~Serious Conversations and Walking Home~
It was a delightful party to be sure. Anya?s trial was over, she could once again practice medicine. Sivanna and Alec announced they had moved in, Mira would be released from the hospital the next day, Guill and Mich both were callers and Neo was going to teach future duelers. It was a marvelous party. She had even worn a dress for the occasion. Deep blue silk that moved so easy when she did, just cause she knew her friends like to tease her a bit about it. A small thing, but small things mattered. Padriq even took a long moment to appreciate it, but then the serious matters in her head took back over causing him to look concerned.
Aja asked, but Padriq didn?t want to disturb the party, Aja couldn?t stand the troubled look on his face and suggested the relocation. So, they left the Isle celebration and entered the Outback.
She pushed the heavy oak doors open and looked around. Turning back to him, she looked at him seriously.
?We're alone here.? Padriq walked in behind her and stopped. Without preamble, he laid out what was in his head.
?Jamie's grave wus destroyed two weeks ago...? he took a deep breath then. ?'er body be missin...? he trailed off and she couldn?t fault him for that. He was talking about the woman he married and it was bound to unsettle him more than a little.
So many questions came to mind. Who would do that? Why would they do it? Was he ok? The third was the most pressing one for her at the moment and reached out to take his hand in hers.
?Are you ok?? She watched him as a myriad of emotions crossed his face. He stood there silently, the long deep breaths the only thing disturbing the quiet.
?I be fine lass. Promise.? He gave a soft nod with that, but the look on his face betrayed him to her.
?But this information has to be unsettling.? She reaches up and touched his face gently, he only sighed and looked at her calmly.
?'as there been anyone followin' ye lass?? Padriq?s eyes searched hers. ?Anyone around ye tha' looks like they should nae be??
?Ya know..? the question took her by surprise. ?I haven't been looking.? She gave a shrug with a soft smile to him. ?You needn't worry for me, luv.? She tried to ease the look of concern from his face, but was having little success at it. ?I have defended myself for years. I shall be just fine.? He gave a small nod, his hand ran through his hair then.
?Lass. Ye need t' be careful.? His voice was barely a whisper. ?They took 'er body.? Aja thought about that again.
?What do you think they plan to do with it?? Necromancers and reanimators existed in the realm, but if she remembered correctly, Jamie would have been dead far too long for them to take an interest. But the users of dark arts often did things Aja would never understand.
?Lass... I do nae want t' know.? He replied pulling her close to him. She thought of the few times she had run into the undead, and had a involuntary shudder from the memory.
?Undead are icky icky things.? She muttered, and felt his gentle kiss on her forehead.
?Jus' be safe lass, I beg ye...? he held her so tightly, she could feel the worry seeping from his body. His lips lingered her on her forehead.
?Padriq. Do not worry.? She tried to reassure him. ?I spend my days surrounded by the men at the yards. Parker constantly hounding me to eat right, Rico needing things signed and what not.? She looked up at him then. ?I'm never alone for more than a moment or two.? She kissed him again and looked at him seriously. ?I shall be fine.? She kissed his cheek giving him her best smile.
?Lass. Good. I luv ye n' I jus' wanted ye t' know.? He touched her face with a soft smile now. ?Now let's get ye back t' yer friends affore I go check on me ship.? She could still see a little worry in his features, she slipped her arm through his and gave her best sly grin.
?Maybe tonight,? she started in a sly whisper. ?I can do that thing you like, make you forget all about it for a while.? Aja saw the smile start to turn his lips upward. She had succeeded in distracting him for a moment. He gave a sly grin of his own and kissed her, whispering in her ear.
?Lass ye 'ave nae idea jus' wut I want t' do t' ye tonigh'.? The timber of his voice sent shivers down her spine and she smiled up at him.
?I look forward to it.? She went to open the door, he gave her a playful swat on her rear. ?Let's get back to the party.? Padriq put a hand at her hip, stopping her and then moved as he pulled something from his pocket and put it around her neck.
