Title: Season Two
Year: Season Two of The 4400
Category: Crossover, Drama, First Time, Romance, Hurt/Comfort, Established Relationship,
Pairings: Jack/Daniel, Daniel/Marco Pacella,
Spoilers: Each section gives the episodes it spoils and some general spoilers for the Stargate Movie.
Summary: Jack and Daniel as 4400, their ups and down in life and relationship as the series goes on and beyond the end of the series.
Notes: I doubt this will have a happy ending for Jack/Daniel fans. Don’t ask me. I write what I am told to. I know that the fic doesn’t always explain everything in the 4400 series, but I can’t really add it. This all happens from the P.O.V.’s of Jack and Daniel, they can’t know everything that NTAC does. If it’s not made public knowledge, or could possibly be overheard by one of the two, then it doesn’t make it into my fic.
Warnings: Sexually Derogatory Words,
Jack watched Daniel lean over the flowerbed he insisted on putting in the back yard. It hadn’t even been good weather for two days, and Daniel was already out making it look like a home. It had taken them a while to finally sign the papers to the house because of the background problems and the deal with them being 4400’s. They had moved in at the beginning of winter and that was the first day that Daniel could work outside and not freeze. Jack indulged him because it meant that Daniel went around the backyard without a shirt and usually in cutoffs that hugged his ass. He also spent a great deal of time on his knees leaning down, which meant that Jack got a really great view of his ass.
“Daniel?” Jack called. Daniel turned around to smile at Jack. “I’ve got lunch ready, why don’t you come inside can wash up so you can eat.”
“Just a while longer, don’t worry I will eat,” Daniel said then he turned around and went back to working on the small patch in front of him. Jack sighed. If it wasn’t pulling him from his work then it was pulling him from the garden.
“Danny, you’ve been either out here working or doing those translations for work. I haven’t sat down with you for a meal in over a month. Come on. Please, Danny, I want to eat with you,” Jack begged. Daniel set down the small hoe and took of the gloves he was wearing.
“Okay, I’ll be there in a minute. I just need too clean up some of these things first.” Jack nodded and went inside. Ten minutes later, Daniel joined him. Daniel dug into the food without talking. Jack just stared at him while eating until finally Daniel looked up at him. Daniel blushed and set down the roll. “Sorry, I’m just really hungry. I just I just didn’t realize how hungry.”
“It’s fine. I’ve just never seen you eat so much in one sitting so quickly,” Jack said. Daniel laughed.
“I’m a little more comfortable now, with who we are, why we came back and with being with you,” Daniel said as he grabbed another roll. Jack smiled at Daniel as ate. With the constant food that Jack was forcing into Daniel, he was bulking up nicely and gaining some muscle. With the new house, Jack had set up a weight room and both were using it to do their exercising. Jack went on daily runs around the block and sometimes got Daniel to join him but that was only on the weekends.
“Why was it so hard to get used to me?”
“I am not used to people who care. No one ever really has. My parents died when I was young. I bounced from home to home, never really fitting in. You learn defenses, never let anyone get close never show weakness.”
“I’ve heard that sort of stuff. I wouldn’t know. I grew up in Mom’s house and nowhere else. I won’t try to tell you that I understand. I can’t. So I’ll take your word for it,” Jack said. Daniel smiled at him and nodded. They both finished off their lunch before Daniel went back outside to play in the garden more, and Jack went to the workout room.
Jack was jogging on the treadmill when he started smelling something wonderful from the area of the kitchen. Jack knew that by then he stunk so he showered before he went into the kitchen but all he saw was empty bowls and sink full of soaking dishes. He went out into the dining room and found Daniel eating a casserole at the table while leafing through a book. Jack saw that Daniel had just served his part of the food since it was still steaming on his plate. Instead of the normal beer, a glass of wine sat at his place.
“The wine goes with the food better than beer will.” Daniel didn’t look up from the book as he talked, he just continued to read and eat at the same time. Jack laughed when he saw it. Ninety nine times out of a hundred Daniel hit his mouth but when he was really fascinated by a part in the book he could miss his mouth and sometimes even his face.
Daniel was lost in the book and didn’t notice Jack watching him or when Jack laughed at him. Jack idly thought that he could jack off in front of Daniel and if the boy were reading then he wouldn’t know. It took Daniel twice as long to eat as it normally did and when he was done he found Jack on the couch, and he just sat down on the end of the couch and started reading.
Jack looked at Daniel’s feet, tucked under the boy, and he reached out to pull them into his lap so that he could massage them. Daniel looked up at Jack with his eyebrow cocked.
“I know you were crouching a lot today. That’s hard on the feet. I was just going to massage them for you,” Jack said. Daniel stared at him for a few minutes but then he nodded. Jack smiled and pulled the clean socks from Daniel’s feet. Jack rubbed them through the whole hour of news, and he kept on until Daniel got up to get something to drink and to switch books. When he sat back down, he tucked his feet under himself again. Jack didn’t mention rubbing them again that night. He’d gotten almost two hours of touching, and he wasn’t going to push his luck. Daniel didn’t like people touching him at the best of times. Jack turned his focus back to the TV, and he flipped channels to a station that was giving local news. It started off with news of a local hit and run murder. Jack lost focus in it and found himself staring at Daniel as he read, the play of emotions that went over the younger as he read the book. Jack couldn’t read the words on the cover and deduced that the whole book could be in another language.
“In breaking news, a revelation about the origins of the 4400, in his newly published autobiography, former real estate agent, Jordan Collier, claims that Human Beings abducted the 4400 from the future. The book contains copies of classified government memoranda, that Collier say’s prove his claims. The documents are said to come from an anonymous source within the National Threat Assessment Command. According to Collier, the 4400 were returned to avert a catastrophe that threatens the survival of mankind,” a newswoman said. Jack turned the volume up on the TV while Daniel put down the book he was reading. “Collier charges that the government has had this information for more than a year but has kept it secret in an effort to avert a public panic. The government claims that the documents are purely speculative and have been quoted out of context.”
“Have you bought that yet?” Jack asked pointing at the screen, asking about the book.
“I ordered a copy from that book club I joined. It should be here tomorrow. Do you want to read it first?” Daniel asked.
“Not’ really, I don’t want to read it. You can tell me anything that is intriguing.”
“Yeah, I’ll start it when I finish my next translation.” Jack nodded and went back to watching the TV but by then the coverage had changed to some new store that was opening up in the mall area of town.
“Daniel what are you doing?” Jack asked when he saw Daniel look around outside the car before he got out.
“The woman in apartment seventeen was hanging around looking for me today,” Daniel said. Jack laughed.
“Too scared to tell her no?” Jack asked. Daniel nodded.
“Have you seen her? She’s like two of me and most of its muscles,” Daniel said. Jack laughed.
“You’ll have to talk to her at some point, Daniel. It’s better to do it sooner rather than later, you could just make her really pissed off.” Daniel shrugged. Jack laughed at Daniel.
“I’ll tell her next week, when I’ve gotten up the courage.” Jack draped an arm around Daniel’s shoulders, and they went up into their house. Jack looked over at the apartment building across the street and saw the woman from apartment seventeen staring out her window. She looked at the way Jack had his arm around Daniel, and she nodded at Jack. Jack gave her a look that said ‘back off,’ and she stepped away from the window.
“So what do you want for dinner?” Jack asked. Daniel shrugged. “Come on, pick something.”
“Pizza, pizza sounds really good.” Daniel let them into the house and then moved to his office to turn on his computer. Jack followed and caught Daniel’s hand before he could turn on the tower.
“Why don’t we both work in the garden. It’s supposed to be rain for two days.” Daniel smiled and Jack nodded. He pulled his hand from Jack’s and went upstairs to change into work clothes. Jack watched him go and smiled at himself. Daniel was none the wiser about his feelings, and he was happy to keep it that way.
Jack went to change himself and got worried when Daniel didn’t come downstairs. Jack went up to Daniel’s room and found Daniel on the bed staring at the floor, where one of Daniel’s work shoes was half in the floor half out of it. Jack heard Daniel snort and then start laughing. Jack reached down to tug on it but it wouldn’t move. Daniel bent, tugged and it came right out of the floor. Jack smiled.
“So you’ve been practicing?”
“Yes, I can do parts of my body and things I’m holding. I can’t do much in the way of my whole body but yes. I just need to work up to it.”
