Love is in the Air: It's a celebration of that little thing called love.
Of Oak and Dragons.
Lee, truly inexperienced, is making conversation with Ruen, a dragon in human form. To add to her misery, her preternatural rapier keeps injecting itself into the embarrassing conversation.
“Truly, I do not understand what emotions are so I cannot say what I am experiencing,” Ruen said.
I remained silent. The rapier rumbled but quieted into vague mutters
A ghost of a smile played on Ruen’s mouth. “The actual, physical mechanics are basic. The function to continue the species, procreation that is, seems unduly enjoyed by humans. Is it better than kissing?”
My cheeks were on fire and I had to turn away trying to find anything that needed my attention. “Uh, I wouldn’t know.”
“What, what? You’ve never done the dirty deed?”
“You have?” I shot back.
He shrugged and stepped next to me. Before I could stop, he took my hand again, holding it between his two large warm hands.
“No.” His eyes came up to mine. “Never. I have not experienced that particular human act.” He pursed his lips. “Why haven’t you?”
I tried to pull my hand away but instead he enfolded me in his arms. I felt his cheek in my hair, rubbing, his breath saturating the crown of my hair to the roots.
“I haven’t found the right person to share it with, I suppose,” I said into his chest. Oh, the smell, of oak leaves and dragon. “And I didn’t want it to be a casual incident. I wanted it to be special, with someone who I loved.”
“You wanted your first time to be special or you wanted it with someone special?”
“Both,” I said with a cut in my voice. “What movie are you imitating now? Love Potion No. 9 or Jerry Maguire?”
He whispered, “I saw The Little Mermaid.”
I pushed him away. He was laughing in earnest now.
Overheated minks, the rapier growled in my ear.
He was still laughing as he followed me to the patio.
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