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The Apprentice: SG-1 series

The Fifth Race: Part Two

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The Apprentice: SG-1 Series

Chapter Two: The Fifth race; Part Two

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Infirmary

I was sitting slumped over a table with my head resting on my arms. I knew Fraiser, Daniel, and Skaara were all standing in the room but right now I didn't really care, my head was hurting to much.

"The problem may only be affecting the verbal language centre of your brain. It's a different function than writing, but it looks like the problem is advancing. Since she lost the ability to speak gradually, I think whatever is affecting her may be taking over incrementally," Fraiser explained. I could feel Skaara's presence next to me and I was glad for it.

"Well, what's the worst-case scenario?" Daniel asked.

"Well, your computer analogy is pretty good. Adolfina, your hard drive has been filled with information that is written in a language your computer doesn't understand. If it continues to progress the way it has thus far, you may eventually lose the ability to write or even comprehend us. Or, worse, the computer could shut down all together," Fraiser replied.

"I don't understand,"Skaara asked.

"Mortium," I answered.{I just made this word up, I know mortem is Latin for death but they didn't say what it was in Ancient so I just changed the Latin word slightly.}

"Death," Daniel muttered. Skaara grabbed my hand and pulled me towards him.

Briefing room

We were all standing around the briefing room. Sam had gathered us but right now I didn't really care. My head was hurting and I was feeling really tired.

"Sir, we've been sending probes to the addresses Adolfina entered into the computer, hoping that one would lead us to the race that affected her mind. We think we may have found something," Sam stated.

"P9Q-281 has a pedestal near the Gate with symbols on it that match the alien language that Adolfina is speaking," Daniel continued.

"Then I suggest we check it out. You're authorized to go, Captain. Major Castleman will be joining SG-1 on this mission," Hammond responded.

"Well, if Adolfina's not going, then I have to stay," Daniel exclaimed.

"I two will stay," Skaara added.

"Why is that, Doctor?" Hammond asked, not bothering to ask why Skaara was staying. But then again he really doesn't have to ask why he's staying. I mean it's pretty obvious.

"Well, if Sam and Teal'c make contact with the Ancients, and they can report back and…and then Adolfina, Skaara, and I will go, but until then, I mean, translating this language may be the most important thing we've done since we opened the Stargate," Hammond looked at him, "You see, I'm pretty sure that Adolfina is speaking the language of the original Gate builders. At the very least, I'm positive that it's one of the races that created the repository of information on Ernest's planet…the, uh…meaning of life stuff."

"And, Sir, I believe that the equation Adolfina wrote on the blackboard is a revolutionary formula for calculating the distance between planetary bodies," Sam interjected.

"And bottom-line, Sir, what about Adolfina? I mean, right now I'm possibly her only hope for communicating on any kind of serious level. I can't leave her like this, and I won't," Daniel concluded.

"All right. The rest of you will leave at 1600 hours," Hammond responded, nodding his head.

Daniel's Office

I couldn't stand still. My mind was racing with the events of this past day. I glanced over at Daniel and Skaara who where seated at the desk.

"Okay, I think we're getting hung up on the grammar," Daniel exclaimed.

I stopped my pacing and groaned. I needed to go somewhere, somewhere through the gate but how to I tell him that. I looked up at one of the computers, and an idea came to me. I walked over to the computer and started typing. When I was done Daniel and Skaara both looked at the screen.

"Okay, you have to go through the Stargate. Where? Where to?" Daniel asked. I shrugged my shoulders.

"Back to the planet where this happened? You have to go back there?" Daniel asked. I shook my head. That's not it, that's not right. Damn I have no idea where I need to go...

Infirmary

Daniel had dropped me off in the infirmary so Fraiser could watch over me while he did... something. I was quietly building something with the capsule I'd gotten from the staff weapon, and the paper I'd been drawing on earlier during the briefing. I heard someone enter the room and I glanced up to see that it was Daniel.

"What's she doing now?" Daniel asked.

"She's making something," Skaara answered.

