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The next day came and went in a blur. Buffy got everything ready for the next day. It was the day she started school. She would be in tenth grade and with Cassie at Colorado Springs High School. She got everything ready in her backpack, her new notebooks, pens, pencils, and folders. She would get her new books tomorrow. She found the perfect outfit for her first day.
When everything was ready, she brushed her teeth and went to sleep early after saying goodnight to her dad. The next morning, she woke up at 6:00. She brushed her teeth again, put on her makeup, fixed her hair, and put on her new outfit. It was now 7:15. She went into the kitchen and found Jack with breakfast ready. It was pancakes, bacon, eggs, and toast with a side of orange juice.
“Good morning, Dad!” Buffy greeted Jack cheerfully.
“Morning,” Jack replied. “Ready for school?”
Buffy nodded while eating. “Yeah, I can’t wait! I’ll get to see Cassie.”
Jack smiled. He was glad that his daughter already had a friend in his friend’s daughter.
They both finished eating their breakfast and then brushed their teeth. Buffy was ready to go to school, and had house keys. Jack was ready to go to the mountain.
Jack turned to Buffy. “After school, Carter is going to pick up you and Cassie. She’s going to bring you up to the mountain.”
She became confused. “Why there?”
Jack didn’t want to tell her, but he knew he had to. “After what happened yesterday, you’ll need to sign a few things. The General wants to talk over a few things too.”
Buffy nodded. “Okay.”
With that, they walked out, Jack locked the door, and got in his truck. The drive to the school was silent besides the radio. Buffy was excited she could get a new start in a new place. They pulled into the parking lot and the truck pulled into the parking lot.
“Alright, kiddo. Have a good day. I’ll see you later.” He gave her one last smile.
She smiled back. “See you later.” She hopped out and went inside and Jack pulled off.
Buffy started walking around for a moment before she ran into Cassie and smiled.
The girl smiled back. “Hi, Buffy! Are you excited about your first day of school?”
Buffy nodded. “Yeah, I am. I have a question though. Do you think you could point me in the direction of the office? I need to get my information.”
Cassie smiled and nodded. “Sure. It’s this way.”
They walked to the office and Buffy handed in the forms that they needed still before getting a piece of paper for the teachers to sign that she had to bring back at the end of the day, a map of the school, her home room assignment, and her schedule. Buffy thanked the secretary and then Cassie showed her around the school, and where each class was located at. She also was introduced to some of Cassie’s friends.
Just then, the first bell rang, so Buffy headed to her first class. She walked in, gave the teacher the slip to sign, and received her textbook. She then introduced herself to the class when the teachers said to. She also received a lot of homework to catch up on for each class. After the first few classes, she got used to the pattern. By lunch, she had made a few new friends. She sat with Cassie at lunch today, promising her new friends she would sit with them tomorrow. After lunch, the pattern continued. Everyone was asking about how she liked the school. It had started to get on her nerves, but she kept a smile on her face. In all honesty, she liked her new school.
At the end of the day, Buffy was ready to leave and go home though. She went to the office to drop off her signed paper before leaving the office, where she ran into Cassie. They walked out of the building together and went to the parking lot. Cassie knew what to look for so she kept a look out, but they didn’t have to worry because Carter had been waiting for them in line already. They walked over to the car, putting their backpacks in the trunk, and got in the backseat.
“Hey, Cassie; hi, Buffy.” The older woman in the front seat greeted them.
“Hey, Sam!” Cassie smiled at seeing the woman she considered a friend.
“Hi, Carter!” Buffy didn’t know what to call her, so she just called her by what her dad called her.
Carter smiled. “You can call me Sam, Buffy. I don’t mind.”
Buffy smiled back. “Okay, Sam!”
Cassie smiled at seeing the two get along. Carter pulled out of the parking lot and started heading towards Cheyenne Mountain Complex. It was a long ride, made shorter by the radio and talking. The guards at the mountain already knew Cassie, and knew to expect someone else her age today with the escort of Major Samantha Carter. When they got to the gate to be let in, they didn’t have a problem. Once inside, Jack, Daniel, and Teal’c were waiting for them at the door.
