Sleight of Hand and Twist of Fate
Okay, I don't know what just happened here but all of a sudden Jim is looking worried... and not just a little. The problem is that I can't ask him what's bothering him, not with Daniel, Jack and Sam here. Come to think of it, Jack isn't looking much happier than my sentinel right now, though at least that I can understand, in spite of the fact that I barely know the man.
It doesn't take a genius to realize that he wasn't quite expecting us to have figured out what it is that they do for a living and seeing how --if the security I encountered when I tried to check Daniel's background is anything to go by-- what they do is almost certainly highly classified, his uneasiness is far from surprising.
Of course, on top of that there's the fact that somehow I don't think Daniel is playing by the rules here. In fact I am fairly certain that he's already told us far more than he was supposed to.
The thing is that even though I can understand O'Neill's reaction I'm left struggling to try to figure out Jim's... and that bothers me. I'm supposed to know my sentinel better than that but the truth is that trying to figure out what Jim's problem is won't be easy. In fact if I want to figure it out at all I will probably have no choice but to accept a tradeoff... and I'm not quite sure I'm ready to do that just yet.
Simply put, in order to be able to ask Jim what's bothering him I would have to put an end, at least temporarily, to my current talk with Daniel and that may not be such a good idea under the circumstances. I am fully aware that by giving myself an opportunity to talk to Jim, to try to figure out what's going on, I would also be giving Colonel O'Neill and company a chance to regroup and shore up their own defenses and that is something I'd rather avoid. Of course, I could always try to have it both ways, but that could be tricky.
I know it would not be the most straight forward way of handling this and I'm afraid that could come back to haunt me at a later date but at the same time I also know it would be our best bet in terms of getting ourselves some answers... even if the means to do so wouldn't be the most ethical ones. The thing is that if we could have a chance to talk out of their earshot maybe that could solve my current problem concerning Jim and it could also provide us with some rather interesting additional answers because right now I can't help but feel that there's something Daniel is still hiding from me. I can't help but feel that I'm only getting half the story here and I've been a detective for too many years now to be able to settle for anything less than the whole truth.
Sure, so far my brother's been pretty open with me. He's told me about the stargate, of how he helped cracked the code to get it working a few years ago after a rather unfortunate experience with his 'colleagues'. He's told me about his first trip to Abydos and of how he stayed there. He's told me about his wife, Sha're, and how he found himself unexpectedly married to her without even being aware of it at the time but he hasn't told me why he came back. I suspect it had something to do with Sha're's death but I'm not certain about that and that is just the first of too many unanswered questions.
The point is that I am very aware of the things Daniel hasn't told me. Even though he's told me of the events that led to his involvement with the stargate in the first place, he hasn't told me what he's doing now, just as he hasn't told me what the roles of Colonel O'Neill and Major Carter are in this whole thing... and somehow I don't think those omissions are merely due to a slight oversight.
The way I see it, maybe if I could get Jim alone for a few minutes I could kill two birds with one stone here. Not only would that provide me with a much needed opportunity to talk to Jim and to find out what's bothering him but with a little luck it would also provide us with some information concerning those things Daniel and company are still keeping from us.
Jack is itching for a chance to talk to Daniel alone, I can see that and that could turn out to be a golden opportunity for us to try to figure out what's going on here. Sure, they know that Jim is a sentinel and they may try to be careful but that probably won't be enough to help them, not really. They may know that Jim is a sentinel but chances are they still don't fully understand just what that means. They have no experience in dealing with what they are facing here and chances are that they don't really know what a sentinel can do when he pushes himself... and that is something we can definitely use to our advantage.
I know doing that wouldn't be the most ethical use of Jim's abilities but what can I say, having a sentinel for a partner has some undeniable advantages under the current circumstances and, after all, we can't possibly be held accountable for their mistakes and their miscalculations.
One way or another I know that I need to figure out what's bugging Jim and what Daniel is hiding from us because I know my partner is not prone to overreacting... for the most part. He may get a bit overprotective at times, that is true, but that is an entirely different story .