Title: The Prophecy
Fandom: SG-1 (AU)
Pairing: Sam/Janet (implied), Janet/OFC
Summary: Months after Janet Fraiser is lost on P3X-666 the Asgard inform SG-1 they must go through the stargate on mission... to fulfill an Ancient prophecy. They find something they never expected.
Spoilers/Timeline: AU. Starts immediately after Heroes II, so anything before then is fair game. However, since this is AU canon may or may not be followed.
Archive: Only with permission
Disclaimer: Stargate and its characters belong to MGM and Gekko, not me. No copyright infringement intended, no money being made.
A/N1: Special thanks to oxfordshoes2 for the beta!
After spending a couple of hours on the phone with her daughter, Janet snuggled up next to her still sleeping wife. She laid her head on Kris’s shoulder and slipped her arm across her wife’s waist. She felt lips press a kiss to her forehead. “Mmmm, I thought you were asleep.”
“I am,” Kris softly chuckled. Her chuckle changed to a hiss when Janet suddenly started sucking on Kris’s nipple. “That’s so not fair...”
Janet moved to straddle Kris’s hips and gazed down into her eyes. “Have I told you how much I love you lately?”
“Not since yesterday.”
“Then I’ve been remiss in my wifely duties. Let me make it up to you.”
“Well... if you think you c–”
Janet cut Kris off by claiming her lips in a passionate kiss.
That afternoon there was a knock on Kris and Janet’s door and General Hammond announced himself. Janet opened the door and let him in.
“I hope I’m not disturbing you ladies.”
“Not at all, sir. Have a seat.”
“Actually, I’m here to see if you’re ready for a quick trip.”
“A quick trip? To where?” Kris asked.
“To–” his answer was interrupted as they were transported up to an Asgard ship, “Thor’s ship.”
“Thor, it’s good to see you again. You know Dr. Fraiser. Let me introduce Kris Fraiser.”
“It is an honor to meet you, Guardian.”
Kris wasn’t sure quite sure what think about everything. Despite their encounter with Ancients she hadn’t actually been told just what being ‘Earth’s Guardian’ entailed and she was having doubts about it. So, she said the only thing she could think of, “Thank you.”
Thor turned to Janet. “I cannot tell you how much it pleases me to see you are well, Dr. Fraiser.”
“Thank you, Thor. It’s good to see you again.”
“It also pleases us that you are the one chosen as the Guardian’s mate. It is obvious that yours is a perfect match.”
Neither of the women could keep from smiling. “Thank you,” replied Janet.
“When you said it please us, who did you mean?” asked the general.
“Certainly not anyone in the government,” Kris murmured bitterly. Coming from a more enlightened time, the draconian and bigoted intolerance of the 21st century didn’t sit well with the woman from the future.
Thor looked at Kris and blinked. Then he answered Hammond’s question, “The four races: the Asgard, the Furling, the Nox, and the Ancients.” He paused. “Why is there a problem with your government concerning the Guardian and her mate?”
The general was stuck having to explain the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and the federal government’s prohibition of same sex marriage.
“That is unacceptable. The treaty, which your president signed, clearly states that your government will recognize and give all rights to off-world marriages.”
“That’s true, Thor, but Kris’s homeworld is not one of our allies.”
“But the Asgard are. The Guardian has Asgard DNA. She–”
“–is a child of the Asgard. She is Asgard, and is entitled to all the rights of citizenship of the Asgard.”
“I don’t believe the President will see it that way, Thor.”
“Then I will make it clear what will happen if he chooses to not abide by the conditions of the treaty.”
A moment later the President of the United States was beamed aboard the ship. He was clearly surprised, but recognized General Hammond who quickly introduced him to Thor. Although this was their first meeting, the President understood the both the position and power held by the diminutive alien standing in front of him. Janet and Kris were then introduced to the President.
