Addie woke to the feeling of something brushing his cheek and grabbed onto the hand, his eyes snapping open, a glare already in them. â€śI told you to stop waking me like that.â€ť
â€śI knocked, Addie, but you didnâ€™t answer.â€ť Magnusâ€™s smile was infuriating and Addie shoved his hand away then sat up.
â€śThen leave me alone.â€ť
â€śBreakfast is ready, you need to eat.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m not hungry.â€ť Addie looked away from him and Magnus reached over, grabbing his chin and making him look into his eyes.
â€śHeroes should stay healthy.â€ť
Addie jerked his chin away. â€śIâ€™m not a hero anymore.â€ť
Magnus sighed. â€śBut you are my guest, so come and eat.â€ť He leaned in closer, his smile widening. â€śOr perhaps you would like me to make you?â€ť
Addie had to stop himself from striking Magnus, knowing it would only add fuel to the villains amusement. â€śFine, Iâ€™ll get up.â€ť
â€śThank you, Addie, Iâ€™ll see you at the table.â€ť
Magnus left him and Addie swallowed down the lump of anger and sadness in his throat. After everything, one mistake had landed him here with his former nemesis. He was sure Magnus was overjoyed at having to take care of a fallen hero and he hated it, but Magnus was the only one who had been willing to take him in.
Addie got himself together then went to the kitchen for breakfast. Magnus was waiting on him, that same smile on his face. As Addie sat he asked ‘why do you wait on me most mornings?”
â€śI enjoy having someone to eat withâ€ť Addie took a bite, it tasted good as always. He completely trusted at this point none of the meals were laced with poison. Whatever Magnusâ€™s reasons truly were he seemed to legitimately want him there. He started to think over breakfast he might should start adjusting to what his life was now instead of being so hostile. He was a fallen hero and wouldnâ€™t have the respect of anybody ever again. It broke his heart all over again to think it so he tried to blank out his mind, to not think about anything but what he was doing.
â€śAny good?â€ť Magnus asked.
â€śItâ€™s fine, thank you.â€ť
â€śDid I hear you correctly, Addie? Was that a thank you?â€ť
â€śWhat if it was?â€ť He couldnâ€™t look at Magnus. He wasnâ€™t used to this sort of thing.
â€śThen I must begin to question if I am truly awake.â€ť He reached over and grabbed Addieâ€™s chin, lifting his head. â€śYouâ€™re very welcome, Addie.â€ť
Addie swallowed as he pulled his face away. â€śSo what are you planning to do today?â€ť
Magnus shrugged. â€śThis and that. Perhaps youâ€™d like to join me?â€ť
â€śJoin a villain while he tries to conquer the city? No thanks.â€ť
â€śYou wound me, Addie. Who said I was planning on doing anything bad?â€ť
â€śThat doesnâ€™t mean I donâ€™t take time off. Besides, I have you here now, so I donâ€™t have time to be evil.â€ť
Magnus chuckled. â€śI mean it, youâ€™re completely occupying my time. How about you find something for us to do, anything you want within my power.â€ť
Addie hadnâ€™t thought about doing anything but sulking in such a long time. Magnus guessed as much and simply enjoyed the look on his face. He hadnâ€™t really noticed how attractive and cute Addie was until he became a fallen hero. He had always admired Addie and maybe some part of him had noted the attraction but the feelings of attraction hadnâ€™t become apparent to him until Addie had moved in. â€śwe could go to my spotâ€¦somewhere I used to find peaceâ€ť
â€śSounds fun, after breakfast?â€ť
â€śThis will be fun Addie. Youâ€™ve just got to learn to trust meâ€ť Addie took another bite of food and they finished eating in silence. After they ate Magnus asked â€śare you ready to go to this spot?â€ť
â€śyeahâ€ť Addie walked by him and Magnus followed, smiling again at how much smaller Addie was than him. He wanted to scoop him up and hold him close but not yet, maybe not ever.
â€śYou know, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve ever actually taken the time to explore outside of the city before.â€ť Magnus said as he drove.
