Blaze and Nova sat at small table, opposite of each other.
She had been deemed healed enough by the Viral to take her out as he had promised her.
Blaze found himself unable to stop staring at her. He had grown accustomed to her bare looks that seeing her in make-up was an attractive change.
Her eyes were bright with excitement as she looked around. "This is so amazing! I didn't think things could be this fancy. Why do you keep staring at me?"
"What? Uh..." He scratched the back of his neck. "Sorry 'bout that."
She laughed and shook her head, causing her loosely curled dark brown hair to fall about her face.
He reached a hand out and tucked several strands of hair behind her ear. "I just find you beautiful."
Nova blushed and looked down at her plate, an embarrassed smile across her lips. "I still can't believe you bribed that guy."
Blaze chuckled. "It was that or threaten him."
"It got us in here, didn't it? I'm far too intimidatin' lookin' for them to want us here otherwise. I'd scare off all the customers."
"That's why we're in the back, right?"
"Yeah, sorry 'bout that."
She smiled. "No, just being here is wonderful. Although..." She paused as she looked down at the menu in her hands.
"What is it?"
"I can't read the menu..."
"Oh, that's no problem. I can't half the time, either."
Nova sighed. "I just hate it."
He reached out and patted her hand. "Don't fret. It ain't a big deal."
A small smile tugged at the corner of Nova's lips. "I guess. It would just be nice to be able to."
"Maybe we'll talk Yuri into helping you."
"That would be great!"
A waiter suddenly appeared by the table. "May I take your orders?"
The pair looked at each other for a moment, seemingly unable to think of what to ask.
"I could tell you what today's is-"
"We'll just take two of it." Blaze interrupted.
The waiter blinked his steely grey eyes in confusion. "But I didn't even explain."
"Ah it's fine."
He shrugged and scribbled on his pad. "Okay. Anything to drink?"
Nova held out her menu. "Water for me, please."
"Ah hell. Same for me, I suppose."
The waiter nodded and took both their menus before leaving.
Nova rolled the ring around her finger. "So Blaze..."
He looked up at her "Eh?"
"Do you think I'm healed enough for some fun tonight?"
"Er..." He blushed. "I don't know if your ribs are well enough."
"Well you did say that we would once I left the hospital."
"Yes...yes I did. I uhm..."
She looked up at him, a solemn look on her face. "Were just saying that."
Blaze groaned. "Please Nova. Don't do this to me."
"I just want the truth, Blaze."
Blaze put his face in his hands. "I did mean it for the most part. I just...part of me said it to get you to stop. I didn't want to see you in anymore pain."
Nova looked down at her hands. "I thought so. I'm sorry. All I seem to think about is sex. And it makes you uncomfortable."
"It's still some getting used to. Don't hate on yourself, please."
"I just can't stop, though. Especially now that I have someone I actually enjoy being with, it makes it even worse."
Blaze reached a hand out and placed it over Nova's. "Look, Nova. I don't care if you think about it twenty-four seven. I'll give you whatever you want."
Nova looked up at him in surprise. "Oh Blaze! Do you really care for me that much?"
"You mean more to me than I could ever express, Nova. I don't want your guilt to make you leave."
The waiter appeared again, setting down a large glass in front of each occupant. "Here we are. Your food will be out shortly."
Neither had a chance to speak before the waiter had left again.
"Those guys just zip around willy-nilly." Blaze muttered, shaking his head.
Nova took a drink of her water before speaking, "I feel guilty, yes...but I wouldn't leave you just for that. Like I said before: who else are you going to boss around?" She smiled as she repeated her statement from before.
Blaze chuckled lightly. "I suppose I'll find someone."
Nova held up her hand to show off the ring. "You already have."
The Viral blushed, taken aback. He smiled meekly. "That means a lot to me."
"Well you mean a lot to me."
The waiter returned carrying a plate in each hand. "Here we are." He set the meals down in front of Nova and Blaze then was gone.
They stared at their food quizzically.
"Er...what is it?"
"I'm not sure. You should have let him at least tell us what the food was before ordering it."
"But I was hungry!" Blaze said in a partially whiny tone.
The pair returned home after their meal was finished.
Blaze barely made it three steps through the doorway before he was knocked down by Nova leaping on his back.
"Oof! Nova, what are you doing?!" Blaze demanded, looking over his shoulder at her.
"Nooothing." she said with a sly grin.
Looking more closely, Blaze realized it was forced. "Did you break anything?"
Nova shook her head quickly. "No."
"Nova, get offa me."
Nova slid off so that she was lying beside him.
He looked at her, noting that her breathing sounded labored. "Tell me the truth, did you hurt your ribs?"
Nova looked away. "Just a little. I forget you're like a wall."
Blaze rolled his eyes. "Oh, jeez,"
He managed to push himself up on his knees with a grunt. "Supposed to be recovering, not damaging yourself more."
"But it was a fun idea. I was surprised you fell over."
"Only 'cause you caught me off-guard." He turned so he was facing her.
She put her head on her raised palm, propping herself up on one elbow. "So..."
The Viral found his eyes stray towards the necklace that was cushioned between her breasts. He snapped them back up to her face. "Er...you want me to help you up?"
Blaze carefully put his hands under her and lifted her up, getting to his feet as he did so. "Where you wanna go?"
"The bathroom please. I need to get this stuff off my face."
He set her down in front of the sink. "Here we go."
"Thank you, Blaze."
"Anytime. Now be more careful with your actions. They'll take longer to heal if you keep harming them."
Nova nodded. "I know."
"I'll be in the bedroom. Yell if you need anything."
A sly smile flitted across her face. "I will."
"Er...?" Blaze shook his head and made his way to the bedroom.
He removed his jacket, arm-guards, gun and gloves and set them on the table beside the bed before laying down.
He closed his eyes, breathing a sigh. He listened to Nova as she rummaged around in the bathroom for a short while.
When the noises stopped and the light went dark, he cracked an eye to see where she was at. She was making her way carefully over to the bed in the dark.
"Just seeing if you were awake."
"Yep. Just chilling."
Blaze flinched as he felt her bare skin against his arm. "Please tell me you've got clothes on."
"Do you want the truth?" she asked teasingly.
Blaze groaned. "Shit."
"Did you figure it out?"
"Well, here's your answer."
He tensed up when she pressed the top of her chest against his arm, feeling only her warm flesh and the coldness of the metal chain from her necklace. "Seriously?"
She drew on his chest with a fingertip. "I figured I'd see if you wanted to have any fun before bed."
Nova leaned over him. "You said before."
He cringed. "Yes. I did."
He was silent for a moment. "If you can get me in a mood, then yes."
She gasped in delight and leaned down to place a kiss on his lips.
Blaze slipped his arms about her, burying the fingers of one hand in her locks while the other hand came to a rest on the small of her back, taking care not to touch any of her partially healed wounds.
Nova pulled back from the kiss. "What about your clothes?"
"Ergh...Yeah I'll get 'em off."
Blaze quickly undressed himself and crawled back in to bed.
No sooner did he settle himself down than Nova was clamoring to get on top of him.
"Calm down." he murmured, wincing as her knee came into contact with his side.
"Sorry!" Nova said with a giggle. She positioned herself with her hands crossed on his chest. "Are you in enough of a mood or do I still need to persuade you?"
"I might need just a little bit."
"All right, you asked for it."
He breathed a pleasurable sigh as he felt the warmth and wetness of Nova's tongue on his neck."Ready now?" she murmured in his ear.
"Yeah. Just don't hurt yourself."
"I won't." She nibbled at his jaw.
Blaze closed his eyes.