As promised, here is the sequel to Winter Solstice, Equinox. Given that this is the sequel to Winter Solstice and it should be read first or the characters won't make a lot of sense.

This is promised to be a longer fic,as Richard spends his year on tour in Afghanistan and Kori spends her second year in her Master's program. Their love grows in spite of their physical distance, but Richard's return is effected by different outside forces, including an act bravery that is above and beyond the call of duty.

A long time ago, my husband challenged me to write in epistolary form: that is, fictional writing consisting only of written entries such as letters, diary entries, emails, etc. Bram Stocker's Dracula is my most familiar example, as well as Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot. (If you want to read vampire stories, I suggest those, yeah looking at you Twihards). Anyway, I've incorporated the technique into some parts and chapters only.

I am also breaking my husband's rules, and one I do like to follow, which is to 'shoot the sheriff in the first act'. In the first chapter, I offer character development salient to the plot through these letters. Don't worry, there will be drama and some action coming as well as romance, so hang in there; plus, the letters can be fun!

Note that all the letters won't be shown, that would be tedious.

I hope you enjoy Equinox.

~Airdrie

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Disclaimer: I don't own the Teen Titans. I do own the plot.

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EQUINOX

A sequel to Winter Solstice

by Star of Airdrie

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"But Kori, how am I going to take care of you now?"

"As I recall, you promised to take care of me Richard, yes, but did you ever expect for us to have anything less than a partnership?"

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Chapter 1

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Letters, Part 1

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December 24, 2010

Dear Kori,

I'm sure I'll call you once I get to Gotham, but I wanted to write down how I'm feeling right now; or rather, how I feel about you. I can't get over what a difference you've already made in my life. I feel like a weight's been lifted; like a part of me was missing and now it's in place. I know these are things others have said through the years, that has been repeated many times. But now I understand, and I mean these things, and I couldn't be happier.

This is so unbelievable, foreign even: I'm cynical by nature: I was raised that way. When you meet my father, you'll understand, most likely immediately. I was raised to use my head and not my heart, that love was not a necessity. In fact, my father has actually never even been married. I guess I've never told you about my family that much, darling, we didn't have time. And please don't trust what you might read in the gossip columns (yes I'm there, and I wish I were joking ). Bruce is a playboy, yes, but you won't have to worry about me. That has never been the life for me, even if the press might paint me that way; and regardless Kori, I would never, ever betray you.

Not sure what else I have to add. I'll write as much as I can and hopefully call and email too soon after you receive this.

It took me a bit of time to tell you, but I do love you Kori,

Richard

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24 December 2010

Dear Richard,

It is Christmas now (well technically here in Jump City) and I think of you flying and hope it is going well. You will receive this with a stack of other letters no doubt, and perhaps I am overly romantic, but I find it a nice way to say good night to you.

Please believe me that I am not questioning it, but how is it that we can mean as much to each other this quickly? It is so amazing and so wonderful and I am so, so happy.

I believe here in your culture there is the 'soul mates' and I think that is something that we will be able to be able to see if we are soon (perhaps too early? There is so much to learn about each other...) However, in my country there is the 'couple who is destined to cross paths and then journey together'. I think that describes us well even if it is more metaphorical at the moment.

I want our journey to continue for a long time.

Merry Christmas, Richard,

Kori

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31 December 2010

My Dearest Richard

Tonight is the New Year's Eve, so Happy New Year! Diana has a date and Terry is taking Donna out as well. They offered to take me to the party, but I declined. I have much to keep me occupied and I will not have the luxury of free time when the semester begins in another week.

As I mentioned in my letters earlier this week has been enjoyable with Donna and her sister Diana. We have continued to do the lunch, the exercise and the shopping as I mentioned before!

I realize I am being a silly young girl, but I feel as though writing you everyday we be good for both of us; well, for me! My English needs the improvement and you did say you do not mind. Please let me know if I am doing the over of it? I am sure you will be busy on the War Front. You did tell me it was the o. and the k. but please, I do not want to over... oh, I am repeating myself!

I am so happy we met. I love you and you are such an amazing man. I am proud of you that you serve this great country and I am honored to wait for you.

Love always,

Kori

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6 January 2011

Dearest Richard,

Thank you for the phone call! What a delightful surprise! Hearing your voice was glorious!

Please take care getting to the front. I pray for you and your men every day. Take care and come home to me, I'll be waiting.

I do not have much else to say other than I love you more and more and it was wonderful to hear you feel the same way!

So long for now,

Love, Kori

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12 January 2011

Dearest Richard,

At some point I will tell you the many traditions we have in Tamaran for our men and women fighting in wars. Many fight as the hired mercenaries and in fact we almost are a people that embrace the art of war, even though we ourselves as a nation are at the peace. As a people we are good at learning languages and have the equivalent to military schools. I guess one would say that the 'hired gun' (I believe that is the expression) is a major export of my country. You might know that already of course, you seemed to know more about my country than any one I ever met...

