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I stepped up beside them, quickly pecking Marie’s cheek, nodding to Jordan, and congratulating them both. , “I’m so glad you came, Nyss,” she gushed. “And you, of course, Alec.” , Though Marie and Jordan had known me for years as a constant presence in Nyssa’s life and were always warm and friendly toward me, some small animal part of their brains still shivered in instinctual fear, born of a time eons ago, a time of careless panic and predation. Usually they ignored it, but I’d noticed that since becoming parents, they’d grown just a touch more in tune with that subconscious warning, maybe feeling some protective instinct they couldn’t quite explain. Not that I’d ever hurt any of them. But I obviously couldn’t come out and explain that to the nervous first-time parents either. I valued their friendship, and more importantly, their love for Nyssa, too much to do that. , “Wouldn’t miss it,” I said, flashing a close-lipped smile. 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I’d never be a father any more than she could be a mother while with me. And that pricked at my heart more than I thought it would. It wasn’t that I’d never met a baby before in my time on earth. I’d just never wanted one, never had someone who I wanted to have one with. , The ceremony itself dragged on longer that I thought necessary, though despite what a long life might afford some; patience was never a virtue I valued. There were candles, scented oils, and monologues from the priest about washing away original sin and the duty of the parents to guide the child in the way of the church. Eva was splashed with holy water. She didn’t appreciate that. , And then, abruptly it was over. Eva was officially catholic, at least for the next few years, until she grew up and maybe decided she like another path better, or maybe none at all. 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Despite the years we’d been together, I tried to shield that part of myself from her still, though she’d witnessed me feed before and wasn’t overly bothered by it, in part thanks to my refraining from leaving lasting damage of my food sources. They’d wake up right as rain and with no memory of the meal we shared. Long gone were the days of killing and glutting. It was too messy and stirred too much trouble. If I’d lived that sort of life, I could never be with Nyssa, and so it never appealed to me, even before I’d met her. As if a part of me always knew., I returned and brushed my teeth. Nothing killed the mood like smelling someone else on me; though I had a feeling we wouldn’t be revisiting that position from this morning. Not tonight. Nyssa wasn’t as skilled a chef as Jordan and I’d already eaten, so I simply watched her through dinner. 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I rubbed her shoulder until it faded and she sunk fully into unconsciousness. , The moon reflected gently in the small pond at the edge of our backyard. Nighttime sounds reasserted themselves once again. Times like these made me glad I was a night person, so to speak. The air was cool and peaceful, and though I didn’t really need to, I felt like laying down beside Nyssa and drifting off to sleep. ,dating multiple people Carrs, “This chapter of our life isn’t over yet,” I whispered to her. “I’ll give you everything you’ve ever wanted. Somehow. I promise.” ,completely free dating Zapata,,,transgender dating Reelsville,50 plus dating app Alts Del Encanto,