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PostSubject: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:37 am

The moment James had finished the last of his lessons, he and Circe had left the school for the holidays. Winter had taken over Scotland with deep snows, and the two of them could not wait any longer to get away for a couple of weeks. Finishing up the packing upon their arrival home, James had flooed down to Diagon Alley quickly to collect their portkey from the travel company.

The want for a private island had been mutual in James and Circe's decision to go abroad. James didn't want to be around children, and the only guarantee to not end up around them was a private island. It was expensive, but both James and Circe were accustomed to the life style, and thus had booked without looking at the final figure of the holiday.

James had been working harder in the gym since their decision, making sure his body was perfect for the holiday. Pictures were going to be in abundance, he was sure, and James did not wish to look like he was getting too comfortable around Circe in them. Whether Circe had noted this, James didn't care, after all, it was his body, and he was free to do what he wanted with it. But, his abs had definitely become firmer over the last couple of months because of it.

"Five minutes, Circe." James called out as he packed his hair gel, and grabbed is Aviator sunglasses from the side and tucked them in the neck of his shirt. Picking up his bag, and the one Circe had already insisted she'd finished with, James picked up the Portkey and moved in to the lounge, waiting for his girlfriend to join him.

"I put the tanning oil in my wash bag." James added, checking he'd put the charger to his phone in his bag, and that the camera was also ready.

The were heading out to Mauritius for two weeks, somewhere James hadn't been, but it looked amazing. "One minute, Circe, come on." James called, zipping up his bag and putting it up on his shoulder, looking expectantly towards Circe as she emerged. "Ready?" James asked, motioning for her to come take hold of the airplane ticket that was acting as a cover up for their magical transportation.


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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Sun Jun 05, 2016 6:02 pm

Circe couldn't be more glad that she was finally going to go on Holidays, even more with James. It was a very welcome surprise when James brought up the subject, and Circe couldn't agree more to it. They both needed some time off, and they needed it now. Away from work, children and stupid drama. Just these two, alone, spending some quality time together. Or well... whatever they can do together.

So once she was off work, after the little Sex-Ed lesson, Circe went home to pack her things and prepare herself for the next couple weeks of freedom and fun. Her head was still buzzing form all the questions the kids had, and that made the witch wonder. When did their parents expect to talk to them about things like these? Most of the children that were in their sixth or seventh year might have already had sexual relationships, and their parents were still afraid to tell them how babies were made.

Forgetting all that, Circe arrived home and started packing immediately. Most of the clothes she was going to take with her were already chosen and folded carefully on the bed, so Circe simply placed them in her bag, zipping it up once it was full. Some would say Circe was taking too many things with her. But for Circe, they were simply exactly what she would need.

Taking another bag, Circe started packing her lingerie. Of course, the witch had made sure to go lingerie shopping before the big trip. Knowing that she would be blood-free during their holidays, Circe had simply prepared herself for anything that could pop up. And since she knew both James and herself very well, this specific thing would definitely pop up, without a doubt. Plus, buying lingerie is the most enjoyable thing in the whole world.

"Five minutes, Circe."

"Don't rush me!"
Circe yelled back from her place in the bedroom, finish up another bag and placing it on the floor next to her feet.
"Clothes, check. Lingerie, check. Bikinis, check. Makeup and shoes and jewelry, all check!"
Smiling happily as she was almost done, Circe picked up her bags and placed them all together, the moment James spoke up again.

"I put the tanning oil in my wash bag."

Circe growled and rolled her eyes.
"I've been looking for that for the past 15 minutes! Couldn't you have said it earlier?"
Since James told her about the tanning oil, Circe stopped trying to find the damn thing, and instead turned back to her things, once again checking to see if everything was packed.

"One minute, Circe, come on."

"YES! I AM COMING!"

James made her so angry sometimes. He was always in a rush and it pushed Circe over the edge. She was trying to make sure that everything was ready and he was simply getting on her nerves by trying to make her be faster.
Getting dressed quite casually in a pair of shorts and a top, she grabbed her glasses and threw on a pair of Havaianas, before grabbing all of her bags and moving downstairs.

"Ready?"

