[music| Prayer '94 - Bon Jovi]
Author: Claire (day_dream_girl1)
Written for: Bryn (chickaboo)
Challenge: Include - dogs, off-world, D/J's first kiss, humor.
Don't Include - character death, friendship
“Colonel”, Janet acknowledged, putting on her sunglasses as stepped out of the Stargate to combat the bright mid-day sun.
“It was fine,” she replied, “how far until we reach the town?
“Three clicks to the west.”
“Let’s go then.”
Janet and her medical team followed Jack and Teal’c with their boxes of equipment. Janet wiped her forehead of the sheen of sweat that was quickly accumulating.
“Where are Daniel and Sam?”
“Carter’s running some diagnostic something or other on the local river, and Daniel…” a grin grew on his face, “well, let’s just say Daniel’s become quite the popular little anthropologist.”
“Really?” Janet hoped she sounded more surprised than jealous. Her relationship with Daniel had become something of a mystery in the past few months. They’re easy friendship had transformed into something else. What that something else was though, was still something she was unsure of.
“Oh yeah, like bees round the honey pot.”
She looked off into the distance and saw the shapes of small houses and barns come into view.
“Where are we setting up?”
“The apothecary’s place. It’s just off the main street, and it’s the cleanest place here.”
They followed him through the narrow streets of the medieval style village and arrived at the dark bright house of the town apothecary.
Hans Krekov was a small man with a sharp nose and dark eyes that seemed to take in everything about her in the first few moments of meeting.
“Doctor Fraiser, thank you so much for doing this. You have no idea what this will mean to the lives of these people.”
“It’s the least I could do, sir. Will we be setting up in here?”
“Yes, if it is to your satisfaction.”
“It’s perfect, thank you,” she smiled at him and he bowed his head graciously.
“If you will excuse me then, I will get out of your way.”
Janet nodded and watched him depart before turning to the nurses with her and setting up the impromptu clinic.
They disinfected the benches as well they could, and lined up the rows and rows of vials and needles ready for use.
The village was crowded with people from neighbouring villages and settlements. Janet and her team set up and began administering the vaccine to the locals, beginning with the most vulnerable – the eldest and youngest, before completing with those in their prime.
They were very fortunate, she had mused, that there was enough of a difference in their DNA and population of this plant. Otherwise the epidemic that had engulfed this planet may have easily been passed off to the SG teams and possibly brought back to Earth. She shuddered at the thought. But a modified mumps jab had held the key to a cure and the saving of an entire people.
After hours of work, they had sent their last patient on his way. Janet sighed as she shared a tired look with her colleagues.
“That was the last one. Thanks guys, we did well.”
Quietly they began packing all their stuff back into the metal cases and tidying the room the apothecary had given to them. Within half and hour they had finished.
“Johnson, can you tell the colonel we’re finished here?”
Janet moved toward one of the larger cases sitting just behind the door when suddenly it sprang open and she yelped when she found herself thrown to the ground. The breath was forced out of her and she stared listlessly at the ceiling while the dead weight continued to bear her down. She was aware of Monaghan’s gasp in the corner and eventually came back to herself. They had fallen awkwardly, his nose pressed against her ear and his mouth clumsily brushing her bottom lip.
“Daniel?” she gasped
“Oh God, I’m so sorry.” He jumped up straight away and pulled her to her feet, leaving his arms about her waist while she steadied herself. Eventually, she looked up at him, only to find his face turning a light shade of pink.
She frowned at him, brushing the dirt from her clothes and tidying her hair back into place.
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to do that,” he looked sheepishly at her and she rolled her eyes.
“It’s okay, Daniel. No harm done.”
“Do you need anything, ma’am?” Monaghan asked.
“No, Tara, I’m fine. Thank you. Could you begin taking some of these cases outside?”
“Of course ma’am,” she replied, hurrying to comply with her orders.
She moved across to the far side of the room. “I guess you were running form your admirer?”
Daniel winced and turned an even darker shade red.
“You heard about that.”
“The colonel mentioned something.”
He scuffed the floor with his left boot and stuffed his hands into his pockets.
“It’s a little….disturbing.”
“Oh? I thought you’d be used to it by now. Form the way the colonel talks it seems like you have a girl in every port, or every planet.”
He looked up in surprise, his gaze following her closely.
“I wouldn’t say that. Every second planet maybe.”
His attempt at humour was met with only a strained smile, and he cleared his throat uncomfortably.
