"Are you happy with Daric?"
Cherish nearly choked on her pancakes.
"You've changed since you met him. I can see some of the joy I used to see in your father when you come home from a date."
All Cherish could do was stare at her GG. Over the last 2 months Wind had become more and more distant and distracted and Cherish didn't think it was because of Fatima. She'd started reading the newspaper the second the paper boy brought it to the door where as before it usually got recycled without even being opened. She'd cut back on her hours with clients and was on the phone more. She had also stopped discouraging her from being with Daric.
"Well....yeah. He makes me happy. We have a lot in common and I-"
"You realize he's mortal right? That he doesn't have much time left? I worry for you."
Again, she was speechless. She knew Daric was old and for a human that meant death was coming closer and closer. But she had never really though about that. She saw the young man in his heart when she looked at him. He may be old on the outside but he was youthful and lively inside.
"You've lost so many people." Wind continued. "I know we're no longer in Hidden Springs, but what about an arraignment with a fairy man? You could be together for centuries. Have lots of children...."
She trailed off, eyes out of focus. What was going on with her?
"I love Daric, GG. I know he won't live long like we do, but that's not going to stop us from being together. I want to enjoy every second I can with him. Human medicine has come a long way. He could have many years still. Besides, do we even know any other fairies?"
"Hmmm? Oh. I don't know. Maybe. If they're lucky."
GG was not making any sense. Cherish sat there staring at her until she suddenly drifted aimlessly from the room.
She grabbed her phone and texted Fatima. Her bFF had just finished her exams and was waiting on grades. After that it was off to some exciting place to start her 15 minutes of fame. Cherish wasn't expecting a response, at least not any time soon. The popular were always hard to get a hold of and slow to get back to you.
Cherish spent her morning working her plants as usual and contemplated Wind's odd behavior. Her comments hadn't made any sense and pointing out Daric's age, what was the point of that? Was it one last attempt at breaking them up? Cherish was aware of her reality. She had been to too many funerals to NOT be aware of such things. She had spent the majority of her life trying to avoid any kind of heart ache. It's a very lonely way to live for sure. But then Daric came and it didn't matter. Even if he was dead by the end of the week it was all worth it.
She stood with pruning shears in one hand staring off into the distance just as Wind had done earlier.
Her phone vibrated, shocking her back into the here and now.
"Daric! I was just thinking about you!"
"Good things I hope! I'm calling to see if you want to get together tonight instead of tomorrow? I was just given 2 free tickets to the ren fair at the Duke's!"
After making plans to meet there, Cherished finished her gardening and went upstairs to clean up for her date.
As always, they embraced as soon as they met up. They walked hand in hand through the fair. Watching archery demonstrations and dropping money into the violinist's case. It was a perfect late spring evening and as the crickets began to sing Daric pulled her over to a quite corner and looked deep into her eyes.
"I want to talk to you about my house."
All the warmth she felt inside faded. He wants to talk real estate now? Did he decide he didn't want to sell anymore? Did he decide to sell her his house finally? Did that mean he was moving away? Was he about to break up with her?? She felt a bubble of panic begin to rise. Daric was oblivious the the sudden fluctuation in Cherish's emotions. He brushed a stray hair out of her face and tucked it behind her ear.
"Instead of selling you my house, I'd like to share it with you."
It seemed to Cherish that his words no longer made sense. Share the house? How to you share a house? Was he going to sell half of it to her? They'd take turns harvesting potatoes? What was....
"You want me to move in with you??!"
Cherish grabbed him and kissed him hard in her excitement. She had been thinking along similar lines just earlier that day.
"I take that as a yes?" Daric said a little breathlessly when she released him.
"I can move in tonight!"