Rascals II - Chapter 6

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A couple weeks passed, and their teacher slowly got used to them, though she still found it all very strange.

One day, the children were sitting in one of the recreation rooms on the base, building a large structure out of LEGO, when O'Neill, Teal'c, and Janet came into the room.

"Kids, Teal'c and I are going on a mission to Kelowna - Sam, Daniel, you remember Kelowna?" O'Neill said.

They both nodded.

"Yes. That's Jonas Quinn's world." Sam said.

"Exactly. He needs our help with something, so we'll be gone for a little while. Janet will be here, and she'll look after you. Okay?"

"Okay." Sam frowned.

"Who's Jonas Quinn?" Martouf wanted to know.

Sam happily started explaining everything she knew about him, the planet, and the people there, and O'Neill and Teal'c took the opportunity to leave, relieved they did not have to explain how bad things currently were on Kelowna.

Janet had been called to help treat the wounded on Kelowna, so she had asked Cassandra to keep an eye on the children. They were currently sitting in the mess hall, eating lunch.

"That's Jonas." Daniel remarked, seeing the man enter the mess hall followed by O'Neill, Teal'c, and a young woman with short blond hair.

"Hi, Jonas!" Sam called out, smiling. "And Colonel O'Neill! Teal'c!"

"Are you joining us for lunch?" Martouf asked, happily.

"The oatmeal is dis-gusting, so do not take that." Freya warned them.

Cassandra just rolled her eyes at them. "Hi, guys." She told O'Neill and Teal'c, looking with interest at Jonas, and very much less so at the woman.

"Hi, kids. This is Jonas Quinn, as some of you know. The young lady with him is a smart scientist from Kelowna, Kianna Cyr." O'Neill smiled at them, then turned to Jonas. "Well, as I told you - that's Daniel and Carter - and their friends."

The young woman frowned as she looked...thoughtfully...at Martouf and Freya.

Jonas smiled, disbelieving as he looked at them. "It is hard to believe." He shook his head. "Well, hello Sam, Daniel..." He smiled at them, then at the other children. "Martouf...and Freya, is it?"

"Yes." Martouf agreed, then bowed his head.

"And I am Lantash."

Jonas looked a little taken aback, then smiled. "Hello, Lantash. You're Tok'ra?"

"Yes, I am."

"My symbiote is Anise." Freya told Jonas. "And she is also Tok'ra."

"You are very young to have become hosts." Kianna stated, still looking at them somewhat uncomfortably.

"Martouf was already my host when he - and I - became children again." Lantash explained.

Teal'c turned to Kianna, informing her. "The symbiotes became the equivalent of 6 year old human children."

Lantash sighed, obviously unhappy Teal'c was telling anyone this - particularly this woman who did not seem to like him. "I may currently only be two-and-a-half years old, but I have much more knowledge!"

"Of course, you do, kiddo." O'Neill said, soothingly, patting him on the head. "We know."

Lantash looked annoyed, not appreciating the gesture. His eyes flashed briefly, and he looked as if he was considering saying something, but suddenly he bowed his head and gave Martouf control. He looked marginally less hostile.

"Amazing!" Jonas said. "You are the first Tok'ra I have met. I mean, I have heard about you, and how you are different from the Goa'uld, but to see that you exist for real is something else."

"The Tok'ra are very real, and in fact our allies, as you know." Teal'c told him.

"Yes, of course. Otherwise I would not have suggested using their tunnel crystals for increasing the capacity of our drilling equipment." Jonas said.

"What do you need tunnel crystals for?" Anise asked, haven gotten control from Freya. "Have the Tok'ra agreed?"

"What are you drilling for?" Sam inquired, interested.

"It is not a matter for children." Kianna said.

"Do you remember the naquadria?" Jonas said. Sam and Daniel both nodded. "It is a long story, but we need to stop the transformation of naquadah to naquadria. It is an artificial process, and it will cause much of Kelowna to explode or be uninhabitable if not stopped. We need to drill down to below where the transformation is happening, quickly, and stop it."

"They are too young to understand, Jonas," Kianna said.

"Didn't you guys keep your knowledge? I though Colonel O'Neill said that?"

"They did - they just aren't very good at accessing it. Or maybe they forget to. I don't know." O'Neill shrugged.

Jonas nodded, then looked curiously at Anise and Martouf. "How do you do that? Change control, I mean? To think that a Goa'uld...sorry, Tok'ra...will allow their host control...it is, unexpected. They can still just take control, can't they?"

"When they are mature, yes. Not when they are infants, but that does not matter. We share the body freely, and I have never dis-trusted Lantash, nor would I ever." Martouf explained, looking miffed.

"Do you need my help?" Sam asked, eagerly, looking at Jonas and Kianna. "With the na-quadria, I mean."

"Ah..." Jonas looked like he looked for an excuse. "I think we - and McKay -have things under control. But I promise you we will ask if we need it."

"I would be happy to help as well." Anise said.

Kianna frowned at her, then left together with Jonas.

"I think the pretty lady doesn't like us." Lantash observed.

"That's ridiculous! She just doesn't want help from kids!" Cassandra told them.

"Or it is because she is afraid of us, thinking we are Goa'uld." Anise looked unhappy.

"They need our help! We must convince them to let us help!" Sam insisted.

Daniel looked very thoughtful. "I...have an idea...we bake her cookies!"

"Cookies?" Lantash frowned, then smiled. "That's a great idea! She will love us!"

"Cassie?" Sam asked. "Can you take us to Janet's place or something?"

"So you can bake cookies?" Cassandra snorted. "I'm not going to look after you the whole day, you know. I have a date..." She checked her watch. "In two hours."

"But you can drive! And we will be really, really nice!" Anise insisted.

"We can bake the cookies totally ourselves!" Sam assured Cassandra.

"Hmmm. Are you sure you can do this on your own?" She asked, looking unconvinced.

"Jack lets us." Daniel insisted.

Cassandra seemed to think it over. "Okay, but if you mess up the kitchen, you clean it up!"

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