Title: The Perfect Date
Author: Shenandoah Risu
: G
Content Flags: lots of bad luck
Spoilers: SGU Season 2 "Epilogue"
Prompt: SGU, Vanessa James/ Varro, first date on Novus
Characters: Vanessa James, Varro, other SGU characters
Word Count: 560
Summary: Love at first sight it sure isn't.
Author's Notes
: Written for Theme Week 6-11 at the LJ Comm Stargateland.
Disclaimer: I don't own SGU. I wouldn't know what to do with it. Now, Young... Young I'd know what to do with. ;-)
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The Perfect Date

Vanessa James has had her share of bad, awful, horrible and downright loathsome first dates (in fact, she can't think of a single one that wasn't bad, awful, horrible, loathsome, or all of the above). None of them, however, compare to her first date with Varro on Novus.

Gorgeous, sweet, widowed Varro. And Vanessa has a Thing for widowers.

He is so exactly her type she never even dares to think of him. After all, he's got the hots for TJ, doesn't he, and Vanessa is still reeling from how well she's coping with her ex's wedding to his girlfriend. But TJ and the colonel are very much TOGETHER together now, as evidenced by TJ's ever increasing girth, and when Varro grins at Vanessa during Matt and Chloe's wedding ceremony, her heart drops out of her chest and goes splat on the grass.

Love at first sight it sure isn't, but the more she thinks about it the more they had it both coming. They are both so perfect for each other.

Especially since they survived their first date.

It starts out innocently enough, stripping the bark off a tree to be used in their epic fence around their little settlement. That's when Varro busts his shin open by hitting himself with a mallet as he looks up at her and smiles. Vanessa drags him to TJ's hovel to get him stitched up – thankfully by now Brody has made some better needles.

Having decided that the community service aspect of their date is over they stroll/ limp over to the central campfire where Greer and Becker have cooked up a casserole that nobody asks about what's in it. In conversation it turns out that Varro hates asparagus and Vanessa absolutely loves it.

Another bad sign.

They head over to Brody's still after that (and may the Force be with Brody who has built another still within weeks of their arrival) which promptly goes up in flames while they're on their second drink. They run for water, and Vanessa gets singed only a smidgen. Varro tells her the burn mark on her shoulder looks kind of like his clan tattoo, and she's not sure whether to laugh or cry about that.

With the blazing inferno put out they make their way up the cliff past the cemetery, and they stop at Volker's grave and Vanessa cries a little bit. Varro puts his arm around her and as they reach the cliff the ground gives way beneath their feet and they tumble down the embankment, a minor rock slide following them as they finally splash into the river in the pitch black night.

It takes half the settlement to rescue them and they sit shivering by the fire as Lisa plies them with hot tea.

Hours later, semi-dry and only a wee bit smelly now, Varro walks her back to her fern-covered tent, as the first moon rises, full and pink at the horizon.

"Thank you. I had a wonderful time," Varro says, standing on one leg.

"Me too," she smiles back, clasping her shoulder.

And they kiss, and it makes it all better.

Moments later, the tent collapses behind them, and they both laugh so hard they can barely breathe, and suddenly none of it matters anymore.

It was a perfect date, after all.