Noxx woke from his nap to the sound of his phone going off and he sat up from where he was resting in the grass and fished it out of his pocket. His heart jumped when he saw Ruby’s name. He quickly answered, worried she had had a panic attack or nightmare. He was generally pretty vigilant when it came to her. “Is everything alright?” He asked as he got up.
“Yeah, sorry, did I wake you up?”
He felt relief flood through him. She didn’t sound distressed. “Yeah, just taking a short nap. Do you need me?”
She went silent for a moment and he waited patiently. He wanted very much to go to her, but wanted her to ask. “Well, I need to ask you a favor.”
“Well, my parents are going out of town for the week and I was wondering if maybe…you know if you’re free…if maybe you’d like to stay here with me?”
“Ruby, we’re mates, you never have to ask. If you want me there, I’ll come running, rain or shine.”
“I know, so will you?”
“They’re leaving tomorrow morning, but do you think you could come and stay the night tonight?”
“I…I love you Noxx.”
He could hear the embarrassment in her voice and smiled. “I love you too.”
Ruby’s heart was hammering in her chest when they finally hung up. A week, alone with Noxx? She knew it shouldn’t make her as nervous as she was, but she couldn’t help it. She knew he would never hurt her, but there was that small part of her that was still trapped there with that monster and she hated it. “So? Is he coming?” Her mother asked.