That is right folks, you read it correctly. The grand experiment is done. This is the last installment of The Prophecy. For those of you who stuck it out with me, thank you. Your encouragement, support and feedback is greatly appreciated. I don't know where the muse will take me next, but I've met her demands in writing this story. It's been an interesting experience. ;)
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!
“You will both always be welcome here. If you should ever need our help, we will do what we can within our ways.”
They both nodded.
“Lya, will you please escort Janet back to Earth? There is one final thing I wish to share with Kris. She will be with you shortly.”
Lya activated the gate and took Janet through.
At the SGC Janet and Lya were met by several armed airmen. General Hammond came down to the gate room after he ordered the room cleared.
“It’s good to see you.”
“Thank you, sir.”
“Where is Kris?”
“She’ll be along in a just a few minutes. Ohper had one last thing he wanted to share with her.”
“What have you been doing all this time?”
Lya has been teaching me some helpful things when it comes to treating Kris if she were to be injured... since she’s part Nox,” Janet replied.
The general’s head snapped around to look at her in surprise. “And what has Kris been doing?”
“Ohper has been helping her to prepare for the path she has chosen,” answered Lya.
“What does that mean?”
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Guardian’s preparation was incomplete. It is a great honor for her preparation to be continued with the Nox. Her path is a most difficult one. No Nox could take on such a burden as she now chooses to. We are humbled by the Guardian, and the one from whom she draws her greatest strength,” Lya said with a nod to Janet.
Meanwhile, still on the Nox world, Kris looked at Ohper. “What did you want to share with me, Ohper?”
“Can you feel your mate, even now, when separated by so much distance?”
She smiled. “Yes.”
“Then go to her.”
“What do you mean?”
“Step through the gate and go to her.”
“But the gate is not active. I have to dial Earth on the DHD.”
Ohper shook his head. “The connection you have to your mate will always guide you to her, no matter where she is. Believe it, and it will be so. You have Nox DNA, you are a child of the Nox, you are Nox. It is the Nox way.”
Kris closed her eyes a moment and reached out to Janet. [Beloved.]
[Beloved,] Janet answered.
[I’m coming to you now.] Kris walked up to the gate and it activated as she stepped through. On the other side the klaxons went off letting them know an incoming wormhole was forming.
“There’s no need for security, sir, it’s Kris,” said Janet.
“How do you know?”
“She just told me.”
“We uh... we have a connection. A kind of psychic link,” she said with a shrug.
Kris stepped through gate and Hammond ordered the room cleared again. “Welcome back, Kris.”
“Thank you, General.”
“It has been an honor, Kris. Do not forget that you and Janet will always be welcomed by the Nox.”
“Thank you for everything you have done and for all of your hospitality, Lya,” Kris replied.
Lya kissed both women on the cheek before walking up the ramp, activating the gate, and disappearing into the event horizon.
“Well, ladies, I believe we have a few things to discuss. Let’s go to my office.”
The two women sat in the chairs facing the general’s desk as he closed the door to his office. He then took his seat behind his desk.
“So, either of you care to tell me just what’s been going on for the past week?”
“Sir, as you know, Kris was experiencing some physical difficulty adjusting to the temporal displacement since coming here from Jidiri. The Nox were able to treat her for that. The rest of the time we were there, as I said earlier, Lya was teaching me some things that will be helpful medically should Kris be injured since she’s part Nox,” replied Janet.
“And what about you, Kris?”
“I wasn’t fully prepared like I was supposed to be on Jidiri before coming here. Ohper spent time with me helping me prepare and train.”
Hammond frowned. “Why didn’t you receive the preparation you were supposed on Jidiri before coming to Earth?”
Janet and Kris shared a look. “It was something unforeseen by the Ancients and... personal. It’s a moot point now anyway.” Kris suddenly stood and paced in what little room was available. She stopped and leaned against the credenza that O’Neill had sat on the day they’d arrived. “General, part of what I had to do while on the Nox world was to decide if I was willing to take on this role that everyone seems so eager for me to play – this role of Earth’s Guardian. Truth be told, I have already spent a lifetime fighting things much more vile and evil than you can possibly imagine. I’ve spilled the blood of more beings than I care to count.” Kris took a deep breath and swallowed the lump that had formed in her throat.