?Lass 'ere... Fer yer dress.? He said as he worked the clasp. The chain of silver and gold charms slightly chilled against her skin and her hand went up to touch them.
?A gift?? she looked at him and his smile. ?Ah, yes. Yer evil plot to spoil me again.? She grinned at him as he smiled.
?I 'ave many other gifts fer ye lass.? He smiled and kissed her lips gently making her smile soft at first which turned sly.
?As long as some of them are in the bedroom, yer gonna be making me a very happy woman.?
?Good lass. Good. Ye deserve t' be 'appy.? He gave her a wink before kissing her again. She kissed him back enjoying a playful moment with him, before she turned, making the dress twirl around her legs again. The whisper of silk against flesh, combined with the thoughts she was just having about him, make her smile even broader as they made their way back to the Isle.
Padriq took her back to the Isle, and then returned to his ship to check on things. He returned to find a quite tipsy Aja. She was sitting at the bar, staring at a glass of some blue drink quite intently but grinning like mad when she looked at Neo.
?Neo, let?s get the ring drunk.? She was saying with a giggle. ?Drunken blinking.?
?You want to get this thing drunk?? he pointed at the ring that gave a flash.
?Sure. Why not?? Aja was grinning brightly at Neo, then she caught sight of Padriq standing there. ?Padriq! How?s the ship?? she called merrily in that drunken tipsy way.
?I'm not sure if that's possible.? Neo said, giving a wave to Padriq. Ring of Klytus piped in then. ?[I can't wait to find out!]? Aja took the ring and without ceremony, dropped it into her walk me down then intently stared at the glass to see if the level would drop. She giggled at the experiment being easily amused sometimes, could lead to silly silly things.
?It be fine lass. Jus' found a grimlin in the workin'.? Padriq related to her after a short pause. Aja drunk was a new experience, one that surprised him for a moment.
?What's a grimlin?? she repeated the word still staring at the glass intently.
?A gremlin?? Anya helpfully translate Padriq?s pirate speak and Aja went about her little adventure with the ring. She considered how to get it out now, then spied a straw and stuck it in the glass, proceeding to reduce the amount in it.
?[Why are you asking me? ...this isn't working.]? RoK said sounding a little disappointed.
?Yeah... Sabotage ...? Padriq said sighing some. ?Someun be tryin' t' mess wit' me ship.? He looked towards Aja who had stopped drinking and looked at him, her attention gotten with the word sabotage in relation to his ship. ?But we got it so nae need to worry.? He looked at her trying to reassure her,
?Huh?? she turned from the drink, forgetting for a moment that RoK was in there.
?[I should have known. I have no blood to be tainted by alcohol.]? RoK said now. Aja wasn?t really listening as her brain chewed over the info it just took in.
?You know, Kol'tso...? Anya started as she pondered RoK?s predicament. ?I could change a little of your metal to hemoglobin...?
?Aja, luv, do nae worry. I fixed it. It be alrigh'.? He tried to reassure her, but the look on her face told him that telling her while she was drunk was probably not the best of ideas.
?But I put guards on that ship! I am gonna go have a chat with mah boys.? Aja slide off the bar stool, fully intent to march down and kick her boys in the arse, but Padriq wouldn?t let her get that far. She heard the part about fixing it and she stopped, swaying a bit and looked at him.
?You fixed it? You didn't beat them up too did you?? she thought he?d already kicked her boys for her.
?Aye luv, n' yer boys found 'im, so do nae worry.? He gave her a smile then, she narrowed her eyes for a split second and then gave a drunken nod heading back to her drink and the current discussion about why RoK couldn?t get drunk.
?[Yet I have no actual brain to be tainted by alcohol-poisoned blood. My consciousness is completely magical.]? RoK mused about his being.
?Mm. That is a quandary.? Anya looked thoughtfully at the glass, that a dim flash every time RoK spoke.
?[As is my speech. Me talking to you here and now. This is magic. I have no mouth with which to form words. No larynx, either. And the way my pretty gem flashes with each syllable? Magic. I knew it. I'm immune to alcohol.]?
