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The news of Emily's body being found was one that rocked Rashesh world. He remembered the phone call as if it was yesterday when in reality a year or so had passed since he was to make his return to Evermore. He remembered backing a bag quickly and leaving without a word, not even telling Cora the woman he had grown fond of, even started moving on from Emily with. Yet when Emily's parents called her to explain that her body had been found in Florida.
Rashesh flew down to meet with her parents, it was clear whoever had Emily took their time in killing her. Rashesh gained access to observe the autopsy, yet all answers pointed to a run of the mill so to say serial killer. Nothing supernatural stood out about her death. After her funeral, the finality of how she was no longer alive hit him harder than he expected it too. Coming from an immortal life he felt lost to the storm of his own emotions. He stayed in Florida for a long while trying to settle the estates and everything that came with the loss of Emily. She had left a lot to the star child. More than he felt he deserved.
After time had passed and he was unsure how much time had really passed he made his return to Evermore to the life he had placed on hold. His job understood what had happened and welcomed him back with open arms. His apartment was never a concern as he paid the full lease in advance. Yet with the return, the dust that covered the floor of his home it was clear he left one person behind that may never forgive him for how he left and never got back into contact. He looked at the picture of him and Cora taken on their first date that sat on his shelf covered in dust. “Always a fuck up Rashesh.” He muttered to himself before setting his things down.
He picked up his phone and set a message to Cora, ‘Hey, I know I left without a word. Emily was found, well her body was. If you want to talk more I am home now. I hope you are doing well Cora.’ his finger hovered over send as he knew there was so much more to say but couldn’t bring himself to send it in a text. He wasn’t even sure if she would show up but all he knew is he needed to clean up his apartment and return to some sense of normal.
Cora raised a brow a little, catching him in his words. “Vastly in love with, huh?” She teased softly. “You wanted to protect me” The Ailward knew that he’d always want to protect her just like she would always want to protect him. Even if he had broken her heart when he’d left, still she would fight for him. The Aspect didn’t really understand the difference in all of the random junk that Rashesh collects but insists are valuable and collectable. To her they all were just culture or were kids toys. “Still looks like dolls to me” She pointed out shrugging her shoulders as he was complaining as she continued to insult nerd stuff. “Why don’t you take them out of their boxes?” Thinking it was a shame for them to be untouched not knowing that you should never take anything collectable out of their boxes. Luckily for her Rashesh had come up with a clever idea for them to meet in the middle, which made her happy. “That sounds like a better idea. You can have some stuff at ours then keep the rest in the apartment. Then you can come back whenever to see it” She didn’t hate his nerdy stuff but she knew how much he had of it and secretly she knew that it didn’t match her asthetic but she wouldn’t tell him that.
The Aspect rolled her eyes as he was speaking about Shelly the car. “Shelly is looking a bit worse for wear” The car was a classic but an old one at that. A type of car that is normally stuck in someone's garage covered because it’s never fixed. “Okay okay Shelly can stay” She laughed a little before smiling at him knowing that he was right that they’ve shared many memories in Shelly. “They won’t beat you up” She reasured him softly only one of her brothers knew what had been wrong with her the others were too busy with their own lives to see that she had been sprialling. “You might be taken on a hike for a talking to by Virideus”
“Wait till it’s our proper home” She smiled hinting at what the future could bring with moving in was the first step. “You know me, I can’t go anywhere without heels” Rarely would she not wear heels even on her off days she’d still manage. “Maybe a little” She admitted blushing a little, only Rashesh would make her swoon. When they got to their table, he pulled out the chair for her like always. “Are we having our usual?” Looking over to him wondering if they needed a menu, sticking to what they usually have. “Unless it’s changed since you’ve been gone?” She was sure that he hadn’t. It was like everything was the same that no time has passed, that maybe it’s gotten stronger.
Rashesh blinked a few times as he stared at her as she repeated his words back to him. Noting her teasing tone made him relax more than he had in a while. “Vastly in love with.” He confirmed for that moment as he only nodded at the next repeat of his words. Of course he knew out of most people she didn’t need his help staying safe. After all she had her siblings, was one of the most powerful beings in the world along with having guards. Yet he still wanted to protect her. “I know the notion may seem foolish since you don’t need protection from a mere Celestial like me. I still was trying my best to do so. Because I couldn’t stand the thought of you getting hurt because of my past.”
