She stared at him, completely lost. What was he talking about? She kept him at peace? Hmm, that wasn’t too far-fetched. She much preferred a quieter, happier lifestyle. “What happened when you left New Mexico?” She asked curiously, wondering how it correlated with their relationship. He hadn’t really told her all that much about his past, and she’d be lying if she said she wasn’t the least bit curious.
Putting on a mock serious face, she nodded and bit her lip. “I’m sorry, but I just…well, it happened, you know? First there was this whole fight over umbrellas, and then there was this lovely mask with lots of glitter. Oh, and you can’t forget the hot cocoas. I mean, it’s not your fault…you just can’t compete.” With a laugh, she wrapped her arms around his neck and stood on her tiptoes. “I have every reason to be overconfident,” she whispered in his ear, giggling.
Fox blinked, looking over at her quietly. That was a hard question to answer, because he really didn’t want to tell her all of it. Then, if a person just looked at the base facts, it really wasn’t so bad. “We moved to New York, started going to a big public school. Couple years later I changed to a private school, then at fifteen I ran away.” He explained it as quickly and shortly as he could.
Fox shook his head all through her speech, slowly slipping his arms around her waist as she spoke. She really thought she was adorable, didn’t she? It was just too bad that she actually was. He finally cut her off by swinging her to the side and tossing her back down on the bed. “You have a very high opinion of yourself, now don’t you?
As long as she isn’t like you then I could careless.
Huh. Well, perhaps it might change. That would be greatly appreciated, because Caiden will soon have issues of his own.
One can only hope. I’ll put together a list and get it to you soon, and then you can pass it along to Caiden.
Sighing, she nodded along with his words, realizing that he’d keep trying to convince her until she agreed. Sea didn’t consider herself much of a force and her life had never been very stable, but if that’s what he thought she was, then far be it from her to disagree. Plus, it was highly flattering. “I keep you stable?” She asked quietly, resting her chin on his shoulder. She didn’t get it, but maybe she was just missing something.
With a small grin, she nodded. “Yeah, she does. She’s damn good at it, too. Almost reminds me of someone else I know…” Smiling, she placed a hand on his chest and rolled her eyes. “I know, I inspire loss of thought. It’s in the side effects that you’re supposed to read before you befriend me. Seems like someone wasn’t paying much attention…” She trailed off, giving his cheek a quick kiss.
Fox nodded, hoping he was finally get through to her. He doubted that he was, she was too unsure of herself. But it was absolutely true, no matter what she believed about what she could do or who she was. Maybe she didn’t see it and maybe she never would. But he planned to be there as long as he could, trying to convince her. “You do. I haven’t felt this at peace since I left New Mexico.” The last few years of his true childhood.
Fox smiled innocently at her. “Well Sea, I don’t know who you might be referring to. Tell me, is there somebody else competing for my spot? Maybe I put away crazy Fox a bit to early.” He said with a wink. Then he shook his head and wrapped a hand around her waist. “Come here, you over-confident woman.” He ordered teasingly.
It’s obvious, isn’t it? Oops. Ah, yes, that word works. In a rather strange way, yes, I adopted him. I’m grateful he’s a quiet child… And that Caiden is willing, for the moment, to watch him while I’m at work.
Yes it is. Well, good for you. If you need to find some good babysitters, I’ve gotten to know a few. I can give you their numbers.
Two of you, good god.
My sister is nothing like me, and if you say anything that derogatory about her again, you will regret it.
She stared at her hand on his chest, looking at it in confusion. Sea didn’t think she’d done much of anything. No. Had she? I mean, she’d wanted to try, but she didn’t think she deserved all the credit. “I…you don’t make sense. Kylie wouldn’t hate you…she adores you,” she said, placing her other hand on his chest as well. His pulse beat beneath her fingertips, and she found it oddly comforting.
Giggling lightly at the look of utter relief on his face, she tapped his nose in a playful manner. “I’m glad she cares about me, cause I feel the same way about the little kid. She’s wormed her way into my heart, really,” she said with a laugh. “I…I’m sorry for scaring you, though. I didn’t mean to. I’m just not thinking straight right now.” Sea didn’t like making him worried, no. It was much better when he had a smile on his face. Frowns just didn’t suit him.
Fox kept shaking his head. She just didn’t understand, did she? She didn’t know what she had done for him, what she was still doing for him. If it weren’t for her, he didn’t know where he would be. Probably even worse than he had been and Kylie would probably be gone. “But she wouldn’t adore me now if I didn’t have some stabilizing force.” He told her.
He left himself drift for just a moment, picturing a world where Sea was Kylie’s mother. Kylie would be ecstatic, she loved the woman like a mother already. But he brushed the thought away quickly. No need to get ahead of himself. “I think she has a way of doing that to people. Catching them off-guard.” He said with a chuckle. Fox’s eyes flicked up to met hers and smile slowly spread across his face. “I know the feeling…” He trailed off, leaning closer.
Are you kidding me, asshole?
No I am not. I’m sorry, that’s my sisters chosen term of endearment for me.
She tilted her head, staring at him. He seemed just as confused as she was, which didn’t make sense. What’d he have to be confused about? It’s not like she’d done much, no. She’d just been herself, and he’d just been himself. It wasn’t that colossal of a change, she didn’t think. And besides, it wasn’t Sea who changed him, no. “I’m pretty sure Kylie did the bulk of the work,” she said quietly, crossing her arms over her stomach.
Seeing the instant change in his demeanor made her feel absolutely terrible. Sea hadn’t meant to let it slip, no. She was going to wait until he told her. But the migraine wasn’t doing much for her thinking, and she screwed it up. She’d have to break her pinky promise, wouldn’t she? With a small sigh, she looked up at him and winced. “It was just…your daughter. No big deal, but please don’t tell her I told you! She made me pinky promise.”
Fox shook his head, wondering what it would take to convince her. He caught her hand and pulled it back to him, holding it over his heart and peering down at her. “I wouldn’t be a father if it were’t for you. Kylie would hate me right now.” He told her, being completely honest. She had kept him sane, kept him from losing it like he did.
Fox shut his eyes and breathed out a deep sigh of relief, tensed muscles relaxing. Good. There was nobody out there that could end up hurting Sea. That was the last thing he wanted to happen. “It’s okay. I told it to her, and I never actually told her not to tell anybody. I just didn’t think she would. But she does really care about you.” He said, reasoning through it carefully. It was strange to hear her using his name. Something he hadn’t heard in so long…
Ah, okay. I do not watch very many shows in general. Yeah, as far as I can guess. No, he’s not. I…rescued him, but I am not sure that that is the correct word to use…
I sort of guess that much. You adopted him? At least I’m guessing that’s what you’re looking for. Sounds like what happened.