Chapter 13: Goa'uld Hunt
Chapter 13 Goa’uld hunt
Buffy’s mind was spinning with bewilderment, while everyone stared at each other in silence.
“I am sorry about your friend Ms. Summers, but if he’s in league with a Goa’uld, he has to be dealt with,” Hammond admits cautiously.
“I will deal with him,” Buffy snapped coldly. “After killing his sisters, I will kill him myself.”
“Buffy!” said Giles shock.
“Giles,” she mocked.
“Buffy, you cannot kill a human being,” he said. “You are the…” he said, stopping before he said anything further.
“I know what I am, Giles,” she said defensively, giving him a warning look. “I don’t want to talk about it and I will deal with Robert.”
“Ms. Summers, no matter what this man has done, I cannot condone murder,” said Hammond with a frown.
“Murder?” Buffy said incredulously. “Isn’t that what you meant, when you said you will deal with him, if he is in league with a Goa’uld.”
“No, Ms. Summers, what I am talking about is…”
“You mean a military-sanctioned hit isn’t considered murder,” she asked with a frown.
Daniel opened his mouth but shut it abruptly.
“But I wasn’t talking about murder,” she said, her voice hardening. “What I am proposing is justice.”
“Ms Summers, Buffy,” Hammond said with a sigh. “We have ways of taken care of this threat.”
“So do I,” she said with a dismissive air.
“Can someone please talk some sense into her?” General Hammond asked exasperated.
“I’ll take care of it,” said Jack said with a heavy sigh.
“Jack, I don’t need someone to placate me,” she said exasperated.
“Hush Bella, I know,” he said guiding her head to his shoulder. “I understand. I love those girls. I know I haven’t heard from them in six months and I feel guilty.”
“But I haven’t seen them in three years,” Buffy said, her voice muffled. “I thought, as long as I taught them how to use a sword, they would be all right. But there was one thing I never taught them – how to protect themselves from betrayal,” she said with anguished moan.
Jack held her silently for a few minutes, while Buffy composed herself.
“Right now our priority is to find the Goa’uld. Where one is, the other will be. And Major Carter will check the gate with your friends, Ms Summer,” General Hammond said gently. He studied her thoughtfully for a moment. “Although you were instrumental in helping us, I am temporarily confining you and your friends to the base. And while you are here, you will be limited to only the civilian areas.”
“What?” Buffy said, her eyebrows flying up. “We can’t leave. Why can’t we leave?” she asked pushing away from Jack.
“Because this is still a military instillation and until I get a written confirmation and clearance of who you are, you cannot leave.”
“Let it go, Bella,” said Adam. “While we are here, we can do some good.”
“I just don’t like people telling me what I can or cannot do,” she said with a pout.
“We know,” said Jack rolling his eyes.
“You are too spoiled my queen,” Adam said with a wink. “You always get what you want.”
“True,” said Buffy said with a forced laugh. She didn’t feel like laughing. She felt as if she was dying inside. Desy and Kay are dead. Two more of her children had died. See what happens when you care, she thought cynically. She’s tired of her babies dying. Desdemona, Kay, and Robert weren’t babies when they entered her life, but they were her children. She clamped her eyes shut as she felt a stab of guilt. Maybe she should have called more often or tried to see them. Maybe Robert wouldn’t have…Can she find the strength to kill Robert when the time comes, she wondered. She sighed and turned towards the General. “Since we are confined to base, can I make a few phone calls,” she asked mockingly.
Hammond hesitated briefly. “Within reason,” he cautioned “But a reminder, any phone call in and out of this building will be monitored.”
Buffy shrugged. “Within reason,” she said.
“I guess that settles it,” said Jacob bemusedly. “But how are we going to start finding the Goa’uld?”
“You have a linguist, an astrophysicist, two high school students, who get an A in every subject and are geniuses, two Watchers that could pool their resources, and four Immortals that have connections all over the world.”
“I have some ideas,” Daniel admitted cautiously.
“I wouldn’t mind helping,” said Adam. “Since we are stuck here anyway,” he said shrugging negligently.
“You want to help,” asked Daniel clearly surprised.
“Why should that surprise you?” Adam asked with a frown. “This is my country and planet as much as the next guy. I don’t want it to be overrun. So where do you want me to start?” he said walking over to the other man.
“Mmm,” said Daniel thoughtfully. “I have a few obscure texts about a Goa’uld queen. It might possibly be about Ammut. Maybe you can help me translate.”
“A prophecy?” asked Giles, his ears perking up. “I would like to see this text as well,” he admitted walking towards Daniel.
“We might as well all help,” said Mac. “Since we are going to be stuck here anyway,” he said with a nonchalant shrug. Inwardly he was very curious. To find that Aliens exist was a shock. To find that some of them weren’t ideal, that wasn’t as shocking as the idea of aliens. Aliens, walking around, existing. He shook his head in disbelief.
“Yes,” said Jacob. “Anise and I will do some more research on our end. We’ll see what we can find about Ammut and where she has come from.”
“Good,” said Hammond. “You’re all dismissed,” he said with a nod rising from his chair.
“So,” said Carter turning to both Willow and Oz, “do you really get A’s in school?”
They looked at each other and nodded. Then Willow piped up, “Except last semester, I got a ‘B+’
Carter chuckled. “How about you?” she asked looking at Xander.
He shrugged. “I didn’t get straight ‘A’s’,
but I’m good with research.”
“Good, then you can help,” she said guiding them to the door, only to be interrupted by the General’s voice.