â€śReally?â€ť Addie turned away from the passenger window to give him a questioning look. â€śThatâ€™s not very tactical for a villain.â€ť
Magnus chuckled, shrugging. â€śI never had to fight you or anyone else in the countryside.â€ť
â€śYouâ€™ve never even been hiking?â€ť
â€śNot here and not since I fell into being a villain, but now that youâ€™re here, Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll have plenty of other things to do.â€ť
Addie huffed. â€śIâ€™m sure and how do the men working for you feel about that?â€ť
â€śTheyâ€™re enjoying an extended vacation.â€ť
â€śExtended? What do you mean extended?â€ť
â€śI havenâ€™t asked them to come in since you moved in.â€ť He could tell Addie didnâ€™t believe him and he couldnâ€™t help but chuckle at his suspicious look. â€śIâ€™m paying them too.â€ť
â€śIâ€™ve been here so long though.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m not going to run out anytime soon. Thereâ€™s a lot you donâ€™t know about me Addie. Iâ€™m more than just some prick villainâ€ť
â€śbut you do plan to go back to your old ways? I mean, you are still paying them to stick aroundâ€ť
â€śIâ€™m not sure, right now I donâ€™t have time for it but since I dont know what my future holds Iâ€™d rather keep the people I trust ready to help me again. If I donâ€™t I can find other jobs for them if they wanted themâ€ť
â€śOther jobs doing what?â€ť Magnus smiled, he had wondered up until now if they would ever have a conversation that was more than a few sentences between them. Addie had been such a prideful hero and Magnus hadnâ€™t been sure he could ever bounce back from the loss of his status in the peoples eyes.
Whatever jobs they have the skills for. I have many skilled and talented people working for me.â€ť
â€śI did too.â€ť
â€śI hear they went on to find work in other places.â€ť
Addie crossed his arms. â€śKeeping tabs on them?â€ť
Magnus shrugged. â€śI thought you would want to know. You arenâ€™t happy?â€ť
â€śItâ€™s not that, Iâ€™m glad my name didnâ€™t ruin them.â€ť
â€śThen smile, Addie.â€ť
â€śTurn off there.â€ť Addie wanted to get away from the subject of his previous profession.
â€śI see, youâ€™re getting me to drive you out into the middle of nowhere so you can get your revenge, right?â€ť
â€śNo, Iâ€™m not like that.â€ť
â€śI know,â€ť Magnus chuckled, â€śI was only teasing.â€ť He reached over and rested a hand on Addieâ€™s knee. â€śI feel honored that you would trust me enough to show me your favorite spot.â€ť
There was a long pause before Addie pointed out â€śwell you trusted me enough first to take me in and take care of me. Every now and then I think I pin point why but it still kind of defys logic since we were enemiesâ€ť
â€śMaybe youâ€™d call us enemies. It was fun fighting against you but I suppose Iâ€™m a demon. Whatâ€™s nothing but fun to us is often seen very differently by other beingsâ€ť
â€śare you missing your villain days?â€ť
â€śNot at allâ€ť Magnus answered honestly. Addie wasnâ€™t even sure how to respond to that so he simply kept giving Magnus directions. When they arrived Magnus could see why he liked this area â€śitâ€™s nice and somehow, precisely where Iâ€™d imagine you going off to to be aloneâ€ť
Magnus nodded. â€śItâ€™s just like you, wild, beautiful, yet so tranquil.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m neither wild nor beautiful.â€ť
â€śOh? A man who uses one of the most primal, most stunning forces on earth doesnâ€™t think so?â€ť
â€śYou mean my electricity.â€ť
Magnus chuckled. â€śYouâ€™ve never just sat and watched lightening strike? You can feel it in the air, the static building up and then it flashes so bright itâ€™s blinding. Thatâ€™s you Addie.â€ť
â€śI mean it.â€ť He smiled when they got out and Addie closed his eyes and breathed in the fresh air, enjoying the look of serenity that passed over his face. â€śYou really love it out here donâ€™t you?â€ť He asked as he followed Addie.
â€śYeah, I do, I can forget everything for just a little while.â€ť
â€śBecause remembering hurts.â€ť
Magnus reached out and took his hand, causing Addie to look up at him. â€śHurting is part of life, some of us hurt more or less than others, but itâ€™s okay. You donâ€™t have to hide that hurt from me.â€ť
â€śIâ€™mâ€¦Iâ€™m fine.â€ť Why was he blushing? He didnâ€™t understand why Magnus was being so kind and gentle. He was supposed to be the bad guy.
â€śYouâ€™re not, I can tell, so even though you hate me and Iâ€™m your enemy, you can still talk to me.â€ť
Addie sighed, almost hating to admit what he was about to say out loud but he was going to stick with trying to be more grateful for the help â€śI wouldnâ€™t say IÂ hateÂ you Magnus. I certainly get annoyed by you but I donâ€™t hate youâ€ť Magnus smiled which Addie couldnâ€™t make sense of since he had still called him annoying. Addie guided Magnus to a place here he liked to just sit, where he could truly just relax and enjoy this place/ Magnus simply sat, this was the least his old nemesis had spoken since he had come to depend on him. Addie thought â€śIs he waiting on me to talk about what happened?â€ť Addie sighed â€śIâ€™m not talking about that, not right now, I wanted to come here to enjoy it.â€ť He continued to think to himself.
