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10. Making Plans

Jacob and Martouf had driven back to the place where they had parked their car, inside a small forest outside Denver. Martouf remained there with the still unconscious Sam, while Jacob drove away to return the truck they had rented.

The truck rental was only about a mile from the forest, so Jacob returned quickly and drove the car back to the place where they were staying.

After making sure no one was looking, they carried the unconscious Sam into the apartment.

Teal'c and Bra'tac were in there when they arrived.

"How is Major Carter?" Teal'c asked, worried.

"I would have expected her to have awakened by now, but we may have made the drug slightly stronger than needed," Martouf said, placing her on one of the beds.

Just then, Sam made a soft sound and moved a little, then suddenly opened her eyes. She frowned and looked at him. " Martouf? Martouf!"

"Yes, Samantha. You're safe."

"Where am I?" She sat up, then groaned and lay down again.

"Be careful. Your body has not yet cleared the drug," Martouf said.

"How can you be here, Martouf? On Earth - and alive?"

"It is a long story, but we are here to stop Daniel Jackson," Martouf said.

"Indeed. Myself, Bra'tac, Jacob, and Martouf, together with O'Neill are trying to capture Daniel Jackson."

"And hopefully fix him. Hi, Sam," Jacob said.

"Dad!" Sam slowly shook her head, when she saw him, Teal'c, and Bra'tac too.

Jacob smiled at her. "How are you feeling, Sammie?"

"I've been better, but I'm really happy to be out of that prison cell!" Sam said. "You're really here to do something about Daniel?"

"Yes," Teal'c confirmed.

"Teal'c - I'm so glad you made it away. I wasn't sure what had happened."

"As am I," Teal'c said.

"Listen, have you got something to eat? I'm suddenly feeling very hungry. I didn't get to eat much of the lunch at the prison." She smiled. "I'm starting to feel a little better." She sat up. "And I'd also really like to know what's going on."

Martouf nodded. "The drug makes you become hungry."

"Yeah, it's a side effect. I'll get you a sandwich and something to drink. The others can begin getting you up to date," Jacob said, leaving the bedroom.


It was a few hours later when the door to their place opened and O'Neill entered, looking upset.

"Jack! What happened?" Jacob asked. "We heard a siren go off maybe an hour ago, and they say on the news that people should stay inside. They've declared a state of emergency!"

"Sir!" Sam looked at him. "What did Daniel say?"

O'Neill closed the door and went to sit down, shaking his head. Then he got up again. "I need a beer."

He went to the kitchen, then returned to the living room where the others were waiting.

"Well?" Jacob asked.

O'Neill took a long drink from his beer, then sat down. "Okay." He shook his head again. "Things just went completely crazy! I'm happy I made it here! I mean, Daniel - he wiped out Moscow!"

"He did what?" Sam asked, shocked.

"Used the weapon to blow up Moscow... and then, when the Russians didn't surrender immediately, he did the same to Saint Petersburg!"

"Are we at war with Russia now?" Jacob asked. "Was that the reason for the siren?"

"No, they surrendered. As did China, when Daniel took out Beijing and a couple other big cities."

"This is insane!" Sam exclaimed. "Why would he do that?"

"To get power! He's lost it, I tell you. Completely! Do you know what he did then?"

"I do not," Teal'c said.

"No. What?" Jacob asked, not sure he really wanted to know.

"He insisted our government should hand over control to him, and when they refused, he took out Philadelphia and New York, just to show them he could. He then gave them ten minutes to give him command, or he would blast Washington."

"New York and Philadelphia are gone?" Sam asked, disbelieving.

"Yes," O'Neill confirmed, taking another drink.

"What did the President say?" Jacob asked.

"What could he say? Daniel is the only one who has control of that infernal weapon. He's now the supreme leader of our country. God help us all!" O'Neill shook his head.

"Why did Daniel even let you go?" Sam asked.

"Why not? There isn't a lot I can do, and he's consolidating his power as we speak. He's got about fifteen guards in there - or did, when I left. It's probably more now."

"It was ten last I went there," Sam said.

"In that case we need to take him out immediately. Before he digs himself in further," Jacob said.

"Agreed, but we should wait until evening. I managed to talk to the guards we'd singled out. The one that worked at Stargate Command - his name is Jeffrey Isaacs, by the way - has agreed to help us. He'll be back on the job tonight, around 2200 hours. I also approached the other guy, the one that slunk off to procrastinate. He's on duty tonight too, but he's willing to look the other way for twenty five grand."

"That's good, at least. Do you have any way of contacting them?" Jacob asked.

O'Neill nodded. "I have the phone number for Isaacs. The other guy we just hand the money to and he disappears."

"Okay, call Isaacs and tell him to try to turn off the alarms around 2300 hours. We'll use the jammer on the cameras, so no one should detect us before we're inside. Hopefully," Jacob said.

"Carter - how much of Daniel's mansion have you seen? I was only taken to his office, and then transported directly to some underground bunker, so I'd appreciate if you have more knowledge of it before we're going in," O'Neill said.

Sam nodded. "I've seen most of it, but I think he's made some changes - particularly to security - after I had my, ah, falling out with him."

"I'm assuming he sleeps in the mansion?" Jacob asked.

"Yes. He has some private rooms upstairs, not far from his office. He talked about having some installed below too, accessible from the bunker."

"I have a feeling he'll be in those," O'Neill said. "I'm assuming you know where the controls for the rings are?"

"I do, but he had had security measures installed last I was there."

"Meaning?"

"Meaning it may not be so easy to access them."

"I believe we can circumvent that, though we may need a little time. We have mobile control units which are made to break through at least the Goa'uld countermeasures we know about. Those Apophis uses are well known and not a problem, but Doctor Jackson may have changed them," Martouf said.

"All right, I'll note that as a 'maybe'. Carter, could we cut the power to the whole building? That would solve the problem," O'Neill said.

Sam shook her head. "No, he's got several backup naquadah generators."

O'Neill sighed. "Okay - why don't you sit down with the layout of the mansion that Jacob got from Harriman. Note anything that's different or added, in as much detail as you can. Draw a map, if possible."

"Yes, sir."

"We should probably get out of here soon. With the state of emergency, we can't drive around freely. There's a curfew going into effect at sundown," O'Neill said.

"Right. We'll park somewhere not too far from Daniel Jackson's mansion," Jacob said. "Then we can walk there on foot, hopefully keeping away from any soldiers and police that are bound to be patrolling."

"Which leads to another problem. We're probably not going to be able to get out of there after catching Daniel, even if all goes well," Sam reminded them.

"I agree. We should have someone come pick us up in the teltac. It should be possible to lock on to the rings in the building," Jacob said.

"I'll go call Isaacs." O'Neill sighed. "I really hate having rushed things like this, but I don't see any other option right now."



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