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.
She opens her mouth, no on her tongue.

A beat.

Two.

"Not outside of Milliways," she says, thinking of Mary and the Old Kingdom.
His own thoughts go to Mary and the Doctor, and something cold runs down his spine.

Forcing his smile to hold, he gives a shrug that's different from awkward.

"Yeah, but Milliways is different."
Abandoning a camisole for the moment, she turns to face him.

"I'll second that," she agrees, breathing a laugh meant to glide past unwelcome memories.

"As far as here is concerned ... "

She shakes her head, as if to silence the echoes of Mrs. Palmer's words in her ears.

"I mean, of course a house like this has history behind it, but the stories have probably gotten embellished over the years."
"Yeah." He nods, perfectly willing to agree with her words. "All the places 'round here probably got a story or two. Lots of history in this town."

He gives a chuckle, doing what he can to shake off any uneasiness.

"S'part of the tourist trade."
"So I hear," she says, her smile growing as she steps close behind him.

Snaking an arm around his waist, she presses a kiss to his shoulder blade.

"I'll try not to be an annoying tourist, okay?"
He turns his head to smile back at her over his shoulder.

"Alright. I guess I'll do what I can t'not be a know it all, then."
"Too late," she says, giving his stomach a teasing rub before easing away her hand and stepping back.

Eyes bright with suppressed laughter, she heads for the bathroom to get ready.
Bill laughs, shaking his head and smiling to himself.

While she takes over the bathroom he finishes his own unpacking, and starts preparing for the evening as well.
As she slides the last bobby pin into place, a pleasant flutter behind her ribs reminds her of how she felt during a recent visit to Milliways.

That black-tie affair had been an unexpected opportunity to enjoy a carefree evening; tonight is something they've both been looking forward to for weeks.

After smoothing her dress one more time, the black silk simultaneously warm and cool beneath her palms, Kate opens the door and steps into the suite.
Dressed in a dark suit with a white shirt, Bill is at the mirror, fiddling with his tie. It looks all right, but he feels like it could be straighter.

When the bathroom door opens he turns his head, and his fingers go still at the sight of her in that dress.

Sometimes, the only thing to say is, "Wow."

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