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Stargate: Carbon Copy 12/12 (Fanfiction)

CARBON COPY 12/12

Word Count: 32.873
Summary: An alternate reality asks for Daniel’s help. Earth is surrounded by enemies: Ba’al forged an alliance with the Ori to conquer the planet. The last hope is the Lost City of the Ancients. Daniel, along with Jack O’Neill, Rodney McKay and Carson Beckett, embarks on a mission to save the alternate Earth, not knowing that this adventure will change his life and relationship to his best friend forever.
Pairing: Jack/Daniel, Rodney/Carson
Rating: PG
Spoiler: Small ones for The Movie, The Enemy Within, In the Line of Duty, Seth, Point of View, Double Jeopardy, Meridian, Avenger2.0, Heroes, The Lost City, New Order, Avalon, Origin, Ex-Deus Machina, The Ark of Truth
Crossover-Spoilers: Stargate Atlantis: Rising, Hide and Seek / Stargate Universe: Air (blink and you’ll miss it)
Warnings: Torture, slash
Disclaimer: I’m not making money with this fanfic. The tv-shows Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe and the characters appearing within them belong to their producers and creators. Any similarities to living or dead persons are purely coincidental and not intended.

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Chapter 11


12.



A breathless silence hung in the icy air of the underground base. Teal’c and Jack were leaning protectively over the two Daniels, and looked sceptically up to the ceiling.

Danny coughed and Jack looked at his partner. Tired blue eyes stared back at him.

“Baby,“ Jack said softly, cupping his face, “Danny. It’s okay. We found you.“

Danny closed his eyes briefly when Jack dropped a kiss into his matted hair and pulled him into an embrace carefully. Danny turned his head gasped in surprise, and Jack also looked to Jackson who was laying on the ground, unconscious.

“Daniel?“ he asked, worried.

Teal’c was kneeling beside the archaeologist, checking his pulse. “He is alive, but he is weakening,“ he said. His dark eyes found the chair just a few metres away.

Rodney was leaning with his chest above Carson protectively, his hands on the chair’s backrest. “Carson, you okay?“ he asked softly. The doctor nodded slowly and opened his eyes. The chair was deactivated. “You were great,“ Rodney said breathlessly, “So, so great.“

Carson smiled softly. Then, he straightened up carefully. Rodney helped him. “You should stay down,“ he said uncertainly.

Carson gripped Rodney’s shoulders and got to his feet, shaking and unsteady. “Not the chair,“ he muttered, “I could accidentally kill someone while I’m … unconsc …“

He collapsed and Rodney caught him rather ungracefully.

“It’s okay, Carson, it’s okay,“ he said.

Carson crossed his arms in Rodney neck. “Bloody hell … I’m still hurtin’ everywhere,“ he muttered.

“You have to rest,“ Rodney said, “You promised me you’d invent a way to give me the ATA gene.“

Carson laughed softly, a little helplessly. Rodney helped him to sit down on the ground next to the chair, and Carson rested his head against the device. “Good to know I’m good for something,“ he said in exhaustion. He closed the eyes, and Rodney’s hand found its way into his dark hair. Carson tipped his head into the tender touch.

Rodney smiled. “To me, you are,“ he said.

***

Lorne and Rush hurried down the stairs to the control room of the SGC, where Walter Harriman was already waiting for them. It was strangely quiet in the control room. Everyone was employed in other parts of the SGC since, presently, the 'Gate couldn’t be used. Without being asked to, Walter spoke while the two men were navigating the last steps down.

“The Selene reported that all the enemy’s ships are gone, sir. We lost three ships. The Odin, the Prometheus and the Diana. The Artemis is badly damaged. Colonel Young reported in and told me that he won’t risk passing through the Earth’s atmosphere. A team is getting ready to beam aboard the ship and help with the repairs as we speak.“

“Good,“ Lorne answered.

