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18 July 2012 @ 10:58 am
Ficlet: Two Letters [SG-1]  
Title: Two Letters
Word Count: 458 words (all told)
Rating: General Audiences
Original/Fandom: Stargate: SG-1
Characters/Pairings: Sam, Jack, Sam/Joe
Warnings: none
Summary: Two letters between Sam and Jack, following the Aschen-aided victory over the Goa'uld
Notes: Set in the 2010 AU-verse. Written for a writerverse challenge. Strike-through comments were deleted by the letter-writer before final draft. Part of the Countdown to 2010 series.



March 23, 2003

Dear Jack,

I am so sorry. I had planned to be back on Earth in time to attend your retirement party, or, at least, to talk to you in person before you headed up to the cabin. But, as you know, there was a glitch in the final phase of testing and they needed me to stay a little longer on the Aschen homeworld. I wish I could have been here for you.

Are you enjoying the fishing? Or is it still too cold yet?

I have to ask: what happened? The last I had heard, you were leading the offensive at Tagrea. Then, all of a sudden, you’re retiring? Right before the final push? No one will tell me what happened, but the rumors that Kinsey had a hand in it reached even 970. I just can’t see you capitulating to him.

Or is it still about the Aschen? Even you have to admit that they have upheld their end of the bargain. We could never have defeated the Goa’uld without their help. And they aren’t trying to step in and seize power here, either militarily or politically; just trying to help us to advance to our knowledge and technology. I’ve actually been offered a place with the new Science Ministry. I’m thinking about resigning my commission.

I really want to talk to you. Please reconsider joining us for the Peace Celebration. You were such an important part of this victory. It just wouldn’t feel right to celebrate without you there.

Your friend,
Sam









June 12, 2003

Return to Sender

Dear Sam,
Meet me at the cabin.

Colonel Carter


Carter,

Congratulations on your promotion, Colonel. My only regret about ditching the Peace Ceremony was not getting to see you wear those well-deserved eagles. But I don’t think my presence there would have been appropriate.

Don’t worry about missing my send-off (although you did miss out on the cake - Hammond sprang for the good stuff!). He said some nice things. Walter, Siler, and the Doc were all there. It was a real shindig. And now I’ve finally got what I’ve always wanted: peace, quiet, and plenty of fishing. That’s what we were fighting for, right?

Enjoy your new job at the Science Ministry. I can only imagine how filled with geek joy you must be at what the Aschen are showing you. For all our sakes, I hope you are right about them. But either way, I’m done with the fight.

Love,
Goodbye,


Keep your stick on the ice,
Jack

PS All the best on your engagement. Don’t shake your head at me, Colonel - if he hasn’t asked you yet, he will... very soon. You’ll understand if I decline my invitation in advance.

 
 
 
Jen: sg1: jack/sam_2010jennickels on July 18th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
For two "upbeat" letters they are so completely heart wrenching together. I really liked the few details about the war. They obviously skip that in the episode because it's not important to the plot but they also make it sound like the Aschen came in and the Goa'uld just disappeared. You forget there was an actual war at some point. I like the idea that it was an actual war and not just the stuff that was already going on at the SGC (kind of bumbling through things).

Makes me want to read more letters between them during this time. *hint hint*
magickmoons: sam jack just usmagickmoons on July 18th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well, to my mind anything set in the 2010 verse is gonna suck, for Jack at least. I actually spent a fair amount of time on a mental sketch of how the war went, at least as concerned the members of SG-1. I have officially declared this a 'series' for me since I put so much work in on the background, so I'm likely to write some more. I don't know if I'll continue in the letter format, but it's an idea. I had a half-formed idea for the So There We Were challenge, but it won't work for the challenge since Jack and Sam weren't officially a couple :( Might write it anyway...
Jen: sg1: jack/sam_1stsirjennickels on July 18th, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've played around in the 2010 'verse yet. I've spent way too much time thinking of an alternate universe where Sam continues to date Pete and eventually marries him.

In that scenario Jack still goes to Washington to head up Homeworld Security but he continues to distance himself from Sam and the rest of the team until even Daniel doesn't know what's going on with him. Lots of angst, of course.
magickmoons: jackmagickmoons on July 19th, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds interesting!
Jen: sg1: jack/sam_hearttalkjennickels on July 19th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
It was basically just emotional wumping of Jack, lol