“Well at least it’s something,” Jack said. Daniel laughed.
“It’s also easier to make holes for the trees I’ve been planting. I just stick the shovel down, then solidify it and pull. Less work for me and less mess on the holes.”
“Boy Wonder,” Jack joked. Daniel looked at him with a cocked eyebrow. “Sorry, I forgot that you haven’t really ever watched TV beside those shows on boring things. It’s a reference to Batman. I’ll show you one day.”
“Sure, that sounds great,” Daniel said. Jack smiled at him. He followed Daniel out of the house while he showed him the new way to garden. Jack loved seeing Daniel having fun as he was. Jack got the idea that Daniel hadn’t had even a close to fun childhood. The two had started spending a few hours a week watching older things that normal people Daniel’s age had seen.
An hour later, Jack stopped and went inside to order the pizza. Daniel was working away at making sure every flower plant was placed just right. Jack loved watching him work at it. The whole backyard had been covered in weeds just days before, but Daniel had cleared most of them out. Trees were the first things to go in. Daniel seemed to know a lot about gardening. Jack hadn’t pulled that knowledge from Daniel yet. Jack had broached it once or twice, but Daniel always dodged it.
“Danny, pizza’s ordered,” Jack called out the door. Daniel waved his hand and finished the plant he was working on. Daniel came in the house and cleaned up. Jack opened the door when the bell rang, and he set the pizza down on the coffee table in the living room before he grabbed drinks from the kitchen. Jack came back into the living room to see Daniel sit down on the couch and keep going. Daniel fell out the back off the couch and onto the floor. The couch itself was raised about a foot above the ground by a platform that separated the dining and the living rooms. Jack dropped the drinks and ran to Daniel’s side.
“OW!” Daniel said.
“I guess the full body thing is coming along at its own rate,” Jack said. Daniel cracked a small smile. Jack helped Daniel stand up and then sit down on the couch. Jack exchanged the drinks for new ones, grabbed a couple Tylenol and handed them to Daniel. He could tell that Daniel was in pain, but Daniel never liked to show that he was. Daniel swallowed the pills and started eating the pizza he had grabbed. “Are you sure you’re fine?”
“Yes, Jack I’m fine,” Daniel said as he laughed. Jack saw that he wasn’t moving much so he knew that his back must hurt.
“Look, you liked the foot rub I gave you. I know your back hurts, no matter what you are saying, why don’t we see if a back rub will take the pain away.
“Jack, I don’t know,” Daniel said.
“If it makes you uncomfortable I’ll stop.” Jack watched Daniel’s eyes flick around the room. Jack knew he was trying to decide. After a few minutes, Daniel nodded. Jack helped Daniel strip down to boxers and settle himself on his bed. Jack found massage oil in his bathroom and moved back to Daniel’s bedroom. Jack saw that Daniel was tense.
Jack sat down on the bed beside Daniel and rubbed a soothing hand down Daniel’s back. It was something that Daniel was used to Jack did it all the time. Daniel nodded his head, and Jack took that as permission to keep going. Jack started at the top of Daniel’s back and worked his way down. It wasn’t long until Daniel was snoring, and Jack covered him up.
Jack shut off Daniel’s light before he shut up the rest of the house. Jack knew that his fantasies had gained more material since he knew what Daniel’s skin felt like.
Weight of the World
“Daniel!” Jack screamed out Daniel’s bedroom door while looking down at the blanket that was half in the floor. Jack knew that Daniel was having problems but this was bad. Jack tugged on the blanket and it didn’t budge. Daniel came up the steps and entered the room. He leaned over a tugged on the blanket. It came right up.
“Sorry. I was leaving the room when that car backfired. It scared me. Whoosh!” Daniel said. Jack laughed. Daniel just glared at him.
“I know and am I glad we moved into a house. Once you started going through things. Dropping into Old Mrs. Hathaway’s place wouldn’t have been good,” Jack said. Daniel smiled.
“Yes, well. I’ve got better control now,” Daniel said blushing. He threw the blanket onto his bed and threw a few other things on top of it.
“Yes, well. I’m just thankful that no one has found out.” Jack said while Daniel shrugged.
“NTAC’s been worried about other things beside us two,” Daniel said.
“What is it this week?” Jack asked as he started down the steps to start breakfast.
“That man whose saliva made people’s metabolism move so quick that they couldn’t eat enough and starved to death,” Daniel said.
“Oh, yes. That. I forgot. I wonder why they sent us back with powers that can harm?” Jack asked.
“Balance everything out,” Daniel said. Jack shrugged and turned back to the stove.
“Laundry day?” Jack asked.
“Yes, I’m a bit behind in it. That translation for the school took longer than I thought,” Daniel said.
“You stayed up all night again?” Jack asked frowning.
“Not all night. Just till four,” Daniel said.
“And it’s now nine. That’s only five hours of sleep,” Jack said he turned around. “You need to take care of yourself.”
“I’m fine, Jack,” Daniel said. Jack turned back to the stove and flipped the pancakes on the griddle. “I do this all the time, Jack.”
“I know. I just worry,” Jack said. Daniel smiled at him before accepting the plate of pancakes. “Take a nap today. After you eat lunch.”
“I’ll think about it,” Daniel said. Jack nodded. He sat down and ate his breakfast. Daniel finished quickly and went to his small office just off the living room. When Jack left an hour later, he hadn’t moved from the spot at his desk. Jack shook his head and laughed.
Daniel moved from the desk when his stomach rumbled, and he was forced to find himself some food for lunch. He noticed that the clock read two o’clock. He sat down on the upstairs couch and started to watch some TV hoping he could nap, just to make Jack happy. He fell asleep on the couch and didn’t wake up until Jack woke him up four hours later.
“Danny, come on, buddy. Wake up,” Jack said shaking Daniel’s shoulder lightly. Daniel gasped and started to go though the couch. Jack tried to grab him and went right through him as Daniel fell. Jack ran and heard the crash. Jack found Daniel lying on the floor, a small end table underneath him, laying in pieces. “Daniel?”
“Ahh. God, that hurts,” Daniel said. Jack leaned over him. Daniel’s eyes were fine.
“Did you hit your head?” Jack asked.
“No. Just my back. I think I have a splinter in my butt,” Daniel said before laughing. Jack laughed, too. He carefully rolled Daniel over to look at his back.
“Did that hurt?”
“No, I don’t think I broke my back. How bad is it bruised?” Daniel asked.
“Not that bad. I think I’ll be staying home tomorrow, to take care of you,” Jack said. Daniel shook his head.
“I’ll be fine,” Daniel said.
“No, I’m staying home. I haven’t used any of my sick or vacation days. I think it’s time I did,” Jack said. He helped Daniel stand up and lead him to his bedroom.
“Jack, just take me to mine,” Daniel said not moving inside Jack’s room.
“It’s up the stairs. You won’t be able to move tomorrow. Just humor me, huh?” Jack said. Daniel nodded and let Jack help him onto the bed. “Don’t scare me like that again.”
“Scare you. I thought you knew better than to wake me up,” Daniel said as he rolled onto his stomach.
“I thought that you had heard me moving around. I wasn’t all that quiet,” Jack said. Daniel sighed.
“I must have been really out of it. What time is it?”
“After six,” Jack said.
“Damn. I was asleep for over four hours,” Daniel said. Jack smiled. Daniel glared at him. “So maybe I was tired.”
“I knew you were. You haven’t been sleeping much for a while now,” Jack said. Daniel nodded. “I’m going to get the splinters out. Now taking off your pants will probably pull on them.
“I know,” Daniel said. He helped Jack slowly pull off his pants by holding himself up on the bed. Once off, Jack could see that Daniel had two large splinters in his ass as well as a few small ones.
“I’m going to get tweezers and antiseptic. And one vary large bandage,” Jack said. Daniel nodded and laid himself back down. Jack spent a half an hour digging out every piece of splinter out of Daniel’s ass. By then the area was red and swollen.
“I think I’ll be sleeping on my stomach and my hip,” Daniel said.
“Yeah, I’ll sleep in your room for a while. I don’t think that you should sleep with any pants on. Might catch the bandage and rip it off,” Jack said. Daniel blushed.
“I don’t think I’ll feel too comfortable with that,” Daniel said. Jack waved him off.
