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Fic - Anniversary, White Cortina, by DorsetGirl 
25th-May-2008 12:00 am

Title:    Anniversary

Author: DorsetGirl

Fandom: Life on Mars

Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters or their universe. BBC/Kudos do. I’m not making any money out of this.

Rating:  White Cortina

Warnings: Serious Fluff Alert

Pairings: Sam/Gene

Word Count:  873

Summary: Where do you count from? When did it start?

A/N: So. A year, eh? Doesn’t seem possible. One year ago today, I posted my first ever fic to this community, and I was doomed: no longer in control of my own life (if I ever was), but condemned to live at the mercy of the bunnies. So I thought I’d write an anniversary story in honour of the event. Slightly AU - possibly how Sam likes to remember his first day rather than how it actually was. Although this could stand alone, some of the details will mean more if you read Wine and Candles Part 1 first. Previously posted to my journal.

 

 

 

Anniversary

 

 

“So. A year, eh? Doesn’t seem possible.”

 

“What?” Sam looked up briefly.

 

“A year. That’s how long it is since you waltzed into my department acting king of the jungle.”

 

Sam glanced at his watch before looking back at his notes. “And your point would be?”

 

“Nothing. Go back to your poncy reports.”

 

“Thank you.” Sam smiled politely and resumed reading.

 

“Except...”

 

A sigh. “Yes?”

 

“... that makes it almost like our anniversary.”

 

Sam put on his patronising look, the one Gene often fantasised about swiping right off his face.

 

“Guv, I think if you check your diary you’ll find I resisted your unprofessional importunings for five months.”

 

“And two days, Sammy. Five months, two days and fourteen hours to be exact.”

 

“What – you noticed the exact time? Didn’t think you’d even remembered the date.”

 

“Shows how much you’ve still got to learn, Sam.”

 

An awkward silence fell as Sam tried to return to his report without Gene noticing.

 

“So, you don’t consider today is our anniversary then, Sammy?”

 

“Gene, I think we’ve just agreed that today is short of our anniversary by five months, two days and – apparently – fourteen hours.”

 

“So you don’t fancy going out then? To celebrate? I thought dinner, maybe. I’d suggest dancing, but even on me anniversary I think that’s something best kept for when it’s just us.”

 

“With you on that one, Guv, although... maybe one day.” Sam sighed, thinking ahead 32 years.

 

“So, um, what do you think?”

 

“I think, if I don’t get this bloody report finished in the next ten minutes, you’re going home on your own. So, if you’ll excuse me...” He pointedly held the report up and turned away from Gene.

 

“Oh. I’ll leave you to it then, shall I?”

 

“Yes please, Gene.”

 

The disappointment in Gene’s voice was clear, but Sam didn’t look up again.

 

 

 

 

* * *

 

 

 

 

“You bastard!”

 

“D’you like it?”

 

“Like it? I love it. Must have taken hours.”

 

“Nah, I just slipped home for a bit when you were in with Rathbone this afternoon. Set it all up then. Knew you wouldn’t leave the station without me, not today.”

 

Sam stood close to Gene, arms round Gene’s waist and his head against Gene’s shoulder as they looked around the room.

 

The table was laid for two; candles in newly-polished wooden candleholders stood between the plates they’d bought when Sam had refused to eat off Gene’s wedding china any more. “It’s not the same, Gene. Not now we’re together,” he’d said.

 

The tumblers they’d always used for wine gleamed alongside an open bottle of red, and a single rose stood, graceful in clear glass, at the centre of the table. From the kitchen came the aroma of chilli, and a bowl of chopped parsley stood on the worktop by the door.

 

On the mantelpiece, a frame Gene hadn’t seen before had appeared round the slightly blurry print of their first ever kiss. Phyllis had snapped them at the Christmas party, unnoticed as Gene took advantage of a dare and grabbed Sam under the mistletoe, kissing him until he thought he’d collapse. Next day, Sam had confiscated the picture, face stiff with disapproval and fingers trembling as he hid it in his bottom drawer.

 

“I don’t believe it, you even remembered the parsley,” Gene murmured, bending his head to kiss Sam’s neck.

 

Sam laughed. “I’ll never forget it, Gene, it was everywhere!” Funnily enough, it had been the parsley that made him see Gene was deadly serious about wanting to look after him. Not that he’d ever told Gene that of course, because it sounded stupid. He just knew that no way would the Gene Genie have any truck with poncy herbs on his own account; that little touch had been just for Sam and his fancy Hyde ways and that made it worth more than a thousand declarations of love from anyone else.

 

“So, looks like it is our anniversary then?”

 

“ ’Course it is, you soppy sod. Till that moment, I was just confused. Standing there with everyone staring, I didn’t know what was happening to me, how I’d ended up in this dump. I just wanted to go home. And then you sauntered out of your office like a force of nature and took my breath away.”

 

“Not quite how I remember it, Sam. Seem to recall a few snide comments about what year it was meant to be.”