Nodding, Circe moved towards James and with little struggle, as she was quiet strong, since she had been hitting the gym for many years, she grabbed onto the ticket and gave James a small smile.
"Ready."
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Sun Jun 05, 2016 6:17 pm

James couldn't help but smile at the yelled response to his timely reminders. If she wanted to miss the portkey going off, that was fine by him, but he was going on the holiday, with or without her. Though, James thought to himself, he would likely not hear the end of it if that did happen, so it would be easier to make sure Circe got to him in time.

As the witch emerged from their bedroom (a thought that was still foreign to James, but becoming more natural each time he used the phrase in his head), James smiled, she was definitely ready for the holiday, and he appreciated the view as Circe made her way to him.

"Ready."

"Just in time." James responded, leaning down to press a kiss on her lips, nipping lightly because he was in a playful mood already. James had just about straightened up when the portkey went off, and only a few moments later, they landed on the sandy beech of their home for the next two weeks.

The heat hit instantly, in that moment, but James simply took the moment to look around. It was three hours ahead from the UK, so it was early evening on the island, the sun was beginning to dip in the sky. But, beyond anything else... it was beautiful. Slipping his sunglasses out of his shift, James put them on, a look of appreciation touching his features as he looked out to the sea.

"Good pick!" James said, looking across to Circe, before motioning towards the apartment they had for the couple of weeks. "I'm going to see on that welcome champagne!" James added, taking Circe's bag from her shoulder for her and heading up to the apartment. If she wanted to follow, she could, of course, but James had decided on what he was going to do, and he didn't need her to come with him if she would rather stay out on the beech.
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Sun Jun 05, 2016 6:38 pm

"Just in time."

The small kiss that followed caught Circe off guard, but a small smile touched her lips once James pulled back. Thankfully, the portkey went off and her feet soon hit the warm sand. The temperature difference was immense as the cold did not exist here. There was only sun and a lot of heat and.. them. They were alone in a gigantic private island and Circe had to keep in the giggle that wanted to escape. She was happy. Very happy.

"Good pick!"

"I can't agree more." Circe replied, as she kicked off her flip flops, digging her petite feet into the warm, golden sand. This was the most beautiful thing she had ever seen, and it was all hers for the next two long weeks. She was going to enjoy this far too much.

"I'm going to see on that welcome champagne!"

And then her bag was taken from her hands by James, who immediately started walking away from her and towards their house. Not wasting any time, Circe picked up her flip flops and moved right after James, wanting to take a good look of the house as well. From the outside, it certainly looked magnificent.

Once she stepped foot inside, Circe's eyes went wide. The place was huge and everything was simply... perfect. Running towards James, Circe grabbed the bags from his hands and gave him a quick peck.
"Get naked, grab the champagne and meet me by the sea."
Then she ran off towards the bedroom to unpack. She was going to enjoy this so much.
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:24 pm

As James entered the apartment, he couldn't help but smile to himself in that moment. It was... out of this world, and he couldn't help but marvel at what they'd booked. The pictures had not done the place any justice, and he simply knew this was going to be amazing. The Potions Professor was just about to put the bags down when Circe followed after him, and took her bag back.

The instructions made James smirk, but he moved towards the small kitchen area, taking the champagne out of the fridge and locating the glasses after a couple of moments of searching.

The insistence of naked, though, made James pause for a moment. Confidence was not something he lacked, but public, complete nudity... He took a moment to remind himself they were alone, and then did as he was asked, stripping down to his boxers and dog tag chain. Heading back out to the beech, James set down the glasses, and then contemplated the sea for a moment before slipping his boxers off.

Glancing back to the apartment, James popped open the champagne and poured out two glasses. Picking up his own glass, James moved out in to the sea, that was warm on the skin, but cool enough to feel welcoming against the heat. Going in until his waist was submerged, James turned back to look to the apartment, waiting for Circe to join him.
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:22 pm

It didn't take long for Circe to unpack and sort things out. Having a wand was always useful, and soon, everything was in order, and Circe was free to enjoy the rest of her evening with James by the sea. Truth was, she couldn't wait to run down and kiss him, then feel the sea and spend time with the person she had named her boyfriend. It was still weird for her to think that James was a boyfriend and sometimes, she found herself wondering whether he could be something more.

But then, they had already lost a child. Could they really be that committed to each other, in order to have a baby?