"I've been taking some notes but I'm finding it a little hard to follow," Fraiser stated. Daniel pulled her and Skaara to the side and said something to them then left. I continued tinkering with the things I had. A little while later I was finished what ever it was I was building, and Daniel came into the room.

"I think she's finished," Fraiser stated.

"What is it?" Daniel asked. I looked over the device then flicked the switch. It hummed and lit up but that was about all it did.

"That's it?" Daniel asked. I glanced at him a frown on my face and I shrugged my shoulders.

"Okay, uh, well, let's, uh, let's just leave this thing for now. Believe it or not, I have something a little more important to discuss," Daniel exclaimed, moving towards the door with Fraiser and Skaara right behind him. I shut off the device and followed them down to Daniel's office. Daniel grabbed a videotape off the table and moved over to the small TV in the room.

"I didn't want to tell you this before because I thought you had enough on your mind," Daniel muttered, putting the tape in the VCR.

"Sam, Teal'c, and Jack are in trouble. The DHD on P9Q-281 isn't working and they can't get home. To make matters worse there's a very hot sun rising, they don't have much time," Daniel explained. I felt my heart speed up and I stared at the TV as Sam appeared on the screen.

"The rest of the symbols won't engage, the DHD is locking the gate in place, so we can't dial out manually. I've tried everything I know about these things," Sam stated. Daniel paused the video.

"Look, no one else believes that you have the knowledge of the original gate builders in your head right now except Skaara and I," Daniel exclaimed. Suddenly I felt like I knew what they had to do to get home, but I didn't quite understand what that idea was. I grabbed a large piece of paper and a pencil and just started drawing.

"What... What's she doing?" Fraiser asked.

"I don't know," Daniel replied.

"Do you think this is going to help?" Fraiser asked. I felt annoyed, not only do I not really know what I'm drawling but they won't shut up!

"I... I don't... I really don't know," Daniel answered. I sighed, grabbed a clipboard and wrote something down on it then handed it to Daniel.

"Shut up and go away," Daniel read. I went back to my drawling as they left...

Briefing room

I followed behind Daniel, Fraiser, and Skaara into the briefing room. Daniel had the plans I'd been drawing earlier, and I had my little device in my hands. I could see Hammond, Siler, and a couple scientists were in the room.

"We have to dial in right now," Daniel exclaimed.

"What is it?" Hammond asked.

"Adolfina has a solution," Fraiser responded.

"She does?" One of the men asked. I set my device on the table, snatch the plans out of Daniel's hands and rolled it out on the table.

"We weren't sure what she was drawing at first but..."

"That's the dial home device," One of the men interrupted.

"And the instructions on how to fix it. There isn't much time," Daniel finished. We started to leave the room with Hammond right behind us. We walked into the control room. Hammond ordered the technician to dial up the planet, and I watched as they sent the schematics through the gate.

"The object has reached its destination sir," Simmons exclaimed. The gate shut down.

"Now we have to hope those instructions were right," Hammond muttered. No kidding if they aren't then the teams toast...

Embarkation room

I watched as my team walked through the gate along with a few other people. Jack and Sam both looked pretty sun burnt.

"Glad to have you back," Hammond stated.

"Glad to be back," Jack replied.

"Thought our goose was quite literally cooked this time, sir. These plans were perfect, who came up with them?" Sam asked. Hammond looked back at me and I smiled and waved my hand at them.

"Adolfina?" Sam asked. I shrugged my shoulders. Teal'c walked over to me and looked down at me.

"I am sorry, Adolfina. We could not find a way to help you," Teal'c stated. I nodded my head and patted him on the shoulder...

Infirmary

My head was pounding and I felt like I was gonna be sick. This just keeps getting worse. I leaned on Skaara and closed my eyes trying to ease the pain. I felt a pair of arms wrap around me, and I reached up and grabbed hold of one of his hands.

"Feel better?" Daniel asked. I opened my eyes to see that Sam had walked into the room.

"Much, thanks. Is this what you wanted to show me?" Sam asked.

"Yes, Adolfina built it but no one seems to be able to figure out what," he switched it on, "It is."