Thor explained precisely what the consequences would be of not fully recognizing Kris and Janet’s marriage – it would mean the nullification of the Protected Planets Treaty. Earth would be completely vulnerable to Goa’uld attack with no help from any of her current allies, including the Asgard. All technology given to them by the Asgard, the Tok’ra, the Tollan – by all their allies – would be taken back. Despite how intolerant and bigoted the man was personally he realized he couldn’t put the entire planet in peril because of his own prejudices. So, by executive order – witnessed by General Hammond – Janet and Kris’s marriage was fully and legally recognized with all rights, responsibilities, and benefits.
Hammond also had the President sign another document – one specifically giving Janet permanent dispensation from the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and recourse should anyone in the future try to hold her back in her career because of her marriage to Kris. The President no sooner finished signing his name and Thor beamed him off the ship.
Kris couldn’t hold her tongue any longer. “Now, what’s this about me having Asgard DNA?”
“All will be explained,” Thor replied. And then he beamed Kris, Janet and Hammond back to the SGC.
Kris turned to her wife. “Is he always like that?”
“Thor? Well, he can be a little... abrupt sometimes.”
“But he’s definitely one of the good guys,” Hammond added. He held up the two pieces paper in his hand. “I’ll make copies of these for you and then lock the originals in my safe. Enjoy the rest of the day, ladies.”
Before General Hammond could even sit down behind his desk in his office the klaxons sounded. He went to the control room.
“Unauthorized off-world activation. Unauthorized off-world activation.”
“Do we have an ID yet?”
“Why isn’t the iris closed?”
“I can’t close it, sir. The computer is accepting the command, but nothing is happening.”
Hammond grabbed the PA mike. “Security team to gate room!”
Even as the additional troops poured into the gate room a person stepped through the event horizon of the gate. The general smiled and countermanded his previous order.
“Security team, stand down.” Hammond went down to the gate room. “You are always welcome here, Lya.”
“Thank you, General Hammond.”
“What can we do for you today?”
“I am here to see the Guardian.”
Hammond nodded, not at all surprised. “I’ll take you to her.”
Once again the general knocked and announced himself at the couple’s door.
Janet opened the door and admitted the general and Lya. Hammond did the introductions. Then Lya made an announcement.
“Your preparation was incomplete. There are things yet for you to learn and understand.” She turned to head to the door. “Come with me.”
“Wait a minute. Just where are you taking them?” General Hammond asked.
“The Guardian must be brought to the Nox to continue her preparation.” Lya didn’t miss the look Kris and Janet exchanged. “And there are things we must teach Dr. Fraiser as the Guardian’s mate. They both must come.”
Hammond wasn’t too sure how he felt about the situation. He’d just gotten Janet back and things had been rather out his control the past couple of days. First Dr. Fraiser returned from the dead with a wife... from the future! Then Thor showed up unannounced and blackmailed the President. And now Lya was insisting both women go off with her to the Nox homeworld. It had been a hell of weekend. Retirement was looking more and more appealing.
“Alright,” the general said with a sigh.
Kris wavered a little bit when she stood. Janet immediately slipped and arm around her waist to steady her.
[I’m okay. Just a little lightheaded.]
Lya didn’t miss Kris’s misstep when she stood up. “You’ve been feeling the effects of temporal displacement.”
Kris nodded. “I believe so, yes.”
“Can you help her?” Janet asked.
“Yes, we can.”
“How?” Kris asked.
“Our ways,” Lya replied and walked out of the couple’s quarters.
Janet grabbed their traveling robes which they quickly slipped on before heading to the gate room.
[Why did you smile when Lya said, ‘our ways’? I mean, what kind of answer is that?]
[That is a very typical Nox answer.] Janet chuckled when her wife mentally rolled her eyes. [Well, they consider us – Humans – ‘young.’ Which is more polite than what the Tollans called us when we met – they called us primitive.]
Kris actually broke out in a full belly laugh and had to reach inside the hood of her travel robe to wipe the tears from her eyes.
