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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 108

                                     "BRIEF CANDLE"

                                           By

                               Katharyn Michaelian Powers




               Brief Candle Transcript

               
               The scene opens offworld, inside a Grecian style building. A 
               man is dressed in a Toga and has a wreath on his head. he is 
               praying to a statue of Pelops.
 
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         Give them strength, Lord. Let their 
                         hearts beat as one.
 
               
               
               
               The stargate activates and SG1 come through

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         And, who might this be, Daniel?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         I'm not sure, maybe early Greek, but 
                         I don't recognize the god form.
 
               
               
               
               A woman screams. The team head towards the sound and find a woman 
               in labour with the man kneeling by her
 
               
               
               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Sorry we didn't mean to scare anyone.
 
                         
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         You are not Pelops.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         No, you mean him? Uh, no, we're, we're 
                         visitors. Friends.
 
               
                                     THETYES
                         Husband, the child is near,please.
 
                         
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         The midwife is gone, I do not know the 
                         birthing mysteries and the village is 
                         too far. Please. help us.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         What? Don't look at me, I don't know 
                         what to do.
 
               
               
               
               Titles

               
               Daniel is helping to deliver the baby.Sam is with him, while 
               Jack and Teal'c wait elsewhere
 
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Push, push, push.You're doing just fine.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Where did you learn how to do this?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         On a dig in the Yucatan. Um, after the 
                         first one, I made friends with the local 
                         midwives and they taught me a lot.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         How many babies have you delivered?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Two counting today.

               
               
               
               Jack, Teal'c and the husband are waiting outside. The sound of 
               a baby crying can be heard, as Daniel walks out
 
               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Alekos. it's a boy.

               
               
               Alekos hugs him and then goes to see the baby

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Hey, congratulations.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         May he grow strong and bring you honor.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         You never cease to amaze me with all 
                         your talents.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Thank you. Wow, this place is incredible. 
                         It's like we just stepped into the citadel 
                         at Mycenae.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I thought you said it was Greek?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Oh, Mycenae was an ancient city in the 
                         southern Peloponnesus region.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Where's that?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Greece.

               
                                     JACK
                         Why do I do that?

               
                                     CARTER 
                         Wait, I don't think you should be walking 
                         right now, I mean.Shouldn't you be resting? 
                         Daniel, shouldn't she...
 
               
               
               
               The happy family walk out.

               
               
               
                                     THETYES
                         I'm fine. I'm fine. We wish for you 
                         all to be the first to see.
 
               
               
               
               The baby has a red triangular birthmark

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         A birthmark.

               
                                     ALEKOS
                         A tri-point. It will bring him luck. 
                         I would call him Danel, to honor the 
                         stranger who birthed him.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Oh, you don't have to do that.

               
                                     THETYES
                         May we offer you the hospitality of 
                         our village?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Well, that'd be nice. Who are you folks?
 
                         
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         We are the Chosen.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Where do the gods reside?

               
                                     ALEKOS
                         Doesn't everyone know?

               
                                     THETYES
                         In the sky of course.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Of course.

               
               
               
               The baby is introduced to the rest of the Argosians

               
               
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         I have a son.

               
               
               
               Look at this. What a lovely child, lovely child.

               
               A party is held outside

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Look at these people. I guess they've 
                         never hear the word unattractive here.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         They all look as healthy as a Jaffa.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         That's a good thing, right?

               
                                     CARTER
                         I don't see anyone who looks like they're 
                         over 40.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Do things feel a little off here?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Are you crazy? It's a paradise.

               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah, sure, have an apple. What could 
                         happen?
 
               
               
               
               Kynthia approaches Jack. She is holding a covered dish

               
               
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         I am Kynthia. Welcome to our village.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Thank you.Jack O'Neill.

               
               
               
               She offers him some cake, which he accepts

               
               
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         It is pleasing?

               
                                     JACK
                         Very.You should have some.

               
               
               
               Daniel tries to take a piece, but Kynthia won't let him

               
               
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         It is only for you.

