uhura: can't handle me

Ficlet: Phenomena (Gaila/Uhura, PG-13)

Title: Phenomena
Pairing: Gaila/Uhura
Rating: PG-13
Summary: It takes balls to approach Nyota Uhura. Gaila has them.
Notes: a fill for the prompt "phenomena" at the Awesome Ladies Ficathon



Everyone knows it takes balls to approach Nyota Uhura. Gaila has them. She sits at a table in the back of the bar, watching the sway of Uhura's sleek black ponytail and the elongated lines of her neck when she tilts her head back to take a shot.

"I am going to kiss her right there," Gaila says, narrowing her eyes and pointing her finger exactly where she imagines the pulse beats under Uhura's jaw.

"Bet you fifty credits you don't," Jim says. His eyes are unfocused and his speech is a little slurred, but Gaila bets Jim knows exactly which part of Uhura's neck she intends to kiss.

"No thank you," she says primly. Her days of seducing people for money are long gone.

She takes another shot, not because she needs the courage but because she feels alive when it burns all the way from the back of her throat to the pit of her stomach. Then she stands up and pushes back her chair. No one notices -- she hadn't expected them to in a place this dark and crowded -- but she walks like everyone in the room is looking at her anyway. (Though, to be fair, she walks that way most of the time.)

By the time she's gotten to the bar, everyone actually is looking at her, or at least a lot of people are, but now she's only looking at Uhura.

"Her shot's on me."

The bar tender nods, acknowledging both her order and her courage, and Gaila sweeps her eyes over Uhura just long enough to make sure Uhura is watching her. Then she turns away to slowly toss back her shot, making sure she's standing where the bar's dim lights will catch the glitter she'd dusted across the tops of her breasts. Rule of seduction #1: act as if you deserve to be watched. She should really write a book.

When she turns back, Uhura is looking at her with arched eyebrows and a challenge in her eyes. Uhura picks up her own shot glass -- it's Jack, Gaila doesn't buy the cheap stuff -- and drinks it in a long, elegant gulp. She smiles afterward, slow and a little wicked, without quite looking back into Gaila's eyes, and Gaila knows she's watching a master. A woman who loves to be watched, who enjoys her body, and knows how to use it. People say she's frigid, but they're wrong. It's not sex she hates; it's the cheesy pick-up lines, the air of entitlement, the way hotshot men approach her like there's no way Uhura wants to do anything but have sex with them. Gaila's not like that; she's honest, and more importantly, she's Uhura's equal. That's why they're going home together tonight.

She steps forward, not quite in Uhura's personal space because that's where all the guys mess up and get shot down, and says, "I want to have sex with you."

Uhura sweeps her eyes down Gaila's red curls, across the curve of her breasts and the arcs of her hips and back up again.

"I'd like that too."

She stands up and steps forward so she's standing so close to Gaila that the tips of their breasts are almost but not quite touching. Everyone really is looking at them now, and they could put on quite a show, but they walk outside together, not touching but close enough that Gaila can feel the heat radiating from Uhura's body. The rest isn't for other people to see.
Oh I love Nyota's easy acceptance. Also, that she walks like everyone's looking at her most of the time. Your Gaila never fails to be awesome.
Thank you! It's been a long time since I've written Gaila, and I was really starting to miss her.
Gaila is just wonderful here-- so alive and confident and direct. I love her! The little cameo by Kirk was especially nice-- even drunk, I bet he knows exactly what Gaila's talking about. And I like how a lot of the scene with Uhura seemed to echo the scene with Kirk from the movie, but with drastically different results. The "her shot's on me" line and Gaila making a point to not step too far into Uhura's personal space. And I know I've said it, but I just love confident!Gaila-- and her rules of seduction are great. She really should write a book! :D
I'm so glad you picked up on the parallels between Kirk's failed seduction of Uhura and Gaila's successful one. It was totally intentional because I think Kirk made a lot of mistakes that a woman just wouldn't have. Thank you so much for your lovely comment :)
This ficlet made me get up and cheer! Your Gaila just rocks. She should definitely write a book!
Ooh, very nice! I love the way you write both of them, but especially this: People say she's frigid, but they're wrong. It's not sex she hates; it's the cheesy pick-up lines, the air of entitlement, the way hotshot men approach her like there's no way Uhura wants to do anything but have sex with them. Gaila's not like that; she's honest, and more importantly, she's Uhura's equal. That's why they're going home together tonight. Perfect reason why I love this ship.
Whoa...whoa... I'ma wanna write something more articulate, but you just took my breath away. Fantastic!
AWESOME. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME.

I love the "How to Seduce a Nyota in Ten Easy Steps" feel of Gaila's thought processes. Gaila's direct approach added a fabulous sexual charge to the entire scene. Unf. Perfection!
Thank you!

Now I want to write "How to Seduce a Nyota in Ten Easy Steps." That would be such an awesome title.
Shiny shiny indeed - I love how you characterised everyone here - Gaila with her honest approach and yet so confident in what she wants, Jim - even with that little line you show how smart and awesome he is :) - and Nyota, with her look for an equal :D

A lovely LOVELY story :D
Oh yeah that's just awesome.

And that book needs to be written. I wonder if it could be pimped out as a prompt somewhere?

"The Rules of Seduction as written by Gaila."

... Or you could just write it. :D That would be super-fantastic!
Haha! I loved how Uhura just agrees to it xD
Very enjoyable fic~! ^^