Author's Note: This chapter relies heavily on the transcript of Avalon
part 1 found at Gatenoise so a lot of the credit (or blame) has to go to Robert C. Cooper...
Daniel headed towards the briefing room following his telephone conversation with Jack. Against his better judgment, he had told General Landry that it was possible that Vala Mal Doran was telling the truth. He also told the general that it was unlikely. Indeed, he had emphasized the latter to no avail, the general had allowed Vala to accompany two of the members of SG-12 back to the SGC.
General Landry and Cameron Mitchell were already in the briefing room with Vala when he arrived. A large metal case sat on the table.
“Okay, where is it?” Daniel asked.
Vala stood up. “Nice to see you too. How have you been?”
“Tablet. The one that leads to incredible buried ancient treasure,” Daniel said rudely.
She smirked. “There is no tablet.”
Why wasn't he surprised? “What?”
“I lied. I had to tell you in…person.” Vala lowered her voice. “I'm pregnant. Pretty sure it's yours anyway…there's at least a one in …ten chance.”
She followed up with a wink at Mitchell.
Daniel turned to leave the room only to be stopped by the general.
“Doctor Jackson! You're the reason we let her through the gate.”
Daniel stopped and turned back around. “Sir, I really have to finish unpacking. I told you that she was probably lying.”
“Your unpacking can wait. Since she is here, you might as well take a take a look.” And with that comment, the general left the room.
Mitchell opened the box as Jackson walked back over. Vala removed the tablet and held it out to Daniel who took the tablet and gave it a quick look.
“Don't know where you got this but uh…you got ripped off.” Daniel placed the tablet on the conference table. “It's complete gibberish.”
“Its written in code.”
“Right,” Daniel drawled.
“I know the cipher,” she said.
“Then why do you need me?”
“Well, reading it is one thing. Understanding it is another. The individual I got this from assured me that the treasure it describes is here on earth. Now I could have come by ship and looked for it myself but I know nothing about your fair planet. Other that it seems to have an interesting if somewhat limited gene pool.”University of Colorado Springs Library
“So, any plans for this weekend?” Cara asked Dawn.
“Mmm, maybe,” was the answer that came from behind the neighboring study carrel.
“Well, I asked Will if he would be willing stop in and meet my sister this Saturday before we go out,” Dawn leaned back in her chair to look at her friend.
“And?” Cara prompted.
“He got all stuttery.”
“Scared to meet her?”
Dawn paused a moment and pushed a lock of her hair behind her ear. “Not really, more nervous than scared, I think.”
“Well, she is sort of your parental unit.” Cara said. “Maybe he's afraid that she won't approve.”
was on last night. Dad gets a kick out of aliens on Earth movies so I watched it with him,” she explained. “Dad always tries to intimidate my boyfriends. You know, hurt my little girl and no one will find the body stuff. He doesn't pull it off too well.”
“Buffy doesn't do parental well and we've reached a truce on each other's boyfriends.”
“But does he know that? And, is he willing to meet her?”
“Yeah, but he wants to keep it real short.” Dawn said. “And so do I. I figure all I owe her is ten, maybe fifteen minutes. At least until I meet her boyfriend.”
“You mean the kid?”
“Hey, he's eighteen!”
The pair looked at each other and giggled.
parental unit is supposed to be coming over for dinner. I figure I can get Will in and out before he shows up.”SGC
Back in his office, Daniel took a closer look at the tablet while Vala looked on. Outside the office, two security officers stood guard.
“So…where'd you get this?”
“The Jaffa may have won their freedom but there are still more than a few Goa'uld out there. Most of them have lost their dynasties though and are either on the run or in hiding.”
“Yes, or plotting some means of regaining their power,” he said distractedly as he continued to examine the tablet.
“Yes, and in the meantime, they are having a lot of trouble maintaining the lifestyles to which they had grown accustomed to the last 5000 years or so. As such there are a number of rather interesting artifacts currently on the market. Anyway, that isn't the issue; the question is…what's it worth?”
Daniel looked at the rest of the contents of the case. “Well,” he said, “the Ancients aren't really known for secret stashes of treasure like these for example.” Daniel said. He picked up one of the gold artifacts. “Wait a minute, these markings are Goa'uld. If the treasure is supposed to be Ancient what do they have to do with this?”
“These are actually only loosely related to the tablet.” Vala picked up a matching artifact.
“You ever heard of the Goa'uld Nut?”
“As in…cashew? Pea? Oh you mean the Egyptian sky goddess.”
“No. Never heard of her.”
“These were her ceremonial marriage bracelets. She wore one and her husband of the moment wore one.”
“Of the moment?”
“Yes, she had many. That's one of the few admirable things about her.”
