“One of my gifts to my children, was for them not to worry about building their own house…”
We arrived at the island in the early afternoon, I had forgotten about the time differential and the sun hit me in the face like a ton of bricks. “Ugh, time difference, it’s still daytime here,” I grumbled.
Gabriel emerged behind me and chuckled. “We’ll need to make note of that.”
I nodded, smiled at him, and looked around. “Agreed, but, since it’s daylight out… we could get started on the house?”
Gabriel agreed with me and smiled back. “So, what’s first?”
“The foundation, we need to excavate to put the foundation in.” I pointed up the beach. “There should be good, it’s more solid than building on the sand, so the house won’t shift too much, but I can still put piles even further down just in case.”
Gabriel chuckled at me and nodded. “Ok, let’s head that way.” He took my hand as we walked to the spot I indicated. “How does it feel to be here?”
I pulled Gabriel towards the spot I thought would be best and sighed. “It feels odd, but I’m glad it’s theirs.”
Gabriel pulled me into a hug before speaking. “They’ll be happy here, and away from Merlin’s shenanigans.”
“They will be safe, and I’ll be happy to visit,” I commented softly.
Gabriel looked over at the beautiful coastline smiling. “Me too.” He stated simply.
I looked at the waves, the beach, the island. “This was originally part of the Hawaiian chain, as the sea-floor sublimates under the American west coast and pulls the hotspot towards it. But it’s so far away from the chain that people never settled it.” I explained softly.
“Maybe that’s why it seems to radiate peaceful energy. No war.” He added.
I nodded and smiled. “That’s part of why I suggested it.”
Gabriel kissed my forehead and I smiled. “Very wise and sexy.”
My smile turned into a blush and I knelt down to the ground in front of me, placing my hands on the sand. “I’ve been practicing nature magic, not wanting to overdo it again.”
Gabriel looked at me concerned and asked what I needed. “What can I do? Do you need me to move away? Come closer? Will tapping my power help?”
It still amazed me that Gabriel could love me so fiercely. I looked up at him. “Kneel beside me? Place a hand over mine… I think if we combine our power, it shouldn’t overtax us.”
Gabriel did as I asked and he knelt down, breathing deeply, and placed a hand over mine. I kissed his cheek gently and smiled again. “Now, I haven’t done this before, so bear with me.” He nodded and I took a deep breath as I closed my eyes. I focused on the dimensions I remembered from the drawings; I began to imagine the sand and dirt and rock disappearing from the ground.
I felt Gabriel beside me; he focused his thoughts on our love and our connection as he opened his power for me to use and access as needed. I tapped in gently at first, clearing away boulders, vines and roots, creating holes for the piles, as the sweat began to build upon my brow.
Gabriel felt the power building and heard the changes in the earth around us. He kept his eyes closed as he focused on the connection between us and balancing his power for me. When I felt like the earth had moved enough for what we wanted, I opened my eyes, looked at the massive hole in front of us, and nearly collapsed. “I need to fill this… before the ground shifts and we lose it.”
Gabriel caught me before I fell; I saw concern etched in his brows. “I don’t know if you can at the moment, love. Can I help you? We can’t exhaust all your magic.”
“I need to… while we’re still tapped,” my breathing was growing ragged, and I knew I should probably cool it down for the night, but I shook through it. “It should be easier, I’m not moving earth, just… stealing some concrete.”
Gabriel nodded to me and wrapped his arms around my body. “I’m going to try feeding you my power through our connection. Your magic is going to work, mine will replenish you to keep you upright. My first gift is healing, it should help.”
I nodded to him and began working, slowly, the concrete filling in the bottom, then creating the walls and support beams, and the piles down into the earth. Gabriel opened the link, he visualized my core and vibrated his power to sync with and bolster any weary or fatigued parts of my aura. I groaned, feeling the power boost, which also made me feel extremely horny at the time. “I’m almost done,” I whimpered out.
As I felt the last of the concrete set around the rebar- yes, I stole all that too- I collapsed, purple fire flaring everywhere. Gabriel scooped me up and held me close. As he held me, I could feel him feeding his power into me, in hopes that it will replenish me enough. He wiped my brow, concern etched along his face, as he waited for me to come back around.
I looked up at Gabriel, my eyes unsettling, shifting between purple and amber, and I smiled weakly. “I love you, Gabriel… Will you marry me?”
Gabriel chuckled at me softly and grinned widely. “Yes, Medea, I will marry you.”
I nodded weakly. “I’m going to keep asking you, I know… because I can’t believe I’ve got you.”
Gabriel leaned forward and kissed my lips softly. “And I’ll always say yes.”
I closed my eyes and sighed. “Until you tire of me.” The fear was real, more real than anything I’d ever known before, and it was crippling.
Gabriel ran his fingers through my hair, feeding small bursts of healing energy into me, as he rocked me slowly in his arms. “You are my everything. I will never tire of you. Every breath in your body is a new exploration for my heart. You are mine and I am yours, and it will always be this way.”
“I hope so… I can’t lose you, Gabriel,” my heart was in my throat as I whispered.
Gabriel whispered back at me, “you never will.” I nodded to him and opened my eyes, as they shifted back to amber, my power retreating back into me. “I love you,” he said, as he kissed my forehead.
