Adaptation 3-Season Three

Title: Season Three
Series: Adaptation
Year: Season Three of The 4400
Category: Crossover, Drama, First Time, Romance, Hurt/Comfort, Established Relationship, Pre-Slash,
Ratings: NC-17
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.
Words: 14,673
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,

Season Three

The New World

Jack found Daniel asleep on the back porch. Jack was glad that Daniel was asleep. He had been at the trial. He had wished for Ryland’s death. He had hoped that the man would have been stabbed in the heart. Because of that man Daniel had almost died. Daniel still hadn’t fully got over his stay in quarantine. He had had a few nightmares after that. Dreams of being back in there, never being let out and never seeing Jack again. Of Jack getting the disease and dying.

Daniel groaned and rolled over in the lounge chair, Jack smiled at the sight of him dressed in one of Jack’s old long sleeve shirts; he was also wearing the bracelet that Jack had given him. Daniel liked to wear them when Jack was out of town. Jack wasn’t out of town very often but Daniel hated it. Jack knew that Daniel was too attached but he didn’t see a problem with it. Jack knew some of Daniel’s past but Daniel didn’t like to talk about it.

Daniel had been orphaned at age eight after watching his parents smashed by a large stone. Jack knew his life until age eight, but anything after that until fifteen was still mostly a mystery. Jack knew that Daniel had gone from foster home to foster home but Daniel never talked about them.

Jack sat down beside Daniel and placed a kiss on his love’s lips. Daniel smiled at he opened his own eyes.

Jack, you’re home.”

Yeah, I am. A few things happened but I was never in danger. But I have two weeks paid vacation. I was hoping that you might be able to take a couple of weeks off. We could go somewhere. I was thinking Hawaii.” Jack leaned over for another kiss and was let up a few minutes later. Jack smiled. Over time, Daniel had gotten better at kissing Jack.

I can ask my boss. He won’t mind, I don’t think. I can always do anything that is important over the Internet. I just hope that the deal with Ryland won’t stop us from flying,” Daniel said with a frown on his face. He reached up to caress Jack’s forehead. “I know how you feel about him and thePromicin Inhibitor. He’s in jail and no one is going to do that again. I’m alive.”

You don’t know that, Danny. With the NOVA Group out there, we could be in more danger than ever. NTAC will see the crop thing as an attack. I know how they are going to think. Just because they did something good doesn’t mean squat. They had the power to do it and that means they can do a lot of other things.”

There hasn’t been vegetation in the Nubian Desert for over a few thousand years.”

The NOVA Group is just going to get more press and recognition. It’s going to get worse for us. Every 4400 will be suspected. If the NOVA Group does something really bad, they could put us in quarantine again. I don’t know if we can hide your abilities from them. You still get a little jumpy and go through things.”

I’m much better at it thank you. It’s only when you are being an ass that I get scared.”

It’s been a year, Love,” Jack said.

Has it really been that long?” Daniel asked as he started to kiss Jack. After a few minutes of heavy petting and kissing, they broke apart to breathe. “I think I’m ready.”

Yeah?” Jack asked. Daniel nodded while his face started to blush. “I see a big bed with a nice ocean view, huh?”

No. Here. I want those memories to be here. In this house in our bedroom,” Daniel said. Jack nodded.

Do you want to move into my room or have me move into yours? You have the bigger room and it’s closest to the bathroom. I like that idea. We can put my stuff in the basement to keep in case we ever want to change. Our furniture, that is. I am never changing when it comes to you.” Jack leaned over for a kiss. Daniel sighed and settled back so that they could kiss comfortably for a while. Daniel pushed on Jack’s hip until Jack was lying fully on top of him. Jack pulled back and cocked his head towards the inside. Daniel hesitantly nodded. Jack frowned. Daniel didn’t seem ready. When Jack didn’t make to move, Daniel wiggled out from under Jack and took off for the inside of the house. Jack sighed and followed. He found Daniel lying on his bed. His head under his pillow, and his hands were holding it down. “Danny?”

Tired, Jack. We can talk tomorrow,” Daniel said, his voice muffled by the pillow. Jack sighed and stood up. He quickly left the room only to creep back in silently. Daniel didn’t move on the bed. He wanted to know why Daniel had retreated so quickly. Jack hadn’t said anything. He had just wanted to make sure that Daniel was ready. “I said we can talk tomorrow.”

Danny, what’s wrong?”

Nothing, I’m just tired. I didn’t sleep too good last night.”

Why didn’t you?”

Nightmares.” Jack moved to sit beside Daniel on the bed. “Don’t. I’m fine.”

No, you’re not. Danny, I wasn’t saying no. I just wanted to be sure that you are ready. I don’t want to hurt you in any way.”

I love you,” Daniel said he shoved the pillow off and looked at Jack. “I LOVE YOU!”

Danny, calm down. Calm down, please just don’t. I know you do. I have known for a while. I know that you have problems with people you love. They leave you. I am not. I’m here forever,” Jack said as he leaned over to kiss Daniel. “I love you, too.”

I’ve wanted to tell you, just never felt right. I’m sorry. I know you said so long ago.”

It’s not a competition. I don’t want to rush you. What you want when you want,” Jack said. Daniel nodded.

Hold me?” Daniel asked. Jack smiled.

Always.”

Being Tom Baldwin

Jack found Daniel asleep at his desk when he got home from work. Jack had heard the news about the death of a 4400 at the hands of a 4400 that could make people believe he was someone else. Jack had worked late that night it was almost midnight. He shook Daniel’s shoulder and helped the younger man stand up. Daniel leaned against him and let Jack guide him to their bedroom.

After getting back from Hawaii, they had moved into Daniel’s room. They hadn’t had sex yet and the first few nights Daniel had always moved away from him in the night. Wrapping himself in the blankets, like a cocoon. Jack wasn’t getting frustrated. Daniel had spent his whole life making sure that no one got in.

What time is it?” Daniel asked as Jack helped him change into a pair of pajamas.

Almost midnight, what were you doing up at your desk so late?” Jack asked.

Couldn’t sleep, I heard the news about Gelder and about T.J. Kim. I was scared a little bit. I’m scared that the NOVA Group is going to hurt us all,” Daniel said. Jack sighed.

I’ve told you, I’ll protect you. I love you, Danny. I know how to disappear. We could go anywhere. If NTAC tries to put us all in jail because of the NOVA Group, I’ll make sure we can get out of here. We haven’t done anything. I know what the government and the military would do to us. I know the torture that they can do to make us talk.”

Shush, don’t want to talk about it. I just want to sleep. Need you to sleep,” Daniel whispered as he snuggled down into the sheets. Jack smiled.

I need to take a shower and then I’ll be back.” Jack went into the bathroom and quickly showered. Daniel was still awake when he came back in. He smiled at Jack and closed his eyes. Jack dried off and dressed for bed. When Jack lied down, Daniel snuggled into his side and placed a kiss on Jack’s neck.

Night.”

G’night,” Daniel said.

*

Jack was replacing the shingles on the roof. A few bad thunderstorms had made a few of them loose. Daniel was down in the garden weeding and caring for his plants. Jack watched Daniel for a few minutes and as if he could feel Jack’s gaze Daniel turned and looked up at Jack. A strong breeze blew, and Jack lost his footing.

JACK!” Daniel screamed as he ran closer to the house. Jack knew that he was going to hit. It was just fate being funny that he was falling so slowly. Until Jack slowed so much that he stopped all movement a few feet from the ground. He was floating there in mid-air. Then all of a sudden, Jack fell to the ground. Jack looked at Daniel. He was frozen to the spot about seven feet in front of Jack. “Jack?”

I don’t know, Danny I don’t know,” Jack said. Then all of a sudden, he fell to the ground in a heap. Daniel became un-rooted from that spot and ran to his partner. Jack was fine just winded, and his heart was still beating fast from the scare of falling. Daniel pulled Jack to him and held him close.

You…you fell…I almost…Jack?” Daniel said. Jack wrapped his arms around Daniel and they started rocking.

Wind hit me just right. I lost my balance. Danny, I stopped myself.”

Telekinesis?” Daniel said. Jack looked at the shingles that had come down with him and tried to make the shingle rise.

I don’t know,” Jack said. He kissed Daniel hard and didn’t let the younger man go. Daniel let him. They both needed the reassurance that the holding and kissing gave them. Jack pulled back and looked Daniel in the eye.

Danny?”

