Takin' Care of Business
SG1, flag team of Star Gate Command, entered the briefing room and sat in their usual chairs. Although, Daniel was confused as he automatically sat down next to the blond major and the large man sat next to him on his other side.
Shortly, General George Hammond entered the room.
Daniel noticed, out of the corner of his eye, that O’Neill and Carter sat up straighter in their chairs.
“Good afternoon, SG1,” Hammond said around a Texas accent as he sat down in the chair at the head of the table.
“General,” Jack was echoed by Sam.
Out of the corner of his left eye, Daniel noticed Teal’c give a small smile and a respectful nod of his head.
"So Dr. Jackson,” Hammond said as he looked at the archaeologist, “Was your survey successful?"
Daniel looked at Hammond and, with the practiced ease of an actor lied, “The Goa’uld Quetzalcoatl had control of this area. P3X-576 was probably a mining planet. At one point, it was rich in natural resources: naquada, trinium and other minerals not found here. And, Quetzalcoatl enslaved the natives of South America: Mayans, Aztecs, Olmecs, Toltecs, etc. But, one of our allies probably saved the people and transplanted them elsewhere.”
The other members of SG1 looked at him, impressed. He looked at all of them and shrugged before he looked back at the General.
“The one chamber that I found with writing was a hidden room… it was similar to the anteroom on Abydos… and I didn’t recognize the writing.”
"Thank you, Dr. Jackson."
"Um, General, I think the guys in anthro. would have a better time of translating the text than I would. I never really studied ancient South America.”
“I understand, Doctor,” Hammond said as he looked at Daniel before he turned to the others. “Major, do you have anything to add?”
"Yes, sir,” Sam said as she sat up even straighter. “I took some soil and water samples and preliminary analysis indicates that Daniel is correct. It has been a while since P3X-576 has been mined. There are minimal traces of any minerals in the samples.”
"Thank you, Major,” General Hammond turned to Jack, “Your opinion Colonel?”
"The likelihood of the Goa’uld going back to that planet is nominal, General,” Jack gave his own assessment, “Quetzawaddle is long gone and it seems that he’s not coming back.”
"Quetzalcoatl,” Daniel corrected quietly, on instinct.
"What?" Jack said as everyone turned their heads to Daniel.
"Ke. Tsal. Ko. Wa. Tl.” Daniel enunciated as though he were talking to a child. The impatient, un-Daniel-like side took that moment to show through.
"Yeah,” O’Neill said with a frown, “That’s what I said."
Daniel rolled his eyes and shook his head in exasperation.
"Gentlemen!" Hammond said in an authoritative tone.
"Sorry, General,” Jack said with a frown thrown at the Immortal. “That’s about all there is to say about P3X-576.”
"What about sending anyone back to the planet?” Hammond enquired.
“That might not be a good idea,” Daniel said with a frown.
"Daniel!" Sam said as she looked at him in silent communication as though to say, ‘Are you crazy?’
He smirked at her before he turned back to Hammond, “Well, it would be dangerous to send a team out there as it is. There was a cave in. Without real support, the ziggurat is collapsing. Structural integrity is compromised; I wouldn’t want anyone to get hurt.”
"I’ll take that under advisement, Doctor,” Hammond said with a frown as he looked at Daniel once more. Something was different about the young man; he was not sure what it was.
"Is there anything else?” the General asked.
SG1 looked at one another in that silent communication that they had gained from working for eight years together. Then they looked back at Hammond as one.
"No,” Daniel said with a small shake of his head.
"Nothing,” Teal’c said stoically.
“I don’t think there’s anything else to add, sir,” Sam said.
"Not that I know of, General," Jack agreed.
By their actions and their words, George Hammond knew that SG1 was hiding something. He did not know what, but he had known him long enough to be able to tell.
"Are you sure?” the General hedged.
"Yes,” SG1 answered as one.
"Then, you're dismissed," he said as he stood from his chair.
"Thank you sir,” Sam said as she, Jack and Teal’c rose from their seats. Daniel remained seated.
The others of SG1 looked at him.
Shrugging, Daniel lazily rose from his seat.
The four filed out of the room, and Hammond sat down in deep thought.
‘What is going on with them?’ he wondered silently to himself. ‘Especially Daniel and the other three know exactly what it is. If something was wrong, they would tell me.’ He knew his assessment was true. He figured that the truth would be a need to know for him at this point.