Title: Shakespeare
Author: mrs260
Series: DS9
Rating: G
Codes: G/B
Summary: Garak and Bashir spend an afternoon in. 169 word story.
Disclaimer: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is the property of Paramount. This story, written in 1999, never has been and never will be sold.
Feedback: Any and all. Criticism welcome.

by mrs260

Garak glanced across the room. The hazel eyes were quickly averted, but he caught the ghost of a smile dancing over the apparently impassive face.

"Julian, do you honestly believe I could miss such obvious surveillance?"

Innocent eyebrows rose. "Whatever do you mean?"

He restrained a tolerant smile. "It's impossible to read this sickening stuff at the best of times. How am I expected to concentrate while you blatantly stare?" He shook his head in mock dismay. "At least be subtle, my dear."

Julian posed for a moment more as the very picture of innocence, then grinned openly and returned to his own book. He murmured, as if in an aside to some invisible audience, "He does do it on purpose."

Garak blinked, reflecting that whatever the human might mean by that, he wasn't the only one who did things on purpose. Nobody could be this irritating unintentionally. "Do I?" he laughed.

"You secretly love Shakespeare, and only insult him to cause arguments."

"Read your book, Doctor," Garak sighed.