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The Bizarre Friendship of James and Maahes



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Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:48 am
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James knew what Maahes was saying was supposed to be comforting and should have been comforting. He should have been appreciative that Maahes was a very perceptive friend, and was able to tell what was going on. But as Maahes seemed to dismantle the basis of his spiral into self-hatred it only made him more uncomfortable, and ashamed for feeling it in the first place. Only to feel ashamed that he was feeling ashamed about how he was feeling. It was a vicious cycle.

He mustered up the weakest of grins, but it quickly faded as Maahes shared his own tragedy. Putting a hand on Maahes's back, he looked down, still avoiding eye contact.

"I'm so sorry," he said, choosing not to ask why Maahes felt the need to censor the 10,000 years and generalize them. It probably had to do with the crew, or something.
  





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Maahes


"It's alright," he said. He gave James a weak smile of his own, though his friend's had already faded by now. "I've had awhile to deal with the loss. I'll never be entirely over it, but, well..." He looked over in the direction of his team, then back at James. It had been hard dealing with that loss when he was alone. But even though most of the people he was close to didn't know that part of his past, it helped just to have company. To have SG-1. To have James. To have Annie, wherever she was in the universe.
“You cannot get through a single day
without having an impact on
the world around you.

What you do makes a difference,
and you have to decide what kind
of difference you want to make.”

Jane Goodall
  





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"It's never something you get over," James said softly. "But that's okay."
  





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Maahes


"Yeah," he quietly agreed. He understood loss all too well; the deaths of the members of the rebellion were simply a handful among many. There was Odris. There were Annie and her people. There were the Alterans he had met as a child, now only glimpses in his memory. There was Jackie, too, with that big childish grin on his face - while Jackie might not have died, Maahes had left him. He wished he could see where that boy was now.
“You cannot get through a single day
without having an impact on
the world around you.

What you do makes a difference,
and you have to decide what kind
of difference you want to make.”

Jane Goodall
  





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James nodded slowly, falling into a solemn silence as he too dwelt on those he'd lost. Flashes of violent images leapt to the front of his memory - his father, getting torn apart. Amy, covered in blood. He closed his eyes for a moment, failing to clear them from his mind's eye, but chose to keep his eyes open.

His gaze drifted onto Cam and his crew. Timidly, he whispered a question as his hands clasped together in front of him. "Would it be childish of me to say I don't want you to return home? At least - not yet."
  





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Maahes


He shook his head, his gaze momentarily lingering on the rest of SG-1 before returning to James.

"No," he softly whispered back. "I-I don't want to go yet, either. I know my team understands me now, but you're one of the people who knows the most about who I am. Vala knows who I am, and Annie - wherever she is - knows, too, but not in the way that you do. You've seen me grow up, and you understand what I've been through. It feels comforting to be around you."

He wanted to propose some remedy to the situation, but there was nothing that came to mind. He had no technology on hand that could easily transport him between his reality and Nye, and the closest he had was the device that had brought him and his team here. But even though they had found a way to Nye, it didn't mean he could easily find James if he used it again.

And then an idea came to him.

Unless he found Annie, it wouldn't work. But if he did find Annie, and he worked out some sort of system with her so he got a decent amount of time back in the Other Place, then maybe, just maybe, it would work.

"James," he slowly said, "what if I taught you how to summon me?"
“You cannot get through a single day
without having an impact on
the world around you.

What you do makes a difference,
and you have to decide what kind
of difference you want to make.”

Jane Goodall
  





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James's eyes widened as the realization hit him. Maahes had explained to him in brief how summoning worked, or at least, what it accomplished. His brows drew together, and he found himself looking back and forth between Maahes and the group before his gaze finally stopped on Maahes.

"Is that... can that work? Would you want me to summon you? I thought - well - I don't know really what I know for sure. Summoning doesn't affect you negatively at all? I know you said your summoner could exercise a certain amount of power over you? Is that a rule? If I remember correctly? I wouldn't... I wouldn't want to..." he found himself stuttering himself into an incomplete thought. He couldn't find words to express the emotions he wanted to convey, but he hoped Maahes understood.
  





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Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:38 am
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Maahes


Even though James had started to stutter, Maahes understood his concern. "It does hurt being here like this," he admitted, "like I told you back when it was just the two of us. But it's something I've come to accept as being a part of leaving my home, and as long as we figure out the right way to word the charge, we could make it so the only thing you can do is dismiss when we decided it's time to say goodbye."

He paused.

After a moment of hesitation, he added, "We...We wouldn't be able to meet like that until I find Annie, and I'm not sure how long that'll be. But once I find her, she'll dismiss again, and then you can summon me whenever you want to see me. It might take a couple of tries if other..." He looked over at Vala, face turning bright red at the prospect of them being something else and close enough that she'd want to summon him when this was all over. "...if other people are summoning me at the time you try it, but it should work eventually."
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without having an impact on
the world around you.

What you do makes a difference,
and you have to decide what kind
of difference you want to make.”

Jane Goodall
  





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James


James slowly nodded. "Is it... simple? To summon you? Do I need something in particular to do it?"
  





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Maahes


"I think it depends?" Maahes hesitantly answered. He had never had to teach someone how to summon him before; he knew the basics of summoning from going over it with Odris as a child and Annie in much more recent years, but they had both had books of some sort to guide them. He just had his memory to go off of. "Uh, most of the time you need a pentacle for you to stand in and one for the spirit you're summoning to stand in, but you might just need one for me because your pentacle would have been for protection against me. You'd need to know the summoning words, but I don't think you'd need the protective clauses, either."
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What you do makes a difference,
and you have to decide what kind
of difference you want to make.”

Jane Goodall
  





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James


James nodded, not understanding most of the words, but hoping he would understand more as Maahes went on. "Alright, so uh... will you show me? Then?"
  








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