"So did you need something?" San-Li asked. "Your highness."
"In a hurry to get back to Sam?" Joleena teased. "Actually, I wanted to let you guys know that we'll be nearing our destination soon."
"I thought that the air felt colder this morning." Fina said, but San-Li frowned.
"So why the early warning system?" She asked suspiciously.
"Oh." Joleena said. "Just in case. You never know what might happen."
As Fina walked back to her room she felt a pair of hands on her shoulders. Her first sense was to panic, but then she remember that she was out on a ship far away from Weister. She turned with a smile on her face.
"Hello Joe." She giggled. "What's up?"
Joe didn't answer, instead he captured her lips in a strong, firm kiss. Fina went still for the first few seconds before wrapping her arms around his neck and kissing him back. Then she broke the kiss panting slightly.
"This is, ah, a little inappropriate for us. Don't you think?" Fina asked slightly out of breath.
"Oh." Joe said looking slightly disappointed.
"Not that I don't like it." Fina said quickly.
When Joe gave her a surprised look she realized how she may have sounded.
"Oh! I-I-I mean I like kissing you it's just that-"
Joe interrupted her with another, gentler kiss. He leaned his forehead against hers and chuckled.
"I get it." He smiled. "You wanna take a walk?"
Joe led her up on the deck, holding her hand. They looked out over the sea and Fina noticed that both the sea and the sky looked gray. The wind was also blowing a lot colder than it had earlier. Fina shivered a bit and Joe placed his thick woolen cloak over her shoulders.
"Thanks," Fina said gratefully, pulling it tight around her. "But won't you get cold?"
"Mm," Joe wrapped his arms around Fina and rested his chin on her shoulder, looking out onto the sea with her. "Nope."
Fina blushed and felt a confusing mix of emotions. The last person who held her like this... Fina mentally slapped herself to get rid of the image of Weister. This was completely different. The way Joe was holding her was the most romantic thing she had ever experienced.
"What are you thinking about?" Joe's voice was low in her ear.
"You actually." Fina felt her face grow hot. "I, um, really like you Joe."
Joe was silent for such a long time that Fina wondered if she had made a mistake. He then slowly took his arms around from around her shoulders and turned her to face him, looking her in the eye.
"Do you like me?" He asked her in a whisper, his face carefully blank. "As much as I like you?"
Fina bit her lip and slowly nodded. A smile finally spread across his face and he pulled her into a tender embrace. Fina held him just as tightly and felt her heart soar. That is, until she happened to glance over Joe's shoulder. Fred stood not ten feet away from them with a folded piece of paper in his hand. Their eyes locked for a brief moment before Fred sadly nodded and looked away. He then took piece of paper that he was holding, crumbled it up, and threw it away.