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Coming Out: Lorne

Fandom: Stargate Atlantis/Numb3rs

Category/Rated: Slash, G

Year/Length: 2008/~458 words

Pairing: Lorne/Colby

Disclaimer: No, I don't own them, for which I should think they're profoundly grateful.

Summary: Lorne coming out to Cadman (no snoopy dancing mom's, though, sorry)

Feedback: Yes please. Even if it's bad. Especially if it's bad.

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Laura is not stupid, and neither is she blind. Lorne's discrete, has to be, but Laura recognizes a few things that are very familiar, when she and Lorne start getting friendly.

What she can't figure out is how to let him know that she's safe.

She tries teasing, which is interesting in that it makes him flush bright red and grin, awkward and cute. He changes the subject fast, though. She tries pointing out a couple of cute guys playing pool when they go out with a bunch of other people from the SGC for Captain Pierson's birthday, but he just rolls his eyes and shakes his head. She tries mentioning her pause-room-mate from college, knowing he'll know what the pause really means; all it gets her is a friendly smile, like she really is talking about someone who was just her room-mate. She even tries bringing up a friend from when she was in a regular marine unit, who got discharged under don't ask don't tell. Lorne is sympathetic and agrees that it sucks, and never one gives even a shadow of a hint that he might feel, like Laura did, angry for themselves as well as for her friend.

It takes an attack on the SGC that lasts three days and ends with the two of them on Laura's living room floor, half drunk on exhaustion and the remains of a bottle of wine, Laura leaning her head against Lorne's arm.

"I just want to sleep for a week," she says, running one finger compulsively over the line of stitches in the back of his hand. Two hours crawling through air ducts with a guy turns out to erode personal space boundaries pretty effectively.

Lorne reaches up and ruffles her hair, cut short again after she got pissed off with it always being in her face, even when she tied it back. "Two days do you?" he asks.

"Better than nothing," she says, thinking about the laundry that needs doing, the mess her bedroom is in, the fact that she has nothing to eat but rice cakes from last time Jessica visited. "Crash here if you want."

"Can't," Lorne says. "Got a friend coming for a few days."

Laura's exhausted and drunk and it takes her a few seconds to realize what she just heard – a slight pause before the word 'friend.' Lorne must feel her tense up in surprise; he looks down at her, smiling faintly, and she really really wants to just hug him, because he's her best friend and she loves him and, seriously, finally.

"About time," she says instead.

"Like you didn't know all along anyway," Lorne says and wraps an arm round her shoulders, pulling her close.


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