"I love you," I said, but she was already gone. It had been four months since I had left to go to Avalon and she was still being distant. Always using her new herb store as an excuse to get away from me. Believe it or not right now things were a lot better now than they'd been before. She wasn't avoiding me as much. Was she ever going to accept that I was a faerie?

Patience I thought to myself you have to be patient with her she'll come along, or at least that's what I hoped.

I walked into my bathroom. I gently passed my fingers over my lips they were still tingling from Tamani's kisses. I still didn't understand our relationship. Of course I had known that he was in love with me, but I hadn't even admitted to myself that I loved him until a few moments ago. I squeezed some toothpaste onto my toothbrush.

As I brushed my teeth I couldn't shake the feeling that someone was watching me. I ignored the feelings; it was probably Tamani and the other sentries making sure I was safe. Feeling secure I got up and slipped into my soft comfy bed.

That morning I awoke to the sun shining in my face. If it wasn't for the bone chilling cold I felt even tucked beneath my warm covers, I would have thought it was warm outside. I looked at the clock it was, 10:05 the clock read. Getting up I walked into the bathroom and wiped the sleep out of my eyes.

I climbed into the shower tuning the heat up until the water practically burned my skin. Now that the hot water had thoroughly awoken me I was sort of nervous to see Tamani again. Last night I hadn't been thinking and with the sun down I had been much more bold than usual. Now that it was broad daylight and reality was staring me in the face, needless to say I was not feeling quite as brazen. The familiar scent of my strawberry shampoo soothed me a bit. After about 30 minutes in the shower I couldn't delay our meeting any longer. I got out of the shower and got dressed.

As I walked into the forest I realized I forgot my coat. I was so caught up in my own thoughts that I didn't notice him until I walked straight into a hard wall of male. Tamani caught me quickly against his chest, smirking down at me as I looked up at him. His green hair looked slightly tousled and I longed to ruffle it with my fingers. Unbelievably he was wearing no shirt giving me a nice view of his tan muscled torso. Below he was wearing loose brown pants.

"Checking me out?" he asked raising an eyebrow

"No, I uh was just wondering how you could not be wearing a shirt in this weather" I finished blushing up to my ears

"I'm guessing that means you like what you see "he said winking slyly

I silenced him by playfully punching him on the arm.

"Ow!" he winced in mock pain

"Now come into the shed I need to talk to you."

Tamani and I sat on the two couches opposite each other. We weren't very far apart, yet my body was longing for his closeness

"So, I guess this is the part where you tell me that kissing me was a huge mistake and you're sorry that you mislead me."

"What?" I exclaimed taken aback

"It's okay Laurel I know that you didn't mean what you said. I know you love David, and it's fine, it was worth it to hear you say you loved me."

From the look on his face I could tell Tamani meant it, he really believed that I didn't love him. There was only one way to prove that I really meant it, I had to show him.

I got up from my seat and walked over to him. Then I wiggled onto his lap. I put both of my hands on either sides of his head and pulled his lips onto mine. The kiss was filled with unspoken questions. My tongue slid across his bottom lip asking for access. Tamani's mouth opened. He soon took over the kiss exploring my mouth with renewed vigor. I gently nipped Tamani's bottom lip and he moaned into my mouth grabbing my butt to pull me closer to him.

When we broke apart we were both panting I could feel Tamani's hot breath caressing my face.

"Now do you believe me Tamani?" I asked

"If I said no would you kiss me again?" he wondered

I laughed tugging at his hair to pull him in for another kiss. I ran my fingers through his hair and pushed his head closer eager for his touch.