Title: Once Upon A Time I Was Falling In Love
Category: AU, pre-slash
TEEN (for Sawyer, he sweareth)
Summary: Mostly follows the events of the series, but without all that messy Kate business-- Sawyer admits to his attraction to Sayid fairly early on. Missing scene-type stuff and the like. Set during 'The Moth'. Also very short.
Disclaimer: I don't own any of it. *sigh*
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"Got me a real tent."
"Good for you." Sayid didn't bother looking up from his work.
Sawyer nudged him. "Better'n that other one. Bet it sleeps two."
"Not right now, Sawyer."
"Aw, c'mon. If I promise not to get fresh with you, will you come stay with me?"
"Why do you even want me there if you don't plan on getting fresh with me?"
"Why, I'm shocked. You think that's all there is to me?"
Sayid said nothing. Sawyer's palm flattened against his thigh like he itched to reach out and steal away the little doohickey that had captivated the other man's attention.
"Company." Sawyer just said.
"Help or leave."
"Fine." He stalked off. "But if it starts rainin', you're gonna want into my good tent when your crappy one starts fallin' apart."
Sawyer's eyes met Sayid's through the open side of the tent as he placed the laptop battery in Kate's hand.
When he had a spare moment, he went to talk to him.
"Come to thank me for my generous contribution?"
"... what did she give you in return?"
"Absolutely nothin'. Although if you want to thank me proper..."
"Aw, you know that ain't what I meant, handsome..." The blond smirked, leaning back in his airplane seat, legs splayed to the sides, one hand resting just to the side of his crotch, drawing attention.
"You disgust me."
"No I do not. I have seen disgust, trust me, and you ain't it... I get under your skin. And you can't stand that, but you're not disgusted... you're *intrigued*."
Sayid's lip curled slightly and he snorted. "You're delusional."
"Have fun on your nature walk."
"I'm trying to get us off this island."
"Good luck with that."
"You could try to care a little, you know."
"I have things to do." Sayid said, his tone clearly indicating that by not having things to do, Sawyer was not worth his time.
But he was glad to know that Sawyer had not made the requests of Kate that he continually made of him...
"You're just here to help?" Sayid raised an eyebrow.
"You wanted me to, didn't ya?" He took a few unhurried steps, bringing him in close.
Kate looked between the two of them, unsure and possibly confused, and there was tension, yes, and Sayid could only hope that she interpreted the moment as a power struggle. Still, the way Sawyer's eyes locked onto his was fraught with slow-burning sexuality.
She balked a little at being ignored, and Sayid's brain scrambled for a way to bring her back into things, hoped against hope that if it were a three person conversation, some of this tension might bleed out, instead of trapping him to Sawyer this way.
"Fine." Sayid allowed, taking a step back, shattering the spell. "This way."
Sawyer followed after a little too close for comfort, and Sayid could feel eyes on his back.
Kate started to say something, but stopped.
Maybe once the signal had been triangulated, Sayid could find a hole, or crawl under a rock somewhere, and just *die*. If Sawyer was obvious... if Kate thought... if *anyone* on the island found out...
Worse still was the way the sensation of being watched excited him.
"Here." Sayid stopped them. He pushed the equipment into Sawyer's hands.
Sawyer raised an eyebrow but didn't say anything.
Neither did Kate, as Sayid directed Sawyer up a tree. As Sawyer *complied*.
Although once Sawyer *was* up the tree, she was more than willing to talk.
"Do you believe him?"
"I don't feel like looking a gift horse in the mouth." He sighed. "If he's going to be helpful, we may as well take advantage of him while we can."
"You're not wondering what his angle is."
"I know what his angle is... but it's fine. Kate... if he gives you any trouble after I go..."
"I'll be fine."
"You'll tell me." He said darkly.
"... Okay. I'll tell you."
The look she gave him made it clear. After the initial confrontation, the hike, she wasn't entirely sure it was her virtue he was worried about.
He left quickly, face hot. He had a job to do. He'd do it. And then after that, he would find that hole to crawl into...