chapter eleven of nights (1k word preview) go read it here
“Even when I look away
I am still looking.”
- Richard Siken, War of the Foxes.
to warmth pressing into his skin. Last night’s events left him feeling languid
and hazy, a feeling he was becoming well-acquainted with. There wasn’t any
urgency, any requirements for the day; he could take each moment as it came,
each tiny touch and quiet breath.
of this, he didn’t immediately open his eyes. Instead, he sunk deeper into his
pillow, and focused on his surroundings. A stream of light dancing across his
eyelids; the faint hush of lake water following the current; the scent of
pine-wood and oil paint; Neil’s palm cupped safely against his, fingertips
brushing taught skin.
It came to
him, smooth and steady, that he didn’t feel exposed like he thought he might.
Their explorations of boundaries and consent was usually paired with a
progression into sex, but something about intimacy was different: it was being
undressed on a different level, less to sink into each other and more to be
seen, to be known. It was being undone with care, and somehow that managed to
heighten and lull everything within him at once.
He felt the
faintest brush of Neil’s thumb on his skin and he opened his eyes.
about Neil was this: it didn’t matter how much time he spent learning all the
details—from the light smattering of freckles covering his cheeks, to the dark
lashes fanning out around his eyes—being greeted every morning with the resting
image of him sent Andrew’s mind whirring and chest constricting. It felt
sudden, sharp, but not like pain as much as a realisation.
also like in a strange turn of events Vox Machina turned what was probably the biggest fuck up of their entire lives into a pretty decent opportunity? like future implications of the price aside and Snuff Films aside and is-Grog-gonna-be-Ok aside Keyleth’s panicked attempt at an escape put them in a position that for the short term is extremely advantageous?
also i /almost/ got my wish about Craven Edge coming back. This will do, especially since seeing Travis’ reactions while reading that novel of an item card has convinced me that giving up any greatness from Craven Edge specifically coming back is worth whatever this new sword brings