Re: Dinner: Athelstan and Ragnar
"I had a mission. I believed the gods had set out my path for me. I believed that was my destiny. I would have the crown, I would leave it for my children. That was what was written for me-" Ragnar lifted a shoulder in a shrug. "-that is how I ended up in this mess," he added. "I was cocky. I thought I was unstoppable and so that is what the gods gifted me with."
It saddened him to think that Athelstan had lost his love for his God. He had been everything to him when they had known each other before. Ragnar frowned. "We shall go everywhere you wish to go. Everywhere that you wish to see. I didn't know you had been there-" He looked seriously across the table at Athelstan. "We shall go to a church. There are many around. We will find one that you like, that will make you feel close to your God again. I will go with you."
He shrugged again at the statement. "It doesn't matter if I want it if you do not," Ragnar said. "I have always wanted it, and you have not, and it will remain as it is." Ragnar could live with that. Happily. And initially he didn't know what Athelstan was talking about. A frown knitted his brow until the realisation dawned.
"Oh. You do not like sex?" if it was anyone else Ragnar would have laughed and said they weren't doing it right. But of course it was different with Athelstan. And if Athelstan was never going to enjoy it- "Then we will do everything aside from sex. We will enjoy our long lives together and we will not go to bed together. If you do not enjoy it then it is off the table." And Ragnar? He would have no one else. Take it one day at a time. But there'd be no one else.