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This is an archival post of a Five Things I did over on sg1_five_things that sg_fignewton requested that I post here so she can rec it [Heh!], so without further ado, I bring you...



Title: Five Things Bill Lee Learned About Daniel While They Were In Honduras
Author: Thothmes
Summary: Well, the title kinda says it all, doesn't it


1. Bill Lee didn't spend any time in the SGC's gym facilities. Staff were encouraged to do so, but it brought back too many memories of having his glasses knocked off and stepped on back in high school. Several of the graduates of Prentiss High would have made excellent Marines or Airmen, and some days back then it felt like all of them were watching young Master Lee for weakness, and meting out their own rough justice. So it came as a bit of a surprise when Daniel responded to the jungle heat by taking off his baggy overshirt. Bill might not have spent much time in the gym, but it was clear Daniel did.

2. This was the second time Bill had traveled with Daniel, which was weird because he could list the number of times he'd left Colorado for some location on Earth on SGC business with one hand. The other time had been for a conference in Montreal on scientific advances and their implications for archaeology that had required both men's expertise. The hotel in Montreal had been booked solid, so double occupancy was a necessity. Bill had been a little startled the second night of the conference when Dr. Jackson had started talking in his sleep. At the time he had thought that the fact that Daniel was speaking in French might have been coincidence. It appeared it wasn't, because in Honduras he switched to Spanish, and locally accented Spanish at that. Bill resolved to keep an eye out for an appropriate conference in Germany. He'd gotten his first PhD from a German university and he knew German. Maybe over there he'd have a chance to find out what Daniel was saying.


3. Sometimes in the lab there were moments where the scientists had to hurry up and wait for a reaction or a test result, and talk often turned to what the various researchers would like to do if they had an opportunity to go through that 'Gate. Bill Lee had always said that he'd rather stay put, thank you very much, and he didn't understand why Dr. Jackson, who was a civilian, and could reasonably be excused to stay safely in his lab and study recovered artifacts to his heart's content, chose to go offworld. But seeing how much Daniel was able to learn from seeing the object in context let Bill know that he was not a nutty thrill seeker, but a man deeply dedicated to uncovering all of the truth. Daniel simply wasn't content to compromise his view of the truth for the sake of safety, even his own.

4. Bill knew he wasn't a particularly brave man, and he knew that Daniel Jackson was. After all, when Jack O'Neill walked into a room, Daniel smiled in greeting, instead of trying desperately to remain unobtrusive as most of the base's scientists would. But maybe that was a bad example. It was a well-known fact that there were only three scientists that Colonel O'Neill respected. One of those he trusted only when he wasn't actually trapped in her infirmary, and one of the others was Daniel. In any case Bill wasn't surprised to find out that Daniel was braver than he was when faced with crazed captors and threats of torture. It shamed him to find out just how much braver he was.


5. No, Daniel wasn't an adrenaline junkie like Dr. Carter. He tried his best to stay safe and teach Bill how to do so. No, he wasn't a clumsy liability in the field who could thank Jack O'Neill for the fact that he hadn't died many more times than he already had. But clearly he was a cockeyed optimist who had a worryingly misplaced sense of trust in his team leader. Bill Lee knew this to be so right up until the moment that he learned that Daniel knew his team leader well enough to have a well-placed trust in him. Bill found that Dr. Daniel Jackson was a perspicacious man and a wise one, when Colonel O'Neill, who had faced down Ba'al and died rather than knuckle under to torture, had made a point of telling him that for a "lab guy" he'd done well. He didn't know what Daniel had told the Colonel, but as his thoughts turned to his kids and how glad he was that he would get to hug them again, and soon, he knew one more thing about Daniel Jackson. He owed him a big steak dinner and all the trimmings sometime in the near future.

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sg_fignewton
Dec. 13th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Thothmes. :)
thothmes
Dec. 14th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome. And thank you for all the work you do in spreading the fandom-glee by reccing.
penknife
Dec. 13th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, I like this.
thothmes
Dec. 15th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
So glad you enjoyed it. I like Bill Lee. I get the sense that he is one of those "minor characters" who is just as glad to inhabit the fringes and avoid the stress and glory of the limelight.
aelfgyfu_mead
Dec. 13th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
Did I not comment on this? I know I read it before and felt sure I'd told you how much I liked it!

Well, it won't hurt to say it again: nice work with Bill Lee. You get his viewpoint very well, and give us some Daniel too. Bill and Daniel FTW!
thothmes
Dec. 14th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Actually, to the best of my recollection, you had already commented on this over at The Pentangular Gate.

But I'm perfectly willing to bask in re-praise! :)
lokei
Dec. 13th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
This is excellent! I followed Fig's rec and I'm glad I did!
thothmes
Dec. 15th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I like Bill Lee's unassuming outlook on life, and of course it is always fun to get a view of the main characters from a bit outside of the loop.
ninja007
Dec. 14th, 2009 08:46 am (UTC)
Awww...

Loved this.

Well done!
thothmes
Dec. 15th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
cesy
Dec. 18th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
It appears I didn't comment on this the first time, either. I liked it :)
thothmes
Dec. 19th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
Why thank you. Pleased to have pleased.
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