               
                                     JACK
                         Only for me?Thanks.

               
               
               
               Kynthia walks away

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         'It is only for you.

               
                                     SAM
                         I think you have a fan, Colonel.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I believe this woman wishes to spend 
                         time with O'Neill.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Thank you, Teal'c.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         This place must be loaded with artifacts. 
                         That statue in there, for example, must 
                         be the Mycenaean hero, Pelops, who fought 
                         from his winged chariot, hurling lightning 
                         bolts.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Poetic way to describe a Goa'uld Death 
                         Glider.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Yeah, probably.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         These people are obviously not laborers.I 
                         must wonder why a Goa'uld would bring 
                         them to this planet. Perhaps it was 
                         a good Goa'uld.
 
               
               
               
               Jack laughs

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Right! Like there is such a thing.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I did not intend for my statement to 
                         be humorous.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Trust me, they weren't.Hello, girls.
 
                         
               
               
               
               Jack is led away

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel? Where're you going? Hello?
 
                         
               
                                     ARGOSIAN
                         Please, sit down.

               
               
               
               Jack is sat on a bench. Kynthia comes out and dances in front 
               of him
 
               
               
               
               She's beautiful.

               
               
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         Unto ever man the creator gives 100 
                         blissful days. It is a sin not to celebrate 
                         each and every one.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         A hundred day celebration? Guess we 
                         should pace ourselves.
 
               
               
               Later, Jack wakes up in bed with Kynthia

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         What, exactly, just happened?

               
               
               
               A bell is rung and Kynthia falls into a deep sleep

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Kynthia?

               
               
               SG1 come into the room

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Um...what happened?

               
                                     SAM
                         To them or,you?

               
                                     JACK
                         We'll talk about that later.

               
                                     SAM
                         I've seen parties end abruptly, but 
                         never like this.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         They all just collapsed.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It happened just as the sun set.

               
                                     JACK
                         Kynthia did the same thing. What is 
                         it? Some kind of sleeping sickness? 
                         What?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         There's no sign of fever or pain, breathing's 
                         shallow, heartbeat's slow but regular. 
                         A disease can't affect everyone all 
                         at once.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It seems to be nothing more than a deep 
                         state of sleep.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Nowk, how about you?

               
                                     JACK
                         Let's just stick to the matter at hand. 
                         How does an entire village pass out? 
                         Something in the food?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We all partook of the same food.

               
                                     SAM
                         Except for that cake.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Which was only for you.

               
                                     JACK
                         Damn, she drugged me. Whoa!

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Oh, he's still feeling the effects of 
                         the drug.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         No, I'm just a little tired.

               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel?

               
                                     JACK
                         From now on, we stick to rations.

               
                                     SAM
                         No fever, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat,just 
                         like the others.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What the hell is going on here?

               
               
               
               The next morning, Jack comes outside

               
               
                                     SAM
                         Hey, Colonel...how you feeling?

               
                                     JACK
                         Hung over,but okay.Getting' any answers 
                         out here?
 
               
               
               
               He ducks his head in the water

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         No. They all act as if what happened 
                         last night was normal. They party until 
                         sundown. Then they fall asleep and they 
                         wake when the sun rises
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I'd like an explanation. Daniel, get 
                         back to that temple. See what you can 
                         find out. Take Teal'c with you. Go on.Carter, 
                         keep asking questions out here.
 
               
               
               
               He lies down

               
               
               
               Daniel and Elekos are inside the temple

               
               
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         He is the creator, Pelops, the giver 
                         of days. This was his home when he lived 
                         among us. We keep it as it was then 
                         and will do so until he returns.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         And when will that be?

               
                                     ALEKOS
                         Well, that is a mystery. Until it is 
                         revealed, it is the duty of the Chosen 
                         to rejoice and wait.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Why are your people called the Chosen?
 
                         
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         My ancestors were so beloved by Pelops 
                         that he fashioned this garden for us. 
                         It is said he chose us and brought us 
                         here from beyond the stars.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Are there any writings of your history?
 
