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6. Discoveries

"Feeling better, Sergeant?" Gibbs said.

"Yes, but my head still hurts. I will be going home for the rest of the day. Sorry about the... screw-up."

"Some screw-up! What were you thinking? And why did you lie to Tony?" Gibbs asked, clearly annoyed.

"I... wanted to show that I could handle myself," Peterson said.

In the room at the other end of the corridor, Sam, O'Neill, Teal'c, and Martouf had each taken one of the four zat'nik'tels recovered from the Jaffa.

Martouf suddenly froze. "I believe one of the Jaffa is approaching us." He activated his zat'nik'tel and quickly stepped out into the corridor, spotting Gibbs and Peterson. "Or maybe it is not a Jaffa..."

Peterson - or rather the Goa'uld in control of his body - had sensed Martouf/Lantash as well, and now flashed his eyes and grabbed hold of Gibbs. He spoke, with the usual flanged voice used by the symbiotes, "I will kill him, Tok'ra, if you do not let me leave."

"You are in no position to make demands," Martouf said, firing once with his zat'nik'tel.

The Goa'uld, Aned, had not expected this, and was temporarily stunned by the shot. Gibbs, who had been hit as well, sank to the floor, unconscious.

"Did you have to shoot them both?" O'Neill asked.

"Would you have preferred I waited until the Goa'uld had time to hurt him? He was not going to let him go!" Martouf insisted, hurrying to the Goa'uld.

Meanwhile, the Goa'uld who had only been hit by part of a shot, was already recovering.

"Don't shoot him again! We need him alive!" O'Neill exclaimed.

"It is doubtful a second shot would kill him in this situation, but I will avoid risking it," Martouf said, quickly grabbing hold of the Goa'uld and pushing him fully down on the floor.

The Goa'uld fought him, but was still weak, and Martouf twisted his arm up behind his back as the others hurried to them.

McGee, Tony, and Kate had come into the corridor and saw Gibbs on the floor.

"Boss!" Tony exclaimed, running towards them, followed by his friends.

Sam leaned down to check on Gibbs, who made a small groan and a grimace. "He'll be fine."

Teal'c had taken over from Martouf and pulled the Goa'uld to his feet, holding him hard.

"I believe 'the Eye of the Hippopotamus' is in his pocket," Martouf said, checking and finding it. He fished it out and studied it. "Interesting - it is smaller than I expected."

"What the Hell is 'the Eye of the Hippopotamus'!" Gibbs exclaimed, sitting up.

"Good to see you're better, boss!" Kate smiled.

"Let go of me! Shol'vah!" the Goa'uld insisted.

"I will do no such thing!" Teal'c exclaimed.

"This." Martouf held out his hand where the artefact was lying, covering most of his palm. "It is 'the Eye of the Hippopotamus'."

"It's the name of the artefact," Daniel told him helpfully.

"Lord Selkhet will kill you all if you do not let me leave. With 'the Eye of the Hippopotamus'," the Goa'uld threatened.

"What's wrong with his voice?" Tony asked.

Gibbs rose. "That's not all. His eyes flashed just before we were both shot by that stun gun!" He looked hard at O'Neill. "You have a lot to explain!"

"Ah, it's... it's a side effect. Of being host to those symbiotes," Daniel explained weakly.

"That doesn't make any sense. None of the others have shown those symptoms," McGee said.

"It can happen when you... haven't been prepared for it. Like your other prisoners," Sam lied, feeling stupid.

The Goa'uld scoffed and looked towards Martouf. "Are your underlings idiots or have you decided not to share the truth with them?"

"I suggest putting Selkhet's servant in a holding cell while we capture the Ja... the escapees," Martouf said.

"I serve no one!" the Goa'uld exclaimed.

Gibbs shook his head. "By all means - throw him in a cell and let's get those damn thieves caught. I'm guessing he was the one letting them out in the first place!"

"Most likely. As a diversion so he could take 'the Eye of the Hippopotamus'."

"You have so much explaining to do that I do not even know where you shall begin! How did you knew this weirdo was working with the burglars," Gibbs grumbled. "Come on."

They had returned to the squad room after placing the Goa'uld in a holding cell and the artefact in a safe. Now they would have to make a decision on how to capture the escaped prisoners. Guards were already searching, but had not discovered them yet. It was a concern that they were almost certainly armed, as two guards had been killed and their weapons were missing.

"Hi, guys!" Abby called to them as she and Freya/Anise entered the room. "Have you seen Freya's awesome new outfit?"

"I am very pleased," Freya said, smiling at them.

They all looked at her, surprised. She was wearing tight black leather pants and a belt with rows of shiny metal studs, and high-heel knee-high black boots. She wore a black leather vest, short enough to leave most of her stomach bare, hugging her figure closely and laced all down the front, with several inches left open. Black lipstick, eyeliner, and eye shadow completed her goth outfit.

"Wow!" Tony whispered and began walking slowly towards her.

Abby grinned, having expected the reaction.

Gibbs gave Tony a slap over the back of the head. "Concentrate! We've got two bad guys to catch - in this building!"

"Sorry, boss. It's just... that outfit sure works for me!"

"Anything works for you, Tony," Kate said.

"How about you start working for me, DiNozzo?" Gibbs said. "Otherwise you'll soon be looking for work."

"Yes boss. Immediately," Tony said.

"It's certainly... different," Daniel said, finally closing his mouth.

"I like it." O'Neill grinned.

"See? I told you!" Abby said, giving Freya a friendly elbow in the side.

