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Nov. 26th, 2009 02:42 am
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Elle has the house to herself for once. The family went out to the movies and Elle stayed behind. Ash had insisted that she come along, but Elle had come up with some excuse for not go. Something about not feeling well.

She felt bad about lying to Ash, but she just needed some time to herself. Ever since her Ash left to go back to 1300, she had either been with Sheila, the other Ash, the kids or some combination of the three. She appreciated everything they had done for her, but she just needed time to slow down and let her mind clear.

The best place to do that? The shower.

The one at the Williams house wasn’t overly fancy, but it was much better than the ones at Harvard and it did what it needed to do.

Elle let the water heat up as she went and collected the bath product that Paulette had graciously brought her through the door. All her scents and scrubs and things most people found unnecessary, but she found essential.

She was about ready to disrobe and step in when she heard something in the hall. Her body froze up and she looked out with caution. “Hello?”

Date: 2009-11-26 07:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartemployee.livejournal.com
He's lost track of time. Sure, he's only counted two - three days tops where he's been. When he's been.

Ash just hopes he hasn't left everyone else for much longer than that. It's impossible to gauge exactly how quickly time moves between planes of existence.

The time nonsense slips his mind when he tumbles through the door, landing on the floor of Emily's room in a heap. Worst weekend ever. Even worse than the last one he spent nearly getting killed.

He looks different. His clothes have changed - they're still medieval, but someone had made sure he was clothed while he was there. It doesn't matter know, since he's covered in dirt and blood and God only knows what else.

You would think he's fought an army or something.

He stays on the floor for a few moments, just glad he can close his eyes and stay still - even though he doesn't like what he sees behind his lids.

Everything hurts.

Then he tries making his way to the hall.

Date: 2009-11-26 07:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltanudaughter.livejournal.com
Elle only heard the noises coming from Emily's room. Her heart jumped for a second, but she still stepped cautiously into the hall and towards Emily's room, reaching her arm out gingerly for the door. There was no guarantee of what came through Emily's closet at any time.

"Hello?"

Date: 2009-11-26 08:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartemployee.livejournal.com
Ash leans against the doorframe and peers out into the hall. "Elle? Babe?"

And when his eyes meet hers, he manages to crack a smile, his teeth bright against the dirt on his face. He greets her with a tired "Honey, I'm home."

Date: 2009-11-26 08:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltanudaughter.livejournal.com
Elle's heart leaps when she sees Ash standing in the door. She stands there for a second, not believing what she's seeing. As soon as she sees that smile, she's running over to him and clinging to him. And crying. "Omigod..."

She doesn't care how much dirt and blood is on him. She's just happy he's back in one piece.

Date: 2009-11-26 08:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartemployee.livejournal.com
"Hey babe," he murmurs, hugging her tightly against him - his gauntlet resting on her back and his good hand cradling the back of her head.

"C'mon. Don't cry. I missed you too."

Besides - if she keeps on crying, it'll get him started and he's just too tired to deal with that sort of chain reaction right now.

He strokes her hair. "C'mon you. I mean it."

Date: 2009-11-26 08:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltanudaughter.livejournal.com
Elle sniffles and pulls away to wipe her eyes on the sleeve of her robe. "I'm sorry. I couldn't help it."

She looks at him and all the dirt and grime on his face. Despite all that, she reaches her hand up to his cheek and gives him a soft kiss on the lips. "I love you..."

Date: 2009-11-26 08:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartemployee.livejournal.com
He smiles down at her, returning the kiss. "Love you too, kid," he says, giving her another quick kiss for good measure.

And just to be a buster? He gives her a few more playful pecks on the mouth before getting her into another bear hug. He's physically (and mentally) exhausted - but he still manages to find the energy to be an absolute dork.

Date: 2009-11-26 08:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltanudaughter.livejournal.com
Elle giggles at his pecks and returns the bear hug with gusto. It hadn't been that long, but she had missed him like he had been gone for years.

She reaches up and runs her thumb across his lips before giving him another quick kiss. She then takes him by the hand. "C'mon...you need a shower more than me."

Date: 2009-11-26 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartemployee.livejournal.com
"Aw - c'mon." He automatically starts whining. "Babe - I can hardly stand up. Everything hurts." Sure he feels disgusting, but he's also incredibly lazy.

Date: 2009-11-26 08:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltanudaughter.livejournal.com
Elle sighs a little. "I know, but Sheila's not going to appreciate it if you pass out in her bed like this."

Okay, maybe that wasn't true, but she was only trying to look out for Ash.

She pulls him into the bathroom. "Besides...I could join you if you like?" Elle flutters her eyelashes for the maximum effect.

Date: 2009-11-26 08:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartemployee.livejournal.com
Bed. Bed sounds good. It sounds incredible. He just has to get over the obstacle of showering up first...

