31. Chapter 31
Ethan left after breakfast. I think we both felt better having been able to speak with each other. He needed to apologize and I needed to tell him what a jerk he was. We made amends and promised to remain friends. Deep down, I knew Ethan wished for us to get back together. I just couldn't find it within me. Since the dream I had the other night, my thoughts of Legolas were consuming me. I just knew he was back. I only ever felt this way when he was in my world. Maybe it was a good thing. Ethan was quite charming and I may have given him a second chance. That thought scared me a little. Could I really forgive Ethan enough to try and make our relationship work? On the one hand, Ethan was real. Well, Legolas was real too, but Ethan was human, from this world. He's a man. Legolas, though I could so easily give my life over to him, still was not human or from this world. There was no comparison between the two. They were very different situations and I could not believe I was sitting here pondering these thoughts. I needed to get my mind off of things.
I decided to go outside and have a look around, make sure the ice didn't do too much damage to the house. It had warmed up enough to melt but it made a lot of racket in the process. Falling ice was never a good thing.
I was looking around the shed when I felt a hand on my shoulder. I gasped and jumped, spinning around. "Geez Dwain. Never sneak up on me like that. What the hell are you thinking?" I yelled.
"Calm down woman. I just stopped by to see how you made out with the storm and all. Today's the first day Mac and I could get out. Damn ice froze my truck up and it wouldn't start. What about you?"
"Well, I think the truck it good. I put it in the barn when I heard about the storm. I was just now having a look around. Seems like most everything it in good shape. I can see there are lots of downed branches though." I answered.
"Yeah, Mac's at home getting to work on that stuff." Dwain said. He was shuffling his feet as if he had something else on his mind.
"What's up Dwain?" I said, letting him know I sensed something.
"So… well, I know it's none of my business but… uh… well, I came by earlier and saw a car in the driveway." he said stumbling around with his words. If there was one thing about Dwain, he was always sticking his nose in my business.
"Oh that. Yeah, that was Ethan. He came out to see if I was o.k."
"Isn't he the guy who dumped you for another woman?" he said and then started laughing.
"I dumped him Dwain. Gosh, you're such a loser." I smacked him on the arm.
"So like what… are you back together again?"
"NO! No he just wanted to make amends. We talked about things and… Why the hell am I telling you this for? It's none of your business."
"I don't mean nothing by it. I just know he treated you bad and… well, I don't want to see you get hurt again." Dwain's voice had a twinge of honesty in it. I think he really did care about me but he knew nothing would ever come of it. He was a friend to me but nothing more. That's why I was always careful not to hurt his feelings.
"I know Dwain. Listen, nothing happened and nothing is going to happen. Ethan and I are on friendly terms again. There's nothing wrong with that."
Dwain kicked the rocks with his boot. "No, ain't nothing wrong, not as long as he's not trying to make you sell the farm like before."
I smiled and laughed. "Dwain, I would never sell this place. I love it here. If I live to be one hundred and three, alone with a house full of cats, I still would never sell it. I would give it to you and Mac before I'd do anything so rash."
"Really?" he asked as if there was a possibility.
I put my hands on his shoulders and looked him straight in the eyes. "I do solemnly swear that if something were to ever happen to me, this house, the farm and all of this land would fall into your hands. You and Mac. There is no one I trust more. Besides, you guys know this place just as well if not better than me." Then I patted the side of his face. "O.K.? Feel better now?"
Dwain smiled and then a little light shown in his eyes. "Can I get that in writing?"
I laughed and smacked him in the head. "You're such a jerk."
"I know. That's why you love me." he countered.
After walking around the place with me, Dwain decided to get back home and help his brother. I continued to walk over to the barn and have a look, make sure my truck was alright. I was standing there, trying to unlock the padlock when I felt a pair of arms wrap around my waist. "Dwain, I thought you were leaving." I said as I turned to face my intruder.
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"Legolas!" I said with delight. I threw my arms around him and hugged him tight. "I didn't expect to see you so soon. I thought you wouldn't show for another month."
His smile warmed my heart. He truly looked just as happy to see me too. "I came back a little sooner than expected. How are you mellon nin?"
"About as well as can be expected." I answered.
He looked around and noticed the broken branches lying beneath the trees. He creased his eyebrows as a look of concern crossed his face. "What has happened here? The forest is very much in the same disarray. Many fallen limbs litter the forest floor."
"We had a pretty bad ice storm. It has just melted off. I had no electricity for days. Can you believe it?" I asked before I realized who I was talking to. "Oh, I forgot, you don't have electricity." Then I laughed. "Well, around here, not much happens when the power goes out. No computer, no TV and no hair dryer, not to mention no hot water. I curse the day I replaced that old gas heater with an electric one." I glanced over to Legolas. "Obviously this means nothing to you. Never mind. So tell me, how are things on the other side of the portal?" I said lightheartedly.
Legolas frowned slightly. "My adar was disappointed that I did not find the key. I think it is why he gave me permission to return early." Legolas then did something unexpected. He took my hand in his. "I told him about you. I had to tell him that you know about my… secret."
"Oh no, Legolas. What did he say? Was he mad?"
Legolas smiled. "He is always concerned when something happens that should not have. However, he understands that our situation is different."
Well, I didn't see that coming. "Different how?"
He chose to ignore my question and diverted my attention with a wide smile that showed off his dimples quite nicely. "You should get back inside. It is cold out here and you are not dressed properly for such weather."
I looked down at myself. I was only wearing a pair of flannel pants, a long sleeved tee shirt and a pair of boots. "Yeah, I guess you're right. I hadn't planned to be out here long. I just wanted to check on my property.
We walked back to the house. Legolas wrapped his arm around mine as we strolled back. He seemed a little more touchy-feely than the last time he was here. I didn't know if his feelings for me had changed or if he was just glad to see me. At this point, I didn't care. I was just glad he was back.
We entered through the front door and the first thing Legolas noticed was the blanket and pillow on the couch. "Did you have company?" he asked.
"Yeah." I said rather suspiciously. I really didn't want to tell him my ex spent the night. "Someone I haven't seen in a very long time." I wouldn't lie to Legolas but I wouldn't divulge all of the information either. Still, he looked at me as if he knew something interesting happened. He was pulling that mind trick crap again, I just knew it. "Legolas don't look at me like that. It makes me uncomfortable."
"You do not want me to know your affairs. I understand. I do not mean to pry." he said and let it go at that.
He made me feel guilty for some reason. He had risked everything by exposing some of his secrets, and here I was, afraid to tell him who visited me. Why should it matter anyways? Legolas was not 'with me'. He was merely a friend. I had never known him to judge me before. "It was Ethan alright? Ethan stopped by unexpectedly. He says he was worried about me after the storm but I think he was looking for something more. We talked things over. I told him there was no chance for us again. He really hurt me, but he apologized and seemed so sincere. Anyways, he drove such a long way and…"
Legolas put his hand on my shoulder and looked into my eyes. "You do not need to explain. What you do in your life is your own business. I am pleased to know you have reconciled with him. You never know when you might need someone's help or friendship. I have always tried to make amends with those who I have not had good dealings with."
I looked at Legolas for a moment. I mean, I really looked at him. He was so honest and kind. It seemed nothing phased him. Anyone else would have told me to stay away from Ethan or to kick him to the curb. Legolas seemed almost proud of the way I handled things. Was there anything wrong with him? He was just too perfect. Too bad he only thought of me as a friend. Still, every time he did or said something like this, I fell a little harder for him. He had hardly been here for an hour and already the outside world was melting away and all that mattered was him. He was like a drug and I couldn't get enough of him. Did he have any idea of the affect he was having on me?
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