Happy says (8:49 PM):
So after the others have left, Hope sits on the floor next to Promise, drinking her ginger tea.
Wolfbane says (8:50 PM):
Promise, after making sure no crew members are near, puts an arm around her and gives her a gentle sqeeze. "Thank you."
Happy says (8:51 PM):
"For what?"
Wolfbane says (8:51 PM):
"For being here for me."
Happy says (8:53 PM):
"Where else would I be?" She leans against him.
Wolfbane says (8:54 PM):
He rubs her side. "Hopefully, no where else."
Happy says (8:55 PM):
Happy says (8:56 PM):
She's quiet for a few minutes, just sipping her tea.
Wolfbane says (8:57 PM):
He nuzzles her, smiling. "Looks like we have two months being cooped up on this ship. It feels familiar somehow."
Happy says (8:59 PM):
"Yes. We've come a long way together."
Wolfbane says (8:59 PM):
"Its a good feeling to know that we have."
Happy says (9:01 PM):
She's silent a little while longer, before speaking again. "How much do you remember, of your time in the spirit realm?"
Wolfbane says (9:01 PM):
He is silent, looking at the cup in his paws. "I remember most of it. I know I spent all of that time thinking of you."
Happy says (9:05 PM):
"Do you want to talk about it?"
Wolfbane says (9:08 PM):
He stays quiet for a few minutes. "Has Aegnor told you about Hakari?"
Happy says (9:08 PM):
"The one who guarded the gate?"
Wolfbane says (9:09 PM):
He nods. "When the others went through, the gate collapsed. Hakari gave me some kind of stone to put into its place in the Deep Realm. At the same time, these… /things/ started to appear. The ones like in Zubera's pictures."
Happy says (9:10 PM):
She strokes his arm as she listens.
Wolfbane says (9:13 PM):
"In the Spirit realm, you don't /really/ need sleep or food or drink, so technically, you can run forever." He closes his eyes. "That is what I did for a very long time. During most of the way to the Deep Realm, those things would chase me. Hakari held most of them off at the Gate, but inevitably, a few would get by."
Happy says (9:14 PM):
"I should have been with you," she says quietly.
Wolfbane says (9:17 PM):
He rests his head on her shoulder. "I think… I think I went over the edge for a while there, went insane. It hurt the most when I thought I wouldn't be able to see you again." He is crying quietly at the memories.
Happy says (9:20 PM):
She nuzzles against him.
Wolfbane says (9:22 PM):
He calms down at her touch. "After a while, I made it to the deep realm. Some sort of spirit was attracted to my spear, so I had to throw it away." he sighs. "It had been my father's. After that, I made it to the alter where the stone was set and I put it in the new one."
Happy says (9:24 PM):
"And what did that do?"
Wolfbane says (9:26 PM):
He shakes his head. "The last thing I remember about that is a loud buzzing, then shadows came over me. The next thing I know, I'm at the edge of the Deep Realm. That is when I tried to get back to Hakari. Eventually, I completely collapsed."
Wolfbane says (9:28 PM):
"It had finally taken its toll on me, even there. Hakari eventually found me and carried me the rest of the way to the Temple of Twilight."
Wolfbane says (9:35 PM):
"I think I lost conciousness a few times, but I could have been there a few weeks. Hakari said that he could send me to the nearest place he could to you, and then the next thing I know, I get hit in the back of the head and wake up in my cell."
Happy says (9:35 PM):
"Oh, Promise."
Happy says (9:36 PM):
She snuggles him more. "And after all of that, to end up in that awful place."
Wolfbane says (9:36 PM):
Promise pulls her close, crying a little. "I know, but I would do it again if it meant I could always be with you."
Happy says (9:40 PM):
"If you hadn't returned, this is when I would have been setting out to find you."
"After everything you did for the village, I couldn't leave until I knew they were safe."
Wolfbane says (9:44 PM):
Promise squeezes her hand. "I know, I understand. Did the spirit ever speak to the elf spirit again?"
