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31 August 2012 @ 07:07 pm
Behind Closed Doors Fic: The Team - Leslie POV (3 of 3)  
Length: About 1100 words.
Rating: R.
Summary: Leslie visits Ben in Washington.

Ron came with her to the airport this morning. Leslie had expected him to drop her off at the curb but instead he gave airport security the evil eye until they let him sit at the gate with her, airport security be damned. After all that, he didn’t actually have much to say, and his personal security guard wouldn’t let him whittle, and the whole situation was so awkward that for once Leslie was really tempted to ask Ron Swanson to leave her alone.

But right before she got on the plane to Washington, he’d hugged her and said, “No matter what, Leslie, you are way better than Washington.”

With her feet on Pawnee soil, it had seemed silly. Anyway, of course Ron would prefer her to the city that stands for the United States government.

Now, though, after Ben has taken her on a whirlwind tour of his office, walked her past the White House and in through Congress, after she’s shaken hands with half a dozen senators, all of whom she’s watched on C-SPAN, Leslie slumps into the backseat of the taxi and tries to convince herself Ron was right.

The Lincoln Memorial whizzes by. The taxi driver honks at some pedestrian, who gives the taxi the finger. It’s the only thing, aside from Ben, that has reminded Leslie of Pawnee today, and the only reminder that isn’t slumped into his corner of the taxi, eyelids drooping. His hand is heavy and limp over hers in the empty middle seat. Leslie turns her eyes back to the Washington skyline. The sun has started dipping towards the horizon and all the buildings look so much bigger than they did in the postcards Ben has been mailing.

By the time they get back to the hotel, Ben’s actually asleep. She squeezes his fingers and only feels a little bit badly when he bangs his head on the ceiling. Shouldn’t he be excited, after all those sexy texts and Skype sessions, to actually have his girlfriend in Washington?

He holds her hand until he can’t unlock the door. Leslie’s been walking around Pawnee without Ben holding her hand, but her palm feels weirdly clammy as it hits her thigh, her fingers brushing against her favorite pencil skirt.

He takes her hand again, though, as he leads her up the stairs, one flight turning into two, then three, and now Leslie wishes she’d taken a nap in the sofa because her suitcase is banging against the stairs and her arm is sore from carrying it and her head is starting to ache and her stupidly amazing boyfriend definitely likes Washington more than her.

He turns back towards her, though, when they reach the fourth floor, and he gives her that stupid amazing little smile she loves so much.

“I hope it’s okay that I live on the fourth floor,” he says.

“As long as nobody’s going to spill boiling oil me.” She tries to smile but it’s hard because at this point, oil burns don’t seem quite out of the picture.

“You’re safe here,” he tells her, and she decides to believe it, following him into his hallway and then a few steps to his apartment.

He opens the door and her jaw drops.

There are candles and rose petals and Sarah MacLachlan’s playing and there’s a bowl of ice with three whipped cream containers and it’s official, Ben Wyatt is the best.

She opens her mouth to tell him that, or tell him she loves him, or even just to say awww, but what comes out instead is, “I thought you were going to dump me.”

He doesn’t say anything for a minute, and in that minute, she’s overcome with the horrible idea that yeah, he was about to dump her like an evil genius by reminding her what an incredible boyfriend he’s always been.

Then Ben turns to her, smiling that smile again.

“How could you think that? I haven’t been able to fall asleep for the past week, just thinking about you being in Washington.” So that explains the cab ride. And the rose petals. And everything, really.

She takes a step closer towards him. Suddenly she really wants to minimize the space between them, it’s like all the nights of being alone in bed hit her all at once and she just wants him as close as possible. Apparently Ben feels the same way because now his arms are around her and, pressed up against the length of him, Leslie realizes that, in fact, Ben is very excited to see her.

His lips are a little chapped but that’s okay, they’re Ben’s lips against hers, his tongue sneaking into her mouth, his arms lowering her onto the carpet. For one second she forgets that April and Andy don’t live here, and then she remembers that she’s in Washington and then she just works on loosening his tie.

She forgets about the tie the minute he gets her skirt over her hips and his fingers are inside her underwear and apparently he hasn’t forgotten that twist of her fingers that makes her see actual five-pointed stars. And fair’s only fair, so it’s only a matter of time before Leslie figures out his fancy new Washington belt and his pants are down by his knees and she’s on top of him, quick and dirty, which maybe didn’t used to be her favorite way except that it’s Ben and he’s right here with her, inside of her and also his fingers are playing with her hair and oh god did she miss his voice, she heard it on the phone but not just the sound of it, not without words and saying oh god Leslie and his i love you never sounded quite like that, especially now that it’s right up against her ear.

With a groan he relaxes against her and she arches and she’s coming, she’s coming, and she’s here, right in Ben’s arms, curled up on the carpet of his fancy new Washington apartment, her skirt bunched up around her stomach and her curls half undone. The apartment is full of their breaths, even louder than Sarah MacLachlan. She missed the sound of his breathing.

Back in Pawnee, Leslie had all kinds of plans for sightseeing on this trip, but at this moment, her fingers tangled with Ben’s, she’s not sure she wants to move an inch.

