A trip may just be for entertainment for others, but this trip was going to be the gift of a lifetime. Christmas was the wonderful season of when they first met. They started out as friends and kept in touch over the years. When they reconnected one time she reached out and did something that was very unlike Katrina.

She kissed her, that one kiss led to the start of a relationship between the two. Katrina and Sapphire were a perfect fit, and Katrina enjoyed every moment. After hundreds of years, she had been alone and suffered through the trials and tribulations of the earth.

In the beginning, they had mentioned they wanted to wait for marriage for a while, but with the idea of seeing the roots of Italy from Sapphire while the roots from Katrina in Scotland she was wanting to propose in between. She had done her research and knew she wanted to ask this woman to be her wife.

Since the world allowed it now, she wasn't going to wait, she wanted everyone to know just how much they loved each other. She had given a beautiful sapphire envelope with gold peacocks, she cursived her name and then inside it held everything they would need for the trip.

Their flights, her freedom from both of their work and it would be the time they could get to know each other further. She wanted to then tell the woman of her marriage proposal idea. If it was a good idea or a bad idea she didn't know but she knew that it would be one exciting ride.

She looked around the house making sure everything was locked and turned off. She had gotten someone to pet sit the pups for her and she had texted her earlier to make sure someone did for Sapphire. This year 2021 was going to be the best for them, she hoped but also felt it.

She wore light makeup with a light blush and pale pink lipstick. She wore a black tank shirt and a pair of blue jeans. She had brought a coat for it was cold out but when she was moving about she got hot at times. Her hair was curled and neatly in a bun with loose curls wrapped around her head. 

Grabbing her suitcase she made sure the black velvet box was inside and then quickly brought her car to Sapphire's house. She was excited for their flight to Scotland first, and on the later part of the trip a week in Scotland and a week in Italy, in Italy she found the perfect spot she would ask for her hand in marriage.

Knocking on the door lightly wearing the beige coat loosely on her shoulders as she was warm with excitement already. 

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Sapphire smiled at Katrina's words as she felt her girlfriend hold her for a moment as she held her back. The phoenix kept a smile on her face as she cleaned up. Feeling her hand caress her face made Sapphire's heart flutter as she looked at her and smiled as she listened to her. When the two kissed, Sapphire smiled as it felt like their first kiss all over again as she couldn't get enough of Katrina's kisses. Sapphire smiled as she felt her release as she looked at her. "I cant wait either." She said as she smiled and walked out once she grabbed her purse. 

The phoenix followed her and to the car as she felt jittery over the trip as she felt herself bounce alittle in the car as they headed out into the country. Sapphire smiled and looked around as she looked at Katrina with a small smile. "So my love, what should we do first? Shop? or go see some sites?" She asked as she pulled out her phone and looked up places to shop and also to site see.

Katerina didn't know why this entire trip was a mix of butterflies, nerves, excitement. A need to throw up was a constant reminder of her life these days. The worry was really sitting with her.

Once they got into the car, it began to go down the road, heading their way into the country.

"Well... I think I wanted to show you where I was from first? If you're good with that?" Katerina drove down the roads, she had searched this morning for what she believed the coordinates were. They were talking of another lifetime after all.

Katerina pulled down the old bumpy road, something it hadn't seemed they fixed up. Showing her a place where an old house was, she turned to her companion. "When I was here, it wasn't there. This was a small village, tiny little homes, or cabins, or even some people, like myself. I lived in a tent. I wasn't established till much later. It seemed whoever owned this land it became just one person's but... that is what I estimate, based off Google, that I used to live."

Katerina drove slowly by it, reaching for her girlfriend's hand, holding onto it tightly.

Katerina didn't stop there. This trip was meant for the two of them and she planned on making it the adventure of a lifetime. On the first day of their trip not only had she shown Sapphire where she grew up but decided to take her to an ancient castle, one with lots of old relics, bringing Katerina to a memory of the past.

