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Caleb couldn't help smiling cheekily at her as he swiped a chip off her plate, he hadn't actually ordered any himself but had plans to take from Claire's plate. After all weren't partners meant to swipe each others food, he would completely stop if she told him to, he wouldn't keep doing something and it end up annoying her after all.

Besides it gave him a warm feeling to know that he could take food off her plate in public almost like a normal couple would do, there had never been an opportunity to do such a thing when they had meals together in the Mess. Well even when they weren't on duty together, they very rarely ended up sharing food like this, it was a silly sweet feeling to have and he was going to enjoy it.

Of course he nearly choked on said chip when Claire told him maybe the bloke was checking him out, “Really, am not his type, he definitely looking at you,” he said smiling at her.

That was until he noticed the smile slip from Claire's face slightly, he wondered if he gone wrong pointing out that she was getting noticed, right up until she told him exactly who it was that had kept looking at them. He felt his stomach drop as he finally took in Tama's appearance himself, he knew what the bloke had done to Claire and as much as he wanted to tell the bloke to take a long walk off a short cliff he held his tongue.

He did however maybe move a small fraction closer to Claire, his own hand coming to rest on top of hers where it was laid on his leg. He curled his fingers around hers in a silent show of support, he was going to let her lead this conversation, he would follow her lead here, because now he was face to face with the bloke he wasn't too sure if would be able to keep his mouth shut.

There was a small tingling of smugness that washed through him when Claire introduced him as her husband, and he couldn't help the slight smile. He held out his other hand to Tama – he wasn't above manners after all – to greet him, “Petty Officer Caleb Williams, otherwise known as Claire's other half,” okay so maybe he couldn't quite keep himself in check.

But there was something about seeing the man for the first time that just made his stomach twist in unpleasant ways. He didn't want to be rude to the other man, didn't want to make things probably a lot more awkward than they already were, but he also didn't want to just be friendly happy with the bloke that had hurt Claire as much as Tama had done.

Caleb might have gone from bed to bed in his former years, had enjoyed doing so for so long, but he had never cheated, never done what Tama had done and never would in his future. He was a one night stand that had, had a lot of respect for the women that he slept with, and that respect very much came with him into his relationship with Claire.

Part of him wanted to stand up, to tell Tama exactly how he should have treated Claire, how he should have respected her and basically given her everything she asked for. Instead he sat there feeling himself tense up, waiting for something to happen that he wasn't sure was even going to happen.

“Am sorry,” he whispered to Claire, he knew she would understand that he was apologising for pointing out Tama for checking her out. If he had known it was him he wouldn't have done that, he would have just kept his mouth shut and enjoy his chip stealing ways.


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Claire shot Caleb an indulgent smile as he munched on a chip. She hadn't really expected to get many of them, and the pie would be more than enough. Still, it made sure that Caleb's sweet tooth didn't run too rampant, and that he actually got something a little more substantial to eat to take him through what was going to be a long day before they got home.

Biting into her pie, Claire twitched her eyebrows upwards. "Want a taste," she asked, around a mouthful of crumbly pastry, succulent steak and fragrant cheese. She knew he'd likely refuse, given his earlier reaction to the thought of a beef and cheese pie, but she had to offer. "You're really missing out, you know."

Claire chuckled as Caleb choked on his chip, and gave him a broad grin. "Oh, you're a bloody good looking bloke, you probably get sized up by more than your fair share of men, as well as women." She didn't mind when other people eyed up her husband, and that surprised Claire, more than a little. She had thought she might get jealous, with him being so far out of her league, and so in demand, but the fact that Caleb only had eyes for her had allayed pretty much all of her fears.

Claire took solace as Caleb squeezed her hand, dqueezing his fingers back as Tama approached their table. He might look as handsome as ever, but the look of discomfort on his face as he took in the fact that Claire might as well be sat in Caleb's lap was priceless. Claire afforded herself the tiniest of smiles.

"Your husband," exclaimed Tama, his eyes widening in shock. "I didn't hear anything about you getting married." He sounded almost offended that he hadn't known, even as he shook Caleb's hand. "Doctor Tama Apirana, Claire's ex-fiance." He decided he might as well drop that in there, let the new bloke know where he stood. He couldn't care less that Claire's new husband was military, he reckoned he could get Claire back if he wanted to. He just knew her that well.