Happy says (9:45 PM):
"I'm not sure. The gate closed, and everything went into chaos."
Wolfbane says (9:47 PM):
He pulls her closer, enjoying her warmth and scent. "It doesn't matter now, I have you again."
Happy says (9:50 PM):
"Did you really think…" her voice trails off.
Wolfbane says (9:50 PM):
"Think what?"
Happy says (9:50 PM):
"That I would have found someone else."
Wolfbane says (9:51 PM):
Promise looks at the floor, ears drooping. "After that long… I couldn't have blamed you."
Happy says (9:52 PM):
She nuzzles against him. "How could I do that to some innocent male, forcing him to live up to you?"
Wolfbane says (9:53 PM):
He chuckles, blinking out a few tears. "I love you Hope, I hope you know that."
Happy says (9:54 PM):
"Would you have fought for me?"
Wolfbane says (9:55 PM):
"I would have let you go to whoever you were happier with. I would never be able to stand being second best for someone."
Happy says (9:57 PM):
"I doubt I could be so noble in the same situation. "
Wolfbane says (9:58 PM):
"Like I said, I'd be able to understand, but it would hurt to see you with someone else."
"A lot…"
Happy says (9:58 PM):
She nuzzles against him, kissing and nibbling on his ear. "Never."
Wolfbane says (9:59 PM):
Promise nuzzles her. "Thank you."
Happy says (10:02 PM):
"I told you once that if another woman wanted you, I'd tear her throat out."
Wolfbane says (10:04 PM):
He smiles at her. "I truely love you Hope. No one else could make me happier."
Happy says (10:06 PM):
"I love you. More than I can put into words."
Wolfbane says (10:08 PM):
He leans back against her. "Then don't try, I know>"
Happy says (10:19 PM):
After a long, comfortable silence… "I'm sorry you lost your spear."
Wolfbane says (10:21 PM):
"Its okay. I can lose anything as long as I have you."
Happy says (10:21 PM):
"You always have me."
Wolfbane says (10:22 PM):
He smiles at her. "Yes, yes I will."
Happy says (10:24 PM):
She looks around the room and gives a rueful smile. "Though maybe not as completely as we might like."
Wolfbane says (10:25 PM):
He chuckles. "No, I guess not. Of course, if the Captain says there is room in the Cargo Hold, maybe we can move down there. It'd give us some privacy at least."
Happy says (10:33 PM):
"And good memories as well."
Happy says (10:35 PM):
She takes the white blanket out of her pack. "You sleep with this tonight, and I'll use the cloak. Then tomorrow we'll swap. And hopefully the next night, we'll have sailed and can sleep curled up together."
Wolfbane says (10:35 PM):
Promise smiles at her. "Hopefully."
Wolfbane says (10:37 PM):
He sighs, thinking. "Two months…"
Happy says (10:38 PM):
"Two months together."
Wolfbane says (10:38 PM):
Promise takes her hand and gives it a squeeze. "Together."
Wolfbane says (10:40 PM):
He still looks a little lost in thought.
Wolfbane says (10:41 PM):
(Goldie is snoring quietly)
Happy says (10:41 PM):
"What are you thinking?"
Wolfbane says (10:44 PM):
He sighs. "It seems like with everything we do, we can never have any real peace. Other than the night the airship crashed, we always seem to be on alert, on the run, or separated."
Happy says (10:44 PM):
Happy says (10:46 PM):
"Do you remember the night we fought that creature in the cave, and I asked if I could sleep with you?"
Wolfbane says (10:46 PM):
He nods, smiling. "Of course."
Happy says (10:49 PM):
"I wanted you then. But more than that, I just wanted to be with you."
Wolfbane says (10:52 PM):
Promise looks into her eyes. "You too?"
Happy says (10:54 PM):
"I must have been in love with you by then."
Wolfbane says (10:56 PM):
"I think I was too." He smiles. "Lets hope we finally find some peace for a while after this."
Happy says (10:59 PM):
"Yes." She snuggles against him.

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