Please, Jack, I want to,” Daniel said. Jack shook his head.

First time you in me, I want to feel you in me, Love.” Jack kissed Daniel before he could comment on it. “This is an equal partnership. Whatever you want you get. I will never ask you to do something that I can’t do as well.”

I just want to feel you right now. Skin on skin,” Daniel said. Jack smiled and nodded. Jack pulled Daniel up with him. They kissed the whole way to the bedroom bouncing off anything that got in their way. Jack knew that they would have a few bruises in the morning. Finally, they entered the room, and Jack pulled them both down on the bed. Jack watched the way that Daniel’s eyes became bigger and black as he looked down at Jack. Jack smiled at him.

Why don’t we save the mutual stripping for when we have a little more time? We’ve got about an hour before my buds come to visit.” Jack leaned up and sat Daniel down on the bed beside him and they both stripped off. Jack noticed that Daniel was shy once he stripped off so Jack grabbed him around the waist and pushed him back on the bed. Daniel started laughing while Jack diverted his hands to Daniel stomach. Daniel looked at Jack and pleaded with his eyes for Jack to stop but Jack didn’t. He started tickling Daniel. Daniel thrashed and tried to grab his hands but only succeeded in making Jack lay over him. Daniel gave up in trying to catch Jack’s hands and pulled his face close for a kiss. Jack smiled when Daniel started kissing him. The tickling had done what he wanted it to, it had calmed Daniel down, and he had started the proceedings.

While they were kissing, Jack reached over for the lube and the condoms he had in the small drawer on his nightstand. Daniel didn’t notice or he didn’t care as he kept on kissing Jack. Jack pulled back, and Daniel pouted. “Much as I love kissing you, Love. I kinda want the main event of this show. I want to feel you slide in me.”

Ah, okay. What…how do you want to do this?” Daniel asked. Jack laughed and rolled them over. Daniel looked at the condom and then at Jack, his eyes asking a silent question. Jack threw the condom at the nightstand and handed Daniel the lube. Jack watched as Daniel opened the tube. His hands weren’t shaking. They were calm and steady.

Daniel started kissing him again as he slipped a finger inside of Jack. Jack arched his neck and let Daniel take his time while he prepped him. He remembered the first time he had done it. He wanted to make sure that his partner wouldn’t be hurt.

Jack was startled back to the present by Daniel removing all three of him fingers from Jack and him looking down at Jack. “Face to face, just let me wrap my legs around your waist.” Daniel waited and when Jack smiled at him, he held his cock at Jack’s entrance and slowly pushed inside. When he was all the way inside, he leaned forward so that he and Jack could kiss. When Jack clamped his muscles down on Daniel, Daniel took that as the signal to go ahead and move.

It didn’t take long for Daniel to find Jack’s prostate and for them both to come. Daniel tried to aim so that he landed beside Jack on the bed but Jack pulled him on top. “I wanna feel you,” Jack whispered in his ear. Daniel laughed and let Jack hold him until they had to get up for the shower. They had just finished when the knock came at the door signaling the arrival of Jack’s friends.

Gone

Daniel was scared. Five 4400 children had been missing, five 4400 children taken by someone or by a group. Every 4400 was scared. No one had any answers and it scared them. Jack hated that Daniel was scared. Jack knew that Daniel hated being scared.

Daniel was also keeping something from Jack. Their relationship was fine. Daniel loved being around Jack, that much Jack knew but there was something that Daniel was scared to talk about with Jack. Daniel was also spending more time on his computer and some of that time wasn’t working on his work. Jack decided that he was going to talk to Daniel about whatever it was that night.

Jack entered Daniel’s office and found Daniel sitting in his chair but he wasn’t in front of the computer. He was staring outside at the setting sun. Jack sat down in the small love seat they had bought for the office so that Daniel could sit in it when he was sick of the computer chair, or so that Jack could watch Daniel work.

Danny, Love?” Jack asked. Daniel turned around to look at Jack. Jack saw that Daniel was smiling.

I’m sorry I’ve been a little bit out there lately. The school I work for is trying to get into human rights,” Daniel said as he stood up from the chair and moved to Jack. Jack leaned back and let Daniel straddle his waist to sit on his legs. Jack smiled and leaned in for a kiss. The intensity of it left Jack with no uncertainty that is wasn’t their relationship that was the problem.

Human rights? As in Free Tibet?” Jack asked. Daniel laughed and shook his head.

As in Gay Rights. They want me to spear head a campaign to get Gay Union/Marriage allowed everywhere in the United States. Many of the colleges around the country are participating and they want me to lead this area in it. They think that since I am happily living with my male partner I will gladly do it. I’ve been trying to think of a valid reason to say ‘no’ other than I just don’t want to.”

Why don’t you?”

You like things private. If I start in on this, our whole lives become one huge media circus,” Daniel said. He scooted off Jack’s lap to lay down on the love seat with is legs hanging off the other end, suspended over Jack. Jack started massaging his calves.

If you want to its fine with me, Danny, I’d help you,” Jack said. “I’ve been thinking for a while. All of these 4400’s are making things happen. Bailey let them know about our powers, Morrissey started that mission that started making his place a better place to live, little Maia’s done wonderful things with her powers, all these other good and not so good things. You can go through things, and I can fly, as we’ve figured out. Of course, I can’t get something cool like TK. As far as I can find out, we are the only gay couple out of the 4400. There are a few where one partner is a 4400 but never both. Maybe this is what we are supposed to do. Start this in motion to help all the Gays.”

Wow, uhh, maybe,” Daniel said. He tipped his head back and looked at the ceiling. Jack shifted and started kissing Daniel. Daniel reacted by pulling Jack flush on top of him. Jack smiled against Daniel’s lips. Daniel had taken to the sexual side of things nicely. Jack had taken Daniel’s virginity that night after his friends had left. The next day, Jack called off from work and they had relaxed around the house all day. Testing out Jack’s powers and finding that he could only raise himself off the ground. He’d been practicing his powers, and he wanted to try something.

Danny, do you trust me?” Jack asked. Daniel looked at Jack in shock.

Of course I do, why do you even have to ask?” Daniel asked. Jack wrapped his arms fully around Daniel and started to kiss him.

Wrap your legs around me, Love,” Jack said as he took a quick breath and then started kissing him again. Jack felt Daniel shift a little and then his legs were being wrapped around Jack’s back. Jack started thinking about seeing him and Daniel floating above the couch just a few inches.

He knew that he didn’t need to think about kissing Daniel to do it so he gave most of his thought over to making them float over the couch. After a minute Daniel pulled his lips away from Jack. His eyes were wide, and he quickly looked to the side where he saw the couch was moving.

Ja-ack?” Daniel asked his voice was shaky and stuttered.

Just trying something new, Love,” Jack said before he kissed Daniel again. Daniel tightened the grip his legs had on Jack one of his arms went around Jack’s back to grip the older man. His other hand cupped Jack’s cheek so he could keep Jack’s face right where it was. Daniel’s hand on his back didn’t stay there long. The longer the kiss went on the lower the hand went.

Jack didn’t even register it until it had a tight hold on his ass cheek. When Jack felt the hand grip his cheek harden, he lost control, and they fell the few inches back on the love seat. Daniel bust out laughing, shaking all over, while Jack buried his head in Daniel’s neck. He tried not to think about the fact that Daniel touching his ass had made him lose control. Daniel didn’t stop laughing, and Jack had had enough so he rolled them onto the floor where they could stretch out more and started tickling Daniel. Daniel tried to stop him for a few seconds then grinned at him.

Next thing Jack knew. He was alone on the floor with Daniel not there. Since he was off the inhibitor, he could control his powers a lot better, deciding who and what goes through with him when he does things. Jack rolled over on his back and waited for Daniel to come through the door when he heard Daniel clear his throat. Jack tipped his head back and saw Daniel standing by the desk.

I found out that once I’m ‘in’ something I can go back up as well or move in any direction inside that object. In this case, I went down and then back up about five feet from where you were. I don’t know exactly what was below us in the basement, and I didn’t want to risk it. It’s happened a few times when something scares me. I’m dropping through the floor but when I want to stop, and I then I just come straight back up.”

Ah, I see. And you were going to tell me this when?” Jack asked as he stood up and moved closer to Daniel.

The next time you tickled me,” Daniel said as he leaned into Jack’s arms. “You really don’t mind if I do it?”

Not if it’s something that you want,” Jack said.

