The last few days had been almost a blur, Tori thought to herself as the car sped along some unknown road. From the moment she was asked to transfer to this moment, sitting on a car to some mountain base in Colirado, everything had been done without much thought. But now she had the time to think about things. All the news was catching up to her. Luckily, it was all coming slowly.
She flicked a few strands of blonde hair out of her face and behind her ear as she looked out the window and watched the scenery go by, eyes not really focused on what was there but more her thoughts. The scenery was jus there, as pretty as it was, it wasn't home. It wasn't Vancouver. She longed to see the cold sunshine pouring through the tree branches, a light golden in the morning, and a fierce red near night. She wanted to walk amougst the huge trees again and just feel a little freedom. But that wasn't going to happen for a while. She was moving on.
She hadn't really been home in a while. She had always been studying or training, or moving base. She had got to go home for a day before transfering, to see her family and tell them she was moving for her new job. As far as she knew, her job would be in assisting with radio telemetry for deep space radar frequencies, and that was what her parents knew. That was about all she knew too. The files had been vague and everyone who had spoken to her about her transfer said they weren't elgiable to give out information.
Mysteries, mysteries, mysteries. She had left Vancouver feeling strange.
Now she was in the back of a car, going from the airport to Colirado. Tori had a knot in her stomoch, but she didn't feel very nervous. Perhaps she was kidding herself and her body was telling her otherwise. The driver had been polite anough, but the man in the suit who sat next to him had been very quiet.
At last, the journey came to a stop and the car pulled up after going through security check points. She showed her identification card which was pinned to her shirt and given clearance into the mountain base.
Tori looked around herself at all the hustle and bustle in the base. People moving back and forth, some holding papers, others chatting, others merely patrolling.
The lift doors opened and Tori and the two men who brought her to the base, walked in, the quite man pushing a button for the lift to go down.
She quickly glanced at the lit up button. Sublevel 27 she noted. A long way down, she thought to herself, casting her glance to the floor, arms held loosly behind her.
"Excuse me, sir" Tori asked, turning to look at the driver. "Who am I going to see exactly?" she asked calmly.
"That would Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter" he smiled. "One thing..." he said as the lift doors opened. "Just don't call her Samantha" he whispered to Tori, smiling warmly before leading her off down one of the long corridors.
"Lutenant?" the driver said, urging her to catch up with them.
Tori blushed a little, picking up her pace to walk along side him. "Yes sir?"
"It's not sir... just try Jon, but around the others it's Captain" he smiled. "Anyway, I called you over just to assure you on something. Now, you're no the only new recruit here today. Alot of people are hre for different jobs, transfers, you know" he nodded. Tori nodded in response, watching the man carefully.
"You will be with Sam and a few of her other new recruits, so you shouldn't feel too awkward, right?" he chuckled.
"Of course" she smiled and nodded. She could feel the nerves and butterflies in her stomoch calming down a bit more as she spoke to him.
"So you transfered from Canada, eh?" he smiled, laughing at his own joke.
"Yes... I did" she said, ignoring the joke.
"Sorry, just... a joke... anyway, we got people from all over the world"
They came to a stop outside a door, and Jon opened it for her. Tori walked inside, looking at the room. It had been set up a bit like a classroom. Whiteboard, a few desks and chairs in small rows and a wooden desk at the front with a chair behind it. Leaning on the desk stood a woman with shortish blonde hair who Tori could only assume was Sam. A few others sat at desks looking as nervous, if not more nervous than Tori did.
She turned back quickly to look at Jon.
"And here's your stop. Good luck" he smiled, winking. Before she could say anything, he closed the door and was off.
Tori turned to the rest of the room. The woman at the front casually moved forward, picking a folio of the desk before walking over to her. She flicked it open and smiled warmly when her eyes looked up to meet Tori's.
"Lutenant Townsend?" Sam asked.
"Yes, ma'm" Tori replied, standing to attention.
"At ease. Welcome to the SGC, please find a seat and wait a moment. I'll explain everything real soon, okay?" Sam said, nodding before going back to the desk.
Tori scuffled off to find a seat, sitting down and waiting with her heart pounding even more that ever now. Perhaps she should have eaten on the flight. But it was too late now. She'd have to wait and see what her new job had in store for her.