Claire smiled sweetly. "No, you wouldn't have heard about our wedding," she said, leaving it at that. Let him think what he wanted, make up whatever he liked in that smug, cheating head of his. She squeezed Caleb's hand again. "How about you? What are you up to these days?" She'd bet he was still fucking his way around Auckland.

"Oh, you know, still work, work, work," he said, dismissing the question. Truth was, he was no higher up the ladder than he had been when she had left Auckland. He had almost been jealous when he had heard that Claire had scored that choice job down in Welly. Still, he had assumed that he would have a stellar climb in Auckland, but it hadn't happened. He had wondered whether, perhaps, Claire had put the hard word out about what he had done. He'd never had anything concrete on that, though, so dismissed it as paranoia.

Claire leaned into Caleb, kissing his jaw as he apologised. "What for, e ipo," she murmured, her lips dusting his cheek as she spoke, not caring if Tama saw and heard everything. If he hadn't been such a twat, Claire wouldn't have ended up as happy as she was now, with such a fantastic bloke. She glanced back at Tama, her expression cool. "So... found anyone stupid enough to put up with you yet?" Her voice was teasing, but Caleb would recognise an unmistakable barb in her tone. She wasn't about to let Tama get off scot-free.


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The chips from the bakery were rather tasty, if he did say so himself, especially considering the fact they weren't his to begin with. That always made food taste so much nicer, when it wasn't yours to begin with, he swiped another couple of chips from her plate before tucking into his own snack that he had brought. The eclair was so much nicer than he thought, full of chocolate and sugar just what he needed to keep him running through the day he was sure.

Of course then Claire offered him a piece of her pie, he couldn't help wrinkling up his nose, he hadn't liked the sound of the pie when she had first mentioned it earlier and even though it did smell rather amazing in the small bakery, he still wasn't interested in sharing that portion of food. He shook his head at her, "No, you can keep your strange tasting pies to your self," he said, smiling, "I'll be a gentleman and let you have your own food." Even as he swiped another chip from her plate.

Once he had stopped choking on the chip, he just smile at her, honestly he knew that, knew that he got 'checked out' by both women and men. Half the time when it was men he was flattered, but he was most definitely straight so turned them towards someone a bit more suitable to there needs. "See now I think you are just trying to flatter me, Miss Te Atua, trying to flatter your way into having one of these eclair's," he teased, smiling at her brightly.

It felt good to be able to tease her in public, to do a silly little couple type thing as that, although he did have to admit it was so much more better when he teased her when they were working. Because it was like he had gotten away with something he shouldn't have, yes they kept the relationship more private than anything else back at Cheyenne, but there were times, very, very subtle times when he had managed to get away with a small amount of teasing.

He didn't miss the kind of cold exchange between Claire and Tama, not that he blamed Claire of course, he knew what Tama had done to her, had done to there relationship and well, he was more impressed that she hadn't hauled off and smacked him one already.

Although he found it wasn't his place to say that much against the bloke, he couldn't help the fact that his handshake turned slightly tighter - enough so that Tama would notice but not enough that it would cause either any harm - as he plastered on the most fake smile he could muster as he said. "Oh you're the Ex," he glanced at Claire, before looking back to Tama, "Honestly Claire does nothing but speak about you all the time." Caleb just didn't clarify whether it was a good kind of talking or bad, he'd let the bloke come to his own conclusions.

Caleb let go of Tama's hand, let the exchange between the two happen, he would and could speak up at any time, but well he knew Claire could handle herself. He felt the fake smile slip into a proper smile as she kissed him slightly, as he apologised, honestly it was nice that they could calm each other down in such a way. "For saying that someone was checking out how amazing you were, only to realise it was Tama," he said, loudly enough that Tama was going to hear.

Not that he cared one bit what Tama heard or didn't hear, the bloke in his eyes was bascially a jerk and not one that Caleb wanted to entertain with small talk all that much. He squeezed Claire's hand again, reassuring her that he would speak up, step to her defence if she wanted him to, knowing that he was there right besides her at that moment in time to deal with this idiot before them.