                         
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         Writings? I do not know this word.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Ummm, more of this. Writings. Do you 
                         know what this is?
 
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         It is of Pelops.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It is Goa'uld, an obscure dialect.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Why didn't you tell me that before?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You never before inquired.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well you call it Goa'uld. I call it 
                         linear A script. We found pictographics 
                         like this in ancient Greece and ancient 
                         Cretan, but we never completely deciphered 
                         this form.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The symbols are a sequence.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         What, like a combination?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What is a combination?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, it's a sequence of symbols or 
                         motions.
 
               
               
               
               A panel opens and Teal'c takes out a Goa'uld device

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Can you read this?

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I believe I can. It seems to be some 
                         sort of record, an archaic dialect. 
                         Very difficult to decipher.
 
               
               
               Sam is collecting Samples. Some children are nearby

               
               
               
                                     CHILD 1
                         Come on, I want to show you something.
 
                         
               
                                     CHILD 2
                         Okay, I-I'm coming.

               
               
               
               Thetyes walks over carrying a small child

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Hi. I found this shell this morning 
                         and, uh, I thought maybe Danel might 
                         like it.He can use it as a rattle. You 
                         want to give it to him for me?
 
               
                                     THETYES
                         Oh, you can do so yourself. This is 
                         Danel.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         No, no, I meant the baby.

               
                                     THETYES
                         This is baby Danel.

               
               
               
               Sam see's the birthmark.

               
               
               They sit around the well

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Okay that's not possible

               
                                     THETYES
                         Do you not have children who change 
                         and grow?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Well, yeah, sure we do,but not like 
                         that.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Thetyes, how old is that boy?

               
                                     THETYES
                         That is Phillippos. He is 12.

               
                                     SAM
                         Okay, well, he's a little big for 12 
                         years old, but.
 
               
                                     THETYES
                         Years, what are years?

               
                                     SAM
                         Uh, well I guess it would be a little 
                         different for each planet, but a year 
                         is basically the time it takes for the 
                         globe to complete one orbit around the 
                         sun.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Right, let's just keep this keep this 
                         simple, okay? Where we come from, there 
                         are 365 days in one year.
 
               
                                     THETYES
                         No, we have no such counting of time 
                         on Argos. Phillippos is 12 days old.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         What. How old are you?

               
                                     THETYES
                         Twenty-one days.

               
                                     JACK
                         And, Kynthia?

               
                                     THETYES
                         Thirty-one days.

               
               
               Daniel, Teal'c and Sam are inside the temple

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         I think Pelops brought humans here to 
                         be lab rats. From what we've been able 
                         to translate so far he wanted to know 
                         how humans evolve, so he shortened the 
                         life span to about 1/250th of normal.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         So, instead of having to wait a hundred 
                         thousand years to see how human physiology 
                         evolves, he could do it in a hundred?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         That is correct. Pelops wanted to determine 
                         what the human host body would become 
                         in the future, and perhaps accelerate 
                         the process.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         How did he do it? Was it genetic alteration?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         We do not know. It is an archaic dialect.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Daniel?

               
                                     DANIEL
                         Okay,I didn't want to say this until 
                         I was absolutely sure but I think he 
                         may have created some kind of virus...and 
                         viruses are often spread through bodily 
                         contact.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Some are and some are airborne.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         But I think that this one isn't.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         What has drawn you to this conclusion?
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Because only one of us passed out last 
                         night, and that was Jack.
 
               
               
               
               
               Back in the village

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         You have to give them credit for one 
                         thing, they do enjoy life.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Perhaps it is because they do not have 
                         much life to enjoy.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Great! So now what you're telling me 
                         is this virus which, by the way, I do 
                         not have, is deadly?
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Well, if the kids age five years in 
                         five days, what happens when they reach 
                         100 days?
 
               
               
               
               Jack collapses

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel? Colonel?

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         I guess it wasn't the cake.