I will work the same hours, except when I go to rallies. I work on a translation when I get one and then spend the rest of my time doing the stuff for GPAW.”

GPAW?” Jack asked.

Gay Pride Alliance of Washington, I know but it’s what the students wanted. I won’t be working with any of them unless we are at rallies. I’ll mainly work with the adults and the teachers from the colleges. I’ll also get more pay. Since I’ll essentially be doing more work they are going to almost double my pay. I used to just work on a translation and once finished I would wait for the next.”

Sounds good as long as I still get my evenings,” Jack said as he leaned in for a kiss. Daniel nodded. Jack wrapped his arms around Daniel and pulled him even closer. He wanted to spend a little more time making out with his partner. As much as he loved making love with Daniel, he loved just kissing him more. Daniel gave everything into his kisses, and he could make Jack’s whole body tingle because he loved touching. His hands always went everywhere on his body. Under and on top of his clothes, in his hair and down his face, Jack loved kissing him.

Graduation Day

Jack, do you remember Lily?” Daniel asked as they got into the car after eating out at an actual restaurant. Something they hadn’t done in a while because of Jack getting used to his powers.

Sure, she was with us in quarantine.” Jack started his car and looked over at Daniel.

She’s dead. I talked to Richard today. She was cremated. Richard said she didn’t want a funeral. He had just found where Lily kept my number. I wanted to take the car tomorrow and visit the center.”

Okay, just don’t stay too long. I still don’t like that place. Even after Shawn took over,” Jack said. He reached over and pulled Daniel’s hand into his lap. Daniel linked their hands together and smiled at Jack.

Don’t worry. I’ll talk to Richard and that’s it. I wonder how he’s taking it. I just want to make sure that he is all right.”

Good. I forget how much you care about other people.”

And I know how much you try to act like you don’t care about people.” Daniel smiled at Jack and then motioned for Jack to watch the road. Jack stuck his tongue out at his lover and then turned back to the road. Daniel loved the quiet time they had when driving. Jack liked to focus on the road and so they rarely talked, especially when they started in on the city traffic.

Twenty minutes later, Jack was pulling into their driveway and they both piled out of the car. Daniel was tired. Jack slipped an arm around Daniel’s waist and they walked into the house. Jack went and totally locked down the house while Daniel got ready for bed. They had stayed out late and saw a movie before they had ate and both men were tired. Daniel barely moved on the bed when Jack joined him a few minutes later. He just rolled over and lay with his head on Jack’s chest. Jack kissed his head, pulled the covers over the both of them, and turned out the lights.

*

Daniel waited for Richard in his office while Richard dealt with something. He was surprised when a man entered.

Oh, I’m sorry. I was looking for Richard,” the man said.

He’ll be back soon. A woman asked for his help. My name’s Daniel Jackson.”

Oh, yes, one of the 4400. My name is Matthew Ross. I’m an advisor for Shawn and now Richard.”

What’s wrong with Shawn?”

He’s just been a little bit under the weather so Richard is filling in,” Matthew said as he stepped closer to Daniel. Daniel started to feel unsure about the man, and he backed up until he hit the desk. Matthew smiled at Daniel. “You know you are beautiful. Are you single?”

No, I have someone waiting at home,” Daniel said as he slid along the desk to slip behind it. He didn’t want to use his powers. He didn’t trust the man. He wasn’t who he seemed to be.

I remember a lot about you. You have yet to manifest a power, unless you are hiding it.” Matthew quickly moved, and Daniel almost escaped but he became caught in the chair behind Richard’s desk. He fell into it, and Matthew stepped up to tower above him.

What was the commotion that was happening when I got here?” Daniel asked trying to deflect Matthew so that he could get away.

Just a problem with someone here, because of his power he became out of control for a little bit. No one was seriously injured. I bet the woman you have at home can’t give you what I can.”

I’m sure he gives me more than you can.” Daniel stood up from the chair finally figuring out that Matthew wasn’t going to leave him alone. “He’s ex military and rather possessive. So I would leave me alone. Now!”

Now, now, just calm down,” Matthew said. He was about to press forward when the office door opened. Richard stared in shock.

Matthew?” Richard asked. Matthew stepped back from Daniel, and Daniel relaxed. “Security is looking for you.”

Thank you, Richard. Mr. Jackson.” Matthew stepped around the desk and out the door.

Daniel?”

I’m fine. I was about to stop him. I can defend myself. Jack’s shown me how. I just don’t like to use it on people,” Daniel said as he moved forward to hug Richard.

So everything’s still going good with Jack?” Richard asked. Daniel nodded and sat down in the chair opposite Richard. “That’s good. Listen; there were a few things that Lily wanted you to have, things that she found about your childhood and your parents: a few papers, dissertations and even a book that your mom published. She never had the chance to give them to you.”

Thank you,” Daniel said. Richard stood up from behind his desk and picked up a box from the floor. He handed it to Daniel.

I suggest you look at it at home. Where you can do what you wish.” Daniel nodded and smiled a sad smile at Richard. Someone burst into the office.

Matthew is dead,” the security officer said. Daniel looked at Richard and the guard saw that Richard wasn’t alone. “Sorry, Sir.”

It’s fine, why don’t you show Mr. Jackson out. Daniel I’ll call and tell you everything when I can.”

I don’t care, Richard. We all have secrets. I didn’t like him anyway,” Daniel said. He grabbed the box from the desk and walked out the door. He went to his car and drove off. He didn’t take the roads that lead him back to the house. He went to a storage facility that had all of his things in them from his apartment he had had back in Chicago. His placed the box inside, closed the door and locked it.

The Home Front

Daniel, what are you watching?” Jack asked as he entered the living room after work. Daniel was sitting on the couch watching a movie on the TV. Jack looked at the screen and saw what it was. “Star Wars, Daniel why are you watching this?”

I remember watching this when it first came out in the theater. I would sneak away from my foster home to go to the theater. I was at the store when I saw them on DVD, all six of them. I had to buy them,” Daniel said. He paused the movie and stood up to kiss Jack. “Hi.”

Hello,” Jack said. He wrapped his arms around Daniel’s waist to pull him in closer for another kiss. Daniel let him back them up and went with Jack when he lay down on the couch. Jack had been working long hours, and Daniel had spent the past week doing a rally for the local colleges. They hadn’t had the time or the energy for anything more than a good night kiss. Daniel reached over and hit play on the remote and went back to focus on Jack. Jack moved down to Daniel’s neck, and he started unbuttoning Daniel’s shirt. Daniel reached behind him, pulled the pillow out from under his head, and threw it away. Jack’s focus shifted from Daniel’s neck to the chest that was revealed. Daniel tried to move so that he could start to undress Jack, but Jack wouldn’t let him.

No, too tired. Let me just do this for you,” Jack said looking Daniel in the face. Daniel blushed and leaned up for another kiss. Jack made sure that Daniel wasn’t going to try anything and then he leaned back down to lick one of Daniel’s nipples. Daniel’s nipples were the most sensitive part on his body. Jack had wanted to try making him come just by licking, sucking and playing with them. Tonight was the night he was going to try. Daniel thrust up but Jack just lifted as well. “Ah ah ah. Let me lead this.”

Jack, please, I’m so hard,” Daniel said as he tried to find contact for his cock. Jack smiled and used one hand to hold Daniel’s hips down while he went to town on Daniel’s other nipple. Jack listened while Daniel’s breathing became shallow, and he started gasping. Jack released his hip shifted too where he could watch Daniel’s face. Jack reached over with his hand and lightly caressed Daniel’s cock through his pants. Daniel jerked and came, screaming. Jack held him close while he calmed down.

Wanted to do that for while,” Jack said as he kissed Daniel’s sweaty forehead.

Now, I need a shower,” Daniel said as he shifted on the couch.

I’ll wash you’re back,” Jack said pulling Daniel up with him off the couch. He loved what he had just done to Daniel. Daniel trusted him more and more each day, and he would never let himself do anything that would hurt that trust.

*

Jack woke up hearing a pounding on the door. Daniel was lying half on in with his arms wrapped around him. Both of them had a day off so they had stayed up the night before. Jack rolled them both over. Daniel squeezed Jack tighter and didn’t let him go. Jack spent a few minutes shifting Daniel’s hold from him to a pillow. Daniel snuggled down on the bed, and he buried his face in the pillow. Jack smiled and pulled on a robe before going to the front door. He opened it to find two men in suits standing there.

Can I help you?”