[I didn’t think it was that funny,] Janet deadpanned.
[I’m sorry, love.]
[No you’re not.]
When they arrived in the gate room Janet suddenly realized something very important. Janet approached Lya before just before she could activate the gate and spoke to her quietly. Lya nodded in understanding. Janet then pulled the general aside and told him what she needed. He went to the phone mounted on the wall and arranged the call. Once it went through he handed the phone to Janet. She had to leave a voice mail, but that was alright. Janet wasn’t about go off-world without letting Cassie know about it, at least not so soon after getting back. With a nod she let Lya know she was ready.
Lya waved her arm, activating the gate. She led Janet and Kris up the ramp.
When Kris stepped through the gate to the Nox homeworld she felt... something... undefined yet palpable. It actually brought her to her knees as she drew in uneven, deep breaths.
“Kris!” Janet was immediately at her side.
But Kris was unable to speak, or even to form a coherent thought, to answer any of her wife’s questions.
And then Lya was before her, gently smiling as she took Kris’s face in her both of her hands. After a couple of seconds the world seemed to right itself and Kris could think clearly again.
“Welcome home, child,” Lya said affectionately.
“I-I don’t understand.”
“I don’t either. What the hell just happened to Kris?” Janet demanded to know.
“All will be explained. You need food and rest. Come.” Lya turned and started walking away.
Janet was not happy. “We’re not going anywhere until we get some answers.”
“She’s right. If I don’t get something to eat... and some rest... I’m going to drop.”
Janet still wasn’t happy, but she slipped her arm around her wife’s waist to steady her and followed the Nox woman to the nearby clearing with some huts.
Kris and Janet were told to sit. Fresh fruit was laid out before them.
After a light meal, they were shown to a hut that had been prepared for their use. Kris barely made it to the bed before succumbing to the inevitable. She was out like a light. Janet was so worried about her that she began to examine her. Lya entered the hut.
“Do not worry. The Guardian is fine.”
“Then please tell me what is going on, because this is not normal,” Janet insisted.
“You are a healer, yes?”
“It is very fortunate that the Guardian has a healer as a mate.”
“The Guardian’s role is to defend and protect Earth. It is not an easy path for one to follow. There will be times of great mental and physical stress. It is your role to see her through those times of stress or injury.”
“But Kris can heal herself.”
“Can she? Always?”
That brought Janet up short. Kris had to be conscious to enter into a meditation, and even then there had been times she’d asked for Janet’s guidance to help her.
“It is from each other you draw your greatest strength,” Lya said.
Janet blinked. The Ancients had said the exact same thing.
“Rest. When you wake, all will be explained and we will begin.”
“Teaching you... both of you. Now rest.”
When Janet and Kris woke up they changed into the Nox clothing that had been set out for them. Outside Lya smiled at them and indicated that they should take a seat around the small campfire that had been started. Lya introduced them to Anteaus, Ohper, and Nefreyu.
Kris was more than ready for some answers, as was Janet.
“You said everything would be explained. So... please explain,” Kris said.
It was Anteaus who spoke. “A very, very long time ago, before the Ancients seeded Human life on Earth, the alliance of the four races – the Ancients, the Nox, the Asgard, and the Furlings – created the Guardians to help us watch over the worlds under our protection.”
“Created? How?” Janet asked.
“In a lab.”
“You’re talking about genetic engineering!”
“Yes. Guardians were created and then trained in a place called the Crèche until it was time for their assignment.”
“But what does that have to do with me? I was raised on Areth and I’m from the future,” Kris said.
“Yes... and no.”
“What does that mean?”
“Something terrible happened. The location of the Crèche was compromised and nearly everyone was killed. The survivors were relocated.”
“What – exactly – are you saying?” Kris asked.
“You were created in a lab tens of thousands of years ago, survived the attack on the Crèche, and were relocated to Areth... in the future.”
Kris was bit overwhelmed.
