December 7

On the mission to the Ancient Myrddin's hide-out, an Ancient long range communications device had been found. Hoping to use it to learn more about Myrddin's people, SG-1's new leader, Cameron Mitchell, and their guest, Vala Mal Doran, had ended up having their minds transferred to the bodies of two people in a distant galaxy.

Unable to disconnect them from the device, the doctors, as well as the remaining members of SG-1 had worked for several days before - in an act of desperation - Teal'c and Sokolf had thrown the Ancient communications device into an engaging wormhole. This had freed Mitchell and Vala.

After this experience, SG-1 had been given some time off. Teal'c had used it to go to visit his son and daughter-in-law, and Sokolf had taken the opportunity to return to his Tok'ra base, to visit friends.

When Janet became host to Rhiva, they had discussed where they wanted to live and work, and they had chosen to be stationed at Stargate Command for most of the time. However, Rhiva was a very competent healer, as well as a researcher, and the Tok'ra had asked that Janet/Rhiva stay in the Tok'ra tunnels and help out there, for 3 months every year. They had agreed to that, and it was now time to go to the Tok'ra base.

While Janet and Rhiva were away from Stargate Command, a new doctor, Carolyn Lam, would take care of their duties. When they returned, they would again become chief medical officer, and Carolyn Lam would be their second in command.

"Do you really have to leave?" Sam complained.

"You know Rhiva and I promised them, sweetie," Janet said, giving Sam a hug.

"But you'll be gone forever!" Daniel whined.

"It's just three months. That time will be gone before you notice! Besides, you can come visit us, right?"

"Can't we come now, then?" Martouf asked, hopefully.

"Yes, that is a great idea!" Anise said.

Janet smiled. "I'd love for you to come with me, but you have school, remember?"

"School! We don't need to go to school! We've already learned it all the first time!" Daniel scoffed.

"We've already discussed that, sweetheart, you know you have to go! Jack will be coming later today, and he'll stay until Teal'c is back from visiting Rya'c and Kar'yn, okay? You have class in a little while, and Jack will be here long before you're off for today."

"Okay." Daniel nodded, slowly.

"Any of you want more food?" Janet asked.

They all shook their heads. "No."

"Then let's get this all moved aside, and then get to the base. Do you have anything here you want to bring? Then go get it now!"

Soon they were back at Stargate Command, after their weekend trip to Janet and Rhiva's house. The children said goodbye to Janet/Rhiva, and hurried to class.

It was barely two hours later, when the intruder alert signal sounded.

"What is that?" Anise wondered.

"The intruder alert," Sam told her.

"I know that, right? I meant what is going on?" Anise said, rolling her eyes.

"I'm sure it's nothing," their teacher, Jennifer Thompson, said, soothingly. "We'll just continue for now."

"What if we're under attack? It's an intruder alert!" Martouf pointed out.

"You're safe in here, and there isn't anything any of us can do anyway. It's better we stay here and wait for someone to tell us where to go, if they want us to be somewhere else," Miss Thompson assured them.

Not feeling particularly reassured, the children nonetheless returned to reading their books. The class room was on level 7, so they were probably not in any immediate danger.

Suddenly, the door was opened, and Jennifer Hailey - recently promoted to Captain - stuck her head inside, looking very surprised.

"Hi, Jennifer... I mean, Captain Hailey... sir!" Martouf said, sending their teacher, also named Jennifer, a sideways look.

"Aren't you on leave with the rest of SG-1?" Sam wondered.

"I was on my way, when the intruder alert was sounded. Why are you still here? Hasn't anyone been here to take you to safety?" Hailey looked accusingly at Miss Thompson.

"We heard the intruder alert, but I made the decision to stay, since we're so far from the Stargate level. No one has come to tell us we should leave," Miss Thompson said.

"Civilians!" Sam scoffed.

"Hey! I'm a civilian too! So are you, right now!" Daniel exclaimed, indignantly.

"Quiet! We don't have time for this!" Hailey said, raising her voice. "We need to get you out of here, and fast."

"What's happened?" Daniel wanted to know, as they were quickly running down the corridor, with Miss Thompson and Hailey.

"Yeah, who's attacking?" Martouf asked.

"A Goa'uld. This way..." Hailey lead them to the elevator, and pushed the 'up' button.

"Which one?" Sam immediately wanted to know.

"Listen, not right now, sweetie, okay?" Hailey sounded stressed and preoccupied.