Shaking those thoughts aside, Circe got rid of her clothes, and wrapped herself in a silky black robe, before slowly moving out of the bedroom and towards the beach. For people, swimming naked might have been way too daring and out of their comfort zone. And it would be for Circe too, had they not been alone here. But since they were, the witch decided to take advantage of that, and enjoy what was now hers for the next couple of weeks.

Once her feet touched the warm sand once again, Circe smiled as she watched James getting rid of his boxers, a small smirk touching her lips at the view. James had always been exceptionally hot, but lately, he seemed to have been hitting the gym a lot more than he usually did. And the result were obvious on his body.

Holding the robe in place, Circe moved closer, grabbing her own glass of champagne that was already waiting for her, thanks to James, Circe reached the edge were the sea started and bit her lip as she looked at James. He was handsome. The most handsome man she had ever had the chance of having. And he was all hers.

"Warm enough?" She asked, wondering whether the water was too cold for her. She wouldn't like it too much then.
"Or should I warm you up?"
Allowing her hand to drop by her side, so did the silky robe that covered her nakedness.

With a small smile, Circe took a sip of her champagne before slowly making her way inside the sea. The cool water touching her skin made a shiver run down her spine, but she was sure next to her lover, so nothing else mattered. Reaching up, Circe kissed his lips softly, then moved down his neck, biting softly there.
"Thank you for this. I appreciate it."
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:40 pm

As Circe emerged from the apartment, James couldn't help but smirk, it looked like she had changed, and the silk didn't hide much. But James was simply admiring, in a different manner to usual that evening.

"Definitely warm enough!" James replied as she stood on the edge of the sea. His eyes were trying to see what the silk was holding, but he didn't have to wait. "Don't need warming, but... you definitely need to come in." James replied as she took a few steps in to the water.

With the witch in front of him, James wrapped an arm around her, savouring the kisses that touched his lips, reciprocating them a moment later and holding them. As Circe's lips moved away, and she thanked him for the trip, James shook his head a little.

"It's for both of us." James replied, raising his glass. "To... us, I guess?" James prompted uncertainly as he clinked them together and took a sip of the alcohol. "And... the next two weeks." James added, trying to make amends for his uncertainty with the first toast. Honestly, now they were here, it was dawning on James that they would be together, solidly, for two weeks, and... he didn't really know what to suggest they could do...

Past the obvious, anyway.
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:22 pm

As his arms wrapped around her, Circe felt safe once again. It was weird how much security his arms could provide her, and she simply loved it. Only James had made her feel that way. No man had every given her feelings like these. No man had ever made her want to think of something more. Something more than just a relationship. Circe was thinking about marriage. And even children. But not with any man. Only with her current, and hopefully only lover.

"To... us, I guess?"

The hesitant tone in his voice as James made a toast, cause Circe to raise an eyebrow at him. Was he scared to to believe and wish for something long-term with her?

"And... the next two weeks."

"I never knew mister James -The Great- Balan was so scared of making a toast about him and his girlfriend. Such a little pussy you are." A small smirk played on Circe's lips as she took a sip from her own glass, before distancing herself with an evil glint in her eyes. Then, without a warning, she used her free hand to splash James, before giggling, the alcohol already hitting her. She was tired, and she was drinking without paying attention to how much. This was obviously going to end up bad.

"But you'll need to catch me first."

Giggling once again, she emptied her glass of champagne and started to move away from James and towards the beach once again, making him chase her. But, she also wanted her glass to be filled. The night had just begun.
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:17 pm

The teasing of Circe, calling him a pussy made James let out a soft laugh. He was still working out what was and what wasn't okay to be saying around Circe. Mixed with what he was comfortable, and not comfortable saying out loud to begin with.

However, the retort he had come up with was silence by a mouthful of salt water from the splash Circe sent his way. Spluttering a little, James wiped his face and hurried out of the water after his girlfriend, discarding the glass he had by the champagne bottle on the shore.

It didn't take much to catch Circe, either, and rather easily, he picked the witch up mid step and spun her around so they were facing the sea once more.

"I'm not a pussy." James told her, his tone a little grumpy, but not enough to ruin the moment as he pressed a kiss to her shoulder. "I'm just... still getting used to us." He admitted, pressing another kiss to her neck. Letting go of her, James moved to collect the champagne, pouring himself another glass as he made his way back to Circe. He refilled her glass too, knowing that they both needed the relaxing properties of the alcohol.