Caleb had to hold back a laugh as Claire asked Tama if he had found anyone stupid enough to put up with him, if Caleb was right and he generally was when it came to this kind of thing he was certain that Tama was still sleeping around. After all it did kind of take one 'womaniser' to recognise another, it was just his version was the nicer version.

He patted Claire's hand with his free one, before saying far too cheerily, "Now, now Claire, the man looks clearly worn out, am sure his other half is keeping him busy," he placed a very obvious in your face kiss to the top of her shoulder, letting himself linger there for a moment before adding, "Just like you keep me busy, sweetheart."


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Just as she had expected, Caleb helped himself to yet more of her chips, and Claire laughed, mock swatting at his hand. "See? I knew there was a reason I got a portion of chips as well," she giggled, taking one for herself and biting into its crisp, salty succulence. Pure heaven.

She laughed again as Caleb literally wrinkled his nose at her pie, and Claire shrugged. "Suit yourself," she grinned, taking another vast bite and mumbling around the pie. "You're missing out, though. Honest." And he was, as far as she was concerned. She'd convert him to the joys of steak and cheese pies someday. Maybe. If they ever made it back from Atlantis, at least. She doubted that she could persuade whoever was going to do the cooking in the Pegasus galaxy that steak and cheese pies would take off.

Claire rolled off into peals of giggles, all the while unaware that she was being watched by Tama. They were being watched by Tama.

Tama couldn't help himself. There wasn an easy, relaxed intimacy and familiarity between Claire and the other man that had been missing when he and Claire had been together. He'd bet the two of them had been together for a few years, the way they seemed to be able to just read one another they way they clearly were. An unexpected pang of jealousy shot through him, a pang that twisted in his chest as he approached them.

Claire, though, felt no such thing as she twisted her fingers with Caleb's, daring to feel almost triumphant that she was so obviously making Tama uncomfortable. It was the least that he deserved, and, if she were honest, the urge for revenge was tickling away at Claire. Still, she knew it would do her no good. She'd have to settle for making him just a little uncomfortable, and proving that she had more than moved on.

Unable to keep his eyes off Claire and Caleb, Tama swallowed back another surge of jealousy as he watched this British bloke being so possessive of Claire. He raised an eyebrow as Caleb told him that Claire talked about him. "All good, I hope," he said, his face wearing a smarmy smile, even as he knew that Claire would have had nothing good to say about him, not after what he had done.

Claire's small smile turned into a grin as Caleb made it obvious that he knew all about what Tama had done. Her gaze flicked sideways for a moment, capturing the look on Tama's face. He had gone very pale, and Claire once more gave him a sweet smile, even as Caleb squeezed her hand again. It looked as though he was trying to restrain himself every bit as much as she was.

Tama's face went from pale to puce as Claire asked a very barbed question about his love life, and he shrugged, trying to make light of it. "Oh, you know, not really found someone I click with," he said, his tone icy, even as he looked directly at Claire. Claire, for her part, simply smiled as Caleb made a barbed comment of his own, dropping a tender kiss onto her shoulder. Claire blushed.

"I'd bet it's more than just one woman keeping you busy, isn't it," Claire said, the slightest hint of malice in her voice, before she managed to rein it in. "You always did like to 'share the love', didn't you?" Claire was still hurting, and she was only now realising it. She gave Caleb's hand a squeeze.

Tama gazed at Claire and Caleb for a few seconds, letting her barb sink in. He probably deserved it. "They were never serious, Claire, not like we were," he said, a lame attempt at explaining himself. It didn't quite come over properly, and he waited for a few moments to see what else would get flung his way. He probably ought to go, try to leave with whatever shreds of his dignity were left intact, but something was rooting him to the floor.


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“Because you wanted to share them?” he teased right back, even as he nicked another one from her plate. It was such easy teasing sat there in the bakery, joking with each other over food, he would have ordered some of the chips for himself, but well his craving for something sweet had over ridden and he had ended up with eclair's instead. Tasty but he would probably crash from a sugar high later that evening, not that he cared, it wasn't often he indulged in that much sugary items, it was a one off and well it would be interesting to see what Claire made of him when he was bouncing all over the place. Not that it was any different from when he was usually full of energy of course.