               
                                     SAM
                         Maybe it was your physical contact with 
                         Kynthia.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Get back to Earth, Captain. Figure this 
                         thing out.
 
               
               
               Janet and sam are in the lab

               
               
               
                                     JANET
                         Tell me you brought the blood back in 
                         sealed containers.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Yeah, of course I did. What is it?
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         I'm not sure. First I ran a routine 
                         check for antibodies...nothing. So then 
                         I thought, all right, maybe this alien 
                         bug found a way to hide from the immune 
                         system, so I ran a protein analysis.Take 
                         a look at what I found.All right, these 
                         are the blood samples you brought back. 
                         Now, look at the strange particulate 
                         in there. So that's from one of the 
                         Argosians? (Sam nods. Janet presses 
                         a key on the keyboard. The screen changes 
                         again and we see magnification of the 
                         image as well.) Now...that's from Colonel 
                         O'Neill.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Wow,what is it?

               
                                     JANET
                         Something we don't have a word for,yet.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Well, how come the Colonel has way more 
                         of it than the Argosians?
 
               
                                     JANET
                         Maybe because he started out older than 
                         they did,sort of like a head start for 
                         whatever this thing is.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         I'd better wake up General Hammond.
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         Yeah.

               
               
               The gate activates on Argos. Daniel runs towards it

               
               
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Jack! Carter's comin' back!Jack.

               
               
               
               Sam comes through the gate. Jack walks out and has aged a lot
 
               
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Welcome back, Captain. So, what did 
                         you find out?Come on now, don't keep 
                         the elderly waiting. It's rude.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         It isn't a virus.

               
                                     JACK
                         All right,what is it?

               
                                     SAM
                         Well, Dr. Fraiser and I came up empty. 
                         She's still working on it, but it's 
                         gonna take time.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Time is something these people don't 
                         have, Captain.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Nor do I.

               
                                     SAM
                         Colonel, there's something else. You're 
                         blood sample showed way more organisms 
                         compared to the Argosians.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         How many more?

               
                                     SAM
                         Maybe on the level of a hundred times 
                         more, and they are multiplying.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Which means?

               
                                     SAM
                         It means the organism or what ever it 
                         is, seems to be compensating for your 
                         natural age. You've already lived way 
                         longer than anyone with this, for lack 
                         of a better word, disease, ever should.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Cut to it, Captain.

               
                                     SAM
                         At the rate your changing, by the end 
                         of two weeks, you'll be the equivalent 
                         of 100 years old.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         So, in two weeks I'll be dead?

               
                                     SAM
                         Not if I can help it. I'd like to set 
                         up a lab here.Jack: Negative, Captain.
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         We may be able to retard the aging process 
                         long enough to find a cure.Jack: I want 
                         you to pack up and head back to Earth. 
                         Now. All of you. That's an order. We're 
                         not gonna bring another disease back 
                         through that gate.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I will remain here, with O'Neill. I 
                         cannot be affected by whatever this 
                         is.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I don't need company. I need a cure...and 
                         Daniel needs help translating that Goa'uld 
                         tablet thing. It might hold the answer.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Jack..

               
                                     JACK
                         And don't you dare say good bye because 
                         you damn will better be coming back 
                         soon. Now, get outta here. All of you.
 
                         
               
               
               Sam is in the lab, looking at the blood samples. Teal'c and Daniel 
               watch from the observation room
 
               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         Oh my God.

               
                                     JANET
                         What?

               
                                     SAM
                         They're not multiplying. They're replicating.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         What's the difference?

               
                                     SAM
                         Living organism multiply,machines replicate.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Machines inside the body? How is that 
                         possible?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         They're molecular devices that take 
                         atomic particles from their environment 
                         and use them to make more of themselves.
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         You're talking nanotechnology.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         You know anything about that?

               
                                     JANET
                         No.

               
                                     SAM
                         Yes. When I was at the Pentagon, I worked 
                         for a year with a group that studied 
                         nanotechnology. We were looking at it 
                         for a lot of different uses. One of 
                         them was medicine, creating artificial 
                         immune systems, repairing individual 
                         cells, even manipulating DNA to stop 
                         the aging process.
 
