Always ch 4646. RespiteAlways ch 46 by *FyreQueen89
Much as I love my dog, I'm ready to strangle him by the time his bath is done. Honey--though initially reluctant--stands dutifully still once I get her in the tub. Fade is her exact opposite. He all but leaps into the tub slinging water to the corners of the disused pantry I commandeered for my task. He then proceeds to whirl in circles, making even more of a mess, until Honey barks sharply, almost as if reprimanding one of her pups.
Fade reacts by stopping mid-spin, cringing a little, and then holding still. for a while, anyway. Mabari are smart dogs, which means they get bored easily. So by the time I've finished with his head and back and moved to his legs, he's getting twitchy again. He tries to bite the water, sloshes back and forth to make waves, and generally tries to get me as wet as possible. Like it's a game. He is remarkably successful; by the time I'm done, I'm nearly as soaked as he is. If it wouldn't be a waste of all my hard work cleaning him up, I rea
Always ch 4545. Dead GiveawayAlways ch 45 by *FyreQueen89
It's hard as anything to keep what we have a secret. In keeping with my wishes, we haven't kissed since the wall, but holding hands is nice. It's also, unfortunately, a dead giveaway that we're a couple. The number of times I've had to drop Jowan's hand like it burns is getting ridiculous.
On the plus side, me using his shoulder as a backrest when we sit next to each other--which is always--is a well-established habit that I don't have to give up. In fact, my giving it up would be the dead giveaway that something was different. A fact that gives me no small amount of pleasure as I settle into exactly that position for a game of Wicked Grace with Sigrun and Jerin. The Dalish warrior finally figured out Oghren was a horrible person to have for your teacher and spiked the dwarf's ale with something from Velanna. Of course, in playing with Sigrun, he's traded one cheating dwarf for another, even if he did swap games as well. Though I did try to keep S
Always ch 4444. Second ChanceAlways ch 44 by *FyreQueen89
He still couldn't believe he wasn't dreaming. He was not the guy life worked out for. Not usually at least. His habit of making stupid-beyond-words decisions saw to that. And even when things did work out, Jowan had never had it happen on the first try. Miri was the golden child in that regard.
But he'd finally, finally gotten something right. Even as he stared at the multiple pinch marks on his arm, reality struggled to sink in. He hadn't ruined their friendship. Rahna hadn't smacked him. Jowan--for once--ignored the small, cynical voice in the back of his head that reminded him she hadn't exactly kissed him back. But she did say she didn't hate it. And she had sat up on the wall with him for hours; until he'd felt her start shivering and insisted they head back inside.
"I don't need you catching your death of cold," he'd pointed out, fighting the urge to wrap her in his cloak as well as her own. "Especially not now."
Always ch 4343. Good ThingAlways ch 43 by *FyreQueen89
Our return to the Vigil isn't anything special. I think the soldiers have gotten so used to their arlessa being called away for various reasons it's fairly routine now. This realization makes me wince. The deserve more stability than that. Not for the first time, I entertain the idea of naming some else arl. Someone who won't get caught up in Warden matters, someone who can be here. Whatever the First Warden may feel about us involving ourselves in politics, I hate the idea. For many, many reasons.
But I have more important things to take care of right now than debating the merits of shrugging off one of my title on some unlucky bastard. After checking in with Varel to let him know I'm back, I lug the bundle of robes to Mal's room.
A distracted 'Come in' issues forth in response to my knock, and I open the door.
"It's just me," I announce, setting the robes on a chair and nudging the door half-closed.
He smiles in roughly the right direction. "Welcome back, Rahna.