â€śYou know, itâ€™s actually pretty appropriate I became a villain.â€ť Magnus finally said.
â€śWhy do you say that?â€ť Addie looked at him, his face questioning.
Magnus smiled. â€śBecause Iâ€™m a demon. Iâ€™m a big, scary monster, the kind of creature that would sneak into your room and gobble you up.â€ť
â€śBut arenâ€™t you only part demon?â€ť
â€śTrue, but itâ€™s in my blood.â€ť
â€śMagnus, youâ€™re not a monster.â€ť
Addie shook his head. â€śNo, I mean youâ€™ve done a lot of illegal stuff, but youâ€™ve never killed anyone.â€ť He looked down. â€śNot like me.â€ť
â€śHey,â€ť he reached over and gently grabbed Addieâ€™s chin, turning his head, â€śif Iâ€™m not a monster, then youâ€™re not a murderer.â€ť
â€śSo I am a monster then?â€ť
Magnus chuckled. â€śThen itâ€™s settled.â€ť
â€śWhy are you doing this?â€ť
â€śThis, taking care of me, trying to make me feel better? Is it really just some weird demon thing orâ€¦or are you being genuine?â€ť
â€śItâ€™s because I want to, I enjoy having you around and I would have missed you.â€ť He let his thumb brush Addieâ€™s skin. â€śThings wouldnâ€™t have been the same without you. There is no one like you, Addie.â€ť He smiled warmly at him as he dropped his hand and looked out at the surrounding area. â€śIt really is beautiful out here. Maybe we can visit more often.â€ť
â€śye yeahâ€ť Addie stuttered slightly, just taking Magnus in a few moments. He felt more of his defenses coming down and at the same time it made him feel a little worse for how hostile he had been with Magnus since he had been here. It was surprising how good those words felt to hear, that someone in this world would truly miss him if he wasnâ€™t around. Addie looked away, turning his attention to the view. It had been much too long since he had come here which had probably contributed to his poor attitude. Addie was becoming so relaxed he began to get sleepy so he asked â€śare you ready to go home Magnus?â€ť
Magnus grinned, he had probably noticed how tired he was getting, Magnus noticed everything. â€śYeah, lets go. Weâ€™ll pick up some food on the way homeâ€ť Magnus was a little disappointed they werenâ€™t staying longer, partly because he enjoyed how relaxed Addie had been but if he had fallen asleep he could have carried him to the car and he was craving touching him more and more, even if was something as simple as carrying him.
Addie found himself relaxing as Magnus drove, not as tense or as worried as he had been. He even started to nod off, much to Magnusâ€™s amusement. He was very nearly asleep when Magnus pulled into the parking lot of a Dominoâ€™s. â€śPizza okay?â€ť
â€śYeah, you know Iâ€™ll eat whatever.â€ť
â€śYou mean I wonâ€™t have to man handle you into the kitchen?â€ť
Addie felt his face warm. â€śYouâ€™ve never had to man handle me.â€ť
â€śAlmost, I thought I was going to have to toss you over my shoulder and force feed you the first couple of days. You thought I was going to poison you.â€ť
â€śThat was unfair of me, especially after you willingly took me in.â€ť He gave Magnus a small smile. â€śI promise you wonâ€™t have to tie me up and force feed me.â€ť
â€śNow I almost want you to resist.â€ť He teased, chuckling when he got Addie to blush.
â€śJustâ€¦go get the pizza before I electrocute you.â€ť
Magnus was still chuckling as he stepped out of the car and gently closed the door. Addies heart was racing so he was glad for the alone time to calm from the teasing. Magnus really wasnâ€™t that bad, in fact, he was starting to seem like a guy he would have loved to be around if he hadnâ€™t been a hero and Magnus hadnâ€™t been a villain. In any case the embarrassment had given him enough of a jolt to be alert the rest of the way. He knew this pizza place so he was aware they werenâ€™t all that far from where he was living with Magnus.
Magnus came back with two large pizzas,a brownie and some breadsticks. â€śwhat should we watch while we eat?â€ť
â€śI kind of feel like a documentary.â€ť
â€śI noticed you added a few to my queâ€ť
â€śAre you interested in any of them?â€ť In truth, Magnus would happily watch anything with Addie but he knew saying whatever you want could become annoying so he just picked one at random despite the fact he truly didnâ€™t care. â€śI think one was about a passenger landing a plane. That sounds goodâ€ť
When they got home, Addie took all the food to the coffee table and found the movie he wanted to watch while Magnus grabbed drinks and plates. â€śI decided to try something new, they had a chicken something and I thought it sounded good.â€ť Magnus said as he dropped down next to Addie.