As they talked about his collections it gave him a chuckle at the fact that she simply couldn’t understand the notions of collectables. “Well if you think about it this way. Why do museums keep things in glass boxes? To preserve them allows others to enjoy them from a distance because they are worth more than most people's lives.” He spoke in a matter of a fact tone before clearing his throat. “Though, I keep them in boxes because I was saving the opening and putting them on display for when I owned a home and could put them in proper display cases so they don’t get damaged. My apartment wasn’t big enough for all that and I never planned to stay there forever.” He gave a gentle shrug for a moment before taking her compliment on his idea to leave most of his nerdy stuff in the apartment he paid for so that it wasn’t taking up space in the Aspect manor that was shared with her siblings and many guards. “I like to think I am a mostly smart guy with dumbass tendencies.” He gave a hearty chuckle.
Rashesh thought of Shelly for a moment and sighed. “You are right. She is looking a bit worse for wear. She needs to be worked on and restored. Though, I am not sure my hands are the best for that. I will have to find someone who will help me put her back together.” He thought about it knowing he had been saving up to restore her. The smile came to his lips as he agreed that she could stay. Seeing that look on her face. “I knew you liked Shelly.” He teased her. Rashesh raised an eyebrow towards Cora at that moment. “Virindeus takes people on hikes to have talks with them? That isn’t a scary thought at all. Sounds very murdery. Just throwing me off a mountain side.” He laughed softly to her.
It was crazy to think he was taking these steps to have a real future with her, especially because he was sure she would never talk to him again. All he could do was smile for a long moment at her. His gaze flicked to her heels and back up with a soft chuckle. “I wouldn’t have you any other way.” He said softly as he reached over to trace his thumb along her blush softly. “I am craving our usual. I have missed it since I have been gone.” He said with confidence as he winked to her waving over the waitress ordering for them and focusing back on her.
“Is that so?” She spoke softly with a smile on her face. Lifting her hand she placed it under his chin making him look over to her for a moment as she leaned in to kiss him softly. Both of them were making their feelings known, able to take each other's breaths away just like that. By now they didn’t need to say how they felt that they knew from each other's gazes. “I’ll be fine” The Aspect reasured him once again, Cora knew that he was worried for her. “Us Ailwards are very difficult to be killed, nobody has ever stood a chance against us” Well apart from Ophelia’s Celestial power but he already knew that but.
Personally she didn’t classify his plastic dolls as valuable but she knew they were to us. “Jewels yes but dolls no” Back at the manor they had a few rooms that they had things locked away in glass cabinets, all security protected. Many of them were Malva’s, she tended to keep her own cursed objects locked away. Hearing him speak about wanting to display she could help to feel sorry for him wanting them to be displayed all properly but he couldn’t do it as he didn't have the space for. “You can still keep them in the boxes in your apartment then when the time is right and we both have more space you can have them all displayed how they want to in their own room” Giving into him and his own hobby knowing that him collecting all that stuff makes him and she wants him to be happy. Too telling him she was planning and wanting a future together. “You’ll fit just in” Chuckling with him.
“Shelly makes you happy so she can stay” She knew it was ruining her ego a little admitting she liked the old beaten up car. An idea came to her as she spoke of restoring her. “How about we both do it together?” It couldn’t be that hard to put a car back together, she worked on restoroing and cursing objects for a living. “I make some of the guards weapons. I can always ask Dominic for help, he knows how to put a car back together” That way they can spend time together and nobody else is touching his ‘baby’. Still the Aspect hadn’t recovered from her hike in the mountains. “Try when you are hungover too then he makes you jump off a clif into a waterfall” Just an average day for her family. She waited to see what Rashesh’s reaction would be. “We have a lot of catching up to do for the lost time” Lots of things they’ve missed out on.
As her fingers hooked under his chin pulling it up, he melted into the soft kiss feeling his body relax finally. Not realizing how tense he had been moments ago. His hand moved to cup her cheek as she pulled back from the kiss she had placed on his lips. “You know even though you say you will be fine. I worry deeply about you, my love. Not that I was the best at showing my concern in my actions. But I was forever filled with worry and concern.” he gave a soft sigh knowing everything she meant. “But still even if you are very difficult to kill doesn’t mean you can’t be in the end.” He said softly as his finger moved along her cheek.
The nerd chuckled softly as he rolled his eyes for a moment. “What if I gave you a doll that was made out of jewels?” He questioned for a moment but the smirk on his lips was massive as he was wondering if she would struggle to answer in that moment. His brows pulled up in surprise as she spoke of allowing him to display his things in the future. “Well I honestly figured it would take another hundred years and ten star wars movies later for me to convince you to let me bring one to display. I really am okay keeping them in the apartment till I have the proper space to do so with them. You know we could make a room just for your shoes and stuff to be on display also.” He pointed out knowing those were things that made her happy also.
