This story is being reposted from 2011 as part of this endeavor. It’s been lightly edited for spelling, punctuation, grammar and for clarity. See the original here.
Jack visits Sam on Atlantis after she takes command. (With the premise that they didn’t get together after Threads.)
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“So what do you think, sir?” Sam watched his expression as she guided him through the labyrinth-like corridors of Atlantis. She’d been the expedition commander for six months now, and this was his first visit while she was in charge. She felt a nervous flutter of her stomach and wondered why. She’d felt less anxious going up for her first promotion review. This was General O’Neill after all.
After a moment, he turned to her, hands clasped behind his back. “Looks good, Colonel. Any problems since you’ve taken over.”
Relief swelled in her, and she shook away the cobwebs of doubt that invaded her head. “Not really. Just your typical disgruntled personnel.”
“There’s always a few that don’t adapt well to a regime change.”
She snorted. “I’d hardly call it a regime change, sir.”
“Going from a civilian command to military is a lot to take. Especially with a science expedition like this.”
“It hasn’t been that bad. And I think things have smoothed out rather nicely.”
He must have noticed her defensiveness because his expression softened with a smile. “I’m sure it has, Carter. I wasn’t trying to imply otherwise. I just know it’s… hard. Being in charge.”
She regarded him for several beats but found his words sincere. He knew from experience. She nodded in agreement. “It’s different here, though. We’re so far from home that we rely on each other a great amount so we’re all kind of like-”
She smiled up at him. “Yeah, family.”
“That’s good, Carter. You deserve to have family close.” Read more…