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28 September 2010 @ 04:37 pm
Done with the Pilot so Writing Fic!  
Title: Defied Expecations
Specs: Babylon 5, John/Delenn, 2600 words
Rating: PG-13 for language and sexytimes

Sheridan had awakened about twenty minutes earlier, and had spent the time watching Delenn sleep.  She was curled up against him, her head on his shoulder, an arm and a leg slung across his body.  Her dark hair was spread all around her like a nimbus, and he drew his fingers through it, knowing it wouldn't wake her up.  He'd learned a great deal about his new wife the last few weeks, almost all of it contrary to what he had imagined.  He had figured her to be the kind of person to wake up naturally, no need for an alarm or assistance.  She would climb out of bed ready to go, wide awake and prepared to face the day with a spring in her step. 

The crystal pyramid on her bedside table glowed yellow, and let out a mellow chime.  Delenn groaned into his shoulder, waved her hand vaguely in the air above his chest - a good two feet away from the pyramid - and buried her face more securely against him.  With an inward chuckle, Sheridan waved the chime off himself.  He had another ten minutes to watch her, to run his hand up and down her smooth back, to plan what they would do when she finally woke up.

The chime rang again.  This time she rolled away from him, saying something he couldn't decipher - it might have been in English, it might not have been.  She grabbed the covers and pulled them up over her shoulders, burrowing down into the bed.  The first time she had continued to sleep past the second alarm, he had shook her awake, afraid that she would sleep in past her first meeting.  She'd snarled at him, flinging aside the covers and marching into the head, muttering darkly in Adronato under her breath.  There had been no sex that morning.  Now he knew that she had a system, a system which involved three chimes of her alarm before she finally got out of bed.  Sheridan supposed at some point he would get used to it, but now it was still a novelty, to watch her struggle to wake up like some kind of moody teenager.

The chime sounded out for the third time.  She rolled onto her back, stretching her arms over her head.  Sheridan drank in the sight of her, bringing a hand up and gently rubbing her stomach.  He had to tread carefully; sometimes she was too groggy and didn't like him putting the moves on her when she still wasn't quite sure where she was.  This morning, though, she smiled at his touch, finally opening those big gray eyes he loved so much. 

"Hi," he said, in no hurry.  She set her third chime to go off a full hour before she needed to be anywhere, to give herself plenty of time.  She put a hand on the top of his head, sliding it down to the side of his face, and then she closed her eyes again.  "You want me to wake you up?" he asked, and she nodded.  He loved every kind of sex with Delenn, but sleepy sex was near the top of the list.  She was lovely and warm and pliant, and as he kissed her and stroked her and made love to her, she opened up beneath him like a flower turning its face to the sun.  By the time they finished, she was awake, and he was ready to go back to sleep.  Delenn got into the shower, and Sheridan thought for a second about joining her; he ended up rolling over and dozing.  He didn't hear her come out of the shower and get dressed.  She yanked the covers off him, so he did hear her say "Wake up, John!" in a bright, cheery voice.  She was lucky he was such a nice guy.

***

He'd expected her to be conservative in bed.  Not a prude - she'd certainly enjoyed exploring and being explored during the Shan'fal (as always, Sheridan shuddered to remember it) - but conservative nonetheless.  He'd expected her to prefer nice, vanilla missionary; he'd expected to have to introduce her to different positions with reticence on her part; he'd expected plenty of nights when he wanted sex and she begged off.

He did not expect her to bring toys to their quarters and enthusiastically show him how to use them.  He did not expect her to direct their activities in bed like she ran the docking bays.  (I'll put my legs here, you grab that pillow and put it there; wait a minute - I mean it, John, quit moving; tilt the bed back - not that much; I watched this on the adult channel last night, John, this is what I want to do, stop pouting and help me secure this around my hips.)  He did not expect her to pull him into secluded corners in the garden.  He did not expect her to drop to her knees in the transport tube.

Sheridan finally wrapped his mind around it, and thought he had her figured out.  Which was why he couldn't understand the frown on her face as she held out the lingerie he'd bought her as though it were something rotting and distasteful.

"You don't want to wear them?"

"They look silly.  I would look silly."

"You would look amazing.  Gorgeous.  Perfect."

"I do not already look like that?"

"Is that a trick question?"

"John, if you desire to look at my breasts, simply tell me so and I will undress for you."

"I want to look at your breasts covered in wispy black lace."

She looked at him then, eyes on his, no blinking.  Was she thinking about it?  Was she going to give in? 

"Fine.  I will wear your ineffective clothing.  After I have the chance to look at your penis covered in wispy black lace."