Harriman continued, “We lost many F-302s. A report just came in, stating that one pilot, a Major Mitchell, was rescued from his ship which means that there’s still hope for more survivors.“

A noise from his computer caused Harriman to return to his desk. “The Selene has opened a channel.“

“Patch her through,“ Lorne said and turned around to the big screen hanging at the wall.

Colonel Telford nodded at him sharply. “We found five life signs inside the Ancient base. Evan, you won’t believe it.“

“General O’Neill?“ Lorne guessed, and Telford nodded.

“And then some. We’ll beam them down to you right away.“

Rush, having stayed quiet until now, turned to Lorne.

“I want to know how they did that.“

“You’re not the only one,“ Lorne answered and headed for the 'Gate room.

Two soldiers were standing guard at the door when Lorne and Rush entered. The transportation beam from the Selene was activated only a couple of seconds later. Lorne’s first thought was that there were more people coming back than going away. Rodney was supporting Carson, who looked around the 'Gate room tiredly and in relief. Jack was helping another man who was clearly in bad shape, but beside him ... the soldiers pointed their weapons at the group and Lorne pulled Rush with him a step backwards, staring at the huge Jaffa holding an unconscious Daniel in his arms.

Jack raised one calming hand. “No. Put down your weapons. It’s okay.“

“Jack?“ Lorne asked sceptically, and the soldiers continued to point their weapons at the Jaffa.

“He’s our friend,“ the general said firmly. Hesitantly, the soldiers lowered their weapons.

Rush took a step forwards. “Dr. Jackson?“ he asked, aghast. Lorne automatically looked at the unconscious man in the Jaffa’s arms, but Rush was looking at the man who seemed to only be able to stand because of Jack.

“Is that …,“ Lorne asked.

Jack nodded. “Yeah. But we don’t have much time. We have to get Daniel back to his reality.“

“ECF,“ Rodney said, and Rush reacted.

“I’ll call the QMC,“ he said and left hurriedly. One of the soldiers took Daniel from Jack. Lorne was just about to ask where the doctor was when Jennifer Keller ran into the 'Gate room, four EMTs with stretchers behind her. Jack relieved Teal’c of his burden and with one last look at his lover, left the 'Gate room. Lorne followed him. At the lifts, they met up with Rush who was holding open the doors to one of the elevators.

“They’re searching for his reality as we speak. How bad is it?“ he asked. They stepped into the elevator.

“The symptoms started on our first trip to Antarctica. He’s barely breathing,“ Jack said.

Lorne shook his head, unable to grasp what was happening. “That’s going to be one hell of a de-briefing.“

“Yeah. You have no idea,“ Jack answered and left the elevator.

When they entered the mirror room, the device was already switched on. On the other side, soldiers were waiting with their guns drawn. Their weapons were lowered but they seemed ready to open fire any time. Lorne saw Jack O’Neill in the background and nodded at him. His Jack stepped in front of the mirror. “I’ll be right back,“ he said.

Lorne stepped up to him in alarm. “Sir, do you really-“

“Yeah,“ Jack nodded. Without further discussion, he touched the surface.


Reality No. 389


He ignored the soldiers present, instead focusing on his alter ego. O’Neill remained careful, but Jack could see that he wanted to snatch Daniel away from him.

“I’m sorry,“ he said. O’Neill raised his eyebrows. “Our Daniel was … he’s still alive.“ Jack couldn’t hold back a smile at the words. Then, he became serious again. “It’s entropic cascade failure. We recognized it too late.“

O’Neill passed the soldiers and stopped right in front of Jack. Jack could see suppressed rage in his eyes and shook his head. “He’ll be okay as soon as he wakes up.“

O’Neill reached out his hands and Jack took a step backwards. “Wait a minute.“

“Give him to me,“ O’Neill demanded angrily.

“I have to tell you something.“

“You kidnapped him, forced him to help you, damn near killed him … what now?“

Jack smiled and pressed Daniel to his chest. “You’re an idiot,“ he said just loud enough for O’Neill to hear.