From there they went to dinner and enjoyed their evening inside their hotel room watching a movie. On the second day, she took Sapphire shopping, all the little shops were beautiful and rustic, showing the age of Scotland and all its beauty. As each day passed Katerina's nerves increased knowing soon would be the date she'd propose and could not tell if it would be rejected.

On the third day, Katerina had bought quite a few things that she mailed herself a parcel to the US to send the things for her to look at then, and not have to worry about it come their travel to Italy.

On the fourth day, they were able to take a Loch Ness group tour from Edinburgh. Katerina admitted she was a believer, simply because she was who she was. Being a celestial was something not many people could say.

On the fifth day they had planned to take the Scottish Highlands, Hogwarts Express tour, this one also was a beautiful tour that they could go about and see where some of the things from Harry Potter were filmed. Once they were finished she had taken her to a fancy picnic on the Old Man of Storr location. She wanted to reminisce on one of the picnics she had taken before with her in their relationship history.

On the sixth and final full day in Scotland, she decided to bring her to two museums. The Aberdeen Maritime Museum and the National Museum of Scotland. So many hectic things happened she was sure to laugh herself forever at the memories of this trip.

Every moment with Katerina was with Sapphire, she was filled with joy. This was the most time they had spent together in a span of a week. Now that they were saying goodbye to Scotland and heading to Italy, she found herself welling up with nerves.

She had planned for the end of their trip that they would be together, and she'd propose. Sitting on the plane once more she gripped her hand and gave her a squeeze.

"Soon, it's time for you to show us Italy. I only have one thing planned for the end of the trip, but you can take the lead." She explained as they sat on the plane, taking a moment to nuzzle up to her.

"Did you enjoy Scotland?"

As the week flown by as Sapphire enjoyed every minute with Katrina as the two took tours around Scotland and Katrina showed where she used to live. Sapphire took all the information about each tour like a book as she couldn't help but be happy that she was with her girl. As each day was filled with plans, Sapphire grew more and more excited to show Katrina her life in Italy from where she grew up to where she would go horse back when she wanted some alone time as a child. 

Sapphire knew the trip was special as they grew more and more closer as a couple and also learned more about each other. The phoenix smiled as when she thought about the Loch Ness Monster Tour and how Katrina was as she believed it was real. Sapphire thought about it being real but knew that she just thought it was fake by the end of the tour but didn't want to ruin the magic for Katrina. During the trip, Sapphire noticed Katrina's face with each memory that the place brought her, and she was happy to see her remembering and being happy being where she was. 

As the trip started to grow to an end in Scotland, Sapphire made sure her things were packed before they got to the plane. She sighed as she looked at Scotland one last time before getting on the plane. Once she sat down in her seat next to Katrina as she felt her nuzzle up to her as she smiled. "I cant wait to show Italy." She said as she listened to her and nodded. "Ok." She said as she then looked at her when she asked her a question. 

"I loved Scotland, I had so much fun learning about everything you showed me and also watching you remember things was a delight to see. I am just glad you shared it with me." She said as she leaned in close and kissed her on the lips before pulling away and nuzzling her.  

Katrina held onto her woman and leaned into the kiss. "I can't wait for you to show me Italy as well. I've never been before. It must be beautiful. I hope... the trip was as enjoyable for you this part as well?" she asked hoping that her companion was happy in life.

She glanced at her for a moment before listening to her describe how much she liked Scotland.
"I want to share everything with you. Personally, I think we have the world, and we better enjoy every bit of it, together."

She kissed her in return, the passion lingering even as they pulled apart. She fidgeted in her seat, tugging at her skirt to cover her legs.

Holding her hand, her fingers dancing over the flesh, a smile as she looked up at her.

"In all honesty, I love Scotland, but I'm glad it is over. That country never had met you. I love knowing that we have each other. I've been so fortunate to meet you and have our lives come together like this."

After giving her lover a kiss, Sapphire smiled and nodded. "Katrina, anywhere with you is enjoyable for me." She said as she looked at her and smiled softly. As Sapphire described the things in Scotland and how much fun the two had, Sapphire also thought about how much she is going to show in Italy. From where her mother used to sing to her old home and where she would ride horses by the ocean. Her mind was running mile per minute about the places she wanted to show Katrina but didn't know if she had time to show her her world before they would have to go back home.

