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CHOSEN HEARTS SERIES-CHARADE

By Linda Wichman/HailDorothy

Romance / Scifi

A Flight of Fancy

A FLIGHT OF FANCY

Year: 2003

"Oma, why is it necessary to go into Jack and Sam's past?" The Ancient, Daniel Jackson flew on the whirlwind with his mentor. He hoped she wasn't going to use all her light and path babble for one simple question. Man, he missed talking with humans, especially Jack, even when he was right-out annoying.

"You would rather that I speak like the Tau'ri?"

"That obvious, huh?"

The transparent glow of Oma Desala's non-corporeal form smiled and nodded.

"Thanks."

"Because The Keeper of the Stars long chose them to be each other's soul mate, Daniel. If mankind is to survive the blight of the Goa'uld and even worse atrocities, the future hope of earth's humanity must survive. Jack O'Neill and Samantha Carter are the Chosen Hearts."

"And?" Daniel motioned for her to speed it up.

"The blood of the Ancients flows within each of them, as do the memories, knowledge and wisdom. Therefore, it is imperative you see why they are destined to be together. And why you, Daniel, must strive to insure they fulfill their legacies and become one not only in heart, mind, and spirit, but body as well. For their descendants will be the future Tau'ri."

"But they are in love with each other, and were when I ascended. They just can't pursue their feelings because of stupid military rules, which I still don't understand." Daniel grumbled, recalling the heartaches his best friends had already suffered, not being able to follow through on their devotion and love for one another. "No one deserves to be together more than Jack and Sam. It's always this Colonel and Major formality. Why they've never been a guy and girl dating and kissing each other and—"

"But they have, Daniel." Oma glowed brighter with her smile.

"What? Before SG-1?" Daniel leaped into a passing thundercloud and shot lightening into the night sky.

"You think the love you see between them is solely based from working together?"

"Okay, I assumed . . .yeah." He nodded, taking aim on a passing lake below. Jack would be proud that Daniel had become such a crack shot.

"I assure you, it could have happened that way, Daniel, but that was not the path they'd first walked, quite the contrary. It is because they knew each other as a man and woman that the horrific and the beautiful keeps them bonded. However, after you return, Samantha will break your best friend's heart." Sadness lilted Oma's voice.

Oma's revelation threw Daniel's concentration and he hit a stand of trees instead. Oops! Was Oma smirking? He blew out the sparks of a tall pine. The last thing he needed was to start a wildfire in a residential area. Explain that one to the High Council.

"Oma, Sam would never intentionally hurt Jack."

"Of course it will be intentional."

"Why?" he sighed out, more confused than ever. Hey, as an Ancient, he wasn't supposed to get frustrated or confused. His decision to become an Ancient last year had been one classic error of judgment. The turning point had come when he challenged Anubis and lost. Thankfully, Oma had taken a risk and helped Skaara and his people to ascend before Anubis blew Abydos to kingdom come.

"It is the way of some Tau'ri women." Oma brought him back to their Sam and Jack issue. "Sometimes to test a man's love or to conclude that what she wants and needs is, as you Tau'ri say, right under her nose."

"Jack?"

"He wishes her happiness above all else and will intentionally force her flight. Thus it will not be solely her responsibility."

"Homer Simpson has more brains. Crap, this sucks eggs!"

Oma lifted a shimmering brow.

"Sounding like Jack, huh?"

"Indeed." She winked.

Daniel rolled his eyes at the Ancient's stab at humor. Well at least since his arrival, she'd acquired one.

"Please understand they will take many paths, often separately, but they will return to their destined pathway and walk as one."

"Hmm, that's reassuring. I think." Daniel frowned and shook his head, well at least, the one he still imagined to have.

Oma's brilliant smile faded. "Daniel, you requested the Council of the Ancients return you to mortality. Is that still your desire?"

"Yep. Still wanna go back, Oma. I miss Jack and Sam, Teal'c, Janet, Cassie, and George. I miss being Daniel Jackson--allergies, glasses and all."

"I regret we have not met your expectations, Daniel Jackson."

Daniel flinched. He knew Oma could read his mind, but wouldn't. She'd sacrificed too much to protect him from the Ancients who'd rather that he be eliminated or stranded on some hostile planet. Yeah, paradise had gone to the dogs since he discovered the secret to their no-corporeal form and slight of tricks with the weather, etc. The legendary Ancients were far from perfect, let alone godlike.

As usual, Jack's suspicious nature about this lost race had been spot on, as had his comeback just prior to Daniel's ascension, "Daniel, I might not show always it, but I happen to be a spiritual guy. If ya ask me, something's not right in Oz. Higher spiritual plane of existence, my ass!"

"Then your request shall be honored." Oma invaded Daniel's musings. She smiled lovingly at him. "But you do realize you will forget your knowledge and experiences as an Ancient, even what I am about to reveal?"

"Yeah, so why show me at all?" He shrugged and whirled back over beside her. There were a few perks about being an Ancient he'd miss, flying being one of them.

"Because your heart will remember and that is the most important memory of all. You will act on it, Daniel, and that is why you must see all that transpired before you met you dear friends and even after."

"So you're going to show me what happened when I was a Tau'ri?"

"Yes. Samantha and Jack have lives outside the SGC, Daniel."

"Well, I know that. Hey, I hung with them a lot. They're family."

She nodded and winked, something else he'd taught her.

"Oh. So I'm going to see what they've kept from me and Teal'c?"

"Precisely."

"Isn't snooping, breaking the Ancient's law of non-interference?"

"We aren't interfering, Daniel. We are observing. And you won't see everything. Only the incidents pertinent to your future assignment when you return as Doctor Daniel Jackson."

"So now I've got an assignment?" He peered suspiciously into her transparent blue eyes and groused. "So much for the, 'starting over with a clean slate,' clause."

"You believe that becoming an Ancient and then wanting to undo it is a mistake?"

"Okay, well, I . . .yeah."

"Despite what you might think of us, there are a few Ancients beside myself who know The Alpha and Omega, The Great I Am, The Keeper of the Stars. He knows your choices past and present. The gift of free will is for all."

"I understand the free will stuff, Oma. What has that to do with Jack and Sam being my assignment?"

"Daniel Jackson, I shall tell you something even Jack and Sam have yet to remember."

"Which is?"

"Long before they met in what the Tau'ri call Special Operations, a Goa'uld repeatedly abducted them and performed genetic experiments."

Daniel winced. "Were they tortured?"

"Yes."

"Ah geez!" Daniel felt sick. Could an Ancient get sick?

"Someone who loves them made certain they would forget."

"Who?"

"That is not for me to say, Daniel Jackson."

Daniel gestured to ask again, but Oma gave a negative head shake. "It is best for now. In time with your friendship they will remember the intimate link that they will forever share, no matter what hardships separate them."

"Then they will end up together and happy?"

Her aura brightening Oma released a longing sigh. "Daniel, no matter the obstacles, hope remains that these two broken hearts will find their way back home. Always."

"Cool." He shimmied closer to her side and focused on the passing scenery, "So, Oma, about this assignment, just what will I recall?"

"How the free will of these two hearts will affect the many. Only by observation, will you truly comprehend and appreciate the depth of their devotion, and what they have sacrificed for Earth and all universal life. Only then, will you know why Jack and Samantha are the Chosen Hearts."


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