Title: Vacation 6
Description: More from the 24/M/Del Universe - The vacation continues.
Pairing: seifer/squall
Rating: PG
Word count: 552
Notes: Drabbles/ficlets tend to be written at work, so they're not as lucid as some of my writing. They're also completely unbeta'd unless otherwise stated, please forgive this.
Warning: this story line contains MAJOR SAP






We’d picked up the rings in the late afternoon. Both of us had wanted something engraved on each other’s rings and the jeweller was kind enough to put it ahead of some of his other work. We had agreed on the same style, too. A plain platinum band with an inlaid darker silver X. Kind of like our scars. We thought it was appropriate.

I’m sure my credit card groaned at the price but I was extraordinarily content at every moment I spent with Seifer and when I did get the ring back, it was practically burning a hole in my pocket.

In the end, we wound up back at our hotel room, unable to find peace and quiet anywhere else. We ordered room service – steak followed by strawberries and champagne – and between inner and dessert out on the balcony as the sun was setting, we stood up and made our promises.

He went first. He always went first. He grinned his naughty little kid grin and took my hand. “Do I have to do the whole ‘with this ring’ deal or shall I skip to the good bit?”

“Skip to it, this is my wedding night.”

“This,” he held up the ring, taking my left hand in his. “This is my promise that I belong to you alone. My heart, my body and my soul are yours because I only make sense, I’m only me when I’m with you. It’s my promise that no matter what happens, hell, high water or really bad hats, you won’t ever have to be alone again. I’ll be where I’m supposed to be. Right here, at your side.”

He showed me the inscription on the inside of the ring and for the first time in my life I almost choked up. “My heart, for my Lion.”

It took me a minute to calm myself enough to speak after he’d slipped it onto my finger. “You’re my music. My light. My heart. When I’m with you, nothing else matters. So this,” I held up the ring and smiled. “Is my promise that no matter what, I’ll always come home to you. I’ll be there for you, support you and protect you with every ounce of strength I have, because you are my strength. Thank you for giving me a real meaning.”

I slid the ring onto his finger. I’d let him check the inscription ‘my music, my light, my heart’ later because if I didn’t kiss him I was going to say something really stupid, or start crying.

I didn’t have to wait to be kissed either, the second that ring was on his finger he had both arms around me and his lips on mine and I almost swooned. He fumbled for the champagne bottle, I grabbed the glasses and he steered me backwards to the bed. I fell back onto the bed when I bumped against it and looked up at him.

“Squall…” he said, wide eyed and starting to fill up so I wasn’t the only one touched.

“I know. Shhh.” I tossed the glasses onto the pillow nearby and opened my arms for him. “Here.”

He wrapped himself up in my arms and kissed me over and over. And I knew what it felt like to come home and belong at last.
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