In the dead of the night

Author: Vicky

E-Mail: vickysg1wanadoo.fr

WebSite: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/vickyfics/index.html

Category: general, romance

Summary: Just a little talk in the night

Season/Sequel: season 2, post Conversion

Spoiler: Condemned (2-05)

Rating: K+

Feedbacks: Wanted AND needed

Archives: my website, Command Dynamics, others ask please, I never refuse

Disclaimer: I own neither the show nor the characters. I don't earn any money; I just do it for fun.

Author's Note: I had written a completely different ending but when I typed this, I decided to change it. Many thanks to my beta Jaclyn.

You have a go !

After having been cleared by Carson, John found himself in front of Elizabeth's quarters. It was pretty late and he was sure she was already sleeping but he couldn't sleep himself without speaking with her first. He knocked lightly on the door, not wanting to startle her awake and make her think that there were some problems. He heard a faint sound coming from the other side and the door slid open.

Elizabeth was sitting on her bed, not completely awake, and saw John by the door.

"Is there a problem?" she asked, frowning.

"No, don't worry. I just wanted to talk to you but it can wait," he said, chickening out. "I'm sorry for having woken you."

"Stay," she said hastily. "I mean, I'm already awake so why don't you come in and tell me what you wanted to."

Nodding, John entered her quarters and sat on the edge of her desk, facing her.

"So…?" she encouraged him.

"Yes. I just wanted to thank you again for having come to our rescue. So… thank you, again," he repeated for lack of better words.

Elizabeth saw in his eyes that there was something more than that whole thank you. She disentangled herself from the sheets and swung her legs over the edge of the bed.

"John…," she simply said, waiting for his reply.

"You shouldn't have risked your life by going off-world," he blurted out, surprising her.

"I did what I had to do to get my team back."

"But why did you come? You could have let Lorne and his team go alone."

"I just thought that while we checked up on you, I could start the negotiations."

"But you placed your life at stake!" he nearly cried, incredulous.

"I'm fine, you're fine, everybody's fine. Like you said, I risked my life, I chose to, nobody forced me."

"But…"

"Not buts, John. I can't always stay behind my desk while you and the other members of the expedition take all the risks. I have to go off-world from time to time to negotiate with our allies and you know that."

"I just don't want anything to happen to you. You're important for this expedition." And for me, he added in his mind.

"Like every other members, no more, no less."

"But you're our leader, people count on you."

"John, just drop the subject, please."

"Okay," he said, reluctantly. "Thank you again for never letting us down. And I owe you one. So… I think I'll let you go back to sleep," he said, jumping down from the desk.

"Chocolate," she said.

John raised an eyebrow in Elizabeth's manner, not sure he heard her well.

"What?"

"Give me your stash of chocolate and we'll be even."

"You're joking right?"

"No," she said, as serious as she could be considering their conversation.

"But the Daedalus won't be back until another two weeks!" he complained, pouting.

"This is why I want your chocolate."

"Okay… Why don't we say, tomorrow night, my quarters, we share?"

Elizabeth considered this option for a moment before nodding.

"Deal."

"Sweet," John said before opening the door. "Good Night, Elizabeth."

"Good night, John."

The door closed behind him and he smiled without knowing she did the same on the other side. Tomorrow night promised to be interesting…

Fini

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