Laura wakes as a gentle hand runs up and down her back. Her pajama top that she had put on in the middle of the night has somehow ridden up and is now showing a large expanse of her back. The sun’s rays filtering in through the window feel good coming through the blanket onto her cool back. It is nearing winter and as such it has started to become rather chilly during the night. She wonders if this continent ever gets snow. She remembers only a few times as a child when it snowed on Caprica. It snowed so rarely there. It was always considered the sunny planet. Earth is so different. There are so many different climates and seasons, not all of the many lands are the same. Opening her eyes, she sees Bill peering down at her.
“Good morning,” Bill greets her with his rough voice, even rougher than usual because he just woke up. Leaning down, he presses a kiss to her forehead.
“Morning,” Laura replies with a lazy smile. “I’m not quite ready to get up though, so let’s stay in bed for a little while longer.” Turning away from Bill, she snuggles back into his chest. She then links her hand with his and pulls it over her body, resting it next to her chest.
“Laura, don’t you have to get up so you can get ready to go down to the main camp to teach? You have a job, remember?”
“I have time.” Gazing out of the window, she says, “Isn’t it beautiful? The sky so clear yet you can feel the cool crispness of winter in the air? You know, when I was a child I rarely got to play in the snow just because it almost never snowed. But when it did, it was the most wonderful thing. I loved being out while it was snowing and feeling the flakes of snow hit your skin and then immediately melt. I loved looking at the night sky just before it was about to snow and seeing the orange glow in the blackness of night. It seemed so magical.”
“I can just see you doing that. I can see you peeking out of the window at night and watching the snow start to fall. I agree though, it is beautiful. It snowed one time when I was home spending time with my boys and I took them sledding. We went out on a steep slope out in the middle of nowhere and built this huge sled track. It had tons of twists and turns while going down the slope. We had a lot of fun. In fact, that was their first experience with snow if I remember correctly. Did you ever go sledding?” He can feel Laura chuckling at this and can’t help but smile. That was one of his few good memories with his boys.
“That does sound like a lot of fun. I bet Lee remembers doing that. And yes, I have gone sledding before. My father would take the three of us out, occasionally on a trip to another planet, and we would go sledding. I have many fond memories of that and other not so fond ones as well. My father always had the tendency to send us down dangerous slopes even if my mother was yelling at him not to. I remember one time he actually sent us in the direction of a tree. My mother was incredibly mad at him after that.”
Bill chuckles and says, “That definitely sounds like a Roslin thing to do. I can see where you got your personality from, at least part of it.” He then grunts in surprise when he gets shoved in the stomach by Laura’s elbow.
“You think you’re so funny, mister,” Laura says after she’s pulled her elbow back. Once she’s curled back up, she feels Bill placing a kiss on her neck. She tightens her hold on his hand and pulls it in closer to her body. After a moment of silence, Laura softly says, “Bill, what did you mean last night, when you said about falling in love with me? You’ve never mentioned it before so…” After she says this, she feels Bill tighten his arm around her, bringing her back in closer to his chest. She allows him to take his time in answering.
After a few moments of silence, he finally finds the words to begin. “Laura, I’ve loved you for a long time, longer than you might ever think. I didn’t realize at the time what was happening, but eventually it dawned on me that I loved you. It started when I went down to Kobol and apologized. I realized you had become part of the family, and family needs to be trusted and supported. After Kobol, I longed for the times to be able to see you and talk to you, whether during meetings or after. I didn’t understand what that meant at the time. And then Pegasus came and I realized how much I relied on your trust and support. And as your death came closer and closer, it dawned on me how much I was going to miss you, not just the president, but the woman, the woman I grew to care for. I remember that kiss like it was yesterday. I didn’t kiss you out of thanks or pity; I kissed you because I wanted you to know that there was someone still alive that cared for you and that would miss you. When I got the call that you were in sickbay, I honestly didn’t know what to do. I had been expecting it, but I still didn’t want it to be real. I was in the CIC at the time and I just stood with the phone at my ear for minutes after Cottle told me. I finished my shift and then walked back to my quarters. I sat down and I just sat there for hours. That’s when it first dawned on me that I was falling in love with you. When Baltar came to me with that possible cure, I couldn’t just stand beside you and watch you die and not try it. I had to do something to try and save the woman that I was growing to love. When it worked, I can’t even describe what I felt. It was like a weight was lifted off of my heart, knowing that the woman I was growing to love was still here and still alive. It didn’t happen at one single moment, it happened over time.” He then breaks off and presses a hard kiss against the back of her neck. He feels her take a long breath and then slowly let it out, shaking just barely. He can tell she is trying to keep her emotions under control.
“Bill, I had no idea. How come you didn’t tell me?”
“It was never the right time. We were fighting for our survival, the survival of the human race. We weren’t focusing on ourselves. How could I try to put us in the middle of that? I just had to try and show you from time to time.”
“Sometimes… Sometimes you just have to make it the right time. I remember that kiss like it was yesterday too. I never took the opportunity to thank you for it. It meant more to me than you could ever imagine. Since I had taken the role of president, no one dared to think of me as just a normal person. No one dared to touch me or even just to talk to me as Laura. That was the first time since I had taken the office that someone had actually taken the opportunity to see the real me. That kiss gave me the reassurance I needed that there was still humanity left in people. And it also gave me the comfort and loving touch I needed. Thank you for giving me that in one simple action.” Once she is done saying this, she turns around in Bill’s arms and places her hand on the back of his neck, pulling his lips to meet hers. “I wanted to do that after I woke up and found out that I was cured. But like you said, it just didn’t seem like the right time.” Pulling his lips back in to hers, she cuddles into his embrace and kisses him for what seems like forever.
The Beauty of Love by Kaitlynnlovescats96