A Sparkling in the Sand II: Magic Boogaloo

R. W. Haynes learns that he needs to choose his wishes of Altair more carefully in spectacular fashion

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Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:38 pm

Richard bent his head down, and kissed the top of Altair’s head, letting her speak as he held her close. Altair had listened to him as he explained why he was alone, why he was isolated, and he wanted to let her escape her own for a time. If this was the only way he could offer her freedom, he would do it with his whole heart.

He rubbed her shoulder with his right hand, trying to add as much comfort as he could through touch, trying to turn the leather of his hands to silk. As she finished speaking, he gave her another soft kiss on the top of her hair, letting her know he understood what she meant. He had reached the same conclusion for himself earlier that day, in the brick and mortar fortress.

He let a few moments of silence hang between them, the sound being the rustle of his hands of leather on the fabric of her dress, her soft breathing as she brought it back under control, and the knowledge of what they both felt being in the open. Finally, he said softly, “Thank you for sharing, telling me how you feel, and for sharing the same feelings I have for you.”
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Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:59 pm

Her tears exhausted and her body as well the day had been one of excitement and a great range of emotion. Standing eventually she would pull him to the bed. It wasn’t to share a night of passion but to lie in his arms. To feel his comfort and in turn to give her own in return. Falling asleep peacefully in his arms the night slipped by without incident. In the morning she would wake in his arms. Breathing in deeply one after another she would attempt to slip out without waking to go to the bathroom.

If he did not wake she would start the bath counting on the warm water to ease her aching. If he did she would have kissed him and informed him of where she was going. Sitting on the edge of the tub with the heat rolling off the water and the steam rising into the air she breathed it in deeply. Her throat felt tight and her sinuses clogged. It was helping to clear it.
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Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:10 pm

Richard didn’t protest being led to the bed, making sure to kick off his shoes before laying down with Altair. He also didn’t protest when they simply laid down to rest, he was utterly exhausted, both physically and emotionally. Between the fitful hours of sleep from the fever, having woken up in the early morning hours, spent most the day walking around Charleston, to cap it off with a night of dancing, he was pretty well beat. Emotionally, it was one of the most draining of his life, dealing with struggle of emotions within himself and with Altair. Sleep came quick once he stripped of his rich clothes, and he spent most night in a blissful dreamless state, holding Altair in his arms, feeling the love between them.

When she woke up, he stirred for a few moments, muttering in a deep, sleep filled voice that he understood she was going to the restroom. He sleepily smiled when she kissed him, before drifting back to sleep while the bath filled with water.
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Slipping into it her long legs stretching out in the claw foot monstrosity she was able to lean back into the back porcelain the top cool but the bottom in the water heated from it. Stretching her hair out behind her it hung over the back of the tub while she closed her eyes. “Hmm,” she hummed to herself relaxing into it.

The water would only stay hot for so long as it seeped into her bones and she felt relief from it. Pouring soap into the tub the bubbles rose upward and she was getting amusement from blowing them about and dragging her hands through them. Giggling at one point as she made herself a fake beard she looked rather odd with the puffy white around her cheeks.
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Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:37 am

Richard turned on his side, and hugged one of the pillows on the bed as a very poor substitute for the now absent Altair. After a few minutes spent in the realm between not quite asleep and yet not quite awake, Richard finally decided he better get going for the day. He lazily sat up in the bed, and kicked his feet over the side. He spent a few moments just sitting and yawning, trying to get his bearings straight.

Well, shit, I guess it wasn't a dream, he thought as he surveyed the gaudily colored room. As Altair slipped into the water, Richard finally stood up, stretching out his back, feeling the tired muscles remind him he was still alive. He got dressed in his pants from last night, and pulled on the white shirt. He was still groggy, but he spotted a bell above the door, with a cord attached to it. Curiosity getting the better of him, he walked over to the cord, and gave it a light pull, setting off the bell.

He shrugged his shoulders, not quite knowing what exactly he did, but as he turned, he heard a knocking on his door. His eyebrow cocked in curiosity, he was greeted by a servant on the other side. Asking the servant of what he was doing, Richard was informed that the servant was summoned by the ringing of the bell. Seeing a golden opportunity, Richard asked for some coffee and some breakfast to be brought up to the room. When pressed on the matter of what they would like to eat, Richard simply replied, "Surprise us."

With an assurance of food on the way, Richard heard giggling from Altair in the bathroom. Curiosity got the better of him again, and he walked over to investigate. Greeted by the sight of a smiling Altair with a foam beard, Richard couldn't help but smile warmly in return. He greeted her, as he leaned his shoulder against the door, "Good Morning dear. Having fun?"
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Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:11 pm

Had Richard wished that it wasn’t a dream than Altair would have complied immediately. He was allowed to change his mind and go on without her if he so chose to do so. She could not force love or resurrect another but she could alter his memories and give his imagination something less fond to treasure. Sitting in the tub she heard him get up and speak to someone at the door but the sounds were muffled through the wall. His tone did not raise and he did not seem to worry so she did not get up to go see what had happened. Perhaps she should have as a moment later he came into see her paying with her bubble beard.

