Chapter 4

"We're going to the amusement park, tomorrow!" Sam exclaimed, happily, as she ran into the room. "Teal'c told me!"

"Yaaaay!" Daniel, Martouf, and Anise screamed.

"Teal'c!" O'Neill called out from the other end of the room, when he saw the Jaffa enter after Sam.

"O'Neill!" Teal'c greeted him.

"It was supposed to be a surprise!" O'Neill exclaimed. "Dammit!"

"I am sorry, O'Neill. The children asked me what we would do tomorrow, since it is their summer vacation, and you promised they would at no point have to spend an entire week at the base."

"It is Sunday tomorrow. If we go nowhere else that day either, we will have stayed at the base the entire week," Anise pointed out.

"And that would make you a liar, Jack!" Daniel reasoned.

"Which we know you're not," Martouf added, quickly.

"So, we asked Teal'c, and he agreed. We would be doing something fun tomorrow. We're GOING TO THE AMUSEMENT PARK!" Sam yelled, excitedly.

"When will we be there?" Daniel asked.

"I told you not to ask that!" O'Neill said.

"No, you told us not to ask 'are we there yet'," Anise reminded him.

"We have only travelled for 31 minutes," Teal'c said. "The total distance will take 1 hour and 30 minutes to traverse, so another 1 hour until we arrive."

"Depending on traffic," O'Neill added.

"Can we have a un-limited ride pass each?" Martouf asked, reading the text beside the entry booth, while they waited for O'Neill to pay for their entrance.

"Yes, please, can we?" Sam begged.

"Please, please?" Freya added.

"Pretty please? With sugar on top?" Daniel said, looking hopeful.

"I believe that would be a good idea." Teal'c looked at the sign with the prices. "We should buy one each as well, O'Neill."

O'Neill looked at Teal'c, and then at the children, before he just sighed and turned to the woman in the booth. "Give me four kid's passes, and two for adults."

The woman smiled at him. "Here you go, sir. Have a nice stay."

"Thanks." He took the passes and went to hand them out to the excited children.

"What would you like to do first?" O'Neill asked.

"The bumper cars!" Sam insisted.

"Which ones are those?" Martouf asked.

"Those." Sam pointed.

Martouf looked at bit apprehensive. "It seems... dangerous... but also fun, I suppose."

"Well you can't ride those - you're too small," O'Neill said. "Why don't you go look at the kid's rides?"

"The kiddie rides are mostly for kids 7 and under... I am 8!" Daniel proclaimed, importantly.

"I'm not too small for the bumper cars. Look at the sign!" Sam told O'Neill. "I just need to be 43 inches, and I am! I am 45 inches!"

"I am too! 45 inches - and a half!" Martouf insisted, happily.

"We can all go! We're all over 43 inches!" Daniel made an excited jump.

"Well, except for Lantash and Anise..." Sam added in a low voice.

"Why does it say '43 inches to ride and 58 inches to drive'?" Freya wanted to know.

"It means either Teal'c or I have to go with you." O'Neill sighed, honestly not feeling like driving around in a bumper car with an excited child - and especially with all the other cars filled with children eager to hammer into his car, as hard as possible.

"It appears the goal is to ram the other cars so hard they spin, without your own course being destabilized. I am willing to accept this challenge, if one of you would like to be my copilot," Teal'c announced.

"Oh, me!" Sam squealed.

"No, me, me!" Martouf quickly countered.

"And me," Freya said.

"Oh, oh!" Daniel jumped excitedly up and down, waving a finger in the air.

O'Neill just sighed. "I guess we'll take turns until all have gotten a ride, huh, Teal'c?"

"I believe that is a wise decision."

After each of the children had gotten a trip in the bumper cars, together with either Teal'c or O'Neill, they had somewhat reluctantly agreed to try a different ride next.

"What can we try that we're allowed to ride on our own?" Sam wanted to know.

"Looks like you need to be taller - or ride with an adult. For everything!" Martouf said, sounding unhappy.

"Why don't you check out the 'Kiddies Playland?' I know it's mainly for kids under 8, but you're only just 8, so maybe there's something that you'd like?" O'Neill suggested.

"Nah, it's for little children," Daniel concluded.

"They have boats, though." Freya noticed. "My family had a boat when I was little. I haven't sailed since then. I mean, since I was little the first time."

"Then we should go and try them," Martouf decided.

Sam nodded. "Yes, okay. Who gets there first?" She took off running.

The others immediately ran after her, and O'Neill and Teal'c slowly followed. The boats were not far away, and there were some nice benches they would be able to sit on and wait for the children to finish their ride.

After trying several of the different rides, including the 'kiddie roller coaster', several times, the children - and O'Neill and Teal'c - were getting hungry.

"Do you want a hot dog, a hamburger, or a slice of pizza?" O'Neill asked them. "They've got fries too, if anyone want that."

"Can I have an ice cream instead?" Martouf asked. "Please?"

"Later perhaps, right now you should eat some actual food."

"Ice cream is food," Martouf insisted.

"No, it's a treat. You can't have any until after you've eaten real food. If you're still hungry, then maybe!"

Martouf looked unhappy. "Pizza, then, since Lantash wants that. I would like fries. And cotton candy. And some orange juice, please."

