WHO: Mouse and Grey WHAT: An unexpected kiss WHERE: The farm in Sundance. More specifically under her favorite sycamore tree. WHEN: Afternoon, about 6 months ago RATING: PG-13 STATUS: Complete
When Mouse woke up that morning, the first thought that came to her mind was the fact that she’d often taken the luxury of waking up feeling perfectly fine entirely for granted. Not so long ago, she hadn’t even been sleeping through the night, let alone waking up feeling perfectly fine. Her sickness had more than saw to that. But things had changed. The symptoms had faded. Obviously she wasn’t cured, but she was at least in a state where she could just feel...normal. She only had to take her medication sparingly and things were just looking better as a whole when it came to her health. She slipped out of bed, making little noise in the room as she walked across the familiar wood floor to grab her towel and a change of clothes before heading to the door. At that point it was still early, so most of the younger ones were still asleep. She knew for certain that she wasn’t the only one awake, though. There were those who rose even earlier than she did to start their share of work on the farm. Still, things were mostly quiet as she walked the little ways to the bathroom.
Before long she was showered and dressed in casual and comfortable clothes. Nothing fancy. A pair of jeans and a well-worn t-shirt. She brushed out her still drying hair and then tied it back in a ponytail. The sun would do its work once she was outside, so it was fine to leave it be. She made her way downstairs after finding her trusty pair of Chucks. Didn’t bother with anything to eat if only to keep from tempting the nausea that still popped up every now and again. So, bypassing the kitchen, she just went outside, content to do her share of work just like everyone else. Sometimes the things she did still bothered Grey because he thought she was doing too much, but Mouse didn’t want to be useless just because she had cancer. She was convinced no one would.
The morning lazily shifted into afternoon, and by then her body had made it more than clear that she wouldn’t be able to go the whole day without eating something. She thought about going into the house and just making herself a little of something simple, but Grey got to her first and suggested eating outside. She couldn’t really ever say no to spending time with him. Her answer was an immediate “Yes” and she rather hoped that her true feelings for him weren’t showing through her eyes. She’d had more than enough practice keeping them at bay when he was around, but there was no telling when a slip could happen.
She insisted on the spot under her favorite tree. The shade was always perfect and it was just secluded enough that you felt like you were in your own little world. Mouse was perfectly happy to just sit by him, enjoying a picnic lunch of sorts on such a beautiful day. “So, what have you been up to all day while the rest of us have been working hard?” she asked with a bit of a laugh in her voice as her hands busied themselves with taking down her hair and brushing it out a bit. Though it might have seemed like a tease, she was genuinely interested. There wasn’t ever a time when she wouldn’t be interested in Grey.