A little filler-fic for the SG-1 episode ‘The Road not taken’. Written for Stargateland’s missing scene challenge. It’s a gen fic, but thanks to dizzy and her fic for the same challenge (where she said that Vala should get off-base more often), there’s the slightest little hint of C/V here. Title:
10.14 The Road not taken / SG-1
It had been two days. Two days since Sam disappeared and not reappeared again. The first assumption everyone had was that she was out of face. Naturally, they tried to talk to her using the Sodan cloaking devices, but this didn’t amount to anything. So they came to the conclusion that she had to be in another alternate dimension – or as Cam said, an alternate, alternate, alternate dimension.
They didn’t really know how to get her back as the device had been with her in the room. So they took the only road they were able to take and, assuming that she’d stay in that room most of the time, working on the device, kept her company.
“Oh, yeah, and that one time, when you took that giant new Goa’uld ship down. That was cool. You know, the one where you had these armthingies. Wish I could have been there. There are a lot of things I’d do with superpowers.” Cam paused to think about this for a few moments.
“Well, okay, I think the superpower I really want would be flying. Just getting off the ground without any technical help, that would be great. Also teleportation. Oh, and of course super speed!”
He noticed that he veered off the topic again. He tended to do that, but he found that he didn’t really mind. And he hoped that Sam, if she was even here, wouldn’t mind either. He had discovered, quite to his surprise, that he really liked these conversations. He had felt rather strange at first, talking to an empty room, but now his shifts were always the longest, except Vala’s of course, and unlike some others he still didn’t really want to stop.
Teal’c refused to speak at all now, saying he had said everything he had to say on the first day and now he just arranged his candles all over the room and Kel’noreemed, or meditated or whatever. Cam tried to ask him about that once, knowing that he didn’t need to do that any more, but he just earned a stoic glance, so now he just let him do whatever he wanted to do. As long as Sam had company, he guessed it was alright.
Vala had been all over this, talking about a thousand different things, cheering everybody up. She was the one person who refused adamantly to just give up and stop. Which was another reason why Cam didn’t mind those long shifts. He had seen her in the cave when Daniel was risking everything to save them. He knew that she had been hit hardest when Daniel disappeared, even though she was the one who knew him the briefest of all his team members.
And now Sam disappeared and he had assumed it was really difficult for Vala to loose another team member – another friend, but she didn’t show it outwardly so he hadn’t said anything.
But then today when he had been a little early for his shift, thinking he’d talk with Vala and - presumably - Sam, a little before sending Vala to lunch, he could hear her from the corridor, laughing it off, obviously telling a funny story. He hadn’t really meant to eavesdrop, but he had been really curious what the others talked about on their shifts so he just stood there in the corridor, listening.
And suddenly, just in the middle of a sentence, everything became quiet. After a bit Cam took a step into the room, thinking something happened, and found Vala just sitting there, her eyes closed, tears running down her cheeks.
Hastily, not wanting to intrude, he made it back to the corridor.
And now, after he had given her some time to catch her composure again, and then went down to the room with extra loud steps, to find her completely at ease, even smiling and laughing, he thought he should definitely keep an eye on her.
Maybe they could go for coffee tomorrow. Or better yet, he’d take her off-base for dinner. She’d been cooped up here for so long, she’d probably hungered for a little time outside. Teal’c or someone else could keep Sam company while they got away.
Yes, dinner definitely. At the thought of that he smiled to himself. Dinner was a great idea.