Chapter 5

"SG-1 has a new permanent member?" Sam asked.

"Yep. His name is Cameron Mitchell." O'Neill told them. "I guess they got tired of waiting for you guys to grow up, and so they had to make due with someone else, eh?"

"Poor them," Daniel said, with feeling.

"Indeed." Teal'c looked at Daniel with amusement - but also some genuin sadness.

Teal'c was the only one left of the original members of SG-1. All the others had either been turned into children, or promoted away from the team. It was still a good team, but it was a different team, and sometimes he missed the old one.

"Will he come say hi to us?" Sam asked. "We can give him some advice."

"I'm sure he'll love that!" O'Neill tried to stop himself from laughing. "You know, I'm sure we can get him to come by. You're going out on a mission later today, aren't you, Teal'c?"

"We are. A woman calling herself Vala Mal Doran, brought us an Ancient tablet. It has been translated, with the help of Sokolf, and we are now going to England to find the treasure it speaks of."

"England?" Daniel looked at Teal'c, surprised.

"On Earth?" Sam wondered.

"Yes, indeed," Teal'c confirmed. "It was apparently written by an Ancient named 'Myrddin'... 'or 'Merlin'."

"You must let me come! Please! I can't miss this!" Daniel cried out.

"Well, you're going to miss it, young man!" O'Neill told him. "Don't worry, I'm sure there'll still be fascinating stuff and all kinds of fancy rocks to look at when you've grown up."

"But... but... Merlin... the knights of the round table!" Daniel looked devastated.

"You know what? I saw they had a sale on Disney movies in a store at the mall - what do you say we go buy 'The Sword in the Stone'?" O'Neill suggested.

"That's a great idea!" Martouf said, enthusiastically.

"It's not the same!" Daniel complained.

"Come on? It'll be fun!" Sam said.

"Very fun. Please, Daniel?" Anise begged.

Daniel sighed, then nodded. "Okay."


Once in the store, they had quickly found the movie they wanted - and managed to convince O'Neill they needed to buy three movies, since there was a sale on three.

After some arguing, O'Neill had given in - since he secretly wanted to watch the movies himself. They returned home with not only 'The Sword in the Stone', but also 'Peter Pan', and 'The Jungle Book'.

"We should have bought more movies. They had so many that looked great!" Sam insisted.

"Later, maybe," O'Neill said, having secretly decided to go and get several more movies while they were on sale. They would make great Christmas gifts - if he could wait that long before giving them to the children. "Why don't we go get sodas and snacks? Maybe some candy... and have a fun afternoon?"

"Can we have popcorn?" Martouf asked.

"Absolutely. In fact, I think I need popcorn." O'Neill grinned at them.


It turned out to be a great afternoon. They watched two of the movies, and would watch the third the next day. Since the base was relatively quiet, O'Neill had allowed himself to take the time off to watch the movies with the children.

As he walked back to his office, he smiled to himself when he thought about the children and how much they had enjoyed the movies. They clearly enjoyed that he had taken the time off to be with them as well, something he had rarely had time to do lately.

He sighed, knowing he would have to tell them soon; he was being promoted again, and this time it meant he would have to leave the base, and move to Washington. The children, however, would probably not be allowed to relocate there, nor would it be truly safe for them, with the Trust ramping up their business again.

Janet/Rhiva and Teal'c would look after them, and he would check in on them now and then, but it would not be the same, and the children would almost certainly not be happy about it.

The new commander of the base would be a man both O'Neill and Hammond knew and trusted - General Hank Landry.

O'Neill was still sitting in his office, musing over all of this, when the Stargate activated and SG-1 returned, carrying a load of things they had recovered from the Ancient hide-out under London.


Several weeks later, O'Neill returned to visit over a weekend.

"Jack!" Daniel exclaimed, happily, as he threw himself at O'Neill.

"We've missed you!" Sam yelled, hugging both O'Neill and Daniel.

"A lot. Welcome back!" Lantash smiled, joining Sam and Daniel in the group hug.

"It has been sooooo long!" Anise exclaimed. "Much, much too long." She did her best to wrap her arms around both O'Neill and all the others.

"I've missed you guys too!" O'Neill smiled. "So, tell me, what have you been up to?"

"We said hi to the new guy in charge of SG-1," Daniel told O'Neill.

"His name is Cam-eron Mitchell," Anise said. "He seems nice."

"We also met a woman who used to be a Goa'uld," Daniel explained.

"She was host to Qetesh until the Tok'ra freed her," Lantash said, proudly.

"I think she's not to be trusted," Sam chimed in. "But yeah, she seems nice."

"Oh, and we started school again." Daniel ran to the nearest table and picked up some books, which he then gave to O'Neill. "See? New interesting books, but much too easy for us!"

O'Neill laughed. "Lots of stuff happening here. That's good, then you don't have time to miss me. Did you even notice I was gone?"

"Of course we did." Lantash said.

"It is not true we did not have time to miss you. We missed you!" Anise insisted.

"Lots," Daniel added. "How long are you staying?"

"Just until Sunday, I'm afraid. I've got a lot of work to do in Washington. However, I thought maybe we could go on a picnic tomorrow?" O'Neill suggested. "The weather should be nice, and I already asked Teal'c - and Janet and Rhiva. They'll be happy to come!"

"Yay!" Sam exclaimed, clapping her hands.

"Sounds great!" Freya said, happily.

"What about Cassie?" Daniel asked, looking hopeful.

"She's back at college now, you know that." Jack smiled, feeling proud of Cassandra and what she had achieved. "She wants to be a doctor, like her mom."

"Yes, we know. We still wish she was here, though," Lantash said, somberly.

"Of course." O'Neill ruffled Lantash's hair. "Listen guys, let's pack up a few things - pyjamas, a change of clothes, warm sweaters, some toys, and so on - and then I'm going to take you all to Janet and Rhiva's place. You'll stay there tonight, and we'll watch movies together and eat some good food - and then we'll do the picnic tomorrow, how does that sound?"



Chapter 6