Mr. O’Neill, my name is Agent Black and this is Agent Foster. We are with the Nation Security Agency. Can you come with us?” Black asked.

I need to get dressed and tell my partner that I am leaving,” Jack said.

One of us will need to go with you,” Black said. Jack nodded. He knew that Daniel was at least in a pair of boxers so he wouldn’t have to worry about Daniel flashing him. Jack went to the bedroom and changed before he moved to the bed. Jack started rubbing Daniel’s back. Daniel rolled over and smiled until he saw Jack.

Jack, why are you dressed?” Daniel asked as he laid a hand on Jack’s thigh.

The NSA is here. They want to talk to me. I’m going with them,” Jack said. Daniel’s eyes widened. He sat up in the bed. He saw Black standing in the corner. “Don’t worry. They won’t find anything. I haven’t done anything wrong.”

Jack?”

I love you, I’ll be back soon,” Jack said leaning over to kiss Daniel. Daniel grabbed his hand but Jack made him let go.

*

Daniel entered the 4400 Center looking for Richard but he found Shawn instead.

Daniel, how have you been?” Shawn asked. Daniel looked around. Shawn motioned for him to come with him. They stayed silent until they were in Shawn’s office. “Daniel?”

The NSA has Jack,” Daniel said.

Jack? The man that was with you when you were sick?” Shawn asked.

He’s my partner. They came and took him this morning. I didn’t know if you guys could do anything,” Daniel said. He started pacing around the office.

The NSA has been hunting for members of the NOVA Group. Ryland is leading it.”

Ryland? You mean that they let him go back?”

No, he got a job at the Haspel Corp,” Shawn said. Daniel turned around.

He killed twenty-eight 4400’s,” Daniel said. He came closer to the desk. “Where can I find him? I want to talk to him.”

Daniel pissing them off won’t help. You and Jack don’t have powers you can’t take them on,” Shawn said. Daniel looked up at Shawn and wondered if he could trust him with his secret. He picked up a book and held it up for Shawn to see. “Daniel?”

Watch,” Daniel said. He handed the book to Shawn. “Throw it at me.”

What? No way,” Shawn said. Daniel shoved the book at him and stared at him. Shawn took the book, and Daniel took a few steps back. Shawn looked at the book and then he threw it. The book passed through Daniel. “Daniel?”

I am trusting you with this. This doesn’t go in that archive of yours. I’ve had my power since around the time of the bombings. I didn’t want anyone to know about it. I don’t trust anyone with it. I can take care of myself. Tell me where I can find Ryland,” Daniel said. Shawn stared at him in shock but he wrote an address on a piece of paper and handed it to him.

Be careful, and your secret is safe with me. Does Jack have one?” Shawn asked.

I can’t tell you that,” Daniel said. He smiled at Shawn and left the room.

*

Daniel found Ryland’s office and walked into it.

Hello, who are you?” Ryland asked.

I want to know if and when the NSA will be releasing my partner,” Daniel said.

I know you; you are one of the 4400’s. You’ve been in the news lately speaking out about gay rights,” Ryland said.

Yes, I am. When will Jack O’Neill be released?” Daniel asked. Ryland picked up the phone and dialed a number. He spoke for a few minutes quietly then he hung up.

Mr. O’Neill is coming here now to talk to me. You are welcome to stay,” Ryland said. He motioned at the seat behind Daniel. Daniel sat down and waited. Twenty minutes later, Jack entered the office and saw Daniel. Daniel stood up and hugged Jack.

Danny? What are you doing here? They didn’t take you did they?” Jack asked. Daniel shook his head.

I’m fine. Don’t worry. I came here to find you,” Daniel said. He leaned up and kissed Jack. Jack’s hands were still cuffed, and he couldn’t touch Daniel.

You can remove the cuffs. Mr. O’Neill has been cleared,” Ryland said. The agent who escorted Jack uncuffed Jack, and he was able to hug Daniel. “We still need to talk, Mr. O’Neill.”

Of course, Ryland,” Jack said. He sat down in the chair and waited.

You used to be military,” Ryland said.

Yes, until I was left in Iraq after doing my job. I don’t trust the government nor the military to do things right with the 4400. I assume that I am free to go?”

You and your boyfriend can leave,” Ryland said. Jack and Daniel stood up and joined hands before leaving the office. Daniel leaned against Jack as they walked out.

You didn’t do anything stupid did you?” Both men said at the same time. Jack started laughing. Daniel leaned his head against Jack’s.

I’m fine. They thought that with my military background I was ripe for working with NOVA. They did checks and found that the only thing that I do is go to work and go home to you,” Jack said. He kissed Daniel and then started home.

Blink

Jack?” Jack turned around and looked at Daniel. Daniel was standing in the bedroom door. He was dressed in slacks and a light grey pullover. Jack smiled at Daniel before pulling him into a hug. “You ready to go?”

Yeah, almost. You know I’m going to have a problem getting through dinner with you dressed liked that,” Jack said. Daniel smiled and kissed Jack. Jack didn’t let the kiss last very long, they had reservations at one of the upper scale restaurants in the city. “Danny, we’ve got reservations.”

Yes, why won’t you tell me where?” Daniel asked.

Because you might kill me, I promise that it’s a very nice place. It’s just the name,” Jack said. Daniel kissed him again and then left the room. Jack finished dressing and followed Daniel out into the living room. Jack saw a small box on the coffee table. “Danny, what did you do?”

I know you said that you didn’t want anything but I wanted to give you something,” Daniel said as he held up his hand that had the bracelet Jack had given him on. Jack moved up to the table and picked up the box. He lifted the lid and found a ring case in it. Jack looked up and saw that Daniel wasn’t looking at him. Jack moved around the table and wrapped his arms around Daniel from behind. He made sure that Daniel was watching his hands as he opened the lid on the case.

It’s beautiful, Danny. I love it,” Jack said. Jack felt Daniel relax. “What does it mean?”

The Ankh means ‘life’ or ‘immortality.’ Do you really like it?” Daniel asked. Jack took the ring out of the case and laid it in Daniel’s hand.

Put it on me,” Jack said. Daniel took a hold of the ring, and he slipped it on Jack’s middle finger. Jack flexed his hand and felt Daniel lifting the hand. Daniel placed a kiss on Jack’s palm and then on the ring. “How’d you find out my size?”

After sex you are dead to the world. All I had to do was tie a string around your finger and there I had it,” Daniel said. Jack smiled and kissed the back of Daniel’s neck. “Happy Anniversary, Jack.”

Two years, Danny. See you don’t push away the people you love. It’s not because you love them. And it’s not because they love you,” Jack said as he turned Daniel around to kiss him. “We need to get going if we are going to make the reservation.”

I’ve been ready, it’s you that’s holding everything up,” Daniel said as he started laughing. Jack laughed and let Daniel go. Once in the car, Jack reached over and held Daniel’s hand. Daniel loved touching Jack. Jack drove the

distance to the restaurant. When they got close enough to the restaurant, Daniel groaned.

I told you that I was going to take you here,” Jack said. Daniel shook his head and released Jack’s hand just to slap him on the thigh. “Come on Danny, you get to day that you ate at ‘Daniel’s Broiler.’

I never really felt the need to Jack.”

*

Jack read the paper the next morning, a 4400 that produced a drug that made people work out the problems in their life or they went crazy. Three people were dead because of it. Jack wondered how Daniel would take it. Jack wondered how long Daniel would be gone on his run.

Jack had woken up that morning, and he found a note from Daniel saying that he had gone running and would be back. Jack was worried about him. He’d become distant after Jack had asked about his parents while they were trying to fall asleep. Usually after sex, Daniel would cuddle up to him but last night Daniel had rolled over onto his side and fallen asleep. Jack wondered why Daniel didn’t want to talk about his parents. He always loved it when Jack brought them up.

Jack heard the front door slam as Daniel entered. Jack stood up from the kitchen table and moved to greet Daniel. Jack surprised when he saw that Daniel was carrying a box.

Danny?” Jack asked. Daniel set the box down.

Lily spent time finding things of my parents for me. She wanted me to have them. When I went to see Richard, he gave them to me. They are just some things from my childhood and parents: a few papers, dissertations and even a book that my mom published.

I was scared to look through them. Last night, when you asked about what they used to call me, I remembered this and knew that I couldn’t just leave it in the storage facility,” Daniel said. Jack moved over and pulled Daniel into a hug. “Jack, I’m all sweaty.”

