Lochlyn’s feet pounded up the last set of stairs, Finnegan’s paws soundless on the cement beside her as they reached the landing of the apartment floor. Sweat covered and out of breath, the Australian Native slowed her jog to a walk, hands finding their way to the curve of her hips. Tilting her head back, she pulled in a few much needed breaths as she closed the last remaining paces to the door of the apartment.
By some small miracle, she managed not to even trip over the West Highland Terrier that ran at her side that morning. On any normal day, the dog would have been left behind simply because Lochlyn knew the extent of her talent when it came to being a klutz. Taking the dog just seemed like a disaster in the making. This morning, she’d felt a little more adventuresome than average and embarked on a relatively painless journey. That and she knew the pup would spend most of the morning springing around the bed on Kai, stealing what sleep he was trying to get.
Fetching the key out of the zippered pocket at the back of her pants, Lochlyn fumbled with the lock for a second before finally getting it to turn. “Stupid thing,” she muttered under her breath as the door finally gave. Stepping inside, a small sigh fluttered from her lips as the cool air wrapped around her like a cooling coat. At least the air conditioning was still working. “It’s going to be stupid hot out there today,” she griped as she leaned down to unhook Finnegan’s leash. With his freedom at hand, the terrier made a beeline for his water bowl.
“Might be one of those stay inside sort of days.” Though she wasn’t a hundred percent certain that Kai was up and she wasn’t talking to an empty space, Loch had a solid notion that he was. Even if he was the sort to lounge around in bed, it was well past his normal up and att’m hour. Though, stranger things had happened. If he was anywhere, it was going to be the kitchen.
Her aimless chatter continued to fill the room as she toed off her sneakers and made her way towards the open layout of the spacious kitchen. “Could have a movie marathon or, Oh!” She perked up as another thought filtered through. “We could go to the beach. Might be a drive to find one but at least the water would keep us cool, and we could always bring freezies.” She hesitated as she pulled the elastic from the curly mass of her hair. “Actually, they’d melt before we could eat them, so scratch that last bit.”
Kai was in love. He was in love, and he was happy, and he really hoped that things were going to stay like that for him from now on.
Sure, it wasn't like there had ever been a point in Kai's life where he was incredibly unhappy, but he definitely felt much better now that he had love - who didn't? Was it perfect all of the time? Hell no, but at the end of the day, he would take what he could get over anything else. He loved the relationship that he was in, and Lochlyn? They may not have met through the Vow, but they had still met in Evergreen, and that made the move more than worth it to him.
Sure, she was clumsy, and she was fun, and she was quirky, and beautiful, all things that he loved, but at the end of the day, when the initial attraction wore down a little, there was still so much there, and that was why he was hoping to be with her for a good deal longer - hell, maybe even forever.
He hadn't really been keeping track of how long they had been together. He had a reminder in his phone for a month before their anniversary so that he wouldn't fuck it up, but it had gotten past the point where he was really keeping track, and he wanted to make sure that everything sort of continued the way it was, that it went well. He could see this working for...a long time.
"If it's going to be a fucking sauna out there, I"m with you, let's just stay away from it," he said, stretching. He had the day off, and he was definitely going to spend it with her. "I'm fine staying here in the AC and cooking, or going to the beach, but I think we'd have to eat the freezies about 10 seconds after we got out the door." He smiled at her. "How was your run?" he asked.