He thought on it for a moment and smiled to her softly, “I think Shelly would love her parents working on her together.” A chuckle leaving his lips as he shook his head for a moment. “I would honestly rather it just be us no guards involved so that we can bound and learn a new skill together, if you don’t mind?” She asked softly as gave a gentle awe past from his lips. “Now why did Deus make you go hiking while hungover? Did you wrong him?” He was honestly curious at that moment. “We do. I hope we can spend some time catching up without your siblings bursting in on us.”
It was the first time in a long time that she felt normal, happy. It was no secret that she was heartbroken after the celestials departure. Falling back to a downwards spiral and to her old ways. Keeping herself locked all away. Not wanting to see anyone or to accept that she needed help. It was the first time she’d had her heart broken just when she was ready to open up her heart. “I’m sorry that I never said how I truly felt about you. I knew back then I was catching feelings but never said it out loud until it was too late” She admitted biting the inside of her cheek being the first to open and talk about it. They were both to blame not wanting to accept that they were catching feelings to what started out as a casual fling but soon turned into something more. “I’m not the lovey dovey person but I want to be better for you… for us” Not wanting to lose him again. “We’re stuck with each other even, no running or hiding”
She could see the worry on his face when it came to her safety with the unknown darkness about them. “I promise that I’ll be careful and not put myself in danger, if you do the same. '' She reassured him softly, taking his hand and giving it a gentle squeeze. Emphasising a little on that he had to promise to be careful too, knowing how Celestials are normally drawn danger. That and she knew that he wasn’t the fighter type. “This isn’t our first Bad Wolf and probably won’t the be the last”
“You’re such a nerd” Rolling her eyes at him knowing what game he was playing and it worked. “It’s still a no.” Something she’s sure he’s accepted by now. “It would ruin my aesthetic anyways to have all your crap laying out” Being best hidden away. “I already have a walk in closet remember” She teased softly reminding him but then forgetting whether or not he’d actually seen her room back home or not. It’s been that long. “You are forgetting that we have a puppy too or do you just favour Shelly” She reminded him. Working on the car was a good idea but there was just one problem: neither of them knew how to fix cars. “What could go wrong?” She laughed a little, almost imagining that it would be more her fixing it whilst he’ll be standing there looking through a pile of books to figure it out.
When Rashesh asked why Deus made her go on a hike hungover she couldn’t exactly tell him the truth of what she’d been like since he’d been gone. Not wanting him to feel bad and blame himself for how she dealt with her pain of him leaving. “Umm you know what siblings do with each other” Shrugging her shoulders thinking best to leave it. “I can’t promise that they won’t all burst in on us. I would be lying that it’s not happened once or twice” Most of the time they’d forget themselves and walk in. “Let’s just hope that you first meeting they probably won’t be them barging in on us” The Aspect looked over waiting to see what his reaction would be but he knew what he was in for.
He just watched her, they both had regrets they would want to correct now. The beauty though is they both had a long life ahead of them to make up for the regrets they had over the last few years of their lives. “Well all we can do now is try not to leave things unsaid in the future, huh?” he teased in an asking manner knowing he himself has to be better at this as well. “I know how hard it is to be open about feelings and emotions. I can see how it’s vastly harder for you to open up as well. I hold you in no fault, so you shouldn’t hold yourself in fault.” He gave her a soft gaze reaching out to trail his fingers along the back of her hand. “I am a guarded person who doesn’t believe in good things. I want to be better for us as well.” he said softly to her with a soft smile trying to explain that he was in this just as much as she was. “I like to think we are choosing one another not stuck.” He brought her hand to her lips for a soft kiss.
He watched her for a long moment as he gave a nod in agreement. “I promise that I will be careful also.” he looked at her for a long moment, he could see the dark circles no matter how he was trying to ignore him. It was clear for him that she has been throwing herself into destructive habits. He paused for a moment before a big smile across his face. “Did you just make a Doctor Who reference?” he raised a brow at her. “Yet you are calling me a nerd.” With a chuckle he shook his head softly towards her. “Fine, fine. The non nerd aesthetic for your place. Nerd aesthetic museum for myself.” he gave a teasing roll of her eyes before thinking for a moment. “I have never been to your place. Since we were kinda keeping this secret from all sides before I up and left.” he gave a gentle shrug of his shoulder
He gave a sheepish smile and grazed his teeth along his bottom lip. “Well, I am bad at being a dad dog. Guess I will have to make it up to the no longer puppy, puppy.” He gave a defeated sigh in realizing just how much more he left behind before laughing with her softly. “Oh just blowing up ourselves but that is a vastly more extreme option. After all we have youtube and so many other resources on your hands I feel like we can do it.” He gave a positive nod of his head. Already planning to collect a few books on Shelly in the morning.