Caleb shook his head even as Claire once more tried to get him to taste the pie, he really, really didn't like the thought of cheese in a pie, everything else he had tried since following her home he'd been open to. But this, this was maybe his limit on what he wanted to try that was new and exciting, he was content for the moment to stick with stealing her chips. Even if she did swat at his hand when he did so, he put on a mock hurt look for a split second before taking another.

The easy atmosphere between the two of them didn't last as Tama seemingly joined in to there little lunch outing. If it had been anywhere else he would have just walked away with Claire, not given the man the satisfaction of being able to get any reply from them, but somehow they had quite literally been cornered in a bakery with no form of escape without it looking like they were running away.

If there was one thing Caleb really didn't like it was finding himself in a corner, no where to go and all he had was the ability to try to talk himself out of a situation. It wasn't a situation he often found himself in, working with the SG teams and teams on board submarines had meant he was very rarely backed into a corner. Yes he knew he had Claire with him and he was taking his lead from her – he might be strongly disliking Tama but he wasn't about to start getting into the blokes face that was Claire's job – but they were both stuck in a corner.

Plus there was a stubborn part of him that was making its self known by the fact he didn't want to just up and leave, didn't want to give this bloke the satisfaction of having ran them out of a bakery. Even though the conversation would sound like they were joking to anyone else listening, Caleb could hear the under tones, hear the biting remarks behind the rather smug smiles they all seemed to be sporting. Himself included, even as he spoke, he could hear the hardness to his voice, the one that told anyone listening not to mess with him.

“Oh she told me, lots,” he repeated, his own voice slightly clipped now. Again he didn't specify if it was good or bad, he was sure if he spoke to Claire about Tama in depth there would be some good from that relationship, no one walked away from a relationship and not remember a few good moments. Even he himself remembered the odd good time when he was with Rachael.

He inwardly winced as Tama spoke of not finding someone to 'click with', in another life he hadn't agreed to join the SGC, hadn't met Claire that first week he was there, hadn't become such good friends with her, then he was sure that, that would be him stood in front of them. Minus all the cheating Tama had done of course, there was no way he would cheat ever, but it was a bit like looking into a strange sort of future mirror.

One he was very glad not to be a part of any more, he looked to Claire giving her a softer smile than the one that had been plastered all across his face from the moment Tama introduced himself, this was who he wanted to be now, what he wanted to be and he wasn't quite afraid to admit that he was happy.

“Finding someone you 'click with' is important,” added in Caleb, no coldness in his voice, just a sort of understanding as to what Tama meant. Not that Caleb would ever, ever in a million years say outloud that he agreed in that moment with Claire's ex.

Of course then Tama went and said that about him being serious with Claire and Caleb couldn't quite hold back a small snort of laughter, he hadn't meant for it come out, had tried to keep himself back from this exchange for Claire's sake. But that, well Caleb wasn't known for keeping his mouth shut for quite such a long time, glancing back at Tama he said, “If you were that serious you would have been able to keep hold of her,” and boy that sounded a lot more possessive than he had intended it to.


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"Because I knew you'd eat more of them than I will," Claire chuckled, shaking her head. "Can't have you just overloading on sugar, Christ knows what would happen." A hyperactive Caleb didn't even bear thinking about: she'd never be able to keep up. Besides, the chips were to die for, even if she did plan on having more chips later on. It was a rare treat for her, especially as the Americans didn't really know how to do proper chips. Might as well make the most of it.

Claire was enjoying the simple pleasures of lunch with her husband, knowing that the few days ahead might signal the last opportunity to eat together for a while. Who knew what lay ahead for them on Atlantis? Still, they were going to be sharing quarters, sharing a bed, and that would be enough for her if that was what it came down to.

The arrival of Tama, though, sent a wave of disquiet through her, and Claire was more than a little surprised to feel some of the old hurt rising to the surface again. She had thought she was completely over him, over it, especially now that she and Caleb were together, but it looked as though she was wrong. However, it wasn't a yearning for Tama she felt, or even hurt that he had been unfaithful and they had broken up.

