Hades stirred as the sun rose, quietly he slipped from the bed and made his way to the gardens, picking a rose from the flower beds and making his way back to the house. For a moment he stared beyond to the ocean, the waves breaking upon the shore causing him to smile gently.
Finally he headed back to the house and back to the bedroom placing the rose beside Jade before making his way to the bathroom, and from there making his way into the shower.
When his shower was finished, stepping out he was met with Jade in a simple silk robe and a towel open for him, tucked behind her ear was the rose he left on her bed side. She proceeded to next methodically dry him from the top of his head to his feet, lifting his leg up to rest the foot on her though in her kneeling position. Then proceeding to the other, before rising to move behind to wrap the towel around him, he saw that the bruise had all but disappeared, only the shadow remained. Jade has her hair lose and it was thick with length down to the back of her knees, but she kissed him in the side of the neck. “Breakfast is ready, my beloved.”
“Good morning,” Hades smiled softly before returning the kiss to her neck, and then leading her to the kitchen, he pulled a chair allowing her to sit before taking the seat beside her, “I thought we could go down to the beach, enjoy it while we have the time, pick a spot for the wedding?”
She leaned forward to fill his cup of tea in that graceful manner, as on the table was some toast with cream cheese, an orange and an omelette with spinach, plus a side of some sort of soup. A quick look at the soup told him it was a broth that had vegetables from the night before. “Oh, yes. That sounds like fun, since we are close to the ocean I would like to gather some seaweed. It is good in cooking.”
“We have a path right down, we should take some lunch, spend the day down there together,” He replied as he began to eat the broth, he had conclusively decided that anything Jade cooked for him was decidedly better than food from the Mansion kitchens, which only served to make him want to eat more. He also knew that being here with his wife to be had left him with a desire only to spend time with her for the moment, their decision to move away been one of the better ones he’d made, “I’m also going to build a second cellar out the back, for cold storage of anything you wish to store from the gardens, and speak with the town butcher to have meats delivered once it’s ready,”
“I have yet, to work on the garden. I’ve been thinking of things to plant. Such as herbs for medicinal, vegetables and flowers and of course tea plants.” She smiled to him with a nod. “That is a good idea, we also need chickens that are laying eggs. After breakfast, I’ll make us lunch to bring with us to the beach.”
“I can assemble a chicken coup easily enough, and we’ve only been here a day so there is plenty of time yet,” He replied softly “It’s just nice to have you all to myself, and not have to consider anyone else,” He had almost finished the broth as he reached for some toast eating quietly for the moment “We have all the time in the world Jade,”
Jade nodded, a glint of excitement entering her brown eyes. “Yes that we do,” She ate breakfast with her poise and grace, this came naturally to her as it flowed smoothly. The rose tucked behind her ear accented a natural blush to her cheeks and darkened her lip colour enshrouded by the flowing black mane. But she stood to gather the dishes to wash, humming a song while she worked.
As she finished up washing Hades had already begun packing a picnic basket, complete with blanket, as she was washing up he moved behind her his hands slipping to her hips, a soft kiss to the back of her head “Sometimes I really do wonder how I got so lucky,” he whispered softly against her ear.
She somehow had managed to finish the dishes already and was making a bowl of fruit salad and brought small sweet biscuits with some fresh herbs, plus a jar of what appeared to be tea. Jade leaned back with a small sigh, placing a hand over his. “Well, the realm thought it time.” She turned to kiss him. “I want to find a place to fish. We can gather large sticks along the way to spread them.”
“There’s a net out by the shore,” He replied with a grin, as he closed the basket and taking it and her hand led her from the house, around to the side of the house before the cliff fell away to the beach below. A path of stairs had been carved from their home to the beach below, it wasn’t the easiest of journeys down but they made it easily enough. The sand now stretched out before them before disappearing into the ocean beyond.
She seemed completely at ease, Jade hadn’t dressed being still in her silk robe. But the steps down were easy enough, her eyes held a sense of excitement and adventure he hasn’t seen. Jade sniffed the air briefly, looking up and down the beach in her bare feet. The waves lapped at the shore in sweet whispering that stirred her hair gently. “Take your shoes off, my beloved. Feel the ground of our new home. Let’s set the net up and hopefully will catch something!”
He bent to untie the heavy boots he wore, as his bare feet settled in the sand he smiled softly “I wonder how long it’s been since I last saw the ocean, at least this close anyway,” he mused for a moment before following her toward the nets that were stretched along the shoreline “I do hope the ocean decides to be generous,”
“We will make do if she isn’t. One day she will be, my father taught me how to fish with various techniques. Can you build a lobster trap?” She asked while waiting on him to cast out the net.
“I’m quite capable with my hands you know,” He replied with a smirk, as he watched her before aiding her in casting out the net, once the net was set he settled back on the sand stretching himself out.
Jade watched the net for a moment, then looked to Hades with a smile. “On your feet! We have more to explore. We need seaweed for dinner tonight. I have something planned and I think you’ll like it. Plus, we have to find a wedding spot.”
“Hey come on an old man you know,” he smiled as he sat tossing a handful of sand her way, as he moved back to his feet he made his way to her capturing her hips and kissing her with deep passion “But then I have the most beautiful woman by my side and I cannot wait to make her my wife,”
She grinned impishly to him, living up a little sand in his direction as repost. Jade watched him as he neared her, lifting her arms to circle around the beach of his neck and responded with vigour to the kiss. “You’re not old. Though, I agree with you. I can not wait to be your wife.” She lowered her arms to curl a hand within his, passing to walk with him soon the beach and she at one point cursed the waves out then came running back to him laughing as the waves washed back up. She was full of energy and it was an innocence and liveliness about her, asking the way they found some seaweed that had risen to the show for the high tide.
