Acenath finished her breakfast with Kieran, feeling sad her friend Gloria had just left them but understood she had quite a bit going on lately. Besides, it had been a long time since she had a reason to stay with Kieran so she was happy for the alone time. Acenath hoped learning the Kipomika language was as difficult as learning its alphabet was so she could stay in Kierans home a really long time. She hated every time they parted but didn’t have it in her to tell Kieran that she loved him. They walked into Kierans study and sat together on the small, white couch he had in there. His study was a comfortable place, filled with books and papers.
She loved his desk. Acenath wasn’t sure what it was made of but it was a deep black and smoother than anything else she had ever felt. Aside from the couch where they sat and his desk their was a small endtable. It was made of whatever material the desk was made of and had a lamp made of beautiful colored glass sitting on its top. “You did really well yesterday. It’s amazing how fast you learn the languages I teach you”
“are you kidding? I thought I was never going to memorize their alphabet” Kieran smiled “you learned it quick enough”
“well, lets get on with learning more” Kieran scooted closer to Acenath and began to once again teach her.
He repeated everything she didn’t quite pronounce properly, knowing that one miss pronunciation of a word could lead to confusion or trouble. He smiled lovingly at her and she blushed. “Your cheeks are red, don’t be embarrassed about not being able to pronounce everything.”
“Oh, yeah, I’ll get it soon.” She replied, just going along with it so she wouldn’t say or do anything stupid.
“You’re voice was made for speaking different languages, I love listening to you.”
“You sound so much better, the way the words roll of your tongue just sounds so perfect.”
He chuckled, reaching up and tucking her hair behind her ear. She turned a deeper shade of red and he dropped his hand, feeling like a fool. He shouldn’t be taking such liberties with her. He cleared his throat. “So, do you have any questions about what you’re learning?”
“Not really, I just need to work on my pronunciation and I’ll be good. I’m really enjoying our lessons.”
He smiled happily, his hard work paying off. He wouldn’t know most of the languages he knew if he didn’t want to learn to have somthing to teach Acenath. She would stay with him until she knew the language perfectly and he was glad he found such a hard one to learn this time. She was smart but this ensured he’d have her with him awhile. It was cute to him after all the languages he taught her that she still got embarrassed easily when she’d pronounce somthing wrong.
They continued on, having a light lunch when it came around so they could get back to lessons. It was about three when Kieran said ‘why don’t we take a break and go enjoy the nature that surrounds my home”
“sounds good to me” Acenath said as she stood up. “what have you been up to as of late?” he asked as they walked aimlessly. “Nothing new honestly, Gloria is still the most exciting part of my life when I’m not with you” Kieran chuckled “Gloria certainly is somthing”
“what have you been up to?”
“Alot of exploring, learning new cultures.”
“I want to travel with you again. Will you take me next time you get restless?”
“You know you are always welcome. We had fun last time. You are the best company a person could ask for”
They both smiled as they walked, enjoying the sound of birds singing and the slight breeze blowing through the trees. Acenath gave a happy sigh and nearly reached for Kieran’s hand, wanting to be connected to him as well as the world around them. She wanted desperately to tell him how she felt, but feared losing what they had. They were friends and had to stay that way. She knew it wouldn’t be right to confess her feelings only to have him reject her and make their time together awkward.
“Are you okay?” Kieran asked.
“Yeah, just going through the words in my head, making sure I remember them.”
“Which ones are you having trouble remembering?”
“Well um what’s the word for bird again?” He told her and she repeated it. “What about for ocean?”
He told her that and then said, “Remember the word for ocean literally translates to big lake.”
“Most things are named for what they look like right, even in other languages.”
“When the different races and species discovered new areas they simply named them for what they were. It was easier to describe something that to make up a whole new name for it.”
She smiled ‘sorry you have to keep reminding me of that”
“Its not any trouble Acenath. I don’t mind. Are you wanting to go in and study more?”
‘No, it can wait until tomorrow. Can we go swimming? Talking about water makes me want to get wet”
“I havent been swimming in awhile. Lets go change”
“I’ll race you” she said then took off without letting him answer. He laughed and easily caught up with her. He stayed at her pace until just at the end “damn it!” he chuckled. “meet you right here when we’re both changed” Acenath went to her room and changed then walked back out. Kieran about choked on thin air “wheres your one piece?”
“I left this here awhile back. Thought I should finally put my bikini on. it doesn’t look good?”
