“I still haven’t been able to find anything, sir.” Samantha Carter to General O’Neill. “Sunnydale, California collapsed in a sinkhole three years ago and the only reference to a T. McClay from UC Sunnydale is a death certificate for a Tara McClay. She was shot.”
“I want to know what the hell is going on here.”
Before anyone could answer, the computer chimed. ~Group Video-VoiceIM ready. Do you wish to enter?~
“Sir?” Carter asked.
Jack thought fast and hard. “Do it. This might be the only way to get some answers.”
Carter click on yes and the IM window opened. ~Stargate Command has entered the chat.~
“That can’t be good.” Daniel remarked.
The computer chimed again before Jack could respond, much to Daniel’s relief, and a video window opened to see a group of young adults and an older man. ~Scooby Gang has entered the chat.~
“The Scooby Gang?” Jack said instead. “As in the Scooby Doo cartoon?”
Their eyes nearly bugged out of their heads as the computer chimed again and a window opened to the President, George Hammond and Major Paul Davis. ~President Hayes has entered the chat.~
“Wow, President Hayes, the President Hayes, as in the President of the Unites States, President Hayes, I mean I voted for him and now I get to talk to him and…”
“Willow!” The others in her group said at the same time.
“Good Afternoon, Ms. Rosenberg.”
“Hey, he knows who I am.” Willow said. “Nifty.”
The President chucked. The member of Stargate Command looked at each other in shock as the President continued. “Can we get some introductions please?”
“Uh, yes, sir, Mr. President.” Jack managed. “General Jack O’Neill, Air Force. Also with me are Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter, Dr. Daniel Jackson and Dr. Elizabeth Weir.”
“Hi.” Willow greeted cheerfully. “I’m Willow Rosenberg. This is Xander Harris, Dawn Summers, Faith Lehane and Rupert Giles.” She pointed to each person in turn.
“Well, we already know who I am.” The President remarked. “This is General George Hammond and Major Paul Davis. I must ask, is this one of your programs, Ms. Rosenberg.”
“Yes, it is. It’s a program for business travelers to connect to their offices. It browser based, so they can use it as long as they’ve got an internet connection. The code is completely embedded, so it can’t be hacked, and so the connections are completely secure.”
She would have continued, but the youngest one, Dawn Summers, put a hand over her mouth. “You have news about Buffy?”
“Ah, yes, Ms. Summers. I was sorry to hear about your sister. I wanted to attend the funeral, but they rushed me out of the country the moment Sunnydale began evacuating.” He rolled his eyes. “As if that would have helped.”
“Hey, I like him.” The one called Faith suddenly exclaimed. “He’s got some sense.”
The Military men and women nearly choked on their shock, especially when the President merely laughed. “Why, thank you, Faith. Coming from you, that’s quite a compliment.”
Finally, he cleared his throat. “I suppose everyone is wondering why we are here today.”
Jack shook his head to clear it. “Yes, sir. I received a strange e-mail a week ago from someone who knew about the Stargate Program. We’ve tried to track them down, Mr. President, but so far we’ve had no luck.”
“Don’t worry about it, Jack. It’s not important right now.”
“Sir?” Now Jack was really confused. How could this not be important?
“You’ll understand in a moment. Now, Ms. Rosenberg, I received my e-mail from Ms. McClay. I want to tell you that from our reports, she was a fine young woman and I am sorry for your loss.”
Willow good cheer vanished. “Thank you, Mr. President.”
“I will assume that by now you have found your way into government computers and found what you needed to know about the Stargate program.” Jack, Sam and George Hammond were again shocked at his nonchalance of this obvious breach of security and Willow had the good grace to blush before nodding. “Please do not make that a habit, however, I would appreciate it if you would work with Colonel Carter to upgrade our security. Now, my email said that Buffy Summers had somehow been taken to Atlantis?”
“We’re not sure. It seems that we were in a common dream about her a few nights after she died, but none of us really remember it.” Rupert Giles answered him. “All we have to go is the e-mail that Willow received. If she is there, we don’t know if it is for a reason or by some cosmic accident. We do know, however, that if she is approached by a Military team, she will not respond well.”
“Yes, the Initiative did us no favors there.”
“Mr. President, Sir.” Jack interrupted. “Can someone tell me what’s going on here? Who are these people and how do they know about us?”
“A young woman was killed in the Sunnydale collapse and somehow ended up in the Pegasus Galaxy. Unfortunately, she is highly trained, very dangerous, and really skittish regarding the military.”
“Skittish.” Faith snorted. “You clowns tried to kill her, then your freak tried to kill everyone else.”
“Faith, please.” Giles placed a hand on the young man’s shoulder.
The President sighed and continued. “You will need a way to assure her that you mean her no harm. These are her family. If you find her, Dr. Weir, take good care of her. She’s sacrificed much in her life and is a true hero in every sense of the word. I’d give her a medal, but there is really no way to acknowledge what she has done.”
“And what is that, if I may ask?” Dr. Weir asked.
“After this, I’m sending you the Initiative records with George and Major Davis. You should all study them carefully, and I want to assure you, that they are indeed the truth.”
“Mr. President, sir.” Xander spoke up for the first time. “Tara’s email said that we could go to her if you allow it.”
“Mr. President, I have to protest.” Jack almost shouted.
“I must protest as well.” General Hammond said from the President’s side.
“In a moment, gentlemen.” The President responded before Major Davis could throw in his two cents. “Are you sure, Mr. Harris?”
“We talked it over. Buffy will need us more than Faith will, and Giles is going to stay here. Faith will have the Covens, the Council and the other Slayers, but even if Buffy had all of that too, she’d will still need us.”
“I want to be with my sister, Mr. President.”
“What about school?”
“Willow can teach me.” The young girl sounded determined. “I’m sure there’s gonna be a lot of other really smart people there, and I can probably read and speak more languages that that guy.” She pointed at Daniel.
“How are you feeling about all of this?”
“I’m five by five, Mr. Prez.” Faith leaned against the desk and uncharacteristically thought about her answer. “B stood by me despite everything that happened between us. Her and these guys are pretty much the closest thing I got to a family, but I can handle it alone. She can’t. The X-Man’s right. She needs them more than I do, and I’ll still have Giles, Robin and the LA gang, not to mention all the other Slayers. Besides, I know Red’ll eventually find a way back.” Faith suddenly smirked. “B needs shoe stores almost as much as she needs family.”
“Very well.” The President decided. “Mr. Harris, you will go through Advanced Basic Training. You may not be military, but you’re the closest thing to it that they have. I want to be sure you can do what needs to be done if necessary. Ms. Rosenberg, You will be in charge of Dawn’s education. Dawn is correct. Some of our brightest minds are going on this expedition, so I will leave the curriculum up to you and Dr. Weir will maintain a running record. Ms. Rosenberg, keep working on your control. If we can’t find the energy modules we need, you may be our only hope, but only as a last resort. Is that clear?”
“Yes, sir.” They answered.
“George, Jack, I want everyone in this little meeting to go over those records. I’ll be available for questions tomorrow after dinner. Anything before that, you’ll have to contact Mr. Giles. I’ll have the necessary clearance for Willow, Xander and Dawn arranged in the morning. Have a good evening, ladies and gentlemen.”