Chapter 24 - Home 🌶
“How bad was it?” She asked Fain quietly.
“Bad.” He said. “But it’s over now. And you are home.” He said and he took her hand.
She smiled. Home, she thought looking up at the big stone walls. She had a home now. Fain’s home. She glanced at the Fae Man to the right of her.
“What’s your name?” She asked him.
“Guillaume.” He said.
“Nice to meet you Alice.”
“Where are you from? I mean in our world.”
Alice frowned slightly, thinking that this man did not look particularly French despite his name.
“My father was French. My mother was Mongolian. It was an interesting mix.” He said.
“Was French and Mongolian?”
“I crossed over 12 years ago. My parents were old then. I’m under no illusions that they are still alive now.”
“Oh. I’m sorry.”
He shrugged. “It is part of being in this world. You learn to accept it.”
Alice nodded because she wasn’t sure what else to say.
“Have they had you this whole time?” He asked before glancing at Fain who narrowed his eyes but kept silent.
“Yes.” Alice replied. “But it’s not what you think. I’m not a prisoner. I’m not…” She fell silent unsure what to say. Unsure how to explain what she was because it wasn’t like she entirely understood it anymore. She’d made that deal, back with the High King when she first arrived, when she was alone and fighting to survive and just trying understand everything. But now, now if they gave her her freedom what would she do with it? She wouldn’t leave Fain and he wouldn’t leave his brother so in a way it wouldn’t even matter. She was tied as much to Uther now as she was to Fain.
They fell silent as they walked across the drawbridge, under the portcullis and past the guardhouse. Alice saw Jelric standing in the courtyard waiting for them.
“Is it done?” Jelric asked as they reached him.
“It’s gone.” Alice stated and Jelric breathed a sigh of relief.
“Let’s get some sleep.” Fain said. “We can talk in the morning.”
“It is morning.” Jelric replied and Fain rolled his eyes.
“Not yet it’s not.” He said and he led Alice up the stairs.
“Wait, where will Guillaume stay?” Alice asked stopping.
“I’ll have some servants find you a room.” Fain said to him and Guillaume nodded. Jelric frowned looking between them before he followed.
They walked into Fain’s room and Alice let out a huge sigh. After everything that had happened it was a relief to be back. Back in their space. Back with him. And to just be alone again. Fain turned to look at her.
“Are you okay?” He asked and she put her hands on his chest.
“Yes. But I’m so sorry that I caused this.”
“I did. I was stupid and reckless and I let that Spectral in. I let Niseri trick me and I almost got everyone killed.”
“But you didn’t.” He said pulling her into him and breathing the sweet scent of her hair that was now mingled with dirt. “For a minute I thought I was losing you.”
“Only a minute?” She asked with a wry smile and he laughed.
She leant in and kissed him. Her tongue caressed his and she ran her hands through his hair, though his curls. After everything that had happened all she wanted right now was him. Fain. She didn’t care that she was exhausted, or even that she was covered in days old dirt. She just wanted him.
He groaned pulling her in, pulling her tighter to him.
He undid her dress, letting it fall onto the floor and he let her pull away staring at her standing now in just her underwear. Despite everything she’d been through, she was still the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen, he thought.
She could feel her heart racing just as he looked at her and it was all she could do not to jump on him right there. He pulled his shirt off and she gasped as if she was seeing him for the first time. As if the Spectral had somehow made her forget what he looked like. As if it had somehow tarnished all the time she’d spent with him at Nind.
“I love you.” He said and she kissed him.
“I love you too.” She said.
He kissed her neck, kissed her collarbone and she gasped and dug her nails into his back. It felt like so long since they’d last been together, been like this. She wanted him, wanted him right now.
He undid his breeches one handed, yanking them down before slamming her against the wall. She cried out as he entered her, feeling his hardness, feeling him deep inside her. He thrust as she kissed his neck, kissed his shoulder, and then bit his skin, the need too great for her to control it. She arched her back, closing her eyes and just feeling the sensation of him moving within her. His hands gripped her shoulders hard, and he thrust over and over. It felt more than what they’d had before, deeper. Like somehow, after everything they were now even more connected, more together. Then she felt the explosion running through her and cried out, her nails digging into his back as she held herself there waiting for him to come with her. He groaned, releasing himself into her as she cried out. He slumped against her as she lay against the wall her legs still wrapped tightly around him.
Alice woke snug against him in the bed but she kept her eyes shut. She wanted to stay there, wrapped in his arms, safe and breathing his scent in forever. He kissed the top of head knowing that she was awake.
“What time is it?” She whispered to him.
“Time to get up.”
“Do we have too?”
“No. But I think it might raise more than a few eyebrows if we stay here all day.” He replied.
“I didn’t take you as someone who cared what other people think…” She teased opening her eyes.
“I don’t. But there’s also a risk my brother may send the guards in if we ignore him much longer…”
“He’s here?” She said turning round to face him.
“He arrived a few hours ago.”
“How do you know?”
“This is my castle. I know everything that happens here.”
“Everything?” She said with a wry smile.
“Everything that counts.” He said and he kissed her. “Now get up little Fae. The High King is waiting.”
She groaned and pulled the covers over her head but he simply yanked them off her completely letting the cool air hit her naked skin. She gasped and shot him a look and then she climbed out of the bed.