River of Stars ch 8 bit – Hitchhikers not allowed

They walked into a slightly less numerous and hostile welcoming committee than last time. Jikaku was seated on a comfy stool near the earnest shaven monks manning the controls, a cup of tea in one wrinkled hand. “Hmph, youngster. Nobody’s dead yet?”

“The day is young,” Sanzo said dryly.

“Ha! So it is.”

“This is the same set of transport rings,” Sam frowned.

Jack raised one eyebrow. Well, yeah, obvious.

“You can link transport rings to more than one location?”

Oooh. Not so obvious.

“It takes a certain amount of programming knowledge, but it’s more than possible,” Jikaku observed.

And Koryo had a word for programming, even if it sounded like it’d wandered in from Ancient. Which was a Danny-esque thought, or maybe a Carter-esque one; both his science geeks were eyeing the transport ring controls like they wanted to come back with cameras and a crowbar. Of all his team, only Teal’c looked slightly taken aback – which meant the former First Prime of Apophis was doing some serious recalculating of his own. One thing to learn Kanzeon had let her people get to gunpowder. Programming?

Then again – Kanzeon’s Favored. Want to bet they’re not just healers? “So… any of these other places you can program it to include back by the Stargate? So we could drop a note back home?”

“Ah!” Jikaku sipped his tea. “The man puts me in a quandary!”

Sanzo glared at the high priest. It lacked most of the heat Jack had seen him turn on real idiots, but it still rated at least a ‘Ack!’ on the scale. “Explain.”

“Well, if I said no, I might be lying.” Another patient sip. “If I said yes, I might be implying that the revered and honored Genjyo Sanzo, heir to the Seiten and Maten sutras, beloved of the Merciful Goddess Kanzeon Bosatsu, might have dragged emissaries of another world over hill and dale merely to roust a sluggardly temple into sending aid to a common village assaulted by youkai.” Jikaku eyed the depths of his cup. “Dear me, what to do, what to do….”

Goku muffled giggles behind his wrist bracers. Sha poked him. More than once.

From the not-so-hidden winces and sweating, Jack figured the locals really weren’t used to high priests bantering that way. From the even less hidden looks of resignation… Sanzo had done this a lot.

“Or you could just admit I don’t know where all the rings are,” Sanzo said dryly. “Security.”

Now that, Jack could actually buy. “Just in case you pick up a hitchhiker.”

A gasp from the assembled guards; one of the hosts, Jack realized, seeing the ornaments and non-robe-type blue dress. “Not even the false gods would dare!”

Sanzo cut off her protest with a stern look. “Anybody can be unlucky.” Glanced back at Jack. “Though Kanzeon Bosatsu has stated that any false god who dares to invade the holy body of a Sanzo would regret it. Briefly.” He arched a brow, and nodded toward the console. “Your call.”

Hmm. Update George when they hadn’t done that much yet, or not leave a cranky System Lord waiting? Decisions, decisions.

Then again…. “I think there’s something we both need to check on.”

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23 thoughts on “River of Stars ch 8 bit – Hitchhikers not allowed

  1. Anybody could be unlucky > Like Hakkai was,and that poor NID guy. About them regretting it though, I’m thinking the sutra has some kind of nasty fail safe or protection built it. If it’s Kanzeon who has to deal with it on the other hand……nope,still don’t want to think about it.

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  2. Jikaku and Sanzo are soul-bros. There are not words for how much this entertains me.

    >> “Well, if I said no, I might be lying.” Another patient sip. “If I said yes, I might be implying that the revered and honored Genjyo Sanzo, heir to the Seiten and Maten sutras, beloved of the Merciful Goddess Kanzeon Bosatsu, might have dragged emissaries of another world over hill and dale merely to roust a sluggardly temple into sending aid to a common village assaulted by youkai.” Jikaku eyed the depths of his cup. “Dear me, what to do, what to do….”
    >> “Or you could just admit I don’t know where all the rings are,” Sanzo said dryly. “Security.”

    I am far too entertained.

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      1. Ah the snark that, for Saiyuki, is love and affection.

        Jikaku and Sanzo would be the two family members who are ALWAYS bickering, but would walk over glass and razors for each other without question.

        (Do not question Sanzo’s dubious caring side. It’s saner.)

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      2. That is a sign of affection for the Saiyuki cast. Things are Bad when the Idiots don’t fight. (Though on occasion it can lead to The Most Awesome Game of Majong Ever, Of All Time.)

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  3. Poor Jack. Giving Kanzeon extra time before your meeting? She (S/he? What is Kanzeon’s gender in this ‘verse anyway?) does not need any more time to figure out the best way to wring extra entertainment value from you.

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  4. It is easy to see that they enjoyed trolling their audience of watchers and yet Sanzo doesn’t quite get why Kanzeon likes screwing with people . . . oh I get it. He knows pretty well why she likes screwing with people. He just hates that it’s usually him being screwed with. “If it was someone else, it would be hilarious and interesting. But since it’s not, it is the most annoying thing in the universe.”

    I agree that giving Kanzeon more prep time to mess with you is not of the good . . . oh the other hand, if they can get a little of the little info they have collected to Hammond, it will probably help him with the picture he’s trying to build in his head for solving this Goa’uld / Tok’ra / Asgard / SGC Gordian Knot.

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  5. *cackles* Why am I sudenly remembering Gou’ald vs Shinigami from Fiery Steed?

    Because that would definitely be something that a Sanzo (especially this Sanzo) would do to any who dare take over his body….

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    1. Except *he* wouldn’t wait. Duo played the long game, fitting for someone who is literally part cat, but Sanzo likes the fast kill. Imagine, about two seconds of a frozen body, that then lights up as Sanzo, any Sanzo, flares the chi and chakra that mark them apart and then spits out the remains.

      Incidentally, does SG ever explain what happened to Jolinar’s spine? I can, almost, set aside my polite disbelief that the flesh liquified and sank into Sam, but I can’t explain away the skeleton.

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      1. Canon, I think we never find out about Jolinar’s spine. I frankly can’t see how Sam even survived having Jolinar die inside her, but what the hey, Stargate science.

        And your scenario is probably not far off what would actually happen. Plus a few psychokinetic zappy effects, because Kanzeon would want a point starkly made. And the lightshow is funny. 😉

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