Janet got up from her chair and stood next to her wife. She took Kris’s hand in her own. Janet knew how Kris struggled with her past from time to time – just like any soldier who had seen action. [I’m right here, love.] Still holding Kris’s hand, Janet led her wife back to the chairs.
With Janet’s support Kris was able to continue. “I wore my uniform for more years than any Human on this base has been alive. I find the pacifism of the Nox much more to my liking at this point in my life.” She took a deep breath and slowly let it out. “So how can a pacifist fill the role of Earth’s Guardian? That’s what I asked Ohper. A true pacifist can’t. I had to come to accept the fact that I am not a true pacifist, because there are a few things that I am still willing to kill for.” She couldn’t prevent a quick glance at Janet.
General Hammond saw the glance and knew exactly what it meant.
“However, having said that, I am not willing to take a life unnecessarily, even an enemy’s. What I have been doing is working to hone my skills and abilities so that it will be easier to not kill if possible. I intend to use my skills and abilities defensively or for protection, rather than offensively or to attack. I will always choose the path that leads to the least amount of bloodshed – even for the enemy. That is the choice I’ve made – as Earth’s Guardian.”
Hammond held her eyes as he took her measure. Finally he nodded. “Very well.” He paused for a moment. “Is there anything else you require?”
The general sat back. He’d already spoken with the White House about integrating Kris into the SGC and had been granted quite a bit of leeway – especially considering how important she seemed to be to... important allies. He could give her just about anything she might want. “Go ahead, Kris.”
“As you know, I’m from the future. However, I’m not ignorant of the past, nor of the dangers of interfering with it.”
“I’ve had a little experience with that myself,” Hammond replied. “SG-1 was accidentally sent back in time to 1969 – where I met them when I just a lieutenant.”
“I know; I’ve read the files.”
The general’s eyebrows climbed up his forehead. “How?”
“Remember, General, from my perspective, this is all 500 years in my past. The point is, there are going to be times when I may know something that I cannot share with you. What I need from you is the understanding that there will be times when I need to do something that makes no sense to you and that I won’t be able to explain, and other times I can’t do anything for the same reason. My actions are not always going to makes sense or seem reasonable.”
“So you want the latitude to either do, or not do, as you see fit in a given situation, and trust that you have a good reason for it,” Hammond summed up.
The general took a deep breath and slowly let it out. It was a lot to ask – blind faith in an individual he really didn’t know much about despite the company she kept and endorsements she’d received.
During the past week Hammond had contacted some of Earth’s allies. The Tollan were impressed to learn Earth was getting a Guardian – they believed the last Guardian had been killed almost a 1000 years ago. The Tok’ra were less enthused. There was no love lost between the Guardians and the Goa’uld. The Goa’uld steered cleared of worlds that had Guardians. And there was a grudging... tolerance of Guardians by the Tok’ra. It wasn’t something they talked about.
So the general then contacted Thor and asked a few questions: Why now? If a Guardian kept the Goa’uld away why not before now? Thor had said that a Guardian was the Alliance personified. And Kris was assigned not to deal with the Goa’uld, but to help Earth fight a greater foe that was out there. He also told Hammond that she was the last her kind – the last Guardian.
“Alright, Kris. I’ll do my best to accommodate you.”
“Thank you, General. I know it’s not easy.”
“My medical and personnel files. Access to them should be limited to as few people as possible.”
“I agree wholeheartedly. Kris carries the DNA of all four races of the alliance. Her physiology is unique. There are too many of the wrong kind of people who would be interested in her if they found out. Her medical file should be kept off of the computer system and locked in the CMO’s safe, and her personnel file in yours.”
Hammond nodded. “Speaking of which, your reinstatement has been cleared, Doctor. I still haven’t been able to permanently fill the CMO billet. It’s yours... if you want it.”
Janet exchanged a quick look with Kris. “I’ll take it, General.”