So, we cuddle after sex, we are all sweaty and messy,” Jack said. Daniel laughed.

That’s different; we are sweaty, messy and naked. We are both dressed and I stink,” Daniel said. Jack laughed and pulled Daniel down with him onto the couch. Daniel tried to fight him but ended up losing. Jack settled down so that he was lying on his side with Daniel lying on his back.

Why don’t you use your powers?” Jack asked. Daniel shrugged. “When we are playing, sometimes you do sometimes you don’t.”

I don’t want to not touch you. Sometimes we are playing and I use my powers to get away. Others I consider it foreplay, sometimes just touching you, calms me down, grounds me. Other times, it makes me so charged and horny,” Daniel said. Jack smiled and wrapped his arms around Daniel.

It’s the same for me. I love you, Danny.”

Love you, too.”

Now, why don’t you go shower. I’ll get you some breakfast and then we can look at the stuff in the box, how does that sound?”

Sounds great,” Daniel said. He stood up and smiled down at Jack. Jack smiled up at him and waved him away. Once Jack heard the shower going he got up off the couch and moved to the box. Jack was glad that it was a Sunday. They had all day to look through the box.

The Ballad of Kevin and Tess

Jack, I told Shawn about my powers,” Daniel said at lunch. It was Sunday, and Jack was getting ready to go into work. A client was having problems with their home security system so Jack had to go in to comfort them while the security teams went over the house. Since Jack had gotten his newest promotion, he knew that he was working more and more, but he couldn’t help it.

Why did you do that?” Jack asked. He turned around from the stove and stared at Daniel. Daniel swallowed and looked down.

He was not going to tell me where you were. I couldn’t let NTAC or the Haspel Corp tuck you away. I had to find you. I knew that he would know where you are. I trust him.”

I don’t.”

You don’t trust anyone. God how did…you better go to work. You don’t want to be late.” Daniel stood up from the table and went to the living room. Jack followed after him until he saw the clock. He was going to be late for work if he didn’t leave then. Jack moved to the front door. He didn’t want to leave, but his bosses and underlings were relying on him. He was the only person that the client would listen to. Jack stared at Daniel for a mew seconds before he walked out the door.

*

Jack sat in his office and stared out the window. He could see the Seattle skyline beautifully from where he was. Jack looked at his desk. There was a picture of Daniel on the desk. Daniel hated having pictures taken of him. The closest picture, age wise that Daniel had was a picture of him sitting on camel in front of a pyramid in Egypt.

A knock came at his door, and he told them to come in. His boss, Amy Galvan came in. She looked at him and frowned.

Jack, what’s wrong?” Amy asked.

Daniel and I got into a fight.”

Roomies fight all the time.” Amy sat down in the chair across from Jack.

We aren’t roomies. We are partners.”

Jack, you’ve never talked about him like that! What are you doing here? It’s Sunday. Mr. Stern can wait a day to talk you. I’m not heartless. I wouldn’t have scheduled all the overtime. I thought that you were just trying to drown in your work.”

I never wanted to cause problems. I know that many of the people around here had problems with me being a 4400. I didn’t want to give you any problems with them having a problem about who I slept with.”

Jack, I hired you because of the fact that you were military. You distrust the government enough to keep our clients safe. The fact that you were a 4400 never crossed my mind. The only problem I have with you sleeping with Daniel is that you didn’t let me know that you had obligations at home. I knew about Daniel’s’ migraines, and I understood that you wanted to be home when he was sick. I thought you saw him as a younger brother.”

Oh,” Jack said blushing at her. He bowed his head and mentally berated himself. He sighed.

Go home, I know that you are afraid of losing us the Stern account but if he leaves because you won’t come in on a Sunday. He’s not a client we want.”

Mrs. Galvan, I’m here I might as well stay. He won’t take that long to deal with.”

That’s fine. On one condition: you don’t come in tomorrow. Take tomorrow off,” Amy said. Jack nodded. Amy smiled at him and stood up. “Good. Now Mr. Stern is in the conference room. Let’s go.”

*

Jack entered his and Daniel’s home to find all the lights out. It was only eight o’clock. Both he and his boss had thought that it wouldn’t take that long to deal with Mr. Stern, but they had both been wrong. It had taken most of the day. Jack had called, left messages for Daniel, but his lover hasn’t answered.

Jack entered the kitchen and found the note from Daniel. “Out with a friend,” was all it said. Jack crumpled the paper and threw it away. Jack knew that he had no reason to be mad, but he was. Daniel had walked out on him after a fight again. Jack didn’t even think about the fact that he had actually done the walking out.

Jack paced around the house for a couple of hours and at ten thirty; Jack heard a key in the lock of the door. Jack had left all the lights off so that Daniel would think Jack was asleep. Jack watched Daniel entered the house while trying not to make a sound. Once Daniel had set down his keys, Jack pounced on him. The light from a street lamp fell across Daniel’s eyes, and Jack could see that he wasn’t drunk just scared. Jack held him against the wall, pinning his arms to the side of it. Jack wasn’t ready for Daniel to shove him away, he half-expected Daniel to use his powers.

Don’t manhandle me, Jack. I won’t be pushed around by you,” Daniel said. He moved around so that Jack’s back was to the wall.

Where were you?”

You weren’t around. I wasn’t going to sit around and wait for you to come home. Ashley, one of the teachers that has been helping with the rallies asked me out for a drink so that we could talk about the rally later this week. I told her no when she asked two days ago. I called her up tonight once you hadn’t gotten home by seven and we went out.”

Asked you out for a drink?”

She and her partner, Vanessa, went. It’s back to that is it? You assume that I am just going to cheat on you?” Daniel asked. Jack didn’t look Daniel in the eyes. He knew that he couldn’t. “Fine, I’ll see you in the morning, Jack.”

Danny…” Jack said, but Daniel was walking away. He went up the stairs into what used to be his room but was now a guest room. Jack sighed. He has really screwed up.

*

Jack woke up the next morning and found a note for him on the pillow Daniel usually used.

Jack

I talked to Richard this morning. He’s letting me stay at the Center for a few days. I was right. You don’t trust me. If you did, you wouldn’t think that I would cheat on you. I’m not your little woman. I am not going to sit around and wait for you to come home. I hate giving you an ultimatum, but I have to. I rarely work on things when you are around unless it’s on a rally. You’ve been working past eight o’clock almost every night for two weeks. You worked last Saturday and yesterday. You used to jump on me when I worked like that. Whenever I bring up your schedule, you say that it will blow over. You said you would be going in for two hours. I waited until you’d been gone for over nine.

You know how to reach me.

Love

Danny

Jack pulled the covers over his head and rolled over in bed. He didn’t want to get up at all.

The Starlz Mutation

Jack got the invitation in the mail to the wedding of Shawn Ferrell and Isabelle Tyler and it was addressed only to him. Jack read it and found that all the 4400’s were invited to the wedding. Jack knew that since Daniel was living at the 4400 Center, he would be going. That’s what made Jack decide to go. He could be able to see Daniel.

Daniel had been calling every few days. He and Jack talked until both were almost falling asleep. Jack knew what his problem was. Daniel had been right. Trust. Jack didn’t trust easy. He trusted Daniel with himself, but he didn’t trust Daniel not to cheat. He’d had one too many girlfriends cheat on him.

Daniel’s not a girlfriend. I love Daniel. He loves me. He would never cheat on me,” Jack said aloud to the room. He got up from his couch and went to the closet to find his tuxedo. He saw Daniel’s sitting in the closet. He decided to call later and see if he needed it.

*

Daniel looked at himself in the mirror. Since he had left his tuxedo at his and Jack’s house, Richard and Shawn actually took him out and bought him one. Jack had called two days ago and asked if he needed Daniel had said ‘no.’ Daniel heard at a knock on the door and turned in time to see Shawn enter the room.

Hey,” Shawn said.

Jitters?”

A little bit. Jack just arrived.”

Oh.”

How are things going with that?”

Good. I miss him. God, do I miss him.”

Maybe today everything can be righted”

I hope so. I love him. I just couldn’t be with him, if he thought that every time we got into a fight, I was going to go

out and cheat on him.”

That would be hard.”

Isabelle seems obsessed with you. She loves you so much,” Daniel said. Shawn nodded and smiled at Daniel.

Richard told me that you had a confrontation with Matthew when you visited him once.”

It was nothing. He wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. I set him right and then he left. That was the day he died.”

