“There you are! Did you even come home last night?”
An’ I’d told him, “O’ course! ’Cept yer snorin’ was so loud ya never woulda heard a thing.”
“Well, I would certainly appreciate you leaving me some indication that you’re alive in the future, so I don’t have to hunt you down out of worry.”
He’d smiled when he said it, an’ I had t’ admit, it was kinda sweet, really. Big ol’ shiny paladin worried ‘bout little ol’ me. I been takin’ care o’ myself forever an’ ever. But I guess he didn’t know that, so I promised I would, next time. An’ so I did.
Mister Muggles got restless an’ wanted t’ go for a walk an’ I couldn’t sleep for all the snorin’ anyways, even with Mister Drim in the next room, so I slipped out o’ me bed an’ scribbled him a note. I tiptoed into his room an’ was gonna slip that folded paper under his pillow, but I stopped t’ look at him an’ he was mumblin’ somethin’. I creeped, creepin’, sneakin’, closer an’ closer as quiet as I could an’ I swear he said Miss Lylah, so I slipped th’ note in his hand instead, an’ even though I wrote in the note that I did it, I never was goin’ to, but then I did anyways. I leaned over an’ kissed him real quick before I left.
Never did go anywheres I’d planned on goin’ anyway an’ I found Mister Drim later that night, sittin’ all on his own in that dark bar in the Row. He seemed happy enough t’ see me, thankin’ me for the note. I swear he even blushed, though he denied it. Silly man.
An’ maybe it was ‘cause o’ what I wrote in th’ note, ‘cause there really weren’t no other reason for it, not as far as I could see anyways, but he kissed me. Not jus’ once, but twice! I asked him why’d he do it an’ ya know what he said?
“You drive me insane.”
“Ya mean that in a good way, don’tcha?”
An’ he smiled again. I told him th’ first time we ever met I’d make him smile again, I could make him happy, an’ he smiled a lot tonight, so guess that means I’m doin’ somethin’ right.
“Of course, you lunatic.”
I’m gonna kiss him some more, later, at least before he goes t’ sleep again. I like him, an’ I guess he likes me, an’ this time … I’m not gonna do nothin’ bad t’ make him disappear.