“Then Janet is to be my doctor – my only doctor.” As the general drew in a breath to object, Kris cut him off. “Janet is the only one familiar with my unique physiology and has the specific training to treat me. She can, of course, have others assist her, but that is up to her.”
Hammond looked at Janet and before he could even open his mouth she spoke.
“She’s right, sir. If Kris is conscious she can enter into a healing meditation similar to Teal’c’s kelnorim and self-heal. If she’s unconscious I’m the only one familiar with her unique physiology. I’ve been her doctor for over five years now.”
“You’re also her wife.”
“I know. We have a bond and it’s exactly why the Nox taught me to use it to treat her.”
Hammond sighed knowing he was beat. “Very well. You do realize that means any time Kris is off-world you will be required to stay here on the base, regardless of how long the mission.”
“That’s fine, sir. Cassie’s in college now. I would just be going home to an empty house. I’d just as soon be here to welcome her home,” she said with a smile.
“Alright. I’ll make sure that you are assigned permanent quarters here on the base.”
A few other things were worked out before the women left, such a settlement package for Kris which included enough to purchase transportation and clothes, ID, driver’s license, social security card, etc. – everything needed to be a ‘person’ on Earth and a citizen of America.
Kris also told Hammond that anything having to do with herself or Janet should be classified and put into a secured file – the Phoenix file.
Chapter 28 (Conclusion)
The house, of course, had been left to Cassie, and the mortgage insurance paid it off. Janet wasn’t sure what was going to happen with the insurance company, but Hammond said the Air Force would square things one way or the other, so she didn’t need to worry about it.
Janet inserted the key Hammond had given her in the front door. She hesitated.
“What’s wrong?” Kris asked.
“It’s been a while since... I’ve been here.”
Kris put her hands on her wife’s shoulders and turned Janet around to look into her eyes. “It’s okay, love. I’m right here with you.”
Janet closed her eyes as she took solace in Kris’s warm embrace. “It’s probably stuffy inside and a mess.”
“I don’t care. It’s your home.”
Janet pulled back and looked into impossibly dark eyes. “It’s our home. But it doesn’t have to be. We can sell it and buy a new place.”
“And why would we want to do that?” Kris asked with a smile. “This is where you raised your daughter. You have a lot of memories here, Janet.”
“God, I love you.” Janet kissed Kris before turning back around and opening the front door.
When the couple entered the house, it was immediately apparent that someone had very recently cleaned the place. There was a pleasant, light citrus scent in the air.
“Janet.” Kris pointed out a note on the table in the foyer.
The doctor picked up the note and opened it.
I didn’t know when you’d get back from off-world, but figured you wouldn’t feel like having to clean house when you did. Welcome home.
PS: Be warned, the colonel is already planning a welcome home party for you. Don’t be surprised if the team shows up for an ‘impromptu’ BBQ.
Kris slipped her arms around Janet’s waist from behind and kissed the side of her neck. “She’s a good friend,” she said softly.
“Yes, she is. Sam’s been my best friend for a long time.”
“And she was your lover.”
“For a little while.”
“This can’t be easy for her.”
“Sam’s always been a person of honor and integrity.” Janet turned in her wife’s arms and slipped her own arms around Kris’s neck. “You’re a lot alike, you know.”
“Hmm, does that mean I have competition?” Kris asked playfully.
“No one could ever compete with you, my love. You are my heart and soul,” Janet replied seriously. They kissed. “Come on, let me show you around.”
Janet was sitting in the corner of the couch with her feet up on the coffee table. Kris was stretched out on the couch, leaning against her wife with her head pillowed against Janet’s chest. Janet’s fingers slowly carded through Kris’s silky hair as they watched some TV.
“I love this.”
“What? The TV show?” Janet asked.
Kris let out a bark of laughter. “No, silly. I love time spent like this with you.”
Janet kissed the top of Kris’s head. “I do, too.” She took a deep breath and let it out. “I’m afraid we won’t have nearly as much time like this once we start at the SGC.”
The doorbell rang.
Janet dropped another kiss on the top of her wife’s head. “I’ll get that.” She slipped out from under Kris and went to the front door. She smiled when she opened it.
“Hey, Doc! We bring steaks and beer.”
