We Really Feel
Subjects: Friendship, Romance (or Pre-Romance), Smarm,
Summary: Around Valentine's Day, Sam thinks of those she cared for and
and she and Daniel admit their true feelings for one another.
Spoilers/Season: Enigma, The Tok’ra, Serpent's Song, Jolinar's
Devil You Know, Pretense, Divide and Conquer, Between Two Fires,
and Fragile Balance. Takes place in season 7, directly after the events
Warning: Character death
Archive: Anywhere, just let me know where
and keep my name on it.
Disclaimer: I am making no money off of this. The characters do not
belong to me, they belong to MGM/Showtime,
Double Secret Productions
and Gekko Film Corporation. This story is copyrighted February 2004 and
be used or altered without the express permission of the author.
A/N: The piece of spam email Sam receives is based on an actual spam
received several days before Valentine's Day. And yes, it was a
change of pace from the usual ilk I receive .
to BethV (BethTauri-Chick) for the Beta!
Sam sighed as she sat herself down in front of her computer monitor. It
been a long week. First, a teenage boy who claimed to be Colonel
up, seemingly trying to impress everyone with his dead-on impersonation
Colonel. Then they realized that he was the Colonel, having been
age by the Asgard for some unknown
they realized that he was about to
die, as Doctor Fraiser's tests revealed
that his body
was deteriorating at the cellular level. No one was sure how long he
live, but the verdict was clear: he was going to die.
For a while, Sam felt utterly helpless. She cared for Jack as a junior
would care about their CO, with much respect. However, these past 6
had become a friend to her, as did most of the people she associated
the SGC on a regular basis. The revelation that the boy was just a
Jack, and that Jack was not dead but snoozing away in his bed at home,
an immense sigh of relief. Everything turned out well in the end, with
being able to repair "Duplicate O'Neill"'s
DNA, and Jack becoming like a surrogate father to...er...himself
for the time being. A faint smile appeared on Sam's lips.
She logged in to her web-based email and scanned through the contents
inbox. She rolled her eyes at the voluminous amount of spam emails she
received...Order Prescription Medications Online, Get Rid of Debt,
Viagra, everything under the sun had cluttered up her inbox. One piece
stuck out like a sore thumb, though. The sender was "Valentine's Day
Roses", and the subject read, "Order Twelve Long-stemmed Roses by
Valentine's Day." Sam shrugged and clicked the subject to open the
A graphic with a pink background and two pictures of long-stemmed roses
appeared in the email. It read, "A Dozen Valentine's Day Roses for only
$49.95. Send your special someone 12 long-stemmed red roses this
Day!" The email boasted the contents of the package...naturally 12
long-stemmed roses, Baby's Breath, a personalized card, on-time
so forth. Sam chuckled lightly. Although it was a piece of spam email,
it was a
refreshing change from all the garbage she usually received.
Somehow a tear managed to work its way down her cheek. At that moment
to think about the men she'd had feelings for over the past 6 years. It
thing she nearly despised about Valentine's Day; it had the habit of
to her. She thought about Narim, the Tollan she had met when SG1 went
mission. Unlike his superior, he was a very curious sort and showed an
amusing awe for the planet he suddenly found himself on. Sam had been
flattered by the way he treated her, and did feel a bit sad when he was
leaving. She was reunited with him several years later, when the team
travel to Tollana to take part in a Triad
to free Skaara. Again, they parted and
again they were reunited
several years later, under not-so-pleasant circumstances. Sam shuddered
recalled the very last time she'd heard from him. He had sent a message
long-range communications satellite that their stargate had been
their ships were being shot down by the goa'uld
Tanith and his forces. He had been cut off
Sam never really found out what exactly had happened to him, but it was
than likely he had been killed.
