“Sorry to be fussing, it’s just…” Magda sat down. “I thought I’d be used to benevolent possession with Erilon around.”
Ash smiled at her. He might have been a little annoyed by it, if he hadn’t seen her fussing just over everyone else as well, even Jormun and Gabriel included. He hesitated a moment before reaching out to take her hand. “Jormun…” He took a deep breath. “And Gabriel…” He shifted where he sat, feeling a bit awkward. “He said there is a chance this might have had some side effects on me and Michaels, but nothing bad.” He said the last three words quickly, before she could react to the rest. “I think it might even be good.”
She smiled at him. “What’s that?”
“They think we might have slowed, a bit like werewolves do after they change for the first time. Me more than Michaels, cause of…” He tilted his head. “Jormun was pretty surprised about Michaels, but Gabriel wasn’t.”
“You’ve got the bloodline, and you…” She looked out at where several of the others were on the porch. Michaels was playfully poking Gabriel in the arm. “Gabriel often knows a lot more than he lets on.”
“He knows the parts that make people good and strong.” Ash squeezed her hand. “Michaels is brave. Doesn’t matter how dangerous it is, if innocent people or the people he loves are in trouble, he’s going in and he’s going to fight for them with everything he has. That’s why Gabriel picked him as a partner.”
Magda nodded, then put her arm around him and held him to her. “I like the thought of having more time with you, Ash.”
“I can be your good boy for a long time.” He hugged her, then bent his head to kiss her.
“You’ll always be my good boy, Ash.” She stroked her fingers through his hair as she returned the kiss. “Ash?”
“Yes, Magda?” He began unbuttoning her blouse.
“Would you like to get married?” She touched his cheek.
“Only if it’s to you.” He grinned before pushing her back onto the bed.