"Adolfina, you have no idea what it is or why you built it?" Sam asked.

I shook my head and just burred my head in Skaara's chest. Suddenly the klaxons went off and I could hear someone calling Sam to the control room. A minute after she left I had a strange urge to grab the device and leave, and that's exactly what I did.

"Adu'lfia where are you going?" Skaara asked.

I shook my head and kept walking. A few second later I reached the power vault. I walked into the vault and opened the main breaker box and started hooking up the device I'd made to the system. I could hear Teal'c whisper something to Daniel but I couldn't hear what.

"Wait a minute. Adolfina, what are you doing?" Daniel asked.

"Euge," I replied, continuing what I was doing. The device flickered as I continued what I was doing.

"I think that means 'good'," Daniel stated. I hooked the power cables to the device.

"Adolfina, I really don't know if this is a good thing," Daniel exclaimed. I felt like I was working on auto pilot, I couldn't stop. But deep down I knew this would help me, how I knew that I don't know.

"Euge, Euge," I muttered.

I switched the device on and it started glowing and humming. I raced out of the room and headed towards the control room with Daniel, Teal'c, and Skaara right behind me. We entered the control room and I could see the gate was dialing.

"The device that Adolfina built is some sort of energy source. She just hooked it up in the power vault," Daniel explained.

"Well, that explains where the gate's getting all the extra power," Hammond looked at Sam, "Captain, how do we stop this?"

"You could have Siler pull the main breaker," Sam suggested. "Chevron six is encoded," Simmons announced.

"Wait, Adolfina has been saying that this is a good thing. Now, so far she's done nothing bad," Daniel defended.

"So far," Hammond stated. I frowned. This is good, I know it.

"Euge... Euge, EUGE," I stated, pointing at the gate as it dialed.

"Chevron seven...is encoded?" Simmons said. I glanced down at the screen to see that the gate was dialing an 8th chevron.

"And it's not the point of origin," Sam stated.

"What?" Hammond asked. I glanced up at the gate.

"General, what if all these anomalies that have been happening to Adolfina are part of some big plan?" Daniel asked.

"What plan?" Hammond asked. Daniel looked over at me.

"Well, earlier Adolfina was telling me she had to go through the gate. Maybe everything up until now has been leading to this," Daniel suggested, motioning to the gate.

"What's it doing?" Sam asked.

"Chevron eight is locked," Simmons announced. The gate activated.

"Wormhole is tracking... Captain?" Simmons glanced up at Sam who looked down at the screen.

"Sir, the computer indicates that the wormhole is leaving our known network of Stargates. It's going outside of our galaxy. Far out," Sam explained.

"That's why the gate needed all the extra power." Daniel stated.

"Hold on, I thought Stargate addresses were six points in space with the seventh being the point of origin," Hammond exclaimed.

"The extra chevron must add a new distance calculation to the existing points. It's kind of like dialing a different area code," Sam explained. I looked over at Hammond who looked at me.

"Now what?" Hammond asked.

I glanced around the room at my team mates. My eyes finally landed on Skaara, and I gave him a quick kiss before I started walking towards the door.

"Adolfina," Hammond exclaimed. A guard blocked my path and Daniel and Hammond walked towards me.

"I'm just supposed to let you go?" Hammond asked, glancing down at me. I glanced up at him with pleading eyes.

"She's already gone, General. I don't think we have much of a choice," Daniel answered for me.

I patted his shoulder as the guard moved out of my way. I made my way down to the embarkation room with Daniel, Hammond, Teal'c and Skaara right behind me.

"I will come with you Adu'lfia." Skaara stated.

"I really think she needs to do this alone, Skaara," Daniel stated.

I walked up the ramp and stopped right before the event horizon. I could hear them talking down at the bottom of the ramp but I'd lost interest in what they where saying. Suddenly Daniel was standing next to me.

"Adolfina, you understand that if you do this, if you go, you might not be able to come back," Daniel clarified. I glanced at him for a second before stepping through the gate.