It was more the fact that, thanks to him, she would likely be infertile. She would probably never be able to have Caleb's children, and that cut her to the quick.

Tama gave Caleb a hard look as he told him that Claire had told him "lots". "I'll bet she did," he said, his voice only just loud enough to be heard over the hubbub in the bakery. Aside from that little dig at Claire, he didn't really know what to say. If he was honest with himself, it hurt to see Claire with another man, especially as she was looking so happy and relaxed, in a way she hadn't while she was with him. By rights, he and Claire should be long married by now, with a couple of tamariki running around. He had put paid to that in more ways than one, however.

Claire sighed, running her free hand back through her hair, as Tama tried to make out that he just hadn't clicked with anyone. "That's tutaekuri, and you know it," she replied, her voice quiet and resigned. "You 'click' with too many women, and that's always been your problem." She squeezed Caleb's hand again, leaning into him and placing a kiss on his shoulder. She wasn't about to let her arsehole ex ruin what she had with Caleb.

She caught Caleb's soft smile, even as he seemed to agree with Tama about clicking with someone. The look on his face made her wonder whether he was saying it more to her than to him, though, and Claire kissed his shoulder again.

Claire blinked, almost disbelieving, as Tama said he had been "serious" about her. About to come back with something pointed, Caleb beat her to it. She squeezed his hand again, her face as impassive as she could make it.

Tama's face had reddened, though, and he looked about to explode. "What would you know," he said, his voice soft and almost a threat. "The traditions of the Tanagata Whenua are different from yours." His voice was almost venomous, and he decided that he really didn't like Caleb.

Twitching an eyebrow up, Claire tensed against Caleb. She wasn't having this. Today was their day, and nothing was going to wreck it. "And some traditions aren't worth upholding," she replied, her voice cold and rock steady. What are you still doing here, Tama? Do I have to make sure you leave, or are you going to go of your own volition?"

Tama looked at his former fiancee with new eyes, eyes that didn't particularly like what he saw. Claire had changed, and was no longer the woman he thought he knew. She hadn't been the kind to question him, had trusted him. Now... she distrusted every word he said, and he only had himself to blame for that. "I'm going," he said, turning on his heel, no desire for the sandwich any more. He paused for a moment, turning back. "Claire? You know he'll do the same to you, don't you?"

Claire's face was utterly calm, an almost serene smile on her lips as she squeezed Caleb's hand once more. "No he won't. Caleb's something that you never were: honest. Honest and trustworthy. He's ten times the man you are."


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"You're too kind to me," he teased back, "Between the feast your parents put on when we arrived, and now you're sharing your chips. Am sure you're just trying to fatten me up, sweetheart." Of course he would love to tuck into nothing but sugar and show just exactly what he was like with a lot of sugar running through his system, but well there was still lots to do that day and he didn't want to be crashing out any time soon.

"Besides you might find you like me when am on a sugar high," he lowered his voice so only Claire could hear, "Think of all the extra energy it'd give me, the fun we could have?" Honestly this flirting thing in public, especially whilst they weren't in America seemed to come more naturally to him now, it might possibly be also the fact that he was more settled in there relationship now. Happy to know that he wasn't about to have his own heart taken out and trampled all over, he felt like he had come home and he didn't want to replace the feeling at all.

He was planning on carrying on with the flirting and the teasing, right up until Tama started in on them, the easy going smiles vanished, as he realised the 'banter' that Tama was trying to do was more nasty than anything else. Yes he knew that both parties were probably hurt - one person more than the other - in the relationship but honestly, even he himself wouldn't be speaking to his Ex the way Tama was speaking to them. Of course his own Ex hadn't made it so he couldn't have children and hadn't slept around with more people than he had.

Caleb realised that was what was irking him so much about the bloke stood in front of them, that he had made it so Claire couldn't possibly have children but he didn't seem one bit of apologetic about it. Even as Caleb watched him carefully, watched for any signs of remorse or guilt, there was nothing, even as more comebacks were exchanged between them all.