Listening to her as she smiled, Sapphire smiled as she noticed Katrina's fidget in her seat alittle. "Everything ok?" She asked as she held her lover's hand and smiled. As she listened, Sapphire smiled and nodded. "I agree. If we haven't met I don't know what I would be doing at this moment and I wouldn't change it for the world since I got to meet a wonderful and beautiful woman like you that I want to spend the rest of my life with." She said as she smiled and cuddled with her alittle.

Katrina looked at her and held her close. 
The idea that soon she would propose and that she would see if there was any chance they'd be together forever... made Katrina's stomach leap with joy. She didn't know what to do or to say. Everything about her was incredible. 

When she was asked if everything was okay, she ran her fingers over Sapphire's hand. Touching the delicate flesh of her fingers, especially noticing the empty ring finger and her mind wondered if she would end up seeing that ring there.

"Everything's fine." She gave a soft peck on her lips and smiled. "I love you. Us together, forever." She kissed her cheek and smiled softly, basking in the fun of holding her close. This had been one of the best weeks of her life, getting to wake up in her presence in the hotel room too had been incredible.  Maybe one day they'd experience the future she hoped for. 

Sapphire smiled as she relaxed during their flight as she was happy to be around Katrina and wanted to be with her forever. As the flight soon came to an end, Sapphire felt all excited as she was happy to show Katrina her world and where she grew up.  The two grabbed their things once they got off the plane, Sapphire smiled as she was happy that she managed to get a rental car for them. The phoenix put their things on the trunk of the car and opened Katrina's door for her as she looked at her. Once the two got into the car, Sapphire smiled and drove towards to the bed and breakfast they were staying at, using her phone to get directions for the bed and breakfast. The drive was quiet as they got there late and it was already dark outside. 

The phoenix looked at Katrina and smiled, "I cant wait to show you around. From the places that I lived in and also my favorite places around Italy." She said as she smiled and pulled into the driveway. Once the phoenix parked, Sapphire smiled and looked at Katrina as she opened the door for her and went to grab their bags. As Sapphire grabbed their bags, she smiled and noticed an elderly lady outside the door as she started to shout in Italian. Sapphire smiled as she shouted back in Italian about them being the guests that arrived late. The elderly send her son out to Sapphire to help as Sapphire soon grabbed Katrina's hand and smiled as they followed the son to their room.  

Katerina looked at her partner, happy to be in Italy as the rental car began the path towards the bed and breakfast. The night sky was upon them and Katerina was more than excited.

"I'm excited too, Sapphire." she smiled, hoping that the girl would realize her joy. Katerina looked around them as the elderly lady was shouting something. Most likely it was Italian, a language she wasn't very familiar with as they had arrived late. A man grabbed their bags from Sapphire's hands and led them to the bed and breakfast.

Beyond her thinking or planning it seemed the bed and breakfast room only had one bed. She turned to her companion, their first time then on their trip that they ould have shared a bed. With quick glance, and a tip in the direction of the young man, he left them alone. Keeping her thoughts captive for a moment.

"What do you think of it all? I can always sleep on the small chair over there if you'd like the bed?" 

As they got to their room, Sapphire noticed the quite large bed as it looked to be about a queen. She put their bags in a spot out of the way as the man left. The phoenix glanced at her partner and smiled softly as she noticed how nervous she was. "You will not be sleeping on the chair." Sapphire said in a stern voice with still a smile on her face. "I know we havent shared a bed yet, but this will be fine." She said as she walked over to her and pulled her close, kissing her cheek. "We can share the bed, but if you ever feeling uncomfortable, I can move and sleep on the floor." She said as she looked into Katrina's eyes. Sapphire knew that Katrina was nervous about sleeping in the same bed as her as they have been sleeping in separate beds most of the trip. 

