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Sam grinned as you both said 'Exotic Animal Rescue' at the same time, and you both giggled at the same moment. You stared at one another for a moment longer, before turning back to the group, as though nothing happened. The Doc narrows her eyes at you two, but you know she won't say anything.

When you get your orders, however, you and Sam both look at one another again, and get up at almost the exact same time. You walk with him to your space - he doesn't need gear for his mission, after all - side-by-side, but making no physical contact just yet. It might seem ridiculous, at this point, but you still haven't told anyone about your relationship.

As soon as you close the door behind you both, however, he turns to you.

"I don't like it," he says.

"What's not to like?" you ask.

"All the way to Buckingham Palace? No explanation. You're just supposed to run there, are you, without backup? What if something goes wrong along the way? What if something happens, and you're all alone out there? What if -"

You cut him off with a kiss.

He tenses, and you can feel him hesitating - moving to push you away - but he thinks better of it, kissing you back.

When you pull back, you say, "I'll be careful." You rest a hand on his cheek. "I'm always careful, Sam."

"So was -" but he cuts himself off.

You take a step back, and glance away from him, before turning to look for your gear. Your back is to him when you say, "Stop comparing me to her."

Almost before you get the words out, he's apologising. "Sorry, sorry!"

"I'm not her-"

"I know you're not - I know that, it's just..."

"I know," you say, sitting on the floor in front of your running shoes so you can lace them up. "Still..."

"I know," he breathes. You can feel his eyes on your back.

Silence falls as you finish lacing your sneakers, and straighten up. You grab the coat with the duck-tape arms. It doesn't breathe very well during a run, but you're used to it. Besides, it's quite handy for preventing Zom-bites when you're in the field. Plus, it makes Sam feel better whenever you wear it.

He watches as you swing the coat over your arms, and grasp your pack, swinging that up over your left shoulder. Hurrying forward, he helps you pull the other strap over your right arm. You do your best to avoid his eyes, but he places a hand on your cheek, drawing your gaze to his.

"Just... be careful," he says. His voice is quiet - serious. "I don't know what I'd do if - just be careful."

"I always am," you tell him, quite seriously. "And I know you'll be watching my back," you remind him. "I trust you."

He knits his eyebrows together, takes a deep breath, then leans forward to kiss you. You kiss him back as though you might not see him again - because really, for all your bluster, you might not.

It's a long, deep kiss that promises something when you return - another memorable reunion. It won't be the first, and you truly hope it won't be the last, either. That explosion last month has you taking advantage of every situation, however.

As you pull apart, you look up at him for a moment, memorising his face, then you take a breath. "We should - "

"Yeah."

You break apart. He begins talking again as soon as he turns for the door, opening it for you.

"Wait till I'm at my station to leave, okay?"

You nod. You know the drill. You wouldn't dream of doing that unless there was a real emergency. Sam worries too much, and you know he'll have your back better than you can in the field, anyhow. You made him a promise a long time ago, after all, and you intend on keeping that promise.

******


So you run. He guides you through the safe spaces, and you run. You don't hurry - you don't know what the mission will entail, and you don't want to spend all of your energy before it even begins.

You sip from the juice-box Sam was able to scrounge for you. It's better than a water bottle, because you know the juice-box was sealed before you opened it a few moments ago. You think of his face one more time, before tossing the empty thing aside. There's no point in saving it for a trashcan, not now anyhow. If the world ever gets put back together, you'll be the first to volunteer for trash duty, but you don't believe it ever will.

Of course, Sam disagrees with you on this point, and he makes a point of teasing you about littering. You ignore him, but you can't help but smirk as you jog.

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