He had come to accept that they weren't going to be having children of there own, had told himself that it didn't matter so long as they were both happy with each other and he still believed that even now. Caleb knew they could have kids the other way if and when they wanted them, but what upset him about the situation, sat there in the bakery as Claire spoke harshly about the amount of women Tama had 'clicked' with, was the bloke in front of them wasn't sorry for that.

In fact - purely because Caleb didn't know Tama that well - he was sure that Tama had come to subconsciously rub it in there faces, that he had slept around, that he was a bit of a basterd and was quite happy with that.

So yes he had opened his mouth, made the comment about if Tama had been serious then it would be Tama sat next to Claire right now and not him, hadn't been able to keep that thought to himself. What he hadn't expected was the anger directed at him as Tama snapped back that Caleb had no understanding for traditions, didn't understand there ways, as though he was just some dumb white bloke who couldn't care less.

It wasn't often he let his own anger show, it was very rarely he even so much as got frustrated and nine times out of ten the frustration was mainly work related. But this anger, this frustration that seemed to crawl through his veins was directed at a person. A person that he very much began to dislike immensly in the last few minutes, his hand tightened a lot in Claire's before he very carefully and with so much control over himself that he was surprised he wasn't shaking, got to his feet.

His voice was icy cold as he retorted, "It's not about traditions, it's about treating someone with a little bit of god damn respect, yes Claire has told me everything. I know more about her traditions than you probably ever did, you arrogant son of a bitch!"

His voice hadn't risen, hadn't attracted any attention from any of the other tables - if there was one thing he was good at it was keeping things mean and subtle - he had just said it as it had been. Caleb realised that it wasn't just anger he was feeling as he stood there, he hadn't even felt the kisses that Claire had placed on his shoulder a moment ago, it was protectiveness over Claire as well.

Yes people spoke bad of him all the time, he was use to it, but he found he hated it when someone spoke that way to Claire, no one got to speak to her that way not now, not ever and yes he knew she could and did take care of her self nine times out of ten. But this was one time, one time when he didn't want to keep quiet, didn't want just let her fight this bloke off by herself, she was his wife and that meant protecting her.

It just meant that protecting her seemed to bubble out of him in such a possessive way, he hadn't even exerted himself to saying half of what he had done, but he also hadn't felt anger like that in a very long time as he stood there at the table between Claire and Tama.


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Claire laughed, feeling carefree and relaxed. "I'm sure we can keep you active enough to not put an a gram," she grinned, her eyes flashing with the intent behind her words. "Me, on the other hand..." She pulled a face as she pinched more spare flesh than she would have liked around her waist. She had always been curvy, and liked it that way, but the lack of time she had to devote to her tae kwon do training was beginning to show. Still... given the choice between training for three hours a day and spending three hours a day with the man she loved, there was no contest.

"I love you just the way you are," she giggled, leaning across and kissing the side of his neck. "I don't think you being on a sugar high would do either of us any good, do you?" Especially not if he was planning on throwing himself off the SkyTower later that afternoon. She didn't fancy being hit in the face with Caleb's chunder as they hurtled towards the ground. Love only went so far.

However, Tama shattered the mood, and Claire found herself feeling utterly on edge. On edge was somethign she had never felt around Caleb, and she hated feeling that now. It almost felt as though she was betraying him, feeling an emotion that just didn't belong between the two of them. However, it seemed as though Caleb was feeling the same thing, and, oddly, Claire was grateful for that.

Tama regarded the little tableau before him with a mix of jealousy and disgust. How could Claire, his former fiancee, take up with a pākeha? All her exes before him had been Māori, so what was it with marrying a bloke with lily white skin? It didn't add up. She was betraying a heritage she claimed to love so much, and that didn't seem right.

The tension between the three of them ratcheted up a few notches, and Tama set his jaw at a tight angle. Yes, he had cheated on Claire, and more than a few times, but still... the old ways said that she should forgive him, let him have his other women. After all, she was going to be the modern day equivalent of his "first" wife. The first wife always took precedence and was the one you went back to time and again. Claire was Māori enough to understand that, the old ways, and yet she had chosen to refuse to accept the situation.