"Anyway, you said you didn't want a big softy, so, I'm gonna stay non-committal for a as long as possible." James joked taking a seat on the sand and relaxing. He was only playing with her, they both knew they were past the stage of non-committal to their relationship. Sipping from his glass, James rested back on his elbows, taking in the scenery, and the peaceful nature of the island.

It really was quite something...
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:28 pm

Watching James hurry off behind her made Circe laugh as she too kept running in order to get away from him. When she was with James, and they weren't intimate or fighting, she truly felt like a little girl who was fooling around with her friend and was having fun. That was what James made her feel. Innocent, in a way. Carefree. Happy.

Though, thankfully, it wasn't hard for James to catch up with her, and a moment later, his arms were wrapped around her, pulling her close to him once again and turning them so they could face the endless sea. This was the most beautiful day of her life, so far. And it just made her anticipate the days that were to come. With James, of course.

"I'm not a pussy."

Circe shook he head no, agreeing that he was not a pussy. If anything, he was a very strong and dominant man. But there were times where he did act like a coward. Or it was simply too difficult for him to face certain circumstances. And it was okay, sometimes.

"I'm just... still getting used to us."

"It's okay. I am glad you are trying, anyway.


But James soon moved away from her once again, and the loss of warmth hit Circe hard. She loved being in his arms, but James couldn't understand that. Since he couldn't feel the same way about her. Not yet, at least.

"Anyway, you said you didn't want a big softy, so, I'm gonna stay non-committal for a as long as possible."

A small laugh escaped the woman's lips as she turned to look at James. He was laying on the damp sand, his glass of champagne in his hands as he stared at the amazing view in front of them. Following his lead, she grabbed her own glass that was again filled, thanks to James, and sat down next to him, her head on his chest. They weren't really cuddling, but this was definitely more intimate than usual.

"Do that, but believe me when I say, a little child would so much like you."
Such a thing would not be voiced by Circe, if she was not drunk. But the alcohol had that effect on people. It allowed them to speak things they were afraid of or unsure about. And they could pretend nothing happened the next day. Or could they?
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:56 pm

As Circe made herself comfortable, using him as something of a pillow, James sipped at the champagne a little more. He was still quite sober, champagne did very little to him because it was simply bubbles. More like fizzy than alcohol to him. But refreshing, in the heat, it definitely helped him to stay relaxed.

However, relaxation was short lived. Circe's next words made James let out a small chuckle at the idea of kids. A chuckle that shone with the fear James felt around the idea of a family. Children of his own. Yes, there had been the moment where Circe had believed herself to be pregnant, and James had known he had only one option in the world if it was his. But... he hadn't thought about kids since they'd found out it was just a scare, nothing to worry about.

But, Circe had brought it up, and James didn't know what to do, or say. It was the first day of their holiday, he didn't want to argue or even think about such things, so he decided on doing what he was good at, being non-committal. "If you say so." James' reply came a moment later as he took another sip of the alcohol in his glass.

"I think we should stay out here tonight." James admitted, changing the subject. "It's much too beautiful to sleep in a bed. Or, if not tonight, then perhaps another night... Then, tomorrow, I'm going swimming, definitely, and sunbathing." He continued, nodding for his own benefit more than anything. Yes, that was about as far ahead as James wanted to plan right now.
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:23 pm

The chuckle that followed her statement made Circe raise an eyebrow. That was certainly not what she had expected when she had brought such a topic up, but she could understand what that reaction meant. James was nervous, trying to hide how tensed he was about such a subject. And Circe wasn't stupid. She remembered his reaction when there was a possibility she was pregnant, and even if he had agreed on raising it as his own, he wasn't particularly happy about it.

"If you say so."

Sipping some of her champagne, Circe didn't make a move to reply to his comment. After all, there wasn't really much to add to that. Knowing that he was certainly not comfortable enough to talk about such things, Circe let it slide, not mentioning it again. At least not until he was comfortable enough to talk about it. Then, they would have a very nice and long discussion about kids, and what they should do with them.

"I think we should stay out here tonight."

