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Lexie’s thoughts wandered as the conversation Carter and Fred were having about physics quickly went over her head. ‘If it comes down to it, I bet we could use a spell to power the gate though I’m not sure what that would do to it. Maybe Willow would know. Perhaps I should ask Teal’c to spar.’ She looked around at the cluttered space. ‘On second thought, Giles would throw a fit.’ She coughed loudly. “Can we get back to something I have a hope of understanding?”
Carter blinked and looked up at Lexie. “I guess so. So have you thought about what you want in trade for your technology?”
She grinned, “I’d love a chance to look through your computer to see some of the stuff that you have with you.”
Carter frowned as her thoughts raced, ‘They have the upper hand and still want to trade. Hopefully that’s good. I guess there isn’t any harm in at least letting her look at the computer.’ “Sure let me get it set up for you.” She opened her computer and turned it on. “Not a big fan of physics?”
“I’m not against it, I just never got the chance to study it. Physics wasn’t something most people were studying in school at age eleven. I’ve looked into it a little since but looked at it a little and wormhole theory is a bit different.”
Carter nodded, “I can see where that might be a problem. So how did you get so good at computers?”
“I picked it up from other deckers, what you would call hackers. I used the money I got from odd jobs to help support the orphanage I was in.”
“You’re the one with the advanced tech, why aren’t you in charge?”
“What do you mean in charge?”
“You seem to take orders from Willow.”
“Well, she is awfully cute. Besides, everyone works for somebody. If it makes you feel better, I have more money than she does because of the tech patents. However, I have no real interest in being in charge of anything other than my tech companies.”
“So no plans to rule the world?”
“And deal with all of the paper work? No thanks.”
Carter chuckled as she slid her computer over to Lexie, “You remind me of Jack for his dislike of paperwork.”
Lexie grinned as she looked through the files on Carter’s computer. “You’ll have to tell me about him sometime.”
Willow looked up from searching through the council's dusty artifacts and chuckled, "Sounds like you've had a couple of close calls."
Daniel shrugged, "Closer than I'd like."
"So what makes you go up there day after day?"
"I guess it's the chance to learn about other cultures and make sure the world stays safe. Besides it's a lot of fun."
"I can see how it would be fun. I've enjoyed my time in other dimensions as well."
"Do you ever worry about bringing something back you shouldn't?"
"Every time Dawn opens a portal I wonder if it will be the time she can't find us, or maybe she finds the wrong us. But that doesn't mean I don't have to find the girls."
"You'll find a way. Might take a couple hundred years but I'm sure you'll find a way."
"Thanks, I think." Willow frowned as a girlish scream came from another part of the building. "Maybe we had better check that out."
Mitchell winced as Andrew waved the ZPM around in triumph at finding it. "Please don't do that. You could blow up this world with that."
Andrew screamed as he hastily tossed it to Mitchell. "Maybe you should hold it than."
Willow came around the corner looking around for demons or something that could have caused the scream. "What's the fuss guys?"
Daniel, who had followed a few steps behind Willow, smiled brightly as he saw Mitchell holding the ZPM. "It looks like we might actually be able to get home without jury-rigging something this time."
Giles comes running up with an axe in hand. "I heard screaming."
Willow chuckled, "It was just Andrew."
"Ah right," Giles lowered the axe. "So now that you have found the ZPM what do you plan to do about it?"
Daniel glanced around at various artifacts that had escaped the First's purge of the Watcher's Council. "I'd like to spend some time looking around after we check in with command. I'd like the chance to learn a bit about the history of this world and to maybe find out why the ancients choose this world to build a gate on."
Mitchell grinned and handed Daniel an ancient data pad. “This was with the ZPM.”
Daniel smiled, “Let me see that please.”
Giles chuckled, "I suggest we adjourn to the gate area and contact your people."
Meanwhile back at the gate location Carter was busily conducting negotiations for Lexie’s tech. “I don’t really think my CO would agree to allow you access to the weapons technology.”
“I guess I can see that but I still want the ship designs. I mean honest to goddess spacecraft tech. Who wouldn‘t want to work on that. How‘s ten percent of all money generated by my tech sound?”
