Chapter 17: 'Simple' Is Such a Deceptively Simple Word
Okay, I'm pretty sure I'm missing something here, not that that is an unusual situation.
"What do you mean 'we already have'?" I ask. Honestly, and I thought Daniel and Carter were bad when it came to making sense without making any sense at all? I swear that if this guy tells me it's 'simple' I'm going to deck him.
"I mean that maybe the time has come for the Asgard to consider a different path, especially because there doesn't seem to be a way for them to move forward on their current one," he replies.
"Could you dumb it down for the rest of us?" I growl.
"I think what Dr. Giles means is that maybe the time has come for the Asgard to consider the possibility of following the Ancients' path and ascending," explains Daniel, ever the diplomat, trying to play the mediator.
"Somehow I don't think it's going to be that simple," I say, trying not to sound too worried at the prospect. I know this is supposed to be about the Asgard's survival and I have to admit that what they are saying does make sense, in a really twisted kind of way, but there are other things we have to consider here, like what would happen to the protected planets without the Asgard.
"No, of course not... in fact we don't really know how to help them attain that goal because we are nowhere near that level but at the same time it does seem to be the most reasonable path."
"Okay but if you don't know how to help them, and assuming the Asgard don't know how to do it themselves..." I trail off.
"Well, I never said it was going to be easy, I just said that I knew what the logical next step was supposed to be," reminds me Dr. Giles.
"Besides, it's not like the Asgard have agreed to go along with this crazy plan of yours," I point out.
"No, I realize that, but I don't think they have much of a choice, especially because I don't see any other permanent solution to this situation. Even if we were to agree to help them they would only be buying themselves a bit of time and Thor has already explained why going back to sexual reproduction wouldn't be an option for them, not even if they could come up with a way to create a viable male clone somehow based on a slayer's female DNA."
"Perhaps the Nox could help?" suggests Daniel.
"I don't know," I say, still not entirely sure of how I feel about any of this. I mean, I know this guy probably has a point here but I don't have to like it. There is too much at stake, the problem is that these people don't know that... they don't know that by doing what they are suggesting they may well end up saving the Asgard but dooming our world.
"Well, could we at least contact them?"
"How? We were the ones who told them to bury their stargate in the first place, remember?" I say, glaring at Daniel.
"Yes, and then the Tollan contacted them and they came --not to mention that they were there when the whole thing with Skaara's triad went down-- so I assume that even if their stargate is buried, they can still unearth it whenever they want to... besides, I think you are seriously underestimating the Nox here."
"What do you mean?"
"I mean that they are one of the four races so chances are that what we've seen them do is nothing but the tip of the iceberg."
"Okay, maybe, but..."
"Thor, do you have a way to contact the Nox?" asks Daniel, apparently having decided to go over my head on this one.
"Would it be possible for you to ask Lya if she would be willing to come talk to us?"
"Daniel..." I mutter, not liking this one bit.
"What?! We are not going to get anywhere here as long as we are trying to speculate on whether or not the Nox can help, you know that, so why not just ask them?" asks Daniel.
"Fine," I say, knowing that there's no way I can argue against this, even if I don't like it.
With that there is a flash of white light as Thor disappears and I seize the opportunity to turn toward my wayward archeologist.
"Care to tell me what the hell do you think you are doing, Daniel?" I growl.
"Trying to figure out if what Dr. Giles is suggesting is even an option," he replies, not backing down.
"Yes, well, even if it is, did you ever stop to consider that even if it is an option it may not be the best option?"
"Well, it doesn't look like we have that many choices now, does it?" he reminds me.
"Would you mind explaining to me what the problem is, colonel?" asks Dr. Giles.
"The problem is that the Asgard are the ones who put the 'protected' on the 'protected planets' and ascended beings can't interfere!" I all but yell at him.
"I'm afraid I don't understand."
"There is a group of planets the Goa'uld aren't allowed to touch --at least not directly-- because they fall under the Asgard's protection. .. earth is one of them and if the Asgard were to ascend that protection would be lost to us."
"I see, but wouldn't we also lose it if the Asgard were to become extinct?"
"Yes, but if you would just have agreed to do what they were asking you to do in the first place that threat would have been gone and we wouldn't be running the risk of losing their protection either."
"But what Thor was asking us to do would have been a stopgap measure at best," he points out.
"A 'stopgap' measure that would have bought us at least a few millennia," I remind him.
"Yes, but at what cost? At the cost of Asgard becoming like the Ghoa'ul?" he challenges and there I can't help but admit that this guy may have a point. Somehow this whole thing was so much easier before these people showed up with all their talk about souls and so on... unfortunately without them we couldn't have helped the Asgard either, especially because they seem to have a monopoly on girls with this DNA sequence. How did we get ourselves into this mess anyway?
Oh, yes, I remember. It all began when Carter said that the solution to the Asgard's cloning problems was fairly obvious. That's what she said and maybe that should have been a clue, after all Carter does seem to have some pretty weird ideas when it comes to the definition of some words, words such as 'basic', 'obvious' and 'simple'.