She thought about Martouf, the Tok'ra she
had come to
know via her memories of Jolinar, the Tok'ra symbiote
that had briefly resided within her. Although she hadn't had a
with him herself, Jolinar's memories
with enough information that made her feel as if she'd known him for
was very sweet and kind, and she was grateful to him for watching over
father when he'd been blended with Selmak
in order to
save his life. She had met with him on several occasions, namely during
Apophis' death and the imminent threat of Sokar, when her father had
been imprisoned by Sokar, and during the unfortunate circumstances
member of their own tried to kill one of the Tok'ra. The painful
suddenly came back to her. Martouf had
managed to be
taken over by goa'uld mind-control and
became a za'tarc, and Sam was forced to
shoot and kill him. She shut
her eyes and a few tears escaped as the image of her kneeling on the
cradling Martouf's head in her lap,
Finally, she thought about Daniel. Admittedly, he had become more of a
to her over the years. He had certainly shared her excitement of
something new, albeit in a different way. She was more interested in
astrophysical and technological aspect, he in the historical and
aspect. Nevertheless, they were both alike in the respect that they
get a charge out of learning something new. Sam had always been
Daniel's passion for trying to learn about new cultures and making new
discoveries. He was like a kid in a candy store at times, and his
never failed to make her giggle. They were always there to comfort each
for Daniel after Sha're's death, Daniel
during the predicament with Cassandra. To Sam, they had become more
friends. They shared a deep bond.
She thought about the events surrounding his death: his insistence on
deter nuclear war on Kelowna, and his
radiation poisoning. Sam's face reddened and a lump formed in her
throat as she
remembered him lying on the bed, bandaged up. She couldn't believe she
waited so long to tell him how she had felt. Damn it, Sam, you
had more than 4 years to tell
him. Why did
you wait so long?
she had berated herself. She hoped he had heard her tearful confession.
She remembered how hard it was, how long it had taken for her to cope
She began to sob, as it felt like she was experiencing it all over
she remembered that Daniel had descended. They had found him wandering
on an alien world, and although his memory appeared to have been wiped
somehow bits and pieces of it had begun to return. She remembered how
felt, that he had come back and she wouldn't have to spend any more
grieving and replaying the events in her mind, hoping that a different
would have emerged.
A few more tears escaped, only this time they were tears of joy, of
sobbed openly, not caring for a moment that her office door was open
anyone passing by could have heard her. Who would be around this early
Teal'c was probably engaging in Kel-No-Reem,
though he no longer needed it since he was without a symbiote;
Jack had not arrived yet, and was probably driving his young clone to
Janet was busy in the infirmary as usual...
Daniel was on his way down to the commissary when he suddenly heard
crying. He jerked his head around and realized it was coming from Sam's
His forehead creased in confusion. What was bothering Sam? Even though
hadn't regained his memory one-hundred-percent, he knew enough that he
very much for her. He was determined to find out.
Sam heard loud footsteps clanking on the floor just outside her office
turned bright red. She ceased crying, cleared her throat, and quickly
corners of her eyes with a tissue and stuffed it in her pocket.
"Sam?" Daniel asked tentatively.
She turned to face him and saw that his eyes were full of concern.
"Are you all right?"
Sam lowered her eyes. "I'm fine," she answered. Her voice was
uncharacteristically thick, a telltale sign she had been crying.
Daniel looked at her with uncertainty etched across his face. He
the room and made his way up to her, arms folded.
"Whatcha doing?" he asked nonchalantly,
looking up at the computer screen.
She turned quickly to him and then back to the screen. "Oh...just
checking email. I have to clean out my inbox. Some of this
is so ridiculous," she shook her head.
She clicked on one of the subject headings to show him. By accident (or
least it seemed), she clicked on the "Valentine's Day Roses" spam
email, which opened up immediately on the screen.
Daniel raised his eyebrows. "Well...that's different," he remarked.
"Must be a welcome change after all those ones you get about enlarging
For once, Sam started laughing and swatted Daniel across his folded
"Oh, stop it! I don't even have one of...those!"
A wide grin spread across Daniel's face and he chuckled alongside
Sam. After a few seconds, they both managed to calm down and
concerned look at Sam. "Are you sure something isn't wrong?" he
Sam's grin faded and she nearly became stone-faced. "Yes," she
Daniel squinted. "Are you sure? I thought I heard you crying."
Sam shook her head. "No, I was..."
She quickly fabricated a story to cover up her emotional outburst.
"...I was just laughing at this ridiculous forwarded email I got..."
She avoided looking him in the eye and pointed to an email one of her
had sent her. Her eyes, which were still red and bloodshot, and her
tear-stained face totally betrayed her words.
Daniel's brow creased and he looked at her carefully. "You were
laughing yourself to tears?" he finally asked, raising an
Sam finally felt frustrated. "Oh, what does it matter whether I
was laughing or crying?