Carter frowned, “How about five and I’ll make sure to slip in information about the star ships.”
Lexie grinned and held out her hand for Carter to shake. “I think that would be perfect.”
Carter took her offered hand and shook it.
Teal’c raised an eyebrow. “Will not the general object to sharing technology?”
“Maybe, but if things go well we wouldn’t need as much of the foreign support and wouldn’t have to put up with Woolsey so I think he’ll live.”
General Landry looked up from behind his desk as Walter came in. “Please tell me we have good news for once?”
“I think so sir. SG-1 reported back that they were safe and sound and according to Mitchell doing a bit of horse trading for some new tech.”
“Did he mention what type of new tech?”
“No sir, just that it would help with dealing with Woolsey.”
“That is good news.”
“The bad news is that Woolsey wants to be part of the group that deals with negotiations and is demanding that they send a group through the gate. He apparently thinks that he can get a better deal out of the natives than SG-1 can. Carter sent a letter for you.”
“A letter? Why didn’t she just give a verbal report?”
“I don’t know sir.” Walter handed the letter to the general. “She mentioned that only you should open it.”
The general sighed and carefully broke the seal. He extracted a nice white piece of paper with writing on it. He frowned as he started to read it. “Dear General, I’m writing this down because I don’t want what I’m about to say to be in the official record. As every incoming transmission is logged, I hope you understand. We’ve a chance to acquire a vast amount of technology that could be of great use in our search for finding funding for the Stargate program. I’m still a bit in shock at how much they are willing to give away. Apparently, because of something called the Scooby Gang discount. I’ll explain later sir. Anyways, Daniel thinks he might have a lead on why the ancients were so interested in this world. He is looking over an ancient log that was apparently left from when they built the gate. There are disturbing revelations about this dimension. I‘ll update you more when we get back. Which brings me to my request. Several of the people we met would like the chance to come for a visit. Oh and Willow says this message will self-destruct in five seconds after you let it out of your hand. That is part of the disturbing revelations about this dimension.”
Walter looked at the General. “Major Carter said to humor her about the last part.”
The general dropped the paper. He blinked as the paper burst into flames and crumbled to ash before it even hit the floor. “Tell me I didn’t just see a piece of normal paper spontaneously combust.”
Walter blinked, “I’m not going to tell anyone if you don’t sir.”
“This whole project is starting to give me a headache.”
“Sir what do I tell Woolsey about his request to be at the meeting?”
“Tell him that he can of course be present at the meeting. I’m guessing that the details were already worked out ahead of time so it will do him little good.”
Walter smiled, “I’ll let him know and set up the meeting for tomorrow.”
Back in the other dimension Lexie frowned at the members of SG-1, “So I have to meet a general and some political big wigs? You like the general right?”
Daniel glanced up from the ancient log he had been reading almost nonstop since he got it a few hours ago. “Yes we like the general. The jury is still out when it comes to the political big wigs as you called them.”
Willow grinned, “If it makes you feel better I’m sending Illyria with you.”
Lexie grinned, “At least if worst comes to worst we can still get home that way.”
Fred’s eyes flashed with blue fire as her voice dropped lower, “I will rip the muck apart if they seek to detain us.”
Lexie smiled, “I knew there was a reason I liked you.”
Fred sighed and her eyes and voice returned to normal, “I’m sure that isn’t going to be needed but I agree with Illyria we aren’t going to get experimented on.”
Mitchell glanced at Fred. “That’s still a bit spooky you know that?”
Fred chuckled, “There are worse things.”
Mitchell opened his mouth to ask when Willow shook her head, “It’s better to not ask.”
Carter frowned, “So how many of you are going to go?”
Willow glanced at Giles, “I’m not sure. This is sort of council business as we are using your gate. But sort of Lexie’s as well as they are trading with her for the tech.”
Giles nodded, “Willow would you mind going as the representative of the council?”
“I don’t mind. I think we should have Lexie deal with the trading and Illyria should come as backup.”
Lexie grinned, “This should be fun. Besides I‘m sure they have a proper gym so I can spar Teal‘c. That is if he wants too.”
Willow rolled her eyes.
Teal’c nodded, “I would like that.”
