Chapter 18 Picture Perfect
The two women spent the rest of the afternoon getting to know each other, not only emotionally but physically as well. To Callie's surprise, Arizona had taken the lead and Callie was greatful for that since she didnt want to push, afraid that the blonde would pull away or react badly to her touches. It was however getting harder for the brunette not to rip the blondes clothes off and just simply take her there and then. Maybe a cold shower would have to suffice later on.
After about fifteen minutes of making out Arizona pulled away, smiling. Callie felt like she was floating on cloud nine and didnt want the moment to end but they needed to slow down before things got out of hand. Seeing Arizona smile made the brunette happy and a warm feeling swept over her like a blanket. The dimples on Arizonas cheeks were visible and her face was quite flushed. Callie tucked a strand of blonde hair behind an ear and cupped Arizona's face with one hand.
"You are so beautiful, do you know that?" The younger woman blushed even more and shrugged her shoulders. "What? You dont believe you're beautiful?" The blonde just shrugged again. "Did I make you speachless with one kiss? Im honoured and flattered." She winked then chuckled when Arizona lowered her head in embarrassment. "You're cute when you blush." Callie was enjoying making the blonde squirm in her seat and blush from Callie's compliments but decided to stop before Arizona got too uncomfortable.
"Why dont I cook us some dinner and then we can watch a movie, how does that sound?"
"Okay, sound good, but please let me help." The blonde didnt like feeling useless and just sit around and watch Callie do all the work.
The latina pursed her lips, thinking. "Okay, you can chop the veg for a salad, but I want you to sit down doing it. You've been on your legs all day and your knee needs to rest. I'll get you situated by the kitchen table, come on."
They made themselves busy in the kitchen, making roast chicken with rice and a side salad. Before sitting down Arizona went to move Callie's work portfolio that was resting on one of the chairs. She picked it up without realizing that it was not closed properly and all its contents spilled all over the floor. It was mostly papers and personal notes and as her eyes scanned the documents her eyes widened when she saw a picture of a young man. He was blonde, had blue eyes and dimples just like her. There was no mistaking him for anyone else but her brother Tim. Her whole body froze and everything around her seemed to disappear.
She was looking at her brother which could almost be her twin cause they looked so much alike. He looked older than the last time she had seen him almost ten years ago but somehow he still looked the same. Arizona couldn't move. She could barely breath from the chock of looking at her now dead brother.
Callie didnt hear when the bag hit the floor because of the fan over the cooker. However when she asked Arizona if she would mind setting the table and got no answer she turned around. She saw the blonde just standing still, frozen in place, staring at the ground like she had just seen a ghost. "Arizona?" No reply. "Arizona, you okay?" Still nothing.
Callie dropped whatever she was doing and approached her. It was not until she was standing right next to the ridgid body she finally saw what Arizona was staring at. "Shit!" She mumbled and quickly swept the papers up in a pile, placed them back in her bag and turned towards the chocked blonde. She grabbed her by the elbow and led her to the couch to sit down.
"Arizona, look at me." When Callie didn't recieve a response she kneeled down on the floor in front of her and placed her hands gently on Arizona's knees. "Sweetie, can you please look at me?"
After a few seconds of total 'shut down state' blue eyes finally met brown. Arizona's breathing suddenly became erratic and she was struggling to get air into her lungs. A wheezing noise came out with every breath and she couldn't get enough air into her system to balance out the air she was exhaling. She became dizzy and faint, the room started spinning and she was experiencing pins and needles in her fingers from the lack of oxygen. Her skin felt cool to the touch and Callie wrapped her up in a nearby blanked.
"Its okay, sweetie." She soothed. "Take your time. It will pass soon and you will regain control of your breathing. Do you hear me? You are in control." She wanted to wrap the blonde in her arms but decided against it to give Arizona some space. She kept talking soothingly to her and a few minutes passed when she finally could take a deep calming breath.
"I'm... I'm so sorry." She sniffled and hid her face in her hands.
Callie got up from the floor, sat down next to her and wrapped an arm around quivering shoulders and kissed her gently on the head. "Why on earth are sorry for? You have nothing to be embarrassed about, honey. Its okay to cry and grieve. Seeing that picture of your brother must have been really hard and shocking. I cant even imagine what you're going through. Just know that I'm here for you and if you want to talk about him, or about anything at all, I'm here. Dont be sorry about that."
Arizona turned and looked at the brunette and saw tears starting to well up in Callies eyes. "He was my best friend." She said. "He was... he was perfect. I miss him so much."
Callie felt her heart ache for the upset woman in front of her. Therevwas nothing she could do or say to make the Arizona's pain go away or even ease her distress just a little bit. All she could do was listen and be understanding and patient. "I know you do, sweetie. I know you do." She brought the woman close and adjusted them so Arizona was positioned in her lap, like a mother would hold and sooth a crying child.
Arizona rested her head in the crook of Callie's neck and silently cried. The latina stroked her back with one hand and her face with the other, wiping away the tears as they fell. "Shhh, its gonna be okay."
Arizona turned her head to look at Callie. "What if it isn't?"
Callie leaned down and tenderly kissed her forehead and then her temple. "Then I'll make it okay."
A few minutes passed before Callie realized Arizona had fallen into a light slumber. She didnt want to wake her up and disturb her sleep so she tightened her hold around the small form and just enjoyed the closeness for a while. It was soothing to hear Arizona's faint breathing, and seeing the slight rise and fall of her chest, Callie thought.
An hour passed and they were still in the very same position. Callie felt her arms starting to cramp up a bit but she didnt have the heart to wake her up. To her relief, Arizona stirred and flutter her tired eyes open. She was surprised to find herself still in Callie's arms and that the brunette was rubbing her upper arm with her thumb. She had never felt so comfortable or at peace. It was now the safest place she knew and she didnt want to leave it, even just for a second.
Callie placed a warm kiss on her cheek. "Hi baby. Did you sleep well?" The latina didnt realize she had called Arizona baby but the blonde did, which caused a slight blush. The sleepy woman nodded and tried to stiffle a yawn, not being very successful. Smiling, Callie tucked a strand of hair, that had fallen into her eyes, behind her ear.
"You still look tired. You wanna go back to sleep or do you want to eat?"
Arizona snapped her head up and immediately started to apologize for ruining the evening. Callie placed a finger across pink lips as to make her stop talking and try to listen instead. "Honey, you didn't ruin anything. The dinner is still there, all we have to do is heat it up. I do have a microwave you know." Callie said with a wink.
Arizona was amazed of how quickly his woman could make her feel better in so little time. She wondered what she had done to deserve Callie's affections, kindness and concern. It was strange to her, after so many year in captivity and being treated with nothing else but rage, violence and humiliation. She wondered if she would ever get passed this and to finally have a normal future to look forward to. Maybe one day.
They ate in a comfortable silence, Callie humming to herself between bites. The blonde smiled and ran her fingers through her hair. "You have a beautiful voice, Callie."
Taking a sip of her water, Callie wiggled her eyebrows. "I'm full of surprises."
"I bet you are."