“Thomas, y-you came in to the water!” She broke into a huge grin and practically flung herself at him in a hug. “That’s so sweet! I can’t even believe-” She stopped, realizing that A) it was probably too soon for her to be jumping on him while he was getting over his fear. And B) she had been clinging to him, and now that she noticed, she was blushing like crazy. She let go with a quiet giggle and sat down beside him. “So, you’d be willing to hurt someone for me? And my sisters were trying to tell me that brave knights didn’t exist…”
With a sigh, she looked away from him. “As for the story- I got into a fight with a leopard. It wanted me to be amusing. The leopard- Sabor- is always going on about how it didn’t need any friends, but it bothers people when it’s bored or lonely! So I kind of told it off, and refused to entertain it…. And then it bit me… I mean, I was in the water so I was able to fight back…” She bit her lip, leaving out the part about her becoming a siren to save herself.
“Anyway- you don’t need to go to my defense. I wouldn’t want you fighting ferocious felines.” She nudges him playfully, besides, I got a note saying she’s dead… and good riddance. Less fish will be eaten by her. “Now please tell me you have better news than I do- I-I mean did.“
He was a bit taken aback by her tackling him, but he couldn’t stop grinning (and blushing for that matter). He held her tight until he felt her let go. “Of course I would be. I’d do anything for you,” he said in almost a whisper. He had to turn his head so she wouldn’t see him blushing (not like it really matters since he’s always blushing).
“…Wait…a leopard?!” He was staring at her in disbelief. “How on earth did you cross paths with a leopard?” He was still trying to process it all. “Areyouok?Isitgoingtobecomingafteryouagain?!” he said all in one breath. Then, he grabbed her and held her again. “I’m…I’m so sorry I wasn’t there to protect you…” He let her go and looked at her. She’s taking this awfully well…
He took a breath and forced himself to calm down. “Alright well, yeah my news is definitely much better than yours.” He chuckled. “My family finally arrived this morning. I got them settled in their new home, and they’re probably unpacking right now.”