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09 March 2012 @ 09:46 am
Fic: Virginia is for Lovers  
Title: Virginia is for Lovers
Word Count: 1200
Rating: T
Original/Fandom: Stargate: SG-1
Pairings (if any): Sam/Jack
Warnings (Non-Con/Dub-Con/RPF etc): none
Summary: Jack gets a nice surprise
Notes: Set Season 9-ish. Written for a challenge at writerverse. Genre: Romance
Part of the Always series.

Virginia is for Lovers

Jack O’Neill sighed softly as the towncar pulled up in front of the beautifully maintained Arlington rowhouse. It was the end of another very long week fighting ignorant bureaucrats who were convinced that they knew better how to run the Stargate Program than the people who actually went through the gate. He set his cap on his head and gathered his briefcase.

“Good evening, General,” said the young airman at the wheel. “I’ll see you Monday morning.”

Jack muttered something appropriate back and stepped from the vehicle. He was not looking forward to another weekend alone. Back when he and Sam had worked out the rules for their long-distance relationship, before the Ori threat had forced her back onto SG-1, he had looked forward to long weekends spent exploring the city and its surrounding area: trips to Luray Caverns and Skyline Drive, antiquing in Fredricksburg, visiting Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

All these and more had been dangled in front of him as selling points to take the damn promotion. No one had bothered to mention that finding an actual whole weekend without something needing his attention would be next to impossible. And once Sam was back on SG-1, well, all bets were off.

So here he was finally with a free weekend and Sam was offworld on some week-plus-long scouting mission of another planet rumored to have shown traces of naquadria. What made it worse was that Sam was privately convinced that the readings were misleading and the planet would not prove to be a new source of the mineral. He had learned over the years that it was usually smart to trust her instincts. He expected nothing to come of this mission except an increased strain on his libido.

The car pulled away as he walked toward the steps leading up to his door. He nodded to the teenage girls gathered a few houses down and started up the stairs. As he approached, he noticed that all was not as he had left it. A single long-stemmed red rose had been tied to his door knocker with a red ribbon. He stepped up on the stoop and turned to look up and down the street, the anomaly prompting an automatic threat-assessment as well as wondering whether someone was going to jump out and tell him he was on Candid Camera. Nothing else was out of place, though, and he turned and carefully untied the ribbon, carrying it and the rose into the house with him.

He closed the door quietly behind him and set his things down on the door table, listening intently. Something was different. He flicked on the foyer light to find a light sprinkling of rose petals leading from the front door through to the stairs. Narrowing his eyes, he slowly followed the trail up the stairs and down the hall to where a flickering light shone from the master bedroom.

Only two people other than Jack had a key to this place: his personal assistant and Sam. Somehow, he couldn’t see Major Kinney sneaking out to surprise him with the dozens of lighted candles set on various surfaces in the bedroom, with more light flickering from the attached bathroom. He hoped to god that somehow he had missed a memo and that was Sam in there or else there was going to be a very big problem.

He heard a faint splashing sound as he crossed the bedroom.  He nudged open the bathroom door and had to steady himself against the doorjamb at the sight that greeted him. Sam Carter, face flushed from the steam, was submerged in the large soaking tub. The bubbles that concealed most of her body from his sight were also dotted with rose petals and the whole room smelled of the floral bath oil she used. He licked his lips and tried to swallow.

Keeping her eyes closed, she smiled. “Are you just going to stand there all night or are you going to join me? The water’s not going to stay hot forever, you know.”

And the sound of her voice was all that he needed to convince himself that he wasn’t dreaming and spur him into action. The speed with which his clothes began to hit the floor had her giggling, even as she scooched forward so he could step in and sit behind her. He couldn’t suppress a pleased groan as the hot water enveloped him and her slick back came to rest on against his chest, her butt snugging up nicely against his groin.

She tilted her head up, blue eyes meeting brown for an instant before she pressed her lips to his. Then she resumed her relaxed position, resting her head against his shoulder, wiggling against him just a little as she sought the most comfortable position.

He kissed the top of her head and let his fingers trail along any bits of her he could reach, the mood relaxed and sensual as she hummed in contentment. Her hands slowly massaged up and down his thighs for a while before seeking out his hands pulling them to rest across her belly, their fingers entwined. She let out another small sound of utter contentment and Jack thought he may never let them get out of this tub.

Finally his curiosity got the better of him and he spoke up. “Distinctly not looking a gift horse in the mouth here, but aren’t you supposed to be on P7...something?”

“Yeah, we were. Then Daniel had a small accident which required us to come back earlier than scheduled.” She felt Jack tense behind her. “He’s fine. He tripped in a cave, sprained his ankle pretty good, but he’ll be up and around in a week.”

“Why wasn’t I told about this?” He got daily reports from the SGC and had seen nothing about SG-1’s early return or Daniel’s injury.

She squeezed his fingers lightly. “Well, since the planet was a bust for naquadria, which I told you before we left, and Daniel’s injury wasn’t serious, I asked Paul Davis if he wouldn’t mind temporarily misplacing those reports.” She looked back up at him, biting her lip lightly. “I wanted to surprise you.”

He thought about that for a minute, the part of him that was The Man warring with the part of him that thought rules were there to be broken. Then he looked down at the warm body pressed against him and decided it didn’t really matter.

“How long can you stay?”

