Jul. 2nd, 2012 12:18 am
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Rachel's school schedule was light enough this semester that she was able to spend a lot of downtime just... relaxing. She'd laid in a good supply of books that she actually read on occasion, she took relaxing walks - a neat contrast to the way she used to run herself to exhaustion just so she wouldn't dream. In fact, she's just gotten back from one such walk and was feeding her quetzals, humming a wordless tune as she went about the chore. All in all, she felt more at peace with herself than she had in a long time.

And she really wasn't in a hurry to examine why that was, either. She knew part of it was from that shared dream she'd had with Nathan and the others. That world that she'd actually hoped was a world in which she'd managed to rid herself, and it, of a demon worth killing. She was disappointed it hadn't been real, but in the end she hadn't been surprised. At least she'd gotten to meet her brother's wife and son, even if they were the ones in his memories, it was more than she could ever hope for back home.

And she knew the other part of it was the guy she'd woken up to. The one with the dark eyes and dark past who still managed to smile and make her smile, too. The one she was sharing her bed with, gladly, who might want to share more. That was what she really didn't want to look at. Not closely. It wasn't that she didn't want... well, she didn't know what she wanted. It was just, after everything, it was just good to be with someone. No expectations. No worries.

Date: 2012-07-03 10:55 pm (UTC)
likesthestooges: (Tilted Head)
From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
Aidan had made a mess of relationships in the past, there was no doubt about that. He had also missed out on a lot of good things because he had delayed putting off this sort of talk. He couldn't not think about Martha, about how if they had acted earlier they would have had a bit more time together.

When he was a vampire, time was a commodity he had a lot of. Suddenly becoming mortal didn't mean that immediately he stopped thinking that way. He liked Rachel though and thought there could be something more there than just friends with benefits.

If she didn't want that, that was alright. But Aidan didn't want to miss out on any time with her in case it was more than that.

He was glad to find Rachel at her place. Other than classes, it was hard to pin down exactly where she would be at any given time. Apparently right now was bird time.

"Let me guess, the male ones are the gaudy ones."

Date: 2012-07-04 11:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
Aidan admired how Rachel worked with the birds, and not just because she looked good doing it. He knew she had seen a lot of hardship and death in her life, but that hadn't done anything to change how she viewed life. She was careful with the birds, doing everything she could for them. He liked that.

"Just thought I'd come by and chat," he said, smiling at her as he reached down and slipped his hand into hers. "If you've got some time to spare for me."

Date: 2012-07-04 11:47 pm (UTC)
likesthestooges: (Tilted Head)
From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
"Alright, I'll give you a hand," he said, following her into the hut.

There was a serious possibility that what he said here would ruin whatever they had now, but Aidan was willing to put that out there on the chance that it would make it better. Rachel had been dealing with a lot lately, and he didn't want to make this one more thing, but he knew it should be done sooner rather than later.

Date: 2012-07-05 02:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
Aidan gathered up the knife and fruit, busying himself while he waited for her to clear the workspace. She seemed to have some interesting pieces going on. Any other time he would have asked her about them, but the silence seemed less awkward than small talk at the moment.

Aidan bated drawing these sort of things out though, he'd rather get this over and done with.

"You know I'm not exclusive with you," he said. Probably not the best start to the conversation. "But I like you, Rachel. I like you more than... just casually."

Date: 2012-07-05 06:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
"I... think I might be okay with being exclusive," Aidan said.

It was more than that, it was more than just deciding not to have sex with anyone else, but he didn't want to scare Rachel away with labels or anything like that.

Date: 2012-07-06 02:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
"I was kind of hoping you would recognize that as an indicator of how much I like you and the level of commitment I'd like to put into our relationship," Aidan said.

Apparently subtly wasn't going to work here, which was okay. That made things a lot easier. After a few centuries of having "the talk" being "hey I'm a vampire" this wasn't too tough.

"If that's not what you want, I understand."

Date: 2012-07-06 02:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
Aidan understood this was a lot to thrust on Rachel at one time. Apparently she hadn't been thinking along the same lines or expecting something like this to come along. He wasn't quite sure how he felt about that.

"Then don't worry about it," he said, leaning across the table. "If you don't know, you don't know and I can accept that."

It was maybe a little disappointing, but he knew there was a chance it could end up like this.

Date: 2012-07-06 03:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
"Trust me," he said with a laugh, giving her hand a squeeze. "This is not 'being bad' at this. I've seen 'bad at' this, and this is not it."

