By now, everyone on base knew of the newest couple, and bets were being paid out. Daniel refused to buy into any of the games on base, and just shook his head as the two walked into the base, and the braver airmen were whistling.
The newfound publicity of their relationship was new to Daniel, he never was a fan of public displays of affection, and being with Vala meant a lot of that. When his best friends finally decided they were together officially, the money exchanging hands were far more discrete, and they had mere whispers, not outward conversations involving the couple. He had to admit, he preferred the silence of their relationship, not the public nature. But he had to get used to it, if he was going to be with Vala, and he was going to be, he had to learn that public was just being part of that.
Jack had started to make fun of him, saying how it was impossible for him to find a woman on Earth. He remembered the day they told the team.
Sam and Jack had invited them over for dinner, a monthly thing, since the two began their relationship. Jack would cook, as everyone knew Sam could burn water. They were doomed if they were to have children, as the only cooking Jack could do was with beer, and on a barbeque.
They showed up, hand in hand, last of course, Cameron and Teal'c were already there, and on their second, possibly third beer. Sam was laughing at something Jack had said from her spot on the lounger, and he was standing by the grill, pouring a beer on the steak.
He remembered she waved and pulled him onto the bench set Sam had placed on their deck, his arm instinctively went around her shoulder and Cameron's arms went up in the air, and everyone sighed, and said, 'finally!'
"Darling, I've been thinking," Vala explained as they stepped into the elevator. Her arms encircled Daniel's, and she leaned into his side.
"Why do I have a feeling you've been thinking too much?" Daniel asked good-heartedly, as he reached his arm around his body, and stroked her arm.
"I want to live off base," she smiled.
"What?"" Daniel asked, not expecting to hear what came out of her mouth.
"I'm sick of living on base Daniel, I want to be able to leave when I want, and cook when I want, and not have to worry about airmen who can come and go in my room at any time. I want to leave the base Daniel."
Daniel sighed and nodded his head. He had to agree, it was getting a bit annoying the looks he'd get every time he'd enter or leave Vala's base room. And they never spent the night in her room, it was always in his, or at his place. It did make sense Vala wanted to branch out from the base, from her job.
"I think that's a great idea," he said after his moment of thought.
"Wonderful! Daniel this is exciting. I'm going to talk to Sam!" she bounced out of the elevator and towards Sam's lab. Daniel chuckled and shook his head, there were some days he thought Vala was a child, trapped in a woman's body. Her energy gave him life, he hadn't been as happy as he was before they got together. It had been two months, if that, and he'd never been happier.
Sure with Sha're, he was happy, he married her after all, but Vala, she was different. Made him smile, drove him crazy, and only wanted to do everything better, and all he wanted to do was be with her anyway.
"Yo Jackson, you gonna get off that elevator?" Cameron asked staring at his former teammate.
"Oh yeah," Daniel said shaking his head, and walking off the elevator.
"She got you lost in thought now?" Cameron teased as the two walked through the base.
"Just a bit," he replied. "When's the next mission?"
"Oh, um leaving at 1300, to Px4-6t8, some sort of guard duty," Cameron said with a roll of his eyes. "Enjoying the lab work?"
"Everyday, you wouldn't believe how much we have to catalogue, and translate, its refreshing doing work, and not getting shot at daily."
"Ah you miss it," Mitchell replied slapping Daniel's back with a crooked smile. "Oh hey, I'm thinking a team night soon?"
"Sure, I'll check with Vala and her schedule, what day were you thinking?"
"Dunno, gonna talk with Carter and Teal'c, he's heading back to see his kid, so we should probably hang out before then, though I promised Penny I'd meet her parents this weekend."
"The plunge huh?" Daniel chuckled, teasing his friend.
"Yeah," Cameron laughed shaking his head. "You got scot free with that one didn't you?"
"That I did," Daniel said after a thought. "Jacek and I didn't get along, and I'm sure Vala wouldn't want me to meet him, if we already met. She's not that big on the family thing."
"True, that'll change soon huh?"
"That's not even on the table yet," Daniel said shaking his head at his friend as they walked down the corridors.
"Oh that plate is already on the table, you just haven't been passed it yet," Cameron explained. "Like Mama always said, you're just looking at desert and not the full meal."
Daniel looked at Cameron and shook her head, and swiped his lab's door open. "Goodbye Cameron."
"Later Jackson!" he said with a big grin. Daniel shook his head and looked at his desk, the state of it, made him sigh loudly and he moved to tackle the never ending piles.
He was deep into work when he felt the familiar feel, and smelt the familiar smell that was Vala, before he knew it, her hands were wrapping around his shoulders, and he felt her body lean against him. "Hi."
"Hey," Daniel smiled as his cheek accepted the kiss Vala planted. "I thought you were going to talk to Human Resources."
"I did," Vala said moving around so that she stood at his side. "It's after lunch. You weren't there, so I came looking," she smiled softly.
"Oh, sorry," Daniel said squeezing her hand. "Tell me about what HR said?"
"That I would be far more suited doing something other than sitting in a back room counting money and writing cheques. They're going to see if maybe I can take a job with the new recruits," she explained letting go of his hand and picking up a few trinkets that still lay about his table.
"I don't know," Vala shrugged. "But it's something Daniel."
"Very true," Daniel nodded. He had to admit, when he had this time with Vala, that wasn't consumed with missions, or with the team, or sex, he really enjoyed just talking with her. Talking about what was going on with their lives, and what was going to happen, and generally, life. He loved Vala with everything he had, truly he did.
The rest of the afternoon, Vala puttered about his lab, helping where she could, and the two chatted about whatever they wanted. By the time four hit, he could tell Vala was bored, and he packed up for the day, unconsciously taking a hold of her hand as they walked through the base.
Vala was still chitterchattering about something, he was half paying attention as they walked. He only knew they would be going to his place, they'd order chinese, sit on the floor, eat chow mein and then end up making love on the floor.
Maybe he'd ask Vala to move in with him, instead of her getting her own place. That would be interesting, he hadn't lived with anyone for many years, and even then, Vala would more than just a roommate, and its not like he and Sha're really had privacy on Abydos.
Living with Vala would be something interesting, and he wouldn't admit it, even to Vala, but he loved waking up to her, even the days when feet would be at his head, or when they fought, because everyone knew they always fought, but the make up was the greatest thing in the world.
"Daniel, what are you thinking about?" she asked softly, a small smile plastered on her lips.
"You should just move in with me," he said suddenly, he didn't mean to blurt it out, but he did, and now it was out there.
Vala stared at him, and smiled. She reached up and touched his face, holding it between her hands. Daniel turned his face and kissed her palm, before looking at her again.
"On one condition?"
"House, not apartment, house," she said as Daniel smiled brightly and nodded. Vala's squeal of delight could be heard half way around the base, as she jumped into his arms. So maybe this was a little fast, but with Vala, it was anything but slow.