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No Matter the Time
Casey was still sitting in Sam’s lab, watching the scientist working frantically. She had already written out a letter, sealing it in an envelope that Jack had provided, and made out a list. Daniel was sitting beside her, his hand wrapped around hers. Jack and Teal'c were also waiting.
She closed her eyes, a wide smile lighting her face. "Daniel? I was so afraid that something had happened, that you couldn’t get through again!"
‘I’ll explain later, babe. I have the time for you. It’s going to be close Angel.’
"I understand." Every eye in the room was on her, watching her closely, listening carefully.
‘You need to be on RZ4 329 and go through the gate at exactly four fourteen and thirty-two seconds. You have to go through at exactly that time, do you understand? Exactly. It’s three thirty-three and…thirteen seconds here.’
"I understand. Four fourteen and thirty-two seconds. It’s three thirty-three thirteen there. Got it. See you soon my love." Sam was already writing down the time. She checked the clock on the wall. It was going to be close. Jack nodded, was already heading out the door. He would have the gate open by the time the rest of the team arrived in the ‘gate room.
‘See you, My Star. Love you.’
"Love you, Sweetheart."
Daniel flinched at the words, wishing that they were meant for him. He shook himself mentally. This woman didn't belong here; she had a life…a husband…a child, in her own universe. He would never know her any more than he already did; would never hold her, kiss her, make love to her… He shook himself again.
‘I have to go, Casey. I’m waiting here for you.’
"I’ll be there, I promise." She hugged herself, her eyes still closed, the smile still on her face. She was going home! In less than an hour she would be home, and safe in Daniel’s arms once again.
Sam and Daniel took Casey to the armory, where her gear was returned to her, and they grabbed their own. Jack and Teal'c were waiting for them in the ‘gate room, their own gear on their backs.
Casey had explained that she, and hopefully SG-6, had left the planet under fire. Jack tossed three concussion grenades through the open gate. It would at least give them time to set up a perimeter. Two Marine teams went through the gate first, SG-1, and Casey, followed a few minutes later.
A A A A A A
There were no bodies, and no sign of anyone near the ‘gate. She helped to set up a defensible perimeter, kept checking her watch, anxious to get back to Gamma and Daniel. She stood next to SG-1 on the rocky ground of RZ4 329 beside the DHD when the time finally arrived. "Well, here goes nothing," she said softly. She dialed the coordinates for Gamma. The gate opened.
Sam checked her watch. "Not yet, Casey. Just a few more seconds."
Casey turned to Daniel, pulled a slip of paper from her pocket. "Here is a list of all the Tok’ra bases I know about. Contact them, then go to Abydos. Sha’re is there, I can feel it. Take her to the Tok’ra. They can get that snake out of her. If they refuse, show them this list, and tell them you’ll broadcast it to every System Lord that exists."
She shrugged. "I get these…feelings…and they haven’t been wrong yet. Here’s your miracle Daniel. If it’s meant to be…then it will be."
"What about you…uh…the Casey Webster here?"
She smiled. "If she's your Destiny, then you’ll know it when you and Sha’re are…reunited. Chances are…" she cocked her head to one side. "Sha’re isn’t the same, Daniel, she never will be again. Being a Goa’uld…does things to a person’s mind. You can save her, still be her friend, if that’s what she wants. Don’t be surprised if she begins to push you away soon after she’s… released from Goa’uld infestation. She still, and will always, love you. But what she’s gone through…" she let her comment fade. "If you still want to find…uh…Casey," she took an envelope from her pocket. "Give her this."
Daniel took the envelope and the piece of paper. "Thank you," he said softly.
She leaned up and gently kissed his lips. He tasted like Daniel, smelled like Daniel, but it wasn’t quite the same. "Good luck. I wish you all the happiness you deserve," she whispered.
He nodded, fought back the tears that filled his eyes.
"Get ready," Sam said.
Casey gave a hug to each of the team members. "Thanks, all of you, and good luck!"
She rushed into the event horizon, watched as a brilliant flash lit her path as she was hurled through the wormhole…
A A A A A A
She rolled down the ramp, her eyes closed tightly. She was afraid to open them, afraid that she would find herself alone on a planet not yet known as Gamma.
Strong, familiar arms wrapped around her, pulled her close. "Thank god," he whispered, his face buried against her hair.
She threw her arms around his neck, held him tightly. "Oh, god, I missed you," she whispered in reply.
"I missed you too, Angel."
She looked up into blue eyes filled with relief, with love, with desire. These were the eyes she knew, the eyes she loved. She snuggled into his embrace, breathed deeply of his scent. This was her Daniel. This was the man who held her heart, her soul, in his hands. She looked at him, then reached for his tee shirt. She pulled it up over his chest, sighed with relief when she saw the Mayan symbol on his skin. She leaned forward and gently kissed it. "Just had to make sure," she said, a soft smile on her lips.
With a smile of his own, Daniel unbuttoned her shirt. With a glance over his shoulder, he positioned himself in front of her, opened the shirt and let his fingers trace the blue-black mark just above her breast. "You’re home, Angel," he told her.
"You’re not leaving without me. Never again."
She put her arms back around his neck, sighing as his fingers brushed against her skin as he re-buttoned her shirt. "Never again. Daniel, I’ve been thinking…it’s been a long, rough time for us…do you think that, just for awhile, we could just stay home? At least for a few months?"
He smiled. She was echoing the thoughts he'd had, repeating what he'd said to Sam. "I think that’s a good idea, babe. I think we both need time to-"
"Heal. Recuperate," she said.
Duncan came into the room, a smile on his face. "Welcome home, Casey."
"Thanks. We need to talk," she said.
His smile faded. "You’re quitting."
She shook her head, unable to hide the smile caused by the look on his face. "Not exactly. I just want to be pulled from the roster until Daniel goes back on it. I’ll work with him on the artifacts. We need some…down time. A few months of down time."
The Scot nodded. "That’s easy enough to arrange."
"Thanks, Duncan. Now, we’re going home for a couple of days."
"Take the week. You’ve more than earned it."
She leaned up and kissed the dark haired man on the cheek. "Thanks, Duncan."
Daniel put his arm around her shoulders and led her to the elevator. Dr. Montigue gave her a clean bill of health, checked Daniel over for good measure, then sent them home.
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