“What?“ O’Neill asked softly, dangerously.

“You damn well know.“

O’Neill looked at him threateningly. “I have no idea.“

“I know how you were looking at Daniel when he told you that he would help us. I know that look. You were worried but not for a team member. You love him.“

“He’s my best friend.“

“Yes,“ Jack said, “Yes, he is.“ He shook his head. “But he could be more. If you think that he’ll reject you, you’re wrong. He loves you, too.“

O’Neill’s eyes reflected understanding, then fury. “He’s not your Daniel. Just because you are some kind of couple doesn’t mean-“

“He told me,“ Jack lied, “He loves you.“ He handed Daniel to O’Neill. Jack raised his hand, and gently brushed through Daniel’s hair. “Don’t be an idiot,“ he said, then he reached out a hand towards the mirror behind him and was gone.


Reality No. 298


He nodded at the technician and he switched off the mirror.

“What did you talk about?“ Lorne asked.

Jack stared at the blind mirror. “That was personal.“ He turned away and smiled at Lorne. “Now, I don’t wanna waste any more time. I should … I should be with Danny.“


Reality No. 389 – two weeks later


“Wow!“ Sam said and put a hand on Daniel’s arm. She stepped closer and looked at his alter ego. Danny was sitting at the conference table with Teal’c, talking animatedly. Apart from General O’Neill, Carson, Danny and Rodney, one Dr. Rush had come for a visit from the alternate reality. The briefing had just come to an end. Although Sam had heard some stories of Daniel’s adventure on the other side, to hear the whole story from different points of view left her reeling.

“One hell of an adventure,” she sighed. Daniel nodded. ”You okay?” Sam asked and he forced a smile.

“Fine.”

It was nice to see the others again, but it opened old wounds he’d tried to suppress frantically since his return. It hurt to see O’Neill and Danny together although the two were holding back in this military environment. But Daniel didn’t know how he could change his situation, and whether he should try at all.

“Oh, please!” Rodney said, climbing the stairs from the control room to the conference room, “That’s not true.”

Nicholas Rush was following him, his laptop under one arm and an irritated frown on his face. “You know that I’m right,” he said.

Rodney rolled his eyes and turned around to face Nicholas with his hand on his hips. “You’re not more fluent in Ancient than I am.”

“I think I am.”

“The expedition can have only one head of the science department.”

“Me,” Nicholas answered. Rodney snorted.

General O’Neill seemed to decide that he should intervene and got up from his seat the conference table. “Gentlemen,” he said calmly. Both scientists turned to look at him. “Believe me, I’m trying to put at least one galaxy between the two of you as fast as possible, for all our sakes.” He got death glares from both men but didn’t seem to be impressed by them. “I didn’t want to tell you yet, but there are actually two expeditions planned. We’ll sort out later who’s going to go to Atlantis, and who’s going to get Icarus.”

The two scientists stared each other down. Daniel thought that O’Neill’s diversionary tactics had failed, and tried it himself. “Dr. Rush, were you able to copy the dialling program alright?”

The older man’s dark eyes turned to Daniel. “Of course,” he said, “I wrote it. Of course I was able to copy it.”

“Uh … actually,” Sam lifted a hand, “I wrote it.”

Nicholas squinted and Daniel was already expecting the worst, but the scientist merely said, “It’s a brilliant piece of work. How did you work out the Doppler problem?”

“Well, I needed a few hours for that one,” Sam answered.

Nicholas nodded. “Me too.”

Rodney rolled his eyes and turned away. He went over to Carson, who was talking to Jack in a corner of the room. If Daniel hadn’t paid attention to it, he wouldn’t have noticed Rodney taking Carson’s hand for a second before devoting his attention to Jack. O’Neill tapped Daniel’s shoulder, and nodded into another corner of the room. He leant against the wall with his hands in his BDU pockets, and looked to his boyfriend taking notes about whatever Teal’c was telling him.

