Chapter 3: Telling the Team
Chapter 3: Telling the Team
A/N: Okay, so this might seem a bit harsh towards McKay, but he was kind of this arrogant before spending time in Atlantis.
Challenge: #2666 ‘Conception by Conspiracy’
by zoev. It isn’t an exact match, but hopefully it’s close enough for zoev.
Thanks to my betas: Waverly and Gideon.
Disclaimer: BtVS/AtS characters belong to Joss Whedon / Mutant Enemy. Stargate characters belong to Robert C. Cooper and Brad Wright / SyFy Channel. I claim no rights to any copyrighted material. Please do not copy or take this story without my permission.
SGC conference room
“Why did they pick you two?” Doctor Rodney McKay asked, looking at Jack and Daniel with confusion.
Despite being appalled by the situation, both Daniel and Jack were insulted by the question – even though they should have expected it from McKay, given their prior experience with the man.
“Excuse me?” “Hey!” they yelled at the same time.
McKay honestly didn’t understand why they were so upset; he just had that kind of personality. “No offense intended, but what’s so special about you? I mean, I get why they wanted Teal’c. After all, he’s a Jaffa, and that’s an interesting avenue to explore. And me…well, that’s pretty obvious,” he added, sounding extremely arrogant to the others.
“Not to me,” Jack muttered in a stage whisper.
“Because I’m one of the smartest people on the planet! You mix my intellect with her physical strengths, and you would have an incredible child on your hands,” McKay said almost dreamily – which disturbed SG-1 and General Hammond. Then he turned thoughtful and continued, “Well, that is, if they didn’t over-estimate her abilities.”
Jack sneered at the pompous ass, “Don’t you think you may be over-estimating your own worth?”
Totally missing the sarcastic tone in the man’s voice, McKay replied, “Umm, not really. I just wish I could understand why they’d pick an average soldier and a fairly good linguist.”
Surprising everyone in the room, Teal’c answered McKay’s question, “O’Neill has had the library of the Ancients downloaded into his brain, and the Asgard have a high regard for him. DanielJackson is more than a ‘fairly good’ linguist. Besides myself, he is the one person on Earth who has an intimate knowledge of the culture and language of the Goa’uld.”
The former-First Prime couldn’t help but get his own dig in at the man who insulted his friends and colleagues, “While you may or may not be considered valuable on your planet, they – as well as MajorCarter – are considered valuable on many worlds. If there were a way to create a child with two women, I am certain MajorCarter would be a candidate as well,” he added, nodding to the major.
Hammond hid his grin at the way Teal’c put McKay in his place. “Well said, Teal’c.”
“Thanks, Teal’c,” Carter and Daniel chorused.
Jack patted him on the shoulder. “Yeah, big guy.”
Stung by the comment, McKay almost pouted as he repeated, “I said, no offense intended.”
Ignoring what must have been the lamest excuse for an apology he’d ever heard, Hammond moved on, “Anyway, what we have to determine is whether they have inseminated the young lady or not. If they have, we’ll need to decide what to tell her. It is my understanding that she sees them as allies against something labeled HSTs – or Hostile Subterrestrials. Regardless of whether they’ve gotten that far in their plans or not, my initial reaction is to relieve anyone involved of their position,” he announced.
“What if she’s pregnant when we get there?” Carter asked what she thought was the next logical question.
Daniel spoke up, “My understanding is that anyone involved could be charged with sexual assault, criminal malpractice, possibly criminal assault and battery. Not sure the criminal justice system ever envisioned this particular crime.” It was too horrible to think about.
And Carter must have agreed, because she asked, “What sane person would? By the way, how old is Miss Summers, General?”
Knowing the feathers this would ruffle, Hammond hesitated before he replied, “She’s about to have her 19th birthday this month.”
“Jail is too good for these monsters. I say we find a nice Goa’uld-occupied world and dropkick their butts through the gate,” Jack suggested with a growl.
“I agree with Jack,” Daniel concurred strongly, slightly startling Hammond and Carter with his vehemence.
Teal’c simply nodded gravely, “Indeed.”
Bewildered by why they were making such a big deal out of this, McKay blurted out, “What? You’re all acting like she can’t just get rid of it if she doesn’t want to be pregnant. It’s not as if it’s the end of the world.”
Jack practically jumped out of his chair to stalk over to the guy, but a nod from General Hammond had Teal’c intercepting him. “Permission to throw him through the gate, too, sir?”
“Denied…unfortunately,” Hammond added under his breath, glaring at the ‘genius’ scientist.
Once he was sure that O’Neill was calm enough, Teal’c let go of him, then inquired, “Should we not be making plans to depart?”
Hammond nodded. “Dr. Fraiser is just getting some of her own medical equipment ready. She said she doesn’t trust them to have what she needs.”
Speaking of taking their own equipment… “Sir? Are we going to take any zats with us?” Jack asked hopefully. Maybe he could use these people as target practice.
Staring at his 2IC, Hammond quirked an eyebrow. “Do you really think it’s necessary?”
“It’s the NID, sir,” Jack reminded him. “I think anything we have is necessary – plus a bunch of stuff we don’t have.”
“What are we going to do about Buffy Summers though? I mean, if she is pregnant,” Daniel clarified.
“The President suggested that we tell her part of the truth,” Hammond answered. “Mostly just that you four are the potential fathers. If she is willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement – and if things have gone well up to that point – we can tell her certain things about the Stargate program. If she really is a hok’tar, or has some other skill that would be valuable to us, we can tell her everything. But he was very clear that she has to have something more valuable than just being pregnant,” he added so there was no confusion in the matter.~*~*~*~*~Infirmary
“Can you believe that man! ‘It’s not as if it’s the end of the world.’
I’d like to see how he likes being raped!” Sam shouted, concluding her fifteen minute rant about Rodney McKay.
Janet was distracted by trying to pack her equipment, so she wasn’t really thinking when she corrected her friend, “You know she wasn’t technically raped, not by the legal definition.”
Sam was aghast at the reply. “Don’t tell me you agree with him?!”
Turning to glare at her friend, Janet snapped, “Of course not! And when I get my hands on the person responsible for inseminating her, I may be tempted to perform my own unnecessary surgery on them
. Specifically their hands. That way, they can never do something this monstrous again.”
“Wow, that’s a little more bloodthirsty than I expected of you.” Sam was equal parts impressed and scared by the look in Janet’s eyes.
As angry as Sam was at McKay a few minutes ago, the CMO of the SGC was twice as angry at the ‘doctors’ involved in such a thing as this. “These people are what give good medicine a black eye. Let’s say that she is pregnant,” she posed hypothetically. “How am I supposed to get her to trust me not to betray her like they did? How is she going to trust any
of us?” she asked.
Sam felt like banging her head against a wall. That was something she hadn’t considered until now. In her defense, she was still pretty stunned by the whole thing. “Good point. We’ve only been thinking about whether we can trust her with our secrets. I wouldn’t blame her if she told us all to go to hell.”
“Who knows, maybe when she sees that we are punishing the people responsible it will help?” Janet offered.
“Hope so,” Sam replied, but her tone was anything but optimistic it would happen like that.