Still, it wasn't this jumped up Brit's place to give his opinion, and Tama narrowed his eyes, feeling more than a little disconcerted as the taller man brought himself to his feet, his face like chiselled stone. He hadn't expected the venomous words, the air of threat, from the other man. In fact, despite the fact that Caleb was military, he had thought him to be a peacable sort of bloke. His voice had had a gentle tone to it at first, but now... well, now, it sounded as though he was ready to kill Tama.

Claire caught herself on a sharp in-breath as Caleb stood, wondering whether he was about to punch the shit out of Tama. Not that she didn't want to do it herself, but... well, she was entitled to do so. "Caleb," she said quietly, her hand reaching out and twining her fingers with his, even as she stayed in her seat. "Don't. He's not worth it." She'd never known Caleb to get angry like this, and could feel the emotions ripping through him as he faced off against Tama.

Tama, though, was more than a little fazed. He hadn't banked on Caleb joining in the conversation, had figured it would just be he and Claire facing off in a war of words. It had been a surprise when Claire was as feisty as she had been, and for her husband to step up... Well, he hadn't expected that.

"What would you know of Māori traditions, pākeha," he spat, barely hearing Claire's urging for him to leave. "We're different from you, so piss off!" Unlike Caleb, Tama had raised his voice, his aggression obvious.

Claire didn't want this. She didn't like seeing Caleb so angry, even though he was defending her. While she loved his intentions, she didn't like what it was doing to him. "Caleb, don't. Please." She turned her gaze back to Tama, her eyes green chips of ice. "Why don't you just fuck off," she said, her voice quiet, calm, and meaning business. "It's nobody's fault but your own that we broke up, and, unlike when we were together, I'm actually happy now. Caleb's everything that you're not, and everything that I want and need." She looked back at Caleb for a few moments, a warm smile dancing through her eyes. "And I love him. I don't think I ever loved you, if I'm honest. I was settling for you, I'm not settling now." She reached out, taking Caleb's hand and tugging, urging him to sit down.

"You're not wanted, you're not needed, so just bugger off," she said, her voice far more calm than she felt. Claire smiled up at Caleb, the smile warm, and loving, and everything she felt for him. "You're the one I love, e ipo," she said, her voice clear and calm.

Tama was cut to the quick. Claire had never said that to him, never called him "e ipo". This Caleb bloke must be something really special to her. He swallowed deeply, inclining his head. "If that's what you want," he said, his voice hoarse with emotion, crushing the bag with his sandwich in and turning to leave once more.


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"Oh I don't know, think we could find ways to keep you active as well," Caleb said, all sweet smiles as he leant towards her and planted a kiss on her cheek. There were so many things they could do together to make sure neither of them put on any weight, not only that but they were fun things that they could do as a couple. So not only would they find a work out but get to spend time together as well, to him that was a win, win situation and he liked them kind of situations a lot.

He couldn't help the warm feeling that spread throughout his body as Claire told him, yet again, that she loved him just the way he was. He loved her exactly the same and although he still at times found it odd to say the words to her - he was really going to have to find his own word to say 'I love you' - he was making up for it in actions. It was the only way he could actually tell her at times, "Oh I don't know being on a sugar high whilst going up the sky tower, could be fun," and dangerous and as much as he was sure it would be a thrill it wasn't quite the thrill he was looking for. Not that day anyway, he got enough danger at work.

The mood changed, the temperature seemed to drop and Caleb was sure all the chips and eclaire he had eaten a moment ago were about to make a reappearance. Especially as his own anger seemed to rise up in him, as words and barbs were exchanged between not only Claire and Tama, but himself and Tama as well.

He had never liked people speaking about his family that way, ever, even when he was a child he would have defended his mum and dad till his very last breath. Although he hadn't had a bigger family than his parents in a very long time, and his relationship with Claire being new, he was surprised at himself when that anger rose towards Tama in defence against Claire.

Caleb seemed to sort of come back to himself a little bit as fingers curled up in his, as though they were sort of waking him from a nightmare (which Claire had done for him before and him vice versa), he was breathing hard, shocked to find himself stood up. He looked at Claire, an apology already half formed in his mind that he would offer her once Tama had gone, he had never wanted to loose that much control, never wanted to feel the urge to punch someone as badly as he did right then.