“He could talk to your Teal’c,” Daniel said, amused, and O’Neill answered, ”Yeah. He did. I think he’s comparing the two realities.”

Danny looked at them and smiled at O’Neill. The general smiled back. “If Ba’al wouldn’t have captured us …,“ he said, “… I wouldn’t have gotten him back.”

“It’s strange,” Daniel said, “All that’s happened had a good outcome.”

O’Neill nodded. “Danny,” he said, then stopped. Daniel looked up at him. O’Neill shook his head. ”Just … thanks.“

Daniel nodded. Before he could answer “You’re welcome”, Jack had pulled him into an embrace. Daniel answered it and closed his eyes when, briefly, Jack pulled him even closer before he let him go. “Your Jack loves you,” he said softly. He put a hand on Daniel’s shoulder and looked at him with earnest brown eyes. “Did I tell you who made the first move?”

Daniel looked at his alter ego. ”You?” he guessed.

“Nope,” O’Neill laughed, “I was a coward.” He winked at Daniel. “Think about it.”

***

“I’m fine, Jack,“ Daniel said in irritation, letting his best friend usher him into the house, taking the offered seat on the couch, “Dr. Lam says that I’m fine. It’s been two weeks.“

“You fell asleep on the drive over here.“

“I’m just tired,“ Daniel answered, and relaxed. He loved Jack’s couch. Since the first night he’d spent here after he’d returned from Abydos.

Jack was looking at him sceptically, then he disappeared into the kitchen and returned with a glass of water.

“Thanks,“ Daniel said. Jack fished a small vial with Tylenol out of his pocket, and put it on the table. Daniel stared at the tablets, then up at Jack. “You are carrying Tylenol with you?”

Jack shrugged and dropped into his chair. He propped his elbows on his knees. His chin rested in a palm. Daniel was still staring at the tablets and Jack said, “I can see your headache.”

Daniel nodded slowly. He took one of the tablets. He gulped half of the water down, and when he put the glass on the table he noticed that Jack was staring at him.

“What?“

“Nothing,“ the general answered.

“You sure?“ Daniel asked.

“Yeah.“

“Okay.“

“Okay.“

Silence descended and Daniel looked out into Jack’s garden, then back at his best friend. “One hell of a de-briefing, huh?“

“Yeah,“ Jack answered.

“Was our Dr. Beckett found already?“

“Yeah,“ Jack answered, “and he just found a strange anomaly in a man’s DNA.“

“The Ancient gene,“ Daniel nodded.

“Right,“ Jack answered, “He got the full story, and signed the papers. He should be well on his way to Antarctica by now.“

“Dr. McKay will be thrilled,“ Daniel grinned.

“Why do I suspect a story behind those words?“

Daniel laughed. “You didn’t notice? Carson and Rodney are a couple.“

“Really?“ Jack asked, shocked, “I don’t get why someone would even like McKay. He’s a know-it-all, always bitching about something, allergic to everything …“

Daniel shrugged. “I think that he can be a really nice guy.“

“Hm,“ Jack said, “So, you happy about their visit? “

Daniel looked at Jack questioningly. “Sure,“ he answered.

“Jack’s … too?“

Daniel smiled. “Yeah.“ He avoided Jack’s eyes, and concentrated on the Tylenol instead, the Tylenol Jack had carried around with him for Daniel.

“Don’t you think that it’s kinda weird that … we, in another reality, are a couple?“

Daniel looked at Jack. “No,“ he said without thinking.

Jack’s eyes widened in disbelief. “No?“

Daniel closed his eyes and clenched his hands to fists. Then he looked up at Jack again, staring into his eyes. “No,“ he repeated, “I think it’s …“ He smiled. “I like the idea,“ he said. Jack swallowed, then he got up and left the living room. Daniel let his head fall into his hands. “Damn,“ he mumbled. He got up to go, but when he left the living room, Jack was suddenly standing in front of him. He had his hands on his hips and was staring at him with an unreadable expression.