"Yes, now! We're waiting for the elevator, you have time to tell us!" Sam insisted, then added. "You wouldn't even be here at Stargate Command, if I hadn't helped!"

Hailey sighed, then nodded. "You're right, and I'm sorry. I shouldn't treat you like little kids - even if I guess you are. Somewhat." She gave them a wry grin. "Okay... this is what happened... the day before yesterday, SG-7 went out to P3X-839, together with one of the archaeologists, Doctor Kira Johnson. P3X-839 is one of the planets we've visited before, and are helping out a little. Anyway, they'd mentioned that an earthquake... or whatever we're supposed to call them when they're not on Earth... had uncovered a temple, and that there might be stasis jars there."

"One of the jars had broken and the Goa'uld had taken a local?" Daniel wondered.

"No - or not as far as I know, at least. SG-7 and Doctor Johnson returned yesterday evening, reporting they'd found a temple, but that it wasn't particularly interesting, and that the only stasis jar there had broken during the earthquake, and the Goa'uld that had been inside was dead. No one suspected anything. They had their post-mission check-up - done by Doctor Warner, since Doctor Fraiser wasn't here. He said they were clean, allof them!"

"Weird, so the Goa'uld didn't take one of them?" Sam said.

"Oh, I know, it came through, invisible, like a Re'tou!" Daniel suggested.

"No, the archaeologist had been taken as a host, we just didn't know yet." Hailey stopped her explanations when the elevator arrived, and they all stepped into it. She pushed the button to take them to the top level, then turned to the children again. "Lieutenant Isaacs happened to see the entry scar when they showered today. The Goa'uld noticed, and knocked her down, but she must have been interrupted, because she didn't kill Isaacs. Anyway, Isaacs told me, as soon as she woke up, and I went to report to Landry, but he seemed strangely uninterested. Many of the others are behaving strangely as well, so I don't know what is going on!"

They stepped out of the elevator and proceeded through to the exit area. They had not taken many steps, before they were stopped by two guards.

"The base is under lock-down, Captain, and we can't let you or anyone else leave," one of them said.

"I'm just getting the kids out. If we're being invaded, this is not the place for them," Hailey told him.

"There is no invasion. You are to return to your post."

"What about the intruder alert?"

"An error. We have been notified of a contagion on the base, which is causing irrational behaviour. That is the reason for the lockdown. I'm sorry, by we can't let anyone out," the other guard said.

"I will contact General Landry - he'll tell you to let the children out," Hailey insisted.

"Our orders come directly from General Landry. No one is allowed to leave!" The guard raised his weapon slightly.

Hailey frowned, sensing something was off, but there was nothing she could do - and she did not want to risk a confrontation with the children standing beside her. "Okay, I'll... go talk to General Landry. Come on, kids, Miss. Thompson."

"They were behaving strange!" Sam said, in a low voice, when they were back in the elevator.

"I agree. I'm going to find a safe place for you guys, and then I'll see if I can get to the bottom of this." Hailey pushed the button for level 6. "There's a large storage room where you can hide. I doubt anyone is going to come look for you there."

"This can't be the doings of just one Goa'uld, can it?" Miss Thompson said, nervously.

"I guess all of SG-2 could be infected as well, and not just Doctor Johnson, but I don't know how likely that is. Besides, even if that were the case, how did they make everyone else obey?"

"Couldn't they just have taken over Landry, and then he'd order the others to obey?" Sam suggested.

"Possibly..." Hailey frowned.

"Do you know what the name of the Goa'uld is?" Martouf suddenly asked.

"No, I guess it might have said on the stasis jar, but I don't even know if they brought it back. Why?"

"Lantash just had a... su-spicion. Do you know of any markings on the temple?"

Hailey shook her head, then suddenly nodded. "Yes, actually... I remember reading the original report - there were images of frogs several places. I thought that was really odd."

Martouf bowed his head, giving Lantash control.

"Heqet. She used a frog as her symbol."

"She's a fertility goddess," Daniel said.

"Oh, no..." Sam suddenly realized what they were dealing with.

Lantash nodded, seeing Sam's reaction. "She is a queen, yes. One who has been gone since long before the Tok'ra came to be."

"A queen? So what?" Miss Thompson looked uncomprehending.

"Not just a royal queen, though she was that too. She's a breeding queen. Such Goa'uld have... the ability to control men," Lantash explained.

Hailey groaned. "Damn."

Chapter 8