“I guess you better come on in then, Colonel.”
Daniel, Teal’c, and Sam followed him in, each carrying a grocery bag full of food.
Sam paused next to Janet. “I warned you he’d do this.”
Janet smirked. “I’m surprised he managed to wait until we’d been home three days.”
“Me, too,” the blonde said with a chuckle. She started to head to the kitchen but Janet stopped her with a hand on her arm.
“For everything. You’ve been so helpful and supportive through everything recently. Thank you.”
“I told you: I’ll always be your friend.”
“I know. I just want you to know I appreciate everything you’ve done.”
“You’re welcome,” she said with a small smile.
Jack took command of the party, directing everything and refusing to let Janet do anything. He and the rest of the team had brought more than just steaks and beer. They’d also brought potato salad, coleslaw, rolls, baked beans, soda, and booze... and cake.
After the steaks were cooked and everyone was seated at the dining room table Jack stood up. Everyone looked at him expectantly.
“You all know I’m not one for fancy speeches, but there are a couple of things I’d like to say. First off, Doc... it just hasn’t been the same around here without you. We’ve all missed you, I’ve missed you. We’re glad you’re back.”
“Thank you, Colonel,” Janet said with a smile. “But you do know that won’t get you out of your annual physical, which by my calculation is due very soon.”
Jack grinned. “As long as it’s you doing it, I won’t even try to hide this time. So go ahead and schedule it. I’ll be on time.”
“Pfft. I’ll believe that when I see it,” Janet quipped.
“Jack, sit down and let’s eat. The steaks are getting cold,” Daniel pointed out.
“I just have one other thing to say.” He turned and looked at Sam. “Carter.”
“Catch.” He tossed a small box to her and then sat down.
Fortunately Sam had good reflexes and caught the box. “What’s this?”
“Open it up and find out.”
Sam opened the small box to reveal silver oak leaves.
“Congratulations, Lt. Colonel,” Jack with a grin. “Now we can eat.”
“Sam! That’s great!” exclaimed Daniel.
“A well deserved promotion, Colonel Carter.”
“Congratulations, Sam,” Janet said as she leaned over and gave her a quick hug.
Kris mostly sat back and observed that evening. She asked a few questions that prompted the others to cheerfully tell stories about Janet from their perspective. Even though Daniel was a natural storyteller, Jack was the one who regaled them with one outrageous tale after another that evening. And it was obvious that Jack took great pride in trying to get under Janet’s skin and embarrassing her. But Janet wasn’t rising to the bait. She was laughing just as hard as everyone else and even told a few stories at her own expense.
Teal’c was the designated driver and ended up driving a drunk colonel and archeologist home. After the men left, Janet and Sam relaxed in the living room. Kris had insisted on cleaning up in the kitchen by herself. It was mostly just a matter of rinsing the dishes and putting them in them in the dishwasher.
It had been a chilly fall night, so a fire had been started in the fireplace. Sam and Janet were sitting on the floor leaning against the couch, sipping some wine that Janet had opened after the men had left. Janet got up to put another log on the fire.
“Is that a new picture on the mantle?” Sam asked.
“Yeah.” Janet handed it to Sam before placing the new log on the dying fire.
“Who is it?”
“That’s Lena, Kris’s first wife.”
“Oh.” Sam paused. “She was pretty.”
Janet nodded in agreement. “She was a remarkable woman. I wish I’d gotten the chance to know her.” She took the picture and placed it back on the mantle, gazing at it.
“It doesn’t bother you to have her picture here? Especially on the mantle with all the other ‘special’ pictures.”
“Not at all. I’m the one that placed it there.” She turned and looked at Sam. “I would never ask Kris to forget about her. She loved Lena very much. I also know how much she loves me.”
“That telepathic link, huh?”
Janet smiled. “Something like that. But I’d know even without the bond we have. She shows me in so many ways, and I feel it... in my soul.”
“Anyone need a refill?” Kris called from the kitchen as she finished up.
“Nope. We’re good, honey.”
Kris joined the other two with her own glass of wine and they relaxed in front of the fire and talked. A few questions by Sam got both Janet and Kris to open up and talk about their life on Jidiri.
