Prompt: Stuck in a Small Space
Summary: Missing moment from season 1 episode 5, Fail-Safe. Sara knows it’s bad that she and Leonard have started getting so close, so fast, and she has to stop it. Her plan to put as much space as possible between them is working fine - that is, until they get locked in that closet in the Russian banya (or steam room, sauna, bath house - basically, all synonyms for damn hot). Alone.
He just shrugged, effectively ending the conversation, and they slipped into another uneasy silence. Sara wasn’t sure how long they’d been locked in, but judging by the pounding in her head, already too long.
The steam was everywhere, pushing beads of sweat down her forehead and water particles down her throat. She was drowning, she realized, slowly, in the heat, in the humidity, in Leonard – she avoided looking at him at the thought – because she could not, would not, be tempted. No.
“Aren’t you hot?” she asked, finally, when she couldn’t stand it another second.
“A little chilly, actually,” he snarked, wrapping his robe tighter around him.
She sighed, wiping vainly at the sweat covering her arms. Her legs were screaming at her, sticky and sweltering in her leather. And it didn’t matter what it might or might not do to him. She had to get out of this suit.
“You might be fine, but I’m not,” she said, turning to loosen the strap at her neck and eyeing him for a reaction. “Do you mind?”
He gave her only the slightest twitch of an eyebrow and sweep of his hand in agreement. “Be my guest.”
She nodded, forcing herself to stop fussing with the neck piece, despite how desperate she was to get it off, and deciding to start with her boots instead. She supposed it made more sense given she had nothing else to cover herself with and a far too attractive man watching her every move.
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