He didn’t hurt you?”

No, he didn’t.” Shawn nodded and smiled at him. Daniel hugged him before he left the room. He finished getting ready and went downstairs with the rest of the guests. He found Jack easily. Jack was talking to a group of men near the refreshment table. Daniel made his way over to him. Jack smiled and pulled him into a hug. The men excused themselves, and Jack and Daniel were alone.

Why don’t we go somewhere private to talk?”

Sounds good, Danny.” Daniel linked his hand with Jack and led him over to a more private area of the compound. Once they were away from prying eyes, Daniel pulled Jack in for a kiss.

I missed you, Jack.”

I’ve missed you, too. The day you left. My boss found out that I was doing all of this over time with someone waiting for me at home. She gave me that Monday off and you weren’t around. I was going to make it up to you. I’m so sorry that I hurt you like that. I was scared of losing my job. I forgot for a while that you are all that matters to me. I forgot that you would never cheat on me. Because I was sent on a lot of missions, my girlfriends never lasted long. They couldn’t take the separation. I came home to find many of them had taken up with another man and on one occasion, another woman.”

I faced my past long ago. It’s about time you did. Are you ready for me to come back to the house? You aren’t going to freak out and accuse me of anything?”

No, you aren’t them.”

Good. Then we can enjoy this wedding.”

The bride creeps me out, Danny. When I arrived, she greeted me on her way to get dressed.”

You haven’t been around her too much. She creeps a lot of people out.”

Why is Shawn marrying her?”

I don’t know. There’s talk that she killed someone in the center.”

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer?”

I think so.” Daniel looked out at Shawn walking and talking to people. Daniel saw movement at his side and turned. A man in rags was walking towards Shawn. “Jack?!”

Danny?”

Is that Collier that just past us?” Jack turned and looked. The man’s eyes were looking everywhere and Jack was able to get a small glimpse of the man’s face. It was Jordan.

That’s him. Danny, Kyle Baldwin was supposed to have killed him. How is he alive?”

He’s a 4400, Jack, who knows what his power is. His body was stolen at the funeral remember. I’m sure that Baldwin did that as well and left him somewhere. I want to know where he’s been for the past year.”

Let’s go join them.” Jack put his arm around Daniel’s shoulder and they walker over to the now excited crowd.

*

Those soldiers of theirs are for the defense of this country. Since Ryland is heading it up, I’d say that Ryland and his superiors are going to use them on us,” Jack said. Daniel nodded at him before he sat down on the other end of the couch.

What a day! Jordan Collier is alive and there are non-4400’s with abilities that already have five deaths on their hands.” Jack scooted closer to Daniel and lay down on the couch with his head in Daniel’s lap. Daniel smiled down at him.

Danny. I will still take you away. I know that we can hide. Even with the soldiers after us,” Jack said as he linked his hand with Jack’s hand.

I know you will.”

I’m sorry, Danny.”

It’s in the past. You love and trust me. That’s enough.”

I do love you.” Jack leaned up for a kiss.

I love you, too.”

The Gospel According to Collier

So how do you think Isabelle will take Shawn running out on the wedding?” Daniel asked as he readied his things to work in the garden. Jack was lying on the back deck after mowing the lawn. Daniel worked in the garden for an hour. When Daniel looked at Jack, he was asleep on the deck, never having made it to the chair. Daniel picked up the water hose he had used and sprayed Jack. By the time Jack was awake enough to retaliate Daniel had soaked him. Jack roared and charged him. Daniel lost the hose, and he fell flat on his back. Daniel was laughing at the water dripping off Jack and onto him.

Just think. Earlier we were at that wedding.” Jack laughed at Daniel before giving him a quick kiss.

I know. It’s still creepy. Watching him walk towards Shawn. Then he disappeared.” Jack reached out and grabbed the hose. Daniel had seconds to get away before Jack sprayed him. Jack made sure that Daniel was as wet as he was before he dropped the hose.

Jack!”

Hey you sprayed me first. Turn about his fair play,” Jack said. Daniel smiled at him. “How does Chili sound for dinner?”

Sounds, good. I’m all muddy now. I’m going to shower. Alone.” Jack frowned at Daniel and stalked up to him. Jack grabbed him around the waist and started to kiss him. When Jack’s hand cupped his ass cheek, Daniel quickly pulled it way. “Jack, I’m tired. I’d probably fall asleep in the middle.”

I know. I’m just playing a little. Don’t worry. I’ll start the food and then shower upstairs.”

Thanks, Jack.”

I love you,” Jack said kissing Daniel’s forehead. Daniel settled his head on Jack’s shoulder for a minute then kissed Jack’s cheek before going in. Daniel went into the bedroom and stripped off before getting into the shower. Even if Jack was his first lover, all his past relationships had tried to demand things from him: time, love, things that he wasn’t able to or wanted to give. Jack demanded nothing from him. He only took what Daniel was able to give him. Daniel smiled into the water beating down on his face. He loved the nights when they cuddled in bed and didn’t have sex.

*

How’d it go?” Jack asked as he walked in the front door. Daniel smiled at him.

He’s at the courthouse trying to get Shawn Baldwin released. I left. I really didn’t want to get in the middle of that.

He’s released. I’m happy. We need him. Obviously, the government fears us. Maybe he’s the key to getting them not to fear us.”

I still don’t trust him. He was way too vain and snotty.”

He’s changed. You should have heard him when he was talking to the reporters outside the NTAC facility. There are graffiti paintings of him all over the country. They call him ‘the preacher.’ He’s saying that ‘The war for the future will be fought in the past.’”

Danny, just don’t get too wrapped up that you can’t see the surface. Not until we are sure that he’s not evil.”

I’m keeping my distance. You’ve taught me the basics well, Jack. I’m not going to be pulled into a cult. I’m not going to let him change me. I just want to see if he can help. You know I don’t like where the 4400’s have gone.” Jack smiled at him and pulled him close. They both loved holding each other. With how things were going with the lives of the 4400’s and the government, both men need all the comfort they could get.

*

Jack, that’s Jordan,” Daniel said as he exited the house that night. Jack turned around from the grill and looked at the man in his backyard. The drinks in Daniel’s hands fell to the ground, the glasses shattering.

Please don’t get up. I am just here for some help.”

Help?” Daniel asked.

Yes, you can help me.”

How?” Jack asked. He stepped up behind Daniel and pulled him close. He had never trusted Collier and after the man came back from being dead, he really didn’t trust him.

I am here to stop a catastrophe. I need help. You two have stood on the sides and done nothing. Jack you have enough mistrust of the government and the military to help me deal with NTAC. Daniel you work with colleges all over the country. I may need those connections to help me.”

How do you know this?” Daniel asked shrugging out of Jack’s hold and stepping closer to Jordan.

I know a lot of things that will help me. Along with your powers. You two have managed to hide your powers from everyone. Who have you told?”

I’ve told Shawn about my powers.”

Has he told Isabelle?”

No, he promised me he wouldn’t.”

Shawn keeps his promises.” Collier smiled at them.

Danny, Collier, why don’t we move this inside?” Jack asked. Daniel nodded and motioned for Jordan to enter the house. Jordan stayed for hours talking about things that Isabelle had done that he had seen and things that she might do unless she’s stopped. Jack watched as the fears that Daniel had about the 4400 came true. They could do harm to the people of Earth. They could start a war that could destroy the Earth. Jack knew that Daniel would do whatever he could to stop it from happening. Jack was going to be with him every step of the way.

Terrible Swift Sword

Danny, are you going to watch everything that he says and does?” Jack asked. Daniel waved Jack away as Collier finished up his latest interview. When Collier was done, Daniel shut off the TV and came into the kitchen. Jack was finishing the dishes from dinner as Daniel wrapped his arms around Jack. Jack chuckled and kept on washing the dishes. When he was done, he dried his hands on a dishtowel, turned around in Daniel’s hold, and kissed him.

While you were watching TV, Collier called. Isabelle is working with Ryland. She is the source of the Promicin that he has been getting for the enhanced soldiers. Collier wants to take out the military facility that is producing them and he wants to destroy the Promicin. All the soldiers taking the serum will also be eliminated.”

Jack, I can’t. I won’t kill anyone. No matter what.”

I know. I would never ask you to. I never want you to kill anyone. But if this war comes, you will have to defend yourself.”

There’s a difference between defending myself and going after men and women who are brainwashed. I won’t do it. I know that we are just defending ourselves but I won’t kill them. It’s not something I can do. Not if there is another way.”