It hadn’t escaped Sam’s notice that Janet and Kris, while not being ‘in everyone’s face’ about their relationship, were a very tactile couple. They were almost always in some form of physical contact, whether they were holding hands, or one had her arm around the other, or they were simply touching. But now that the men were gone, the two were even more affectionate with each other. Kris was sitting, as Sam was, on the floor leaning against the couch. Janet was sitting between her wife’s legs leaning back against Kris who had her arm around Janet’s waist.
Kris set her wineglass on the end table, pushing a framed picture aside to make room.
“Is that a new picture of you, Janet?” Sam asked. “I don’t remember that one.”
Kris picked up the picture and handed it to Sam.
“Well, it’s sort of new. It was taken at the park on Jidiri over three years ago,” Janet said with a smile.
“You look really happy.”
“It was taken just a few days after we were married.” Kris couldn’t keep from smiling as she gave Janet a squeeze. “It’s my favorite picture of her,” she said. “Of course, she looked a little different just a few minutes after that picture was taken,” she added with a grin.
“What do you mean?”
“She means she dumped me in the pond right after that,” Janet said with a chuckle.
Sam looked at them surprised.
“Well, I had to cool your jets somehow before you got us arrested for public indecency.”
Janet elbowed her wife’s ribs playfully. “Right. Like you weren’t a willing participant. Besides, you should have known it wouldn’t work,” she said with a smirk. “Anyway, there’s no law enforcement on Jidiri.”
Kris actually blushed. “Yeah, well... I think we scared the fish.”
Janet sat up, twisted, and gave her wife a kiss. “But we had fun.”
Sam chuckled, but was having more than a little trouble picturing Janet as a publicly demonstrative person. As two Air Force officers they could never have risked such behavior when they dated. And even though she’d been affectionate with Kris when the guys were around, once they left Janet had let her guard down completely. Sam realized the trust Janet was demonstrating in their friendship... and it felt good. It was also obvious that Janet was really happy.
“I know you two were friends for quite a while before you got involved, but who approached whom about becoming more than friends?” Sam asked.
“Janet did – but only because she beat me to it.”
“Yeah. And how long would I have had to wait if I’d left it up to you?” teased Janet.
Kris grabbed Janet’s waist and started to tickle her. Janet quickly set her wineglass on the table as she laughed and tried to still her wife’s hands.
“Are you saying I wouldn’t be worth the wait?” Kris asked.
Amid her laughter Janet managed to squirm out of Kris’s grasp, turned, kneeled in front of her attacker, took Kris’s face in both of her hands and really laid one on her. “Of course you’d be worth the wait. I waited my whole life for you. I was born to love you.”
Kris knew she was grinning like a fool as she murmured, “Sweet talker.”
Janet stood, picked up her empty wineglass and took a couple of steps towards the kitchen. She looked back over her shoulder with a smirk. “I need some way to keep from being tickled to death.” She continued on her way. “Do you want some more wine?”
“No thank you. I’ve had plenty.”
“How about you, Sam?”
Kris got up to go to the bathroom so Sam joined Janet in the kitchen.
“You need help with anything?” Sam asked.
“No. I’m just putting the cake away. Kris took care of everything else.” She put the leftover cake in the refrigerator.
“You’ve changed, Janet.”
Janet looked at the blonde in surprise. “I have?”
“Yes, you have. You smile and laugh a lot more than you used to. You’re... freer, more relaxed... happier. I know Kris has a lot to do with it. I think... It’s obvious you two were meant to be together.” They hugged. “I’m so happy for you, Janet.”
Janet knew what Sam words meant – she had finally come to a resolution about her feelings for Janet and Janet’s marriage to Kris. “I’m glad to hear to you say that. Your friendship means so much to me, Sam, and I didn’t want anything to come between us. Thank you so much.”
“Yes, thank you, Sam, for everything.”
The two friends parted and looked at Kris where she stood in the doorway. She walked over and slipped her arm around her wife’s shoulders as Janet’s arm snaked around Kris’s waist. Kris held her hand out and Sam took it. They shook hands as they exchanged warm smiles.