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TITLE: Hard Decisions
CHARACTERS: SG-1, Jolinar, Martouf/Lantash, Freya/Anise
PAIRINGS: None (I guess brief hints at Jolinar/Martouf/Lantash)
SUMMARY: Sokar is on the way to Earth with a gigantic fleet, and the only hope lies hidden in memories from Jolinar.
CATEGORY: AU, drama, adventure, angst
PROMPT: 182. Jolinar, Sam, any. Problem was, the only one who had known the location was Jolinar, and Sam couldn't for the life of her (or anyone else) remember.
NOTES: Written for apocalypse kree! 2015 on LiveJournal. * denotes host/symbiote internal communication.


"You have got to remember, Carter!" O'Neill exclaimed. "We're screwed if you don't!"

"I know! Believe me, I do!" Sam said, desperation in her voice. "I've tried, but I just don't think the memory is there!"

"That's quite possibly true," Martouf said slowly. "Jolinar did not see the place herself, but her queen-mother did. The memory would have been only in her genetic memory."

"Which I probably don't have any of," Sam concluded, a defeated look in her face.

"Damn!" O'Neill said.

"The plan was pretty far fetched in any case. I mean, if I could remember where Jolinar's... mother saw the Ancient weapon, and if we could get it and mount it on a ship, and reach Earth in less than three days, and actually get it to work..." Sam said.

"I know!" O'Neill said. "Doesn't mean it isn't the best option. The only option, unfortunately. At least Jacob has managed to steal a mothership we can mount the weapon on, if only we can find it!"

"Well, there must be some other way of stopping Sokar, right?" Daniel said. "It doesn't make sense this is the only one."

"He'll arrive on Earth with his fleet in three days!" O'Neill exclaimed. "A fleet that's bigger than what all the other System Lords have. Together! How will you stop that with any other weapon than something like that Ancient cannon? If it can do what you say it can."

"Yes. It is likely Sokar will soon be the new Supreme System Lord as well," Teal'c said.

"It was most unfortunate the Tok'ra were prevented from launching a bomb at Netu, when the opportunity to kill Sokar presented itself," Martouf pointed out.

"Is that a 'we told you so'? May I remind you we'd all have been killed if that thing had gone off!" O'Neill said.

"As pleasing as living is to us, it may turn out to be the doom of your people - and possibly many others to follow," Martouf said. He dipped his head.

"There may be a way to access the memory..." Lantash hesitated.

"Yes? Let's hear it, man!" O'Neill demanded.

Lantash got a miffed expression at his tone, but answered, "It is possible that Jolinar's body can be... recreated."

"Recreated!?" O'Neill stared at him.

"I'm sorry... wasn't her body absorbed?" Daniel asked.

"Yes, but not the tendrils she sent into Samantha's brain. Those would remain indefinitely."

"Why didn't you say so before?" O'Neill exclaimed.

"Because it wouldn't be her." Sam looked at Lantash, understanding.

"Samantha is correct." He got a pained expression. "If she was recreated from the tendrils, she would be as she was when she was born. A Goa'uld."

"What!?" O'Neill looked at him with disbelief. "Doesn't that genetic memory of yours get, uh, updated?"

Lantash nodded. "It does. Except for in the tendrils."

"But this memory, she would still have it, wouldn't she? I mean, you said it was from her, ah, queen-mother," Daniel said.

"Yes. She would."

"So what's the problem?" O'Neill asked. "If you think it can be done in time, that is."

"I believe it can, with the assistance of a Furling device Anise found a few months ago. However..." He looked at Sam, his expression guarded.

"However, it would have to happen inside me, isn't that correct?" Sam asked.

"It is."

"Which means Major Carter would become host to a Goa'uld," Teal'c concluded.

"Ah." O'Neill looked repulsed.

"Well, she would have the knowledge, and if all goes well, the Tok'ra can remove her afterwards," Sam said sternly. "I am willing to do it."

"Uh, how can we be sure she'll even tell us? If she's a Goa'uld, I mean," Daniel asked.

"We cannot. However, we may be able to convince her it is to her advantage. It is a powerful weapon, and any Goa'uld would probably want it," Lantash said, his expression haunted.

"In addition, we could promise her she'll be allowed to live if she helps us save Earth," Daniel suggested. "Not in Sam, I mean, but..."

"I know what you mean, and it may work - if she believes you." Sam shook her head. "Never mind. It's our best bet."

"It is. Lantash - take us to that damn Goa'uld-creating device," O'Neill ordered.

"You're sure this will work as it should?" Sam asked.

"Yes. While I have not actually tested it, I have studied it extensively, and I am certain I can program it with proficiency," Anise said.

"Why would the Furling create a snake-resurrection thingie?" O'Neill asked.

"The device is not meant specifically for recreating symbiotes, but for any lifeform," Anise said. "Are you prepared, Major Carter?"

"Ah, yes. Well, as much as I'll ever be, I guess." She looked at Martouf, who looked pained. "I'm sorry. I know this must be hard for you. To have Jolinar back, in a way - but without her memories. And with a mostly different personality, I guess."

"She will not be my Jolinar. My Jolinar was not a Goa'uld. That was... in another life," Martouf said. "This symbiote would just be like any... Goa'uld." He looked down.

Sam nodded. "I understand."

"Samantha, I promise you that we will remove... the symbiote from you as soon as we have the information we need," Martouf told her, steeling himself.

"I know," Sam said. She sighed. "Let's get this over with."

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