lilyleia78: Jack and Daniel in front of woman at a desk captioned We do (SG-1: We do)
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Title: Dreams of Another Life
Fandom: SG-1
Pairing: Jack/Daniel
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, angst, h/c, AU, Est. relationship, movie-related (Continuum)
Word Count: 1236
Summary: A missing scene for Continuum in which Daniel and AU Jack have a softer conversation on the sub.
Note: For [personal profile] discodiva76, who had a plot bunny that she didn't want to write. I hope you don't mind me borrowing it. ♥

Dreams of Another Life

His dreams were of Jack, as they nearly always were. Jack was dressed all in white, blending almost perfectly with the snowy background in which Daniel found himself trapped - blending except for the big red hole in his left shoulder. It was bigger and bloodier than it had been the last time Daniel had seen it, bigger than it had ever been in reality, but no less awful for Daniel’s knowledge of the discrepancy. Jack was screaming at him through the barren landscape, “My kid is fine!” Daniel tried to call out to Jack, to apologize, but the wind whipped the words away even as he spoke them, and Jack was walking away from him now, leaving him alone to face his fate.

Daniel awoke tangled in sweat-damp sheets with his heart beating wildly in his chest, his throat dry and strained as if he really had just been screaming. He fought wildly to disentangle himself, feeling irrational panic overtaking him until…

“Hey, it’s okay. Let me,” a familiar voice said. For just a moment, Daniel thought it had all been a nightmare – the snow, the extraction ceremony, the life slipping out of Jack’s eyes – but then reality reasserted itself as Daniel noted the small, unfamiliar room surrounding him and the painful lack of recognition in the eyes of the man currently straightening his sheets.

“Jack?” Daniel asked groggily, groping about for his glasses. Jack - not my Jack, Daniel’s mind whispered - lifted them off of the nightstand and gently settled them on Daniel’s face. The gesture was so familiar that Daniel had to swallow back a sob.

Jack must have noticed because he paused, leaving his hands on the sides of Daniel’s face just a touch too long before stepping back, awkwardly playing with the hem of his dark blue sweatshirt.

“What are you doing here?” Daniel asked, confusion and irritation warring for dominance. Now that he was awake he was aware that the drugs were wearing off and the pain was creeping back up his leg, and he didn’t know if he had the strength to deal with this cruel distortion of the man he loved in his current state.

“You were yelling for me,” Jack said by way of explanation, “Someone thought it’d be a good idea to fetch me before you strained something.”

“Oh,” Daniel said lamely, heat rising in his face. “I wasn’t…it wasn’t actually…um…you…I was calling for.”

“Yeah, I figured.”

Daniel didn’t know what to say to that, so he didn’t say anything at all, and a medic bustled into the tiny room before the silence became overwhelming. He took some vitals and injected more pain killer into Daniel’s IV line. Jack stayed quiet and kept out of the way, but didn’t leave with the doctor.

“Could you…” Daniel began when they were alone again, licking his lips and swallowing around the dryness in his throat. “My throat, could I have some water?” Daniel asked, indicating the pitcher on the table behind Jack.

“Oh, sure,” Jack said, turning to pour some into a plastic cup. Daniel tried to pull himself up upright, but his body felt heavy, disconnected from anything to do with him as the drugs worked there way through his system.

Jack, noticing his struggles, got one arm under Daniel to hold him up while he drank, and then eased him back down on the pillows. Jack settled on a chair near the bed and watched in silence as Daniel resettled himself. It was awkward again, but Jack still showed no signs of leaving.

“So best friends, huh?” Jack asked after a while.

Daniel sighed heavily. “Something like that, yeah.”

“What do you want from me?” Jack asked suddenly. Daniel was surprised by the note of anger in Jack’s voice. Surprised, and confused.

“You came to me,” he said slowly.

“Details,” Jack said dismissively. “You – all of you – you’re watching me like you’re measuring me up and finding me lacking. It’s…”

“Disconcerting?” Daniel offered.

