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AN: This is set during season four of Sentinel after Alex Barnes drove a wedge between the guys, specifically during the episode Murder 101 when Jim is NOT a particularly nice person. Stargate is set near the end of season three when the original team is still acting like the original team.
Teal’c walked behind his teammates, watching the growing exasperation evident in every line of Daniel’s body.
Sometimes, he still had difficulty not thinking of Daniel as cha’til, a young man before his first battle. He’d never before met someone who could walk through the sorrows of war and retain so little of the horrors. His grief tore at him, but when the pain passed, Daniel was again whole. His enthusiasm and conviction that people were essentially good just never wavered. Teal’c himself could not claim to have remained unscathed by the horrors he had witnessed. Sometimes, in kelno’reem, he did not know himself. As a young man, he had been convinced of his own power, determined to challenge an unfair universe and bring it to its knees. These days, he sometimes wondered whether he made any difference at all.
Teal’c pushed that thought aside as he scanned the room into which O’Neill had led them. Perhaps O’Neill’s recent deception had created this sense of discord within him. When O’Neill had fled Earth, pretending to turn against his own team in order to infiltrate the NID, Teal’c had been disturbed at both the reactions of his team and his own thoughts. But now was the time for attentiveness.
Daniel had often chastised him for approaching every situation as though some great danger approached, but this room seemed to warrant suspicion. Enforcers officers and detectives the room, some with individuals who were restrained by metal cuffs. Teal’c quickly spotted the man with whom they wished to speak James Ellison. He was leaning over a desk talking with a younger man who had long hair pulled back into a ponytail. Teal’c had questioned such hair when he had first come to Earth, but these people thought nothing of providing an enemy with an advantage in hand to hand combat.
“I know. Where else can we look?” the young man asked as he jabbed at the computer with great frustration.
“I don’t know, but, uh. anyplace other than right here.” Detective Ellison pushed the younger man out of his way, physically shoving him to one side before pulling up a chair to take over the computer station. Teal’c limited himself to raising an eyebrow. He thought he might have misunderstood the interaction, but O’Neill and Daniel exchanged an equally concerned look.
“What’s going on? What are you doing?” The young one demanded, obviously upset, and yet no one in the room responded. Perhaps Ellison was in charge of the young one’s training, but if that were the case, he did not deserve the title of tec’ma te. The young one would be better choosing another for his teacher.
“Look, Chief, what would you like me to do? Kid’s got no charge. I got names to run in a murder case. I’d love to help you out, but my hands are tied with nothing else to go on. It’s just the law.” Ellison turned his back on the young one, but now Teal’c was even more confused. If he insulted Teal’c in such a manner, he would have found himself paying for his insult with a lesson in humility and manners. The young one only stared at Ellison with a lost expression that Teal’c rarely saw on adults. It was an expression of loss and pain that Daniel would sometimes wear, which was one reason why Teal’c still sometimes thought of his friend as cha’til rather than fellow warrior.
“Maybe this is a bad time, sir,” Carter said softly.
They had not taken more than a few steps into the crowded room, and based on what he had seen so far, Teal’c agreed with Carter’s assessment. If Ellison were having difficulties, they should seek his assistance later or perhaps just avoid him altogether.
“It’s just the law?!” The young one demanded incredulously; however, Ellison had already looked up from his computer, not toward his outraged companion but toward them. His eyes narrowed. O’Neill moved forward, immediately sliding into that casual fa that had deceived so many into believing that he was not a threat.
“Hey, you’re Ellison, aren’t you?” O’Neill said as he cheerfully offered his hand in greeting. Standing quickly, Ellison took the offered hand suspiciously.
“Do I know you?” Ellison asked. As soon as possible, he withdrew his hand,
and Teal’c noticed that the young one immediately moved to Ellison’s side. Whatever the conflict between them, the young one did not lack loyalty to his teacher.
“Jack O’Neill. We crossed paths at Fort Bragg about a million years ago. I had a little problem in the area O’Neill paused just long enough to give Daniel a disgusted look, “and I thought I might call on a little local help.”
“Colonel O’Neill?” Ellison asked, his eyes focusing on Teal’c for a long minute. The young one was now pressed closely to Ellison’s side looking very much like a kal’ma who had found himself in the middle of fighting adults. Certainly O’Neill had said nothing to create such alarm.
O’Neill smiled and turned to give Daniel a smug look. “I told you this was a good idea, Danny. He remembers me, but then how could anyone forget me?”
“I never said it wasn’t,” Daniel quickly shot right back.
“Ah, but you implied,” O’Neill chastised him. “Ellison, this is a friend of mine, Dr. Daniel Jackson, and this is Samantha Carter and Murray.” Teal’c nodded at the appropriate time, but Ellison actually looked more aggravated after the introductions. The young one at his side shifted his weight, and Ellison managed to bump into him in such a way to push him back. Teal’c wondered if the gesture were one of protectiveness or annoyance.
O’Neill, however, pushed on. “We have a little problem. One of Daniel’s friends called him because she’s in a little trouble. It seems like she was digging around in some computer files where she shouldn’t have been. which is not surprising for one of Daniel’s friends. Anyway, she riled up the wrong people, and we can’t seem to find her.” O’Neill laid the problem out so simply. The reality was far more complex involving computer security breaches of both SGC and the NID. A former friend of Daniel had become obsessed with the belief that the government had acted maliciously toward him, perhaps kidnapping him. In her search for evidence, she had unearthed far more secrets than it was safe for her to possess. Teal’c had no doubt that the NID would eliminate her given the chance, and Colonel O’Neill and General Hammond both agreed that the woman needed protection, assuming, of course, that she had not already been assassinated or kidnapped by others.
Ellison cocked his head to the side, clearly still uneasy with their presence. This time O’Neill and Carter exchanged a confused look.
“Elizabeth would not have just disappeared,” Daniel jumped in, obviously sensing the growing unease in the room and attempting to resolve it with his smile and enthusiasm. Teal’c often watched children do the same in their parents’ homes adults into forgetting disputes. This was a skill at which Daniel excelled. “I haven’t been around much lately, but we talked three days ago, and she was supposed to meet me today. I’m really worried.”
Unlike most of the universe, Ellison did not seem charmed by Daniel. “Missing persons? There’s a good detective on the second floor. I’ll Ellison started to say.
“Ah, proper channels,” O’Neill nodded wisely. “I’m not good with proper channels. or proper channels aren’t good with me, one or the other.” He shrugged dismissively. “But Daniel’s friend is in a good deal of trouble, and I was hoping you could give me a hand, one old soldier to another.”
the young one asked. He had been sick recently, severely enough that he still had the lingering effects of a hard fatigue clinging to him.
“I’m sorry,” Ellison said. He was shaking his head and still ignoring his companion. “I’m really quite busy, but I’ll call down to missing persons.” Ellison reached for the phone on his desk, and Teal’c noticed that the companion’s hand was actually reaching for him, fisting his shirt. Ellison gave him an unpleasant look, and he withdrew his hand and physically backed up a step.
“Ellison!” a loud voice commanded from across the room. Ellison tensed. A large man approached them, one who clearly expected and had earned respect. The eyes of all those in the room followed him, men checking their commander to see if his orders were for them. But this new man walked directly toward their group, his gaze for Ellison. O’Neill shifted his focus from Ellison to this new man.