*

Daniel Jackson,” Daniel said as he picked up the phone.

Dr. Jackson this is Agent Stern form NTAC. This is a call to tell you that the members of the NOVA Group have escaped from custody here at NTAC. This call is to warn you about attempt that may be made on any 4400 who denies working for their cause. We urge you to call us if they contact you.”

I will. Thank you.” Daniel set down the phone. Now the world was in danger. Those members of the NOVA could go after anyone. Daniel placed a call to Jack’s cell for him to call back as soon as he could. Jack called back an hour later.

Yeah, they just called me, Danny,” Jack said after Daniel explained what Agent Stern told him.

Jack, I think I need to tell NTAC about my powers. Mine are dangerous and I don’t want them to find out from anyone other than me.”

I understand. I know that you’ve been thinking about it for a while. Do you want me to go with you? Boss said I could take the rest of the day off due to the news.”

No, I’ll talk to Skouris and Baldwin. I trust them.”

Danny, Baldwin lives with one and Skouris adopted another. They are the only ones we can trust to do the right thing. Just make sure you are safe.”

I will.”

See you tonight. I’ll order pizza. I’m getting off around four. Since its three now, I’ll have the pizza ready around five.”

I’m not going into NTAC. I’ll find and talk to them outside of NTAC. I don’t trust the rest of them to let me go. Not Jarvis. It’s her I don’t trust. I’ll be safe.”

Collier wants my help tomorrow with a few things at Haspel Corp. I might be gone all day, Danny.”

What are you doing?”

Getting all the Promicin they have so that they can’t make more soldiers. He wanted to see who would stand with him. Since we didn’t rat him out, he trusts us.”

I don’t like that he lied to us.”

Neither do I, Danny. He just did what’s best for him. Seems that Shawn ratted him out to NTAC. Danny this is our lives. We didn’t ask for this. We are just trying to live. Let’s not fight about this. I love you.”

You, too,” Daniel said before he hung up. Things had changed. Jack was following Collier, and Daniel was staying on the sidelines. He didn’t know why Jack followed him blindly. He finally saw what Jack the soldier was like, and he didn’t like it. He readied himself for leaving and was on his way to a local park after a few minutes. Daniel dug around for the cell number that Baldwin had given him for emergencies, all the 4400’s had the number of their handlers in case of emergencies. He called Baldwin on his cell and told him that he needed to talk to them both as soon as possible. An hour later, Baldwin and Skouris met him at the park. Daniel didn’t mind telling them. He just hoped they didn’t ask about Jack. Jack didn’t want them knowing. Jack was willing to trust Collier, but he wasn’t willing to trust the government. Daniel didn’t think that Collier could be trusted.

Dr. Jackson, what’s so important?” Baldwin asked. Daniel sighed.

I’m sorry. With all the scares that have been going on with the 4400, I’ve never been open about my power.”

You developed a power?”

Yes. I did. After being back a year. Jack and I talked it over and decided for my safety to not reveal it.”

NTAC had surmised that you two were sent back without powers, just so that you could do the work you’ve done with the Gay movement,” Baldwin said. Daniel shrugged.

Jack and I have both thought that’s why we came back. It’s one of the only reasons that Jack really didn’t mind me doing it.”

Have you two ever talked about getting married, if you succeed?” Daniel looked at Diana and smiled.

No, we haven’t. I’m not much for marrying.” Daniel sighed and closed his eyes. He pulled a small bag out of his pocket and dumped the contents into his hand. He showed the small rock to them before he put it back in the small bag. He handed the bag to Skouris. “I’ll get that out of the bag without touching the opening.” Daniel passed his hand through the bag. The rock was in his hand. “I can pass myself and anything I want through things. Think ‘Shadowcat’ from ‘X-Men,’ and you are very close to what I can do. I didn’t want NTAC finding out about my powers the hard way and turning it on me. NTAC hasn’t been our friends through this all. Since Ryland is gone, it’s gotten better but Jack and I don’t trust Jarvis that much. You two and that is it. My powers have only been used in the comfort of my own home, to ‘play’ with Jack. He thinks it’s funny.”

Does he have a power?” Skouris asked. Daniel looked up at her.

That’s something you have to discuss with him.”

If he did, could it hurt others?”

No, I don’t that Jack’s could. If he had one, he wouldn’t let it.”

Thank you, for being honest. It goes in the files but it will be protected. Who knows of your friends?”

No one,” Daniel lied. Skouris and Baldwin nod before they left the small park. Daniel looked at his watch. It was four thirty. Jack should have ordered the pizza by then so he headed by home.

*

Maia, what are you doing here?” Daniel asked as he stepped aside so that the little girl could enter. He didn’t like the look on her face, not after all that had happened in recent times. “Does your mother know you are here?”

She’s waiting in the car for me. I had a vision. Of you. I wanted to tell you about it.”

Okay, what happened?” Maia looked up at Daniel and then back down. She frowned. “Maia?”

You lose Jack.”

How?”

I don’t know. For some reason all I know is that you lose him. I wish I could tell you more but something happens, and you lose Jack.” Daniel crouched down and wiped the tears from Maia’s face she had started crying the moment she started talking about him losing Jack. Daniel kissed her cheek and hugged her.

Thank you, Maia. Why don’t I walk you to your car?” Maia nodded and let Daniel take her hand to lead her outside to the car. Skouris nodded at Daniel.

Thank you, Skouris, for letting her tell me.”

She never told me what she saw just that it was personal to you and you needed to know.”

She’s always welcome here.” Skouris nodded and smiled at Daniel before she drove off. Daniel stood on the

sidewalk and looked up at the sky. He tried to think through the things going in his mind. He didn’t want to lose Jack. He didn’t want Jack to die. He wasn’t going to let him die. He wasn’t.

*

Daniel was running up the steps of a hotel with an enhanced soldier on his heels. He knew who the soldier was but the man didn’t know about Daniel’s powers. He didn’t know what Daniel could do. As Daniel burst through the doors to the roof, the soldier launched himself at him and latched onto his leg. Daniel fell but his leg went through the soldier’s hand. Daniel used the soldier’s surprise to run to the edge of the roof. The soldier’s power hadn’t come into play yet. Now he knew it would. They were out in the open.

Come on, Fag. Let’s get this over with. You and me now. We’ll see who the better man is. Of course, that’s me. Cause you aren’t a man,” the soldier said. Daniel tried to ignore the jabs the soldier was saying. He’d been saying them since he had chased Daniel into the hotel and had screamed them as he chased Daniel up the stairs. It wasn’t working as well as he had hoped. He was getting madder by the minute. Daniel turned to see the soldier standing just a few feet from him. “You are making this easy. All you have to do is go over. People will think you jumped.”

I’m a 4400, people saw you chase me in here. It won’t be let go.” Daniel stepped back, a plan forming in his mind. If he could somehow trap the man on roof until NTAC got there, he could make sure no one was hurt. A fire started a few feet from him, trying to force him backwards and off the roof. When Daniel didn’t move, the flames died down, and the soldier stepped forward. That’s when Daniel moved. He grabbed the soldier and flung him towards the ledge. The soldier was caught off guard, and Daniel could see his look of surprise at the strength of Daniel. Before his hips were trapped in the wall on the edge of the roof, his legs hanging down and his chest resting on the wall. “I am not a weakling. I’ve had some training. Enough to protect myself.”

Yes, from the man you corrupted. I know about how you bent Major O’Neill to your will. Turned him gay. I will have fun with him when I get away. He’ll feel what it’s like to really be gay. I’ll make sure he never wants another cock up his ass before he dies.” Daniel’s anger flared up farther the soldier wasn’t a threat anymore not to him and not to Jack. He didn’t want this soldier to live; he didn’t want him to be a threat against anyone. He didn’t want him to get away and harm anyone else. He didn’t want him being able to take Jack from him, in any way shape or form. He looked down at the soldier staring at Daniel in shock. Daniel grabbed his hands and pulled the ma from the wall. He let him dangle for a minute before he let the man fall. He quickly left the roof before what he had done sunk in. Before he left the hotel, he stopped by the public restroom in the bar to throw up. He was glad that he didn’t drive. He knew he wouldn’t be able to. He hailed a cab and left the scene as the ambulance arrived. Daniel looked out the cab window. He didn’t know how he was going to tell Jack.

