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08 March 2015 @ 09:38 pm
Ficlet: Practical Rituals  
Practical Rituals
Rating: Teen and Up
Fandom: SG-1
Characters: Teal'c, Daniel, Jack, Sam
Summary: Daniel enjoys learning about other cultures' rituals. Teal'c enjoys learning about Tau'ri rituals... and putting them into practice.
Notes: written as a (terribly, terribly delayed) birthday fic for lolmac who asked for something involving Teal'c and at least one other member of the original SG-1 team. This is set somewhere first season-ish.
Word Count: ~850

Teal'c watched as DanielJackson leaned over the small book on his lap as he wrote, angling the paper to catch as much of the firelight as possible. His long hair fell in his face, and he pushed it back with an irritated motion before returning to his notes. The soft scratching of the pen as he hurriedly inked his thoughts was quickly becoming familiar to Teal'c on nights such as this, the rare peaceful mission which O'Neill termed a 'cakewalk.' DanielJackson was an enigma to Teal'c. A year ago, he would have laughed at the thought of a scholar on a team of warriors, but he had seen enough to know that this particular scholar, despite his ridiculously long hair, his allergies, and his habit of incessant questioning, was truly an asset on SG-1.

"So, wow, okay," Daniel said, as he paused to review his notes. "That's... I've really never heard of anything like it before. When you first mentioned it, I was thinking that it was similar in origin to a ritual I've seen variations on in several nomadic tribes in the Middle East, but with the knives..." He shook his head.

Jack glared at his 2IC as she suddenly developed a very suspicious cough. She apologized and excused herself to go hunt for cough drops in her pack in the tent. He switched his focus to Daniel for a moment more, than glanced over at Teal'c and shrugged. Daniel remained lost in thought.

Teal'c waited, sure another question would come. Sure enough, Daniel picked up his pen again. "So, did the Jaffa always use knives, or did they attach to the ritual at some later point?"

Jack cleared his throat. "Uh, Daniel, let's not talk about attaching and knives when the topic is... you know, that certain part of the anatomy."

Daniel grimaced. "Yeah, hadn't quite thought that one all the way through. Oh, and I was going to ask if we could see some demonstration of this sometime. But now I'm thinking, maybe not."

"On the contrary, DanielJackson. I would be most honored to perform the rite upon you at the appropriate date."

Teal'c watched with some concern as his friend paled noticeably. "Oh, no, Teal'c, that's okay. I think this is maybe one of those times when observation wouldn't really bring anything to the...: He took a deep breath, "I mean..." He glanced across the fire, seeking O'Neill's help.

Sam emerged from the tent, but stayed out of Daniel's line of sight; she had obviously been listening and was unable to completely smother her grin. Jack stared warningly at her.

"Wait, so the date of the ritual is significant as well?" Daniel questioned, moving on from the question of practical application. Teal'c had seen this before: DanielJackson's desire for knowledge would override all other considerations. He wondered exactly how far he would pursue his research into this particular matter despite his initial protestations.

"Oh yes," Teal'c responded. "In fact, the date is quite important. It is similar, I believe, to the Tau'ri rituals held on the first day of your fourth month."

Teal'c raised an eyebrow at O'Neill's exasperated sigh. Clearly, O'Neill thought he was ending this exercise prematurely, but Teal'c felt that he had achieved the intended effect. They both looked toward DanielJackson, waiting for his acknowledgement, but none was forthcoming as he scratched the new information down automatically in his notebook, while muttering about methods of comparing the Jaffa calendar versus Chulak versus the Tau'ri.

Finally, he set his pen down and looked up at Teal'c. "So, the first of... April," he began, then narrowed his eyes. "April Fool's?" he asked in exasperation. He glanced over to where Jack was looking quite smug. "This was your idea?" he asked.

Jack's smile was smugly innocent as he shook his head, his eyes targeting just past Daniel. He twisted around to see Sam chewing on her lip. She grinned sheepishly and shrugged.

"I might have mentioned something about hazing at the Academy, and..."

Jack jumped in. "And Teal'c just had to see it in action. You know how he gets."

As Teal'c glared at O'Neill's attempted deflection of blame, he was quick to add, "So, we all threw some ideas around, and this one stuck." He paused. "The knife thing, though... that was all Teal'c," he added with a slight shudder.

"And you didn't think to explain that hazing usually happens to the newest member of the group?"

"Might have slipped my mind," O'Neill's unrepentant grin faltered a bit when Teal'c looked at him.

"I should not have performed this ritual upon DanielJackson?" he asked.

"Oh, it's okay, Teal'c," Daniel replied. "I'm sure that Jack's stories were very interesting, but you haven't lived till you've survived a University Hell Week. Grad students can be very creative when properly motivated." He continued speaking to Teal'c as he turned to glare at the colonel. "Maybe I can show you a thing or two."

O'Neill raised his eyebrows at DanielJackson's challenge, although CaptainCarter looked more than a little worried. Teal'c nodded thoughtfully. Given the spark in his eyes, it seemed that DanielJackson would indeed be an enthusiastic partner in the next stage of this battle.

This entry was originally posted at http://magickmoons.dreamwidth.org/39525.html.
MacBeth: smartasslolmac on March 9th, 2015 12:44 pm (UTC)
SQUEEEEE!! *happy dance*

The only thing better than giftfic is entirely unexpected giftfic!! It's like having a whole extra birthday without being required to age a year. Thank you so much!

This is lovely!
magickmoons: JDSmagickmoons on March 10th, 2015 03:24 am (UTC)
You are so welcome.
aelfgyfu_mead: Teal'caelfgyfu_mead on March 10th, 2015 01:33 am (UTC)
Fourth month—I only got it just before Daniel did.

I've always thought Teal'c was way more of a smart aleck than anyone quite recognizes, that he gets little digs in purely for his own enjoyment. Of course, letting others know they've been had can also be fun.
magickmoonsmagickmoons on March 10th, 2015 03:27 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, Teal'c totally plays up the clueless bit, just to see how they react. He is really quite fun to play with!
Ami Venami_ven on September 2nd, 2015 04:26 am (UTC)
(very, very late comment...)

Very nice! I love Teal'c's quirky sense of humor ;)
magickmoons: teal'c valamagickmoons on September 6th, 2015 01:32 am (UTC)
No such thing as a late comment :) So glad to hear you enjoyed this one!!