 

“I didn’t know who you were, did I? Wasn’t going to tell you in front of my new department that I’d just fallen in love for the first time in my life.”

 

Gene smiled and kissed him lightly on his hair.

 

“And then you dragged me into your office and slammed me up against the filing cabinet and – I realised that I was home; never wanted to be anywhere else again.”

 

He turned to face Gene, standing close and putting his hands up to Gene’s face.

 

“You changed my life, Gene, there and then. So yes – although it’s not the day we actually got together - this is our anniversary.” He kissed Gene on the mouth. “Love you, gorgeous.”

 

Gene wrapped his arms around Sam and held him tight, face buried in his neck. “Love you too, sneaky bastard.”

 

 

 

 

END

 

 

A/N: “Their first ever kiss” as described in this story took place in a fic called Not Exactly Regulation by suggsygirl, with whose permission it appears here.

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Comments 
25th-May-2008 07:15 am (UTC)
I always get surprised when men remember important dates. I mean wedding anniversaries, birthdays, the anniversary of the day you first met, etc. It's always women who remember these things, but the day Gene and Sam first met and solved their first case together would be pretty unforgettable for both of them, especially Sam. Love the pic taken by Phyllis and hidden away by an embarrassed Sam. Good stuff! :)
26th-May-2008 12:53 am (UTC)
I always imagine this particular date graven on both their hearts forever. I know I write them a bit soppy sometimes, but I have this feeling that in some strange way being with a man frees them from all that fake macho bollocks, because at the end of the day they don't have to differentiate themselves from their partner by thinking "She's the girly and I'm the man, so I don't have to do < whatever > because she'll do that."

No idea if that makes any sense, but thanks for reading; glad you liked the photo!
25th-May-2008 07:38 am (UTC)
Okay, I can barely see for fluff, but I love it!
26th-May-2008 12:56 am (UTC)
Had to be done, sorry; no good having an anniversary without fluff!

I've been looking at Wine and Candles for another purpose recently, and the image of that first meal and their exchange of commitment was quite strong in my mind, so I thought it might make a nice anniversary ritual for them.

Thank you for commenting; I'm pleased you liked it.
25th-May-2008 09:13 am (UTC)
Oh that was just lovely.
26th-May-2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you; it's always a huge relief, when the fluff gets out of hand, to find that there are people who enjoy it. (Apart from me, of course).
25th-May-2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Aw, that was such a pleasure to read. I love the little touches of Sam and Gene being themselves (Gene's reaction of 'You bastard!' just wins it for me) regardless of the overall sweetness of the thing. So lovely :)
26th-May-2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Thank you so much; I do worry with a fluffy piece that the angst monkeys will just rip it to shreds and no-one will comment at all, so thank you for this.

I do see these two as being very sweet (and snarky) in private; I think that even comes over in the show sometimes.
25th-May-2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
*hugs the fluff tight*

Gorgeous, sweet and touching. I love this Gene and Sam, and their relationship.

slightly blurry print of their first ever kiss
You wouldn't have any copies of this picture lying around? Purely for research purposes you understand...
26th-May-2008 01:08 am (UTC)
Thank you for the best comment!

I love this Gene and Sam, and their relationship.

That makes me very happy indeed, as I do like writing them like this. As to the picture, I think my icon was the photo Phyllis took just before the one Sam confiscated. (Maybe I'll photoshop some mistletoe in there some time). For the pic itself, you'd need to ask suggsygirl if her fic was inspired by any particular image!
25th-May-2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Oh so fluffy and snuggly and cute and gorgeous. The fic equivalent of a Westie puppy playing in a tub full of pansies. (No pun intended)

Thanks for this !

26th-May-2008 01:10 am (UTC)
The fic equivalent of a Westie puppy playing in a tub full of pansies.

You make that sound like a good thing! (I'll take your word for it).

I do feel we need more fluff round here sometimes, to counter-balance the angst and the gritty realism, so I'm glad you liked this. Thank you.
25th-May-2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
Awww... and I loved this line:

"And then you sauntered out of your office like a force of nature and took my breath away."

lovely :)

26th-May-2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Well, that's what he does to me, so it stands to reason it would be the same for Sam! Thanks for commenting; I really appreciate it.
27th-May-2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Ah. Just what I needed after a day of dealing with annoying academics, students and colleagues. Lovely, sweet and kind like a hug in written form. Congrats on the year's anniversary.
28th-May-2008 05:19 am (UTC)
a hug in written form

I am going to treasure that, thank you!

*hugs you*
9th-Jun-2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to add my (belated) anniversary congrats, and say thanks for this fic, and all the others you've written, not to mention all the sterling beta work you've done for me - cheers! *raises glass*
8th-Jul-2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you m'dear, that's a lovely comment! (Sorry I didn't find and answer this before.)
13th-Jul-2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Sweetest. Thing. Ever.
13th-Jul-2010 09:31 am (UTC)
Thank you - I do like me a bit of sweet Sam and Gene.
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