Fifty-Fifty

Daniel stood looking out of the window of his new apartment. Baldwin had made sure that he had a place close to NTAC so that he wouldn’t have to walk far to work. That day was going to be his first day working with NTAC. He was actually working with Baldwin and Skouris trying to find all of the NOVA Group that had escaped. He would also help with any case that he could. Daniel sighed as he finished dressing. He had been the one to push Jack away. He was the reason that Jack had left him. He thought back to just days before.

Danny, why are you sitting in the dark?” Jack asked as he came in the front door. The house was dark and it was dark outside. Daniel knew that he had just finished helping Collier. Jack found Daniel sitting on the couch and crying. “Danny, what’s wrong?”

I’m sorry,” Daniel said. Jack sat back and listened to Daniel talk about how he had killed that soldier. Jack was in shock. Daniel knew he was. He knew that it would take a while for Jack to get over it. He really thought that Jack could.

But Jack hadn’t. Jack couldn’t look at him. When he had woke up the next morning alone in bed. Jack was sitting in the living room; he had a glass of whiskey in his hand and the bottle sitting beside him.

Jack didn’t you get any sleep?”

No, I couldn’t sleep. Danny, I can’t do this. I can’t be around you right now.”

Jack?”

Just leave please. Just get your things and leave.”

Jack?!” Daniel asked as he moved closer to Jack. Jack couldn’t even look him in the eye. When Jack finally looked up. Jack’s eyes were cold. The same coldness they had had when Jack had first been in quarantine.

I want you to leave. You can get what you can now and the rest once I leave tomorrow for work. The computer, your artifacts. I can’t be around you.”

Jack, what are you talking about?”

I CAN’T BE AROUND YOU! Don’t you get that? I can’t look at you anymore. I don’t want to think about you killing. Every time I look at you, I see that body. I saw it on the news last night. Ryland is saying that he was scouting out a threat and fell. There is no investigation, and I can’t give you up. I can’t. I’m sure that NTAC would get you off but no matter what I can’t hurt you. So please just leave.” Daniel looked at Jack before he went to the bedroom to pack everything up that he would need till tomorrow. He also made sure that the pictures of them were put into a drawer so that Jack wouldn’t have to look at them.

Daniel finished up and headed out the door for his first day on the job at NTAC.

*

Jack kept an eye on Daniel. Finding where Baldwin stashed him after only a day. Jack followed Daniel as he left that next morning. He went straight to NTAC. Jack watched as his former lover flashed a badge and was allowed into the building.

*

Daniel entered the 4400 behind the rest of the NTAC agents. The Promicin was going to be available to the public. People with abilities were going to pop up everywhere. He was there to protect people if he could. His power was being used for good. He wouldn’t let it be used for bad.

Daniel, can you?” Skouris asked as she handed Maia and her things off to Daniel. Daniel nodded and looked at Maia. She was mad. Daniel knew how she felt. He’d been pulled from things before that was embarrassing, and he had been very mad. Sometimes there was a good reason, sometimes just a selfish reason. This time it was for her own good.

*

They had Shawn. It was only a matter of time before they had everyone else. Jack wondered whether Daniel would help take him down. They had never tested their powers against each other, and he didn’t know who could win.

He didn’t know if he wanted to find out.

Jack watched from the background as Richard was calmed down, and he stopped destroying the Promicin.

*

Daniel watched the interrogation from the science lab with Marco. Isabelle entered the room and started talking with Shawn.

I was sent to eliminate the 4400,” Isabelle said. Daniel listened to her try to convince Shawn to give it up. When he wouldn’t Isabelle, nearly killed him. Daniel ran from the room with Marco on his heels. Daniel knew that Isabelle had grown up, quickly effectively killing her mother, but no one could have guessed that she was brought into the world to kill all the 4400’s.

*

Jack had hoped the explosion would have killed Ryland but all it did was throw him back. Then he saw Isabelle. He heard her plans, and he rushed to tell Collier and warn him. Jack entered the 4400 Center in time to see Daniel entering with the rest of NTAC. Seconds later, a fleeing man ran through him. Jack watched him pick up a young boy and carry him to safety so that he wouldn’t be trampled. Once the boy was on his feet, he took off out the main doors. Jack found his way to a security office in time to see Isabelle trying to kill Baldwin and get a needle in her neck. Moments later, Baldwin shot her. The bullet went through her shoulder.

*

Daniel said goodbye to Skouris at NTAC. He didn’t know her that well and didn’t want to take the time away from her and her friends. They were still looking for Collier and the Promicin. Daniel’s only friend seemed to be Marco Pacella. They were both recovering from losing someone close to them.

*

The 4400 Center was shut down. No one was allowed near it. Jack was still living at the house. He was one of the few whose face wasn’t plastered everywhere. Jordan had need of him. He was to stay where he could watch NTAC and Daniel. Jordan knew that Daniel was in Jack’s soul. Jordan said that the people who sent them back had reason for them being together, and he was sorry that they had been ripped apart. He wasn’t going to make Jack be even father from his love.

Jack still couldn’t make himself believe that Daniel killed, especially since he did it in anger. The man wasn’t a threat at that point. He was stuck and couldn’t do anything to Daniel. Daniel was safe and NTAC would have made sure the man wouldn’t do anything to him or anyone else. Daniel chose to kill him. Jack couldn’t forget that. Jack knew that because of the war, Daniel would have to kill but to kill an unarmed man who was trapped was something different. No matter what Daniel thought at the time.

*

Daniel looked out over the view from his fifth floor apartment. The view was better from the house, but Daniel didn’t think that he would ever see it again. When Daniel had gone back to the house to get his things, he found that Jack had packed up all the pictures of them. A note was on top that told him to take them. Jack said that he didn’t need them anymore.

Daniel lay down on his bed that night and started crying. He cried himself to sleep for the first time since he was fourteen.

*

Jack looked around the empty house. He had never noticed how much Daniel’s things had filled it. Stands were empty of artifacts, statues, and books. Movies were missing from their DVD and VHS collection. The bedroom was empty as well. No longer were there two of everything and the small basket of migraine medication was gone.

Jack couldn’t sleep in the bed they shared, and he couldn’t sleep in the bed Daniel slept in before they had got together. Jack slept on the couch that night. He didn’t know if he could sleep in either room ever again. The whole house felt empty without Daniel.

The End of Season 3

Interlude

Daniel woke up in a cold sweat for the third time in as many nights.

*

Daniel looked over the ledge. This wasn’t how he wanted to do it, but it was the only way that he could be sure he was going to do it right. Daniel stepped over and let himself fall.

*

Daniel, why did you do this?” Baldwin asked. Daniel didn’t answer. He just lay on the bed facing away from the door to the room. He’d been in the hospital for over four days and hadn’t spoken a word since.

We tried to get Jack to come visit. He won’t return our calls.” Before Baldwin could talk again, the door opened and Marco stepped in. He stepped to the bed and sat down at Daniel’s back. He handed Daniel and can of pop. Daniel smiled at him before opening it to drink.

I think he wants you to leave.”

He tried to kill himself. I need answers.”

Then get a report from his doctor. His serotonin levels were too low. Depression.” Baldwin nodded. He moved closer to Daniel.

Get better. You have the written test next week.

*

Daniel what are you doing here?” Marco asked as Baldwin escorted Daniel into the theory room.

He’s here to replace the geek that left. Since he fractured his leg, he will be off his feet for a while.

*

Jack entered Marco’s house. He was the best to enter the houses. He could fly to them and get in them with little trouble. Collier needed information and Marco had it. Once Jack was in the living room, he started looking for the files. He didn’t want to make any more noise than he had to. Jack saw the files on the coffee table by the mantle. As he straightened up, he saw the statue sitting on the mantle. It was one that Daniel treasured. Seconds after seeing the statue, handcuffs attached themselves to his wrists. Jack spun around and saw Daniel standing there.

I’m sorry, Jack. I’m sorry that you were the one to get caught in this.”

Caught in what?”

Word was leaked about certain things. My self and a few others are watching the traps. You are the first to be caught.”

Don’t I feel special? Did you rat me out?”

No, Jack. I promised you I wouldn’t. It’s not my fault you got caught. Once you tripped the trap a call went out. I won’t let you get away.”

You can’t stop me.”

Yes, I can. It’s easy. I’ve already done it. Your shoe soles are in the floor. You are wearing boots. Can’t slip out of them.” Jack looked down and sighed. Daniel was right, he wasn’t going anywhere.

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