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24 May 2009 @ 10:08 pm
Blinding Truths (4/4)  
Title: Blinding Truths (4/4)
Author: tenacious_err
Rating: PG
Pairing: Daniel/Vala
Summary: After a blinding flash in the gateroom Daniel and Vala are transported to a planet where they must complete a series of puzzles. Set post-Ark of Truth.
Notes: The final part. :) Let me know what you think.

At dinner that night the entire table conversed together, and yet Vala managed to not say one word to Daniel. Whenever he tried to look at her, she would simply look away. Sam politely ignored the behavior, while Cam glanced curiously between the two of them and Teal'c remained stoic as usual.

After dinner Daniel was grateful that the rest of her birthday party had already been arranged to be held at his apartment, at least he was on home turf now. Sam and Cam had gone all-out with streamers and balloons and a large Happy Birthday sign. They brought Vala inside with a blindfold on. Sam quickly insisted that Daniel take her to his room while they prepared the birthday cake. Cam opened his mouth to say that wasn't necessary, but received a swift jab in his ribs from Sam. He groaned and quickly agreed with her.

Daniel guided her to his room, where she stood without saying a single word to him. "Okay, look, I know you're mad at me, but we need to talk," he said.

"We did talk," even though she had the blindfold on she turned away from him. "It was a mistake. You don't need to tell me again."

"Vala," he grabbed her shoulders and turned her towards him, pulling off her blindfold so that he could see her. She lowered her eyes away from him and he grabbed her chin to turn her face up towards him. Slowly her eyes raised to look at him again. "I just need you to listen to me, okay?" She pouted slightly, but then nodded in agreement. He dropped his hand from her face and turned away from her.

"You terrify me," he said quietly.

She crossed her arms, "oh, I'm so glad I decided to listen to that."

He turned back towards her, staring at her, "let me finish." She said nothing, but sat down on his bed and watched him. "When we were in that cave I saw Sha're... you know who that is?"

She nodded, "I read your file when I first got to the SGC."

He shook his head, deciding not to ask how she'd managed to get it, and continued, "well, when we were in that chamber I think we were reliving some of our greatest fears... I saw Sha're and then I saw you. You have to understand, I may call you crazy but I'm not exactly sane myself." He sat down beside her, turning to look at her with a small smile. "I saw my parents die when I was just a child, my wife was taken from me... I watched Janet Fraiser, a very good friend, die right in front of my own eyes. The list goes on and on, I can't even name all the good people I've watched die since I've gotten here." He shook his head lightly, and without even thinking about it her hand went into his. He smiled and squeezed her hand back this time instead of taking his hand away.

"You terrify me because I do feel for you," he said, his voice getting quieter as he looked away from her. "I know where that path leads... so do you."

"Pain, heartache, tears, headaches, anger and sadness?" She asked. He turned back to look at her and nodded slowly. "You're an idiot," she said. He raised his eyebrows in surprise. "You're the one who taught me to stop running and yet here you are running away."

"This isn't quite the same," Daniel argued.

"How is this not you running away?"

"It just... isn't."

"I know running when I see it," she said, "and no matter what you're telling yourself this is running."

"I am not-" before he could finish her lips were on his. She pulled away from the kiss and looked at him carefully. His hand went up to cup her face, and he lightly kissed her back.

"It won't be easy," he mumbled as he pulled back from her.

"Runner," she accused. He grinned and kissed her again, and as they pulled away he was surprised to see the gift he'd gotten her out of his back pocket and in her hands. She pulled away and smiled, "so this is what you got me." She shook the box next to her ear, listening to it curiously.

He tried to grab it from her but she quickly hopped up and away from him, "well, surprisingly it isn't a book... unless it's a very small book." She continued to shake it and evade him as he tried to grab it from her. As he grabbed for it his fingers latched around the top and he accidentally opened it. A shine of silver caught her eye as she looked down at it and stopped running from him. "Oh."

She pulled out a small silver bracelet with a small swirl charm on it. "It's a charm bracelet," he said, "you add charms to it... it's suppose to represent your story. I picked the swirl for the stargate to start you off with. To represent the new start you had with us."

"It's gorgeous," she said with a smile. He took it from her and helped her to clasp it around her wrist.

"Birthday girl!" Cam yelled from the living room. "You ready?"

"Oh!" She said in surprise, as if just remembering why she was there. She and Daniel made their way out to the hall, with his hands over her eyes instead of the blindfold. Vala bit her lip as they walked forward, he placed her right in front of the cake then removed his hands. Vala lit up when she saw the cake and decorations. They all sang happy birthday to her, and she leaned over and blew out the candles. Much to her surprise as soon as they were blown out they lit up again.

