Between the Lines
"Damn!" mutters Jim and it doesnt take a genius to figure out that he is not happy about something.
"What's wrong, big guy?" I ask.
"Major Carter. She read your diss and knows I'm listening in," he says, which is enough to get me to add my name to the 'not happy' category.
"So I'm guessing that's it for our attempts to keep an ear on them, a least without them being aware of it, uh?"
"So, what do we know?"
"I'm not sure," says Jim, sounding rather frustrated. "You were right in that they were keeping some things from us, and just as I feared they are involved in something big, big enough to include both enemies and allies who should not be named... and Jackson is worried about you being in the front lines against something called 'the Goa'uld', whatever that is."
"So the recruiting option is starting to sound more and more likely?" I ask. I knew that was the most likely scenario but still, having it confirmed is not exactly a pleasant experience.
"I'm afraid so, chief. It seems that our fate rests in the hands of a certain 'General Hammond'."
"General? That's so not good."
"No, it's not... and, from what I heard, even last night Jackson was already planning on recruiting us."
"Daniel?" I ask. Now that is a surprise, I would have expected that suggestion to have come from Jack but not from my brother.
"That's weird, I would have thought that the military would be our biggest concern in that regard, not their resident archeologist."
"I know, there's something very strange going on here but they are not going to say anything else, not now," says Jim and I can see he is getting worried, not that I blame him. This is not going the way we planned it and that is not a good thing.
"So how do we play this?" I ask.
"I'm really not sure, chief. I mean, do we confront them with what we heard or do we wait and see?"
"You are the one who knows how the military operates, big guy, so I'll follow your lead on this one," I say.
"The problem is that military or not I'm afraid that the way in which they have been behaving is not consistent with what I would have expected. Daniel's role in this whole thing is a mystery and I suspect that it is a critical one, one that can throw my predictions way off," explains Jim before going on. "Under normal circumstances the CO orders and the rest of the team follows, thats the way its supposed to be, but here I think it's not unusual for Colonel O'Neill to follow Major Carter's lead, at least in some areas... and the same goes for your brother."
"Well, maybe it has to do with what we were saying yesterday about the fact that they have a very specific set of skills so if its science related then it wouldn't make much sense for Jack to ask Sam to follow his lead and he knows it," I point out. "Besides, if the stargate travels to countless different worlds it is also easy to see how Daniel would have a critical role to play. After all, he did say that the civilization on Abydos was reminiscent of Ancient Egypt so I can see where an archeologist would come in handy."
"Yes, but the thing is that, regardless of what's caused it, the way in which they interact is so far from the norm in terms of the military that my expectations may be less accurate than they should be. They are just not behaving like a regular command. Let's face it, a military command doesn't usually include an archeologist in a critical position, not even when they could really use one. Even when I was assigned to Peru, when we knew we were likely to come across some native cultures we were totally in the dark about them. We really had no idea as to what that meant or what we could expect from any of them and there were certainly no anthropologists assigned to our units. You have no idea of what a shock my first encounter with the Chopec was. I was terrified... and that is one of the things that tell me that the way in which O'Neill and company operate is very far from the norm."
"Well, I guess that makes sense, seeing the kinds of things they deal with," I say as I fight back the temptation to ask Jim about that initial reaction to the Chopec. He had never mentioned it before and I had never really considered it but I guess it makes sense... unfortunately right now I can't afford to get distracted and that means I'm going to have no choice but to let that subject go, at least for the time being.
"Yes, but the thing is that the presence of an archeologist in their team basically neutralizes most of what I know about how the military is supposed to operate, so I'm in the dark," Jim reminds me, bringing me back to the here and now.
"Okay, so, any other things they mentioned before Sam interrupted them that could be useful?" I ask before going on, there's got to be something here, something we can use, after all we are detectives so maybe we should approach this whole scene as we would any other investigation.
"I'm not sure. They mentioned a few things like 'the Asgard', 'the Goa'uld', 'General Hammond' and 'Teal'c'."
"And going by what you said before I think it's safe to say that 'the Goa'uld', whoever they happen to be, are not exactly nice guys," I say, welcoming the additional information. A list of names may not sound like much but at least it is something. It is something we can work with, something that, with a little common sense, we can figure out.
"No," Jim agrees, "and then this 'General Hammond' sounds like he is probably their CO, seeing how they said that deciding what to do about us will be up to him."
"Okay, that's better, though we still have two names we know nothing about: the Asgard, who I suspect may be connected somehow with Norse mythology and Teal'c... and I have no idea as to who or what that could possibly be."
"They also mentioned some allies and that their names had already entered the conversation," says Jim and I can barely keep myself from glaring at him. I know it's irrational but couldn't he have said that sooner?
"So that would mean that either the Asgard or Teal'c are their friends... and also that chances are that the Asgard are a group whereas Teal'c is probably an individual," I point out.
"Yes, in fact I suspect that Teal'c is the one they have most contact with."
"Because Daniel said that he hadn't even mentioned Teal'c's name," he explains.
"So, someone close... maybe the mysterious fourth member of their team? After all he is the one who's missing from this picture."
"Could be but I'm not sure, so we should label that as a maybe."
"Fair enough, though if we assume that Teal'c is an individual --and, given his rather unusual name, I think we can also label him as a possible alien-- then that means we can pretty much put the Asgard in the allies category. After all they did say allies in plural, right?" I ask.
"Yes," he confirms.
"Okay, so now we are getting somewhere."
"Yes, the only problem is that that doesn't get us any closer to getting us out of where we are getting to," Jim points out and this time around I do glare at him.
I really didn't need to have him reminding me of that fact.