“But you don’t understand! She’s my best friend’s sister! We threw rocks at each other!”
Eruviel’s merry chuckle echoed about her yard as she watched Frank pace and throw out his hands in a dramatic display of frustration. “Frank! Frank. I punched my deceased in the face on — no, twice. It is not impossible for a relationship to mature beyond enmity.”
Frank scrubbed his hands over his face, and plodded over to lean heavily against the railing beside the Elf. He sighed heavily. “I saw her… two weeks ago? For the first time in years. She’s… She’s still Kimby, but she’s an entirely different person.”
“You both are,” Eruviel offered thoughtfully.
The young man shot her a little smirk. “Is… Is it okay? I mean, it’s been a while since Mag’s left. I just…. I don’t wanna jump inta something if I’m not ready.”
The Elf’s kind smile evolved into a smirk. “Do you want to be ready?”
Frank thought about it before an uncontrolled, boyish grin spread across his face. “Yeah. I really do. I wanna know everything there is about her.” He then chuckled and blushed furiously as he hooked a hand around the back of his neck. “When she — an’ then I kissed ‘er back… it was like seein’ colors fer the first time in a long time.”
Eruviel chuckled, and slid gracefully off of her seat on the fence rail before dusting off her fitted trousers. “It can be like that.”
Frank braced a hand on a fence post before easily swinging himself over. “How was it for you this time?”
“How…? Frank, I’m not going to start telling you what it’s like when Eirikr and I kiss –”
“Oh, COR, please don’t! I didn’t mean it like that!” Frank insisted with a laugh. “That’s like my mom tellin’ me weird stories about her an’ Dad, and it’s so gro –!” He made a shudder and grinned as he unsuccessfully attempted to doge a swat to the back of the head.
They turned to head down the road, Eruviel composed but for a soft chuckle and blushing, and Frank grinned, rubbing at the back of his head. Several steps down the lane, the young man looked over to her once more. “… So, you think it’s okay if I try to go for it?”
“What do you think, Frank?” said Eruviel, her tone kind as she gave him a knowing smirk.
“I think… I think it will be an adventure with her if I do,” he started with a sheepish chuckle. “When some things happen… I think I would be missing out if I didn’t try.”