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ALIAS: Barbs in Your Hand (Vaughn/Lauren)

monanotlisa and vaznetti organized spy_santa. I was assigned kerlin, who requested Vaughn/Lauren, France, set during Sydney's two lost years.

Title: Barbs in Your Hand
Author: voleuse
Fandom: Alias
Ship: Vaughn/Lauren
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary: A genius for being agreeable. Junkyard crucifixes, voluptuous discards.
Notes: Set between S2 and S3



Her meeting with Ways and Means is cancelled last-minute. Instead, Lauren finds herself with a rare three days off, barring war, terrorist attack, or rare archaeological discoveries.

It's in the middle of the week, and she calls Michael at his office in the university. He answers on the second ring, and she laughs when he identifies himself as "Modern Languages, Michael Vaughn."

"That's quite a title," she replies, and he chuckles.

"What's up?" She can hear his chair creak as he leans against his desk. "Aren't you in DC?"

"Not for long," she says. "Are you still going to that conference in Paris?"

"My flight leaves in three hours."

"Why don't I meet you there?"

*


Her plane lands seven hours after his does, but Michael meets her at the gate.

He kisses her and takes her carry-on suitcase. "The baggage claim is--"

"Really, Michael," she interrupts. "I didn't expect to need many clothes."

He blinks, and then a wicked grin blossoms across his face. "I love you," he says.

"I know." She slips an arm around his waist and looks away. "I love you, too."

*


While the conference itself is near the airport, Michael's university is paying for the hotel room. They're in a taxi for an interminable time.

To save time, the driver takes them through a less than savory district, upscale in appearance, but refuge for elements of organized crime.

Michael stares out the window, and at one point, she reaches out, touches his hand.

"What are you thinking about?" she asks. She's genuinely curious.

"Nothing." He shakes his head, but keeps watch on the clubs and restaurants flashing by. "Ancient history."

She knows he's lying, knows from legitimate sources as well as not. A part of her wants to point it out.

Instead, she squeezes his fingers, and leans against his shoulder.

He sighs, and turns to kiss her forehead.

*


While Michael's in the loo, Lauren sheds her jacket, stretches out her legs on the bed.

Her cell phone rings, and it's her mother. "Where are you?" she queries without preamble.

Lauren stifles a sigh. "In a hotel room in Paris. Michael has a conference."

A moment of silence, and Lauren can guess the variables clicking through her mother's head.

"All right," she finally says. "I'll call you if you're needed."

"Of course," Lauren replies, and rings off.

Michael emerges, patting his face with a towel. "Who was that?"

"My mother." She tosses her cell into her purse. "You'd think I was still in academy."

"Past your curfew?" he jokes, and pulls his jacket back on. "I, uh. There's an opening panel--"

"Tonight?" She slides back onto the bed, pouts. "Surely you can miss it."

He hesitates, and she likes the way his gaze slips from her face, to her legs, and all the way up again.

"Michael," she murmurs. "Please."

He drops his jacket, and steps forward to kiss her.

Against his lips, she smiles.

*


The next morning, they eat croissants and jam with their coffee. She has him read the newspaper to her in French.

She understands it all, of course, but she likes to hear him speak the language. She leans against him, smells his cologne.

He's late for his first meeting that day, but if he doesn't mind, neither does she.


###

A/N: Title and summary adapted from William Stafford's What's in My Journal:
Odd things, like a button drawer. Mean
Things, fishhooks, barbs in your hand.
But marbles too. A genius for being agreeable.
Junkyard crucifixes, voluptuous
discards. Space for knickknacks, and for
Alaska. Evidence to hang me, or to beatify.
Clues that lead nowhere, that never connected
anyway. Deliberate obfuscation, the kind
that takes genius. Chasms in character.
Loud omissions. Mornings that yawn above
a new grave. Pages you know exist
but you can't find them. Someone's terribly
inevitable life story, maybe mine.
Crossposted to spy_santa.

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
protoainsley
Jan. 10th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
This is a great slice of the missing two years. I hadn't thought about their courtship, and I like how you show it.
voleuse
Jan. 14th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! Vaughn/Lauren kind of fascinates me--there's so much we don't know.
zarahemla
Feb. 1st, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
Awww ... it makes it sadder, knowing what's coming, but it's still very sweet.
moodfic
Mar. 6th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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moodfic
Oct. 14th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
(no subject) - creamwhich - Nov. 1st, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
moodfic
Nov. 5th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it.
felixen
Mar. 3rd, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
This is the first good Vaughn/Lauren fic that I´ve read, and let me me tell you, you set a pretty high standard. Loved it!
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