Aja stopped seeing her drink have a glow that went on and off.
?Aja?Is yer drink talkin?? Padriq asked her looking at her and the drink warily. She didn?t answer as she started to drink the rest while they discussed the nature of being drunk.
?Then cast a spell on yourself to taint said consciousness.? Neo offered.
?Then again, you are bragging a bit more than usual, Kol'tso. That sounds like alcohol is affecting you, if a little...? Anya grinned at the glass, talking to the ring. Aja seemed unconcerned with the why he wasn?t getting drunk. She drank the rest of the drink and tipped the glass to cause RoK to tumble to the bar.
?Sorry, Rockie. We tried.? She grinned at the ring then looked at Padriq. ?Neo?s ring, Koltso. We tried getting it drunkened.? Tipsy made Aja make up words it seemed, Padriq smiled at her then eyed the ring.
?[It would seem I am not immune to... what do you call it? Contact high? Not from contact with the alcohol, but contact with you people.]? RoK hypothesized.
?Did ye give it the 'ard stuff? Wut about Moonshine or somein?? Padriq asked looking at the ring, Aja laughed and shook her head.
?Walk me?? her head shaking got her off balance and she grabbed for the edge of the bar, along with Padriq catching her, she righted herself. ?Whoa..downs.? she grinned at him happily.
?Ye be 'avin' quite the party withou' me?? he surmised as he set her on the bar stool.
?Yep. And I be tipsy.? She announced, then looked at him. ?Yer cute too.?
? [No blood to be poisoned! Hello!]?
?Be nice, Ring!? Neo scolded RoK.
?[Right, right. That is an idea, though. Cast a spell on my own consciousness to taint it, to simulate inebriation. A time-out parameter could be included, and to automatically trigger a hangover spell the next morning where I get to whine incessantly at you, my dear Keeper, about how my head hurts.]? RoK snarked and Neo made a face at that.
Aja was less concerned as she thought about what she said to Padriq, and started looking at her friends.
?I'm surrounded...by pretty people.? She remarked in a sort of awe.
?N' ye did nae wait t' 'ave me be tipsy wit' ye lass?? he grinned at Aja looking around at them still pondering her pretty people statement.
?It's a celebration, Padriq.? Anya supplied helpfully as Aja slid the pitcher of Walk Me Downs over to him with a grin.
?Wut be it?? he looked at the pitcher warily.
?Walk Me Down!? Aja was exuberant as most tipsy people were, and grabbed the pitcher refilling the glass she just emptied.
?It's blue. Like Aja's pretty blue dress.? Anya said about the same time, never knowing what Aja had mixed up, but the sing song voice about her dress made Aja smile.
?I like blue. It's nice.? Aja said softly.
?Thin' I should stay sober fer this?? Padriq looked at Aja with a smile at her antics then at Anya, figuring better answers were to be found with the doctor than Aja right now.
?So do I, so does Papa Dn?avol.? Anya answered Aja and then nodded to Padriq. ?Mm, one of you should, to get home safely.?
?I like you too.? Aja looked at Padriq, grinning. ?Yer nice.?
?Seems I wus already voted fer it. Next time be me turn...? he mused at the answer Anya gave then looked at Aja as she declared she liked him. ?Aja luv I know ye like me.?
?And not a pud.? Anya?s triumphant declaration made Aja giggle and shake her head.
?No.? Aja shook her head again. ?Stephanie's a pud.? She used Bridget?s pet name for Stephen then giggled as she added on to the list. ?Robert be a pud too.?
?Me brother be nae a pud lass... Me brothers fer tha'. They jus' do nae like me.? Padriq, ever the loyal brother defended. ?They nae ever will let me live down Priss.? The last part was muttered, but heard. Aja poked him.
?They be puds.? She declared with a sharp nod.
?Alrigh' lass I will nae argue wit ye.? He snickered at this new side to Aja.
?Priss is gone.. ding dong...? Aja sing songed then giggled. ?Too bad we not land a house on her.?