"Katrina, I promise that if you feel uncomfortable with sharing, I can also order another room if need be." She said as she looked at her before kissing her lips. "I can tell you are nervous about it." She said as she held her for a moment. Once Sapphire let go, she went to their bags and set them up in spots for them to get to them easily and also be able to open with out any problem. As she finished that, Sapphire went to check out the rest of the room as she had moved Katrina gently to the bed to think about things before looking at the bathroom at the large shower and bath.

Sapphire came out of the bathroom and looked at her girlfriend before sitting down next to her. "Are you ok?" She asked as she looked at her and held her hand. 

She glanced in Sapphire's direction, noticing the sternness in her voice. 
She shook her head softly, noticing the small smile on her face, giving her one in return. At the mention of another room, she shook her head. "I'm addicted to your company as well. I'd hate for you to get another room." 

Gently, Katrina was led to the bed, and sat down for a moment before looking up at her girlfriend she smiled. "Yes, I'm a grown woman. I've lived hundreds of years without much for relationships. I'm not nervous in that essence. I just..." Leaning over she cupped her cheek, her thumb caressing the flesh below her eye.

"I love you, and when I planned for us to share a bed the first time, I always assumed it would be our wedding night. Call me old fashioned." She said, with a gentle laugh before kissing her lips softly.

"There will be no other rooms -unless you need it- nor sleeping on floors or chairs. We share together." Glancing her over softly she ran her hands through her hair.  "Would you like the bathroom first? Go straight to bed, or have a night on the river, go on ones of those little Italian boats?" 

Sapphire looked at her as she smiled as she listened to her words. As they sat on the bed and talked about sharing the bed and how Katrina was old fashioned on sharing the bed on their wedding night, which Sapphire smiled and blushed at the thought of them being married. Her mind wondered and couldn't help but feel her heart flutter at the sound of them getting married. The phoenix kissed her back as she heard her laugh which was music to Sapphire's ears. "If you still want to have that special moment where we share a bed on our wedding night, I don't mind sleeping on the floor at all." She said as she listened to her about how she wouldn't let her sleep in the chairs or the floor. 

"Katrina, I am willing to sleep in the chair or floor so we can still have that special moment when we share a bed on our wedding night." She said as she kissed her lips softly before getting up and stretching as she listened to her. "I think we should go on a gondola ride tonight, it would be romantic." She said as she grabbed Katrina's hand and smiled. "Plus I can show you one of my favorite restaurants that is close to the river." Sapphire said as she smiled and pulled her close and kissed her cheek. "I am also not ready to go to bed anytime soon." She said as she giggled.  As Sapphire smiled and grabbed a light jacket from her suitcase, she held out her hand to Katrina to take as she would lead the way to the gondola ride. 

Once they left the bed and breakfast, Sapphire smiled and got into the car after opening the car door for Katrina. Her mind started to wonder if the gondola driver would remember her along with the restaurant owner. She remembered that she was very old to them and she had came and visited some of the locals through the years and even met their great great grandchildren who fell in love with Sapphire and her personality. As Sapphire drove towards the river, Sapphire glanced at Katrina and smiled as she drove. "I am hoping that Luca will remember me along with Marco." She said softly as she drove. They got there and Sapphire quickly opened the door for Katrina as she smiled softly.

She laughed at her companion's words. It was a strange thought even, the idea of them sharing a bed, it almost seemed foreign and a strange concept but shook her head. "I don't get to sleep on the chair, then my sweet and loving Sapphire, you aren't sleeping on the floor." When the kiss happened, everything inside Katrina lit up.

A fire burned in her for this woman, and she hoped that one day they'd continue, show her just how much she loved her. With a release of the kiss, she heard the mention of a gondola ride.

With a quick nod of her head, leaping out of the bed, she smiled. "Let's go then." With a giggle and the grabbing of her hand, off they went, into the night sky of Italy. She followed her, listening to her mentioning Luca and Marco. She glanced at her and gave her hand a soft squeeze. 

"It's the worst part, isn't it? Being alive longer than the rest, seeing the death, the inevitable end for most of them, if not all?"

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