The Princess

Title: The Princess
Author: Christina A
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Pairing: Daniel/Vala (kind of!)
Characters: Daniel Jackson, Vala Mal Doran
Category: Humor, Light, Christmas
Warning: None
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: I do not own Daniel Jackson or Vala Mal Doran. They belong to MGM and Cooper et al.
Author’s Notes: This is another gift fic.

Summary: Another gift fic… This one Daniel/Vala.

The Princess
by Christina A.

At first, he had been loath to admit that he liked her. Giving voice to his feelings for Vala Mal Doran had been something he’d given a lot of thought to before he’d done it.

Frankly, she wasn’t his type, and she drove him crazy. Apparently, those were two traits that Jack believed essential to a healthy physical relationship. Daniel had to admit that he didn’t know from one minute to the next whether to strangle her or kiss her. It was rather refreshing in a masochistic kind of way. Obviously, he enjoyed inflicting pain upon himself.

At the moment, Daniel was happily contemplating a way to commit murder and plead insanity to beat a guilty verdict. It wasn’t Vala he was going to kill though.

It was Sam.

Sweet Samantha, whom everyone adored on some level, was truly the anti-Christ. She had happily told Vala about Christmas and the tradition of giving and receiving gifts. She had then feigned innocence that Vala’s response had not been her intent all along. Daniel knew Sam. There was little of innocent about what she had done.

Daniel was now into the second quarter of an hour of listening to Vala’s detailed list of items that she wanted to receive. She hadn’t quite grasped the giving part of it yet. He heard something about clothing and then there were several requests for jewels. She gave him a typical response of ‘What?’ in reaction to his look of incredulity over her request for a tiara.

He actually managed to keep his cool until she began asking for her own ship so she could travel around the galaxy whenever she wanted… and in some kind of style while she was doing it.

“You are absolutely out of your mind,” he said. “The entire concept of Christmas and gift *exchanges* elude you completely.”

She laughed as she pulled her hair up into a ponytail. “Don’t be silly, Daniel. I know how this works. You give me gifts, and I receive them.” She shook her head as Daniel wondered if he could rupture a blood vessel in his head out of sheer annoyance. “Daniel, I’m KIDDING. You know, it wouldn’t hurt if you lightened up a bit. Laugh once in a while.” She walked over and touched the crease on his forehead. “You’re going to get old before your time.”

“Only because you’ve made me,” he grumbled at her.

“Well I highly doubt that it’s all my fault. You were uptight before I came along.”

He was left alone in the bedroom then as Vala’s laughter preceded her into the kitchen. It gave Daniel a precious, rare moment alone to gather his thoughts. A part of him knew she was kidding about the long list of gifts she’d requested. However, it led him to have concerns. Would she like anything he purchased for her? She was given to certain standards and if she didn’t like the gift, he’d know about it.

He listened as the television was turned on and Pat Sajak’s voice filled the room. Vala loved ‘Wheel of Fortune’.

He wasn’t being fair to her, and he knew it. There were times when she was capable of a great deal of tenderness and even some tact. If he were being honest, he had to admit that he found her vibrancy refreshing, eve if she frustrated him. He was being far too serious about this and her lists and lack of understanding were her way of trying to get him to do it.

As he took in a deep breath, he realized that she was right. All his years of dealing with Jack O’Neill had also revealed to him his sense of humor. It was about time that he used it.


Daniel watched intently, trying to hide his mirth as Vala unwrapped the last gift he’d purchased for her.

Truth be known, she had been genuinely pleased about the gifts. He, in turn, had been equally impressed with the ones she’d bestowed upon him. There had only been a moment of frustration when she admitted to learning how to use his credit cards. There was little doubt in his mind that he was going to need a second job.

As she opened the gift and the shiny (and very plastic) Disney Princess tiara was pulled from the box, Daniel was rewarded with her genuine laughter before the bright pink, falsely bejeweled tiara was placed on her head.

Of course, the biggest smile was on his face as she thanked him properly later, wearing the tiara as she did so.

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