Off to Work
The chirp of a cell phone rivals alarm clocks in the mornign for most hated object when a person is in the middle of a good dream. An arm appeared out of the sleeping bag, felt around until contact was made with the offending phone. The arm, with phone, then returned into the sleeping bag. “Huh, wha’?”
“Hey kid do you want me to swing by your house on the way to work and pick you up?”
“That would be great, thanks.” Now awake by the offer of a ride, a sleep disheveled head shed the sleeping bag like a snake skin.
“I’ll be there in fifteen minutes.” Dawn pulled the duffel closer and rummaged into it. Triumphantly retrieving soap and shampoo she shuffled in to the bathroom. If Jenn were awake she could have heard dawn mumble ‘no line, more sleep’ before she entered the bathroom.
“Kid you ready yet? I stopped and got you a hot chocolate, I didn’t know if you drank coffee. The only good coffee on base is in Danny’s office and he need to learn how to share.” The front door was opened by a brunette and plaid blur that zipped into Dawn’s room.
Jack sipped his coffee, keeping watch out the front door. “Hey kid, there’s a furniture delivery truck pulling into your driveway.”
“I bet they’re lost.” Dawn stated pulling her hair into a pony tail. Opening the door as the delivery man was raising his hand to knock Dawn chuckled.
“Yes?” Being sister of the slayer, she was suspicious when the unexpected delivery man knew her name.
“Furniture delivery for you.” The uniformed man held out the form and clipboard to Dawn.
“I didn’t order anything.”
“I don’t know ma’am. I just deliver to where they tell me.”
“Let me see kid.” Jack took the form as the delivery guy joined his coworker at the truck. “It says paid in full by cash. The saying don’t look a gift horse in the mouth fits ya think?”
“I’ll take the furniture, but I’m still going to try and figure out who bought it.” Dawn’s confusion clearing as the movers brought in a couch. Jack directed the movers as Dawn checked that Jenn hadn’t ordered furniture. Then she called a number on speed dial on her cell.
“Buffy, did you buy me furniture? Oh. If Willow’s there could you put her on? Hey did you direct some furniture my way? What about Giles or Xander? They’re carrying in furniture right now. It’s really nice looking stuff. Oh, I just want to ask why me, what do they get in return, and mainly to thank them. If I find out I’ll let you know. Bye.” Dawn’s reaction to the furniture was thanks enough for him.
“Hey kid, the movers are done and we need to head to work. We’re supposed to go see the Tok’ra today.”
They stood at the base of the ramp in the gate room, waiting for Hammond to give them a go, as Jack was giving Dawn his viewpoint on the Tok’ra. “We’re supposed to only be there to look at the new base. Hopefully you can meet Carter’s dad. If Anise tries to corner you, run. Don’t get too far from me or the big guy. Anise is the Tok’ra’s version of a mad scientist. If this goes as planed we’ll be there long enough for a ‘good to see ya, new place looks good, call us next time you have a suicide mission’. I’m hoping to be home by dinner time.”
“Colonel behave out there, and SG-1 you have a go.” Jack gave Hammond a cheeky grin before stepping through the worm hole.
“We’re off to see the wicked witch of the west.”
“Hey Sammie. Good to see you all.”
“Jacob meet Dawn Summers. The new member of SG-1. Dawn meet former general in the air force Jacob Carter, also the host to Selmac.”
“Pleased to meet you.” Dawn was reaching to shake his hand when Teal’c interrupted.
“O’Neill. Anise is approaching.”
“Oh, joy.” Jack shifted to face quickly approaching woman.
“What does he mean by host to Selmac?” Dawn asked for expansion on Jack’s introduction.
“They didn’t explain?” Faint surprise showed on Jacob’s face.
“No not really. Mostly I’ve gotten Jack’s view point on different things and people. That and it’s my forth day on the job.”
Jacob’s eyes glowed as his voice changed. “I am Selmac and we share this body in a symbiotic relationship.”
“I take it that Jack doesn’t like Anise.”
“Nope, she has good intentions, but can easily go about them the wrong way. Leaving out information and using deception.”
By this point Anise had noticed a new person she could use as a test subject. Pushing through the group to introduce her self she bumped into Dawn’s arm. Standing still as a rock her eyes grew large, noticed by every one else. Jack and Teal’c moved to put Dawn between them. “No. Ain’t going to happen. She isn’t going to be your lab rat.”
“What did you sense Anise?” Selmac at the controls inquired.
“I have heard rumors of an energy form that could destroy everything. Four hosts ago I spoke to someone who had come in contact with the energy when they were young. How they described the feeling was similar to what I felt from the girl.”
Dawn, pale and still, declared. “I am a human girl, nothing more and nothing less.”
For the rest of the meeting Jack and Teal’c kept a sullen Dawn between them. Returning to Earth on time and uninjured was a shock to the staff at the SGC. Reaching the end of the ramp to the gate Dawn plopped down to sit in a funk. Jack squatted down to face her. “What’s the matter, kid?”
“You ever have a horrible part of your past jump up in your face and try to threaten when life was just getting really good?” Small puddles of tears reflected the bright lights in the gate room.
“Yeah kid. We all have. Your past have something to do with what Anise said?”
Dawn mutely nodded.
“Dawn I promise, I will never let her get her claws in you. Now, let’s go see if we can hide all the Doc’s needles.” Jack stood and held out his hand to pull Dawn up. With a bit of a smile she accepted his hand.