Home Chapter 8
It’s been a long time since Elden had been to Ostwick. It may have been his home, but he has very few fond memories of the place. He never really wanted to go back there, but it looks like he’ll have to one last time. At least Dorian will be at his side. He’ll need the support when he is forced to face his family.
Content Warning: mentions of childhood physical and verbal abuse in the third section.
They were sitting at a table outside a small cafe, reaching across to each other so they could hold hands while they spoke. They’d already finished their breakfast, but they were so caught up they’d lost track of the time. Dorian was leaning on his elbow, distracted by the way the bright morning sunlight played across Elden’s hair, the slight curls ruffled by a gentle breeze.
“What is it?” Elden asked, squeezing his hand gently. There was a knowing glint in Elden’s eye however and suddenly Dorian wished there wasn’t a table between them so he could pull him closer. “Is there a reason you’re smiling at me like that?”
“What can I say, I’m feeling sentimental,” Dorian replied. He hadn’t even realized he’d been smiling to be honest, but then Elden was as smiling back and it was quite the sight. “I love you.”
Elden’s slight blush at that was glorious, especially with the way his face lit up, his smile growing even wider as if he couldn’t have been happier than he was in this moment.
“And I love you,” Elden replied with what must have been all the affection in the world.
Dorian couldn’t help but be caught up in the moment, unable to look away from those gorgeous eyes. There had been a time not long ago when all of this would have been so overwhelming, perhaps even terrifying, when Dorian couldn’t even call what they had ‘love’ for fear that giving it a name would spell its end. It could still be overwhelming at times, the past was a hard thing to shake, but more than anything he loved Elden and would do anything to make him feel the way Elden made him feel. When someone came by to clear away their dishes they were pulled out of their moment, smiling sheepishly at each other.
“Let’s get out of here,” Elden said and Dorian was all too eager to follow.