Welcome to Flashback Friday Fic where I go back and repost fic I wrote years ago.
The moon has a direct effect on natural forces, like the tide, but it’s also said that it exerts a force over humans as well. On a mission, Jack finds out exactly how true that is, and he hopes Sam will never remember it.
2227 words | rating: PG-13
“You should not be out on this night.”
Jack looked around for the hidden voice, finding a small man wedged in the shadows of two buildings. “Oh really?”
“Why not?” Daniel asked, concern raising his voice slightly.
“Did they not tell you? All who travel here know.”
Jack frowned. “Tell us what?” He didn’t like the sound of that.
“Of the pull of the moon. The moon creates the monsters. You must not be out on this night.”
“You’re out.” He eyed the squat little man with distrust.
“I am homely. My threat is low. You are…” he tilted his head back to view Jack’s face, “pleasing to the eye. You will have danger if you are out.”
Daniel’s face paled. “What danger?”
In the distance Jack heard a howl—a guttural, animal sound that chilled his skin. Daniel must have heard it, too. His head snapped around to stare along the street.
“You must go. You must be inside on this night. The moon…” The man disappeared into the dark leaving Jack feeling confused and more than a little apprehensive.
“What was that about?” Another howl in the distance had beads of sweat pop up along Jack’s brow.
“I think we should get inside,” said Daniel.
The howling grew louder, closer. Jack swallowed hard. “Yeah, maybe you’re right. Let’s go find Carter and Teal’c and get out of here.” Daniel didn’t need to be told twice, turning and hurrying back towards their lodgings. Jack followed behind at a slightly more sedate pace, keeping his eyes peeled for trouble. The growing howling wasn’t doing his nerves any favors.
At the end of the street two figures approached. “O’Neill,” Teal’c called, waving them over. Jack sighed of relief.
“Teal’c, Carter-” He trailed off when Carter came into view around Teal’c. She looked… off.
“Sam, what’s wrong?” Daniel moved to touch her but Teal’c put a hand out to stop him.
“I would not do that, Daniel Jackson. Something on this planet is ailing the women.”