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Rapunzel was watching Alex sleep again. She seemed to be doing a lot of that lately. She had been babying him since they'd gotten back to the bar, and thanking God silently during every moment of it that he was around to baby. Tears welled again at the thought of how close he had come to not coming back at all.

They had been brought back to the bar by Cait, and dumped somewhat unceremoniously through the door; Rapunzel had been in a daze. Alex had passed out soon after returning, and so she had enlisted the help of a kind red haired witch who levitated him gently up to her room. He had never even stirred Rapunzel had undressed him and cleaned him up as best she could.

He was still sleeping, but she was sure it was just sleep now, and not something more sinister.

She brushed a lock of hair off of his forehead, and leaned down to kiss it.

Date: 2007-09-19 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
At her touch, Alex awakes. He sees her, and smiles. "Hey. What time is it?"

Date: 2007-09-20 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
He sits up, respledent in his t-shirt and boxers under the sheets, and lets his body talk to him. "Better. Still sore. I think that is gonna take a while to heal.

"But yeah, I am hungry."

Date: 2007-09-20 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"I'd love a big breakfast. That nightmare gave me an appetite. But I got this feeling that I shouldn't overdo it. So...oen egg, two slices of bacon and one slice of toast?" He flashes a huge smile. "And coffee. Hot coffee. I'm not sure I'm warm yet."

Date: 2007-09-20 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"Wow. If that's your idea of a light meal..." He grabs a slice of bacon as she gets close and devours it. "You should meet my omother. She cooks like that, too. Though no bacon.

"As for nightmares...not so much a nightmare as just strange stuff. But all fading fast."

Date: 2007-09-20 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"Do you know?" he says as he leans in to giv her a kiss. "That makes two of us. Though I think that when we teach Allie and the kdis baseball, I might need someone to show them how to run." He pours a cup of coffee and sits up enough that it won't spill.

And pauses.

"Raps, I got something on my mind."

Date: 2007-09-20 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"There's something I wanted to tell you. Sometihng I wish I had before Bahamut happened. Because...well, if I really had been killed, or you had, you wouldn't have known. And I can't let it stay that way. It's too important."

And for the first time in a long while, the always confident Alex Knox sounds nervous, and seems a tiny bit tounge-tied.

Date: 2007-09-20 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
He takes a breath of his own. "I know that when we first starting seeing each other, we agreed we'd just be friends, with beneifts. That it would just be fun. And it has been fun, and beneficial.

"But it's more than that to me now. It has been for a while. And I had to let you know...

"Rapunzel, I am so much in lvoe with you.

"And that's all I needed to say." He holds his breathe again, and hopes that he hasn't gone and say something stupid.

Date: 2007-09-20 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
He finds himself smiling. He was so scared that she didn't love him after all. Or couldn't.

"You just did, didn't you? And..." He takes a deep breath and then takes her hands, leaving the coffee alone for now. "And I don't know what's going to come next. For you or me or us. But the way I hear it, people fall in love all the time, and sometimes there's disaster and change. And sometimes there's good stuff.

"I think we can get some good stuff."

Date: 2007-09-20 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"It's really good to hear it," he says in between kisses. "And I know what you mean.

"I'm gonna tell you something. Remember the lake party? All those gorgeous women wearing almost nothing at all? It was a guy's dream come true. And I couldn;t take my eyes off you, Bot for a second.

"After it was over, and we were back here, I looked at you and actually thought I was falling in love. And I was. How about that?"

Date: 2007-09-20 08:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"I kinda suspected, sometimes. But it wasn't till it would seem to slip out one in a while. A word here or there, something I bet you didn't notice. Which is how the truth always comes out.

"And..." He pulls her close. "And how you reacted, there. I kinda knew then."

Date: 2007-09-20 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"Same here. On both counts. I was sorta scared. I still am, to be honest. It's still kinda new for me." He won't tell her that he's never told anyone he loves her before. Or that at some level, like some many men, he wasn't sure about the idea of commitment. But he can at least let her know what he's feeling.

"But one of the things we have is honesty. I mean, I am the Seeker of Truth, right?"

Date: 2007-09-20 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
He thinks but only for a second. And smiles at his love. "Yeah, I guess so. Which is how I usually take things. We've been doing well so far, anyway.

"And you are not my sidekick. You are my partner in crime. Or crimefighting. The Seeker and the...the Princess of Honesty? Or whould that be Queen, or Countess?"

And that smile? In part it's because the idea that she'd fall for him when there was no one else for that long makes him feel like he is something really special.

Date: 2007-09-20 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"Oh, any and all pseical privileges you're gonna get from me anyway." He kisses her, of course. "Though some will have to wait till I'm a little better.

"As for breakfast...maybe in a while we can walk downstairs and I'll see how my leg is doing? I think I'm ready for people again." And Raps should be able to tell that he's still not quite himself from that comment.

Date: 2007-09-20 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"I meant it about Paris, ladylove. We can afford it. We deserve it." He slowly pushes himself off the bed. It hurts, but not very much.

"But I'm staying here until those kids don't ask any questions about why I'm limping or need a cane." And he does, though he's gamely pretending he can walk without one for a moment.

Date: 2007-09-20 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
He just keeps smiling. This, he notes, is how it should be, and heck with the pain in his leg.

"You are incorrigable, you know that?" He looks for his clothes, even as a thought occurs to him.

"Raps, how are you doing? Since we got back, I mean."

Date: 2007-09-21 08:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"I have an idea," he says a bit quietly. "Let me do a little worrying about you? And a little taking care of you? I think that what you're supposed to do when you love someone."

Date: 2007-09-21 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"Aren't we?" He smiles, but sees the tears. Wow, he thinks, she really does love me that much. Wow.

"But I have much better idea. How about neither of us ever get shot again? And we take care of each other anyway?"

He buttons his shirt and then slowly puts on his pants and shoes. This is the hard part, and even with the bandage over the wound, it hurts.

Date: 2007-09-21 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gotham-knocking.livejournal.com
"There's an elevator?" Well, of course there would be, but he's never thought about it.

He studies the walking stick. "Oooh, nice. All I need is a bowler hat and I can be just like John Steed. Only you are prettier than even Emma Peel." That's how much in love he is. He's forgotten even his boyhood crush.(And should he ever chance to meet Ms. Peel in the Bar, he might go all fanboy, but Emma will just have to get over her disappointment that he's off the market.)

"Shall we get some breakfast, my love?"

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