Air Force; it was where she had met my grandfather. I still see Nana sometimes but she's getting old and tired and is on her last legs and whenever I see her she has my mom with her so now I've started avoiding her too. She understands but I know it hurts her." He shook his head, "So no Sam, I don't want to invite any of my family, Nana is too old and everyone else has disowned more, or near enough anyway."
They sat in silence for a few moments before Sam spoke quietly. "It's not my place but maybe you should talk to them Jack. When we dealt with Seth the reason dad got the mission was because Sel'mac requested it as he was unhappy with the unresolved issues dad had for Mark. It's been a long time since you joined the Air Force Jack, maybe they've changed their tune."
Jack was silent for a moment then he nodded to himself, obviously making up his mind, "You might be right Sam. We've got the day off and if I'm going to do this I need to do it before I talk myself out of it. I'll go and see Nana and mom should be there." Sam smiled gently at him. "But," now he sounded unsure, "Will you come with me Sam, I don't want to do this alone."
Sam stood and walked round the table to stand behind him, "Of course Jack, I'll do anything for you." She wrapped her arms around his shoulders and kissed him lightly on the cheek, "Always."
Jack twisted in his seat and captured her lips. After a few seconds Sam pulled away, "Come on Jack, the sooner this is done the better."
Knowing she was right Jack stood and together they cleaned the table, putting the paper with the names on somewhere safe so they could carry on at a later date. Once they were done the two went to their room and got changed into something more suitable for a hopeful family reunion than their current pyjamas. Sam quickly donned a skirt and blouse while Jack pulled out a shirt and a pair of trousers.
Once the two of them were dressed they made their way down the stairs and out to the truck. "I never asked," Sam said, "But were does your Nana live?"
Jack started the engine, "You know the little care home on the outskirts of Colorado," Sam nodded, "She lives there. Mom and Dad live in Colorado too, it's where I grew up."
No more was said as Jack pulled out of the drive and started the drive to the care home where he hoped he might get the chance to reconcile with his family.
Sam could see from his face that he wasn't sure about what he was about to do. She reached out and put a comforting hand on his shoulder, "It'll be fine Jack. You have nothing to lose in doing this."
Jack nodded and his face set in a determined expression.
After a twenty minute drive Jack came to a stop in front of the care home. Taking a deep breath he opened the door and waited for Sam to join him. He took her hand, hoping that it would keep his nerves from causing any trouble. He was about to see a woman he hadn't seen in over twenty years and while half of him was saying this was a bad idea the other half was wondering just how this was going to go.
Taking another deep breath he looked at the beautiful women standing beside him and smiled. With her by his side there wasn't anything he couldn't do. "Let's do this."