Hatch came back with a blanket and wrapped it around her shoulders. He sat down next to her. “Do you need anything else?” He asked wrapping his arm around her. “I could make you something warm to drink…” He thought for a moment, trying to remember if he had any real food around the house.
Katie snuggled into Hatch’s side. She was so happy to be next to him. She felt okay again. She looked up at him and smiled, “This is all I need right now.” She leaned up and kissed him on the cheek, “Just you. All I need is you.”
Hatch kept his arms tightly around her even though they were safely in the house. He shushed her, kissing her lips gently. “I forgive you, Katie.” He kept her close to his chest still having that feeling that she’d disappear again and never come back. “I love you, Katie.” he said resting his head on her shoulder.
“I’m just happy you’re safe.” He whispered leading her over to his couch and sat her down. “Stay right here… I’m going to get you a blanket.”
Katie smiled after his kiss, getting the chills. She clung to his shirt as he said the last four words. “Good.” She sighed out. She had been so worried there had been such a weight on her shoulders. It was like the world had been crushing her and now it was like she was floating.
"I’m just happy I’m still yours." A year ago she would have staked claim in Hatch like her was her property. But she had learned something in the year they’d spent together. She didn’t need him to be hers. She needed to be his. She sat down on the couch and waited for him to come back with her blanket.
Hatchet held his girlfriend as close as he could, fearing she’d disappear again. He shook his head pulling away and cupping her face to make sure she was really there. He stroked her hair shushing her as she apologized over and over again. At this point he really didn’t care. She was back and that’s all that really mattered at the moment.
“Katie, where have you be-, It doesn’t matter.” He grabbed her hand. “Let’s go get you dried off.” He said pulling back to his house. “You must be freezing!”
Katie kept her tight grip on him. She never wanted to let go of him again. She didn’t even feel the cold. All she could feel was Hatch. He was all she cared about. But as he pulled she followed. “I’m fine.” She said quietly looking up at him taking him in like she had spent centuries away from him.
"I am so sorry." She said again not taking her eyes off him as they stepped inside. "It’s never going to happen again." She sighed out the words. She didn’t know what else to say to him. Sh had missed him so much and had imagined all the things she could say to him when she returned but she couldn’t remember any of the rehearsed conversations she had staged. And she didn’t want to. "I love you Hatch." Was all she could manage out. The only worlds that made sense to her in the moment.
Hatch thanked the woman behind the counter at the blood bank and promptly left with his supplies. The rain had begun to pour down harder than before. The vampire just sighed, pulled up his hood and kept his head down as he walked.
As he approached his house he bumped into someone, the rain obscuring his vision and to be honest he wasn’t really paying attention to the things going on around him. He lifted his head looking at the person he had bumped into.
“Katie?” Hatchet was shocked, he hadn’t seen his girlfriend in what felt like years. He wrapped his arms around the faerie letting her into a tight hug.
Katie could barely see. The rain was getting the best of her and her eyes might have been filling with tears. She tired to take a deep breath as she walked away. But she ran head long into someone. A very familiar someone.
Katie looked up as she heard her name. Her heart soared as she made eye contact. She wrapped her arms around him trying to keep the tears in. “I’m so sorry.” She repeated over and over with her face buried in his shoulder.
“Oh wow,” Emily said softly, biting her lip gently. She turned to get the mugs and tea down from the cabinet. She glanced over at Katie. “But … why were you gone for so long? Why didn’t you call or send a postcard or something?”
Katie didn’t look up. “I was kind of running away.” She shrugged and played with the hem of her shirt. “I just didn’t know what to say.” She looked up at her twin, “I didn’t send anyone postcards. Or call anyone. I had no words for anyone…I needed to remember somethings about life.”
“Ori left around the same time you did,” Emily said, shrugging slightly. “But I would’ve avoided her anyway …” She bit her lip, not liking to talk about Ori. She moved to the stove, putting on a kettle of water to boil. She turned to Katie then. “Where did you go?” she asked curiously.
"Good. Good." Katie said absentmindedly. "Oh everywhere. Home, Paris, Cannes, parts of Italy, Greece, Corsica, Mostly Cannes though." Katie shrugged, Cannes was one of her most favorite places in the world.
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