Creature nestled with him gently, as if eagerly using the opportunity to brush around him and feel his touch upon his skin, in situation where it would not evoke further desire in him, but only give them a chance to get used to each other's presences. He brushed against him, and after a while, slowly, as he relaxed and felt more and more free and accepted, he slowly started to purr, louder and louder, as time went on.
After first wave of excitement was spent a little in the closeness, creature just slowly relaxed and spread beside him, lying down like a kitten. It slowly turned on its back beside him, revealing its soft cuddly belly, and closed eyes beside him, as if in some slow, growing seeds of trust, it feeling good to just be so close.
Senecio dozed off for a little while, as it was still rather early in the morning for him. When he woke, he was a bit alarmed, not knowing how long he slept. "I don't want to make Hans even more angry..." he murmured.
" I don't want, either... " Senecio could hear creature's voice, vibrant, resonating into his mind, as Tide first time shyly touched him with his thoughts. " Still, to have you take such a calm nap beside me... After what was said between us, I needed that, deeply. I feel peaceful anew, in knowledge you are so peaceful with me... Thank you for that. " it leaned to him, watching at him, with some wondering light in its expression, as it leaned and lightly timidly licked his cheek in gratitude.
" No... I can't take on four legged forms. It would hurt to have to lean on my from paw with full weight. " critter replied, looking a little embarrassed to admit, adding as shyly, as it watched him. " You just said, that one time, when we had breakfast on the pier... You would be honored, every time I show you more inhuman side of me. I am shy. I need small steps... I need to feel time is right... And it was, for a little step. I can't change my forms for you often, since I am healing, but sometimes, like when I take of the bandage, I can, for a little while... "
Critter fluffed up, similar as Xia would, straightening up in all its vibrant color, looking all proud and content with compliment. He waved with his head, letting his glorious mane float and glisten in the air - before shyly, from chubby fluffy creature, he took form more familiar, of a timid kind demon Senecio knew, sitting by the bed, removing mask it materialized with so he could look freely and lovingly at actor some more.
" I don't exert, so I won't hurt myself, don't worry. " he promised quietly. " And most my forms are not that sweet and lovable... And I won't do it every day... But in a brake between exchanging bandages, as I grow safer with you, once in a while I will show you more of me.. " he smiled vulnerably, as he winked. " You just have to help me feel safer with you, that's all. "
Critter sat down, waiting patiently for actor to find it, feeling freer with him now, even more so, it seemed, when after growing so much more intimate, instead of losing inhibitions, actor respected his personal boundaries even more. Not wearing his mask, knowing Senecio likes to look into his eyes, despite little worry for Hans showed, he was sitting, and still seemed almost cheerful, despite pain that would come with cleaning and wrapping the wound anew.
It was a very gentle and caring little gesture, and warmth of it was soothing to the demon, pleasing the romantic side of him. He was gazing at him gracefully, with eyes mellow with wonder. After it was taken care of, he moaned a little, relieved as pain lessened with proper medicine. He then lightly and thoughtfully, laid his healthy hand upon actor's cheek, and endearingly caressed him and pinched his cheek, in gratitude, not raising his eyes of from him.
" You have changed... With last night. " he acknowledged quietly, tilting his head, as if trying to figure out and name some sort of elusive delight. " It's so subtle and hard to notice, but... you're glowing. " he gulped. " It's thrilling, to watch you glowing, like this... "
" You just... Can't stop smiling. Look in your eyes is soft, and there is no tension in you. Maybe it's a bit of my doing, yes... " he whispered seriously and meaningfully, as his fingertip passed across actor's lips. " But I... couldn't had done anything, had you not let me. You have trusted me so deeply, with your body and soul..." his voice trembled a little. " Because of it, today, you... You have grown tenfold times more handsome, to me... "
Senecio smiled, touched with that, but then he chuchkled a little, to relieve the seriousness. "A nice compliment for a vain actor... You are smiling as well, by the way. You should go to talk to Hans before you stop, maybe he will forgive me with that.."
Creature touched its smiling face, as if in some childish way to check, seeming a little astonished, to hear it was smiling all the time as well, and a little embarrassed. He stood up, indeed, intended to go, as by this time as well, he couldn't ignore the need to check on Hans either.
" If you want me to keep smiling... I know the way... " he said innocently, not able to keep his eyes of of him. " If I am free to tell Hans, that we had been intimate... Does that mean I am free to say to him we are in relationship, finally? Officially? " he bid hopefully. " I just burn, to let others know. I am so excited... I have not been in serious relationship for years... Can I at least tell to some of my friends? Perhaps... At least Hans and... Sage.. and.. Jake... and...Garnet... and... " he blushed deeply, waiting for answer expectantly - it seemed, like Erdel assumed, that somehow, in miscommunication, creature must had concluded that Senecio does not want him to speak about their relationship to others, after actor asked him that first night to keep it secret from meadow king.
Fierce, broad smile slowly spread on Tide's lips, too thrilled with permission to notice tone of it.
" Then I am going to tell the whole world, what a wonderful luck has befallen me! Finally, at last! " he proclaimed passionately, giddy and excited. In that excitement, he almost seemed to forget himself, as he turned to leave right away, presumably to straight up start going around, first to his best friends and then further, to proclaim his love to the world. Then he turned back, blushing at the slip of not bidding proper goodbye to actor.
" Um.. I mean.... First to clean out thing with Hans, *then* tell everyone, while you and Hans work on the script. Here, take the key... " he said in hurry, and handed him the huge keys bundle. " You can go to your room, or you can stay here, relax and take a swim, as you decide. Oh, and I brought you new clothes. " demon rushed to add, not to forget it, pointing at a table, looking quite proud of himself as he explained. " I brought to washroom your clothes that you came to the mansion in, and I had them washed from the blood, and then I repaired them myself. One sleeve was destroyed quite badly when Erdel bit you, so I cut off both sleeves, and sewn on new ones to match, with soft white silk. Now it's as good as new. I had time while you was away with Hans, also took freedom to embroider some light golden details along the rim of sleeves, and couple tiny purple violets along the collar, as a little personal touch. Is that alright? "
" I initially left them in your room yesterday, as little surprise, along with piece of honey cake I saved for you. " creature admitted, excitedly watching smile on his face. " But I am very happy now that you didn't go to your room yesterday.. This turned out so much better. Now I had chance to give them to you in person. It's a thrill. I admit, I am not happiest you didn't like the tunic with stars I borrowed you, it's one of my favorites, but it's okay, I understand - I am, after all, taller than you, so it's true my clothes will hardly fit you. But since I modeled the new sleeves based on the previous sleeve that survived, and since those were your clothes to begin with, it should fit perfectly, so there's no problem... "