?Why abuse a poor innocent house?? Anya mused.
?Wut she said...? Padriq pointed at Anya and then Aja got distracted by Neo tossing his soda can in the bin.
?Alright, time for me to go.?
?Night Neo Babes!? she called brightly throwing her arms out, bouncing on her bar stool till he came and hugged her, which he did with a grin at her antics. She kissed his cheek and smiled at him. ?Love ya, Neo Babes.? Always the fond nickname to her Neo, who she had come to love and admire.
?You too.? Neo replied with a kiss to the cheek. Then went to give his hug goodnight to Anya.
?Anya lass, I think it be time t' cut 'er off....? he pointed at Aja and her bouncing around.
?I would, but I value my life, Padriq.? She smiled then hugged Neo and kissed both cheek. Neo who no longer blushed at such affection from his friends, returned the kiss and then looked at Padriq for a moment. Padriq just grinned.
?I wud 'ug ye but tha' may be too soon fer ye.? He quipped and offered his hand. Neo nodded and shook his hand.
?Next time we can do one of those man-hugs. If you know what I'm talking about.?
?Aye, man'ug works.? Padriq grinned, Aja might have said something about it but was interrupted by Azathal who was standing behind the bar idly watching the group.
"This coming from the man who wouldn't kiss Lilli,"
?She's not his type maybe?? Aja giggled.
?She's not, really...? Neo said rubbing the back of his head as he usually did when thinking or got a bit embarrassed.
?Neo will find the perfect girl. Just give him time.? Aja sat up straight as she said that, like that made the statement more profound in her head. She sipped her drink with a happy smile.
?Exactly so. Bet he beats me to the altar.? Anya agreed.
?And he is?? Azathal quipped nodding to Padriq. That made Aja look where he nodded, and look back confused.
?He is what?? she asked confused. Neo didn?t appear as confused, he shook Azathal?s hand.
?Night Neo.? Azathal grinned at him. Padriq decided to introduce himself to Azathal then.
?Padriq Kidd... Captain o' the 'ighbringer.?
?He is what?? Aja asked again having not gotten an answer yet.
"Azathal Aleanurdrenn, Paladin of the Earth Mother Moira."
?He is what?? Aja?s demand was much louder and more intense making Padriq chuckle at her and kiss her cheek as Azathal answered her finally.
?No silly.? Aja giggled now that she knew no one was picking on her pirate. ?He be my type.?
?Your snuggle puppy, Aja.? Anya interjected teasingly. ?And my guess is Neo's type is his own business.?
"Isn't it always?" Azathal said with a smile.
?My type is... ? Neo was saying, but a tipsy Aja barreled right ahead.
?Neo's type is cute. About so tall.? she held her hand out to indicate a height. ?Peppy and pretty.?
?Bubbly. Energetic. Pretty, of course.? He said at the same time Aja was giving her description of Neo?s girl. ?Exactly!? Neo exclaimed and pointed to Aja. ?She gets me.?
?With a good sense of humor..? Aja continued seemingly unaware of what Neo said. ?So she can put up with us.?
"Aren't you already taken though, Aja?" Azathal asked with a grin making Aja wave a hand at him.
?That's my Neo Babes.? She said with a grin as if that explained everything to the man.
?She'd be able to more than put up with us. She'd be one of us.? Neo interjected.
?Yes she would.? Aja agreed with Neo smiling broadly. Neo turned for the lagoon heading for the tower of water.
After a moment, Aja slipped off her stool and started for the water.
?Where ye be goin' luv?? Padriq grabbed her, pulling her back towards him. She giggled at the sudden halt to her destination and grinned at him as he held her close.
?I was gonna walk in the water.? She grinned up at him.
?Take care, Water Brat.? Anya called after Neo as he wandered away.
?'ow about ye jus' settle fer me arms lass?? Padriq worried about a tipsy Aja, he feared something would happen to her.
?Ok I stay.? Aja gave another wave to Neo then grinned at Padriq.