...And there's a bonus adventure!

sullen_aquarian: pic#114131127sullen_aquarian on September 1st, 2012 06:06 am (UTC)
Love the interplay that the two of you developed with this back-and-forth setup. And I also forever love the image of Ron at the airport, unable to whittle.
rachel-licious!synecdoche on September 3rd, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think if anyone could get past airport security, it would have to be Ron Swanson, right? I'm so glad you enjoyed!
ratherdance: there's no time- he can fly!ratherdance on September 1st, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
This was so utterly Leslie, her getting worked up into believing he'd dump her just because he's sleepy and Washington makes her feel inadequate... And what an adorable reunion.

The power of Ron's glare cannot be contained!

These were all awesome! And a perfect, hope-filled ending to the rollercoaster of emotions in the previous sections.
rachel-licious!synecdoche on September 3rd, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed ♥
princess_george: pic#112091195princess_george on September 2nd, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
I love how "doing it all over Washington" turned into Ben's floor. And I don't know if everyone will like it as much (I think there are varying headcanons/wishes for how this all plays out among various people), but I like a little bit of Leslie insecurity around Ben's fancy Washington life. I think that's exactly in-character, and I really like it here, and I guess Season 5 will tell us what the show itself thinks of it! Nice job!
rachel-licious!synecdoche on September 3rd, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! Is it weird that I mostly hope I'm wrong in this scene? I sort of think their "doing it all over Washington" would be kind of adorable. Luckily, we should find out soon! :)
stiffleaves: amystiffleaves on September 2nd, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
This was wonderful! The back and forth works amazingly well.

And I love Leslie's horniness, both on the bus and after the election, and that both times they sort of get interrupted. It's my favourite thing that even Leslie does not appear to ship Tom/Ann at all, because who could, at that point? Yikes.

This last part was just lovely as well. The excitement over Washington, how she can't quite believe what Ron told her before she left once she's actually in Washington, because it's all so big and important and unknown. And suddenly Ben fits into this big and important and unknown world, but does she? I really like what you did with her uncertainty there. She's comfortable in their relationship, sure, but it's still weird, he lives in this whole new place and introduces her to all these important people...it would be enough to make anyone feel a little insecure. And then Ben's surprise for her in his apartment--completely satisfying finish! Well done!
rachel-licious!synecdoche on September 3rd, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I felt kind of bad, depriving Leslie of sex all those times, so I guess it was only right that she'd be surprised with roses and whipped cream in the end, right? I'm so glad you enjoyed. ♥
levondrious: Campaign ShakeUplevondrious on September 3rd, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
These scenes were so wonderful and you two did such a great job with the back and forth!
shut up, bulgaria!: adam: jeremy eatingamericnxidiot on September 4th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
Leaving my comment for all of the Leslie parts here, but I love how you guys collaborated. It worked so well. And I love seeing them such a close, solid team. They're awesome. And this is awesome. Good stuff.
isalsayourface: Campingisalsayourface on September 4th, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
Ron Swanson, everybody! He is such a wonderful friend...he just KNOWS what to say and will uncover his "facade of uncaring" to support Leslie, even when she doesn't understand the need for it quite yet.

...and her head is starting to ache and her stupidly amazing boyfriend definitely likes Washington more than her. Leslie's insecurities about Ben in Washington are SO real and accurate - I know their relationship is sound, and that Leslie is a confident lady, but any human being, especially one who loves politics as much as she does, would be at least a little intimidated by how much her boyfriend might love DC...I am VERY interested in how much or how little the show will deal with this. As much as I would hate for them to dwell on the angst, I have a feeling that it will crop up from time to time throughout at least the first half of the season.

And the rose petal/"I thought you were going to break up with me" scene? Brilliant! And, then, of course, yes, Ben Wyatt: best boyfriend ever. :) And then sexytimes. :) Great collaboration, ladies!
picklehair: pic#118625679picklehair on September 5th, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
"She opens her mouth to tell him that, or tell him she loves him, or even just to say awww, but what comes out instead is, 'I thought you were going to dump me.'"

I love this part b/c it's so Leslie. She's such a powerful woman, that you sometimes forget about her insecurities. Well played.

stillscape: idiotsstillscape on September 7th, 2012 06:34 am (UTC)
This was all so sweet and wonderful and perfectly in-character for both of them. And I love the subtle running thing about food through Leslie's POV--the whipped cream, the sexy pink drinks, the...more whipped cream...And, as others have said, all the sections really hit the balance between all of Leslie's whirlwind emotions.
courtknees: Treat Yo Self!courtknees1 on September 10th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
Awww - Leslie thought he wasn't excited because he was sleepy, but he was sleepy because he was so excited? That was very cute. And sexy, of course, once they made it back to the hotel! Whipped cream on ice = hilarious and perfect. Also, I always knew Leslie was inappropriately turned on by the combination of Ben's face/pie/whipped cream, so it was excellent to see that come up too :D That poor bus driver... He is not going to enjoy it when Leslie and Ben move in and live there forever.