Do the stop aging at 18 for the nurserydex soulmate thing
Thanks for the prompt! Sorry this is late, I fucked around for a crazy long time before I got something good. Hope you like it!
Prompt: Stop aging at 18 years old until you meet your soulmate
“I love you.”
Nursey said it quietly, clearly, like a secret he wasn’t meant to keep.
Dex’s face went dark. “Fuck you,” he spat.
Nursey’s mouth dropped open, and his eyebrows rose in shock.
Dex was furious. His entire body tensed, his eyes narrowed and his brow furrowed and his fists clenched. For a moment, Nursey thought he was going to deck him.
Then Dex ducked his head, and he began to cry. Tears tore out of him; his chest heaved, and his shoulders trembled violently. Each breath was a low, hoarse wail. Dex wrapped his arms around his face, but they did nothing to hide his pain, the tempest of sorrow raging within him. Nursey reached a hand out to him, but Dex ducked away.
“No!” he shouted sharply. “No,” he moaned quieter. His head snapped up. He looked a mess. Pain was messy. “You – you kept me waiting. You made me wait for fucking 300 years. Where were you? Where were you when I was forced to flee my country? Where were you when I had nobody but sheep to talk to for half a century? Where were you when I was sent to war, or when I had nothing to eat but bone scraps, or when I had to walk across half a continent to find a home? Where were you when my mother died? I’ve watched my family, my friends, everyone I’ve ever loved grow old and turn to dust, all because I was waiting for you.”
Tears spilled from Nursey’s eyes, but his were quiet. “I’m sorry,” he choked out. “I love you, and I’m sorry.”
This time, when he reached for Dex, he wasn’t pushed away. Dex opened his arms to him, and they tangled around each other. Nursey petted Dex’s hair and held him tightly as his body shook. Dex pressed his face into Nursey’s shoulder, muffling his cries. Dex sobbed for a long time, but for nowhere near three centuries. Nursey cradled him in the quiet.
Eventually they both calmed, and Nursey drifted toward sleep. He was pulled back by Dex’s quiet voice.
“I love you, too.” Dex sniffed. “But – I’m so angry I can’t stand it sometimes.”
“I know.” Nursey rubbed slow circles into Dex’s back.
“You don’t deserve that. I feel – I feel tainted, because I’m angry. You deserve better.”
Nursey pulled back a little and scrunched his eyebrows. “You love me?”
“Then that settles it.”
“Settles what? That doesn’t settle anything,” Dex said in disbelief. Tears streamed down his cheeks again, carving the same old path down his face. “That doesn’t just cancel out that sometimes – “ There was a minute of silence.
“What?” Nursey prompted gently.
“Sometimes I hate you, too.”
Nursey pulled Dex against him. “That’s OK.”
“How can you just be OK with that?” Dex choked out between sobs.
“The love makes it worth it. We can work through the rest, because the love makes it worth it.”