Janet reached over and took her wife’s hand in her own. “Then what does Jidiri have to do with all of this?”
“Removing Jidiri from this plane existence came later. It took time to accomplish that. The majority of the residents of Jidiri are descendents of families that agreed to foster Guardians – just like the woman who raised you as her own,” Anteaus said, looking directly at Kris.
“That doesn’t explain us being sent to Jidiri,” growled Kris.
“We’ve found that sending a Guardian to Jidiri for awhile, instead of directly to where he or she is needed, makes the transition much easier.”
“She was never supposed to be on P3X-666.” Anteaus looked Janet in the eyes. “You died before you were supposed to.”
“And what of my wife Lena?” Kris asked in a whisper. “Where does she fit into your grand plan?”
“That was not foreseen,” Anteaus said with genuine regret.
After a moment of silence Janet asked a question. “Will you explain what happened to Kris when we arrived here? And why you told her ‘welcome home’?”
“Please! Stop calling me ‘the Guardian,’” Kris snapped. “I have a name – it’s Kris. Call me Kris.”
“Kris,” Lya said with a benevolent smile, “no disrespect is intended. In fact, it is a great honor for us to have you here and to assist you.” She looked at Janet. “Now, to answer your questions.” She glanced again at Kris. “I said ‘welcome home’ because Kris is a child of the Nox.”
“Wait a minute. Thor said I was a child of the Asgard.”
“You are. You are also a child of Nox... and of the Ancients, and of the Furlings. All the Guardians were.”
“Oh, my god,” Janet murmured.
“How?” Kris asked, a little shell-shocked.
“As Janet said: genetic engineering. You were designed with specific traits from each race of the alliance. We Nox get life from the forest – the trees, the moss, the earth, everything. So, too, do you. What did you feel when stepped onto this world?” Lya asked.
Kris took a moment to gather her thoughts. “I don’t know how to describe it, but it wasn’t unpleasant, just... overwhelming.”
“As a Nox you will always feel a connection to this world, and to any natural environment.”
[Your favorite place on Jidiri always was the park, love,] Janet pointed out.
“You said you could help Kris with the effects of temporal displacement.”
“Yes. It will be our honor to do so.” Lya stood and moved directly in front of Kris; she held her hands out for Kris to take them. “Come with me.”
Lya led Kris to a moss covered stone table and had her lie down on it. Anteaus, Ohper, and Nefreyu joined Lya and formed a circle around Kris. Janet watched anxiously from a few feet away as the Nox completed a ritual of some sort. It only lasted a few minutes.
Afterwards Kris sat up and swung her legs over the side. The smile she gave her wife told Janet as much about the way Kris felt as their bond did. Kris stood and stepped into Janet’s embrace.
[I’m so glad you feel better.]
[I feel great. Now you can stop worrying about me.]
[I’m your wife, it’s my job to worry about you. You’re also the source of my great joy and happiness. Don’t ever forget that, my love.]
The couple parted and turned to face the Nox.
“Now we can begin,” Ohper pronounced. “Please, come with me, Kris. Janet, you will go with Lya.”
Kris and Janet both nodded and went their separate ways for the day.
Ohper and Kris simply walked through the forest in silence for quite some time. Out of respect for her benefactors, Kris held her tongue. Finally Ohper broke the silence.
“You have questions.”
“Learning begins with questions.” He gestured for her to ask her questions, although Kris sensed he somehow already knew what her questions were.
“I’m not sure I’m the right person to be Earth’s Guardian.”
Kris took a deep breath and slowly let it out. “I’ve seen and battled against many evil things. I no longer wish to fight and shed another’s blood.” She paused. “I find the path the Nox have chosen – pacifism – to be more to my liking now.”
Ohper nodded. “You are a child of the Nox, but your path must be your own.”
“I have heard that said before,” she said, thinking about her decision to join the Allied Fleet, and then her decision to go into Intelligence/Special Ops.
“Yet you still struggle with it.”
