Birds of a Feather
Chasing the Damned Cat All Over the Room
(Jack's POV)

Author: Clea Saal
Fandom: The Sentinel / Stargate: SG-1
Rating: 13+
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Chasing the Damned Cat All Over the Room
(Jack's POV)

Okay, so this is not good and I'm wondering which one of our wonder brothers to kill first. The thing is that after yesterday's encounter I had lowered my guard enough to forget all about Carter's warning regarding the fact that Blair Sandburg sounded like someone who could possibly put two and two together and actually come up with four. That wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't because her prediction in that regard turned out to be true... I really should know better by now than to expect her to be wrong about this sort of things. On top of that it looks like Daniel has decided that given that his brother has already figured it all out on his own he can throw caution to the wind and I don't know how to get him to shut up... not that getting him to shut up now would do us much good. The cat is so far out of the bag by now that it's not even funny anymore and there's nothing I can do about it.

That means that I'm stuck trying to do some damage control here only that is usually Daniel's job, not mine... didn't he read the job description? I'm the one who says the wrong thing, he is the one who cleans up the mess, not the other way around. It's in the contract, damn it! I mean, sure, I can always strangle him later but what good is that going to do to me anyway?

Of course, I guess part of the problem is that we all let our guards down, not just Daniel, and in that regard I'm the one who should have been paying more attention. I knew Daniel wasn't exactly on board with the whole keeping things a secret scenario to begin with and I really should have done something to try and prevent this situation in the first place... not that that matters now.

The fact is that we got overconfident, we got cocky and that came back to bite us in the butt... and it also left us without a viable plan. Yesterday's little revelation did a lot more than just catch us totally off guard, it also lured us into a false sense of security and our current situation is the end result of that. When we first came to Cascade we were worried about a potential security breach and our mission was simple enough: to throw one Blair Sandburg off the trail. The problem is that the moment we became aware of Blair Sandburg's connection to Daniel Jackson our whole plan flew out the window and to make matters worse we wasted our chance last night to come up with an alternative because, after all, they didn't know what we were up to... we really should have known better.

To make matters worse there is also the fact that our original plan called for a quick trip to Cascade in which we patched things up, made sure that Sandburg wasn't on our trail and then flew into the sunset --and straight into the Pacific Ocean, going by our current location, who comes up with these clichés anyway?-- never to return. It might even have worked if it hadn't been for the fact that as soon as Daniel found out that he actually has a brother he was determined to build a relationship with that brother and that meant that the whole flying off into the sunset scenario just wasn't going to happen... of course, seeing how that probably kept us from drowning, it may have been a good thing after all.

Anyway, the point is that that meant that regardless of everything else at least Daniel was going to stay in touch with these two and given the fact that Carter had already warned me about Sandburg I really should have realized that we were going to need a long term cover story... preferably one that could actually withstand some scrutiny.

Of course, as usual, woulda, coulda, shoulda don't really help us much 'cos what we're dealing with here isn't a might have been, what we are dealing with here is a very real problem... the one posed by the fact that we have a sentinel and a guide who know way more than they should and are bound to remain an integral part of Daniel's life whether we like it or not. Yes, we should have come up with a better cover story but the fact is that we didn't and now it's way too late for us to do anything about that.

On top of that, as if that not-so-little problem weren't enough, there's also the fact that if the kid's lack of reaction to Daniel's comment is anything to go by, then chances are he already knew we knew Ellison is a sentinel... not that that's particularly surprising. Come to think of it, the truth is that it's not particularly relevant either. Sure, the fact that he knows does leave me feeling rather exposed, it leaves me feeling incredibly vulnerable and it leaves me feeling like I've lost my one and only advantage here and that is not something I'm particularly fond of but, let's face it, the kid is Daniel's brother so what was I going to do with their secret anyway? Threaten them? Blackmail them? It was a security blanket kind of leverage, one I was never going to use, and I knew it.

The good news, if it can even be called that is that I'm not particularly worried by what they could possibly do with what they know, the good news is that I can think of plenty of more dangerous scenarios in terms of who could have found out about the stargate. If nothing else my every instinct is telling me that these two are trustworthy and if I have learned anything in my life it's to trust my gut. Sure, I know this is a delicate situation but at the same time that doesn't mean I can afford to let them see how worried I am by how much they know... and that doesn't just have to do with matters of national security. If there is one thing I really don't need right now are any more of Sandburg's cracks about military paranoia, thank you oh so very much.

Well, regardless of everything else , it's beginning to look like Daniel is going to get his wish after all, it’s beginning to look like one way or another we are going to have no choice but to bring these two on board in some capacity. Unfortunately chances are that that is going to be easier said than done because I suspect that when it comes to paranoia Sandburg has us military types beaten hands down... and it is pretty obvious that he trusts the military about as much as I trust the NID.

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