“Annoying,” Jack retorted with a glare.

Daniel smiled despite himself. “Sorry about that. Habit. I guess we’re just used to Jack – my Jack – having our backs, having the answers. Or,” Daniel corrected himself, “at least knowing who to go to for the answers.”

“Your Jack…” Jack repeated, raising an ironic eyebrow as he emphasized the possessive pronoun. Daniel flushed again but didn’t deny it. “…sounds like a great guy.”

“He is,” Daniel agreed. “You are.”

“You think I’d like him?” Jack asked with a grin.

Daniel burst out laughing. “No, no I don’t. You hate alternate versions of yourself.”

Jack pulled back a little, confusion evident on his face. “I don’t think I want to know.”

“Probably not,” Daniel agreed.

They sat in silence again, more companionable this time, and Daniel found himself drifting on the edge of sleep when Jack said, “I don’t have the answers you need, and I don’t know who to go to for them. But…” Daniel opened his eyes fully to meet Jack’s gaze. “…I can have your backs. I’ll make some calls, call in some favors. Anyone in particular you want?”

“Hammond. Landry. George Hammond and Hank Landry,” Daniel answered immediately. “You.”

Jack shook his head. “Never heard of them, but I’ll see what I can do. But,” he hesitated, “not me. I can’t...”

“Charlie?” Daniel asked.

“Charlie,” Jack agreed. The sound of his son’s name seemed to make Jack antsy. He stood up and edged toward the door. “Hammond and Landry. I’ll look them up.”

“Jack?” Daniel called, suddenly terrified of watching Jack walk out of the door, out of his life. “Stay? Please. Just for a little while longer.”

Jack stopped just shy of the exit and turned around to face Daniel, face somber. “I’m not him.”

“I know.” Daniel turned away from the other man and closed his eyes. “Stay anyway?”

He heard Jack resettle on the nearby chair even as sleep rushed up to claim him faster than he’d expected. Just before he drifted off he felt his glasses being slipped off his face and what he could have sworn were the press of familiar lips to his own.

***

After the ceremony, after lunch, after laughter and reconnecting and lovemaking, Daniel dreamed of Jack.

Jack was dressed all in white, blending almost perfectly with the snowy background in which Daniel found himself trapped - blending except for the big red hole in his left shoulder. Jack was screaming something at Daniel, but the wind whipped the words away before they could reach him. Daniel wanted to call out to Jack, but the dream broke before he could make a sound.

Daniel awoke tangled in sweat-damp sheets, heart beating wildly in his chest, a warm weight holding him down.

“Daniel,” the warm weight – Jack - whispered, “you alright?”

Daniel opened his eyes and blinked up into concerned brown eyes. “Jack?”

“You were expecting someone else?” Jack asked with a grin. Daniel offered him a half-hearted smile in return, and Jack frowned. “Nightmare?”

“I don’t know,” Daniel answered truthfully, the wisps of his snow filled dreams slipping away from him under the gentle sweep of Jack’s thumb on his cheek.

“I know a sure fire way to chase those away,” Jack said with a wicked grin, settling more fully on top of Daniel.

Daniel laughed, and let the heat of Jack’s smile, Jack’s hands, Jack’s love melt away the last of his nightmare.

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**
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Date: 2010-01-05 03:50 am (UTC)
catsmeow: Close up view of Henry's nose (Default)
From: [personal profile] catsmeow
I quite like this. I especially like the dream, which itself contains elements of both timelines, ties each half together. Well done.

Date: 2010-01-07 01:45 am (UTC)
catsmeow: Close up view of Henry's nose (Default)
From: [personal profile] catsmeow
Hee! I think you're right. :D

Date: 2010-01-05 08:34 am (UTC)
discodiva76: (FIAD Hug)
From: [personal profile] discodiva76
*hugs you so tightly*...


