Tali felt the gentle press of a kiss against her head, the affectionate strum of fingers soothing against her back. The simple actions still managed to inspire a flutter of sentiment, much the same now as it had been when they had first awkwardly admitted timid feelings. And even if time had passed since the first shy whispers of affection, it was still sometimes hard for her to believe that he returned her affections.
But then he would look at her, his pale blue gaze always seeming to find her, regarding Tali as if she was the most precious thing he had ever seen. There was no doubt within that. Not when his hands would reach out for her own, odd numbered fingers tangling together awkwardly and yet so comfortably. Not with the way his mouth would play against hers, savoring the brush of lips against skin, the tingling of sensation.
His love for her had been seen in many quiet nights, curled up against him as he tried to soothe her worries. In his patient indulgence of her passionate rambling, the curl of a smile that always warmed his face as she went on about the multiple applications of a new program.
Here, with Jace Shepard, she had found a home. A place in which she never wanted to be parted from, someone she wanted to share a life with.
"Mm, I do." She relented, although a hint of teasing lit within her eyes as she continued. "It can be very nice to hear sometimes."
Shifting, Tali’s fingers once more gripped against his shirt, body leaning up and into him, closing the distance between them. The smile which warmed her face was playful but affectionate, eyebrow arching as she continued. “But sometimes it can be nice to be shown.”
Her words were punctuated with the press of her lips against his own, a teasing light caress of sentiment. Fingers curling into the wrinkles of his shirt, body arched against his own, Tali’s face warmed with a blush as she lingered.
Tali took hold of his shirt, wrapping her fingers into it and tugging tight enough to let him know she wasn’t going to let him get up. Not that he was going to, but her grip was always a little stronger than he acknowledged. Tali was comfortable, happy, and if all it took was her laying on his chest and sighing contently.
Maybe he didn’t show it enough, or get physical quickly. It was harder for him to get affectionate, react quick enough or know if what he was doing was right. She was more energetic then him- a lot more- and much more attentive. Jace had problems keeping up with her in this manner, especially with the war going on.
And Bright. And Tobias. And Clef. And Thomas. And Dawson. And Vega. And Traynor. And Joker.
The whole ship. Everyone and thing aboard.
Tali’s head nuzzled against his chest, arms clinging to and refusing to let go. A sigh escaped from him, breathing out slowly before rubbing her back. While wearing his hoodie. Another escape of air, an attempted chuckle.
"I suppose so," the words slipped from his mouth, before he had time to think about it, "I’m sorry I don’t more. It’s still rather busy- rather constantly too. I’ll try to do more, though, Admiral."
The gap between them was closed off as she moved closer, only to brush her lips against his own. As she pulled back from the brief encounter, Jace could still feel her breath across him, the smile on her face warming him up greatly. Tali’s eyes had illuminated, the light growing stronger it seemed.
He leaned in to give her another kiss- one of his own- and for much longer. The small peck might have been nice, but he wanted more. They locked for a few moments, a few heartbeats passing before he let go. Tali wanted him to show more affection, did that work? He gave her another kiss, a shorter one than the previous. As his head pulled away, he tugged at her lip for a brief moment, staring her in the eyes and smiling widely.