12 - Arboreal sleepingMature

I stood up and gathered shadows around me. They washed against my feet like waves on a sandy beach. It felt wonderful. I felt alive again. I closed my eyes and my head tipped back slightly. I bathed in the shadows. They climbed up my legs and slipped through my clothes, caressing my skin. They clambered up my arms and played in my hair.

"Blaze?" somebody said.

I snapped out of the trance and my eyes flicked open. Stood several metres away from me was Cosmo. His white hair glinted in the firelight. His black irises weren't visible in the gloom. I smiled at him.

"Hello Cosmo," I said.

"What are you doing?" he asked.

"I've quite recently learnt I can do magic."

"I've missed you," he murmured.

"I've missed you too."

He walked up to me. The shadows parted and let him come to me. He picked my hands up and smiled. He pulled me closer to him and kissed me gently.

"It took me a while to work out where you were," he whispered.

"I knew you'd work it out eventually."

"If you knew I'd find you, then why come here?"

"I wanted to see whether you'd come."

"Well here I am. I arrived this afternoon, I've been searching for you ever since."

"You've been travelling by day?" I asked.

"Yes. How were you last night?"

"Fine, I think. You?"

"Loud, I think. According to the Necromancers anyway. I was talking to Kaida early this morning; she said it was probably because I was missing you. That was when I sat down and thought of every single place we've ever been together. Then I remembered the place where we first met. Perdus Forest, Scotland, 1664, when a 14 year old girl followed me to meet her doom." A smile played on his lips as he spoke.

"Well she was a very silly girl," I said playfully.

"Indeed she was. She still is. At the moment she's standing in the exact same place as she was 347 years with the exact same monster in front her."

"A very, very silly girl she is." I smiled and he smiled back.

He kissed me again, for longer this time.

"I kissed you gently and I pushed your hair behind your shoulder." He flicked his wrist and my red hair flew behind me. He tightened his arms around me. "I pulled you closer to me. And my fangs sank into your soft neck."

He tilted my neck ever so slightly and kissed my skin. With his finger he traced the scars in my skin where he'd bitten me so many years earlier.

"That never happened, Cosmo."

"That's how I wanted it to happen."

"You attacked me and then you cut your wrist and made me drink of you. Then you drained me and I lay dead for three days. And when I rose again, you were there waiting for me," I said.

"And when you rose, your hair was as red as the blood you now drink. And your eyes as green as when I first saw you."

I chuckled and he grinned. He kissed me again.

"I love you," he whispered.

"I love you too," I whispered back.

He examined the ring on my finger, and glanced up at me again.

"So you're a Necromancer," he said.

"As of about five minutes ago, yeah."

"Nice.”

"You must be tired," I said.

"I am."

"Let's go to sleep then. Come on." I led him into the dark and towards one of the trees.

"Arboreal sleeping, I like it," he said. I smiled.

We came to stop in front of one of the tallest trees. We stood there, holdings hands for a few more seconds. The shadows that surrounded me climbed up his arm, making him shiver. I let go of his hand and turned to him.

"First one to the top wins," I said.

"On three. One... Two..."

"Three!" I shouted.

I jumped at the bark, my nails digging in. I used my legs to propel myself up the tree. I heard Cosmo laughing as he caught up with me. He was right on my heels as I emerged through the leaves at the top of the tree.

"I win!" I shouted just as Cosmo appeared next to me.

"As always. You're faster than me," he said.

"And you're stronger."

We were stood on a thick branch at the very top of the tree. The moon was shining down on us. I ducked back into the maze of twisting branches, Cosmo followed me. I sat down on a fat branch and Cosmo sat behind me. His arms wrapped around my waist. He lay back and sighed.

"I've missed you," he said again.

"I missed you too," I replied.

Then we fell asleep in the tree, together again at last.

The End

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