voyager, chapter 36
“Ye came back then,” he said softly. “I knew you would.”
I opened my mouth to reply, but he was still talking, eyes fixed on my face, pupils dilated to pools of darkness.
“My love,” he said, almost whispering. “God, ye do look so lovely, wi’ your great eyes all gold, and your hair so soft round your face.” He brushed his tongue across dry lips. “I knew ye must forgive me Sassenach, once you knew.”
Once I knew? My brows shot up, but I didn’t speak; he had more to say.
“I was so afraid to lose ye again, mo chridhe,” he murmured.
“So afraid. I havena loved anyone but you, my Sassenach, never since the day I saw ye
but I couldna… I couldna bear…”
His voice drifted off in an unintelligible mumble, and his eyes closed again, lashes lying dark against the high curve of his cheek.
I sat still, wondering what I should do. As I watched, his eyes opened suddenly once again. Heavy and drowsy with fever, they sought my face.
“It willna be long, Sassenach,” he said, as though reassuring me. One corner of his mouth twitched in an attempt at a smile.
“Not long. Then I shall touch ye once more. I do long to touch you.”
“Oh, Jamie.” I said. Moved by tenderness, I reached out and laid my hand along his burning cheek.