He watched her think, she often had an answer already on the tip of her tongue so when she was paused he knew there was something deeper than just being a sibling thing. He did think of his sisters for a moment before giving an understanding nod. “Well if you want me to beat him up sometime just let me know. I am gonna get my ass handed to me but I would do so for you.” He gave a slight chuckle before sighing. “Keep a robe close by got it.” He rubbed the back of his neck softly “We could hold a ‘moving in’ party and cook them dinner and introduce me as your boyfriend officially so that the first meeting isn’t just me naked in your room.”
Looking over to Rashesh she couldn’t help but think that this was their second chance. It was a new beginning. A new beginning for the both of them. One that she wasn’t going to take for granted. To cherish all of the moments. Before she overlooked a lot of the time they spent together. Back then it only started off as a fling, a string of one night stands that soon had begun to turn into something more with neither of them relizing it at first. Then it was all too late but now it was their second chance at a new beginning. “No more secrets, huh?” She began to say almost to remind him what he was in for. “Even with all the Aspect craziness and all?”. Yet he already knew what he was getting into from the start. Opening up to anyone has always been something that she’s struggled with even back in her younger days before she was an Aspect. Back when she didn’t trust or put her faith in anyone, as it only caused her pain and heartbreak. Then ever since she’s put up walls and never opened up to anyone apart from her fellow Aspects or Julian.
Cora knew she could trust Rashesh that he’d listen and take care of her. “I promise that I will let you in and open up to you more about my past or my struggles” She promised him softly. “We’re in this together” No more running away from their problems. “How long did it take us to relize that we could have had this a lot sooner” Cora smiled as she felt his lips on hers. She’d missed him. Even the feel of his beard. All the little things. She could see there were more grey hairs in his beard than in his hair. How she’d always tease him that he was already going grey early but she liked the tinge of a silver fox bit of salt and pepper.
At first she thought she’d gotten away with it but of course Rashesh had noticed her dropping a Doctor Who reference thinking that it would go over his head. But nope the nerd picked it up. She shook her head laughing a little at him. “Maybe… How did you know? Wait, already know cause you're a nerd” But she was being caught out being called a nerd too. “To be fair the only good doctors for me were the ninth and tenth” Other ones she’d switch off on. As they were speaking of their places and moving in it was almost forgotten that Rashesh hadn't been to the manor before. Only at his place. “The manor is quieter than it used to be. You might see some guards, an odd aspect or tiger lingering about but that's it sometimes” Dropping in causally about a tiger that roams the halls.
“A bad dog for sure. You can do the early morning or last night toilet trips for the dog” Not letting him get away with it easily yet sometimes half the time she doesn’t know where her own dog was. That she was either with Virirdues, Venetus or one of the other guards. She did like to blackmail the guards into dog sitting as one of their duties. “Or that Shelly could go into a retirement home” She muttered quietly not wanting to hurt his feelings about Shelly.
“I’ve seen your fighting skills you’ll lose in seconds” Pointing out the truth but she liked the fact that he would fight to help protect her honor. Cora could picture the Celestial panicking thinking someone would be coming in and grabbing her robe instead. A wide smile appeared on her lips as she heard Rashesh refer to himself as her ‘boyfriend’. “It took you long enough” Teasing him softly as she cupped his chin with her hand kissing him passionately. Happily that they were finally boyfriend and girlfriend, it only took them so long with how stubborn they were to relize how they felt about and meant to each other.
She was thankful that they both had immortality on their sides. Lucky to have peace of mind that she wasn’t going to lose him any time soon. One of the downsides of immortality was that it got quite lonely over time with everyone else aging whilst for themselves it was not the same. “I still have a thousand years over you” It was no competition. All of the Ailwards were mostly the same with the exception of a few of her adoptive brothers. “So you sure you want to be with an older woman” Shooting him a teasing smile. Age was just a number to people like them. The Aspect agreed with him that it was time for their communities to put the past beside and try to make amends. “I think the others will all come around. We’ve all adaopted and changed in different ways since we’ve called the city our home. We’ve lived in peace with each other and found something more” She wasn’t one who spoke for her and the other Ailwards but she knew many of them wanted to put the past behind them.
