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25 January 2010 @ 08:00 pm
The Little Things [BSG; Adama/Roslin]  
TITLE: The Little Things
FANDOM: Battlestar Galactica
PAIRING: Adama/Roslin
SPOILERS: Through the end of season 2 (which is as far as I've gotten)
RATING: PG
SUMMARY: She never would've thought of him as sweet when they first met. Peculiar how quickly things can change.
AUTHOR'S NOTES: For sunshine_queen, awesomeness personified. Thanks for your guidance with this one! ♥


*****

Bill notices the little things about her. He never makes a big gesture of showing it, but it's acknowledged all the same. And it's the little things he not only notices about her, but does for her, that impacts Laura so deeply. It's... rather sweet.

She never would've thought of him as sweet when they first met. Peculiar how quickly things can change.

**

He sees her fumbling with her glasses shortly after they've met -- the screw holding one of the bows to the frames had come loose and she can't find it, lost somewhere on the floor of Colonial One. So for an hour she has to read reports holding her glasses as if she's at an opera. After visiting the CIC to get an update on the recent Cylon attacks, she returns to Colonial One to find a small eyeglass repair kit sitting on her desk. Underneath it is a brief note:

Had an extra one of these and thought you could use it. -Adama

Laura smiles and, after fixing her glasses, she stows away the repair kit in a safe place. Along with the note.

**

He can tell when she's stressed or nervous. He never asks, he never even broaches the subject, but she knows that he's aware. And so, he always lingers just millimeters away from touching her, whether they're walking side-by-side down the halls or standing together listening to attack plans.

Sometimes it's a barely-there brush of shoulder-to-shoulder. Sometimes it's an accidental bump of his hand against hers. Others, he'll feign a misstep and just barely touch his hand to the small of her back to correct her path. It's as if it's his way of letting her know that he's there with her if she needs him.

And though they're not necessarily friends, and though she's pretty positive she still annoys the living daylights out of him most times, it's sweet that he takes notice of her stress and offers support.

**

When they're alone and his guard is down, he compliments her. It's never mushy and he doesn't ramble on; they're always simple, clipped sentences. He admires her poise. She makes one hell of a public speaker. He's impressed that she can handle that nut Baltar. These are all his words.

And then on Colonial Day, he has to go and top all of that when they dance. He pulls her close as they turn in circles, his voice low as he says it: "Forgive me for being so bold, Madam President, but I thought you should know... you have a beautiful smile."

She pulls back to search his eyes, waiting for... something. A punchline, maybe? Some bit of bad news to offset it? She's not sure what she's looking for from him; in this moment or any other. But all she gets in return is a smile. So she can't help but smile back, noticing how his eyes stray to the motion of her lips.

"Thank you, Commander."

"Now are you ready to be twirled?"

She chuckles and follows where he leads.

**

She makes mention of how she doesn't like black licorice. It was brought to her when she was in the brig (the mention of which always incites a barely-noticeable flinch from him since they've made amends) and she had been so hungry she'd eaten it... though she didn't like it. She tells him that she's never been fond of black licorice, really, even when she was a girl. Even the smell tends to give her a headache. She says one day that she'll take red licorice over the black any day.

So one afternoon when she visits him in his quarters, he gives her a cursory nod as she comes in and makes her way to his desk. "Bill," she greets him, and it feels nice that they're on a first-name basis now.

"Laura," he returns without missing a beat, and gestures her to take a seat across from him.

She does so, crossing her legs demurely and folding her hands in her lap. That's when she sees him reach into his desk, pulling up a packet of red licorice and tearing it open. She can't help the bright, closed-lip smile she gives him in return, followed by a soft giggle as he hands it over.

"You remembered," she finds herself commenting, a bit of surprise lacing her tone.

"I always remember the important stuff," he tells her, voice rough though the smiles he gives her is anything but.

Her eyes meet his as she takes a bite of the sweet red vine. She's not entirely sure what's transpiring here, but she thinks it might be something good.

**

He notices when her sickness is affecting her and reaches out to help her, to support her. She trembles as she gets to her feet and then suddenly there's his hand, gripping her by her upper arm to steady her.

She gives him a tremulous smile, eyes glassy as she tries to focus, but her body and mind are in immense amounts of pain.

He must somehow be able to tell this about her, as well, because he gives her an encouraging smile. He reaches out and frames her chin with his fingers. His eyes search hers and she feels them swim back into focus.

Then suddenly he's leaning in, resting his lips against hers in a kiss that's chaste, though just on the other side of platonic. Her eyes flutter closed and she wants to give in. She doesn't have much longer, so what does she have to lose?