               
                                     JANET
                         It sounds like Pelops succeeded in what 
                         you were experimenting with, only in 
                         reverse. Nice guy.
 
               
               
               
               Jack is alone in the temple, looking at the statue

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         What're you lookin' at? Think you're 
                         hot stuff, doing this to me from six 
                         billion light years away?
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         Can you really talk to the great Pelops?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Sure, why not? Just a piece of rock. 
                         Not so great, anyway.
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         You're people, they have gone?

               
                                     JACK
                         Yeah, they have gone.

               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         Then, you will leave also?

               
                                     JACK
                         No, I'll be here for a while.

               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         I am glad.I would like to learn of your 
                         customs.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Maybe some other time, hmm? I've kinda 
                         got a lot on my mind.
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         But you ate the marriage cake,came to 
                         my bed.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Marriage cake?Kynthia, you thought we 
                         were married?
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         By all our customs, yes.

               
                                     JACK
                         Sweet.Kynthia, what you were feeling 
                         wasn't really love. That takes time. 
                         I mean, you can't get to know someone 
                         in one day.
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         Unto every woman the creator gives 100 
                         blissful days.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Kynthia, will you stop that? You're 
                         creator was not a God, and he certainly 
                         didn't give you life. He took it away.
 
                         
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         We are the Chosen. He made this place 
                         for us to be happy, to love.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         To be experimented on! I mean, look 
                         at me! I'm 40 years old, or I was. That's 
                         thousands and thousands of days.
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         You do not tell the truth.

               
                                     JACK
                         The average human life span is 60 or 
                         70 years. Some people live to be 100 
                         years.
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         It is not possible.

               
                                     JACK
                         Pelops was an alien who used your people! 
                         He shortened your lives to satisfy his 
                         curiosity!
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         No.

               
               She runs out of the temple

               
               
               Sam and Janet are still working on a solution

               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         We've given the nanocytes some live 
                         tissue to interact with, but they aren't 
                         touching it. The only thing they appear 
                         to do is make more of themselves. So, 
                         how are they causing the ageing on Argos?
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         Maybe there's something on Argos that 
                         they need to make them do another task, 
                         something in the air or in the food.
 
                         
               
               
               
               The nannites are eating through her rubber gloves

               
               
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Is there a problem, Captain Carter?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         I don't know!

               
                                     JANET
                         It's eating through the rubber.

               
                                     SAM
                         Oh, God!

               
                                     JANET
                         What? What is it?

               
                                     SAM
                         They're trying to spread.

               
               
               Jack is in the temple. He begins to write a letter to Sarah, 
               but can't finish it
 
               
               
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         Is it true that you have lived thousands 
                         of days?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         I should have kept my mouth shut. But 
                         wouldn't you rather know the truth.
 
                         
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         Why do we deserve this?

               
                                     JACK
                         He can't hear you.

               
                                     ALEKOS
                         We are good people. We love each other 
                         and this land you have given us. Why?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Science, progress, knowledge. Alekos, 
                         what would you do if you had thousands 
                         of days ahead of you?
 
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         I would walk out into the world, beyond 
                         the borders of the Chosen.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Why?

               
                                     ALEKOS
                         To see what is there. Now one knows. 
                         Pelops has forbidden us ever to leave.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         And how has he done that? He's nothing 
                         but a big piece of rock. He's a statue.
 
                         
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         He will strike us down, it is taught.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         No, he will not strike you down. Trust 
                         me on that, will you? Look, go on out 
                         there. Take a walk. See what's there. 
                         Go on.
 
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         Then I could return and teach the people 
                         what I know, and in their thousands 
                         of days they would learn more and teach 
                         their children.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Now you're talking.

               
               
               
               Kynthia goes to find Jack, who is now looking very old

               
               
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         Come back to the village. It is not 
                         good to be always alone.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Whatever time I have left, let me spend 
                         it in my own way.
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         But you do not spend it. You waste it.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         I don't think reflecting on my life, 
                         or trying to figure out how to get the 
                         rest of it back, is a waste.
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         You are angry.