Buffy gave them a big smile which they returned, except Teal’c, whose lips just twitched upwards slightly while he inclined his head in greeting. Buffy and Jack hugged each other. The group then set off into the depths of the mountains. They stopped on the upper checkpoint before proceeding to the lower checkpoint that separated NORAD from Stargate Command. Buffy had to sign something and was given a visitor’s pass to keep on her. Everyone got into the elevator and stopped on the level of the Infirmary to let Cassie off to go see her mom.
Then they continued to level 27, where everyone got off. Jack subtly lead Buffy with an arm at her back, which also served as a warning to whomever wanted to attempt to try and make friendly with his daughter in a romantic way. After a long, confusing hallway and a set of steps, the group made it to the briefing room. There was a glass window that was covered with a steel door to prevent her from seeing out into the embarkation room. The general was already there. He stood up and shook Buffy’s hand before everyone sat down. Hammond sat at the head of the table; Jack, Buffy, and Daniel sat on one side; and Carter and Teal’c sat on the other. There was a stack of papers in front of Hammond.
“Good afternoon, everyone. Let’s try and go through this as quickly as possible so Colonel O’Neill and his daughter can get home. I’m sure Miss Summers has had a long first day of school.” Everyone nodded, especially Buffy. “Miss Summers, do you understand that you can’t tell anyone about what goes on here?”
She nodded. “Yes, I understand.”
The General nodded. “Very well. I’m going to need you sign these, as a precaution. It’s a standard non-disclosure agreement form. It basically says that if you tell anyone, you could be charged with treason against the United States of America and a fine may be levied against you. Do you understand that as well?”
She nodded. “Yes, I understand.”
Jack passed her the folder and handed her a pen and showed her where to sign. Once she did, he passed the folder back to Hammond, but told her to keep the pen for now.
“This is an unusual request, and one that is normally made for only civilian scientists and military personnel. We would like you to fill out a request form to receive the level of security clearance necessary for the full disclosure of what goes on here in the mountain. Would you be willing to do that?”
Buffy was shocked for a moment, but nodded happily. “Absolutely.” She would love to know exactly what her dad does for a living.
Jack smiled as he could tell his daughter was excited about it. He passed her another folder and started helping her fill it out. Once that was complete, the folder was passed back to the front.
“This next folder is just a form to figure out what you know and if you could help us once you become of age if you desire.” Another folder was handed to her and she filled it out quickly. She was getting ready to pass it back to Hammond when Daniel spoke up for the first time.
“May I see that please? I’m just curious.” His eyes lit up at the thought.
“Um… sure.” She handed the folder to him. He opened it and started reading it.
General Hammond looked towards Buffy. “That’s all for today. You can go home, now.”
Daniel held up a hand as everyone started to move. “Wait a second. You put down you know Sumerian. Where did you learn that from?”
Everyone was looking incredulous now. How could a high school teen know Ancient Sumerian? Buffy looked at Jack, silently wondering if she should tell everyone about the Slayer thing. She decided just to tell them minimal right now. “The librarian at my old high school taught me.” Buffy was saddened at remembering Giles.
Since Daniel and Jack knew she meant her former watcher, they both gave her a sympathetic smile and Jack put his hand on her shoulder in a silent show of comfort.
Hammond could tell something hit a nerve with the teen girl. “Dismissed.”
Everyone nodded and stood up, saying short goodbyes to each other; Daniel even gave Buffy a small hug. Jack had already gotten ready to go before she came, so all he had to do was walk her to the elevator, go through the security checkpoints and leave. Buffy was glad to leave the mountain, and even more so to get home. It was decided that Jack would make dinner while Buffy did not only her homework, but also the make-up work she had to do for the part of the semester that she wasn’t there for. After she was through with tonight’s work, they both ate dinner. He had made steak, salad, baked potatoes, and for dessert, they had ice cream and cake (bought from the store).
They watched a movie afterwards, both feeling the effects of the day, before getting ready for sleep and heading to bed. Their last thoughts before sleep claimed them was that they hoped tomorrow would be better, and would go smooth; at least not an apocalypse!