Fic: Your Dearest
Rating: T for flirting
Pairing: Jaal Ama Darav x Sierra Ryder
Summary: Sierra receives an email from Jaal and feelings are laid bare.
Author’s Notes: I wanted to try to capture that gut-clenching, excited, nervous moment right when a flirting relationship is about to take that next step. Jaal’s emails were so good at inducing that feeling. So, hopefully I did it justice.
(Spoilers for Jaal’s emails. I included the full text of one in this.)
“Good morning, Pathfinder.”
Groaning, Sierra throws an arm across her face as the cabin lights brighten too soon against the back of her lids.
She grumbles beneath her breath and rolls into her pillow. “You don’t have to do that as soon as you feel me wake up, SAM. Give me at least five minutes to get my bearings.”
“Noted, Pathfinder.” There’s a momentary pause. “You have unread email at your terminal.”
Taking in a deep breath, Sierra blinks rapidly, trying to erase the fatigue and sleep from her eyes. SAM clearly isn’t going to let her stay in bed any longer, and he’s right to do so. The display on her nightstand tells her they’re almost to Kadara. So, with another groan, she sits up.
“Okay,” she says in a rushing exhale and gets to her feet. She runs a hand through her hair and makes her way to the terminal. Email first, then coffee, and then Kadara Port.
The messages are routine—Tann reminding her of their position on the outlaws, a colonist on Eos asking for help, Lexi sending her diagrams of yoga poses to help with her stress—but one toward the bottom catches her eye.
A communication from your friend Jaal