Prompt: #214 Engagement
Word count: 200
Summary: Charlie asks a simple question.
Notes: Written for numb3rs100, part of A Silk Pillow ‘verse. This was originally written for the prompt 'Incomplete' but I was working on the whole series long enough for Engagement to roll around which is good because I got to use Incomplete later in a far more powerful way I think.
A Simple Question (#214 Engagement)
Ian lay his head against Charlie’s chest. This was how they spoke at the end of the day.
“Your father has dozens of back issues of Martha Stewart: Wedding.”
“I know.” Charlie groaned. “Planning my wedding has become his minor obsession.”
Charlie sighed. “He is warming up to us.”
“I know.” Ian rubbed his thumb along the platinum band Charlie wore.
“Would you like to be married?” Charlie asked.
Ian shrugged. “I don’t need to be.”
“I didn’t ask that.” Ian laced his fingers in with Charlie’s. Charlie recognized the particular flavor of silence that filled the room. “The day I promised to always keep you those were the truest words I have ever spoken and they meant everything to me. They meant more than antique, saccharin vows and bits of dry cake.”
“I know.” Ian whispered hoarsely.
Charlie took a breath. “I also know there were no witnesses to that moment and I am as much yours as you are mine and if you would like a more public declaration of that fact, a legal completion of our promises I do understand and would be willing.”
Ian nodded holding Charlie tight. “I’ll think about it.” He whispered.