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Valentine's Day in Four Parts

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Cam placed another cold beer in John's outstretched hand as he glanced up at the stars twinkling in the night sky. At first he'd thought they would go out to a nice restaurant, maybe catch a movie before they would go back to his place for a little one on one time. But none of that had happened. Instead, somehow they had managed to slip onto one of Atlantis' piers and for the last hour they'd done nothing but stare at the stars twinkling above them. Finally, Cam couldn't keep quiet, he had to know. “You can’t wait to get back out there, can you?”

“What?”

Cam continued to stare up at the night sky. “I watched you. You were staring up at the sky almost as if you were willing yourself to be out there again.”

John didn’t know what to say. He could tell Cam he was mistaken, that he’d misread the look on his face. But John wouldn’t lie especially to Cam. “Being back on Earth...” He paused to clear his throat. “Being here with you, seeing you every day it’s...” Why couldn’t he just say what he needed to say? “I wish...”

Even as his heart broke at the words he knew John was trying say, Cam nudged his shoulder with his own. “It’s okay. I get it, John.”

“No, you don’t.” The words were whisper soft between them. John sat his beer down and turned to face Cam. “I won’t lie to you. I did love being in the Pegasus galaxy. It was new and exciting. And I do miss it.” He curled his fingers under Cam’s chin and urged him to look at him. “But...” John didn’t miss the glimmer of hope that shown is lover’s eyes. “The longer I’m here on Earth, the more I realize there was something else I would miss more.”

“What?” Cam crossed his fingers behind his back and prayed with everything in him John’s next words would be what he needed to hear.

A small smile curled his lips as his thumb traced Cam’s full bottom lip. “You.”

A sigh of relief escaped Cam before he slid his fingers beneath the waistband of John’s black tee and leaned closer.

It was all the invitation John needed as he sealed Cam’s lips with his. There would be time later to talk about whether they would stay on Earth or figure out a way to leave together when Atlantis left. Either way didn’t matter the two lovers could care less where they were as long as they stayed together.