Pairing: Samantha Carter/Jack O'Neill
Fic Title: "Naquadah Tipped Warheads & Banana Smoothies" and the sequel "The General, The Colonel, Their Child and His Mother"
Author: A.M. Richardson
Link: Naquadah Tipped Warheads & Banana Smoothies and its sequel, The General, The Colonel, Their Child and His Mother
Warnings: Language, Major Character MIA
Why This Must Be Read: Naquadah Tipped Warheads & Banana Smoothies and its sequel, The General, The Colonel, Their Child and His Mother by A.M. Richardson: This series is set in season nine SG-1 when Sam is still at Area-51. Sam discovers she is pregnant a month or so after Jack disappears off-world. She copes with missing Jack and the strangeness of pregnancy after forty with the help of their friends and by keeping a journal of her pregnancy and motherhood to give Jack when, not if, she insists, he is found so that he doesn't miss out on anything. Though Jack doesn't appear in the first story, the emotion in Sam's journal entries makes him feel very much present. Both stories are beautifully written, complicated, messy and sad, very much like real life. Sam finds herself doing things she never thought she'd do and unable to master the seemingly simple. Her grief for Jack and at being cheated out of their finally arrived life together is palpable yet somehow the overall tone is very hopeful. There's a lot of humor (Sam is not good at being pregnant or being a new mother) and Daniel in particular shines. The author could have stopped with the first fic and the end would have worked perfectly but did a sequel by popular demand. The first story is sadfic and proof that babyfic can exist without being saccharine. The sequel gives a happier ending and more closure for those who need it.