“Not so much still, as again. It seems I’m destined to face such difficult choices many times,” she said with a sigh.
“How have your choices turned out so far?”
Kris took a deep breath and let it out. “So far I don’t regret the choices I’ve made.”
Ohper simply nodded. “You have chosen not to further your skills, yet you chose to teach others as you were taught.”
She was surprised he knew about her school on Jidiri, but only nodded.
“Is that not a contradiction?”
She didn’t say anything.
“You honor what you have been taught, and yet are hesitant to put to use that which you honor.”
“How can I use such skills and not spill the blood of another?”
“If your mate’s life was in danger and the only way to save her required the taking of her captor’s life, could you, under those circumstances, use your skills and kill to save her life?”
Kris’s jaw tightened as she drew in a slow breath. “Yes,” she said quietly, “without hesitation. I could never allow any harm to come to her if it were within my power to prevent it.”
Ohper nodded. “And if you were with a group of your friends and they came under attack, would you use your skills to help defend and protect them.”
“Yes, I would.”
“And would you use your skills to defend and protect the world on which you made your home if it was attacked.”
“Then how can you say you are the wrong person to be Earth’s Guardian? You are already willing to defend and protect it.”
She simply looked at him and digested what he said.
“To better fulfill your role, it is now time to further hone your skills and to expand your abilities. You are a child of the Nox; you have within you some of our abilities. So you will learn some of our ways. Let us begin.”
At the end of the day Ohper and Kris returned to the huts in the clearing. Kris was told that Janet was already waiting in their hut. Kris’s heart actually skipped a beat at the bright smile her wife gave her when she entered their hut.
“What is it, honey?” Janet asked when she took in her wife’s expression.
“You take my breath away.”
Janet’s smile brightened even more. She walked over to Kris and they embraced. After a few moments they parted. “Come on, I’ve got a light dinner of fresh fruit for us.”
“That sounds great.”
Janet didn’t miss how stiff Kris seemed to be as she moved. They sat down and began to eat.
“So, what were you doing in the forest today?” Janet asked.
“Choosing a path,” Kris said in a thoughtful tone.
Janet gave her wife an amused smirk. “Now you’re starting to sound like a Nox.”
Kris smiled. “What did you do with Lya today?”
“We talked a lot... and she taught me some things that I need to know as your mate.”
Kris gazed into her wife’s eyes. “As far as I’m concerned, you already know everything you need to – you know how to love me and make me happy.”
Janet reached up and tenderly caressed Kris’s cheek. “Loving you is the easiest thing I’ve ever done.”
Kris covered the hand on her cheek with her own. “How did I ever get so lucky to have you in my life?”
“You stole my heart.” Janet got up from her chair and then sat on her wife’s lap. “And for the record, I’m the lucky one,” she said before kissing Kris, long and thoroughly.
“To hell with dinner,” Kris murmured as they broke the kiss for some air. She slipped her arms under Janet and started to stand but winced as her strained muscles protested.
Janet immediately hopped off Kris’s lap. “You’re hurt!”
“Just some strained muscles.”
The doctor grabbed her wife’s hand and pulled her up from the chair and over to the bed. “Take your clothes off and lie down.”
Kris smiled. “Now you’re talking.” A dark brow arched as Kris received a ‘doctor’ glare. She sighed as she did what she was told.
Janet gave her wife a massage, working the soreness and stiffness out of her muscles. Afterwards they made love and drifted to sleep in each other’s arms.
Each day Kris would go off into the forest with Ohper. He helped her to expand and refine her skills, both mentally and physically.
Janet spent each day with Lya, who was teaching the doctor things she never dreamed of learning. Such as how to access what the Chinese would call her qi, combine it with her wife’s qi, and use it to heal Kris when she was unable to heal herself. Their bond was what made it possible. It wasn’t something she would be able to do for anyone else.
Each night Janet and Kris would make love before falling asleep in each other’s arms.
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