-sniff- The final part to this series!
He was the most infuriating man she'd ever met. He expected so much of her, and still refused to concede to her knowledge and expertise. He would argue with her every chance he got, would snap at her when she didn't so something exactly the way he wanted it to be done. He was patronizing, cocky, stuck-up, self-centered...
Vala continued to spew names at Daniel from across the briefing room. A simple little tiff between them had turned into a full-blown shouting match in front of their team and the General. And it all started when she had made an innocent flirting gesture to the cute young man from SG-17.
Daniel laughed angrily as Vala yelled at him. He crossed his arms over his chest and nodded.
"Oh, okay..." He smiled hatefully. "Sure, I'm all those things...and you're a lying, stealing, conniving, unstable..." Things continued to fly from his lips. Daniel ignored the shouts from the General and his team members.
Vala didn't pay any mind to them as well. "Emotional wreck, huh? Have you LOOKED in a mirror at all in the past ten years?" She shouted, thrusting her hands out to him. "God, you are so damn hypocritical!"
"I'M hypocritical?!" Daniel laughed harshly.
"YES, YOU, MR. GREATEST THING TO WALK THIS EARTH." Vala huffed, and looked him up and down. "At least in your own mind. You are a hypocrite because you find all the flaws in ME and refuse to search for all the flaws inside yourself!"
Daniel shook his head. "I can't believe the great Vala Malduran, Queen of the conceited, just admitted to having flaws!"
"Yes, unlike you, DR. JACKSON," Vala laughed on the title. "I can admit I'm not PERFECT. And neither are you, no matter how much you think you are."
Daniel laughed again. "Okay, since you are SO self-aware, why don't you announce some of those flaws of yours?" He gave her a malicious grin.
"What?" Vala barked.
"You heard me." Daniel pointed at her. "Tell some of those imperfections within. What? Can't do it?" He brought his hand back in with a quick motion. "I'll help. You play, you tease, you use..." He counted out everything he said on his fingers. "You seduce..." He stopped, and gave her a serious look. "You flirt." His voice dropped a level, along with his hand.
If was intended to be kind, it had the total opposite reaction on Vala. Her temper spiked to an ultimate high, and this time she laughed. "That's what this is, isn't it?" She took a few steps closer to him. "You're jealous because I decided that you weren't good enough! You've always been the perfect catch, and now you aren't because I've moved on from my delusional dreams of actually having something substantial with you."
"No!" Daniel denied, turning away from her. "You're twisting my words!"
"Am I, Daniel?" Vala laughed. "You bitch and complain and argue whenever I'm around, and yet I make one innocent gesture to another guy and you lose your cool! What? Nobody has a right to have me but you, even though you so obviously don't want me?" Vala shook her head. "Oh no, I am NOT going to be your property! I did that for too long on too many different occasions!"
"I don't think that..." Daniel muttered, still facing away from Vala.
"YES YOU DO!" Vala shouted again. "You won't even turn around to look at me. It's because I'm exactly right, isn't it?" When Daniel made no attempt to deny it, Vala growled. "I'm done!" She turned to Landry. "I'm officially giving you my resignation from the SGC - I'm obviously not appreciated as a person here, so I'm gone."
"No!" Daniel shouted again, still not facing her.
"Yes, Daniel!" Vala snapped. "You can't control me. No matter how much you think you can, you can't. I don't know why I ever even considered being with you. You are just as hateful as all those villains out there in the universe...and I can't take that. I'm leaving...I'm running...I'M DONE!" Vala spun around, intending to walk out.
"You CAN'T leave!" Daniel cried out, and Vala laughed again.
"Why not?" She asked, standing at the edge of the stairwell. "You gonna lock me up in some dark, cold prison cell? Force me to stay here against my will? TELL ME WHY, DANIEL! Why can't I rid myself of all the hassle that this place - that YOU bring me? What's the grand reason you want me to stay here and take this abuse from you? I would SO love to hear-"
"BECAUSE I LOVE YOU!" Daniel shouted, knocking the air from Vala's lungs. He turned to face her, and she saw the tears glistening in his blue eyes. He was flushed a deep red, and he looked around at all the surprised looking stares of his team.
"What?" Vala squeaked as her heart began beating again.
Daniel's gaze dropped to the floor, and he shoved his hands deep in his pockets. "I..I...l-love..you." He mumbled and his face began to turn almost purple as he blushed some more. "I think I've loved you since the moment you took off that helmet on the Prometheus." He whispered.
Vala blinked, still shocked by his words. She walked a little closer to him. "Why didn't you say anything?" She asked quietly. She always felt there was a connection between them, but Daniel had never let on. He never made any mention of it, until now.
"I was scared..." Daniel finally looked up at her. "Almost everyone I've loved like I love you has...died." A tear ran down his cheek. "I don't want you to die...and my love gets everyone killed, so I tried not to love you."
Vala took another step closer, and Daniel continued on.
"But I can't do it." He laughed. "You spin me in circles, you drive me crazy, you push me to the verge of insanity, then bring me crashing back down so hard..." Daniel flashed her a small smile. "And I love it. I love you, no matter how hard I try to fight it...I just...love you."
Vala laughed out a relieved sob and threw herself into Daniel's arms. She kissed him desperately, and he kissed her back in kind.
"I love you too." She mumbled against his lips.
Though the two would go on to say them many times over, the other members of SG-1 would never forget the moment Daniel had stopped Vala's heart for the first time with three simple words.
A/N: I think this is the only part that stands aprt from the others, but it works I think! I hope you enjoyed these ten parts, and I'll be getting back to Kisses and Wanted, and the other serieses tomorrow.
-As a side note, I'm ending this here while listening to 'How Did I Fall In Love With You'. AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!