This is sooooooo perfect!....even though they showed Cam asking for Landry during his interrogation I just KNEW Daniel had requested help from various sources before this!....

And this story just sums up how my imagination would have gone.....simply brilliant...thank you so much!!!...

I <3 my fandom and my wonderful friends!!!...

The pom poms are back in force!!.. \0/ \0/ \0/

Deeds xx

Date: 2010-01-06 08:41 am (UTC)
discodiva76: (Puppet Porn)
From: [personal profile] discodiva76
Never worry about asking re: my prompts and bunnies...just grab and do what you will with them!...I love being able to give out ideas to anyone who wants them....it's the one thing I do have - a vivid imagination - especially where my boys are concerned!..*snerk*..


Date: 2010-01-05 09:07 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] dankriss

I was wondering if someone would go with Deeds' bunny...thank you for doing it.....great way of putting the 2 timelines together as well...

Kriss :-)

Date: 2010-01-05 12:18 pm (UTC)
princessofgeeks: (Default)
From: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
i love this! i love how in your vision they totally reconnect, just like i knew they should, and how it works into the canon perfectly.

it's hard to blame the jack of continuum for bowing out, since he has his own life, his own stuff to tend to, but still.... i miss their friendship in that verse so much and you have so fixed it for me.

thank you!!!

Date: 2010-01-05 04:08 pm (UTC)
paian: Daniel looking around a corner (daniel by paxm)
From: [personal profile] paian
Oh, yay, you wrote the fic for [personal profile] discodiva76! So pleased to see this.

Love how it's structured, and how owchy and happy it is at the same time. It pinged off 'Point of View' for me in some cool ways, too, especially when Jack says "I'm not him." I especially liked "You hate alternate versions of yourself" -- so true. And Just before he drifted off he felt his glasses being slipped off his face and what he could have sworn were the press of familiar lips to his own -- sweeeet.

Date: 2010-01-05 08:35 pm (UTC)
jdjunkie: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jdjunkie
Oh, this is nice.
Love the way the story's structured and that it feels beautifully balanced.
Big yay for making Deeds squee, too. :-)

Date: 2010-01-06 08:39 am (UTC)
discodiva76: (RDA/MS Still Doin' It)
From: [personal profile] discodiva76
Awww....thanks!!!..


\0/ \0/


I'm just thrilled there is still so much wonderful Jack and Daniel to cheer for!!...


Deeds xx

Date: 2010-01-06 04:59 am (UTC)
green_grrl: (SG1_JDAngst)
From: [personal profile] green_grrl
Oh, wow! I can totally see this happening; it's in my personal canon now.

“You think I’d like him?” Jack asked with a grin.
Daniel burst out laughing. “No, no I don’t. You hate alternate versions of yourself.”
Jack pulled back a little, confusion evident on his face. “I don’t think I want to know.”
“Probably not,” Daniel agreed.


Hee! Yeah, perfectly them.

Date: 2010-01-07 02:52 am (UTC)
lesasaur: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lesasaur
Nicely done. I always wished there had been more J/D interaction in Continuum. (I wonder if we'll ever get the third movie and if there'll be much in that.) Thanks for fullfilling my wish.

Date: 2010-01-07 07:36 am (UTC)
dragojustine: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dragojustine
Oh, lovely. These are just the things they would need to say to each other.

Date: 2010-01-07 10:13 pm (UTC)
antares_dw: (Default)
From: [personal profile] antares_dw
Those two timelines/universes are very nicely interwoven. And I like it that Daniel has nearly the same dream in both of them.

And I like your not so sarcastic Jack who is showing compassion better than the "original" one from Continuum. *g*

And there's a happy ending! Great!

Date: 2010-01-24 01:23 am (UTC)
sid: (Jack contemplative)
From: [personal profile] sid
I SO wished there had been more of alt!Jack in the movie, because RDA did just a great job of being not-our-guy.

I love this new scene you've written, and the way the ending twists back to the beginning. Neat. :-)

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