Old Friends, New Places [Nathaniel & Neria]
Nathaniel couldn’t help but doubt the full sincerity of Neria’s agreeance with his request to keep her feelings in regard to his father under wraps should ever they have the misfortune of meeting in person. But for now, it was enough, and the difficult topic was easily tossed aside in favor of her warm tucked against his chest and her voice in his ear registering both surprise and genuine delight at having seen him again. It was a stark contrast to the reunion with his ex-fiancé, and one that he desperately needed.He’d never felt more grateful to have someone step back into his life."I’m just as surprised as you are, and equally grateful. I certainly never expected to find you again, and definitely not here in Kirkwall." He shook his head, chuckling low in his chest, his arms tightening briefly around her and then releasing when she withdrew to look up at him. He’d been holding himself back for her comfort, but those words and one look in her eyes reset his course, and before he knew it he’d leaned in and kissed her just as he had so many times before.
She knew he didn’t fully believe her, but she was glad he accepted her statement anyway. She wasn’t sure she could be any more convincing than that anyway. His next words sent a wave of warmth and contentment washing down her spine. It wasn’t that she’d ever doubted how much she liked him, or how big his role had been in her life, she’d just done an admirable job of blocking it out because she’d never expected to see him again.
She should have been surprised when he kissed her, but part of her had been hoping too much to experience anything but happiness. After all, she’d been fairly certain she’d never kiss him again, and yet here she was, curled up in the safe protection of his arms, warm and content. She shifted just enough to stretch one hand up to curl into the silken hair at the nape of his neck, while the other flattened against the shirt she’d been mocking earlier.
The rush of sensation was enough to make her giddy, and when he drew back so that they could breathe, she laughed softly, the sound merry and so far from mocking it could never be mistaken for anything but delight. “Ancestors Nate…” She shook her head wordlessly, caressing her hand along his face wordlessly before she leaned back up to kiss him again.