Blue skies stretched out in every direction, surrounding them from their perch on the hill.
"Kit, you're not the only one who bites!" Daine called out to the dragonet who was busy frolicking with several young woodchucks. She leaned back against Numair's chest again, drawing his arm around her.
"Think she'll listen?" He used his free hands to smooth back her curls, away from where they threatened to suffocate him, and kissed the top of her head.
She snorted, "Does she ever?"
"It makes you wonder if she's learned by example," he smirked as she elbowed him, pleased as the motion settled her body closer to his. As suddenly as their lives had been turned upside down, things had fallen into place.
There had been gossip from the court, to be sure. Some of their friends had been surprised, though not as many as they expected. The shift was not without challenges but all of that paled in comparison to the ease with which they fit together. Their new normal had slid on like a second skin. If anything, it felt like so many things that had been off kilter were now righted. It was like a breath of fresh air after so much time spent gasping.
He stroked her cheek and neck, fingers trailing down along her arm to skim over her palm as she raised it to meet his. He felt her shiver against him. He ran a finger along the outline of her pinky, before moving on to her next finger. He paused, circling the base of her finger and making a low, thoughtful sound.
"Is something wrong?" She craned her neck to try and see him, following his gaze as he jerked his chin towards where his hand held hers.
"You don't see it?"
"See what?" She shook her head.
"I think you're missing a ring."