“I don’t believe it, they were right,” Rei whispered to himself.
“You knew? You knew this whole time and you never thought to mention it?” Asha accused. “And I don’t just mean as your scouting partner. Lovers share these kinds of things Rei, they’re kind of important.”
“What would I have said? By the way I heard my parents talking about me when I was sixteen and now I’m not sure if I’m going to turn into a dragon or not?” Rei bit back. “No, I was never going to tell you.” Asha stared at Rei in stunned silence; he felt like the other man had just punched him in the stomach.
“Why not?” he asked, his brain unable to even formulate a proper response.
“To protect you,” Rei explained. He turned back to look at Asha again whose face was a mask of hurt and anger and reached for one of his hands. Asha was having none of it though and viciously pulled his hand out of Rei’s grip.
“Explain,” he demanded.
“I wasn’t going to tell you because if I did transform and someone saw I didn’t want them to punish you for knowing and not alerting the elders. If someone sees they’re going to exile me, you know that, and you don’t have to suffer the same fate,” Rei told him. Asha still looked pissed but his body had relaxed and he reached out for Rei’s hand again.
“Well now I do know and I’m still not going to turn you in so it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you don’t hide important things from me,” Asha said.
“So what are we going to do now?” Rei wondered aloud.