“Don’t worry. I’m going to get some massage oil. I’ll work on the bruise on your back a little then put ice on it. Just stay here. I’ll get dinner. How’s Chinese?”
“Just fine, thanks, Jack,” Daniel said. Jack smiled down at him before he left the room to order the food and to grab the massage oil. When he came back in Daniel was lying on the bed with the blanket pulled up around his ass. Jack smiled as he looked over Daniel’s frame. He’s been talking Daniel into working out with him over the past year, and he now had some bulk to his frame. He didn’t look quite so young anymore.
He had just finished the massage when the doorbell rang. Jack told Daniel to stay there while he got the food. He grabbed two plates and carried them to the bedroom. Daniel was on his side staring at the doorway when Jack entered the room.
“Food, Your Highness,” Jack said with a smile as he set down the plates and the food. Daniel laughed and took a plate. Jack dished out the food and helped settle Daniel so that he could eat without his back hurting. Jack then went to get drinks from the kitchen. When he got back, he saw Daniel sneaking a piece of shrimp from his plate. “Hey!”
“I like shrimp,” Daniel said popping the piece in his mouth. Jack glared at him and sat down on the bed handing Daniel a pop. “Listen, go to work tomorrow. I’ll be fine by myself.”
“No, Danny. I’m not leaving you,” Jack said.
“I’m not a child, Jack,” Daniel said. Jack sighed.
“I know you’re not a child. I just want to be here for you,” Jack said. Daniel frowned not understanding so Jack leaned forward and kissed him. Daniel gasped, and Jack licked Daniel’s lips quickly before pulling back. “I just want to be around you.”
“Oh. You…but…no,” Daniel said.
“Yes,” Jack said.
“You…I…oh,” Daniel said. He blushed. Jack smiled and made him look him in the eyes. “Jack, I’ve never…with a guy…or a girl.”
“That’s fine. I’m not going to push you. You scared me when you fell. I thought I might have lost you,” Jack said. Daniel looked at his food and continued to eat. He was embarrassed. Jack let him eat. Daniel was quiet the whole evening, and he went to be early. Jack was worried. Daniel had never been that quiet. When he finally went to bed, he slept on the couch, not wanting to be that far from Daniel.
Jack woke up because he was burning up. He tried to grab a hold of the blanket to pull it off but connected with a solid weight instead. Daniel was curled up on him, leaning against him and squished between him and the couch. Jack smiled and shifted so that he and Daniel were lying on their sides on the couch. Daniel groaned in pain and shifted so that his back wasn’t flush against the couch. Jack dropped a kiss on the side of Daniel’s neck and then went back to sleep.
Suffer the Children
Jack was worried. Daniel hadn’t talked to him since they had woken up on the couch. That had been nearly a week prior. Daniel spent most of his time in his office working. Jack had even found him sleeping in there on night. Jack was worried. Why was Daniel acting like he was? Daniel had come to him on the couch. Daniel usually found his own dinner and always ate it in the office.
“Jack?” Daniel asked. Jack jumped when Daniel talked so close to him. He had never heard Daniel exit his office much less get that close. “Do you remember Heather Tobey? The school teacher we were in Quarantine with?”
“Yeah, so?” Jack asked. He let his hurt into his voice, and Daniel ducked his head. Jack saw it then. Daniel was scared. He was scared of what he felt for him. Jack stood up from the couch and moved closer to Daniel. He laid a hand on Daniel’s shoulder and squeezed. “What about her?”
“She needs a place to stay for a few days while she tries to find a job. Her ability made her lose her last job,” Daniel said.
“Yea, I heard she was charged with child abuse only to have it pulled back. Instead she was helping kids be all they could be.”
“Can she stay here?” Daniel asked.
“Yeah, she can. I’ll make up the guest room.” Jack kissed Daniel’s cheek and hugged him. Daniel latched onto Jack and didn’t let go. Jack let Daniel stay like that for a while until the phone rang. “I need to get that…”
“No,” Daniel whispered. Jack shifted so that he could answer the phone while still holding Daniel.
“Hello,” Jack said.
“Is Daniel there? This is Heather.”
“Yeah, just hold on,” Jack said. He pulled Daniel’s face back so that he could look in his eyes. Daniel was crying so Jack just let him hold on. “He’s a little busy. My name’s Jack. I live with Daniel. We are both fine with you coming to stay with us. I’m sure that a job can be found for you here in no time.”
“Is he doing better? Last I talked to him he was upset about something, but he wouldn’t talk about it,” Heather said.
“Yeah, he’s doing better,” Jack said. He started rubbing Daniel’s back as he talked to Heather confirming things and setting up the time for Heather to meet them at the house. “Daniel works from home so almost all the time so if you are late or early it shouldn’t matter.”
“That’s good. You know that his voice glows when he talks about you. I’d say that he really likes you. Was that the problem?”
“Kind of, a few weeks ago I kissed him. That night he slept on the couch with me. He’s been kind of freaking since then. I think we are better,” Jack said. He noticed that Daniel wasn’t moving. He looked down and saw that Daniel was asleep. He smiled. Daniel seemed to like sleeping with him. He shook Daniel a little bit so the younger man was woken up, and he helped guide Daniel to the couch. “We need to talk.”
“I know.” Jack watched as Daniel tried to wake up. “I freaked. I’ve never trusted anyone as I’ve trusted you. I’m scared.”
“It’s fine, just don’t shut me out. I can’t do something to fix it if I don’t know what’s wrong. I didn’t know what to think.”
“I know. I’m new at this stuff. I don’t know what to do.”
“I forget that. We’ll have to be patient with each other.”
“I’m not ready for sex,” Daniel said bluntly. Jack coughed and kissed Daniel’s neck.
“No, you’re not. Don’t worry. I’ve been friends with my right hand for a while. He hasn’t kicked me out.”
“Jack,” Daniel said while laughing.
“What, you can’t tell me that you’ve never jacked off.” Jack turned Daniel’s head so could look him in the eye. Daniel blushed and jerked his head out of Jack’s hold. Jack laughed. Daniel buried his head in Jack’s neck and started laughing.
“I was brought up to not talk about that stuff.” Daniel sighed and shifted so that his head could rest on Jack’s shoulder, and he was lying on his side on the couch.
“Okay, sorry. I guess I’m used to talking to the guys about it on missions.”
“You never did anything about it on missions. What are they call ‘buddy fucks?’” Daniel asked. Jack shook his head.
“Oh no, never, my teams were Spec Ops, the best of the best and usually the ones who were homophobes. No, I would have been discharged from the military, I know it.”
“So its good thing you were military? I get to have all the new fun with you. When we are ready,” Daniel said with a smile. He yawned.
“Go to sleep, Danny. I’ll be here. Don’t worry.”
“I don’t want to be attached to sleeping with you, I don’t want to move that fast.”
“Okay, then we’ll just lay here till you are ready to go to bed for the night.” Jack started rubbing Daniel’s back again until the man’s breathing evened out, and he was asleep. Jack smiled at the way that Daniel slept. His whole face and body relaxed. He melted into whatever he was sleeping on. At that moment, it was him and the couch.
Jack decided that he needed to clean up a bit before Heather arrived. Since Daniel had problems with his allergies, they usually kept the place looking pretty good but with the small freeze out they had. Nothing had been cleaned in a while. There was a thin layer of dust on most of the things in the main parts of the house.
Jack spent three hours cleaning the house and in the end, Daniel went to his own bed to sleep. Jack was a little sad, but he understood that Daniel needed space. He was going to wait as long as needed to make sure that Daniel was secure in Jack’s love for him. All he had to do was tell him so.
As Fate Would Have It
“So you want to go to the reunion?” Jack asked as he and Daniel sat down on the couch to watch a movie. Jack pulled Daniel close to him and looped a hand around his waist. Daniel wiggled until he was comfortable and then he kissed the part of Jack that he could reach, his neck.
“I know you don’t want to go so I’ll just go for a little bit and come home.”
“I just don’t trust Collier anymore. Yes, he helped us find the house and me the job, but he’s been doing some odd things lately and the people at NTAC haven’t been looking at him kindly lately.”
“I trust you, Jack, but I want to see some people. Some of them I haven’t seen since quarantine. I’m glad you aren’t denying me the chance to go.”