Sheridan took the lingerie back from her and stuffed it into a drawer.  He would table the lingerie discussion till later.  He hoped she would forget about it - he really didn't feel like coming home some day to find a lacy black thong waiting for him.

***

Delenn could eat like a fucking horse.  Not all of the time, not even most of the time.  But once every three months or so she would steadily eat throughout the entire day, meal following meal in close succession, portions that made even his eyes bug out. 

In most respects, she was Human.  The bone crest and the lack of eyebrows made her look more Minbari than she actually was any more.  He hadn't realized just how Human she was until the first time they'd had to deal with her period.  She had been very matter-of-fact about it.  (I cannot believe you are being so squeamish about this.  Please just get a towel and spread it out on the bed.)  Sheridan wasn't sure why, but the fact that she menstruated like every other woman he'd ever been with sort of boggled him.  He'd been expecting to deal with some incompatibility issues.  He knew, from what little literature there was on the subject, that Minbari reproduced sexually, too, and that the basic mechanics were the same.  Still, it was a surprise - pleasant, no mistake - that everything worked just as it should.

So she was mostly Human, except for this metabolism thing.  She'd told him the Minbari word for it.  It kind of sounded like monkey, though he was sure that wasn't even close to the actual word.  He was too embarrassed to ask her to repeat it, after he'd asked her and asked her about five times in a row when she had first told him about it.  That had been a weird day.  She had been cooking before he'd even got up, and he didn't realize that anything was strange at first, since he'd stumbled into the main room after she'd mostly finished eating that first meal.  Then she'd ate something else.  And then something else.

"Delenn?  Are you okay?"

"Hmm?"  She looked up at him, busily cutting up the Minbari equivalent of chicken, still working on a grain and fruit salad.

"You're just...eating a whole lot."

"Today is my monkey."  (That was not what she had actually said, but goddamn it, that was the only way he could hear it, now.)  Sheridan knew he just stared at her like she'd said she was a monkey, and she calmly pulled up a computer entry on the topic.  He'd read it, every now and then turning to peer at her as she continued to eat.  Only female Minbari experienced it, and it was tied to their reproductive cycles. 

"But you..."

"Yes, I menstruate now.  Dr. Franklin is not sure why I continue to have the monkey.  It does not appear to have anything to do with my current reproductive cycle.  A vestige, he called it."

"Are you starving or something?"

"I am quite hungry."  He'd just watched her then.  It was mesmerizing; she was such a goddamned tiny thing, and she just kept shoving it in, bite after bite.  Finally she had swatted him away and made him leave her alone.

Today was her second monkey since they'd been married, and Sheridan had prepared.  He'd bought all her favorite foods, and put in orders in half a dozen different restaurants and food stalls for things they couldn't really make in their little kitchen.  He'd stockpiled away some chocolates and some very expensive Minbari sweet and that strange Centauri fruit he thought smelled like feet but she really liked.  He made a batch of chocolate chip cookies, which was one of three things he could actually cook. 

He'd set the alarm early and slipped out of bed before she woke up.  (Not difficult; she was sprawled over eighty percent of it, her mouth open, and she'd look dead if it weren't for the steady rise and fall of her chest.)  He made a big breakfast - she hated eggs, but she liked bacon and pancakes, and he cooked up a ton of both.  (Numbers two and three - he felt like an absolute genius.)  Delenn was just sitting up and rubbing the sleep out of her eyes when he brought in the breakfast tray, and the look of surprise and gratitude on her face pierced him through.

"John."

"Real maple syrup.  And butter.  You're expensive to keep, I'll have you know." 

She let him feed her, smiling at him, and he knew he was going to get laid like a son of a bitch as soon as this day was over.  At first, she insisted he have every fourth or fifth bite; after her monkey really set in, it turned into every ninth or tenth.  She finished up and then kissed him, a kiss that tasted like maple syrup and bacon, and he laughed into her mouth.

"You taste like home."

***

It was the third anniversary of their first date.  They'd had to work - there was no getting around that - but he'd set aside the evening.  He took her out to dinner at the Fresh Air, remembering that first dinner.  Seeing her in that tight black dress, her hair pinned up, pretty earrings dangling.  She'd taken his breath away, and looking back, Sheridan thought that dinner had been the point of no return.  He'd never gotten her fully out of his thoughts after that, though at first he'd tried.  Now he couldn't imagine any other existence, didn't even want to.

Delenn was wearing another black dress tonight, the one she had worn last year before she'd gone back to Minbar for something apparently very serious and secret.  Bare shoulders and arms, lovely décolletage.  She was so beautiful, so very beautiful, and sometimes Sheridan couldn’t figure out what the hell she was doing with him.