Vala slapped the gold band around Jackson's wrist where it formed a bracelet. Startled by her action, he was taken off guard as she grabbed the other band from his hand.
“Ow! What are you doing? Security!” He tried to pull the band off as the security officers entered the office with weapons drawn.
“Okay, that was fun. Now take it off.” Daniel said.
“Not until we find the treasure.”
“What?” He could quite believe what the nutcase was saying.
“These bracelets,” she said as she slapped the other one on to her wrist, “link us together. The tablet is mine and I want my fair share of what it leads to.”
After a quick consultation with Daniel, the security officers escorted Vala to one of the VIP rooms. Daniel headed off towards Dr. Lee's lab silently wishing that Sam was still at the SGC.
- - -
Two hours later, Dr. Lee gave up in frustration.
“That was the third blade I've gone through. I'm not gonna be able to cut it off…the hand. If we remove the hand…I know that on first blush that doesn't sound like a viable option but in understand that Dr. Bennet is becoming quite proficient at attaching..”
“I thought SG-12 checked everything she had on her,” Daniel said.
“They did…and and in their defense at that time the bracelet wasn't giving off any kind of energy signature. I mean even now it's barely measurable.” He looked at the reading on the laptop screen.
“So what's it doing…I mean how does it work?”
Dr. Lee admitted he didn't know.
Daniel sighed and removed the wires that connected the bracelet to the computer.
“No, no,” Lee protested. “I just need a little more time.”
Realizing that his only hope of removing the bracelet while retaining his hand was Vala, Daniel started to leave the lab, only to collapse on the floor.Colorado Springs, Friday
Buffy pulled her SUV into the parking lot of the local Whole Foods. She checked her grocery list before getting out of the vehicle and heading into the store. The food budget was going to be strained but she had learned the hard way that the meat counter at the one of the more price-friendly stores was not to be trusted. The slimy roast that Dawn had picked up last month had been the last straw. What was the point in saving a few dollars at the store if you ended up having to take it back?SGC
Daniel woke up in the infirmary. This, he thought, was really getting old. Even without going through the gate, he was still winding up flat on his back. He caught sight of his old teammate.
“Daniel Jackson,” the former First Prime of Apophis acknowledged.
Lt. Col. Mitchell came into view. “How ya doing?”
“Uh…fine…I think. What happened? I was…”
“It's the bracelet,” Mitchell stated.
“They are called KorMac,” Teal'c said.
“Figured he might know,” Mitchell said with a nod towards Teal'c.
“Yeah, she said they were some sort of weird Goa'uld Nut marriage thing.”
“I do not believe that to be the case,” the Jaffa disagreed.
“Should of known,” Daniel sighed.
“I have only heard of them in passing a very long time ago. I believe it was Cronus who used this technology when a prisoner of value needed to be transported by his Jaffa. He would affix a bracelet such as this to both the prisoner and the Jaffa responsible for him. If they became separated for more than a short period of time they would both become ill and die.”
A feminine voice from across the room spoke up. “That's just about the stupidest thing I have ever heard.”
Daniel sat up. “You didn't know?”
“Well I knew it would make you
sick. I didn't know it would have the same effect on me too.”
“How could you not know?” Daniel's voice rose in disbelief.
“Because the person that I stole them from didn't tell me that part!”
Daniel grabbed his pillow and threw it at her.
Vala kicked the pillow away.
Mitchell was curious. “Question...why would the Goa'uld design these things that way?”
“To punish the Jaffa for his incompetence.”
“Right, of course.”
“Can you take it off?” Daniel asked Teal'c.
“I am sorry Daniel Jackson. As I have said, I've only heard of this in passing.”
Daniel sat up and asked his tormentor the same thing.
“Yes, of course I do. I mean…that's assuming that the person I stole them from was honest about that part.”
“Just do it,” Daniel said.
“Alright,” she said. “Soon as we find the treasure and I get my fair share.”
“Okay, just to clarify…when I kill her…I die?
Teal'c replied, “just as if you left her proximity.”
“Look, the tablet is written in Ancient code right? I know it's not the lost city of Atlantis we're looking for here but what ever it is could be worth finding. Or you're just gonna have to marry that chick,” Mitchell said.
“Yeah,” Vala grinned. “Let's make babies.”
Daniel groaned. It looked like his weekend plans, at the very least, were shot to hell.Colorado Springs
Buffy was bringing the last of the groceries in when the telephone rang.
She grabbed the receiver as she closed the door to the garage.
“Hello,” as she placed the last bag on the counter.
“Hi Dad...Oh. No, that's not a problem. I didn't do my shopping yet...No really, it's okay. I understand how things can come up at work. Okay, I'll talk to you later.”
Buffy hung up the telephone. She surveyed the bags and sighed before she started putting the groceries away. She placed two packages of steak in the freezer.
The telephone rang again.