               
                                     JACK
                         Yes. Yes I am. Aren't you now that you 
                         know the truth?
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         What can we do but live in the way we 
                         always have? We do not have thousands 
                         of days. But we treasure every moment.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         I know, Kynthia. But in my heart, I'm 
                         a military man, a warrior. That's my 
                         life. To which my ex wife will attest.
 
                         
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         You love her still? And now, because 
                         of me, you will never see her again.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         You mean't no harm.

               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         Then let me give what I have taken. 
                         The time of one heartbeat can become 
                         an eternity.
 
               
               
               Briefing Room

               
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'm sorry, people, my decision is final.
 
                         
               
                                     JANET
                         Sir, neither of us show any evidence 
                         of the nanocyte.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         We can keep working here in total isolation.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         All blood and tissue samples are to 
                         be incinerated and pulverized. Work 
                         on the Argos project stops now.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         General, you are condemning Colonel 
                         O'Neill and the Argosians to death.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Captain Carter, these thing appear to 
                         possess artificial intelligence. Correct?
 
                         
               
                                     SAM
                         Yes, sir. That's the only way they could 
                         adapt their programming to their situation.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Which means they could adapt themselves 
                         right out of this facility.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         Sir, if we destroy the samples we will 
                         have nothing to work from.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'm sorry. The risk is just too great. 
                         The order is final.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         Sir! We can't just leave him there.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Dr. Jackson, Colonel O'Neill is one 
                         of the finest men it has ever been my 
                         pleasure to serve with. It will be a 
                         great loss to this country and to all 
                         of us in this room, but I am sure he 
                         would not hesitate to make the same 
                         decision for himself that I'm making 
                         now.
 
               
               
               Jack is watching a video recording sent from the rest of the 
               team
 
               
               
               
                                     SAM
                         We're working with computer simulations 
                         and practical simulations. Realistically, 
                         sir, I'm afraid it might take years.
 
                         
               
                                     DANIEL
                         The General says that 'gate travel to 
                         Argos is strictly off-limits for the 
                         next few, uh, millennia...but we can 
                         send objects through, so if you need 
                         anything, just call.Say something.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Colonel, I've learned much from you. 
                         Thank you.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         You know, goodbyes really suck.

               
               
               
               Jack rewinds the tape

               
               
               
               Jack see's the people bringing gifts to the statue

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Excuse me, what are you doing?

               
                                     ALEKOS
                         Your people do not have enough knowledge 
                         to help us. We must ask Pelops to return.
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         Oh, for crying out loud! Ol' Pelops 
                         doesn't give a rat's ass about things 
                         like love! His kind kidnap people like 
                         you and take them to other worlds to 
                         be used as slaves!
 
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         Pelops thinks of us as his slaves?Then 
                         I will no longer be one of the Chosen.
 
                         
               
                                     THETYES
                         Nor will I.

               
                                     JACK
                         That's the message you ought to be sending
 
                         
               
               
               
               The Argosians pull the statue down

               
               
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         He did not strike us.

               
               
               
               Jack and Kynthia walk on the beach

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         So, you like older men, do you? What 
                         is it?
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         We should go back. We have gone too 
                         far from the village. Pelops forbids 
                         it.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         He's gone, Kynthia. He's gone. It'll 
                         be okay, I promise.
 
               
               That night, Jack and Kynthia remain on the beach

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Aw, hell. Have to teach you a game I 
                         can win.
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         It is good to see you smile. Tell me, 
                         will you live the rest of your days 
                         without making love?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Oh, God, I hope not. Ah, we'd probably 
                         just pass out.Why aren't we unconscious 
                         yet? It should have happened already 
                         Kynthia. Why aren't we asleep?
 
               
               
               Jack and Kynthia go back to the village, where the people are 
               still asleep
 
               
               
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         No one has awakened.