She frowned, and blew on them again. They lit up again. She blew on them again and again and again only to have them light up after every attempt. Sam chuckled and Daniel grinned, even Teal'c had a small smile on his face. Cam laughed, "sorry, I couldn't help myself," he said.

"Is this an earth tradition?" She asked curiously, blowing on the candles one more time only to watch them light up.

"They're trick candles," Daniel informed her, "not really a tradition, just a joke."

"Oh, I see," Vala nodded as the others turned on the sink and tossed the candles into the water. She remained suspiciously quiet as Teal'c cut her a piece of the cake, and as she took it she slowly stepped towards Cam, raising the plate closer and closer to his face.

"Hey now," he said as he started to step back, "it was just a-"

"Joke," she finished his sentence as she slammed the cake into his face. "So is this. I've seen it on television." This caused Sam to burst out laughing and Teal'c's smile to widen. Cam grabbed a chunk of the cake as it fell off his face and turned towards Daniel. Daniel stepped back in surprise.

"I didn't do anything-" he began but before he could finish the cake was in his face. He grimaced, taking off his glasses and wiping them on his shirt. Vala giggled helplessly, but before she knew what had happened Daniel had grabbed a piece of cake and tossed it towards her. She gasped in surprise as the cake fell off her face, and then with a wicked grin she tossed the rest towards Sam. Sam grinned widely, grabbing a new piece and throwing it towards Teal'c. His stoic frown showed through the icing, only causing the giggles in the room to increase.

After Daniel's insistence that they clean up, they all collapsed onto Daniel's couch to watch a movie of Vala's choosing. "It's called Pretty Woman!" Vala exclaimed happily, "it's about a woman who gets paid to have sex and then this man pays her to do absolutely nothing." Daniel grinned at the description as Cam groaned about chick flicks.

After Pretty Woman they watched reruns of The X-Files, which Vala had taken a liking to. After a half an episode Daniel was asleep on the couch, and by the end of the episode Vala was snoring lightly against his shoulder, he shifted in his sleep and wrapped his arm around her as she nudged her head against his chest, he laid down and she wound up lying on top of him.

Sam poked Cam and then nodded to Teal'c. The three of them quietly got up to leave. Cam yawned as he stretched and headed to the door. Sam smiled lightly as she grabbed a blanket from the couch and covered them both with it, then moved towards the door with Cam.

Teal'c looked to the two of them with a small knowing smile spread across his face before he and the others left, leaving them lying there for the first night of many.
lizbet0lizbet0 on May 25th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Very sweet! I particularly like the charm bracelet idea!

Thank you for writing!
mamapranayama: pic#80723601mamapranayama on May 25th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
Awww- Nice story. Thanks for sharing it. :D
lc59lc59 on May 25th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Cool...some of the dialogue was right on the money...the sequence right after he takes her into his room...all the way to:
"She crossed her arms, "oh, I'm so glad I decided to listen to that."
Bang on...could see and hear this in my head...gorgeous.

Loved Cam using the trick candles..lolololol.

Not too taken with the cake smearing, but then I'm not big on food fights period...altho it would've been wonderfully sensual and hot if DV had gotten into that kinda scene on their own...lots lickin' and...oh sorry, imagination was starting to get away from me there,lol
And judging by the way you ended this, you don't do that hot stuff I guess...oh well...this was a fun piece and it was nice to have some new DV fiction.
Zoe: Sweater Vestscaramel_monkey on May 31st, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
Hahhha! The cake face smashing was funny. :P

I'm glad Daniel and Vala made up. And the charm bracelet thing was cute!^^
Maggie: when daniel met vala: by skypilot_dlmorbinglight on May 31st, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)
aww love how you ended it!
brilliant idea with the trick candles hehe :D
and the charm bracelet is sooo sweet!
rac80rac80 on May 31st, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
awww cute ending and I enjoyed how vala calls daniel of his running away! good job.
bkwurm1: DV Lovebkwurm1 on June 21st, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Well after Vala spit all over the cake trying to blow out the trick candles, maybe a food fight was the best option. Save on calories too!

Daniel and Vala's chat was lovely as was her calling him on "running". It won't always be easy, but they go together very nicely (as Teal'c knows) and so the ending with them wrapped up in each other, without even knowing what they were doing was one of those eyes shinning big grin moments. Makes me happy. Thank you.
campylobacter: Qeteshcampylobacter on August 30th, 2009 10:21 am (UTC)
Please oh please let me write an alternate ending to this that includes a naked food fight, pornos, a video camera, and all 5 members of SG-1.

Pretty please? ;-)
Joe Maristopher: Vala Mal Doranjohn_jones on February 10th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
It's so nice! :) I've read all chapters and the last, that talk between Vala and Daniel - it's just brilliant.
I think, I'll to re-read not one time, just for my own happiness after vala/daniel pairing.
Thanks for sharing!