Themes: Faith (6) Eternal (80) happily ever after (99)
Setting: Post X-2
Warnings: Fluff! There is a pairing involved, and I did write it with these two people in mind, but I’ll leave it up to your imagination.
Summary: Paine overanalyzes her sudden decision to marry.
Paine kept telling herself that it was too late for second thoughts as she watched him sleep beside her, stroking his hair as the moonlight reflected off of the band on her left ring finger. For whatever reason, the permanence of the situation was just starting to hit her now. They had decided to marry so suddenly, and did not even bother to tell anyone they just… did it. That bothered her, for it wasn’t in her nature to make such rash decisions, especially life-altering ones like this.
The apprehension dimmed, though, as soon as she looked down on him. The evenness of his breath comforted her and she finally lay down, resting against him to warm herself. She would have liked to think things through beforehand, but if she had, she might not have been there with him that night. She had gone with her intuition, a “leap of faith” as Yuna would probably put it, and despite lingering doubts, she was happy.
Her apprehension was put on hold when his breathing became more irregular.
“Still awake?” He asked her. He spoke slowly, his words slightly slurred together.
“Yeah,” Paine replied quietly.
He did not speak for a moment, only moved closer to her and she took it to enjoy the sensation of his hot breath on her skin.
“What are we going to tell everyone?” She broke the silence after several seconds.
He snorted. “The truth?”
“It’s just…” she began, her mind growing quite agitated, despite her body relaxing in the warmth of both the blankets and her new husband, “It all happened so fast.”
“Oh.” Disappointment was clear in his voice. “You…have regrets.”
“No! It’s so sudden, though. I don’t know how people will react.”
He made a noise akin to a chuckle. “Who cares?”
Paine held in a dramatic sigh. That was so like him. He was so carefree, so confident, so unlike her it seemed. Somewhere they had found commonality, and there were times when she didn’t know what or why… This wasn’t exactly what she expected her ‘happily ever after’ to be like.
“I love you,” he said gently.
She smiled. That was the only thing that should matter to her now. “I love you, too.”
“So why does all that matter?” Her husband spoke as if he could see into her mind.
“I don’t know, I…”
“Too much thinking.”
He turned her toward him tenderly and put his lips to hers to silence her.
“Too much thinking,” she agreed. She could see his endearing grin through the darkness of the room as they settled back down to sleep.