“No, just surprised me. You look beautiful”
“Yeah, perfectly fine” he said in a weird voice that had Acenath wondering if she looked bad and he just wasn’t saying so.
“I can change.” She turned to go back and he grabbed her wrist.
“Please don’t, you’re gorgeous I promise.” She blushed and he let her go. “Sorry.” He said.
“No, don’t be. Thank you.” She was embarrassed, but she liked when he complimented her. “So, we should probably go then.”
They left his house before the awkwardness grew, heading to the lake not far from Kieran’s home. When they made it to the water he waded right in and dove underneath. She hoped the slight chill might cool her still hot skin. She surfaced and yelped in surprise when she found Kieran right in front of her. “You scared me.”
“I was going to try and catch you, but you surfaced too soon.”
“I’ll guess you’ll just have to try again.” She said as she splashed water in his face and dove back under.
He smiled happily then went back under. He could go faster but enjoyed the chase too much to catch her quickly. Plus, they didn’t have a limited time under water since they could both breath under it. He finally decided to take her in his arms and surface. She was laughing happily which absolutely melted Kieran. The joy on her face from the chase and capture only increased how stunning she was right now. He had a momentary loss of brain function and leaned down slightly, fully intending to kiss her but reality grabbed him before it happened and he let her go.
They stayed out there until they were both too hungry to play around any longer. “Oh I love being here” Acenath said happily as they walked back. Kieran gave her a small smile “come back to me more then”
“I really should” They prepared dinner together and ate, chatting away what was left of their evening. Acenath stretched “I’m heading to bed.” she stood, rounded the table to him and gave Kieran a brief kiss on the cheek “sweet dreams”
“You too. As always, don’t hesitate to wake me if you’re in need of somthing” Without responding she left the room and headed off to hers. Kieran cleaned his kitchen as he enjoyed the lingering feel of her lips on his cheek. He hated being afraid to tell her how he felt, absolutely hated he was friends with her father before she came along. Age didn’t matter among demons but he didn’t want her father angry at him or worse angry at her if she felt the same way.
He didn’t want to feel his heart wrench again when she walked out of his door with no set date of seeing him again. There were only so many languages in the world and he had been teaching her so many over the years he was bound to run out eventually. Then what excuse would he have to keep her in his home. He’d just have to think of somthing else to teach her. With his kitchen clean Kieran walked to his room and settled in for the night.
The next morning Kieran was woken by Acenath over him “wake up!” she said with a happy smile. She got from over him and sat on his bed, aiting for her show of Kieran in his boxer so she could see his seemingly chiseled body. She kept her mouth from dropping as he came from under his covers to pull somthing on.
“You okay?” He asked once he was dressed.
“Yeah, I’m fine.”
He leaned down and pressed his forehead against hers. “You’re hot and flushed. You’re not getting sick are you?”
“No, I’m fine.”
He pulled back. “If you start to feel ill, please tell me. You can always rest here until you feel better.”
She smiled warmly. “I’m really fine, I promise.” She stood and grabbed her chin, making her look into his eyes. She loved his eyes and could easily get lost in them. They pulled her in and made the rest of the world just fall away.
“Good, I would hate for you to get sick.”
“If I did, you’d just have to nurse me back to health.” Her heart was beating overly fast and she knew he could hear it.
“Would you like to continue our lesson?” He asked as he turned and headed out of his room.
She followed close behind, not knowing how to answer. She really enjoyed learning languages from him, but the faster she learned the shorter their time together would be. She wouldn’t have an excuse for being here. “Maybe we could do something else today, like go hiking or gather berries so I can make pie or uh you could read to me.”
“I could start today reading to you and then after we’ve had our lunch we can hike. We’ll stay out until you are too tired and I’ll carry you home.”
“how do you know I’ll get tired before you?”
“I travel a lot and am more accustomed to just walking hours on end.”
“True I guess”
“You don’t like the idea of me carrying you, I’m sorry. I guess I shouldn’t have assumed”
“Dont be silly. Thats fine, I would love to spend our day just as you suggested”
“Good, come and lets select a book” Kieran and Acenath walked to his gorgeous, vast library where he sat down and waited for his love to pick somthing for him to read. It was always so hard for Acenath to decide with how large of a collection he owned so it took alot of walking around and debating with herself before she brought him one. He had a humorous smile on his face “sorry” she said with a bashful smile. “It’s fine, sit with me” Acenath sat beside him so he could bring his arms around her while he held the book and read.
