Title: Talk is Cheap

Author: Lokaia

Rating: PG-13

Disclaimer: The characters of Space Cases do not belong to me, but the beautiful mind-images I conjure are mine and mine alone.

Summary: Bova/Harlan, in case you can't tell. This wasn't supposed to be entirely dialogue, I just didn't seem to be able to stop.


"This is dumb."

"I don't care."

"Well, I do."

"Oh, you do? Hm... no, I still don't care."

"You're only doing it because of some stupid romance, tradition thing. Too many romance novels for you, 'cause that's the only place where this stuff happens and people actually like it."

"Maybe you'd like it more if you shut up."

"Maybe you should let me go so I can go sleep in my own bed."

"Did you ever consider that I like holding you?"

"Yes, but not post-coitally."


"It means 'after sex'."

"I know what it means!"


"Shut up."

"Oof! Don't squeeze me like that!"

"Then shut up."


"Say something."

"What do you want me to say?"

"I don't care, anything. I'm not tired yet."

"Well, maybe -I'm- tired."

"If you were really tired you would have gone to sleep already, and no amount of talking on my part would have woken you up."

"...Fine. What do you want me to say?"

"Tell me what you're thinking about."

"I'm thinking about how cliche this is."

"What? Spooning?"


"Right, can't forget that little detail. How is that cliche again?"

"It's in the romance novels. Always happens. And, of course, romance novels are the essence of real life."

"Are you making fun of the fact that I read romance novels?"


"You know an awful lot about them."

"...You talk about them."

"Oh yeah? -When- do I talk about them?"


"-When- before?"



"It's still cliche."

"You still read them."

"I was bored."

"And horny."

"Hey, at least I didn't go straight to the infocore like -some- people."

"Okay, I resent that. Anyone could walk in to use the infocore - I've -never- used it for that! And, aside from that fact, I go straight to -you-. When you shoot me down is when I go to the novels."

"Fine, whatever."

"All right, then. I just wanted that cleared up."






"Are you asleep yet?"


"Oh. Good night."