Honestly!!" she finally spat out.
Daniel looked at her, pity showing on his face as she pushed her chair
from him. She leaned forward with her arms folded on top of the table,
resting on top of them, and stared vacantly ahead.
Daniel moved in closer toward her and touched her shoulder
lightly. "Please, Sam, tell me what's wrong," he pleaded softly.
Sam let out a little sigh, as if his touch had released some of her
tension. She finally turned her glance up toward him. "I don't
know if you'd understand, Daniel," she replied somberly.
Daniel searched her face for a moment. "I can try," he finally
She looked at him.
try," he amended his statement.
Sam finally sat up straight with her back against the chair. She felt
body very close against hers and it felt quite comforting. She sighed
heavily. "Well, it's just that..." she started. She hesitated to
Daniel raised his eyebrows as a signal for her to go on.
"...it's that time of year again," she finally finished. She felt her
face grow hot with embarrassment.
Daniel looked at her questioningly.
Sam grinned slightly and picked up her desk calendar, which showed the
being February 13th.
Daniel's brow knitted in confusion.
Sam flipped the page over to reveal tomorrow's date, February 14th,
words "Valentine's Day" underneath.
Daniel's eyes widened slightly upon realization and he nodded slowly in
understanding. "...And?" he asked, his brow knitting in confusion
Sam dropped her arm back down and replaced the calendar in the corner
desk. She sighed again and shook her head slightly. "I don't
think you'll understand," she repeated quietly.
Daniel looked her in the eyes for a moment before responding.
"Try me," he said softly.
"Okay, here goes..." she muttered. "After
what just happened to the Colonel yesterday, before we realized he had
cloned, I was so worried that he was actually going to die. I
mean..." She stopped long enough to see Daniel nodding
thoughtfully. He looked
her and furrowed his brow.
"It's not like I have deep feelings for him or anything," she blurted
out, blushing hotly.
Daniel shook his head. "Oh, no," he said, as if in agreement. He
looked back down at her.
"It's just that when you work with someone for so long, you develop
a strong friendship with them," she continued.
Daniel searched her face again. "I know," he replied, giving her
a little smile.
The smile was comforting to Sam, and she stared at him for a moment.
shrugged herself out of it...
"Likewise, when you spend time with people from other planets and get
know them well, you develop strong bonds with them as well, maybe even
"What are you talking about?" he interrupted, although he knew full
well what she was saying. His memory of losing Sha're had recently come
Sam shook her head, almost frustratedly. "I don't know. I..." Her
face grew hot once again before she
elaborated. "I...Narim, he seemed so interested in me
we first rescued the Tollans. He was
genuinely sweet, and then seeing him again
when we took part in the
Daniel nodded thoughtfully as Sam recounted past experiences.
"... I mean, I don't think I could have had a relationship with him as
Sam felt awkward talking to Daniel about this. She almost couldn't
what she was telling him. Still, it felt comforting to talk to someone
"...he was a lovely man," she continued. "And when he was
killed, it..." Sam's emotions prevented her from finishing, and
she shook her head.
Daniel placed his hand on her shoulder once again. "Are you okay?"
Sam sniffled and nodded. She squared her shoulders, took a deep breath
continued. "And then Martouf...I had a unique
with him because of Jolinar. I mean, it wasn't me myself having the
relationship, but it was if a part of me had known him for years. It
seem so close. When we found out that he was the za'tarc,
I was devastated because a part of me knew he wasn't going to survive
this, symbiote or no symbiote.
he threatened to kill the President, we had no choice but to shoot him.
called out my name...'Samantha'...before I shot him with the zat gun.
never forget how it made me feel. To sit there in the gateroom,
cradling his head in my lap, and..."
Sam stopped herself as she felt the tears would return and she didn't
reduced to any more of a blubbering fool than she already was. She
head, took a deep breath, and arose from the chair. She was going to
bombshell. "Daniel, I have to tell you this..." she began shyly.
She turned around to face him. "Over the past 6 years that I've
known you, I really..."
She stopped herself, then continued
voice shaking a bit. "When you died, it really tore me apart. I
thought that just like all
other wonderful men I've had to say goodbye to, it was happening again,
didn't want it to happen...not to someone so special." She felt her
Daniel's eyes widened in surprise and he took a moment to digest what
said. "Sam," he finally answered, softly. "I'm only starting to
memory back now. I don't quite remember all I went through when Sha're
All I remember is that I loved her very much. And that she died. I can
imagine that I must have gone through the same thing that you went
"...died," he finally finished, the idea still sounding odd to him.
