SG-1 FIC: Under Friendly Fire - Chapter 3 Chapter 3
It took another half hour and several doors later before they finally found their way out of the building. Jack had been worried about the fact that they hadn’t seen anyone else in the building the whole time they were searching for a way out. Things were never this easy, at least not in his experience and he kept expecting others to jump out at him. For this reason, he was especially alert as they made their way through the fields located around the building.
Carter was still angry with them, he could tell. Who could blame her, he certainly didn’t. He remembered everything from the moment he woke up in that cell to the fierce pleasure he’d experienced at Carter’s expense. He remembered waking up in the same cell after his downfall wondering if he would ever survive the torture of knowing what he’d done and facing the memories of her face as she begged him to stop - memories that will torment him for a long time to come.
God, how he hated the men who had captured them and forced him to do the one thing that far outweighed anything he had ever done in his lifetime. The thought of more men capturing them again forced him to push his team into moving faster. If they could just get to the woods at the edge of the field, they would have a better chance of hiding out while they set off to look for the Gate. He turned toward Carter to tell her to pick up the pace, but yelled out to her instead when he saw four men come out of the building they had just left. “Move it Major,” he shouted as he took off at a run, dragging Daniel behind him. He glanced back to see that both Teal’c and Carter had followed his lead and were running to catch up.
They made it to the woods just in time, ducking behind trees to avoid the arrows that were flying toward them. Carter and Teal’c immediately found cover and began shooting their weapons back at the men who had followed them. Jack tried to help, but the chain he had wrapped around his left hand hampered his efforts. Every time he aimed, Daniel took intense delight in yanking on the chain causing Jack to miss his target by a mile. He finally settled on sitting this one out, although he did pull hard on the chain to cause Daniel to end up on the ground flat on his face. Jack was normally a decent man, but he took some pleasure in seeing his friend sputtering angrily through the gag in his mouth.
Teal’c and Carter took care of the men who had chased them into the woods, but Jack was not about to let his guard down now. “Carter,” he said, “Lead the way, Teal’c, you’re on our six. We need to get back to the Gate as soon as possible. Anyone know where we are?”
“No sir,” Carter said. Jack cringed inwardly when he looked over at her; he knew damn well how she got that cut on her lip. It appeared he wasn’t the only one who had left teeth marks on her, though. Anger surged through him as he remembered the ones on Carter’s chest, the ones that Teal’c knew about. God, Teal’c could have killed her with one punch, what were those people thinking? They didn’t care, he realized with a certainty. They were just looking for some entertainment.
Bastards, he fumed, suddenly glad that the people who had been shooting at them were dead. “Lead the way Carter,” he said again. He looked over at Daniel and was shocked to see him standing there with a look of utter horror and shame on his face. “Daniel?” he said, wondering if the drug was gone, realizing only a few moments later that he must have been wrong, because Daniel sneered and yanked hard on the chain to try to knock Jack off balance.
“There!” Carter exclaimed, “Did you see that? He was there for a second, I saw him!”
“I wonder why the drug doesn’t take total control over the user,” she mused quietly. “You guys came out and fought it while it had control, and those times were most prominent when you were least violent.”
“Carter!” Jack yelled to get her attention. “Can you think about this while you walk?” This was definitely something that he did not want to think about. He had raped his second in command and here she was telling him that it wasn’t entirely his fault. The hell it wasn’t! He remembered thinking it was wrong even as he rammed her head back into the wall to make her compliant. God, how he hated himself right then. He had always felt responsible for his team, taking the brunt of whatever horrors the Goa’uld could think up in order to save them from having to deal with the pain and torture. It wasn’t always a smart thing to do, but he’d rather suffer those horrors than to live with the guilt of letting his teammates go through it when he could have himself.
