coda /ˈkōdə/ n. 1. the concluding passage of a piece or movement, typically forming an addition to the basic structure. 2. the concluding section of a dance, esp. of a pas de demux or the finale of a ballet in which the dancers parade before the audience. 3. a concluding event, remark, or section.
Will is smiling, a bright, happy smile.
Bran loves to see Will smile. It gives him a feeling of contentment and a certain amount of power to be able to put it there. He likes to see this Will - the Will who, if not carefree, is at least happy.
He thinks how simple it was, and yet not simple at all, to have brought back that smile. He thinks of all the things they've gone through, all the things they have yet to go through. He thinks about all these things and more, lips pressed against Will's, smiling into their kiss.
Bran feels like a weight has been lifted off of them, like the shackles that have been holding them down have fallen away and the world is open anew, eternity standing welcomingly before them.
He breaks the kiss, thumb running over Will's cheek, amber eyes locked on shining grey-blue. There's a light in those sea mist eyes that hasn't been there since they were children, since that day by the midsummer tree - and Bran would do anything to keep it there.
With a quick move, Bran plants another lingering kiss on Will's lips. "Let's get a dog," he says, grinning like mad as the future opens before his eyes reflected in Will's unfolding smile.
Diwedd y gân yw'r geiniog.
(At the end of the song comes the payment.)
~ Welsh proverb
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