Sam sniffled and nodded at him.
He looked at her thoughtfully and then turned his glance upward. It
more of his memories were returning just then, and something dawned on
him. "Um...Sam," he started.
She looked at him questioningly.
"What was it that you told me while I was lying there...in the
Sam looked at him, a slight look of surprise. She bit her lip.
"'I don't know why we wait to tell people how we really feel...'" she
finally answered, her voice trembling.
Daniel looked at her thoughtfully again, and a faint smile formed on
his lips. "You really said that?"
Sam wiped her nose with the back of her hand and nodded, before
statement she had uttered to him back then ...
"'I guess I hoped that you always knew.'"
Daniel placed a hand on Sam's shoulder and looked her in the
eyes. "Well...I think, deep-down, I always knew, even when I was
occupied with searching for Sha're. I just...didn't know how to express
guess. You've been more than a friend to me." He emphasized
She leaned forward and hugged him. "I know," she sputtered, her
voice muffled as she talked into his
shoulder. She stayed in his embrace for a few minutes, feeling more
she had in ages. She ran her fingers through the hair at the nape of
which had gotten a bit longer since she'd last seen him in ascended
patted her lightly on the back.
They both stepped back as she heard Daniel's stomach growl. A blush
across his face. "Um...I was actually on my way to the commissary
when I made this
detour," he grinned slightly.
Sam laughed. "I'll join you," she replied. "I've been here since
morning and haven't had breakfast yet."
"Ditto," he agreed.
They exited her office and she locked the door behind her.
Sam was on her way back from the commissary when she realized she'd
office door unlocked.
"Damn," she cursed softly under her breath, wondering why she had
been so stupid. Of course, it was Valentine's Day and her mind had been
elsewhere the whole morning. Although talking with Daniel yesterday had
her feel a lot better, she was still brooding over the men she'd
had to say goodbye to, and the ones she'd almost lost.
She turned the knob and sighed, hoping to engross herself in some
been meaning to complete for some time and take her mind off of it.
She entered the room and began to make her way over to her desk when
stopped dead in her tracks. Her eyes widened upon discovering a narrow
standing on top of her desk, with a dozen red roses surrounded by some
Breath inside. Propped up against the vase was a small card with a
Cupid on the front.
Sam slowly made her way up to the desk and took hold of the card. She
up, hoping to find out whom they were from. Her face registered
when she read the message inside. "Happy Valentine's Day, Major
Carter" was written nicely in dark red, calligraphic letters. Damn, no
handwriting she could trace to narrow down her speculation.
She wondered if they could have been from Jack. But that wouldn't make
He was only her CO, and such a relationship wasn't permitted. These
revealed much more than a caring friendship. The most she'd expect from
was some sort of humorous card, especially one that tried to hard and
being funny. She then wondered if it could have been from Teal'c, but
after all his years on Earth, was he that familiar with the Valentine's
tradition of sending flowers to the one you love? Who else could it
Sam smiled as she remembered the crush that Lt. Graham Simmons had on
it had soon dispelled when he'd met the new, pretty young Sergeant
I'm never going to figure this out
she thought frustratedly. I'll
question them all later on and they'll play innocent
rolled her eyes.
Suddenly she heard the shuffle of feet behind her. She turned and found
standing in the doorway. He was blushing just slightly and was looking
"I don't know why we wait to tell people how we really feel," he
said, with the faintest of smiles upon his face.
Sam's mouth dropped open as Daniel entered the room, and she felt a few
trying to escape out of the corners of her eyes. He made his way up to
grinned upon seeing her mouth open.
"So, I take it you like them, then?" he asked hopefully.
Sam laughed through her tears before wrapping her arms around him
tightly. "Are you serious, Daniel? I love them!!" she answered,
still in his
She was openly crying now. Daniel stepped out of their embrace a bit
away her tears. For a moment they both looked into each other's eyes
They both stepped back for a moment and Sam sniffled. "I'm so
glad you're back, Daniel," she smiled.
He smiled back. "I'm so glad you still need me, Sam."
She sniffled once more and wiped away a tear before they embraced again.