Ranette is home when I get back. I grab her by the waist and pull her in for a kiss.
"Hey," she whispers, "How was it?" I leave my answer until I'm sitting on the sofa with her at my side.
"Horrible. She's...she's just so empty Nett. I've never seen anyone like that before. It was really...it was just...not her."
"What do the doctors say?"
"I dunno. I didn't stay long enough to ask. Jake was being protective, and I probably would have hurled if I'd have stared at her any longer."
"Well, at least you saw her. Now it looks to me like you want some cheering up."
"Hmm. I don't really feel like clubbing tonight babe."
"No problem, I was thinking more...nice night in?" She was giving me a sideways look which made the corners of my mouth twitch. I wanted to grin.
"Oh really? What did you have in mind?" I kissed her and rested my head against her neck.
"Hmmm, movie, sugary snacks, hot chocolate, and then bed?" She was stroking my arm as she spoke, and I felt a sudden fire in my stomach.
"Mmm, heaven." I kissed her again, and then jumped off the sofa. "I'll get the dvd."
"I'll raid the snacks."
We ended up curled on the sofa with chocolate and sweets, under Ranette's duvet with a random comedy on. I was curled against Ranette's warm skin, feeling happy for the first time in a long while. Ranette was laughing, and I felt her shaking under me. That warmth flared up again, and I suddenly found it very hard to concentrate on the film. I was very preoccupied with Ranette, how close we were, and her beautiful body. I reached up and kissed her neck, letting my tongue flick slightly against her beautifully soft skin, and feeling the heat in my stomach growing.