Disclaimer: Artus, Aven, and the Archipelago belongs to James A. Owen.

A/N: Ah, I love these two . . .

Artus always knows when Aven is going to come home wet. She will never know how he does it, but he's always there on the dock, waiting. She laughs at him about it, and he laughs right back at her for getting wet so often.

It is one of the few ways the two of them show open affection, one of the few things they need to do to show each other they care. They are both busy people, and they do not have the time or the need to flaunt their love. They know they love each other, and that love is strong and tangible and unbreakable.

And so he will be there, to hand her a towel and ask her how her travels were. And she will say that her clothes are wet (she hates wet clothes), and he will tell her she looks good in wet clothes, and all will be well in the world.