A.N. Hello all! I'm currently on my way to Corfu, New York so I've got quite a bit of driving to do and what better to do than to write? I'm going back to Gibari and Savyna because they still captivate me as a couple and I'm still in the mood to write. As always, please enjoy and I'm open to any and all comments about my writing.

Savyna glanced down at her sleeping lover who was currently snoring away, spread out on the bed they shared. She found it amusing that, during the night when they were both in the bed he could keep to his side. However, the moment she got out of bed if she woke up before him he would seize control of the whole thing. It was as if his brain registered that there was no longer a body beside it and allowed him free reign to the bed. And boy could that man sleep! On days where he had to go out he'd be up with the sun with his boat ready to fish. But on days where he didn't have to work? If she didn't wake him he could easily sleep half the day away. She almost felt bad that he was so tired and normally she would leave him for a few more hours but she was bored. It was raining out and she supposed she could have just crawled back into bed with him but she didn't want to sleep.

Grinning fiercely, Savyna crawled over him so she could straddle his hips and leaned forward putting her hands on either side of his head, pressing a kiss to his lips. He smelled like the sea, it was a clean, fresh scent that she loved. Sometimes when he was gone for a long time she would go sit at the water's edge in one of his shirts because it made her feel closer to him. It was weird for her to have her life entangled to someone else's; she wasn't use to depending so much on another human being. Especially in a romantic relationship, something that was really a very new thing to her. But Gibari was patient and loving and he was taking it slow and unlocking things within her that she hadn't known existed. Like the fact that she was very hands on, something that she always was in battle but never would have thought she was romantically. She loved to touch him, loved to explore his body and the scars he'd acquired and he loved to let her.

Savyna could feel him begin to respond under her as he woke up. His hands went to her hips and a grin spread over his features as he kissed her back.

"Mornin'" He whispered against her.

She chuckled, "Barely."

Gibari laughed with her before rolling them over, putting himself on top. Savyna would never admit it, but she loved being under him. On top, yes, she was in control which was something she liked but when he was on top she could touch him. Explore his chest and run her hands through his beautiful hair, which she'd begged him not to cut. She liked having something to run her hands through and right now it was at the perfect length for her.

She looped her arms around his neck as he leaned down to kiss her. He tasted like something she couldn't quite put her finger on but she associated it with Nashira and with the sea and with him. She could feel his lips travel over her jaw and down her neck and tilted her head to give him better access. She closed her eyes against the sensations that bombarded her and he threw her leg over his lip and got closer. All of the skin that he touched and that he kissed was on fire but cold at the same time, the electric current passed between them confusing her thoughts.

When she went to trail her fingers down his chest he captured her left hand, holding it captive above her head. She didn't care, not when his lips were where they were and when his fingers were eliciting the sensations that they were.

When he finally pulled away she sighed happily. She would have put money on the fact that she was blushing, but then again she wasn't the only one who was flushed.

People looked down on them. She could see it in their eyes when they would travel outside of Diadem. He'd lean over to whisper something to her and people would look at them with pity in their eyes and shake their heads despairingly. Savyna wasn't sure whether Gibari could see it, or even if he cared but she could. When she saw them staring she made a point of not letting them get to her. Her best guess was that they thought it was weird that she was with a man who had almost a decade on her. But why would she care? Gibari cared for her, he respected her and he made her happy. Most importantly he loved her. He'd said so countless times and he'd never harmed her. He made her feel safe and loved and that was more than she ever thought she'd ever deserve.

Smiling, she brought her hands to cup his face… and stilled. There was a ring on her hand. More importantly, there was a ring on her left hand. Without her noticing, Gibari had managed to maneuver them so that she was sitting on the edge of the bed and he was down on one knee in front of her.

"Well? Whadaya say? Will ya marry me Savyna?"

Savyna couldn't breathe. Her words were caught in her throat and she didn't know what to do. Before she met Gibari, this would have been her greatest fear; to be tied down to someone, to have someone depend on her. But looking at Gibari and seeing the love in his eyes that was just for her made her brave. She could depend on him because in her heart she knew that he would never let her down, and she would gladly spend the rest of her life trying to do the same.

Still unable to speak, Savyna just nodded dumbly. As soon as she'd done so Gibari let out a triumphant whoop and jumped up, lifting her up and spinning her. Savyna threw back her head and laughed, not caring if she looked strange. When he finally set her down she could see that he was laughing with her, and the happiness on his face made him look ten years younger. He brought her hand up to eye level. The ring glittered in the little bit of light in the room. It was a simple ring; the band was a very thin gold one. The diamond mounted on it was small to but it was all proportional and it just seemed to fit. For the strangest reason she wanted to cry.

She wanted to cry because this man, this beautiful man whose heart was filled with love for her seemed to know her better than she knew herself.

"I love you." She murmured.

He beamed at her as he gave her hand squeeze, "Well I love ya too Savyna. Always."

His declaration of love brought the tears she'd been holding off to her eyes and she buried her face in his chest. She was just so happy and filled with emotions that she couldn't but names on and it was overwhelming her. When she looked back up at him his eyes were filled with understanding and he pressed a kiss to her forehead.

"Come. We gotta go to the bar."

Savyna raised an eyebrow in suspicion, "Why?"

Gibari grinned sheepishly at her and rubbed the back of his neck. "Well… because everyone is gonna want to know what'cha said."

She stared at him for another moment before grinning, "Well then. We shouldn't keep them waiting should we?"

Gibari chuckled as he draped an arm over her shoulders and Savyna couldn't stop the smile that appeared on her face. For a long time she worried about what the future held, she thought that her past actions would come back to haunt her when she least expected it so she kept her guard up. But being with Gibari and sharing a life with her showed her that she didn't need to be afraid, because Gibari would be with her, and he would always share her burdens. And for now…that was enough.