“I love you too,” I moaned softly.
“What now?” Gabriel asked gently.
I smiled and leaned against him. “Rest now, I can do more in the morning.”
I looked out over the water as the sun began to set. Closer to the shoreline, Gabriel created a blanket and pillows with a canopy above us then picked me up effortlessly and carried me there. He lay me down gently and kissed my forehead.
Our lovemaking that night was intense and intimate, beautiful and seductive. There was something different about that night, and Gabriel and I promised to discuss it in the morning. We fell asleep to the calm crashing waves against the sand, and I was reminded for a moment of home.
The following day we spent the morning in each other’s arms, our love and the magic of the island pulling us together. While wrapped within each other, we remembered the night before and how different it felt. I had looked down at Gabriel with complete love, trust, and desire radiating on my face. “I am yours, eternally Gabriel.” I groaned out.
Gabriel looked at me, and whispered hoarsely, “Is that what happened last night?”
I shook my head. “I don’t know what happened last night. It just felt so right, to be so intrinsically linked to you. If I didn’t know any better,” I thought back on it, “I’d almost say that the island fae married us last night.”
Gabriel arched a brow at me. “They can just do that?” He chuckled softly.
“The fae are powerful, they can do almost anything… and they delight in messing with humans. It’s not the wedding I’d imagined though, I’d still like to do it properly if you would?”
Gabriel held me fast and spoke from his heart, “I’ll marry you as many times as you’ll have me Medea.”
I groaned as the control shifted to Gabriel, but I wasn’t complaining. “Then, when we’re done dealing with Jason, marry me… please.” As if asking once more would help me believe it.
Gabriel growled out a yes and we were lost to each other for the rest of the morning.
Later, I formed a dark purple bikini, a pale purple dress and matching hat and sunglasses over my body and smiled. I made my way back over to the house and held my arms up, envisioning the walls, the floors, the skeleton of the house. As the structure came together, I breathed deeply and looked over at Gabriel. I’d pulled the shades down to the tip of my nose so I could see properly in the shade, and I focused on where the roof was going to be.
Gabriel smiled back at me, but I could see the concern on his face, the amount of magic I’d been using was worrying him. I also saw his desire, to throw me down and have his way with me. It made me smile. Since I’d been working in the sun, my skin was beginning to return to the Greco-Persian olive colour of my youth. As the roof joined together, I again glanced back at Gabriel before falling over.
Gabriel made it to my side before I hit the sand. He scooped me up and used his power to fashion us a shaded alcove, with water, grapes and cheese nearby. He laid us down on the blankets and began the process of pulsing his healing energy into our marks. He also wet my lips gently with the water, dehydration being something I’d forgotten about.
I roused slowly, the exhaustion ebbing off and I looked up at Gabriel. “What happened? Did I finish the house?”
Gabriel shook his head and tipped the water bottle to my lips. “You got the roof on, then you dropped. I barely got to you before you hit the sand.”
“Oh, I’m…” I caught myself before apologizing. “Thank you for catching me, not that the sand would have hurt if I did hit it.”
Gabriel nodded, handing me some grapes and nudged me with the water. He increased his power pulses a bit as well. “Yes, but you are mine. You shouldn’t hit the sand if there’s breath in my body to catch you.”
I smiled and took a couple of grapes, nibbling on them slowly. “Thank you, my love.”
“How much more, love? This cannot possibly be good for you. Though, I think our combined strength is helping some.” Gabriel asked, his voice full of concern.
“The furnishings should be good. I just want to get the basics down for them. Tomorrow.” I answered softly.
Gabriel kissed the top of my forehead and handed me some cheese. “Ok, I’m home wherever you are. I just don’t like this strain on you.”
I took the cheese and nibbled while smiling. “If I didn’t do this, Morgan would have to, and I’m not putting that stress on the baby.”
Gabriel nodded slowly. “I understand. One more day, if it’s not done, we’ll just have to portal in some humans to work it out manually.”
I smiled, nodded, and giggled a little. “Ok love, but tonight, I just want to rest, with you.” As we curled up, my back resting against Gabriel’s chest, we looked out at the ocean and discussed our future, what we would teach our children when they came, our hopes and our fears. We discussed what we wanted for our proper wedding. Gabriel asked me to dance for him, the reception could be there, but he wanted all my focus on him. As if it would be elsewhere. I asked if he could read me one of his poems, he’s managed to capture me with his words, and I want to show our world that bond.
The third morning, I woke up, still within Gabriel’s embrace, and I reluctantly rolled-off him, my dress and bikini reforming over my body, I walked slowly through the house, my magic escaping slowly and creating everything Morgan and Mino might need. The bedrooms, the bathrooms, the kitchen, the dungeon… I had pulled images from Morgan’s mind before they left on their honeymoon.
It wasn’t something I enjoyed doing, but I wanted this house to be exactly perfect for them. Once I was finished, once I was happy, I knew we could leave, but I really wanted a swim, so I made my way down to the beach. The sundress faded from my body; I hit the water, enjoying the cool, refreshing feeling upon my skin. Gabriel joined me, and instead of returning home once we were done, we spent one more night on the island. We swam, we made love, we enjoyed ourselves without any worry for the time being.
It was all perfect until we returned to the Sanctum and the shit show that had gone on in our absence.