Alexis was glad to be stepping onto the gate ramp located on Earth. "Ah, home sweet home!" she murmured. Dirt, dust, sun, and sand had taken their toll on her body. She was burned in places she didn't want to think about, and her eyes were more than irritated. She couldn't wait to hop in the shower. It would be nice, long, and... she couldn't decide if it should be hot or cold. Too many days she had spent in the heat of, well she couldn't remember the planets name, and she figured it didn't really matter.
"Welcome home SG:25. Report to the infirmary."
"Great. Not even time for a shower?" Heads shook no. She grudgingly walked the short distance to the elevator.
"Gun ma'am." She looked up at the person who had spoken to her. He was holding out his hand asking for her gun.
"Oh, right," she replied, almost in a whisper. She pulled the gun over her head and handed it off. He cleared the weapon and walked off. She slid her card along the elevator swipe and waited for the doors to open.
"Hey, you guys made it," Sam Carter spoke as she stepped out. "How was it? Any complications?"
Alexis laughed. "Well, let me tell you," she began.
"It can wait for the debriefing Col. Good ole Doc Fraiser wants to see first." O'Neill boomed from above them.
The elevator ride was short, compared to how long it felt the first time she had ridden it. She stepped into the infirmary, after having taken too many wrong turns and asking directions from too many people. Why the hell had Stone and Ford taken off? Where had they taken off too? Alexis shrugged off her questions. She would yell at them for it later.
"Col. Long, glad you could join us. Over here," Janet Fraiser motioned for her to sit on a nearby bed. "I heard your trip was less than calm."
"If by calm you mean, nearly getting killed by more than one alien, then yes things were less than calm," she sarcastically replied.
"First run in with a Goa'uld ribbon device too I heard. You're very lucky it didn't hit you." Janet brought her pen light up to Alexis' eyes. Before she had the chance to say anything light blasted into her eyes.
"What the hell?" Alexis shouted, slamming her eyes shut.
Janet frowned. She had gotten that response from both Stone and Ford. "Its just a standard pen light Col. Didn't mean to cause you any pain." She jotted a note down on the clipboard. "Seems you have a light sensitivity."
"You think, Major." Col. Long spit out. It was harsh, probably a little to harsh, but Alexis didn't care. She was tired.
"I want to run some tests Col. Just to see something. I'm going to have to ask you to stick around the infirmary for a while. Do you think you can do that?" Janet asked. She was slightly taken aback by the tone that Col. Long had used, but she figured it was just due to being tired. She did have to figure out what cause all of SG:25 to have light sensitivity however.
"Look, I want a hot shower, no a cold shower, a hot meal, and a good night's sleep. So yes I do mind."
"Look Col. we can do this the easy way or the hard way. Which do you prefer?" Janet's patience was wearing thin.
Alexis sighed. She knew that tone. It was the tone that said, 'technically I have medical orders thus my rank is higher than yours so don't push it'. "Can I at least get some help out of these clothes? And maybe a shower?"
Janet pulled shut the curtain that separated the two of them from the rest of the infirmary. She pulled out some scrubs from a nearby cabinet and set them on the bed next to Alexis.
"Are you in pain? Is that why you need help?" Janet asked.
Alexis really hadn't though about how much she was actually hurting. Every cell in her body felt like it was on fire. A tear rolled down her cheek, against her will. She hadn't even wanted to ask for help getting out of the gear she was wearing, but she wanted to be in more comfortable clothes. She knew she couldn't really reach behind her to take off her BDU jacket.
"Okay, let's help get you out of these then." Janet went into full doctor mode. She had never seen a marine succumb to tears, even if it was just one. Alexis nodded and wiped the tear away from her face. She was embarrassed, but at least only the doc had seen. She unbuttoned her jacket and turned around. Janet grabbed the edges of it, pulling gently at the material. Alexis' skin was red, and blistered, parts of it tearing off with the jacket. Alexis winced.
Janet paused, and Alexis did the same. "Katie I need you to bring gauze and cool water!" Janet barked her orders. "Col. did you eat anything non regulation? Did you get bit by anything? I need to know everything that happened."
Alexis pondered. She had stuck to MRE's, oddly being a fan of them. She didn't get bit by anything that she could think of. The only thing she could think that she did differently than the other team members was spend more time on the surface of the Tokra's new homeworld. "No. The only thing I can think of that I did differently is spend more time on the surface of the new Tokra homeworld."
Katie rushed in with the gauze and water. "Okay Col. I'm going to need you to sit down. Katie take my place and I'll slowly try to peel away her skin from her jacket. Col. I'm sorry to say this, but this is going to hurt."
"Please, call me Alexis. Col. just seems too formal." Alexis managed a weak smile.
"Okay Alexis. Ready to get started?"