“I am your partner, not your mother or father. You can do what you want.” Jack kissed the top of Daniel’s head. “And I am going. Just so that I can make sure nothing happens to you. We don’t know who is going to be there.”
“Jack, you don’t have to. There will be security there. I’ll be fine.”
“I’ll sit here worried that some person will get a rifle and shoot through the glass from a neighboring building into where you are just so that he can say he killed a 4400. No way, I can stand being there a few hours while you visit with friends.” Jack started rubbing Daniel’s stomach because he could feel that Daniel was tense. He clicked on the movie and started watching it. Daniel was silent for a while.
Jack started shifting on the couch. His back didn’t like the position they were in. Jack saw that Daniel was entranced in the movie so he just pushed up a little on Daniel’s back until Daniel sat up. Daniel’s eyes never left the screen while Jack shifted on the couch until Daniel lay between his legs. He pulled on Daniel’s shoulder and the younger man lay back.
Jack indulged in having Daniel between his legs and wrapped his arms around him. Everything was fine until the movie was almost over. Daniel sat up, moved to the other end of the couch and used the coffee table as a footrest. Jack looked at Daniel worried. He sat up and tried to get Daniel to look at him. That’s when he noticed that Daniel was breathing hard.
Jack noticed that he was a little bit hard, and he blushed. He knew what Daniel must have been thinking. Jack paused the movie so that they could finish watching it together.
“Danny, I know that you haven’t really been in a relationship before so if I do something that makes you uncomfortable tell me. I don’t want to hurt you or make you think that you have to do something,” Jack said as he tried to calm down Daniel.
“One year. One year, and we can think about having sex. I’m sorry but….” Daniel was cut off by Jack covering his mouth with his hand.
“This is the first relationship you have been in that’s been serious yes?” Jack asked. Daniel nodded his head and consequently Jack’s hand. Jack smiled. “Then we go as slow or as fast as you want. I won’t pressure you.”
“I just want to be sure,” Daniel said as he blushed. Jack leaned down to kiss him. Daniel let him have fun for a few minutes before he pulled back. Jack smiled at him and pulled him back close. Daniel settled in at Jack’s side. “I guess I was a little uncomfortable. I’ve never felt another man like that before.”
“Its fine, I didn’t even notice.”
“Can we finish the movie?”
Jack looked around at the main area where the reunion was being held. He didn’t know that many of the people around, during quarantine he had kept himself apart from everyone else. He was still reeling from the loss of the baby and the loss of the years.
Jack kept himself back from everyone else so he could keep an eye on Daniel while he walked around. He knew that Daniel could take care of himself, but he sometimes got in over his head and needed rescued. Jack was making his way towards Daniel when the glass shattered and the first bullet was shot.
Jack shoved Daniel to the ground and covered his body with his own. He heard where the shots were coming from and knew that they were too close. He looked up and saw Collier on the ground with people around him. He could see flashes of his upper body and saw the bullet holes. He had heard that the little girl had predicted his death and Collier hadn’t believed it.
Jack was surprised that Daniel wasn’t trying to move out from under him. He looked down and saw that Daniel was calm.
“You all right?”
“Good. I’m staying like this until the shooter is run off or caught.”
“That’s fine.” Jack smiled and kissed Daniel cheek before wrapping an arm around Daniel’s stomach to help ground the younger man. It was over rather quickly. NTAC agents swarmed around while the medical personnel tried to save Collier. In the end, it didn’t matter. Collier died.
When Jack and Daniel finally got home, later that night both were too tired to eat and both went to the beds and slept. When the body of Collier disappeared, Jack could tell that Daniel was getting scared about why they came back again but this time he was too. He couldn’t help Daniel calm down because he was getting scared as well.
The 4400 had come back for a reason but it was getting scarier everyday for the 4400. They had no guidance, and they needed it. Collier had been the closest thing they had had, even if Jack didn’t trust him. He at least was helping the rest of his kind. He didn’t even really trust NTAC all that much. It was the government, and they did what they thought was best and that wasn’t always best for the people they were trying to protect.
“Danny, where are you going?” Jack asked as he saw Daniel getting ready to go out at ten o’clock at night. Daniel was dressed in jeans and button up shirt that was blue in color. He didn’t look all that different from when he went out any other time. That was before they had started a relationship together, and he didn’t like Daniel going out like that alone.
“An old college buddy of mine is in town, and she suggested we go out for drinks.”
“So you didn’t even ask if I wanted to go,” Jack stated as he stood up from the couch and moved closer to his partner. Daniel shrugged as he looked Jack in the eye.
“I know you are tired. I didn’t want you to go just because I was,” Daniel said. Jack nodded. “You know that you like going with me anywhere, as long as you get to touch me.”
“So you were going to lie to me?” Jack asked. Daniel looked at him in shock. Jack saw the hurt in his eyes, but he didn’t care. This was still so young and Daniel was already starting to lie to him. “Were you going to wait until I went to sleep and sneak out the door?”
“Jack, I would never lie to you. I was going to talk to you once I was ready. Since I am still my own person I can decide when I go out. It’s just going to be downtown at that coffee club that opened up. I was going to ask to use your car but I guess you don’t trust me with that either. So Jack, I’ll see you later. Don’t wait up,” Daniel said as he walked out the door, slamming it shut to show his anger.
Jack sighed and sat down on the end of the coffee table. Daniel wasn’t one of his lovers from the past, Daniel was an open honest man who hated liars and hated to be lied to. Jack was just afraid that Daniel would find someone better.
“No, not someone, some woman,” Jack said aloud to the empty room. He lay down on the couch and waited for Daniel’s return. He knew the coffee place that Daniel was talking about didn’t close until around three in the morning so it could be a while before Daniel came home, especially since they had fought before hand.
It was their first real fight since they started their relationship. Jack didn’t know how Daniel would handle it. He didn’t even know how he was going to handle it. Jack fell asleep on the couch that night and didn’t expect to wake up and find Daniel in the house.
Jack was woken up hours later by the feel of hands on his head. He didn’t react he just waited. He felt the hands on his head again, this time he could tell what they were doing, caressing. Daniel had moved him so that his head and the pillow he was using were in Daniel’s lap and a blanket was thrown over Jack’s body.
Jack was about to talk when he noticed that Daniel was snoring. Not the normal snoring but the snoring that meant his allergies was acting up. Daniel’s hand didn’t stop its movement; it just kept on caressing his head and neck.
Jack let himself fall back to sleep, thinking of ways to make it up to Daniel in the morning.
Jack watched Daniel as he walked around the local zoo. Daniel had admitted he had never been to a zoo before. His foster parents wouldn’t send the money to let him. That money was for their ‘real’ kids. So Jack had found the perfect zoo to take Daniel to. It had a camel from Egypt in it. They hadn’t been to that habitat yet, but they would be.
Daniel passed in front of him, and Jack snagged his hand to pull him close. Daniel settled against Jack’s chest and let Jack wrapped his free arm around Daniel’s waist.
“Having fun?” Jack asked before kissing the side of Daniel’s neck. Jack had found out that Daniel really liked Jack touching him, no one else but Jack.
“Yeah, I am. This place is better than the zoo I wanted to go to back in New York with my foster family. Of course that was years ago too. The animals weren’t treated nicely at all,” Daniel looked up at the Giraffe that was standing only about three feet from them. Jack saw an attendant handing out food, and he held out his hand for a bag. Daniel was watching the Giraffe and didn’t notice until Jack let go of his hand.
“Want to feed her?” Jack asked as he put the bag in Daniel’s hands. Daniel turned his head and smiled at Jack. Jack knew that Daniel was childish at certain times, but they both were. It made Daniel smile and to him that was worth everything.
“Do you know where the monkeys are, Jack?” Daniel asked as he finished giving the little bit of food to the Giraffe. Jack nodded and let Daniel go so that they could start walking. Daniel caught up with him and linked his hand with Jack’s. Jack smiled at him and squeezed his hand. At the monkey house Daniel leaned back against Jack’s chest again while watching them for a while. Jack loved holding Daniel, even if it was in public.
“I love you, Danny,” Jack whispered in his ear. Daniel turned around in Jack’s arms to look him in the face. His mouth was open wide in shock. “I’ve wanted to say it for a while. I just never knew the right time. You’ve been so happy today.”
“You love me?” Daniel asked.