“Thank you” She smiled softly as he reassured her that he was in it for the long run. “Together” They spoke in unison. No more secrets and no more running. That they would face anything together rather than alone. She would be lying if she hadn’t picked up and remembered some things from his nerdy shows or films. To start of it was so they shared some common ground as their casual hook ups started to become more. Then the more time they spent around each other. Just like how she managed to persuade him to watch the things she likes. “I like to call it finding a compromise” Not wanting to admit that she had begun to like some of his nerdy things. She was sure that he was the same. “Without the ninth doctor there would be no rose, no jack or even no micky. You never get one doctor the same” Cora admired how he was able to find and make deep connections and more meanings to things. She was bemused, taken aback as he said how he nearly won a full sized tardis. “What the…. Good thing that you never won that competition” Making her think that there was someone out in the world he has one in their lives.
“Sometimes there’s a lot of us then most of the time there's not. I can’t promise that you won’t get talked to by some of my brothers. They can be quite protective over me” She warned the Celestial for what he was in for but he already knew it. “Maybe not Erytherus as he’s always out at bars drinking”. Cora was happy to hand over the puppy training to him. “Just like to pre-warn you that Dawn likes shoes. So make sure you keep them in the walk in closet or up high” What was it with dogs and shoes? Something no one knew why. Looking over to Rashesh she couldn’t help but roll his eyes as he spoke of Shelly like a real person. Something he always did.
It was all a new beginning. Starting a new chapter in their relationship this time it was all real and they knew where they stood. “We got a lot of making up to do” Not wanting to let go or let each other out of their sights. Giggling almost as she thought of her brothers watching them make out or act all couply around them. “They might think that I’ve been possessed for starters” That’s all they’ll think of at first. “Maybe it would teach them to knock first” Teasing him as they both knew what they were like behind closed doors.
Cora knew as their age came into question that he’d use his star age against her. Almost reminding her that he was once a star that was up in the sky. “You’re so cheesy” She grinned rolling her eyes. “Maybe it was why I used to look up to the stars in the night sky. Waiting for you to fall” Cora teased back to him before she smacked his arm for his next comment. “Really?” Only making her roll her eyes to him. “We’ve changed each other for the better I hope” The Aspect felt at home when she was around him. Safe and protected with the darkness being kept at bay. There’s only a few people who she trusted enough to be herself. “You have to meet Julian too” He had not only her siblings to meet and impress, he had her best friend too. Cora was quite sure that she had told Rashesh about Julian before. The Nephilim knew about the Celestial so she was sure that the integration would come in due course. “You two would get on well” She was sure that as soon as they met she’d soon be forgotten about as the men would talk about anything that would bore her.
“I will do my best not to be selfish, to let you in. The good and the bad” She promises to open her heart to him knowing that he wasn’t going to go and hurt her again. One of the easier compromises are the ones that they already used to do. “Deal” Knowing how much he loves to go shopping with her. “We could watch stranger things” It was on her watch list. She might have watched 19 seasons of Grey's Anatomy whilst he’s been gone. “Leave some of it for the bedroom” Teasing him softly making him have to wait for it. Maybe if he was lucky later they could roleplay as Rose and the doctor. “I prefer my own walk in closet with how it is” Shooting him down again with his tardis idea.
Still she was unsure of how her siblings would react to her dating a celestial. With all of the history between the two species. Some would be more paranoid than others. Malva being one of them. “They’ll just have to get used to it and get used to you. As long as you prove to them you make me happy and care for me that's all that matters” Sometimes their bark was worse than their bite. “Dawn has been quite a handful. Even Malva’s tiger is easier than her” Losing track of all of the things that Dawn has destroyed since having her. “Well she is her fathers problem too now” She winked teasing back to him softly. Almost to say he wasn’t going to get away from dog duties for any longer.
“It’s nothing they haven’t seen before. Trust me” Living with each other as long as they have nothing was new to them. “I’ve walked into my brothers having sex with different women plenty of time somes Erytherus brings back a stay mean once in a while” Sometimes she’d walk in and make herself home then wait for them to finish and the stray person would make their quick exit. She always found it amusing. Giving a bit of excitement in their years of immortality.
“You mean our place?” She whispered gently, correcting him before returning the kiss. “We do have a lot of making up to do for lost time” Wanting nothing more to be back in his arms. Just the two of them. Like old times.