I can sing you out of this
Can shake your mermaids blues
How terrible of you. You should tell me everything so I can properly protect her virtue. He is lucky that I am sick or I’d accidentally poke him with my sword, even if Lei is not here to be charmed. [eyes narrow as he pokes her again.] Ser Mika is getting too old for cuddles, or so he tells me. I need my Calli.
You are never too old for cuddles. He must be reminded of that. Auntie Calli will definitely tell him that and make sure he understands. [moves and curls closer to Reese, smiling slightly] Calli promises not to leave him anytime soon.
[smiled against her neck and closed his eyes.] Well this plague has certainly hindered her arrival. She loves you and Ava, I think she loves you more because Ava is so much like mother. What about the Lannister boy? Do I need to get my sword ready? [poked her in her side] To not even joke about those things. I would be lost without you Calli. Who would cuddle me then?
Mm well that is because I let her do things and not tell her overbearing brother about her doing such things. [chuckles and shakes her head] You can fight the youngest Lannister another day. Besides she is back home now and she is safe from his lion charms. [giggles as he pokes her in the side and squirms] Stop that. [laughs lightly and shakes her head] You would not be lost without me, Reese. You would be fine. And I am sure you could convince Ser Mika to give his uncle some cuddles.
[automatically wraps his arms around Calli and rests his face against her neck.] She is doing well, she still sends annoying ravens every other day about coming to live with me. [can feels his mind starting to go hazy] The world should not be deprived your voice even for a betrothed. Things will get better Calli. Things can only go wrong for so long. [he had started to babble, not really knowing what he was saying anymore.]
[rubs her hand up and down his back as he holds her and puts his head into her neck. Sighs slightly and nods] Well one day perhaps when the city is safer. I do miss my chats with her. She was quite the curious one….when she wasn’t hanging around that Lannister boy. He…I worried about that. [bites her lip and shakes her head chuckling] Well lucky for you, you will never be deprived of my voice unless I am dead or some horrible event takes my voice away forever. [hums against his head again]
[dramatically waves away Calli’s words.] Oh believe me, he does. That man doesn’t follow just anyone around. If the illness was talking I would tell you that no man deserves you or Ava. No wait, that’s me talking. If I told you what the illness told me you’d be worried. I keep seeing Lei and I know she is not here. I am not going to request a song this time. I’m scared the pirate will be after me if I do.
[helps him into the bed and moves to put a kettle on the fire before moving and crawling in beside him] I know you must miss her, Reese but I am sure she is save with your parents. Do not worry too much. [brushes the hair from his face and sighs] I will sing for you if I like, and if he does not like it than he may deal with that. He is not my betrothed nor my husband and has no say in what I can and cannot do. [starts to hum and old lullaby to him]
You two are such mother hens. [he wraps his arms around her to steady himself but tries to not let it show.] He is… sensitive? I haven’t the change to speak to him yet. He hasn’t visited me since he pushed me out of my bed. [shakes his head.] It is not that. When he falls for someone, he falls hard.
[shakes her head, helping to half carrying him to his house] …Tristan has not fallen for me. Don’t…d-don’t be silly. That is the illness talking. [shakes her head, not wanting to tell him of the night they spent together in the cove] …C’mon now. Let us get you into that bed and warmed up.
[sighs] On one condition, you come with me. You’ve been out here too long and you are chilled to the bone. Let us hope Tristan does not threaten to castrate me again.
[sighs and looks at him and nods] Fine I shall come with you. And I will lay with you as long as you promise to get in bed before Ava discovers that you’re out of bed again and we both get in trouble. [wraps her arms around him and shakes her head] I haven’t seen Tristan in…almost a moon cycle. [bites her lip] I do believe he does not wish to see me so you are in the clear.
O—Oh… Well. Wow. I thought you did not like him.
Yes well I…was vulnerable and I…[looks down] I have not idea what I’m doing Ava…
Calli… [he pauses not really knowing what to day.] I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.
[pulls back, looking at him] Reese, you’re burning up. You’re still ill, aren’t you? Oh Ava will kill me if I don’t get you back to bed…
What just happened?
Uh…uhm…[clears her throat and mutters] T-Tristan was there and he uh..madelovetome.