Chance on Love
Summary: They don't have time not to take a chance on love.
A/N: So here it is - the series that follows my fic 'She Didn't Have Time.' There are no actual spoilers for the canon series since it is completely AU, except for the fact that it helps if you know the characters because their canon storylines do tie into their AU counterparts in a lot of ways. Oh, and you have to read 'She Didn't Have Time' to understand what is going on here.
I want to thank everyone again who reviewed that story because it was ya'll's enthusiam to see the story continue that helped get this rolling!
Also must thank my lovely beta, Tara! -higgles!- She has been my sounding board for all the ideas you will see in this series, as well as the contributor of the most amazing title of this series! I truly would not be able to do this without her! This series is most definitely dedicated to you, Mi Jack Amor! -mwah!-
And now on to the fic!
So It Begins
Only a very faint, thin line of orange peeked out over the tops of the shopping center buildings, the rest of the sky fading from deep purple to black, as Vala and Daniel emerged from the coffee shop.
"Oh wow, I didn't realize it was so late." Vala looked at the clock on her phone, finally noticing how many missed calls and voicemails she had. "Carolyn is probably having a heart attack by now."
Daniel looked at her as they began to make their way to her car. "I didn't keep you from anything important, did I?"
Her grey eyes found his blue, and she offered him a reassuring gaze. "Oh, no." Vala shook her head. "It's not that. I just told Carolyn I'd call her, and well..." She smiled in a way she hadn't in a very long time.
His smile was shy and sweet. "Yeah..." Vala could see the faint blush creep up his neck as he scanned the horizon. "Where did the day go?"
"In several cups of coffee." She laughed, then playfully smacked his arm.
"Hey!" He laughed, stepping away from her with a pout. Daniel rubbed at the spot she'd hit. "What was that for?"
Vala tried to glare, but found his pout was too cute. "For not letting me pay for all that said coffee." She walked ahead a short way, feigning indignation. "I believe that was my one stipulation for joining you."
Daniel took a few long strides to join her as they finally reached her Jeep Liberty. He stuck one hand in his pocket, the other still firmly holding the tattered book. Vala turned to face him, resting back against the vehicle. He was giving her a warm smile.
"Either way, I'm really glad you did join me." His tone was sincere. It made Vala's heart flutter just a little. "I had a great time talking with you, Vala."
She nodded. "Me too."
Daniel's gaze dropped to the ground, and he bounced in place a little. "I...I know this seems a little sudden..." He shook his head and looked up at the horizon. "I...I don't normally do this. Actually, I don't do this ever. It's not that I don't attract...God," He laughed in a self-depricating way. "This isn't coming out right."
"It's coming out just fine." Vala offered a reassuring smile. His awkwardness touched her in a way that was unexplainable.
His smile in response was shaky. "I would very much like to see you again, Vala. I understand if that seems like too much. I mean you have a daughter to worry about and work, and you probably aren't looking for anything-"
Vala brought up a hand and placed it against his lips. Daniel looked at her with slight surprise. She softened her smile.
"I'd like to see you again too, Daniel." The relief that flooded his blue eyes washed over her in waves. She dropped her hand.
She nodded. "Really."
Daniel straightened his shoulders a little. "Would tomorrow night be okay? We could have dinner or something."
"No." Vala blurted.
His face fell considerably. "Oh...okay..."
Realizing how she'd come off, Vala shook her head and held up her hand. "No, no. Sorry. I didn't mean it that way." She felt her face flush. "It's just Carolyn and Cam are having a barbeque tomorrow, and after today's little disappearing act I've pulled - Actually, I really need to call her soon - I doubt I'll be able to get out of it."
"Oh." Daniel said again, his eyes perking up a little bit. "Right. I forgot people have lives."
She laughed. "Well, they basically ARE my life. They're like my family. And their barbeques are actually something to look forward to." Her grey eyes lit up with a sudden idea. "Hey, why don't you join us tomorrow?" Vala held out her hand to him as if it was a physical offering.
Daniel shook his head and held up his free hand. "Oh no, I wouldn't want to intrude."
"Trust me, you won't be intruding. Nearly the entire neighborhood shows up." Vala grinned as she remembered past barbeques. "We've even closed off the entire street for some of them." Daniel's eyebrows rose a little, but Vala could still see he was hesitant about the offer. She put a little pleading into her tone. "There's good food, and always good drink, and fun. And it's entertaining to watch the stunts Cam and his friends try and pull after they've had a few. It's so much fun, Daniel. Please, come!"
He shrugged, but shook his head again. "I don't know..."
"I would love for you to be there." Vala offered quietly. "And would love for you to meet Hayden." She offered in an even quieter voice.
Daniel looked at her for a moment, then gave a half smile that Vala found completely adorable. "Okay."
Vala smiled. "Yeah?" At Daniel's nod, her smile turned into a bright grin. "Great!" She pulled her phone out of her pocket where she'd placed it, ignored all the missed calls and voicemails and went straight to the new number section. "What's your number?"
Mimicking her action, Daniel gave her his number then entered hers into his phone. "So...?" He said after they had traded numbers.
Vala moved to climb into the car, smiling as Daniel held the door open for her and then closed it as she got in. She rolled the window down and he leaned his arms in the now open space. "So why don't you call me tomorrow and I'll give you directions?"
"If that's what you want to do." Daniel offered, not wanting to seem too eager.
Her grey eyes looked at him, and she smiled. "I think it really is."
A/N: And so it begins! (If you can guess specifically where I got the title of this chapter from, then you'll just love the titles as we get further into the story! LOL! I like having a theme for my chapter titles, if you couldn't tell from my other series!). Ya'll know I'm a hardcore Dala shipper, so it's very hard for me to keep it at just the normal 'they just met and have to date first' pace. I seriously want you to let me know if you think their relationship is moving way too fast at any time in the story (whether it be from this chapter or down the road in later chapters!).
And ofcourse, any suggestions or ideas are ALWAYS WELCOME AND APPRECIATED! So, that said, get to reviewing! You know how much I LVOE them!