Just as planned they read until lunch. Kierans voice had her completely relaxed and laying against him limply by the time her stomach growled. He closed the book “lets make our lunch” She didn’t want to leave how comfortable this was but she got up anyway and followed Kieran into his kitchen to help him with the food. They made a pizza to share then sat and discussed the book. Acenath was thoroughly enjoying it so it was mainly her speaking.
Kieran loved hearing her voice anyway so he was glad she had so much to say about the chapters he had read so far. “God, i almost dont want to leave yet.”
“well we dont have to”
“well, it’ll give me somthing to look forward to tomorrow”
“If you’re sure”
“I’m sure, hey, maybe we can bring the book and instead of us coming home tonight we can camp together.”
“You want to stay outside at night?”
“I can defend myself Kieran and you’ll be there. I swear you forget I’m a demon too somtimes”
“I would hate if you got hurt.” He replied.
“I’ll be fine, trust me.”
“I do, I really do.”
He handed her the book and went into his room, grabbed a couple of blankets and put them in a bag. He slung it across his chest and went back into the living room where she was waiting. She smiled and they headed out, going past the lake and into the woods. She really wanted to hold his hand so she reached over and laced her fingers through his. “In case something happens.” She said.
“Good idea.” He tightened his hold a little bit, both of their hearts fluttering in their chests. They walked at a leisurely pace, soaking up the warmth of the day and being with each other. Even this small physical connection made them both happy. They made their way to a large clearing and stopped so Kieran could lay out the blankets. Acenath sat the book down on top of the blankets and they continued on their hike.
When they stumbled on some berries they stopped to gather so they could make somthing delicious at home. “what do you want for dinner tonight?” Kieran thought he would go ahead and ask. “anything, just try not to get something too big since we have nothing to wrap extra meat in”
“alright” They put their containers in Kierans bag and set off again. “so, have you seen my dad lately?’ she asked for somthing to talk about. “Not really, you?”
“How about your mother?”
“Same as my dad. I mean, you know how much they love me but they are about the average demon parents when it comes to hanging out with their kids after they become adults. We just kind of live our own lives still.”
“does that upset you?”
“No, it’s fine. I have it better than most demons just because they love me. I want to be there for my kids though” she blushed since Kieran was the one she wanted to have children with. “I do too” he answered with a slight change in voice that made Acenaths blushing increase. “Um, do you have any sort of girlfriend or are you still single?” it was a question she could never keep from asking when she’d see him “Still just me. You should know that. I mean, my house smells of no other woman aside you”
“I dont scent your house when i see you” He smiled “well, if you did it would give you your answer.”
“even though Gloria comes she doesnt stay long enough for her scent to linger like yours does”
“I hope you enjoy it then” Now she felt hot “why did you say that” she scolded in her head. “It is a nice scent” he said almost shyly. Acenath paused when she actually paid attention to Kierans heart rate and truly paid attention to his body language because he was acting so nervous since she mentioned wanting to be there for children. “Somthing about us talking like this makes you nervous” she pointed out. “I dont know what you’re talking about”
“You do Kieran, dont lie to me”
“I dont know, I guess it just does” Acenath stared at Kieran, really studying him and making him want to avert his gaze out of his fear. She couldn’t be imagining how nervous he was too. Normally she was so concentrated on hiding her feelings for him she missed these things but in this moment Acenath suspected he might have feelings for her aswell.
“Kieran, do you…” She stopped and he just stared at her.
“Do I what?”
“Do you, you know, like me?” He swallowed and rubbed the back of his neck. He had hoped she would never find out. “Kieran, please tell me honestly.”
“It wouldn’t matter if I did.”
“It would matter to me, doesn’t that mean anything to you?”
“I didn’t mean it like that.”
She crossed her arms over her chest. “Then how did you mean it?”
He gave a frustrated sigh and ran his fingers through his hair. “It’s just…I mean…yes, yes I like you. Actually it’s more than that, I love you, I love everything about you. Your smile, your laugh, how smart and beautiful you are. Everything about you is just so perfect.”
“I sense a but in there.”
“But, it would never work.”
