Arc 721, 21 Ashan
Elisabeth loved when he grinned at her. It was a small reminder that they were alright. That was never in doubt. Not really. Admittedly, it had been bumpy for a bit after they arrived in Haven, through no fault of either of them. Time had helped both sort the demons a bit and they were facing their circumstances – together. His grin brought the smile to her face that only he could coax out of her.
He had asked for a story…and Elisabeth had told one. Well, it probably wasn’t the best story, but it had been an important memory for her and there had been the desire to share it. It wasn’t until he thanked her for the story that she realized there was a detail she had left out – an important one.
Before he had the chance to speak further, she remedied her error. “By the way, there are four things that calm my mind. Snow, as I’ve just told you. Stars, as I told you the night you walked me home in Rharne. Waves, which I found out here…” Reaching her hand over to take his, gazing into his eyes with a smile….” and you. Moments like the one on the balcony in Viden…” Elisabeth wouldn’t elaborate unless he asked, and she doubted he would. Her hint gave him enough of an idea of what she was speaking of. Even at that, it was more. It wasn’t only his kisses anymore. Laying next to him at night. Walking along the beach. Even at that very moment, she wasn’t thinking of a million things she needed to do.
Elisabeth was only thinking about him.
Squeezing his hand gently, he spoke his question. Vin and Rilith? Hmmm…perhaps she hadn’t done a really good job of explaining them to him, which wasn’t too surprising. It hadn’t been a normal upbringing.
Gently smiling, she sighed a bit, finding a place to begin. “Vin and Rilith, I owe them a lot, but they never intended on having children and I was a bit of an anomaly. When they raised me, they raised me to be self-sufficient from an incredibly young age, and the expectation was always that I would move on with my life earlier rather than later. I actually stayed with them a bit longer than I should have, but I was gainfully employed as their assistant and the arrangement worked for all of us.”
Elisabeth knew it was odd, but it was difficult to explain. “I’m not their daughter. Not really. I’m the girl they found in the snow and took care of until she could take care of herself. I do miss their company every now and then, for what it is, but they are living the life they wanted now.”
Squeezing his hand again, she smiled. “You are my family, Balthazar…and my home. Wherever you are is where I want to be.” Yes, she had said it before, but it was an important concept to her. Vin and Rilith, yes…they were family to an extent, but since venturing out on her own, she was crawling her way through the concepts of family and home. He was home to her. He was her family – the single most important person in her life. That would not change.