There was a freedom to Hades that had long retreated beneath duty and the Elcarus family code, but in that moment she saw him in a way no one had, just Hades a man with a purpose, even if that purpose was her it was also for the first time in his life his own. As they collected the seaweed and walked a little further up then beach met a higher cliff than the one their house sat upon, it also had trees and an arced rock formation. It was here Hades stopped his eyes looking over the area as he smiled “I think here, beneath the arch of rock is where I would like to make you my wife,” The tone in his voice was different now, as if the realm itself had opened its hands to him.
Jade followed his gaze to the beautiful rock formation, imaging sharply and moving closer to investigate. Now she stood beneath the rock formation, running her fingers over the stone. But then was distracted for a moment and bent down to gather something that caught her eye. Jade scooped the items up, lost now on the beauty, but she stood still beneath the arch, a sight in her silk robe with the rose and hair stirred by the wind.
Hades made his way to her “Something interesting?” His eyes were quietly taking her in as the wind caught her hair his mind wandered, just for a moment before he returned to looking at her discovery.
She looked to him while opening her hands to display three shells. One was a stunning blue, the other a peach with brown lines and the other a curled green.
Hades looked over the shells in thought as his hand ran over her wrist “They will look good here, set in perhaps silver or mythril. A bracelet that compliments as much of your beauty as it shows my love for you?”
She looked to him with a smile, the special one that was only for him, nodding and turning her hand over to place the shells in his palm. “This alone, goes to prove this is the location for the wedding.” Jade inhaled deeply while looking at the arch, as her cheeks were darkened in a blush to his compliment.
Hades kissed her cheek gently “I’ll head into town tomorrow, I have something to pick up from the blacksmith anyway so this will be something else for him, I promise it will be beautiful,” He took her hand now kissing it gently with a smile, he led her back to where they had the nets in the water and their picnic basket, stretching the blanket out over the sand.
“I think this wedding is going to be one to remember,” He crawled onto the blanket and began placing down the foods they had packed up earlier.
She beamed to him, looking over her shoulder at the arch as they walked back down the beach to the nets and their picnic basket. Jade watched as he lay out the blanket and took seat next to him. “You are still okay with that? I mean with your last…was she a wife or just a woman to you?”
“We were to be married, but she was kidnapped by a slaver caravan then executed for trying to run, truth be told I wasn’t ready to be a husband, if I had been she may not have died. It seems our family didn’t have much luck, all of us lost something out of revenge by another,” he sighed softly “But I would turn the world over to protect you, I wont repeat mistakes of the past,” he rolled onto her side and crawled across laying his head in her lap gently “I would kill anyone who even thought to do you harm,”
She caressed his hair, gently running her nails against his scalp, leaning to gather some food to feed him. “As I would you, my beloved.”
He remained in her lap silent as he watched the waves break upon the shore, content just to be where he was in that moment, at least until he finally sat and looked to her “We should check the nets, see what we have to work with, then head home?”
He pushed himself to his feet, taking her hands and aiding her to her feet before dusting off the sand from the back of himself.
Jade gently fed him while the waves added to the ambiance, it was peaceful and calm. Her fingers caressed his face and shoulders, even running through his hair. Though, as he stood she looked up to him and accepted Hades hands to rise. At the mention of the nets, she seemed to bubble over with excitement the closer they got and began to tug him now behind her to help pull in the fishing device.
He was actually impressed the nets were more than full, which only made him wish he’d got to that cellar a little quicker, he smiled and grabbed a few placing them in a bucket, as well as a few “Well there’s more here than we can eat, or store right now,” there was a smile on his face that made him look much less imposing than was normal for him, a lighter side of Hades.
He had in a few minutes finished sorting through the nets throwing back as many as he put in their bucket, before looking to Jade “That was almost fun!”
Jade was beyond ecstatic at the amount of fish that the net had caught, but quickly assisted him on gathering the fish to place in a bucket. One jumped out and caused her to yelp, then he saw something he had never seen with her, a playful innocence. Her eyes turned a golden hue, a sign of the kitsune brought to the surface and she began to play and try to gather the fish as it wriggled on the wet sand. But, managed to wrangle it in and drop it into the bucket, looking to him those brown eyes returned. “Almost fun? It was a blast. We need to get the cellar situated…Oh! A smoke house too!”
“First things on my list I promise,” He smiled gently watching her that innocence was always what drew him to her, so innocent and yet a strength that he had very rarely seen in the Everlands. It was one of the many reasons he had fallen in love with her, he kissed the top of her head and picked up the bucket.
They made their way back up the carved steps the water would occasionally splash up over the buckets edge causing him to grumble, but as they reached top and made their way through the back yard Hades was already sizing up where to add the new additions to their home. Leading them to the house he opened the door and placed the bucket on the kitchen table.
She was light and quick on her feet, carrying the picnic basket, though, when they entered the house with the fish Jade began to set about descaling and cleaning the fish. Each move she made was with expert precision, smiling to Hades. “Shoo, I’m making a treat tonight. It is a surprise and you can not be here when I make it else it will spoil it.”
Hades chuckled as he grabbed a coat “Fine I’ll go into town, I need to go get something anyway it should have arrived from the Dentarian blacksmith by now, and see if I cant turn these shells into something worthy of my wife to be,” He leant to kiss her cheek with a soft smile “I love you,”
Jade smirked while glancing to him, fish guts and blood on her hands. “You do that. I love you too, my beloved.” Before he left, he saw her return to her work and in a pot on the stove was rice cooking.