They leaned toward each
other, tentatively touching hands, and then entwining fingers in a slow
caress. One gray-haired male stared hungrily with brown eyes that were
almost black in their seriousness. The blonde-haired female couldn't
take her blue eyes off his face. What they were about to do was
forbidden. All their memories shouted it, but they had finally decided
to throw all the rules and regulations out the window. After all, what
would he do? Bend their dog tags? Throw them out of the Air Force?
That thought caused the
male's face to crinkle up with laughter as a dry chuckle came bubbling
out of this throat and found its way past his lips. The female cocked
her head sideways in question of his unusual response.
"I was just thinking
about why we haven't done this before, that's all," he explained with
She smiled in response
and licked her lips nervously. "You've got to admit that those rules
hardly apply to us anymore, Sir." Even after their new commander had
given his blessing to their union, they were finding it hard to override
all their conditioning and rules.
"Ack, stop it with the
'Sir' thing," he protested. "You sure you want to do this?"
Her answering smile was
all the answer he needed. Slowly, they bent their heads toward each
other, and then touched. A dizzying kaleidoscope of images flashed
before their eyes of past events shared and suffered. Past the feelings
they'd confessed to but never acted on, until now. Clenching their teeth
against the storm of feelings and sensation, they both resolved to ride
this out. It felt overpowering in its intensity, but they'd waited too
long for this to stop it now.
The memory of their first
meeting all those years ago when the brash and confident Captain
Samantha Carter had walked into the Briefing Room, one hip at a time,
and challenged Colonel Jack O'Neill to an arm-wrestling match was
reviewed. Following closely was the frightening scenes of that cavern in
the Antarctic when they'd both almost died. The moment was too intense,
and they jerked apart, panting slightly from the strength of their
"It's always been an
honor serving with you, S... I mean Jack," she confessed. "Do you remember
when we were tested by that za'tarc device from the Tok'ra?"
"Ya think? How could I
forget? Thanks to that thingy, I had to 'fess up' to my feelings for
you. In front of Hammond, God, and everyone. Come to think of it,
though, maybe that wasn't such a bad thing after all."
"I suppose not. After
all, it just confirmed what we both already knew. Didn't it? Even if we
had to keep it in that room and never act on it, we always knew it was
there," she admitted with another smile that dazzled him with its
brilliance. "Are you sure no one knows we're here? What I'm trying to
say is, I kind of wanted our first time to be, you know...private and
"Yeah, I'm sure. The boss
is gone, the phone is switched off, and no one knows about this place.
I'm sure of it. It's times like this that my special ops training really
comes in handy, ya know." He waggled his brownish gray eyebrows at her
suggestively as they lowered themselves to sit upon the ground.
It was true, the spot was
secluded, and she couldn't remember seeing it before. Nothing else was
visible for as far as her eyes could see. That made her feel a little
bolder about what they were about to do. She licked dry lips again and
drew a shaky breath.
"Too bad we can't get
drunk. It would make things easier, I suppose," she mused. "Then again,
that wouldn't work, would it?"
"No, it most definitely
would not, Sam," he agreed with a smile and a slight shake of his head.
They loosened their hands, and he scooted over closer to sit next to
her. She leaned up against his shoulder and cuddled her head against his
chest with a sigh as he draped an arm around her. The additional contact
made them feel almost dizzy with the added sensations that threatened to
overload their developing senses.
"I guess it's now or
never. Right?" she asked again.
"Jeez, Sam. Why don't you
sound a little more confident about this thing, will ya?" he groused
"I suppose I'm just
nervous, that's all. It's one thing to think about it, but another thing
entirely to actually..." she paused.
"Do it? Is that what
you're saying?" She nodded and wriggled, settling her body against his
in an effort to get more comfortable.
"There, that better?" he
asked as he gazed down into her upturned face. He noted absently that
she returned his look of hunger as he bent his head to meet hers.
"Uh, huh," she replied as
she closed her eyes in the hopes that this would cut down on the
overload she'd experienced earlier.
"Good," he breathed as
their lips met.
Immediately their worlds
and minds exploded as all their thoughts, past and present merged to
join them as one, urging them on to complete their act of union. When it
came, their joining felt like a fountain that shot ever higher, until,
just when they felt like it couldn't become any stronger than it already
was, it burst, and then they both fell over the cliff into mind-numbing
Later, they both lay
wrapped in each other's arms, marinating in the afterglow, still too
spent to speak.
"Was it good for you?" he
asked, smiling at the cliché. She nodded shyly and ran her fingers along
"Yeah, for me too, but
then I guess you'd know that. Wouldn't you?"
"You know that I do,
Jack. Now that we've merged with each other, I know everything that you
do," she answered. They jumped apart when their commander appeared
suddenly beside them.
"Your education is
progressing quite well," stated Fifth soberly. Now you understand the
importance of merging and sharing information with our smaller brothers.
By reliving their memories and sharing this information, we shall
discover the means to defeat those who seek to destroy us."
"Yes, Sir," they both
replied as they stood and faced their commander and teacher.
"Now you both are ready
to share my memories," Fifth told them, exulting silently when he saw
the looks of raw unadulterated hunger and anticipation mirrored on the
faces of his two students. He stretched out both hands toward them.
"Take my hands, my
students, and I will teach you about the beginnings of our brethren," he
directed them with an encouraging smile. Without hesitation, they obeyed
his instructions and formed a triangle of three seemingly human bodies.
When he closed his eyes, they again followed his lead.
Slowly the boundaries
between their joined hands began to melt, as they merged with each
other. 'What better way to learn than to totally immerse oneself in
one's subject?' Fifth thought humorlessly.