â€śIâ€™m sure itâ€™s fine. Iâ€™m not picky.â€ť
â€śI know, youâ€™re so easy.â€ť
Magnus smiled and Addie got the movie started, wanting something else to focus on. Magnus gave a light chuckle and he felt embarrassed at his reaction. He grabbed a slice of pizza and took a bite, giving a little sigh. â€śNo good?â€ť Magnus asked.
â€śHmm? No, itâ€™s really good, sorry, good choice.â€ť
â€śSee, easy.â€ť Magnus reached over and wiped some sauce off the corner of his mouth. â€śAnd messy.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m just hungry.â€ť Magnus gave another chuckle and then settled into watching the documentary.
Between them one large was gone by the time the documentary was over and they had started in on the second â€śwhat should we watch now?â€ť
â€śI mean, I technically picked that so itâ€™s your turnâ€ť
â€śHm, How about The Haunting at Hill House? A lot of people have been talking about itâ€ť
â€śI guess Iâ€™ve been too into sulking to hear anything. I honestly havenâ€™t wanted to know anything about what people are talking about. Lets try itâ€ť Magnus found it on Netflix but decided to get them drinks before pressing play. Once they both had a glass of water they started, Magnus daring to sit a little closer to Addie when he settled into the couch. Addie didnâ€™t react and Magnus took that as a good thing even though it would have been fun to make him blush again.
He found himself smiling when Addie suddenly tensed during a scary moment in the show and pulled his feet up, actually leaning into him. â€śAre you okay?â€ť
â€śYeah, Iâ€™m fine.â€ť He sounded embarrassed and his face was red, but he wasnâ€™t moving away. â€śDid you see that?â€ť
Magnus chuckled. â€śWould you like me to hold you?â€ť
â€śNo.â€ť He jumped. â€śIâ€™m fine.â€ť
â€śMy big, tough hero is actually scared.â€ť
Addie glared at him. â€śEveryone gets scared.â€ť He realized what he had just said and looked away. â€śExcept for me, Iâ€™m not scared.â€ť
â€śYou donâ€™t have to lie to me, itâ€™s okay to admit youâ€™re a little freaked out.â€ť He moved his arm so it laid across Addieâ€™s shoulders. â€śThere, you can be scared of the show and the ghosts can be scared of me.â€ť
Addie had never done well with scary or unsettling movies and decided not to be too proud to accept the comfort Magnus was offering. As the episodes went on he unconsciously scooted closer to Magnus, causing Magnus to smile when they were completely against one another. It was incredibly tempting just to pull Addie in his lap but he knew that would be too much. When he woke up this morning he would have laughed if anybody would have told him theyâ€™d be sitting so close this evening so heâ€™d take the amazing progress of the day.
Each episode was an hour so by the time they finished it all it had gotten late. â€śThat wasâ€¦crazyâ€ť
â€śI think it was really goodâ€ť
â€śI meant crazy in a good way, wowâ€ť The inevitable happened, Addie stoodm causing Magnusâ€™s heart to sink. If he hadnâ€™t realized his desire for Addie to be his mate before the closeness of this evening, he knew it to his core now. He needed Addie and he hoped he could win him over completely.
They cleaned up their mess, Addie talking about some of his favorite moments from the show. Magnus wish he had a good excuse to keep Addie with him, but he didnâ€™t want him to think he was propositioning him for some form of payment. It surprised him when Addie grabbed his arm and stopped him on the way to bed. They just stood there, Addie looking like he was trying to organize his thoughts and Magnus resisting the urge to pull him into his arms. â€śUm, I just wanted to say thank you for everything.â€ť
â€śYou donâ€™t have to thank me, Addie.â€ť
â€śI do, youâ€™ve been more than patient. Iâ€™ve been a moody jerk, Iâ€™ve taken out my anger and sadness on you, but youâ€™ve done everything to make sure Iâ€™m happy and comfortable. You didnâ€™t have to take me in or take care of me.â€ť
â€śSure I did.â€ť He reached up and brushed some of Addieâ€™s hair back, letting his fingers run along his cheek before he dropped his hand. â€śIâ€™m happy having you here.â€ť
It seemed a little hard for him to say but Addie responded â€śIâ€™m happy I ended up hereâ€ť Magnus smiled before gently giving him a brief hug. Over the following months they grew closer, leading Magnus to feel like they were actually friends. It wasnâ€™t the kind of relationship he truly wanted but it was an amazing step toward it. Besides, they were both immortal, they had all the time in the world to get from friends to lovers.
~ The End