Category: Friendship, pre-slash
Summary: Slow and steady wins the race.
"Are you going to say that every single time I kiss you?"
Aiden smiled brilliantly.
"I'm still very impressed."
"It's been more than a week since we first kissed."
"But this is just the third time we've done this."
"That's because you're an elusive little bugger."
"Look at it this way; this isn't getting old, is it?"
"It's not getting anything, so far."
Rodney released his hold on Aiden and sat down on a bench.
"Oh, here we go again."
"I never expected a Marine to play so hard to get."
"You must have mistaken me for an Air Force pilot."
"I always heard you guys were gung ho."
"Is that why you want me? You thought I'd be easy?"
Aiden took a seat on the bench beside him.
"Actually, I laid awake one night thinking about all the possible ways I could die out here in the Pegasus Galaxy. And when I'd calculated the odds of reaching my fortieth birthday--."
"You mean you're not forty?"
"Very funny. Once I realized how fragile life out here might be, I began to think about all the things I wanted to see and do before I died."
"And seeing me naked topped your list..."
"Seeing and doing, Aiden."
"I'm just being honest," Rodney said earnestly. "And no, you weren't at the top of my list."
"That's irrelevant, since we'll probably never see Earth again."
"Whoa! What do you mean we'll probably never see Earth again? I thought you were going to get us all home!"
"I will, I will--if we find a fully-charged ZPM and the Wraith don't kill us first. Or if the Genii don't come back and slaughter us all in our beds, or I don't contract some alien disease or get shot..."
"Geez, Rodney, where do you get this stuff?"
"From our mission reports! You saw everything I did. You know what we're up against."
"Yeah, I guess I have."
"Oh, don't pout. I didn't mean to depress you. I'm just trying to get you to put out."
"Thanks, Rodney. I feel so much better."
Rodney cupped Aiden's cheek and pulled him in for a kiss.
"You're welcome. You know, you taste better when you smile, too."
"Do I... Damn."
"You know, I think I like hearing you say that..."
"Wait a minute! What was at the top of your list?"
"I already told you—irrelevant."
"Why should I believe you?"
"I'm such a good kisser."
"That doesn't make any sense, Rodney."
"That makes even less sense."
"Tell you what; get naked for me and I'll tell you anything you want to know."
"Nice try... Damn."
The next time Rodney pulled away, Aiden pulled him back.
"Told you so," Aiden said with a wink.
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