?Good night, everyone!? Neo gave a final call and wave then disappeared to the water and his tower.
?Thank ye luv.? He gave a kiss to her forehead.
?I'll stay and drink.? She giggled.
?Tha' be fine...? he smirked while setting her back on her bar stool.
?You want me to drink more?? she leaned against the bar and grinned at him. ?Tryin ta take advantage of me Captain Kidd??
?Can't do that with the willing.? Anya piped in which made Aja snicker then.
?No. That is very true.?
?Nae luv... Ye know ye be the one t' take advantage o' me lass.? He couldn?t even keep a straight face on that one.
?That applies to you too.? Anya said sagely making Aja giggle and point at him.
?She got you pegged.? He smiled at Anya, giving Aja a wink.
For a moment, things were quiet. Each lost in their own thoughts.
?I still feel like I could float.? Anya mused.
Just then, the sound of bawdy singing broke the quiet and Aja looked up to see Bridget heading towards them.
?Bridget!? Aja yelled, then slid off the bar stool, making her way over to her.
?Aaaaajjjjjaaa!? Bridget yelled back chuckling at the obviously drunk Aja heading her way.
?Tell Padriq that Stephanie's a pud.? Aja said as she hugged Bridget.
?A pud be puttin' it nicely lass.? Bridget agreed making Aja turn to grin at Padriq.
? Iffin' ye say lass.? Padriq grinned. Then greeted his sister. ?n'... Midget.? The nickname made Aja looked at Bridget then at Padriq confused.
?She not be midget size.? This made Bridget blink at her.
?Ye be drunk.?
?Yes I be.?
Stas Ryan showed up then, Bridget headed to the beach and laid down. Aja made her way back to the bar stool.
?Aja luv. Ye up fer some sugar??
?Sugar?? Aja perked thinking about pixie sticks. He kissed the air and she pouted. ?Tease with the pixie stick.?
?And I bet it's bigger than that, Aja.? Anya cracked teasing Padriq then.
?I still do nae know wut Pixie sticks be.? Padriq was confused.
?I say nothing.? Aja said to Anya and pulled a stick from her bag, holding it out to Padriq. ?Pixie Stick.?
?.... Uh....? Padriq watched as she ripped it open and downed the sugar then smile at him. He merely shook his head at her and she leaned on the bar now, thoughtful.
Again she slipped off the bar stool and headed to the water. About the time Padriq was going to catch her, Azathal broke from his silence.
"I think I'm going to head out." This made Aja stop and wave, she also caught Stas?s news to Anya.
?And don't you be telling Amelia. I think she'd have my head, especially since she kind of agreed to marry me.?
?Marry? More happy news!? this seemed to distract her from whatever she had thought up.
?Your guilty secret is safe with me.? Anya said to Stas. ?Take care, Azathal. And Aja Bird, you cannot walk on water.?
?I know.. but I wanna see where Neo went.? Aja half pouted.
?Nae lass ye be gettin sugar from me.? Padriq tried distracting her.
?You are not a Keeper of Water. You will drown. Drowned Aja means unhappy me, among others.? Anya reminded Aja who nodded.
?Ok. No seeing where Neo went.? She sighed then looked around before adding. ?Gonna be awful hard to raid his dresser to see what underwear he wears though.? At that, Aja picked up her drink and took a sip as if there was nothing off about what she said. Padriq looked at her confused, blinking at the statement.
?Aja, you dirty bird.? Anya scolded making Aja look up at them confused.
?Well if we see a girl that likes Neo.. gotta make sure she likes what he wears.? Her simple explanation was given with the most innocent of expressions. She honestly thought that line of thinking made perfect sense. Padriq smirked at her, amused with his lass and the way her mind seemed to work. She jerked a thumb to Padriq then. ?He doesn?t wear any.? She pondered that for a moment. ?I think Neo probably wears underwear.?
?Well,? Anya started musing about that. ?I could always depants him.?
?Boxers, silk and black, for the record.? Stas piped up.