Years of training galvanized Carter into action and Jack fell into step behind her. They had absolutely no idea which way to go or how far away they were from their destination, but being on the move was better than waiting for the next group of sadists to find them. Daniel trailed behind him, lagging behind, forcing Jack to practically drag his friend along, but Jack finally realized that it was from fatigue more than a mean spirited attempt at sabotage. He well remembered the feeling of weariness just before he collapsed after taking Carter so brutally. The drug apparently knocked its victims out after a time and Daniel must be feeling the side affects. “Don’t pass out on me, Daniel,” he advised, as he looked back to see Daniel stumbling to keep up. “I’ll drag you if I have to.”
Daniel didn’t respond, mainly because he couldn’t through the gag, but Jack realized that he had been right in his assumption, Daniel was exhausted. They didn’t have a choice though and he continued to pull Daniel along as they made their way toward freedom. He intended to put as much distance between him and the bad guys as quickly as possible.
Carter kept moving as she consulted her equipment. Jack couldn’t help but admire her character and strength. She had just been raped by her commanding officer, and if his suspicions were correct, by every one of her teammates, and she took it all in stride. Either that or she was doing a damned good job of hiding it. Oh damn, he sighed inwardly. She really wasn’t doing all that well in hiding it, he realized. The fear in her eyes when he’d approached her with the first aid kit was going to haunt him for the rest of his life. Then there was the anger she displayed when she was yelling at him for whatever it was he did, he still hadn’t figured that one out, and when she had decked Daniel. He scowled at her back as he followed her through the woods. He had quite a few bruises where she had kicked him in her efforts to make him stop his attack. He had been such as ass to her and he didn’t know if he would ever forgive himself.
They came to a river and Carter stopped to look at her equipment again. She was hoping to pick up a signal from the MALP that had been at the Gate when they had last seen it. She mumbled something to herself, while Jack felt himself being pulled toward the water as Daniel made a beeline toward it and sank down to splash some water on his face.
“Be careful Daniel Jackson,” Teal’c warned, as he too came up to the water’s edge. “The water may not be safe.”
Jack pulled on his end of the chain to keep Daniel away from the water, while Carter put some of the water into a beaker to determine whether it was safe to drink or not. Daniel reached up to pull the gag out of his mouth, then said, “Just a little drink.”
“Here,” Jack said, pulling his canteen out and handing it to his friend. Daniel took it and guzzled the water down. “That’s enough,” Jack said quietly as he took it back. “We need to conserve our resources.”
“The water seems to be safe sir,” Carter said. He nodded at her, but she averted her gaze when he looked at her. It was at that moment he realized for certain that she was not okay and that he may have lost her trust and friendship forever.
“Any ideas as to where the Gate is?” he asked her, as sadness crept up into his heart. It was probably better that she hated him, he thought, as she shook her head. He wasn’t such a great person as it was. He was a man who couldn’t be trusted with even the simplest task of fighting off his passions and lust. He had welcomed the thought of finally making love to Samantha Carter with an eagerness that still scared him every time he thought about it. Part of him realized that he didn’t want to fight off the drug, not really.
“Keep moving,” he snarled, his anger directed solely at himself. Damn it. If it wasn’t for the safety of this team, he’d just go back and let the bastards kill him. It would be more than he deserved.
The river turned out to be only knee deep at the deepest part. He found this out as he walked into the river, pulling Daniel along with him. He kept on walking until he got halfway across, slipping and sliding the whole time on the slick rocks. He stopped when he heard a splash just after her heard Carter yell. She had slipped and fallen, and he dropped Daniel’s tether as he went back to help her when she came up sputtering and spitting out water.
“Are you all right?” he asked her, then felt the hairs on the back of his neck rise when he heard a sound that made his blood run cold. He, Carter and Teal’c all turned their weapons toward the sound, then stood there in shock as they stared at Daniel. The archeologist was standing in the middle of the river with his arms raised up to the sky and his head thrown back, screaming out his rage and frustration in a voice that made Jack tremble in fear. Daniel stopped and lowered his arms and head, then looked over at his friends, giving them a forlorn look before falling over in a faint.
Jack nearly fell on the rocks in his haste to get to Daniel, but Teal’c got there first. He pulled Daniel out of the water, then hefted the chained man over his shoulder to carry him out of there. Jack and Carter followed Teal’c, with Carter grabbing his arm once to keep from falling again. He didn’t stop to dwell on the elation he felt at that small gesture, he was too busy worrying about Daniel. They got to the other side where Teal’c had laid Daniel on the ground, checking to see if he was still alive. He was, Jack realized with relief.
