Kharadin’s eyes burst open as he awoke, he quickly threw the covers from his body and frantically felt his chest, surprised when he saw no gaping wound. He laid back down in relief and thought to himself. A dream, just a dream. Slightly troubled by the visions that he saw Kharadin began to get out of bed, looking over at Rhianne who, despite all of Kharadin’s movement was still sleeping peacefully. Kharadin moved his legs around and sat perched on the edge of the mattress still pondering what his dream could have meant. He remembered Arazel telling him that he and Volghen had to stop whatever it was that was causing havoc in Pandema, that they had to kill that woman. How am I supposed to convince Sordath to allow us to travel to Pandema? He believes there is no threat so how am I supposed to make him think otherwise?
A bright ray of sunlight streamed in from the crack between the red curtains, Kharadin lifted his arm to shield his eyes from the sudden light. A small groan came from behind him, and he heard movement from under the bed covers. He stood up and pulled on some garbs before quietly turning around, seeing that his wife was beginning to wake. She lay on her back, her short brown hair spread around her head on the white pillow. With her eyes still closed, she smiled a little before speaking gently, still half asleep.
“Mmmm, is it morning already? Who’s there?”
Kharadin leaned down and kissed Rhianne softly, he raised his hand and cupped the side of her face, allowing her to feel the caress of his skin on hers. “Good morning my darling wife.”
Rhianne slowly opened her eyes and Kharadin’s figure gradually came into focus. She threw her arms around her husband in obvious joy and held him tightly, pressing her breasts against Kharadin’s chest. “Kharadin, you’re finally back home, oh I thought I would never see you again.”
Kharadin chuckled and pulled himself back from Rhianne’s body so he could look into her eyes. “I could never leave you in this world alone Rhianne, my heart will always bring me back to you and Sephine. Three months away is too long, I’m so happy to see my family again.”
“You should go and see Sephine? She’ll be very pleased to see you.” Rhianne looked straight at Kharadin and smiled.
“I already saw her last night, she was…” Kharadin quickly realised that Rhianne didn’t know about Sephines late night training and thought better of saying about it. He cleared his throat to disguise the pause. “…She was in the parlour asleep when I came back. She woke up as I went in there.”
“You got back last night?!” Rhianne said, surprised. “You should have woken me.” She pouted a little but Kharadin only smiled back at her.
“And what then? Would you not have been a little bothered that I hadn’t let you sleep? On the contrary I tried being as quiet as possible last night, I wouldn’t want us to be reunited on a bad note now would I?” He looked at Rhianne up and down, who had now gathered the covers in her arms to hide her naked body and was looking back lovingly at her husband. “You’re every bit as beautiful as the last time I saw you. Who knows how I last so long away from you.”
Rhianne brushed back a stray bit of hair and quietly giggled to herself, “I see you still have your trademark charm. Who would think that you are one of Sordath’s best and most deadly soldiers.” Rhianne’s smiled dropped at her mention of Sordath.”
“Why the frown Rhianne?” Kharadin asked, surprised by his wife’s sudden change of expression.
“You’re one of Sordath’s best and most deadly soldiers. How long until you’re called back to him this time?” She gazed into Kharadin’s eyes, hers shined a beautiful blue as they caught the morning light coming through the window.
“Does it matter? I shouldn’t be going far any time soon. Besides, I want to make good the time I have with the woman I love, don’t let it be marred by worry.” Kharadin extended his arms and rested his hands on Rhianne’s shoulders, smiling at her before moving in the kiss her once again. “I’m here now. That’s all that is important.”
Rhianne threw her arms around Kharadin again, the covers fell from her body as she moved toward him but she bore them no thought, her happiness overtook everything else in her world at that moment