Samantha Carter lay on her side, staring into
space. Jack OíNeill entered with a big smile, although he wasnít smiling
inside. It had been three days since Jolinar had died, nearly taking Sam along
with her. Jack sat next to her. "Hey there Captain, how you feeling
today?" He asked, as he took her hand. "Not so good then hey
Sam?" He sighed. He had been visiting her every day, but she hadnít said
a word to anyone. He couldnít imagine how she felt. Poor kid. Jack thought. I
canít begin to imagine what it was like.
"Danny said heíd stop by later, with TealíC,
thatíll be nice, wonít it?" Sam didnít even look up at him. She just
lay there, staring at the dull grey walls. "Are the walls really that
interesting Carter?" Jack joked. He stayed with her for hours, and she
still didnít say anything or look at him. She just lay there. Jack thought he
was going to cry. It killed him to see her like this. "Cassie might stop
by. You know, she doesnít blame you, she understands. Sheís still a little
scared, but she doesnít hate you."
Another few days passed, and Janet decided that
she was healthy enough to be let out of the infirmary, but she wasnít quite
sure if Sam was okay inside. She hadnít spoken to anyone, or even moved,
hardly. She hadnít eaten hardly anything. Janet felt that it was time for Sam
to go home though, she was pretty sure that Sam wouldnít want to stay in the
"Sir." Janet knocked on Hammondís
"Come in." Hammond replied. Janet
entered the office, and closed the door.
"Sorry sir, I didnít know you were
talking to Colonel OíNeill."
"Thatís fine Doctor." Both men told
her, at the same time.
"Sirs, Captain Carter is okay to go home
now, as herÖletís call themÖinjuries have healed."
"What about inside? She hasnít spoken to
us in over a week! Sheís not eating much at all, and she spends most of the
day staring in to space." OíNeill asked, angrily. "Iím sorry Jan,
Iím not angry with you, itís just that I hate seeing her like that."
"I know. I think we should get someone to
stay with her for a while."
"Jack?" Hammond asked him, in a tone
that implied that he wanted him to take her.
"I think you read my mind sir. Iíll take
her." Jack agreed. Janet returned to the infirmary, and
persuaded Sam to go and get dressed. Jack
stopped by with her bag that he had got from her locker, and knocked on the door
of Janetís office. "Hey Doc."
"Colonel. Sheís just changing."
"Okay. I can wait." Sam entered the
room. Her face was pale, and showed her unhappiness.
"Ready? Letís go then." Jack walked
out, with Sam behind him, still not saying a word. They passed by many soldiers,
and scientists that asked Sam how she was, Jack just told them she wasnít
feeling too good, and that they were going back to her house.
"Here we are." Jack announced as he
pulled up Samís drive. He turned the engine off, and stepped out. He closed
the door, and grabbed Samís bag out of the back. He found a key under the
plant pot, where she had showed him at Christmas. Jack unlocked the front door,
and Sam entered. Jack headed for the bedroom to put the bag down. He dumped it
on her bed, and headed for the lounge. "Iíll make some coffee."
ONE MONTH LATERÖ
"Good morning campers!" OíNeill
greeted his team merrily. "Are we all ready for SG-1ís first team mission
in over a month?"
"Yes sir." Sam replied quietly.
"Yep." Danny said.
"I am. I am glad you are here Captain
Carter, we have all missed you." TealíC told Sam. She smiled.
"Thanks TealíC. Iím sorry I was rather
off with you all for the last few weeks, but, itís hard to explain how it
felt." Sam tried to explain.
"It helped that all of you guys were here
for me. When Jolinar was alive in me, I felt like I had company, but when sheÖdied
I felt so alone." Jack put a hand on her shoulder.
"But weíre always here for you Sam."
Jack told her. They all proceeded to the Gate room, and walked up the ramp. The
seventh chevron activated, and SG-1 stepped through the Stargate, wondering what