Questions and Decisions?
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CHAPTER EIGHT – Questions and Decisions?
Village – Buffy’s Home
As the adults ate breakfast Daniel questioned both Buffy and Cerridwyn about life on Ravenna. The culture seemed on par with Northern Europe of the late 17th or early 18th century. Sam and Teal’c occasionally asked questions but the group as a whole were mostly content to allow Daniel to take the lead. Daniel seemed insatiable in his desire for knowledge of the history of Ravenna.
Laughing Buffy interrupted Daniel’s incessant questions offering to introduce him to the village’s historian.
“I think you’ve reached the limit of mine and Cerridwyn’s knowledge. You spoke with Councilman Gerard yesterday. He is the village’s record keeper – what you would call a historian. Perhaps I could arrange for you to speak more with him today.”
Daniel eagerly agreed and he left the house with Cerridwyn who would take him to the meeting hall.
After he’d left Buffy turned to the remainder of SG-1 and asked if there was anything in particular they would like to see.
Sam’s eyes lit up and she quickly asked for permission to visit the abandoned Naquadah mine.
Only Jack observed the look of extreme sadness that passed through Buffy’s eyes. “Of course, I can arrange for one of the men who worked there the longest to take you. Much of the equipment used still remains. We do not normally go to the mines. We have no need for what is contained there. What is it you are looking for?”
Sam went on to describe several of the uses for Naquadah and the SGC’s ongoing search for a viable source for the mineral.
“You would be interested in obtaining more of the mineral?” Buffy asked.
“Yes, if the mine is still viable our government would like to negotiate for access to it and the right to mine for Naquadah.”
Buffy’s eyes narrowed at this. “Would you expect our people to work in the mines?”
“No. Unless of course they were willing to. Otherwise we would bring our own worker’s.”
At this Buffy’s expression lightened. “Good. You may visit the mine. However, anything further must be discussed and agreed upon by the entire Council of Elders. As you can imagine the mine is not something we like to think about. It is part of our darkest times.”
Jack answered, “We understand.”
“Excellent, if you will come with me to the meeting hall I will arrange for Berwyn to take you to the mine. Will all of you be going or only Samantha?”
“Major Carter and Teal’c will go to the mine. If you don’t mind I’d like to stay here and speak to you more about your rebellion against Ba’al’s Jaffa.”
At this Buffy nodded her head in agreement and led Jack, Sam and Teal’c out of the house.
Village – Meeting Hall
When they arrived at the meeting hall Buffy quickly arranged for Sam and Teal’c to go with Berwyn to the mine. After they were gone she turned to Jack and gestured for him to follow her to another room.
The room they passed into had a large fireplace along one wall. In the center of the room was a table similar to that of the meeting room only smaller in scale and surrounded by high backed chairs. The walls were decorated with tapestries that obviously depicted the history of the settlement. Near the fireplace were two low chairs. It was here that Buffy led Jack.
After both were seated she turned an inquiring gaze on him. “What do you want to know about the Rebellion?”
Jack looked at her intently and began to speak. “Yesterday Councilman Gareth mentioned you used stolen Goa’uld weapons. How did you get them?”
Buffy smiled thinking about her many raids on the Jaffa armory. “The Jaffa Ba’al stationed here made it far to easy to take weapons – they didn’t seem to have any type of inventory system. Because I and other village women worked in the camp as servant’s we were able to freely move about. The encampment consisted of tents and had no permanent structures, unlike the village. The armory was no different.”
“So you just used your basic B & E skills.”
“Essentially, that is what we did. I had been here three months before I was able to convince many people to help me. But once I had a few recruits we would take a few weapons here and there. Never many at once so we didn’t raise suspicion.”
“What types of weapons did you take?”
“Everything they had. Staff weapons. Zatn'kitels. Also, some small hand held explosives similar to hand grenades.”
“I’m assuming they didn’t give you lessons. How did you learn to use them?”
“That wasn’t to hard. As the slayer I have an innate sense for how a weapon works. So every time we took something new I would take it away from the village outside the zone of the Jaffa patrols. Once I knew how the weapon worked I would teach another person and they would in turn pass on the skill to another. It was slow, hard work teaching and arming everyone. It took almost seven months until we had enough weapons. But even then we had to wait until the perfect time to strike as you heard yesterday from Councilman Gerard.”
Jack looked impressed at the planning and effort that had gone into the rebellion. “That took a lot of patience.”
Buffy laughed. “It’s strange. Before Ravenna patient was not a word that could have been used to describe me. But here it was a skill that I had to rely on. If we had acted rashly we never would have won. Fighting vampires and demons, while not easy, required more of an aggressive attitude. Probably because they weren’t known for patience themselves. It also helped they didn’t have energy weapons.”
Jack smiled in agreement. “Yep, I can see where that might make a difference.”
Buffy continued, “There really is not much else to tell. Ba’al continued to send Jaffa through the Chappa’ai for another six months after the start of the rebellion but then they stopped coming. Again, as we told you last evening, we don’t know why.”
Jack thought carefully about his next question not sure what effect it would have on the woman before him. “Would you like to go home? Back to Earth – even if just for a short visit.”
Buffy wasn’t surprised at the question. She’d been expecting it ever since she’d told him her story. In fact she had lain awake long into the night thinking about her response to just this question.
“Honestly, I’m not sure if I want to go back. Not because I don’t want to see my family – I do. But because I’m a different person now. I have responsibilities here. But I had responsibilities there as well. I’m not sure if the people in Sunnydale would understand if I chose to come back here and not stay there with them. I’m also afraid that if I went back there I wouldn’t be able to come back here. I’m torn in two.”
Jack looked at the beautiful woman before him. He was saddened at the hard decision his team’s presence was forcing on her. Should she go back to her old life, even for only a visit, or should she stay here in her new one knowing that she could have gone home.
“I don’t know what to tell you to do. We’re supposed to return back through the gate this evening. I don’t expect you to come with us but it is likely, if Carter thinks the mine is viable, that we will be back. I could get some information on your family for you and bring it back. Then you could decide what you want to do.”
“What if Samantha says the mines not viable? Would you come back then with information on my family or would I have to decide now if I wanted to go?”
Jack looked at her with eyes full of compassion and took Buffy’s hands in his and squeezed them gently. “No matter what Sam finds at the mine – I’ll come back with the information on your family.”
Buffy looked at Jack with eyes full of appreciation. “Thank you. I’d like that. Before you go I’ll write down all the information I can remember to help you find out about them.”
Jack then stood up and reaches for Buffy’s hand drawing her up as well. “Okay, enough of this serious stuff. Would you be so good as to give me a tour of the village.”
“Why sir, I’d love to,” Buffy said as she lead him from the room and out into the village.