He kissed me and he wasn't even high! Yeah, I wasn't really asleep. Don't judge. I shifted in my 'sleep', stretching and yawning. I twisted in his arms to look at him, trying to smile sleepily. He smiled back, and my tummy did that dodgy little flip again. I wondered if he knew I hadn't been sleeping.
My gaze slid past Alex to the window, and I saw my reflection staring back at me. "Woah, it got really dark." I muttered, and he followed the direction of my stare.
"Yeah. That's what happens at night." He laughed, looking back at me.
"Really? I would never've guessed!" Heavy sarcasm, here.
He laughed again, and I smiled. "Just as well you have me here, then. We all know what a valuable font of knowledge I am!" He was being just as sarcastic as me.
"Oh, yeah. Totally." Alex clocked that I was being half serious, and gave me a dubious look. I coughed uncomfortably. "So... I once found a dead squirrel in my pond. I guess it must have fallen out of the tree and drowned." I laughed awkwardly, and inwardly cursed myself. Dear God, why the hell did I say that?
He just said, "That's a pretty stupid squirrel." And didn't even laugh at me. I was completely gob-smacked.
"Yeah, that's what I thought." I muttered, turning bright red.
"Why are you blushing?" Alex asked, grinning.
"I... don't really know." I looked down at my hands, trying to stop my face from burning.
I heard him chuckle lightly, and glanced back up. "It's cute." I scowled, before smiling widely at him, devilishly.
"So are you."
"I'm not cute." He glared.
"Aww, yes you are." I said, still grinning from ear to ear. I poked him in the side playfully. God, if only he knew how much that simple touch made my heart leap. Hugging him is, like, the best feeling in the world.
Alex moved away from my poking finger and warned me, "Don't make me tickle you again." My hand immediately froze in mid-air, before turning defensive.
"If you tickle me, I'll... I'll..." Aw, crap. "I'll think of something to threaten you with." Damn you, brain.
"That sounds like a challenge to me." He laughed.
"Please," I begged. "don't tickle me." I watched in horror as Alex raised his hand, wiggling his fingers suggestively.
"I don't like people tickling me." I informed him, glaring. "You're invading my personal bubble."
The leprechaun smiled knowingly at me, and I was suddenly terrified. "Ah, but you wouldn't complain if I invaded it differently." He said, matter of factly.
"Alex!" I cried, shocked.
"What?" He asked innocently.
I was lost for words. "Wh- why did you say that?" I wouldn't be so shocked if it wasn't so true. Am I seriously that transparent? Apparently so, because he'd noticed perfectly fine. I mean... God! I'm like an open book in huge text. Probably written in bold, too. Okay, so maybe that's a little too far, but you catch my drift. So much for 'lost for words'. I couldn't stop my mind from going off on random tangents.
"Because it's true." He shrugged. I just sat there, dumbstuck, mouth hanging open. I probably looked like a complete fool. He leaned in to kiss my forehead, smiling, and I grinned in return. What can I do? I'm hopeless. "See? Can't deny I'm right." He winked.
I crossed my arms and sat back in my chair, as soon as I could wipe that idiotic expression from my face. I glared at the seat in front of me again.
"Hmm, okay. I'll not touch you ever again." I heard him say, before he moved away from me to huddle against the window. I scooched back over to Alex and wrapped my arms around him.
"Don't say that." I whispered into his hoodie.
"Don't huff when I'm right, then." He responded, hugging me back tightly.
"I'm huffing because you're right, Silly."
He grinned at me. "I know."
"Huh. Did I really just say that?" I actually admitted he was right. Why? Uh... Idiot. My brain needs to learn how to function correctly before I interact with other human beings. Or, you know... vampires. Confusing, much? I should be locked in a room with padded walls so I can't talk to anyone or hurt myself if I go even more insane. If that's possible...
"What's wrong with that?" He asked, puzzled.
He shook my head. "Because I just admitted that I... never mind."
"That you know how stupid squirrels are, right?" He grinned at me, and I couldn't help but smile back. He's just too good.
"Right. Yeah... that." I mumbled, my smile fading.
"Cheer up, Gabby." He said. "You know I like you back, there's no need to be so embarrassed about it, really." Right, easy for him to say.
"I know, but... I mean... ugh!" I cried in frustration. "What's wrong with my words today? I can't talk!" Yeah, that's just my way of getting out of things I don't want to say. Or don't know how to say. Idiocy can be a pretty good scapegoat.
Alex put a finger over my lips. "Don't, then." He smiled, and I went cross eyed trying to look at his finger. For a brief moment, I considered grabbing his hand and kissing him, but before I could decide, he was laughing and kissing me on the forehead again.
"You're such a tease." I told him, though beaming brightly.
"I do my best."
"Meanie." I was still smiling. I could't force my muscles to relax, to matter how hard I tried.
"Mhm." He mumbled. "Forgive me for the age making me a meanie. I'll get over it eventually." He laughed.
"I hope so."
"Of course you do."
I sighed sadly. "You have no idea."
"Oh, I'm sure I have at least some idea." He said.
"Stop being... p- pe-. What's that word?" I racked my brain, trying to think of the right description. "Pedantic!" I shouted, a little too loudly. "That's the one." I giggled at myself. "Told you my words weren't working."
"I'm more inclined to blame your brain. But I'm sure that I'm the one to blame for making it go silly." He chuckled adorably.
"Yeah, you do seem to have an effect on my brain. All my thoughts go fuzzy when I'm around you. Weirdo." I grinned.
"Ah, then maybe I should keep from making them any more fuzzy, eh?" I nodded, pretending to consider.
"And how would you go about doing that?" I asked, carefully, considering this could be the reason he's been waiting for to just up and leave. Though, somehow, I doubted he would do that. We've been through a lot together, but does that mean he'll want to leave?
"I haven't thought that far ahead." Well, that was some reassurance, at least.
"So you weren't really planning on un-fuzzing me?" I raised an eyebrow.
"I'm not that quick at coming up with solutions, sorry. Give me a couple of hours and I might find a solution that doesn't involve me buggering off and leaving you." Hey, he could have all the time in the world as long as he didn't leave.
"Okay... Just so long as you don't go away." I told him.
"I'm not gonna go away." He smiled.
"D'you promise?" I wanted to seal it, though. I wanted to make sure. Sure, if hereally wanted to leave, he'd just go - I'd have no way of stopping him - but it'd make me feel better if he promised anyway.
"Well I can't promise that all the vampires that want me dead won't kill me, but y'know. Aside from that, yeah."
"Good..." I muttered. "I think."
"You can't be a vampire hunter and expect to not make enemies." He informed me, slightly patronisingly, I thought.
"I know." And yet I wasn't quite satisfied.