For Better or for Worse – part I

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Caleb rubbed a fist over his eyes, suppressing the nearly constant urge to yawn at this point in the evening… or was it morning? He wondered, stretching languidly as he stood up from his chair, feeling his bones creak and pop with the movement. Glancing down, he noticed he hadn’t shaved in a few days, making the smooth skin on the top of his head more matted than it would have been if he was clean. 

Pulling his coat slightly around himself, he turned to close the door to his room when he heard the soft whinnying of a small cat coming from the hall. The dark – haired boy smiled, shaking his head slightly as he moved down the hallway to the small room that was currently occupied by his girlfriend and best friend.

“Hello, Nott.” She immediately jumped in the air, almost knocking him over as she hugged him with surprising force. 

“Caleb…” She mumbled, pulling back and rubbing her eyes as she rubbed her forehead with her fingertips. “What happened to your beard?” Caleb smirked, shaking his head slightly before crouching down a little so that they were eye – to – eye. 

“Nothing happened, love.” He said as he ruffled her hair and pressed a kiss to her forehead. “It’s just a bit of beard growth.” He reached for his own shirt, unbuttoning it to reveal a rather tanned portion of his chest. Nott smiled, placing a hand over her own chest, which was the same color as Caleb’s skin. 

“Hells yeah. You’re definitely more masculine than I thought.” She laughed as she moved out from under his hands, holding out her hand. “C’mon, let’s get you changed and then bed. I’m sure Molly won’t mind having you there…” She smiled teasingly, walking away to the small kitchen. Caleb shook his head, smiling to himself as he walked down the hallway and towards the bathroom. 

He had just changed into some soft, comfortable clothes when he felt soft fingers slip through his own. He glanced up over his shoulder to see Nott’s soft brown eyes staring at him with so much love and adoration. He let out a small laugh, moving forward to press a gentle kiss to her lips, making her giggle against her lips.

“Good boy,” she murmured, her finger caressing his cheek before she pulled away. “I’m going to shower and get ready for bed. You want anything while I’m in the bathroom?”

“I’ll be fine, sweetheart.” Caleb smiled as Nott nodded. He watched her leave, shaking his head slightly as he pulled his shirt over his head. 

What a couple they were, he thought before moving towards the door, shutting it softly as he heard his girlfriend laughing quietly. 

Caleb woke to the sound of water sloshing about, causing a small groan to escape from his lips. He quickly covered them with both hands, trying to muffle as much noise as he could before giving up, allowing his eyes to slowly open as he sat up, lifting his right arm up to his face to rub his eyes before turning on the bedside lamp. 

“Oh,” He mumbled, seeing that the bed was empty. “That must have been Molly’s bed.” He rubbed his forehead lightly as he leaned against the headboard. Maybe he’d be able to join his partners in their shower sometime soon… 

Maybe he really would get some rest on his own…

to be continued

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