“Yeah, I do, I love you so much,” Jack said. He leaned forward hoping that Daniel would let him kiss him. Daniel leaned into the kiss. Jack didn’t care if anyone did anything. Jack heard a chattering and felt Daniel pull back. A monkey was in a tree beside them trying to get their attention. The monkey leaned forward and kissed the glass which made everyone around who was watching bust out laughing. “Spacemonkey.”
“What?” Daniel asked looking at Jack strangely. Jack leaned close to whisper in his ear.
“We all came from space in a ball of light and the way you move around our garden. You’re like a monkey. Spacemonkey, I think it’s cute.”
“Yes well we’ve never confirmed you are sane. In fact, I think that you are not sane. Of course, that means that I’m not sane for staying with you,” Daniel said as he leaned in for another kiss. Jack smiled as they share a few chaste kisses before moving onto the camels. Jack knew that one day Daniel would say the words back to him. He knew that Daniel loved him; Daniel just had to learn that for himself.
When Jack came home that night from work he was late. He’d called Daniel to tell him that he had run into a few problems but it was nothing to be worried about, just a temperamental client. He expected to find at least some type of food on the stove for him whether it was home cooked, Chinese, or pizza, but he found none.
He found Daniel sitting on the couch with a book lying on his chest from where he had been reading but he wasn’t reading anymore. His eyes were glued to the TV where a reporter was talking. The sound wasn’t on but Daniel had the captions on, in Spanish. He watched Daniel read the captions for a few minutes before he started to pay attention to what was on the TV. It showed a body bag being removed from somewhere, along with NTAC agents milling about everywhere behind the reporter.
“Danny?” Jack asked.
“Shush,” Daniel said. He grabbed the remote and un-muted the TV.
“NTAC agents have yet to make a statement about the shooting that happened here. He have no official statement from anyone but it’s believed that the woman shot down here today was responsible for the death of almost three hundred people in Granite Pass, Oregon. Granite Pass was the home of Jean Delynn Baker one of the 4400 who was the woman shot down here today by NTAC agents.”
“Jack, it’s getting worse. More and more of us are harming,” Daniel said. He put his bookmark in the book and set it on the coffee table.
“It’s just a hand full. Don’t think that way,” Jack said. He tried to pull Daniel close but Daniel wouldn’t let him. Daniel stayed where he was on the couch.
“What if your gift power whatever anyone wants to call it harms? What would you do? Would you go into quarantine?” Daniel asked. Jack nodded.
“I would never want to hurt you or anyone, Danny. I would rather stay where I couldn’t hurt anyone. I know it would take me away from you but that’s better than never being with you ever again.” Jack watched as Daniel turned his head away from Jack and stared at the wall. Jack leaned over and kissed Daniel’s forehead before he went to find some dinner for himself.
When he got to the kitchen he saw the dishes from breakfast that morning but no others. He looked in the fridge and saw that a lot of the fruit was gone which meant that that was all that Daniel had eaten all day since that morning. Jack sighed and found some hamburgers ready to be cooked in the fridge. He could smell the spices that Daniel put in them and knew that Daniel had planned to make them for dinner that night, when Jack got home.
Jack started cooking the hamburgers and found a vegetable to go with them. He peeked into the living room and saw that Daniel hadn’t moved. He shook his head.
“Why, Danny?” Jack asked, whispering so that Daniel couldn’t hear him. He knew the answer but he hated to see Daniel do it. “Why do you have to take everything that the rest of us do on your shoulders? You can’t help what they do. It’s not your fault. It’s the people that took us. You can’t control them more than you can control the rest of the world.”
Jack went back to the stove to put the green beans in a pan to cook. He turned the hamburgers and went to tell Daniel that food was almost ready when he saw that the younger man wasn’t there. Jack went back to the kitchen to turn down the fire on the food and then went in search of his partner.
He found Daniel sitting on the back porch, watching the sunset. There was a chill in the air so Jack grabbed a blanket from inside and wrapped it around the front of Daniel before he sat down behind him.
“Don’t, Danny,” Jack said wrapping Daniel up in his arms and trying to keep him warm. “You can’t do anything. Don’t beat yourself up over it. You haven’t done anything wrong. It isn’t anything you can stop. Obviously, there is a reason for all of this, unless they made a mistake. Maybe she was only supposed to kill a few people, a few certain people. Or maybe one of them will do something that warranted the death of the others. Maybe one of them would create a virus that wiped out thousands, or even millions. I don’t know but hopefully their deaths weren’t meaningless.”
“I know, Jack but how many more times is a 4400 going to do what they are doing before we all become enemies and are quarantined or killed?” Daniel asked. Jack sighed. Of course Daniel thought of a worse case scenario.
“We can’t think like that, Danny.”
“I can’t think about anything but it every time one of us makes the news.”
“Then don’t watch it anymore. Don’t let yourself get negative. Don’t change who you are because of things you can’t control.”
“I try but it’s always there. Always in the back of my mind. Haunting me. We scare the world, Jack. We are 4400 compared to over six billion.”
“So, we are no less important than them. We didn’t ask for this, and we didn’t make this happen. We have no control over what happens with us but what we do have control over is how we let it affect us. I bet foods done. How about we eat and then play chess.”
“Can I sleep with you tonight? I don’t want to be alone,” Daniel asked.
“You can stay with me anytime you want to,” Jack said kissing Daniel’s neck before pulling them both up to go eat.
“I love you”
“I know you do, and I care for you a lot.”
“That’s all I need.”
Daniel still hadn’t bounced back from his little bout of depression. Jack had stopped watching the news for the reason that most of it lately was about the 4400’s and what they were doing. Jack read the newspaper and was able to get a better clue about true world goings on.
Jack came home and found Daniel in his office working on most nights but that night he found him but that night was outside the house looking at the stars again. He was wrapped in a blanket already. Jack saw a box of pizza in the kitchen and found it half-gone so he surmised that Daniel had already eaten. Jack had already eaten at work so he put the pizza in the fridge for Daniel the next day.
He found two bottles of beer in the fridge, and he joined Daniel outside.
“I heard about Edwin Musinga. Some guys at work were talking. I don’t know Danny, that’s a good ability. No matter his past, he can help a few kids have a shot they never had. He can do good,” Jack said. Daniel just shrugged. Jack sighed and sat down on the ground beside Daniel. “Come on, Danny, say something.”
“They found Nick,” Daniel said his voice even, emotionless. Jack cocked an eyebrow.
“I know that I haven’t really talked about my life while in the foster homes,” Daniel said. He shivered and pulled the blanket closer around him. Jack didn’t think it was because of the air around him. It was something to do with what he was talking about. “That’s because there isn’t a lot to talk about. I was ignored the whole time. I was with about fourteen foster families in seven years, I kind of lost count after ten of them. No one wanted a little boy who liked reading and didn’t really want to talk. I was money to them. Money they got for very little work. All they had to do was feed me three times a day and then make sure I looked good when the social worker visited.
“I had one home, Dad was a drunk. Social worker never showed up. I called the one that used to be mine. He’d retired. He said he would find out when the next visit was and then have a friend check on it. Two days later, I was removed from the home. Bill, my old social worker said that he talked to someone about it and they checked her records then checked on her. Seems she wasn’t visiting any of the kids she had placed in homes. She was altering her records and making things up.
“After that was a pretty cool home. They had a little girl, Sara, she loved playing with her dolls and her parents didn’t get her many of them. I used to get a small allowance; I saved up from the moment I met Sara and when I had enough I bought her a beautiful one. It took me three months and when I went to get it, I was five dollars short. I nodded at the lady at the register and pocketed my money again. I told her I would be back in a few weeks to get it for my friend.
“A man behind me asked me who I was getting it for. I said my foster sister who loved dolls. The man smiled at me, and he said he would pay for the rest of it. I was so happy. I never told my foster parents that I let the man pay for the rest. I said I saved up the allowance they were giving me. I was gone a day later. My longest placing was seven months. My shortest was three days. The mother didn’t like me. I would read aloud to myself at night. Just so I could hear someone. I usually did it in the languages I knew. By eight, I knew seven and by fourteen, I knew twelve. It was all I could do for fun.
“Anyway the mother didn’t like that I was talking in other languages. She said I scared her, and she didn’t want me around her other kids. After that my social worker gave up I think. I was twelve then. He didn’t really care if I was happy. He just didn’t want me bugging him. I never tried to be a problem child, Jack. I just wanted friends, family; I just wanted to be loved. Was it so hard?”