Bad was... generally what Aidan was in all his relationships. The fact that this one was ending (of a sorts) before it really got anywhere was probably the best relationship he'd ever had. His wife was dead, Celine was raped and threatened by Bishop, Suren was buried alive, Rebecca was dead, and Martha just disappeared. This was probably the best relationship he'd ever had.

Date: 2012-07-06 04:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
"Rachel, this isn't an all or nothing ultimatum here," Aidan said, realizing that he hadn't made that entirely clear. He hoped that this didn't put too much pressure on her, he didn't want anything like that.

"I'm not going anywhere, I just thought I'd take a chance. Turns out it's not to be right now and that's okay. We just keep doing this. If you want."

He didn't feel quite as casual about it as he sounded, there was a sense of disappointment, but compared to some of the things he'd faced, it was easy to hide.

Date: 2012-07-06 05:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
"Don't apologize. You were honest, that's what I really wanted. And don't think I don't see what you're doing, trying to distract me with promises of you in a bikini. Underhanded, but effective."

It was a bit of a cheap dismissal of things, but he didn't want to burden her with this anymore than was necessary. He wanted to show her that they could still have fun together and be friends.

Date: 2012-07-07 06:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
"I wasn't complaining about it, was I?" he said, laughing a bit at her slow realization. He was glad that she could take it in a good natured way though. He liked that about her.

Date: 2012-07-09 12:36 am (UTC)
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"How are classes going? Fresh batch of eager faces?"

He wondered what sort of strange mix of students her class would have on a place like the island. It seemed like a lot of people had a lot of experience in fighting.

Date: 2012-07-09 05:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
"Coraline," Aidan said with a nod. Of course she would be taking that sort of class. He should have guessed that she would.

When Rachel ran her foot along his, he grinned back at her though. It was a nice feeling, reassuring in a way.

"Remind me to tell you sometime when Coraline and I went on a date."

Date: 2012-07-09 11:58 pm (UTC)
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"It wasn't too long after I had first arrived on the island," Aidan said, looking a bit sheepish. "I hadn't met her yet, and it was when people's ages were changed. She... looked a bit older."

She had also acted a bit older, but looking back it was how she normally acted, just slightly subdued. She was mentally the same age, just lost some of the energy of youth.

"Naive and flirtatious can... look very similar, apparently."

Date: 2012-07-11 09:45 pm (UTC)
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"I was upset initially but... she didn't mean anything by it," he said with a shrug. He liked Coraline, including how mischievous she could be.

"I realized she's grown up on the island. Not being constantly bombarded by all the sex and sexuality that's in modern media. So when she's looking in her twenties and stretching her arms while wearing a bathing suit... she's really just stretching her arms."

Date: 2012-07-15 08:40 pm (UTC)
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"She's not really a kid. But you'd be surprised at how much sexually imagery people are bombarded with every day in the modern world and how little there is here."

Maybe it was only obvious to someone who had been alive in a time where that sort of thing wasn't everywhere. He liked that about the island, especially when there was someone like Coraline around.

"But if it's jealousy you're worried about, I promise I can reassure you that you've got nothing to worry about that in regard."

Date: 2012-07-17 09:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
"Well, I'm glad it served some sort of purpose at least," he said, smiling as he leaned into her. He was glad that she didn't seem to be too uncomfortable about things, which was a relief. The last thing he wanted to do was make things awkward for them.

"Is there anything else you are?"

Date: 2012-07-18 10:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
"We'll just stick with happy then, because I like happy."

Being in a sort of limbo wasn't good to do indefinitely, but Aidan thought they could stand to go a bit longer at their current state. And he was happy and knew that being happy was just as rare for her as it was for him.

Date: 2012-07-20 08:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
Aidan smiled and wrapped his arms around her waist as he kissed her back. Hopefully over the next little bit he could reassure her that he was okay with things how they were.

"You're the one sitting on my lap kissing me."

Date: 2012-07-23 09:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
"Fine, let's get this taken care of so you can get into a bathing suit," he said, smiling as he stood up with her. This was something else that he enjoyed about Rachel, the teasing and the light-hearted nature of their relationship. For two people with such dire pasts, it was nice to have that aspect to things.

Date: 2012-07-25 03:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likesthestooges
"You've made it clear the bikini goes first, so I'm just eager to go in order," he said as he followed her out to the birds and grabbed a handful of fruit to help feed them.

"If you want to skip steps, that more than okay with me."


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