(from rp and posted with permission)
Alexander Cameron was now twenty and seven. The last time Madison had saw him it was through tears and waving good bye, nine years ago when he was called off to war. Alex and her had grown up together, like brother and sister they were. Having their good and bad days. But they had always been there for each other. When Alex had left Madison had been lost.
?I thought I?d visit and then I saw all of this,? he motioned to the destroyed home. He smiled and cupped her face in his hands. ?But look at you. All grown up and,? he took a step back and looked at her enlarged belly. ?Eating quite well.? He smirked.
Madison pushed him back teasingly. ?Very funny, ha ha.? She hugged him again. She couldn?t believe he was actually here. She needed a friend right now with everything she was going through. ?I?m so glad you?re here.? She muttered.
He squeezed her carefully then held her back to look at her again, smiling down at her. He glanced over her shoulder and saw the scattered items from the tray. ?Let me get that.? He let her go and put the tray back together.
Madison looked to her father and went to his bedside. ?I?m sorry father. I?ll be back in just a minute with more.? She turned, but before a step was taken he father grabbed her hand, she halted and looked back to him.
?I?m in no mood to eat now anyway. You two catch up. Bring me back something good for lunch.? He smiled sincerely and let her go.
Alex shrugged and held his hand out the Madison. ?You up for a walk? You need the exercise, chubby.? He teased.
She scoffed. Walking over to him she pushed him into the door and walked out. ?You know I?d win if we raced. And I?m not fat,? she stuck her nose in the air. ?I?m?motherly.? She smiled back to him.
They left the keep and began walking down one of the paths that went for miles, leading no quickly if one was just wanted to go for a stroll. They laughed about old times and stupid fights they?d had. Alex told her about the war, and the different lands he?d seen. Madison didn?t want to recall everything she?d been through in the past months, so she just listened. She was just happy to have her friend home, so she just listened. Alex faced her and took her shoulders turning her to face him. ?You?ve not changed,? he grinned slyly, ?Much.? He laughed and hugged her. ?I?ve truly missed you.? He smiled.
Madison hugged him, taking a deep breath and sighing. She wasn?t alone anymore; she had someone to help her now. ?I?ve missed you to.?
Alex pulled back and looked into her eyes smiling. He lowered his lips onto hers and cupped her face with his hands again. He couldn?t help himself. He?d missed her so much, thought about her everyday he?d been gone. She was still so beautiful. Now that he wasn?t a shy little boy any longer he wasn?t afraid to go for what he wanted.
Madison saw his lips coming and her eyes widened. She felt his lips press against hers. She was so stunned she didn?t react at first. She closed her eyes and for an instant she was with Gavilean again; feeling so safe and so in love, and happy. She hesitantly opened her eyes knowing her envision was too good to be true. Seeing Alex was like a bucket of cold water. She pushed herself back from him placing a hand on her mouth. Madison just stood there looking at him.
Alex let his hands slip from her cheeks as she stepped back. He watched her smiling, and then his smile faded. ?I?I?m sorry. I wasn?t thinking.? He gestured to her stomach. ?I just thought that?? He forced a laugh, feeling flushed in the face and pretty foolish. He placed a hand on his head scratching it. ?This is awkward.? He chuckled again. ?I just assumed that I would have met him, or at least have heard about him already.?