Circe was quite thankful as the subject was changed, and a smile touched her lips at his words. Truth be told, it was a very beautiful view, and as the sun was falling, and the light was slowly disappearing, it was becoming even more beautiful. Circe was not going to call this romantic, because it wasn't, and neither was she.

"It's much too beautiful to sleep in a bed. Or, if not tonight, then perhaps another night... Then, tomorrow, I'm going swimming, definitely, and sunbathing."

"I love how we're thinking of the same things sometimes. Sometimes."
Biting her lip, Circe pushed herself up just a bit in order to reach up and kiss his lips sweetly, then falling back down, getting comfortable in her previous place.
"It might get cold during the night though, you might want to grab a blanket or two."
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:32 pm

The comment on thinking the same as one another made James nod. Unlike many, though, James didn't smile at this notion, it was much too much like defining them as the same. James didn't see them as the same in many ways, and that was the way he liked things. But, as Circe's lips met his, James just blew the idea off, kissing her back and thinking nothing more of it in that moment.

"Yeah, yeah, going." James replied as Circe spoke of blankets. Shifting himself away from the witch, James moved back up to the main house, grabbing a pillow and a couple of blankets and making his way back to the beach and Circe. Whether or not Circe noticed, James barely used magic despite him having a wand. Truth be told, his magical abilities outside of Potions were quite dismal, and he lived mostly in the muggle fashion because of this. Whether Circe cared, James didn't know, but he was comfortable with his abilities.

As night crept in, James watched the sun move down, Circe's head on his chest as they talked about trivial subjects. Which of them fell asleep first, James did not know, but being out in the middle of the night, with no worries in the world was quite a nice feeling.

***

The next day was much as James had said it would be. He swam quite a bit in the sea, with and without Circe for company. Mostly goofing around in the water, or else just chilling on one of the inflatables he'd found in the apartment they'd rented for the two weeks.

He'd taken much pleasure in helping Circe with her sun tan lotion when she asked him to help her, as he was sure she'd done the same when he'd asked for the favour to return. James had sun bathed for an hour or two on and off during the day, before pulling Circe back in to the sea, the apartment, or his sun lounger for a little bit of fun. After all, what kind of holiday would it be if he didn't make use of having Circe all to himself, and no one around for miles that could hear them?

The day had been very relaxing, and James had showered early in the evening before making his way to the kitchen. The fridge was stocked with food, and James had said he would cook that evening. Dressed only in a pair of shorts, James was cutting up the salad for that evening whilst the steaks he'd located cooked through. James' preference was medium rare, and that was how he was cooking them for the two of them.

Alcohol was already in flow - it was a holiday, after all - and James was drinking still, already less than sober in himself, but not as out of control as he had been the night he'd seen Eros. No, James still knew what he was doing.

Checking on the steaks, that were now looking good to eat, James plated up the dinner, and took it out to the decking where he'd set out the glasses of wine for them both. "Circe, dinner's ready." James called out, sitting down and tucking in to his own dinner without waiting for Circe. You could, after all, never make a romantic out of James.
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:35 pm

The night was beautiful and Circe had slept peacefully in the arms of the man she still couldn't believe was calling hers. James and Circe had been doing very well lately and Circe couldn't hide how happy she was feeling. The holidays were relaxing and the chosen location couldn't be any better. They were away from the world, alone, free to enjoy themselves. And that was exactly what they had been doing.

James was swimming almost the whole day, whilst she was mostly sunbathing, but also dragged into the sea by him. They were messing around like a couple in love and it was simply... thrilling. Circe had never felt like that before and it was fulfilling. After everything they had been through, all the pain and the fights and the craziest scenarios, they were here, together, and they had admitted to each other that they were both experiencing new feelings. Feelings they were trying to understand together. And there was nothing more magical than that.

After James promised to cook for them today, Circe went to have a nice, long, relaxing bath, while he was preparing some food for them to eat. Truth be told, she was starving, and since she had never had a taste of James' cooking skills, she was really curious as to what to expect.

"Circe, dinner's ready."

"Coming!"

Getting out of the bathtub, Circe slipped on her beautiful robe and walked out of the bedroom and towards the kitchen, barefoot.
Upon finding James already munching on his own food, Circe sighed and walked over to where her own plate was sitting and took a seat.

