Lee knew that he had messed things up with Layne. The one thing Lee Adama never did was act without thinking and the one time he had and he had frakked it up good and proper.
He had to speak to Layne, clear the air between them.
Lee had found her in her dorm after her shift in sickbay. For once she had the dorm to herself and was planning to catch up on some rack time. She had just got into her bunk when she heard a knock at the door and there stood Lee and he was the last person that she had expected to see.
“Hey, if this is a bad time I can come back later,” he said.
“No it’s fine; come on in” she replied before dogging the hatch. She walked back over and sat on her bunk. Lee stood leaning on the table.
“I um, I need to talk to you,” he began and suddenly he felt like an awkward teenager again.
“Layne, you have every right to be mad at me after what happened. I just want you to know that the last thing I wanted to do was hurt you. I would never do that.”
Layne looked at him locking her blue eyes with his. Somehow she didn’t doubt what he was saying. She knew he wouldn’t intentionally hurt her.
“Lee, I need to know something. Why did you kiss me?”
He was silent for a few moments trying to think of what to say.
“It just felt right,” he replied, holding her gaze.
They were quiet for a few minutes then Layne asked, “So how’s Abby?”
Glad for the distraction, Lee replied, “She’s doing very well, thanks. You should come and see her sometime.”
“I’d like that,” Layne said, a small smile crossing her lips.
“I better go. I have to pick Abby up … in 20 minutes.” He checked his watch.
“So are we friends again?” he asked.
Without thinking she got off her bunk and went to him and hugged him.
“Of course we are!”
Reluctantly, he let her go and as he was about to leave she caught his arm.
Layne looked into his eyes and reaching up, she kissed his cheek.
“Layne are you going to the Colonial day dance?”
“I wish I could, but I’m on duty then,” she replied.
“That’s a shame. My dad and the President are insisting I go, something about setting an example,” he laughed. “Well if you could swap shifts would you like to come with me?”
“Are you asking me out on a date?” she teased.
“If you want it to be a date then it’s a date,” he teased back.
“Alright if I can swap, then I’ll be there.”
“Okay, I’ll see you then,” he replied and walked out of Layne’s dorm smiling.
The Colonial Day dance was three days later and as she promised, Layne was there with Lee.
Layne got Lee to dance with her and as they started dancing Lee said to her “I should warn you, I’m a shocking dancer.” He laughed.
At first they were a bit unsure of each other but as the song went on Layne relaxed and was surprised by how secure she felt in his arms and the feeling of his body so close to hers was intoxicating, she was having to fight down the urge to kiss him right there in the middle of the dance floor. She brought her body closer to his and she whispered in his ear, “I thought you couldn’t dance.”
“It must be you. Normally I’ve got two left feet,” he laughed, enjoying the feeling of her body pressed against his.
Lee looked into her eyes and laughed. It had been so long since he had felt so light hearted and it was all due to Layne. Layne returned his gaze and in that moment it felt like they were the only two people in the room.
Unknown to them both, Laura had been watching them and she exchanged a knowing glance with Bill.
Later on, Laura got Lee up to dance with her.
As she danced with her son-in-law, Laura asked him straight, “It was nice of Ishay to come with you tonight. Does this mean you two are an item?”
“Gods, you don’t mess around do you?” he laughed.
“Call it Presidential bluntness – answer the question,” she persisted.
“Well, put it this way, I really like her and I care about her a lot and I hope she feels the same way about me.”
Laura smiled at him, “I’ll let you into a secret. I think she feels the same way.” She had caught the look in Layne’s eyes as she was dancing with Lee.
Lee left a short time later to put Abby to bed. He had left her with her sitter tonight.
Layne had gone to chat with some of the other paramedics when Lee came to find her.
“I have to go,” he said taking her hands in his.
“I had a good time tonight. Thanks for asking me.” She replied as she dropped a kiss on his cheek.
“I had a good time, too.” He gave her a quick hug and then kissed her, not giving a frak who saw him.
After the dance had finished, Layne decided to call in on Lee. After what transpired between them tonight, they needed to talk.
“Hey,” he smiled at Layne. He had hoped that he would see her again tonight.
“Hey, I um, I wanted to say goodnight to Abby,” she said a little awkwardly.
“She’s asleep but I guess a quick cuddle won’t hurt” Lee responded. He guessed she was here for more than just that but he didn’t push it.
He led her over to the cot and Layne smiled as she saw the baby sound asleep.
She bent down and gently pressed a kiss to her forehead. “Goodnight Abby,” she whispered, being careful not to wake up the baby.
Abby stirred slightly in her sleep and Lee reached down to softly rub her back. This seemed to settle her and she quickly fell back asleep again. Lee pushed back a curl from her forehead before lightly kissing her.
He turned his attention to Layne. He had to choose his words and actions carefully, Ok Lee don’t frak this up again he told himself.
“I think you and I have to talk,”
“Well Sir, I don’t want to talk,” she replied.
Lee smiled at her. “Well if you don’t want to talk, then what?”
Smiling, Layne walked up to him, took his face in her hands and kissed him.
Breathless, he pulled back. “Wow, Layne!”
She stood with her arms around him and said, “Lee, I understand you and Abby are a family and she comes first, which is the way it should be.
But there is something between us that I can’t ignore.”
Lee responded by kissing her slowly and deeply. “You’re right there is something here Layne. Let’s just take it slowly.”
“Do you think we can do slowly?” Layne asked, as she kissed him again.
“I just don’t want to start something I can’t finish,” e responded, as he kissed her so intensely it took her breath away.