He had never in all his years been that person, the person that lost there temper so quickly, that was more or less prone to anger than calm talking. Not in a very long time had Caleb lost his temper in such a way and although he was stood there, staring at Claire, he could feel his body shake slightly as the adrenalin from his actions began to make its self known. He found himself gripping her hand tighter once more.

This wasn't who he was, who he wanted to show to Claire and yes he was damn determined to make sure she knew she could count on him to defend her in what ever way she wanted him to, but not like this. He was sure that in over the year they had known each other, Claire wouldn't have seen this anger to him, hell he half didn't realise he had this anger in him himself.

"Leave," whispered Caleb, still not looking at Tama, as he finally, finally sat himself back down. The food in front of him looking less appealing than it had done half an hour ago, he closed his eyes for a moment let his forehead rest on the top of her shoulder, even as there hands stayed clenched together.

"Sorry," he said, voice soft so only she could hear, before kissing the top of her shoulder and looking at her.


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Claire laughed, shaking her head as Caleb kissed her cheek. "Down boy, keep your mind out of the gutter," she chuckled, knowing full well that her thoughts were straying in exactly the same direction. Still, she really ought to look at incorporating some more energetic training back into her regime, especially as, on Atlantis, she probably wouldn't be able to find a sparring partner who would be on her level. Claire would have to give some serious thought to that.

The expression that spread across Caleb's face as she told him that she loved him just as he was warmed Claire to the core. She'd bet that nobody would ever guess that Caleb had been hurt in the past, even if the breakup with Rachel had been mutual. It had scarred Caleb deeply enough to stop him seeking out relationships, much in the same way that Claire had shied away from men after Tama had hurt her. Caleb had hidden his hurt under a string of one night stands, but Claire had worn her hurt like an armour. She was just glad that each of them had managed to reach the other through all that hurt.

"I don't want to come down to earth covered in your chunder, thank you very much," she grinned. "No sugar overdose before the Skytower, you hear me?" Her voice an amused laugh, Claire took another bite of her pie.

Things deteriorated rapidly with Tama's arrival, and Claire silently cursed the prick for turning up out of the blue. As the conversation disintegrated into barbs and insults, Claire felt an unaccustomed anger rising in Caleb, and she felt helpless to do anything about it. She knew that he was trying to defend her, to protect her from the man who had stopped them being able to have children together if they decided they wanted them, but it came as a shock to see the man she adored so angry.

Caleb was the most laid back and easy going of men, and to see him shaking with anger, quivering with rage, was a huge shock. She knew he had anger in him, had seen him lose his temper before, but never at such close quarters, and never to such an extent. She could swear he was getting ready to punch Tama in the face.

Feeling him relax a little as her hand slipped into his once more, Claire squeezed reassuringly. She didn't think anything less of him because of it. If anything, it brought another level of respect. Caleb knew that Claire was capable of taking care of herself, both physically and verbally, and for him to stand up to defend her - to protect her - touched her more than she would have believed.

Tama looked almost scared as Caleb stood his ground, and he glanced at Claire once more, not saying another word as he turned on his heel and left. He hadn't heard Caleb tell him to leave, but he hadn't needed to. The way that Claire looked at the bloke, the endearment she used... it showed that Tama had meant next to nothing to her, not compared to what she felt for Caleb. Finally, he realised what he had thrown away.

Claire, though, wrapped both her hands around Caleb's as he sat down again, leaning his head on her shoulder, before kissing it and apologising. She caught his gaze as he looked up at her, and Claire shook her head, her eyes sparkling with tears. "Don't ever apologise for defending me, e te tau," she murmured, leaning across and dusting the softest kiss across his lips. "He deserved it, and more. I am so proud to have you as my husband, you know that?"

She removed one of her hands from his, and rootled around in her bag. "I was going to give this to you later, but I think now might be the right time." She passed him a small item, wrapped in blue tissue paper. "I was going to wrap it, make it look special... but I think I ought to give it to you now."


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