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January 21, 2010

Dear Kori,

I miss you so much and I'm so sorry I haven't gotten the chance to write until now. I wish I had more time but I know that you realize that I have to put my energy into the mission. I'm safe, my men are fine. We are gaining a good foothold here and the morale is up.

I think of you all the time. Roy still teases me when I get a certain look on my face, knowing that I am thinking of you. He keeps trying to take my phone or your other pictures so he can look at you, but I'll never let him. I got so jealous one time he saw your pictures – I didn't mean for him to see them, I promise you! It was one thing when I showed my friends one of your photos. The rest are mine and mine alone.

I'm not used to feeling like this and I am not used to being so open with my feelings, but I can't imagine being any other way with you. And then when you told me about the amount of guys in your Masters program, well, I never thought I was the jealous type. Not that I don't trust you, I do. Completely. I'm just so vulnerable around you, please know what that means that you bring that out in me.

I love you darling – and one thing I will tell you is that I love getting to know you through these letters. I will also tell you that I find you the most attractive woman I've ever met and when we first kissed, I meant it, I love kissing you. I think about kissing you too much and I can't wait to kiss you again.

Wow, that's a whole new me,

Love, Richard

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23 January 2011

Dearest Richard,

As you have noticed, I have endeavored to write you daily, and yes, I did read that you sometimes get seven or eight of my letters at a time! I did not realize that would be how the mail worked but I hope it is the o. and the k. But by writing daily as I said before I feel closer to you and I would not know what to do with myself otherwise. It is difficult to do the waiting for you – not that I would not, not that I am not happy to wait – if I am making the sense.

I appreciate the letters you have sent, more than you will ever know. I cannot believe that you get the time to write given how busy your days and nights are – and with no days off! Please do not do the missing of the sleep however! I know your heart and I believe in our love.

I must admit that I have begun to do the counting of the weeks until you are due to be the discharged. Perhaps I am silly, but even though we got to know each other in such a short time in person and now through our letters, I feel so very close to you.

I have something else to say... I am not sure how to at the moment. It is good, believe me. I will include it in a letter soon.

All my love always,

Kori

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February 22, 2010

Dear Kori,

I miss you darling. First off, whatever you want to say, you know you can tell me anything, right? And I hope you do. I'm going to try harder to open up and tell you everything and anything too – feel free and ask me.

Given the opening, as much as I do not want to burden you, as they say, 'war is hell'. It's tough here, but knowing that you're home, waiting for me, well, it means everything.

On a lighter not, I hid your pictures again. Now Donna is a photographer, right? How am I NOT getting new pictures of you with every letter, or at least every week. Do it for me. Do it for your adoptive country!

I miss you so much...

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1 March 2010

Dearest Richard,

I finally got your letter about well the thing I wanted to tell you. I am making a big deal out of nothing, I know. It is just that I wish for you to understand that I am not as weak as you might believe. When you speak of your own vulnerability, well, you admit your attraction to me, if that is vulnerable, I could do the discussing for hours my attraction to you then yes, I am vulnerable... I shall write you about how vulnerable, how attracted I am to you and more later... perhaps another time?

But what I wish for you to know and I had to get off my chest is that I was quite frightened driving in the snow that day. I had never seen snow. I had only driven very few times. In Tamaran, we had a driver for my family. So it was a weak moment when you found me. I am not like that. I have been on my own for years and can handle myself. But on the other hand, I am pleased you did the rescuing of me, or perhaps we may not have met.

Although I believe we would have been at the Bed and the Breakfast that evening and the days that followed, and would have surely met. I also believe we would have fallen to fall in love. I believe in our destiny to be together in love.

Oh my, I just read my letter over and the earlier paragraph I did the teasing... I should not say 'perhaps another time.'

Let me see Richard, I shall do the complimenting of you - you are very handsome, and very nicely built and the 'buff'. You are a wonderful kisser, and you know I am very attracted to you, more attracted than I ever imagined being to anyone.

I have many things I wish to say to you in private about all of this... I will write more soon!

All my love and affection,

Kori

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21 March 2010

Dear Richard,

I hope this finds you well. I have sent a package and a card, but this is my daily letter. I can't seem to sleep unless I write you. Of course then I think of you and then it is difficult to sleep. I'll write more tomorrow.

Happy Birthday, my love, my Richard,

Love, Kori

March 21, 2010

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Dear Kori,

I am so glad I got a chance to write today. I hear that there is a package, and I will get it in a day or two. Thank you for thinking of me on my birthday and writing every day.

But this biggest gift has been some of those pictures. Let me say that so one is going to find those. You are so beautiful and there is such a sexy side to you. It makes me miss you more, long for you more, but don't get me wrong, it eases the pain while I'm hear. Thank you for sending them.

Very few people know this: When I was young, my mother called me her little Robin, because I was born on the first day of spring, March 21.

March 21st is also the Spring Equinox and as you remember we met on the Winter Solstice. My deployment is a full year, so today we have made it one fourth of the way.

We are getting there, my love.

Richard

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To be continued...

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