Mitchell looked at the now lit up console on the ancient DHD. “So do you think it could dial other gates now that it has a power source?”
“It’s possible. I’d have to work out the addresses.”
Lexie frowned, “So what should one wear to a secret meet and greet?”
Giles sighed, “I knew shopping was going to come into it somehow.”
Willow laughed at Giles, “She isn’t as bad as Buffy.”
Carter grinned, “I think something more impressive than jeans and a t-shirt.”
Lexie sighed, “You know how hard it is to find things in the right size if you’re a six foot five girl?”
Willow grinned, “I’m sure we can come up with something suitably impressive.”
Several hours later Landry looked up as he heard “Warning off world activation.” “It’s about time.”
He arrived in the gate room at the same time as SG-1 came walking out. He sighed in relief when he noticed that they were relaxed and smiling. He blinked as an extremely tall girl with wavy brown hair stepped through the gate. She was dressed in semi glossy green and black silk pants and shirt. She quickly moved out of the way for a red headed girl in an elegant purple dress. The last member of their party was a brown haired girl in a purple with yellow flower patterned cotton dress.
“Welcome to Stargate Command.” The various soldiers around the room relaxed.
Willow stepped forward. “We are glad to be here.”
“If you’ll follow me we can head to the briefing room. It’s got more comfortable chairs, as well as refreshments.”
Willow nodded, “That would be nice, it‘s been a long couple of days.”
Carter smiled as everyone was seated. She gestured to the various people around the room. “This is General Hank Landry, Richard Woolsey and these are Willow Rosenberg, Fred Burkle, and Lexie. Willow is in charge of representing the Watcher’s council. They own their Stargate. Fred is their physics expert. Lexie is in charge of their technology trading.”
Woolsey glanced at Willow. “What exactly does the Watchers’ Council do?”
Lexie grinned, “It’s classified.”
Willow chuckled lightly, “While that is true such as it is. We deal with a number of dangerous artifacts and such things including our world’s Stargate.”
“You’re a government agency then?”
“We have ties to the crown of England yes, at least we do in our world.”
Landry frowned at Woolsey before he glanced back at Willow, “I’ve been told you have some technologies to trade. What are you offering?”
Willow glanced at Lexie before continuing, “I’ve been authorized to offer various cures for several diseases. Beyond that you will have to talk to Lexie.”
Woolsey frowned as his eyes narrowed, “So what do you want for them?”
“An agreement that they will be cheaply produced by a non profit company, at a fair price. I want ten percent of the proceeds to go to help neighborhoods with projects for at risk children.”
“And what else?”
Willow frowned, “What do you mean what else?”
“You’re just going to basically give away several medical cures for some neighborhood projects?”
Willow shrugged and handed Woolsey a list. He took it and read it. His eyes went wide. “If that’s a list of the cures you have, that’s potentially billions of dollars.”
“Some of them are just treatments. However, yes potentially it is a lot of money. Call it a gesture of good faith.”
“What no catches?”
Lexie raised her hand slightly, “We have a lot of things to trade. We aren’t that worried about running out of trading chips.”
Woolsey glanced at Carter, “What did you promise them?”
Carter held up her hands, “I didn’t promise them anything. They have a lot to offer though. I think we could make some profitable trades. There is sadly a catch that you‘re not going to like.”
Woolsey tried to hide his grin of triumph. “I knew there was a catch somewhere.”
Landry sighed, “And the catch is?”
Lexie shrugged, “Some of the stuff like the weapons research I don’t mind trading to the military. It’s what they do after all. Guns are well guns even if some work better than others. There are other things like cybernetics that we don’t trade to military people.”
Woolsey frowned, “Than why bring it up if you aren’t going to trade it?”
“I didn’t say I wouldn’t trade it, just that I wouldn’t trade it to the military.”
Willow held up her hand for quiet. “It’s not just her rule; it’s the Watchers Council’s rule for us using the gate. And no, the NID isn‘t a viable option either.”
Landry noticed the slight smirk on the girl's face as she baited Woolsey. “Daniel what did you find out in the log?”