A nice, leisurely stroll through the gardens.  Back to her quarters, which he’d filled with those tiny white flowers that looked like wild daisies to him, but were her favorite.  He made love to her, and he knew he was the luckiest man to ever live.  Now she was idly kissing his chest, and he rolled her over, leaned up on an elbow to look down at her.

He had practiced.  It would have been nice if he had been able to rehearse with another Minbari, but the only one he knew that well was Lennier, who wasn’t on-station.  Even if he had been, Sheridan couldn’t have practiced these words with Lennier, who he suspected would like to say some of them to Delenn himself.  Delenn was looking up at him with curious but patient eyes, and he took a deep breath.  He knew his accent was going to be atrocious, but he hoped that in this case, the thought would count.

“I love you.  I love you more every day.  Nothing in my life means more to me than you, and I would not be able to exist if you were not in my life.  There is nothing I would not do for you.  You complete me.”

She had at first looked touched, overwhelmed.  Her eyes had glistened with tears.  And then at the end her brow lifted and she bit her lips.  Sheridan thought for a second that maybe he’d really pulled it off.  Her chin was quivering.  Was she going to cry? 

No.  She was going to laugh.  She tried hard, he could see that she tried really hard, but she finally couldn’t hold it in.  She clapped a hand over her mouth but even that didn’t do any good.  She put her head back and laughed.  There were tears rolling down her cheeks, all right, but they weren’t “that is the sweetest thing anyone has ever said to me, thank you, John” tears. 

“Delenn?”

She choked something out then.  It sounded like murder.  And if he’d thought she was laughing hard before, now she was practically hysterical.  Sheridan was hurt for a minute or so, but then he couldn’t help but laugh along with her, even though he still didn’t know what she was laughing about.  His own laughter died down, but hers kept going, so he just took in the view.  It was a very nice view.  He made a mental note for the next time the lingerie discussion came up to let her know that watching her tits shake as she giggled would have been even more entrancing had they been covered in an alluring layer of transparent silk.

Sheridan had expected them to have different tastes in humor.  To expect anything else would have been ridiculous, considering that they came from different planets and cultures.  He knew she probably wouldn’t find The Three Stooges funny.  (He had showed it to her anyway, of course.)  He was a little more disappointed that she didn’t think Rebo and Zooty were funny; except, of course, when they’d told the joke based on Minbari humor, where something was also a fish or whatever it was.

Then Sheridan got it.  He’d said something wrong, and it had absolutely tickled her.  Delenn rolled over, still hiccupping out little giggles, and gave him a big sloppy kiss.  “I murder you, do I?”  He loved her so much he thought his head would explode.  “You murder me, too,” she whispered, then kissed him like he’d never been kissed before.

Sheridan made a couple calls a few hours later to cancel all their morning meetings.  He expected her to protest, but she just grinned up at him.  They were going to have to have a talk about where she was allowed to put her mouth while he was trying to have a conversation on the link.
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enigmaticblues: delenn/sheridanenigmaticblues on September 29th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
LOL! I have a ridiculously huge grin on my face right now. This was awesome. (Also, as someone who has been married just a little over a year, may I say, "WORD." Things are so different when you're actually married.)
nhpwnhpw on September 29th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
Word indeed!

We hit four years in June and it does not go away, I assure you. I discovered very recently that it is good that we have two bathrooms, because in the two weeks that he was using mine while he couldn't navigate the stairs because of his sprained ankle, he drove me BONKERS. (Which is weird because when we were newlyweds with no money, we shared a bathroom and a very small apartment every day. Perspective, I guess.)
enigmaticbluesenigmaticblues on September 29th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
Oh man. We found out that we can't share a bed. No, really. He thrashes and snores and sometimes hits me in the eye. Thank goodness we have a second bedroom. (Oddly enough, the bathroom thing does not bother either of us.)
nhpwnhpw on September 29th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Hitting - ouch! That sucks :( He snores, but only if he lays on his back or his right side, and he's a heavy sleeper. If I push him over, he'll stop. :P

See, I didn't think the bathroom thing would bother me either! We survived ten months in a tiny one bed/ one bath apartment, and I was actually sad that he was excited to get his own when we bought a house. But then he was in mine, and he was messing everything up! I was like - "Seriously, you are such a boy. There are a million drawers in here, and the vanity is not where your toothpaste goes." And he looks at me all confused: "It's not?"

*facepalm*

After nine days I started asking him how his foot was every day in part because what I really wanted to ask is, "When are you going to stop messing up my bathroom?"
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 29th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Thank you! I had a big grin on my face when I was writing it, too. (At Starbucks, of course.)
nhpw: Season5nhpw on September 29th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
LOL... I love this. I love this times a million. Funny and sweet and sexy, and a bunch of the moments I wish we'd gotten to see in Season 5.