"It wouldn't be too bad to wait for me, you know."
And without another word, Circe took a bite out of the meat, closing her eyes and moaning at the taste. James was good and she was really starving so this, it was magical.
"Oh Merlin, it's so good!"
Grabbing her glass, she took a sip and looked at James. "Where did you learn how to cook?"
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:51 pm

James' eyes lifted up from his food when he heard Circe getting closer, and, as always, his girlfriend looked... highly impressive. James eyes were not subtle as they landed on her partially exposed chest, his knife and fork pausing noticeably above his food until he caught himself again and remembered to continue on with what he'd been doing before hand.

Many a man might have commented on how beautiful their girlfriend looked in that moment, but James was not most men, and what he said was not deemed the normal approach. However, if you knew him, as Circe did to an extent by now, then the comments he made were meant to be compliments, normally placed in a not so romantic manner.

"Trying to distract me from my steak?" James asked, only moments before he was chastised for having started eating without her. "I was hungry, someone helped me build quite the appetite!" James replied, a cheeky grin touching his features for a moment as Circe took up her own cutlery and tucked in to the meal. James (unknowingly) waited for Circe to taste the food, looking for a reaction to how well he'd done in that moment. The soft moan that came was enough for the Potions Master to smirk in to his own, next mouthful.

His head made up a crude comment in respect to his capabilities, but, for once, James managed to stop himself from saying such a thing. This was Circe, after all, not a one night stand.

"Where did you learn how to cook?"

James let out a soft laugh at that question, believing the answer to be quite obvious in that moment. Taking up his glass, James took a sip, savouring it for a moment before swallowing, before looking back to Circe. His eyes were almost questioning if she had really just asked that question, but James replied, anyway. "I'm a Potions Master, there are similarities. Timings, care with ingredients, tricks of the trade." He explained, looking down at his plate for a moment before giving a small shrug.

"My mum always loved to cook for the family, she's a great cook. I picked a thing or two up from her. But Da always said I cooked the better steak." James explained, his tone a litle hesitant because this was... such a couply conversation, he wasn't one hundred percent sure if this was what Circe really wanted to know.
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:17 pm

"Trying to distract me from my steak?"

If anyone knew James better than himself, it was Circe. And to most people, that small statement would mean nothing. But Circe knew better than that and so she couldn't help the small smile that touched her lips. James had complimented her in his own weird way. He was different and that was why Circe had fallen for him in the first place. Thinking how much they had been through, the witch didn't regret loving him. James had a beautiful soul, and all he needed was someone to help him find it.

But then she was tasting the food he had made and she was at loss of words. Truth be told, she wasn't sure James would truly cook for them, and she was also kinda scared of him burning things up, but one bite out of her steak was all it took for her to completely chance her mind. James was good in the kitchen, which made her wonder whether he should be the one making food at home too. She did all the cleaning after all.

"I'm a Potions Master, there are similarities. Timings, care with ingredients, tricks of the trade."

"You know I do not believe that this is a case.."
Circe looked up at him with a small smirk, finding hard to believe that this was the reason he was so good with cooking, but did not comment on it any further. She was too busy enjoying the food.

"My mum always loved to cook for the family, she's a great cook. I picked a thing or two up from her. But Da always said I cooked the better steak."

Nodding, Circe couldn't help but thinking about a child once again. Neither of them were stupid, and Circe knew that she was growing old. Being thirty already made her think of what she wanted to do with her life. She was nowhere near breaking up with James, that was obvious, but were they going to stay just a couple forever? Did she actually want to get married? And how exactly was she going to talk to him about having a child after everything that had happened?

"Have you.. ever thought about having children? Because.. you know.. it's been a while and we are working out well and... and I am getting old, James."
Circe could sense the tension rising and she knew that this might not be the right time to bring this up, but she had to do it eventually. And this was the time she had chosen. Right or wrong, she would get her answers.
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Sat Sep 24, 2016 6:54 pm

James put most of his cooking skills down to being good at Potions - it had a correlation, after all. But, he could recognise his mum had played a part in that from a young age. Of course, James being James would never admit to having enjoyed cooking from a young age. No, cooking was not exactly manly, unless cooking steak, or manning a BBQ. That much James could attest to.

Circe did not press, though, so James pushed the subject to one side.