“No, Danny, it shouldn’t have been. You deserved to be loved. I wish I knew a way to change all of that for you make it better.”
“You can, Jack. Just love me. Be there for me. Don’t leave me, please. I don’t want to lose you, too,” Daniel said as he latched himself onto Jack. Jack started rubbing his back and cursing the world, silently. Jack still didn’t know who ‘Nick’ was. He wasn’t sure he wanted to know who the man was. It was the first time he had heard that name from Daniel. Daniel talked about his parents a lot when Jack pushed him to. He wanted Daniel to remember them.
“Jack, where are your parents?” Daniel asked after he’d calmed down.
“Dead, they’ve been dead for a while, since I was twenty. Why?”
“If the baby had survived, and Sara had died, wouldn’t you have wanted someone in your family to raise it?”
“Of course, the baby was an O’Neill; he should have been raised by an O’Neill.”
“Oh, yeah, Charlie. We had the names picked out: Charlie for a boy, and April for a girl. It was a boy. I guess I just started thinking about him as a boy, even if he didn’t survive.”
“Oh, shouldn’t every one think like that? Family takes care of family?”
“Should but they don’t. What’s brought this on?”
“Nick. He didn’t want me. He said he didn’t want an eight-year-old brat getting in his way,” Daniel said. Jack’s jaw dropped. He recovered quickly trying not to get angry at whoever ‘Nick’ was.
“And Nick is your?”
“Grandfather. He never wanted to be called that. He said ‘Nick’ would do. After my parents funeral he took me to a waffle house. We ate waffles then he left me at the orphanage. I saw him a few times as I grew up. He committed himself in a metal hospital for a while. A mental breakdown eh doctors called it. Last time I saw him, we had a huge fight. NTAC started looking for him when they started looking for everyone else’s families. He had checked himself out and no one has heard from him since.”
“You said that NTAC found him?”
“Yeah, in South America, looking for some artifact that no one has seen in hundreds of years. He said that he wants nothing to do with the ungrateful urchin who sleeps with other men.”
“Sounds like you are better off without him.”
“He hasn’t seen me in almost ten years. He had to have known the reason I came back. NTAC would have told him. He doesn’t care, Jack. I don’t think he ever loved me.”
“I do. I do love you, and I’m not leaving you, ever,” Jack said. He looked up at the sky and wished that anyone who had hurt Daniel was hurting in their own way for some reason. Jack held Daniel until the younger man started to fall asleep in his arms. After Jack helped Daniel into bed; Daniel just rolled over and covered himself up. Jack was disappointed that Daniel didn’t want to sleep with him. Jack kissed his forehead, and he turned out the lights before going to bed himself.
“So have they caught the killer yet?” Daniel asked. Jack shook his head. He handed Daniel the news part of the paper while he moved onto the comics. It was Jack’s turn to cook and since Jack had the day off, Jack was going to wait and cook a big meal for brunch. Daniel read the paper while Jack worked through the comics and the sports section. “I need to go to the mall today, do you want to come?”
“Sure. I need a few things,” Jack said. Jack didn’t hear the noise of the paper shifting so he looked at the man across from him. Daniel was staring at staring at him. Jack grabbed a napkin to see if he had anything on his face, and Daniel just laughed.
“Nothing on your face, don’t worry. I was trying to say I’m sorry for the last couple of weeks. I guess everything just sort of compacted on me.”
“Hey, it’s fine. You’re allowed some time like that. I had mine in quarantine. You had yours almost two years later. You are fine. I promise. I’m not going to leave you because you got depressed for a little bit. I love you! That doesn’t mean that when things get rough I am going to leave,” Jack said. He stood up from the table and moved to Daniel’s side, kneeling beside his chair so he could look Daniel in the face while they talked. He turned Daniel to face him and kissed him. “I am not going to leave when it gets a little bit rough.”
“I’m trying, Jack,” Daniel said.
“I know you are. I know you are trying; you have over twenty years of trying to let no one in. You’ve let me in, and I am not going to leave because of a few bumps. I know that this has been a little hard on you but it’s been good for both of us.”
“I know more about you. You talked about things you’ve never talked about before.”
“Nick, the homes.” Jack nodded.
“I know you better. I don’t feel like you are shutting me out. I don’t feel like I’m on the sidelines anymore. You and me, together, forever.”
“Forever?” Daniel asked. Jack nodded and kissed him again. Daniel leaned against him and wrapped his arms around Jack’s neck. Jack pulled him closer until Daniel’s chest was touching his. Daniel moaned and the next thing Jack knew Daniel was pulling back. Daniel opened his mouth but Jack cut him off.
“Shush, its fine. Just stay calm. I’m not going to do anything. Why don’t we get comfortable on the couch for a little? Watch a movie?”
“I have to go to the mall, Jack.”
“You can after.”
“You, couch and a movie means you want to make out. How about we go to the mall then come back and watch the movie? Otherwise, I’ll never get off the couch,” Daniel said with a smile. Jack pulled him in for a quick kiss before he stood up. “If you want I can get what you need from the store.”
“Sure, it’s just a book and bracelet from the jewelers. The bracelet’s paid for you just have to give them the receipt and they’ll give it to you. Thanks.”
“Sure, I’ll be ready in a few minutes; you’ll have what I need?” Daniel asked. Jack nodded. Daniel went to his bedroom, and he came out a few minutes later dressed and ready to go to the mall. Jack handed him the receipt and the name of the book.
Jack was nervous. Daniel had been at the mall for over four hours. Daniel still didn’t have a cell phone so Jack couldn’t call him. He knew that when Daniel picked up the bracelet the jeweler would have had him look at it. Jack knew that Daniel would know the bracelet was for him. Jack closed his eyes and pictured the bracelet. Each link was a different hieroglyph. It didn’t spell anything in particular, he thought. He just found an order to them that looked good. Daniel would be able to move them around if he wanted to. There were 20 links on the bracelet with twenty more that could be swapped in and out.
Jack heard the key in the door, and he made himself stay on the couch. He heard a few bags hit the table and then Daniel walking into the living room. He handed Jack smaller bag and the book.
“The jeweler wants you to look at it and then call him to make sure that everything is good,” Daniel said. He turned to move away but Jack grabbed his arm. That wasn’t how he wanted to do it. He wanted Daniel to look at it without him around. Jack swallowed and stood up. He gave the bag to Daniel.
“It’s for you. I was kind of hoping you’d look at it there,” Jack said not looking at Daniel. He watched Daniel take the case out of the bag and open it. Daniel gasped, and his hands started to shake.
“Jack, how much did this cost?”
“Danny, it’s not about the cost. I had the jeweler make it for you. It’s a gift for you. I remember you saying you never really had a gift given to you before. I’ve tried to find the perfect thing. This is it. You can do what you want with the glyphs. I just want you to have something that tells you I love you.”
“Jack, I…I don’t know what to say. Besides thank you. I…I just…thanks,” Daniel said as he fingered the links. Jack smiled.
“That’s all I need.”
“I’ll make you a promise. I’ll wear it when you’re not around. When you are around, I know you love me. This will remind me when you’re not here.”
“Sure, that’s good.”
“And once I am sure of what I am feeling, I’ll wear it all the time,” Daniel said as he kissed Jack. Jack nodded and pulled Daniel close. Maybe he could still get a little bit of make out time in before Daniel would pull back. Jack knew that Daniel would take the next step once he was sure of himself and of Jack until then he would wait in patience and not pressure him. Jack knew that Daniel would trust him with all of him one day and when that happened he would be the happiest man on the Earth.
Jack had heard the news when he left work, an attack on NTAC by a 4400, leaving a few members of the agency dead. Jack knew that Daniel was getting better at not blaming himself for things he couldn’t control. Daniel loved his job, he loved living with Jack, and he loved being around Jack. Jack smiled. Daniel had changed so much over the past two years. Jack remembered why NTAC had wanted him to live with someone.
He suffered from migraines that could debilitate him to the point where he couldn’t move. Daniel hadn’t had one get that bad since he had moved in with him. Daniel had had a few that made him lock himself in his room and not come out for a day. Jack knew on those days not to make a sound or turn on any lights that would creep into Daniel’s room.