“Some fascinating things about the nature of their world. It is a bit technical but it appears that one of the ancients whose name I cannot find thought to use his knowledge to travel to a place safe from the wraith. He, unlike the others, was not content to just travel across the universe. There is a reference to him building the enhanced gate. From what I can gather, he had planned to come back to his earth with some type of army or something and wipe out the wraith. Something the other ancients wouldn’t have approved of. He was conducting research on the locals of the new world. He seemed to think that one of the races of aliens would help him.”
Landry frowned, “How is that supposed to help us?”
“I’m getting there. As you well know not all of the ancients were what we call good. Some of his research into Ascension, well let’s just say that it would make most Goa’uld think twice.” Daniel fiddled with the ancient device for a bit. “Ah here it is, roughly translated it says ‘And behold I will become the first of a new breed of ascended that will be free to act as they will. He even had a local tribe of humans that were worshipping him as a god. Apparently, he thought it was what he deserved. In some ways he was very much like the Ori.”
Willow blinked, “Erm good thing he died then.”
Daniel looked about ready to continue when Landry held up his hand for quiet. “That helps us how?”
Carter smiled, “It gives us more information on where to start looking for ways to deal with the Ori.”
The general smiled, “Thank you.” He turned to Woolsey, “See a very profitable expedition.”
Woolsey turned to look at Fred, “You’re hoping to have access to the Stargate aren’t you? Why else would they bring along a physics expert.”
Fred’s face tightened as she struggled and held an internal battle with Illyria about ripping off his limbs later rather than now. “We have a Stargate, and while I could figure out the theories behind it given time. I don’t have the luxury of having that much free time right now to waste when you have the information I require.”
Woolsey glanced at Willow, “So this is the information you wanted?”
“Among other things, I would like to know something about the Asgard. We have myths of them. I’m just not sure if they exist in my world or not.”
“What possible reason would you have for wanting to know if they exist?”
“You don’t really understand curiosity do you? Besides I‘d like to be prepared in case some alien shows up. I mean Daniel said that the Ancient was talking to a group of them.”
The general glanced at the note Carter had slipped him while Woolsey was distracted. “Daniel‘s office.” He nodded, “I think we should take a break. Daniel I want your report on my desk by tomorrow.”
Woolsey glanced at the new people, “You can’t just let them wander around by themselves.”
Landry chuckled, “Of course not. If you don’t mind Daniel, would you show Willow around. Carter show Fred around, I’m sure you have a lot of science type things to talk about.” He frowned at Lexie.
Lexie grinned, “How about Teal’c.”
He smiled, “Excellent suggestion. Now if you‘ll excuse me I have some paperwork to file.”
Woolsey muttered as he left the room, “I have to report this to my superiors.”
A few minutes later after checking Daniel’s office for bugs, Carter sighed in relief. “It’s clean.”
Landry glanced at Carter, Daniel and Willow before his eyes shifted to Fred in the corner looking over one of the old translations Daniel had. “So what’s the unofficial take on things?”
Carter grinned, “Sorry for the show back there.”
Willow shrugged, “Basically we want your tech in exchange for ours. I‘m prepared to offer to set Sam and Daniel up as heads of a company. I’d give them all of the information to create all of the tech I can, in exchange for everything you have learned from allies and such for going through the Stargate. I understand that it would be off the books. I would even take a bad deal with Wool-head to make it work politically.”
Carter nodded, “Sir, I got the chance to look at their tech it’s years ahead but not as advanced as the Goa’uld’s. If we do this we have the very real chance of making enough money to be able to tell the oversight commission to go to hell.”
Landry glanced at Carter, “You know we could be court-martialed for even thinking of doing this.”
Landry sighed, “Let me see the list.” He looked over the list Willow handed him. “Carter is the tech on the level?”
“Yes sir, they had various devices of a similar tech level.”
Landry sighed, “Include Dr. Carolyn Lam in your company for the medical part of it and you have a deal. I’ll leave it up to you to transfer the data you want in exchange.”
Carter blinked, “You’re serious?”
“As a heart attack. You know that we’ll be court-martialed if this ever comes to light.”
Carter nodded, “I understand sir. I‘ll make sure it doesn‘t.”
Willow grinned, “Thank you.”
The general nodded, “In that case SG-1 has a week of leave. Make sure you take any projects you are working on home with you. I have some reports to bury.”