?Very sexy.? Aja grinned.
?Amelia thinks so.? Stas grinned. Padriq was still grinning watching Aja.
?I have black ones today.? She said kicking her foot back and forth, then looked puzzled. ?I think.? This made Padriq?s eyebrows go up some, and he tried not to laugh.
?Boxers, Aja?? Stas asked grinning, Aja was looking at Padriq.
?You watched me get dressed this morning.? She said then looked at Stas. ?No boxers. French cut.? She didn?t see a reason to include the word underwear on that since that?s what they had been talking about. She looked back at Padriq expectantly.
?All o' it be righ. Even though it wus a shame t' see ye clothed.? He gave her a wink.
?Some things I do not need to know about the Head Brat, Aja. That...? Anya trailed off with a groan. Aja realized she must have ventured into too much information land and gave a soft snicker.
?Black what?? Stas asked confused at the way Aja jumped around. But he got what Padriq watching her get dressed meant, and dug some aluminum packets from his pocket and put them on the bar by Padriq. ?French cut what? Green beans?? Aja looked at Stas like he had lost his mind when he asked that. Anya was laughing about the packets on the counter and Padriq decided to be helpful.
?Nae, it be like this.? He said to Stas and outlined her panties through Aja?s dress. Then Stas got it.
?Oh. Amelia just wears g-strings.? Then the man realized he may have said too much.
?Butt floss.? Anya said with a nose wrinkle. Padriq snickered as Aja repeated it and kissed her shoulder.
?Ahem. Yes. Uh..butt floss.? Stas said looking a little pink.
?But you like it.? Aja grinned broadly.
?Well, yeah. Have you seen my fianc???
?I have and congratulations.? Anya smiled.
?Thank you.? Stas grinned and sat back in his chair.
?Me girl be amazin.. N' stunnin...? Padriq piped up proudly gesturing to Aja who had been kicking her foot back and forth, but stopped and turned an interesting shade of pink.
"Yes she is, sir." Stas gave Aja a fond smile. "Treat her well."
?I plan t' mate. Plan t'.? Padriq caressed her arm, Aja tried to hide then as the blush got brighter. He kissed her head then.
?And wear the nillies." He nodded to the packets on the bar. "Unless Aja wants to be my next patient??
?I wonder if I should have red as one of the colors for my wedding, eventually... since one of my maids of honor looks so good in it.? Anya teased Aja seeing her blush, who glanced up at her and blushed again.
?Huh?? Padriq asked Stas not realizing the man was an obstetrician at the clinic.
?Aja doesn't have ta worry about that particular problem.? This seemed to confused Padriq further.
?Stas here is our new obstetrician on staff at Riverview, Padriq.? Anya offered helpfully.
"Nillies for your willy, sir." Stas said again nodding to the packets on the bar.
?Obsterywuty?? Padriq just looked lost, Aja smiled at him.
?Baby doctor.? Aja simply said, then corrected herself. ?Baby mama doctor rather.?
?Oh.... ? Padriq got that, but he was looking at Aja now curiously.
"Lady doctor." Stas corrected then went on talking to Anya about work things.
?I do not have to worry about seeing Stas professionally.? Aja said then took a sip of her drink staring off into space. She looked at Padriq after a moment. ?Yer quiet.?
?Jus' tryin' t' know why ye say tha' luv.?
?The baby thing?? she asked and he nodded.
?Aye.? Aja nodded a little, the thought being a slightly sobering one.
?After Mara... there was a ship we were ferrying across.. the cargo precious..? she fidgeted with the edge of her dress as she related the tale. ?We were boarded... one hell of a fight.. but I took a blade.? She took a deep breath then. ?Parker saved me.. but as for any more children..? she just shook her head slightly. Padriq wrapped his arm around her.
?Shhh... It be alrigh' lass.? He didn?t know what to say to her, she knew.
?Oh.. I'm fine.. Just.. ::shrugs:: Way of the world for us. Hence why I didn't want you to see...? she trailed off thinking of her reasons for being nervous being naked in front of Padriq that afternoon on the ship. The scars from the battles, that told tales of very close calls. ?Just .. was a long time ago.?