But then he pulls away. She smiles and opens her eyes. And realizes Billy's been in the room with them the entire time. She can't let her disease or these burgeoning feelings make her falter now. So she takes Billy's arm, smiles a goodnight at the Admiral, and leaves his side.

She feels his eyes on her the entire way, and it makes her just a little bit stronger.

**

It's the little things Bill notices about her, and the little things he does for her, that impact Laura so deeply. So much so that she thinks she could maybe... possibly... fall in love with him. If she's not already.



FIN



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{x-posted to adama_roslin}
 
 
 
i'll be your dipping sauce bitch: mr. and mrs. adorableinthegiggleloop on January 26th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
This was so sweet and in character. Great job. I love this pairing.
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Awesome that you're a Giles/Jenny and Adama/Roslin fan :D :D :D
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(no subject) - regalish on January 26th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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whatever_ljwhatever_lj on January 26th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
Welcome to BSG! So glad you posted this here -- it was wonderful. Seems like you're ready to reinvigorate the A/R writing community...

I especially loved the little kit to fix the glasses; mine break so often that I always wondered about Bill and Laura's.

Thanks.
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the warm welcome! Put a smile on my face. :)

I'm glad you liked this; and as a late-comer, I am definitely ready to stir up the A/R community again -- I need lots of A/R flail right now!
The Motherfrakkin' Quabble: The Dance Faceslonglivelaura on January 26th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
Welcome to BSG - yay! (I kind of envy you your journey!)

This is a lovely look at Laura's thoughts on her changing relationship with Bill. I really enjoyed it - thanks for posting (:o)

a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you for welcoming me! That's so sweet.

I'm so glad you enjoyed this fic; I plan to post another soon. :)
Little Miss Magic: A/R: A day in the life aka kiss her damnsamcasey on January 26th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
Great fic. I love it!!

Welcome to BSG and Adama/Roslin :) You captured them wonderfully here!!! Such perfect little moments!

Hope you enjoy the rest of the series!!
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much! Glad you enjoyed this.

I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series (especially now that I've just seen the extended version of 'Unfinished Business' -- heee)!
SMAsomadanne on January 26th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
Welcome to the fandom! Oh, how I envy you right now with all those unseen episodes ahead of you.

These were lovely little moments.

ETA: Be careful out there, even icons can be spoilery!

Edited at 2010-01-26 03:25 am (UTC)
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the warm welcome! And hehe, everyone's been saying that they envy my 'fresh-eyed' journey into the fandom. Makes me excited for what's to come :D

ETA: Be careful out there, even icons can be spoilery! I have noticed, yes ;) And don't worry -- the only spoilery icons I've allowed myself to see have just shown cutesy romantic things, so it makes me look forward to future episodes.
redrockcanredrockcan on January 26th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
That was wonderful. I really love the last line. Sigh! It makes me want to go back and rewatch all those great little moments. Love the licorice too, that is something Bill would so do. Welcome to the group.
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked it; and I'm glad to (finally) be a part of the group :)
frakcancerfrakcancer on January 26th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
That was wonderful! (I also loved the repair kit. And her keeping the note!) Can't wait to see what you write when you have the rest of the seriesunder your belt.
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to getting the rest of the series watched so I can write more (and read more, haha) :D
anna741anna741 on January 26th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
"Now are you ready to be twirled?"

Fantastic! I loved it. Thank you.
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked this. :)
in his blood like cheap wine: A/R ☯ Witness To Your Lifemurphy987 on January 26th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
Oh, that is absolutely lovely. I really love fics about the little small moments, so I enjoyed this so very much. Welcome to the fandom!
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I do so enjoy writing about the little moments, because they are what make a ship so wonderful. Just like these two :)

And thanks for the warm welcome! :D
a.a_celeste on January 26th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
HEY GIRL, HEY!

The kit and the note, I love how you get into character's heads and give things like their glasses their own story. The moral of the story? Details details details, heh. Keep up the good work, and have fun watching.
pandj1958pandj1958 on January 26th, 2010 08:29 am (UTC)
Your icon is genius... And true.
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Une Frakkante Cylonne: AR- drink on- thepodsquadsunshine_queen on January 26th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
I already told you how delightful I found this, but it bears repeating. Welcome to the fandom!
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Awww, and thank you again for all of your help. Couldn't have posted this without you :D

And thanks for the warm welcome as well, sweetie. Everyone in this fandom that's commented so far has been so sweet and awesome. I'm excited to keep going and get further into this pairing!!
Averyaverita on January 26th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
What a lovely fic.

And though they're not necessarily friends, and though she's pretty positive she still annoys the living daylights out of him most times, it's sweet that he takes notice of her stress and offers support.