“Sorry,“ Daniel said, “I shouldn’t have said that.“ He brushed through his hair in desperation. “Jack-“

“Me, too,“ the general said.

Daniel stopped. “What?“

“Me, too,“ Jack answered.

Daniel drew his eyebrows together and raised his forefinger. “But-“

“Forget about Carter,“ Jack interrupted him and took a step closer.

Daniel shook his head. “And-“

“Forget the military. There’s Don’t ask, don’t tell and to be honest … retirement sounds good right about now.“

He took another step towards Daniel, who was staring at him in confusion.

“You-“

“Andrew Peterson in Air Force Academy. We dated,“ Jack said, taking the last step and placed a hand on the back of Daniel’s neck. Earnestly, he caught Daniel’s eyes.

Daniel gasped for air, not understanding what was going on. “I-“

Jack swallowed his sentence with a kiss. Daniel closed his eyes, and put his arms around Jack, pulling him closer.

“Besides,“ the general muttered in between kisses, “if a guy like McKay can date …“

“Jack,“ Daniel said, pushing his friend against the wall.

“Yeah?“

Daniel grinned. “Thanks for bringing the Tylenol. Now … shut up.“


END
04/10

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Comments

( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
vipersweb
Jul. 5th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Nice au. I like the way you used the mirrors; it was nice to have a mirror'verse story and not have it nefarious, even if they did capture Daniel. Nice idea to have Ba'al and the Ori teamed up together. Glad everyone got their happy ending.
jolinarjackson
Jul. 5th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
jeanniewal
Jul. 9th, 2010 06:58 am (UTC)
An interesting AU - you weaved it all together well. I liked the way you wrote Rodney, with the hard edges and the soft insides :D
jolinarjackson
Jul. 9th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I liked the way you wrote Rodney, with the hard edges and the soft insides

I'm so glad you say that. Rodney was a huge problem for me to write. I had so much trouble to get into his head. Carson's so much easier to portray. Rodney can't come off too bitchy but not too soft. That was quite a lot of trouble he gave me ... :)
wdlwbt
Jul. 9th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was great. Thanks:)
jolinarjackson
Jul. 10th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
domster07
Jul. 10th, 2010 07:12 am (UTC)
Nice work there-we get SG1 and SGA. So glad someone's still writing Carson/Rodney! You did a good job on them both. Thx!
jolinarjackson
Jul. 10th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you. The Carson/Rodney slashers are rare. It's a shame. They're made for each other. :)
jennamajig
Jul. 23rd, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
They totally are! Thank you for writing and sharing this story. The idea of alternate universes is so fun to explore and I love the choices you made. Your character voices are dead on. I sat down and read all 12 chapters in one go :).
green_grrl
Jul. 25th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Great quantum mirror adventure! It has that old school feeling set in the newer seasons—fun. But oh, Jack! It's hilarious that what pushed him over the edge was the idea of McKay getting lucky in love and not him. Hee!
jolinarjackson
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :) I'm glad you liked it.
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jolinarjackson
Aug. 28th, 2010 11:58 am (UTC)
Thank you. :) I'm glad you decided to read the story.
sidlj
Aug. 27th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, I really enjoyed this! I find action/adventure the hardest thing to write, but you had a great plot to support the characters while they discovered good'n'slashy things. :-) I should've realized that Daniel's headaches meant something wonderful for the other Jack. *feels all warm and fuzzy*
jolinarjackson
Aug. 28th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
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jolinarjackson
Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading. :)
meri_oddities
Nov. 9th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this story a lot. I don't really know SGA, but I do know the characters. I liked how a little change could make a big difference. *g* Well done.
jolinarjackson
Nov. 9th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :) I tried to make it appealing for fans of all three shows so I'm glad you liked it even though you didn't really watch SGA.
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