Anything you wish my darling!
I also wanted to write this for @aelinfireheartarcheron, who drew me a very pretty picture of our boy Kaden.
I also feel like a shitty person in general, because of how long it has taken to update. Something not so great happened in my family recently, and it’s become harder to just do stuff I guess. I’m so sorry! In the mean time check out my masterlist if you want a fix of some sort.
“That’s not a word I see often. How very curious.”
Eleana laughed at Kaden’s tone. He was distraught from reading her book, but in all fairness, she had warned him it was erotic. More than anything, he was just glad her enthusiasm for his alarm made her happy. And if he played it up so it would be better for her, she never had to know.
“Which word is that?” She used her index fingers to wiggle his eyebrows, and he swatted away her hands. His head was rested in her lap, and as he told her his thoughts on her book, she played with his hair. He’d had a rough day, and the feeling of her fingers massaging his scalp made him easily breath again. At one moment, he had let out an involuntary purr, making her fingers work even more delicately.
“I don’t know if it is an appropriate word to say. I mean, I’m nearly completely sure that Felix is eavesdropping on our conversation while he makes lunch,” Kaden lowered his voice to a dramatic whisper, “and I don’t think he knows what it is.”
“Just tell me the word. I’ll decide if it’s too scandalous for Felix.” She ran her hands through his hair again, determined to get the knots out of his waves.
There was a loud banging from the kitchen followed by Felix slamming his way into the longue room with his hands across his chest. “How dare you come into my home, and sit on my couch, and insinuate I don’t know what that is.”
Eleana burst into laughter, Kaden snorting so hard he rolled off the couch. He was crouching on his knees, hands pressed to his stomach to submit his laughs. He clutched at his stomach and laughed at the rare blush adorning Felix. In the corner of his eye, he saw Eleana lean forward, giggles of her own escaping her lovely lips.
“You’re the best sometimes.” Kaden sat back on his knees and smirked at his friend. Felix, the epitome of maturity, gave him the finger.
“Eleana?” Felix turned away from Kaden, and put his attention on cousin. She had gone silent, and both wouldn’t mind her commentary.
Eleana seemed to be indisposed though. Her laughs had turned to wheezes - gasping for breath – and she had curled into herself.
“Eleana!” Both Kaden and Felix sprang to her.
“How much sleep did you get last night?” Felix asked her. Kaden eased her into a lying position by gently pulling her knees out from under her, and then made her turn towards him.
“I got around two hours, and then…” She shuddered from the memory. “My father stayed up with me the rest of the night. He taught me all sorts of card tricks. Bet you I could swindle the hell out of you now.” She breathed.
“Eleana.” Felix hovered over her in concern. It wasn’t the first time something like this had happened – where Eleana’s fatigue had turned into an aching and sickening dizziness.
“It’s fine. I’m fine. Let’s talk about something else. Kaden, despite the vulgarities of the book, how did you like it?”
Felix sighed heavily and left her and Kaden be while he continued in the kitchen. Kaden knew Felix hated it when Eleana brushed things like this aside, but Kaden understood her. Her whole family felt the need to nurture her in a way they hadn’t before, and he knew that for her it was sometimes overwhelming and even a little irksome. He related to her feelings of wanting to be treated like everything was normal.
He got off the floor and picked up her feet so he could sit on the end of the couch. He had her legs in his lap, and she closed her eyes as he spoke.
“What do you want me to tell you?”
“Everything you couldn’t in your letter.” She hummed.
Kaden eased off her slippers, and rubbed her feet. “I liked that the girl didn’t want the prince, that she wanted more than just promised wealth and status. We all knew from the start that the stable boy was her true love.”
“The sex in the book was rather interesting. Mortals seem to have a fascination with it. Maybe it’s because they don’t have an eternity to do it.”
“I liked the stable boy too.” She sighed merrily.
“I could tell from your annotations.” He smiled at the thought. She had sent him the book three weeks into her rehabilitation when he’d asked her what her favourite book was. As he read it, he observed all the little notes she’d made for herself in the margin. Sometimes it was just ‘!!!’ next to a particularly cute passage, or little doodle hearts when the characters kissed.
Eleana yawned loudly, and her eyes fluttered closed. Felix would have made her open them, there was a rule about Eleana not going to sleep unless the High Lady or Lord were there, but Kaden could feel how truly exhausted she was.
“I liked where you wrote on page seventy. ‘This is the kind of love I want. This is it!’ Is that true, Eleana? Do you really want the love that those two mortals had? He would forever be endowed to her – never her equal. And one day, not right away, but eventually, she might even start to resent him for all the things he couldn’t give her. He could never provide for her, like the prince could, and he never would have been able to sustain the lavish life she was used to. Her parents, well, they never would’ve approved. I wished they had addressed that in the book. It’s all well and good to run away together, but you need your family. Can you even call it true love when there are so many obstacles in their path? Don’t you agree?”
The only answer he got were quiet, very cute, snores. He stopped massaging her feet, and lifted them from his lap so he could get up. He went to Felix’s room, stole his woollen blanket, and came back to wrap her up nice and tight. Azriel would be mad when he came back and saw that she was asleep, and Kaden was willing to face his wrath if it meant Eleana got even a wink. Feeling brave, he kissed her forehead, and held her hand so that when her nightmares came to torment her, he might help her fight them off. Even if it was just for a little bit.