Kate Warner (justdidntseeit) wrote,
Kate Warner
justdidntseeit

[[ charleston, south carolina ]]

[ "I'm sure I can make good time." ]
The Palmer Home is even more impressive than its photos implied.

After a warm reception and a short tour from the innkeeper, Kate and Bill return to the third floor to settle in.

Kate crosses the spacious suite and steps onto the piazza, taking in the view of the harbor and Fort Sumter.

"God, this is gorgeous."
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Bill comes away from inspecting the room to join her, stepping up behind her and putting his arms around her.

"It is, ain't it?"
She leans into him, shoulder blades against his chest, and breathes a contented sigh.

(No ringing phones or unspoken threats here.)

"It's perfect."
"Glad you like it."

He stands with her, looking out at the view as one hand smooths up and down her arm.

"'Bout time we got away for a bit."
"We?"

She tips her head, angling an upward glance at him.

"You, sweetheart," she says, her smile softening.

After the hours he's been putting in the last few weeks, Bill deserves this long weekend.
For a moment he sees the image of Kate on the floor in the kitchen, unconscious and burning up with fever.

Instead of bringing it up, he returns her smile.

"Wouldn't be the same without you."

He makes it light, though he's really here for her.
Her eyes close briefly, flashes of the concern he could never quite conceal after he came home from a long shift playing behind her lids: how, before he was even out of his uniform, he'd ask more than once if she was feeling okay, if she'd kept her promise to take it easy, if he could do anything for her.

Reminding herself that they're here to enjoy themselves, she soaks in the smells of summer in South Carolina, welcoming the warmth of Bill's body at her back despite the heat.

"I'd hope that's the case," she says, a lazy tease with her eyes still shut.
He tightens his arms around her, and presses a soft kiss to her cheek, smiling against her skin.

"'Course. Plans we got, s'not as much fun alone."
One hand drifts to his forearm, and her fingers curl lightly around his wrist; her thumb strokes his skin.

"You'd look lonely dancing by yourself."
"Yeah, an' maybe a little crazy."

He chuckles, looking down at their hands.

"So see, it is we who needed this. If just t'make sure I'm not alone an' losin' my marbles."
Murmuring in agreement, she tilts her head, her lips grazing his jaw.

"Can't have that."
His eyes slip closed and he gives a small nod, smile stretching across his face.

"Nope. I definitely prefer this."
She laughs, soft and low, and tucks her head beneath his chin.

"I prefer this, but I should finish unpacking."
Tightening his arms, he presses a kiss into her hair.

"Alright, I guess I'll let y'do that, but only 'cause we got dinner an' dancin' afterwards."

He still keeps ahold of her a bit longer, before finally loosening his arms and drawing back.
It doesn't take long to empty her suitcase; she smiles to herself as she handles an elegant black dress with particular care.

Over her shoulder, "You think Mrs. Palmer was just pulling our legs about the ghosts?"
Bill pauses from laying T-shirts in a drawer and glances over at her, giving a small chuckle.

"I'm sure she was. Y'don't believe in ghosts, do ya, Kate?"

The stories were eerie, but Bill isn't going to admit being phased by them any. Nevermind how serious Mrs. Palmer seemed, and how creepy the idea is.

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