It's dark, early morning probably. You can't be bothered to check the hands of your glow in the dark travel clock. You lie in the cool your bunk, something eating away at your mind, and though you're not 100% sure what it's really about it's probably to do with the Engineer, AKA Dell Conagher. He's been on your mind now for, oh, a few months now? "Yeah probably" you think out loud. Ooh. Your dry throat burns against the air rushing into it, and you think it best that you grab a drink before continuing your contemplation. You'd never admit it to anyone but yourself, but you have a kind of fondness for the man. Not a fleeting interest, but a real affliction, verging on being infatuated with his goggles, and his smile, and his hat clad head, and just everything about him in general. Feeling your way along the wall for the kitchen light switch, you brush past someone else's cold robotic hand, but you don't scream or make any effort to alert the rest of the building, because instantly you recognise it as being his. Who else in Teufort has need for a gunslinger anyway?
"Dell?" You whispershout
"______?" You hear the quiet Texan throw back.
"Are you okay? What are you doing down here so early? Or late?" You half ask, the kitchen still in mid darkness.
"Early. I just came down to clear mah head a bit, mah own room's too stuffy, so..." he averts his gaze and scratches the back of his shaven head in presumed nervousness.
"Heck, if you want we could just go to mine. It's freezing." You tell him, and pour yourself a glass of water* from the fridge. You've been here long enough to know where everything is, even in the dark.
"If y'all don' mind. That'd be great." Though not being able to see him clearly, you can sort of feel him smiling at you. An essence of daring in your mind, you grab his non metal hand, warm and rough, and lead out, him in tow. He follows obediently, and you both take care not to make any noise that could wake any of the other mercenaries.
Once inside your room you light one of the large candles that you keep by your bed. You never really liked bright light any way so candles? Perfect. You invite Dell to sit next to you on your bed and he does, but not without hesitation first. "Are you ok?" you ask, scooting closer to the engineer. "I'm fine." He says, face tinged pink. You lean in closer to his face, and he follows you, and before lips can meet, you hear a low "mind if I..?"
You both kiss softly, and your hands and arms are acting on instinct, winding round his neck while his lay themselves on your waist. You break apart and kiss again, deeper, more meaningful this time. You break again, feeling his heavier breathing against your chin. "You have no idea how long I've wanted to do that." He says softly, taking breaths in between words.
"No, you have no idea how long I've wanted to do that." You reply, smiling. You lie back on the bed and he does the same, your arms locking around each other.
*In reference to Unhappy Returns, when Miss Pauling tells the assembled bunch out of the Teufort nine is given bottled water because the rest of the town is lead poisoned.