O'Neill grimaced at the thought of that combination. "Cotton candy is a treat too. You're only getting real food now... and I don't think they have orange juice. Is orange soda okay?"

Martouf nodded, still looking unhappy. "Yes."

"I would like the same, but a diet coke," Sam said.

O'Neill looked over the selection. "Sorry, I think they only have Pepsi products."

"Diet Pepsi, then."

"I want a hamburger with a soft pretzel," Daniel told O'Neill. "And root beer."

"You don't like root beer, Daniel. You told me yesterday you hated it."

"I want it now."

O'Neill shook his head. "Okay, but you better not change your mind! And you're not getting a pretzel with your hamburger - do you want fries?"

"Maybe. Do they have mustard?" Daniel asked, slyly.

"I'm sure they do." O'Neill smiled.

"Then yes," Daniel said. "Please," he added.

O'Neill sighed and turned to Freya. "What about you? What would you like?"

"I think I would like a hot dog - and Anise wants one too. We would like the orange soda."

"Are you sure you can eat two hot dogs?"

"Yes, together Anise and I can eat two hot dogs."

"Well, okay." O'Neill smiled, deciding to go along with that. "Teal'c?"

"Two large cheese burgers, extra large fries, and a large Mountain Dew."

"I would like to change my hamburger to a cheese burger," Daniel quickly said.

O'Neill nodded. "Okay, a small cheese burger for you."

He went up to the booth and ordered the food for the others, as well as two slices of pizza and a Pepsi for himself.

It took little time for them to get their food, and soon he and Teal'c were carrying large trays full of food to the nearest tables, while the children were happily dancing around them.

"Are you sure you don't want any mustard on your fries?" Daniel asked, holding the bottle over Sam's plate. "I would be happy to squeeze some out for you!"

"Yes! I'm sure! I told you. Twice!" Sam exclaimed.

"But you'll love it! I love it! What about you, Martouf?"

"No. You already asked me."

"What about Lantash?"

"He also does not want mustard on his fries."

"Freya? I know you didn't get any fries, but..."

"Daniel - leave the others alone, okay? Just eat your food," O'Neill told him, exasperated.

"I just wanted to share," Daniel grumbled, but concentrated on his food.

They ate in silence for some time, then Martouf stuffed the last of his food in his mouth and swallowed it.

"Can I have ice cream now? And cotton candy?"

"I would like ice cream also," Daniel proclaimed.

"Me too!" Sam smiled widely.

"And me!" Freya said, as she ate the last of her second hot dog.

O'Neill got a long-suffering expression and hid his face in his hand. Teal'c only smiled, having expected the children to remember the ice cream as soon as they had eaten.

"No, you're still not allowed on the big roller coaster. Sorry, even with Teal'c or me - but you can ride that one." O'Neill pointed at a somewhat smaller coaster, called 'the Dragon'. "Or you can ride the children's roller coaster again. You liked that, didn't you?"

"Yes, but I'd like to try something else. Something that goes faster! Let's try 'the Dragon'?" Sam suggested.

"Okay... if you think so..." Freya said slowly, looking somewhat apprehensive.

"I'm not sure... it looks dangerous," Daniel said.

"I am not afraid," Martouf proclaimed.

"Then neither am I!" Daniel insisted.

"Daniel, it's okay if you don't want to ride it - you can sit here with us while the others try it, or you can ride the smaller coaster?" O'Neill suggested.

"But I want to! Very much!" Daniel said, with a very determined expression on his face, that almost made O'Neill laugh.

"Off you go, then, all of you." O'Neill smiled.

"I believe I shall join you," Teal'c said. "We shall return shortly, O'Neill."

"No rush. I'm fine here." O'Neill leaned back against the bench and took a drink from the beer he had bought for himself, when everyone else had gotten ice cream.

"I feel sick!" Martouf proclaimed, looking like he was about to throw up.

"That's what happens when you fill yourself with ice cream and cotton candy after eating your burger and drinking your soda way too fast!" O'Neill told him. "Before riding the roller coaster!"

"Don't talk about food!" Daniel exclaimed, and suddenly ran for the nearest bush, where he threw up.

Martouf looked green, and lay down on the bench beside O'Neill, closing his eyes.

"You know, you'll feel much better if you throw up instead of trying to hold it down. Trust me," O'Neill said, feeling sorry for the boy.

"Lantash hates when we throw up. He says it is... unpleasant," Martouf whispered in a low voice, almost feeling too sick to speak. "He is working on making us... feel better."

"It's always unpleasant to puke, but I feel better now. A little," Daniel insisted, sitting down on the ground beside Martouf. "Maybe even well enough to eat more ice cream."

Martouf just groaned at the mention of ice cream, and O'Neill threw Daniel a warning glance.

A little while later, the children were all feeling better again, and were back to running from one ride to another, with a speed that were almost making O'Neill dizzy.

The rest of the visit to the amusement park went very well, and they all had a lot of fun. It was quite late when O'Neill and Teal'c half-carried the very tired children to the car.

All the children slept peacefully the entire trip back to Stargate Command, and they only woke up long enough to be able to make it to their room, brush their teeth, put on nightwear, and then throw themselves on their beds. They were asleep again almost before their heads touched their pillows.

Smiling, O'Neill and Teal'c pulled the covers tight around the children, before they turned off the light and silently left the room.

It had been a great trip!

Chapter 5