And instead of his normally enthusiastic response to any sort of "special time" between Elle and himself, he simply lets out a long sigh, his shoulders sagging. "If you want to. I mean - I don't think I'll be much fun. It's been hell, babe."

Date: 2009-11-26 08:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltanudaughter.livejournal.com
Elle looks him straight in the eye. She knows that he's not really enthusiastic about much right now. "Look, at this point, you just need help standing up. It's not like I'm expecting much."

She puts her hands on his cheeks. "Just let me help you, please? It's the least I can do..."

Date: 2009-11-27 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartemployee.livejournal.com
Ash looks down at her, frowning. She ultimately wins.

"Fine. Just gotta make it quick. I feel like I could sleep for years."

No pun intended. At least - intentionally.

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o rly.

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awwwwh yeah

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we cook. and then we chill.

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Date: 2009-12-06 07:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bulletsnductape.livejournal.com
Three hours pass by before the front door opens with surprising quietness. That would be because the younger kids are fast asleep - Movies plus Red Robin will do that to the very young - and even Emily's pretty droopy-eyed.

Ash nudges Emily gently. "You get into the bath," he instructs.

"Aww, why do I hafta?"


"Becuse I could grow potatoes in your ears."

"Why would you wanna do that?"

Ash just groans. "It's too late for questions. Just go."

Sheila takes the babies and makes for the bedrooms. She puts down the babies and then heads to their room.

That's when she lets out a surprised squeak.

It's enough to send Ash after her, gun drawn.

Date: 2009-12-06 08:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltanudaughter.livejournal.com
Elle stirs a little bit as she hears the family come in. She ponders getting out of bed to say hi, but she doesn't want to wake Ash up if she moves.

Then wakes up when she hears Sheila squeak. She remembers where they are now.

"Oh crap...Sorry Sheila." Elle's stage whispering at this point as she sits up in the bed.

Date: 2009-12-06 08:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bulletsnductape.livejournal.com
"I...appologize," Sheila manages. She can see bare portions of shoulder peeking up from beneath the sheets, and regular snoring. "It seems ye had stronger need than I of the bed, young one."

Ash stowes the rifle away and grunts. "You scared the holy hell out of me," he complains fondly. Then he peeks into the room. "He made it." Not a question; he always knew that he would.

Date: 2009-12-06 08:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartemployee.livejournal.com
Under normal circumstances? Ash would also apologize for winding up in the really comfy bed. At the very least - he would say hi.

But he very well can't do that when he's out cold.

He still thinks he's clinging to Elle in his sleep, even though she's moved. And he may or may not be snoring - just a bit.

Date: 2009-12-06 08:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltanudaughter.livejournal.com
Elle looks over at Ash with a slight smile and moves carefully out of the bed so she doesn't wake him up. "Yeah, he stumbled in through the closet a few hours ago. I got him to take a shower, but after that, he dropped in the nearest bed. I just kept him company."

Date: 2009-12-06 08:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bulletsnductape.livejournal.com
"Good," Ash remarks, somewhat thoughtfully. "Did he say if he finished the whole thing?" Then he smirks. "sure. Company."

"ASHLEY." Sheila elbows him for his tartness.

"Semi-naked cuddling counts as company! Doesn't it, doll?"

He seems suspiciously relieved.

Date: 2009-12-06 08:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltanudaughter.livejournal.com
"He was too tired to do anything besides cuddle anyway," Elle admits, adjusting her pajama pants. "And he really wasn't in the mood to talk about it. You'll have to cross examine him later."

Bad lawyer joke, she knows, but she still smiles at Ash and Sheila all the same.

Date: 2009-12-06 08:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bulletsnductape.livejournal.com
"He is teasing, I assure thee," Sheila says. She may or may not fondly recall a time where all Ash could do was cuddle.

"Yeah, I'll do that," Ash remarks. "Gotta make sure this shit's done for good."

Date: 2009-12-06 08:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartemployee.livejournal.com
You can make sure when Ash is awake.

How ever many days in the future this will be.

Boy's tired.

There's a particularly loud snore. He's not awake, so you're okay.

Date: 2009-12-06 08:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bulletsnductape.livejournal.com
"....Do I sound like that?" Ash asks Sheila.

"...Well," Sheila says noncommitally.

"Can we get you something, Elle?" he finally asks.

Date: 2009-12-06 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltanudaughter.livejournal.com
Elle shakes her head. "I'm fine, thanks. Though, if you want me to move back to the guest bed, I will."

Date: 2009-12-06 08:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bulletsnductape.livejournal.com
They both shake their heads, but it's Ash who says. "You two sleep here tonight. We'll bunk out on the couch." A small smirk. "Don't do anything I wouldn't do. And if you do...for the love of God, don't call it Ashley!"

"Milord!"

"I'm kidding, I'm kidding, cool your jets."

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