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Stargate SG-1: Baby Steps (Fanfiction)

Baby Steps

Series: Sharing (Masterlist)
Summary: Sharing a tent: Jack and Daniel!
Rating: PG
Setting: Season 1
Feedback: Can’t breathe without it
Beta: sheneya  – thank you!
Disclaimer: I’m not making money with this fanfic. The tv-show Stargate SG-1 and the characters appearing within it belong to their producers and creators. Any similarities to living or dead persons are purely coincidental and not intended.

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Jack crept into the tent and over to Daniel who was lying in his sleeping-bag. He took off his boots and knelt down to check on Daniel, he was asleep. Jack sighed and lifted the part of the sleeping-bag covering Daniel’s legs to check the brace there, then he placed a hand on his forehead.

“Ouch!“ the younger man complained, opening his eyes.

“Sorry, did I wake you?“ Jack asked.

“Wouldn’t you wake up, too, when someone kept touching your wound?“ Daniel asked, his fingers picking at the band-aid on his forehead. Jack grinned.

“When did you come back?“ Daniel asked, picking up the book that was lying on his chest.

The archaeologist stared at the pages and sighed when he realized that he had to have fallen asleep while reading. He had no idea what he’d learned.

He would just have to read it again.

“We arrived half an hour ago. Carter didn’t want me to wake you up, that’s why I’m looking after you just now.“
Daniel closed his eyes, sighing.

“She told us what happened,“ Jack said.

“Just great,“ Daniel answered, shaking his head.

“It’s not that bad … you made it back to the camp,“ Jack tried to comfort him. Daniel nodded, not really convinced.

“On your own. Carter told me that she didn’t even have to support you that much.“

“I was a dead weight.“

“You were doing your best.“

“It was horrible, Jack,“ Daniel said.

“The same could have happened to everybody … me, for example,“ the colonel said.

Daniel scrutinized him. “Really?“ he asked.

“Well ...,“ Jack said.

“Forget it,“ Daniel mumbled.

“Okay,“ Jack said.

He was silent for about a minute. “On the bright side, you’re not running a fever.“

“I’m perfectly fine,“ Daniel answered. Jack laid down in his sleeping-bag. He reached for the flashlight and turned it off.

It was quiet for a while, then Daniel asked, “Sam was laughing about me, right?“

Jack smiled. “Well, it’s a funny anecdote.“ He heard Daniel utter a sigh.

“Hey, nobody’s got a thing against anecdotes,“ Jack said.




“What do you mean by that, Daniel?“ Jack asked. Daniel sighed.

“Stop it.“

“Why?“ Daniel asked, dumbstruck.

“It just sounds sad,“ Jack answered.

“It is sad,“ Daniel answered.

“Why?“ Jack asked.

“You’re three military guys. How do I fit in?“

“Teal’c’s not military.“

“Not like you, sure, but he can fight.“

“You’re sparring.“

“I’m no good.“

“Who told you that?“


“His job’s to teach you how to fight and not to make jokes at your expense.“

It was silent for a minute, then Daniel said, “I don’t like him.“


“Makepeace and he doesn’t like me, too.“

“Oh! I would have never thought that I’d hear you saying that you don’t like someone. You’re so damn peaceful all the time.“



“You’re not helping.“

“What is that supposed to mean?“

Daniel sighed.


“I can’t do it, Jack.“


“Being a soldier and being an archaeologist in one person. I can’t.“

“Hey!“ Jack straightened up and switched on the flashlight. Daniel squinted his eyes and Jack shone with the lamp in another direction. Daniel looked at him when Jack said, “You’re a member of my team. You’re a great archaeologist and not a soldier. Nobody wants you to know 101 ways to kill somebody with a spoon. If Makepeace says that you’re slightly behind in you defense training-“

“He thinks that I’d be a great joke for the Jaffa. And that that wouldn’t be too bad when I’m offworld. Because they’re going to die of laughter when they see me.“

“I don’t want to hear another word, Daniel. Makepeace wasn’t the perfect marine when he started out … he still isn’t. If what you say is true, I’m going to have a talk with him about moral. The SGC’s only one month old.“

“Jack, remind me again how I got myself into this situation,“ Daniel asked, nodding towards his leg.

Jack let out a sigh. “You fell, it happens.“

“I didn’t fall, Jack, I tipped over.“


“I shouldered my backpack, loaded with all kinds of stuff, and I was doing it too fast and the thing was so heavy that I just tipped over. Down a ravine.“

Jack bit his cheek - hard. “Don’t laugh, O’Neill. It’s not funny.“

“God, Jack.“ Daniel shook his head and turned it to face the other way.

“Okay, that went well - not.” - “Daniel-“

“I’m tired. Please, switch off your flashlight.“


“The light.“


“Don’t Danny me, Jack, and switch off your light.“

“Okay.“ Jack switched off the light. “I hope you know how much I hate the Mr. Negative-routine. If you don’t change your attitude, I’ll just have to take you off the team. I’d be happy to go offworld with an archaeologist without any combat experience who’s a know-it-all and did save all our asses more than once. But I won’t go offworld with a civilian who’s trying to be someone he is not. You’re trying to live up to the ideas of other people, Daniel. Not only that, but they are Makepeace’s ideas. You just have to hang in there and do the combat training. If you want to be on SG-1, you’re going to do it. And one day, Daniel, those Jaffa are going to feel bad for laughing. You understand?“

He was actually feeling Daniel’s hurt and shocked gaze on him.


“Yeah,“ he answered softly.

“So, what are you going to do?“

“I want another sparring partner,“ Daniel answered.

“Okay,“ Jack answered, “Teal’c?“

“Are you out of your mind? He’s going to kill me.“

Jack laughed. “To be fair, that’s not your fault. That’s just Teal’c. If our fight a few days ago had been real, I’d still be eating through a straw.“

He heard Daniel sighing.

“I could spar with you,” Jack suggested.

“You would?“ Daniel asked.

“Well, it makes no difference if I’m alone at the gym or with you.“


“Good.“ Jack relaxed into his sleeping-bag. “G’Night, Daniel.“


It was quiet for a while then Daniel asked, “Jack, are you sleeping?“



He didn’t say anything else.

“Just tell me,“ the colonel sighed.

Daniel hesitated for a moment. “Thanks.“

“You’re welcome, Dannyboy.“

JJ 01/05

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( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 25th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
What a lovely fic! The character voices were spot-on. Well done. :)
Sep. 25th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
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