➊ something I really like about you
Zahra stared at Akuley. She blinked once, twice, before raising an eyebrow at him. That.. was out of no where. “You’re a good guard..” Zahra said slowly. She then frowned, feeling like the answer was too little. What else is she suppose to say? How she actually feels? No, that’s lame and unnecessary.
She glanced back at Akuley and let out a sigh.
"Look, I don’t like anyone getting close to me. Everyone ends up.. yeah, I just like being alone."
She paused, glancing to the side as an excuse to not look at her dorky guard.
It’s awkward but, whatever.
”..I.. don’t regret saying yes to your offer.. You’re actually nice to be around. Plus you find me chocolate so, there’s that.” A big plus in her book. “Anyway, enough of that.” Zahra says quickly, turning completely around with her arms crossed. “Just go find me something to drink.. I’m thirsty.”
Shitshitshitshit. shit. How the hell could he answer? To name one reason, out of all of them, and so quickly!? His mind rattled. He fumbled for words. “You’re, well you know…” Trustworthy? No. Pleasant to talk to? Gods, no. Really, really beautiful and i still kind of want to kiss you? Nononono. Just…start from the freaking top! And let it be the truth!
“Well, when I first saw you, you sort of reminded me of my people back home.” He attempted to explain as they continued down the path, side by side. They were nearing the river now as the sound of running water was growing stronger. “I knew it couldn’t be true, but…it’s what first caught my eye about you. Honestly…I didn’t really know what to expect when we talked. Certainly didn’t think we’d make this…sort of arrangement.” He chuckled by himself, since he now never really expected Zahra to join in (not like he minded, anyways).
He continued. “But…I guess now I just learned to really like you.” He caught his own words and clumsily tried to fix it. “Um, ‘really like’ having you around — with me, I mean. Just like that. As company.” He then tossed her another smile as if to further emphasize his honesty, but was struck when he met her eyes again. Her…gorgeous eyes. Holy shit…how was it possible for one woman to have such an effect of him? It’s been weeks, for crying out loud! One would figure he’d gotten used to it!
Yet, before his loss of thought became any more apparent, he forced himself to look away and perhaps change the subject at hand. If only by a little. “I mean…it has to be a little nicer than to be alone, right?”
Zahra glanced towards Akuley when he didn’t answer her question right away. She then gave him a look that clearly says, ‘Get on with it already.’ After a short moment, he did.
"Hm.." Zahra gazed ahead, nodding her head at his first answer. "I thought the same honestly.." She admitted quietly. When she first saw Akuley, well, the first thought that went through her head was ‘strange stranger is talking to her must glare at him till he leaves’ but the next thought was how he kind of looked like the men from her time. Mostly because of the color of his skin and his lack of clothes but she soon found out how he was from a wayyy different place than she was. Still, even with that difference, she felt like he understands her better than the future people.
She raised an eyebrow at him when he began to fumble with his words, something about liking her. Huh, he’s flustered again. She slightly shakes her head at this as they continue their way. “I’m not sure how I am good company but I am content with your answer.” Zahra says simply, looking back at him. His eyes were glued to hers. Zahra nearly stopped in her tracks at the look he was giving her. It was intense, a look she had only seen on one person she once knew years ago. She quickly broke their gaze the same time he did and she soon noticed the river was only a few feet away.
He said something else. It made her think about his words. The ones where he said how it’s nicer with them together than being alone.
It has been.. nice.. not being alone. Don’t get her wrong, she loves her solitude. She will scare anyone away if they try to get close but she’s human too and some times humans needs to have a friend to have around. Akuley was lucky enough to be that one friend. She doesn’t trust him entirely just yet but it’s nice to know he’s there for her.
"Yeah," Zahra finally answered. She walked to the edge of the river and kneeled down beside it. She place her finger tips into the cool water, just to feel the small current. "Akuley.." Zahra kept her eyes on the water. "..Do you miss home?"