“Well, with Daniel’s injury, we're off the mission rotation for at least a week. And most of my current projects are analyzing data, which I just happen to have on my laptop, so...” She stopped abruptly as he tilted her head back to give him access to her lips again. He finally pulled back when oxygen started to become an issue and he realized that they were in danger of flooding the bathroom floor if they didn’t move this out of the tub.

Later that night, as they lay tangled together in his bed, looking forward to a week of waking together, he kissed her lightly again and said, “You think of the best surprises, Carter.”

I feel: sicksick
I'm enjoying: Angel
daxcat79: Stargate:  Passionate Kissdaxcat79 on March 10th, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
Awww! Yay for seeing Sam's romantic side!
magickmoonsmagickmoons on March 10th, 2012 05:14 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked :)
Kate: J/S_brocasupplyship on March 10th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
Aw, adorbs! I love me some fluff. And some S/J in the bath. :D Nice!
magickmoonsmagickmoons on March 10th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was fun to write. Glad you liked it!
shana: flaviansshana0809 on March 10th, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)
So, a critique for writerverse. First off, I think you captured the theme very well, and added some nice details. Secondly, I like how approachable and down to earth(sorry didn't mean for that to be a pun) the General is in his thoughts. Maybe it's because I don't really know the characters, but it just seems to me that he should be more alert and apprehensive about a possible threat being a general and presumably being familiar with combat situations.
magickmoonsmagickmoons on March 10th, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
Thank you! Point taken as regards Jack's reaction. I had played with some additional stuff with his reaction that I ended up dumping in favor of the narrative flow. Truthfully, he has enough field experience that I think he was able to sense that there wasn't a danger vibe...
shanashana0809 on March 10th, 2012 05:43 am (UTC)
Maybe throw something like that in for those of us that don't know his character? Like for you, you understand this, but I don't know him so it would be lust to let us know that he's already done all the danger, danger, danger stuff.
Brattylab_brat on March 10th, 2012 06:40 am (UTC)
I really liked this. I'm a bit of a sam/jack girl sometimes and this made me grin so much. I really liked how you described the bath scene, I could picture it clearly in my head. And the scene at the start with Jack arriving home was well done. I liked the detail with him putting his cap on before he got out of the car, I think thats a rule, isn't it that caps need to be worn outside at all times? I could be wrong, but either way I liked that detail.

My only quibble is that at the start of the story you used the word "actual" twice in regards to his weekend and it sounded kinda repetitive. "Actual whole weekend" and "actual free weekend" in the space of two sentences. Maybe for the second one you could say "So here he was finally with a free weekend and Sam..." or something similar?

(sorry! Im not great at critique. you can thank the writerverse challenge for this one. lol)
magickmoons: teal'cmagickmoons on March 10th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! And thanks for noticing the details; I'm pretty sure that they are required to wear headgear when outside, but I can't really cite a source.

And, eep! Repetitive word usage is one of my pet peeves, so thanks for catching that. I think I may steal your wording suggestion :)

Thanks for reading.
sallycandance on March 10th, 2012 08:20 am (UTC)
This is lovely. Jack/Sam is always adorable; and she surprising him like this is damn cute - also IC. I can totally see her doing something like that.

Writerverse critique, the grammar edition ^.^: Have another look at punctuation rules, perhaps. I noticed a lot of missing commas mainly. And titles are usually spelled lower case (Airman) unless they are used together with the person's name/in an addressing ("Hello, Airman." but "The airman has left the building.").
magickmoons: butterflymagickmoons on March 10th, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. I'm glad it played IC.

I've corrected the Airman/airman thing. Thanks for catching that!
sallycandance on March 10th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. ^.^
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magickmoons: Lights on Jackmagickmoons on March 10th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. It's definitely nice to hear that it comes across well even to someone unfamiliar with the fandom. But I guess wanting to be with your loved one is a kind of universal emotion :)

You can thank my hubby that the last sentence made the cut. I'm still not entirely happy with it, but he convinced me to leave it as is. I knew there was a reason I married him ;)

And thanks for the good wishes.
XFchemist: grace kissxfchemist on March 10th, 2012 10:20 am (UTC)
magickmoons: teal'cmagickmoons on March 10th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
dreximgirl: Sam Continuumdreximgirl on March 10th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Loved this so much, they are both perfectly in character and your descriptions really form a picture in my head. I'm looking forward to reading more of your writing - in and out of the Stargate world :-)

Only thing I could critique really was the first part 'they knew better how to run the Stargate Program' maybe 'they knew how to run the Stargate Program better' may be an alternative sentence.
magickmoons: classic teammagickmoons on March 11th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad the descriptions were effective. I often feel that is one of my weaknesses in writing. But this story kind of came to me nearly fully formed, so it was a bit easier getting them down.

Mimi The Musemimithemuse on March 11th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
Okay, I've only seen the movie Stargate, but you managed to write a piece that gave enough information to tell me everything I needed to enjoy this story without knowing the fandom. I've always loved the "romantic bathtub surprise" trope, and I think you did it brilliantly. And without doing anything to incur a higher than PG-13 rating, you added a few little drops of eroticism. Might want to read it over again for grammar checks, but a lovely story!

magickmoons: butterflymagickmoons on March 11th, 2012 05:24 am (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback. It was fun to write and I'm really glad that you enjoyed it.
Ami Ven: Team Proseami_ven on March 26th, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
Very nice! Sam does think of the best surprises ;)
magickmoons: sam jackmagickmoons on March 26th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
Yep, we all know that when she puts her mind to something... :)