He sighed again. “Because I’m friends with your father and it would be like slapping him in the face to engage in an intimate relationship with his daughter. I’d feel like I’d betrayed his kindness in some way.” Her lips twitched into a smile and before she knew it she was laughing so hard she fell to the ground and just sat there. She clutched her stomach, her muscles hurting. “What’s so funny?” He asked, sounding both confused and a little irritated.
“Wait, just give me a minute.” She wiped the tears from her eyes and took a deep breath. “How can you even think something so stupidly silly? Did you even stop for a moment to think that you would be his first choice for a mate for me?” She pushed herself to her feet and wrapped her arms around his neck, hugging him tightly to her. “I love you Kieran, I really do and not just as a friend.”
Words couldn’t describe how happy hearing those words from Acenath made him feel. he hugged her back, near tears. “you truly think I’d be his first choice?”
“Yes, he thinks you’re incredible. Heck he’s joked about us being together”
“Could I kiss you then? I’ve wanted to for so long”
‘I’m your mate now right?’ His heart did a flip as it danced around the butterflys “yes” She pulled him into a kiss. She smiled against his lips before saying “I cant believe you were that stupid”
“I just didn’t want to cause fighting between you and your father over us and I didn’t want to ruin what we had”
“it never crossed your mind to ask my father?”
“well…he could have told you then and if you didn’t share my feelings you wouldn’t come see me any longer. My learning languages to get you to spend time with me would have ended up for nothing. You’d quit coming”
“thats why you learn a new one everytime you teach me one?” he blushed and looked away a bit ashamedly “yes, I just wanted a reason to keep you near me without having to confess my feelings to you.” Acenath pulled him into another kiss “you’re so cute”
“Yes cute, you male demons can be cute yet masculine”
“Masculine maybe, but cute? No” She giggled and he smiled “for you i guess I can be cute. Hell if you’re mine you can call me fuzzy, cuddly princess” This made Acenath laugh harder which had been his intention. When she stopped she wiped at her face “want to go talk to my dad after our camping trip so that can be cleared right away. I dont want you worrying over it or anything”
“If you want. I can take your word for it that he wont be angry”
“lets go, it’s fun to travel”
“Does that mean you’ll come with me now when I go places”
They walked hand in hand, exploring a little more before heading back to where they had set up camp. Kieran hummed happily as he got a fire started. Acenath smiled at how happy he was and when he noticed he crawled over to her and kissed her. “I feel so stupid for not seeing how you felt.” He said after he parted their lips.
“You weren’t the only one who was blind. I’m just so glad you feel the same.”
He smiled and rubbed his nose against hers. “I’m going to go catch us something now love ten I’ll read to you while it cooks.”
“Okay, be careful.”
“Always.” He took off and she waited patiently for him, just laying back on the blankets and staring up at the sky. She closed her eyes and smiled, excited to tell her parents that she and Kieran were together at last. He came back with a rabbit, already skinned and cleaned and put it over the fire to cook. He sat cross legged on the blankets and pulled her into his lap then grabbed the book and flipped it to the last page they were on.
Acenath smiled as she listened to both his jubilant heartbeat and his words. Kieran stopped again when dinner was ready then split it between them. “I really want to finish the book. I’ll take a turn reading”
“You don’t have to”
“Its not fair for you to have to read the whole thing. i want to”
“Ok” Once they were full Acenath returned to Kierans lap and began to read. Kieran enjoyed having his arms free to keep her near and just being able to relax like this. It was late when she finished their book so they cuddled up to eachother and fell into rest. Due to the comfort of sleeping together and how late they had stayed up it was nearly lunchtime the next day when they woke. They picked up their things then traveled back to Kierans home.
Acenath intended to bake pie for them to eat along their journey to her parents. They would stay one more night there and pack then leave the next morning. “do you mind if I shower while you do the pie?” Kieran asked and she smiled brightly “go ahead handsome” His face softened and he half smiled before kissing her. “I’ll be right back”
He showered quickly, wanting to be back with Acenath as soon as possible. He came out as she was putting the top crust on and wrapped his arms around her from behind. He kissed her cheek and she giggled. “Let me put the pie in the oven.”
“If I must.” He let her go and she slid the pie in the oven then set the timer. The minute she put it back down he lifted her off the floor and carried her into the living room and sat down with her in his lap.
“You’re a lot more lovey dovey than I thought you’d be.” She teased.
“I can’t help it, I’ve wanted you for so long, I’m just excited to have you.” He buried his nose in her hair and inhaled her scent. “You always smell so good. I just want to be completely wrapped in your scent.”
