A/N: I started this before the episode. I have a feeling the finale will give me a bunch of extended scenes. No beta.
Spoilers: Occupation This only spoiled the 8-minute trailer we saw online. I'll give folks a chance to see the episode before I extend or tag any other scenes.
Maddy waited patiently for Mark to show up at his barracks. She'd taken up a seat on the steps with her plex, busily studying her calculus. Several soldiers were racing around the area, but they didn't scare Maddy away.
How much had she changed since she came through that portal? A shy wallflower was now dating the hottest guy she'd ever seen. And now she might lose him. Maddy shook her head and focused on the math in front of her, blinking back tears.
"Maddy," Mark's called out breathlessly.
She looked up to see that he had come from the gym. His hair was wet and a towel was wrapped around his shoulders over a slightly wet t-shirt. Yup, hottest guy ever.
A smile spread over her face, but it was tempered by the fact that tomorrow morning he was off to war. "Hey, you. I had a bit of time before dinner so I thought I'd swing by. I didn't know if you'd have time off before…" She trailed off unable to speak about him leaving. Maddy stood up as he approached.
"Maddy," Mark said as he stopped in front of her. "I was going to visit you."
"Oh, I can go if you'd like."
"Never," Mark said as he reached out to take her hand. "I, um, I don't think the barracks are a good place to… talk. Lots of noise and obnoxious people." Mark chuckled.
Maddy looked around for Mark's constant companion. "Like our chaperone?"
"Carter has a house. He's a non-commissioned officer so he has a small house. He doesn't live with the masses." His hand squeezed hers and his thumb began to rub around the sensitive skin of her palm. "Can you wait about five minutes? I need to get something and then we could go for a short walk before I bring you home?"
"I'd like that," she replied, returning the pressure on his hands.
"Great." Mark leaned forward to press a gentle kiss to her lips and pulled back before she could return it.
Mark came back with a jacket on and Maddy nearly let out a sigh of frustration at losing sight of his well-defined chest, often visible because of the tight t-shirt he wore. He had something in his left hand, which he quickly shoved into a pocket.
He offered her his arm and smiled sweetly. "Shall we?"
They walked to a quiet garden near the market and on the way to the Shannon's house. It was a place that Mark often went to before he met Maddy to lie on the ground and watch the stars.
When they got there, he took off his jacket and set it on the ground then motioned for Maddy to sit on it.
"You really did your homework about being a gallant gentleman," she said as he took her hand while she lowered herself on the ground.
"Anything to impress you," he said with a dip of his head before he sat next to her.
They were close to each other, but not touching. Just his very presence kept Maddy warm and helped to push aside her fear of what the days ahead might hold.
"Maddy, I know you're worried about what's going to happen so I got you something," Mark said, breaking the silence.
"What?" She turned to look at him and with furrowed brow.
He pulled out a small data chip. "This has several books on military strategy. Sergeant Carter is always telling us to study great strategists and such. I know that you need understand everything about a problem in order to feel comfortable. I hope you can get some comfort knowing that Commander Taylor and all of us are following the strategies of some of the greatest military…"
Mark was cut off when Maddy threw her arms around his shoulders and kissed him. Her tongue immediately found entry into his mouth and nearly stopped his breathing. Her body pressed against his almost toppling him onto the ground.
The kissing went on for a while with Mark's arms wrapping around Maddy and pulling her onto his lap once again. She was momentarily expecting Sergeant Carter to yell at them, but he was nowhere this evening.
Mark finally pushed Maddy back enough so they could breath. "I guess you liked it."
"Mark, I can't believe you know me so well. No one in my family would ever think of giving me a military strategy book to calm my nerves about war. You're amazing."
"I've heard that before," he said with a smug grin tugging at his mouth.
"You are," she said. A burning need overcame her to tell Mark how she felt. She might be young and not really know what the feelings were, but three words seemed to capture them perfectly.
"Maddy, I need to tell you something." Mark stared into her eyes. "I think we're going to be okay, but if something happens…"
"Mark, I love you."
His eyes widened. "What?"
"It's the only words to describe how I feel about you. I realize you're my first boyfriend and that there is a big difference between love and infatuation…"
"I love you more than life itself, Maddy Shannon." Mark's lips were on hers this time and he kissed her as if to memorize every detail of her lips. As their tongues danced against one another, his hands rubbed up and down her spine.
Maddy was lost in the feel of his body as her hands slid around his back to trace his muscular back.
Mark groaned into her mouth and a strangled sound came from him as he pulled away. "M-maddy, we've got to stop before we can't stop."
"Why?" she asked as she kissed along his jaw.
"Because I want to wait," he said, groaning again as her mouth and tongue found his ear.
"We love each other," she whispered as she clung to him tighter. Her heart was pounding because she was afraid of rejection and even more afraid he'd agree.
"Maddy," he said more firmly as he pushed her back, his hands gently gripping her shoulders. "I don't want us to rush into this. I told you I wanted to wait until…"
"Marry me," she said.
"What?" Mark's eyes widened like the moon he once wanted to work on.
"Not right now, but agree to marry me and we'll be promised to each other." Her heartbeat was still out of control.
Mark took a moment for the shock to wear off before he laughed. It was the rich, deep laugh Maddy loved. "You're really making a mess out of my courtship plans. You know that don't you?"
"So I'm supposed to wait for you to ask my father for my hand in marriage?"
"He did say I was a good kid."
"You didn't talk to my father about marriage!" It was Maddy's turn to be shocked.
"I did. He said you were too young and I said I'd wait."
Maddy's shock melted. "My father could've…"
"Shot me. I know, but you're worth it." Mark smiled shyly.
"You still didn't answer the question," she said, her smile widening.
"I'm not that easy, you know," Mark said, trying to hide a grin. "You tell me you love me and offer me marriage just to get me in bed with you. I should be offended."
Maddy felt her face heat up and she put her hands over her mouth. "I sound like…"
"The stereotypical guy trying to coerce sex out of the innocent girl."
They fell back and cuddled in one another's arms to watch the stars. They were already as close as two people could be without physically joining and there would hopefully be plenty of time for that in their future, so they relaxed. A feeling of contentment settling over the couple as they prepared to face their uncertain future together.
A/N: I couldn't sleep because I was so wired after the episode. Sorry if this made no sense as it's after midnight.