Touching (can be NSFW or innocent): (Both. Both is good.)
It’s a rare sight to see Rowan and Aelin not touching each other in some way. They are quite physical when it comes to showing affectionate displays.
Aelin claims that Rowan’s crown is crooked or that his hair is ruffled in a mess from flying so that she has the excuse to run her fingers through his white hair.
Note: Aelin has a weakness for petting animals so sometimes the Cadre will shift in their animal forms when she is angry and more often then not she will melt at the sight and proceed to have a petting session.
Another Note: Fenrys and Connall will shift into wolf forms for Aelin to pet them just to piss off Rowan as Aelin’s attention is fixed on the twins instead of Rowan who jealousy seethes on the throne.
The Queen of Terrasen also is a fan running her hand up and down Rowan’s thighs during meetings
Honestly it’s a game they play in which Rowan attempts to maintain his composure as his mate inches further up and up his leg until she at last holds the hardened weight of him in her hands
One time Aelin managed to unsnap one of his pant buttons, before Aelin’s Court, specifically Aedion and Lorcan, immediately requested that they continue the meeting another time since they knew it was only a matter of seconds before the Queen and King were about to use the table for reasons other than the use for political meetings.
Rowan will trace imaginary patterns on Aelin’s skin.
He usually runs his fingers in swirling motions to get an idea for any new tattoos he could give his wife.
His innocent touching though turns into heated brushes of skin as he runs in calloused hands up Aelin’s body and underneath one of those tempting nightgowns she always has.
Eventually his hands are toying with her breasts and he is sinking deep into her folds in a rough play for dominance.
What “turns them on” Headcanon:
Aelin is all about trying to get Rowan to grow his hair back out. When he does she can finally play with it and pull on it during sex.
“Do you think if I pull you hair hard enough would some of your feathers be plucked in your other form?”
“And do you think if I make you scream loud enough for me in pleasure would you bring down the Staghorns mountain range my Fireheart?”
She also can’t deny that watching Rowan wrestle with the rest of the Cadre gets her turned on. (A fact that most of the Terrasen Court can agree on.)
Seeing Rowan mud-splattered with sweat running down his chest is feast for Aelin’s eyes.
Rowan was never one to enjoy fancy material items, but he now is one of the most visited customers at a woman’s intimate store where he buys Aelin all sorts of lacy, sheer and silk garments.
He can no longer bring Aelin to the store, because one time they did and they ended up clearing out the backrooms due to their loud session of “trying out the garments”
Rowan immediately gets turned on when Aelin nips at his ear or neck. Feeling her teeth grazing against his skin unleashes the primal urge to claim her right there on the spot.