Title:: Beneath the Pressure
Author:: By Lokaia
Disclaimer:: Not mine in any way shape or form. I just make them do things fairly OOC for the fun of it
Summary:: Slash, Radu/Harlan. Further proof that the poor dear of an Andromedan is indeed the Christa slut.

[This is so stupid. I can't believe I'm going to do this. You'd have to be insane to do this. Or, you know. Me.] Harlan took a deep breath and entered the team room. Just as Thelma had reported, Radu was sitting there on the floor, concentrating on his compupad.

Radu looked up and smiled slightly, obviously unsurprised. Harlan wasn't shocked. [With ears like his, what was I expecting?]

Harlan nodded to acknowledge the Andromedan and plopped down onto the couch. [How was I going to handle this again?] Deep in thought, the Earther was unaware that he was staring at Radu until the Andromedan looked up at him, blushing. Harlan immediately jerked his gaze to the other side of the room.

"Harlan?" The soft voice jerked the human from his thoughts. He met the warm blue gaze evenly with a trademark cocky smile. "Yeah?"

"A-are you okay?" Radu's voice was concerned.

"Fine!" Harlan answered in a far-too-perky tone. "Why?"

Radu blushed and shrugged, dropping his head again. "I-I don't know. Y-you're pulse was kind of fast when you were coming in."

Harlan could have kicked himself. [Of course] he cursed. [Of course he heard me!] He cleared his throat, knowing that Radu could hear every scratch of nervousness. "Uh, yeah." He paused and took a deep breath. "Okay, I have to do something now but you can't say anything afterwards, okay?"

Radu's brow furrowed in something like fear. "I-I don't know, Harlan. I-I mean…"

"It's not a trick, I promise," Harlan said quickly, remembering all the jokes he had played on the unfortunate Andromedan before. "Just… it's not a trick."

Radu licked his lips nervously, eyeing Harlan with a look that said he wanted to trust the human but wasn't sure if he could. Finally he nodded. "Okay. I-I guess."

Harlan nodded and nerved himself up. "Okay. Great." He stood quickly and strode over to Radu, crouching before him. Ignoring Radu's look of surprise and quite possibly fright, Harlan caught the other man behind the head with a hand and attempted to pull him forward. When the Immovable Object (surprisingly) didn't move, Harlan leaned forward himself and gently pressed his lips to Radu's. He felt Radu's face twist into a look of surprise but the Andromedan didn't pull away. Slowly, carefully, and, God, SO gently, Harlan opened his mouth to the kiss, closing his lips softly onto Radu's.

To the human's surprise, he felt the other man's hand on his arm, pulling Harlan closer to him. A few amazing moments later, Radu moved away, his eyes flickering toward the door to signify someone was coming. Harlan cleared his now-dry throat and nodded, standing. He paused at the door before leaving and looked back at Radu, who was watching him with interested, wondering eyes. "'Bye, Radu," he said softly, meeting his gaze. "Catch you later."

As he left the room, Suzee grinned at him and winked. Harlan hardly noticed. What he did notice was the Yensidian's voice saying, "Jeez, Radu, what happened to you? Why are you so red?"