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10.17.2012 , 10:06 PM |
Gaze into THE FAR FUTURE for a glimpse of what may someday be the
Best Day Ever
for Vierce. 400 words, no spoilers.
"Good work today," I told Elara.
She smiled. "It was. I think that was enough to let our backup secure the planet."
"One more for the Republic. One less for them."
I'd been watching her all day. There had been less than usual in the way of combat and more in the way of very firm negotiation. She had a way with that. A long talk, a surrender. A thoroughly clean sweeping victory half the time.
Some days I still got to knock heads, and that was good, too.
I was still shy letting her into my quarters. Even just talking like we did tended to tie my stomach in knots. Really pleasant knots, though. These days we came awfully close to losing sleep, staying up talking, but she enforced curfew when she remembered to.
We talked about everything, and nothing, and a squad that was home no matter where we went, and a future that was very likely to get better and better. Somewhere in there we fell silent for a moment. She turned her head and the gold dust on her eyelashes caught the light.
"There's one thing I'd change if I could," I told her.
"This, us, it all happened backwards. I didn't realize until way after I got to know you, and respect you, and admire you, that it could ever be…that we could be." I touched her hair. It was more beautiful than ever when she let it down. "I just wish I'd been paying more attention when I fell in love with you."
Her lips parted ever so slightly. She smiled when she said "You might have notified me as well, sir."
"Well." I grinned. "Consider this your formal notification, Sergeant Dorne, that I, Major Vierce Savins, am terribly, terribly much in love with you."
"Noted, sir. I'm afraid I've misplaced the form that would ordinarily make such information a matter of record, but in light of the urgency of the information I feel obligated to bypass the memo and tell you directly that I love you, too."
"Hmm." I trailed a hand down her side, a wicked idea taking shape. "Do I have to sign an approval on that one?"
"Well, sir, confirmation is requested." She did that wonderful fake-innocent hesitation of hers. "Since we're still lacking in the traditional paperwork…we'll have to come up with some alternate means of authentication."
"I can do that," I murmured. My hand paused on her waist. I hadn't asked for more before. "You're sure?"
The first minute or so of her answer was expressed entirely in kisses.
Spoiler I have no idea how or even whether I'm getting here. But I'm dying for some happiness in my own writings, so here.
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