Instead, he concentrated on the food, eating heartily and not really worrying about the conversation going astray. They were having a good conversation over trivial matters. Or... so James had believed.

"Have you.. ever thought about having children? Because.. you know.. it's been a while and we are working out well and... and I am getting old, James."

As those words came from Circe's mouth, James seemed to accidentally half swallow and inhale the piece of pea shoot salad he was eating, making him choke for a second or two as he finally managed to swallow the piece of food. Shock had hit him for a moment, making him incapable of eating as his eyes landed on the witch opposite him. "C-children?" James repeated, his face contorted a little with the pain of something trying to go down his throat. Patting his chest and giving a small cough to clear his throat, and adding a little bit of time to his response by taking a couple of sips of the wine, James thought about it.

"Well... I..." James' face made a grimace or two, because he was working through how to respond. Walls were trying to go up, but he was equally battling to keep them down, for Circe's sake. For his own sake. Taking another sip of his wine, James put his knife and fork down and then concentrated on Circe.

"Children scare me." James admitted out right to the woman before him. "Not in that they're scary, I work with them every day. But... having my own children... that is scary. I'm not saying I don't want children. I'm saying I don't know how to have them - as in, how to look after them. I'm all for the making them. But... it's the bit after that."

James paused, looking down at his food momentarily before looking back at Circe. "I'm not saying no to children. I've thought about it, yes. I would like one, yes. And, you're not old. I think I'm supposed to tell you that so you don't get moody with me, right? Because I certainly don't want to be on the couch listening to P!nk songs tonight."

By the time James had finished, he was smiling, letting out a little laugh at his own joke to defuse his own uncertainty, his own weakness that resided in his head. He just hoped he'd said enough to appease Circe's wishes as he lifted his glass once more.

He was going to need another couple of glasses by the time this evening was done, he was sure of that.
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PostSubject: Re: Time to Ourselves (Circe & James) [TW: Nudity]   Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:23 pm

The choking that followed after her question, cause Circe to get extremely nervous out of a sudden. She knew that the subject was quite sensitive, but she couldn't possibly believe that James would take it so bad. Children were not something they had been planning at all, and they were still developing. But after everything they've been through, Circe had actually started to believe that there was something deeper between them. She loved James, more than any woman would ever love him. She understood and accepted him. And he had sacrificed a lot for her, something that didn't go unnoticed by the witch. She was sure she wanted to be with him... and children were something that would follow, if he wanted as well, of course.

"C-children?"

Thankfully, James was not in danger as he swallowed the food that had been stuck, and was now back to the discussion. Obviously not very happy about it, though. She had never meant to push things too far, but now it was done and she couldn't change it. All she could do was listen to what he had to say, and hope that he was not going to crush every last hope she had.


"Children scare me."


"Oh?"
Circe could not hide the surprise that popped up at that statement. James had always been the strong figure of the relationship. The more.. distant one. The strict one. And she could never bring herself to believe that James would be so scared of children. It was absurd. They were harmless!

"Not in that they're scary, I work with them every day. But... having my own children... that is scary. I'm not saying I don't want children. I'm saying I don't know how to have them - as in, how to look after them. I'm all for the making them. But... it's the bit after that."

At the explanation that followed, Circe tried to hide her disappointment with a nod. She understood, she really did, but it didn't mean that she didn't feel sad about all of this. Circe had turned thirty, and as much as it didn't sound so bad to others, to hers, it was a warning. She was getting old, despite what James thought, and if he didn't help her with it, Circe would get depressed.

"I'm not saying no to children. I've thought about it, yes. I would like one, yes. And, you're not old. I think I'm supposed to tell you that so you don't get moody with me, right? Because I certainly don't want to be on the couch listening to P!nk songs tonight."

"It's okay," Circe murmured, putting on a smile and hoping it would be enough. She wanted to drop the subject, and not discuss it any further. She had heard enough for the day, and even though it was not what she wanted to hear, it was better than she expected. James wanted a child, just not now. And Circe wanted something more.

Pushing herself up, she grabbed her glass, filled it with wine and walked over to James, hesitantly leaning down to kiss his cheek.
"I will go for a walk on the beach.."
And with that, she turned away and made her way out. She needed some fresh air.
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