Life at the SGC had calmed considerably with the departure of Senator Kinsey. While still not allowed total access to the facility, Xander and Kendra were given VIP rooms, and allowed to roam more freely. Although their guards still followed them around, word had spread of Xander's triumph over the SGC's recurring pain in the ass, and the guards became more of an honor escort than anything else. Xander was even allowed to keep Morgif with him, as a show of good faith.
Perhaps the most startling development was the growing relationship between Kendra and Teal'c. After their fight in the infirmary, Teal'c had become a combination martial arts instructor, mentor, and surrogate father figure. The two spent hours together in the gym, sparring and training.
While Xander hadn't become THAT close with anyone, he found himself becoming fast friends with Jack O'Neill. Despite the man's continued disbelief in magic, more out of habit than conviction, the two found that they had much in common, particularly their mutual dislike of Kinsey. When Jack managed to procure and sell copies of the security tape of Kinsey's ignominious defeat, he was generous enough to let Xander have a cut of the action. General Hammond soon shut down the enterprising duo's little side business, but not before claiming a copy for himself.
About a week into their visit, Xander was wandering the halls late at night. While it was fun visiting another dimension, he was worried about his friends back home. He was worried about how to get back home; after all, they had emerged from a wormhole, rather than a pool of water. Since they had emerged from the Stargate, would they have to use that as their exit point? The other question was, since Yuuki had always re-emerged from the same pool of water that had sent him to Shin Mazoku, and the pool that THEY had used had been blown up, would it be possible to change the destination to a different pool in their world? And how would they know if they had reached the right place? There were so many questions, so many things that could go wrong. He didn't want to risk Kendra's life on what if's.
Suddenly, he was jolted out of his reverie by the blaring of alarms that echoed throughout the base.
"UNSCHEDULED OFFWORLD ACTIVATION!"
Now that sounded interesting. Xander headed off towards the Gateroom, wanting to see what all the trouble was about. On his way, he bumped into Kendra, who had also been attracted to the sound. Despite all the training she had been doing with Teal'c, she was still slightly keyed up and looking for some action. Wordlessly, they grinned at each other and slipped into the room.
Inside was a scene of total chaos. O'Neill, various soldiers, and a tall, balding man in a strange tunic outfit were duking it out with...nothing? Fiery blast seemed to strike out randomly from thin air near the Gate. Jack was the first to see them.
"What the hell are you kids doing here?! Get down, you idiots!" He sent a burst of fire out into the empty space, trying to buy them time to get to cover.
The balding man next to him looked over. "Recruiting them a little young, aren't you, Jack?" he asked. "What are you kids doing here?"
"We got bored," Xander replied as they slid into the space next to them. "We haven't seen any action since we got here, and you know what they say, all work and no play... So, whatcha doing shooting the air, Jack?"
Jack spared him a quick glare. "There's a bunch of Jaffa with invisibility shields that followed Jacob here home. They're invisible, and bullets bounce off of them, so they're a bit hard to fight. Why, got any ideas?"
"I just might," came the reply. Xander raised a softly glowing hand. Suddenly, all the fire suppression sprinklers in the room turned on, drenching the combatants. Suddenly, there was a startled cry. Out in the formerly empty space, the water outlined five shapes. "They may be invisible, but the water isn't. And now, maybe this will help." He drew his sword, earning a look of disbelief from Jacob.
"Uh, Jack, is he seriously thinking of attacking a bunch of shielded Jaffa with a SWORD?" Jacob's voice cracked on the last word.
"It's not just a sword, Jacob, but it's still kinda stupid. Get down, kid!"
Xander grinned. "Morgif!" he shouted, "Let's expose these cowards!" The sword glowed bright red, and fire washed out from the end, covering the Jaffa. Their shields crackled, popped, and then faded, revealing four Jaffa and one minor Goa'uld.
As the intruders froze in bewilderment, Kendra launched into action. Feet and fists flying, she tossed Jaffa around like bowling pins, smashing large dents in their armor and snapping necks. She moved so fast that the attackers could barely put up a defense. One slightly more cunning one, however, backed off slightly and raised his staff weapon. At Xander's warning shout, Kendra spun around and twisted the staff, just as the Jaffa fired. To the Jaffa's horror, the blast hit his god square in the face, reducing it to pulp. He didn't have long to regret his mistake, however, as Jack shot him in the chest.
Out of the corner of his eye, Jack could see something working its way out of the ruined throat of the Goa'uld. "Look out!" he shouted as the parasite launched itself towards Kendra. The idea of such a powerful person becoming a host was terrifying, not to mention the fact that she was still just a kid.
As the Goa'uld threw itself towards her, Kendra snatched it out of the air and snapped its spine. At their looks of disbelief, she just raised an eyebrow. "What? Da ya mean dat DIS is de type o' snake dat you are afraid of? Dis little worm? Dis is not'ing. You should see de ones back home. Now DOSE are scary."
Anything else she might have said was lost in the chaos and the cleanup.