“Listen, you don’t mind if I hang out here for a while, do you?”
Her eyebrow rose as she smirked at him. “Hiding out?”
“Something like that.”
“You do realise we’re packing up here, and leaving. We’ll be gone soon.”
“Well, maybe I can just stay here and entertain you until we have to go.” He pulled up one of the chairs beside her desk and straddled it.
“Are you sure you wouldn’t rather be out there with your admiring public?”
“What’s the matter, Janet? Jealous?” he waggled his eyebrows at her, and she shook her head, a smile spreading across her features.
“You don’t have to be jealous, you know?”
“I don’t?” her eyebrow arched inquisitively.
“Of course not. Just because I attract the local beauties, doesn’t mean I forget my friends. And you are a very…special friend.”
Janet turned around to face him, a grin on her face, but her attention was caught by something just over his shoulder.
“Is that…a dog?”
“Oh God, no.” he stood up and spun, his eyes widening in horror before the large Labrador like animal lunged at him, knocking him to the ground and proceeded to lick his face. “Get off me!”
Janet stared at him before falling into a fit of laughing, “This is your admirer? A dog?”
Purple saliva dripping down the side of his face, Daniel managed to push the large animal off him long enough to climb to his feet.
“Well, she is a beauty, I’ll give you that.”
Janet scratched the brown eyed Labrador’s head and grinned up at a disgruntled looking archaeologist, now covered in purple goo.
“Ah, there he is!”
Both Janet and Daniel turned at the sound of the voice and found Jack standing at the open doorway with Sam and Teal’c.
Behind them a young, dark haired boy ran through and smiled delightedly. “Cana! I found you!” he exclaimed throwing his chubby arms around the thick neck of the dog who barked in reaction.
“Stealing children’s dogs, Daniel?” the colonel tutted while Daniel glared at him.
“Thank you for looking after my dog for me,” the little boy said looking up at Daniel.
“It was…my pleasure,” Daniel replied.
“Come on, Cana!” the boy called as he raced out of the room with the dog, “it’s dinner time!”
Daniel sighed in relief when the child finally left with his pet, and turned his attentions back towards the grinning group in the room.
“All right, campers,” Jack called, “time to head on home. You got your precious soil samples, Carter?”
“Good. Well, let’s go then.”
“I’ll follow in a moment, I’d like to get cleaned up first,” Daniel told him.
“Sure, no problem. Teal’c, you wanna help me with some of the doc’s stuff?”
Silently, the large Jaffa gathered the heaviest of the cases and preceded SG-1 out the door.
Janet handed Daniel a towel, her eyes still dancing with amusement.
“I’m so glad to have entertained you,” Daniel replied bitterly, sitting down tiredly on a nearby chair.
“Well, that is what you set out to do earlier, I think.”
He glared at her and she held up her hands, “I’m sorry, I know I shouldn’t laugh.”
He said nothing and finished drying off, grimacing as he looked at the purple goo on the pristine whiteness of the towel.
“Here,” she took the towel off him and brushed a spot below his jaw. “You missed a bit.”
He returned her soft smile and she felt her pulse flutter. It had happened more and more often, the more time they spent together. They stared at each other and her smile widened.
“Have I ever told me how much I like you?”
“You like me?” he blinked in surprise and a smiled curved on his face.
“Yeah, even when you’re covered in alien dog drool.”
“That’s, that’s good to know. So, does this mean if I asked you to have dinner with me tomorrow night, you would?”
“I just might.”
They sat in silence for a few moments, before he finally ventured to ask.
“And if I asked for a kiss…?”
She smiled brightly, nearly taking his breath away before leaning forward and brushing his lips gently. He responded immediately, pulling her closer to him and deepening the kiss before the necessity to breathe forced them to part and they rested their foreheads against each other.
They both turned around and found Krekov standing discreetly at the open door. He smiled when they both coloured.
“We were just,” Daniel started but then stopped.
“Please,” Krekov said, a twinkle in his eye, “there is no need to explain. But I believe your friend are waiting for you.”
“Doc, Daniel, will you two hurry up!” Jack bellowed from outside.
“Coming, Colonel.” Janet called out, biting her bottom lip to stop from laughing.
“Goodbye, Krekov,” she called as they passed him by and he nodded his head in acknowledgment.
Once they had left the apothecary’s, Daniel took a quick glance around to make sure nobody was watching and then pulled the petite doctor close for a brief kiss.
She grinned up at him.
“Did you every meet Cassie’s dog?”