               
                                     JACK
                         Except for us. Why? How important is 
                         this rule that no one can leave the 
                         village?
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         It is Pelops first law.

               
                                     JACK
                         Then whatever it is that knocks us all 
                         out at night is right here.
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         What?

               
                                     JACK
                         I'll bet you and I stayed awake because 
                         we walked out of range. The cure could 
                         be as simple as just getting' the hell 
                         outta Dodge. We stay out of proximity, 
                         no sleep. They all stay here, they get 
                         no wake-up call. There's got to be some 
                         other variable, some other change.
 
                         
               
               
               
               They go to the temple. Jack notices something on the bottom of 
               one of the stones
 
               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Excuse me. I've got a phone call to 
                         make.
 
               
               
               
               Later, the rest of the team arrive, wearing hazmat suits

               
               
               
                                     JACK
                         Welcome back, kids. It's damn good to 
                         see you again. Don't worry. Aside from 
                         a little prostate problem we won't go 
                         into, it's not so bad.
 
               
               Later on

               
                                     SAM
                         I was right. It's a transmitter.

               
                                     DANIEL
                         There were two sets of glyphs that were 
                         quite tough to translate until Teal'c 
                         realized they weren't words.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         They were, in fact, numbers.

               
                                     SAM
                         Two different frequencies: One to put 
                         the villagers to sleep and to activate 
                         the nanocytes, the second one to shut 
                         it all off for the day.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         When you broke the statue, you must 
                         have damaged the wake-up call.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Can you recalibrate this thing to wake 
                         these people up?
 
               
                                     SAM
                         No, sir, it's useless. I'm gonna have 
                         to use the equipment that we brought 
                         with us. I've loaded the frequency. 
                         I'm switching it on now.
 
               
               
               
               The Argosians wake up

               
               
               
                                     ARGOSIAN
                         The sun.

               
                                     THETYES
                         Alekos, the sun is already turning.
 
                         
               
                                     ALEKOS
                         Why did we wake so late?

               
               
               The team talk to Kynthia

               
               
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Our tests indicate that your body has 
                         been cleansed of the machines that plagued 
                         you.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         I figure the immune system must attack 
                         them if they aren't operating.
 
               
                                     DANIEL
                         From now on, you and your people should 
                         age at a normal rate.
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         What about Jack?

               
                                     JACK
                         Me? Oh, I'll probably move to Florida, 
                         get into a little retirement home of 
                         some kind.
 
               
                                     SAM
                         You'd look pretty out of place there 
                         at your age.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Why? I look like my grandfather.

               
                                     SAM
                         Look is the operative word here. If 
                         our hypothesis is right, the nanocytes 
                         in your system were only meant to imitate 
                         aging. They weren't meant to start the 
                         process in a full-grown adult.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         What are you sayin' to me?

               
                                     SAM
                         Without these little buggers in your 
                         system to maintain the changes, you 
                         should return to normal within a week 
                         or two.
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         That is wonderful news.

               
                                     JACK
                         I don't know. I was kinda looking forward 
                         to a little shuffleboard with the fellas.
 
                         
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         Then you are leaving?

               
               
               
               Jack and Kynthia talk, alone

               
               
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         You will not be staying with me then?
 
                         
               
                                     JACK
                         No, I won't.

               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         What will happen to us now if Pelops 
                         returns?
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Well, I don't think that's gonna happen. 
                         But just in case, we'll send some folks 
                         by now and again to check up on you.
 
                         
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         My heart would be glad if you were one 
                         of them.
 
               
                                     JACK
                         Sweet Kythia, I've learned so much from 
                         you. I'll treasure every day of my life, 
                         because of you.
 
               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         For thousands of days?

               
                                     JACK
                         I sure hope so.

               
                                     KYNTHIA
                         That is almost forever.

               
                                     JACK
                         Almost.

               
               
               
               He kisses her on the cheek

               
               THE END
               
               
               

Brief Candle



Writers :   Katharyn Michaelian Powers
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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