Jack had made the mistake of turning on Daniel’s overhead light and nearly screaming, “rise and shine” on the top of his lungs on morning. Daniel had grabbed a book and thrown it at him before covering his head with a pillow. Jack turned off the light, and Daniel had emerged from the pillow. From that point on Jack never did anything like that again.
Jack entered the house late that night and found that there were no lights on in the house. Jack set down his briefcase and moved quietly through the house. He found Daniel lying on the couch with a sheet wrapped around him. He hadn’t shaved and by what he could see through the blanket, he was naked. Jack blushed, and he moved so he could see in Daniel’s eyes. Jack noticed that Daniel was breathing slowly, and his eyes were closed.
“Danny?” Jack whispered. He barely made a sound but Daniel’s eyes opened slowly. He smiled at Jack.
“Hurts to move,” Daniel whispered back.
“Okay, let me change, and I’ll be back. Do you want me to bring you a pair of boxers?” Daniel nodded then grimaced. Jack knew not to touch him. That was why he was wrapped in the sheet. All clothes hurt him. Everything hurt him but he didn’t like going to the hospital for them. If the migraine didn’t go away after a day then he would go. Never before that though. Daniel hated hospitals of any form, especially after his bout with quarantine at the NTAC facility.
Jack changed into sweats, since they were the softest clothes he owned and found everything in the house that made noise and turned it off or unplugged it. All the alarm clocks, his cell phone, their house phone, the TV, even the VCR. He didn’t want anything that would hurt Daniel. He crouched down beside Daniel again. He brushed Daniel’s cheek to let him know that he was back. Daniel opened his eyes.
“Why didn’t you call me at work to tell me, I would have come home,” Jack said.
“You got that promotion. You can’t take off work just because I am not feeling well,” Daniel said. Jack sighed.
“Yes, I can. My boss understands. She knows that you have these. She’s seen the medical report from NTAC. She knows that if you need me, you need me. Call me. Now I am going to take off tomorrow,” Jack said. Daniel opened his mouth but Jack glared at him. Daniel shut his mouth and glared back at Jack. “Good, now I want you to sit up, ah, sit up so that you can eat. You like that soup that I make. You need to eat and take some more meds.”
“No, nausea, really bad nausea. I barely kept the pills down the first time. Orange juice with a few supplement pills and the pain pills, I’ll be fine. Jack, I’ve lived with this my whole life. Its one day, I’ll be better once I’m able to sleep.”
“Okay, then. You still have to sit up. How about I help you into my room? I can give you a neck and head massage that might help you?” Jack asked. Daniel didn’t move his head but his eyes told Jack that it was something he was interested in. Jack helped him stand up from the couch and tried not to stare too blatantly at Daniel’s body when the sheet slipped, his chest and groin were exposed. Jack noticed that Daniel blushed and grabbed the blanket too quickly. The movement made his body jerk, and his head as well. Jack held his hand and moved the sheet back into Daniel’s hand.
“Like the floor show?” Daniel asked his voice a whisper and a smile on his face.
“I would like it better if you weren’t in such a bad way. I noticed that you are…cut…am surprised.”
“Yeah, Dad insisted when I was born. That’s all I know about it.”
“Still I’m surprised they did it in Egypt,” Jack said as he started moving Daniel towards the bedroom. Jack was thankful for a second time that his room was on the ground floor. Daniel didn’t need to deal with steps. They moved slowly through the house so that Daniel wouldn’t mess up and make him hurt this head.
“Yeah, well. The people in the area loved Mom and Dad. When I went back during digs in college, people recognized me. People I hadn’t seen in years. One had all the things they left at the dig; we were supposed to go back to the dig after they set up the cover stone that killed them.”
“Are you sure you won’t slip?” Jack asked. Daniel turned his head slowly to look at him. His eyebrow cocked in confusion. “Through the floor because of the headache.”
“Yeah, I actually tried to use them today but I couldn’t. I think that I can’t access my brain because of the migraine.”
“Just don’t think about it. You don’t need a bigger headache because of it.” Jack heard Daniel chuckle, and he laughed himself.
“I’m not, don’t worry. I see a huge space of nothing.” Daniel saw the bed and pulled on Jack a little to reach it sooner.
“You could have come in here on your own. You know I wouldn’t mind,” Jack said.
“I know. It was a matter of not being sure I could make it on my own. I’m really weak right now.”
“Ah, I see. Roll over on your stomach,” Jack said as he found another sheet for Daniel to use. He knew that sometimes Daniel’s body temperature fluctuated when he had a migraine, he sweat a lot when he got hot. He held up the sheet but Daniel didn’t release the one he had.
“Look, I just want to give you a new sheet. It’s not a nefarious plan for me to see you naked.” Daniel released the sheet, and he let Jack help him slide out from under it. Jack saw that Daniel wasn’t going to roll onto his stomach. “Roll over.”
“Hurts to lie like that, sorry,” Daniel said with a small frown. He closed his eyes and tried to control his breathing.
“Not your fault. I’ll just have to straddle your chest if that’s fine with you.” Daniel waved a hand in permission. Jack set about on Daniel’s neck muscles first, with the aide of a pillow he could reach all the muscles he needed to. Once Daniel’s neck muscles were loosened, Jack moved to his head. Daniel moaned in appreciation and after Jack moved back to his neck, he fell asleep. Jack moved around the room shutting all the curtains and making sure that no light could get in and then he went to bed himself in Daniel’s room. Jack buried his face in Daniel’s pillow so he could smell Daniel’s smell, and he fell asleep.
The Fifth Page
“Jack, I’m not going into quarantine,” Daniel said. Jack sighed and pulled Daniel to sit beside him. Daniel was freaking out. Jack started rubbing his back and kissing his neck.
“I’m not going to make you go into quarantine unless you start to get the bumps. I promise you, Love,” Jack said. Daniel sighed and settled down into Jack’s arms.
“Didn’t like it the first time,” Daniel said. Jack felt Daniel shiver. He knew that his love had had a hard time in quarantine but he never liked to talk about it.
“Why?” Jack asked.
“You don’t remember?” Daniel asked.
“I was asleep a lot of the time. Due to my injuries remember.” Jack said.
“Oh, yeah. I remember,” Daniel said. He started picking at fuzz on his sweat pants until Jack placed a hand over his. “No one talked to me except the little girl, Maia. She told me that I would be happy with my life.”
“Maia, the little girl that Skouris adopted?” Daniel nodded. “She predicted Collier’s death.”
“Wow,” Daniel said. Jack just held Daniel. It was getting near lunch, and Jack was hungry but he wasn’t going to displace Daniel. Not if Daniel needed this to calm down. Finally, Daniel stretched and lifted himself off Jack. Jack saw that Daniel was tired.
“Why don’t you go to bed, sleep for a while. You don’t look so good,” Jack said. He didn’t want to think that Daniel was sick with the virus. If this just was a cold that Daniel got all the time then Jack was taking them to one of the ‘safe houses’ that Richard had come to talk to them about the day before. Jack had said he would think about it. He would rather run on his own with Daniel. Jack knew that he would find a way to hide them both from NTAC and the Government.
The military had trained him to be able to hide in any situation. Jack knew that the military didn’t think that he would use those skills to hide from his own country but he would to keep Daniel safe. Daniel was all that mattered in his life.
“Jack?” Daniel asked. Jack looked up at Daniel. “Where’d you go?”
“Just thinking, Love. Don’t worry. Look, I have a better idea. You lay here on the couch. I’ll put a show on that you like to watch. You can rest while I fix us some soup.”
“I’m just a little tired, Jack. That’s all, nothing to worry about. I just didn’t sleep too well last night. I couldn’t shut ff my mind. I’ll help with lunch,” Daniel said.
“No, it’s simple. Not enough for two people. Just lay down on the couch and rest. Take a day off from the garden and work. Just calm down and rest,” Jack said as he pulled Daniel down on the couch for a kiss. Daniel sighed during the kiss and let Jack lay him down. Jack even went as far as to tuck Daniel in on the couch. Daniel glared at him but settled down to watch TV.
When Jack came back out with a bowl of soup for Daniel he found the younger man asleep. Jack smiled and sat down in one of the armchairs. He watched Daniel sleep while eating the soup. When Daniel woke up he would re-heat a bowl for him.