This is a great description of their season 1 relationship! I love it! And "sweet" is the word to describe this fic (not to mention Bill - those little gestures, the glasses repair kit, licorice, etc., were just perfect).

Thanks so much for sharing!
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked this! I really enjoyed their season one relationship -- how it was obvious that even though Laura kinda irked him, he still cared about her and supported her.

More to come soon! Thanks again :)
aussiegirl: rs2 kissbsg_aussiegirl on January 26th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC)
Welcome. You really need to hurry and watch the rest. LOL. I found LJ in between watching series 4 and series 4.5 and unfortunately, I read way too much stuff.

Keep writing! A/R are super inspiring.

(Will attempt to use icon with no spoilers. LOL.)
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I think I'm really gonna love it in this fandom :D You all have been so warm and welcoming, you've all made me feel right at home. Thank you for that :)

And I'm glad you enjoyed this. I will definitely hurry to see the rest, because I am anxious to get further into the Bill/Laura love story :D
legallybealegallybea on January 26th, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
Incredibly lovely fic. Sometimes the little things capture more than a grand gesture can. Thank you for sharing.
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Sometimes the little things capture more than a grand gesture can. Precisely why I wrote this fic, thank you :D I've always loved the little things more than those big slap-you-in-the-face moments (although those are always a blast to watch too), so I love writing about them.

Thanks again! :)
pandj1958pandj1958 on January 26th, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
Welcome along to the fandom. I can't tell you how envious I am of you that you have so many unwatched episodes left to watch. Savour them would be my advice, and watch out for spoilery icons :)

This story is lovely as are the little moments you write of, i'm looking forward to reading more from you.
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the warm welcome! I appreciate it so much.

I can't tell you how envious I am of you that you have so many unwatched episodes left to watch. Savour them would be my advice, and watch out for spoilery icons :) Haha! I've been told that a few times; I love that! I am definitely savoring the moments -- I can't tell you how many times lastnight I re-watched all the Bill/Laura scenes from "Unfinished Business." I'm surprised my DVD didn't break altogether, haha.

Thanks again! More soon. :)
xtoothfairy: Mary McHalfxtoothfairy on January 26th, 2010 10:56 am (UTC)
Welcome to the fandom! You'll like it here ;)
And such a sweet story you've written. Sometimes the little things are the best indeed.
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I have a feeling I'll really enjoy the camaraderie of this pairing and the fans :D

Sometimes the little things are the best indeed. I agree. It's always the little, subtexty things that hook me into a ship. Much faster than the "big" moments can (though those are always lovely too)!
Angie: [BSG] never give up hopeangiescully on January 26th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
1) WELCOME TO THE BSG FANDOM. :) Like I tell anyone on my friends list who starts watching it: "It's about time!" ;)

2) This was absolutely lovely. ♥ Hope to see more from you. :)
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
1) THANK YOU THANK YOU! I held out and held out, and... now I'm not exactly sure why I did. Too much mass chaos while the series was still airing? IDK. Glad to be here, though!

2) And thank you again! More will be coming soon :)
Avulcanicity on January 26th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Eeee, cute! :D

I love this (and I love love love that you are watching BSG ♥)
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Heee, thankies! ♥
tjonesy: A/R Hearttjonesy on January 26th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
So much so that she thinks she could maybe... possibly... fall in love with him. If she's not already.

*sigh*

I'm such a sucker for a strong ending. This was beautiful and so heartfelt.
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully I'll have many more A/R fics to come as I progress in the series :)
Z: [bsg] never give up hopeo_banaa on January 26th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
this was such a great story! and i loved the little details! great story!

and welcome to the fandom! :D
a.regalish on January 26th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!! :D
nicole: bsg; cast - it's always better whenwickdstarcrunch on January 27th, 2010 04:09 am (UTC)
jkfgdsfkljdk! This was so so so perfect. It made me smile and so miss them so much.
a.regalish on January 27th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks!!
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aka_plynnaka_plynn on January 27th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
I love these little moments. And, I love new people to the fandom. :) Welcome, and I look forward to seeing much more!
a.regalish on January 27th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! For reading, for reviewing, and for the warm welcome. Much appreciated :D
csiAngel: bsg lovecsiangel on February 18th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
So I had totally missed that you posted four BSG fics!! I'm so glad you mentioned them in your comment earlier.

I love this. Such a beautiful look at their developing relationship. You've captured the essence of them perfectly.

Off to read the others :D
a.regalish on February 18th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Oh yay, I'm glad you're here! I actually could've sworn you'd seen these already, lol. Guess not!

At any rate, thank you so much my dear, I'm so thrilled you enjoyed this one! Hopefully (with this re-watch), I'll start getting some new ideas :)