Rodney Skinner and an Unfortunate Question
(This is a short little one-shot with LXG and my OC for this story, Laurel. In this she is from the future, 2011, and she is 7-8 years younger than Sawyer. Sawyer is 18.)
The League stood in silence as they contemplated how to attack M's fortress. "Well, you lovelies think about that, I'm off. I need my beauty sleep before the battle," Skinner's Cockney accent rang out as he stood and walked out of the room. They stood, and suddenly Laurel cocked her head to the side. "Is Skinner gay?" she said, asking no one in particular. Silence. Then Mina and Mr. Quartermain drew in sharp gasps, Grey stared at her in disbelief, Jekyll stopped fiddling with his pocket watch to look up at her and glare. Sawyer, on the other hand, fell off his chair because he was laughing so hard. "Miss WILLIAMSON!" Nemo said, in a whisper of a yell. "Well is he? I mean, c'mon, lovelies? Beauty sleep? What kind of man needs BEAUTY sleep? That's a cause for suspicion!" she said, defending her argument. This sent Sawyer into another laughing fit. Poor boy was laughing so hard he was crying.
"That is not a term one hears in polite conversation, Miss Williamson." Mina spoke after gathering her wits. "Sorry, I don't mean to-" Suddenly a coat lifted itself off of the back of a chair. "What's all this talk about me being gay?" "Aww, hell, he was here the ENTIRE time?" Laurel drawled, her southern accent coloring her voice. "Yes, love. And for your information, i'm most definitely straight." Laurel nodded, blushing hard. "Well, shall we go prepare?" Mr. Quartermain said.
Everyone began to file out of the room, Laurel, Sawyer and Skinner left in the room. Laurel pulled Sawyer to his feet after his laughing fit was over. They walked out into the hall, side by side. She slung one arm over both of their shoulders. "Skinner isn't gay, so the only one we really have to worry about batting for the other team is Grey, right?" Skinner and Sawyer both roared with laughter, and they continued walking. When they got to the end of the hall, she said, "I'm just sayin."