Alien planet

I hit the ground hard and all the air left my lungs as I rolled down a set of steps. After a few seconds I glanced up to see aliens appearing around the room. They looked like the aliens Daniel and Sam described as the Asgard. I noticed two where closer to me than the rest.

"Ego... deserdi... asordo," I pleaded. They spoke to each other for a second but I couldn't understand them.

"Comdo... asordo," I exclaimed.

One of them said something to the other, then raised his hand to me. I saw a small device in his hand that flickered. Suddenly a ray of light appeared over my head, then everything started to go black and I passed out... … I groaned and glanced around me. I was still lying on the ground on the alien planet with the aliens looking down at me.

"Hey," I muttered, sitting up, "Ugh... er... thanks."

"You are welcome," One of them stated.

"You can understand me?" I asked.

"We speak many languages," He replied.

"You're the Asgard. Thor's race, right?" I inferred.

"You have heard of us?" The other alien asked.

"Nothing but good things I promise," I answered.

"You looked into the archive that stores all the Ancients' knowledge," One of them stated.

"Apparently," I muttered.

"It was not meant for you," He said.

"What? So this hole thing was all some big accident?" I asked.

"Human physiology has not advanced to the point where your brain could handle that technology," The other alien explained.

"Oh, so where am I?" I asked.

"This is the Asgard planet, Othala, in the galaxy of Ida," He answered.

"So ugh why did I come here?" I asked.

"The Ancients moved on from our region of space long ago, but your sub-conscious mind used their knowledge to find us here, where you could get help," One explained.

"Very impressive," The other stated.

"Well, you know…"

"We did not think your brains had advanced even that far," The first one interjected, tilting his head slightly to the side.

"Tell me again how you know so much about our brains?" I asked, raising an eyebrow in a true Teal'c fashion.

"We have studied your race closely," The first replied.

"Ah okay so what'd ya learn?" I asked.

"That your species has great potential," The second one exclaimed.

"Great potential, well that's great," I said, smiling.

"Understand this, there was once an alliance of four great races in the galaxy; the Asgard, the Nox…"

"Oh we know them," I interrupted.

"…the Furlings…" He continued.

"Ugh don't know them," I muttered. "…And the Ancients, the builders of the Stargates," He finished.

"Ha we were right, they did build the Stargates," I exclaimed, smiling.

"The alliance was built over many millennia. Your race has much to prove before we may interact on that level," The alien stated. I stood up and walked closer to the two Asgard's and I could hear whispering from the others.

"Look, ya'll seem to be quite wonderful…people," I crouched down so I was at eye level with them, "And I really don't want to sound ungrateful, because I really, really appreciate you getting all that stuff out of my head, but you guys should understand that we're out there, now, and we might not be ready for a lot of this stuff but we're doing the best we can. We are a very curious race after all."

The Asgard exchange glances, then the first one held his hand out to me. I glanced at his hand for a second before gentle taking hold of his hand.

"You have already taken the first steps towards becoming the fifth race," The second Asgard stated. I smiled at them and stood up. Looks like this mission wasn't exactly a bust...

Embarkation room

I glanced around the embarkation room, and smiled. It's great to be back. I started walking down the ramp just as Daniel, Teal'c, and Skaara walked into the room.

"I'm back," I exclaimed, holding my hands out and smiling. The three of them smiled, and Skaara raced up the ramp and wrapped his arms around me. I returned the hug and smiled again. Yup defiantly great to be back.

"What happened?" Daniel asked. Skaara let go of me and I glanced at Daniel.

"Do you still possess the knowledge of the Ancients?" Teal'c asked.

"Nah, don't remember a darned thing," I glanced at Daniel, "Oh we were right about the Ancients being the gate builders by the way."

"How do you know?" Skaara asked.

"The Asgard said so," I explained.

"Well let's get you to the infirmary so Fraiser can have a look at you, and I'm sure General Hammond and the rest of the team would like to find out what happened while you where gone," Daniel suggested.

I nodded my head and followed him out of the room, my hand intertwined with Skaara's as we walked down the hall...

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