“We’ll have to stop here until Daniel wakes up,” Jack said with just a small amount of annoyance in his voice. “You both look like you could use some rest, as well. Let’s set up camp in the trees over there and we’ll set out first thing in the morning.” He didn’t know how long they had been in that building and he wasn’t familiar with this planet’s daylight patterns, but he knew that it would get dark soon and it would be best to get settled in with security measures set up just in case there were more of their tormentors out there.
It didn’t take long for them to set up camp and Jack went about securing the perimeter. There wouldn’t be a whole lot of sleep for him tonight, with Daniel and Carter dead on their feet. Carter didn’t complain, but Jack could see she was exhausted. She had put up quite a fight when he was with her, he could just imagine her fighting the other two.
He got back to find Carter sitting next to a small fire wrapped in a blanket and drinking from a cup, while Teal’c was walking in from the other side of the camp. Daniel was sound asleep next to the fire, his hands still chained together under the blanket they threw over him. They had decided to keep the chains on until they were absolutely sure Daniel was clean.
Carter looked up when he came to sit down next to her and Jack tried not to notice the slight stiffening of her body when he did. He didn’t blame her for her revulsion of him. “You okay?” he asked her for lack of anything else to say.
“Yes sir,” she responded tiredly. “There’s some soup if you’d like some.”
“Thanks,” he said quietly, although he didn’t get up to get any. “Look Carter,” Jack said as he stared out at the trees that surrounded their space, “I want to apologize for what happened...”
“It’s not your fault sir,” Carter interrupted before he could finish his heartfelt apology. “You would never have done anything like that if it you hadn’t been injected with that drug.”
“No,” he snapped at her. “You don’t understand. I need to apologize for this. I have to.” Oh man, what could he say to her? She had depended on him to fight off the drug, to keep her safe and he let her down in the worst way. “I’m sorry that I hurt you so badly,” he continued, wishing he could accept his own apology.
“As am I,” Teal’c spoke up from his spot next to the fire. “It is my hope that you would someday forgive me for my conduct.”
Carter didn’t respond right away, she just stared into the fire wrapped up in her own thoughts. “I just can’t believe that you would do something like that without that drug,” she finally said. “You wouldn’t, would you?” she asked them point blank.
“Hell no!” Jack responded vehemently. He couldn’t even bring himself to tell her his feelings for her, there’s no way he would hurt her like that.
“Neither would I, Major Carter,” Teal’c added. “But the fact remains that I did indeed hurt you. For that I am deeply sorry.”
Carter just shook her head in defeat. “Apology accepted,” she said kindly. She was shivering and Jack wanted to help her warm up by putting his arms around her. He was just too scared to do it. He was afraid she would pull away in fear.
“Jack?” Daniel called out. He was trying to sit up, but had gotten tangled up in the blanket. He gave up after a few moments and just lay there with closed eyes. Jack didn’t respond right away, waiting to see if his friend had gone back to sleep. Daniel had wakened like this in his jail cell after he had been brought back, but had gone right back to sleep almost immediately.
Jack continued to stare at Daniel, although he wasn’t really seeing his friend lying there on the ground. He was remembering being in his cell trying to get Daniel to talk when he had wakened long enough to call out his name. He had called out to Daniel, whose cell was on the other side of Teal’c’s, but Daniel had apparently gone back to sleep, leaving Jack to continue wondering what their captors had done to his friend when they had taken him away. Teal’c had been taken away not long after they had brought Daniel back, and curiosity nearly drove Jack crazy.
He shook away the memory and turned to Carter, who was sitting there huddled against the cold and Jack’s heart went out to her. He gave into his desires, despite his fears and pulled her into a hug. She pulled away from him at first, as he feared she would, but then had a change of heart and leaned into him. Silence reigned as they sat there staring at the fire, listening for any sounds that would tell them they could be in trouble again.