She blushed. “Kieran.”
“We don’t have to have sex or anything, I just want it around me always.” He brushed his nose against her cheek then gave her another kiss. He turned her head and found her lips with his. He gave a joyful sigh of content, just allowing himself to get lost in the sweetness of her lips. “Are you going to move in with me my love?” He asked softly.
She smiled sweetly. “I do love your home.”
“So is that a yes?”
“Yes, I’d love to move in with you.”
He pulled her into a thrilled kiss that made Acenath smile. She would have never even imagined he would be this happy to have her, that he wanted her this badly. They cuddled and kissed until the pie was ready. Acenath cut it up and put it in small containers to carry with them tomorrow. It was a little early for dinner but that pie had made them feel hungry so they went ahead and had dinner together. Tonight Acenath helped Kieran with clean up before they both headed to his bedroom. “May I sleep in my boxers my sweet?” he asked, not knowing if she would be comfortable like that. She blushed again “yeah”
“are you going to sleep in all that?”
“well” he smiled ‘however you are comfortable”
‘let me grab a pair of my pajamas”
“ok, I’ll move your dresser in here before we leave tomorrow” She ran out and quickly returned. She crawled into bed where he grabbed her and pulled her close. He slowly took in her scent again, causing another blush to creep up her neck. “you males and your scents”
“Just drown me in yours”
“But i dont want you to die” she answered and he chuckled ‘god I love you so much”
“I love you too”
“Now that you’re mine I’m not giving you up even if your dad does get angry for some reason. I cant have this and let it go”
“I’m glad because I wasn’t planning on letting you back out if my dad said he didnt approve. Lets just go to sleep so we wont have any trouble traveling”
He pressed his nose into her hair, and drifted happily off to sleep. The next morning Kieran kissed Acenath awake, making her smile and wrap her arms around his neck. He lingered there for as long as he could, only pulling back when she started laughing. “Come on, we have to get ready.” She said softly.
“I know, I love you.”
“I love you too.”
Kieran packed clothes while Acenath took a quick shower. She came out wrapped in a towel since she had forgot her clothes, red from head to toe. He smiled and she gave him the look. “What’s so funny?”
“Just how shy you are. Don’t be, you’re absolutely gorgeous.”
She turned her back and went into the bathroom, glad he couldn’t see her smile. She pulled on her clothes then went and grabbed the pie and stuck it in their bag. “Ready?” She asked.
“Of course I am.”
She kissed his cheek and they left his house, walking hand in hand. “We should have a wedding.” She said happily. “You know, just a small one.”
“It doesn’t have to be small if you don’t want it to be.”
“It’s fine, all that matters is that our closest friends and family are there.”
Kieran brought her hand to his lips and kissed it “alright, we’ll discuss it with your parents and see whens good for them” Being the Kieran radiated a strong, intimidating aura they werent bothered in their travels to see Acenaths father. He greeted them both with happy hugs and a knowing smile “you two? Finally?” he aasked with a widening smile “yep, this idiot thought you’d disapprove and get mad” Acenaths father laughed loudly “Kieran, you’re an amazing man. Why on earth would that displease me? If anything I’m thrilled she chose you. I know she’ll be in good hands and i wont have to strangle a man for hurting or trying to dominate her” Kieran just smiled back, not knowing what to say.
they stayed with him a few days then went off to see Acenatsh mother. She wasn’t in her home but they easily followed her scent to an area nearby. She too met them with excitement “My baby, hi”
“Kieran, always good to see you”
“same with you”
“You two, your scents are more mingled”
“we’re mates and we are going to have a wedding ceremony. Dad says he’ll be ready in a few weeks. Is that good for you mom?”
“Even if I had somthing I’d push it out of the way for you if you want me somwhere. I’m so happy. You two are perfect together” Same as with her father they visited with her mom a few days then went home to get their wedding together. They had friends and his family to invite and they wanted the wedding soon so they really needed to hurry. Kieran still hadn’t come down from his high of happiness as he held her the first night they were back in his, now their home. He was finally holding her, kissing her, being with her always.
He doubted it would wear off anytime soon since he had loved her for so many years without being able to be with her how he wanted. She enjoyed his affection so he didn’t even want to come down off this. They were finally together and soon they would have a wedding to tell the world they would be by eachothers side for eternity. He would soon be able to call his Acenath, Acenath Hodgins.
~ The End ~