"Fine. I will wear your ineffective clothing. After I have the chance to look at your penis covered in wispy black lace."

This was the first time I spit beer at my computer screen from laughing and

"Today is my monkey." (That was not what she had actually said, but goddamn it, that was the only way he could hear it, now.)

This was the second.

Well done.

Shannon: b5 john smileskungfuwaynewho on September 29th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks. I certainly wish we'd seen more sex in S5, that's for sure.

Heh, the monkey thing came about because I am shit at coming up with fake Minbari words, and had to find a way to avoid it.
nhpw: sheridannhpw on September 29th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
More sex? How about ANY sex? There were two implications that they ever did it at all: At the end of Deconstruction of Falling Stars, when they are both topless, and presumably naked, under the covers (which means that while we were getting 1,000,000 years of history, they were doin' the horizontal polka) and - "Oh, PS. The series is almost over so I want to sneak this in here. Delenn's pregnant. But don't expect her to have, you know, symptoms or anything after this. I don't do girly shit." *headshake*

Heh, the monkey thing came about because I am shit at coming up with fake Minbari words, and had to find a way to avoid it.

No, it's fine. This is better anyway - a very man thing, and a very Sheridan thing. He could sometimes be kind of dense and for some reason I feel like it would have taken him awhile to get command of the Minbari language(s).

Shannon: ad gob angrykungfuwaynewho on September 29th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
I figure in ten or twenty years I'll be able to talk about the way the show handled Delenn's pregnancy and David Sheridan without ending up sputtering with frothing rage.

Yeah...I can't see Sheridan able to pick up much of the Minbari language at all until they actually moved to Minbar and he was immersed in it, and even then he probably had an absolutely dreadful accent. Whereas of course David would have spoken it perfectly and a;lsdkjf awpeiruAAWIE FH WIEFHA

WHY SHOW. WHY.
nhpwnhpw on September 29th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
If I write you some gapfiller porn, will you calm down? :P

No, seriously. While I have no desire to write a wedding night story about what G'Kar saw because - skeevy! - I am quite content to fill in what we all missed during "Deconstruction of Falling Stars."
I'm interested in the fact that after sex, Sheridan would be all introspective about the future not remembering them.

I also have this "pregnant Delenn" idea, wherein she is newly pregnant and not at all interested in sex. Pouty Sheridan FTW. Probably much less porn and much more realism.

...and then you'll feel better...? :)
Shannon: b5 transitkungfuwaynewho on September 29th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
I would never turn down porn!

The scene at the end of "Deconstruction" kind of makes me laugh. I mean, they're newlyweds, and if we go by show canon they've probably only had sex a few times before (or even just once before). And Sheridan is lying there in bed looking just...not like a man who's just banged his wife, is what I'm saying.



I mean, seriously. What is his problem. (I also like when Delenn is all, it doesn't matter if anyone remembers us - he wrinkles up his nose a little bit as if to say, I do not agree with you, dear, but I'll keep my mouth shut for now. Oh, John.)

Pregnant Delenn stories are love. ♥
nhpwnhpw on September 29th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the visual. You just made my work day 1000 percent more tolerable. :)

You know what that face says to me? That is a What did I do wrong? face. Like - he tried something from his bag o' bedroom tricks that has always made the girls go wild, and it didn't work on Delenn. But then, she was all kissing him and she seemed plenty satisified so... *shrug* Maybe those were "It's OK, Honey, really" kisses. THAT could very well be.
Shannon: b5 darkness and light handkungfuwaynewho on September 29th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! I mean, Minbari have all those rituals. They have a ritual just for getting to learn your partner's centers of pleasure. Maybe Sheridan's ol' bag of tricks isn't all that impressive stacked up against millennia of carefully preserved, passed down generation to generation, bamp chicka bamp bamp tips.

Or Sheridan wasn't one hundred percent...ready for duty. (Maybe because he was too busy worrying about his historical legacy, the goofball.)
nhpw: sdalmostkissnhpw on September 29th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
Or Sheridan wasn't one hundred percent... ready for duty.

OR... he was TOO ready. Maybe it wasn't that his bag of tricks failed, but simply that he wasn't prepared for HERS. And it was, you know, over too soon. Because HER face kind of says, "Yep. That's what I'm capable of. You sure you can handle it?"

Hmm. Now there are variables and I have choices. Before I write any fic centered on that episode, I need to decide which scenario is most likely.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 29th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
Also brilliant. Perhaps my favorite of the various scenarios - because I can definitely see "Jesus Christ, a minute twenty" on his face up there.

And I LOVE the idea of him being all proud of his bag of tricks and Delenn whipping something out of hers that just blows him away. (Pun intended?)