When he came in startling her she wiped it off with rather a Cheshire grin on her face. Raising a finger at him to beckon him closer he might keep his distance considering the amount of water in the tub already and the way she looked at him.

“Very much so, it’s nice to be able to use this much water without worry,” she had taken baths before but they had been of the variety of snow that had melted or water dredged up from a well. That had been a manner of labor that had you surely needing the bath if you had not before.
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Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:05 pm

Richard saw the mischievous smile on Altair's face, and the beckoning finger, and a sly smile grew on his face as well. He could very well tell it was a trap of some sort, but one he wanted to get caught in. Deciding to not get his clothes ruined at least, he started with his shirt, unbuttoning it slowly, drawing out her waiting, before letting it fall to the floor behind him as he started to walk up to her.

He was about a step in when he heard a knock on the door, telling him that the food arrived. He excused himself, "Just one moment dear," before turning back around to go the door. He had to pick up his shirt as he exited the bathroom, and hurriedly pulled it on, not bothering to re-button it. He was greeted by the same servant, and another, both bearing trays, one with a pot of coffee and two mugs on it, and the other covered by a lid. They both entered the room and set the trays down on the smaller tables that flanked the couch, and quickly exited, seeing Richard was in a state of undress.

Not quite sure what to make of room service, Richard closed the door behind them, and returned to the bathroom, pulling off his shirt again. He walked slowly up to the tub, and not being interrupted this time, he leaned over to Altair, and gave her a long, slow kiss, before coyly asking, the sly grin returning, "Did you need me for anything dear?"
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Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:19 am

Altair had a way of looking to Richard with a sort of ravenous hunger that betrayed what she wanted. She had expressed it from the moment they met and the way he slowly undid his buttons had her raising one brow and keeping track of him like a cat. He had to excuse himself and she lowered herself back into the water. When he picked up his shirt she almost spoke against it but she had heard the knocking at the door and kept quiet.

When he returned she put her hands on the side of the tub sitting up where the water barely covered her. He had removed his shirt again before entering and that grin was back. She had thought about pulling him down into the water with her. Into the bubbles and ruining his underwear in the process. As he approached he broke her concentration. He leaned down giving her a kiss and she lost her idea as he drew back asking her what she wanted.

Oh, it’s on, she thought after that. She reached up around his shoulders intending to draw him down but knowing his strength might keep him up. If he fell into the tub with her she would be laughing and if he resisted her tug she would kiss him again this time her body out of the water and her long hair falling behind her the thick black locks slick and wet.
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Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:46 am

Richard had to admit, Altair was all the more attractive when she was teasing her goods, as she sat up in the tub, letting the bubbles and water hide her features. Though they were quite lovely, to say the very least, the anticipation of seeing Altair in all her glory added to her aura of mystery and desire. Richard knew he was lost in her spell cast by her sparkling blue eyes, the grace of her finger as she beckoned, but it was a wonderful aura to be under.

His smile remained firmly in place as she tried to pull him in, though he was too strong for her efforts. But he didn’t mind that outcome, as she held onto him, and added another kiss as she was lifted out of the water. He could tell where this little series of events was going, and he was more than happy to go along with it, unlike last night.

Before he acquiesced to being drug into the water, he reached down to his pants and underwear, and pulled them to the floor, so as to not ruin them. It had been hard enough finding a few pairs to fit, he didn’t want to go through that again. Then, he let himself be slowly lowered into the tub, taking Altair with him into the still warm water.
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Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:25 am

Altair unaware of the food in the next room had a hunger of a different kind that had started when his amusement was shown at her bubble beard. While the water might have cooled the heat between them did not as they thoroughly soiled the water with their actions. Neither displeased with this sort of outcome they would have to abandon the tub eventually and both drying she wrapped only a towel around her as they went to attend to the breakfast that she found as she came into the room.

Lifting the lid she was surprised by the stark white porcelain of the plates the quality evident. It was a beautiful layout upon it with quiche and fresh fruit and some sort of yogurt with peach slices upon it. There was also cottage cheese with green garnish. “Oh,” she had said as she used her finger to sample the yogurt finding it absolutely delicious. After that she used the spoon as they sat at the small table in the room.

If Richard looked about Altair’s clothing seemed to have disappeared. She had already accepted it into her own personal closet that was a part of her own magic. Unable to cast illusions like this she could at least shift and keep her attire how she wished it to be.
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