Buried...not forgotten. Part 8

VIII<br/> <br/> It was a lot for O'Neil to take in but he had strange feeling that more was to come.<br/> <br/> "You still haven't told us how and when you knew we were coming."<br/> <br/> Mithrandir smiled. "You're a sharp one Colonel."<br/> <br/> "So they say," added O'Neil dryly "you haven't answered my question."<br/> The old man was silent for several moments.<br/> <br/> "As your 2 friends sped through the stars; I was on a journey with 8 companions. It was the beginning of a long trip and we were---delayed in some caves. They had to go on without me."<br/> <br/> "You chose to be left behind," solemnly stated Teal'c to everyone's surprise.<br/> <br/> "It was logical choice at the time; but later, after a long battle with the demon of the depths...I lay dying or close to it and i believe i travelled outside space and time and saw events that had passed and were yet to come.<br/> Then it was time for my soul to return and return it did with new memories. A lot of them disturbing."<br/> <br/> Stunned silence followed his words.<br/> <br/> "Could someone please translate what he just said ?" asked an exasperated O'Neil.<br/> <br/> Teal'c obliged. "He saw the past and the future..."<br/> "...so knew Jolinar would crash and we would dial Middle-Earth?" added Daniel in a confused voice.<br/> <br/> Sam laughed. "That's a little hard to believe."<br/> <br/> Mithrandir smiled. "It doesn't matter what you believe. Jolinar and Martouf are here and very ill and he needs your help."<br/> <br/> Sam and Daniel shared a look. "How bad are his injuries?"<br/> <br/> The smile left Mithrandir's face. "He had several internal injuries..."<br/> O'Neil stared at him. "Had? "<br/> <br/> "The ones to the chest and abdomen are healed due to Jolinar but the extra fluid in the head has put Martouf to sleep," replied Cenaron.<br/> <br/> Sam stared at him in shock. "He has cerebral oedema. Oh God."<br/> "Sir we have to get him back home as soon as possible."<br/> <br/> Mithrandir was shakng his head. "He wouldn't survive being moved; days ago when Martouf fell asleep ; Jolinar informed us of how precarious his condition was and we asked for anyway we could treat him. <br/> As a last resort he gave the elves plans to build a gould hand device; but we are unable to use it."<br/> O'Neil stopped walking. "Did you just say you built a gould hand device?"<br/> <br/> "Not I, the elves did and it took many hours. But none of the healers can use it."<br/> <br/> "Naquadah," said Daniel softly "that's why you need the gate...and us."<br/> <br/> O'Neil swore silently. Daniel and his big mouth.<br/> <br/> "Well; before we all get too excited," he glared at Daniel "I would like to see the hand device."<br/> <br/> Mithrandir nodded. "By all means; that's why you're here in the first place."<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ** * * ** ***<br/> <br/> <br/> Melvin quickly dispatched his people when they reached one of the Great Trees. <br/> Even deep within Lothlorien he could not get rid of the anxiety that filled his heart.<br/> <br/> His sister's stretcher had preceded them; yet he had a feeling that it had not been quick enough.<br/> <br/> He ran to the Healer's Grove; surely they would have word of his sister's condition<br/> <br/> His steps faltered when he passed the 'strangers'. Was there no where he could avoid them?<br/> <br/> "Yaltenia," the female elf within one of the inner chambers that housed ill patients looked up. "Melvin."<br/> <br/> "My sister; where is she? I can's feel her."<br/> The female healer lay a gentle hand on his arm. "She is well but sleeps deeply. She needs it to fight the poison."<br/> <br/> "She will live?" Yaltenia nodded. Melvin let out a breath he did not know he was holding. He sat down wearily.<br/> "Rest here awhile; a bed waits you if you wish to be close."<br/> <br/> Melvin nodded his thanks; too emotionally exhausted to utter a word. She silently left him to his thoughts.<br/> <br/> Colwyn, Naftria, Seladriel, Lanawen and many others whose names he kept memorised had died. He would see himself dead first before he added his sister's name to that long list.<br/> <br/> Heavy footsteps that could only by human interrupted his train of thoughts.<br/> <br/> He kept his head turned away hoping they would respect his privacy.<br/> <br/> The steps stopped near him and after a few seconds moved away.<br/> Oddly enough that did not leave him with gratitude towards them...but with resentment.<br/> <br/> <br/> * * * * * * * * * * * ** * * * ** * ** * * * * * * * *<br/> <br/> <br/> O'Neil had decided to for go all diplomatic questions and ask direct questions.<br/> <br/> "How technologically advanced are the elves?"<br/> <br/> "Technology?" asked Mithrandir.<br/> <br/> Jack; maybe we should wait..." started Daniel.<br/> "No, we ask now. Do they have ships?" continued O'Neil.<br/> <br/> Mithrandir looked confused "Of cause we do."<br/> O'Neil pulled down his shades. "Really?"<br/> <br/> "Ships that go over water or in the air?" added Teal'c.<br/> Mithrandir's face cleared. "Just ships over the water."<br/> <br/> Sam took one look at the thunderous look on the colonel's face and spoke up.<br/> "No offense Mithrandir; but we need to examine the new hand device to see if it works."<br/> <br/> Cenaron who was still with them nodded. "We kept it by Jolinar and Martouf. They rest in the House of Healing; which is where we are."<br/> <br/> O'Neil finally let the brilliance of the surrounding structure hit him.<br/> They were inside a giant tree; he had dimly heard the sounds of awe from Daniel and Sam when they reached "The great Tree." <br/> <br/> However he had been too busy trying to understand how a Tokra (who he believed were the most un-cooperative race in the universe second only to the Tollan) had shared technology with these elves.<br/> <br/> What did the elves have that made them so ....special?<br/> <br/> O'Neil had a lot of questions for Jolinar.<br/> <br/> * * * * * * * * * * * *
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