Old Married Couple
A/N: Fluffy dialog-only first-time piece. Despite the title, this isn't really about marriage per se, nor are they particularly old in the story (set 5 years after they first met). Just so you're not misled. :-)
"Jeez, Sandburg, we're like an old married couple living in our domestic bliss, you know that?"
"Um... are you sure you're not concussed?"
"No, I'm not concussed, I didn't hit my head that hard at all -- it's the knee that's a bitch."
"Well, it sure sounded hard. Here, drink your tea -- it should help."
"See? That's what I mean. We've been sharing the loft for five years, bickering over standards of cleanliness, cooking together, eating together, now we even share the same job, and you made me tea!"
"After watching you chase an armed suspect, scale a chain-link fence, nearly get mauled by a guard dog, wrench a knee getting out of his way, then smash your head on the side of a junked truck, my offering a little restorative tea at the end doesn't make us married."
"Not by itself, no -- but aren't you listening to me? We share everything these days, and fuss and fight and make up, and look after each other..."
"OK, OK... but we still can't be an old married couple."
"Because there's one thing we're not sharing."
"Well... we could fix that. To complete the picture, right?"
"What are you talking about? We weren't going there!"
"Well, we hadn't been going there before, but that doesn't mean we can't go now... does it?"
"But... but... OK, so we hadn't talked about it in so many words, but I thought there was a clear non-verbal line in the sand, drawn by you: 'I know you love me and lust after my buff hotness, but this is all you're getting from me, so don't push.' You're messing with my world-view, man!"
"Listen to us, Blair, we are an old married couple."
"So we should do this."
"Just to complete the image?"
"No! Damn it, Chief, because I love you and want you and want to live in stupid domestic bliss with you! God, I can't believe I'm saying this. Just shoot me."
"But... why now?"
"I don't know, really. I guess I'm finally done... processing."
"It took five years?"
"This is me, Sandburg. And this is... big."
"Yeah. But now we're an old married couple. I don't think I could have done it when we were just a... new married couple."
"So... does this mean I finally get to move up into the big bed?"
"I should hope so! But there are going to have to be some rules, no crumbs in the bed, stuff like that."
"I would expect nothing less."
"Because we're an old married couple."
"Of course we are, Jim."
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