"Okay, enough time wasted on this! Two prisoners are on the loose in the building. The guards are searching the upper floors, so I suggest we take the basement. Move it, guys!" Gibbs ordered.

"Over there!" Tony exclaimed, just as they had entered a room filled with boxes and crates.

"I saw him," Teal'c said. "You will lure him out."

"What? Me?" Tony asked.

"Yes," Teal'c told him, picking up an apple that was lying together with a half-eaten sandwich on one of the crates. Clearly someone had had their lunch interrupted by the alarm.

Tony shook his head, but did as Teal'c told him. He stepped out from the safety of the boxes and called to the Jaffa. "Hey - big guy!"

The Jaffa rose and would have shot at Tony, but before he could do so Teal'c threw the apple hard through the air and hit the Jaffa on the temple, felling him.

"Nice!" Tony said, smiling relieved.

Gibbs walked into the room, seeing what had happened. "Get him back to his cell." He turned to Teal'c. "Nice shot." He bent down to slap handcuffs on the Jaffa.

"Thank you." Teal'c smiled, pleased. "The other one is not in here, though."

The Jaffa was waking, and Kate and McGee took him out of there to lock him up.

Meanwhile, the others continued searching, dividing up into teams. Sam, Martouf/Lantash, O'Neill, and Teal'c on one, and Tony, Daniel, Freya/Anise, and Gibbs on the other.

Tony had just entered a room, when a shot hit the wall beside him. "In here!" He dove for safety behind a large cabinet filled with binders.

"I shall kill you, worthless has'shak!" the Jaffa shouted and shot after him again. Only one more shot rang out, then the gun clicked several times.

"I believe he has forgotten your weapons have a very limited supply of ammunition," Freya said, stepping into the room and walking out into the open space.

"No! Be careful!" Daniel exclaimed.

Gibbs ran into the room just as Freya made a long blink and transferred control to Anise.

The Jaffa threw away the empty gun with an angry sneer and ran towards Anise. She stepped out of the way in a smooth movement and swung around and kicked the Jaffa in the head once, then one more time. The Jaffa was momentarily stunned, and Anise acted quickly. She jumped up and grabbed hold of a water pipe that ran along the roof, and lifted herself up and wrapped her legs around the Jaffa's neck, then twisted hard and snapped his neck.

Anise let go of the dead Jaffa who slipped to the ground, before she jumped down, landing with barely a sound. Turning around she saw that she now had an audience - Gibbs, Daniel, and Tony were all staring at her.

Tony looked at her with more than a little trepidation - and some interest.

"Ah, Freya... very nice..." Tony stammered, a bit pale.

She smiled, realizing that he had entertained very different thoughts about her athletic abilities.

Gibbs just smiled approvingly at Freya, and grinned at Tony.

"It looks like you guys have taken care of the last of the escaped prisoners," O'Neill observed as he walked into the room, followed by Sam, Martouf/Lantash, and Teal'c.

"Yes," Anise said, using Freya's voice. "It was not difficult."

"Not difficult?" Tony asked, surprised. "What kind of archaeologist gets into situations like this often enough to learn that kind of moves?"

"Maybe it's time for you to join some more training sessions, Daniel." O'Neill grinned. "Since you're also an archaeologist, I mean."

Daniel rolled his eyes.

"Perhaps I should consider hiring you, Freya." Gibbs smiled.

"That would be quite a long commute," O'Neill told him.

"Very long." Freya quickly grabbed hold of Gibbs's arm when he was about to go to the dead Jaffa. "Wait. The symbiote might still be alive, and may be mature enough to attempt to take a host."

Gibbs - and Tony, Daniel, Sam, and O'Neill - all took several steps back.

"It's not that I'd mind getting super powers, but you talked about side effects, and I need to know more about those," Tony said, throwing nervous glances in the direction of the Jaffa.

"Yes, which reminds me. Those 'super soldiers' - I don't believe the Russians created them. Not sure what the Air Force is involved in, but I'm sure I won't like it. Care to elaborate?" Gibbs asked. "Same goes for the fancy stun weapons and the plasma weapons."

"It was probably aliens," Tony said, grinning a little.

"It was Nirrti who created the Jaffa," Martouf said.

"And she is no more an alien than I am," Anise added.

"Mhm." Gibbs gave her a hard look. "Jaffa. I heard you call them that before. What does that mean? Who are you people?" He suddenly drew his knife. "Catch!" He threw it so it would fly past Anise at a distance of a couple inches.

She plucked it out of the air effortlessly and studied it for a moment before handing it back to him. "Why did you do that?"

"To test a theory of mine. Very very few people could do what you just did - and they would not be scientists," Gibbs said.

"I can do so as well," Teal'c told him.

"As can I," Martouf added.

"That only serves to prove my point!" Gibbs exclaimed.

"Well, what can I say - I have good people." O'Neill grinned.

Gibbs gave him a dirty look. "Aha" He shook his head. "It's obvious they have all been enhanced - just like those 'Jaffa' as you call them. What is the Air Force involved in?"

"We are not. Do you really think I am a Jaffa?" She indicated her stomach, most of which was visible in her rather revealing clothes. She pulled down on the skirt, giving them a view of much of her abdomen.

"Well, no - I guess one of those crosses would definitely be visible," Tony said, swallowing hard as he stared at her naked skin.

"I am pleased you realize this." Freya walked over to the dead Jaffa and checked his pouch. "The symbiote is dead. It is safe for you to approach."

"Then let's get out of here and on with the investigation." O'Neill checked his watch. "Half the time Selkhet gave us has passed."

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