Jack watched the way that Daniel was breathing. He didn’t need Daniel’s breathing to stop on him because of his allergies or asthma. Jack made a mental note to check to make sure that Daniel all the medicines he would need and to refill them if they were low.
After an hour of sleeping, Daniel woke up on the couch. He was disoriented, and Jack softly called his name. Daniel turned his head to focus on Jack. Daniel smiled, and Jack smiled back at him. He threw the blanket off him and stood up from the couch, stretching. Jack watched at his shirt rode up to show a little bit of his stomach. He watched as the muscles he could see there tightened and then released. Jack wasn’t regretting waiting for when Daniel was ready.
He didn’t want to hurt the younger man but times like this made him wish he could walk over and kiss over Daniel’s whole body until the younger man came without Jack even touching his cock. Jack felt the stirring in his groin and started thinking about anything but Daniel. Hockey rinks, Antarctica, being lost in a blizzard. Finally, when Daniel came back into the room with a bowl of cold soup Jack was calm enough to stand up and not let Daniel in on what he was thinking of.
“You know your pants are good ones to get an erection in Jack. It was very noticeable,” Daniel said as he drank the soup from the bowl. Jack blushed and looked at Daniel’s face closely. He noticed that Daniel’s color still wasn’t any better are the nap. He went over and felt Daniel’s head. He was the right temperature. “I’m just a little run down Jack, I’ll be fine. I’m going to stay here on the couch. Can I have some company?”
“Like you have to ask,” Jack said.
That night they were playing chess when Daniel started to scratch at his elbow. They were playing chess because Daniel couldn’t sleep. He’d been on the couch almost all day watching TV with Jack. They had made it through a whole season of “The Simpson” before Daniel said he didn’t want to watch the next season. So Jack talked him into a game of chess.
“Danny?” Jack asked as he grabbed the arm. Jack shoved the sleeve up. He saw the start of the sickness. “Danny, I’m sorry. They can care for you. I don’t want to see you die.”
“I’m scared, Jack,” Daniel said. Jack kissed his head. He held Daniel close. Not caring if he got sick as well.
“I’m not leaving you. I just need to call NTAC. They are taking us both and not separating us. I promise, Love,” Jack said. He grabbed the phone and dialed NTAC. A few minutes later, he was hanging up the phone. “A team is coming. I’m going to open the front door.”
“Don’t leave me once we get there.” Daniel voice was small and childlike. Jack hurried knowing that Daniel wasn’t doing too well. He never did when he got sick and with this virus acting as it did, Jack knew rough times were ahead for them both.
Jack watched them check over Daniel from the edge of the room. Daniel had begged and pleaded until Jack was allowed in the room. The Doctor checking him over was Max Hudson. He was one of the first Doctor’s to even see the virus. Jack found out that the first person to come down with is was Maia.
Hudson had figured out that the virus reacted harshly to any sort of sedative. It nearly killed the two people they had it to. It seemed that many medications reacted badly with whatever the sick 4400’s had. Jack was worried. He hoped it didn’t react badly to any of the medicines that Daniel needed due to his allergies.
After two hours of tests and other things, Daniel was wheeled into the quarantine area. Once again Jack was held back from Daniel. Jack was allowed to observe him through a sheet of glass. When Daniel woke up from his small nap, he looked around for Jack. When he didn’t see the older man, he sat up on the bed to look for him.
Jack watched as Daniel pushed himself off the bed and moved around the room. He didn’t notice the IV’s pulling out of his arm. The nurses didn’t notice until they saw the trail of blood. One nurse walked up to Daniel, trying to guide him back to bed but Daniel just shoved her away with what little strength he had. The nurse called for someone and a Doctor came close. Jack watched as the Doctor tried to manhandle Daniel back into the bed.
Jack was almost to the door when a NTAC agent stepped close. Jack backed off and watched as Hudson stopped the other doctor and pointed to where Jack was. Jack knew it was a one-way mirror, and he just waited. Hudson waved, Jack looked at the agent who opened the door and let Jack in.
Daniel saw Jack and smiled. Jack greeted him with a kiss to the forehead and then helped him back to bed. Hudson had a nurse come over to reinsert the IV’s and then the couple was left alone.
“Where were you?” Daniel asked.
“They wouldn’t let me in. I knew that you would react and so I just waited. I’m sorry. I didn’t want to be thrown out of the building and not allowed back in. I don’t think that Hudson will let us be separated again.
Jack watched as a few of the nurses started talking to the rest of the doctors and staff in the quarantines area. He heard whispers that Hudson was dead. He hoped that they wouldn’t try to separate them again. Jack was the only one that could get Daniel to take any of the medicines that he had to take by mouth. He got Daniel to eat any food that the doctors think that he needed.
“Jack?” One of the regular nurses, Amy, said. Jack turned to look at her. “If anyone tries to pull you away from him, get someone to find me. He scared me the other day when he pulled out the IV’s.”
“I know. I stood there watching it,” Jack said.
“Why is he so scared?” Amy asked.
“He doesn’t like being alone. Even in quarantine, he was alone. No one talked to him. I was stuck to a bed because of a severely broken leg. I didn’t even properly meet him until NTAC hitched him with me. It was only a short time after that that I knew I was falling for him.” Amy smiled at Jack and let them be.
Daniel slept for about an hour before he woke up. By that time, Jack was asleep on the cot they had put in for him. He woke up when Daniel started coughing. Jack jumped up quickly and rubbed Daniel’s back while he coughed. When he was done coughing, he was tired again. He only stayed awake long enough to tell Jack he loved him.
“I’m not leaving him. For some reason I’m not sick. Now leave me alone,” Jack said as he shrugged out of the doctor’s hold and moved back to Daniel’s bed. Jack was worried. Daniel was close to the stage that the seven had been before they died and the subsequent people after.
“Jack, where’d you go?” Daniel asked as Jack sat back down on the edge of the bed and held Daniel’s hand.
“Had to talk to the doctor, I’m here, Danny,” Jack said. He started rubbing Daniel’s stomach. Several hours later, a young man came over to the bed. “Wow, Son, let’s get you back to bed.”
“No, I can heal him.”
“Shawn,” Daniel whispered. Shawn smiled at him before he laid his hands down on Daniel’s stomach and one of Jack’s hands. Jack didn’t move his, he felt the power come from Shawn and enter Daniel. Jack watched the rash slowly disappear from Daniel, and he started to look better.
After a few minutes, Shawn slumped over Daniel, and Jack held him up. Shawn smiled at Daniel before a nurse and a doctor came over to help.
“I thought that the virus stopped all the powers?” Jack asked.
“I was cured. They found a cure but it was only enough for one. Now every person that I heal can be used to heal another just by taking some of their blood.”
“Thank you,” Jack said looking at the bed where Daniel was lying. Daniel smiled at him and held out his arms. Jack shook Shawn’s hand before he moved back to Daniel. A nurse was removing all of the IV’s from Daniel and when she was done, she pulled a privacy curtain around the bed.
“I’ll be back in twenty minutes for the blood we need from him.” Jack smiled at her and then laid himself down beside Daniel in the bed.
It was a week before Daniel was allowed to go home. During that time the doctors said that the virus was caused by a reaction to what had been done to them. Jack didn’t believe it. He didn’t believe for one second that it was, because there had been way too few people that got sick and way too many. Something like that only affected either a large or a small group. They would have either all got sick or just maybe ten or twenty.
“Jack,” Daniel called from the living room where Jack had put him once they got home. Daniel was still rather weak and had trouble with walking long distances. Jack set down the carrots he had pulled out of the fridge, and he went to the living room. Daniel was sitting up on the couch watching the news. “NTAC did it. Promicin Inhibitor, they gave it to us every time we went in there for a check up. The reporter said that Hudson killed himself because he couldn’t deal with the death and sickness on his hands.”
“Why?” Jack asked as he sat down and pulled Daniel into his lap.
“To stop us from getting the powers we are. It seems that the Promicin was what was giving us the powers. My god, Jack! They lied to us in Quarantine. They said that it was because of what was done to us. Yes what they did to us.”
“Shh, calm down. Don’t get worked up. Is that Ryland?”
“Yeah, he was the ringleader of it all. Baldwin and Skouris are the ones who found out about it and exposed it.”
“I never trusted NTAC and this just proves it. If it all goes down bad…”
“I’m with you, Jack. I don’t care where we go.”
The End of Season Two