?I 'ave seen it lass, ye ferget tha' lass?? she nodded a bit at that, not looking at him, taking another sip of her drink. He leaned in and whispered in her ear. ?Let?s be goin ?ome lass.? Aja nodded to that and slide off the bar stool.
?Wonderful idea.? She went over to Anya and hugged her. ?Good night my sweet sister. I am very happy for you.?
?And I am happy for you, sister mine.? Anya hugged her back.
?I shall see you lovely people tomorrow.? Aja shouldered her bag. Anya waved to Padriq.
?Take care of her, Hugging Brat.? He gave her a nod, then guided Aja through the portal.
On the way home, Aja looped her arm through his, to walk straight cause on her own, it seemed impossible. He smiled at her, thinking it was good that she was having a string of good nights. She was quiet now, Padriq would learn that quiet meant thinking.
?My boys shall be talked to.. they are suppose to be watching that ship, damn it.? Apparently, Aja hadn?t forgotten when he first came onto the isle.
?Lass.? He stopped them, turning her to look at him as he held her close. ?Do nae worry about it fer now. Alrigh? Let's just be ye n' me for tonigh.? He held her to him and kissed her head.
?Fine.? Aja said, not liking to be derailed from any course of action that had her thinking. ?I'll kick their arse tomorrow.? Padriq nodded thinking that would be the end of it. He picked her up to make the journey home quicker. And it was, but Aja now could focus solely on what her brain was turning over. She nuzzled her face into his neck, breathing in his scent and loving how safe he made her feel, and the thought that it could be taken away ticked away in her head. ?Is someone after you, Padriq?? she asked quietly fearing the answer.
?I do nae know lass, but ye do nae 'ave t' worry.? He tried to reassure her as he opened the door to her house, and kicked it shut behind them. As he walked up the stairs with her, he gave a gentle pat with his fingers. ?We'll deal with it n' time.?
?Time.? She muttered softly thinking about that, the alcohol making her tired. ?Ok.? It seemed to dawn on her that they were no longer outside. She looked around recognizing her house and looking at him surprised. ?We're home?? he laid her on the bed, her bag falling then to the floor next to the bed. He caressed her cheek gently.
?Yes luv we be 'ome. It be time t' sleep alrigh?? Aja kicked her shoes off and sat up suddenly, sliding off the bed. ?Gotta take dress off.? She turned her back to him and looked over her shoulder at him. ?Unzip it please?? Padriq nodded, unzipping the dress semi slow, enjoying the simple task and running his knuckle along her spine as he did.
The silk dress floated down, Aja grabbed the strap, stepped out of the dress without wobbling and tossed it to the chair.
?Padriq..I?? she trailed off then, a moment passed as she turned to look at him. ?I?m glad yer here. With me.? He tossed his shirt to the chair and wrapped his arms around her, pulling her down to the bed with him.
?N' I be glad ye be 'ere wit me lass.? He covered them up with the blankets. She snuggled against him.
?And we'll worry about other stuff tomorrow?? she asked her voice sort of small sounding to her own ears.
?Aye lass...? Aja was going to close her eyes to that, but caught sight of moving light.
A crystal he put in the window, caught the light and made it look like stars were dancing along the walls.
?What did you do?? Aja asked indicating the little lights on wall and then looked at him curiously.
?Jus' wanted ye t' feel like ye were back on the sea n' under the stars lass.? He nestled into the bed with her and she kissed his head gently seeing how tired he was.
?You know I'm gonna read them the riot act tomorrow, right?? Aja asked not able to let go of the thoughts in her head.
?Tomorrow ye cun do wut ye wish luv. Fer now sleep.?
?Ok, luv. You sleep. I'm not going anywhere.? She held his head against her breast and stroked his hair, he pulled her tighter to him and drifted off. Aja kept stroking his hair until she was sure he was asleep then joined him.